Carmel Voice Column, Word Is: Lies
January 1, 1970Carmel Voice Column by Steve Shapiro
Whenever we KNOW the facts and say something else, consciously, that’s a lie. They say there’s a damn lie, an outright lie, and statistics.
Apart from Scooter Libby, who lied for the . . . well, we don’t know who Libby lied for, but the top of the list is a United States President who we know manifested some big stories.
After one of Sam Farr’s town hall meetings, in the spring of 2002, the manager of the National Security Agency at our Naval Postgraduate School said his assigned task directly from the White House was to write a policy to justify an invasion of Iraq. Short of doing a policy position on “Do it for my daddy,” he said it was to include all options including making good on a lie.
Lies on the Jack Abramoff lobbying con are constantly coming out. J. Steven Griles admitted with no other words that he lied about ties to the corrupt lobbyist. He represented our honest ‘ingens.’ Whose fool is that?
With the expression ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire,’ politics is getting hotter than ever.
Hillary Clinton said she knew something about economics, then railed the sales of our US Government bonds to China. Hey! If the Chinese spend US dollars, what does that make them? AMERICANS!
Little more than ten years ago, in Salinas the Monterey County Sheriff’s office refused to admit there was any gang activity in Monterey. Then, after the amnesty program granted rights of citizenship to previously illegal aliens it was exposed that the southern California gangs were holding illegal immigrants hostage to force them into criminal activities. With red faces, and some federal funds, our Salinas valley now has a Gang Fighting Task Force. Some politicians who come clean and remove the lies profit for the community. That’s politics, though.
Absence of truth is not really lying, and that’s an outright lie. Statistics gathered on the streets of Bagdad by British poll takers were debunked by another British news agency that revealed the only people polled were ignorant, unemployed Iraqis, who gave a contrary position the day before, and could only be counted on the give another opinion the day after. The day after, statistics shown, they gave another opinion, altogether.
Word is, in Iraq the telling of truth to our Nations Liberation Forces will only get any Iraqi killed or kidnaped. Promises of aid or emigration have put informants back on the list of those telling lies. Carl Rove behind that? Salinas based Sheriff involved?
The idea of not trusting our government has infected the courts. Our Attorney General, it has been discovered knew all along the Federal Prosecutors on the attack against corruption were being fired. It seems the only apparent reason was that they were uncovering the manufactured lies of some uppermost government officials. And, the trail leads onto Pennsylvania Avenue.
The United Nations, UNESCO just dropped our own Mr. Smith for telling half truths. He simply stepped down . . . to return to Monterey, we have a great international school in the form of a diplomacy, international business, languages. Unless you try to hire a student. Student services claim not to know what students might earn, or be paid. Their repetition of directions to find out the California law takes more time than if they looked it up for you, the caller, and actually performed a service . . . in clear and articulate language. Such use of repetitive rhetoric, a first term MIIS student could tell you is one of many signs of Fascism. But, that’s student services, and how many of them have such a fine education. Surely our own Monterey Institute of International Studies isn’t telling lies when they tout a fine and balanced education for the betterment of the world.
For this month is April and the main fool is Scooter Libby for putting his own future on the line to enhance the biggest dummy in our US history. For whom does he lie?
Word is: It’s the fools who lie.
Remember the deal is that it’s easier to remember the truth than continuously fabricate a future on a lie.
Though we were talkin’ trees in Carmel and there’s a shrub in the White House, here’s a breath of fresh air, what about a president, who’s a girl? Not! Not this time. And, that’s no lie.
(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula authored “Carmel - A Timeless Place.”)