It is an article of faith in the loopier precincts of the Internet, impervious to evidence to the contrary, that Barack Obama is ineligible to be president of the United States because he is not a "natural born citizen" as the Constitution requires.
All this would be quite harmless, like believing in the Illuminati or alien abduction, except that the extra-chromosome true believers have taken to filing suit in the federal courts basically seeking to overturn the election.
For even the most ardent Obama opponents, this issue was settled during the campaign when the candidates posted his birth certificate on his Web site showing that he was born in Hawaii, and not Kenya as alleged, and Hawaii state officials vouched for the authenticity of the document.
U.S. District Judge James Robertson, showing refreshing proof that the cause of common sense is not totally dead in our judicial system, had had enough and threw out one such suit, saying, "This case, if it were allowed to proceed, would deserve mention in one of those books that seek to prove the law is foolish and that America has too many lawyers with not enough to do."
He noted that over the two years of the Obama campaign the issue of his citizenship "was raised, vetted, blogged, texted, twittered and otherwise massaged by America’s vigilant citizenry" without ever producing a shred of evidence that he was anything but natural born.
Robertson ordered the plaintiff’s attorney to show cause why he shouldn’t have to pay Obama’s legal fees for filing a frivolous and harassing case. The prospect of having to part with actual cash may serve to get these cases out of the courtroom and back in wing nut land where they belong.