There is a plethora of experienced liars in this fine nation of ours. In the private sector the king is Bernie Madoff. In the political world it’s hard to tell who is the biggest liar, it’s like it’s part their DNA…first a little background.
A 1996 University of Virginia study led by psychologist Bella DePaulo said lying is part of the human condition. Most of the time I’m sure we’re just trying to be nice. (When your wife asks Do I look fat in this dress?…there’s only one answer) Such ‘White’ lies are delivered 10 to 20 times more often than just saying nothing. DePaulos studies showed that men and women lie with equal frequency, though women are more likely to lie to make other people feel good, while men tend to lie to make themselves look better….ouch.
The question is…How do you know when someone’s selling you ocean-front property in Arizona?
(Mbecker has some, but it’s not for sale…yet)
Sometimes we use sensors to detect fluctuations in blood pressure, pulse, respiration and sweat in response to probing questions. But the Two problems with polygraphs is…One, they only work about 80% of the time, Two, it’s not like we are going to lug that machine to a politicians office or rally.
“Cues to deception differ according to factors such as the type of lie and the motivation for getting away with it”…so, you have to use your instinct.
Here is some helpful hints…
Highly-skilled liars don’t break a sweat, but the rest of us get a little fidgety. Shifty eyes, higher vocal pitch, perspiration and heavy breathing.
“Liars are often reluctant to admit ordinary storytelling mistakes. When honest people tell stories, they may realize partway through that they left out some details and would unselfconsciously backtrack to fill in holes. They also may realize a previous statement wasn’t quite right, and go back and explain further.” says DePaulo.
Another clue…imprecise pronouns. To psychologically distance themselves from a lie, people often embellish their lies with second and third person pronouns like “you” “we” and “they”.
(if you’ve noticed, Moby’s are very fond of using “we”…most times a dead giveaway, but not all the time.)
Politicians, who are great examples of liars, are likely to ask that questions be repeated and begin responses with phrases like, “to tell you the truth,” and “to be perfectly honest”
When telling lies, politicians will often make hand gestures to the rhythm of their speech.
Will they ever come clean? Not likely.
My last diary was about someone I trust…this diary is about people I don’t trust….let’s begin.
Senate Banking committee Chairman Christopher Dodd:
Some time back Dodd told CNN’s Dana Bash and Wolf Blitzer that he was responsible for adding the bonus loophole into the stimulus package that permitted AIG and other companies that received bailout funds to pay bonuses.
The very day before, Dodd denied to CNN that he had anything to do with the adding of that provision.
He spent the full 24 hours lying to the American people, and then, he and his pal Barney Frank decided they wanted to publicly name the people who received the bonuses authorized by Congress. It was a lame attempt to deflect blame for their own actions.
If Dodd had a shred of honor, he’d resign. I guess if he had a shred of honor, he wouldn’t have lied.
TED BARRETT, CNN CONGRESSIONAL PRODUCER: Because there’s the suggestion today being made that you received more money from AIG than any other senator. And that you were responsible for the (change). And so just — you know, again, I just want to get at — you’re saying you had nothing to do with that change?
DODD: Absolutely not.
BARRETT: And there was nothing you were doing that was aimed at protecting AIG…
DODD: No. Not at all. Not in the slightest. Absolutely.
BARRETT: … which is in your — which has offices — this particular office in the state of Connecticut?
DODD: Well, it does. But they (INAUDIBLE) — but the point is when that language left the Senate that I wrote, that was not included.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner:
Timma lied to the IRS and cheated them out of $34,000 in taxes..which he was forced to repay.
Timma just recently payed a visit to China. Geithner went there to reassure the Chinese government that China’s huge holdings of dollar assets are safe and that he has deep faith in a strong US currency.
“Chinese assets are very safe,” declared Geithner at the Beijing University, where he studied Chinese in 1982.
Loud laughter erupted from the professors and students in the audience. They clearly didn’t buy it.
On the first day of Geithner’s visit to China, China Daily reported that seventeen out of 23 economists in China said they deemed the country’s vast holdings of US bonds “risky.”
Chinese folks are generally polite, so the laughter was a gentle smackdown, the Chinese populace obviously doesn’t share his convictions.
Along with Dodd, the bezonian Tim Geithner may have misled Congress in his testimony about the AIG bonuses also.
He told congressional leaders that he learned of AIG’s impending $160 million bonus payments to members of its troubled financial-products unit on March 10.
New York Federal Reserve informed Treasury staff that the payments were imminent on Feb. 28 That is 10 days before Treasury staffers say they first learned of the bonus plan, and three days before the Administration launched a new $30 billion infusion of cash for AIG.
Yes…he’s a low-life libertine.
Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius:
Sebelius admitted to “unintentional errors” on her 2005, 2006, and 2007 tax returns to the amount of $7,040, which she was forced to pay back.
Sebelius’ husband is a magistrate judge…it’s hard to fathom a governor and her spouse, a magistrate judge, are either too incompetent to figure out their taxes or that they attempted to cut corners and find loopholes in the tax code….but they did.
And then we have this…she’s furiously trying to cover up that she hosted a lavish secret party for the one and only Dr. Tiller the baby killer and his entire abortion clinic staff at the official governors mansion in April of 2007. Sebelius has long been an avid supporter of the most radical abortion policies.
In an interview published on October 29, 1989, in the Wichita Eagle, Sebelius, who was then a member of the Kansas House of Representatives said, “I think for me and a lot of other people, there are certain inalienable rights established for a person, but those are not applied in utero”
Turns out she’s a fibber and charlatan.
Charlie Rangle, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee:
You know, the committee that decides where and how to spend our tax money? The Sunlight Foundation has looked at Rangel’s various tax problems and determined that he failed to report taxable events 28 separate times. Here is what they found…
“We took a look at his filings going all the way back to 1978, the first year members were required to disclose information on their personal finances, and found 28 instances in which he failed to report acquiring, owning or disposing of assets. Assets worth between $239,026 and $831,000 appear or disappear with no disclosure of when they were acquired, how long they were held, or when they were sold, as the operative House rules at the time required.”
It’s hard for me to wrap my head around that amount of money…he *is* the missing li…errr…he is a fraud, a grifter and a opportunist.
Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House:
What did Pelosi know and when did she know it?
It appears that Pelosi may have stretched the truth.
QUESTION: Madam Speaker, just to be clear, you’re accusing the CIA of lying to you in September of 2002?
PELOSI: Yes, misleading the Congress of the United States, misleading the Congress of the United States. I am. They do it all the time.
But, that was yesterday…Today, she said she was talking about the Bush Administration.
Congressional leaders were briefed in detail about techniques used in the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation program.
Pelosi said that the CIA briefed her in February 2002 about waterboarding and other torture techniques being contemplated by the CIA, but that she was specifically told that waterboarding was not being used. That’s a whopper. In fact, by that time, Zubaydah had already been waterboarded a number of times. A CIA memo dated to Sep 2002 says Pelosi received a “briefing on EITs (enhanced interrogation techniques), including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities and a description of particular EITs that had been employed.”
The release of that CIA briefing timeline, Pelosi said, was a “diversionary tactic to take the spotlight off of those who conceived and developed and implemented these policies”…that’s a tall-story.
Rod Blagojevich former Governor of Illinois:
Did The One talk to Blago or not about the Senate seat?
The One says “I did not discuss the Senate seat with the governor at any time” David Axelrod said they did. Then, Ax said he was ‘mistaken’…Now, we’ve heard a billion times about how Axelrod and The One are inseparable, so how could Ax have been ‘mistaken’?…could it be that he was misrepresenting the truth?
Blago, it seems, was taped as he was conversing with close friends about what he would bring to the potluck on Friday night…he was asked about that conversation and said he hadn’t heard it, couldn’t remember and thus would not be able to comment on it.
Just after saying he couldn’t comment on taped conversations that he could not recall and has not heard, he said he is confident that if the American people could hear “the entire tapes” he would be exonerated…Really?
How is it that Blago could be certain that he would be exonerated by the very tapes that he insists he himself has not heard? Logic is a foreign concept to frauds. For him to say the tapes would show him to be innocent of illegal activity is to say that he knows what was said on the tapes. I can only conclude that he either lied about not knowing what is on the tapes, or he lied about knowing exactly what’s on them. WTF? Perhaps he lied on both counts.
First class reprobate.
Temporary US Senator from Illinois..Roland W. Burris:
“I Ain’t Do It!”…He appears to be having a senior moment.
In January, the Illinois House impeachment committee asked Senator Burris if he had spoken to Blago or any of his staff about his desire for the Senate seat once held by the One.
Back then he said he had only spoken to Lon Monk, a former aide of Blago’s.
Now he’s updating his story a bit. He has suddenly recalled speaking to three or maybe four more people. Including Blago’s brother Rob three times about the Senate seat. Burris now admits that the brother of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich hit him up for about $10,000 in campaign donations.
That contradicts Burris’ sworn testimony. And Blago’s brother? Can’t get much more ‘inside’ than that.
In a statement released by Senator Burris’ office, he explains, “there were several facts that I was not given the opportunity to make during my testimony to the impeachment committee” Not given the opportunity to make? Bullhockey says state Rep. Jim Durkin, the ranking Republican on the impeachment panel.
“This wasn’t a couple of questions that I can understand someone may forget, it goes way beyond that…To say that he wasn’t given the opportunity to explain himself is a load of BS.”
Maybe he didn’t have time to answer all the questions? Maybe he wasn’t clear on whether he forgot something or not? Maybe that was Perjury, Chicago style. Burris sounds a lot like Barry when he said the mortgage thing with Rezko wasn’t good idea after all. Oh, and then there is Barry’s famous line “Ayers was just a neighbor from the neighborhood”
Burris has a good teacher and seems to be cut from the same cloth as the blackguard in the White House.
William “Refrigerator” Jefferson (D-crook):
Can you believe the people of LA elected dollar bill Jefferson to nine terms in Congress before he was ousted in December? He is accused of 16 counts of bribery, racketeering and violation of the Corrupt Foreign Practices Act for allegedly demanding and, in some cases, accepting payments to family-owned businesses in return for his help winning approval of projects in several West African nations.
The case is best-known for the $90,000 in marked bills FBI agents say they found stuffed inside his freezer, right next to those little frozen burritos, you know the ones….ummm.
Jefferson has promised an honorable explanation for why the cash he took ended up stored in the cooler. He’s a Real trickster, that one.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick:
Old Kwame and his chief of staff lied about their relationship last summer at a police whistle-blower trial that has cost the cash-strapped city millions.
Hotpants Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty agreed to plead guilty to felonies, resign and they will serve jail time after a text-message scandal (gasp) the Detroit Free Press exposed in 2008.
The newspaper obtained nearly 14,000 text messages between the pair that exposed lies they told while under oath in the lawsuit. Their effort to cover up those lies and their affair cost the city more than $9 million.
Those two are good-for-nothing provacators.
Mass. Senator Ted Kennedy:
This is your Senator on why he supports amnesty for those sneaking across the Rio Grande River along the Mexican border…
“I just couldn’t bear the though of anyone drowning in a river while trying to make a better life for themselves”
Ted Kennedy and the war on poverty…
“We have 36 million Americans that are going to bed hungry every night. 36 million Americans! And 12 million of those are children!”
Is he saying that 10% of Americans go to bed hungry every night? That is flatly false. As has been widely noted, the major food-related problem for poor children isn’t hunger – it’s obesity.
The man is a Wastrel.
The almost HHS Secretary Tom Daschle:
Tom Daschle cheated on about $128,000 in taxes, during the vetting process to become HHS secretary he was Forced to pay it back.
Here’s how it happened, after being defeated in his 2004 re-election campaign to the Senate, Daschle in 2005 became a consultant and chairman of the executive advisory board at InterMedia Advisors. Daschle began using the services of an InterMedia car and driver. The Cadillac and driver were never part of Daschle’s official compensation package at InterMedia, but Mr. Daschle didn’t declare their services on his income taxes, as tax laws require.
Daschle reimbursed the IRS $31,462 in taxes and interest for tax year 2005…$35,546 for 2006 and $34,935 for 2007.
D.C. is crawling with scalawags and swindlers.
Dingy Harry Reid (d-puke):
MR. GREGORY: Let me ask you about the war in Iraq. In April of 2007, this is what you said: “I believe myself that … this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything.” Were you wrong?
SEN. REID: David, I first met General David Petraeus in Iraq. He was training the Iraqi forces at that time. At that time, he knew it wasn’t working. After he became the commander in Iraq, he and I sat down and talked. He said to me, and he said within the sound of everyone’s voice, “The war cannot be won militarily.” I said it differently than he did. But it needed a change in direction. Petraeus brought that about. He brought it about–the surge helped, of course it helped. But in addition to that, the urging of me and other people in Congress and the country dictated a change, and that took place. So…
MR. GREGORY: But you said the surge was not accomplishing anything. Even Barack Obama said last fall that it exceeded everyone’s expectations and succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
SEN. REID: Listen, at that–the time that statement was made, the surge–they weren’t talking about the surge. Petraeus added to the surge some very, very interesting things that changed things. He said a lot–just simply numbers of troops is not going to do the deal. What we need to do is work with the Iraqi people, which we haven’t done before. That’s where the Awakening Councils came about, as a result of David Petraeus’ genius. He’s done–he will be written about in the history books for years to come. My original statement was in keeping what David Petraeus said; that is, the war cannot be won militarily.
Except for the sentence, “I first met General David Petraeus in Iraq, he was training the Iraqi forces at that time” everything that Reid says is an unequivocated misrepresentation.
Senator Chuck E. Schumer:
He should be thrown out of office for his numerous fabrications.
“And let me be clear, the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from al Qaeda said to these tribes we have to fight al Qaeda ourselves. It wasn’t that the surge brought peace there. It was that the warlords took peace there, created a temporary peace there.”
And what about his desire to push the ill-conceived “Fairness Doctrine” down our throats?
Chuck and his crew intend to kill free speech so that his party can consolidate its domination of American politics…simple.
“I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”
The only thing the left wants to balance, is AM talk radio. Not one other medium, fancy that.
“The very same people who don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] to limit pornography on the air. I am for that… But you cant say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise but you are allowed to intervene in another. That’s not consistent”
That statement might just be top 5 most ignorant statements. And by the way, the Democratics would never want Republicans to have this kind of power, no no no.
Bawney Fwank (D-slug):
Where should I start with this one?…we’ll keep it simple…first up
“Bubble? What bubble?” And now..
OK, so now home ownership was a conservative idea, and Frank suddenly realizes that people should only buy houses when they can afford them. Only a few politicians can lie so effortlessly with such a lack of conscience.
These two videos should become required viewing for anyone who wants the real story of how the economy collapsed. Barney Frank’s fantastic leadership sent the entire world economy crashing into a heap.
Liar? Clueless? Jedi mind trick?…”These aren’t the toxic assets you’re looking for”
“The Embarrassment” Maxine Waters:
This one is easy.
Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (may God have mercy on our souls):
So, when Patrick is questioning Sonja Sotomayor he intentionally misquotes Sotomayor during his opening comments. Leahy said, “You said that, quote, you ‘would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would reach wise decisions'”
That’s not quite accurate. What Sotomayor actually said was: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life”
Patrick you big softy. After the hearings were over, Leahy was asked about the misquote, “I was doing it from memory,” Leahy explained. “But I knew that she would..she stated exactly what she said, and the statement is in the record.” Leahy then said that he did not consider Sotomayor’s precise words very important…her response was much more critical. What?
Here’s the video…looks like Leahy is reading from text when he misquotes Sotomayor…hmmm
John F’n Kerry (D-north vietnam):
Kerry’s vice-presidential running mate, John Edwards, once said, “If you have any question about what John Kerry’s made of, just spend three minutes with the men who served with him”
OK…Here’s what those men think about John Kerry
Lieutenant Commander George Elliot: “John Kerry has not been honest about what happened in Vietnam.”
Ensign Al French: “He’s lying about his record.”
Lewis Letson, lieutenant commander, medical center: “I know John Kerry is lying about his first Purple Heart because I treated him for that injury.”
Gunner’s mate Van
Odell: “John Kerry lied to get his Bronze Star. I know. I was there. I saw what happened.”
Lt. Jack Chenoweth: “His account of what happened and what actually happened is the difference between night and day.”
Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman: “John Kerry has not been honest.”
Cmdr. Adrian Lonsdale: “He lacks the capacity to lead.”
Lt. Larry Thurlow: “When the chips were down, you could not count on John Kerry.”
Lt. Bob Elder: “John Kerry is no war hero.”
Lt. Cmdr. Grant Hibbard: “He betrayed all his shipmates. He lied before the Senate.”
Lt. Shelton White: “John Kerry betrayed the men and women he served with in Vietnam.”
Gunner’s mate Joe Ponder: “He dishonored his country, he most certainly did.”
Lt. Bob Hildreth: “I served with John Kerry. John Kerry cannot be trusted.”
John Kerry is a man who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit him in the face.
‘Arthro-made Glormingbal Climachange’…dam, I can never get that right…
Hey look…Ms. Barbara wants Al to finish lying before we move to the next question…
Smell that?…his pants must be on fire.
..speaking of pants on fire..
Slick Willy Clinton:
I want you to listen to me….
“I did not have Sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky”
He is truly the King of tergiversating…poor Hillary.
VP Joe ‘the Dumber’ Biden:
Joe Biden, vice-president of the United States, is a chronic liar. Karl Rove put it best, Biden is “a liar and a blowhard.” One of his biggest distortions is about a ‘private meeting’ he supposedly had with George W. Bush…Joe claims he criticized the President for lack of leadership. That’s rich. As Rove and others will tell you, no such meeting ever took place. Biden is bearing false witness.
In the vice-presidential debate, Biden lied about the Wilmington, Delaware restaurant where he supposedly met with the common folk of that city. In fact, the restaurant, Katie’s Diner, had been closed for more than 15 years. Biden’s time spent with regular Joe’s was a fantasy.
At another point in the debate Biden looked down his nose at Gov. Palin for ignoring the financial costs of the Iraq war. He said that, every month, the struggle in Iraq was costing more than the entire war in Afghanistan. Not even close, the Iraq War was costing $8-10 billion per month. The total cost of the war in Afghanistan had been $172-200 billion. He’s full of Hot air.
Then he dropped this whopper, that he hadn’t really voted for the war in Iraq. OK, that was an outright lie. He ‘doesn’t remember’ but at the time when the War Authorization was being debated, Biden along with many others insisted that Saddam Hussein “must be eliminated”
Before I forget, did I mention these are all Democrats.
And now for the biggest, most humongous and immense, manipulating liar of all time.
Barack Hussein Obama:
I don’t have room for all his lies, but I’ve seen llists that top 150….let’s cherry pick some of the most egregious with direct Obama quotes…
“not because I believe in bigger government — I don’t — not because I’m not mindful of the massive debt we’ve inherited — I am.” Speech to Congress, February 24, 2009
“And that is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists” Speech to Congress, February 24, 2009
“My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs.” Barack Obama doesn’t have a line item veto, maybe he forgot?
“My immediate task is making sure that the second half of that money, $350 billion, is spent properly. That’s my first job.” Press conference February 9, 2009, talking about TARP money.
“It also contains an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability, so that every American will be able to go online and see where and how were spending every dime. What it does not contain, however, is a single pet project, not a single earmark, and it has been stripped of the projects members of both parties found most objectionable.” Press conference February 9, 2009 talking about his own economic bill.
“Second is recognition of the limits of the judicial role, an understanding that a judges job is to interpret, not make law, to approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda, but rather a commitment to impartial justice” He was introducing Sotomayor who has been documented many times saying judges make policy, among other things.
“Its not just enough to change the players. We’ve gotta change the game.” He has appointed over 150 leftover Clintionistas.
“I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying” Remember, he’s done nothing to repeal the DOMA…just words.
“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community” Talking about Rev. Wright shortly before he disowned him.
“To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn…I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President, too” This administration, to paraphrase the famous observation, ‘is creating an economic desert and calling it prosperity’
Barry wants ‘Brigade Combat Teams’ to be renamed to ‘Brigade Support Teams’ so that he can say there are no more ‘combat’ troops in Iraq…This would be like calling your Rottweiler a Chihuahua because your condo does not allow Rottweilers.
Obama promised that “if you like your health plan, you can keep it” even after he reforms our health-care system. We’ve been over this…the bills now before Congress would force you to switch to a managed-care plan eventually with severe limits on your access to specialists and tests. And as soon as anything changes in your existing, such as a change in copays or deductibles, which many insurers change every year, you’ll have to switch to a Gubmint plan (House bill, p. 16-17).
If Barry gets his way, when you do your taxes, if you can’t show the IRS that you are in a ‘qualified’ plan, you’ll be fined thousands of dollars, probably as much as you would pay normally for a health plan for your family, THEN, automatically enrolled in a randomly selected plan (House bill, p. 167-168).
There are many many more, but there’s just not enough room for all the mendacities.
It’s obvious that Liberals have learned to lie about what they believe because they know if they told the truth, no one would vote for them. They tried that for about 20 years and they kept getting beaten. Now, they speak like moderates, create legislation that the far left loves and hide it from their employers….We the People.
I blame Major news media outlets, loose-cannon university professors and stupid ‘Independents’ that stayed home, for our current situation. It will be extremely hard to win our country back unless everyone has access to the un-varnished truth. Money is not the root of all evil, fraudulence and dishonesty are…..oh, and Acorn.
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