BIRTHERS LOSE IN COURT…. The Birthers’ latest case was not only thrown out, but the federal judge mocked the plaintiffs for being so foolish and wasting the judiciary’s time.

A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship, lambasting the case as a waste of the court’s time and suggesting the plaintiff’s attorney may have to compensate the president’s lawyer.

In an argument popular on the Internet and taken seriously practically nowhere else, Obama’s critics argue he is ineligible to be president because he is not a “natural-born citizen” as the Constitution requires.

In response last summer, Obama’s campaign posted his Hawaiian birth certificate on its Web site. But the lawsuit argues it is a fake and that Obama was actually born in his father’s homeland of Kenya, even though Hawaiian officials have said the document is authentic.

“This case, if it were allowed to proceed, would deserve mention in one of those books that seek to prove that the law is foolish or that America has too many lawyers with not enough to do,” U.S. District Judge James Robertson said in his written opinion.

Robertson added, “Even in its relatively short life the case has excited the blogosphere and the conspiracy theorists. The right thing to do is to bring it to an early end.”

Better yet, the judge called the plaintiff’s attorneys “agents provocateurs” and described their local counsel as “a foot soldier in their crusade.” Robertson ordered the lead counsel to prove why he hadn’t violated court rules prohibiting frivolous and harassing lawsuits, and why he shouldn’t have to pay the legal fees of the president’s attorney.

We can probably assume that the right will now explain why the district court judge is in on the elaborate conspiracy. The Birthers really aren’t well.

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