I agree. The real story is why Obama's birth certificate is national news while Trig Palin's isn't. Neither is a significant political issue (no matter how much Birthers try to make it one)
Because if Obama weren't born in American, he would not be constitutionally qualified to be president
What drives me crazy is the ceaseless repetition of this statement. Virtually everyone on the planet understands that Down's is rare in a woman under 40. So too is a woman flying for 20 hours when she's hours from giving birth.
For birth between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, a period of ten years, five after the age of fourteen are required for physical presence in the U.S. to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child.
Obama's mother turned 14 on November 29, 1956, and Barack was born on August 4th, 1961, less than five years later. The conspiracy theorist's Obama would therefore not be a citizen at birth, and so not a "natural-born citizen" eligible for the presidency.
There's a reason there are separate definitions for "rare" and "impossible."
Actually, I take this back. Because Birhers really come across like particularly annoying rules lawyers in a table-top RPG session, rather than people who don't know the rules.
I don't think so, but even if you're right he wouldn't have been born a citizen.
Samizdata: WHO THE BLISTERING GREEN FUCK NAMES THEIR KID TRIG
Legomancer: I agree. The name is laughable. "Calc II" would be a better name, but both pale in comparison to "Number Theory"
Well we could break into their house or bribe a babysitter to get a sample because we are, ya know, insane.
The thing I don't get about the Obama situation is how much of it is beyond his control. Wouldn't the two or three top US secret intelligence agencies do full background checks on the top contenders for POTUS and VPOTUS?
Seems to me if the birth/hoax rumors are true, Brad Scharlott will have his career destroyed by the Republican Noise Machine.
Having said this, I feel the need to correct a couple assumptions about Trisomy 21: Down syndrome babies born to young mothers are NOT rare. 80% of babies with Down Syndrome are born to mothers under age 35.
Except that I never made anything close to that argument. I'm only asking, on behalf of rocket scientists and others, for you to back of the claim that high probability is equivalent to certainty.
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