This never ends

Yet another remix of the famous 4 minute ‘last days of Hitler’ clip from the brilliant German film Der Untergang(2004)[akaThe Downfall]. I had seen several of these during the 2008 election season.

This one is based on the latest developments of the birther conspiracy.

HuffPost: Kenyan Birth Certificate: Obama Birthers Latch On To Forgery

Oddly, the same people who are so skeptical of Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate are willing to accept this new document despite many flaws, documented by the Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel and Markos Moulitsas.

Here are just some of the flaws:

Kenya was a Dominion the date this certificate was allegedly issued and would not become a republic for 8 months.
Mombasa belonged to Zanzibar when Obama was born, not Kenya.

Obama’s father’s village would be nearer to Nairobi, not Mombasa.

The number 47O44– 47 is Obama’s age when he became president, followed by the letter O (not a zero) followed by 44–he is the 44th president.

EF Lavender is a laundry detergent.

Interestingly, later this has been found to be forged from an Australian birth certificate available at an obscure genealogy website of a family.

Over the weekend, Birther-in-Chief Orly Taitz released what could have been a shocking discovery: A document that was purportedly a certified copy of President Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate, showing that he’d been born in Mombasa, Kenya, not in Hawaii.

It took just 48 hours to definitively expose Taitz’s find as a forgery, and for the document that it was apparently based off of to surface. It’s a certified copy of a birth certificate for one David Jeffrey Bomford, born in South Australia in April 1959.

[…]

The question of who produced the forgery, and why, is still open. It could be, as some debunkers have suggested, that someone was pulling a hoax on Taitz in order to further discredit the Birthers. It could also have been a true believer, or, of course, someone who just wanted money for it — there have been attempts to sell a purported Kenyan birth certificate for Obama on eBay before this.

Here’s Hitler reacting to this news:

About the clip “Hitler’s last days a YouTube sensation“:

The scene is from 2004’s “Downfall,” the Oscar-nominated German film that initially courted controversy by portraying Hitler as a three-dimensional character but has proven popular, frequently ranking among the Top 100 films on the Internet Movie Database.

Yet if people are familiar with the clip, it’s likely because they’ve seen it on YouTube, not in a movie theatre.

That’s because over the past two years, the scene has been remixed more than 100 times by people who’ve replaced the original subtitles with their own.

In the remixes, Hitler – played in the film by Swiss actor Bruno Ganz – loses his cool not at the impending end of the Third Reich, but at less politically significant topics.

[…]Blackmore says that when he’s shown the “Downfall” clips to his students, they tend to have mixed reactions, finding them amusing yet also – because of their knowledge of Nazi Germany – vaguely unsettling.

Seen out of context, the four-minute clip does seem to show Hitler as a one-dimensional stereotype, which goes against what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish, says Blackmore.

His concern is the constant remixes will strip “Downfall” – a film he praises as a serious exploration of how young Germans responded to Nazi authority – of its moral gravity.

And here’s Hitler reacting to the news of Sarah Palin’s resignation:

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7 thoughts on “This never ends

  1. heath says:

    This is a fascinating subject. Tried to come up with a spiffy term for anti-birthers, but no joy with the try. Was thinking we may need to explore forming militia-like brigades of anti-birthers, since even supposedly-intelligent and highly-educated birthers have lost all sensibility about this issue, and it may come to the point that a quasi-paramilitary popular response is the only thing defense against this mass hallucination, should the disease continue to spread. ๐Ÿ˜‰ of course… or maybe not… ๐Ÿ˜€

    • skkott says:

      Hunter of dkos sums it up nicely:

      In the news: John Cornyn thinks fact checking is pretext for domestic espionage. Which he’s suddenly against. Chuck Grassley uses Ted Kennedy’s medical condition as propaganda for his own false and nonsensical claims about “socialized medicine” killing old people — and this is who Max Baucus is “negotiating” with to bring us his version of health care. Rush Limbaugh thinks Obama is like Hitler. Glenn Beck muses about poisoning Nancy Pelosi.

      The birthers are going strong, and the teabaggers are trying to shut down healthcare reform by making town halls on the subject impossible. Dick Morris and John Bolton agree: we should have left those two journalists to rot in North Korea, because Clinton going there to secure their release made the U.S. look weak, and now other countries will steal our lunch money at recess. And Lou Dobbs never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like, as long as it was about brown or black people, but after people got angry that he peddled false nonsense he says he’s now reflexively going to oppose Obama on everything.

      It almost makes you want to cry. Between Cornyn, Grassley, Limbaugh and Beck, between Dobbs and Morris and Bolton, between birthers and “socialized” medicine but keep-your-hands-off-my-Medicare, the stupid is overwhelming. It’s become a tidal wave of stupid. It’s a giant Noah’s Ark of stupid, in which two examples of every kind of dumbassery known to man have been loaded up to be set adrift on a sea of their own drool. It’s the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” gameshow of stupid — loud, with big flashing lights, and on every goddamn day of the week. It’s the result of drinking conservative bong water and eating the paint chips flaking off Bill Buckley’s lead-encrusted casket.

      I’d be afraid for the future of our country, but I know that if these people ever actually armed themselves and tried to take over they’d all have accidentally shot themselves in the groin within the first ten minutes. Then they’d all limp to D.C. to hold a rally demanding free government healthcare for crotch-related injuries.

      • skkott says:

        Don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

        I Can See The F***ing Stupid From My House

        Hunter again, on Sarah Palin’s latest comment on health reform.

      • skkott says:

        This Hunter guy is unstoppable:

        “Seriously? I mean, ‘come the flying monkey hell on’. How is it that this hollow-headed dimwit doesn’t get run out of town for statements like that? Obama’s going to come murder her son?”

        “The whole Republican party can absolutely make stuff up, no question about it, 100% lies, no factual basis whatsoever, outrageous, known false stuff about euthanasia and “death panels” and denying care to people that are no longer “productive”, stuff that’s right out of the most venomous propaganda playbooks around, weird-assed, depraved, paranoid stuff that would be perfectly at home in a Henry Ford tract about the secret methods of the evil Jews or the like — and not a goddamned news outlet on the planet is making a story out of the fact that these supposed leaders of their party are gleefully lying through their teeth about all of it, or that the “teabaggers” carrying these selfsame lies into public meetings aren’t just angry Americans with a different point of view, but people spreading known, 100%-goddamn-freaking-false-and-false-from-the-very-first-time-it-was-uttered bullshit, and intentionally doing it so loud that they hope nobody can possibly shout them down.”

        Idiot Nation
        http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/8/8/763501/-Idiot-Nation

  2. derek says:

    wow, politics. in my opinion the whole thing is falling apart. the blue dogs are declaring war on obama and the battle has begun.

    yet another cycle of the insanity we call our political system

    derek

  3. derek says:

    i feel the only way to break this dysfunctional cycle is for humanity to mature beyond it, until then it’s round and round and round we go.

    derek

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