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Birther math (part 4)

Here we continue the analysis of a A Catalog of Evidence – Concerned Americans Have Good Reason to Doubt that Putative President Obama Was Born in Hawaii by attorney Mario Apuzzo. We’re adding up the value of the items in his catalog picking up from Birther math Part 3.

So far our total is zero. Parts 1 and 2 summed a compendium of non-specific statements from people who had no reason to know what Apuzzo would lead us to think they said. Part 3 covered primarily innuendo based on the lack of evidence. Nothing thing he has presented so far would be admissible as evidence in court, since at best it is hearsay, and at worst outright misrepresentation. Apuzzo continues to rely on the tabloid web site WorldNetDaily for his research.

Let’s move on to item 16.

(16) Obama’s application to the Franciscus Assisi Primary School in Indonesia states he was an Indonesian citizen; Continue Reading →

Birther math (part 3)

Here we continue the analysis of a A Catalog of Evidence – Concerned Americans Have Good Reason to Doubt that Putative President Obama Was Born in Hawaii by attorney Mario Apuzzo. We’re adding up the value of the items in his catalog picking up from Birther math Part 2.

So far our total is zero, summing a compendium of vague statements from people who had no reason to know what Apuzzo would lead us to think they said. Nothing thing he has presented so far would be admissible as evidence in court, since at best it is hearsay, and at worst outright misrepresentation.

Let’s move on to item 11.

(11) Obama has refused to give consent to Kapi’olani Medical Center for it to release minimal documents confirming he was born there as he claims;

As I like to say, the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. The release of any information would do nothing but increase the buzz of misinformation. The hospital has, however, published in its newsletter a statement from the President that he was born at Kapi’olani. Continue Reading →

Birther math (part 2)

Here we continue the analysis of a A Catalog of Evidence – Concerned Americans Have Good Reason to Doubt that Putative President Obama Was Born in Hawaii by attorney Mario Apuzzo. We’re adding up the value of the items in his catalog picking up from Birther math Part 1 with Catalog item number 6.

(6) Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama stated in a video taped speech she made a couple years ago that Kenya is Obama’s home country.

I think this one is a bit silly. Michelle Obama, a former attorney, is not going to say that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, even if it were true and she knew it. Clearly she was referring to the home of his ancestors, just as Ireland was called the “home country” of John Kennedy in 1963. There is a web site in Kenya that says Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu and goes on to say that Kenya is his “original home.” Continue Reading →

Birther math (part 1)

One of my least favorite sayings is “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” That’s about the same thing as saying “all allegations are at least partly true.” What I say is “where there’s smoke, there may be someone blowing smoke.” The smoke/fire fallacy is central to Birther math that says that if you add up enough allegations, regardless of their value, you get some level of proof. Put another way, they say that if you add zero enough times, you get something greater than zero.

In this article, I apply the mathematical definition of zero to a A Catalog of Evidence – Concerned Americans Have Good Reason to Doubt that Putative President Obama Was Born in Hawaii by attorney Mario Apuzzo. The Catalog (as of today, June  26, 2010) contains 35 items.When the original items are too long, I will not copy them here, but provide only a summary or indicate the omitted section with ellipses. The reader can (and is urged to) get the full text from link above. Quotes indicate text from the Catalog.

(1) “Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, told Bishop McRae, who was in the United States, during a telephonic interview on October 12, 2008, while she was in her home located in Alego-Kogello, Kenya, that was full of security police and people and family who were celebrating then-Senator Obama’s success story, that she was present to witness Obama’s birth in Kenya, not the United StatesContinue Reading →

US Department of State stonewalling FOIA request

I sent the following email to FOIAStatus@state.gov today:

Eight days ago, I sent you an email requesting the status of my FOIA Request, Case Number 200901145. I have not received a reply. I also sent an email to you about a year ago and have not gotten a reply from that one either.

I have made 4 telephone calls to your office and been unable on any occasion to receive any information on when I might expect to receive a response to my FOIA except that it could take “up to a year.” My request was filed in January of 2009.

I expect a response within 5 business days as to exactly when I might expect to receive a response.

The Freedom of Information Act.

Old lie from WND

Thanks to an email, presumably from a birther, telling me that the authentic Kenyan birth certificate of President Barack Obama has been found. The certificate is the old Bomford hoax, but what was interesting was what WorldNetDaily said about it in their article titled Is this really smoking gun of Obama’s Kenyan birth? (August 2, 2009). They wrote:

WND was able to obtain other birth certificates from Kenya for purposes of comparison, and the form of the documents appear to be identical.

I did a double take when I saw that. Why? Because WorldNetDaily said 4 days later (August 6, 2009) in the article Obama birth doc update: Kenya sources weigh in:

…an authentic 1961-era Kenyan birth certificate obtained by WND shows distinct differences. Continue Reading →