Pamela Geller At Atlas Shrugs Claims Obama Birth Certificate A Forgery
What do you think? Here's an excerpt from Atlas reader techdude's analysis (pictures at the link) -- with a counterpoint from Strata-Sphere linked below:
During the course of my analysis several calls were made to various departments in the Hawaiian State Government in an attempt to better understand the process and procedures used to create, print, and distribute copies of the COLB form. While I was brushed off or hung up upon by almost all of the people I contacted I did manage to talk with a computer technician who was familiar with the computers and printers used by the Department of Health and the clerk's offices. He was unwilling to give any specific details but did provide enough information to work with. The COLB certificates are printed directly in the clerk's office at the time they are requested. The system uses a standard laser printer and the border is printed at the same time as the text and other images on top of preprinted security paper. He stated the border is a vector image and would appear crisp and defined. When asked if a COLB can be printed off center he said it was not possible and any misfeed would simply jam in the printer. When asked if he had seen the images on-line he replied that he had - and that there is "no way" they had printed something that looked like that which further backed up my conclusions. Now let's start to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The KOS image security border pattern does not match any known specimen from any known year. It does not match the pre-2006 nor does it match the post-2006 certificate patterns. The placement of the text in all of the pre-2006 and post-2006 certificates are almost identical pixel location matches while the image's text placement does not match any known specimen from any known year. The shape and kerning of the fonts used in the 2006 through 2008 certificates are identical while the shape and kerning of the fonts used in the image does not match any known specimen. The KOS image shows clear signs of tampering such as the mismatch in RGB and error levels, visible indications of the previous location of the erased security border, easily detectable patterns of repeating flaws around the new security border, EXIF data that says the image was last saved with Photoshop CS3 for Macintosh, and finally a technician from Hawaii who confirms it just looks wrong.
There are two obvious scenarios used to create the image that can be ascertained from evidence. Either a real COLB was scanned into Photoshop and digitally edited or a real COLB was first scanned to obtain the graphic layout then blanked by soaking the document in solvent to remove the toner. After rescanning the blank page to a separate image the graphics from the previously obtained scan could then be easily applied to the blank scan after some editing and rebuilding. It would also explain why date stamp bleeds through the paper and the various bits of toner located around the image as well as the remnants of the previous location of a security border.
So as I have been saying repeatedly since I first compared the KOS images to the Decosta image using the same tests and measurements - the image is a horrible forgery.
COUNTERPOINT: Another blogger, The Strata-Sphere, cries bull, and says "The Obama 'Forged Birth Certificate' Myth Is Busted." Right? Wrong? Inconclusive? A commenter there -- combat18 -- actually an anti-Obama person, makes a good point:
I think you are all missing the issue. The documents you are debating are all recreations, not the original birth certificate. In 1961 birth certificates were completed by attending physicians, their staff, or the hospital, with the document filed with the appropriate State or county officials. A copy of an original birth certificate would appear different from that certifcate recreated from records in a new form. I don't know the State of Hawaii or Oahu County proceedures, but none of the documents presented were created in 1961. Back then, birth certificates were blank forms that were filled in with handwriting or a typewriter. Today, most birth certifcates are actually abstracts that are provided to those who request them and a seal affixed. I would suggest all seek out the original birth certificate. But, of course, if there is one, then this is all for naught.
And even Little Green Footballs feels this is a non-story.
Meanwhile, there are accusations that McCain's Panama Canal Zone birth rules him out as a candidate for prez.
I'm entirely underthrilled with McCain (see Matt Welch's book on the guy, McCain: The Myth of a Maverick) and Obama. How about we start all over again and come up with candidates who we can vote for without throwing up in our mouths?