Tag: Lies

Lies? What Lies?

 

Nobody expects the US to keep its promises anymore. After all, the world has changed drastically, woke agendas must be pursued and commitments to others that don’t directly support that agenda are a waste of time. We’ve lost so much credibility on the world stage that few countries probably believe we can be trusted anymore. Trying to maintain truth, integrity, and honor are just foolish aspirations.

So when we left Afghanistan in August 2021, promises we had made to the Afghan translators simply became inconvenient. Joe Biden didn’t care about the promises we’d made to the translators to ensure that they would get passage to the United States; all he cared about was getting out, regardless of the lives lost and those at risk. Even losing 13 American Marines was barely acknowledged. As a result, a pathetic effort was made to get Afghans out with no effort to make sure that the Afghan translators were at the top of the list. Although a small number of Afghans and their families managed to escape on the designated military plane, or due to their own efforts and those of NGOs, such as No One Left Behind, many were killed by the Taliban; many still remain in hiding in fear for their lives.  James Miervaldis tells the story:

More Lies in the Transgender Wars

 

The transgender activists must be getting desperate. They are more determined than ever to set up our kids for a lifetime of despair and confusion by pushing transgenderism on them. Fortunately, Gov. Ron DeSantis has acted once again to stymie their agenda, and they feel compelled to attack anyone remotely connected to him.

The latest volley in the transgender wars occurred when Gov. DeSantis made two new appointments to the Florida Board of Medicine:

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to reshape important medical boards that are a key component of his push to limit gender-affirming care, especially for minors.

Jim and Greg are back for the third round of their prestigious Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they discuss the biggest lies of 2022, with Jim focusing on our economy and Greg opting for an infuriating falsehood connected to our elections. Then, they reveal their choices for the best and worst political theater of 2022.

Biden: The Man Who Cries Wolf

 

If you’re anything like me, you’ve reached the saturation point regarding the cries from President Biden about the catastrophes, dangers, disasters, and crises that are imminent. At some point, you would think that people would start to ask themselves whether they should really believe him or not, since the evidence contradicts his words. But there seem to be plenty of people, for any number of reasons that I can only guess at, who trust his ramping up our fear of the future. Just like the story of the boy who cried wolf, they continue to assume that the crisis is real and that he is telling the truth. Why would he lie?

Since I hadn’t read the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in many years, I thought it would be worth re-visiting, and I wasn’t disappointed:

A wolf that lived in the jungle had attacked some sheep in the past, but the villagers always successfully drove it away immediately. Now, a shepherd boy was given the responsibility of taking the village sheep to graze on a small hill close to the jungle. While the sheep enjoyed their grass, the boy used to get very bored. He couldn’t sleep because he had to watch over the sheep. He decided to play a little trick. One day, while the sheep were grazing, the boy started shouting very loudly, ‘Wolf!’ The villagers in the nearby fields heard his loud screams and ran towards him. As they approached him, they saw him laugh loudly, for there was no wolf. The boy enjoyed seeing the initial concern and then the anger on the faces of the farmers!

Biden’s Bile, or How to Guarantee a National Disaster if Republicans Don’t Act

 

While Joe Biden raves and rants at MAGA Republicans, who he thinks are determined to destroy our democracy (which is actually a republic), the rest of the country is taking stock of Biden’s presidency and asking the difficult question: why are we supporting this man who has led this country in such a disastrous direction? I’m becoming more convinced every day that he has sealed his own fate and that of all citizens by believing that the country will be inspired by his rhetoric, which is not only irresponsible but denigrates the very people he is supposed to be serving.

Why have I come to this conclusion?

He insists on thinking that Democrats don’t realize that his administration is responsible for all the hardships that are unfolding. Inflation has risen on his watch; the borders have been decimated with his ignoring enforcement; interest rates are rising; the food and household goods continue to be in short supply.

Join Jim and Greg as they remember the late former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and discuss how he will be remembered if history is accurate. They also welcome news that Herschel Walker now enjoys a slight lead in the Georgia U.S. Senate race and dissect John Fetterman’s decision to drop out of a Senate debate in Pennsylvania. And they cringe at President Biden’s numerous gaffes and lies as he campaigned for Fetterman and others Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

Ukraine’s War Is Our War

 

In case your blood pressure just took a leap, I’m not saying that we should be standing alongside Ukrainians fighting against the Russians. I don’t think anyone in their right mind thinks that’s a good idea. But as I watch their war unfold and analyze what is happening, more and more their war is beginning to sound more and more like the “war” we are experiencing in our own country. If you get past the cultural and structural differences comparing the relationship of Ukraine and Russia, and our own Communists who are finally admitting who they are, with patriots who love this country and its founders, the similarities are eerie.

The United States has been fighting a civil war, but we’ve only recognized that truth in recent years. The seeds for war were being planted by the political Left at all levels of our country right under our noses: government, education, and the corporate world. But we either ignored the signs or didn’t bother to notice them. Worse, we may have seen them, but in our own arrogance, we assumed those doing the work of the Left were nutcases and were no threat to the country.

We made the same assumption about Russia and Ukraine. We chose to ignore Putin’s actions and words, believing Putin was just reminiscing, and assumed that Ukraine’s difficulties were not our difficulties.

I’ve Been Had—and I’m Mad!

 

My friends here on Ricochet tried to warn me. They coaxed, cajoled, and reprimanded my decision to rely on the media. And I mostly argued with them. Today The Federalist published an article by Mollie Hemingway, a woman I admire and hold in the greatest esteem when it comes to journalism. And she proceeded to tell me that I’d been had—and my friends were right: a fight between Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump is a hoax.

How did I get taken in so easily? For one, I’ve often said that I admire much of the work that Donald Trump accomplished, but I just didn’t like him. I insisted that his demeanor and tweets were unacceptable and were unhelpful. (I still believe that to be true.) But the mainstream media baited me with distortions and lies, knowing that I and others like me look for reasons to discount Donald Trump—and they were successful.

So what have I learned from this episode? For one, I will need to question any writing by the MSM. I hate having to do that. I knew they were out for Trump, hated him, would criticize him, and simply make up lies. But how far could they possibly go?

Quote of the Day: ‘Whether It Is True or Not…’

 

It’s my fond hope (I’m using the word “fond” in the old-fashioned sense of “foolish,” because I really do know better, given the fondness–using it this time in the modern sense–of the mainstream media for memory-holing inconvenient facts), that those words, spoken by Joe Biden to the President of Afghanistan on July 23, 2021 as follows (emphasis mine):

Hey look, I want to make it clear that I am not a military man any more than you are, but I have been meeting with our Pentagon folks, and our national security people, as you have with ours and yours, and as you know and I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.

live to haunt Joe Biden for whatever remains of his sorry time in office, every time he opens his mouth.

Join Jim and Greg as they fume over President Biden’s horrifically bad predictions and outright lies about his Afghanistan policy, most notably his vow to stay until all Americans are evacuated.  They also sigh as Secretary of State Antony Blinken tries to assure us that any American or Afghan ally who wants to leave will be able to do so because the Taliban promised to let them do it. And they react to the frustration of Gold Star families at how Biden interacted with them and tried to make their conversations about himself.

Joe Lied, People Died

 

You know this guy—the fellow who seems to be embedded in your life because he’s connected to your group of friends. Or he’s the member of your family that everyone tolerates because no one knows how to keep him away from family events. He can be very funny and charming at times and get along with people, but there’s one thing that people cannot stand about him: he’s a liar. We all know someone just like that.

Some of us think he’s been lying since he spoke his first words. Early on, the lies were probably innocent enough: embellishing a story, making it funnier, more dangerous, more intriguing. When he got “oohs” and “aahs” for those stories, he decided that he could get more attention by dressing up his stories even more: he’d make up stories whole-cloth. Or he’d lie to avoid looking bad or getting into trouble. By the time he reached his teen-age years, lying became natural for him. People rarely questioned his stories, either because they had no idea how easily he lied, or they were reluctant to challenge him, or they simply had given up on learning the truth. So they just went along. When people commiserated about his chronic lying, someone inevitably would say, “That’s just Joe.”

Join Jim and Greg as they shred President Biden’s speech on several points after Biden offers up nothing more than straw men arguments, false statements, blame shifting, and empty promises. They also cheer veteran Matt Zeller for ripping the speech to MSNBC’s Brian Williams who praising Biden for “owning” his actions.  And they laugh as the United Nations and the U.S. State Department expect the Taliban to create an inclusive government in Afghanistan that affords political opportunities to women.

Losing Our Humanity

 

Although we are technically animals, there are many attributes that separate us, elevate us above the animal kingdom. We are reasoning creatures; we have the ability to empathize with others; we recognize cruelty when we see it. But over the last several years we have watched one characteristic become resented, even ridiculed and degraded because it doesn’t suit the preferences of others.

We are losing our humanity.

What do I mean by “humanity”? It is our capacity to be compassionate, sympathetic, generous. That means that most of us have degrees of this ability, depending on our personalities, our ability to relate to and care about others.

Drowning in Irony

 

One thing you can count on: the Left has no interest in being consistent, truthful or rational. They are perfectly comfortable contradicting themselves or misrepresenting the facts, because, after all, it’s for the greater good. So far no one has told me what the “greater good” actually is, or what’s good about it, but I digress.

Lately, the number of confusing and contradictory statements that have come from the Administration has been startling. I decided to list some of them, and you may find them both alarming and amusing. Some go back a couple of years. I will do my best to represent the understanding of the Left—although “understanding” might be an overstatement. For your aggravation and pleasure:

Let’s See More Republican Rage and Democrat Reticence

 

Have you noticed the change in the tenor of the political debate? I certainly have, with the Republicans not just complaining, but raging against the injustices, lies, and government overreach that the citizenry is being subjected to. And even Democrats are mumbling their discomfort with some of the actions that Joe Biden is taking, as well as pressures from their fellow legislators.

So, what is the evidence that there may be a genuine shift going on in the rhetoric? Here are the examples of Republicans expressing their anger about the misrepresentations about their goals and activities.

When Hyperbole Becomes Reality

 

Remember the good old days when we rolled our eyes and protested with annoyance at the exaggerations that the Left repeatedly spewed? We assumed they did it to demonize those of us on the Right, to upset us, and cause us to react defensively at their hyperbole and distortions. And of course, to some degree that was precisely what they were doing. And eventually, we reached a point where we grew accustomed to their misrepresentations because no one was in a position to stop them. Yes, some of us protested their statements—some of the politicians, the few journalists on the political Right, and those of us on Ricochet. But for the most part, the media repeated these attacks, happy to be in the ranks of the Left.

Terms like Nazis, concentration camps, cruelty to children, bigotry, the influence of the rich were all terms used to discount and discredit the people on the Right. Their contrived reputation of us as racists, the enemy, fascists, white supremacists, and the like were often used to condemn our criticisms of the strategies of the Left. When we called out “fake news,” we were called enemies of the state and destroyers of democracy. The attacks have become a normal part of the rhetoric of the Left. The word “hyperbole” has no place in their vocabulary, and they continue to try to destroy those who do not buy into their ideology or accept their lies and distortions.

The irony of their words and actions is that hyperbole has been transformed into today’s political reality. Only the attacks of the Left on the Right to defame and demonize us have emerged as definitions of the Left: they have become everything they accuse us of.

How Not To Be a Press Secretary

 

Case in Point: Unforced Errors by Jennifer Psaki

“How To” books are a dime a dozen and cover every imaginable topic, or so it seems. But one might think another genre would also be popular, even important: “How Not To” publications. That advice can often prove more valuable. It can at least help one avoid missteps.

Lying to Ourselves

 

We have a problem with our federal government, but it’s not exactly the one we’re used to thinking about. Frankly, we don’t want to think about it all – better to deny the reality entirely.  Easier to lie and lie and lie, and blame our problems on everyone else.  Easier to blame Liberals, or Wokesters, or (the current favorite among the increasingly reality-averse folks who still cannot face that Trump has immolated himself once and for all time) traitors and sabotage.  It is, of course, all lies.  Mind you, lies can be useful – especially when trying to avoiding hurt feelings (our own not the least), but they’re still lies.  At one time rebellions against ruling monarchs favored the lie “We’re not really rebelling against the King, he’s just the victim of bad advisors.” 

The lie we all tell ourselves today is that we are the helpless victims of “The DC Establishment” (or whatever other term you want to use).  Synonyms for this include “Wall Street,” “Big Tech,” and a host of others.  They are the “bad advisors” we blame for manipulating Congress, for stealing elections, or for disloyalty to Trump (fact check here: the only consistent disloyalty in the Trump administration came from Trump – watching his cabinet members go from vaunted heroes to filthy traitors and sellouts in the commentariat was much akin to studying Soviet photography for disappearing faces alongside Stalin).  We are very good at lying to ourselves about why Trump lost this or that political battle, about why Congress is a dysfunctional mess, and about why the “authoritarian ratchet” is inexorable.  The truth we cannot confront about it is all is simple, and we all bear the shame of it.  We do not really want any of our congress critters, our president, or our courts to lead us out of our morass, we want them to follow us into the pit of our own making.  And follow they blithely do.

The Outrageous Hypocrisy of the Media

 

This morning I was nearly spitting teeth when I saw the main editorial from the Editorial Board of the Orlando Sentinel. (We subscribe only to the Sunday paper which entitles us to the weekly e-newspaper; I like their puzzles page.) The title was “Election Day 2020: A Referendum on Truth.” It was an attack on President Trump.

Seriously?

Yes, it was an editorial. It focused only on “Trump’s Lies” during his administration. It listed several sources of information, like their colleagues at the Washington Post and the New York Times.