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Believe it or not: Support for conspiracy theories

About a third of American adults believe the JFK assassination was pulled off by a conspiracy, a new survey suggests. About the same number say he was the victim of a lone gunman.

Rasmussen Reports surveyed more than 1,000 Americans on some of the most common conspiracy theories. It found that 32 percent believe more than one shooter was involved in John F. Kennedy's assassination, which was slightly less than the 37 percent who said he was a victim of a larger conspiracy when a similar survey was conducted in November around the 50th anniversary of the event.

Other conspiracy ratings:

Almost one in four believe the government new about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks before hand and did nothing to stop them.

About the same number say Obama is not an American citizen. (That goes to two out of five for Republicans surveyed.)

One in five believe a UFO with aliens crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

About one in seven (14 percent) say the U.S. faked the moon landing in 1969.

Almost the same number (13 percent) say the British Royal Family had Princess Di killed.

Disbelief was high, however, that Paul McCartney was killed and replaced by someone else in the Beatles. Only 3 percent believe the Walrus is Paul. (Oblique reference explained inside the blog.)

Sorry birthers, McMorris Rodgers thinks Obama’s a citizen

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McMorris Rodgers on Obama “birthers”


Bad news for “birthers”, those people who think Barack Obama isn’t legally president because he wasn’t born in the United States: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn’t on your side.

Birthers may have briefly harbored hope – and people who think the whole idea is crazy as bat spit may have arched an eyebrow – about two weeks ago when the Eastern Washington Republican gave a wishy-washy answer to a question about Obama’s legal qualifications to a blogger from the Huffington Post while hurrying up the Capitol steps.

Asked if she thought Obama was a natural-born citizen, constitutionally permitted to be president, she replied: “We’re all going to find out.”

Asked what she believed personally, she said: “Oh, I’d like to see the documents.”

Mon. fun video: Huffington quizzes McMorris Rodgers, others on birth certificate issue.

Gotta love a story with legs, and that’s exactly what the Barack Obama birth certificate “controversy” seems to have.

Love it even more when the legs include local folks or place. First it was Orly Taitz asking Chief Justice Roberts a question about the controversy down at the University of Idaho. Now we have Huffington Post asking Republican members of Congress whether they think Obama is a natural born U.S. citizen, eligible to serve as president.

And the second person in the video? Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, queried as she jaunts up the steps. Rep. Dave Reichert of suburban Seattle also shows up about 1:15 in.

From the other side of the political spectrum, we have a conservative voice none other than Ann Coulter saying conservatives don’t care about this, have dismissed it, says the “birthers” are cranks and it’s only the liberal media that’s trying to make it an issue.

 

About those Obama birth cert. documents

Reader John W. Snyder Jr. wrote recently to find out whatever happened to the documents Chief Justice John Roberts got down in Moscow, Idaho, on President Obama’s birth certificates. (If that made you say “Huh?” Catch up at this link.)

Here’s the update:

Copies of Dr. Orly Taitz’s documents were forwarded to the Supreme Court clerk’s office, but were sent back because they weren’t in a form the court could accept, a spokeswoman for the court said. The court suggested they be resubmitted in a form that could be accepted.

Dr. Taitz confirmed Wednesday she got the documents, and the letter from the clerk. She takes some issue with what the court is suggesting. . .

Lots of interest in that birth certificate

Anyone who thought questions about Barack Obama’s citizenship were laid to rest by the election or a series of court decisions tossing out lawsuits trying to challenge the election on that issue might have been surprised by a question Chief Justice John Roberts got during his recent visit to Idaho.

When Roberts finished his prepared speech and opened the floor to questions at the University of Idaho this month, the first person to the microphone was a woman who said she’d travelled since 3 a.m. that morning to get from California to Moscow, so she begged for a little indulgence on the moderator’s rule that questioners be from the sponsoring College of Law so she could ask a question.

About “illegal activity in the Supreme Court.”

About her case being “erased from the docket” under circumstances that sounded, to say the least, suspicious.

About the president, whom she called Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetero, not legally being president because he was “a foreign national at birth.”

About that birth certificate, Mr. Chief Justice

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Roberts questioned

Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t do much public speaking, so it was a treat for the University of Idaho to land him for a speech and a chance to answer a few questions at the College of Law’s Bellwood Lecture Series.

But the first question may be a good example of why members of the Supreme Court don’t go out much on the speaking circuit.

Roberts gave his speech on why law students and lawyers might want to emulate Abraham Lincoln’s career as a lawyer, and was ready to field a few questions. See story reprinted below, or click here.) The moderator reiterated that Roberts couldn’t talk about pending cases or his opinions on past decisions, and asked that the questions be limited to folks from U of I, since this was, after all, a university sponsored event. And ask a question, don’t make a speech, he added.

The first person managed to go 0 for 3, saying that she was a lawyer who left Southern California at 3 a.m., begged the crowd’s indulgence and launched into a discussion of “illegal activities going on in the Supreme Court of the United States” surrounding a petition she was trying to file to get the court to look at…

 

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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