A few weeks ago, we wrote a post called “Trying to Teach a Pigs to Sing” in which we addressed some of the issues that had been brought to our attention on the “birther” issue. The “birther” issue is where there are some people who claim that the Obama birth certificate is forged.
At the end of the post, (one of four we made on this subject) we said the following:
We are no longer interested in trying to teach pigs to sing. The vast majority of conspiracy theorists, whether they be “birthers,” “truthers,” believers of the “shooter on the grassy knoll,” or “Roosevelt knew of the attack on Pearl Harbor,” cannot be reasoned with. Facts do not matter. Rational discussion does not matter.
To the rest of the birthers who cannot and will not discuss issues and facts, or feel that anyone who disagrees with you is a liberal, an Obama plant, or some other charge made in an ad hominem attack, you are going to have to go to another trough.
This one is closed for you.
Go learn to sing elsewhere.
Why did we say that? Well, it goes back to an assertion we made early on:
One thing that we have noticed over the years is that conspiracy theorists have a thought process that relies more on perception rather than reality. For example, a conspiracy theorist will say, “Look at ‘A’!” as support for his theory. When “A” is de-bunked, the conspiracy theorist will respond with “but look at ‘B’!” After debunking “B,” the conspiracy theorist will say, “Ah! But look at ‘C’!” When “C” is debunked also, they will return to “A” or a variation of “A.” After awhile, with all the permutations of the debunked theories they maintain are legitimate, a person is tired of the battle and simply says “whatever.” The conspiracy theorist will then say “you need to look at all the evidence!” even though you have discredited all of the evidence.
We stand by that assertion. In fact, in talking to some “birthers” via email, we became more and more convinced that there are birthers who are simply incapable of rational or logical thought.
The emails kept coming and after awhile we began to reply with the paragraph above and try to move on. When that became impossible we had our email filter send emails from birthers to our “delete” email folder where they would simply disappear.
We were done with the birther issue.
That is until tonight.
Tonight we received a slew of emails from people on the same subject. All of them had images attached so when we saw them in the “delete” folder, our curiosity was piqued. What could be so important to get that many emails from people?
The emails were images from somewhere with an article written by Paul Irey.
After reading the article, we laughed.
It was that funny.
One of the staff members here at Raised on Hoecakes then called us and basically asked “have you seen this?” referring to the same article.
After a discussion, we decided that because the article is so funny, so ridiculous and so lacking in any logical or critical thinking, we would not be breaking our vow to not write about the birther issue anymore.
We would simply put this in the “Humor” category, which is where you will find it now.
Here is article that was sent to us:
The fact that Irey, whose only experience in typewriters is using one for a few years, should give anyone pause to his conclusions. However, as his lack of knowledge does not stop him, it won’t stop us from addressing the issue he brings forth.
Because scan lines engage a letter differently each time it is done. So he scanned a bunch of old birth certificates and used a different “t” each time.”
Because understanding scanners . . . he also had to know that scanning a letter “t” one time and using it all over his document would be conviction assured.
So let’s understand Irey’s theory completely.
If the alleged forger of the document used the same “t” in cutting and pasting the words together onto the birth certificate, the birth certificate would clearly be seen as a forgery.
On the other hand, Irey claims that because the letters are different, that also proves the birth certificate is a forgery.
This is pure comedic gold. This is a lack of rational thought at its best. According to Irey, the document is a fake if the letters are the same or if they are different.
Are there any other options other than “the same” or “different?”
Irey admits that the scanning technology would induce errors and differences in the letters, but then fails to take that fact to its logical conclusion. of the scanning would account for the errors and differences he sees. (We brought this issue to Irey’s attention and addressed it here.) His limited understanding of typewriters of the day show leads him to conclude that the typefaces were different, but he never identifies the typeface style or “family.”
In Irey’s world, the document is a forgery no matter what the evidence shows. Or rather, the document is a forgery in spite of the evidence. Irey and other “birthers” are so interested in the conclusion that the birth certificate is a forgery, they either do not or cannot think about what they are saying and how they arrive at that conclusion. It is the conclusion – not the evidence or thought process – that matters. The conclusion and only the conclusion.
This is funny stuff. It really is. Irey puts himself in a logic box, shuts the lid, locks it, throws the key away and some birthers then want to use this as “proof” that the birth certificate is forged.
To be clear, we at Raised at Hoecakes are not arguing that Obama’s birth certificate is real or fake. All we have done is shown how the analysis of the document by some is so ridiculous, so illogical and so lacking in critical thinking, that it is hysterical in a tragic sort of way.
Thanks for the laugh guys.