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• I have a vivid recollection of watching the first debate in the 2000 fall election between Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush, when Gore made a claim about having visited Texas with the director of FEMA after a major wildfire. I noticed Gov. Bush suddenly had a puzzled look in his face, and I filed a mental note: “Gore just told a fabrication of some kind.”

Sure enough, Gore’s story was not even close to accurate. (And he didn’t have the excuse that he’s an elderly man with a faulty memory. . .) The media began reporting that Gore seemed to have a problem with the truth, and was guilty of frequent “embellishments.” The Washington Post reported at the time:

What might seem like a small discrepancy has been magnified because Gore has a history of similar embellishments. As long ago as 1988, Gore staff members urgently counseled him to stick to the precise truth in describing his accomplishments, and from that time onward, his opponents—Democrats as well as Republicans—have seen Gore’s storytelling as a possible Achilles’ heel. . .

This truth-telling issue first began to haunt Gore when he ran for president, at 39, in 1988. Reporters were struck by the fact that Gore, a senator and former congressman, described himself as a farmer and home-builder. The farm was a 20-acre patch in Tennessee, where cows were trucked in to provide a backdrop for his announcement speech, while the home-building enterprise was an investment he apparently spent little time managing.

I have several times before remarked on the neediness of liberals to exaggerate their status and awesomeness, and believe it is related to the poverty of their insatiable ideology and the psychology peculiar to liberals in public life. But right now I wonder: when is the mainstream media ever going to start reporting prominently that Joe Biden is—and always has been—a dishonest serial liar.

Monday Scott noted the Free Beacon report that one of Biden’s boasts about his early legal work is a certain fabrication, and yesterday, in commenting on the collision that brought down the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore overnight, Biden said he had been over the bridge many times commuting to DC from Delaware “by train or by car.” But the bridge doesn’t have any rail lines.

Victory over Communism!

Berkeley To Repeal Natural Gas Ban, Probably Because the Courts Are Forcing Them To

After a lawsuit for the California Restaurant Association, that group says the City of Berkeley is going to repeal their ban on natural gas in new buildings that went into effect in 2020.

Back in 2019, the City of Berkeley became the first city in the nation to ban natural gas pipelines in new buildings, and that law went into effect on January 1, 2020.

It did not stay in effect for long. The ban, which is largely characterized as a fight over emissions from gas stoves, but also involves furnaces and water heaters, was struck down by an appeals court last April.

The problem with satire, someone once said, is that it has to compete with the newspapers, and the newspapers are winning. This thought came to mind with Andrew Doyle’s (better known on X as “Titania McGrath”) latest post on his Substack, “The Prophecies of Titania McGrath.” Doyle notes one of “Titania’s” mischievous thoughts in the collection Woke: A Guide to Social Justice is:

“Capitalism, after all, is a singularly male phenomenon. The ultimate symbol of capitalism, the skyscraper, is nothing more than a giant cock on the horizon, fucking the heavens.”

Behold The Guardian 16 months later:

This isn’t the only example of Titania’s remarkable record of prophecy about where wokery would go next. Read the whole thing.

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