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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:38 AM
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Is rapid eye blinking by * a sign of lying or just nervousness?
Did anyone notice how much the Shrub blinked his eyes when he was talking about the failure to find WMDs last week?
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:40 AM
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1. Mebbe he's trying to hold back the tears?
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:41 AM
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2. Rapid eye blinking
If his lips are moving therefore he is lying.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 08:25 PM
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36. Hi madmom!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:42 AM
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3. It's one of his 'tells'
So is stammering, BTW. Did you see his answer in response to the 9/11 question at the press conference a couple of months ago? He could barely put a sentence together to answer it, and was blinking like mad...
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:44 AM
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6. Yup...
it is one of his BIG tells.

Also, the raising of the eyebrows can be another tell of lying. It's a subconscious attempt to look innocent.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:46 AM
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9. I don't know why people say he's such a good liar
I've always thought he was a TERRIBLE liar. In fact, if I played poker against him, I'd OWN him (he'd probably try and bluff all the time...probably never folds...).
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:59 AM
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11. I agree completely...
he is perhaps one of the worst liars I have seen -- EVERYTHING reads all over his face -- his lying, his disgust, his anger.

That smirk of his says VOLUMNS.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:22 AM
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15. Hey I raise my eyebrow (one) all of the time.
Am I a liar or is it just if both eyebrows are raised?
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:46 AM
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8. You're right. It is a 'tell.'
Another of his tells: When he says something and reacts to his own statements, as if to say, "If you don't agree, you're stupid."

Rapid blinking (like Dean on MTP) is usually a sign of a nervous gambler, who thinks he has a good hand but isn't sure what to do with it.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 02:27 PM
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34. uh thanks
for the CHEAP SHOT at howard dean! :grr:
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July Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 01:29 PM
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31. More tells?
It always seems to me that when he's trying to sell something he uses a certain hand gesture -- a sort of slow forward chop with the back of the hand facing the audience and the arm from the elbow to hand horizontal to the body -- anybody know what I mean? He makes several chops as he's trying to make his point. Then we get the smile/smirk when he's done, as if to say, "See what I just proved to you?" (Someone noted above this reacting to his own remarks the way he wants us to react.)

I don't know if the hopping back and forth like a kid about to pee his pants is a tell or just part of his generally subnormal behavior.
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:44 AM
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4. With the chimp in chief, lips moving is a sign of lying. n/t
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jean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:44 AM
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5. They were fluttering - and he was nearly stuttering as well
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loftycity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:45 AM
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7. Have you ever noticed that most of those guys never blink?? n/t
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Laughing Mirror Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 10:50 AM
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10. How to spot a liar
Somebody posted this before. Here it is again:

http://www.takebackthemedia.com/liar.html
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:49 AM
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17. Not to trivialize your post but...
...I love that music that accompanies the video. :)
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americanstranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:52 AM
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18. I picked that music for a number of reasons.
First, it's a well-known song, even though not many people kow the name of the song.

Second, the name of the song is 'Baby Elephant Walk' - a reference to Bush being Poppy's baby.

Third, I wanted to keep the animation lighter and more fun than the usual stuff I do. Glad it worked! :)

-as
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:54 AM
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19. "Baby Elephant Walk"
Edited on Mon Feb-02-04 11:55 AM by skypilot
Thanks. I'll remember that. Who is it by?

It's fun in the same way as the piece called "The Happy Organ". Are you familiar with that one?
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americanstranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:26 PM
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22. Written by Hank Mancini,
performed by the Lawrence Welk Orchestra.

'The Happy Organ' - I remember it well. Performed by Dave 'Baby' Cortez! :)

-as
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:34 PM
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23. Thanks for the info.
Thank you very much. :toast:
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mantis49 Donating Member (398 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 02:01 PM
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32. Used in the movie
"Hatari" starring John Wayne. Hilarious scene where baby elephants help him pursue his lady love.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:01 PM
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20. That's a MUST SEE for readers of this thread
good post
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Merlin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:49 PM
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27. Wow! This is incredible! I've never seen it before. Bush is guilty!
For the first time, I actually believe he DID have advance warning. Watching his response here, there's simply no doubt in my mind he is hiding from the truth. tbtm did a great job with this.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:07 AM
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12. he probably has the following
ts syndrome,add,lingering effects of substance abuse and arrogance. and he`s their chosen one...
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:11 AM
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13. Hey, what about the Moral Majority guy?
Remember when the right-wingnuts were sitting around counting how many times Clinton blinked. Then came the moral majority guy spouting things like "first of all, this is a republic not a democracy" and blinking so much it was painful to watch. I've been calling him 'Blinky' so long I can't remember his name.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:21 AM
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14. Jerry Falwell? Ralph Reed? Pat Robertson?
Pat Robertson is not strictly Moral Majority, but he is a liar and he is opposed to democracy. So two out of three isn't bad.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 05:37 PM
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35. Falwell (phew) I woulda lost sleep.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 11:34 AM
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16. We know he's lying...
..and he knows he's being trailed by the Democratic hunting dogs -- because he hears the baying -- so we know he's nervous.

I'd say his blinking is coming from both lies and nervousness.

In most hunting exercises, when the hunted is treed up, as **** is now, it's not the time to put away the weapons, it's time to take aim.

The bullets are:
Awol/Deserter
Deficits up the yungyo
9/11 failure to protect America
Stolen Elections
Iraqi invasion

Start Shooting!!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 08:35 PM
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39. Don't forget outing Valerie Plame and the snowballing WMD stuff.
There are too many leaks springing in the dike. KKKarl Rove is running out of fingers.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:16 PM
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21. I don't know about blinking...
... but a smirk is one thing most psychologists considers an indication that the smirker is lying.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:39 PM
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24. he looks like hell again today...
...all puffy and bleary.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 01:04 PM
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30. Maybe another "pretzel binge?"
Funny that h=no one has ever pointed out (to my knowledge) that pretzels are a favorite munchie for eating with beer - so much so that some bars serve a kind of short fat pretzel called "beer nuts".
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:41 PM
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25. Wesley Clark never blinks
There was a Salon article the other day on how Clark only blinks 3 or 4 times a minute.
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KayLaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:45 PM
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26. Someone
Chris Matthews, I think, once said he looked like he was being held hostage and trying to blink out an SOS. That was in the midst of the selection.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 01:01 PM
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29. Of course a lot of lying was going on then as well
Not to mention the guilt about knowing that he was stealing the election. It may not be the lying per se but the guilt which causes the blinking.
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Zero Gravitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 12:53 PM
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28. Drain Bamage
The rapid blinking is a sign of brain damage from too much alcohol and cocaine.
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onecitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 02:26 PM
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33. It could ne either way I suppose.........
he's nervous cause he's lying. I've noticed it too.
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qwertyMike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 08:26 PM
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37. Moron
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number6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-02-04 08:27 PM
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38. * lips moving is a sign of lying .
eom
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