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Old 08-26-2013, 12:35 PM  
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A Truly Great Phony

Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application.

"No," the chairman said. "I know him too and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time."

The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject.

He had once spoken to me very authoritatively about Marxian economics, apparently unaware that I was one of the few people who had read all three volumes of Marx's "Capital," and had published articles on Marxian economics in scholarly journals.

What our glib talker was saying might have seemed impressive to someone who had never read "Capital," as most people have not. But it was complete nonsense to me.

Incidentally, he did not get the grant he applied for.

This episode came back to me recently, as I read an incisive column by Charles Krauthammer, citing some of the many gaffes in public statements by the President of the United States.

One presidential gaffe in particular gives the flavor, and suggests the reason, for many others. It involved the Falkland Islands.

Argentina has recently been demanding that Britain return the Falkland Islands, which have been occupied by Britons for nearly two centuries. In 1982, Argentina seized these islands by force, only to have British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher take the islands back by force.

With Argentina today beset by domestic problems, demanding the return of the Falklands is once again a way for Argentina's government to distract the Argentine public's attention from the country's economic and other woes.

Because the Argentines call these islands "the Malvinas," rather than "the Falklands," Barack Obama decided to use the Argentine term. But he referred to them as "the Maldives."

It so happens that the Maldives are thousands of miles away from the Malvinas. The former are in the Indian Ocean, while the latter are in the South Atlantic.

Nor is this the only gross misstatement that President Obama has gotten away with, thanks to the mainstream media, which sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil when it comes to Obama.

The presidential gaffe that struck me when I heard it was Barack Obama's reference to a military corps as a military "corpse." He is obviously a man who is used to sounding off about things he has paid little or no attention to in the past. His mispronunciation of a common military term was especially revealing to someone who was once in the Marine Corps, not Marine "corpse."

Like other truly talented phonies, Barack Obama concentrates his skills on the effect of his words on other people most of whom do not have the time to become knowledgeable about the things he is talking about. Whether what he says bears any relationship to the facts is politically irrelevant.

A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.

Back during Barack Obama's first year in office, he kept repeating, with great apparent earnestness, that there were "shovel-ready" projects that would quickly provide many much-needed jobs, if only his spending plans were approved by Congress.

He seemed very convincing if you didn't know how long it can take for any construction project to get started, after going through a bureaucratic maze of environmental impact studies, zoning commission rulings and other procedures that can delay even the smallest and simplest project for years.

Only about a year or so after his big spending programs were approved by Congress, Barack Obama himself laughed at how slowly everything was going on his supposedly "shovel-ready" projects.

One wonders how he will laugh when all his golden promises about ObamaCare turn out to be false and a medical disaster. Or when his foreign policy fiascoes in the Middle East are climaxed by a nuclear Iran.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Old 08-26-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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Don't let cosmofool see that, . He'll probably throw Alinsky's Rules For Radicals #5, #11, and #13 at you, and for good measure, #8, for daring to question der leader's past. There is plenty out there to be skeptical about his life narrative but we have a whole culture of the media, entertainment industry, academia, government, dem party, all these places that influence our culture today, dominated by cosmofools.

They can't stand that we question these things. It's this unholy alliance that come together to help lie about a youtube video to help, their der leader, over the finish line at the last presidential election.

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Old 08-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #5
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Don't let cosmofool see that, . He'll probably throw Alinsky's Rules For Radicals #5, #11, and #13 at you, and for good measure, #8, for daring to question der leader's past. There is plenty out there to be skeptical about his life narrative but we have a whole culture of the media, entertainment industry, academia, government, dem party, all these places that influence our culture today, dominated by cosmofools.

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That picture...that caption...everything I thought was true has been turned upside-down...I think this is the piece of evidence that changes EVERYTHING...
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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That picture...that caption...everything I thought was true has been turned upside-down...I think this is the piece of evidence that changes EVERYTHING...
You do realize that if you and your whole messed up culture can push a lie on the American people like that (the youtube video), they can pretty much lie and deceive about anything, don't you?

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Old 08-26-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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You do realize that if you and your whole messed up culture can push a lie on the American people like that (the youtube video), they can pretty much lie and deceive about anything, don't you?

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Yes, because "my messed up culture" tried to convince people that a youtube video launched a rocket.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:04 PM   #8
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Yes, because "my messed up culture" tried to convince people that a youtube video launched a rocket.
Man, you are one ****ed up individual. We found out in the congressional hearings that this administration knew right away it wasn't about a video but they, and "you" and "your messed up culture" pushed that narrative anyways to help get him over the line at election time. They pushed the lie and you were more than happy to help them, and here you are acting all stupid, you crazy nutbag.

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
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Man, you are one ****ed up individual. We found out in the congressional hearings that this administration knew right away it wasn't about a video but they, and "you" and "your messed up culture" pushed that narrative anyways to help get him over the line at election time. They pushed the lie and you were more than happy to help them, and here you are acting all stupid, you crazy nutbag.

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It was always my understanding that the consulate was attacked by terrorists. I really never gave a shit if they were motivated by the video that caused protests in other places that day or if they were motivated by some other ****ed-up reason. I've always thought that precisely determining if they attacked because of Crazy Reason A or because of Crazy Reason B to be largely irrelevant.
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It was always my understanding that the consulate was attacked by terrorists. I really never gave a shit if they were motivated by the video that caused protests in other places that day or if they were motivated by some other ****ed-up reason. I've always thought that precisely determining if they attacked because of Crazy Reason A or because of Crazy Reason B to be largely irrelevant.
Every politician ever born endorses this stupidity.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:36 PM   #11
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Every politician ever born endorses this stupidity.
What's so stupid about it? Questioning the security, the response, etc. I think are all fair questions. The "it was a video" thing is the least important, non-consequential aspect of the whole situation, and of course, the aspect most focused upon by the right-wing loons hoping for a scandal.
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It was always my understanding that the consulate was attacked by terrorists. I really never gave a shit if they were motivated by the video that caused protests in other places that day or if they were motivated by some other ****ed-up reason. I've always thought that precisely determining if they attacked because of Crazy Reason A or because of Crazy Reason B to be largely irrelevant.
You do what you do best and that is obfuscate but it's going to get harder and harder for you to do. It just shows how much of a nutcase you really are.

Crapski posted this the other day. At .38 seconds in it explains an email to the White House situation room that they knew right away this had nothing to do with a youtube video, yet, they continued with the lie and coverup through the election. You helped spread that lie here on CP.



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What's so stupid about it? Questioning the security, the response, etc. I think are all fair questions. The "it was a video" thing is the least important, non-consequential aspect of the whole situation, and of course, the aspect most focused upon by the right-wing loons hoping for a scandal.
The right wing loons (Romney) nailed it for what it was the day after. The WH subsequently attacked him, lied repeatedly, and withheld information from the public only for political gain in the 2012 election. Americans died in this and Obama lied in the public media just so he could keep his job. Nixon was a shoplifter compared to this.

If you expect and appreciate that kind of leadership my statement stands.
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Crapski posted this the other day. At .38 seconds in it explains an email to the White House situation room that they knew right away this had nothing to do with a youtube video, yet, they continued with the lie and coverup through the election. You helped spread that lie here on CP.
"Obama Bankrolled Attack on Benghazi Consulate"

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The right wing loons (Romney) nailed it for what it was the day after. The WH subsequently attacked him, lied repeatedly, and withheld information from the public only for political gain in the 2012 election. Americans died in this and Obama lied in the public media just so he could keep his job. Nixon was a shoplifter compared to this.

If you expect and appreciate that kind of leadership my statement stands.
Obama called it terrorism the next day. Nothing he did caused any deaths. Again, you're focused not on stuff that might actually matter (security, response) but whether the terrorists were mostly motivated by Crazy Thing A or by Crazy Thing B.

You're often wrong, but I generally wouldn't call you stupid. Here, you're being ****ing stupid.

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He didn't, but Oh My! The thought of a politician spinning something in order to keep or get a job! Oh my oh my, goodness gracious!
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