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A Truly Great Phony
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell

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Posted By:Judy W., 8/27/2013 7:26:05 AM

Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application. "No," the chairman said. "I know him too -- and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time." The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything -- provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject. He had once spoken to me very authoritatively about Marxian economics,

It is no surprise who the truly great phony of the title is.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tangles, 8/27/2013 7:51:03 AM     (No. 9493202)

Nailed it!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jinx, 8/27/2013 7:52:07 AM     (No. 9493206)

Yes, he is laughing all the way to the bank. He really doesn´t care what happens to America. His followers will find out for sure once he has left office. He will leave a mess.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lancelink1, 8/27/2013 7:55:02 AM     (No. 9493213)

Truly a product of "everybody gets trophy" mentality. He will be revered because "he tried so hard" and "it wasn´t his fault".

The facts are he only tries hard at golf and most things (Syria, Egypt, healt care, economy, race relations...etc.) are his fault.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/27/2013 8:21:12 AM     (No. 9493250)

Dr. Sowell hits another home run!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tennisbum, 8/27/2013 8:25:40 AM     (No. 9493257)

Dr. Sowell is right on!! The sad part of the Obama experiment (black....well half black....man becoming President) is that there were so many others who were truly qualified. All of Obama´s life and Michelle´s is a made-up series of life events that have now revealed in prime time just how phony they both are. They are both an "inch deep and a mile wide" on most any topic except vacations and fleecing the American public. On these, they are experts.

Wouldn´t you love to see a debate on far ranging topics between Obama and Dr. Sowell. Perhaps we could even pry Candy Crowley away from the All You Can Eat buffet to moderate and tilt the scales towards Obama ´cause he´ll need it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Clinger, 8/27/2013 8:28:56 AM     (No. 9493262)

Same as the 57 states with 2 to go. Our president masks incredible ignorance with stylistic oratory and over half of our country falls for it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 8/27/2013 8:45:28 AM     (No. 9493280)

Being all fussy about the facts and the details and the language is just a ´white thing´.

Why can´t we just call things whatever we want to call them ?

You bunch of racists !

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Reply 8 - Posted by: EnsignO, 8/27/2013 8:59:29 AM     (No. 9493306)

Obama should be a great embarrassment to Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard University. While I highly doubt that he is, they surely must wince when he speaks and makes such huge gaffs. Unfortunately for today´s college students, Obama is someone to aspire to be like - they don´t really have to know anything to become President as long as they can speak "cool".

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Reply 9 - Posted by: postaway, 8/27/2013 9:08:45 AM     (No. 9493323)

From where I stand, it looks like Obama is just the front-man for a group of radicals who stay behind the scenes. He doesn´t know much but it doesn´t matter because he gives a veneer to their machinations that makes it all palatable enough for the public to allow Valerie Jarrett, et al to continue their promised destruction.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/27/2013 9:09:05 AM     (No. 9493324)

Obama is of low IQ but he loves the drone of his own whistling voice. The guy is a horrible speaker and the gaffs add to his ignorant rhetoric.
Obama is no better than Trayvon Martin´s girl friend he can just read and write cursive but the IQ is about the same. His hat size.
Dr. Sowell nails the phony on this one.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: peterfleming, 8/27/2013 9:14:43 AM     (No. 9493336)

Tom Sowell, one of the few clear voices in our New Media, that is, our internet media.
Thanks to the long time clear voice, Orange County Register (and it´s founder A C HOYLES) for distributing Sowell´s column.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: grampus, 8/27/2013 9:18:13 AM     (No. 9493346)

Obama showed his complete ignorance of U.S. history (even the history of Hawail where he misspent a few years of his youth) when he said that Japan had dropped "uh bomb" (singular) on Pearl Harbor. Obviously he had no real concept of what had happened on 7 December 1941 and had not even read a book or watched a movie concernig what had happened in his home town. (I heard...and saw...this gaffe, but it was not noted by Obama´s media pals.)

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Reply 13 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 8/27/2013 9:58:44 AM     (No. 9493397)

...and having said all that, BHO became the perfect dupe to put into the Oval Office to facilitate the destruction of America. There is a grand scheme afoot, you know. His false persona falls apart when he speaks sans teleprompters...it is pathetic

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Reply 14 - Posted by: squid, 8/27/2013 10:03:35 AM     (No. 9493401)

Phonies only exist because they are not challenged and their ignorance is not exposed. I believe that most members of the liberal media know that Obama is a phony, but they put up with him because they believe in a "greater good." Moreover the liberal media believes that if they can get a non-phony liberal in power it redeem them. Only problem is that the liberal media thinks that whats-her-name is the key to their redemption. :-)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 8/27/2013 10:15:36 AM     (No. 9493418)

But but but he´s got a Nobel Prize!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/27/2013 10:28:24 AM     (No. 9493437)

It doesn´t matter what his IQ is, it is all about his race. There will be no questioning the black man even though he is less black than white. Anyone with a whit of self-respect would be offended to be seen as someone who is incapable of defending himself intellectually. I agree with #9, Obama is the face of the operation but definitely not the brains behind it.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/27/2013 10:48:31 AM     (No. 9493470)

Obama, Kerry and Foggy Bottom start bombing yet another nation there´s going to be shovel-ready jobs a´plenty.

Air raid shelters, graves ...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Watlines, 8/27/2013 10:49:28 AM     (No. 9493472)

It´s one thing to screw up your nation´s economy. It´s quite another to screw up the world, as in the Middle East meltdown.

Our leadership failures in Libya, Egypt,Syria and an emerging nuclear Iran (add your own here if you like) are causing rapidly escalating Middle East instability that may become uncontrollable diplomatically or militarily.

All thanks to our incompetent,indecisive,and feckless president who is in way over his head.

Armageddon anyone?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/27/2013 11:25:31 AM     (No. 9493532)

Although he is glib and has a ringing, important sounding timbre, Obama is a stupefyingly ignorant person whose habitual cranial flatulence--hundreds of instances, and counting--is aroma therapy to the Mainstream Media, fellow Democrats, and the tens of millions of Lofos. It makes perfect sense that a society as dumbed down as ours would call a public figure with such a middling, pedestrian intellect "brilliant." If Bush 43 had emitted one-tenth of the howlers that issue regularly from Obama´s piehole, late night comedians would still to this day be devoting entire monologues to them.

Although he retired ftrom radio on July 27, 2012--and I miss hearing his voice--G. Gordon Liddy used to call Thomas Sowell "the smartest man in America," and would talk to him regularly on air. When Walter E. Williams guest hosts for Rush, he always has a visit with Tom Sowell. Anything Sowell writes or says is worth taking in. To my knowledge he´s never been wrong before.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 8/27/2013 1:48:56 PM     (No. 9493765)

Phony, for sure. It is Obama, not the rodeo clown, who is wearing the real mask.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: psych53, 8/27/2013 2:03:44 PM     (No. 9493793)

As usual, this is a truly insightful piece from Dr. Sowell. I worked in education admin for 35 years. I saw more than a few people who were more interested in being called "principal" than in actually being the school principal. Without exception, they were poor administrators who couldn´t be counted on in a crisis. Now we have a president who just wants to have the title and the perquisites, but doesn´t want to be bothered with the actual responsibilities.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/27/2013 2:34:18 PM     (No. 9493847)

My own father was a professional con artist. He would blow into a town and in two days would clean them to the bone and leave. He was so good, most of his victims would be thanking him and wishing him "God Speed!" He ruined a great many people and several once-rich wives. He died penniless, friendless and without a mind. I guess that is why I saw so quickly right through Øbama. I tried to warn my friends and co-workers about him. They had no time for my warnings.

I know what these people do and how dangerous they are to their unsuspecting victims. They are heartless. The blacks here in America are deeply in love with this empty man. He does not care a whit for them. He uses them for his own advantage and then easily tosses them aside. We have example after example of how he does this. Oprah was devastated when Michelle made her wait an hour in the WH residence hallway and then served her some cheap cookies and weak tea before glibly dismissing her. The Øbamas must have laughed for hours over that. Oprah donated millions in support for Øbama- and all she got for it was some cheap cookies. That´s how Øbama´s work with everyone they use. And just think how many American lives he now holds in his cold hands.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 8/27/2013 3:44:58 PM     (No. 9493969)

This is what casts doubt on the the entire need to suddenly attack Syria.
We cannot trust a possible phoney issue intended to distract from the Obama failures and intentional discredit of our country.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: owl, 8/27/2013 4:04:35 PM     (No. 9493996)

#2 , more than likely why The Beast won´t run, simply because she nor Bubba don´t wish to deal with the Dog pile they´ll be left to contend with. The Boob has three more years to keep dumping . Our real problem, our REAL problem, is the socialist elite press corpse.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 8/27/2013 4:25:51 PM     (No. 9494041)

The presidential gaffe that struck me when I heard it was Barack Obama´s reference to a military corps as a military ´´corpse.´´ .... His mispronunciation of a common military term was especially revealing to someone who was once in the Marine Corps, not Marine ´´corpse.´´

Yes, certainly, Dr. Sowell.... IF it had been mere mispronunciation. As someone who came of age during the Viet Nam war, and who was influenced (to her own detriment) by the anti-war crowd of those years, trust me when I say his pronunciation was intentional. I recall late 60´s hippies and anti-war activists calling our Marines exactly that, ´´The Marine Corpse.´´ It was their oh-so-clever way of saying ´´baby killers´´, that the Corps was a killing machine.

However, as a former construction industry professional, I also know that when he said ´´shovel-ready´´ the first time, and often thereafter, that he definitely knew nothing about that business, nor, apparently, did anyone - ANYONE - in his inner, or outer, circle. NO ONE who could rewrite that phrase.

But then, a lot of us have known Obama was a phony in many ways since long before he was ever elected the first time around - to our eternal regret that we couldn´t convince others of that.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: owl, 8/27/2013 4:49:27 PM     (No. 9494077)

#25, I´m with you. Thanks. Hope it´s not terrible heat there. We in the Rockies can´t wait to cool off.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 8/27/2013 6:05:32 PM     (No. 9494181)

A Truly Great Phony. It´s beautiful. Thank you Thomas Sowell for this great, descriptive phrase. It is Obama´s legacy. Yes, it is.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 8/27/2013 7:00:05 PM     (No. 9494275)

Obama is a lawyer. The very first thing you learn in law school, and if not in law school, by your mananging partner, is that you MUST assume (and it is VERY easy) that your client knows nothing. Then ANYTHING you say is billable. Once that knowledge is imparted, internalized, you yhink you are a Master of the Universe, and a good percentage of the LoFo´s will succumb to your "Great Intellect".

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 8/27/2013 8:34:21 PM     (No. 9494419)

#22, you have described a "narcissist". Narcissists do not have empathy, this because they are so totally self-absorbed.

This is also why BO can tell lies with such ease and alacrity. Of course the stupid media (and i do mean stupid) let him get away with his lies, his deceitfulness and, yes, his phoniness (i suppose because they are phonies, too).

One useful aspect of being phony is, however, the obfuscation of the real intentions, the truth, how he really feels about the American people.

So many great comments, as usual!

And another brilliant and pithy essay by the great Dr. Sowell.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: oldbuffalo, 8/27/2013 9:19:18 PM     (No. 9494495)

But, but, but he´s clean and articulate.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 8/27/2013 10:42:13 PM     (No. 9494610)

Yes, yes, Dr. Sowell, all true.

But, how are the Obama worshippers to learn how foully they have been deceived?

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Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving

Victory for Nevada´s last rancher!
Federal government backs down and
says it will NOT try to seize cattle from
cowboy at the centre of armed showdown

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/12/2014 2:34:02 PM     Post Reply
The last rancher in southern Nevada has won his battle to graze cows on public land after a week-long stand off with federal agents. The Bureau of Land Management today said it would stop trying to seize the cattle of Cliven Bundy after armed militia members today continuing to gather in Nevada in a confrontation with federal agents. BLM Director Neil Kornze said: ´Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of

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