Tuesday, August 01, 2023

UFO or UAP? What's the Difference? Who Cares? (published 8-1-2023; article #422)

“A frisbee flying through the air with a blue sky in the background: Flying UFO in the blue sky,” photo by Gianluca Carenza, on Unsplash, 2/22/2022. Free to use under the Unsplash License.


Rest assured, dear reader. Neither this Appalachian Irishman nor his wife (the “long-suffering” Mrs. Appalachian Irishman) has been abducted by aliens! Only one article published last month, on 7/5/2023. Usually, six or so articles are published each month.

You ask, “What's been going on?” Well, I'll tell you. We enjoyed a family reunion, in Charleston, Missouri! We were in Missouri, from 7/11-14/2023, Tuesday to Friday. On the Friday of our our return to Tennessee, a family -- with whom we served, on the Mission Moscow team -- and we had a reunion! We met in Lebanon, Tennessee. I've been working, on and off, on an article about those reunions. It will be a long article. Otherwise, aside from the usual “life, such as it is,” stuff, we had birthdays. I attained age 63. The next day, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman attained the landmark age of <deleted by Mrs. Appalachian Irishman>. I plan to publish an article, about our birthdays. The article will include, on Appalachian Irishman - podcasts, the episode: “Eating the Last Two Slices of Birthday Pie, Made Three Years Ago! (published 7-26-2023; episode 16).” This article presents that sneak preview! On Monday, 7/24/2023, a first cousin, whom I'd not seen, since 2012, drove down from Kingsport, to visit a grade school friend. Afterward, he visited and had supper with us! We had a fine time together! I plan to publish an article, about his visit.

Now, let's return to the topic of this article. Are they called UFOs or UAPs? What's the difference? Who cares? This is the 105th article, on this website's “Humor” topic section. I hope that you enjoy a good laugh. The motivation for this article is the “August Newsletter Update” that US Representative Tim Burchett sent by email this morning. The first topic, in “Tim's Top Three,” for July 2023, is on his involvement in the “UAP Hearing,” in the Committee on Oversight and Accountability. (If you want to be bored, see the rather wordily titled article: “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena: Implications on National Security, Public Safety, and Government Transparency,” on Committee on Oversight and Accountability, 7/26/2023.) At least the 24/7/365 news media are adding this topic to their ad nauseam dribble, about either the Bidens or Trump.

UFO or UAP? What's the Difference?

They had been called UFOs -- unidentified flying objects! Apparently, the Air Force coined that acronym, in 1952, five years after a pilot reported unidentified flying objects, in June 1947.

My research indicates that, in 2021, federal “guvrmint” agencies started using the acronym UAPs, instead of UFOs. The bureaucrats wanted to down play various UFO conspiracies, which are “out there,” and to remove the “baggage” that the UFO acronym carries.

The “guvrmint” likes to rename things, use euphemisms, and create strange acronyms. For example, I've know, for decades, that soldiers carry “entrenching tools,” not “shovels.” Don't call them “shovels,” unless you want to use an “entrenching tool,” to dig a deep hole and then cover it back up! I've heard the stories. Also, the bureaucrats prefer to call a “tax increase” an “investment” -- which is a euphemism for a tax increase or for borrowing and printing more Monopoly money, so that future generations will pay the bill. Finally, when I worked for the state, I enjoyed making fun of their acronym PUN (for Process Update Notification). It's not just a memo. It's a PUN! Well, that was always punny to me! Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines “punny,” as “constituting or involving a pun.” I can't make up this stuff, folks!

So, the “guvrmint” now says that UFOs (unidentified flying objects) are UAPs (unidentified anomalous phenomena). What's the difference? There is none. Just ask the next little, green man, whom you meet. Why didn't the bureaucrats figure out, ahead of time, that some sarcastically humored person would ask, “Doesn't UAP sound too much like 'you ape'?” Well, I just did!

Who Cares?

Let's see a show of hands. How many care that a UFO is now a UAP? I don't see any hands raised. Who cares about the acronym change or about little, green men, from outer space?

Why your “guvrmint” cares! A Representative from Tennessee, Tim Burchett, cares, apparently. Aside from my previous reference to his email, you might find interesting: “Tim Burchett: Americans should know what the government knows about UFOs,” on Politico, by Andrew Zhang, 07/22/2023.


This article pokes a little fun at Tim Burchett. I do not doubt his conservative positions. I know that he is trying his best to slow down, at least, the downward spiral of this once great nation, into “Socialist Utopian Oblivion,” as I call it. Tim is a good man and a fine representative. “Hey, Tim, you are welcome to comment on this article, if you read it.”

For the life of me, I don't know or care why the “guvrmint” is interested in little, green men, from outer space. Knock. Knock.

Hey, anyone in 'guvrmint' listening? If so, please act like you have some common sense! Please follow the values, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution! Those values are based on biblical values. Do you need more guidance? If so, then please use my “Contact Form,” to send me a private and confidential email. I will help you, with no charge. My help will be free. That means free. That does not mean “free,” in that tax dollars are used to give folks stuff.

Wake up, America! The Appalachian Irishman has spoken.

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