WordPress still won’t let me change so much as a misplaced comma in the Lexicon. Actually, WordPress is only allowing me to read the site about 60% of the time this week, just in case anybody thought the secondary front-pagers got some kind of special access. Either the Red State
Trike Farce Strike Force is being unusually modest, or John Cole should never have paid the NRO support team to upgrade Balloon Juice.
Here are some entries that will be added to the BJ Lex someday, I hope, along with DougJ’s latest, Wingerati…
27 Percenters – Those Americans who will predictably vote against their own best interests. In his seminal post on the Crazification Factor, John Rogers used the 2004 Obama/Keyes senate race as a measure: “Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.” Or, as commenter Davis X. Machina phrased it:
“The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of who will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it.”
Banana Republicans – The modern Robber Barons; individuals who dedicate their political efforts to turning America into an oligarchy where they assume they will be the rulers. Erik D. Prince, founder and sole owner of private military company Blackwater (now Xe), may be the foremost exemplar of the breed.
Bobbleheads – Derogatory nickname for television talkshow hosts and the pundits who use them — empty novelty items nodding in uniform approval of “their team”. See also Media Village Idiots.
Dean Scream, the, aka “I Have a Scream” 1). Dr. Howard Dean’s enthusiastic bellow during the 2004 Democratic primaries, over-amplified both literally and figuratively by a press apparatus bent on demonizing an outsider to the Village groupthink who was threatening to gain too much popular support. 2). Any minor technical or verbal gaffe run ad infinitum and ad nauseum by a compliant press apparatus in order to make a popular political figure appear like a bug-eyed maniac when his or her ideas become more widely accepted than is comfortable to the status quo.
Editing, please – Once upon a time, Balloon-Juice had an editing feature, now abandoned, that allowed commenters to edit their posts to correct typos, etc., for a 4 minute window after posting. “Editing, please?”, or variations such as “My kingdom for the return of the edit button!”, have since become a common refrain from BJ commenters — a crew better known for their thoughtfulness, wit, and snarkiness, than for their manual dexterity — upon realizing that beautiful gems of prose are marred by an ugly typo.
Movement Conservative – the Adult Diaper division of the Republican Party. When they’re not soiling themselves over some imagined threat (from the Democrates, the DFHs, the Furriners, the Brown People, the Smart People, or the monsters under the bed), they’re taking a dump on the Constitution.
Warpr0n – entertainment that fetishizes war as patriotic, effective, and desirable; see William Kristol, Neoconservatism. (Per commenter Eks): The extra groinular thrill that comes from watching an ass kickin’ action movie with the extra added knowledge that the bad dudes getting wasted are actually real people with friends and families who will miss them. Note: Works best when “human” is redefined to mean “folks” (i.e., ‘Merikan), with the rest of the planet being populated only by strange and evil android beings.
Weekly Standard, The – One of Rupert Murdoch’s corporately-funded welfare cases that loses about a million dollars a year, TWS is the neocon echo chamber where founder/editor Bill “Always Wrong” Kristol entertains those in the reality-based world with his invariably incorrect viewpoints and predictions. Kristol wanted to name his vanity project “The American Standard,” an idea scuttled when it emerged that American Standard is the famous brand name of a mass-produced toilet.