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Obama patiently gives the brush-off to lunatic fringe

Just when you thought you'd heard it all in terms of Barack Obama conspiracies, a Texas judge last week vaulted to the top of the wacky claims heap with a paranoid TV rant that underscored just how divorced from reality some of Obama's foes really are.

County judge Tom Head used the local FoxNews TV station in Lubbock, Texas, to warn that, if Obama is re-elected, there'll be armed rebellion.

"He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN and what is going to happen when that happens?" said Judge Head.

"I'm thinking the worst," he warned "Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations; we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy."

Head insisted that such a rising will give Obama the excuse to "send in UN troops" into Lubbock County.

The fiscally responsible, true-blooded American went on to call for a 1.7% local tax-hike to pay for the arming and training of new police to fight off said invasion.

But, while the paranoia and conspiracy theory terrain of anti-Obamaism may bring out nut-jobs on the lunatic fringe, when it comes to Obama, even some top mainstream Republicans are prone to flights of fantasy.

In recent weeks, Mitt Romney has been claiming that Obama has gotten rid of the requirement (signed off by Bill Clinton) that public welfare recipients do some work, or participate in training schemes, in return for their monthly payments.

But Obama has done no such thing. So false was Romney's claim that the fact-checking website PolitiFact gave Romney a 'pants on fire' rating and The Washington Post's fact-checker gave its highest bogus rating of 'four Pinocchios'.

But those who despise Obama aren't about to let the facts deter them. For example, National Public Radio recently canvassed opinions about the Obama-workfare claim at a Romney rally in Pittsburg and found that many Romney supporters still believe the welfare-work claims.

One woman, when told that fact-checkers had proved the claim was false, replied: "At this point, I don't know exactly what is true and what isn't, okay?

"But what I do know is I trust the Romney-Ryan ticket. And I do not trust Obama."

Last, but not least, there are the 'Birthers', who haven't gone away, you know. In early August, the Conservative Majority Fund (CMF), which still doubts the authenticity of Obama's Hawaii birth certificate, launched a national ad campaign to try to get Obama disqualified from running for president.

CMF advertisements ask: 'Who is Barack Obama? We know less about this man than any other president in American history. What's he hiding?'

'His college records at Columbia - sealed. His college records at Harvard - sealed. We don't know what his thesis papers were about, because those are sealed, too.'

The CMF is aiming to get 10,000 signatures in each of America's 435 congressional districts in order to 'boot this guy off the ballot and have the Democrats nominate someone else'.

The CMF's pipe-dream of forcing Obama from the race is as loony as Newt Gingrich's proposal for a 51st US state on the moon, but that won't stop the group from trying.

Through it all, Obama has shown endless patience. If re-elected, he'll likely grin and bear it. Then again, he might just get fed up and decide to invade Texas.