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.