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Obama’s Birth Certificate: Is Alan Keyes a Sore Loser?
by William Hughes ( liamhughes [at] comcast.net )
Thursday Nov 20th, 2008 5:12 AM
Alan Keyes has filed a lawsuit to stop the state of California from casting its electoral votes for Prez-Elect Barack Obama, unless he can prove he is a “natural born” citizen of the U.S. The record shows that Obama was born in Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961, and a “Certification of Live Birth” has been posted online to back up that position. Is Keyes just a sore loser? In 2004, he lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois. Who won that race? Barack Obama!
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“If we would learn what the human race really is...we need only observe it at election time.” - Mark Twain

Maybe, it’s the Joe Lieberman effect! He’s in, he’s out, he’s back in the Democratic Party fold again. It is all so confusing. So is the fact that the Philadelphia Phillies, finally, won the World Series this year and the massive financial meltdown by the banksters on Wall Street! Who can know for sure? Here’s what the record shows: Alan Keyes, a perennial candidate for public office in a number of states, including Maryland, has recently filed a law suit in Sacramento, CA. It seeks to stop that state from casting its “electoral votes” for Prez-Elect Barack Obama, until he proves that he is a “natural born” citizen of the U.S. Sounds like a sore loser to me. Mr. Keyes, as a Republican, ran against the Prez-Elect for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, in 2004. Sen. Obama gave him a good thumping by getting over 63 percent of the vote. Is Mr. Keyes looking to get some sweet revenge by filing this case?

The evidence is compelling that the Prez-Elect was born in the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children, in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961. Hawaii was a state at that time. Sen. Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, who died in 1995, was an American by birth. She hailed from Wichita, Kansas. His dad, Barack Obama, Sr., was from Kenya. His parents divorced in 1964. In 1967, the Prez-Elect then moved to Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro and his mother. In 1971, he returned to Hawaii, to live with his grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, who for all practical purposes, raised him. Obama’s father died in 1982. (1)

Thanks to a neutral web site, FactCheck.org., for shining some light on the birth certificate controversy. (2) It has made a copy of Sen. Obama’s birth certificate, (Certification of Live Birth), that is in the possession of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and reproduced it on line. FactCheck also produced an item from the “Honolulu Register” newspaper, dated, August 13, 1961. It shows the birth of “a son” to Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, on Aug. 4, 1961. It even gives the parents’ home address. FactCheck also underscores that the officials in Honolulu responsible for maintaining birth records at the Health Department have seen the original birth certificate and “verified” that it is a valid document. (2) Such evidence is, indeed, cumulative and very persuasive. You would think it would have silenced the critics, but it hasn’t.

Background: The original lawsuit that started this brouhaha was filed in a federal court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in August, 2008. It charged that Sen. Obama wasn’t eligible to be president, since he was “born in Kenya.” The U.S. Constitution mandates that only a “natural born citizen” of this country is qualified for that office, (Art. 2, Sec. 1). The defendants named in that case were Sen. Obama and the National Democratic Committee (DNC), among others. The trial judge, on Oct. 25, 2008, dismissed the suit saying that the plaintiff, Philip H. Berg, didn’t have “standing to sue.” Mr. Berg immediately appealed the judge’s decision to the Supreme Court, where his Petition for a Writ of Certiorari was recently denied by Justice David Souter, on Nov. 3, 2008. (3)

I think any Plaintiff, Mr. Keyes or Mr. Berg, is going to have a long, legal road to travel in this kind of case based on what I’ve read. As I write, however, the legal action over it has reportedly attracted millions of hits to various internet sites. You would think that the fastest way to finally resolve any doubts was for the DNC to produce to the court a certified copy of Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate, under affidavit, and under seal, from Hawaii. Did the DNC do that? No, it didn’t. It filed a motion to get the federal case tossed out, without it having been decided on the merits. Its strategy worked, but is that result good for the Prez-Elect?

Mr. Berg, the plaintiff in the Philadelphia litigation, is a former Deputy Attorney General for Pennsylvania. (3) The birth certificate dispute will now bounce along in the court system, both state and federal. Suits have been filed in twelve other state and federal courts by various plaintiffs throughout the country. More importantly, this matter will also drag on in the Court of Public Opinion. Shouldn’t this issue be laid to rest before the inauguration, set for Jan. 20, 2009?

If the DNC had produced a copy of the certified birth certificate, the Philadelphia federal court case would have become a legal “slam dunk.” (Pardon my use of that expression, ex-CIA Boss, George Tenet!) The DNC’s failure to do so has heated up the Internet and has some folks screaming wild things, such as: Obama’s name should be taken off the ballot in all fifty states!

What exactly are the critics claiming? They are alleging that the “Certification of Live Birth” posted on the Web, now on two different sites, is a fake, and not the real McCoy. (3) (4) (5)

On the “Certification of Live Birth” posted on Sen. Obama’s site, (6) and FactCheck, (2), Obama’s father’s race is shown as “African.” African isn’t a race. Obama’s mother is listed as “Caucasian,” since she was of the White race. The “African” designation for Obama’s father made that certificate questionable in the eyes of some naysayers. (4) (5) But, FactCheck’s explanation makes more sense. It says that the Department of Health officials by tradition have left it up to the parents of a newborn child to “identify” their respective races. (2)

Others on the Net are claiming, that the online document produced on Sen. Obama’s site is a creature of “Photoshop!” They use the term: “photoshopped.” They also insist that a “Certification of Live Birth” isn’t an “official” birth certificate. (4) (5) Many of the questions raised by these critics have been answered, in detail, by FactCheck. (2)

FactCheck underscores that a “Certification of Live Birth,” is the “short form” used by the state of Hawaii’s Health Department. It added: “The long form is drawn up by the hospital and includes additional information such as birth weight and parents’ hometowns...Hawaii...does not give the option to request a photocopy of your long-form birth certificate, but their short form has enough information [in it] to be acceptable to the [U.S.] State Department.” (2)

The crux of the matter, however, is the authenticity of the original birth certificate of Sen. Obama, which sooner or later, must be submitted either to a court of law and/or in the Court of Public Opinion. Sen. Obama online “Certification of Live Birth” hasn’t, unfortunately, resolved the dispute, it has only intensified it.

This brouhaha can be over in a New York minute. The longer the DNC delays coming up with Sen. Obama’s original “Birth Certificate,” the more questions are going to be raised. One web site, which is supportive of the Philadelphia lawsuit, has over one million, four hundred thousand hits. Go check it out for yourselves. (4) Mr. Berg claims millions of hit on his site. (3)

Sen. Obama is on track to be the 44th president of the U.S. Mr. Berg wants to see a certified copy of his “original” birth certificate. I think the facts shows that the Prez-Elect is “eligible.” Isn’t it in his best interest to set the record straight?

Suggested compromise: The DNC should submit to a judge, in one of the pending cases, preferably in the federal system--a State-of-Hawaii approved, legally sanctioned copy of the “original” long form birth certificate of Sen. Obama. The judge should then answer this question: “Is this birth certificate valid or not?” I believe the answer will be a resounding “Yes!” Case closed! (7)

Notes:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama#Early_life_and_career
2. http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html
3. http://www.obamacrimes.com/
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyspCRmJv7w
5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIsQJNTvlUE&feature=related and http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2008/08/proof-barack-obama-birth-certificate-is.html
6. http://fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate
7. At press time, a case out of New Jersey, that questions “Barack Obama’s citizenship,” has been scheduled for a “conference” at the U.S. Supreme Court. See, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=81484

©2008, William Hughes, All Rights Reserved.

William Hughes’ videos can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=liamh2. His latest book, “Saying ‘No’ to the War Party,” is available on Amazon. Email Contact: liamhughes [at] comcast.net.
by ^
Thursday Nov 20th, 2008 8:27 AM
What a tangled when they weave when they practice to deceive. As Obama's Kenyan relatives have stated, he was born in Kenya to an 18-year-old American woman who was not allowed to board the plane to the US in her late stage of pregnancy. This 18-year-old was 1 year too young to bequeath her American citizenship to Barack as in 1961, 5 years after age 14 of being an American was required for that act. Then, according to Berg's lawsuit, she boarded a plane to Hawaii some 4 days later and registered Barack's birth at 2 Hawaiian hospitals, but there are no birth records in Hawaii, which had just become a US state in 1960, by the way. Barack's mother divorced the Kenyan husband by age 2. When Barack was age 6, his mother had married an Indonesian, moved to Indonesia and registered Barack in school as an Indonesian citizen. At age 20, Barack traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport; Indonesia does not have dual citizenship. Here is Berg's statement of 8/21/08, just before the Democratic Convention of 8/25-28/08, from http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9920:

"Berg stated: “I filed this action at this time to avoid the obvious problems that will occur when the Republican Party raises these issues after Obama is nominated."

"here have been numerous questions raised about Obama’s background with no satisfactory answers. The questions that I have addressed include, but are not limited to:"

".1. Where was Obama born? Hawaii; an island off of Hawaii; Kenya; Canada; or ?"

"2, Was he a citizen of Kenya, Indonesia and/or Canada?"

"3. What was the early childhood of Obama in Hawaii; in Kenya; in Indonesia when he was adopted; and later, back to Hawaii?"

"4. An explanation as to the various names utilized by Obama that include: Barack Hussein Obama; Barry Soetoro; Barry Obama; Barack Dunham; and Barry Dunham."

"5. Illinois Bar Application – Obama fails to acknowledge use of names other than Barack Hussein Obama, a blatant lie."

"If Obama can prove U.S. citizenship, we still have the issue of muti-citizenship with responsibilities owed to and allegance to other countries."

Philip Berg is a Democrat and was the former Pennsylvania deputy attorney general who sued under the RICO statute to expose the 9/11 Inside Job, with Ellen Mariani as the plaintiff. See http://www.septembereleventh.org/documents/mariani_color.pdf

The legal pleadings on Berg v. Obama are listed and linked at
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9920

Here is the complaint, Berg v. Obama, DNC, US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 08CV4083 at
http://www.obamacrimes.com/attachments/001_ObamaComplaint.pdf
Here is a further explanation of the twists and turns on Barack's citizenship, the Temporary Restraining Order Motion at,
http://www.obamacrimes.com/attachments/001_ObamaMotionforTRO.pdf
by DJ Particle
Thursday Nov 20th, 2008 9:59 AM
Why would Obama's mother risk an infant by flying him within days of birth to Hawaii? There is no motive here! In 1961, before the meat of the black civil rights movement, no parent of a black child would have realistically thought that said child would eventually become President. The social state of mind was not there at the time. In order for this "conspiracy" to hold merit (since birth announcements, one of which stating the hospital, were put in two papers), we'd have to believe that Obama's parents thought his being a natural-born citizen would be an issue later in life, and in all honesty, especially for children, it's not an issue until and unless said person tries to run for President!

There's no motive for this "conspiracy"...cut it out already!! -.-
by Salehdin
Thursday Nov 20th, 2008 10:01 AM


statement from the office of Governor Lingle.

Aloha,

Thank you for emailing Governor Linda Lingle's office. A recent article in WorldNetDaily.com (October 26, 2008) claiming that Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle sealed Sen. Barack Obama's birth certificate is false.

Under Hawai‘i's state law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18), copies of vital records may only be released to those who have a tangible relationship to the person whose record is being sought. Neither the Governor's office, nor any other office in the State of Hawai'i, can provide information concerning birth certificates, or produce birth certificates, to anyone except those who are listed in the law governing vital statistics records.

Vital statistics records, such as birth certificates, are protected by strict confidentiality requirements. Specifically, pursuant to section 338-18, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS), the Department of Health, which maintains these records, may not allow the inspection of a birth certificate, or issue a certified copy of a birth certificate, or disclose any information contained in a birth certificate, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record:

(a) To protect the integrity of vital statistics records, to ensure their proper use, and to ensure the efficient and proper administration of the vital statistics system, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit inspection of, or to disclose information contained in vital statistics records, or to copy or issue a copy of all or part of any such record, except as authorized by this part or by rules adopted by the department of health.

(b) The department shall not permit inspection of public health statistics records, or issue a certified copy of any such record or part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record. The following persons shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest in a public health statistics record:

(1) The registrant;

(2) The spouse of the registrant;

(3) A parent of the registrant;

(4) A descendant of the registrant;

(5) A person having a common ancestor with the registrant;

(6) A legal guardian of the registrant;

(7) A person or agency acting on behalf of the registrant;

(8) A personal representative of the registrant's estate;

(9) A person whose right to inspect or obtain a certified copy of the record is established by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction;

(10) Adoptive parents who have filed a petition for adoption and who need to determine the death of one or more of the prospective adopted child's natural or legal parents;

(11) A person who needs to determine the marital status of a former spouse in order to determine the payment of alimony;

(12) A person who needs to determine the death of a nonrelated co-owner of property purchased under a joint tenancy agreement; and

(13) A person who needs a death certificate for the determination of payments under a credit insurance policy.

You can find the complete statute at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0338/HRS_0338-0018.htm

Mahalo,

Office of Governor Lingle

also....

Hawaii has two major newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin. BOTH newspapers include birth announcements, and pages found in the archives of BOTH newspapers record the August 4th, 1961 birth of Barack Obama.

http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/obama-1961-birth-announcement-from-honolulu-advertiser0000.gif
(Link to Advertiser page)

http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/ObamaBirthStarBulletin.jpg
(Link to Star Bulletin page)

by your mum
Thursday Nov 20th, 2008 11:07 AM
I don't know why ANYBODY even gives this the time of day. Trust me, if he wasn't ELIGIBLE for office, he wouldn't have been made the candidate to begin with. First of all, I don't know about the rest of you, but I had to take GOVERNMENT in order to graduate high-school. So, it doesn't matter where he was born, because his birth mother was an American citizen. An American white lady, no less. So that's it... he's a citizen by birthright of his mother. The only time there's ANY grey area in this matter whatsoever, is the "anchor baby" occasion, and that's not holding up anymore anyway. These people are simply trying to throw a monkey into the wrench (yeah, I know how you're supposed to say it, I just thought that sounded funnier, so shut up) by raising a false issue. Besides... do you HONESTLY believe that the Democrat party would REALLY put someone up for the office of the Presidency, without verifying this a long time ago? Do you HONESTLY think that they would REALLY KNOWINGLY do such a thing? You think they are THAT dishonest, and yet the Republican party ISN'T WORSE THAN THAT ANYWAY? What kills me is the general 'we do no wrong' attitude of the Republicans as a whole. They are actually the biggest haters of America out there... In fact, I think THEY hate us for our freedoms MORE than our so-called enemies.
Most Americans of all colors who find themselves outside the US while pregnant do whatever they can to get back in time for the baby to be born in the USA as the illusion of the USA as being the greatest country in the world and the beacon of freedom is pervasive, albeit not based on reality. A white American woman who was attending a university is certainly the kind to have many illusions about the USA and would get on a plane as soon as physically possible to get back to the USA to register the baby's birth.

This has nothing to do with becoming president; most people do not expect their child to become president of the US, which requires a person be a native born American. However, American citizenship, either naturalized or native born, is required for many things including being an attorney. One can be a naturalized citizen, but many law schools will not take a naturalized citizen. Some do, so there are American attorneys who are naturalized citizens.

As stated above, in 1961, the American parent had to be at least 19 to pass the American citizenship to the child (5 years after the American parent's 14th birthday), and Barack's mother was 18 at the time of his birth.

As Berg's lawsuit states in the Memo in Support of Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, even if Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii, he lost his US citizenship when his mother re-married and moved to Indonesisa with her Indonesian husband." The other Indonesian citizenship issues are described above. The basis for this loss of citienzship is the Nationality Act of 1940. His mother could have regained her citienzship if she took an Oath of Allegiance at an embassy, legation, consulate, court or before an Attorney General, any one of which would have a record, but no such record exists, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit continues in the Memorandum in Support of Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, "even if Obama had and maintained US citizenship (which Plaintiff believes he failed to do), he also holds citizenship in Kenya and Indonesia. Obama has divided loyalties with foreign countries. Thus, Obama carries multiple citizenships, and is ineligible to run for President of the US. US Constitution, Article I, Section 1."

As to why the Democratic Party would allow this problem to exist, they are the twin party of capitalism with the Republicans and have just as much contempt for the law. The Democrats played their usual role in this election of making sure the workingclass, those of us who sell our labor for less than $76,000 a year, for the most part, did not vote Red (socialist) or Green, but instead voted for the Democratic millionaire, warmonger, death penalty promoter, Barack Obama, instead of the Republican millionaire, warmonger, death penalty promoter, John McCain. While there was much election fraud by the Republicans (no different from the usual election fraud by every big city's Democratic Party machine) in the early voting, they stopped it just enough on election day so Obama could get 52% of the vote, a bare majority, so as to prevent a nationwide revolt against the 3rd presidential election in a row being by election fraud. In other words, the Democrats saved capitalism so the rich could contiue to exploit the workingclass to maximize their profits. These presidential elections are completely staged to give the illusion of democracy; there can be no democracy in a capitalist society, which by definition promotes economic inequality, antithetical to political democracy.

The president in a capitalist society is simply the Chairperson of the Board of the Executive Committee of Big Business. Barack Obama made it clear he is a warmonger throughout his campaign, including in his Election Day speech, he voted for the FISA spy bill, he condemned a good US Supreme Court ruling against the death penalty, calling a news conference to make his pro-death penalty views known, and led the charge to steal $700 billion of our tax dollars for the bankers. All of his political appointments have been reactionary, so far. VP Biden wanted to invade Iraq before Bush did; Rahm Emanuel is a warmonger; his attorney general Eric Holder, is a corporate defender of Chiquita Banana against the workingclass and wants to make possession of marijuana a felony, not a midsemeanor. Hillary Clinton, the possible Secretary of State, is a war criminal. And these are the Democrats connected to Obama, all despicable. Then there is the Republican Colin Powell, a war criminal, who is advising Obama and the Republican Secretary of War, Robert Gates, who is expected to be asked to remain Secetary of War, proving what was obvious throughout the entire campaign, Obama is not about change at all; that was just a sales pitch, as always with the capitalist candidates. (Before WW2, the Secretary of Defense was called the Secretary of War, and that title is most appropriate). Barack Obama is just a lawyer who promotes capitalism; the fact that he is of African ancestry is irrelevant.

It is long overdue that the workingclass vote for people who represent their interests, as did Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party and Ralph Nader, running on the Peace & Freedom Party ticket in California.
by Ted
Thursday Nov 20th, 2008 8:31 PM
You gotta hear this 90 minute blogradio on why the media has a blackout of the looming Obama Birth Certificate Constitutional Crisis:

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2008/11/why-is-obamas-birth-certificate-still.html

by Passenger57
Friday Nov 21st, 2008 3:27 AM
We'd also have to believe that the State of Hawaii is playing along with Obama's "trickery" as well. What's THEIR motivation?