A lie (also called prevarication, falsehood) is a type of deception in the form of an untruthful statement, especially with the intention to deceive others, often with the further intention to maintain a secret or reputation, protect someone's feelings or to avoid a punishment or repercussion for one's actions.
It is my contention that Republican Congressman Eric Cantor of central Virginia lied in his recent statement that his office had been targeted for vandalism in the wake of the final health care vote. Richmond police have now come forward and declared that it was a random bullet fired up into the sky that came down by sheer chance and penetrated the window of one of Cantor's Richmond Virginia offices. How do they know this? Well, they know this because of the trajectory of the bullet. If you are aiming at a window, you do not station yourself several blocks away and fire up into the sky in a trajectory that you hope will result in a hit. That does not work. Even the finest sniper in the world would miss.
In his speech, Cantor castigated Democrats for claiming that they have been vandalized as a result of provocative language from Republican legislators. Then he turned around and claimed that he had been vandalized (falsely) due to povocative language from Dem legislators. It is possible that Cantor THOUGHT he had been vandalized- but now that the facts are in, I will be waiting for his retraction. I will be waiting for that retraction the rest of my life, because it is not going to come.