Still trying

April 7th, 2009

^^ Star-Bulletin photo (2008)

As if the state’s tourism industry wasn’t affected enough already by the global recession, now it has to worry about an economic boycott spawned by conspiracy nuts.

A Web site called was launched over the weekend following a two-day conference convened in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways of compelling the state to publicly release President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

No, really.

The event was organized by Andy Martin, an attorney who also is writing a book about our 44th president. (The article goes into detail as to why Martin wants the birth certificate released and why he feels his legal challenge will stand up unlike past attempts.)

As to the boycott, organizers ask their supporters to take action against Hawaii tourism, products and businesses.

“The movement will afford every person anywhere in the world a powerful new weapon to punish the state of Hawaii for concealing historical records concerning Mr. Obama,” Martin tells The Bulletin of Philadelphia. “I will be writing to the Punahou School, asking them to obtain permission to release his Punahou records.”

Never mind that virtually every reputable fact-checking site has debunked the speculation that Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States.


The upside: Perhaps we’ll see a decline in the number of conspiracy fools on our shores.

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