Heavy-hitting bloggers have already written this controversy off, but hey, as one of the "little, downtrodden" guys, I am more than happy to pitch this one.
TownHall blogger The Greater Evil has come up with some very compelling evidence that the "Certification of Live Birth" released by Markos "Screw Them" Moulitsas last week is a fraud. And I must say, based on every shred of knowledge I have of the way government agencies deal with certificates and security of physical documents, this does have a very strong ring of truth to it. For instance:
The only possible explanations I can come up with for the discrepancies identified by Polarik are (a) the State of Hawaii has the absolute
most insecure public records in the entire nation, or (b) wherever Kos got this document from, it's bogus
Or (c), I'm missing something. That's a given.
Anyway, would love to hear what y'all think
of this whole mess.Update:
Case closed. Based on the evidence I see in this birth certificate
, I can comfortably say that Hawaii has some of the least secure documents in the nation.
Thanks to Yishai
and KK for sending it in—Comparing the two side-by-side, there's no reason to think that the Kos document is fake, as all of the inconsistencies that've been pointed out can now be attributed to scanning/copying/encoding/transmission artifacts.
And seriously, all I needed was to see it in the traditional
format, and it all would've made sense:
I know most of the big guys wrote this controversy off right away, but I had some lingering doubts, which admittedly relate to the fact that it was released initially through an extremist like Kos. Now that the evidence has come in, however, I'm satisfied that it's genuine.
Oh, and that Hawaii needs to take a serious
look at document security.
More: When looking to forge a document, it helps to reference the correct agency:Nevermind
As for the first part, the acronym, "OHSM," stands for "Office of Health Statistics Management," which is not the responsible office within the Department of Health for issuing a certificate of birth. The "1.1" that follows refers to a non-existent document. If there were a "1.1", it would mean a revision of "Form 1" or "Document 1," and since "Document 1" is the form for a "Marriage Certificate," "OHSM 1" would refer to a Marriage Certificate form, and "OHSM 1.1," would refer to another version of that Marriage Certificate form, rather than a "Certificate of Live Birth" form.
about that last part?
Being wrong is part of what it means to be a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
, duuude. We're evil