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Scripture of the Moment 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
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Forgery of Bush Documents? Maybe...
This story is all over the blogosphere today. It's at LGF, the Command Post, and of course, PowerLine, where it all started (as far as I can tell). Special thanks, as always, to the InstaPundit, who tipped me off (may he stay at the top of my MyYahoo! forever ^_^). Thank goodness for RSS.
LGF superimposed a Word typed version of the document and the PDF from CBS (oh yeah, should link to them too, eh), and they matched almost perfectly (see the LGF link above for the images). InstaPundit has more on the various angles of this story, as always. My take? Cautious pessimism (I for one don't think it's a good day when media giants are revealed to be bad actors in the political arena; I'd be a lot happier if these things were true documents, because I don't think that if they were true, they'd be very relevant to the Bush campaign, which already admits that Bush's behavior in the 1970s wasn't what it could have been).
I posted this comment to LGF, in any case:
I'm curious, has anyone attempted to come up with a good set of arguments that would suggest these aren't forgeries? First rule of debate team, know what the other side's arguments will be. In this case, what will CBS say when they stop with the "we stand by our sources" nonsense? I'm fighting any urges to get excited about this until things play out more; this is serious stuff.
Anyway, some research/factoids/things to consider:
-- National guard units drill on Saturdays. And Sundays. That's kind of the thing with the National Guard (one weekend a month, two weeks a year); don't assume that there wouldn't be a secretary or some drilling reservist who could type stuff (not saying that they did, just saying it's not strictly impossible)
-- the 111th Texas ANG (via http://www.ang.af.mil/units/angsites.asp?state=TX) is currently at 14657 Sneider St, Houston TX 77034; 281-929-2544.
-- FWIW (not that much, probably), after a few years as a Sea Cadet drilling with the Navy Reserve, being the stepkid of an Army (then Navy, then Army) Reservist, assistant genealogical researcher, and past intern doing research on how the US Information Agency was established in the 1970s (I also did some records management stuff in the City of Anaheim with documents from the same era) I take a look and these documents just smell wrong. They don't even look like things I got in Army ROTC, from my commander and instructors, in 1997, for heaven's sake. And has anyone been in the national guard before? You don't exactly get the best available equipment and resources...
-- on dates: in a lot of records settings, including genealogy, the ##MON## (or now, ##MON####) is preferred, because it ensures zero confusion amongst the three variables (day, month, year), and it eliminates the potential of apostrophes and commas turning into "1". Commas are the bane of researchers. Death to commas. :)It's ingrained in me just from doing genealogy to never use commas in dates -- I can't see someone who's made it to LTCOL who would use them, especially in actual military correspondence/memos.
I liked the analysis here. Anyway, the Washington Post will have it on the front page tomorrow, according to InstaPundit, so it appears the developments will be out in the open starting tomorrow. posted by Sarah at 2:57 AM. |