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Polarik punks White House?

Dr. Ronald Polland (AKA Ron Polarik – pictured right) has been promoting a claim recently. He says that the White House has been distributing copies of a fake Obama 2007 Certification of Live Birth (COLB) that he made. WorldNetDaily, the all birther all the time outlet for crank claims about Obama birth certificates, obliged with a new article by WND Birther in Chief Jerome Corsi, “I created Obama’s certification of birth”.

Is it true and if so, what does it mean?

Polland starts with a true statement. The White House did publish a black and white copy [link to image on White House web site] of the COLB that it got from [link to Snopes article showing COLB image]. You can see that the White House image is a “screen print” of a Snopes image because the Snopes file name is shown in the page footer. That means that rather than contacting the Obama Campaign, getting the Certification (which at last report was in Chicago) and scanning it, the White House staffer in charge of putting together the press kit snapped up a copy from a trusted source,, and used that. So as far as the White House: end of story. There’s nothing to see here; move along. There’s certainly no proof that an original COLB doesn’t exist.

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Arizona Secretary of State accepts Obama certificate

Ken Bennett

In a Phoenix NBC affiliate interview, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett examined a copy of President Obama’s published Certification of Live Birth and said that its contents meet the requirements of the Arizona birther bill, HB2177, which was passed by the Arizona house last Thursday and is headed to the governor for signature. Bennett stated the hospital, physician and witness signatures mentioned in the bill are not absolute requirements, but only required “if applicable”. Bennett stated that as important as the birth certificate itself is, the accompanying certification of the copy is equally important. [The copy Bennett was shown lacked a visible seal and the stamp on the back was not reproduced.]

The language Bennett used most likely references what is called an apostille birth certificate, the type of certificate he works with in his official capacity. The apostille birth certificate is a certified copy of a birth certificate accompanied by an additional certification letter from a competent authority (typically a secretary of state in the US). Apostille certificates are normally issued for legal documents used internationally. Bennett in his role as Arizona Secretary of State would be familiar with birth certificates and apostilles, unlike the average state legislator.

Bennett expressed concern, however, over lawsuits. Under the Arizona bill, any citizen could bring a suit over the Secretary of State’s decision. No matter what Bennett does, it is virtually certain that some citizen (or many of them) would file a lawsuit trying to overturn his decision. Given the tight time frame in the preparation of the ballot after candidate filing deadlines, Bennett could see a problem if there were lengthy legal battles.

I find the birther bill in Arizona remarkable in that it doesn’t trust the candidates, the political parties, nor even the state’s own Secretary of State. Also check out a related interview with the bill’s sponsor Carl Seel (who believes Obama has spent millions hiding his birth certificate while John McCain released his — both false).

Obama administration strikes out at Trump certificate?

The United States Department of State will tighten requirements for valid birth certificates used as primary proof of US citizenship for passport purposes effect April 1, 2011. [No, this is not an April Fool joke]

Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age.  Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship.  This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.

Here is an example of a birth certificate that would NOT meet this requirement:

Donald Trump hospital certificate (Newsmax)

Is this new requirement a direct attack at the birth certificate released by Donald Trump?

Apparently not; while I don’t know exactly when the Department of State released its new requirement, I know that it was reported on March 24, 4 days before Trump posted his hospital souvenir. Continue Reading →

Miss Tickly makes big deal over seal

Internet blogger Miss Tickly has been pursuing the State of Hawaii, and has obtained a copy of the seal of the State Department of Health. She makes a big deal of the fact that it doesn’t look like the seal on Barack Obama’s Certification of Live Birth published by, saying:

Due to these indisputable facts, the seal on Obama’s COLB is not the HDOH seal and Dr. Fukino does not have authority over the seal appearing on Obama’s COLB according to the description in the Title 11 rules AND the version disclosed in my records request. The seal seen on Obama’s COLB HAS NO LEGAL WEIGHT either online or as a physical copy.

I don’t have the vocabulary to describe this kind of thinking with any precision. It’s some kind of extreme literalism. If I had my choice between saying that “Miss Tickly misunderstands the law” and “every birth certificate in Hawaii is worthless” I would choose the first.

You see, Obama’s birth certificate seal is just like the others, for example this one from the Ron Polarik collection:

Department of Health Seal

Commenter NBC wrote:

§321-9 Seal, rules and regulations. The department of health may adopt a seal and may adopt such rules and regulations as it may consider expedient for the conduct of its business. The department may amend or revise such rules and regulations from time to time.

What is afraid of?

I’ve been pointed to a rather remarkable set of messages at It appears that they have created an account for me and others who post here and then banned them. What do they call that — prior restraint?

Of course they are free to call me a “CON” and “turd” and “head Rat.” I’ve been called worse. While there have been a few folks (I can count on one hand) that were obscene, obnoxious, abusive and so disrespecting of the community that I banned them, I most certainly have not banned anyone just because of who they are or their point of view about this blog’s topic.

I frankly think that the members of Free Republic are quite capable of speaking for themselves and do not need to be protected from the likes of me. If they are afraid of facts and opposing points of view, then I suggest that this is an admission of an essential weakness in their position, and I daresay many of them know that this Obama ineligibility business is just imagining pictures in the clouds.

There is an accusation in the thread that a comment by James777 was deleted. But it’s still there, so I don’t know what that is all about. If you search on Google, it points to the top of the page and you have to scroll down. The link I gave goes directly to it. Continue Reading →

No more “long form”

I have made an editorial decision to standardize the way I talk about birth certificates, and in particular to stop using the phrase “long form.” I think the “long form” / “short form” designations create more heat than light.

Hawaii Department of Health Director Fukino used the phrase “original birth certificate” to describe the document they hold and that’s what I will use. Adding “hospital” or “typewritten” in front is unnecessary, and I’m going to stop doing that.

The documents that individuals get from vital records agencies are “certified copies” and I will use that term as the general term, consistent with industry terminology. This is also what consumers commonly call a “birth certificate.” When using the term informally to apply to a particular document, I’ll use “birth certificate” too.

There are two types of certified copies of original birth certificates: “certified photocopies” and” certified abstract copies”. The latter is a certified copy of information taken (abstracted) from the original birth certificate. I’m going to use those terms to distinguish between the two types as in “President Obama published a certified abstract copy of his birth certificate”.

And what of the COLB? As it is commonly used in the Obama Conspiracy community, this term is fairly meaningless, particularly because the acronym applies equally to a “Certificate of Live Birth” as it does to a “Certification of Live Birth,”  terms that appear on original birth certificates as well as both kinds of abstract copy. The term has value when used properly. I will use the term “Certificate of Live Birth” (COLB) to make a distinction between a live birth and a foreign born adoption or an out of state birth.