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September 08, 2005

Lest we forget

On September 8, 2004, one year ago today, Sixty Minutes with Dan Rather proudly aired four memos, allegedly written by Bush's superior officer in the Texas Air National Guard Lt. Col. Jerry Killian and supposedly vouched for by "unimpeachable sources", which painted the then-1st. Lt. in a very negative light.

The rest, as they say, is history.

I'm thinking of doing a longer, more in-depth retrospective later, but for now I wanted to ensure that in the middle of Katrina and Rehnquist we don't forget about a true watershed in New Media history.

History started here.

Howlin, every single one of these memos to file is in a proportionally spaced font, probably Palatino or Times New Roman.

In 1972 people used typewriters for this sort of thing, and typewriters used monospaced fonts.

The use of proportionally spaced fonts did not come into common use for office memos until the introduction of laser printers, word processing software, and personal computers. They were not widespread until the mid to late 90's. Before then, you needed typesetting equipment, and that wasn't used for personal memos to file. Even the Wang systems that were dominant in the mid 80's used monospaced fonts.

I am saying these documents are forgeries, run through a copier for 15 generations to make them look old.

This should be pursued aggressively.

47 posted on 09/08/2004 8:59:43 PM PDT by Buckhead
And aggressively it was pursued. Not by CBS, though.

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Isn't this also around the 1 year anniversary of your 'photographic evidence' That John Kerry had never actually been on a Swift Boat? I'd know the exact date but you were so embarrassed when even the Freepers could see you were wrong you pulled the post from your archives.

Ah, good times.


PS: Love ya, VoR!

Posted by: Hobospider | Sep 8, 2005 6:48:55 PM

Hey, the Internet Wayback Machine is still there. If you can find anywhere where I claimed that John Kerry had never actually been on a Swift Boat, I will pay you one thousand dollars cold hard cash. If not, I'll expect an apology for the libel.

PS: Love ya too Hobo! Let's have gay sex!

Posted by: Voice of Reason | Sep 8, 2005 10:10:48 PM

VoR, don't get defensive. It doesn't suit you. You earned your lumps over that swiftboat post and I only bring it up in a spirit of playful ribbing. Especially since your blog was becoming a greek chorus of agreement from your friends at Free Republic. (Hi guys!)


To be honest I applaud whatever it is that propels you to blog your political opinions on the web. I certainly couldn't do it. I like reading your posts because they are at least substantive, even though as you can imagine I radically disagree with most of your conclusions. I'm glad you are posting more regularly these days.

And I appreciate the offer for the sex, but one fiery redhead in my life is enough, thanks!

Posted by: Hobospider | Sep 8, 2005 10:41:33 PM

Oh, believe me, I took your comment in the good-natured spirit in which it was intended. Yes, I took my lumps over that one, and I can laugh at it now. Heck, I could laugh at it then. Even the best of us occasionally need reminders of our fallibility.

To be honest I applaud whatever it is that propels you to blog your political opinions on the web. I certainly couldn't do it.

Really? Too bad... I've got a big Sekimori redesign coming and I was thinking of going to a group blog format. Was gonna invite you to join, but if you're not interested...

I'm glad you are posting more regularly these days.

It's a reaction to the insane ├╝bercrunch mode at work... but you're aware of all that.

And I appreciate the offer for the sex, but one fiery redhead in my life is enough, thanks!

Well, you better just make sure he treats you right, y'hear?

Posted by: Voice of Reason | Sep 8, 2005 11:30:41 PM

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