If you're among the people who are still on the fence about President Obama's birth certificate, or think that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his birther gang are presenting anything remotely credible, this one's for you.
Just like Arpaio's announcement on March 1 that he had evidence Obama's using a phony birth certificate, his birther buddies are using recycled theories -- theories that were debunked months before Arpaio and friends presented them to the world as "evidence."
Not only are the theories false -- which, unfortunately, we'll explain -- Arpaio and his buddies presented information to the public that they know is false.
The best "evidence" Arpaio and the birthers presented was that penciled-in codes on the birth certificate don't match federal guidelines, which they claim to believe is clear evidence of a forgery (see their video here).
In one box on Obama's birth certificate, there's a box titled "race of father," which is filled in as "African." The number nine is penciled in next to it.
Arpaio and lead "investigator" Mike Zullo say that according to the federal guide in 1961 -- the year of Obama's birth -- that number nine meant "unknown or not stated."
That's false, and it's nearly impossible that Arpaio's birther gang didn't know that.
After approximately two minutes on the Internet -- no, we didn't have to blow $10,000 on a trip to Hawaii -- we found this exact theory, and the documentation proving it false, from Obama Conspiracy Theories.
The coding for the number nine in the race meant "unknown or not stated" in the guide for 1968. In 1961, it meant "other nonwhite."
On top of that, Arpaio's birther pals conveniently cropped the area of the 1968 guide to omit the fact that they were referring to a section called "race of child," not "race of father." (Click here for the whole document.)
The birther gang proceeded to call the 95-year-old woman who coded and signed Obama's birth certificate to ask her if she made this error, and she said she did not -- because the accusation is false.
The other theory about the Nordyke twins and sequential numbering was also lifted by Arpaio and friends from the same authors of the race theory, and has also been debunked.
That leaves Arpaio and friends with stories about how nobody wanted to play their birther games in Hawaii, as they went around claiming to be police officers and asking for documents, as well as more "forensic computer analysis."
All of the computer things have consistently been debunked, and a quick Google search for Garrett Papit -- the guy who did the latest one -- will show you that this gentleman has been involved in birther theories on the Internet for more than a year now.
For the rest of you who never bought an ounce of Arpaio's "investigation" anyway, we apologize for wasting your time.
UPDATE: Thanks to the reader who pointed out that the Fogbow is in the process of more thoroughly debunking the claims.
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