Well this is interesting. I conclusively proved that the Cold Case Posse showed a 1968 vital statistics manual in one of their videos, claiming it was from 1961. This was proven by links to copies of the 1968 manual on a government web site.
However, I further showed an FOIA response I received last year which is the real 1961 data specification. Now a birther is questioning the veracity of that document. Well if they question Barack Obama’s birth certificate, verified by the State of Hawaii, I suppose one should expect them to pick at my document. Heck, it might even have layers! I hope the birthers forensic document experts will spend a few weeks working on that!
Long term, it’s trivial to verify my document. Just file a FOIA with DHS and you might even mention my request number 11-00673. However, there were some specific objections (in italics), and I will answer those now.
- I am quoted as saying: “In 1961 Hawaii, for the first time, participated in the National Center of Health Statistics statistical report on births, 1961 Vital Statistics of the US – Volume 1: Natality (VSUS).” The objection is that Hawaii also participated in 1960; therefore, I’m not credible. Well, I’m not infallible, and in this case I was wrong. When I am wrong, I correct my mistakes as I have this inconsequential one made last March.
- Dr. Conspiracy claims to have obtained through a freedom of information request, (sic) it gives separate coding categories for Aleut, Eskimo, Filipino, Hawaiian and Part-Hawaiian, supposedly used in 1960 and 1961. The 1960 Natality Report says that those classifications were simply lumped together as “other races.” IOW, they wern’t (sic) coded separately. However, the VSUS doesn’t say that they weren’t coded separately, but that they were statistically reported together. Computers are really good at adding numbers. This objection is nonsense.
- The 1961 Report specifically says: “Births in the United States in 1961 are classified for vital statistics into white, Negro, American Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Aleut, Eskimo, Hawaiian and Part-Hawaiian (combined), and “other nonwhite. Dr. Conspiracy’s alleged coding document doesn’t allow for Hawaiian and Part-Hawaiian to be combined.” Of course, this rather proves the problem with the Cold Case Posse report. The 1961 federal report shows separate tabulations (in a footnote) for Eskimo and Aleut, which is impossible with Zullo’s video code set which doesn’t distinguish between them. To this specific objection, a computer can combine two codes into one; it just can’t turn one into two. This objection is nonsense.
- The heading on Dr. Conspiracy’s alleged document refers to a “Vital Statistics Programming Branch” … after a google search for this exact phrase, the only results go to Dr. Conspiracy’s site. As for the other organization, the “Division of Data Processing” … this wasn’t formed until 1963 according to a booklet on the history of the National Center for Health Statistics:
“Effective in September 1963, NCHS was reorganized, with the Division of Vital Statistics becoming one of five operating divisions. This reorganization separated support activities, such as data processing and publication activities, from the substantive vital statistics program operations.”
Odd that the 1961 VSUS (link above) says: “In conjunction with national estimates prepared by the Nation Office of Vital Statistics (the National Statistics Division since 1961)…” page 5-4. As for why the Google doesn’t list the “Vital Statistics Programming Branch” I cannot say, except to mention that the 1961 manuals aren’t on the Internet to be found by a search engine.
I have this web site to attest to my integrity and honesty, and without those, I am wasting my time. While I can document many things and do, there are some things that you just have to take on trust or not as you see fit. You only have my word for the FOIA document (that and any internal proof you find in it). To be doubted by a birther places me in good company.
I suppose I could have published the FOIA cover letter I got, not that such things cannot be faked. Here it is. Sorry it’s a little blurry but that is because of the circular object that I put in front of it on the scanner to obscure my address. Insiders will know what that yellow thing is and how it adds to my credibility. Not just anyone has one of those in his drawer. Click to enlarge.