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What lies ahead

Posted in The Truth with tags , on June 5, 2008 by Adam Sapiro

Who needs a lie detector? Just listen for certain key words or phrases, and what follows will most likely be a heaping pile of crap.

Some simple yet surefire bullshit tipoffs:

  • “In all honesty …”
  • “Frankly …”
  • “I’m gonna let you in on a little secret …”
  • “I take you to be my wife …”
  • “Hi there. That’s a great car you’re looking at …”
  • “I remember one time …” (Hillary Clinton-specific)
  • “Your honor, my client …”
  • “Dad, can I borrow the car?”
  • “Good evening, my fellow Americans …”
  • “Tonight’s top story …”

The Over/Under

Posted in The Popular with tags , , on June 3, 2008 by Adam Sapiro

  • Overrated: Tilda Swinton. Underrated: The tilde
  • Overrated: Amy Winehouse. Underrated: Icehouse
  • Overrated: “How I Met Your Mother.” Underrated: Mother
  • Overrated: The incredible, edible egg. Underrated: Sperm
  • Overrated: Morgan Freeman, Morgan Spurlock and Tracy Morgan. Underrated: Jaye P. Morgan, Morgan Fairchild and Captain Morgan
  • Overrated: “Veronica Mars.” Underrated: Pluto
  • Overrated: Sarah Silverman. Underrated: “Oscar Goldman”
  • Overrated: Judd Apatow. Underrated: Wynonna

Admit it

Posted in The Truth with tags , on June 1, 2008 by Adam Sapiro
  • With the characters on “Lost” appearing here, there and everywhere lately, it didn’t matter who was in that casket. Admit it.
  • You’re hoping something horrible happens to Sharon Stone soon. Admit it.
  • Deep down, you know we’re finally getting the gas prices we deserve. Admit it.
  • You say you’re “spiritual,” not religious, but even that’s bullshit. Admit it.
  • You can’t believe you got away with that tax return. Admit it.

Trust me, I lied

Posted in The News with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2008 by Adam Sapiro

If you lie, lie, lie, lie and lie for a living and then decide later on to tell the truth, you’re still an asshole. If you decide to come clean when everyone already knows the truth anyway, you’re a cowardly asshole.

So former White House flack Scott McClellan says he feels the need to tell “What Happened” in the new memoir of his days with the Bush administration. Big deal, Scotty — we already know: Bush ain’t too bright, Iraq wasn’t behind 9/11, and Saddam Hussein wasn’t plotting to gas us all in our sleep.

Would we have gotten this confessional out of McClellan if the country weren’t mired in a bloody, unending war spearheaded by a president now less popular than crotch rot? No way. Whatever’s compelled McClellan to fess up — guilt, a book deal, pissing off his prick-decessor Ari Fleischer — would have come in handy in those days when he condescendingly bullshitted reporters who stupidly took his every word as gospel.

McClellan says he has “a higher loyalty to the truth” now, two years after leaving his post. Where was that loyalty when he took the job as the biggest liar in the land? Nobody becomes White House press secretary expecting to tell the truth. You’re paid to sell Americans on a president and his policies, duping them when you must. (For shits and giggles, check out the transcript of this “press gaggle” handled by McClellan, then deputy press secretary, a month before the war: Press gaggle, Feb. 10, 2003.)

McClellan can argue all he wants that loyalty to the president was more important than seeking out the truth at the time, but that was the time when the truth mattered most. Imagine how different the world might be, how many lives might have been spared, if more people in power back then had risked everything and spoken up about What Is Happening. But you don’t get brownie points years later for telling Americans they were bamboozled when you were one of the bamboozlers.

“The Iraq war was not necessary,” McClellan says in his book. You’re too late, buddy. You had the mike and you blew it.