Sunday, February 3, 2008

A Good Liar Is Hard To Find

It's hard to find a good liar these days. A liar in general? Oh, easy to find. But a good liar? Damn near impossible. Case in point today: Joran van der Sloot.

The Sloot has been the main focus in the investigation of the disappearance and presumed death of Natalie Holloway in Aruba. On Friday, The Sloot does a TV interview and says that he was lying when he confessed privately to someone that he was involved in Holloway's disappearance. This revelation came only hours after it was announced by the authorities in Aruba that they were reopening the case after they had viewed some footage that was secretly taped by a Dutch journalist. This guy has impeccable timing, yes? Uh, no.

Yes, of course, that makes perfect sense. Someone is going to ask me if I killed someone and, if I didn't, I am going to tell them that I did because that is what they want to hear. (This all being under the presumption that one wasn't being waterboarded at the time.) NO! That makes NO sense! We're talking about murder! You don't say you killed someone if you didn't!

Don't get me wrong, there are absolutely times when you do lie about things. "I love your cooking!" "Those jeans don't make you look fat!" "I adore your mother!" Things like that? Lie, lie and lie some more, people!
But there are also absolutely times when you do not, under any circumstances (sans waterboarding) lie about things! "Did you kill someone?" "Did you kill someone?" and "Did you kill someone?" are three situations that come to mind. Don't lie.

So, just to recap, when you've been asked by someone, anyone, if you've killed someone, and you didn't, the answer is NO.

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