Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Dissembling" vs. "Disassembling": Record Editors Don't Know the Difference (But "We, The People" Do!)

gerund or present participle: dissembling
  1. conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs.
    "an honest, sincere person with no need to dissemble"
    synonyms:dissimulatepretendfeignactmasqueradeshamfakebluffposture, hide one's feelings, put on a false front
    "she's being honest and has no need to dissemble"
    • disguise or conceal (a feeling or intention).
      "she smiled, dissembling her true emotion"

A photo caption (cutline) in today's print edition of the St. Augustine Record inaccurately describes construction workers "dissembling?" (sic) scaffolding at Flagler College.
How disturbing to have a local newspaper whose editor does not know the difference between "dissembling" and "disassembling!"
Construction workers don't usually "dissemble," but they frequently "disassemble."
None of those workers were "dissembling" -- they were "disassembling" the scaffolding."
No, "dissembling" is what Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR does when he ducks and coverts and utterly refuses to answer questions about the Michelle O'Connell case, or lies as he did to NBC.
"Dissembling" is what tatterdemalion St. Augustine City ex-Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. did when he refused to answer questions about his no-bid low-cost lease of City property at 81 St. George Street (Florida Cracker Cafe), deferring questions to his little biddy business partner, buddy ex-Mayor CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, Jr."
"Dissembling" is what WEEKS did when he tried to explain his destruction of a 211-year old building without a permit.
"Dissembling" is what the SHOAR-ostitutes and BOLESIANS do in trying to explain the inexplicable or defend the indefensible (like the proposition that guns discharge forward or that Michelle O'Connell committed suicide).
"Disassembling" is what "We, The People" are doing with corruption in our town.
It takes a village -- and a Special Prosecutor, the FBI and local public officials and public servants with ethics brains, spines and backbones.
As LBJ said after Selma, "We SHALL overcome!"

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