Of course for the people involved these are major events: but it is only with the greatest pipe-puffing humbuggery that commentators can elevate these events to matters of national concern - straight-facedly
portraying them as examples of growing and worrying national trends.
A recent story about a television celebrity charged by an acquaintance of forcibly engaging her in several varieties of kinky sex was straight-facedly
reported in print and on radio with mainstream reporters standing outside the courthouse where the accused (he had denied any guilt) was simply being arraigned -- not tried.
Of course, Pentagon officials know these assumptions are absurd, but by using them they can pack the budget with all manner of gizmos and argue, straight-facedly
, that the gizmos are affordable.
Thirty years ago Bill Bernbach had used a lemon to promote Volkswagen when everyone else was straight-facedly
extolling product virtues.
Chamber of Commerce, which regularly betrays the interests of its hundreds of thousands of small and medium Main Street business members to push the one-world agenda of Wall Street, straight-facedly
claims that TISA will advance the principles of "increased transparency and public participation.
Featuring works in video, installation, and sculpture created between 2006 and 2011, this show emphasized contemplative aspects of Denis Savary's art, rather than the straight-facedly
humorous, cool side for which he is also known.
The scene in which scientists suggest straight-facedly
that the good, pure child is too dangerous for this world and must be destroyed is the miniseries' most risibly silly.
Incredibly, while pushing forward these schemes that are devaluing their currencies and causing inflation, the central bankers straight-facedly
tell the public that they are fighting inflation.
Levy is that he'll do his best to keep his former bandmate in the history books, straight-facedly
crediting Rivers with "a more complex and subtle vision of pop" than Johns, Warhol, and Lichtenstein, so long as his pal doesn't mind coughing up the mixture of old-school know-how and time-tested unconventionality demanded by the local paying public, the only real audience for this nontraveling show.