Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fish Stories

Most whoppers are out and out lies
So, the other day I was talking with a buddy of mine who is an avid fisherman.  Some of his stories of fishing glory are relatively believable but then he starts talking about the 50 pound carp that he fought for hours in his backyard pond that, well, is hard to believe.

Whoppers that politicians tell are like fish stories - some are relatively harmless and other are out and out lies.  Following are some of the biggest whoppers I've heard (or heard about) over the years:

10.  Read My Lips = George Bush, Sr.
9.  The North Vietnamese attacked the United States = Lyndon B. Johnson
8.  I did not have sexual relations with that woman = Bill Clinton
7.  If you like your plan; you can keep your plan = Barack Obama
6.  It's for the children = California Lottery, childhood obesity, storming the Branch Dravidian compound...
5.  It was just one big lie = Bernie Madoff (actually, he was telling the truth)
4.  Vince Foster Committed Suicide = attributed to Hillary Clinton
3.  I'm not a crook = Richard Nixon
2.  I experimented with marijuana a time or two and didn’t like it, and didn’t inhale and never tried it again." = darn near every politician since time immemorial
1.  It's used to track down stolen cars and catching fugitives = Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

Yeah - about that last one, apparently the LAPD bought into a huge database that takes pictures of everyone's license plate allowing the police (or anyone who has an interested in buying into this database) to track where people go every day.  Seems the NSA had a similar problem not too long ago with metadata and everyone was freaking out about the lack of privacy.

The problem with the police (or any government agency) tracking the whereabouts of everyday citizens is that while it may all start out innocent, government has a way of corrupting things.  I mean, it starts with tracking criminals but ends up with the IRS auditing opposing political groups. Mark my words; in a year or so we're going to be reading about how come cop used the license plate data to track his/her ex-girlfriend and killed the boyfriend.  You just watch.