Thursday, January 06, 2011


"Bummer," whined A -list right-wing blogger Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit after the House Republicans' Constitution-reading stunt was crashed by a birther. Well, boo-hoo, Jim -- your side enables these people, so you get what you deserve:

An apparent member of the birther movement seated in the gallery of the House of Representatives on Thursday interrupted a reading of the Constitution. The woman yelled out "Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!" as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) read the "natural born citizen" clause of the Constitution.

The woman screamed out from the House Gallery as Pallone read Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution, which reads that "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."

... The Sergeant at Arms was called in, as they are in charge of removing those creating a disturbance on the House floor. An officer told the woman she was under arrest and removed her from the gallery as she yelled out "My name is Theresa," Politico reported....

Dave Weigel writes:

I'm told that the woman who made the disruption was Theresa Cao, a birther activist and supporter of court-martialed birther Lt. Col. Terry Lakin. On December 16, she told WorldNetDaily that she was "taking his message to the White House and Congress." ...

But that wasn't her first appearance at WND -- here's a gushing profile from last March:

Modern-day voice offering 'heaven's bailout'
Activist carries biblical message to White House gates

A lone woman evangelist has been positioning herself in front of the White House gates almost daily for more than two years to deliver the message to the United States that heaven is offering a "bailout" far greater than dollars.

The voice belongs to Theresa Salcedo Cao, whose work has kept her in Washington -- "I have a standard location literally right in front of the White House" -- encouraging people to follow the Bible to see God's miracles on earth and its companion warning of punishment for those who disobey.

The message applies not only to individuals but to nations, she believes.

"Most Americans really are asleep concerning what's taking place," she said. "People are willing to hand over their God-given rights and the Constitution to the prevailing wicked forces." ...

Yeah, yeah, I know -- a nutjob site quotes a nutjob individual. Well, WND is a nutjob site that's the fourth-most-popular political site on the Internet, according to Alexa. And there's no William F. Buckley encouraging right-wingers who want to be seen as respectable to distance themselves from WND -- the writings of supposedly mainstream figures such as John Stossel, Pat Buchanan, Thomas Sowell, and Ann Coulter appear there.

I'm not sure what exact relationship there is between Cao and WND, but I notice that she's scrawled WND.COM in huge letters on her protest signs since 2008, and her Twitter page lists as her site. She quotes a book written by WND's editor in chief, Joseph Farah, in that profile.

Is she a barking lunatic? Go read (or try to read) her blogs Got Heaven's Bailout? and Get Heaven's Bailout! and decide for yourself. (I think I know what you'll decide.)

So, look, Jim Hoft, I'm sorry you're bummed, but you're part of a political movement that welcomes and even embraces conspiracy-mongers like Farah and his WND colleagues, who in turn embrace head cases like Theresa Cao. Too bad for you if you haven't secured the asylum gates and a few of your lunatic fellow travelers show up where they're not wanted.

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