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 FactCheck.org, 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:
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.