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How many government scandals are phony?

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 am

We communicate primarily through words. They can convey many thoughts and ideas, and in a civilized society we respect them for their honesty and not for their user’s ability for manipulation.

Recently the word “phony” was used to depict our president’s appraisal of the ongoing Washington scandals. Makes one wonder which one he considered most phony. Could it be the yet-unresolved murders of four brave and loyal Americans in Benghazi, or the IRS mishandling of the “nonprofit status” requests for information or its “slush fund” approach to expenses, or perhaps the Justice Department’s failure to administer legal matters in a fair and unbiased manner? “Phony!” Most Americans think not.

Words are used by politicians to convince us taxpayers that they are truly working for us, much like the chicken in her attempt to convince the pig that they should both contribute to the “ham and eggs” breakfast she was hosting for her friends. She was convincing. The pig relented. Her friends had a wonderful meal. The pig’s friends had a solemn funeral service.

Many that have taken a class from the late Dr. S. I. Hyakawa, a semantics icon, were taught to be alert and not be conned by a slick talker with empty promises. Words are important and must be treated as such. Seems it’s up to many of us to learn this fact the hard way.

Richard Viall


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  • Steve Schmidt posted at 10:40 pm on Mon, Aug 5, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2680

    Would it at least have been funny though? I only ask because this edition comes off as kind of lame.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:52 am on Mon, Aug 5, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Dr. S. I. Hyakawa died 21 years ago at the age of 86 how long ago did you take one of his classes?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:56 am on Sun, Aug 4, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Joe, your favorite, The Bill Maher show.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:50 am on Sun, Aug 4, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Obeyme? Senility or what?

  • John Lucas posted at 2:12 pm on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730


  • Joe Baxter posted at 12:13 pm on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Remind me to bring all of your typos up as criticism. Cold ones? Sorry, Toots, I don't consume alcohol, with the exception of an occasional shot of NyQuil when I have a really bad cold.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 12:11 pm on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Bobbbin, I guess CNN is only a valid news source when you agree with their articles, eh? Which news source do YOU consider fair, unbiased and accurate?
    John Stewart?

  • Joe Baxter posted at 10:58 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Gee Wally, I hear LIBERAL birds don't flock together. They can't do it with their heads stuck in the sand. (edited, first edition would have been deleted)

  • Walter Chang posted at 10:21 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1189


    Hey Joe, I guess it's true...

    Birds of a feather actually do flock together!!


  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:40 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    An update on one of Obeyme's "phony" scandals. Apparently even the liberal media is beginning to get wise. This, from CNN.


  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:38 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    No, dear, you are wrong.

    I've already done a search. You can STEAL cable.

    Now, if you are talking about any of the numerous FOX affiliates that are over-the-air stations like NBC, CBS and ABC, etc. - that is totally different from FOX News Cable.

    It's ridiculous how stupid YOU think others are, Mr. Liebich.

    No, it's not ridiculous, IT'S EMBARRASSING!!

  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:26 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Jerome, you are correct. The FOX station, which is channel 40 in our area, is available without satellite or cable.

  • Mike Adams posted at 8:33 pm on Fri, Aug 2, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1572

    While exploring a possible run at the White House in 2000, W. Bush assembled a team of "environmentalists" who he tasked with solving a way to "make the sky bluer, the water clearing, and the grass greener". I think we can say that after entering the white house, these were no longer priorities.

    Maybe this letter's author can resolve this: How did a W. appointee, while heading the IRS, allegedly target conservative groups and donate money to democratic candidates? How did this get by W. vetting process? Was patronage, such as the case of Michael Brown, another well know screw-up, who did what screw-ups do and screw up?

    And this may be the first time, in a long, long time, someone has mentioned the name "Dr. S. I. Hyakawa" intentionally, but not with the intention of satire, but, well I'm not sure why someone ever would speak of him without also speaking of his tendency to doze, or, and this is funny, why this "professor of semantics" couldn't remember the substance of a bill he wrote and introduced in the senate.

    And thanks to the LNS for running another right wing "I hate Obama" entry.
    What, if you don't publish 7 or 8 of them a week, people start talking about the "liberal media" and LNS in the same breath?

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 3:56 pm on Fri, Aug 2, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    In the age of information ignorance is a choice. Search the phrase Fox without cable and learn how wrong you both are. It's ridiculous.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:28 am on Fri, Aug 2, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    I believe FoxNews is only available through cable subscriptions.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:19 am on Fri, Aug 2, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I think that is none of your business, Andrew.

    Besides, you need a digital tuner to get cable without paying for it - which is STEALING. Is that how YOU get cable - STEALING it?

    Walter obviously avoids the BS that FOX puts forth. No need to go to their website. The people that work at FOX are prostitutes for presenting garbage and falsehoods. Who would want to watch?

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:00 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Walter, Just curious... How exactly does one "not get FOX at home" when it's readily available without subscribing to a cable service? Perhaps you don't have a television? If that's the case you obviously have a computer. Anyway, perhaps you could clarify. Again, just curious.

  • Walter Chang posted at 5:22 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    Patty, good to see you!

    You must pay.

    But you have the right to blog (as allowed by LNS rules) your displeasure.



  • Walter Chang posted at 5:14 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    "Ben Ghazi"


    I had lunch downtown the other day with some friends. All of the televisions are on sports stuff. Except one. It's on FOXNEWS. It's always on FOXNEWS. It has the captions on.

    I don't get FOXNEWS at home, so it's always a treat to sneak a peek...

    Two beautiful blonds and they're smiling and talking about "Ben Ghazi".

    They show video of the burning CIA outpost. They bring on "experts". They share opinions.

    The whole time this banner is flashing ALERT. ALERT. ALERT.

    I was at this very same establishment a month ago...

    It was the same gals, same topic, same video, same opinions and that same flashing ALERT!!!!

    The beer and food are always great there and I'll be back in a couple of weeks.



  • Walter Chang posted at 4:30 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    "get off you duff and do something"

    Hi Treacy,

    Jerry is doing something.

    He's doing all that's within his power to remove the scourge of liberalism from our society.

    Not resting until America is safe, Christian and firmly under Republican control.

    Fearless and determined he mans his post...

    From the comfort of his couch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Weapons of choice?

    Foxnews and his I-pad.


  • Treacy Elliott posted at 10:14 am on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Treacy Elliott Posts: 77

    If you and the other zealots on this board, left or right, spent half the time they spend on this board pontificating their political drival and focused on what is happening in our town county and state, maybe change would occur. But that would mean you would have to get off you duff and do something

  • Treacy Elliott posted at 10:02 am on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Treacy Elliott Posts: 77

    case of pot calling the kettle black. All politicians for the most part are in it for themselves, not their constituants, unfortunately my response was to mr maple. Both right and left make it sound as if there side is the only honest and true platform, fact is, they are all liars

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:03 am on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Upon reading Treacy Elliott’s comments, I chose to search through Mr. Viall’s letter very carefully to find where he even hinted that “. . . all the non-liberal politicians are honest, upright people that never produce empty ideas, promises and words.” I could find no suggestion of such a suggestion on his part.

    But we do need to consider that this president (like many before him) promised honesty and transparency whilst he was doing his best to convince us he was the better candidate to be President of the United States. In fact, when one runs on the assurance of “hope and change,” I would think that his behavior would not replicate that of his predecessors. The thing is, Barack Hussein Obama is the president now - it is right to hold him to those promises whether anyone else was not “honest [and/or] upright.”

    On the other hand, what might you wish to consider regarding the Benghazi, IRS and Justice Department matters? Any thoughts? Or are they truly “phony?”

  • Treacy Elliott posted at 8:18 am on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Treacy Elliott Posts: 77

    and of course all the non-liberal politicians are honest, upright people that never produce empty ideas, promises and words. If you believe that, I have some swampland in Florida to sell you

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 6:32 am on Thu, Aug 1, 2013.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Words are inventions...seems this admin is inventing a LOT of things. That is what empty suits with empty ideas, promises and words do. That and fill their pockets with our money. When the BOss lies...that means it is okay for those beneath him can do so too with impunity. When the BOss goes on vacations the mice will play. Ham and eggs!


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