The Truth Warpers – Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Scott and Sarah Palin

Lying in Washington: how it’s done

This is a little bit of inside baseball, but it’s instructive about the modus operandi of the collection of sociopaths now calling itself the Congressional Republican Party.

Four days ago, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona got himself some ink and electrons (517 stories that Google News knows about) by making an explosive charge: not only was President Obama deliberately neglecting border security in order to hold that issue “hostage” to comprehensive immigration reform, but that Obama had said so himself in a meeting with Kyl.

“The problem is, he said, if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform,” Kyl said, as the crowd in the room gasped loudly. “In other words, they’re holding it hostage.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) had to be telling the truth because Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, Lou Dobbs, the splendorous Charles Krauthammer and other strangers to actual truth, assured America, without a hint of irony that Kyl could not tell a lie – Right-wing media vouch for Kyl’s honesty despite his history of false claims. Now Kyl is backing off his claim. The same claim about Obama and immigration conservatives assured everyone was fact, Sen. Jon Kyl ‘taken a bit out of context’ … by Jon Kyl

And today, Kyl is backing down:

Kyl tells us that the comments were “taken a bit out of context,” and that the “they” he was referring to was the Left, “the president’s base,” and not the administration.

Basically what we have is Jon Kyl claiming that Jon Kyl’s words were taken out of context by Jon Kyl.

There is no reason to believe this new version of the story has any more truthiness than the first version. More here – KYL STARTS WALKING BACK BOGUS CLAIM….

Medicare Fraud’s Rick Scott Leading in Florida Gov. Race

Gov. Rick Scott?

The healthcare industry has been good To Rick Scott.

The former head of Columbia /HCA, Rick Scott hopes to become the next governor of Florida.

Scott is leading Attorney General Bill McCollum in a poll released today, by a margin of 44 to 31 percent.

The Quinnipiac University poll also finds that Scott leads Democrat, Alex Sink, the state’s Chief Financial Officer.

Who is Rick Scott?

For one thing he is a millionaire (some say billionaire) thanks to his health care companies. He has never held public office and is hoping to cash in on his record as a businessman.

But that’s the problem too.

In his television ads, Scott, 57, addresses the controversial past of Columbia/HCA. When he was chief executive, the hospital chain committed among the largest Medicare and Medicaid fraud in history and paid $1.7 billion in fines after Scott left.

Scott  was also involved in a statewide chain of walk-in clinics, Solantic where he had an official discrimination policy – white folks with no accents preferred. Scott is the preferred choice of the tea smokers. they are voting for him because apparently corruption and racism are facets of what they consider good government. Such behavior, conservatives believe, should be rewarded with high office. Conservatives esteem these traits to such a degree they are willing to over look billions in corruption, but also that Scott has profited from stimulus – Recovery Act – money, Do As I Say Now, Not As I Did: Rick Scott Benefited From Stimulus He Slams. Amazing how much the concepts of honor and integrity of the tea nuts lines up so well with the honor and integrity of plain old conservatives.

I recently mentioned Thomas Sowell’s gutter mouth piece comparing the voluntary escrow account President Obama asked BP to set up for the Gulf Coast to the rise of Nazism. With the benefit of having time to reflect on that remarkable piece of hacktacular journalism Sarah Palin finds she approves –  Sarah Palin Endorses Op-Ed Comparing Obama To Hitler, Suggesting BP Escrow Fund Could Lead To Nazi-Like Dictatorship

On Friday, Sarah Palin took to Twitter to direct her followers to read a recent op-ed from conservative columnist Thomas Sowell that compares President Obama to Hitler and warns that establishing a BP escrow fund could lead to further embrace of Nazi-like dictatorial powers.

“GOP: Don’t let the lamestream media suck you into “they’re defending BP over Gulf spill victims” bs,” Palin wrote. “This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab. Read Thomas Sowell’s article.”

Let’s not be suckered into believing BP’s rig explosion will end up costing the Gulf Coast billions in business revenue? Let’s not be suckered into believing the spill is completely BP’s fault – BP’s Partner in Gulf Well Anadarko Petroleum says “BP’s behavior and actions likely represent gross negligence or willful misconduct.” Once again the United States of America owes Palin a debt of gratitude for allowing us a glimpse of her knowledge and razor-sharp insights into the Constitution, morality, history and matters of national urgency.