It seems that Kellyanne “Con Job” Conway has spouted one too many alternative facts for CNN after she totally blew any remaining credibility she might have had over the repeated claim that there was a terrorist massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky that the media didn’t report. The reason they didn’t report it was that it …
Fifty-six of the last fifty-seven
unemployment Stats have been revised,
(after the Rosy-Fingered Dawn), upwardly.
meaning that The Gub’mint ha’ been
low-balling the Numbers over ninety-
eight Percent of the Time. The Chances of That
Mistake happening by Chance is Something like
four Chances in One Quadrillion. Unlikely
that That happened by “Chance” if their Model
were Fair: Half over, Half under. A Coin Toss.
The Statistics suggest the BLS has
a bad Model. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
should learn some Statistics. Occam’s Razor
says They are lying, AND perhaps stupid.
(as a special funky coda to my crappy spank verse, a word from ckm):
How many people are staying in their underwater, over-priced homes only because they’ve killed several family members and buried them in the back yard?
Heh. To the Indeedyth. But less funny than it sounds.
(Cross-posted on Kos.)
I don’t need to echo that the Democrats cannot cave on a vote for a middle class tax cut. But the one charge that seems to scare them (even though it shouldn’t) is that raising taxes on incomes over 250K will hurt small businesses. In fact, this fear was an important reason why there was no pre-election vote on the tax cut. Over the summer, House Dems feared a vote against the over 250K extension “would endure Republicans’ charge that they had voted to raise taxes on some small businesses.”
That’s partly because Republicans like Rep. Neuberger (Liar, TX) make wild charges like that 94% of small businesses will face tax increases if the taxes expire. In fact, it’s more like 3% at most.
If Dems still feel this vulnerability, why not add a small business exemption to the expiration of the over 250K cuts?
Since no more than 3% of actual small businesses would be exempt, the revenue effect would be minimal. And Democrats would have some political cover on the one issue that seems to scare them most about letting the cuts expire for over 250K.
Of course, the Republicans will continue to lie about what actually is a small business, a lie rated “Pants on Fire” by Politifact:
Neugebauer said that “94 percent of small businesses will face higher taxes under the Democrats plan.” The statement is problematic in several ways. First, it implicitly assumes that the Democratic plan is to let all of the tax cuts lapse, when, in fact, Democratic officials have consistently said that they intend to raise taxes only for the wealthiest individuals. Second, two independent studies that looked at the impact of the Democratic proposal on small businesses found that only between 2 to 3 percent of tax filers who report having what can be thought of as small business income will be affected. One of those studies came from the very source that Neugebauer incorrectly cited. Finally, reporting business income doesn’t equal owning a small business, and data from the Tax Policy Center confirm that in the top tax bracket, only about a third of the tax filers report having at least 50 percent of their income from a business. We looked and looked for a shred of truth and couldn’t find one, so we rate this Pants on Fire.
Like anything else these days, this would be a test of whether Right Wing propaganda can convince people of anything (500B in Medicare cuts, Death Panels, Obama raised middle class taxes and triled the deficit).
But at least it would make the lies a little bit harder to pull off.
Thurs June 17th- Congressional Mop and Sponge Show with BP Tony Hayward
Anyone notice this admission early on, after the beginning with the protestor standing up, her face smeared with black ink, and yelling at him ?
Later identified as Diane Wilson, the co-founder of the activist group Code Pink , she shouted “I think you need to be charged with a crime, you need to go to jail.”
Hayward, who restarted his statement after Wilson was carted away by police, apologized to those hurt by the spill but added that it was “simply too early to say what caused the incident.”
“There is still extensive work to do. A full answer must await the outcome of multiple investigations” by both BP and the government, he said.
Hayward said that, in the meantime, BP is concentrating on cleanup efforts and on stopping the flow of oil by drilling two relief wells. The company, he said, also has deployed equipment that has allowed BP to collect 20,000 barrels of oil per day. BP expects to increase its collection to between 60,000 to 80,000 barrels a day by mid-July, he said.
80,000 barrels a day
That is 3,360,000 or 3.36 million gallons a day leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon’s blown out well.
What can I possibly say to this?
And let’s face it, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Listen to the people cheer, thinking he’s telling the truth.
The Obama administration just approved two-dozen more of what you see in this picture.
It’s called “mountaintop removal”. It’s a somewhat accurate name, like “detainee” is a technically accurate name for “political prisoner”.
Fuck Obama. This guy fucking lied to us to get into office so that he could continue the policies of the Bush administration.
He’s a goddamn liar, nothing but a slick con artist who manipulated millions of people’s emotions and passions and good natures so that he could get into office and be nothing but a tool for the same gangsters and crooks who have had their way with us for countless years now.
“I am a uniter, not a divider”
Thus was the first (?) lie uttered, almost like a ceremonial first pitch. George had no intention of uniting anyone, of course. Like all the Republicans, was out to loot the government and maybe start a war or two to prove how tough he was. It goes without saying that if you are going to loot the government you are going to have to tell a few lies along the way. Just like starting wars, it is Tradition for Republicans!
George Bush is a liar.
“And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003, NBC Meet the Press interview with Vice President Cheney.
Dick Cheney is a liar.
In front of the 9/11 Commission, in front of House Oversight, in front of Senate oversight, and just about anywhere else you can think of Condi Rice has lied her ass off. As did Alberto “Fredo” Gonzales. Hell if we had an actual Congress with actual powers he would have, should have, been impeached for perjury. Don Rumsfeld lied even when his lips WEREN’T moving. From top to bottom, the Republicans are bald faced liars, spinners and deceivers, the list goes on and on…(see below!)
And of course, John McCain and Sarah Palin are currently trying to set a record (apparently) for most lies, flip flops, back tracks, prevarications, weasel words, insinuendo, (yeah, I had to make up a whole new word!) and just plain whoppers in a single campaign. Hell, even KARL ROVE says so!
But finally, FINALLY, the traditional media seems to be catching on and willing to call McCain and Palin on their lies. Will this be contagious? Will the CorpMedia now go back and review the last eight years? (or 30, or back to Nixon?)
Republicans are liars. Period. They will say and do anything to get into power and then…..screw everything….and everybody….up. They are not JUST liars, they are also incompetent. In fact the only thing the Republicans are NOT incompetent at is…..lying. But apparently they have even lost that skill now. When ROVE criticizes you for bad lying, you know it is all over. All the media has to do now is to be honest with the American people, keep pointing out the lies and spin, and this election is over. All the American voter has to do is wake up and smell the Bullshit…and the election is over. Heck it is even possible the The Republicans could be over. Americans don’t LIKE lying liars.
Don’t hold your breath, but DO raise your voice and Yell It Loud: Republicans are Liars.
YEAH, I know! Fooled you, huh? NOT! Bush telling the truth is akin to Sky = ruby red, Water = dry, Republicans = compassionate conservatives, etc.
In ANOTHER telling tale of BushCo malfeasance, former White House spokesman Scott McClellan writes in his soon to be released book that Bush and his advisers used pure propaganda on the run up to the war with Iraq and that they spent the first week of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in complete denial.
The spokesman who defended President Bush’s policies through Hurricane Katrina and the early years of the Iraq war is now blasting his former employers, saying the Bush administration became mired in propaganda and political spin and at times played loose with the truth.
AT TIMES played loose with the truth, Scottie? That may be the understatement of our new century!
In excerpts from a 341-page book to be released Monday, Scott McClellan writes on Iraq that Bush “and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war.”
“[I]n this regard, he was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those involved directly in national security,” McClellan wrote.
McClellan also sharply criticizes the administration on its handling of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
“One of the worst disasters in our nation’s history became one of the biggest disasters in Bush’s presidency,” he wrote. “Katrina and the botched federal response to it would largely come to define Bush’s second term.”
A stumbling point for me in the practice of Buddhism is optimism. I do not do optimism. My thoughts on optimism parallel Ambrose Bierce.
Optimism: The doctrine that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong… It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
I am particularly prone to pessimism (realism) when it comes to the response of our species to climate change. In reading the parable of the Burning House from the Lotus Sutra, I am tempted to wonder (which is as close as I come to hope).
Lie to me and tell me everything is all right
Lie to me and tell me that you’ll stay here tonight
Tell me that you’ll never leave,
oh and I’ll just try to make believe
that everything, everything you’re telling me is true
Lie to me.
The Lie That Launched the 21st Century
Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.
-George W. Bush’s 2001 Inaugural Address
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
Bamboozled, Bamboozled, Bamboozled, Bam Boo Zel Duh. A strange and funny sounding word, almost innocent sounding actually. Kinda knocks the stink off of the word “lie”.
Come on Baby lie to me….
tell me everything is alright.