RYAN HARPER

Truthiness
for piano and electronics

written 2011
performers Thomas Kotcheff and Ryan Harper
score
Truthiness.pdf



text

"Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn." - Sarah Palin

"Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting fine, but I'm not going to give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right in to Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, 'Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine, you want to be your own country, go right ahead. And if al-Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You wan to blow up the Coit Tower, go ahead.'" - Bill O'Reilly

"What would you do, sir, if terrorists were killing 45,000 people every year in this country? Well the current health care system, the insurance companies, and those who support them are doing just that. Let's frame this in language even conservatives can understand. Those fighting health care reform, not those debating its shape nor its nuance, people who demand the status quo, they are killing 45,000 Americans a year. If they were killed all at once, or even a hundred at a time, Neal Boortz would be demanding martial law and government by the generals. Instead, because they die individually of disease and not disaster, Neal Boortz and those who ape him, in office and out, approve their deaths. All 45,000 of them. A year. In America. Remind me again, who are the terrorists?" - Keith Olbermann

"This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture, I don't know what it is, but you can't sit in a pew with Jeremiah Wright for twenty years and not hear some of that stuff and not have it wash over." - Glenn Beck

"At this point in my life I have never seen my America turn into what it has turned into. And I don't think representatives and senators are going to be able to do it. I'm scared." - Hysterical Woman

"And you guys are undermining American exceptionalism." - Hysterical Man

"In America, we're going to have to support the right to think. Language is what you manufacture it to be: culture, hatred and violence, or a deep, deep wash." - Ryan Harper