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Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them

I am fascinated by lies.  I am fascinated by what people do and don’t call lies.

In the political realm, people vitriolically throw the word “lie” around like feed to chickens.  I tend to be more careful if only because starting so high up the vitriolic food chain leaves little room for the real lies.  Like today’s young women’s fashions which seems to be “hooker chic”, what’s left for the actual hookers to wear in order to distinguish themselves?  If you call someone a liar when all they really did was, say, “change their mind”, then when a real liar comes along, you’re forced to call him something like “true liar”, or “super-duper liar” or something.

When Al Franken (who some thought was a comedian at one time in his life) decided to ape politico and write a book ostensibly about lies and the politicians who tell them, one would think that the premise would be based on honesty right from the get-go.  But I found he got off to a shaky start.

Franken wanted to write a nasty book about conservatives and Republicans (not just anybody,  because apparently it only matters when conservatives and Republicans tell lies). And conservatives and Republicans lie he says, which he ostensibly thought was a terrible quality for a human to have, but only if they’re conservatives or Republicans. 

Harvard University, which like the vast majority of academic institutions is an anti-Republican Party bastion of liberals, decided to contact Franken at the same time that Franken was putting feelers out about writing a book about lies told by conservatives and Republicans. 

Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (“Here at the Kennedy School, ideas meet practice as scholars and practitioners conduct research into pressing public policy problems and share their insights with students through brown bag lunches and study groups”…  I kid you not) asked him to serve as a fellow at its Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.  The Shorenstein Center is “dedicated to exploring the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice”, (leaving out “…as it pertains to trashing conservatives and Republicans”), and obviously as a B-list has-been comedian, Al Franken would be an authority on that.

Naturally Franken accepted the offer, because after he explained to them what he wanted to do they not only agreed, but they offered him 14 Harvard research assistants to dig up dirt and help him accomplish his goal of exposing lies told by conservatives and Republicans which would render them nothing but liars who therefore can’t be trusted no matter what else they ever say after that.  That, you see, is what’s wrong with lying, and only Harvard researchers could prove it.  Along with a quasi comedian.


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Left Wing Gov’t Raises Taxes, Debt, and Unemployment

Saskatchewan, the famous tourist Mecca and travel destination of at least 13 people from free-market America who visited last year (and then left), will find out how appealing it is to raise camping, fishing and sales taxes, and tax on beer, to the die-hard ice-fishermen from Bismark North Dakota.

The rock-solid resort destinations, the likes of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and its huge phalanx of tourist industry workers (nine of ‘em huddled along the U.S. border), will marvel at the extra long “huhhh?” when the strange Yankee whips out wieners and buns for his family’s summer barbecue and gets zinged for that extra $3 in provincial tax to pay for the privilege of bothering to come up to said tourist Mecca and declaring that they will be venturing a wienie roast. Americans are odd, what with their fancy “hot dogs” cooked over an open wood fire when camping, rather than using their Maytag range that most people lug around with them on a trailer.

The stature of Saskatchewan’s tourism business (not to mention the number of permanent residents) would rise to “abysmal”  if everything were a better bargain than in the United States, but that’s not the way it works when you’re trying to build a left-wing liberal or socialist enclave.  First:  make everyone equally poor and lacking in much of the best that life has to offer in the name of, I don’t know, “Canadian culture”; then tax the bajezus out of them; then load up the debt so that forever more taxpayers will be beholden to the government for ever more; then ensure that every citizen learns the attitude of entitlement and expecting government (cash) help for every facet of their lives; and finally, make victims out of as many people as possible and offer them government aid and every manner of entitlements in order to make them reliant upon you, the genius all-powerful conceited anointed ones who know it all better than the dumb lughead citizens, including even how to spend their own money on their own health care.


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Overused Words, Cliches, Jargon, Obfuscation, Rhetoric…

Formed in 1979, the Plain English Campaign is an independent group that campaigns against cliches, jargon and obfuscation, particularly in official and public documents. It released its list of words and phrases that english-speakers around the globe have had it up to here with through 2003.

The list includes (in order):

1. At the end of the day
2. At this moment in time
3. Constant use of “like” as if it were a form of punctuation
4. With all due respect

Other phrases that got votes are (alphabetically):

·24/7
·absolutely
·address the issue
·around (in place of “about”)
·awesome
·ballpark figure
·basically
·basis (“on a weekly basis” in place of “weekly” and so on)
·bear with me
·between a rock and a hard place
·blue sky (thinking)
·boggles the mind
·bottom line
·crack troops
·diamond geezer
·epicentre (used incorrectly)
·glass half full (or half empty)
·going forward
·I hear what you’re saying..
·in terms of…
·it’s not rocket science
·literally
·move the goal-posts
·ongoing
·prioritise
·pushing the envelope
·singing from the same hymn sheet
·the fact of the matter is
·thinking outside the box
·to be honest/to be honest with you/to be perfectly honest
·touch base
·up to (in place of “about”)
·value-added (in general use)

But there are a few they missed:

·Bush lied
·Bush is a liar
·Bush lied about Iraq
·Bush lied about Iraq and the war was about stealing their oil
·Bush lied about Iraq and Saddam Hussein was not a threat to America
·Now lets get the Democratic point-of-view
·Let’s ask another Democrat what they think
·Let’s see if any Democrats disagree
·If you’re a Democrat, call in
·Democrats seem to disagree
·Let’s poll Democrats to ascertain their point-of-view
·Now let’s hear from some Democrats
·Apparently the left disagrees, and here’s exactly how and why in detail, again
·Senator Clinton has a different take on this issue
·Senator Kerry says…
·Senator Kennedy says…
·Howard Dean says…
·The Reverend Sharpton says…
·Tom Daschle says…
·Former President Clinton says…
·Tax cuts don’t work
·No Tax Cuts Work!
·We will lower taxes but we still think they don’t work!
·Going to Iraq was a mistake!
·Well, yes, I voted to go to Iraq…
·I am a war hero
·I won medals because I am a hero
·People see me as a hero, war-wise
·Speaking as a war hero…
·I am a brave, brave awesome war hero man’s man
·Iraq posed no threat against Americans the way Kosovo did.  Oh hang on…
·There were no WMD
·As we all knew, there would be no WMD found
·Democrats and French people all agree: Hussein was not lying about anything.
·We all knew in advance that obviously there would clearly be no WMD, duh, see?

 


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Saskatchewan: “Get the People’s Checkbook!”

The failing socialist health care system that Canada strangely, steadfastly sticks with today without a fleck of change despite it practically bankrupting several provinces, took root in the still socialist enclave of the province of Saskatchewan, in Canada’s mid-west. 

Saskatchewan is viewed by many on the outside of Saskatchewan as a little bit of the old Soviet Union right on the North American continent.  Unfortunately, the weather is better in Siberia.

Canada has an unflinching attitude of maintaining the socialist health care system—exactly as it is without ever changing it—despite it not working at all (even the World Health Organization ranked Canada’s system 30th in terms of delivering efficient health care to Canadians).  Perhaps they’re embarrassed to admit it doesn’t work and are insistent on pretending it does so they don’t look stupid.

In Saskatchewan, which is led by the unabashedly socialist “NDP” or New Democratic Party, the province’s health care is worse than the weather in winter, and moves about as slow as the oil in the people’s combines in this Soviet-style agrarian society.

While the population of Saskatchewan is barely more than the number of people I had at a party last week, there are wait lists of up to two years for routine procedures that in, say, Bellingham, in Washington State in the U.S. (to use a small town comparison), would take roughly 5 minutes.

The less socialist opposition, the Saskatchewan Party and its leader Brad Wall, embarrassingly gave evidence in the fully-heated provincial legislature about the case of Shelley Sadoway from the town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s second largest city. He said the 45-year-old has been on a waiting list since June 20, 2002, for elective surgery for a gynecological condition.  Let’s hope the gynecological condition wasn’t “pregnancy”.

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Maria Bartiromo is Not Simply Cute

Maria BartiromoAs a former stockbroker, I watch CNBC during the day to keep tabs on things. 

OK, I watch CNBC to watch Maria Bartiromo damn it…. oh and Kudlow & Kramer but those guys only because they’re smart and punchy.

But I read an interesting story recently regarding “my Maria” and CNBC:

A few months ago, CNBC was charged by media hounds with “conflict of interest”  when it assigned anchor (my) Maria Bartiromo to interview Sanford Weill, the chairman of Citigroup. Maria, smarty that she is, owned 1,000 shares of Citigroup stock. Ouch.

But, the thing is, she owned-up to that fact during the interview unlike, I suspect, 99.999% of the media interviewers today. I credit her for being upfront and honest. Others did not. As media analyst Robert Steele pointed out, “Disclosure doesn’t resolve a conflict of interest; all it does is reveal that a conflict exists.” True enough.

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Conservative Premier Ralph Klein Lowers Taxes, Pays Debt.

Conservative Premier Ralph Klein and his conservative caucus has managed the affairs of the Canadian province of Alberta for many years now, taking over from a previous conservative party led by Peter Lougheed.

The fallout from this is that Alberta, with a population smaller than Oprah’s Book Club spread over its huge geographical area the size of many European countries put together and frozen most of the year, is now solidly Canada’s second richest province and is poised to entirely wipe what’s left of the province’s debt.

Alberta is the only province in Canada where saying you’re a “conservative” doesn’t ban you from the cocktail circuit.  Coincidentally, Alberta, now Canada’s second business center (and a lot more attractive, safe, colorful, and fun than Toronto), is poised to be the only province without any debt.

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Liberal Extremities

The socialist New Democratic Party was in power in British Columbia in the 1990’s, during one of the western world’s longest and greatest economic booms in history. 

The BC economy reacted by dropping like a rock thrown off a cliff.

While the economy of BC’s neighbor and chief buyer of BC’s exports and arch nemesis of the left, the United States, as well as the economies of the other Canadian provinces and its other main customers, Europe and China, were booming like never before in history, BC’s economy proceeded to collapse under the weight of high taxes, moribund productivity, government labor union demands for wacked-out wages tied inextricably with a union-controlled acquiescent government, a general lack of entrepreneurial spirit under a government determined to compete against its own citizens in business, and lack of investment from inside and out among the private sector.

Gee I wonder why. 

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University Education Easier Now Than in ‘65

Students in university today are hard done by.  Right?

Nope.

 

But you sure hear lots of students protesting how hard done by they are.  Right?

Right.

 

But they’re not hard done by?

No.

 

I remember when I went to university—back in 1965—I thought it was tough.  Apparently that was NOTHING compared to how it is today.  Right?

No.  Completely wrong.

 

What do you mean?

It’s the same—or easier now, especially for poor kids.  For all intents and purposes, if you take inflation into account, it’s the same or easier for poor kids.

 

So why are the kids complaining so much today then?

I don’t know.  They’re wusses?  Jam tarts?  Liberals have successfully convinced them that they’re hard done by? 

 

I guess that’s possible.  Even the guys wear pretty ear rings and pony tails.

Yes.  And it’s all about boys marrying other boys.  That’s what’s important today.  The fact is that the students are no worse off today than they were back in 1965.

 

Yeah well I hear that the rich kids have it a lot easier.  The poor kids are struggling.

No.  Wrong.  Totally. Like totally, even.  Attendance in university among lower and middle income kids has actually risen since 1965. In ‘65 only 11% of students came from the bottom quartile of income.  By ‘98 that figure grew to 17%.

 

Yeah well rich kids’ attendance grew too.  I mean, it’s been even easier for them, being rich kids and all.

No.  That’s exactly wrong.  The opposite has happened.  The percentage of undergrads from the top quartile (the “rich kids”) declined to 35% in ‘98, from 51% in ‘65.  Less rich kids have managed to get through university than poor kids as time has gone on.  Poor kids are increasingly making it through while rich kids are decreasingly able.

 

Oh.  Well how about those “lies” that “bush” told us all about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

Oh.  You mean the “lies” that Bill Clinton also totally believed in and agreed with?

 

Well anyway.  Jon Stewart says “bush” lied.

Yeah.  So did Barbra Streisand, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, and all the Baldwin brothers.

 

Point taken.

 

Based on an in-depth study conducted by the Education Policy Institute of Washington D.C. and Toronto Ontario.


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Women are not victims, except of the media.

Women are constantly treated as victims.  This mentality aids not women, but rather only those who require “victims” and the requisite sentiment that accompanies tales of victimization, to sustain their weak political philosophies, their political parties, or their own career choices or even their bank accounts.

Union leaders, minority leaders, feminist leaders and many other “leaders” are not leaders at all but con artists.  They require victims.  Their whole raison d’ê


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6 Million Hours of Democratic Leadership News

Have we had enough yet? This has been the largest advertising campaign ever seen on American television. The Democrats don’t even seem embarrassed by it. So liberal is the mainstream media that “the news” is not about the presidential election, it’s all about beating George Bush in the next election and how the Democrats intend to do that. To them, all this coverage is just part of the job. Mainstream America now knows that it is imperative to run George Bush out of office, and it’s just a question of which Democrat is going to do it.


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