Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” goes plural to accommodate Liar of the Century Donald Trump

Most of what Trump said this year was provably false, according to Politifact.  Much of what he said rose to vaunted “Pants on Fire” status, Screen shot 2015-12-21 at 5.16.31 PMreserved for only the most egregious lies.  If you own anything from the Trump Collection…. especially pants….. burn them now, you’ll feel better.

Lest anyone think Politifact is picking on poor Donald, particularly after Hillary Clinton falsely accused him of auditioning for and appearing in ISIS recruitment videos, check out the bipartisan nature of this award over the years, going back to the first one in 2009, Sarah Palin saying “Death Panels” were part of Obamacare.  2010’s award went to the Republican charge that Obamacare was “A government takeover of healthcare.” The next year the Democrats got tagged for charging that a Republican resolution amounted to “A Vote to End Medicare.”  It was not.  In 2012, Mitt Romney tried to win Ohio by claiming Chrysler was moving its production of Jeeps from there to China.  It wasn’t true.  2013 brought back Obamacare and nailed the President’s line, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Last year, 2014,  it was Lies About Ebola, including  Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.

PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far Screen shot 2015-12-21 at 5.31.32 PMdown on the dial. In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s — his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll. But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.

The Examiner.com headline on this is: Donald Trump Wins First, Second, and Third Place for 2015 “Lie of the Year.” The guy is a one-man Murderers’ Row of BS. Even worse, he has people who either believe him and support him…or are not sure or don’t CARE if they believe him but like his ‘tude and still support him.  Did H.L. Mencken really say “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public?”  No…. it’s even better!  Here’s the actual quote.  Think of Trump and his entire public history while you read it: “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”  Burn those pants.

UPDATE 12/22…. Trump has become so easy to predict…. Mediaite gets the quote from Fox News: Donald Trump Trashes ‘Totally Left-Wing’ PolitiFact For Awarding Him ‘Lie of the Year’

 

Hey Ted Cruz, “carpetbombing” should be relegated to describe your dog having an accident in the den on the rug

Back on December 5th, in an Iowa speech, Ted Cruz said, “we will utterly destroy ISIS. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”  That statement put Ted in the lead for the General Curtis LeMay Memorial Award for Indiscriminate Bombing. General LeMay is credited with designing and implementing an effective, but also controversial, systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific theater of World War II. During the war, he was known for planning and executing a massive bombing campaign against cities in Japan and a crippling minelaying campaign in Japan’s internal waterways. After the war, he initiated the Berlin airlift, then reorganized the Strategic Air Command (SAC) into an effective instrument of nuclear war. He served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1961 until his retirement in 1965. Lemay is significant in world history in that he was a senior advisor to U.S. President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, strongly advocating military action that likely would have resulted in nuclear holocaust. He openly criticized Kennedy’s handling of the crisis, notwithstanding that Kennedy diffused the world’s most serious nuclear crisis.-Wikipedia

General LeMay’s foray into politics didn’t work out too well… or maybe he was 50 years ahead of his time. He joined up with George Wallace as Wallace’s vice presidential nominee in 1968.  They came in 3rd behind Nixon and Humphrey, getting 9.9 million votes, Screen shot 2015-12-19 at 5.22.24 PMwinning 5 southern states with 46 electoral votes.  Not insignificant, in number and in tone. Wallace: “If any anarchists lie down in front of my automobile, it will be the last automobile they ever lie down in front of” and asserted that the only four letter words that hippies did not know were w-o-r-k and s-o-a-p. He accused Humphrey and Nixon of wanting to desegregate the South. Wallace proclaimed, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties.”   If you think the country is divided now, I submit it was much worse at the height of Vietnam.  The difference between then and now, though, is that when General LeMay said we should go nuclear in Vietnam  (no more pussyfooting around)…. it helped sink and marginalize him and Wallace.  Back then you really could say something so outrageous and damaging you couldn’t come back from it.  It’s thought that LeMay was the real-life model for Gen. Jack D. Ripper in the 1964 classic Dr. Strangelove.

In the Republican debate last week, Wolf Blitzer asked, “To be clear, Sen. Cruz, would you carpet-bomb Raqqa, the ISIS capital, where there are a lot of civilians? Yes or no?” Cruz responded, “You would carpet bomb where ISIS is — not a city, but the location of the troops. You use air power directed — and you have embedded special forces to direction the air Screen shot 2015-12-19 at 5.26.00 PMpower. But the object isn’t to level a city. The object is to kill the ISIS terrorists.”  Of course carpet-bombing levels a city, it is not precise at all…. just the opposite… it does not “locate troops.”  It’s about intimidation and destroying the enemy’s physical ability and will to fight on, and civilian casualties are the object of the bombing, too.  ISIS is neither the Nazi or Japanese war machine of the 1940’s.  They recruit teenagers on Twitter to join the fight there or over here.  So, Ted Cruz is suggesting a tactic that he knows nothing about which would not work even if he did know what he was talking about.  But since he sounded macho in saying it, his poll numbers are on the move upwards with the Republican primary-types.  I won’t even bother to mention the fact that the 70+ year-old tactic of indiscriminate bombing in a world where we’ve been developing more precisely targeted weapons down to drones, which are accurate down to a few feet, is basically a 100% obsolete idea.  Glad I didn’t mention it.

Remember, Ted Cruz is only the second-most manly guy behind the candidate who says “we will have so much winning if I get elected, that you may get bored with winning.” Asked what he would be saying if he were in the White House right now, Mr. Trump said: “Oh, I would be saying, ‘Let’s go, folks….And I would be getting other countries,” he said. “I would say we’re going to bomb the hell out of ‘em. We’re going to get ‘em right now.”  Sounds like a plan to me.

 

Satan Endorses Trump

Donald Trump was endorsed by Putin on Thursday, but he got an EVEN BIGGER endorsement that the media isn’t reporting on

B&B Podcast 12/17/15

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Chicago’s in the HOF but Pete Rose isn’t, interest rates are up, and they arrested that creepy drug guy! A good week’s work.

From my None of These Things Is Just Like The Other but I just decided to notice them dept:

1. In 1967 we were still two years away from the first moon landing (which I believe really happened). John McCain was shot down over Vietnam.  The Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, and Chicago released their first albums.  As of now,Screen shot 2015-12-17 at 10.00.02 AM Chicago finally joins them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Pete Rose hit .301 in 1967 with 176 hits.   He will die and never be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Confirmed.  Final answer.  I sleep better knowing that.   Justice?

 

 

 

2. I know this:  The same people that decide interest rates decide the price of gasoline and use the same standards of screwing us in either direction. Here’s what I mean.  When the price of oil rises (and it will again… someday) you’ll notice the price of the finished product (gasoline) goes up in lockstep, almost immediately.  When the price of oil falls (as it has been doing), if you pay close attention to this stuff you’ll see there’s a several day or several week lag before the price falls at the pump.  That way, everyone along the gas chain benefits just a teeny bit longer…. except for we consumers.  That’s just the way it is.  Same with interest rates, which just rose Wednesday for the first time since the Bush economy’s near collapse necessitated the Zero Medicine of the past 8 years.  When Screen shot 2015-12-17 at 10.18.55 AMthey fell, financial institutions couldn’t cut savers’ interest rates fast enough.  Now that they’re rising, all loan-related interest rates have immediately shot up in lockstep….. but the banks want you to know they are not raising returns on savings and checking accounts.  I know there are other things to do with your money.  But it really is the principle here.  Justice delayed.

3.  No matter what you think of Charlie Sheen, he was born to play the role of Martin Shkreli.  Most of us still don’t know him by name, but we’re aware that he’d already rocketed to the top of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Disgusting Persons of 2015 List.  He’s the slimy little creep who bragged about how much money he’d be making by jacking up the price of a life-saving pill from $13.50 to $750.  Technically, that wasn’t illegal, so the Feds aren’t getting him on that.  Gawker reports the 32-year-old has been accused of illegally using stock and cash from the company to pay off debts from “unrelated business dealings.” The criminal charges also mirror an August civil suit, filed by Retrophin, a company he’d founded in 2011, that accuses Shkreli of using the company as a “personal piggybank” to pay off unhappy customers at his defunct hedge fund, MSMB Capital Management—in some cases hiring them as sham employees on the company payroll.   Marty we definitely new ye.  Justice.

 

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Your New Favorite Christmas Movie: Reindeer Games

I got into a fight with my mother over this film last year. Apparently, she didn’t appreciate the cursing, violence, and brief nudity (Charlize Theron’s breasts, ma). We’ve decided not to talk about this…you know…like that thing that happened when I was 14 and she came home early

I won’t pitch this as anything but the ANTI Christmas movie. It will never be the 1946 Frank Capra classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In fact, this could be subtitled “It’s a Crappy Life”. The selling point here is Gary Sinise as a BAD guy (I know, he was a bad guy in “Ransom”). You will probably always think of Sinise as the coarse, faithless Lieutenant Dan, who slowly allows Forrest to open his heart

The character Sinise plays in “Rendeer Games” is a heartless thug. If you feel any sympathy/empathy for Gabriel, please seek professional help. He’s the kind of guy you love to see bad things happen to

And now a word about Ben Affleck: Folks, the time has come to stop beating up on him. Now, look: I love taking a swing at “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl” as the next guy. But, that stuff was years ago and he’s acquitted himself nicely in the last half decade. So, let’s lay down our arms and admit that he might even make a decent Batman

Affleck plays a guy impersonating his dead cellmate so he can score with the lovely Millie (Theron). Then, we get a plot twist I won’t spoil for you and maybe one or two more, but the big payoff is a hellacious shootout in a casino that’s being robbed. Throw in a super supporting cast like Donal Logue, Danny Trejo, and Dennis Farina, and you’ve got a rootin’ tootin’ good time that will put the jingle in your bells (I can’t believe I wrote that)

This was the last theatrical longform film directed by John Frankenheimer, who also gave us “Birdman of Alcatraz” and the prescient “The Manchurian Candidate” (the latter of which was shelved for years because it was too similar to the actual assassination of President Kennedy). “Reindeer Games” may surprise you

But don’t force it on your mother

NOTE: When I began writing this, I thought “Reindeer Games” was still available on Netflix. It isn’t. You can rent it for $3.99 from Amazon

 

B&B Podcast 12/16/15

For all your Christmas shopping, go to BradandBrittAmazon.com. It’s just like the Amazon you’ve know all these years and it doesn’t change the price of the stuff you’re buying. On today’s show, Lil’ Rush gives his appraisal of the GOP debate in Vegas, then B and B break down the GOP debate, and former President George W. Bush steps in with some thoughts. Follow us on twitter: @BradandBritt facebook: fb.com/BradandBrittShow

B&B Podcast 12/15/15

Shop BradandBrittAmazon.com for all your Christmas needs. B and B recap Britt’s trip to Vegas and Brad has a “George Constanza” moment, then they discuss Archie Bunker and Donald Trump and Trump’s fake letter from his doctor. Follow us on twitter: @BradandBritt Facebook: fb.com/BradandBrittShow

The astonishingly excellent yet suspiciously fake-sounding Donald Trump letter from Dr. Donald Trump

Donald Trump, now at 40% or more nationally, is preparing the ground for an assault on Hillary Clinton (2 years younger than him) by attacking her health, saying she lacks “the strength and stamina” to campaign or be president.  Like any dictator or caudillo, it is paramount to always show yourself to be ageless, virile and in perfect health…. superhuman, in a way.  Able to fend off Father Time.  Saddam Hussein dyed his hair jet black forever, as did Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.  And the fans adore….

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A bizarre endorsement note badly disguised as a clean bill of health about
Donald Trump appeared Monday. Somehow…. someway…. the man with The Greatest Memory In Human History misfired and couldn’t remember the correct name of his doctor. Daily Beast: “Harold Bornstein, a Manhattan gastroenterologist who shared a medical practice with his father, writes he has been Trump’s doctor since 1980. His father, Jacob Bornstein, died in 2010 at the age of 93. But that didn’t stop Trump from Twitter-thanking Bornstein the elder for writing up his letter.” Mediaite: “Either Trump is being nostalgic with his announcement, or he just doesn’t care enough to remember the name of his doctor. This leads us to the statement itself, which has… problems. Like a weirdly-worded salutation (‘To Whom My Concern’) and many other noticeable grammatical (and personality) issues.” I think it’s somewhat odd that a guy has a gastroenterological specialist as his main personal physician for 35 years, but that just may be just me. No it isn’t….. there is something way off about it.  Beginning with the heading that still has daddy’s name on it, even though he hasn’t been practicing since his death five years ago. Ending with, “if elected.”  What course at Tufts School of Medicine taught that?

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But that’s just the beginning of the problem with this letter allegedly (my word) written by a highly-credentialed physician. I actually doubt its authenticity. My wife, the doctor, tells me the following two things do not ring true: 1. “…laboratory test results were astonishingly excellent.” No doctor writes that way. No doctor renders that kind of judgement. No doctor would use the word, “astonishingly.” Gee, it’s as if Trump wrote it himself. 2. The letter states that Trump’s most recent exam “showed only positive results.” That would go against every common usage of the word “positive” in medicine. Does that mean he tested positive for every malady known to man? No one in the medical profession communicates that way. It’s totally bass ackwards and the results were, of course, negative.  Trump, an amateur in medical-speak, would sloppily write the way the note reads thinking he was saying something extraordinary about himself. If I were the fading Dr. Ben Carson, who will be standing next to Donald Tuesday night, I’d wave a copy of the letter in Trump’s face and call him the biggest purveyor of political malpractice in American history. Carson won’t do it, but a guy can dream!  Meanwhile, by late Monday, the hospital where Dr. Bornstein practices decided to remain institutionally neutral in the Republican primary race.  If normal Trumpian form follows, he will attack Lenox Hill as a “second-rate hospital” with “losers” running it…!

 

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…update, 12/15…. full production version of this post by The Daily Show!

 

 

If NFL players wore turbans instead of those hard helmets, I bet there’d be fewer concussions

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Ah, the pageantry, the color, the excitement of NFL fans!  Some even look scary…

 

 

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Hey, if you got it, flaunt it!

 

 

 

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You can even look like you came from another planet!!!

 

 

But be very, very careful about going too far in your costume.  When we see something, we say something.  But we need to be a bit more discriminating in our caution and panic, don’t you think?  I thought we might have been able to digest the idea that ISIS and Al Qaeda guys don’t do the turban thing.  Not their bag.  Not their hat.

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I guess I was wrong