Book of Lies

Circulating the ‘sphere has been a survey alleging that 46 percent of men and 33 percent of women lie about the books they’ve read to impress friends and potential partners. If there’s anything suprising to me, it’s that the numbers are that low. Anyway, this seemed odd to me:

The men polled said they would be most impressed by women who read news websites, Shakespeare or song lyrics.

Women said men should have read Nelson Mandela’s biography or Shakespeare.

Now, I assume the survey format was multiple choice, which would account for both sexes citing Shakespeare and the sort of random appearance of Nelson Mandela’s biography (nothing against Nelson, but certainly there are plenty of other biographies out there with a bit more cultural relevance), but who is impressed by reading song lyrics? Was the Costco Connection not on the test?

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The Jedi Mind Tricks Continue

Jonathan Martin reports on John McCain’s mild endoresment, via Doug Holtz-Eakin, of a federal plan to to buy up bad debt.

“We’re pleased to see the Executive branch and Congress following Sen. McCain’s lead on dealing with this crisis head-on. It’s crucial we all pull together to safeguard peoples’ homes and life savings, protect financial markets and minimize the exposure of taxpayers. Sen. McCain’s Mortgage and Financial Institutions Trust plan does this by getting Treasury and key regulators in a proactive rather than a reactive position. We want to stress, however, that Sen. McCain welcomes all proposals that responsibly address this crisis.”

Following John McCain’s lead? Who are they kidding here? John McCain has had more positions this week than Kama Sutra, first opposing an AIG bailout before supporting it followed by calling Obama indecisive, then saying he’d fire the SEC Chairman before realizing he can’t. Recently, he’s been bloviating incorrectly about Fannie and Freddie in some sort of ludicrous attempt to pin the housing crisis on Barack Obama, and he has the gall to commend people for following his lead?

If everyone followed McCain’s lead, their heads would be so far up their own asses they could give themselves the conoloscopies they couldn’t afford under John McCain’s healthcare plan.

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Pigs Flying, Hell Frozen Over


Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Rove said McCain had “gone one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100 percent truth test.”

Wow. Even Karl Rove admits John McCain is a liar. This seems to be prima facie evidence that the Large Hadron Collider should be shut off immediately.

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The Lies Continue

So we now know that John McCain and Sarah Palin have lied about quite a number of things, but now it seems they’ve even been lying about the size of crowds of at Sarah Palin Worship Orgies McCain-Palin rallies.

McCain aide Kimmie Lipscomb told reporters on Sept. 10 that an outdoor rally in Fairfax City, Virginia, drew 23,000 people, attributing the crowd estimate to a fire marshal.

Fairfax City Fire Marshal Andrew Wilson said his office did not supply that number to the campaign and could not confirm it…

…In a story on Sept. 11 about Palin’s attraction for some Virginia women voters, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher estimated the crowd to be 8,000, not the 23,000 cited by the campaign

…The McCain campaign said 10,000 people showed up at the Consol Energy Arena in Washington, Pennsylvania, home of the Washington Wild Things baseball team.

The campaign attributed that estimate, and several that followed, to U.S. Secret Service figures, based on the number of people who passed through magnetometers.

…“We didn’t provide any numbers to the campaign,” said Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service.

Hardly the most pernicious of the lies coming out of the McCain campaign, but this is just more evidence of the McCain campaign’s degeneration into desperate hysteria.

Not White Lies, Just White Liars

Via Ezra Klein, an AP fact check of Sarah Palin’s speech last night. As you can probably guess, she was a little less than truthful. Let’s j ust hope the press keeps the pressure on.