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Month: February 2018

Dishonest News Media and Dishonest Judges

Sharyl Attkisson gave a TEDx talk presenting her investigation on the origins of “fake news” during the 2016 Presidential campaign. She found that it began with the mainstream news media’s attempt to expose “fake news” in conservative media, and has its origins in a nonprofit organization largely funded by Google’s Eric Schmidt. Here is the video of her talk.

And Becky Akers has this post on New York City property owners having to pay millions to graffiti “artists” who vandalize the property.

Another School Shooting, More Irrationality from the Gun Control Crowd, and Calls for More Police State from the Conservatives

Another school shooting, another day of emotional, irrational calls for gun control. I would like the gun control advocates to answer some questions:

1 If criminals don’t obey laws against murder, assault, rape and theft, then why would they then obey gun control laws, or government-mandated “gun-free zones”? (Schools are government-mandated gun-free zones, and those Las Vegas hotels are also gun-free zones, and the Orlando night club was a government-mandated gun-free zone.) “Oh, it’s against the law to bring a gun to that school and shoot people, so I better not do that,” is what the typical mass shooter is thinking, according to today’s gun-control advocates.

Gun control doesn’t prevent these shootings, it only disarms law-abiding citizens.

2 At the Florida school where there was another school shooting yesterday, if a teacher or other school staff member there was armed, that person could have disabled the shooter early on and saved many of those 17 murdered kids from an early death. WHY do so many people have a problem with that? Are they that propagandized?

Not only the adult school staff members, but the students should be allowed to have firearms if they want them. That would’ve added extra chances of saving lives yesterday. Some people reading this think that’s extremely absurd, because they are conditioned by our nanny-state society now to be dependent only on government police, and so on.

In the old days, kids brought guns to school, and no one thought anything of it. They were responsible and had some common sense, and they knew how to handle guns. And there were NO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS then!

Even the so-called “2nd Amendment conservatives” are propagandized. On conservative talk radio, the socialist conservatives are obsessed with “more security,” “more armed guards,” when it comes to these school shootings, because they LOVE the police state. That is their solution to everything.

The nanny state/police state has infected our society, and I don’t know if we can recover from it.

And socially our society and the social activists are screwing up the kids’ minds and their emotional stability, with falsely labeling them as “transgender,” ADHD or whatever other made-up condition, and drugging them up on prescription drugs. As I’ve written before, most of the mass shooters in recent decades had been taking those psychiatric meds, many of which have terrible side effects including exacerbating their depression and suicidal behaviors, their aggression and violence. But the news media don’t report on those aspects of the mass killings because many news media outlets are sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies. Disgusting.

And another thing, a bad thing, about our society in America: It’s a militaristic society, as Jacob Hornberger observed recently. Our government has started many wars overseas, including Iraq in 1991 followed by murderous sanctions, and again in 2003 and Afghanistan, and the U.S. government bombs and murders innocents in those countries for decades as well as its CIA drone strikes killing mostly innocent people. And the current President, in love with his generals and the military, is expanding the U.S. aggressions and belligerence abroad. He’s a moron, drunk on ignorance. These scum in Washington do not believe in peace, and they make that perfectly clear. So, expect the impressionable young people to get that message.

Donald Trump’s Understanding of Due Process: Not Good

Here is my latest article on Activist Post, Donald Trump’s Understanding of Due Process: Not Good

February 14, 2018

In his defense of a White House flunky who is being accused by two ex-wives of abuse, Donald Trump tweets: “People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

Hmm. Frankly, I don’t think that Trump really understands what due process is.

Due process is this: when an accuser accuses someone of something, the accused has a presumption of innocence, and the accuser is required to bring forth evidence to prove the accusation. The accused has a right to refute whatever testimony and evidence has been presented, and a right to present one’s own evidence and testimony to defend one’s innocence. One may not impose punishments on one’s target of accusation until such due process has been given. This due process is so important to protect our liberty that such rules are included in U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

One example of a due process-free institution is the prison at Guantánamo that the U.S. government unconstitutionally maintains for supposedly suspected terrorists. Trump has signed an executive order to keep that illicit prison open.

Now, many people have really believed that all the detainees at Guantánamo are “terrorists,” not based on their being convicted in a legitimate trial but based on the government’s say-so. But given government bureaucrats’ record of lying and fabricating “evidence” to cover up their own incompetence or to frame innocent people, we shouldn’t believe what bureaucrats tell us when it comes to locking up people indefinitely without trials. Such bureaucrats can easily do the same thing to us as they have been doing to people from those mostly-Muslim countries.

As I wrote in this article on the illegitimacy of the U.S. government’s apprehension and detention of “suspects” at Guantánamo:

For instance, out of 779 prisoners held at the unconstitutional Guantánamo prison in Cuba since 2002, over 700 of them have been released, because they were innocent and there was no evidence against them. Only 5% were captured by U.S. troops, but 86% were turned in by Afghan villagers who were paid bounties by the CIA. According to investigative journalist Andy Worthington, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney knew that “the vast majority of Guantánamo detainees were innocent” and that senior intelligence analysts believed that such Guantánamo detainees were “mistakes” and “had no connection to terrorism whatsoever.” Some of the detainees who were released had given false confessions, which is the real purpose of bureaucrats violating the Eighth Amendment and using torture in the first place.

Further, given that Trump continually authorizes CIA drone strikes on foreign territories such as Syria, Iraq and Yemen, which mostly result in the murders of innocent civilians, and based on due process-free “kill lists,” Trump’s cognitive dissonance is obvious.

In other areas, there is the problem with relying on technology to capture suspects, domestically. The FBI’s facial recognition technology is unreliable, in which 20% of the results may be false positives. Such events as being falsely identified by these technologies can ruin people’s lives. Even fingerprinting and DNA “evidence” are unreliable, and cause false positives.

And police “asset forfeiture” eliminates due process altogether, in which local police thugs literally steal cash from traveling motorists who are not charged with crimes or even suspected of anything. And the current Department of Justice (sic) and attorney general Jeff Sessions are big on such legalized stealing from innocents. In fact, in 2014 law enforcement agencies stole more from innocent civilians than their counterparts in the private sector (burglars, muggers, etc.). Oh wait, Trump supports these policies, too. Hmm.

“Child Protection Services” is another example, in which CPS bureaucrats may take away your child based on a single anonymous tip by a disgruntled or spiteful neighbor. No due process there. And there are the Duke Lacrosse false-accusation rape case and similar cases.

Who knows what Donald Trump’s views on those kinds of cases are. And as an apparent narcissist, he understands free speech for him but not for others, and private property rights for him but not for others as well.

So Trump seems to understand the point of view of divorced men being accused by ex-wives, and perhaps the idea of due process when it comes to his own being falsely accused of “Russian collusions.” But, given his record and statements, Trump clearly has no real understanding of due process, to all our detriment.

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On Today’s Intolerance of People Who Happen to Have a Sense of Humor

In my post of a few days ago on political correctness run amok, I wrote about a now-suspended sports radio WEEI personality Christian Fauria who did an impersonation of a stereotypical-sounding Asian person in his attempting to impersonate Don Yee (Tom Brady’s agent), even though Don Yee doesn’t even have any noticeable stereotypical Asian accent.

The commentariat are outraged now! They mostly agree that what Fauria did was “inexcusable,” “insensitive,” and so on. But these opinionators are acting with the same kind of hysteria and total lack of sense of humor that characterizes our society now. They need to grow up and get a life.

I’m really sick of this politically-correct intolerance now. It’s actually embarrassing that grown adults are acting this way.

Here is a YouTube video of the whole episode that has gotten Christian Fauria suspended. You can hear it for yourself. What the guys were doing was merely acting out a conversation between someone who pretended to be Don Yee and a Boston Herald sports columnist, Ron Borges, who was fooled by a WEEI caller pretending to be Don Yee and talking about Tom Brady wanting more money from the Patriots (which isn’t the case).

So, I listened to the video, and I didn’t hear anything “offensive” or “racist,” or even “insensitive,” as it has been described. The segment was just silly and goofy. (But isn’t that what sports radio is all about?) As I wrote in my earlier post, I am sure that Don Yee and any other Asian people hearing that broadcast were NOT offended, and probably did NOT think that the joking around was “racist” — unless they are snowflakes, of course.

In fact, a Boston Globe columnist, Joan Vennochi, agrees with me, in general.

Fauria apologized and was suspended for five days. My colleague Shirley Leung argues that’s not enough. She believes the cohosts who laughed along with Fauria’s sorry joke should also be punished. While I absolutely respect Leung’s perspective and agree that the pretend Asian accent was offensive, I just wonder where we draw the censorship line. What if the agent had an Italian-sounding name, and a radio host did a Marlon Brando-Godfather-like impersonation? Or aped an Irish brogue or upper-crust British accent? If the radio station is going to ban pretend-Asian accents, shouldn’t it also ban all fake accents? Otherwise, where’s the consistency? And how will WEEI hosts know the rules of engagement?

Although Vennochi still says that “the pretend Asian accent was offensive.” No, it wasn’t offensive. People need to lighten up.

And I remember Richard Pryor impersonating a white person (or a “stereotypical-sounding white person”). But did that offend me? Was I triggered? Or Dave Chappelle. (Frankly, it’s their foul language that I find a bit…unnecessary…but whatever.)

You know, as a typical white person, it seems to me that any white person who would actually feel offended by Richard Pryor doing an impersonation of a typical white person is probably “offended” by every little thing. You’d have to be.

But the snowflakes in the media and the commentariat are huffing and puffing, expressing feeling “offended” by the “racist” Christian Fauria and his cohorts.

And as part of the overreacting corporate snowflakes, Comcast and City of Boston Credit Union have suspended advertising on WEEI because of this controversy.

According to the Boston Globe, the Credit Union’s president, Dan Waltz, says that “the culture of the station is not reflective of our values of inclusion, acceptance and mutual respect.”

Sounds like today’s politically-correct song and dance, if you ask me, Mr. “Waltz.”

So where is the exclusion, unacceptance, and disrespect here? What the WEEI guys including Fauria were doing had nothing to DO with “inclusion, acceptance and mutual respect,” for crying out loud! They were just acting silly! (Or, as Obama might say, “stupidly.”) Doh!

The Credit Union honcho goes on, “We have a responsibility to our diverse membership to spend their advertising dollars responsibly and cannot support what is, in our opinion, the hateful and divisive content that seems to have become a matter of course at WEEI.”

Oh please, the impersonation of an Asian-sounding person by Christian Fauria was not “hateful and divisive”!

I’m not going to actually post the video, but I did link to it above. Just listen for yourselves. If anyone hears “hate” and “divisiveness,” then perhaps one has been through too much of today’s educational and pop culture brainwashing, and has shed one’s rational abilities to think with common sense.

By the way, here is a Chinese comedian doing Barack Obama. Oh, the “hate.” The “racism”! The “insensitivity”! (But, as Joan Rivers would say, “Oh, grow up!”)

Political Correctness Run Amok – Don Rickles Is the Antidote

First, some sports radio wiseguy made a rude, insulting remark to Tom Brady about Brady’s 5-year-old little girl. I don’t know whether that radio person should’ve been fired or suspended for that, but he should have been disciplined in some way. Apparently, the rude radio wiseguy was given an indefinite suspension. Good.

Now, I don’t like football, because it’s really just a bunch of grown men running into each other and giving each other concussions and suing the NFL. To each his own and all that.

But, now there’s another controversy in which another radio personality on the same sports radio station, former Patriots player Christian Fauria, apparently insulted Asian people. Fauria supposedly did an “impersonation” of Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, with an “Asian accent,” and Fauria was suspended from the radio station for that.

So I was curious, and checked to see what this Don Yee actually did sound like. He apparently is Asian, and does have an Asian-sounding last name, and he looks “Asian” (if it’s okay for me to say that — I don’t want to get myself suspended). But here is Don Yee in an interview. He has NO distinctive Asian accent whatsoever! It’s a stereotypical-sounding American manner of speech (if it’s okay to say that).

So, are you serious? Oh, Fauria didn’t really do an impersonation of Don Yee, but a stereotypical Asian accent. Is that really so bad? Or “offensive”? I’ll bet most Asian people hearing Fauria do that on the radio were NOT offended. Just like most Native Americans said they are not offended by the name of the Washington “Redskins,” and so on.

But we have these people kowtowing to political correctness, and that’s all this stuff is. It’s nuts, in my view. The radio station, WEEI, tweeted, “Earlier today during his show, Christian Fauria impersonated athlete agent, Don Yee in an insensitive and ill-conceived attempt at humor. We regret Christian’s commentary and we apologize to Mr. Yee and those offended by the segment.” And, “We do not support or condone Christian’s comments, and we have suspended him for five days effective immediately.”

And Christian Fauria tweeted, “Earlier today I made a horrible attempt at humor. In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it.”

Give. Me. A. Break.

So it’s just this irrational political correctness stuff.  And the people who actually are offended are those who are brainwashed to believe that they should be offended!

What is it with this political correctness stuff now? The late Don Rickles for years did his impersonations of Asian people, or stereotypically-sounding Asian people, as well as stereotypically-sounding black people, Italians, southerners, New Yorkers, and he was celebrated for it. Rickles was paid millions for doing those things.

But with some former football player turned radio personality, that’s different.

It’s really very tiring now. I think I’ll find a video with Don Rickles to post at the end of this.

I hope that Christian Fauria, Don Yee, WEEI radio, the Patriots, and all the political-correctness robots out there don’t mind my posting this, but here is the late Don Rickles performing at Comic Relief V in 1992 — over 25 years ago! (What happened since then?) I don’t believe that this stuff would air now. (It wouldn’t surprise me if this is taken off YouTube soon as well.)

More on the Amerikan Police State

Karen Kwiatkowski responds to Donald Trump’s fetish with the military, and his craving for a military-worship parade.

Jacob Hornberger discusses political gamesmanship at the Korea Olympics. (Why does Mike Pence criticize the kangaroo court system of North Korea, when he supports the same kind of thing in Gitmo, run by the U.S.?)

And Justin Raimondo asks, Is America just another s***hole? Why do some prominent “libertarians” defend the police state spying apparatus?

The Honest, Well-Meaning FBI

Byron York in the Examiner examines how the FBI relied heavily on the Christopher Steele-concocted “Trump dossier” to present to the FISA court to get their illegal surveillance warrant to spy on Carter Page. York gets into all the specifics on how the FBI used the dossier even though they knew that Steele had lied to them and was not credible, and therefore the dossier itself was not credible.

But York shows how faithful he is in the “integrity” and well-meaningness of FBI officials, when he seems to go along with the Grassley-Graham Senate memo on this issue, asserting that regardless of knowing that Steele lied to them the FBI “kept faith” and believed Steele anyway. Actually, I think it’s Byron York whose faith in the FBI (and in other national security apparatchiks) causes him to not doubt their sincerity and forthrightness. Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but would it be a huge surprise if we heard that FBI agents took the unreliable dossier to the FISA court knowing that it was unreliable, that they knowingly presented a false and extremely questionable item of “evidence” to the court to falsely get a FISA warrant? Is that too hard to believe? Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but…

All you have to do is read these recent articles by James Bovard on the history of FBI shenanigans.

USA Today: Nunes memo released: FBI objections lacked credibility given bureau’s shady past

The HIll: Golden boy Robert Mueller’s forgotten surveillance crime spree

The Hill: Destroying, suppressing evidence is FBI standard procedure

The Hill: Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police

USA Today: Comey Firing justly knocks FBI off its pedestal

And these other articles on the current situation:

FBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond What Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated, and FBI deputy director cancels testimony, something “far more sinister” with Fusion GPS, by Zero Hedge

The FBI’s perjury trap of the century (of Mike Flynn), by David Stockman

The Strzok Texts: FBI Plotted to Unseat Trump Before Election by Justin Raimondo

And more articles on FBI lawlessness, incompetence and corruption:

FBI Director Hoover’s Dirty Files: Excerpt From Ronald Kessler’s ‘The Secrets of the FBI’ by Kessler

Exclusive: High-Level NSA Whistleblower Says Blackmail Is a Huge – Unreported – Part of Mass Surveillance by Washington’s Blog

How the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy Wall Street by Naomi Wolf

And on the FBI’s encouraging young Muslim patsies to commit jihad so the FBI can thwart their own plots, see Glenn Greenwald, Trevor Aaronson, Petra Bartosiewicz, Craig Monteilh, and Cora Currier.

And the FBI people actually swear or affirm an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. So, they either haven’t actually read or studied it, or they do know what they’ve actually sworn or affirmed to support and defend, but don’t care.

I think that Byron York of the Examiner is like many faithful, indoctrinated Americans who really believe in these government institutions. But, it would be helpful if York and all the other faithful members of the government’s obedient flock would read Robert Higgs, who pointed out, If men were angels…

National Security Central Planning Is Irrational and Dangerous

There are many people who have been so propagandized to believe that there were “collusions” between the Trump campaign and the Russian gubmint to steal the election from Hillary, even though no evidence exists to show that the election was tampered with. And they believe that the DNC was “hacked,” even though evidence showed that emails from the DNC servers were accessed by someone who already had administrator level access and so emails were leaked to WikiLeaks by an apparent insider. And many people including the clueless zombies of the mainstream media still believe those things, despite James Clapper, Mike Rogers, and James Comey all saying they had not seen any evidence of the above assertions, as did Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Shady Pines) and several of her cohorts say the same thing.

But the case against FBI agents and FBI higher-ups, DOJ personnel including higher-ups, the Clintons and Obama is developing that proves THEIR collusions, their conniving and their criminal abuse of government surveillance authority to spy on the Trump campaign and associates to attempt to “assure” that their candidate Hillary would win the election. (And she STILL lost, thanks to her calling much of the country “deplorable,” and her refusing to campaign in important electoral college swing states that Trump did campaign in.

And I’ve been trying to provide links to articles which discuss those things. The latest revelations are, according to Zero Hedge, “that the FBI ‘relied heavily’ on an unverified dossier in order to obtain FISA surveillance warrants on one-time Trump advisor Carter Page,” “FBI’s extensive involvement with the creator of the dossier, former UK spy Christopher Steele,” and “despite Steele lying to the FBI which led to the agency ending their relationship, they still used his unverified memo and vouched for his reputation to obtain the FISA warrants.”

And, according to NY Post, FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page communicated regarding prepping their boss FBI director James Comey for his updating Obama, with Lisa Page stating that Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing,” even though Obama had asserted previously that, “I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line…”

Hmm, some inconsistency there?

And, James Bovard asks, Will FISA secrecy doom democracy? Well, I’m not too particularly concerned about democracy, but FISA, FBI, CIA, et al. are definitely dooming our freedom, that’s for sure.

Speaking of the CIA, Lars Schall has this interview of Douglas Valentine on the CIA: 7o years of criminality. Valentine is an expert on the CIA, the DEA and the drug war. It’s all connected.

And finally, Jacob Hornberger has this post on how the immigration hystericals of today who want to keep foreigners out are similar to the FDR fascists of 80 years ago in their turning Jews away and making them go back to Nazi Germany.

All this is what we get when we empower a central planning authority apparatus in Washington with a monopoly on controls over the lives of others. And it needs to go.

Is FISA Spying Abuse “Treasonous”?

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar has released a statement urging the attorney general to charge those involved with FISA spying abuses with “treason.” And I also have referred to the FBI-DOJ FISA abuses as “treasonous.”

How could the actions of DOJ officials (such as former attorney general Loretta Lynch and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein) and FBI officials be considered treasonous, if their alleged FISA abuses are proven correct? Well, what officials are alleged to have done was they knowingly used a partisan-paid political opposition research dossier as “evidence” to obtain a FISA warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Trump campaign staff or volunteers, without telling the court the origins of their “evidence.” But there is evidence to show that the officials had no reason to suspect Trump campaign people of any criminal activity, or suspect any one of them of “espionage” with the Russians, and that the misuse of FISA spying powers on them was for purely political reasons.

The FISA spying apparatus is a part of the U.S. government’s general national security and war powers. As Thomas DiLorenzo noted here, according to the U.S. Constitution “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” In using the plural pronouns “them” and “they,” the writers are referring to the United States in the plural, the States that make up the union. So, “Treason against the United States,” consisting “only in levying war against them” is referring to U.S. government authorities or other groups waging war against the “States” or against the people of the States.

In other words, when the centralized U.S. government in Washington uses its powers of war against its own people, that’s an act of Treason. It is a betrayal of the government against the people, an act of disloyalty.

Unfortunately, there are authoritarians who believe the opposite. They believe in obedience, and that “treason” is when a citizen is “disloyal” to the regime in Washington. That is shown by people who get upset when someone “disrespects” the American flag, or doesn’t want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance (which is really a pledge of obedience and serfdom), or who get upset when Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning release documents exposing U.S. government’s war crimes.

No, the agents of the U.S. government must show loyalty to the people, and not violate their lives and liberty. So when using its spying powers against someone not suspected of criminal activity, or not suspected of acting on behalf of foreign elements, in my view such misuse of surveillance without suspicion is an act of Treason. It is an act of betrayal against the people who are supposed to be served by such government agents.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

So the people all have a right to be “secure” in their persons, houses, papers, and effects. That right to be secure “shall not be violated”! And I would say that one’s phone conversations or at-home or -office conversations, emails, texts, and so on, are part of one’s “papers and effects.” Officials need to have a reason to suspect someone of something criminal to then get a warrant.

U.S. government officials have sworn or affirmed an oath to support and defend, or to obey, the U.S. Constitution, which includes the Fourth Amendment. So when officials with the FBI, the DOJ, the IRS, or any other branch, use the searching and surveillance powers of the national security apparatus against someone for reasons other than that they suspect him of a crime, that to me really is an act of Treason, as written in the Constitution, and a betrayal, and it’s very serious. And this current bunch of stuff is in addition to the NSA collecting everyone’s personal Internet activities without suspicion.

Bipartisan Police State Approval Lurks Behind Alleged Corruption Revelations

Ron Paul has some interesting commentary about the recent FBI-DOJ FISA abuse revelations.

First, the memo demonstrates that there is a “deep state” that does not want things like elections to threaten its existence. Candidate Trump’s repeated promises to get along with Russia and to re-assess NATO so many years after the end of the Cold War were threatening to a Washington that depends on creating enemies to sustain the fear needed to justify a trillion dollar yearly military budget.

Second, the memo shows us that neither Republicans nor Democrats really care that much about surveillance abuse when average Americans are the victims.

Ironically, Chairman Nunes was the biggest cheerleader for the extension of the FISA Amendments even as he knew how terribly the FISA process had been abused!

Finally, hawks on both sides of the aisle in Congress used “Russia-gate” as an excuse to build animosity toward Russia among average Americans. They knew from the classified information that there was no basis for their claims that the Trump Administration was put into office with Moscow’s assistance, but they played along because it served their real goal of keeping the US on war footing and keeping the gravy train rolling.

So it’s all about the gravy train, as the professional Washington parasites continue to use war-on-terror fear-mongering as a pretext for their continued living off the labor and productivity of others. Parasitism is clearly a bipartisan way of life.

And Justin Raimondo notes that Rep. Devin Nunes, of the controversial Nunes memo, voted to continue unconstitutional FISA spying abuses even though he obviously knew of the FBI-DOJ abuses. So, is this Nunes person just another phony-baloney?