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:


Card models

Château de Belcayre on the Vézère River, by Ed Alcock for The New York Times, copyright 2008 The New York Times, all rights reservedThis pic of Chateau de Belcayre on the France’s Vezere River is the first in a slideshow from a travel article about canoeing in the lovely Dordogne Valley region of France by Christopher Shaw*, in today’s (click on the pic to see it full-sized).

When I saw it, I suddenly recalled when my son and I used to assemble card models of Loire Valley chateaux in some of our scanty spare time.  We did Chamont, Chambord and Chenonceau.  My son was four or five when this started.   It’s kind of amazing that we did it.  Chenonceau was hard!

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The Umbrellas of Harlem

This past Thursday in NYC, it rained.  It was the first rainy day since last autumn that was warm enough so people weren’t bundled up.

The vernal equinox was only a day away.  The light was lovely — warm and deep, despite the wet and the dark clouds.  There was almost no wind.

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