Final Word from Thursday, March 8, 2012

Millions of people enjoy watching reality shows, but for the intelligent minority, they serve only one purpose - to prove once again how vulgar and simple the human race can be. And in this very sense, the Vít Bárta "reality show" (to borrow Václav Klaus's expression for it) is very instructive. It's very useful to see just how vulgar and simple Czech politicians can be. It's also immensely helpful to see that Czech politicians lie as well under oath before a judge as they do before a voter. Without hard, physical evidence for establishing innocence or guilt, there really is no other reason to bring such professional con men (and women) into a courtroom, because the judges will merely be forced to choose in this "he said, she said" trial between the poker-faced lying type and the hysterical crybaby version. And if in the end the judges are able to convict someone on the basis of all this prevarication, we'll know they're lying too.[Czech Republic VV Věci veřejné bribery corruption Jaroslav Škárka Kristýna Kočí]

Glossary of difficult words

Liar, liar, pants on fire! - a chant used by a child to indicate that another child is lying and will go up in flames because of it; 

under oath - having sworn to tell the truth, esp. in a court of law; 

con man - someone who cheats or tricks someone by means of a swindle or confidence game; 

he said, she said - a situation in which two people involved in the same incident recount it in differing ways; 

poker face - an impassive expression that hides one's true feelings; 

crybaby - a person, esp. a child, who sheds tears frequently and readily; 

prevarication - evasive speech or action.


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