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Francois Lemoyne's "Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy."

Vetting the political "facts"

Politifact is all the rage and you know how it works. You take a statement made by some politician, check out the facts and determine if the statement was true or false or somewhere in between.

Like this.

STATEMENT: Most people use concealed carry to feel safer.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. Most people use concealed carry to feel more dangerous.

STATEMENT: Barack Obama could beat Mitt Romney in basketball.
POLITIFACT: TRUE. But Romney would win in sailing, croquet, water skiing and slo-pitch batting cage hitting.

STATEMENT: Mitt Romney will lower taxes on rich people.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. Mitt Romney will completely eliminate all taxes on rich people.

STATEMENT: People who say Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia or Tasmania or someplace like that are really just stupid jerks who need to get a life.
POLITIFACT: TRUE. And they know who they are.

STATEMENT: Tommy Thompson is way too old.
POLITIFACT: IN BETWEEN. Too old for what?

STATEMENT: Mitt Romney is a better singer than Barack Obama.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. You're kidding, right?

STATEMENT: Barack Obama says Mitt Romney doesn't have any positions on anything.

STATEMENT: Barack Obama' favorite piece of furniture is John F. Kennedy's desk.
POLITIFACT: TRUE. Mitt Romney's favorite piece of furniture is Clint Eastwood's chair.

STATEMENT: Tammy Baldwin has been endorsed by Herb Kohl, Russ Feingold and Barack Obama.
POLITIFACT: TRUE. Tommy Thompson has been endorsed by Rush Limbaugh, Vanilla Ice and Alice in Dairyland.

STATEMENT: Mitt Romney invented the Internet.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. Mitt Romney hired Al Gore to invent the Internet.

STATEMENT: Mitt Romney says 47-percent of the people in America would never vote for him.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. The figure is way too low.

STATEMENT: Mitt Romney has an elevator to lift luxury cars to the second floor of the garage in his mansion.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. Romney hires illegal immigrants to carry his luxury cars to the second floor of the garage in his mansion.

STATEMENT: Tammy Baldwin is a lesbian.

STATEMENT: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will combine to raise nearly $2 billion for this race.
POLITIFACT: True. Think about how many teachers, cops and firefighters you could hire with that much money.

STATEMENT: Scott Walker doesn't want to be anything other than governor of Wisconsin.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. Scott Walker wants to be king. And he wants Sheriff
David Clarke to be his Knight in Shining Armor.

STATEMENT: Mitt Romney would do anything to be elected president.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. Romney says he would never eat grits, never learn
Spanish or never watch "Dancing With the Stars."

STATEMENT: When out of the public eye, Romney's five Mormon sons act like drunken sailors.
POLITIFACT: FALSE. Unfair to drunken sailors everywhere.

STATEMENT: Barack Obama won't introduce his daughters to the Romney
POLITIFACT: TRUE. (See drunken sailor item above.)

STATEMENT: Under Obamacare, a government life or death panel will be make decisions about end of life matters for stupid politicians.
POLITIFACT: If only ...


fetlarpo | Oct. 12, 2012 at 6:14 p.m. (report)

Dave, your not even funny and I do listen to other liberal rants. Though I am proud to be one of five people in your audience.

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AndrewJ | Oct. 12, 2012 at 1:01 p.m. (report)

STATEMENT: Dave Begel squandered yet another opportunity to report on a meaningful topic, and once again showed that he has no depth, knowledge, scruples, or general intelligence altogether when it comes to matters of politics. POLITIFACT: TRUE. Next time why don't you just ask us if water is wet?

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mikeb | Oct. 12, 2012 at 5:36 a.m. (report)

I saw one of the Facebook comments state the Warren Buffett is for higher taxes on the rich, so what's the big deal. Remember that actions speak louder than words. Buffett will be giving his estate to Bill Gates's foundation. While that's a nice thing to do, it also avoids the rather hefty estate tax he would have to pay. When asked about this Buffett said, "I felt they would be more efficient with the money than the government would". My thoughts exactly Warren

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TheyThink | Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:46 p.m. (report)

Ah yes, once again the bitter old man attacks conservatives and republicans with hateful, mean-spirited insults. Heck, he even goes after their families. Fine journalism Davey, fine journalism!

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