November 2016, Portland.
The Story: A drunk driver kiled Vice-President Joe Biden's spouse, Neilia Biden, and 13-month-old daughter.
In Fact: The driver of the tractor-trailor that struck Neilia Biden's vehicle had not been drinking and was not charged in the crash.
The Story: "They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get re-elected.� Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In Fact: President Franklin D. Roosevelt got elected to a forth term and died in office. The 22nd Amendment, which limited the time a president can serve, came into effect in 1951.
The Story: During the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh Senator Dianne Feinstein asked: �How do you reconcile what you just said with the hundreds of school shootings using �assault weapons� that have taken place in recent history?�
In Fact: The numbers Senator Feinstein claimed aren't even close to reality. The Education Department's, Office for Civil Rights, generated a figure of almost 240 school-related shootings in 2015-2016. National Public Radio researched the numbers and could only confirm 11 school-related shootings. The Office of Civil Rights admitted the error. Their explanation of a data entry error may in itself be an urban legend.
The Story: Before abortion became legal in the U.S. 5,000 to 10,000 women died annually from illegal abortions.
The Story: President Trump colluded with Russia to win the presidential election.
In Fact: The House Intelligene Committee Report on FISA Abuses
The Story: 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concluded Russia interfered in the U.S. election.
The Story: Federal agencies investigated the Trump Campaign for possible collusion with Russia to manipulate the elections.
The Story: Federal agencies did not monitor the activities of the Trump Campaign.
In Fact: The above 2 stories seem a case of which lie to believe.
The Story: Secretary Hillary Clinton got more votes than any other presidential candidate.
In Fact: President Obama received 69 million votes in 2008 & 65.9 million votes in 2012. Secretary Clinton received 65.7 million votes.
The Story: Donald Trump won the popular vote in the 2016 election.
In Fact: Secretary Clinton had over 65,746,544 votes to President Trump's 62,904,682 votes.
The Story: George H. W. Bush was involved in the J.F.Kennedy assassination.
The Story: The $400 million given to Iran at the same time Iran released 4 hostages was not a ransom payment.
The Story: Sweden is moving to a 6 hour work day.
In Fact: No, Sweden is not moving to a six hour work day
The Story: President Obama kept us safe and secure
In Fact: Then Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton said this in a speech on July 5, 2016. These terrorist incidents happened on President Obama's Watch, the list does not include those killed overseas:
The Story: There is a picture of Condeleezza Rice and Osama Bin Laden together.
- June 12, 2016 - Orlando, Florida, 49 killed, 53 wounded.
- December 2, 2015 - San Bernardino, California, 14 killed, 21 wounded.
- July 16, 2015 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, 5 killed.
- September 26, 2014 - Moore, Oklahoma, 1 killed, 1 wounded.
- April 27 - June 25, 2014 - 4 killed.
- March 24, 2014 - USS Mahan, 1 killed.
- November 1, 2013 - Los Angeles, 1 killed, 5 wounded.
- April 15, 2013 - Boston, Mass., 4 killed, 170 wounded.
- August 5, 2012 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 6 killed, 3 wounded.
- November 5, 2009 - Fort Hood, Texas, 13 killed, 21 wounded.
- June 1, 2009 - Little Rock, Arkanssas, 1 killed, 1 wounded.
In Fact: The picture was an April Fool joke
The Story: "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." - President Barack Hussein Obama - June 18, 2015
* Does not include shooters
||2 killed 2 wounded
||Feb 14-15, 2015
||17 killed 17 wounded
||Jan 7-9, 2015
||84 killed, 202 wounded
||July 14, 2016
||October 3, 2019
||2 killed 17 taken hostage
||December 14, 2014
||Mar 19, 2012
||July 22, 2016
||April 18-19, 2020
||195 killed 200 wounded
||Nov 26, 2008
||77 killed 209 wounded
||Jul 22, 2011
||2 killed 13 wounded
||July 23, 2018
||4 killed 15 wounded
||November 2, 2020
||12 killed 11 wounded
||Jun 2, 2010
||1 killed 19 wounded
||Sep 13, 2006
||49 killed, 48 wounded
||March 15, 2019
||Dec 29, 2014
||126 killed 352 wounded
||November 13, 2015
||3 killed 9 wounded
||March 18, 2019
The Story: The 2014 election results showed the voters wanted to stop the gridlock in Washington
In Fact: If the voters wanted to stop the gridlock why would they vote to make gridlock more likely?
The Story: The murder rate in Australia has gone up since the government enacted strict gun control laws in 1997.
In Fact: The number of murders in 1996-1998 were lower than in the years before or after. The number of murders in Australia peaked in the 2001-2002 year. Then the number dipped and in 2003-2004 through 2006-2007 were below the 1997 levels.
The Story: The Boston Marathon Bombing was the fist terrorist attack on U.S. soil since President Obama became president.
In Fact: The Fort Hood, Texas, November 5, 2009, shooting attack killed 13 and left 31 wounded.
The Story: The Benghazi Mission had inadequate security because of the sequester. It is because of this that 4 Americans were killed.
In Fact: The attack on the mission happened months before the sequester.
The Story: 40% of gun sales in the U.S. involve no background check.
The Story: Gun registration is a good crime fighting tool.
The Story: The UK has a lower crime rate than the U.S.
The U.S. has 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people vs 2,036 per 100,000 for the UK.
The Story: In 2011 there were 11,000 people murdered with firearms compared to 35 in Great Britain. According to CNN Host Piers Morgan.
In Fact: There were 59 firearms murders in the UK in 2011. In the U.S. in 2011 there were 7,923 non-justified homicides.
The Story: "When Gov. Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms,�� - President Barack Hussein Obama during the second presidential debate.
In Fact: Planned Parenthood doesn't provide mammograms, it refers patients to facilities that provide mammograms.
The Story: "With regard to the assault on the Catholic church, let me make it
absolutely clear, no religious institution, Catholic or otherwise,
including Catholic Social Services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy
Hospital, any hospital, none has to either refer contraception, none
has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get
contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact." - Vice President Joe Biden during the 2012 vice presidential debate.
In Fact: Vice President Joe Biden's statement was so factually inaccurate Catholic Churches read letters from their Bishop stating Vice President Joe Biden's statement was "inacurate".
The Story: President George W. Bush enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard and trained as an F-102 pilot to avoid service in Vietnam because the F-102 was the one fighter aircraft not used in Vietnam.
In Fact: F-102s were deployed to Vietnam until the end of 1969.
The Story: Governor Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years.
The Story: The Bust of Winston Churchill that was displayed in the Oval Office during the George W. Bush presidency wasn't returned to the British Embassy.
In Fact: White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer made this claim on the White House web site, later recanted. In fact the bust is in the British Embassy.
The Story: President Obama was wrong to say "soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf."
In Fact: The oath of enlistment states: "I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me." While military members may claim they are fighting for the American people in reality they are following the orders of the President of the United States. The wishes of the American people are irrelevant.
The Story: Our children and grandchildren will have to pay for the debt we are accumulating
In Fact: Our children and grandchildren can move to another country and get out of paying for the debt we are accumulating.
The Story: In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes?just to pick two categories?climbed to 229. - Vice President Joe Biden
In Fact: 2010 City of Flint: 53 murders, 92 rapes
The Story: Our news outlet has received complaints from the right and left therefore we are fair and balanced.
In Fact: No matter how conservative or liberal a news outlet is there will always be individuals who are more liberal and conservative than the news outlet. Some of the individuals who are more conservative and more liberal than the news outlet will complain about the news outlet's bias. To use this argument as a defense against the charge of bias is either delusional or deceptive.
The Story: Families with an autistic child have a much higher than average divorce rate.
The Story: In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died—an entire town destroyed, Then Sen. Barack Obama speaking about a Kansas town struck by tornados.
In Fact: 12 people died.
The story: Tea Party activists shouted racial slurs at Georgia Rep. John Lewis.
The story: April Fool's joke: a report on Car and Driver magazine's Web site that President Barack Obama had ordered Chevrolet and Dodge out of NASCAR as a condition for receiving federal bailout funds.
In Fact: It was an April Fools joke by Car and Driver in its webzine. A number of President Obama's political opponents took the story as fact.
The story: Vice-President Dick Cheney instigated the Georgia-Russian War in 2008 to stop Sen. Barack Obama from becoming president..
The story: Sen. Hillary Clinton tried to join the Army but the recruiter told her no one would take her because her vision is too bad.
Sen. Clinton has made a similar claim about trying to join the Marines. In the Marine claim she said the recruiter said it was because she was a woman.
The story: HUD sent down a letter dated October 29, 2007 stating it's against HUD policy to have religious decorations in common areas of subsidized public housing.
In Fact: An employee of a housing management company, dated October 29, 2007, indicating under the advice of a former attorney in HUD's fair housing division, their properties should not permit religious decorations in common areas. This was not HUD policy
The story: No Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were found in Iraq
In Fact: These items were found:
The story: We should get out of Iraq because according to the National Intelligence Estimate, "The Iraq conflict has become the 'cause celebre' for jihadists, breeding a deep
resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for
the global jihadist movement."
In Fact: The bullet quoted reads:
"The Iraq conflict has become the 'cause celebre' for jihadists, breeding a deep
resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for
the global jihadist movement. Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves,
and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry
on the fight."
One story: Senator John F. Kerry filed false reports when he was a swift boat captain in Vietnam to get his medals.
Another story: Military records prove the other swift boat officers are lying when they claim Senator Kerry made false reports.
NOTE: If maintenance records exist on the swift boats involved in the incident it would give convincing evidence to one side or the other.
The Story: All presidents who start a war in their first term get reelected.
In Fact: This statement, made by the character portraying the President of the United States in the movie Iron Skies, is inaccurate. President George H.W. Bush started conflicts in Panama and Iraq. He lost re-election to President William Jefferson Clinton. President Lyndon Johnson who presided over the "big buildup" in the Vietnam Conflict dropped out of the 1968 presidential race.
The story: William Shakespeare wrote, "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no
need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry,
infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of
their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.
How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
The story above feeds another legend.
The story: Starting a war is a good way for a leader to divert the population's attention and keep in power."
|Despite a string of military victories culminating with the successful Operation Allied Force (1999) the Democrats lost the 2000 presidential election.
||In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson won by a landslide. He depicted his opponent, Barry Goldwater, as a war monger.
|The Democrats lost the presidency in 1952 even though the US was involved in the Korean Conflict
||President Lyndon Johnson withdrew from the 1968 presidential election. President Richard Nixon won the 1968 election. Part of President Nixon's campaign was claiming he had a secret plan to end the Vietnam War.
|Despite the military victory in 1991 that earned him unprecented popularity President George H.W. Bush lost the 1992 presidential election.|
|Chancellor Gerhard Schroder won the 2002 election by adopting an anti-war stance.
|In 1945 between VE and VJ Day Sir Winston Churchill lost his seat as Prime Minister.
||In 1972 President Richard Nixon announced there was a peace agreement just before the 1972 presidential election. He won by a landslide.
|Despite the United States fighting the Islamic State the Democrats lost the White House
||Woodrow Wilson won reelection in 1916. A campain slogan was, "He kept us out of War."
|Despite Britain's involvement in the Korean Conflict the ruling party lost the 1951 elections.
||Vladimir Lenin gained power in Russian promising to get Russia out of the war.
|The ruling party in Spain lost power in 2004 despite a good economy, its country's involvement in an armed conflict, and a terrorist attack days earlier that left 190 dead.
|Despite France's involvement in the U.S. War for Independence the monarchy was overthrown.
|Czar Nicholas II fell from power in the middle of Word War I.
|Despite the victory in World War I the Democrats lost the presidency in the 1920 election.
|Despite a big turnaround on the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom the Republicans lost the White House
|British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli started the Zulu war and lost the next election.
President George W. Bush alienated America from its "allies".
|Elected government less friendly to the U.S.
||U.S. Friendly government stayed in power or the people elected a more U.S. friendly government
Republic of Korea
This is what has been said about every US military action since 1973.
The story: The military action was really to protect the interests of big oil.
Even though President George W. Bush did well on his SAT and has a Masters Degree from Harvard Business School there is a common belief that he is unintelligent.
The story: Lovenstein Institute calculated President George W. Bush as having the lowest IQ (91) of any U.S. President in modern times. By contrast President William Jefferson Clinton had the highest IQ. President Bush didn't even write a book before becoming president.
Cartoonist Gary Trudeau cited this study in his DOONESBURY cartoon strip. There is no Lovenstein Institute and President George W. Bush authored A Charge to Keep before becoming president.
As election times grow near stories to show the importance of one vote make the rounds.
One story: German missed becoming the official language of the United States by one vote.
This is called the Muhlenberg Myth.
The story: Vice-President Al Gore won the 2000 election but President George W. Bush stole the election.
The story: Senator John F. Kerry won the 2004 election but President George W. Bush stole the election.
The story: President Richard M. Nixon was seriously considering using the War Powers Act to stay in office.
The story: President George W. Bush is planning to cancel the 2004 elections.
In Fact: The 2004 elections took place.
The Story: President Donald J. Trump is planning to delay the 2020 elections.
This story concerns the idiom Rule of Thumb
One story: The expression "Rule of Thumb" came from a time when it was legal to beat your wife with a stick as long as it was no thicker than your thumb.
Another story: Wife beating was never legal in Anglo-American law.
A theory: The term "Rule of Thumb" concerned measuring and did not come from Jurisprudence regarding wife beating. Apparently some judges have used a man's thumb as the "Rule of Thumb" concerning wife beating.
This story concerns President William Jefferson Clinton.
One story: Some 50 people who could have incriminated President Clinton have died under mysterious circumstances.
Another story: That story is ridiculous he couldn't get away with an extramarital affair. He wouldn't be so stupid as to think he could get away with serial killing.
A theory: Presidents know many people. People die. Any death can be termed "mysterious". Considering the amount of evidence required to convince many people the president was having an affair there is no reason to believe a president couldn't get away with murder. If stupidity was a defence the jails would be empty.
The story: Andrew Breitbart was murdered. Michael Cormier, the Los Angeles County Coroner who may have been involved in the investigation into Andrew Breitbart's death was also murdered.
The story: President William Jefferson Clinton's presidency was eight years of peace and prosperity.
In Fact: The economy was good during William Jefferson Clinton's presidency. Peace is a relative term. There were these U.S. military actions from 1993 - 2000:
There were also these actions against the U.S. interests:
|Operations Northern & Southern Watch (Iraq)
||Missile strikes against Sudan & Afghanistan
||Operation Desert Fox (Iraq)
|Word Trade Center Bombing (1993)
||Kobar Towers Bombing (Saudi Arabia)
||African Embassy Bombings
||USS Cole attack
The story: Occupation never works.
In Fact: Sometimes occupation doesn't work. Sometimes, for better or for worse, it works.
||1945 - 1989
||Occupied by Spain then the US until Japan took over.
||1945 - 1989
|Southwestern United States
||1263 - 1944 By multiple occupiers
|Basque region of Spain
||Still belongs to Spain
||Still belongs to the UK
|Scotland, Wales, Belfast
||Still firmly under UK control.
||Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
||1940 - 1990 Soviet Union & Germany
||1950 - present
||Still a Canadian Province
This story apparently started bouncing around the web in 1999. Unlike many political fables people from the same end of the political spectrum quickly debunked it.
The story: When Jane Fonda went to North Vietnam she visited American POWs. The POWs each handed Ms Fonda a piece of paper with their SSNs on them as a way of sending word they were still alive. Ms. Fonda promptly turned over the papers to their North Vietnanese jailer. ...
The story: Torture is an unreliable method of interrogation.
True, but every method of Interrogatin is unreliable.
The story: The NFL didn't make a political decision when they sold air time to a political group which aired a commercial accusing people who supported sending more troops to Iraq of not supporting the troops. A pro-buildup group could have bought air time and run their commercials.
In Fact: The NFL refused to air a recruiting commercial for the Department of Homeland Security. NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello said, "The borders, the immigration debate is a very controversial issue, and we were sensitive to any perception we were injecting ourselves into that."
The story: The US Military Commissions gave unfair trials
The story: The winner of the 2008 presidential election could be
decided by flawed, insecure, and hackable electronic voting machines.
In Fact: People have been stuffing paper ballot boxes for over a century. With a paper trail a person can prove to someone who bought their vote that they kept their side of the bargan. Now someone who wants to buy a vote has to trust the person they are bribing is dishonest enough to sell their vote but honest enough to honor their illegal deal.
The story: When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
empire building' by George Bush.
He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond
our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is
enough to bury those that did not return.
Then there was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard
the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to
Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb
them?' A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:
'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred
people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power
to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed
3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of
fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters
for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.
We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'
In Fact: Amusing, but not true. France does have aircraft carriers, albeit not as large as the U.S. super carriers.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals
from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of
officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was
chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral
suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans
learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak
English in these conferences rather than speaking French? Without
hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits,
Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak
A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At
French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry
on. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs officer asked
sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
'Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.' The American
said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it.' 'Impossible!
Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!' The
American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly
explained. 'Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help
liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to.'
The story: If you have proof of a political scandal the best protection from being harmed is by going public.
The Story: The Moon landings were fake and NASA enlisted director Stanley Kubrick to film a fraud.
Legends that start with a roll.
The Story: The U.S. didn't have a COVID-19 vaccine when President Joe Biden came into office. According to President Joe Biden at a "Town Hall" meeting on February 16, 2021.
In Fact: As of January 20, 2021 the U.S. produced 35,761,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Then President-elect Joe Biden had been administered 2 doses. He received the first dose on December 21, 2020 and the second does on January 11, 2021.
The Story: Vice Presidential candidate Kamalla Harris stated "We're looking at over 220 million Americans who just in the last several month died" from COVID-19>
In Fact: The correct number was 220 thousand..
The Story: Vice President Joe Biden claimed in a September 20, 2020 speech that by the time he finished his speech 200 million people would have died from COVID-19.
In Fact: As of September 27, 2020 the world COVID-19 death toll was 996,096. Vice President Biden was apparently refering to the US death toll which passed 200 thousand on September 20, 2020.
The Story: Brian Williams and Mara Gay claimed on MSNBC that Mayor Mike Bloomberg could have given each American $1 million with plenty left over with the $500 million he spent on his unsuccessful 2020 presidential campaign.
In Fact: The arithmetic Gay and Williams used is reminiscent of an Abbot and Costello routine.
The Story: "150 million people have been killed since 2007..." Vice-President Joe Biden. This was in reference to firearms in the United States.
The Story: "Just like in my generation, when I got out of school, that when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the '70s, late seventies" - Vice-President Joe Biden.
In Fact: Senator Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated in 1968.
The Story: "The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women's lives are not determined by virtue of five white men." Senator Harry Reid
In Fact: He was referring to the Hobby Lobby case. Justice Clarence Thomas, who sided with the majority in the 5-4 decision, is not white.
The Story: On May 21, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry said in a speech temperatures in Europe and Vietnam broke "every record that's ever been seen."
In Fact: The temperature in Ho Chi Mihn City was considerably cooler than the 1926 Hanoi record for May. The European records were also considerably less than European records.
The Story: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee stated on the House floor, on March 12, 2014:
Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not."
In fact: That would mean the U.S. Constitution would have been written before the Pilgrims arrived.
The Story: FBI Deputy Director, Sean Joyce testified before Congress on June 18, 2013 about a plot against the New York Stock Exchange: "I think the jury considered it serious since they were all convicted."
In fact: There was no jury trial and they weren't charged with planning an attack against the Stock Exchange. They pleaded guilty to other charges.
The Story: A Team Obama commercial claims President Obama didn't say; "If you've got a business you didn't build that somebody else made that happen."
In fact: The commercial claims Governor Mitt Romney is misquoting President Barack Obama. A few seconds later the commercial shows a clip of President Obama saying; "If you've got a business you didn't build that somebody else made that happen."
The Story: During an interview President Obama said, "I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur."
In fact: Emperor Hirohito did not sign the instrument of surrender.
The Story: "Ladies and gentlemen, where are we now? Where are we now? If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where Bin Laden is, come back to Afghanistan with me. Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced down, with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet in the middle of those mountains. I can tell you where they are."
Then Sen. Joe Biden, September 22, 2008
While technically true it could give someone the impression terrorist fire had something to do with this helicopter being forced down in February 2008. In fact it was forced down by a snowstorm. The Senators and the three star general went to Bagram AB by motor convoy.
Note: One American was killed by enemy action in Afghanistan in February 2008. Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011.
During a PBS interview retired Admiral Thomas Moorer gave a strong defense of Commander Robert Stumpf whom Admiral Moorer considered the Navy wronged.
The story: Well, Commander Stump was absolutely if not the top aviator in the Navy, awful close to it. And he was head of the Blue Angels. His squadron was selected the best squadron in the Navy. He had a fantastic record in Desert Storm. Shot down I don't know how many Arab planes. He's been selected not once but twice. And so he was just a natural. He was going to be an aviation admiral. There wasn't any question about it. It's just criminal, in my opinion.
While his statements may be technically accurate the fact is Commander Stumpf wasn't credited with shooting down a single aircraft.
Continued: On July 31, 2002 the Washington times called Captain Stumpf an "ace". (Tailhook Scandal "injustice" righted, by Rowan Scarborough.)
"Ace" implies someone shot down five aircraft in air-air combat.
The Story: The John Brown raid failed because the raiders let the Baltimore & Ohio train proceed over the Potomac Bridge
In Fact: The train passed over the Potomac Bridge at dawn. Also at dawn Dr. Starry sent messengers to Charlestown and other nearby towns and ordered the Lutheran Church bell to be rung. Dr. Starry rode to the armory. The train arrived at Monocracy, Maryland and sent out a telegram at 0705. Dr. Starry arrived at Charlestown at 1000 where the Jefferson County Guards were mobilized. There is no reason to believe a 3 hour delay would have dramatically changed the outcome.
The Story: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana
In Fact: Those who can remember the past are also condemned to repeat it. With 6,000 years of recorded history any misfortune, or fortune, a nation encounters has been encountered by some nation in the past.
The Story: "We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." George Bernard Shaw
In Fact: That is probably because there is nothing to learn from history. Should not decisions be based on current reality? Isn't trying to apply history like gambling with "a system"?
The story: The winners write the History books
In Fact: Winners, losers, and their sympathizers write history books. Winners are often vilanized and loosers are often lionized.
The Story: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, without declaring war, enraged the Americans.
In Fact: Would the Americans have been any less enraged if the Japanese declared war 30 minutes before they attacked Pearl Harbor?
The Story: It was a contraversial decision.
In Fact: Everything is contraversial in that there is always an opposing point of view. When someone points out a decision is contraversial that means it's a decision the person doesn't agree with.
The Story: Private enterprise can learn much from watching how the U.S. military does things.
In Fact: Irregular militaries that aren't part of any national government have fared very well against the U.S. military when the budgets of these irregular militaries are compared with the budgets the U.S. military applies against them.
The Story: ��Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you��d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.�� ~ Steven Weinberg
In Fact: For good people do bad things requires only an authority figure, religious or secular. This has been proven both historically and in laboratory conditions, specifically Stanley Milgram's experiment which is sometimes called the "Eichman Experiment". The Milgram experiment proved the authority figure didn't need any real authority.
|U - It didn't happen but that doesn't stop people from saying it.
||r - It didn't happen.
||6 - It hasn't happend and time is running out.
||N - Keep watching it might just happen.
|a - It happened.
||J - It didn't look like it but guess who got the last laugh.
||s - It hasn't happened.
N - Sean Hannity predicts he will be the subject of an IRS audit during the Obama presidentcy. He has been the subject of an IRS inquiry. The IRS admitted groups with "9/12 Project" in their name were given improper scrutiny. Glenn Beck, another conservative radio talk show host started 9/12 Project.
rThe statement on the picture, taken 20 years after Russell Train made it, is posted in the National Museum in Baltimore, MD.
N - History will judge the presidency of George W. Bush better than it was judged when he left office.
A 2013 Gallup poll found more people viewed President George W. Bush favorably (49%) than unfavorably (46%).
rThe story: George W. Bush's re-election means many jobs will be lost.
In Fact: From Jan 2005 - January 2008 a net of almost 5.8 million new jobs were created. From January - January 2009 a net of 3,033,000 jobs were lost. From his second inauguration to his leaving office a net of 2,767,000 jobs were gained.
In February 2010 the Bureau of Labor Statistics readjuted the numbers, making the above figures an Urban Legend. According to the new statistics From Jan 2005 - Dec 2008 a net of 5,666,000 jobs were gained. From Jan 2008 - Jan 2009 4,420,000 jobs were lost, a net gain of 1,246,000 jobs.
aThe story: Gold reaching $700 an ounce in the Spring of 2006 is only the beginning. Gold can easily double that price. Gold reached $1,400 an ounce in the fall of 2010.
rThe story: There soon will be food shortages, hyperinflation, mass rioting, bank runs, the stock market will crash, gold will reach about $5,000/oz, silver will reach about $187/oz. Stansberry Research 2011.
rThe story: Gas will be $4 a gallon or more by the end of 2006. - Note: Gas reached $4 a gallon then dropped down sharply.
rThe story: Gas will reach $6 a gallon or more in 2008.
aThe story: Gas will reach $4 a gallon in spring 2008. - Note: Gas reached $4 a gallon then dropped down.
rThe story: With oil stuck above $70 bbl. ...
Niall Ferguson, a History Professor at Harvard University wrote this in the article The Nation That Fell To Earth, © TIME September 11, 2006. It was a future history article set in 2031. By the time the issue of TIME hit the newsstands oil was below $70 bbl. and falling fast. The oil price has rebounded and in 2008 was well above $100 a barrell. Then the price of oil plunged to below $70 a barrel in November. The price of oil didn't cause the economic crisis of 2008 instead the economic crisis caused the price of oil to drop.
r2007 - London-based forecaster Tropical Storm Risk predicted the 2007 Hurricane season would bring 17 tropical storms, 9 will be hurricanes.
Forecaster sees active Atlantic hurricane season, Reuters, March 21, 2007
As of October 21, 2007 there have been: 15 Atlantic cyclones these include 13 named storms, 2 unnamed tropical depressions, 4 hurricanes, and one subtropical storm.
Other Niall Ferguson predictions from The Nation That Fell To Earth, © TIME September 11, 2006:
rConservative David Cameron will be the United Kingdom's next Prime Minister.
JIn Fact: Labor Gordon Brown suceeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister. Gordon Brown was suceeded by David Cameron in 2010.
rPesident Mark Warner will be a one term president. See above Note also President Obama was a two term president.
- r"U.S. presence in the Middle East" will "wind down."
- JSen. John McCain will be the Republican candidate for President. While that initially looked ridiculous. Sen. John McCain became the Republican candidate.
- rex-Gov. Mark Warner will be the Democrative candidate for President. Gov. Warner was never in the running.
- rex-Gov. Mark Warner will become President elect Mark Warner. See above
- a2008 - Will have 14 -18 named storms and 7 - 10 hurricanes according to the National Weather Service.
r2008 - Mark Serreze, the senior scientist for the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, CO said the North Pole may be free of ice this summer.
aIn February 2010 the Council of Economic Advisors predicted an average of 95,000 more jobs each month for 2010. This would mean a net gain of 1,140,000 jobs. In 2010 there was a job growth of
rThe U.S. will break up according to Igor Panarin, a Russian professor.
raThe U.S. unemployment rate will hover above 8% according to El-Erian, chief executive of giant bond manager Pimco.
This is a sort of situation, throughout 2010 the unemployment rate ranged between 9.4% - 9.8% so it depends on the definition of "hover"
rLondon-based Oil Depletion Analysis Centre predicts demand will outstrip discovery then discovery will sharply decline.
World oil supplies are set to run out faster than expected, warn scientists, The Independent, by By Daniel Howden, June 14, 2007.
U There will be a major economic meltdown.
U Gas will be between $4 & $5 a gallon by Memorial Day. Gas went above $4 in May but the prices dropped before Memorial Day.
rGas will reach $6 a gallon by Summer.
raColorado State University predicted 16 named storms and 9 hurricanes.
Yes & No, 19 named storms, 7 hurricanse.
r2010 - 2015 - Gas will be between $12 - $15 at the pump. Robert Hirsch interview at Energytechstocks.com.
- rIsrael will attack Iran's nuclear facilities in the Spring.
- rIsrael will attack Iran's nuclear facilities during the London Olympics.
- rIsrael will attack Iran's nuclear facilitties before the U.S. election in November.
- rGovernor Romney will win the presidential election - Kenneth Bickers & Michael Berry - Professors at the University of Colorado.
- rSpecifically December 21, 2012, the world as we know it will come to an end. This prediction is made since the Myan calendar ends on that date.
- rSyrian dictator Bashar al-Assad will fall from power. On December 14, 2011 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said it could come in weeks.
- aAn Associated Press survey concluded the unemployment rate will be 7.9% by election day.
- rThe U.S. will go into recession according to Lakshman Achuthan.
- rThe president will reform Medicare, Social Security, and the tax system.
- a"...on January 20, 2013 will be one of three people: Obama, Pawlenty and Daniels. I think that's it." - George Will.
- r In November, the comet ISON may shine as brightly as the moon.
- arAccording to NOAA there is a 70% chance of 13 - 20 named storms (M - T), 7 - 10 could become hurricanes. There were 13 namedd storms and 2 hurricanes
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