Eligibility Flashback: Media Blackout Claimed to Deny Issue Traction

Maybe the following points from over the past couple of years could help to explain why nobody took the eligibility issue “seriously” until lately.

It is interesting to note that it would take a Democrat Hawaiian Governor (as opposed to former Republican Governor Linda Lingle) who, while admitting to being a friend of Mr. Obama, would take it upon himself to try to prove Mr. Obama’s presidential eligibility.

Not only this, but now even the Hawaiian House could soon be considering a bill that would legally allow Mr. Obama’s birth certificate release. And with at least 10 States now considering eligibility legislation, perhaps such “blackouts” as the below have been lifted…?

  1. January 5, 2010: Journalist Wayne Madsen reports that certain questions “are definitely off-limits” regarding the President’s past:
    • “White House Press Corps members have been quietly told that any questions related to BIC, Obama’s withheld records while he was a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1981, or his records at Columbia, are forbidden. At the same time he was attending Occidental, Obama, using the name Barry Soetoro and an Indonesian passport issued under the same name, traveled to Pakistan during the U.S. buildup to assist the Afghan mujaheddin.”;
  2. January 23, 2010:The curious case of Ellie Light” documented a not-so-random “release” of identical “letters to the editor” to 47 newspapers in 23 different States, allegedly in an effort to quell eligibility questions;
  3. Today: Anthony Martin of the Examiner.com not only reiterates what “Ulsterman” recently reported, but also brought up a claim from the Northeast Intelligence Network from August 4, 2009 regarding an alleged direct media blackout:
    • …extremely sensitive investigative documents, including a stunning written admission by a nationally known talk show host stating that he was threatened with his career – or worse – should he talk about the issue of Barack Hussein Obama’s birth records to a national audience. This document was obtained on December 10, 2008, and provides explicit detail of a “gag order” imposed on this host before and immediately following the national election last November. …
    • From multiple interviews conducted within the last eight months, we have obtained information from other sources, independent of the above, who have also been instructed to avoid any discussion of the birth certificate issue at all costs, to wit:
    • The account of an administrative assistant employed in New York City by a cable network news station who provided significant, detailed information of a 2008 meeting between the top network executive and four-(4) well-known news anchors. This source confirmed that she drafted the memo to the various hosts to arrange notify them of the date, time and location of this high-level meeting at the request of the network’s top executive.
    • Present at this meeting, she verified that the network official issued “warnings” to the personalities “to avoid any on-air discussion of the birth place, eligibility, and news accounts of litigation compelling [Barack Hussein] Obama to produce a legitimate copy of his birth certificate.” She stated that the network executive had her arrange the conference immediately following a meeting “between [the network executive] and an attorney closely associated with candidate Obama who was acting on his behalf.”

If as some in the opposition have claimed (previously on this site and on others) that various individuals are merely making up these stories, what makes more sense — that Mr. Obama really does have something to hide, or that there really are a bunch of “crazy” individuals who are making up so many stories that they’re inspiring the aforementioned Hawaiian House to consider opening up their own Vital Records department as well as persuading a significant number (by Electoral College standards) of States to legislate on the issue?

Again, questions are only dangerous to those who have something to hide.

phil [at] therightsideoflife [dot] com

Hawaii: Pay $100 to See Obama’s Birth Certificate

In the midst of the recent dust-up over discovering Mr. Obama’s birth certificate on file with the Hawaiian Department of Health, the AP reports that five State Representatives, led by Rep. Rida Cabanilla, have introduced a bill that would change Hawaiian law to allow the release of birth certificates for $100.

From Ballot-Access.org:

It waives the standard rule for privacy, concerning birth certificates, for individuals of “civic prominence.” The bill defines these such a person as “a person who is a candidate for, or elected to, a public office that requires the person to be a United States citizen, either natural born or naturalized, to hold the public office for which they are a candidate or to which they have been elected.”

Link to HB1116.

However, as the AP story indicates, the bill must be put on the calendar in order to move forward.

Yet, what better way to deal with requests than to make the rest of us take the time to fill out the appropriate form and shell out $100 to prove or disprove a person of “civic prominence” is duly qualified.

Why not include an adaptation of this law with other States?

phil [at] therightsideoflife [dot] com

Obama Eligibility: Is There a “There” There?

As the Obama eligibility issue becomes elevated in the media once again, it isn’t just States such as Arizona who are taking eligibility enforcement seriously (as WorldNetDaily now puts it, 10 States totaling 107 Electoral College votes are now in the mix).

Alleged White House insider speaking with blogger “Ulsterman” had a subsequent conversation that briefly brought up the eligibility issue:

…Palin is no longer the threat she was to the party not so long ago.  I have heard first hand there is no way she gets the nomination.  As in NO WAY.  Understand?  I still find her appeal a fascinating thing to watch unfold, but she will not be a factor beyond some version of a conservative political cheer leader IMO.  Unless, and I will throw you a bit of a bone here, UNLESS something comes out on the birther stuff.  Yeah, I’m bringing it up myself here.  Something is out there but nobody wants to touch it.  The topic is coming up amongst us more than it ever has.  I’m talking people who mocked it, dismissed it before, who are now quietly saying something is stirring out there on this subject and it’s got the WH very concerned. Big time worried.  There are discussion in the WH about the issue.  And I think some of the Republican leadership has a whiff of it but all indications appear to be they want nothing to do with it.  It’s being buried deep. For now.

Now, the same insider is saying that pursuing the eligibility question is “at your own peril” (posting replete with a side-by-side of Obama and Frank Marshall Davis):

Can’t respond much at this time.  Too busy with all of the chaos coming at us these days.  May be out of work soon! Crazy stuff.  Simply urge you to lay off the birther angle at this time.  Strongly urge.  To proceed is at your own peril.  Please take warning seriously.  This is not a small town cop shop situation here.  Let someone else try and make name on this one.

Don’t blame you as it was me who brought up subject last time.  Since then heard repeated rumors/confirmations of attempted “purge” coming down the pike.  WH/media going on the offensive bigtime on issue. Has already started as you probably know.  Talking very specific, very confrontational, very scary stuff here.  Don’t wish to drag you into that.  Much bigger fish are circling this.  They can survive what could be coming.  Not sure about me.  Let the big players handle this now.  This thing will either break out big or disappear.  Apologize for past doubt/ridicule.  There is something there.  100% certain of it.  God help us.

Respond more in 1-2 weeks. Have much better grasp of situation at that time.  Too crazy right now.  -Deleted- was as shocking a moment in career.  WH and union thugs are kicking our ass and now this.  Never seen anything like it.  People who thought -deleted- were tough have no idea.  This is whole other level. Too old for this.  Too dumb for this.  Or both.

Give me a few weeks to see how it shakes out.

Questioning is only bad to those being questioned when there’s something to hide.

phil [at] therightsideoflife [dot] com

Arizona Could Soon Be First State to Check Presidential Eligibility

A year ago this month (and followed up shortly thereafter), Arizona State Representative Judy Burges introduced legislation that essentially would enforce eligibility requirements for presidential candidates to get on that State’s ballot.

Then, yesterday, she and approximately 25 other co-sponsors reintroduced the bill. According to WND’s interview with her, the following would indicate the bill’s chances for passage:

The proposal from state Rep. Judy Burges, who carried a similar plan that fell short last year only because of political maneuvering, was introduced yesterday with 16 members of the state Senate as co-sponsors.

It needs only 16 votes in the Senate to pass.

In the House, there are 25 co-sponsors, with the need for only 31 votes for passage, and Burges told WND that there were several chamber members who confirmed they support the plan and will vote for it, but simply didn’t wish to be listed as co-sponsors.

Link to HB2544.

The same WND story also mentions that similar initiatives are currently in play in Montana, Pennsylvania, my home State of Georgia, and Texas. Texas’ bill has an effective date of 9/1/2011, in time for the 2012 elections.

Those who think that “birthers” are nuts should, rationally-speaking, be welcoming these endeavors. They’re not lengthy bills, ought to survive or be defeated with an up-or-down vote on their own merits, and would add nothing to the constitutional requirements for the President (see my own two linked stories at the top of the posting wherein I explain how the Supreme Court has differentiated between adding to versus enforcing the Constitution and how it’s completely within the purview of the States to determine exactly how they wish to pursue managing elections within their own respective jurisdictions).

Besides — if the already-posted picture of a document of Mr. Obama’s alleged certification of live birth is the real deal, then his campaign should have no problems attaching a copy of this as a part of a paper trail establishing his eligibility.

Furthermore, there may be those who pose “what-if’s” regarding these initiatives, predominantly centered around the efficacy of such documents. Well, isn’t that the whole point? It would be very interesting to see someone attempt to sue a State such as Arizona over such a proposed law. It would certainly draw attention the issue, now, wouldn’t it? Besides — some of us would love to see this kind of issue get past standing, subject matter jurisdiction, and similar sorts of challenges and actually take the issue to Court.

Ah, but there’s the rub! SCOTUS has already ruled on how States handle elections, and if the issue is truly political, then even such challenges should be thrown out of Court, left for the States, the Congress, and/or the People to decide!

See how much of this is really a two-way street? Many opponents over the years on this site have often condescendingly recommended that individuals such as myself should either convince Congress or the States to do the vetting.

Sounds good to me! It might finally be happening! And the best part is, no matter who it is that’s running for President, all it takes is one State to produce such a requirement!

I can be reached at phil [at] therightsideoflife [dot] com.

Elections Official’s Story on Lack of Birth Certificate Official, Unchanged

The Right Side of Life had an exclusive (6/11/2010) with former Hawaiian senior elections clerk Tim Adams in which he stated (to WorldNetDaily) that “[t]here is no birth certificate… It’s like an open secret. There isn’t one. Everyone in the government there knows this.”

WND interpreted this to mean — and to which I took them to task — that Mr. Obama wasn’t eligible for the presidency. However, Mr. Adams reiterated directly to me that “I believe Pres. Obama was born a United States citizen, and is eligible to hold office, I find the idea that because he was probably born outside of the U.S., he must be some kind of alien to be basically racist.”

At the time, ObamaConpiracy.org also made an attempt to verify Mr. Adam’s story with the Honolulu City Clerk’s office and received this response:

Our records indicate that Mr. Adams was employed in a clerical position as an Elections Clerk. Our office does not have access to birth records. Birth records are handled by the State of Hawaii, Department of Health.

Then, on June 13 of last year, Mr. Adams once again stated that he’d be willing to go on the record with his testimony of what he heard and saw in Hawaii. This led your humble blogger, moi, to make the following analysis:

A reminder: Mr. Adams has never claimed to have first-hand knowledge, to date, of Mr. Obama’s vital records; this is why specific questions being answered by Mr. Adams is so important …

Of course, just because someone goes on record (say, via an affidavit) with certain claims doesn’t mean much unless whatever question is at hand (in this case, the lack of birth records) has its day in Court. Nevertheless, the fact that someone who was directly associated with HI elections is a major step forward in this saga — certainly nobody else has come forward to disagree with the Department of Health’s official statement.

I also posited the following:

All of this brings up an excellent question. Since we already have the DoH Director on record with her view that Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen (noting, of course, that she is only an authority over public health records), what if we get Mr. Adams’ statements on record — informally via email and/or formally via affidavit — that he says that Mr. Obama does not have a birth certificate and such a statement can be substantiated?

I’m sure we’ll soon see.

This was subsequently followed up by a television interview around July 6, 2010, wherein Mr. Adams continued to maintain his story:

…which was then later followed up by some walk-back.

Then, it happened — Mr. Adams officially went on the record on January 20, 2011. He actually goes even further than what he already claimed, by saying in paragraph six of the affidavit that no hospital in Honolulu had any record of Mr. Obama’s birth. However, the bigger story is in paragraph seven, wherein he contradicts the Department of Health’s own representation that they claim they have a birth certificate on record for Mr. Obama:

Affidavit Part 1

Affidavit Part 2

There is also more anecdotal evidence that a friend of Mr. Abercrombie claims he was told by the Governor that there was no birth certificate for Mr. Obama; here’s the audio (begins at 1:28):

We now have two individuals who have had some connection with various records at Hawaii who’ve made official claims that appear to contradict each other. This means we’re back to square one. The lack of evidence is just that — a lack of evidence, and no more questions have been answered than were posed at least as far back as 2008 as to the constitutional eligibility of Mr. Obama.

But at least now certain individuals are willing to go on the record (and face potential scrutiny) as to what they claim is true.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Mr. Obama would simply release his birth certificate — assuming there is one?

I can be reached at phil [at] therightsideoflife [dot] com.

HI Gov Can’t Receive Obama’s Birth Certificate — Without Permission

In what should be a non-story for those of you who, like me, have been following the eligibility saga from 2008, Democrat Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie apparently found out from his State’s Attorney General that even he, the Governor, cannot retrieve specific vital records from the Department of Health without showing a “tangible interest” in doing so.

I have to wonder why he didn’t consult the State’s chief counsel before making the pursuit, but perhaps — like the vast majority of Americans, even myself, to some degree — the Governor is simply ignorant of vital records laws and the lack of eligibility enforcement in this country.

This hasn’t stopped radio personality Rush Limbaugh from asking questions, pointing out that “they still can’t prove” that Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii, and that the President himself ought to get behind the initiative and allow his records to be observed.

There are competing theories:

  1. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii (British citizenship being an important ancillary to this idea) but he’s playing politics with his birth in an attempt to make right-wingers like Mr. Limbaugh look bad;
  2. Mr. Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii, certain people (like Gov. Abercrombie) have been blissfully ignorant about the idea, and now the President needs to find a way to keep the issue quiet (by not giving permission for his vital records to be released).

No doubt there are others, but those seem to be the main lines of thought on the issue.

I think the key continues to be that nobody knows for sure because no official will directly stand by and confirm what’s already been allegedly released, such as the picture of a document that purports to be Mr. Obama’s certification of live birth. For those of you who are wordsmiths, this is different than pointing to a press release by the HI DoH who say they know what they have on file.

Dem HI Gov: Obama’s Birth Certificate “Exists in Archives” But Can’t Be Produced

In an apparent effort to attempt to quell the ongoing “birther” “conspiracy” that Mr. Obama is not a natural born citizen (and, hence, not eligible to be President), newly-elected Democrat Governor and former Congressman Neil Abercrombie apparently can’t yet track down an actual, printable document that would verify the President’s birth in Hawaii (as in, replete with doctor’s signature and other such official evidence of birth).

The Daily Mail:

Pressure was mounting on Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie today amid increasing confusion over whether President Obama was born there.

Abercrombie said on Tuesday that an investigation had unearthed papers proving Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

He told Honolulu’s Star-Advertiser: ‘It actually exists in the archives, written down,’ he said.

But it became apparent that what had been discovered was an unspecified listing or notation of Obama’s birth that someone had made in the state archives and not a birth certificate.

And in the same interview Abercrombie suggested that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.

He said efforts were still being made to track down definitive vital records that would prove Obama was born in Hawaii. …

Other news stories can be found via a Google search.

Long-time “birther” debunker David Weigel, in response to the above, had the following to say:

…It doesn’t matter what record Hawaii has. It matters that the state has a record, and that the record confirms what was reported in 1961 in the births sections of Hawaii newspapers. But this is the problem with birthers, and why I’m so bored with them. They reverse-engineer every bit of news to find gerunds and commas that may, perhaps, in a manner of speaking, prove that there is a shadow of a doubt of skepticism about Obama’s birth.

Yet, according to Hawaii’s own Department of Health web site, we have official word from back in 2008 that a birth certificate actually exists and is on file:

“Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.

So, why doesn’t Gov. Abercrombie simply trapse on over to the Vital Records division and put in an official request to see the document?

After all, he has claimed to want to put all this “birther” mess to bed, once and for all; it would seem to me that if such a document actually exists, he’d be able to make this known and that would be it!

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