Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday released his birth certificate, seeking to put to rest questions about whether the Canadian-born senator is qualified to run for president in 2016.
Immediately, parallels were drawn to President Obama’s 2011 release of his own birth certificate, which also was meant to end lingering questions about his eligibility to be president.
And for the few in the birther community, they see hypocrisy. Why are the media not denouncing those who question Cruz’s eligibility in the same way they have denounced the so-called “birthers” who continue to question Obama’s?
The reason? Because about the only thing these two situations have in common is that they involve a birth certificate and a presidential candidate.
Questions about Cruz’s eligibility have everything to do with interpretation of the law; the questions about Obama’s eligibility had everything to do with a dispute over the underlying facts — more specifically, conspiracy theories about whether the president was actually born in the United States, as he claimed, and whether he somehow forged a birth certificate that said he was born in Hawaii.
AARON BLAKE, writing in the Washington Post, "No, Ted Cruz ‘Birthers’ Are Not the Same as Obama Birthers."
THIS. There are questions of interpreting constitutional law, and then there are terrifying conspiracy theories. This is the former. The Obama birthers were perpetrating the latter.
I’ve lived in the States (that’s what they call America up there) since I was 2, unlike that highly suspicious Cruz, who waited all the way until he was four-years-old to depart for the U.S. of A. What was he doing during those years? Training as some sort of spy for the maple-syrup cartel? Acquiring goods and services with currency stamped with a picture of a foreign monarch? For the love of George Washington, was he playing hockey?
Cruz has vowed to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Having long ago abjured the Canadian qualities of modesty and politeness, it should be a relatively simple process. By the time this is over, Cruz may well buy time on national television so we can watch him crush a pile of Bryan Adams CDs with a steamroller.
This is the best thing I’ve read about this Ted Cruz nonsense so far
It is important for me to hear what people really think. And if there is one place people really say what they think about most things, it’s in the taxi.
The Labour prime minister came in for criticism for his driving, at one point jolting the car abruptly when, he said, he mistakenly applied the brake pedal on the automatic car, thinking it was the clutch. He said he had not driven in eight years.
THIS IS THE BEST STORY.
In a repudiation of a major element in the Bloomberg administration’s crime-fighting legacy, a federal judge has found that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers, and called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms.
I’m liking this trend.
"These stop-and-frisk episodes, which soared in number over the last decade as crime continued to decline, demonstrated a widespread disregard for the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government, according to the ruling. It also found violations with the 14th Amendment.”
This is a big deal.
Putin Continues to Do Putin-Like Things, This Time With a Fish
Hating On Fat People Just Makes Them Fatter
Don’t try to pretend your gibes and judgments of the overweight people in your life are for their own good. Florida researchers have evidence that discriminating against fat people only makes them fatter.
"People often rationalize that it’s OK to discriminate based on weight because it will motivate the victim to lose pounds," Angelina Sutin, a psychologist at the Florida State College of Medicine in Tallahassee, tells Shots. “But our findings suggest the opposite.”
Sutin and a colleague checked survey data from more than 6,000 American men and women age 50 and older who were asked how often in their daily lives they experienced different types of discrimination. Examples ranged from discourtesy or refusal of restaurant service to not getting a job or promotion.
I’m sad that it took this study to convince people of what should be pretty dang obvious, but I’m glad it’s getting the press it deserves, and that NPR is being suitably scathing about it.
In a straight party vote, Republicans in the normally bipartisan House science committee vote down a NASA proposal and call for a Moon base.
The best part of the article is Kenneth Chang’s perfect description of just how much the Republicans majority on the committee fails science. For the record, we explore space in the pursuit of knowledge, not jingoistic glory.
[…] Other legislators complained that the project seemed far-fetched and poorly articulated, and that it would not advance America’s bragging rights in space the way a return to the Moon could. The bill awaits a vote by the full House.
NASA and its rocket scientists are trying to figure out how to proceed.
Good job perplexing an entire agency of literal rocket scientists, House science committee.
Are we JOKING.
McCain said he didn’t agree with fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who argued Friday the Obama administration is calling for a review of “stand your ground” laws as a way to further its agenda against Second Amendment rights.
“Isn’t it time for America to come together?” McCain asked. “I’d rather have a message of coming together and discussing these issues rather than condemning.
“I respect (Cruz’s) view, but I don’t frankly see the connection,” he added.
Senator McCain is becoming a person I like again.