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A fish story

Those of you who know me (the unlucky few) know that I have a psychological theory about the current group of people occupying the White House. I believe that they are all pathological liars. They lie because it is the first instinct; because lying is an easy way to initially avoid responsibility for a mistake or a wrongheaded action; because they believe that they won't get caught. These are the same reasons children lie, and explains why disciplining children is essential when they are caught in a lie. You want your children to learn that lying will result in getting in deeper doo-doo than just telling the truth when they've done something wrong.

So what the hell happened during the upbringing of the President and his cronies? One wonders.

Anyway, I bring this up because of a recent interview of Bush in a German newspaper. The interviewer asked George what his greatest moment was since acquiring the presidency. Bush (jokingly, one would assume) answered that his greatest moment was when he caught a 7.5 lb perch in the lake on his ranch. The world record for yellow perch is just over 4 lbs, and for white perch it's just under 5 lbs. So he's basically telling a fish story, but is it just flippancy or an insight into the man's generally dishonest nature?

To me, some of the most memorable events from this administration sprang from this instinct to lie. Cheney initially lied about the events when he shot his pal in the face. Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and Scott MacLellan (and who knows who else) lied about exposing CIA agent Valerie Wilson-Plame. The Plame outing was itself perpetrated to diminish the fallout (sorry) from the Niger yellowcake lie. It turns out that the constant repetition about finding "mobile weapons labs" in the desert was a lie from the start, and not simply an 'honest mistake'. They continually lied about a link between al Queda and Saddam Hussein's government, even though they knew that the two groups were not (and could not be) working together.

This is only a small sample of the lies that popped into my tired old noggin'. A google search has revealed a more complete source: The Bush Administration Lies Archive. It's indexed by date for your viewing pleasure.

I presume Bri, that you're not suggesting that only Bush Administration lies. Remember the halcyon days of the 90's, when Ken Starr was gunning after Clinton lo' those many years - all because of lies. And we see the same thing playing out in that easily mockable pathetic Kennedy family now with poor Patrick driving drunk, stoned, or tired, depending on who you talk to. Naturally he lied initially, only to come to the realization that they actually had the goods on him so he had to turn to the teary apology and month in rehab. And let's not forget poor Duke Cunningham, who lied, lied, lied and then when found out cried, cried, cried.

It's pathetic, really, but the tears afterward are a hell of a lot of fun.

Yeah. It's bloody depressing to think about how dishonest most people are, on a regular basis. Most especially those who are "born to lead", of course.

I love the attacking points the current administration and their fans use when they are caught in a lie, though. Throw a couple of "Liberal Media Biases" out there, and everything is forgotten. Or unreported.

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