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Tonight is a Fok double header!  Keith comments on how the Trump birth certificate scam has morphed today into college transcript gate, and we have a bonus video commentary on Jean Schmidt demonstrating how Republicans pull facts out of thin air.


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Trump, whether having concluded the birth certificate Snipe had run its course, or having finally bored himself, or having been tipped that the President was thinking about trying to shut this whole thing down, had pivoted to an announcement that the President was “a terrible student” and couldn’t possibly have gotten into Columbia or Harvard, and that Mr. Obama really needed to stop refusing to release his college transcripts.

If that doesn’t work, it’ll be his list of movie rentals back in the days of VHS, or his Chicago White Sox ticket stubs to prove he really is a fan, or his laundry delivery records to make sure William Ayers or Jeremiah Wright or Karl Marx hasn’t been slipping him notes inside the suit pockets like they did in that John LeCarre spy novel.

Keith believes that Obama is "well meaning but sometimes utterly tone-deaf", if he believes that the release of the certificate will cause the distraction of the "carnival barkers" to vanish.

They’re carnival barkers. They don’t stop selling tickets just because there isn’t a real mermaid back there. If you prove there’s no mermaid, tomorrow they’ll tell you there’s a Martian.

Keith notes that Alfred Hitchcock was once asked why the central events of his dramas - espionage, robbery, sabotage, got so little factual description in his movies.

Hitchcock justified this by explaining the story of the Maguffin. Two men are riding in the compartment of a British train and one of them, with tremendous effort, places an enormous and oddly shaped parcel in the rack above him and, sweating copiously, sits back down in his seat. The other man watches silently for minute after minute. He thinks he sees the parcel move, of its own accord, but can’t be sure. Finally he can’t take it any more, and he asks the stranger what’s inside. “That,” the man says, “is a Maguffin.” They ride along in silence for a long time when the inquisitor finally speaks up again and asks what a Maguffin is. “A Maguffin,” the man says wearily, “is a device for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.” Again there is silence. The other man blurts out, “But there aren’t any lions in the Scottish Highlands!” The owner nonchalantly replies “Well then, that’s no Maguffin.”

Remember what the President has conveniently forgotten: The Republicans and the Tea Partiers always have more Maguffins.

Bonus Video Commentary-
The best part about being a Republican,
When you need facts you can just make um up.

The Schmidt has hit the fan once again!"

 Enjoy!

Originally posted to crystal eyes on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 08:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by Fok News.

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  •  Tips for Keith's "The Schmidt has hit the fan" (12+ / 0-)

    June 20th can't come soon enough.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 08:27:43 PM PDT

  •  From the Birth Certificate to Harvard..... (6+ / 0-)

    I thought it was brilliant of the President to release the long form of his birth certificate today.  Immediately after, Trump was stopped on camera by an NBC Producer who tried to show him the President's long form birth certificate.

    Trump  couldn't get away fast enough.  He practically ran.  He refused to look.  He looked ridiculous.  He was exposed as the vile, race baiting, manipulator that he is.

    Of course, the President knew this wouldn't stop the talk. But Orly Taitz just had her balloon pricked today, as did Trump.  Now she's claiming the President has committed Social Security fraud.

    They look insane, and the President is the adult in the room.  Lawrence O'Donnell was amazing tonight calling on NBC to quit providing cover for Trump.  

    "Celebrity Apprentice" has lost 2 MILLION viewers since Trump  started his one man race baiting birther circus.

    Trump is running a third rate circus w/ Orly Taitz & Pat Buchanan as two of his lame, threadbare performers.  

  •  I dont think Obama was trying to (4+ / 0-)

    convince the birthers. As he said today:

    I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest.  But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press.

    I think this was really about talking to the press, who have given Trump's candidacy and his claims so much attention. The comment he directed at Chuck Todd, I believe, at the beginning made that clear.

    •  And I saw a lot of this early today here (2+ / 0-)
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      snapples, jan4insight

      about how this was all about appeasing the birthers. And I kind of wonder if those people even heard Obama speak or read the transcript. And then I thought, if these are the same people talking about Obama using his bully pulpit, how useful do they think that is when, even they themselves, dont listen to what the president has to say?    

    •  Ed Henry Was the Little Worm...... (4+ / 0-)

      who kept the birther thing going yesterday. He asked another birther question during the WH press conference.  Anything to keep it going.

       It was especially disgraceful after CNN had sent an investigative team to Hawaii for 5 days.  They interviewed everyone......including the head of the Health Dept, a former governor, the present governor & multiple officials in a position to examine the birth certificate.

      It was called "a definitive examination".  But Ed Henry just wouldn't let it go.  He's done everything he can to bolster Donald Trump & the whole birther controversy.

      The guy is disgusting.  He works for CNN....but he tried to dump all over their investigation.

  •  I think James Carville got it right. (1+ / 0-)
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    crystal eyes

    He thinks that the President just pushed Trump to the top of the list for the Republican ticket for 2012.

    I think he might be onto something.

    http://www.cnn.com/...

  •  It Was About Candidate Ballot Qualification (1+ / 0-)
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    Unit Zero

    because in any state he's off the ballot, Dem voter turnout will crash causing a monster Republican pickup at federal, state, county and local levels.

    This is incredibly important if we're to have a party after 2012.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 09:22:30 PM PDT

    •  The Truth - nt (0+ / 0-)

      -6.25 -7.08 The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just twice as large as it needs to be. "Money Talks - Especially When It Walks" - Singingbird

      by Unit Zero on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 07:55:19 AM PDT

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