Thursday, July 3, 2008

Is Obama A Natural Born Citizen?

So I'm going through my RSS feeds and I see a great conspiracist post from my good buddy The Dean of Cincinnati rambling on a bit about the possibility that Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States.

Oh that's heavy.

Now the "official" story at the moment is that Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, a couple of years after Hawaii became a state.

Now apparently there is a pretty savage rumor going around that Obama may have actually been born in Kenya.

Now Obama's "Fight The Smears" page (Obama's own personal Snopes - isn't that cute?) contains what purports to be an image of Obama's birth certificate, which of course looks remarkably similar to an image of Obama's birth certificate that appeared in a post on Daily Kos.

Now, it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to authenticate a JPG image. However, presuming for a moment that we're actually looking at an image of an authentic document, what I recognized immediately is that we're not looking at a birth certificate copy at all. What we're looking at is a birth certificate TRANSCRIPT - the Suitably Flip blog suggesting that they used the transcript rather than the actual birth certificate because the actual birth certificate may show Obama's parents were never married.

Now, mind you, if someone HANDS YOU IN PERSON a document like this with appropriate seals and signatures along with a picture ID or something else from "List B" of an I-9, you can legally put them to work. However, obviously Obama did not hand us this document in person, so the whole discussion is academic.

On top of that, we're not talking about hiring Obama as a law clerk or something of the sort - we are talking about some serious Article II issues here.

There are several sites that have been Photoshopping the hell out of the various JPG images to try to see if they can see a seal.

People -

You can't authenticate a seal through a JPG image.

You have to examine the actual document.

AND Obama has to hand it to you.

In person.

Along with his driver's license.

And that's just if you want to hire him to do your taxes.

I'm not entirely sure how this thing would go down if there does turn out to be some funny business going on.

Do we have to wait until he's elected?

Would we have to file suit with the Supreme Court to have the election annulled on Constitutional grounds?

And, for the purposes of blog-mongering, are there ANY other extant records that would put Obama and his mother in Hawaii at the time when he was supposed to be there?

And I'm not talking individual testimony - I'm talking medical records, gas station receipts, local newspaper announcements, phone bills - anything at all that would "paint a picture" of Obama's mother belting him out on the island of Oahu on August 4, 1961 ...

Or not ...

Oh, and connecting to another favorite topic of mine ...

Just as Mrs. Axinar walking the streets of Cincinnati is "Black", but walking the streets of certain predominantly Puerto Rican sections of New Jersey is "Cuban", so Obama in America is "Black", but in Africa is ARAB ...

Oh that's heavy ...



At July 4, 2008 at 12:26 AM, Anonymous Jon said...

Man o man that could be huge news if he isn't a U.S. born person. I can only imagine how Hilary would take that news ... I'm thinking she might be crying again haha.

At July 4, 2008 at 6:26 AM, Blogger Crankshaft said...

But ... Arab???

At July 4, 2008 at 10:17 AM, Blogger Axinar said...

Yes ... Nick Clooney filled us in on this notion a couple of years ago at Mensa when he told us about what was going on in Darfur.

You see, to us, the people from East Africa would be "Black", or "African", but to them there is a major ethnic distinction between "African" and "Arab".

Apparently with the exception on one great-grandmother, all of the ancestors of Obama's father were classified as "Arab".

At July 4, 2008 at 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Obama is NOT a Dirty Muslim!

"What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge," says Mr. Obama, while denouncing statements of him being a Muslim as a smear. Why is the presidential candidate who claims to be religiously inclusive is treating the word "Muslim" as an insult? Apparently, it is OK for Mr. Obama to be associated with terrorists like William Ayers or racists like Jeremiah Wright, but God forbid somebody would call him a Muslim! No, he won't stand for that kind of smear! We admit that most terrorists are Muslims, but most Muslims are not terrorists and the statement on Mr. Obama's website is insulting to hundreds of millions of people.

How could a man who discards his family heritage in favor of political expediency be even considered for presidency of the United States? Where are all the so-called "Islamic civil rights groups" like CAIR, MPAC, ISNA, MAS, etc. who are quick to defend every Islamic terrorist, but are silent when Muslims in general are being denigrated? Would Mr. Obama have the same reaction if someone claimed that he was raised as a Jew? We sincerely doubt that.

"In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." Barack Obama, "The Audacity of Hope", page 261.

Well, the political winds did shift in an ugly direction. Is equating "Muslim" with "smear" Obama's idea of "stand[ing] with [Muslims]?

Muslims Against Sharia demand immediate removal of "SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim" statement from the official Barack Obama's website as well as an apology for giving the word "Muslim" a negative connotation.

Obama changes "SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim" to "SMEAR: Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim" as well as removes his pledge not to use religion as a wedge from site's header.

At July 5, 2008 at 10:11 PM, Blogger Crankshaft said...

Okay. I have met enough Sudanese to know there is a difference between their ethnic groups.

But I think that's also evident in Chad, Benin, Algeria, heck - even Morocco. I was fairly certain, however, that Kenyan tribes did not have Arab ancestry.

By the way, the US State dept has upset a few Malaysians with their statement saying they would oppose any politically-motivated charges against a particular politician.

At July 23, 2008 at 6:32 PM, Anonymous Polarik said...

Over at my blog,, I clearly document why the JPG image is a forgery, and how it got to be one, as well as the "chain of custody" that applies to all of the COLB (Certification of Live Birth) images.

1. Both the Daily Kos and FactCheck have identical JPG's, except that the Kos cropped theirs while FactCheck either did not crop the full-size copy, or added the extra border for effect.

2. The Kos image (2427 x 2369 pixels) was initially (and proportionately) reduced to 1024 x 1000 pixels and posted on the Smears site.

3. When the authenticity of the image came into question, the Smears image was reduced almost in half (and not proportionately) to 585 x 575 pixels.

4. The images that Jay McKinnon initially claimed were the basis for the Kos image, were actually, copied from the Kos image, reduced proportionately to 800 x 781 pixels, and modifed. This is what I said long before he admitted to copying the Kos.

5. The Kos, Smears, and FactCheck continue to claim that the image is a genuine, direct copy of a paper COLB despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

...and the b eat goes on.

At December 21, 2008 at 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...




At December 21, 2008 at 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Currently Over 17 Illegal Alien lawsuit's vs. Ubama, DNC


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