One enterprising soul opened the supplied PDF (above) and did some simple
forensic testing. Turns out the proffered PDF is a "layered" PDF, not a
photograph. That is, various parts (background, pre-printed material, etc.)
are layers, the sequence of which builds a final document.
We may have another "Bush National Guard" document that gets someone fired.
Come to think on it, why did the White House release a PDF? - I know of no
camera that can produce a PDF file.
Oh, now, come on. It's a document, and we all know that they are all
official, even those manufactured every day by those assisting aliens. They
work because they fulfill the requirement of law of identification, and they
certainly worked to get this unqualified inexperienced half educated dimwit
asshole into office. I DO NOT think he has the mental capacity to pull it
all off. It was his handlers who still pull the strings.
Steve, who knows dogshit when he sees it.
<I guess his handlers were on the job pretty early, huh?>]
It's pretty obvious that some "Birfers" believe he has a time machine.
<Considering he graduated from Harvard Magna cum Laude, was elected to the
Law Review, and was a professor of law in Chicago, your shortchanging an
obviously smart guy's smarts calls yours into question. If you don't like
the guy, just say so. You don't need to try to bolster your opinion with
It was not only his record (which is impressive) but the way he interacted
with the press that got Obama the job - especially when compared to how
poorly both McCain and Palin did with their press interactions. It was
clear, to me at least, that he has a pretty respectable IQ. How I would
love to see Bush, Clinton and Obama on a politically-themed episode of
Jeopardy. I would imagine we would then see how much "legacy" students
really know. Who's going to give little Georgie a "F" when he father has so
many political connections?
<If you do believe that his "handlers" are able to work such a miracle
over a few decades - and remember we're talking about Democrats who
aren't exactly the Knights Templar when it comes to long term unity
and planning >
Amen, brother. The magnitude of the conspiracy proposed by the "Birfers" is
astounding. We know from Abu Ghirab and Pvt. Manning that secrets have a
life of their own. To believe that Obama pulled off this near perfect
alleged conspiracy makes him the smartest guy on the planet, a concept
slightly out of line with the "Birfers" other beliefs. If he's so smart
that he fooled everyone, then he probably deserves to be POTUS.
< then you must have exactly zero hope for the future.
This is quite annoying to those that do have hope for the future, and
are less paranoid about conspiracies. It's like the screaming idjit
on a life raft screaming, "We're all gonna die!" It may or may not be
true, but they've given up and are not helping the situation.>
I suppose the theory is "we're all going to die as long as HE'S captain" and
the faster we get back to a Republican leadership the better. They don't
give much thought that much of this massive debt was accrued under Bush's
You have an amazing knack to do exactly what you
accuse others of doing. In your defense of Obama, it isn't enough
for you to say he has a respectable IQ. No, you have to go slam
Bush. But it does show what I and others have said here. That
some people's judgement of how presidents were treated is very
selective. You Bush bashing above, is a good example of the
treatment he regularly received from many. The only difference
is when anyone makes similar attacks on Obama, you play
the race card.
What is your explanation for the issues he points out in the video?
In particular, when you look at the breen safety paper margins
to the area where there is text, it sure looks like a visible
suggesting one document was laid on top of another.
Note that I'm not even sure what the significance would be. He shows
one document which is the one scanned by AP that he doesn't have
issues with. The other, provided on the Whitehouse website is the
one he claims was assembled. Where did the AP get the birth
they scanned if not from the Whitehouse? Apparently the info on both
is exactly the same, so if what he's saying is true, why would the
Whithouse have "assembled" a doc with the same info as one
that was not assembled?
One explanation is the way in which Illustrator or Photoshop treats PDFs.
The programs scan the document in an attempt to CREATE layers, one for the
background, another for character recognition, and so forth. These "layers"
can then be treated separately by the software for manipulation and
enhancement. That is, the original document could have been precisely
two-dimensional but when input to an image-manipulation program, it was that
image-manipulation program that created the "layers."
No, he didn't. He did some simple goofing. He's not a forensic
documents expert. Thus, his opinion don't mean diddly.
Turns out the proffered PDF is a "layered" PDF, not a
It's quite common to create pdfs from image files. Take a digital
photo of the document and embed it within a .pdf. The .pdf then
cannot be altered, which is important when working with documents.
Taking a photo of the document is also the fastest way to make a copy.
Anybody who does research or works with researchers is familiar with
this. Which the so-called forensics examiner would know if he actually
was one, instead of just being a bullshit artist.
HP digital senders do it all day long. Reads the document like a copy
machine, and e-mails a .pdf to whatever address you typed on the
keyboard. We have about 50 at work- the end-users love them. As easy to
use as a fax, with resolution approaching a commercial copy camera.
Almost everyone turned in their desktop scanners. I'd not be a whit
surprised if that is how State of Hawaii sent the document to the White
House. With the right software load, you can even send the document and
attachment PKI encrypted and authenticated via CAC as being from a known
Wait a minute...you mean the White House didn't have an intern use his
cell phone to take a picture of the birth certificate?! ;)
There are quite a number of higher end copiers (never heard the term
digital sender before) that create a PDF directly from a scan. An
obviously superior solution.
The units we have are a first cousin to that, just without the printing
part. Scan and email, or scan and store to a LAN drive, is all they do.
Expensive (about $3500 a pop), but very slick. Beats the hell out of a
fax machine, as long as person on the other end has email. I think they
may even be able to send to fax machines, if you enable the right
software toggle and hook up a phone line, just like the fancy copiers.
We don't do that, since feds don't like stuff attached to LANs and phone
lines at the same time. But these things are MUCH easier to use than the
fancy copiers, which we also have a few of. They crunched the numbers,
and they actually save money, since you can eliminate buying and
supporting a couple dozen 'occasional use' desktop scanners with each
one. The few steps down the hall to the digital sender take less time
than the multiple attempts it often takes to get a usable result from a
cheap (non- production) desktop scanner. The HPs just work- type in
enough of the address for it to match it to the list in its head, and
press start. No aligning the paper just so, or running the output
through tweaking software to clean it up. I'm not a fan of most of HP's
other recent products, but they nailed this one.
Good points. But the use of a PDF - especially this one - opens up the
possibility of a manufactured document. Why would the White House want that
I agree. Almost all conspiracy theories are bunk, but sometimes, maybe
rarely, they are true.
The most recent example was Bush's National Guard letter, done with
Microsoft Word and Times New Roman font, neither of which existed in 1972.
This document was passed off as real and fooled Dan Rather and everybody
else at CBS.
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