TABACCO: Passing on BAD INFORMATION that you believe to be TRUE is NOT LYING! But it is CARELESSNESS and should be avoided whenever possible! Always attempt to verify facts, allegations, conclusions and statistics – especially those you receive from friends and family! And verify that information using a totally unrelated source if possible!
Most LIES are told to achieve a perceived or real advantage over others to benefit the LIAR. However there is a Class of Lies with less selfish, less malevolent intentions. Therefore we divide all Lies into 2 Groups:
I Bad Intentions
II Not So Bad Intentions
I – Bad Intentions
1 – ABSOLUTE LIE: Republican Party Big-Wigs asserting that Ground Zero was safe for 1st Responders to work in when they knew it wasn’t.
Republican Party Big-Wigs declaring that Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with Osama bin Laden in instigating 9/11 when they knew it wasn’t true. Bushites even produced an UNNAMED IRAQI FALSE WITNESS to validate their own LIES about Saddam’s alleged WMDs.
These are the easiest Lies to analyze because either they are True or they are False. There is NO Middle Ground, and there is no possibility of governmental scientific error or misinterpretation of the Facts. Would that all Lies were this easy to characterize!
1A – ABSOLUTE LIE (SUBSET): 180-DEGREE LIE
Monsanto says that without it, much of the World would starve. In fact, Monsanto is contributing mightily to World Hunger & Indian SUICIDES with its Genetically Engineered CROP MONOPOLIES!
George W. Bush attacked the Military career of John Kerry when it was he, George W. Bush, whose Military career was STIGMATIZED, and Kerry’s Military career that was EXEMPLARY! This was effected with the SWIFT-BOAT ATTACKS!
Sophists have learned that it is more effective to attack one’s Opponent thru his STRENGTH, not his weakness and to propagandize one’s own WEAKNESS into a STRENGTH! Thus, the 180-Degree LIE was born!
1B – ABSOLUTE LIE (SUBSET): DELAYED LIE
Does this seem familiar? A Washington Politician votes for a horrendous Initiative, which favors a particular Corporation or Industry, then gives up his Congressional seat to work for that Corporation and Industry as a LOBBYIST.
That Congressman not only Lied; he is CORRUPT! Had he been employed “publicly” by that Corporation while he was voting his “conscience”, he would have been censured or evicted from Congress. But by voting first, then taking his PAYOLA after the fact, he avoids even Public or Media castigation.
The key here is TRUST! The Politico must trust the Corporation will keep its promise to hire him when he leaves Congress. But it has to or no future Congressman would trust that Corporation!
2 – DENIAL LIE: A Special Category of the Absolute Lie in which the Liar refutes and denies the Truth to confuse, undermine and betray the Lie’s Victims. Denial of only some allegations and not others is still Absolute re those particulars.
3 – DISMISSIVE LIE: Belittling the Truth, and by so doing reduce the Truth to an Irrelevancy or Trivia.
“Yes, Slavery was awful and we are ashamed our Forefathers deployed it, but Slavery is in the distant past, so let’s move on and not relive it!”
This tactic permits the Liar to avoid taking responsibility, ostensibly obviates the need for indemnification, and supplies him or her with Plausible Deniability.
“After all, it was great granddad, not me, who practiced that vile institution. I had nothing to do with it”.
Instead of direct or head-on confrontation of the Truth, the Liar resorts to “taking the 5th”, tactical maneuvering and evasion. Our Liar is getting more subtle, clever and deceptive with each new Category.
4 – SILENT LIE: Ignoring the Truth and NOT responding to it is often a more effective Strategy than Denial or Dismissiveness. This is comparable to a Plea of “Nolo Contendere” or “No Contest”.
“I’m guilty, but I don’t admit it!”
5 – PARTIAL LIE: All the best Liars mix Truth and Fiction. When some Statements are obviously True and universally accepted, the Liar surrounds his Lies with unassailable Truths, daring his Prey to distinguish the former from the latter. Lies, intermingled with Truths, are still LIES!
The Republicans – at least the Corporate GOPers and the Political GOPers – try to convince the Public that ANY FLAT TAX is equitable for everyone. Middle Class and Poor Republicans, who fall for this Canard, are so dense that hair grows out their eyeballs. Herman Cain had his 9-9-9. Forbes had his Flat Tax. The so-called “FairTax” has been floating around Congress for 20 or 30 years and still cannot even rate a vote.
There is a reason the Income Tax was originally GRADUATED! It’s really very simple if only some Democrat would use the word on TV:
For the sake of argument, let’s say that Mr. Rich made $1 million in 2010 and his tax rate was 30% (yes I’ve been imbibing a liquid lunch). Mr. Rich pays $300,000 to the IRS (ignore FICA, etc). He gets to keep $700,000 under this “Graduated” Tax.
Joe Blow made $70,000 in 2010 and paid 15% ($10,500). He gets to keep $59,500. Ignore reality for a second and just see the results in this theoretical America!
Now had Mr. Rich’s tax rate been 15% in 2010, he would have paid $150,000 to the IRS and kept $850,000.
Graduated Tax Flat Tax
Keeps $700,000 Mr. Rich Keeps $850,000
$640,500 Disparity $790,500
This Flat Tax gives the government $150,000 less than under the Graduated Income Tax. But the GOP neglects to tell you about a little Institution called “REVENUE NEUTRALITY”, which means that regardless of the Tax System, Uncle Sam must receive the same amount. That means if the Rich pay less, the rest of us must pay more. That Propaganda about overall increasing Taxes to the government is a LIE, which has NEVER been PROVEN or OBSERVED! Make them show you DEFINITIVE STATISTICS – NOT UNSUBSTANTIATED ASSERTIONS!
These Sophists continue to push the “missing” loopholes under a Flat Tax. Then they throw out that magical “It will happen if only we do this” nonsense: reduce taxes, and both Jobs and government tax income will increase to cover the disparity created by lowering the tax burden on the Rich. Unfortunately that’s the same tune Republicans have been singing for decades with no actual proof to support it whatsoever. In fact, the more Profits the Rich make, the more Outsourcing they invoke. This reduces Uncle Sam’s Cut as well as JOBS IN AMERICA.
The Flat Tax, “FairTax” or Sales Tax Scam is obvious to anyone fluent in mathematics. However, Republicans NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give us SPECIFIC EXAMPLES. They always give us THEORETICAL FAIRY TALES. This time it’s not about “If we leave now, there will be Civil War!” That Chestnut came from Lloyd George, British PM in 1920. It was rehashed by the Bush Administration to justify going to War in Iraq. George W. Bush knew it was an unsubstantiated Lie just as Lloyd George knew it was an unsubstantiated Lie! But if it worked in 1920, why not try it again in 2003! It worked again!
6 – MISDIRECTION LIE: Arguing Minor Points, Tangentials, Irrelevancies and Trivia or asking oneself a different version of the question while responding to one’s own version, not the questionner’s, to avoid discussion of the Major, Relevant and Essential!
Arguing the Law, Statute of Limitations, lack of standing in the court, credibility of the witness, the witness’ lascivious lifestyle, and affiliations all beg the issue. The 5th Amendment is based on very dubious motives – and you thought the 5th was noble, didn’t you!
However we all use these gambits – including lawyers – when it suits our purpose and we lack facts supporting our position. Ad Hominem arguments replace Issue arguments. The Truth is that Honest men sometimes Lie, and Dishonest men occasionally tell the Truth. Ad Hominem arguments do not permit any “Hard & Fast Rules” to follow! And yet even Courts of Law treat “Character” as if it were IMMUTABLE!
This Liar also uses the Tactic of accusing his accusers of the same crimes or abominations of which he himself is accused. Generally it is True for him, but not for his detractors.
George W. Bush’s campaign attacked John Kerry for alleged military transgressions in 2004 using those “Swift Boaters”, while changing the subject of Bush’s own Military Transgressions and escaping his own culpability in the process.
If you take the “Bait” and let the Liar SET THE AGENDA, you are lost – just ask Democratic Politicians, who fall into that Pitfall endlessly!
6A – MISDIRECTION BY REINVENTION
Name Change to deceive is a LIE! BP is still British Petroleum. It did not absorb Exxon. It did not change its policies! British Petroleum simply changed its name!
Black Water did not change its Disaster Capitalist, War Mongering policies either. It simply changed its name to Xe (pronounced “zee”). They still make oodles of American Dollar$ by fighting our Wars for us and supporting our soldiers. Our soldiers make about $40,000 annually. Black Water (or Xe) Military Contractors make over $100,000 annually. And our Military restrictions DO NOT APPLY to Xe!
How often have you heard that a Politician or Corporation has gone to “Madison Avenue” to have its IMAGE REMADE? They don’t change themselves or their behavior – they
CHANGE THEIR IMAGE
No matter what you call it, IT’S A LIE OF MISDIRECTION!
7 – OVERLOAD LIE: Giving a multitude of excuses, misinformation, warnings, and introducing a plethora of subjects with which no mortal could even remember, let alone respond. Not all Transgressions are Equal.
By equating the Trivial and the Irrelevant with the Abominable, Liars overwhelm their Detractors and escape facing their own Guilt.
“You do it too!”
8 – PRESUMPTIVE LIE: Jews are great at this one! Anybody, even another Jew such as Bobby Fischer, who disagrees with the accepted “Truth” as established by the Jewish or Israeli Majority and dares criticize Israel or Jews, is an Anti-Semite! Former NYC Mayor, Ed Koch, was a master of using the “Anti-Semite” smear!
First and foremost, Arabs are Semites just as Israelis are. So Jews have misappropriated the term “Semite” for themselves exclusively.
Secondly, calling someone a name such as Anti-Semite is not furthering your case but merely name-calling. NAME-CALLING avoids dealing with whatever charges are made. Calling someone a “Conspiracy Theorist” is another example of Presumptive Lying. You must disprove the Conspiracy, not name-call!
You must prove “Anti-Semitism”, and calling out Jews for their Abominations does not qualify as proof – if it were, then Jesus Christ would qualify as an “Anti-Semite”. But that would elicit Christian Presumptive Lying, wouldn’t it!
There is a difference however. Christ was NOT Anti-Semitic for telling the Truth, but Israelis are an Abomination for Lying, exploiting Muslims and political bias and social discrimination. Israel cannot be a “democracy” because you have to be a Jew to run the government or get a fair share of utilities etc. Even Jews (I mean the honest ones) refer to Israel as a Zionist State, not a democracy. And those honest Jews are generally demeaned with the “Anti-Semite” label just like non-Jews are. Anyway, we all know that calling out Jews makes you Anti-Semitic and that the Earth is flat!
9 – AMBIGUOUS LIE: If you don’t understand what they’re talking about, how can you argue with them!
In pro football, they call a penalty of “Unnecessary Roughness” or “Unsportsmanlike Conduct”. Those calls are too vague to argue. Sometimes officials have a case, but sometimes they have no case. In those instances, arguing such vague assertions is pointless. It’s a case of Heads you win and Tails I lose.
In Medicine they don’t actually “lie”, but they do attempt to convey that they know what they’re talking about when they do not. Anytime you hear a diagnosis, which ends with “SYNDROME”, you know they haven’t the foggiest. AIDS: when they invented that term (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), they didn’t know what it was; they only knew the result – not the cause! The name has stuck although the AMA has a better gauge on the disease today.
In Politics the Bushites originally called their War of Financial Aggression on Iraq “OPERATION IRAQI LIBERTY” until someone finally realized the acronym spelled O.I.L. The Republicans changed it to “OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM” – no problem with O.I.F!
In Religion the Right-Wing Christians, such as Evangelicals, have substituted the Panacea, “INTELLIGENT DESIGN”, for “SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY” and ANALYSIS. That’s like saying, “If you want to bake a cake, go to the supermarket and buy Entenmann’s!” You will certainly get a cake, but it’s not home-baked; and if you do the Supermarket thing all the time, you will NEVER learn to bake or cook for yourself!
9A – AMBIGUOUS LIE (SUBSET): INCOMPLETE, INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION (III)
The Wyandanch School Board twice in the last 3 months has presented Capital Improvement Bond Propositions for Vote, which state the cost at some percentage (1.27% currently). The problem with that ?information? is that they don’t tell you what to multiply that 1.27% by in order to calculate the actual Dollar Damage. You think you know what the Damage is, but you don’t!
Example: Give me the actual dollar amount of the Tax Increase if the percentage increase is 1.27%. You must make assumptions, which may or may not be accurate! To translate that problem into mathematical terms,
1.27% * $X = $Increase
How do you determine X with this “information”?
Answer: With only 1-Equation and 2-Unknowns, you can’t (Yes, I realize the left side of the equation has only 1 unknown! But the Solution is unattainable without X being known)!
Beware of Incomplete, Insufficient Information (III), which fails to deliver USEABLE DATA! This is the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ LIE!
Never allow anyone (politician, religious leader, corporate mouthpiece, lawyer, friend or family) to say, “You don’t know what you are talking about!” without being specific as to your points of contention and their refutations of those specifics. Andy, a fellow classmate of mine for 6 years at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, got away with that when I was at Blog-City (now defunct) until I ceased allowing our past friendship to permit him to make unsubstantiated assertions that I would not permit to myself.
II – Not So Bad Intentions
10 – JOKING LIE: Santa Claus! Oh yes, folks, it’s a LIE! So when your children tell you LIES, just remember who was their instructor! And while we’re at it, let’s clear up one other Lie: you don’t do the Santa thing for the kids; you do it for yourselves! You get pleasure from watching the little tykes fall for your deception. Then, to put salve on your guilty conscience, you spring for a sleigh load of Xmas presents. Please note I don’t call it Christmas here because gift giving has little to do with Christ. Even the 3 Wise Men seem to me like a Capitalist concoction. And nobody deceived the baby, Jesus, with Fallacies about Santa!
11 – PROPHYLACTIC LIE: similar to the “Joking Lie” (aka “White Lie), which is serious but not malevolent, involves Lying to someone for his or her own good – ostensibly to benefit the person lied to rather than the Liar.
This is a Tricky One, so be very careful before you Lie for the purpose of helping someone else! Sometimes, when supplied with erroneous information, people behave in unpredictable ways. You may NOT KNOW BEST re someone else’s life! And when the Truth comes to light, the Prophylactic Lie may ruin your credibility and your relationship with the person you tried to help. There could be unforeseen repercussions!
A man asks you if you think his wife is cheating on him. You say, “No!” although you really think or know, “Yes!” Now you may be Lying partially to protect the husband and his marriage, but more likely you Lie to protect yourself. You don’t want to be the one, who spills the beans!
“If you don’t stop doing that, it will fall off!” is one of those dangerous Lies because that youngster will find out one day, if he doesn’t already know it, that you are Lying through your teeth! So he will continue to “do it”. And although “it” may not fall off, it will certainly become quite crooked!
But you Lied because you were “just trying to help”!
“The road to Hell is paved with
good intentions!” – Karl Marx
Tabacco: I consider myself both a funnel and a filter. I funnel information, not readily available on the Mass Media, which is ignored and/or suppressed. I filter out the irrelevancies and trivialities to save both the time and effort of my Readers and bring consternation to the enemies of Truth & Fairness! When you read Tabacco, if you don’t learn something NEW, I’ve wasted your time.
Tabacco is not a blogger, who thinks; I am a Thinker, who blogs. Speaking Truth to Power!
In 1981′s ‘Body Heat’, Kathleen Turner said, “Knowledge is power”.