Those pearls won't clutch themselves

B: You realize what you've done, don't you? A: Drawn a link between the spreading of malicious falsehoods and the practice commonly referred to as "lying"? B: Well, yes, that. That's not allowed. A: "Allowed?" B: Right. You can say, "Sarah Palin's statement is false," because, you know, it is. And you can say, "Sarah [Read More...]

An argument

A: Sarah Palin is lying about health care reform. B: Whoa, hold on there. That’s quite the accusation. You want to use the L-word, you’re going to have to prove it. A: That’s not difficult. Here is the outrageous and demonstrably untrue lie in question, from her Facebook page: The America I know and love [Read More...]

Still not rock bottom

The smug-junkies are lining up for the latest designer drug to hit the streets, a hot-shot of fentanyl-laced oblivion that is viewed, in the perverse logic of the addict, as the really good stuff. The Pursuit of Offendedness is never pretty, but don't avert your gaze from the horrors of what you're about to see. [Read More...]

False Witnesses 2

“If you want to look thin, you hang out with fat people.” – Thornton Melon Commenters on the previous post about this rumor were right to argue that I overstated the case in saying that there could be no “innocent dupes” involved in its spread. That’s too categorical. But those few who may have been [Read More...]

False witnesses

In my past life as an evangelical for social action, I had a much-photocopied dossier in my desk drawer from the Procter & Gamble corporation. This surreal document was the company’s sadly necessary response to the urban legend that the manufacturer of Tide, Crest and Dawn was some kind of satanic cult. Briefly, the idea [Read More...]

Who do we shoot?

Here’s one of my favorite scenes from John Ford’s film adaptation of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Muley and his son confront The Man who has arrived to evict them from their Oklahoma farm. Muley, played by John Qualen (the condemned sad sack fom His Girl Friday), clings to his shotgun: MULEY: You mean get [Read More...]


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