Sums it up pretty well summarizes the status of the “forged” documents case. *Lt Col Killian didn’t type; *Lt Col Killian’s family says he did not maintain such records; *Guard regulations prohibited the maintenance of such records; *General Bobby Hodges didn’t vouch for the docs as CBS said he would; *Colonel Buck Staudt –cited in the memos as pushing Killian to “sugarcoat” a Bush evaluation– had retired more than a year before the meo was allegedly written; *Bloggers have been overwhelmed with e-mails from active duty and retire dmilitary who scoff at the form of the memos; *Typewriters with proportional spacing were rare in ’72/3; *Typewriters with superscripting capabilites were rare in ’72/3; *Typewriters with perfect centering ability were non-existent ’72/3; *Typewriters with the “kerning” function didn’t exist in ’72/3; *Most experts, from Dr.Cartwright at Rice, the above-referenced Dr. Bouffard and Farrell Shiver, range from certain to almost certain in their conclusions that the docs are not legit; *CBS doesn’t have the “originals” and didn’t reveal that fact until pressure mounted; *The fake docs are easily and exactly reproduced on modern word-processing equipment, underscoring the ease with which the bad forgery could have been produced contrasted with the near impossibility of Lt Colonel Killian’s producing them in 192/3; *Lt Col Killian lacked motive to write and maintain such records; *Despite intense media interest in the president’s TANG career that extends back at least four years, someone sat on these docs until seven weeks before the 2004 election and after the RNC convention; *CBS has a history of obtaining docs damaging to the Bush Adminsitration which in all likelihood came from Democratic partisans; *CBS won’t reveal its source; *CBS has a history of blowing stories that involved fake documents; and *Dan Rather has not appeared opposite a serious journalist to answer extended questions on camera, even though his reputation and the reputation of his network are being shredded and a confidant witness would demand a hearing with a Russert or a Hume.]]>

Lame media

I opened Microsoft Word, set the font to MicrosoftÂ’s Times New Roman, tabbed over to the default tab stop to enter the date “18 August 1973,” then typed the rest of the document purportedly from the personal records of the late Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian. And my Microsoft Word version, typed in 2004, is an exact match for the documents trumpeted by CBS News as “authentic.” It gets better. The fonts didn’t exist in 1973, the letters are Kerned, wrong subscripts, etc. The “cynical media” who always stand with pride about the importance of asking questions failed to even do the slightest verification on this story in their rush to judgement (oh yeah, the general cited in the memo retired in 1972 eventhough the memo is suppose to be from 1973). Cynical, but lazy reporting. ]]>

Sleep with one eye open

Moscow News reports that a 23-year old former beauty queen contestant has avoided a prison sentence for ordering a contract hit. The hit was on her boyfriend, and she avoided prison by marrying her intended victim!!! What a moron! “Apparently his feelings were stronger than the insult of having a contract put on his life,” the police spokesman said. Insult? Sheesh. I see a divorce coming soon.]]>