Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mike Castle and the Birthers

By now you may have seen the YouTube clip of an irate woman waving her birth certificate in a plastic bag and telling Mike Castle that Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen. It's been on Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, DelawareLiberal (twice) and the News Journal.
But the Obama birth certificate lunacy wasn't the only nuttiness tossed at Mike Castle at the now infamous listening session. Think Progress watched the entire video record and compiled a highlight reel of the fringe theories Castle stoically endured. Members of the crowd told Castle that global warming is a hoax, and that it's just a theory like evolution. You can't tax carbon dioxide, he was told, because "trees need CO2 to make oxygen!"
Castle listened as one audience member insisted that the swine flu virus was engineered in "a small bioweapons plant outside of Fort Dix," and that a big vaccine company was "caught sending AIDS-infected vaccines to Africa." This speaker continued, "You think I’m going to trust you to put a needle full of dead baby juice and monkey kidneys? Cause that’s what this stuff is grown on, dead babies!"
Education reform in Delaware cannot come soon enough.
If you're wondering whether the birther nonsense will ever go away, Michael Tomasky has an even more disconcerting thought:
He can't prove he's not a space alien either.

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