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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rick Perry" Ooops! The Numbers Show Perry's Penchant for Fallacy


Rick Perry still aspires an office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.   Is this how he plans to secure the nomination as a prelude to the 2016 election?


The Truth-O-Meter Says:

Rick Perry: 'Historic record highs' of people from terrorists states being apprehended at border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the border needs more protection against a record-high number of illegal immigrants coming from terrorist havens, but the figures don’t match Perry’s rhetoric.
With Congress scrambling to address illegal immigration before the start of their summer recess this past Friday, it’s no surprise that the issue was a main topic on the Aug. 3, 2014, talk shows.
Perry, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union to talk about President Barack Obama’s response to the crisis in Israel and the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border. Perry defended his recent decision to ramp up state spending on border operations following a massive influx of children from Central American countries.
"I'm the governor of the state of Texas. My citizens' safety is what is foremost here. And it hasn't got anything to do with anything other than those numbers of individuals who are coming across the border. And when you think about the idea that some of them are from countries that have substantial terrorist ties, whether it's Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria, we are at historic record highs with individuals being apprehended from those countries," Perry said.


Conservatives politicians and lying are synonymous. I have grown to expect comment from their mouths as material for fact-checking. My quests (to the fact-check) have been consistently validated. 

From Michelle Bachmann and Louie Gohmert, Paul Ryan and of course, the King of "Misrepresentation, Mitt Romney, one should question the words and expect the words to check as "misrepresentation."

If we stick strictly with Tamba Bay Times Politifact, and the Time's more recent "Pants on Fire" rulings, a quick calculation supports my assertion of "LIAR, LIAR" from the Right. The Time's "Pants on Fire" link shows 14 rulings per page. There are three pages. The math indicates 42 rulings. Three of the 42 rulings were awards to the Left. Specifically, all three were related to MSNBC news segments, and two of the three were awarded to Ed Schultz, The Ed Show. If we take 42 rulings minus out three of the 42 that leaves us with a dire picture. A dire picture and confirmation of my earlier assertion of Right/conservative disregard for the truth and strategic use of the lie. (42-3-39; 39/42 yields 93% RD).

My math may have failed me there, but we can assume three from the 42 leaves "Pants on Fires" over the 90 percent level. I also find it ironic that 92.8 % almost mirrors the race and ethnic composition of the GOP. A simply observation with no inference beyond the ironic nature of the numbers. 

Politifact of The National Memo, published:
Republicans Lie More Than Democrats, Study Finds
In 2013, Meenal Vamburkar wrote for Mediate:



Politifact's work is not based on scientific study. Nonetheless, the results seem accurate and irrefutable (based on their analysis and repeated validation of their findings over time). Often a reliable means of study in its own right. There are other studies that take a different approach to an imbalance of lies and misinformation from the Right. Studies show conservatives seem to expect the lie and some actual prefer the lie to the truth.

Huffington Post published a piece this past March with reference to evidence supporting the conservative psyche and mindset is ripe for lies. The Huffington Post piece and those linked above via Politifact explain why Fox News is such a cash cow?

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