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Our wildest and wackiest claims of 2009

Posted by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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Our wildest and wackiest claims of 2009

By Bill Adair
Published on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 12:35 p.m.

To conclude our year-end coverage, we asked PolitiFact staffers to choose the silliest and most unusual Truth-O-Meter items of 2009. Their choices show how the political discourse got downright wacky in the past year:

Aaaaah-choooo! Vice President Biden said that when one passenger sneezes on a plane, "It goes all the way through the aircraft."

Will they transmit back to KAOS headquarters? A chain e-mail claimed people who opt for the public option in the Democrats' health care plan will have microchips implanted in their bodies.

Below the belt: Rush Limbaugh claimed that President Barack Obama wants to mandate circumcision.
 
Sarcasm you can dance to: Singer Paul Hipp used World Health Organization figures in a song mocking U.S. health care.

History repeats itself: Facing criticism that his policies will lead to socialism, President Barack Obama said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was called a socialist, too.

Picture not-quite-perfect: Bloggers said an aerial photo showed more than 1 million people attended the tea party rally in September, but the photo was taken at a 1997 Promise Keepers rally.

An epic work, but it lacks character development: Sen. Orrin Hatch claimed that the Senate health care bill is longer than Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Line 17, Guns. Include total from Schedule G, handgun and automatic weapons, if required: A chain e-mail claimed that you must list all your guns on your 2010 tax return.

Check your math: President Barack Obama claimed the United States was one of the world's largest Muslim countries.

He still hasn't found what he's looking for: U2 lead singer Bono mixed up figures about AIDS relief and foreign aid.

Woof woof! Glenn Beck claimed that the Democratic plan offered health insurance for dogs.

 

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emilysmom1966
by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2010 at 10:08 AM

rolling on floormost of these topics were discussed on CM! in this group !

Luc and Emily my reason for breathing!'   About 35 and over with small children:This group is for Mommies wanting to make new friends with other People are asking me about the race problem.... I know of no race problem. The great problem that confronts the American people to-day is a national problem -- whether this great nation of ours is great enough to live up to its own convictions, carry out its own declaration of independence, and execute the provisions of its own constitution. (1893)Fredrick Douglass

katy_kay
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

The 'microchip' claim sure prompted a heated discussion in another group I'm in.  :)

Quoting emilysmom1966:

rolling on floormost of these topics were discussed on CM! in this group !


tericared
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Oh sweet niblets..talk about kool-aid and tin foil hats...... 

katy_kay
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Well it's clear why sites like Snopes manage to stay in business.  :)

Quoting tericared:

Oh sweet niblets..talk about kool-aid and tin foil hats...... 


tericared
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM


Quoting katy_kay:

Well it's clear why sites like Snopes manage to stay in business.  :)

Quoting tericared:

Oh sweet niblets..talk about kool-aid and tin foil hats...... 


bouncing

emilysmom1966
by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM

 Come on Who doesn't love foil hats!!!!

Luc and Emily my reason for breathing!'   About 35 and over with small children:This group is for Mommies wanting to make new friends with other People are asking me about the race problem.... I know of no race problem. The great problem that confronts the American people to-day is a national problem -- whether this great nation of ours is great enough to live up to its own convictions, carry out its own declaration of independence, and execute the provisions of its own constitution. (1893)Fredrick Douglass

tericared
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 1:29 PM


Quoting emilysmom1966:

 Come on Who doesn't love foil hats!!!!

luv it

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