The initial debunkings of the alleged Obama birth certificate from Kenya did nothing for me. That doesn't make the paper authentic of course, nor do I think that it is; it just means it is not an obviously and immediately dumb fake.
However, Dave Weigel is promoting an Australian birth certificate from David Jeffrey Bomford of the Bomford family that seems to have been the template for the Obama Kenya effort (and let's give some props to the sleuths who found it - that would be "Koyaan" of Politijab).
- The design is identical, down to the seal at the top and the classifications (”Christian name,” etc) used for identifying the baby.
- The “registrar” on the Bomford document is G.F. Lavender. On the Taitz document, it’s E.F. Lavender.
- The “district registrar” on the Bomford document is J.H. Miller. On the Taitz document, it’s M.H. Miller.
- The number of the book is identical on both documents: Book 44B, Page 5733.
What’s more likely — that two Kenyan bureaucrats shared last names with two Australian bureaucrats, and that the numbers on both certificates were identical? Or that someone used this document, available online for anyone who wanted to look, to forge the Obama “certificate?”
The identical design doesn't faze me - we are talking about forms that may have been in use throughout the Commonwealth.
The "Lavender" and "Miller" coincidences are troubling, as are the numbers. And let me add - in the upper left of both documents we see "7s 6d No. 495". If that is a standard form identifier, well, that takes us back to the common design argument. Otherwise, que pasa?
However, one mystery is addressed! One objection to the Kenyan form was that it was registered on Saturday, August 5 1961, not an obvious working day.
More on Kenyan work schedules from a Kenyan hottie here. A safe for work hottie, I should add.
And at some point we will take up the obvious pushback to the pushback - how long has that certificate been at the Bomford site, and are we caught in a game of spoof versus counter-spoof? [If so, this is a heck of an effort - an Aussie broadcaster chatted with THE David Bomford, who confirms that it is his birth certificate.]
About the Bomford site (which seems to have exceeded its account limit):
The site was created in February 2005, initially to enable web publication of an extensive history of the Irish Bomford family (1617 to the present) prepared by Peter Bamford (with an 'a'), son of Evelyn Maude Bamford, neé Bomford.
It is hoped that additions to and links out of the site over time will provide a comprehensive and up to date history of the Irish Bomfords, so that Peter's work can be perpetuated as a living entity.
In May 2005 a section was added on the Worcestershire Bomfords.
Information, or requests for information, on Bomfords not known to be part of either the Irish or Worcestershire Bomfords is included in the Other Bomfords part of the site.
The site is hosted by Aushost.
One of the first comments at Politijab makes a point that puzzled me - the creases on the Bomford document don't match the creases on the Obama document. My guess is that the ultimate goal of the Kenya exercise (if it is, as I expect, a fake) was to produce a physical document, not merely a picture of an old creased document. With that end, the Bomford document would have been a model and the typeset parts of the standard form could have been copy-pasted into the new template.
But why copy-paste some of the typed entries such as "Lavender" or the book number, when other typed entries (such as the Obama information) are original? They sure picked an odd time to get lazy on an otherwise nice effort.
MORE: From Joseph Farah of World Net Daily, Ground Zero of the birther movement, comes doubts about this certificate. His doubts seem to be free-floating skepticism (like my initial reaction) rather than focused on any specific points.