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August 26, 2004

Band of brothers

Mark Steyn offers a particularly nice back-hand about "the internet". First, observations about a dvd recording that offers a less than flattering portrayal of an actress whose make-up was only ever intended to work on 50s television. Who could have foreseen digital tv?

That's what happened to John Kerry. For 25 years, he told The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, the United States Senate, and all manner of other well-known saps about his covert Yuletide operations inside Cambodia gun-running to anti-communists with his lucky CIA hat. To verify any of this would have required a trip to specialist reference libraries, looking up stuff on eye-straining microfiche, etc. So it was easier to let the old blowhard yak away and just nod occasionally.

Senator Kerry couldn't have foreseen that Al Gore would invent the Internet, and there'd be this Google thingy, and all you'd have to do is tap in a few words and a nanosecond later it would all be at your fingertips veterans memoirs, Cambodian history, declassified Johnson administration documents, previous Kerry "stretchers" (as Mark Twain called them).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 26, 2004 08:15 AM

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Posted by: scott west at October 20, 2004 09:43 PM