Birthers, ever a nuisance to the folks in Hawaii, visited the Kapi’olani Medical Center and the Hawaii Department of Health. This time the birthers de jour are Dean Haskins and Miki Booth. Haskins wrote about their trip in a couple of articles:
- The Birther Summit in Honolulu: Day 1 (Sept. 14)
- The Birther Summit in Honolulu: Report 2: More Of Dean and Miki’s Excellent Adventure (Sept. 15)
At the hospital
So what’s the substance of these articles (which of course you can read for yourself if you want)? Here’s the first torpedo:
I [Haskins] asked, "Back in 1961, would anyone have ever entered ‘African’ as the race of a parent?" She [unnamed clerical worker] said, "No, back then they probably would have listed a black person’s race as ‘negro.’" I asked, "So, the word ‘African’ wouldn’t have been used, because that is a nationality and not a race, right?" And she responded, "Right. Nowadays we can use ‘African American’ though." To which I added, "But, the word ‘African’ by itself has never been used as an entry for race?" And she simply said, "No. Never."
Now it is fairly unlikely that the person who said this (presuming that someone actually said it), was working at Kapi’olani back in 1961. So there’s no reason for this clerical employee to have any knowledge whatever about race codes in 1961. Initially the clerk indicated that she was speculating when said “probably” but was led to be more emphatic later on. I work under the general rule that if someone has no reasonable chance of knowing something, then there’s no reasonable chance of them speaking accurately about it. In fact we know from the 1961 document itself that there were no check-box categories on the birth certificate, and on other forms where parent races are listed, there is always a blank line for other entries. Other Hawaiian certificates show all sorts of non-standard races. It is certainly not true that there is a list of exclusive races on modern forms either.
There is an anonymous (so far as I know) report (cited by Haskins) that said someone called Kapi’olani and received the reply that the Haskins story was false. That, as well as the original report is hearsay. I just report these so you’ll know what is being said.
At the Department of Health
Haskins continues the narrative at day 2:
I can assure you that the gentleman to whom she spoke was not happy that we were there. His name was Jesse Koike. At one point, Miki pointed out that on Obama’s "long form birth certificate," the word "THE" in Alvin T. Onaka’s stamp was misspelled, and that it actually shows "TXE." He seemed not to be aware of that, but then explained that they have THREE different "sealers," so one of them might contain that misspelling. Later on in the conversation, Jesse explained that they have FIVE different sealers, so one of them might contain that misspelling. Hmmmm . . . is it three or five? When Miki asked to see the sealers, he conveniently declined.
Of course there is no misspelled “TXE” registration stamp; it’s only an optical illusion that goes away when one looks at higher-resolution copies as I detailed in an earlier article: Long form artifacts vanish at higher resolution. The essential characteristic that underlies conspiracy thinking is imagining data in noise.
Haskins then gives misinformation when he says:
Onaka conveniently changed the rules during this Obama debacle so that nobody in Hawaii can actually obtain copies of their actual LFBC.
Documentation shows that this policy was put in place when the DoH went paperless in 2001, not “during this Obama debacle.”
So in this episode birthers elicit comments from people who aren’t in a position to give authoritative answers, and then throw in some of their own misinformation.
I promise we will not grow weary in well doing, and thatwe [sic] have only just begun to fight to expose the truth that Barack Obama is not constitutionally eligible to be president of our great nation.
I promise not to grow weary labeling BS when I see it.