Saturday, April 09, 2011


With all the real news this week, a new conspiracy theory apparently fell through the cracks: that Barack Obama has mysterious, unacknowledged scars from brain surgery ... or is a space alien.

It started with a guy named Ben Hart at the blog -- and, naturally, he linked his speculations to birtherism:

Barack Obama has very long scar that goes up the side of his head and over his crown. What is that? What happened?

No one in the media asks.

We can't see his medical records, his school records, his college records, or his birth certificate. He's almost done with his first term, and we still know almost nothing about the background of the President of the United States. Very strange.

Whatever happened to create that scar, it was clearly something serious.

Was it a brain operation? Has it affected his thinking? Is he really an alien from another planet, which would explain no birth certificate? We have no proof as to where he was born, to whom, where he came from, or what his national origin is. Maybe he's one of the androids (a replicant), like in Bladerunner, not really human at all....

(The alleged scar ruins to the ear in each picture.)

This was picked up by the downmarket (and non-Murdoch) Daily Mail in the U.K., and then (naturally) by Glenn Beck's Blaze, where it's currently the most popular story.

But in Beck's comments section, even such true patriots as Ghandi Was a Republican are having trouble taking this seriously. (Most comments, including GWAR's, are variations on the theme "How could they do brain surgery when he doesn't have one haw haw haw!") And the Beck minion who posted the story calls the theory "wacky."

Still: It's Beck's most popular thread.

You know who might take this very, very seriously? Mr. Ferret Hair, the new top-tier GOP presidential candidate. Now that he's got the spotlight, I would love it if someone could manage to feed Donald Trump every conspiracy theory out there -- the "whitey" tape! Larry Sinclair's claim that he had gay sex with Obama and used cocaine with him! -- just in the hopes that, in his endless round of interviews, he'd actually endorse one or more of these theories, and embarrass the GOP by staying near (or even at) the top of the polls while doing so.


(Last paragraph inspired by this post at Alicublog, and by Hunger Tallest Palin's comment on that post.)

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