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December 30th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

prevaricate |priˈvariˌkāt|verb [ intrans. ]speak or act in an evasive way : he seemed to prevaricate when journalists asked pointed questions. See note at lie .DERIVATIVESprevarication |priˌvariˈkā sh ən| nounprevaricator |-ˌkātər| nounORIGIN mid 16th cent. (in the sense [go astray, transgress] ): from Latinpraevaricat-‘walked crookedly, deviated,’ from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ varicari‘straddle’(from varus ‘bent, knock-kneed’ ).

National Institute of PrevaricationThe National Institute of Prevarication (NIP) is “dedicated to the exposure and preservation of prevarication in public life.” Don’t get us wrong, we are not against lying, dissembling, evasiveness, etc. It’s just that when folks lie they are usually getting ready to reach into our hip pocket. However, without the prevaricators out there we truth-tellers here at the NIP wouldn’t have our employment. (Thanks to the stimulus funding we’ve got our nose in the tent.)

Who hasn’t told the little white lie, etc.? We are sure that it is for the public good that our elected leaders lie to us. At least that is what they tell us. Our mission is to call attention to prevarication, regardless of the source. Not just lies (they can be so tedious), but half-truths, distortions, exaggerations, misleading statements, statistics, etc., all are of interest to the NIP. All forms of prevarication have one thing in common– they attempt to influence others to the benefit of the prevaricator.

The source materials we reference often have a way of vanishing once exposed to the bright light of scrutiny. When possible we try to archive documents that may otherwise disappear.

Many of our postings relate to current political topics, but our web site is not limited to any political agenda. The famous liars in our hall of shame had all sorts of reasons for prevaricating. Also, there is a place for lies in humor. In fact much humor derives its entertainment value from the juxtaposition of plausibility and deniability. You may even find some satirical content here at our web site from time to time, but don’t be misled. We are deadly serious about the messages presented and issues underlying them.

Postings on our web site are brief and to the point. You won’t see a lot of hand-wringing and ranting here. Just facts that rebut publicly disseminated prevarications. We will attribute sources, illustrate positions, expose the facts and reasoning that belie prevarication, and then let our readers judge for themselves.

There are 3 ways you can contribute:

  1. Comment on the posts you read on prevarication.net.
  2. Send us ideas or fallacies that need to be exposed, we will add them.
  3. If you have lots to add, we can make you a regular contributor. Just contact us and let us know you are interested.

Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothingJohn Locke

We have enough dreams out there, what we need now are facts and reasoning.

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  1. Jonathan Kramer
    October 6th, 2009 at 15:49 | #1

    I can’t believe our tax dollars are spent on such a travisty as your web site. This is truly disgusting.

  2. Susan Filippio
    October 6th, 2009 at 15:52 | #2

    I am letting my representatives know about how you folks are wasting the time of the viewing public and our hard-earned tax money. Any readers viewing this web site should call upon Congress to defund the NIP right now.

  3. Timothy Swainhart
    October 9th, 2009 at 12:39 | #3

    I am excited to see that our stimulus money found its way to a shovel-ready project like yours. You guys are doing good, yeoman work and I for one am proud of you and the government that funds you.

  4. Susan Filippio
    October 9th, 2009 at 15:04 | #4

    @Timothy Swainhart Your inane comment gives new meaning to the word “shovel-ready”.

  5. Timothy Swainhart
    October 10th, 2009 at 12:17 | #5

    I must say, Susan, that I resent that remark. The same to you and the horse you rode in on.

  6. Giuseppe Fernández
    December 26th, 2009 at 12:20 | #6

    This site is just what we need to out those people hiding in the shadows of falsehood. I see we have a few posting on here already. Good work!

  7. Didley Squat
    January 18th, 2010 at 21:59 | #7

    What a wonderful website. For your info I always refer to Robert Gibbs as “The Presidential Prevaricator” I believe that is much more accurate title than White House Spokesman, etc. Have you ever noticed that when Obama says “Let me be clear” or “I want to be clear” he is about to tell a whopper…

  8. Gabriel W.
    May 27th, 2010 at 17:54 | #8

    Two things say enough. #1, the fact that this website doesn’t remove negative remarks about its cause (unlike the “other side”)….and #2, the fact that, sadly, I’m frankly nervous about posting my views on any website at all…for what I believe to be obvious reasons.
    Thank you for sticking your necks out there fellas (and ladies of course). God bless you all!

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