Friday, April 29, 2011

On the Titanic, Worried About Obama's Birth Certificate

This is the last time I will post about the Obama birth certificate issue (unless, of course, Obama himself admits it's a fraud or he is formally charged with fraud by law enforcement authorities). We've got so much more to worry about that's of real consequence that the distraction of the birth certificate issue needs to be set aside for future pondering. For the time being, to be distracted by the birth certificate is akin to worrying about whether the uniform worn by the captain of the Titanic is regulation even as you're climbing over other people to secure a spot in a lifeboat. Hat tip to Streetwise Pundit for bringing a post in National Review to my attention. Streewise Pundit has some interesting remarks of his own, by the way (which you can read here). Nathan Goulding's article at National Review points out that the layers "found" by people who have downloaded the Obama birth certificate PDF do not necessarily indicate fraud. "I’ve confirmed that scanning an image, converting it to a PDF, optimizing that PDF, and then opening it up in Illustrator," Goulding wrote, "does in fact create layers similar to what is seen in the birth certificate PDF. You can try it yourself at home." I did try it at home. (Well, in a coffee shop.) I opened it in Inkscape, PaintShop Pro and MS Paint, too. Layers, but each application found different layers. It depends upon what criteria the specific application looks for: Separation based on hue, color, lightness, darkness, etc. Let's get back to urgent business, folks.