Monday, January 8, 2018

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

I am awaiting the 'Survivor' episode where a fire is lit from the pants of almost any one of the players who lie at every opportunity either by commission or omission. No wonder they spend so much time sitting in the water. And from where do they get their lessons? From all around them it seems, as these days lies and fake news, false accusations and sheer attention-grabbing regardless of the damage is the 'mode'. 

And it isn't just in the entertainment field, where almost every day there is a half-nekkid female wannabe star denouncing some chap for taking a liberty just because she is half-nekkid. No it is politics too.

Oz TV and stage celebrity Craig someone or other was denounced in gory detail on TV this evening. As though anyone cares.  He denies it.

Of course a very large portion of the female population cares: some wishing it were they molested by a handsome TV star, and others crowing about how awful every man is. Accusations, true or not, gain notoriety, sympathy and hey, if some juicy script comes along because of it, all the better.

President Trump is a groper of women, apparantly, because someone overheard him boasting about how women line up to be groped by rich men. Apart from that he seems to have no record of anything actually happening.  

When he ran for President some 12 or so women came forward to accuse him, but every one of them has been shown up as a liar. But that does not stop the left from inventing anything at all to rubbish him.

Then there are the 'women-in-the-street' There are a lot of women in the street and the man in the street has to contend with wide-spread.... er .... lies being told for a hundred and one reasons.  There is no so much avoidance going on with men crossing the road whenever a woman walks their way that soon sides of roads will be designated 'male' and 'female' and we shall have an awful row by the transgenders, lesbaisn, bis and haven't made a mind up yets.

We were given a few pointers in the Tavern today. A chap and two fine ladies held the attention of the customers today. First up was the tale of a very strange individual who has written a book. The 'author' has 'form' it seems for telling porkies about people, even putting words in their mouths.  The Prince of Lies' little helper  involves others far more famous than himsef who sometimes get quite snarky about it. 

Keiran Corcoran told us a little of Michael Wolff and his latest non-fiction fiction.
The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can't be sure if parts of it are true

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has set the political world ablaze.
It contains vivid, detailed, and embarrassing accounts of President Donald Trump and those around him.
But the book’s author, Michael Wolff, says he can’t be sure that all of it is true.
The author of the explosive new book about Donald Trump’s presidency acknowledged in an author’s note that he wasn’t certain all of its content was true.
Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages.

Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.
But some were nonetheless included in the vivid account of the West Wing’s workings, in a process Wolff describes as “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.
Ahhh, so. It was others who did the lying. Hmmmm. Believe that? 
In other cases, the media columnist said, he did use his journalistic judgment and research to arrive at what he describes “a version of events I believe to be true.”

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who the book said warned Trump that he may be under surveillance from British spies, issued a statement describing the claim as “categorically absurd” and “simply untrue.”
Anna Wintour, the longtime Vogue editor, also dismissed the claim that she lobbied Trump to be his ambassador to the UK as “laughably preposterous.”
Other journalists have also urged caution. Some cited Wolff’s track record – questions were raised about his 2008 book on Rupert Murdoch – and others compared his claims with their own knowledge of the Trump White House.
He will no doubt get money from book sales, TV appearances and interviews, invited to parties (democrat ones, that is) etc such as to make his fictions pay.
And why should he not be believed? 

People find it all too easy to believe ill of others. Heck, I do it m'self. I keep 'em outside the hedge. Mind you, the baying, cursing and the porky pies do give them away.

But it is the ladies that most men become so dismayed about. And not a few other ladies get dismayed by all the accusations.  
Isn't this sexual harrassment of men?

We are assailed with tales of 'sexual assault' - anything from a 'look', or a 'leer'' to a touch on the bare arm, to a full on grope of a bare nipple at an outdoor concert which also happened in sunny NZ the other week and which by now, even with the most outrageous porkies taken into the stats must be reaching to .... oh, half the real assault levels that men endure.  

Why even I have had a false allegation levelled at m'good self by a lunatic woman who was 'made uncomfortable' by being addressed as "m'dear". 

Gordon Bennett.

But accusations against Tavern Keepers are rare, unlike against politicians. And a fine lady stood up to defend Honour. Kathy Gyngell was having none of the drivel.
Of course, sex assaults are deplorable. 
But this hysteria is out of proportion.
Let me make this clear from the start. I have never been a ‘victim’ of MP sex pests even though I have worked in and around Westminster, off and on since the Seventies.

I’ve had to endure my share of awkward passes elsewhere, of course – the hand where it shouldn’t be, the lecherous suggestion. I always dealt with it briskly, with that tone of voice that leaves no room for misinterpretation.
Sometimes I was left feeling cross and insulted by a man’s crassness. But I never felt demeaned or belittled. The men were doing that to themselves.

The point is that I have found the MPs I have met and worked with – bar the odd encounter which I’ll come to later – to be unfailingly courteous.
The current hysteria over sexual harassment at Westminster is doing both them –and us women – a terrible disservice.
Of course any genuine assault is deplorable and deserves to be taken seriously. But the blizzard of accusations, the demands for official investigations and resignations is out of all proportion.
It is encouraging women to see themselves as victims – and yet it is being done in the name of feminism.
Seen more than its fair share of bald-faced liars.

When I first visited the Houses of Parliament as a student involved in a parliamentary broadcasting project, I was amazed at the behaviour of some people, both men and women.

This was at the height of the sexual liberation movement in the 1970s, and it was immediately obvious that Westminster had a groupie culture.
The place was full of girls who were in awe of power and the MPs and ministers who wielded it: researchers, secretaries, assistants and hangers-on. These women knew exactly what they were doing and what they wanted. And plenty of men – fewer women were MPs in those days – were eager to take advantage of it. 
It takes two to tango, after all.

But I soon came to realise that not all men, and certainly not all MPs, were like that. I’ve met with far more properness than impropriety in the Houses of Parliament. There were women, both in politics and the media, who used their allure as a clever strategy. They could look after themselves.
They were not naive innocents, at the mercy of predators. 
They often allowed and encouraged an atmosphere of flirtation, sexual banter and even groping to develop.

When I read the stories yesterday that a Government minister had sent his secretary into a Soho sex shop to buy a vibrator, while he waited outside, my first thought was, ‘Why would a grown up experienced woman let this happen?’
In most offices, no woman would tolerate such a demand, or permit her boss to call her ‘Sugar T*ts’ in public as he reportedly did.
This isn’t acceptable behaviour anywhere. But surely it was just a case of foolish, if tawdry, high jinks. To equate it, as some have done on Twitter, with the behaviour of Harvey Weinstein who allegedly raped a number of women, is ludicrous.
The idea that there is some mass sexual persecution of women is farcical. 
And the suggestion that we are all supposed to be reduced to helpless terror and outrage if a man makes an unwanted pass at us is demeaning.

The journalist Jane Merrick told BBC news she was left ‘humiliated’ after a male Conservative MP made a grab for her after a liquid lunch, 14 years ago. She rebuffed him with no damage done, but was so traumatised that apparently she can only speak of it now.
What nonsense. At a Liberal Party conference, a good many years ago, when I was a TV researcher, I asked an MP for an interview.
He suggested we discuss it over dinner. At the end of the meal, rather the worse for wear, he invited me up to his room.
‘No, thank you,’ I said. I wasn’t silly enough to feel flattered, and I certainly wasn’t feeble enough to feel threatened.
And no, I won’t tell you the man’s name. What does it matter? He tried it on, and I said no. There the story ends. If that is sexual harassment, then men everywhere are in trouble.
Men are in trouble even when nothing of the sort happens. 
Isn’t it ironic that earlier this year US Vice President Mike Pence was castigated for saying he wouldn’t dare ask a single woman to dinner for a business discussion: it wouldn’t feel appropriate, he said.

Pence was pilloried as a misogynist who was scared of feminine power.
He was damned, whatever he did. And that, to my mind, is how men at Westminster must feel. The question now is this: what do the feminists driving all this really want? What, exactly are their goals?
Do they want to prevent any man being left alone with a woman if drink has been taken? Do they want to stop him from getting in a lift with an unaccompanied woman, never to touch her, never put his arm under her elbow, or even speak to her?
My feeling is that, on current form, they perhaps won’t rest until every man is on a collar and leash.
Yep. That is the aim of Feminism. Catching up, Kathy? 
By stoking up the notion of victimhood, backed as they are by an outraged Twitter mob in full cry, the feminists are making it ever more difficult for any man accused to defend himself without being accused of a hate crime.

It’s impossible for him to protest that he’s never groped a woman, impossible for him to suggest that the woman herself might have been a willing party to or even initiated whatever happened, without sounding like a liar and a sex pest.
This is modern-day hen-pecking and it is an ugly sight.
No woman who takes pride in her integrity and professional ability should be party to this shabby, opportunistic bout of man-shaming.

It makes whingeing ninnies of us all, and it teaches the next generation of girls that they are tender flowers, born to be victims of antediluvian males.
Most importantly, of course, this hue and cry belittles real sex crimes. Rape is a terrible, violent injustice. A pat on the bottom is not.
And all this is a sad distraction from the real political business of the day. The Labour MP John Mann is now calling for a ‘sex harassment tsar’ to oversee Westminster, investigating every claim and perhaps meting out punishment to those deemed guilty.
Isn’t it time we all grew up? The Government is engaged in Brexit and the most important negotiations in our lifetime.
That is what it should be concentrating on. This wailing hysteria is a pathetic distraction.
 But.... but.... yes but... no but... women telling lies? How dreadful. It never happens. Women would never lie about that. It is too serious. Innit? And the police are ordered to believe anything a woman says when she is accusing a man.

Janet Bloomfield gave some serious back-up to Kathy. 
12 Women Who Lied About Being Raped And Why They Did It

Two sensational rape stories in the media have brought to light the question of false allegations, prompting many to wonder just why a woman would lie about rape. 
In her memoir, Lena Dunham claims that she was raped by Barry, a flamboyant, well-known campus Republican, (he would have to be a republican, wouldn't he) but her story does not hold up under scrutiny. 
Jackie, the woman at the center of the Rolling Stone profile on Greek culture at the University of Virginia, claims to have been gang-raped, but the discrepancies in her account resulted in the magazine backing away from the story and questioning Jackie’s credibility. We do not know if either of these women has made false allegations (although to be doubly fair, they do have a certain reputation), but false allegations of rape can and do happen. Here are 13 reasons women lie about rape.

1. Women lie about rape to cover up their infidelity
One night, Nicola Osborne got a bit drunk and ended up in bed with a man and they enjoyed “extensive sexual activity.” The episode was entirely consensual and the two swapped phone numbers after they were through. On the way home, it occurred to Osborne that her husband might not think very highly of her “activities” and she became flustered and visibly upset. 
When passers-by came to her aid, she told them that she had been forcibly abducted and raped by a stranger, sparking a massive police response to find the rapist. A subsequent DNA test led police to the man whom she had slept with and he was arrested and held for 12 hours. 
Once the truth came out that the encounter has been consensual, Osborne was charged with filing a false report and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Women lie about rape to cover up their infidelity.
Although it is quite rare for false accusers to be prosecuted. Where it does happen, it is not for damaging an innocent man but for wasting police time. 
2. Women lie about rape to explain why they are looking at porn

When Elizabeth Coast’s mother discovered her looking at porn on the internet, Coast explained that her actions were the result of sexual abuse she had experienced at the hand of a neighbor.
Let a man try that excuse and see how far he gets.
Coast testified that when her neighbor was 14, and she was 10, he had sexually molested her. Her testimony was compelling enough to secure the man’s conviction. He was sentenced to seven years and served four of those until Coast’s guilty conscience became too much to bear and she admitted that she had lied about an innocent man. 
Coast was sentenced to two months in prison for her lie and must pay the man $90,000 restitution. Women lie about rape to explain why they are looking at porn.
He gets seven years: she gets two months. Alright. Move along. Nothing to see here. 
3. Women lie about rape because they are mentally ill

Rosanne England scratched her face, tore her clothing and concocted a story about a man asking to use her telephone and then violently raping her. She gave police a detailed description that happened to match a 59-year-old father of two teenaged daughters who had no alibi as he had been walking his dog in the woods when the rape allegedly occurred. 
The man was arrested and held for 28 hours until DNA tests finally cleared him. He continues to face suspicion from his neighbors about his guilt. England gave no justification for the accusation other than she suffers from “mental illness.” Women lie about rape because they are mentally ill.
I think Muslims everywhere should be outraged that women are taking their excuse. 
4. Women lie about rape because they feel guilty

Kelly Harwood had a few drinks and decided that sleeping with her friend’s son was a good idea. Upon reflection, she decided that she had betrayed her friend by doing so and reported her friend’s son for rape. 
She told police that she had been raped while sleeping, and her friend’s son was subjected to an “intrusive medical examination and interviewed under caution.” Two days later, Harwood relented and admitted that she had lied about the rape. She suffers from depressive illness, exacerbated by the amount of alcohol she had consumed. Women lie about rape because they feel guilty.
Being made to feel guilty is obviously a male oppression. 
5. Women lie about rape if the sex is bad
Lynette Lee arranged to meet a man whom she had contacted through a dating site. They went on a date, which ended with consensual sex in a motel room. Lee then reported the man for forcible rape. He was interviewed by police, who then re-interviewed Lee, who confessed to lying about the rape because “she did not enjoy the sex” and “it was bad.” Women lie about rape if the sex is bad.
How was it for him? No-one asked.
6. Women lie about rape when they fail school exams

Rhiannon Brooker knew her party lifestyle was catching up with her when the law student failed her bar exams. She told her exam committee that her performance was affected by “extenuating circumstances” and had her boyfriend charged with multiple counts of rape and assault, including punching her so hard in the stomach that she miscarried. She faked her own injuries to support the charges. 
The accused spent 36 days in jail before police confirmed that he was at work and had alibis for each of the alleged rapes. Brooker was sentenced to three and a half years for false allegations. Women lie about rape when they fail school exams.
Well, she was trying to be a lawyer. 
7. Women lie about rape because of psychiatric medication complications

Katherine Bennett had consensual sex with a national guardsman but then reported to police that he had abducted her from a parking lot, taken her to his house and drugged her and raped her at knifepoint before she was able to escape. 
The police were able to establish that the story had been fabricated but not before the guardsman lost his job and had his reputation seriously damaged. Bennett’s attorney said that Bennett suffers from depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder and “although her condition and complications from medication were not an excuse for the false report, they were contributing factors.” Women lie about rape because of psychiatric medication complications.

8. Women lie about rape when they want attention

Gemma Gregory, desperate for attention from police officers, filed eight false rape charges, accusing seven different men over a period of six years. Former boyfriends were subjected to DNA tests and interviews and huge amounts of police time were wasted so that Gregory could have the attention she craved. After recording hundreds of calls with Gregory, the police arrested and charged her with false allegation offenses. Women lie about rape when they want attention.

9. Women lie about rape to get sympathy
Linsey Attridge was having some relationship problems with her boyfriend and needed to win some sympathy from him. She trolled Facebook and found a picture of a 26-year-old man and his 14-year-old brother whom she had never met and reported them both for a violent rape. 
To make her story more credible, she punched herself in the face, ripped her clothing and told police that the two men had broken into her house while her boyfriend was away and subjected her to a brutal attack. 
Both were arrested and had their lives turned upside down as word of the charges spread throughout the community. Attridge eventually admitted to making the whole thing up and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. She has never apologized. Her boyfriend dumped her. Women lie about rape to get sympathy.
Community service, eh. What community would benefit from having a vicious liar in their presence? 
10. Women lie about rape to make boyfriends jealous

Hannah Bryon was mad at her boyfriend for breaking up with her. Wanting some attention from him and to make him jealous, she told him that a man whom she had been flirting with attacked her on a bridge, raped her and then threw money at her to get a taxi. 
The man whom she identified as her rapist was arrested and put through a stressful examination and questioning but was able to provide police with evidence that he had not attacked Bryon. Bryon was given a suspended sentence and 150 hours of community service. Women lie about rape to make boyfriends jealous.

11. Women lie about rape for revenge
When Cori Lynn Osiecki’s boyfriend broke up with her and started “spreading rumors,” she decided to exact revenge on him by filing a rape charge. 
She was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where a rape kit was collected and an investigation was started. Eventually Osiecki admitted that she had lied about the assault because she “wanted to get back at him.” Women lie about rape for revenge.

12. Women lie about rape when their friends get mad at them
Biurny Peguero was extremely drunk, out at a bar with friends, and impetuously accepted a ride in a van with three men. When she realized where she was, she became frightened and hysterical. The men took her back to the bar, and that’s when the trouble started. 
The friends she had left behind were angry with her and a brawl broke out among the women, who punched and bit one another. When a friend demanded to know if the men had raped Peguero, she said that they had. 
The bruises she had sustained in the fight with her friends were accepted as evidence of rape, and one man spent four years in jail on the charge. Women lie about rape when their friends get mad at them.

Shockingly, this is not even a complete list of the reasons women lie about rape, but if anything is clear, it is that women do lie.
What is also clear is that the punishment for such blatent, damaging lies is farcical. 

Women lie about sexual assault and rape, becuase they can. And they know that 9 out of 10 times they will get away with it. Police and prosecutors have been told to believe accusations, even when they are patently false. Men are not believed anywhere near as readily as women.

Such women should go on the 'Survivor' show. They should be left on the island with nothing and the camera crews leave during the night, never to return. Let the woman lie to one another until they drop. Oh, and perhaps have Mr Wolff left with them as their slave.  He would have no trouble getting a fire going in the morning.

Drinks all around.



  1. President Trump said, on video:

    "And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the p---y."

    Are you saying he lied about doing so on video? ;)

    Regardless, it doesn't actually have to happen - the message is "when you have power, you can abuse it, you can do anything you want and they won't stop you."

    Abusing your power sexually on women isn't okay to advocate, Amfortas - especially from the President of the United States.

    And that's what rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are truly about - abusing power NOT sex. Sex is just their method to abuse power.

    I'm not going to get into the rape aspect except to say that PEOPLE lie, not just women. Because if Trump didn't do it, he lied about it on video. And I'm not sure why anyone would lie about abusing their power on video.

    And just because women dressed sexy, trusted others more than they should, or made choices that put them at more risk does not mean they deserved to be raped/assaulted/harassed.

    And believe me, the women who realize they made these poor choices decide not to report them every day because they blame themselves while their assaulters feel nothing, and fear not being believed...

    As for Wolff's book, I think the point has been missed. His entire book is hearsay, based on what others have said about Trump around him.

    Trump engages in this every day from his Twitter account, asserts things without proof, including pronouncing the Russian collusion accusation was "proven false" though the investigation is not over yet, not even close. Wolff was giving him a taste of his own medicine, exercising freedom of speech and "alternative facts" without proof and publishing them.

    And Trump chose to respond by trying to shut up his free speech and press.

    Most of what Trump utters out of his mouth and Twitter account cannot be proven - just like his grabbing comment. Wolff was giving him a taste of his own medicine, what he says about others every day without proof, only he's playing the victim.

    I agree that people should not be speaking or writing things about others that cannot be proven - but are we now in an age where we are showing political bias with our outrage at doing so?

    1. Now, now. Be good. At no point did I advocate anything. I do not approve of rich or poor men abusing woman, sexually or otherwise, and that should be clear enough even to blind Freddy.

      Wolff's book is hearsay, you say. It is double hearsay as the only one saying is him. Wolff was giving him a taste of his own medicine, eh? I hope you are not advocating that as OK.

      Now settle down and have a cool drink with me. I won't grope. You must not either just because I am poor and powerless.

    2. Nope, I'm not okay with hearsay printed as fact. In fact, as I said: "I agree that people should not be speaking or writing things about others that cannot be proven - but are we now in an age where we are showing political bias with our outrage at doing so?"

      And it doesn't really matter "who started it." Who is doing to stop it?

      I think we are going to have to decide as a society what free speech and press we are okay with and not be politically biased with it.

      I'm not trying to not "be good" - your post was largely about women lying about sexual assault, so I was just saying, as a woman, both genders lie about that subject (and other things) for different reasons, as can people on both sides of the fence of politics, but it's not going to stop until we remove our biases and admit our side is guilty, too.

      PS - I came back to recomment some unclear sentences, but it was already published. Ah well, I put the corrected version on my blog if anything is unclear. Thank you for allowing it :)

    3. PS I didn't say you "advocated" anything, by the way, I said Trump did. I'm sorry if it read that way to you for some reason. I was pointing out either HE lied on video about grabbing women or he didn't and either way is not a good thing.

    4. Ah - I see where you got that now, from this sentence: Abusing your power sexually on women isn't okay to advocate, Amfortas - especially from the President of the United States.

      I couldn't figure out why you thought that but now I see it lol. I'm sorry about that wording. What I meant was, Trump appeared to be advocating doing these things to someone else, almost like advice to Billy Bush: "You can do it if your a star" - like "you, too, can do this, when you're a star."

      I meant that I don't think it's okay for a President of the United State to at any time, during his lifetime, be advocating abusing your star power.

      Sorry about that, I see why you thought that now.

    5. I agree with you Chrystal. It is not a good thing. Even Presidents have failings. Not excusing him, but in the gereat scheme of things his deficiency here is of only little import.

      Your confusions and mine are minor matters too, so do not worry yourself. The subject matter was blatent lies, not minor errors or minor failings. Drinks are on the house.

    6. Well, I appreciate your accepting my apology for creating a misunderstanding, I don't consider lying about abuse of power on people who know if they say "no" they're careers will be ruined a minor thing.

      If he said, "When you're a star, you can take what you want, even grab their wallet and they won't stop you," perhaps you could see my point?

      If not, put Obama in the same situation, on video, and I'm SURE people would understand - had Obama said the same thing, on video, he never would've been elected. People talked about his abuse of power anyway. Here we had a good indication of what kind of leader Trump would be and it's still being dismissed. Very Sad :/

      I'm quite sure Christ doesn't dismiss abuse of power on people less powerful as a minor matter. In fact, he spent most of his sermons preaching against it.

      And I don't believe you think it's minor, either, really - only when you are wearing your political hat, which is on bit tight on some days ;)

      Otherwise, I have a story to tell you about me and Ashley Judd back at The University of Kentucky in the early 1990s you haven't heard on my blog, take a look?

    7. There is an old adage that one is known by the company you keep. Thankfully you never actually kept company with Ashely Judd and her 'incredible' IQ. Just how incredible is a matter of perspective. Brain the size of a small rocky planet, like Mercury.

      ( I took a look) :)

    8. Nope, we just were chosen for the same calendar (headshots only, GPA of 3.5 or above)

      I would hang out with her, though - by all accounts, she's actually a very kind, warm person, interpersonally. And she still loves her UK basketball, too :)

      I can separate the person from their politics, though, and allow them to place different priorities on different values due to personal experience ;)

      If I didn't, I wouldn't be here because you and I rarely see eye to eye on that. However, we DO see eye to eye on the beauty of nature and the grace of God, which I place more value on than politics :)

      And again, beliefs often trump IQ on both sides of the political fence :)

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