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“Here’s your souvenir”

I’ve been with the kids this week for the birth of our new grand baby. This morning I was at the hospital visiting mommy, daddy and the new guy when a hospital worker came in with some paperwork for mommy to sign. It was the birth information sheet for the state.

The worker gave mommy a form to send in to order a certified copy of the birth certificate from the state, and then she handed mommy another piece of colored paper from the hospital, previously prepared, and said, “here’s your souvenir.”

State and local jurisdictions issue certified copies of birth certificates; hospitals issue souvenirs.

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14 Responses to “Here’s your souvenir”

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    FUTTHESHUCKUP February 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm  (Quote) #

    I smiled at this one. I’m not as “serious and stern” a dude as Doc is. 🙂

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    Slartibartfast February 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm  (Quote) #

    Congratulations! (On the little guy, not the souvenir) But I hope you have locked down proof of the event just in case the little tyke wants to run for president one day… 😉

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    katahdin February 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm  (Quote) #

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family. May he live long, prosper, and grow up in a world without birthers.

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    Mary Brown February 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm  (Quote) #

    I saw the same thing when our grandson was born in Oregon. They even prepared a little souvenir certificate for us.

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    Observer February 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm  (Quote) #

    The Kenyan “birth certificate” produced by Lucas Daniel Smith is actually a forged hospital souvenir, not a forged government-issued birth certificate.

    http://www.theobamafile.com/_people/LucasSmith.htm

    Jim Byrne [the banned “james”?], of all people, sent an email to Helton Maganga, who confirmed that it was not his authentic signature on the so-called certificate, in an article on the P&E that has since been scrubbed.

    http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/post-and-email-kenya-birth-certificate-a-forgery/

    The Lucas forgery does not even purport to be a government issued certificate, of Kenya, of the British Empire, or of any other governmental entity anywhere on the planet Earth.

    Pathetically stupid.

    That’s what happens when a forger branches out from a specialty, like forging checks, into an area of inexperience, like forging birth documents.

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    Observer February 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm  (Quote) #

    Another good rundown. If linked here already, I apologize.

    http://www.calldrmatt.com/Myth_Busting_106-Barack_Obama_Birth_Kenya_Hawaii.htm

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    SluggoJD February 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm  (Quote) #

    Kudos to Dr. Matt!

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    Zixi of Ix February 26, 2011 at 2:02 am  (Quote) #

    Congratulations on your new grand baby! What a wonderful blessing!

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    Lupin February 26, 2011 at 3:25 am  (Quote) #

    Start training the young’un to debunk conspiracies aimed at your future transgender atheist president in 2040.

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    The Magic M February 26, 2011 at 11:29 am  (Quote) #

    > conspiracies aimed at your future transgender atheist president in 2040

    Obvious that conspiracy would have started at least 10 years ago when the 2040 president was born…

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    Dr. Conspiracy February 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm  (Quote) #

    Observer:
    Another good rundown.If linked here already, I apologize.

    http://www.calldrmatt.com/Myth_Busting_106-Barack_Obama_Birth_Kenya_Hawaii.htm
    Thanks. I hadn’t seen this one.

    I have a couple of things to say about his debunking of the Bomford certificate. He doesn’t mention one obvious mistake: the certificate is priced in pounds, shillings, and pence while Kenya has always used pounds shillings and cents. Matt does err, I think when he claims the age for Obama Sr. is wrong. He cites an exact birth date for Barack Obama, a date for which no authority is cited (or known to my knowledge).

    Beyond that minor quibble, the article is very nice.

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    milspec February 27, 2011 at 10:47 am  (Quote) #

    The post office down the street has a passport office also. On the door it has a sign “If your birth certificate has your precious little footprints on it, you have the wrong thing”.

    And this is in Oklahoma!

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    Bob Weber February 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm  (Quote) #

    My hospital souvenir shows another problem with them: Go to the address on the souvenir, and there’s no hospital there! Ask anyone in the neighborhood if they know anything about a hospital at that address, and you’ll probably just get blank stares. The hospital moved to another city over 50 years ago! And they also changed their name.

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    Thrifty February 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm  (Quote) #

    I recently had need for my birth certificate. My driver’s license expires at the end of March. The DMV, at least here in Delaware, seems to have instituted stricter standards for renewal. At least, the jist of it that I picked up was that people have to upgrade to some new federal standard, but subsequent renewals (like when I go back in 2016) will be quicker.

    Anyway, I needed a social security card, two pieces of non personal mail postmarked within the last 30 (or maybe it was 90) days, and my birth certificate. I had a tattered old BC that my mom got for me when I was 13; the original from when I was a baby is long gone. Still, despite the tears and the mold, the BC was good enough for the DMV.

    While I was waiting, I read over the handout they gave me which talked about the new requirements. When it got to the section about birth certificates, it explicitly said, in bold letters, that hospital birth certificates were not acceptable.

    So I guess the conclusion is:

    1) The “short-form” certificate of live birth that the president released during the campaign is a legal document, contrary to what the birthers say.
    2) The “long-form” certificate which has not been released is NOT a legal document, contrary to what the birthers say.

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