As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish, he’d stay away.

This short poem by Hughes Mearns came to mind today when I read the following from “Judah Benjamin” over on TexasDarlin:

None of those who believe that Techdude is either an impostor or a liar have attempted to prove that the document is real. All that they have done is criticize the methodology employed by Techdude or Polarik.

Judah Benjamin doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed. But then he seems to be fond of building houses of cards upon foundations of if’s so I guess it comes as no surprise, and I hope to hell that’s not how he approaches writing history.

So, let’s assume for a moment that the image is of a genuine Hawaiian certificate issued by the Hawaii Department of Health, and that nothing has been done to alter the image save for the blocking out of the certificate number.

That being the case, then there would be nothing in the image to prove it was a forgery or otherwise altered. However Judah Benjamin seems to be expecting others to show us the man who isn’t there. But you can’t show someone a something that is nothing.

And that’s what we have here. You can’t prove that the image is real. You can only say that there is no proof that it’s not real.

Now, Techdude and Polarik on the other hand have been making affirmative claims that it is not real. And whether or not this is the case depends on the veracity of their claims. So it is vitally important that those claims be open to scrutiny and even criticism.

Judah Benhamin however seems to hold the belief that this process is not legitimate. That the claims of Techdude and Polarik should not be questioned but accepted on their face. That instead others should be parading around pictures of the man who isn’t there.

Judah Benjamin simply demonstrates that he hasn’t a clue when it comes to logic, reason, and scientific methodology.