A handy guide to birth certificates

I honestly can’t even tell what The Smoking Gun is trying to say here. On one hand, they are calling birthers nuts for their ideas, but on the other, they’re basically giving birthers fodder to continue this argument. I’ll get my popcorn.

Via The Smoking Gun:

This morning’s White House release of President Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate will, of course, do little to derail the “birther” movement, which will now analyze the document with the kind of verve previously directed toward those Texas Air National Guard memos faxed to CBS from that Kinko’s in Abilene.

So here’s a few nutty points about the birth certificate sure to be seized upon by the nonbelievers:

• If the original document was in a bound volume (as reflected by the curvature of the left hand side of the certificate), how can the green patterned background of the document’s safety paper be so seamless?

• Why, if Obama was born on August 4, 1961, was the “Date Accepted by Local Reg.” four days later on August 8, 1961?

• What is the significance of the smudges in the box containing the name of the reported attendant?

• In the “This Birth” box there are two mysterious Xs above “Twin” and “Triplet.” Is there a sibling or two unaccounted for?

• What is the significance of the mysterious numbers, seen vertically, on the document’s right side?

• Finally, the “Signature of Local Registrar” in box 21 may be a desperate attempt at establishing the document’s Hawaiian authenticity. Note to forgers: it is spelled “Ukulele.”

Obama releases actual birth certificate, Trump takes credit

Via pretty much any news source:

The White House has released President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, saying the document is “proof positive” the president was born in Hawaii.

Obama, who discussed the release at the White House Wednesday morning, said he had been “puzzled” by the so-called birther controversy as it built over the last two-and-a-half years. He said he normally would not bother to comment on such an issue, but expressed concern that it was starting to distract attention away from pressing challenges like the budget.

He told the public and the media that it’s time to “get serious.”

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama said. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve.”

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the administration decided to release the full document in response to mounting questions about the president’s birth. He noted that what started as Internet chatter had moved into the national political debate and ended up being discussed regularly on mainstream news outlets.

He said the president believed the matter was becoming a “distraction” from major issues.

The document lists Obama’s birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii, and his birth date as Aug. 4, 1961. The hospital listed is Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital. The name on the birth certificate is Barack Hussein Obama II.

Obama’s presidential campaign, in response to questions raised in 2008, at the time posted a short-form version of the document on the Internet. But conspiracy theories continued to fester. They gained legs in recent weeks as Donald Trump, who is toying with the possibility of running as a presidential candidate in 2012, repeatedly and publicly questioned Obama’s origin.

Pfeiffer, on the White House blog, said the president thought the attention was “bad for the American people” and directed his counsel to request access to the long-form document from the Hawaii State Department of Health. The department granted an exception to release the long-form document “because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting,” the White House said.

“At a time of great consequence for this country — when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue,” Pfeiffer said on the blog. “The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.”

Trump, speaking in New Hampshire, took credit Wednesday for the president’s decision to release the document. He said his team would have to examine the birth certificate and questioned why the White House took so long, but indicated he wanted to move beyond the issue.

“Today, I’m very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” Trump told reporters. “Why he didn’t do it when everybody else was asking for it, I don’t know. But I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue.”

Michelle Obama wears Olsen twin skirt, looks like a pampered witch

The following words do not belong together, and definitely not on the President’s wife: “white satin broomstick skirt.” And green earrings?! She was just begging for Macbeth jokes. I was waiting for her to throw a frog into a cauldron while lamenting how Malia’s tween years have nearly pushed her to regicide.

The fashion simians behind it all, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, expect $1,170 for this monstrosity. What recession? I’m blowing a casual grand on my fugly pleated skirt. This is gonna be AWESOME during Halloween season.

Washington Improv Theater's Vive La Révolution

Photo credit Neshan H. Naltchayan.

Editorial credit Caroline Coppel.

You wouldn’t think that an improv group would excel at party planning, but Washington Improv Theater organized a lovely fundraising gala this past Saturday at Muléh in DC.

The annual event is always revolution themed, in keeping with WIT’s slogan: “The Revolution will be Improvised.” Past years have used the Cuban and Russian revolutions, and this year’s drew inspiration from France’s 18th century uprising. Costumes were encouraged, and people happily obliged – boat shirts, berets and bustiers abounded. There was even a Marie Antoinette in drag making the rounds, looking every bit as regal as the real thing.

Muléh, a chic home furnishings and clothing boutique, filled up quickly as partygoers sampled hors d’oeuvres and bid in the silent and live auctions.  The food, provided by Masa 14, was not French themed (sushi, shrimp, meatballs, etc.) but there was a specialty drink called the Bon Marché, a refreshing vodka, lime juice and cucumber cocktail.

The items for auction were fairly typical, but there were some creative surprises among the restaurant gift certificates and improv workshops. One improv team called the Evil Skivvers offered to make a mockumentary about the winning bidder’s neighborhood. Another brave soul volunteered to wear whatever costume, T-shirt or body paint the winning bidder desired while running in an upcoming 10K.

Guests could also purchase the many pieces of clothing or furniture on display at Muléh, with 10 percent of all furniture proceeds going to WIT.  Owner Chris Reiter wasn’t too worried about any damage to store wares, saying that a sophisticated event like this would dictate how people behaved. Reiter also has experience in hosting events; the AprilMay Foundation recently held a fundraiser at Muléh.

Bipolar, the winning group from WIT’s 2011 Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, performed a 12-minute scene at the start of the event. They fittingly began in an art shop in Paris; the command performance then covered amorous cops, mineshafts and live auctions.

Still, one of the funniest moments of the night came out of the live auction itself: One gentleman offered to start the bidding on two business class tickets to Paris at $500. (They went for $3,500.)

It’s settled then: WIT throws a great party. If you can get tickets, definitely go, especially since next year’s theme is rumored to be the sexual revolution.

Sweet Charity

Co-hosted by The Heart of America Foundation® and Albert Uster Imports, a Swiss fine gourmet food company, Sweet Charity is a fun and unique annual event in Washington, DC. Recognized as #15 in BizBash’s Top 100 Events in Washington, DC, Sweet Charity features over sixty award-winning chefs showcasing their culinary and pastry talents by hosting sweet and savory tasting stations. The event’s highly acclaimed Des Alpes Chocolate Fashion Show, where award-winning chefs demonstrate their mastery of cocoa and couture, is a spectacular highlight of the event.

All proceeds from Sweet Charity ticket sales will help The Heart of America Foundation® Books From The Heart® program provide thousands of books for children living in poverty, who have few or no books of their own, in the DC metropolitan area, helping us to replenish local under-resourced libraries and classrooms.