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  • mistermuse 6:11 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clarence Darrow, , , half-truths, , , , , , Trump lies, ,   

    WHERE THE TRUTH LIES 

    lie, n. a false statement known to be false by the person who makes it.
    liev. to be in a horizontal or flat position; to exist; have its place.  –World Book Dictionary

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    So, where does the truth lie? Attempts to address that question, it seems to me, lie in the assumption that we know objectively what truth is. Should we settle for the negative defining of truth as being the opposite of “lie, n“? I don’t know that most of us want to — or need to — go deeper into the jungle of truth than that, but if you’re of a mind to take the path of beast resistance, you can start here:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201808/what-is-truth

    In our dystopian sub-culture of “fake news,” half-truths, whole-cloth fabrications and false narratives in which truth is what President Trump says it is and science is fiction, it isn’t always simple to disentangle truth from the deluge of prevarication and misrepresentations which is Trump’s stock in trade  — and he knows it. Who can fact check it all fast enough? The old saying remains relevant: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”

    And speaking of quotes which remain relevant, try these on for wise:

    Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live.” It shows he did not know how to tell them. –Mark Twain

    If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again.–Evan Esar (not Trump, believe it or not)

    The pursuit of truth shall set you free, even if you never catch up with it. –Clarence Darrow

    It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie. –Austin O’Malley

    Truth is more important than facts. –Frank Lloyd Wright

    All men are born truthful and die liars. –Marquis de Vauvenargues

    And so it goes. Would I lie to you?

     

     
    • calmkate 6:24 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      well I was hoping for a glimmer of truth but am sadly disappointed .. 😦

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      • mistermuse 6:37 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well, you can always fall back on Trump — there may be “a glimmer of truth” somewhere in his deep, dark past.

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        • calmkate 6:38 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          somehow doubt that … hope his parents have passed, how humiliating to have given birth to that …

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        • mistermuse 6:49 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          His late father would be proud, not humiliated. ‘Like father, like son,’ by all accounts (including the new book by The Donald’s niece, Mary Trump).

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    • obbverse 7:02 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Trump Hound- mouth of a Rottweiler, brain of a Shi Tzu. Temperament? Whiney, disloyal lazy, comfortable to simply lay around the House and lie, lie lie and lie. Barking? Mad.

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    • magickmermaid 7:07 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If someone proves to be a liar in one instance, then I find it extremely difficult to believe anything else they may say. Resist the beast! 🙂

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    • obbverse 8:34 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Since he sticks in my craw can I spit out another?
      Bad mad dogs of his kind
      Growlingly protect their address,
      When evicted they sure do leave behind
      Nothing but a nasty mess.

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      • mistermuse 10:40 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There’s no guarantee he’ll leave —
        He has many tricks up his sleeve.
        Who knows what deviltry he’ll try?
        We only know it’ll be a monstrous lie.

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    • Rebecca Wallick 10:16 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thirty-plus years in the legal profession taught me this truth: almost everyone lies, with a straight face, even after swearing an oath to tell the truth.

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      • mistermuse 12:25 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        According to Mark Twain (and others), there are three kinds of lies: LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND STATISTICS. I don’t know about the legal profession, but I think it’s safe to say the political profession encompasses all three. Oddly enough, no one mentioned the fourth (and saddest) kind of lie:

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    • jilldennison 1:11 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Politically, there is a very simple way to separate fact from fiction, truth from lie. If Donald Trump or ANY of his hand-picked sycophants say it, it is a lie. I think that for tonight I shall have to pass on the path of beast resistance, for my mental acuity is about fried. Perhaps tomorrow!

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      • mistermuse 3:42 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You ain’t lyin’, Jill.
        And I don’t blame you for passing on the path of beast resistance if you’re mental acuity is fried, because it’s a lot to digest. 😉

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    • masercot 4:54 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The only acceptable lies are on the golf course.

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    • Rivergirl 7:33 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Though I constantly call him a moron, his one clever move was to undermine faith in the media, journalism and the news in general. Alternative truth has served him well.
      😡

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      • mistermuse 8:24 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No doubt he has a certain amount of ‘street smarts,’ but no doubt the road to hell is jammed with big talkers.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:39 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a fun post. This one needs a late night and a few bottles of wine. Almost everything is subjective, right? So we each will have our own versions of truth even when we are committed to the concept. It seems to me, that humans are best served by getting as close to the truth as we can and peeling away the lies whenever possible. Just ask the poor souls who believed Trump’s lies about the virus.

      I’m not sure that Trump actually believes he’s lying. His narcissistic personality borders on psychosis and it’s impossible for him to not be perfect. The mere idea that he might have a flaw feels like annihilation, which is why he reacts so viciously or ridiculously lies. He’s learned over the years to manipulate others so he never has to be imperfect. I can’t wait until he’s gone.

      Great quotes too!

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      • mistermuse 3:19 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I think you’ve ‘psychoanalyzed’ Trump perfectly. From what I hear of TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH, the new book about Trump by his niece Mary Trump (a professional psychologist), her diagnosis is much the same. The election can’t come soon enough.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 4:06 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink

          No, it can’t. What he’s doing in Portland is outrageous. What I want to know is where are all the 2nd Amendment rights militias who are supposed to be saving us from our government’s oversteps??? (Not really, but isn’t this why they say they need their guns?)
          Gah! You can get me ranting for hours. Lol

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    • arekhill1 1:23 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A liar will be the first to accuse you of lying. My contribution to the literature of mendaciousness, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d recommend that Trump reflect on your comment, Ricardo, but the guy (who claims he knows more than anyone) wouldn’t know the meaning of mendaciousness

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  • mistermuse 1:28 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: academese, , , legalese, , transparency, Trump lies, women voters   

    I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF 

    For the short-term-memory-challenged among my readers, who may not recall every word of the posts I’ve posted in recent weeks, please allow me to refresh your appalling lack of retentive capacity by re-printing the first sentence of my second-to-last post, to wit:

    “First, I want to beg your forgiveness for forgetting to publish a post for you on July 2nd (I FORGOT DAY), for I forgot it was I FORGOT DAY….but even if I hadn’t forgotten it was I FORGOT DAY, I might have forgotten to forget what I forgot.”

    I re-print said sentence because, as a model of clarity of composition, it stands as a shining example of a category of phraseology comparable to such other tenebrous testaments to plain speaking as Legalese, Academese, and (The Man on the) Lying Trumpese — the latter not to be confused with this venerable lyrical disquisition of circus fame:

    And how, you may wonder, does my phraseologically grandiloquent limpidity compare with analogous sample specimens of the aforementioned Legalese, Academese, and Lying Trumpese? Ask, my disquisitive friends, and ye shall receive:

    As stated heretofore, the defendant’s conduct created, caused, and resulted in serious bodily harm and massive injuries, to wit: a broken and mangled left leg, lacerations to the aforementioned leg, and several broken digits on the foot attached to said leg, in witness whereof was the spouse of the injured party.

    While the required breadth of content coverage appears to have been the surprise in development of the knowledge or cognitive area, method was unquestionably the potential stumbling block of affective measurement.

    In so far as manifestations of infestation by a picayunish faunal species were evident in the residential facilities provided by the agricultural laborers, an unwillingness to occupy, utilize, or in any manner inhabit the facilities was therefore demonstrated by the aforementioned laborers.

    But the above paradigms of grandiloquent limpidity pale, of course, in comparison with such clown-simple, yet grandiosely eloquent, linguistics of Lying Trumpese as these:

    Wow, highest poll numbers in the history of the Republican Party. That includes Honest Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

    There has never been, ever before, an Administration that’s so open and transparent.

    I have tremendous support from women.

    Right. And mistermuse has tremendous support from Trump lovers.

     

     
    • obbverse 3:03 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      H’s’ right about tremendous support from women though; There’s Melania, Ivanka, Kellyanne, Sarah,and Hope and .. and…um, and… hmmmmm?

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    • Rivergirl 8:21 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m to the point where I can’t anymore. I can’t watch him, I can’t listen to him, I can’t even think about him without sinking into a deep depression over the fact that almost half our country like and support him. I just can’t!

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      • mistermuse 10:31 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Believe me, R.g., I know the feeling. I can’t stand the sight of him, but even worse, the 40-45% support he has is truly depressing. If he is reelected, this country is beyond hope.

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        • Rivergirl 10:51 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink

          The first time around I was convinced he could never win. Now? I’m terrified it will happen again…

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      • mlrover 10:32 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I also despair that people can’t see how he is purposely dividing us as a nation, setting us at each other’s throats, that he excels at tearing down our Constitution and everything honorable. In doing this, he seeks to baste his ego and garner support from the rich. It’s vile, and his consorting with Putin, treasonous.

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        • Rivergirl 10:51 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink

          Agreed. We can survive the Trump administration…. but the divide he’s caused in this country will take decades to heal.

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        • mistermuse 12:55 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink

          Start IMPEACHMENT proceedings NOW and ramp them up after Mueller testifies!

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        • mistermuse 5:33 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink

          What can I say, mirover? Everything you said is true. Trump has truly brought to the fore America’s dirty little secret, that beneath the surface this country’s underlying ignorance, racism, gullibility and close-mindedness was alive and well in many, many millions of its citizens. .

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    • mlrover 10:33 am on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Your rendition of Flying Trapeze sounds like Randy Rainbow! Love that guy.

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    • arekhill1 5:17 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A bloviating bag of stool is our POTUS
      Misspelled Tweets are how he goads us
      He hates Dems and Hispanics
      Over Mueller he panics
      But Republicans are thinking “A+”

      In case you needed the national dilemma in limerick form, Sr. Muse.

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    • Marietta Rodgers 5:23 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Since it is Lying Trumpese everyday, I just don’t feel like it’s that special anymore.

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      • mistermuse 10:24 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        The only thing special about Trump is that he was apparently raised by his rich father to believe that he’s specially entitled to do what he wants whenever he wants, with no moral compass. That act has gotten both very tiresome and very dangerous.

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    • Elizabeth 3:58 pm on July 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Since I have lived in an interracial setting for most of my life, nothing about a significant part of the country supporting him surprises me. However, I do hate the leader of the country spouting such dangerous rhetoric.

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      • mistermuse 6:16 pm on July 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        The Civil War obviously didn’t end racism in America — both open and latent racism have remained embedded in our society. Under Trump, what was latent is becoming open, and what was open is becoming even more so. The implications of this for the future are apparent to those who have studied history, and had better become apparent to the rest of us, or “dangerous rhetoric” will lead this country to no-holds-barred despotism.

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    • America On Coffee 4:51 am on July 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha..cyberbrains!

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    • barkinginthedark 2:05 am on July 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      trump = schmuck.

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    • Eilidh Horder 2:46 am on August 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My kids call him Donald Pump and delight in the fact that, anyway, Trump does, in fact, mean… Pump. I don’t see them finding a remotely more funny joke any time soon…
      I enjoyed the light listening – thank you – reminds me of my Grandad for some reason (who would have been horrified by what’s going on in the world now, but that’s something else).

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