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BUCKHEAD REFUTES MARY MAPES ON RATHERGATE DOCS
How Did Buckhead Know? ^ | Monday, November 21, 2005 | Buckhead

Posted on 11/21/2005 2:17:55 PM PST by kristinn

Ever since the controversy over the CBS use of forged memos erupted, those disappointed by the exposure of the forgeries have wondered if the whole thing wasn't some sort of set up perpetrated by the Dark Lord, Karl Rove. Integral to this paranoid theorizing was their slack-jawed amazement that anyone could have observed and commented that the documents were fake based on typography as quickly as I did. How could anyone not on the inside have articulated a technical and convincing explanation that the documents were fake within a few hours of the broadcast? Well, here's your answer. It's probably too late to make any difference, but I am no longer able to stifle myself now that Mary Mapes' has written a several hundred page book parading her venomous disregard for those who exposed her lies and her delusional self-image as the Joan of Arc of investigative journalism.

So, how did I know?

The short answer is that I am 47 years old and I am not a blithering idiot.

A more elaborate answer is  this:

I have been interested in computers since 1979.  I have  used dot matrix, mainframe line printers,  daisy wheel,  ink jet, & laser printers.  I have worked in an office environment  from 1980 forward, except for 3 years of law school from 1982-1985.  I  have typed thousands of pages on IBM Selectrics, and a few hundred on various  mechanical and electric typewriters of the conventional variety.  I have changed the type ball and  pitch on Selectrics many, many times.  I have changed the daisy wheel on  daisy wheel printers.  I have typed at least a thousand pages on a Wang  word processing system, and had typed for me many thousands more.  I was one of two people in our small firm that  spearheaded the purchase and installation of a Apple Macintosh computer network in 1989.  I was the office computer geek for 8 years.  I  read the manual for Microsoft Word 4 for the Macintosh.  The manual has a  discussion in the beginning explaining that with personal computers, word processing software and laser printers, typeset print quality and  proportionally spaced fonts were available to everyone and not just those who  could afford typesetting machines, and how this was a Great New Thing.   The manual distinguished between monospaced fonts and proportionally spaced fonts.  I immediately began using proportionally spaced fonts and have done so to this day.  The distinction between monospaced and proportionally spaced fonts is very noticeable to me.  

I have been typing my own documents in various versions of  Microsoft Word, using proportionally spaced fonts, since 1989. In the 16 years since then, I have myself typed, prepared, and signed many thousands of pages using MS Word.

In my work career,  especially the law practice, I have reviewed several hundred thousand, maybe more than a million, pages of  documents prepared by businesses and government agencies from many time periods prepared on all manner of machines.  I have many times reviewed  documents that were multiple generation copies of the original, and bear the  distortions that go along with that.

I have  been a litigator for 20 years.  I have encountered a lot of fancy and not so fancy lies.

In 1999, I filed a brief  with the U.S. District Court, Northern Dist. of Ga., in Times New Roman 12. I  used that font, which is rather small, to fit within the page limit, which I  could not otherwise do using my preferred font, Palatino 12.  (Most courts now specify font and type size by rule to preclude this ruse.   Ask any litigator.)   In any case, the other side objected to the brief on the grounds that it did not comply with the local court rule specifying that there could be no more than 10 printed characters per  inch - a rule of which I was not aware at the time.  I filed a brief in  response to the objection. Trust me, the prospect of losing a contingency case over a font rule when you have invested years of work in the case will galvanize your attention on the subject of fonts.  A pdf scan of a certified copy of that brief  is available here at the link above to "1999 Brief."   Compare what I said about typewriters, monospaced fonts and proportionally spaced fonts in the brief filed in 1999 with what I  said in post # 47, on 9/8/04.  I knew what I knew a long time ago, and the brief proves it definitively.   So long, conspiracy theory.

I relied  upon  no one and nothing other than what I already knew and what I saw when I looked at the documents.  I acted entirely alone, with no advance  knowledge or warning of any kind or nature whatsoever from anyone anywhere at  any time prior to the post.  After the post, the blogosphere was on the  case, and I was no longer alone at that point.

The notion that the ability to spot these memos as fakes for the  reasons I articulated in that post is some kind of dark art limited to a select priesthood of credentialed experts in forensic typography is totally false and, on a moment's reflection, completely ridiculous.  Any person  who worked in an office before, during and after the desktop printing revolution and who was awake for more than a few minutes during that period could tell immediately that the documents were not from 1972.  There are many millions of such people. If  you read the thread you will see that less than seven minutes after my post  another poster, NYCVirago, said "You're exactly correct."  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1210662/posts#49. There are many  such comments later in the thread and in a later research thread on the subject,  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1210702/posts.  Many such comments were posted before 6:00 AM the following morning,  which proves that the knowledge is common and widespread. The outpouring on the rest of the web, at Powerline, Little Green Footballs, INDC Journal, etc., proves the same thing.  The problems  with the documents that I identified were obvious to millions of people and  that is one reason that the story took off like it did.  That it was me  rather than someone else who first noticed the font problem is pure  coincidence.  It would have been picked up  by someone else in a few  minutes if I just gone to bed instead that night.

But I didn't, and so Mary Mapes hates Buckhead along with everyone else that has participated in refuting her lies.


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1 posted on 11/21/2005 2:17:56 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Way to go Buckhead!


2 posted on 11/21/2005 2:19:43 PM PST by spyone
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To: kristinn

Thanks for this post.


3 posted on 11/21/2005 2:19:50 PM PST by Jigsaw John
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To: kristinn

Buckhead bump!


4 posted on 11/21/2005 2:21:23 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Buckhead; All
Buckhead sent this message to Powerline last night informing them of his Web page refuting Mapes:

About 14 months too late, I have put up on the web an accounting of how I knew enough to spot the Killian memos as fakes: "How Did Buckhead Know? Clues for the Clueless."

Some lies, it seems, will never die.

I don't attempt to tell the whole story, just part of my part. It's pretty crude in the web authoring department - semi-hopeless newbie here. Only through the dumbed down facilities of .mac am I able to muster even this lame effort.

5 posted on 11/21/2005 2:21:56 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn; Buckhead

go get em Buckhead!


6 posted on 11/21/2005 2:22:00 PM PST by RobFromGa (Polls are for people who can't think for themselves.)
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To: kristinn; Buckhead

Thank's Buckhead!

And thanks to you, kristinn, for your tireless devotion.


7 posted on 11/21/2005 2:23:42 PM PST by digger48
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To: kristinn
That the documents are forgeries has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

However, Mapes has no interest in being reasonable here, and demands that we believe a non-typist would use a extremely expensive and difficult typewriter to create what was then photo-ready output for his personal files. Something no reasonable person would believe. So what does that tell you about Mapes and her defenders in the MSM?

The best you can say is that they are unreasonable. The worst is that they are too friggin' stupid to figure out that they are being completely unreasonable.

8 posted on 11/21/2005 2:23:55 PM PST by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: kristinn

Mapes = PWN3D

Nice going, Buckhead!


9 posted on 11/21/2005 2:24:02 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: kristinn

Yea, yea. This was obviously planned months in advance by Karl Rove, and the evil plan fell into place flawlessly. Poor innocent Mary Mapes and Dan "What is the frequency" Rather never stood a chance against the cabal.


10 posted on 11/21/2005 2:24:17 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: kristinn
The short answer is that I am 47 years old and I am not a blithering idiot.

ROFL!!! That puts you ahead of most CBS News viewers.

11 posted on 11/21/2005 2:24:24 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: kristinn; Buckhead

Buckhead for Supreme Court!


12 posted on 11/21/2005 2:24:44 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: kristinn
Kudos Buckhead. Saw your post in live time as you put it on. Piqued my interest right away, then watched the avalanche as it came through that night and the next day.

Having watched Mapes in an interview or two, I am convinced she is a true moonbat, a left wing poseur pretending to be a great news editor. You should be thankful and proud for the minute of fame this brought you....and proud to be her enemy.

13 posted on 11/21/2005 2:24:56 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: kristinn
The short answer is that I am 47 years old and I am not a blithering idiot.

Bears repeating.

14 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:11 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: kristinn

All Hail, Buckhead!

Buckhead oo-ha-ha!


15 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:12 PM PST by Go_Raiders ("Being able to catch well in a crowd just means you can't get open, that's all." -- James Lofton)
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To: kristinn

GREAT POST!!


16 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:12 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: kristinn
Please permit me to boil this down to a potential future tagline for someone:

Mary Mapes is completely, utterly and obviously full of crap.

Anyone who believe a syllable of this dame's spewage must therefore be As Dumb As A DemocRat.

17 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:20 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: kristinn

I trust Buckhead butt-loads more than anything Mary Mapes has ever done. Buckhead needn't spell out his credentials, as the LameStream Press has never done the same.


18 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:24 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Buckhead

Kudos, but you might want to do one thing to make it look better: search for double spaces and replace with a single space. There are a lot of double spaces between the words in your text........... ;o)


19 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:33 PM PST by SW6906 (5 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, guns and ammunition.)
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To: kristinn

One aspect not often reported is the writing style. Before I even noticed the font spacing (and I did before I got on FR), I noticed they were using the "new" USAF writing style which was introduced circa 1993. I know this personally because I graduated from the US Air Force Academy that year and had to learn both writing styles in the transition.

As mentioned above, you don't have to be some dark lord of the priesthood of false documents to have spotted these. "MEMORANDUM FOR..." is only as old as 12 years in the USAF as an official style.


20 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:45 PM PST by pgyanke (A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.)
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To: kristinn; Buckhead

Excellent!


22 posted on 11/21/2005 2:26:57 PM PST by maggief
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To: kristinn

Boy do they hate it that the common person can see through their absurd lies and forgeries after having gotten away with it for decades.


23 posted on 11/21/2005 2:27:06 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: kristinn
The other issue that everyone raises, but was ignored at the time, is that with a typewriter, you manually hit "return" after every line. Not only was there a font issue with this document. It managed to have line breaks exactly where MS Office put them. Real humans are not that precise or regular when using a typewriter.

Of course if the forger had only used Courier as a font, he might have gotten away with it.

With Mapes, I keep thinking of Scooby Doo and, "I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids."

24 posted on 11/21/2005 2:27:36 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: kristinn

ROFLMAO

Mary Mapes, you are DENIED. Way to go Buckhead.


25 posted on 11/21/2005 2:27:51 PM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: kristinn; Buckhead

Excellent!


26 posted on 11/21/2005 2:28:11 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Now that taglines are cool, I refuse to have one.)
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To: kristinn
What I think Mary is really mad about is normally the left is allowed to do this kind of thing and no one is allowed to refute it, at least no one will get the press coverage necessary to refute them no matter how badly they lie.

This time, for some reason, unknown to me, the facts made it to critical mass. She was caught and it was so unfair.

After all, Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite had been doing it for years.

27 posted on 11/21/2005 2:28:57 PM PST by yarddog
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To: kristinn; Buckhead

Buckhead's sharp eye saved the day on this one, and it's just plain astonishing that Mapes and her apologists can continue asserting those memos' veracity is "undetermined."

All they have to do is type the thing in Word and compare! An almost exact match.

They are in the most COMPLETE denial I have ever seen.


28 posted on 11/21/2005 2:28:59 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: kristinn; Buckhead
The short answer is that I am 47 years old and I am not a blithering idiot.

What a great tagline that would make.

Way to stand up Buckhead.

29 posted on 11/21/2005 2:29:09 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Valor is a Gift.Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes)
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To: kristinn

Ouch! Mary better put some ice on that!


30 posted on 11/21/2005 2:29:20 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: NoCmpromiz; Darksheare

ping


31 posted on 11/21/2005 2:29:33 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: kristinn
The "1999 Brief on Fonts" PDF file is corrupted.
32 posted on 11/21/2005 2:29:44 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Buckhead

Buckhead, see comment #32.


33 posted on 11/21/2005 2:30:51 PM PST by kristinn
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To: ArrogantBustard

My Uncle, just a few days ago, was castigating me about Iraq(I'm the family oddball conservative) and he asked me how my son had avoided the draft and wasn't in Iraq. Sigh


34 posted on 11/21/2005 2:31:01 PM PST by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: Lancey Howard; Buckhead

I immediately checked some documents I had from the serice, typed on typewriters, to check this, and viola!


35 posted on 11/21/2005 2:31:06 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: Buckhead
I filed a brief in response to the objection. Trust me, the prospect of losing a contingency case over a font rule when you have invested years of work in the case will galvanize your attention on the subject of fonts.

Did you win?

36 posted on 11/21/2005 2:31:37 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: kristinn

Excellent. Thanks for posting this.


37 posted on 11/21/2005 2:31:54 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: kristinn
Integral to this paranoid theorizing was their slack-jawed amazement that anyone could have observed and commented that the documents were fake based on typography as quickly as I did.

Intuitively obvious to those of us who spent decades programming computers to correctly print on arbitrary government forms draw with .666" vertical line spacing and data boxes too small by half.
38 posted on 11/21/2005 2:32:16 PM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: Howlin; TankerKC

Ping!


39 posted on 11/21/2005 2:32:18 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

PWNED!


40 posted on 11/21/2005 2:32:40 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

You are a font of wisdom of extraordianry type!


41 posted on 11/21/2005 2:33:00 PM PST by dblshot
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To: kristinn
Great Job Buckhead. I Lurked,real time, as your thread broke. It was fascinating. Happy Thanksgiving.
42 posted on 11/21/2005 2:33:09 PM PST by fedupjohn (Kennedy Lied when MaryJo Kopechne died)
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To: Jim Robinson

Supreme Court eh? Sounds like a banner idea.


43 posted on 11/21/2005 2:33:34 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: dirtboy
CBS and Mapes are not stupid... but they know that the sheeple who rely on them for news ARE.

Anybody who worked with that model back in the early 70's knows that the Texas, Air National Guard didn't use those for inter-office memo's. I doubt that even the commanding officer HAD one.

44 posted on 11/21/2005 2:34:53 PM PST by johnny7 (“Wish me Happy Birthday!”)
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To: kristinn
And most importantly buckhead told all of us. Thankfully we still have the freedom to read and express OUR opinions, and not just parrot yours, Ms. Mapes.
45 posted on 11/21/2005 2:34:55 PM PST by rhombus
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To: kristinn; Buckhead

Awesome as usual!


46 posted on 11/21/2005 2:35:52 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: Lil'freeper

Ping


47 posted on 11/21/2005 2:36:08 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: yarddog

I bought her book last week and read the first two chapters. I haven't laughed so hard when reading a book in years. The part where she's melting down the day after the broadcast because of the "bloggers" on Free Republic, Powerline and Little Green Footballs is uproariously funny.


48 posted on 11/21/2005 2:36:23 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Good for you. You have smarts as well as training, leavened with a dollop of humility.

The following is what stood out most to me from your post:

"I have been a litigator for 20 years. I have encountered a lot of fancy and not so fancy lies."


49 posted on 11/21/2005 2:36:24 PM PST by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU (Democrats unglued), I trust this post will make you sick.)
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To: Hank Rearden
Anyone who believe a syllable of this dame's spewage must therefore be As Dumb As A DemocRat.

'Rat == Stuck on stupid.


50 posted on 11/21/2005 2:36:33 PM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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