You know that old saying, "if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't"?
We need to bring back another one: "if something sounds too stupid to be true, it probably isn't".
What has become of our intellectual culture when we can hear some bit of a rumor or propaganda and not be able to tell that it probably is, if not an outright lie, at very best a gross distortion?
Is it the new emotional addiction we have to indignant outrage and feelings of persecution?
If we aren't feeling outraged or persecuted, then we have no feelings at all?
Three things I have heard otherwise reasonable, intelligent people say:
1. Obama's health plan will require the elderly to be visited by a government official who will ask them how they want to die.
(This is probably a distortion of the hospice clause.)
2. Obama's health plan will outlaw cesarean section births, regardless of maternal/child outcome.
(I have NO idea how this one came about.)
3. Obama's health plan will require the euthanization of every cat in America because so many people are allergic to them.
(Oh, wait, that was Loki, never mind.)
Edit: Editorial that says it all better than I ever could, especially the last paragraph.
Loki sez: Can I hide in the attic when the government officials start going door to door looking for felines?