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Lakin’s book tanks

I haven’t read Terry Lakin’s book, Officer’s Oath, nor do I plan to — this is not a book review. Generally I have sympathy for the disabled and victims of crime, and so I probably view Terry Lakin somewhat more sympathetically than others, particularly current and former members of the armed forces who have a stronger sense of the importance of being able to rely on your buddies in crisis. On of my great life insights is: “it’s not about me,” a lesson that Lakin unfortunately didn’t learn.

Whether Terry Lakin intended to make money from his book or whether its goal is influencing the election, it has been an abject failure based on sales. The following table shows rankings for a few selected books1 (for the birther impaired, books at the TOP of the chart start with the NUMBER ONE book, the best seller of all Kindle books. The bigger the number the farther down the ranking and the fewer actual books sold):


1I ranked the Kindle edition to be consistent. Books with many editions confuse the ranking, and it’s more fair to eliminate the factor of what books are carried in bookstores and airport  shops. The paperback ranking of Lakin’s book is so low it is literally off the charts at 347,886. Maraniss’ paperback, on the other hand, is ranked much better than his Kindle edition at 431.

The African Race: the final chapter

Ever since Barack Obama released his long form, birthers have said things like these:

Within 24-hours of the release of the long form Certificate of Live Birth on April 27, intelligence agencies from Britain and China to Germany and Russia examined the document and concluded it was a forgery based on the fact that Barack H. Obama Sr.’s race, listed as “African,” was a monumental error, considering that not only the United States, but other English-speaking nations described Africans and those of African descent as either “Negroes” or “blacks” in 1961. – Wayne Madsen

Why was Obama’s father’s race noted as ” AFRICAN ” when official documents issued in 1961 never used the term ” AFRICAN ” to refer to someone’s race but rather used the term ” N-E-G-R-O ” or ” N-E-G-R-O -I-D ” ? – Yahoo Answers

In those days nobody wrote African as a race, it just wasn’t one of the options. It sounds like it would be written today, in the age of political correctness, and not in 1961 when they wrote white or Asian or ‘Negro’. – Orly Taitz

Poor poor Obamatards, there was no political correctness in 1961. Which means that Obama’s birth certificate would list his father’s race as “Negro” not “African”. Fraud. Failed again.

I would have to do some due diligence to see what protocol was in the new state of Hawaii in 1961 but it certainly seems that if Barack Hussein Obama II was born in the lower 48 that even though we all know that his father is an Arab-African his father’s race on the Obama’s birth certificate would have been listed as NEGRO or perhaps BLACK in 1961… Certainly not African as is clearly shown on his official birth certificate.

To use “Caucausian” (sic) to describe the mother and “African” to describe the father is a no-brainer error. Hospitals were and are pretty careful in their terminology – it’s a legal thing1. Political correctness did not exist.

Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes.’ So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate’ state he is ‘African-American’ when the term wasn’t even used at that time?2

NO document in 1961 EVER listed ethnicity as “African” — it would have said “Negro”.

And there are inconsistencies, such as “African” for father’s race – that term wasn’t used when Obama was born. Until 1980 the word “N e g r o e” was the official term. If something else was used for foreigners, the correct term would have been “Kenyan”, not “African” – Africa is not a nation, there is no African citizenship3.

Because she had just asked something about the “race” field on the birth certificate she was working on, I asked, “Back in 1961, would anyone have ever entered ‘African’ as the race of a parent?” She 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.” – Dean Haskins

it states “african” which is a term that was never used in those days. Africa is a continent. People from all the countries on that continent with negroid skin and characteristics were call “Negroes” – It was Not a term of derision, as some think it is today. A birth certificate in that year would have said Negro. I bet you can not find one birth certificate from anywhere in the world that lists race as African (except Obama’s). It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the word ‘negro’ was replace by “african american”

“African”? On a birth certificate from that time? Not. A. Chance. Correct forms are in the government blood. Admin clerks freak if the wrong colored ink is used to sign documents. hat word wouldn’t make it past the first chain of editors before being corrected back to the government approved term.

No, “African” would not have been plausible as race in 1961 or any other time. There are millions of people who are not black who are African and whose ancestors have been for hundreds to thousands of years. In 1962 the term used for black as race was Negro. “African” on a document purporting to be official is pretty much clear evidence of something being wrong with that document. It would be like someone offering you an ancient coin with the date of 7 BC.

I think the relevant department would “translate” whatever they see on a foreign BC into whatever the equivalent and legal term is here. In Barry’s case, it would have been Negro. I think “African” on the purported birth certificate is an artifact of 1. the forger’s relative ignorance of things before his birth and 2. the modern, liberal forger’s almost unconscious shying away from the politically-incorrect “Negro.” Remember that school that characterized the photographer’s exhibit of black South Africans as “African-American South Africans”? I think the same level of brain stem “thought” was at work in this forgery.

According to the actual federal coding manual for vital statistics in 1961, they were expecting to receive answers such as “Afro-American” and national groups such as “Mongolian.”

If the racial entry is ... "Afro-American" ...

If the racial entry is "Yellow," "Oriental," or "Mongolian" ...

In fact, other Hawaiian birth certificates from 1961 make it clear how open-ended the race response was:

Race of Mother: Hawaiian Fil Port Sp

There was never a prescribed list of choices for race. Race is whatever the parents said they were and in 1961 black Kenyans called themselves “African” as evidenced by the 1962 Kenya Census forms.

Race. -- Write Eurpoean, Arab, Somali or African, etc. Asians must write Indian or Pakistan.

Birthers speak with great confidence about things they know nothing about, and in the case of Mr. Madsen, just make stuff up.

1Hospitals get parent race information from the informant, usually the mother.

2Barack Obama’s birth certificate does not say that he is “African American.”

3Race and citizenship are distinct categories. I don’t think all those who wrote “Caucasian” were citizens of the Caucasus.

The Colombian connection

Conspiracy theorists like to make things out of connections. I must not be one because I found a connection, but I don’t know what to make out of it.

The web site computes statistics about web site traffic. They do this through a sampling process involving people who install their tool bar. Today I was looking up stats on this web site and that of Mario Apuzzo, and just for grins I looked up Orly Taitz’s site (that historically does just a little bit better than this site at Alexa) The analysis had this curious entry: is ranked #251,665 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings. Compared with internet averages, the site appeals more to users who are over the age of 45; its visitors also tend to consist of high-income, childless men browsing from home who have attended college. The site is relatively popular among users in the city of Orlando (where it is ranked #2,578). While we estimate that 63% of’s visitors are in the US, where it is ranked #68,859, it is also popular in Colombia, where it is ranked #4,448. The site has a bounce rate of about 84% (i.e., 84% of visits consist of only one pageview)

Here are the 3-month rankings for some of the birther blogs (best ranking first):


Obama Conspiracy Theories  (at 72,173) ranks a little behind Orly Taitz (at 68,859) in the rankings. I have always thought that Alexa statistics are significantly biased by the the demographics of who would install a toolbar and who would not.


I guess birthers believe each other but not much of anyone else. Blogger ladysforest published the 1961 coding manual for vital records “debunking” (her word) the Cold Case Posse claims about inconsistent race coding of Obama’s birth certificate, and the birthers seem to be taking note since she’s a birther. When I had earlier published another document proving the same thing, they just waved their “not credible Obot” wand and made me disappear (in their minds at least). It’s not important to me how the facts get out there, but that they get taken seriously, and if it takes a birther that tells the truth to make that happen, it’s fine with me. As they say: “only Nixon could go to China.”

That said, even if the birthers believe ladysforest, there is a tiny problem with her document. It says that it was “revised” August 14, 1961, 10 days after Barack Obama was born. It is that little dark corner, “what it said BEFORE August 14,” that birthers like to hide in.

Well, it’s pretty silly, and we can fall back to the manual I have, which 100% matches the race codes in the manual ladysforest obtained, and MY manual doesn’t say “revised.” In fact, it makes this emphatic statement:

The construction of the tape file and code structures are identical for these two years [1960-1961].

I pity the birthers’ lack of common sense sometimes. An agency isn’t going to change its codes in the middle of the year because doing so invalidates everything they did for the first part of the year. And some revision issued in Washington isn’t going to be implemented in Hawaii a mere 6 days after it was issued. The whole suggestion is ludicrous, but  then so  is the whole foreign birth conspiracy theory.

Add to that the fact that none of the federal codes match Hawaii data in the first place. I don’t think many birthers have the subtlety to follow any of this.

Lawsuit in Alaska: no blacks or women need apply

Gordon Epperly had filed a complaint last February with the State of Alaska over Obama’s being on the ballot. He argued that the 14th Amendment granted some rights to the former slaves and their descendants, but not the right to be elected to office, any office. Women can’t be elected either. At the time he said:

As Barack Hussein Obama is of the “Mulatto” race, his status of citizenship is founded upon the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Before the [purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of “Negro” or “Mulatto” had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.

As the Fourteenth Amendment is only a grant of “Civil Rights” and not a grant of “Political Rights,” Barack Hussein Obama II does not have any “Political Rights” under any provision of the United States Constitution to hold any Public Office of the United States government. Furthermore, there is considerable debate within the enclosed supporting documents that shows Barack Hussein Obama II was not born on the soil of the United States and that he was not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States at the time of his birth. …

Needless to say, the State of Alaska rejected the challenge, saying they had no say in who ran for President. Now Epperly is back in Juneau Superior Court, reports KTOO FM in Juneau to attempt to litigate the issue.

Read the complaint:

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Sheriff Joe presents


When you look at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Posse “investigation,” you really don’t see much investigation. What you see is theater.

The context of the investigation is law enforcement, with stern-faced Sheriff Joe Arpaio throwing around law enforcement dialog, like “lead investigator,” “person of interest,” and “probable cause.” But those are just stage props. The “lead investigator” was a volunteer local Tea Party leader who’s been selling cars for the last 20 years, the “person of interest” was never named, and “probable cause” led to no indictments or charges.

The large portion of the CCP story had to do with doing things with Barack Obama’s birth certificate PDF file. That crackpot analysis initially came from Mara Zebest, a WorldNetDaily contributor of similar material. Zebest is a long-time Obama hater, as we saw from her 2008 blog posts. The most recent splash was an attempt to show internal inconsistency in the birth certificate in a video that actually contained an image taken from a birther blog, The Daily Pen, long-noted for faking or misrepresenting government documents.

A good example of the CCP non-investigation was their phone interview with Verna Lee, former local registrar in Honolulu, who Corsi talked to. Lee basically provided no evidence for the investigation except to assert that the State of Hawaii coded forms accurately. Still this provided the theater necessary to present the March 2012 blog material afresh and with some thinly applied respectability.

Another is their much-touted investigative mission to Hawaii which, as far as I can see, netted nothing. Corsi may have found that one letter in the library and Zullo presented that, but the letter rather than supporting the Posse actually refuted it.

All the CCP has really done is to take old birther material and to package it as an investigation and make Mike Zullo and Joe Arpaio mouthpieces for it. But really when you look at the CCP, all you are really seeing is a slick production of old material from WorldNetDaily and the  birther blogs.