Monday, September 28, 2015

Truth: The Elusive Grail

It seems that truth is relative.  Is it possible that discerning truth involves applying a formula more complex, esoteric, and profound than Einstein's or anything ever worked out by Stephen Hawking?  Or is it a simple matter of speaker identification?

For weeks, a word association poll dominated the media because, and only because, respondents associated words like "liar" and "untrustworthy" with Hillary Clinton.  This remained a top story and interview topic for an extended period because, of course, Hillary Clinton is running for president so we all need to know what some cherry-picked population thinks of her.

The generalization that is then applied is that nothing Hillary says is trustworthy.  Everything is potentially a lie or actually is a lie because Hillary Clinton said it. There can be no such extenuating circumstance as a clouded memory due to transition from one major role to another years in the past, for example. No way.  If Hillary says it,  well, we just are not so sure it is true.

Carly Fiorina is also running for president and referred in a campaign debate to a video.  Since that day, she has mentioned that video every time she has a chance to speak to the media.  Apparently the same principle that applies to Hillary Clinton does not apply to her.

Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion

There has been an impressive amount of angry liberal commentary, which has spilled over into the mainstream press coverage (or do I repeat myself?) of the issue, about how in the last Republican presidential debate Carly Fiorina allegedly cited an entirely imaginary video in order to make a crazy claim about Planned Parenthood’s brain-harvesting ghoulishness that’s totally unsupported by the facts.
... for Fiorina to actually be proven as wildly misleading and fundamentally dishonest as her critics keep suggesting, they would need to marshal evidence beyond just a parsing of her words, and demonstrate that the thing she’s describing is an inaccurate depiction of what happens inside abortion clinics that double as tissue procurement centers.
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This is striking:  "... they would need to marshal evidence beyond just a parsing of her words ...."   Seriously?  How many times has Hillary been condemned with no evidence except her parsed words, and worse by lies and words she did not say?  How many media outlets completely misquoted her after the Benghazi attack using words that she never said?
Myth:  Hillary Clinton said the attack on the Benghazi installation was an outgrowth of a demonstration against an anti-Islamist video on the internet.
Not exactly.  Here are her words on September 12, 2012.
We are working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault. Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.
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The New York Times stands as a rather odd arbiter of truth given the very hard time they had admitting to ... well ... lying in a front page header a few months ago.
Rather than issue the apology they should have and that she is owed, the New York Times has chosen instead  to publish this shabby, third-rate excuse for its unethical treatment of Hillary Clinton.
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I suppose it is simply asking too much for the same principles to be applied equally to statements by all candidates.  I know some people think I should get off Fiorina's case and that her own party will kick her under the bus.   I disagree.  They like what she is saying and that accounts for her rise in the polls and resultant presence on debate stages and on the media.
I will stay on her case as long as she repeats this mantra.
As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.
Barack Obama is not running for president. It is clear that Hillary is really the only target.
So when Carly Fiorina attacks Hillary I will defend Hillary with the same vigor as when Donald Trump has done the same.
I just heard Donald Trump say that Hillary Clinton was the “worst secretary of state in the history of our country.”   Apparently he suffers from a linguistic disorder that causes him to make phonemic substitutions.  A phoneme is a meaningful unit of sound.  Phonemic production establishes differences in meaning between words.
There is one phonemic difference between the words /fərst/ {first} and /wərst/ {worst}.  It occurs with the initial consonant.   Mr. Trump’s linguistic slip belies the facts.  In two important instances, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was first.
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Full frontal assaults, as Bill Clinton characterized the email/server attacks, will not go unanswered.  Especially when deceit is defended by the media.