Two Quick Examples of U.S. Government Lies in Labels

Political fancy talk is always fascinating. By this I mean, the essential lies that government tells by re-naming something to make it sound benign or even beneficial when it is really just another anti-American, liberty-killing government initiative, or giving it a harsh label in order to destroy whatever activity that government wants destroyed. Here I have two recent examples of these.

Now, by “re-naming” things to sound better, I mean things such as the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act.” This is a law that actually takes choice away from employees and does not give them any freedom but enslaves them to Obama’s pals in the unions. Or take the “Affordable Healthcare Act” (we know it as Obamacare) which will drive costs up through the roof for everyone. “Affordable” my ass. Or, I’m even talking about the ages old term “re-education camp,” a term that replaced “death camp” because it sounded better. You know, that sort of stuff.

Anyway, my first example will be from our much beloved Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), that agency that saves us daily from those evil water bottles and shampoo containers that are just to darn big to be “safe” on an airplane.

So, when you go into that security screening line and you are forced to throw away your personal belongings, the TSA calls those items “voluntarily abandoned property.”

This is simply government BS. You aren’t throwing away your property “voluntarily.” You are being told you must do so or you can’t get on your flight.

Worse, your “voluntarily abandoned property” (or VAP) suddenly becomes no longer yours once you turn it over to the TSA.

VAP deposited in collection bins shall not be recovered by, and will not be returned to, passengers. Upon voluntary abandonment of the prohibited item, the item immediately becomes the property of the Federal Government.

This is all just government lies and double speak.

As Bob Parks reminds us, this is the same TSA that was caught accidentally “mismanaging” that same property.

Next is a story reported by Fox News’ Todd Starnes.

A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania.

You see, Obama and his cohorts want the Christian religion destroyed, so what better way than to train the armed-to-the-teeth military to hate Christians? That way when Obama sends them out to quash internal dissent against his anti-American policies, the military will have been trained to consider their fellow citizens as evil extremists ready to destroy their commander in chief’s good works.

Even the Southern Policy Law Center, a widely known left-wing extremist group, has denounced the government on this one! And that is really saying something.

Take these as just two tiny examples of the sort of stiff this out of control government does every day.

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  • JWH

    You see, Obama and his cohorts want the Christian religion destroyed, so what better way than to train the armed-to-the-teeth military to hate Christians?

    Uh-huh. Obama and his EEEEEEEEEEEEVIL co-conspirators want to destroy Christianity, so they insert BULLET POINTS into an EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL PowerPoint presentation given to one unit of (EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL) Army reservists. Bum-bum-BUM!! (EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL!!)

    • herddog505

      Well, why not? After all, Mitt Romney making a casual comment about binders full of female job candidates was enough to smear the entire GOP with the “war on women” horsesh*t.

      Now, do I think that Barry or one of his chief minions ordered this clown to give a presentation labeling “Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism”? No. Hell, I doubt that Hagel or Uncle Choo-choo have the brains to spell “extremism”, much less write a memo about it. It may be, too, that this clown did it on his own.

      But, given that DHS had a study naming returning vets, pro-lifers, and opponents of illegal immigration as potential terror threats, that lefties have treated Chik-fil-A as the worst thing since the kkk (“You’re not welcome in OUR city”), and that the mere mention of the Catholic Church is enough to cause some lefties to shriek in outrage, is it so hard to believe that SOMEBODY in the regime is totally cool with this sort of thing?

      Imagine the outcry had the presentation listed “Muslims” or “immigration advocates” or “pro-choice” people as examples of extremists.

      • Brucehenry

        Do YOU think the President of the United States “wants the Christian religion destroyed,” Herddog?

        If not, why not just point and laugh at Warner’s overthetoppiness, as JWH is doing? Why make a weak attempt to justify it?

        EDIT: Here’s something to worry about regarding religion and the military:

        • JWH

          I am not laughing at Warner’s blog post, Bruce. Don’t you see that Obama and his cohorts are EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL?

          • JWH


        • herddog505

          Destroyed? No. Do I think that he, like many lefties, wants it to be the equivalent of liking Spice Girls videos, i.e. something that people keep completely to themselves? Yes.

          And, again, imagine if, instead of naming Catholics and evangelicals as “extremists”, this clown had named Muslims or environmentalists as extremists. Barry and his gang have called what happened at Ft. Hood “workplace violence”, fer pity’s sake, even as they trot Sandra Fluke out to tell everybody how mean ol’ Catholics want her and other women to die.

          To borrow from the lefty playbook circa 2005, I think that Barry and his minions have created an “environment” where semi-official bashing of Christians (and Tea Partiers, and pro-lifers) is accepted.

          • Brucehenry

            But yet Warner explicitly claims, in all seriousness, that the President wants Christianity destroyed, and that to accomplish this nefarious goal he is, or wants to, or plans to train the US military to hate Christians. Or something.

            And instead of ridicule, he gets excused. I don’t get it. Why do y’all let this guy keep acting as if you’re all stupid?

            BTW, got a quote from Obama or anyone of any high rank in the administration calling Ft Hood “workplace violence?” Or saying that Catholics want Sandra Fluke to die?

            I don’t mean commenters at KOS or that Toure dude at MSNBC, I mean the administration — you know, “Barry and his gang.”

          • herddog505

            Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation’s Armed Forces at home.

            During a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, the Maine Republican referenced a letter from the Defense Department depicting the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. She criticized the Obama administration for failing to identify the threat as radical Islam.

            “The documents attached illustrate how the Department is dealing with the threat of violent Islamist extremism in the context of a broader threat of workplace violence,” read the letter, which was obtained by Fox News.

            Read more:

            As for Sandra Fluke, what else is “war on women” about?

            As for WTH, I’d say it’s less “acting as if we’re all stupid” and more of hyperbole. You know, just like Sandra Fluke:

            “[If Romney and Ryan are elected, it] would be an America in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms.”

            Or Nancy Pelosi:

            When the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor, and health care providers do not have to intervene.*

            So, who’s treating who as if they are stupid? Would that be WTH, a blogger, or democrats who assure their gullible voters that Republicans want women (and children, and old people) to die?


            O’ course, this is PRECISELY what Barry voted for years ago, only substitute “childre who survive an incompetent abortion” for “women”.

          • Brucehenry

            The “documents attached” which supposedly “characterize Ft Hood as workplace violence” are never actually shown to us in the FOX link. One can guess something more innocuous was said, like “how the Department is DEALING WITH THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM in the context of workplace violence.” Oh, wait, we don’t have to guess, it’s right there in your quote. Did an Islamic extremist not attack the soldiers at Ft Hood in their workplace?

            And who signed the letter? Who sent it? To whom? I’ve heard the outrage about this letter before. What is the actual text of this letter Sen Collins is so upset about?

            Fluke and Pelosi were right. Early versions of Ryan’s bill did NOT contain exceptions for rape, incest, or to preserve the life of the mother. In any case, she’s talking about ONE mean ol’ Catholic, and I guess one mean ol’ Mormon.

            I’d also remind you that Fluke is not a member of the administration, nor is Pelosi, although I guess you could call her one of “Barry and his gang.”

          • herddog505

            While I admit that trusting a member of Congress to do much more than breath and accept a campaign contribution at the same time is a stretch, given that Collins is a RINO, I’ll take her word that the letter said what she claims.

            Or did she just make it up?

            And what IS the official position on Ft. Hood? Let’s see:

            Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated “we object to—and do not believe—that anti-Muslim sentiment should emanate from this … This was an individual who does not, obviously, represent the Muslim faith.” Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. said “I’m concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers … Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

            In January 2010, a senior Obama administration official, who declined to be named, referred to the shooting as “an act of terrorism”, however other administration officials have not referred to the shootings as a terrorist event.*

            In other words, thirteen people are dead and more than thirty wounded by a clown who was shouting “Allahu akbar” while he was mowing them down, but the official position is, “Gee, we sure hope that this doesn’t make people mad at Muslims”. Hence, the “workplace violence” crap.

            As for Fluke, why do you think that she was a witness – the SOLE witness – at that sham hearing that Pelosi and the rest of the dems put on? Could it be that they knew what she would say, that she served as a very willing mouthpiece for them?

            But I see that you won’t be satisfied unless I can provide direct quotes from Barry to the effect that, “I want to destroy Christianity / Catholics want women to die / Ft. Hood was workplace violence.”

            Sorry; I guess I’m just out of luck. You win.



          • Brucehenry

            YEESSSSSSSS!!!! IN YOUR FACE!!!

            No, seriously, I’m not interested in “winning.” As a “lefty” I eschew all that macho, competitive stuff. I expect all my comments to be accepted as truth because I am entitled, as a Balding-American, to favored status.

            No, seriously seriously, I’m just here to keep you guys orbiting Earth, not Planet Wingnut.

            You’re welcome.

          • herddog505

            Oh, don’t think I don’t appreciate it.

          • JWH

            I think that some perspective is needed, that is all.

            Regarding Muslims, there is a perception in certain quarters that almost all (if not all) Muslims in this country are out to destroy the United States, bring it down, owe allegiance to something other than the US, etc., etc. In point of fact, most Muslims aren’t, and generalizing the behavior of all Muslims based on a violent few is unjustified.

            You see this thing reach a kind of ridiculous apotheosis with Nezar Hamze, a long-time Florida Republican whose own party all but drummed him out (and questioned his American-ness) simply because he’s Muslim.

            Regarding Christian persecution, I think there’s also some perspective needed. You see certain American Christians get completely bent out of shape when somebody wishes them “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” and fulminate about creeping plots against them when a teacher is told that no, you may not lead your students in prayer. Not to mention Warner’s declaration that Obama is out to destroy Christianity because of a reserve officer’s training presentation.

            This kind of “oppression” stands in stark contrast to parts of the world (including, yes, the Muslim world), where a Christian faces assault, torture, or death if he dares to speak of his religion to any other. Compared to this, American “repression” is small potatoes. (Side note: This kind of thing also leaves me unsympathetic to a lot of American atheists. Denied a job because of your religion? Fine, sue. But don’t whine about crosses in public places as repression when Bangladeshi political parties want to execute atheist bloggers)

            In other words, Herd, I think you’re defending an indefensible premise, and that’s why I mocked Warner above.

          • herddog505

            As I wrote above, I don’t think that Barry is out to “destroy” Christianity, either. However, I think that it’s pretty clear that the left – and I include him in that – are not exactly fans of Christianity, regarding it at best as a rather quaint practice that, if people MUST follow it, ought to be kept to themselves and at worst as an enemy of “progress” that ought to be, if not stamped out, then at least kept on a very tight leash.

            Witness the lefty response to Dan Cathy and Chik-fil-A, or when Barry referred to “bitter clingers”, or the near-ceaseless attacks on the Catholic Church because (the nerve!) they don’t want to pay for birth control or abortion. How dare they!

            As for Christians feeling persecuted, I share that view. It’s offensive to me to have the ACLU heave into view, shrieking with self-righteousness, any time a city council wants to open with a prayer or somebody wants to put a Nativity scene in front of the courthouse. Now, this pales in comparison to the persecution (read: murder) of Christians elsewhere in the world; I don’t say no to that. However, it seems to me that it’s fair game to make fun of Christians in popular media in a way that it’s NOT to make fun of any other religion (go dunk a pic of Mohammed in a jar of urine and put it on display in a museum; let me know how that works out), as well as to publicly (ahem) lament when Christian just don’t want to play ball on such things as gay marriage and abortion.

            Tolerance, it appears, is a one-way street.

            A teenage girl standing up to pray at a Louisville middle school has been suspended.


            A lawsuit was filed against a local school district after a 16-year-old boy says he was suspended from an East County high school for bringing his Bible to campus and preaching.


            The Phillipsburg substitute teacher who gave a copy of the Bible to a student was forbidden tonight from serving as a substitute for the rest of the school year.


            The justices today left intact a federal appeals ruling that said a North Carolina county board was violating the constitutional separation of church and state by opening most of its sessions with a Christian prayer. The high court also refused to review a separate decision that barred prayers at meetings of a Delaware school board.


            This last, incidentally, is why I think that those boneheads in Raleigh voted for that damnedfool resolution declaring that the First Amendment is not binding on our state: they are fed up with the idea that some smart*ss ACLU lawyer can go find a liberal judge somewhere who’ll rule that mentioning Jesus not only violates the First Amendment, but is a critical step on the way to bringing back the Inquisition.

      • JWH

        Imagine the outcry had the presentation listed “Muslims” or “immigration advocates” or “pro-choice” people as examples of extremists.

        Actually, there was such a thing. A couple instances, actually, of training materials implying that all Muslims (not just extremists) were out to topple the United States, etc., etc. What happened there is pretty much what happened here. People who care about that kind of thing got wind of it, and the related gov’t agencies stopped doing it.

  • JWH

    You see, Obama and his cohorts want the Christian religion destroyed, so what better way than to train the armed-to-the-teeth military to hate Christians?

    Uh-huh. Obama and his EEEEEEEEEEEEVIL co-conspirators want to destroy Christianity, so they insert BULLET POINTS into an EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL PowerPoint presentation given to one unit of (EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL) Army reservists. Bum-bum-BUM!! (EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL!!)

  • GarandFan

    Somewhere, George Orwell is laughing his ass off.