Researchers at Cornell University have succeeded in creating what they call “temporal cloaking.” In effect, they can create a tiny moment of time in which whatever happens can never be detected by outside observers.
At the moment, that “temporal cloaking” lasts just 50 trillionths of a second, which is too bad. We could have used it this week to save Georgia some national embarrassment.
On Wednesday, state Rep. Judy Manning, a Republican from Cobb County and a Newt Gingrich supporter, made news with an attack on Mitt Romney’s religion, suggesting that it disqualified him from office.
“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith,” she told the Marietta Daily Journal. “It’s better than a Muslim. Of course, every time you look at the TV these days you find an ad on there telling us how normal they are. So why do they have to put ads on the TV just to convince us that they’re normal if they are normal?”
So … “normal” good, Mormon bad, Muslim worse? You better memorize that, because we have to keep such things straight if we hope to protect the Constitution and American freedom.
Meanwhile, another Republican state representative, Mark Hatfield of Waycross, is representing two Georgia men in a lawsuit alleging that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen and thus cannot appear on the Georgia ballot for president. (Hatfield himself had sponsored legislation last year requiring candidates to submit their “long-form” birth certificate to prove their eligibility, but the bill failed.)
Two similar suits have also been filed, including one by the infamous Orly Taitz. Her filing alleges that Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate is a forgery, as is Obama’s Social Security number. The other two suits accept the birth certificate but claim that Obama is nonetheless not a natural-born citizen because his father was a non-citizen.
Earlier this week, a Georgia administrative law judge refused to dismiss the three suits and instead set a hearing for Jan. 26. However, while that decision immediately set the rightwing fringe all a-flutter, it’s absolutely meaningless and will have no impact except to extend the embarrassment.
Under Georgia election law, any registered voter has the right to challenge a candidate’s eligibility. The ruling by the administrative law judge does nothing more than recognize the existence of that right, and is silent on whether the plaintiffs have any legitimate grounds for complaint.
Which of course they don’t, because Barack Obama is a legitimate, natural-born president just as Mitt Romney’s religion is of no consequence to anyone except himself and his God.
Oh, and one more thing: If science really wanted to contribute to making our lives better, it would come up with a system of stupidity cloaking rather than temporal cloaking. The market potential is enormous.
UPDATE: Rep. Manning has “apologized,” to a degree, if by apologize you mean blame someone else. Here’s her statement:
In an attempt to compare Romney and Obama, a seasoned reporter manipulated my comparison using verbal judo and made my choice for a Republican Presidential candidate appear to be motivated by religion.
NOT SO! I am supporting Newt Gingrich because he is the smartest, most qualified man for the job. I believe he is the only candidate that can turn this economy around. In the 2012 elections, I believe constituents should focus on the crucial issues plaguing our nation; Foreign Policy, Healthcare, the Economy and Education.
While I believe Newt Gingrich is the best choice for President, I can assure you, I will be supporting whomever wins the support of Republican America on the ballot in 2012.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross said, “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.” These are words to live by. I sincerely apologize to Mitt Romney and for offending people of Mormon faith.”
– Jay Bookman