Daily Archives: March 30, 2011

Update from post on What is Donald up to…

Take Two: Donald Trump Releases Official Birth Certificate
Just quoting a small portion of the article about an interesting memo submitted with his OBC…
It makes me wonder if the public at large realize the sheer number of adoptees who only have a Certificate of Live Birth because we aren’t allowed anything else…
The image came with an accompanying memo from a member of Trump’s staff. 
“A ‘birth certificate’ and a ‘certificate of live birth’ are in no way the same thing, even though in some cases they use some of the same words,” wrote Trump staffer Thuy Colayco in a message to ABC News. “One officially confirms and records a newborn child’s identity and details of his or her birth, while the other only confirms that someone reported the birth of a child. Also, a ‘certificate of live birth’ is very easy to get because the standards are much lower, while a ‘birth certificate’ is only gotten through a long and detailed process wherein identity must be proved beyond any doubt. If you had only a certificate of live birth, you would not be able to get a proper passport from the Post Office or a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, there is very significant difference between a ‘certificate of live birth’ and a ‘birth certificate’ and one should never be confused with the other.”

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Something I did not know…

I have heard many times that Steve Jobs is adopted.  I have seen him held up as an example of an adoption success story.  About how much he valued his parents and did not have typical adoptee ‘issues’.  All good things and how adoptive parents hoped their children would feel like he did. 
Fair enough, but yet I felt a twinge of something each time he was held up as the ultimate adoptee for us to emulate instead of wanting to search or change laws or make sure ethics mattered most in adoption.  It wasn’t his success or brilliance that bothered me, but being honest, it was the fact that it seemed like unwittingly, he had left those behind who needed to explore what being adopted meant to them, those that wanted to make people understand the losses felt, those with horror stories of abusive parents, and that all was not perfect in the world of adoption.  That he could do more for adoptee rights in one day, than others could do in a year. 
And so I find out today I was wrong about the searching and that info came out in 1997, that he did search and that his sister is his best friend.  How did I not know this?  Did you?
But, Jobs says, since he was a teen-ager he had tried to locate his biological family. He had nearly given up when he discovered, at the age of 27, that his biological parents had another child later whom they had kept, his younger sister. For reasons of privacy, Jobs explains, he won’t discuss his biological parents or how he ultimately tracked down his sister.
As it turns out, his sister is the novelist Mona Simpson, whose new book, ”A Regular Guy,” is about a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who bears a striking resemblance to Steve Jobs. After they met, Jobs forged a relationship with her, often visiting her in Manhattan, where she lived and still maintains an apartment. Theirs is a connection that, to this day, neither Jobs nor Simpson have discussed in the press, and now do so sparingly. ”My brother and I are very close,” Simpson says. ”I admire him enormously.”Jobs says only: ”We’re family. She’s one of my best friends in the world. I call her and talk to her every couple of days.”
Creating Jobs – page 9 of 13

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