The Phoenix New Times, a metropolitan newsweekly in Phoenix, Arizona, has a circulation of around 79,000. Their web site has a ranking in the top 6,000 web sites in the US according to Alexa.com, which is better than the Arizona Daily Star newspaper web site. They have had a long-running feud with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. At one time two newspaper founders were arrested (charges quickly dropped) in the wake of Sheriff Arpaio’s home address being published on the paper’s web site. A subpoena was issued demanding the names of everyone who had read the article on the web site. Pretty crazy stuff. The Wikipedia has more on that story.
Thanks to The New Times, we get extensive local coverage of Sheriff Arpaio and local birther goings on. (I’m always appreciative of local news coverage of the birthers.) This brings to a new article at the New Times: “Joe Arpaio’s Sham ‘Investigation’ Into Obama’s Birth Certificate Exposed (Yet Again).”
The article itself is not especially informative—it just points out that a Xerox machine was responsible for what the Cold Case Posse thought were the unmistakable marks of forgery. The reason that I bring up the story is that we have a prominent news source letting the people of Phoenix know (again) what idiots they have in the Sheriff’s office.
Embedded in the article is the odd YouTube video of Garrett Papit unsuccessfully trying to scan a document to email using a Xerox machine. They wrote:
Now, this expert is the guy who is so technologically savvy that he uncovered all of these small details in the “forgery.” He uploaded the video to YouTube, which shows him unable to figure out how to scan a document on the copier and send it to his e-mail.
Papit himself told me in email that the reason he couldn’t email the scan was that the machine was defective, and that a “card” had to be replaced. Papit says that he just made the video to show someone how the machine was failing. That’s plausible.
I hadn’t watched the video before today, and I was somewhat surprised by what I saw. The video swings right to reveal Papit’s sample birth certificate, presumably the one he tested with. It’s not on safety paper! You can tell by the white border around it. The Cold Case Posse wasn’t even using real safety paper! Oh my!
One comment to the article mentions a public document scanned by a Xerox 7530 that has some of the same “forgery” marks that the Cold Case Posse clings to. At the top of the first page the “g” in “Agenda” is on the background layer and appears “fuzzy” at higher magnification compared to the rest of the word.
The Garrett Papit YouTube video has been removed.