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Tolerate the 'Birthers' With a Made in the USA Mug

11/21/2011 02:41 pm ET | Updated Jan 21, 2012

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Friday, four Republicans in the New Hampshire State House allowed a hearing requested by Orly Taitz, the notorious dentist-lawyer-birther who wants President Obama officially removed from the state's primary ballot.

Taitz had filed a complaint about Obama's candidacy that, according to WND, was joined by several state lawmakers. Ortiz had submitted "evidence" of alleged fraud regarding his birth certificate. The evidence, she charged, "indicates he does not meet the Constitution's requirement that the president be a 'natural born citizen.'"

It's not clear whether all this is a smokescreen or whether these dead-enders actually believe this stuff. But they aren't letting the facts get in their way -- one group in Arizona has even demanded that the President "release the microfiche" of his birth certificate.

Regrettably, Obama doesn't have any microfiches on hand, but his campaign has the next best thing: In honor of birthers and conspiracy theorists everywhere, they're re-releasing the campaign's limited-edition "Made in the USA" mugs.

Here's what one of the state representatives backing the effort had to say about Friday's hearing: "I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I could take [the long-form birth certificate] apart and see that it was fraudulent."

Well, the campaign won't argue with one part of that statement.

There's clearly nothing that can be done to satisfy this crowd -- or anyone else who insists on wasting time and energy on nonsense like this.

But when it starts to make your head hurt, the best remedy is to have some tea (or coffee) in a "Made in the USA" mug, with the president's "mug shot" on one side and his much-disputed birth certificate on the other.

Works like a charm. The campaign recommends Earl Grey.

Adapted and expanded from a "Release the Mugs" message by the Obama Campaign.

CODA

A state board in New Hampshire has decided that Barack Obama's name is good to go on the state's 2012 presidential ballot because the application was filled out properly and the $1,000 fee was paid, according to an attorney who challenged his candidacy because of suspicions of fraud.