Scott H. Payne thinks I'm just throwing fuel on the fire:

[Y]ou can provide a conspiracy theorist with any heap of evidence to the contrary of their theory, be it large or small, definitive or circumstantial, that person will generally find a way of wriggling around your presentation because they generally prefer to believe their story. And hey, sometimes their story is right, but often times it is wrong.
So no, Andrew, offering up the document after digital pictures of it have made their way onto the Internet and reputable public officials have spoke to the issue is distinctly unlikely to make the birther “movement” and its questions “go away”. What will make that “movement” go away will be time and a general lack of interest on the part of its participants and those who are fanning its flames in a variety of foray.

This does strike me as the most convincing argument against mine. But the more you disclose the fewer doubters there are. There will always be some. But it's important to isolate them with facts, not condescension.

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