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This is very entertaining...

Memos state Bush skipped out on his Texas Air National Guard duty

George W. Bush needs to answer why he regularly misled the American people about his time in the Guard and who applied political pressure on his behalf to have his performance reviews "sugarcoated."

No! Don't believe it, the documents are forged!

I opened Microsoft Word, set the font to Microsoft’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.

Actually, no they're not!

Someone posted the two images (White House released and Word generated), so I fired up an image editor and had a look. While the font character spacing are very similar, most typography experts in the threads agreed that the original had type-write like characteristics (number 8 slightly high on the line, etc.) that would be hard to reproduce in Word. More importantly, the superscript "th" which caused most of the interest is not in the same position in the two images (see attached superimposed comparison).

Politics is great. If anything, the debunking of the debunking just gives more credibility to the original debunking that the debunked debunk was attempting to debunk. Needless to say, Drudge Report, O'Reilly and Libaugh probably won't cover the third stage of debunkery, and debunk-debunkers will continue to believe that debunk they feared had been debunked.

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