Friday, January 18, 2013

American Pooka

These are the times that try Piltdown Men's souls.

Te'o had a girlfriend badly hurt in an auto accident who died of leukemia.
Armstrong never used performance enhancing drugs.
Neither did Barry Bonds.
Climate scientists never falsify data.
Your taxes will not go up.
Petreaus is a man of integrity.
When the new administration takes office, we will end Guantanamo.
Jayson Blair reporting from The New York Times
I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinski.
Stephen Glass reporting from The New republic.
Gunter Grass, a Nobel laureate, was a spokesman for his post-war German generation and constantly demanded they face the truth of that time.
Julie Amparano reporting from the Arizona Republic
Obama might be an illegal immigrant
Johann Hari reporting from The Independent
"A higher education is the surest route to the middle class"
Romney might be a felon
Michael Finkel reporting from the New York Times Magazine
One year before the Russians started Biopreparate, they signed the U.N. bio weapons non-proliferation treaty.
David Chalian, reporting for Yahoo! News
The Interstate Recognition of Notarization Act, passed by both houses of Congress, formally legalized the fraud and forgery performed by the mortgage mills trying to standardize the subprime loans.
"If you're going to do health-care cost containment, it has to be stealth."-- Jon Kingsdale, speaking at a conference sponsored by the New Republic
Dr. Wakefield attacked vaccines while working for plaintiff attorneys suing vaccine manufacturers.
We will not take 500 billion dollars from Medicare.

Periods of art are often defined as to the culture's ability to stand reality at all. This may be one of those times. But not in the minds of the liars, in the minds of their victims. Perhaps this world, its problems and our collective failures are just too much for us and we want to stop struggling with it. As we no longer notice TV broadcasters' grammatical errors, perhaps the truth of these awful problems makes us indifferent to the terrible lies.

A few years ago there was a lovely movie called "Harvey," made from a play by Mary Chase. In it, a nice, bumbling man, Elwood P. Dowd (played by Jimmy Stewart), deals with friends and relations who want to disabuse him, then cure him, of his belief that he has, as a close and constant friend, a six feet three inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. This rabbit was an enjoyable and reassuring companion. He could also stop time.
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' – she always called me Elwood – 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."--Elwood P. Dowd

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