People love magicians. Yet ultimately what is it magicians do to people?
Answer: Fool them.
That is about it. People are fooled by magicians but in such a way that it (usually) brings delight. So much so that they will pay to see a good magic act. I'm sure there are very few people that would not enjoy meeting David Blaine on the street.
One of the synonyms of magician is conjurer. Note the first sylable of that word is "CON".
Dictionary.com has these definitions (among others) for the word "CON"
1. involving abuse of confidence: a con trick.
–verb (used with object)
2. to swindle; trick: That crook conned me out of all my savings.
3. to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.
4. a confidence game or swindle.
5. a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk: He had a dozen different cons for getting out of paying traffic tickets.
Which brings me to the point of this posting. Some con artists (of the magician type) bring delight to people. Some of the crook and swindle type bring misery. Many a time we hear of someone having their life savings stolen from them through con artists. They are fooled into giving up whatever it is the con desires. Usually of monetary value.
Currently the talk show circuit has a con artist running amuck and a segment of our population is delighted with him. Al Gore is that person. This is in spite of it being shown and proven that he is a liar and a swindler. His purchasing so called 'carbon offsets' from himself should have given a clue to his devotees that they are being taken for a ride but NOOooo! They still dote on his every word.
His movie, An Inconvenient Truth has repeatedly been shown to be filled with fallacies yet he received an Academy Award for it. By all rights the award should be rescinded because the Academy does not give out awards for false documentaries.
Al Gore's new book, "The Assault on Reason" does the same as the movie did. It takes liberties with facts and presents them the way Al Gore wants us to see them. Slight of hand can be seen in the following lines from the book.
It is simply no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know I am not alone in feeling that something has gone fundamentally wrong. In 2001, I had hoped it was an aberration when polls showed that three-quarters of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for attacking us on Sept. 11. More than five years later, however, nearly half of the American public still believes Saddam was connected to the attack.
This is nonsense and anyone who helps Al Gore by purchasing his book deserves to have their money stolen.
WAKE UP MR. ALGORE!!! Where did you get your numbers??? We know Sadamm did not have anything to do with the 9-11 attacks. We knew that at the time war against his government was debated in Congress. We also know that he harbored terrorists. This is not a war against Sadaam but against terrorists. Stop with the slight of hand!
An excerpt from the book can be found here at Time.com.
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