Pants on fire

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.

Bismarck

dearI wrote this several days ago and decided not to publish it. Then the San Bernardino shooting took place. The next day Republicans struck down any attempt at gun control and the day following that the Senate voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

My current conspiratorial thinking is that the Republican Party, home to some of the most boring individuals in history as well as the least caring and most dangerous (Coolidge, Hoover, Bush 43, et al), invented Donald Trump and Ben Carson to make Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio look more palatable.  As Cruz and Rubio step up to tossing more absurd inaccuracies they move closer to the fringe occupied by Trump and Carson, and … oh, who cares?

Cruz has called Michael Dear a “transgendered leftist activist.”  Really?  No trans person would ever let their hair appear as in Dear’s mugshot, nor would they offer such a moose-in-the-headlights look to the camera. Why transgender?  Well, Dear once filled out a voting form and marked his sex as “female”.  If Cruz takes this to mean transgender, then it’s likely Cruz has less touch with reality than Trump – or even Dear himself.  As to leftist leanings, if Dear has a history of anti-Planned Parenthood activity (as one of his three ex-wives claims), then he can in no way be considered a leftist.  He may be an activist, but his activism has seemed solely related to abusing women with accusations of rape, physical violence and being a peeping tom.  So Cruz has “jumped the shark” with utterances such as “Climate change is not science. It’s religion.” and “Here’s the simple and undeniable fact: The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.” I feel it’s possible Cruz will conflate all this so that all Democrats are rapists.

Frank Bruni in a New York Times op-ed piece has written that Cruz easily forms detractors, quoting a Bush 2000 campaign staffer who told him:

Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.

The website Politifact checks absurd statements made by politicians against facts, then rates its findings on its Truth-o-Meter (with categories ranging from “Truth” to “Pants on Fire”) as well as the tracking of flips on previous statements.  Just as much fun is the the site’s tracking of pundit inaccuracies (Punditfact).

Oh, if you want a predictor for future violence, including mass murder, look no further than whether a man has been abusive to women in his life:

  • John Russell Houser shot 11 people in a Louisiana movie theater had a history of domestic violence.
  • Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot two New York City police officers in the head, had attacked his ex-girlfriend by firing a bullet into her stomach.
  • George Zimmerman’s ex-fiancee filed for a restraining order that alleged domestic violence years before he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
  • Cho Seung-Hui, responsible for the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, was accused of harassing two women prior to the massacre
  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev was arrested for beating his girlfriend before the bombing of the Boston Marathon
  • Man Haron Monis had been charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife prior to taking 17 people hostage in Sydney, Australia

In February of this year Pamela Shifman and Salamishah Tillet wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times in which they said

The Pry Ministers

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