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Hawaiian occupation coding for births and deaths in 1961

I received more than just the race summaries from the 1961 Statistical Supplement to the Hawaii Department of Health Annual Report. They also sent occupation counts. The table values were as follows (listed in the same order as the report), prefixed by a sequential number I’ve assigned:

  • 0 No occupation
  • 1 Professional, technical and kindred workers
  • 2 Farmers, managers, officials and proprietors
  • 3 Clerical and kindred workers
  • 4 Sales workers
  • 5 Craftsmen, foremen and kindred workers
  • 6 Operatives and kindred workers
  • 7 Private household and service workers
  • 8 Farm laborers and foremen
  • 9 Laborers, except farm and mines
  • R Armed forces
  • Not stated

It turns out that those assigned numbers fit penciled codes on all the birth and death certificates I have access to from 1959 to 1963. Continue Reading →

Sibley/Vogt revive old crock about Fuddy taking a bribe

Birther memes are immortal

imageButterdezillion, the fervent viewer of Hawaii state documents, went off on a tizzy last Spring over Loretta Fuddy’s state ethics financial disclosure forms, questioning a $50,000 amount of money that mysteriously appeared (according to her). Actually, the money just moved from one place on the balance sheet into another. There was a thread at the Free Republic, and I had a wonderfully alliterative article: “Fault found with Fuddy’s financial facts–fraud?” debunking the whole nonsense (thanks to the expert analysis of Butterfly Bilderberg).

An article of the Birther Creed is the immortality of the meme, and that well-debunked misreading of financial statements has come back under the auspices of Sibley/Vogt and their formerly sealed affidavit in the Washington State case, In re: Douglas Vogt (aka Vogt v. Obama) now before the Supreme Court (for a few more days). Sibley is reported to have disclosed to talk radio host Erik Rush, and that up and coming smear merchant Nathan Bickel gives us the transcript of what Sibley said.

Sibley gives further evidence that “forensic” does not mean what birthers think it does, saying:

additionally there’s some forensic accounting investigation of Loretta Fuddy’s personal finances which resulted in a disclosure that she received a substantial – I believe she received a $50,000.00 dollars in cash shortly after she verified the Obama’s birth certificate as being legitimate.

Birther forensic accounting is no better than their forensic document analysis, i.e., abysmally inept.

Fuddy offed by flotsam?

Butterdezillion is continuing on her theme of a Loretta Fuddy murder or abduction with some still shots from ABC footage of the passengers in the water taken by Mr. Puentes. The stills that come from the sequence beginning around 3:30 in the Nightline video for just a moment show something that might be imagined to be a scuba diver wearing a raincoat and a big floppy hat, but in the whole sequence viewed in motion looks like debris. Certainly if it had been a real diver, there would have been a reaction from the people in the water, which there was not.

The way I look at these things is to download the video and then single-step with QuickTime (the arrow keys move by one frame).

Also in the video I found a young man wearing glasses and a pointed wizards hat riding a motorcycle.

Harry Potter?

Fuddy death ruled accidental

The Maui police released the cause of death for Hawaii Department of Health director Loretta Fuddy. She died due to cardiac arrhythmia as a result of stress following a plane crash, so reports station KITV.

This will of course not mean anything to the birthers, even though sudden cardiac death is the most frequent natural cause of death in the US.

It would be interesting to me to see how they specified the underlying and immediate causes of death. “Cardiac arrest” is the typical uninformative cause of death—everybody’s heart stops when they die. At least we didn’t get that. There is computer software to automate classification of underlying causes of death (MICAR2000, ACME and TRANSAX) and my former company’s software interfaced with those systems. The study of the classification of cause of death is called Nosology. Funny the things you pick up when you work with Vital Statistics.

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An open letter to Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly is a writer for the Pittsburgh Press, and not a very good one. Yesterday he published one of those misinformation-laden smear pieces against Barack Obama that we more often see on tabloid internet sites and blogs. This one appeared at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, titled “Barack Obama’s past as murky as his word.”

I sent the author this letter and posted it as a reply to the article:

I was referred to your article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled "Barack Obama’s past as murky as his word" in which you say:
"Genuine documents confirm Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961, said document expert Nick Chase. But the “long form” birth certificate the White House posted on the Internet April 27, 2011, is an obvious forgery, he said. Other document experts agree."

As written, the last sentence is yours, and it is false. No document expert has ever said that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery. Some birther cranks with no background in document analysis have made easily debunked objections to the certificate, but no one qualified. On the other hand, half a dozen real professional document and imaging experts have found nothing wrong with it, including Krawetz, de Queiroz, Pex, Zatkovich, Broyhill and Colburn.

And if there were any further doubts, the Hawaii Department of Health says on it’s web site today: "On April 27, 2011 President Barack Obama posted a certified copy of his original Certificate of Live Birth" and links to what you’re calling a forgery. (

The second nonsense in your article is the adoption thing. Beyond the fact that the Hawaii Department of Health backs the certificate, the US State Department in the case of Strunk v. Department of State specifically denied that Obama had been adopted by his stepfather, and Obama’s attorney also denied this in a more recent case.

Finally, you make a total fabrication when you say "Unlike other recent presidential candidates, Mr. Obama has refused to permit release of his academic records from Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School." In fact I don’t know of ANY recent presidential candidate who released his college record. The records of George W. Bush were accidentally released without permission.

So in answer to your innuendo-laden questions:

  1. Obama didn’t release his college record for the same reason most other candidates don’t.
  2. Obama’s birth certificate isn’t a forgery except in the minds of nut-case conspiracy theorists
  3. It is not unusual for people to have social-security numbers from the wrong state series. The Social Security web site says that the "area number" was never intended to be a reliable geographic indicator. When Obama’s number was issued, the numbers were assigned centrally in the US based on the return address on the application. Mistaking a "0" for a "9" turns a Hawaii zip code into one for Connecticut.

Kevin Davidson

Director Fuddy dies in plane crash

Loretta FuddyIt is with a profound sense of loss that I report the tragic and and untimely death of Loretta Fuddy, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, appointed by Governor Abercrombie in 2011 to succeed Dr. Chiyome Fukino. Fuddy was the sole casualty in a small plane crash.

Ms. Fuddy, 65, had a background in social work and had received numerous awards including ones for her work with children.

Orly Taitz puts herself in the middle of the story [link to Taitz web site]:

Press Release: Within hours after Attorney Orly Taitz published a press release of [redacted]’s “control” birth certificate showing the same evidence of forgery and backdating as Obama’s alleged birth certificate, which was certified as genuine by director of Health of HI Loretta Fuddy, it was announced that Loretta Fuddy was the only passenger to die in a small plane accident. Attorney Taitz calls on 8 courts and judges who received her cases to rule expeditiously on the merits and review the evidence of forgery and theft in Obama’s IDs before more people die in strange accidents

Other birthers respond at Birther Report:

★FALCON★ : No surprises there. Sometimes conspiracies are real – especially when Democrats are involved. In my opinion, this is the type of thing that will bring out even more people who will look into the Obama criminal empire … There is no such thing as coincidences.

Ed K: It would be interesting to know what kind of computer/file/email cleanup occurred in the last few hours as people mourn her death. same crew as the passport office cleanup, most likely

★FALCON★ : I wonder if Neil Abercrombie will be sleeping with one eye open.

thinkwell : Fuddy was involved up to her prematurely dead eyeballs in aka obama’s identity crimes

★FALCON★ : Interestingly, Gallups says the long wait is almost over and a co-conspirator is dead. You just can’t make this stuff up.


charlesmountain : Fuddy was gonna squeal…

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