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Why we went dark (about Obama's birth certificate)
Tulsa Today ^ | Thursday, 27 November 2008 | David Arnett

Posted on 11/27/2008 12:43:11 PM PST by ckilmer

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Why we went dark

By David Arnett, Publisher   
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Monday morning Tulsa Today posted an analysis by veteran New York journalist and the recipient of seven Long Island Press Awards, Joan Swirsky, titled, “The Great Birth Certificate Scandal/Cover-Up of ‘08” questioning the missing Barack Obama birth certificate and his eligibility to serve as President of the United States.  ImageTwo hours and 10,000 page views later, our local Internet Service Provider and domain hosting service, Tulsa Connect locked us off the Internet.

This action was taken without warning or formal notice, but after several telephone conversations the picture became clear.  Our agreement with Tulsa Connect was for “shared hosting” service.  In that type of service, they load many domains on the same computer server.  We were told that of the 300 to 600 client domains on that one piece of equipment, Tulsa Today always experienced the highest levels of traffic, but the overwhelming interest in the Obama birth certificate story slowed service to the other clients and rather than consider that reader traffic a peak that would soon recede, Tulsa Connect discontinued Tulsa Today’s public access.  They contend that there was no way their equipment could handle such a high volume of traffic.

ImageBy telephone we pleaded for an option.  As Tulsa’s original (est. 1996) local live Internet news service, “off-line” is never acceptable.  There was no immediate solution or “work-around” offered by Tulsa Connect.  The only option they suggested was to move our site to a separate server for a cost increase of about 600 percent.  There was no guarantee from Tulsa Connect of when they would be able to return functionality to Tulsa Today.

Fortunately, Tulsa Today found another service and within 8 hours, the site was moved and is now available for readers worldwide.  Evolution Studios now provides hosting for Tulsa Today at a lower cost than shared service from Tulsa Connect and with no limitation on reader traffic.  They are customer service orientated, responsive and pulled Herculean duty to accomplish this task as fast as computers could load our admittedly huge site.  Evolution Studios provides 24-hour technical support and they used some of those after-hours to get this transfer done.  As a web developer, I have worked with them on other projects in the past and their consistent focus on clear communication with and quality service for their clients has been a blessing in a niche field oddly populated by pinhead techno-bully-nerds with limited interpersonal skills.

ImageThere is no indication that Tulsa Connect limited options or blocked public access to Tulsa Today because of the political content of the story.  Any conspiracy theory suggested by anyone at this time is without credible justification.  Tulsa is the heartland; we believe in the Constitution of the United States of America and the free speech promised to both the press and to the people.  Tulsans of all races, creeds, and both genders have and will fight to defend it.

However, we are rethinking our “buy local” business procedure.  Evolution Studios is not based in Tulsa.  Come to think about it, we might help them open an office here.  They are a national provider of Internet based services apparently and significantly more attentive to client need than many other providers.

Tulsa Connect was provided advance notice of this story and invited to make a statement explaining their actions.  None was forthcoming as of this writing.  We understand their equipment dilemma, but it was not our responsibility to monitor their server traffic or anticipate and provision for their company's growth.  Apparently they prefer clients with small web sites few visit.  There is some personal sadness in this change as I began Tulsa Today with the Tulsa Connect folks in 1996 when they were called WebZone.

The Great Birth Certificate Scandal/Cover-Up of ‘08” continues to see huge readership as it has been linked to major national and international web sites including: World Net Daily (which features an entire page of Obama birth certificate stories), Right Side News, Lucianne and others.  One reader wrote most concisely, “Obama has spent over $800,000 and several months fighting to avoid presenting a $10 copy of a long-form birth certificate” begging the ultimate question, why?

ImageCritics have assailed the work both to Tulsa Today and author Joan Swirsky.  The piece posited just one speculative idea and the angry Left calls it “packing so many conspiracy theories …” Ya got to love the angry Looney Left, allergic to facts and satisfied to refute them with gratuitous personal insults.  We can do that.

Additionally, the “blogosphere is ablaze with stories about it, pro and con,” according to Oklahoma’s own Mike McCarville who notes an e-mail from Bunny Chambers of Oklahoma City, a Republican elector this year saying, “There must be something to hide if BHO won’t release proof, if he has it, that he is a natural born US citizen.  He isn’t officially elected until the Electoral College meets on December 15th.  I am a member of the 2008 Electoral College.  I can’t believe that this is actually happening right before our eyes.  We must do something!  I’ve worked over 30 years to protect our US Constitution and now it seems that it will have been all for naught."

ImageNo Bunny, as long as we have life there is hope.  Hope that citizens will continue to demand honest transparent government, hope that all government service will be conducted at the highest moral and ethical standards, hope that the courts will act according to the Constitution, and hope that media will be the guardians they proclaim … is not dead.  Hope thrives as we live.  We give hope every day around the kitchen table.  I have taught my daughter and she is teaching her children – stand for what is true, just, and right in honor of those before you that have fought and died to guarantee that precious freedom.

“We will granddad,” the kids answer.  Thus freedom flourishes despite whatever crisis of the day may come – technical or political – from dark to dawn.


About the author:
ImageDavid Arnett began his career in professional journalism in 1985 and has published Tulsa Today since 1996 – years before Al Gore invented the Internet and "blogs" began.  He has won two national awards as a First Amendment Publisher.  Arnett is an idea guy, a Constitutional Republican, a Conservative Media Critic and a proud pain in the political derriere of the disingenuous. 

This analysis may be reproduced without charge with proper attribution and links to the original source.  Arnett is available for interview by recognized media.
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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Hawaii; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: bho2008; birthcertificate; certifigate; obama; obamatransitionfile; obamatruthfile; ok2008; tulsa
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1 posted on 11/27/2008 12:43:11 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: ckilmer
BUMP
2 posted on 11/27/2008 12:46:13 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: ckilmer

Wow....


3 posted on 11/27/2008 12:51:30 PM PST by The Mayor ( In Gods works we see His hand; in His Word we hear His heart)
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To: ckilmer
Interesting story, and it gives me the opportunity to ask a coupla dumb questions.

What is this "long form" "short form" business?

In California it's my understanding that all birth records are public records and accessible by anyone who visits the records office for viewing.

Is that still not the case?
Is Hawaii different?

When did birth records become priviledged information?

I missed the memo.

4 posted on 11/27/2008 12:51:47 PM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: ckilmer
As Tulsa’s original (est. 1996) local live Internet news service, “off-line” is never acceptable.

What do you mean my $5/month hosting can't handle this much traffic?!

5 posted on 11/27/2008 12:53:33 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
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To: ckilmer

I wish Evolution would come down here and show Comcast how it’s done.


6 posted on 11/27/2008 12:53:58 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Publius6961

Hawaii IS different in several ways.

Firstly, birth records are private and can only be requested by those involved.

Secondly, Hawaii produces a Certificate of Live Birth, which is a short form birth certificate (this is what has put up on the internet and proven to be a forgery)

Thirdly, at the time Obama was born, Hawaii permitted children born overseas to be registered for birth (which may explain the point above).


7 posted on 11/27/2008 12:54:30 PM PST by Nipfan
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To: ckilmer

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/11/sandboxed-black.html


8 posted on 11/27/2008 12:56:04 PM PST by pookie18 (Jindal-Palin or Palin-Jindal '12)
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To: ckilmer

Bump for post-turkey...


9 posted on 11/27/2008 12:56:15 PM PST by vox_freedom (G K Chesterton: "If there were no God, there would be no atheists.")
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To: Publius6961

Good point.

Is Obama’s bc public information as others are and can people view this document?


10 posted on 11/27/2008 12:56:18 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: ckilmer
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen. He is the legitimately elected President of the United States.

Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

11 posted on 11/27/2008 12:56:44 PM PST by Deo volente (On January 20, 2009 America moves to DEFCON 2.)
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To: ckilmer; LucyT; Calpernia; Chief Engineer; Fred Nerks; STARWISE; seekthetruth; Polarik

Great Post, ckilmer

Great article at Tulsa Today regarding Obama’s birth certificate issue.

Save the Constitution Ping


12 posted on 11/27/2008 12:58:19 PM PST by Iowan
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To: Publius6961
Long form.

Short form or COLB.


13 posted on 11/27/2008 12:58:57 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Deo volente

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH


14 posted on 11/27/2008 12:59:12 PM PST by WildcatClan (AND THOSE DOESNT BRAIN JUST GO. ---- Cecile Noe)
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To: Publius6961

Do a key word search on “birthcertificate” to catch up.


15 posted on 11/27/2008 12:59:53 PM PST by FocusNexus
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To: ckilmer

It’s encouraging to think that that instead of a DoS attack the site was down because of those of us who are news hungry for info on this story

I can’t speak for all parts of the country, but when I address this with folks they’re surprised because they haven’t heard about it. But, also surprising, they understand why it’s important.


16 posted on 11/27/2008 1:00:13 PM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: Deo volente
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen. He is the legitimately elected President of the United States.

Produce the birth certificate with the place of birth, name of the hospital and name of the attending physician. Until that is produced, your claim is based on an unprovable premise.

17 posted on 11/27/2008 1:01:45 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Deo volente
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen. He is the legitimately elected President of the United States.

Well....THAT settles it!!

LOL!!

18 posted on 11/27/2008 1:04:46 PM PST by Osage Orange (Molon Labe)
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To: Churchillspirit

Are we allowed to say “dark” when referring to the POS-elect?


19 posted on 11/27/2008 1:09:53 PM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: Myrddin; Deo volente
I'm guessing that Deo volente was being sarcastic. The Orwell quote from 1984 was the clue.

-PJ

20 posted on 11/27/2008 1:10:54 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Deo volente
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen. He is the legitimately elected President of the United States.

Prove it.

21 posted on 11/27/2008 1:11:04 PM PST by EternalVigilance (AIPNEWS.com - America's Independent Party: "Peace through superior firepower!")
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To: Publius6961; Nipfan
And forth, Obama had his records sealed. Odd. I mean, why would any one do that unless they just love to stir things up for no good reason or unless they have something to hide?
22 posted on 11/27/2008 1:11:12 PM PST by GBA
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To: GBA

I think there’s alot to be said for all the missing school records. That’s the link we should research as I believe that they show him as being a foreign student.


23 posted on 11/27/2008 1:13:18 PM PST by spacejunkie01
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To: Deo volente
And maybe Obama isn't. Why hide his own birth certificate when it could clear up the controversy? Since citizenship is a requirement, it only makes sense to produce a copy.
24 posted on 11/27/2008 1:14:06 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: Canedawg

I’ve been referring to the next period of time as The Dark Years - pertaining to the economy, Obama’s marxist ideas making it much worse, and our overal Liberties as a country (alluding to the Dark Ages).

It wasn’t until after I first posted it that I made any thought of Obama’s color.


25 posted on 11/27/2008 1:18:01 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: ckilmer

Guys...it’s looking like B.O. was born in Kenya.....but you gotta understand...the MSM is NOT gonna cover this....so if they don’t cover it, it must not be news.

And that’s the name of that tune.


26 posted on 11/27/2008 1:22:07 PM PST by kjo
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To: Publius6961

Interesting story, and it gives me the opportunity to ask a coupla dumb questions.
What is this “long form” “short form” business?

In California it’s my understanding that all birth records are public records and accessible by anyone who visits the records office for viewing.

Is that still not the case?
Is Hawaii different?

When did birth records become priviledged information?

I missed the memo.


Can you imagine the identity theft chaos if illegal aliens could easily gain access to certified copies of anybody’s birth certificate?
From the California.gov website:
“Obtaining Certified Copies of Birth & Death Records
Note: Before submitting your application to the Office of Vital Records, please view our processing times to make sure they are acceptable for your needs. If not, you should submit your request to the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the birth or death took place.
At this time, the Office of Vital Records can only accept orders submitted by mail. Please follow the 6 Steps listed below to place your order.
Step 1 – Determine whether you can obtain an authorized copy or an informational copy
In the State of California, authorized copies of vital records can only be obtained by the individual named on the record, parents of the individual named on the record, and certain other individuals or entities specified in law. All other requestors can only obtain informational copies. All copies issued are “certified copies.”


27 posted on 11/27/2008 1:22:38 PM PST by jamese777
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To: Deo volente

Sorry. I missed your reference to doublethink.


28 posted on 11/27/2008 1:23:35 PM PST by EternalVigilance (AIPNEWS.com - America's Independent Party: "Peace through superior firepower!")
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To: Jet Jaguar

I have pointed out on several occasions what you have posted.
Long form vs short form.
The short form that Obama provided was declared a forgery, and
for obvious reasons he will not provide the long form.
While I have my original hospital copy of birth certificate,
a copy from the state of Tennessee is a copy of my original
printed on an official state form.
It list many of the same details as yours.

The short Obama form is easy to forge and means nothing.


29 posted on 11/27/2008 1:27:44 PM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia. Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: EternalVigilance

“Show Me The Money” — a movie character.

“Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.” — Whittaker Chambers

“He’s so CLEAN” — some Democrat, of Obama

“COME CLEAN, BARACK” — The United States of America


30 posted on 11/27/2008 1:29:55 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: freekitty

I think only relatives can view the vault b.c.


31 posted on 11/27/2008 1:33:32 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

well, we could ALL view it if Obumma would present it.


33 posted on 11/27/2008 1:36:26 PM PST by spacejunkie01
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To: ckilmer
As John McClain said as he dropped the terrorist on the squad car:
“Welcome to the party, pal...”

www.thequietconservative.com current column “Will Barak Obama be Elected President”

34 posted on 11/27/2008 1:37:18 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: Deo volente
>"Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen. He is the legitimately elected President of the United States."

Prove it! or ST_U!

35 posted on 11/27/2008 1:38:09 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (I will stand with the Muslims ~B Hussein Obomunist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Verito Possumus~Verified Sleeper!)
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To: ckilmer

excellent and well-written article.

One sentence which says it all:

One reader wrote most concisely, “Obama has spent over $800,000 and several months fighting to avoid presenting a $10 copy of a long-form birth certificate” begging the ultimate question, why?


36 posted on 11/27/2008 1:39:44 PM PST by i_dont_chat
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To: Deo volente

My bad. I needed the /s tag on yer post.


37 posted on 11/27/2008 1:41:02 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (I will stand with the Muslims ~B Hussein Obomunist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Verito Possumus~Verified Sleeper!)
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To: ckilmer
“Obama has spent over $800,000 and several months fighting to avoid presenting a $10 copy of a long-form birth certificate” begging the ultimate question,

why?

38 posted on 11/27/2008 1:41:37 PM PST by freedom9 ( Just beause they all support and believe it doesn't make it right or true or even palatable)
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To: 21twelve

I was being facetious, FRiend.

He’s a superficial mutt.

Happy Thanksgiving!


39 posted on 11/27/2008 1:42:26 PM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: rawcatslyentist; Deo volente

New Year’s resolution to myself: NEVER forget to add the /sarcasm tag when I post on Free Republic.

Sheesh!


40 posted on 11/27/2008 1:42:36 PM PST by Deo volente (On January 20, 2009 America moves to DEFCON 2.)
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To: spacejunkie01

I agree about the missing college records.. How hard is it — to find someone inside to unearth the documents?

Also, why hasn’t someone done research on U.S. Passport for Obama. Has he ever applied for U.S. passport? Has one ever been issued or refused?

I know this could be called a matter of privacy — but surely our government (CIA/FBI) has the right to look into these matters.


41 posted on 11/27/2008 1:44:17 PM PST by i_dont_chat
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placemark


42 posted on 11/27/2008 1:48:25 PM PST by WestCoastGal (If we will hold the course, God in Heaven will raise up friends to help fight these battles.P Henry)
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To: Deo volente

“Old History, New History, New think, Old think” etc. George Orwell did see the future.


43 posted on 11/27/2008 1:49:56 PM PST by cpdiii (roughneck, oilfield trash and proud of it, geologist, pilot, pharmacist, iconoclast.)
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To: Publius6961

Yup, Hawaii is different. Birth certificates are released only to persons with a ‘tangible interest’ in the record. The officials in charge seem to regard only relation by blood as the basis for a ‘tangible interest’, or at very least do not regard the verification of meeting Constitutional requirements to serve as POTUS are giving citizens or even electors a ‘tangible interest’ in viewing birth certificates.


44 posted on 11/27/2008 1:50:52 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: i_dont_chat

Our Republican politicians have access to those records, if they have the guts to look.

STAND UP AMERICA! The presidential election is not over!
We voted for electors, not the individual candidates. The electors vote on or after December 15, 2009. The results are then presented to a joint session of Congress and objections may be heard on January 8, 2009 pursuant to the 20th amendment and Public Law 110-430. See the letter on my About page hand-delivered to the local offices of my Republican Senators and Representatives. I urge you to take similar action, even if it is simply faxing a one page letter to Washington, D.C.


45 posted on 11/27/2008 1:54:14 PM PST by frog in a pot (Is there a definition of "domestic enemies" as used in federal oaths, or is that just lip service?)
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To: Deo volente
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen.

The hell you say! Not without proof.

He is the legitimately elected President of the United States.

Not yet he isn't...or are you "one of those"?

46 posted on 11/27/2008 1:58:00 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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To: ckilmer

Note to all:

Hospital records for the time period in question do not indicate O’s mother being admitted to give birth or any other reason.

Also, O gave a detailed description of his BC in one of his books. Which begs the question, why? Unless he was trying to do a pre-emptive spin on this issue knowing something was wrong.

And I think his recent act of pretending to already be running the country in an attempt to pressure the court not to act.

We’ll know something the 5th.

SCOTUS is our last hope for our republic and our freedom.


47 posted on 11/27/2008 2:00:19 PM PST by stockpirate (Compassionate Conservatism = Republican Socialism.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

/SARCASM!

My post was sarcasm, or at least was intended to be...


48 posted on 11/27/2008 2:00:22 PM PST by Deo volente (On January 20, 2009 America moves to DEFCON 2.)
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To: i_dont_chat

Don’t you remember that during the primary campagin Obama travelled to Iraq and to Afghanistan to visit the troops on a US passport and he spoke in Berlin on a US passport as well.


49 posted on 11/27/2008 2:00:34 PM PST by jamese777
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To: Deo volente

“Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen. He is the legitimately elected President of the United States.”

“Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.”

Good one!

Orwell’s 1984 is happening a little late, but it’s amazing how prophetic he was.

STE=Q


50 posted on 11/27/2008 2:06:21 PM PST by STE=Q ("These are the times that try men's souls." -- Thomas Paine)
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