Sick Of Internet Hoaxes
And Half Truths

By Devvy Kidd
The number of emails containing hoaxes, half truths and outright lies never ends. For years and quite frankly, I'm sick of it. When I let the sender know the information is false, nine times out of ten the response I get is this: "I don't have time to research all this stuff" or "My friend who knows a lot sent it to me and I trust him". One female even got angry with me and said I was mean for sending proof the email she sent was a lie!

What if I put things in my columns without researching them for accuracy? My credibility would be in the toilet. Now, it's mean to politely point out information a person is sending out isn't true and it makes them look bad? Almost every one of those emails with the twenty exclamation marks has an email paper trail. The first person sends it to ten. Those ten send it to fifty. Those fifty send it to another fifty. I've seen some with a hundred email addresses the hoax or lie has been sent to. By the end of the week you have thousands of people chasing their behinds following up by writing letters or telling more people something that isn't true.

Below are persistent hoaxes, disinformation and outright lies. Perhaps we might make a dent by putting them together in one place and getting the truth out there.

1.  Every election cycle, in comes the one about members of the Outlaw Congress don't pay into social security - make it an election issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That one went into the stratosphere when a polished motivational speaker put it in a video on line: Thomas Paine Video: Falsehoods and Propaganda 

"First: Paine/Basso demands Congress be forced to pay into the social security system because they don't while everyone else does! 

"That is a lie. The Politburo (Congress) has been paying into the SS system since 1983 when there was a massive government pension overhaul. The result of Paine/Basso speaking this old Internet lie is that you have well meaning people who don't do any research do exactly what Paine/Basso promotes in the video: burn up the Internet! Great idea, but burning it up with a lie only hurts the credibility of the movement and keeps 'we the people' herded in the wrong direction wasting time writing letters to Congress to do something they already do."

To date, nine million eight hundred twenty two thousand eight hundred forty people have viewed video. How many then sent out email or wrote letters to their Congress critter demanding they pay into social security when they have since 1983?

2.   The George Bush quote: The Constitution is nothing but a God damned piece of paper."

Screwing the pooch
July 25, 2006 3:25 PM/Rant.
By Doug Thompson

"There's little doubt that what I've done here at Capitol Hill Blue is a classic case of FUBAR. It happened because of a variety of things: laziness, sloppiness, distraction and a willingness to cut corners when it suited my own personal agenda...... Despite those who believe otherwise, and they have every reason to do so, I have never made up a quote. I have, however, accepted information from others without checking it out and have too quickly accepted that information if it fit into my grand scheme of things. I ignored warning signs that should have kept me from using material I knew was marginal. I was wrong.

"When I first received an email claiming President Bush called the Constitution a "* damned piece of paper," I jumped on it as a great story. Two other emails followed and I was so sure I had it nailed. Others warned me to check it out further. "It might be wishful thinking," my newsmagazine friend and sometimes editor said. "Somebody could be playing you." I didn't listen. "Who cares? It makes a great story," I claimed. I was wrong. Nobody else ever confirmed the story and I've since learned the "sources" were simply repeating something they heard second and third hand."

"Thompson's careless, cavalier treatment of the truth has been spread around the world. He also pulled eight more of his columns because "With the help of Bill and some other volunteers who held the intervention Monday that helped me see the light we've gone back through the databases and removed quotes from unverified sources and eliminated stories that didn't fit the criteria I claimed to follow but did not."

Do you know when I have provided that retraction people still send me email saying they believe it even though the author retracted it. That quote is in videos, documentaries and all over the Internet.

3.  Johns Hopkins Update - "This is an extremely good article. Everyone should read it. After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try to eliminate cancer, John Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way."

"Just researched : Apparently Hawaii had until August 8, 2011, to produce documents and open the books for a full investigation. This order was delivered on July 5, 2011, under a direct order of the Supreme Court.
"AP  - WASHINGTON   D.C. - "In a move certain to fuel the debate  over Obama's qualifications for the presidency,  the group "Americans for Freedom of Information" has Released copies of President Obama's college  transcripts from Occidental College.
"Now released, the transcript  school indicates that Obama, under  the name Barry  Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign  student from Indonesia as  an undergraduate. The transcript was released by  Occidental College in compliance with a court  order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of  California.
"The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the  Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim  foreign citizenship. This document would seem  to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama's  detractors have been seeking. Along with the  evidence that he was first born in Kenya and  there is no record of him ever applying for US  citizenship, this is looking pretty grim. 
"The news has created a firestorm at the White House  as the release casts increasing doubt about  Obama's legitimacy and qualification to serve as  President in an article titled, "Obama Eligibility  Questioned," which led some to speculate that the  story may overshadow economic issues on Obama's  first official visit to the U.K."

There are several versions of that lie. No such AP story. That hoax began circulating the Internet on April Fool's Day 2009. When I first saw it I called Gary Kreeps' office since its his law firm that tried to obtain the Occidental Records. They are still sealed. None of the alleged court orders above exist.

5.  "The Enactment of NESARA Law will fix what's wrong with Wall Street - October 12, 2011"

It's an old scam that's been making the rounds for years and years. There is no such thing as a NESARA law.

6.  Subject: HR4646 - "This affects all of us!!!!!


"1% tax on all bank transactions HR4646

"Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember this BEFORE you VOTE in case you think Obama's looking out for your best interest.

"This government just cannot think of enough ways to hurt the American people!  I sure hope this dies!!!!!


"1% tax on all bank transactions HR 4646 - ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED IN WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP.  Checked this on snopes, it's true!  Check out HR 4646. President Obama's finance team is recommending a one percent (1%) transaction fee (TAX).  Obama's plan is to sneak it in after the November elections to keep it under the radar.

"This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financial institution - banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc.  Any deposit you make, or even a transfer within your account, will have a 1% tax charged.  If your paycheck or your social security or whatever is direct deposit, it will get a 1% tax charged for the transaction.  If your paycheck is $1000, then you will pay Obama $10 just for the privilege of depositing your paycheck in your bank.  Even if you hand carry your paycheck or any check into your bank for a deposit, 1% tax will be charged.  You receive a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, Obama takes $50 just to allow you to deposit that check in the bank.  If you take $1,000 cash to deposit at your bank, 1% tax will be charged."

Yeah, shout it from the rooftop, fool. I've had a hundred of that same email by people who don't check facts, so by now thousands will receive half truths and an outright falsehood. They will send it around to a few more hundred who will waste their time calling their congress critter over something that isn't even true.

To establish a fee on transactions which would eliminate the national debt and replace the income tax on individuals.

Sponsor: Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2]
That bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress. Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven't passed are cleared from the books. Members often reintroduce bills that did not come up for debate under a new number in the next session.

7.  NEW SALES TAX on Sale of Property for 2013 -- Thanks to OBAMACARE!!

"Will You sell your house after 2012? Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it? That's $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc. When did this happen? It's in the health care bill and goes into effect in 2013. Under the new health care bill all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax. If you sell a $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax. Does this make your November and 2012 vote more important?"
Another Internet falsehood passed around for almost a year.
Of course, it's just another way to steal from us to give to foreign countries, more toxic wars and more unconstitutional spending by the outlaws in the U.S. Congress. But, the people of this country don't seem to care because in 2010, they reelected a whopping 86% of the same incumbents taking us to hell. Most of the newly minted tea party choices all caved in and sold out over the debt limit ceiling vote. New liars for hire who replaced the old liars for hire. High earners" means taxing to death those who create jobs and work hard for their money.
"In his recent guest column regarding the impact of the health care bill, Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center claimed that a 3.8 percent tax on all home sales was a part of the recently passed legislation. This is inaccurate and needs to be corrected. The truth about the bill is that if you sell your home for a profit above the capital gains threshold of $250,000 per individual or $500,000 per couple then you would be required to pay the additional 3.8 percent tax on any gain realized over this threshold.

"Most people who sell their homes will not be impacted by these new regulations. This is not a new tax on every seller, and that correction needs to be made. This tax is aimed at so-called "high earners" -  if you do not fall into that category you will not pay any extra taxes upon the sale of your home." Sara Orrange Government affairs director

And, this one accompanied by the heart breaking pictures of maimed soldiers:

8.  "Unexplainable, Inexcusable
"No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense."

The retirement packages for the Outlaw Congress and stooge presidents are sickening, but the information below is simply not true:

9.  Shotgun preteen vs. Illegal alien Home Invaders...
"Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11-year-old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home. It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay-shooting champion since she was nine.
"Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father's room and grabbed his 12-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun. Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old's knee-crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals.

"When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive. It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45-caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David O'Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest.

"Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news........? An 11 year old girl, properly trained, defended her home, and herself......against two murderous, illegal immigrants.......and she wins, She is still alive. Now THAT is Gun Control!"

The reason you only see it on the Internet is because it's an old lie that's been circulating since 2007. The person who began sending it out did not verify the story with the Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff's department in Montana.

10.  "And then you wonder why our economy is in such bad shape!


"This is a subject close to my heart. Do you know that we have adult students at the school where I teach who are NOT U.S. Citizens and who get the PELL Grant, which is a federal grant (no Payback required) plus other federal grants to go To school?) One student from the Dominican Republic told me that she didn't want me to find a job for her after she finished my program, because she was getting housing from our housing department and she was getting a PELL Grant which paid for her total tuition and books, plus money left over."

The original lie is a lot longer, but the bottom line is Pell grants are not given to illegal aliens. Illegal aliens are already stealing resources at colleges they have no right to, but Pell grants aren't one of them unless they figured out how to gin the paperwork and engage in fraud. A simple phone call to your Congress critter's office (as I did) will get you the law on that one.


"Tonight ... Sunday ... January 22nd ... Set Your DVR for the Fox News channel at 9:00 pm eastern standard time.  Maybe this is why the White House has been deriding FOX News.  Sounds like this could be history in the making ... someone may go down ... either Obama or Fox News.  It may be that Fox has been holding this information back due to the sensitivity of it ... and out of courtesy.  But ... Obama has taken on Fox and it appears they are ready to spill the ugly truth about the background of this usurper who has had an extremely radical and secretive past.

"Tonight ... Fox News is going to air a very important documentary about Barack Obama at 9 pm Eastern.  The report will go back to Obama's earlier days ... showing even then his close ties to radical Marxist professors ... friends ... spiritual advisers ... etc.  It will also reveal details about his ties to Rev. Wright for 20 plus years ... how he was participating with this man ... and not for the reasons he stated.

"The report has uncovered more of Obama's radical past and we will see things that no one in the media has been willing to put out there. It will be a segment to remember. Please pass this on to everyone you know. Tonight Sunday night ... 8 pm central time ... 9 pm eastern time.  Democrat or Republican ... this report will open your eyes to how YOUR country is being sold down the road to Totalitarian Socialism.  If you care about the direction of our country ... pass this notice on to everyone you know."

Oh, be sure to tell everyone to turn in Sunday night - for years running because that's how long that one has been floating around.

12.  "Cancelled Flight From Atlanta To Houston-UNBELIEVABLE!! Must Read

"I heard the report of the flight on FOX but this is an expanded first person account.  If it is true, it is of great concern.  Sounds like the passengers were ultimately not complacent.  But do we have leaders who are willing to take the steps to recognize this for what it might be and take steps to prevent such happenings.  And yes, I can hear my liberal friends already howling." Martin

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"I, Gene Hackemack, received this email from my good friend Tedd Petruna. He is, a diver at the NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Lab) facility at NASA Houston . I used to work with Tedd who happened to be on the AirTran Flight 297, from Atlanta to Houston .

"One week ago, I went to Ohio on business and to see my father. On Tuesday, the 17th, I returned home. If you read the papers the 18th you may have seen a blurb about where an Air Tran flight was canceled from Atlanta to Houston due to a man who refused to get off of his cell phone before take- off. The story was only on Fox News. That was NOT what really happened.

"I was seated in 1st class coming home. 11 Muslim men got on the plane in full Muslim attire. 2 of them sat in 1st class and the rest seated themselves throughout the plane, in coach class, all the way to the back. As the plane taxied out to the runway, the stewardesses gave the safety spiel that we are all so familiar with."

Analysis: The "eyewitness" who wrote this viral email wasn't even on the plane, according to AirTran officials quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 5, 2009. Tedd J. Petruna was booked on Flight 297, airline records show, but his connecting flight from Akron arrived too late for him to actually board the Houston-bound plane.

"During Barack Obama's tenure as the president of the Harvard Law Review in the late 1980s, at least two male student editors complained to colleagues and senior university officials about inappropriate behavior by Obama, ultimately leaving their positions at the journal, multiple sources confirm to THE KANSAS CITIAN.

"The men complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Obama that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the university that gave them financial payouts to leave the journal. The agreements also included language that bars the men from talking about their departures.

"In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Obama and his administration repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the journal. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which men leveled complaints.

"THE KANSAS CITIAN has confirmed the identities of the two male journal editors who complained about Obama but, for privacy concerns, is not publishing their names. "White House spokesman Jay Carney told THE KANSAS CITIAN the president indicated to White House staff that he was "vaguely familiar" with the charges and that the university's general counsel had resolved the matter."

There's more to that one, but I believe it's a lie. I sent email twice to the editor of The Kansas Citian, which appears to be just another web site with no credentials. I ask the editor some questions about source material. While I have no doubt Obama/Soetoro is bi-sexual, I don't believe that article because there is nothing to back up the allegations. My inquiries to the "editor" were last November; I'm still waiting for a response.

14.  "Well Worth Passing On...Juval Aviv was the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie 'Munich ' was based. He was Golda Meir's bodyguard, and she appointed him to track down and bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists who took the Israeli athletes hostage and killed them during the Munich Olympic Games. In a lecture in New York City he shared information that EVERY American needs to know -- but that our government has not yet shared with us.

"He predicted the London subway bombing on the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox News stating publicly that it would happen within a week. At the time, O'Reilly laughed, and mocked him saying that in a week he wanted him back on the show. Unfortunately, within a week the terrorist attack had occurred. Juval Aviv gave intelligence (via what he had gathered in Israel and the Middle East ) to the Bush Administration about 9/11, a month before it occurred. His report specifically said they would use planes as bombs and target high profile buildings and monuments. Congress has since hired him as a security consultant. Now for his future predictions. He predicts the next terrorist attack on the U.S. Will occur within the next few months."

15.  "How Low Can He Go? Obama Changes U.S. Military Burial Protocol

"What are we to expect next? PRESIDENT CHANGES MILITARY FUNERALS. When I received this email, I could not believe it...So, I checked with Snopes... I learned that it is TRUE:

"There has been a change in U.S. military burial protocol! This is a letter that my good friend's husband wrote today after his uncle's funeral yesterday.  If Obama does not want his name associated with our military, he does not deserve to be "The President of the United States".

Another lengthy fabrication; the link to snopes doesn't work. Here is an accurate explanation: Military burial protocol has not changed.

16. "He doesn't seem to have much respect for the military. Maybe in the future our leaders should be veterans. THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE THIS!! THE MOST STUPID STATEMENT EVER BY A PRESIDENT-Unbelievable

"Bad press, including major mockery of the play by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 billion annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty. The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal.

"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit.. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

If you check many sources for the quote above, they all go back to a satirical piece. I followed the links to the truth.

17.  "Obama told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening. The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised "Meet The Press'. From Sunday's 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, Televised "Meet the Press" THE THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

"General Bill Gann' USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played. The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171...
During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, "Stand and Face It".

"NOW GET THIS !! Senator Obama replied:  "As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides". "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression.." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing."


"Obama continued: "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ....."

"When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past".

None of it is true. All satire.

18.  And, more of the same:

"Obama Explains National Anthem Stance

"Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no longer wears a flag pin, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was forced to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played. According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171, During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides," Obama said. "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it."

Now, for the granddaddy, No. 19 : The U.S. is a corporation. That is one of the biggest lies promoted on the Internet by "legal" guru's and now believed by countless Americans.

Constitutional attorney Larry Becraft has penned several responses to this garbage being peddled around the country, i.e.:

"That article, "The united states Of America is a corporation owned by foreign interests" is the worst sort of BS I have seen this week. For example, it contends that Congress had no constitutional authority to create DC, "With no constitutional authority to do so," but Art. 1, §8, cl. 17 of the Constitution expressly authorizes it. It alleges, "Congress cut a deal with the international banker (specifically Rothschilds of London) to incur a DEBT to said bankers," but where is the proof beyond mere "say-so" of the author? It asserts: "The Act of 1871 formed a corporation called THE UNITED STATES.
"The corporation, OWNED by foreign interests, moved in and shoved the original Constitution into a dustbin." * * * "Congress formed a corporation known as THE UNITED STATES." I attach the complete 1871 act itself. Does this act show what is alleged above? All this act did was establish a form of govt for DC, which incidentally ended 7 or 8 years later.

"In my view, Lisa Guliani of Babel Magazine is full of BS. I am particularly angry at the constant reference to 28 USC 3002 as the "proof" of this argument. That section is merely a part of the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act of 1990, 104 Stat. 4933. The first section of that act is codified at 28 USC 3001, which is posted here.

"Please read this section, then click the "next" button on the bottom right corner of this page to read the next section, which is the section alleged to support this argument. There are lots of federal corporations, and this act applies to the debt collection activities of those corporations, among others. Wherever the act uses the term "United States," the definition in 3002 declares that it applies not only to the debt collection activities of the United States, but also the federal corporations. Of this I am certain: there are many "rumor creators" in this movement and you are ripe for the deception if you never do any research to confirm what is alleged."

When I have provided the above to people I get nasty, rude emails that Larry doesn't' know what he's talking about. My name and reputation has been scurrilously attacked on dozens of web sites promoting that trash because I have dared direct people to the actual 1871 act so they can read the truth for themselves. No constitutional attorney in this country who has actually done the research disputes Larry's research. For those who don't know who Larry Becraft is, let me tell you. He's spent more than 35 years battling the IRS in federal court rooms. He's handed the IRS some of their bloodiest noses. Yeah, he's lost some cases, but any honest attorney will tell you sometimes a client comes to them too far gone to save. You do the best you can.

I can tell you that many of those so-called 'experts' would have whizzed their drawers if they were in some of the battles Larry's been in fighting federal prosecutors. There's a lot of big talk out there, but I've been in federal court rooms before and it's as serious as a major heart attack. Few have the courage of Larry, Tommy Cryer, Michael Minns, Jeffrey Dickstein, Mac McPherson, Bob Bernhoft and others. These guru's out there plaster their theories up on web sites and gullible, desperate people believe it. So many of the "legal" guru's out there are little more than arm chair hustlers selling people poison that gets them into trouble. On Larry's web site, see this:

XX. The Federal Government is the 1871 act to establish a government for Washington D.C.: "For several years now, certain groups and websites like Worldnewsstand have advocated an argument that the "federal" government was created as a municipal corporation via an act of February 21, 1871. The truth is otherwise."

For his full legal analysis, click here.

Time is in short supply for all of us. If you aren't sure the information you're sending out (even wishful thinking) is not accurate, please don't send it. I have blocked email addresses because the same person consistently sends disinformation, hoaxes and outright lies. Research takes time. Our credibility in the freedom movement is everything. You may also sign up for her free email alerts. 
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