Adding to our unfortunate litany of armed, dangerous and fighin’ mad white women is John Richardson in Esquire:
Then there’s Orly Taitz, queen of the “birthers,” who brings outrageous thinking to a whole new level. This was her at the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in Kentucky, which I touched on here last week, well before the town-hall tirades took over the airwaves.
This was her four months ago, shouting over the gunfire in a thin, shrill voice:
“I am extremely concerned about Obama specifically because I was born in Soviet Union, so I can tell that he is extremely dangerous.
I believe he is the most dangerous thing one can imagine, in that he represents radical communism and radical Islam: He was born and raised in radical Islam, all of his associations are with radical Islam, and he was groomed in the environment of the dirty Chicago mafia.
Can there be anything scarier than that?”
Earlier he wrote this too, also strange and scary but true. I found it looking for more on the “Kentucky Machine Gun Show,” which I shudder to think could be a real thing at which anybody’s children much less America’s lunatics and psychotics can roam free. . .
Others argue that the whole thing is getting overblown because it’s August. . .
But it also obscures a troubling truth: By focusing on the “news hook” about our president’s birth certificate, we are ignoring the broader mixture of paranoid apocalyptic fantasies that feed this troubling — and growing, perhaps into the tens of millions — group of people.
People who told me they’re not just looking for the president’s birth certificate. They’re looking for his death certificate. . .
Swensson chuckled. “If you cut off the head of the snake, the rest of the serpent is pretty much gon’ die.”
Another man stopped to talk up the tea parties. “You know what the Patriot said: Trust in God and keep the powder dry.”
“I’m getting a lot of that,” Swensson said.
Swensson was a tall man with a long, earnest face. The sole proprietor of a computer store in the suburbs of Atlanta, he told me he was just a regular John McCain supporter — pro-choice, not very religious, working on his third marriage — until he discovered on the Internet that the government was lying about the oil crisis.
. . .Swensson was an amiable guy. I liked him. He told me about growing up in Florida, poking around lagoons with his dad and marveling at all the beautiful coral fish. But now his father was dead and the ocean off the Florida coast was like I-95 and it all felt like the end. Obama was breaking the bank. Soon China would stop buying T-bills. Food shortages were sure to follow. He expected martial law by September.
In walked Orly Taitz, “birther” extraordinaire, with stiletto heels and a spectacular pair of Tammy Faye Baker eyelashes. . .