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Saturday, December 26, 2009

The most outrageous lies of 2009

Guess who leads the pact? You've got it - none other than Sarah Palin who claimed that the Democratic health care proposal would create “death panels.”

But her's isn't the only whopper of the year. Here are a few of my favorites from Factcheck which provides a detailed analysis of 18 of them.

- "300,000 American women with breast cancer might have died" if we had a health care system like England's.

- The government would force people into quarantine camps if they did not get vaccinations.

- Obama was not born in the U.S. and wasn't qualified to be president. (Attorney Orly Taitz was fined $20,000 for "making frivolous claims and wasting the court's time.)

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) drew attention for overstating how much "proposed cap-and-trade legislation would affect the average family." He and Rush Limbaugh "both claimed that the House legislation required home owners to have an 'energy audit' or 'survey' before they could sell their homes."

President Obama came under scrutiny for a few whoppers of his own - quite a few in fact. For example, he charged that "an insurance company was responsible for the death of an Illinois cancer patient whose coverage was canceled before he hadn't reported gallstones."

Harry Truman said, "The buck stops here." But I've always wondered about all presidents, not just Obama or even Bush, who write very few of their own speeches and in some cases none of them. Don't they rely on their speech writers and staff to research the facts? Can any one human being remember every single detail about every single thing?


  1. My own favorite was when Investor's Business Daily said that Stephen Hawking would be dead by now if he lived in Britain and had to rely on British health care.

    Which he does.

  2. Personally, I think the lies of 2009 pretty much were just icing on the cake that was the whole decade...

    What a decade this one has been...and it is only appropriate that Sarah Palin wins this year...

  3. If all the lies were listed just for this year alone, it would take a minimum of 20 blogs with 1,000 words each.

    I wonder if the Hawking thing was a deliberate lie or ignorance/stupidity on a grand scale.

  4. How about the LIE that Obama is going to bring us "HOPE"

  5. Oh, I have hope. I have lots of hope that the Republicans will quit obstructing every proposal the president makes in an effort to move the country forward after a decade of stagnant swill.

  6. I remember a list of the lies of Crawford Caligula. There were hundreds of them.

  7. I'd have thought that anyone who knows who Stephen Hawking is would know where he lives, but maybe not.

    I suppose it's possible that Orly Taitz really believes the birth-certificate stuff too -- who knows what goes on in the head of somebody like that? Either way she's a marvelous comic-relief character.

  8. TomCat: I vaguely remember that. What I really remember was Cindy Sheehan's peace protest after her son died in Iraq.

    Infidel: You would think that anyone who knows the name Hawking would certainly know where he lives, but some of these folks aren't real bright. But I think, like you, he deliberately told a whopper.

    I kind of smile when I think a judge would fine her $20,000. I just hope his ruling doesn't get turned over in appeal.

  9. Hey Parsley,

    I just stumbled upon your blog, right now, this very minute.
    I'm glad I did.
    I also live in Nashville. It's nice to know that there is another Liberal here. I've been here nearly 15 years and haven't met a real one yet.
    Thanks for the blog!
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Most excellent post indeed. I had forgotten a few of those lies. I hope you had a merry Xmas:-)

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  12. mary b: welcome. If you get your blog up and running, you will meet a lot of like-minded souls and keep your sanity.

    Thanks MM: I did and I hope you had one too.

  13. Nice picture, nice horse.

    It's scary to think how many people believe some of these statements.

  14. The idiots at Investors daily probably thought Hawking lived somewhere else because of his metallic accent.

  15. Tom: Tell a lie often enough . . .

    Truth, oh Truth!

    Mary B: If you live in an assisted living place, or retirement home of any kind, I can imagine what you're up against. Not all Tennesseans are righties. Davidson County was the only county in the state to carry Obama. There are free copies of the Senior Directory at the libraries and Kroger publishes one of their own, which is in the pharmacy area. Both are jammed pack with info.