Bluff The Listener Our panelists tell us three stories of someone crying foul, only one of which is true.
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Our panelists tell us three stories of someone crying foul, only one of which is true.


From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Kyrie O'Connor, PJ O'Rourke and Charlie Pierce. And here again is your host, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Carl.


SAGAL: Thank you so much, everybody. Right now, it is time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! "Bluff the Listener" game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!


SAGAL: Hello, who's this?

WEINSTEIN: This is Jon Weinstein calling.

SAGAL: Hey Jon, how are you?

WEINSTEIN: I'm great.

SAGAL: Where are you calling from?

WEINSTEIN: I'm calling from Ellicott City, Maryland.

SAGAL: Where's Ellicott City?

WEINSTEIN: It's just south of Baltimore, about 15 miles or so.

SAGAL: What do you do there?

WEINSTEIN: I own a consulting firm that helps government organizations do their job better.

SAGAL: Really?

WEINSTEIN: Yeah. Is there laughing in the background?


KYRIE O: How's that working out for you?

PJ O: Really, the nation thanks you.


WEINSTEIN: It is an endless job, that's for sure.

SAGAL: In your spare time, do you roll huge boulders up endless cliffs?


SAGAL: Well, welcome to the show, Jon.

WEINSTEIN: Thank you.

SAGAL: Now you're going to play the game in which you must try to tell truth from fiction. Carl, what is Jon's topic?

KASELL: "Hey, That's Not Fair!"

SAGAL: Whether it's not being allowed to stay up late or CBS firing you from your sitcom after a drug-addled rampage, we've all experienced life's little indignities. This week, we read about someone who decided to do something about it. Our panelists are going to tell you three stories of people not getting what they think they deserve, and making a stink about it. Choose the true story; you'll win Carl's voice on your home answering machine. Ready to go?

WEINSTEIN: I'm ready to go. That sounds great.

SAGAL: Here, first, is Charlie Pierce.

PIERCE: The Door County District Court in Wisconsin this week took up the case of Walter Cassavetes, who is suing the County Conservation Authority, and Pete's Bait and Tackle, for what the complaint calls, quote, piscatorial alienation.


PIERCE: Cassavetes contends that the county had advertised that it had stocked Lake Chrystal with 500 largemouth bass, and that Pete's promised him an afternoon of bass fishing. But all he caught were eight miserable carp. Look, we promised him fishing and he fished, said Pete Koznenski(ph), the proprietor of the bait shop. He had a really good day.

WEINSTEIN: Carpe Diem.



SAGAL: A fisherman in Wisconsin goes to court to demand recompense for a bad day on the lake. Next, let's hear a story of righteous indignation from Kyrie O'Connor.

O: Some people have really hard jobs. They might work at failed Japanese nuclear plants, or save children in Haiti. Or they might have to visit New Jersey.


CONNOR: Thomas Horodecki, who works in fashion for Elie Tahari at Saks Fifth Avenue, is suing because he's anguished and depressed by having to leave the gilded streets of Manhattan to take the slow, grim, smoggy drive to visit stores in New Jersey. Now, Mr. Horodecki has a point. In New Jersey, he may have seen dresses in sizes larger than 0 or 2.


CONNOR: He may have seen clothing in colors other than black and charcoal. He may have - oh, the humanity - seen women ingest solid food.


CONNOR: He may even have seen women who like themselves and were happy. You understand. Horodecki is suing for $2 million.

SAGAL: A man suing his employer, being forced to visit New Jersey. Your last story of someone complaining comes from PJ O'Rourke.

ROURKE: Semi-disgraced New York congressman Charlie Rangel is holding up a FEMA appropriations bill because it doesn't provide disaster funding to combat bedbug infestation. You have to understand, said congressman Rangel. This is a disaster for New York; it's a disaster for the tourism industry; it's a disaster for the housing industry; and it's a personal disaster for me in some of the rental properties' revenues from which I mistakenly failed to declare to the IRS.


ROURKE: And, said Rangel, if you know New York politicians like I know New York politicians, you'd know that bugging their bedrooms will destroy New York.


SAGAL: All right then, let me review your choices. One of these was an example of unfairness complained about in the week's news. Was it from Charlie Pierce - a fisherman up in Door County, Wisconsin, complaining he was promised bass but didn't get his bass; from Kyrie O'Connor - a man suing his New York employer for forcing him, time after time after time, to visit drab New Jersey; or from PJ O'Rourke - congressman Charlie Rangel upset that FEMA won't treat the bedbugs in his rental properties as a federal disaster? Which of these is the complaint made in the week's news?

WEINSTEIN: Oh gosh. Well, they're all pretty good - and pretty believable.


WEINSTEIN: But it does sound kind of like Charlie Rangel to go after FEMA for bedbugs. I'm going to give that a shot.

SAGAL: You're going to give that a shot?


SAGAL: You're going to go for PJ's story in which...

WEINSTEIN: Going to go with PJ.

SAGAL: Congressman Charlie Rangel...


SAGAL: Is upset that his own properties are not a federal disaster area.


SAGAL: Right. Well, we actually spoke to someone intimately involved in the real story.

MICHAEL J: When you're a New York guy and, you know, you're in the fashion capital of the world and you're working at Saks Fifth Avenue, what it comes down to is, it's Jersey. I mean, they ski in their jeans.

SAGAL: That was Michael J. Borrelli. He's the lawyer for the fellow suing over his unfashionable commutes to New Jersey. Unfortunately, as you have no doubt figured out, it was Kyrie who was telling the truth this time. You did not win. You earned a point, though, for PJ, for his remarkably truthful- sounding story.


SAGAL: About Charles Rangel.


SAGAL: I wouldn't put it by him. I'll agree with you there.


SAGAL: Thank you so much for playing, Jon.

WEINSTEIN: Thank you very much. You take care.

SAGAL: Bye-bye.


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