Glen Kessler, the patient, saint of a man that presides over the Washington Post Fact Checker column, has created a collection of Donald’s Trumps worst lies in a single, malodorous lump.
“All of Donald Trump’s Four-Pinocchio ratings, in one place“, is an ever-growing collection of the worst of Trumps lies, those rated “Four-Pinocchio”, or complete and total lies. Currently, out of 52 vetted statements 33 of them have been rated as such (63%). In comparison, 5 of 35 claims (14%) made by Hillary Clinton were given the same rating. In total, over 90% of Trump’s statements have been rated “Half-truths” or worse.
Although made long before our previous post, this XKCD Comic truly gets the point.
Yes. A bit of a situation indeed.
Alan Boyle, at MSNBC’s Cosmic Log has a great rundown, “Don’t blame the shootings on Darwin (or on God’s wrath)“, of some of the dickory being spawned by the tragedy in Colorado. The piece focuses on those leveraging the incident to further their religious (and anti-religious) agendas and likely could have been several thousand more words as nearly every seems to have an opinion on the “real” cause of this tragedy.
The real cause was one horribly broken man. The real effect was the senseless ending of 12 lives and the terrible upheaval of hundreds of others.
We are being deluged with forwards, Facebook updates and other lazy, ugly attempts to politicize this terrible event. We at SadPolitics have refused to take part in this discussion and respond with this statement:
I find this heavy-handed attempt at leveraging this deeply personal tragedy to force your sad, fucking opinion down my throat callous and completely lacking in empathy or humanity. I find you guilty of Felony Dickory in the First Degree.
Feel free to modify to taste and reuse as you will. However you decide to engage (or not) on this event please do not allow these deaths to be further tainted by asshats and people of low character for something as ultimately meaningless as politics.
As being reported by the always excellent Washington Post Fact Checker, “Romney’s misleading history of tax returns issued by presidential contenders,” and BuzzFeed, “Why George Romney Released His Tax Returns,” Mitt Romney is defending his decision not release further tax returns by leaning on imaginary precedent. Barack Obama, in contrast, has released seven years worth of returns.
As the Fact Checker clearly lays out most candidates in recent memory have released many years of returns. While there’s definitely no requirement for a son to agree with a father it’s media gold that Romney’s father famously released 12 years of his returns during his 1968 presidential run saying that one year “could be a fluke” and “that what mattered in personal finance was how a man conducted himself over the long haul.”
While Romney has every right not to release his returns (this isn’t a legal issue) it’s sad that he’s decided to try to lawyer his way out of it by suggesting that the two years he’s released is somehow “standard”. In his defense however when challenged with his prior demand for Ted Kennedy to release his returns during their senatorial race he responded with a simple, honest “He was right and I was wrong.”
So, considering all the evidence we cannot commit to charge him with more than Third Degree Douchebaggery for this particular infraction.