Why those who believe Barack Obama is not American-born have got it completely wrong.

As awful of a President as I think Obama is, I’ve never bought into the birther thing.  I don’t know why exactly.  It’s just never rung true to me.  After awhile, I’ve just tuned those people out.  They’ve had years now to make their case and they haven’t been able to do it.  Not even the conservative media takes them seriously anymore.  This is probably the most reasonable article on the subject that I’ve read so far, knowing what we definitively do know about President Obama.  It’s very much worth reading no matter what position you take.  This is from a guy who was a classmate of President Obama at Columbia University.

Many Americans suspect Obama was foreign born. They are wrong. Boy do I have a story to tell you.

I believe Obama is a fraud. But it has nothing to do with his birth. Obama’s critics have it all backwards. They are looking in the wrong place. He isn’t a foreigner portraying himself as an American. He’s an American who fraudulently portrayed himself as a foreigner.

Months ago MSNBC television host Rachel Maddow spent 15 minutes on her national show calling me a “birther.” I scratched my head. Because I’m not. Never have been, not for one minute. A “birther” believes Obama is a foreigner, not legally qualified to be president. I have never believed that.

I’ve always believed that Obama is 100 percent American. There I’ve said it loudly. I’m a leading critic of the President, but I’ve always believed him to be American born. He is as American as P.T. Barnum. And he lies and exaggerates like P.T. Barnum too. While Obama is not a foreigner, he is a fraud. Let me tell you the REAL Obama story.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obama-is-100-red-white-blue-american-born/

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Police make meth raid on the home of elderly man and kill him in the raid. And then find no meth.

The so-called War On Drugs rages on.   Raid the home of an elderly couple suspected of cooking meth, kill one of them in the raid, find no meth after you shoot him dead, and then try to justify the whole thing because you found some pot in their son’s room.  What a joke.

The widow of an 80-year-old man who was shot dead by police during a drug raid on their home is suing for $50 million.

On the night of June 27th, Los Angeles County deputies raided the home of Eugene Mallory and Tonya Pate. Authorities claim they had probable cause to search the premises because they could smell chemicals used to make methamphetamine while standing outside the house. Police suspected Mallory of being involved in an illegal meth ring.

Mallory was asleep in bed when police entered his home. Pate said her husband has bad eyesight, and couldn’t tell that the men entering the house were police officers without his glasses.

Police found no meth, nor evidence of a meth operation, inside the house. They did find marijuana — in Pate’s son’s room.

The sheriff’s department insists that the marijuana vindicates the raid.

Actor Anthony Hopkins writes to Bryan Cranston to tell him that his acting in Breaking Bad is the best he’s ever seen.

Anthony Hopkins letter to Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.

I have seen Breaking Bad for about less then 30 minutes.  What I saw was good, even very good.  I know the very basics of the story, but that’s it.  I have heard nothing but glowing things about the show.  That can be said about a lot of shows, but what gets my attention about Breaking Bad is that its creator is Vince Gilligan, who used to work on the X-Files, which may be my favorite show of all time.  Because of that, it is no surprise to me that Breaking Bad turned out the way it did.  X-Files creator Chris Carter’s group of writers he had working on the mythology of the X-Files and the stand-alone episodes, Vince Gilligan being among them, were amazing.  Apparently, after binging on Breaking Bad, Anthony Hopkins is now a Bryan Cranston fan.

VIDEO: Bob Costas chimes in on why the Washington Redskins need to change their name. And why he’s wrong.

I really like Bob Costas, I think he’s one of the most intelligent and well-spoken sports broadcasters, ever.  But if you’re going to make your case in front of millions of people on national TV as to why something is not culturally appropriate (politically-correct), it doesn’t do well for you to debunk your own position before you even get to your main point.  Which is exactly what Costas does here trying to make his case as to why the Washington Redskins mascot all of the sudden has become inappropriate and offensive apparently, after being a part of the NFL for decades, even winning three Super Bowls during that time and being home to names like Joe Theismann, John Riggins, Darrell Green, Dexter Manley, Mark Rypien, and other All-Pro and Hall of Fame players from its past.

Costas starts out by saying definitively that he doesn’t believe that anyone associated with the Redskins organization, including the fans, are racist in any way toward Native Americans.  I don’t think the vast majority of Americans needed to be told that, but OK.  He doesn’t want to be misunderstood, so he just wanted to establish that.

He then goes on to casually mention that not even Native Americans themselves are offended by the term ‘Redskins’.

As much as I respect Costas, now he just sounds absurd, and he’s effectively shot himself in the foot before even getting to his main point.  He admits that no one in the Redskins organization is racist and that Native Americans themselves are not offended by the name.

Then what’s the problem?  If this is such a “controversy” now, like Costas and others are describing this, where did this controversy come from all of a sudden?  Who’s offended by the name ‘Redskins’ if you’re openly admitting that Native Americans themselves are not offended by the term?  And why now?  And what possible reason would the team have to change the name if the people the name is referring to take no offense?  The Washington Redskins have been in the National Football League SINCE 1932!!!  THAT’S 81 YEARS!!! 

Do you realistically expect any professional sports team that has been around as long as the Redskins have, to cave to political-correctness without a fight?

Costas then goes on to compare the Redskins name to other pro and college sports teams that have some variation of Native American terms as their name, claiming that those names honor instead of demean Native Americans.  And that some teams in the past have changed their names because of objections.  He does make a good point that if the term referred to other ethnic groups such as Hispanics, Asians, or especially blacks, it would probably be dismissed out of hand as being highly offensive.

But it doesn’t, and it isn’t offensive to Native Americans.  Maybe that’s because Native Americans are proud of their heritage and their skin color and don’t like to engage in hyper-partisan race-baiting that the politically-correct media likes to marinate in.  Or maybe Native Americans don’t like American football very much and just don’t care, I don’t know.  What I do know is that Costas and others are trying to gin up a controversy where none exists.

And I really, really hope that the Redskins organization thinks long and hard if they do decide to change their name (which it doesn’t sound like they’re going to).  I won’t be disappointed if they change their name, but I will be disappointed if they change their name to appease the wrong people.