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Category Archives: Lies and Lying Liars

Learning lessons

So, here’s an article at Truthout titled Conservatives Learn the Wrong Lesson From GOP Defeat in Virginia. First conservative mentioned is Ann Coulter: If the reaction from prominent right-wing media figures is any indication, conservatives are having a very hard time coping with the resounding loss of Republican candidate Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial […]

Fakish news

This is really rather infuriating: President Trump’s proposal to slash domestic spending in order to preserve the two biggest drains on the federal government — Social Security and Medicare — has set up a battle to determine who now controls the Republican Party’s ideology. … Mr. Trump’s budget blueprint — which is expected to be […]

How do you measure success?

This is interesting: “Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run special operations and ground missions against suspected terrorists in the wake of the recent raid there that claimed so many civilian lives,” NBC News’ Kristen Welker asked Spicer during his daily press briefing. “Do you stand by your assessment that it is […]

Alternative facts in the making

You have to hand it to them. When it comes to manufacturing facts, the Republicans have no peers in the real world, and they’re rapidly catching up to the fictional Big Brother. Latest case in point: Vice President Mike Pence will lead a commission to investigate voter registration issues, President Trump said Sunday. In an […]

Winston Smith takes up his pen

Lots of folks are having fun with Kellyanne Conway’s latest alternative fact about the Bowling Green Massacre. She’ll probably have the last laugh. After a few days pass, in the alternative universe of millions of Trumpists, it will have happened. UPDATE: Just because it’s funny. 

Truthiness rampant

More than a hundred years ago, an Indiana legislator introduced a bill, the purpose of which was to establish a formula for squaring the circle by legislative fiat. The bill came close to passing, but ultimately failed. But the idea that you can establish a fact by a consensus of the ignorant apparently lives on. […]

It’s a post post post truth world

Years ago, Stephen Colbert coined a new word: truthiness. I’m not sure he ever precisely defined it, but I took it to mean that something was truthy if one wanted to believe it. At the time, truthiness was a part of our discourse, but it was still fairly peripheral. Now, we are swimming in truthiness. […]

Giuliani explains

By now, everyone who has access to the Internet knows that Rudy “9/11, 24-7” Giuliani recently said this: “Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” Giuliani said. Now, looking at it logically, there are three possible reasons why Giuliani might have […]