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Luke Scott, the Newest Birther

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Luke Scott is a ballplayer for the Baltimore Orioles. He has never hit for great average or a lot of home runs. I had never heard of him before this week, since he is a mediocre ballplayer on a lousy team.

Now I also know he is an ignorant man on a lousy team. He was quoted in Yahoo! sports expressing skepticism about President Obama being born in the United States. This despite the fact his birth certificate has been posted in Honolulu newspapers and can be seen online on Factcheck.org. That's not enough for the ignorant. They need Obama to hold a press conference and sew the birth certificate to his chest. Scott says he can go to his file cabinet and produce his birth certificate in ten minutes. What I'd like to see is his IQ score, a number that probably hovers around his height in inches.

The stupidity of this birther movement cannot be successfully measured in its enormity. What do birthers think happened? That Obama's parents planned his ascension to the presidency before he was born? That the Honolulu papers were complicit in the plan? Add to the fact that the birther noise died down a year ago, and the quote is even more ridiculous.

I am glad the Orioles distanced themselves from Scott's mutton headed musings. Now if only NBC would condemn former football coach Tony Dungy's travels around the country condemning gay marriage and gay adoption. If these self righteous jocks feel this way, that is their right. It is my right to disapprove of ignorance and bigotry. Dungy has a right to work for NBC, and NBC has a responsibility to seek the high ground.

Bravo Orioles, shame on NBC.

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