‘Such A Lonely Word’

Billy Joel wrote in 1979 that honesty is such a lonely word. The facts regretfully support him in that there is not a whole lot of evidence to dispute that statement. Famous quotes of dishonesty abound. So many that you could air a game based on dishonest statements.  Let’s play a little.

We’ll start with the easy ones. Such as, who said, I am not a crook? If you said former New York Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, you’d be wrong. Spitzer was thrown out of office a little more than year after taking office for taking part in a high-end prostitution ring. It came to light through a federal investigation that Spitzer had paid in excess of $80,000 over the term of his years in office for sexual favors.  So he was not a crook.  Maybe he was clueless in transferring large sums of money through the banking system to pay for his willie-wagging, alerting the Feds to some kind of questionable activity, but that did not make him a crook. On the other hand, if Richard Nixon popped into your head, give yourself five points for his statement regarding his involvement in the Watergate scandal.

Here’s another softball. Who said, When the president does it, that means that it’s not illegal? Was it Warren G. Harding discussing the 1924 Teapot Dome scandal? How about Bill Clinton commenting on White House internal affairs with White House intern Monica Lewinsky? Nay nay, it was our top crook at the time, Richard Millhouse Nixon once again.


Occasionally, the truth does slip through. When it does, it is so bright and shiny, so refreshingly clean, that it smacks us in the face with a combination of admiration and awe. And in this case, it is even more astonishing because somebody’s mother said it. A guys mother publicly exposing her beloved baby boy! Whether it will save him from federal prosecution is doubtful, but it does not deter us from recognizing her son’s mental capabilities.

Nadia Alessa of North Bergen, New Jersey, says that her son, Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, (is) not a terrorist, he’s a stupid kid.  But Mommmm! Mohamed and his buddy, Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, are facing possible life in prison for their actions.  They were arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on June 5th for allegedly heading to Somalia to fight with an al Qaeda-affiliated group.  They are charged with one count each of conspiracy to kill, maim, and murder people outside the United States.

Mom laments that her son had seen up to 17 psychiatrists over the years dealing with anger management issues. Now he’s probably really angry that he’s been nabbed by undercover Feds. The Feds apparently have film of the two young dudes at a recent Islamic Thinkers Society protest in New York City.  Plus, they have another image of Almonte at a different protest holding a sign that says, Death to all Juice (sic).  It would appear that spelling was not their strongpoint either.

These young men come from a long history of short-sighted thinking. Some of the best examples come from the hallowed halls of academia. At Yale University, a business professor gave Fred Smith a ‘C‘ for an interesting and well-formed concept, but in the prof’s eyes, it just was not feasible. Fred did indeed have a well-formed concept and named it Federal Express, a global overnight-packing company.


Musically, a Decca record executive made one of the biggest, if not the biggest, business mistake in entertainment history.  Following a 1962 New Year’s Day audition, this individual informed The Beatles that they had no future in show business and that groups featuring guitars were on the way out. Instead, Decca hired The Tremeloes (quick, name one guy from The Tremeloes, any guy?), who had auditioned the same day as the Fab Four.

From 1899, the best of the best blind-as-a-bat management statements came from the United States Office of Patents, Everything that can be invented has been invented. In that arena of thought-waves, Edwin Drake was attempting to enlist engineers to help with his Pennsylvania drilling project in 1859 but had trouble getting people because it was common knowledge that to drill into the ground looking for oil was crazy.

So maybe Mrs. Alessa’s little boy really is just stupid, but he is not alone. For it is written in stone:

The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching.[1]

That actually is written in stone, an Assyrian tablet, circa 2800 BC.

So honesty is in the eye of the beholder, to each his own as he/she sees it.  Or as Mark Twain said: Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.

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