Politifact’s 2015 Lie of the Year: Everything Donald Trump Says

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Donald Trump has told so many howlers, Politifact couldn’t pick just one. So their Lie of the Year award for 2015 goes to the collected statements of the Trumpenstein.

PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial.

In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s — his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll. But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.

One of the many lies highlighted by Politifact is Trump’s re-tweet of fake statistics from a neo-Nazi, a connection first revealed by LGF.

It’s shameful that the Republican voting base simply doesn’t care about issues of basic honesty, but there it is.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:19:31pm
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EPR-radar  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:20:26pm

Republicans have had many years of practice at not caring about truth.

They all lie all the time. The biggest single GOP lie is actually the lie ‘moderates’ tell themselves that their party is not a landfill fire that should be deserted ASAP.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:21:42pm

re: #1 Bubblehead II

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:24:14pm

re: #2 EPR-radar

Republicans have had many years of practice at not caring about truth.

They all lie all the time. The biggest single GOP lie is actually the lie ‘moderates’ tell themselves that their party is not a landfill coal mine fire that should be deserted ASAP.

The GOP lie will burn for decades. There is no way to put it out.

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Joe Bacon  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:24:49pm

Just more proof that the Republican Party has completely mutated into the Soviet Communist Party!

6
jaunte  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:25:30pm
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Reality Based Steve  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:25:58pm

Watching the SpaceX…. how in the hell did a bunch of high schoolers pull this off? darn kids with their rockets.

RBS

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:26:00pm

re: #6 jaunte

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cut through the path to fascism, yes.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:26:06pm
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jaunte  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:26:20pm

“Profound” is not the apt word.

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EPR-radar  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:27:12pm

re: #4 Bubblehead II

The GOP lie will burn for decades. There is no way to put it out.

If/when one of these fascist SOBs actually wins the presidency, most of the blame will fall on the moderate Republicans for knowing better and sticking with the GOP anyway.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:27:13pm
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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:28:27pm
If/when one of these fascist SOBs actually wins the presidency, most of the blame will fall on the moderate Republicans for knowing better and sticking with the GOP anyway.

DF will deny this.

T-1 min

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:29:28pm

Ignition

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:29:38pm

Lift off

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:29:40pm

This guy is live tweeting from the Trump rally

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:31:09pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

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As I said, he’s done his best to make the GOP an openly fascist party. The GOP in its present state is an American version of the BNP/UKIP, FN, Jobbnik, name your other European fascist party.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:32:14pm

Separation and 2nd stage ignition.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:32:17pm

I bought a bottle of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale tonight. The cashier said, “this must be named for Donald Trump!” The man behind me in line was not amused, but I thought it was great.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:33:09pm

Now comes the fun part. Can they land the first stage?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:33:10pm

re: #13 Bubblehead II

DF will deny this.

T-1 min

As far as I’m concerned and while I don’t have any ill will to him and his family personally, DF is part of the problem with his party since he continues to treat the GOP like a favorite sports team rather than a political entity that will and does make decisions that impact me, you, and our families and friends.

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bratwurst  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:33:29pm

Taking a moment here to reflect on the 27th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing. I wonder how the 270 men, women and children who died that day would feel about the GOP is working hard to rehabilitate the image of the man ultimately behind their murder for political purposes.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:33:31pm

re: #19 Barefoot Grin

I bought a bottle of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale tonight. The cashier said, “this must be named for Donald Trump!” The man behind me in line was not amused, but I thought it was great.

I’ve had that before. Good IPA.

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jaunte  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:34:05pm

Back to the 1800s!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:34:23pm

re: #22 bratwurst

Taking a moment here to reflect on the 27th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing. I wonder how the 270 men, women and children who died that day would feel about the GOP is working hard to rehabilitate the image of the man ultimately behind their murder for political purposes.

Oh if the Colonel had fallen under McCain, it would have been a triumph but because this happened in the Obama years, ti was bad. Kind of like how getting Bin Laden suddenly wasn’t a big deal when Obama got him.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:34:40pm

jeebus

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:34:57pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:35:13pm

re: #26 Backwoods_Sleuth

jeebus

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Says a man who hasn’t even won a single state yet. Shut up Donnie.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:36:03pm

re: #16 Backwoods_Sleuth

This guy is live tweeting from the Trump rally

Anyone who’s Twitter avatar is a drawing of Jack Kirby is alright by me. ;-)

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jaunte  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:36:23pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:36:30pm

re: #27 Backwoods_Sleuth

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He sure knows how to push their buttons. I’ve heard wingnut rhetoric before. They’re convinced that we need more Pattons. I think Patton was a good general but the hype was better than the general himself. George C. Marshall OTOH.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:37:09pm
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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:38:29pm

Reentry burn successfull

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:39:22pm

Here it comes.

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Reality Based Steve  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:39:35pm

They landed it like a BOSS!!!

RBS

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Charles Johnson  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:39:38pm

WOW! The first stage landed successfully! That’s huge.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:39:50pm

Success! !!!!!!!!! They did it it!!!!

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:40:05pm

Later. Had enough Trump for the day. And no, nothing against the Lizards. The more the Orange Man gets mean with his comments, the more they lap it up. Yeah he speaks for a ‘silent’ group of people. We used to make sure assholes were kept quiet.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:40:38pm

Damn! I am impressed.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:41:00pm

re: #36 Charles Johnson

No kidding! Unfuckingbelivable!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:41:02pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:41:31pm
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De Kolta Chair  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:41:34pm

re: #26 Backwoods_Sleuth

jeebus

Whatever this guy is on, keep it the hell away from me. And schoolyards.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:41:51pm

Space X control room. USA! USA! USA! I can live with that chant for this event.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:42:32pm

re: #19 Barefoot Grin

I bought a bottle of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale tonight. The cashier said, “this must be named for Donald Trump!” The man behind me in line was not amused, but I thought it was great.

Nah. That would be Lying Sack Of Shit Lager.

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Reality Based Steve  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:43:06pm

re: #45 Blind Frog Belly White

Nah. That would be Lying Sack Of Shit Lager.

Yea… Marketing Dept gave that one the thumbs down.

RBS

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:43:14pm

Certainly isre: #44 Bubblehead II

Space X control room. USA! USA! USA! I can live with that chant for this event.

In this case, it’s something we can be genuinely proud of, a lot different than a GOP crowd using it to hush down someone who doesn’t agree with one of their asshole candidates.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:43:33pm

We just watched history being made.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:43:51pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:43:55pm

Can we blast Trump into space and solve two problems at once?

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jaunte  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:44:40pm

re: #50 Eclectic Cyborg

Can we blast Trump into space and solve two problems at once?

Aliens might run across him and decide to eliminate our species.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:44:48pm

1st satellite deployed.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:44:50pm
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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:45:27pm

2dn satellite deployed.

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Reality Based Steve  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:45:31pm

re: #50 Eclectic Cyborg

Can we blast Trump into space and solve two problems at once?

There is already too big a problem with Space Garbage.

RBS

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Jenner7  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:46:40pm

Can’t stop laughing..

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:46:48pm
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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:46:53pm

3rd satellites deployed

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:47:18pm

Correction. they are up to 6 deployed.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:47:41pm

re: #56 Jenner7

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Can’t stop laughing..

Isis is also a first name.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:48:16pm

there goes another one

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TedStriker  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:48:34pm

re: #36 Charles Johnson

WOW! The first stage landed successfully! That’s huge.

Blue Origin’s recent powered, controlled landing test may have been first, but the flight was intended to be suborbital and they boosted no payload, plus BO’s rocket is much smaller than the Falcon 9; it’s akin to Freedom 7 vs. Vostok 1 in what it accomplished.

What SpaceX just did is much more important.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:48:45pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:48:46pm

You know, I just think about someone born in say the turn of the 19th century. That person was born into a world with few automobiles and chances are they witnessed Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins land on the moon.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:49:04pm

re: #56 Jenner7

She probably heard “Yes this is good” or “oh it’s so good” or something. I mean come on, who has perfect hearing at 82?

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:49:10pm

And the 11th and final deployment.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:49:40pm

Their eyes looked dilated?
Their hate vibes were low functioning?
Improperly coiffed hair?
They were wearing clothing made in the U.S.A.?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:50:04pm

re: #65 Eclectic Cyborg

She probably heard “Yes this is good” or “oh it’s so good” or something. I mean come on, who has perfect hearing at 82?

Or “Ice is good.” The young lady could be in to ice cubes. I’ve certainly heard of stranger kinks.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:50:25pm

re: #64 HappyWarrior

You know, I just think about someone born in say the turn of the 19th century. That person was born into a world with few automobiles and chances are they witnessed Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins land on the moon.

I was born in ‘81. I’m reasonably confident that, should I live to old age, I will witness the first humans step foot on Mars in my lifetime.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:50:30pm

Space X is looking at Blue Origin and saying top that!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:50:48pm

re: #65 Eclectic Cyborg

She probably heard “Yes this is good” or “oh it’s so good” or something. I mean come on, who has perfect hearing at 82?

“Christ, this is good!”

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:51:30pm

re: #69 Eclectic Cyborg

I was born in ‘81. I’m reasonably confident that, should I live to old age, I will witness the first humans step foot on Mars in my lifetime.

Yeah that will be something.

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Great White Snark  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:51:36pm

So after the 2013 lie of the year many claimed Politifacts credibility ended. I thought they nailed it. How ya like em now?

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WhatEVs  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:51:43pm

re: #68 HappyWarrior

Or “Ice is good.” The young lady could be in to ice cubes. I’ve certainly heard of stranger kinks.

Someone who hasn’t had sex in a long time…is this good? IS THIS GOOD??

(Wink)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:51:47pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:52:32pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:53:12pm

re: #74 WhatEVs

Someone who hasn’t had sex in a long time…is this good? IS THIS GOOD??

(Wink)

Ha that too.

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:53:55pm

In other news, employee health officials at Boeing have announced that the Board of Directors and the senior executive staff have been placed on suicide watch.

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BeachDem  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:54:01pm

re: #6 jaunte

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Lack: The coverage we’re giving to Trump is arguably 24-7 because he’s got 40 percent in the polls.”

So, then Hillary should be getting 45-12 coverage, because she’s got about 65% in the polls (rough numbers). Right? RIGHT??

Fuck. These. People.

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WhatEVs  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:55:13pm

Hey Charles, next time you’re doing an update could you maybe offset the Favorites heart and the Report exclamation point about 10 pixels to the left so the Report isn’t directly beneath the upding icon?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:55:34pm

You can’t fight the truth. Trump = ratings. Networks will go where the ratings are.

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Great White Snark  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:55:51pm

re: #76 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:56:27pm
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De Kolta Chair  Dec 21, 2015 • 5:58:10pm

There’s a sucker born every minute, and not in a tickling tentacle way…

The video is hilarious(ly stoopid).

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:00:38pm

re: #69 Eclectic Cyborg

I was born in ‘81. I’m reasonably confident that, should I live to old age, I will witness the first humans step foot on Mars.

My Grandfather was born in 1889, and died in 1982. His life started before there were airplanes and went beyond the moon landings. When he was born, the automobile, the telephone, the electric light, the motion picture were all in their infancy.

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BillinGlendaleCA  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:01:46pm

re: #64 HappyWarrior

Collins never landed on the moon.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:02:08pm

re: #65 Eclectic Cyborg

She probably heard “Yes this is good” or “oh it’s so good” or something. I mean come on, who has perfect hearing at 82?

I scream “Allahu Ackbar” when I’m about to….

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:02:13pm

re: #86 BillinGlendaleCA

Collins never landed on the moon.

I know but he was part of the Apollo 11 mission that got Neil and Buzz on the moon.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:03:43pm

re: #85 Blind Frog Belly White

My Grandfather was born in 1889, and died in 1982. His life started before there were airplanes and went beyond the moon landings. When he was born, the automobile, the telephone, the electric light, the motion picture were all in their infancy.

My last surviving great grandparent born in 1879 and died in 1967. I just think about how much the world changed in her life. Hell my own grandmother- 1912-2005 too.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:04:50pm

WAR ON CHRISTMAS!!!!!

(As there’s a show right now on ABC that’s a Christmas lights decoration contest)

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:06:23pm

re: #86 BillinGlendaleCA

Collins never landed on the moon.

But, if memory serves, he was the first astronaut or cosmonaut or anynaut to perform more than one EVA during a single mission (Gemini X).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:08:41pm
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Jay C  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:09:57pm

re: #51 jaunte

Aliens might run across him and decide to eliminate our species.

We have to be sure to attach one of those gold-plated little plaques to the capsule to make it clear to any alien civilization that comes across it that it not an emissary from Earth, but more of a matter of waste disposal. I’m sure we will be able to devise a suitable pictograms, or whatever…

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No Depression  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:10:13pm

Had one of my uncles try to tell me that Pew Research was liberal yesterday. I don’t know how I’m going to make it through this Christmas.

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makeitstop  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:10:20pm

re: #73 Great White Snark

So after the 2013 lie of the year many claimed Politifacts credibility ended. I thought they nailed it. How ya like em now?

How could they possibly miss this one?

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:10:29pm

re: #19 Barefoot Grin

That used to be my drink of choice.

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gocart mozart  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:12:12pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:12:29pm

re: #85 Blind Frog Belly White

My Grandfather was born in 1889, and died in 1982. His life started before there were airplanes and went beyond the moon landings. When he was born, the automobile, the telephone, the electric light, the motion picture were all in their infancy.

sounds like my granpa who was born in a shtetl in 1886 and died in hawaii in 1973

he made his first house calls he told me in a horse and buggy

i think for me to travel as far as he did culturally i’ll have to die on mars

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:12:41pm

re: #73 Great White Snark

So after the 2013 lie of the year many claimed Politifacts credibility ended. I thought they nailed it. How ya like em now?

Nobody is sabotaging anything coming out of trump’s mouth. Couldn’t say the same about the ACA rollout.

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Unabogie  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:13:47pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:14:40pm

i think hillary’s statement this weekend was just to get the conversation on the subject of lying

for trump to be complaining about lying is taking the conversation somewhere where he shouldn’t wish to be

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Great White Snark  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:16:41pm

re: #99 GlutenFreeJesus

Nobody is sabotaging anything coming out of trump’s mouth. Couldn’t say the same about the ACA rollout.

Even here in cooperative California the claim proved to be a stretch. Employers and providers made changes. Sometimes aspirations ought not be presented as facts.

The problem for insurers was that the Obamacare rules were strict. If the plans deviated even a little, they would lose their grandfathered status. In practice, that meant insurers canceled plans that didn’t meet new standards.

Obama’s team seemed to understand that likelihood. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the grandfathering rules in June 2010 and acknowledged that some plans would go away. Yet Obama repeated “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” when seeking re-election last year.

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Brian J.  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:17:10pm

re: #101 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

i think hillary’s statement this weekend was just to get the conversation on the subject of lying

for trump to be complaining about lying is taking the conversation somewhere where he shouldn’t wish to be

He’s arrogant enough to want to take it there. And the Republican ethos, which exactly matches that of your average two-year-old, will keep them from reconsidering in time to stop him. Keep in mind that the first ballots of the primary season, for New Hampshire military and other overseas personnel, are mailed out on SATURDAY.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 21, 2015 • 6:22:22pm

re: #102 Great White Snark

Proving what I stated. Greed over doing what’s right. For everyone.


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