I have always prided myself on having a remarkably open mind, which I use for critical thinking to form my own opinions, rather than blindly accepting those of so-called experts and conventional wisdom. Once formed this way, I can and do defend my opinions with zeal; but I always try to keep my mind open to the possibility of error in my judgment, and new data that challenges the validity of what I think I know. Thus, when someone with a cogent argument forces me to reevaluate a long-held belief, rather than dogmatically being stuck on stupid, I am quite willing to admit my error and rearrange my prejudices.
Regular readers will know that I take a back seat to no one regarding the Obamunist being ineligible for the office of POTUS, on the grounds that he is not a natural born citizen (NBC). Since the first time I heard that he was born a subject of the British Empire, I have been ranting and railing on the subject, and when he was elected, I promised the issue would not go away. It hasn’t, and won’t; nor should it.
At the same time, I have frequently been critical of the so-called ‘birther’ movement, for their focus on trying to document the place of his birth, which is immaterial to his NBC status as I view it. I.e., “Born a Brit – Not Legit,” wherever that blessed event may have occurred. Still, I have been unable to avoid a morbid curiosity for all of the details Jerome Corsi, et al, have uncovered regarding the Obamessiah’s phony nativity narrative. Thus, I am a regular reader of the eligibility section of WND, even though much of it is repetitious recycling of past articles, primarily to feed the cottage industry they have spawned over the issue.
I must admit to a soft spot for Jerome Corsi, since he co-authored, “Unfit For Command,” which helped tremendously toward defeating John Kerry, the miscreant I have despised since his treasonous youth in 1973, when he was cavorting with the communist North Vietnamese, throwing away medals, and accusing vets of war crimes. Thus, while critical in general of the focus of the so-called ‘birthers,’ I perhaps have avoided noticing just how much Corsi’s leaps of logic, non sequiturs, and dogged determination to place Obama’s birth in Kenya, have driven that misplaced focus.
Since Corsi’s huge tactical error in not naming his latest book the obvious, “Ineligible For Command” instead of “Where’s The Birth Certificate,” which allowed Obama to upstage its release by producing a long-sought “long form” copy, he has been focused on proving it a forgery. He has produced an impressive array of so-called experts from several different fields, who each claim to have definitive proof that the PDF file released by Obama was not a scan of an official document, but was created with graphic software in a cut & paste job from other legitimate BCs.
While some of Corsi’s earlier pronouncements were laughable, and to my mind embarrassing (the ‘smiley face’ in Alvin as part of the forger’s ‘signature’ comes to mind), the sheer number of anomalies highlighted by these folks was so overwhelming that I, like untold thousands of others, had succumbed to repeating the notion that the PDF file was not only a forgery, but a hopelessly amateurish, sloppy, and obvious one. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I dismissed the so-called experts the Obots put forward claiming otherwise, as obviously partisan, because nobody could possibly explain away all of the anomalies.
Oops… not so fast. Last evening, I stumbled across a comment to an eligibility issue related article I had just read, mentioning a new book by someone purporting to be a TEA Party conservative, supposedly debunking all the forgery claims. Reckoning that to be an impossible task, I immediately assumed it was an Obot masquerading as a conservative, and that the book would avoid dealing with the really serious flaws, in another typical BS storm of obfuscating blather, so typical of the Obots. Still, I was curious to see what they were up to, so I went looking for this new author.
His name is John Woodman, and the name of his book is the unimaginative, “Is Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate a Fraud?” He has a website named ObamaBirthBook.com, very much dedicated to marketing his book. This is not an indictment; if I had written it, I would be doing the same. I watched his introductory video, where he comes across as a low key, homespun, sort of all around computer geek, not at all an academic so-called ‘expert.’ Of course, given my disdain for academia and intellectual snobbery, this was a plus for me.
His claim to be a TEA Party type Republican with serious issues over Obama’s policies was unpersuasive to me. I have observed the skill with which some Obots can do the same thing initially in a comment section debate, before dropping the pose once outed. I still figured him to be an Obot; but at least he was coming across as a reasonable one. The total effect was sufficient to cause me to be ever more interested in what he had to say, so I looked up the title on Amazon.
I found his book had just been released there, and there was not a single review of it posted. That in and of itself seemed odd; because one would have expected the Obots to salt the review section with glowing reviews. A free preview was available for the Kindle version, so I downloaded it. To my surprise, I remained sufficiently intrigued enough to pop the modest $5 for the whole book, and spent the rest of my evening reading it in its entirety. I was in no way prepared for the outcome of that experience.
To my utter amazement, he covered virtually all of the anomalies highlighted by Corsi’s coterie of experts, and makes a surprisingly persuasive case that none of their supposed ‘irrefutable proofs’ that the long form BC is a forgery are unexplainable. To be candid, as a huge fan of Occam’s razor, most of his explanations regarding the ‘layers’ created by the automated optimization process of the ‘scan to PDF’ software, make far more sense than the contortions a ‘forger’ would have had to go through to create the same effect manually in a graphics program, and one need not continually ask, “Why in the world did he do that?”
This does not mean that the BC wasn’t copied from an inauthentic original that has somehow found its way into the HDOH vault, which Hawaii continues to go to extraordinary effort to avoid being examined by forensic experts, and it certainly does not detract from the basic definition of NBC (Born a Brit – Not Legit); but I am no longer persuaded that the PDF itself was created in a graphics program, and I will immediately stop asserting that it is an “obvious forgery.”
Of course, it means I must now modify my knee-jerk negative opinion of politicians, candidates, and even Donald Trump, for not speaking out over such an “obvious forgery.” If the PDF is not a ‘smoking gun,’ and I now reckon it is not, we are back to debatable issues over the definition of NBC; because if there is a BC smoking gun, it is locked up in the HDOH vault, and the courts are disinclined to force them to allow anyone to see it.
In the end, I doubt that Mr. Woodman sells very many books. Most ideologues are uninterested in changing their minds and/or rearranging their prejudices, and will write him off as just another obfuscating Obot; but I commend him for a well done project, which cleared some cobwebs from my own mind, with his plain spoken, easy to follow, explanations of computer processes, which most of us who are not graphic artists do not understand all that well. I still suspect that he is more Obot than TEA Partier; but that detracts not at all from the value of his book. ◄Dave►