Friday, May 21, 2010

Counting the Lies

"The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a man only tells them with all his might" - Mark Twain

There was another quote - "A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes" - but the attribution there isn't really to Mark Twain.  So there.

Spotted this on Hullabaloo, with Digby referring it from another blogger at Oz and Ends:

...To keep on top of urban myths of all kinds, I subscribe to the update list, and I noticed a pattern there that I thought deserved to be examined more arithmetically. It struck me I was seeing a lot more rumors about President Obama, and a lot more false rumors, than I remembered from earlier years. So I ran the numbers, as of this week. After eight years in the White House (with around all that time), George W. Bush has been the subject of 47 internet rumors. After less than two years in office, Barack Obama has been the subject of 87, or nearly twice as many.  Even more telling is the relative accuracy of those stories. For Bush, 20 rumors, or 43%, are true. Only 17, or 36%, are false. The remainder are of mixed veracity (4), undetermined (4), or unclassifiable (2).  In contrast, for Obama only 8 of the 87 rumors, or 9%, are true, and a whopping 59, or 68%, are whoppers. There are 16 of mixed veracity and 3 undetermined...
...This evidence accumulated over ten years shows a shameful but undeniable fact of American politics: our right wing now contains a lot more liars, and a lot more folks who spread lies out of gullibility or wishfulness, than our left wing...

This shouldn't be much of a shock.  And it's not much of a shock because it's been pretty obvious the last 10, scratch that the last 20 years the media has NOT been held accountable for poor journalism.  Almost no fact-checking.  And worst of all, clearly no desire to punish those they KEEP INVITING ONTO THEIR TALK SHOWS AND EDITORIAL PAGES when evidence has shown again and again those 'commentators' are really LIARS.

Because no one - not the talking heads in the media (and I am pointing the finger at you Rush and Glen and the rest of your buddies), not the politicians, not the business leaders, not anyone - gets held accountable for their slander and defamation and bullsh-t.

The First Amendment SHOULD NOT and DOES NOT defend the right to lie.  Lies destroy and distort.  Lies prevent people from being properly informed and educated.  Lies keep us from doing our jobs as best we could because without informed instruction we're going to screw up.  Lies kill.

We need to get back to punishing liars again.  We need to see more defamation and slander and libel cases in the courts.  We need a new law that directly holds elected officials and government workers at all levels whenever they attempt to make any distorted statement or outright lie.  The rest should attend to itself.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Underlying Meaning of Last Night's Primaries

I was going to say a lot of deep philosophical musings about the anti-incumbent and polarized intraparty strife that defined last night's primaries in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas...

But then the mama duck across the street hatched her eggs this morning!  DUCKIES!!!

Ooooooo they so cute!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I Read The News Today (5/13/10) Hoo Boy

And though the holes were rather small /
I had to count them all /
Now they know how many holes it takes /
To fill Ruth Eckard Hall /
I'd Love To Turn Your iPad On........

Okay, enough with the silliness, here's some updating I need to highlight:
  • The Republican Party has selected Tampa to host their 2012 Presidential National Convention of Eternal Peril.  That noise you just heard was my dad spinning his wheels out of the driveway heading off to the Convention Center to wait in line for tickets.
  • There's a small and insignificant oil spill going on in the Gulf of Mexico, if by small and insignificant you mean an ecological disaster that will doom most of the gulf shoreline for generations (also worth mentioning are the 15 missing and presumed dead platform workers), justifying every DFH that complained that off-shore drilling was too risky and hazardous to the environment.  The odds of the Far Right, already deep inside the pockets of the Oil corporations, insisting we need to drill MORE to compensate for all the billions of gallons lost to sea... and shorelines... and rivers... ahem, well the odds are so obvious that there's no need to bet on it.  How this oil spill could affect Florida isn't fully known yet, but the way things are going the spill can reach the Panhandle and affect both the beach tourist trade and the local fishing communities.
  • With Crist fleeing the state's Republican Party, seeing how the wingnuts have driven him out, mention needs to be made of how Utah's state convention voted out a standing incumbent Senator Bob Bennett; of how Maine's state convention passed a party platform that highlighted every teabagger concept and conspiracy fears; of how John McCain is sucking up on anti-immigration efforts in Arizona in an obvious attempt to beat back a wingnut primary challenge; of how the GOP keynote speakers at every gathering are going after people in their own party; I mean, Lindsey Graham isn't conservative enough?!  Keep watching the Republican Party, and all you see is a purity purge that has to be SHRINKING voter support, right?  Except for some goddamn reason, pollsters still think the Republicans have a good shot at reclaiming Congress this autumn.  What... The... Hell?
  • Oh, and my book Last of the Grapefruit Wars is now on Kindle, Nook, and eReader.  Buy my book!  Buy my book!...

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A Librarian-Writer-Pirate-Wannabe Looks Back at 40

And on this 40th birthday I can say only one thing:

Where the hell can I find a cute single woman - Age 25-35 with brunette hair, doesn't smoke, likes football and comic books, with knowledge of either A) European History B) American Politics or C) Paranormal (UFO and Ghosts) Studies - so I can date her and finally lose my goddamn virginity?!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Greets to all who read this blog... um wherever you are.  It's Cinco De Mayo!

And on this day if you find any non-Hispanic Arizonians celebrating at a Tijuana Flats today, you have my permission to punch them repeatedly.