Early Morning Open Thread: Lexiconning

I have spent some more hours happily OCDing through the Lexicon, adding attributions, cleaning up links, and including such neologisms as PTDB, Green Balloon Juice, Teabuggers, Moderation (Your Comment Is Awaiting) — linked the WP Codex spam list there — and Firebagger:

Firebagger – Unfortunate portmanteau of FDL ‘Firepup’ and ‘Teabagger’, possibly coined by Firedoglake commenter Knoxville in December 2009 to celebrate the new anti-Obama partnership between Jane Hamsher and Grover Norquist: “How can anyone seriously support any president as he pulls tom-fuckery on the American people? I’d be more than happy if Obama were to fight for the common good and the best interests of the American people. But he’s not. Till he changes course – and till others in his base see that he’s screwing around for all the wrong reasons and screwing us all over in the process – I’ll speak out against him. Call me PUMA. Call me Firebagger. Call me the last true Progressive standing.” First nutpicked for Balloon Juice here, courtesy of commentor Midnight Marauder.

Too much?

If you want to claim credit for a particular phrase, suggest additions, or criticize my copyediting skills, please do so below. Except for the peculiar line spacing between entries — that’s a FYWP, I’m afraid.






112 replies
  1. 1
    bob says:

    Too much? How could it be too much to ridicule others who are fighting for the Middle Class, their own financial and physical health and against corporate tyranny? I mean, when they don’t sing exactly the same notes as you do.

    No, all that one can possibly do is to make up silly insults until your otherwise-allies learn to sing it correctly! Don’t learn, don’t wonder, just make up snark and giggle about it.

    Plus Progressives aren’t as nearly as nasty as Conservative Republicans, so it is much safer to attack them when you don’t get your way. This I learned from Dkos. So don’t cross me.

  2. 2
    Cat Lady says:

    C-Plus Augustus – Derogatory nickname for George W. Bush. Possibly coined by Charles Pierce

    Definitely coined by Charles Pierce. He confirmed it here.

    Reading through that lexicon, if you hadn’t actually lived through it you’d never believe we elected the smart half black guy in a bazillionty years.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?.....nt-1550012

    Edit: FYWP.

  3. 3
    Robertdsc-iphone says:

    Can I get a FYGOP?

    01.28.10 — 10:47PM // link | recommend (63)

    PARTY OF NO
    Paragons of fiscal discipline, every Senate Republican today voted against reestablishing “pay-as-you-go” budgeting rules that mandate that any new spending must be paid for. The rule passed on a 60-40 party line vote.

    From TPM. Goddamed motherfucking animals.

  4. 4
    dr. bloor says:

    “Firebagger” looks about right to me, although you could probably cross-index Knoxville’s impassioned plea in the International Imitation Patrick Henry Contest, if we have one.

  5. 5

    @bob: Three words: Grover Fucking Norquist.

    You were saying something about “otherwise-allies”?

    Explain that; otherwise, STFU.

  6. 6
    Toast says:

    “The last true Progressive”?

    Holy Self-Important Egomaniacal Assholes, Batman!

  7. 7
    Scott says:

    So don’t cross me.

    Oooooh, scary.

  8. 8
    JGabriel says:

    The lexicon entry for ACORN should be updated to reflect O’Keefe’s new status as a criminal suspect, with a pointer to Teabugger.

    .

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  10. 10
    K. Grant says:

    @Robertdsc-iphone: I was just telling my wife about that. “That is why I am not paying attention to politics right now. Do they want to turn the entire country into cynics? Have they just given up?” She is a moderate Republican and feeling mighty disgusted and utterly disillusioned with her party.

  11. 11
    JGabriel says:

    Anne, there is a serious lacuna in the lexicon — FOAD (Fuck off and die) is not listed!

    .

  12. 12

    To JGabriel.

    I happen to know what a lacuna is. I have a few of them myself [in places where they should not be].

    But I love FOAD!!!! Bravo!

  13. 13
    R-Jud says:

    I think we could all use some Stevie this morning.

    Way way way OT: I was watching Tony Blair give evidence to the Iraq War inquiry this morning. I was at the gym, so didn’t have the sound with the picture. His body language was… interesting. He turned very very red at one point. Don’t know what they were asking him.
    I’m reading the transcripts now. He keeps mentioning Iran; how it’s a threat. Believe it or not, he’s more messianic than Bush. More devious. And he’ll never pay a price.

    Labour will, however.

  14. 14
    Warren Terra says:

    I like John Scalzi’s characterization of the Congressional Republicans as nihilists, but I’m not sure it needs explanation (and thus not sure it’s a candidate for the lexicon). Maybe a pithy version?

  15. 15
    Cat Lady says:

    @R-Jud:

    Blair may not end up at the Hague, but at least they’re making him squirm, and there are lots of protesters outside calling him a war criminal. I’d settle for that here. And, if he thinks Iran’s such a big threat why were he and Commander Codpiece so eager to get rid of Iran’s biggest adversary in the region? He and Bushie were two psychopathic peas in a pod, to our everlasting shame.

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    jenniebee says:

    Voting for pay-as-you-go wasn’t the only shocking 60-40 vote yesterday. They also split on raising the debt ceiling.

  17. 17
    JGabriel says:

    I can’t believe Randroid is also missing:

    Randroid — Portmanteau of android and Ayn Rand’s surname; used to describe those so enamored of Rand’s Objectivist pseudo-philosophy (as popularized in her novels, most prominently in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead ) that they have become reflexive, morally inhuman, grotesques.

    .

  18. 18
    R-Jud says:

    @Cat Lady:

    Blair may not end up at the Hague, but at least they’re making him squirm, and there are lots of protesters outside calling him a war criminal. I’d settle for that here.

    True. And when he didn’t get named to the EU Presidency, I think it opened his eyes a bit.

    It says something about the UK that they’re even bothering to have an inquiry. Especially since we’re also finding out how involved Gordon Brown was with all this stuff. Not the sort of thing that would be allowed at all in the US, let alone an election year.

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    bcinaz says:

    Texecution – innocent person murdered by the state.

  20. 20
    dmsilev says:

    @JGabriel:

    The lexicon entry for ACORN should be updated to reflect O’Keefe’s new status as a criminal suspect, with a pointer to Teabugger.

    Have you seen their latest excuse? They were just trying to film Landrieu’s staff ignoring righteous complaints about health care.

    Yes, really:

    Investigators pressed ahead with their probe of four men accused of trying to tamper with a senator’s phones after a lawyer said the conservative activists were just trying to capture embarrassing video of her staff ignoring constituent calls.

    Though perhaps the most amusing bit is at the end of the article:

    Andrew Breitbart, whose biggovernment.com site launched O’Keefe’s ACORN videos and who has since hired O’Keefe as a contributor, also downplayed the federal case. “Their uniforms were outlandish,” Breitbart said in an interview. “This was like ‘Hee Haw,’ a blatant clown-nose-on spectacle to make a salient political yet mildly humorous point.”

    I’m not quite sure who is wearing the clown nose.

    -dms

  21. 21
    Warren Terra says:

    @jenniebee:
    Remember when Dubya went to Social Security HQ and said the gov’t might default on the trust fund’s treasury bonds? Same reckless games for political points.

  22. 22
    MikeJ says:

    The Jokeline entry needs an edit. Sounds like the fringe left lives in fear the black panthers run DC, not Klein. Yes I see the comma in the entry, but let’s not make people parse it when it could be clearer.

  23. 23
    JGabriel says:

    Anne Laurie:

    If you want to claim credit for a particular phrase …

    Meh. I don’t how serious you are about that, but I guess I should claim the definitions (such as they are) for “Moderate”, “Intertubes”, and the now outdated “Editing, Please?”.

    .

  24. 24
    MikeJ says:

    @dmsilev: So they dressed up in phone company outfits, fondled the phones, meaning staffers couldn’t use the phones that were being fondled, and then complain that the staffers weren’t talking on those phones?

  25. 25
    Napoleon says:

    @jenniebee:

    So what is going to happen when Brown is seated?

  26. 26
    JGabriel says:

    Not in use yet, but I predict it’ll be a biggie:

    Alito Grimace — Grimace that forms on a conservative’s face when a particular criticism hits a nerve. Named for an incident during Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address, in which Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was caught on camera scowling, and muttering “That’s not true,” as Obama criticized the Citizens United ruling.

    .

  27. 27
    MikeJ says:

    The entry for crazification factor has a short explanation and a link to kfmonkey while the entry for 27% has more detail and the same link. I’d leave the short explanation at crazification and add a “for more info see 27%.”

    Of course it would be nice if there were anchors on each entry so they could xref. That’s probably most easily done with automation, say, in a word processor.

  28. 28
    Lex says:

    “manipulate words”: to write clearly and succinctly, using facts and logic.

    From Michael Barone’s 1/24/10 Washington Examiner column, “Voters spurn the ‘boob bait’ of the educated class”:

    Members of “the educated class” may trust government bureaucrats to allocate health care resources — that’s the way they talk — and to use comparative effectiveness research to control physicians’ decisions. Many of them are employed by governments or nonprofits and are used to navigating bureaucratic waters. After all, their prime asset in life is their ability to manipulate words.

  29. 29
    JGabriel says:

    dmsilev:

    Have you seen [the Teabuggers’] latest excuse? They were just trying to film Landrieu’s staff ignoring righteous complaints about health care.

    Don’t know how well that’s gonna fly. Wasn’t Dai picked up in a car outside with listening receivers for the bugs?

    Anyway, the charge is wire-tampering, so it’s a moot point unless the AG or Feds decide to add a wire-tapping charge to the list.

    .

  30. 30
    MikeJ says:

    Missing blank line before Daydream Believers.
    edit: “Even the liberal New Republic” missing blank line too. Also.
    edit 2: nevermind. Many, many with missing blanks. Again, automate it away.

    Gah. Don’t ask me to look for problems in text after I’ve been up all night hacking. I’m a little overly detail oriented right now. Got a haircut yesterday and it was torture. I wrote 100 lines of code while sitting there listening to the clippers and couldn’t type them in. Was terrified they were going to fall out of my head and I lose them.

  31. 31

    Too much by far. This description is to us “firebaggers” exactly the same as what you are objecting to.

    Bierce called his version of this project “The Devil’s Dictionary.” Apparently by the time you’re done, you will have offended everyone.

  32. 32
    geg6 says:

    Completely OT, but I just had to say this.

    People here at BJ and elsewhere often call Glennzilla shrill, often with good reason, myself as much as anyone. But his post today reminds me of why I still read him:

    http://www.salon.com/news/opin.....index.html

    Yup. I, too, am angry about this. At Congress, at Obama and Holder, at the media that gleefully enabled the entire thing and still do, at the American people who seem to not want to face their own culpability. And I don’t know if I’ll ever get over that anger.

    And that’s why, no matter how often I call his stuff a little over the top, Glenn is relevant and important to me.

  33. 33
    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @JGabriel:

    Alito grimace = “You lie!” in a better neighborhood.

  34. 34
    geg6 says:

    @Mark Gisleson:

    Apparently by the time you’re done, you will have offended everyone.

    Well, then. Our work here at BJ is done.

  35. 35
    Chyron HR says:

    @Mark Gisleson:

    Too much by far. This description is to us “firebaggers” exactly the same as what you are objecting to.

    Do… do you not understand what quotation marks mean?

  36. 36

    @bob: wow, a troll gets first comment. DIAF.

  37. 37
    DougL (frmrly: Conservatively Liberal) says:

    @arguingwithsignposts:

    I would rather the troll FOADIAF.

    Works for me anyway. ;)

  38. 38
    dr. bloor says:

    @DougL (frmrly: Conservatively Liberal):

    Seems wrong not to have a rusty gardening tool in there somewhere.

  39. 39
    Malron says:

    Just throwing it out there, but how about “Galternate Universe” – the birthplace of die-hard glibertarians?

    I notice “Manic-progressive” doesn’t seem to be listed: A bi-polar disorder suffered by some extreme elements of the left characterized by bizarre mood swings, self-defeating arguments, feelings of superiority and abusive behavior toward former friends.

  40. 40
    Violet says:

    @Robertdsc-iphone:

    Paragons of fiscal discipline, every Senate Republican today voted against reestablishing “pay-as-you-go” budgeting rules that mandate that any new spending must be paid for. The rule passed on a 60-40 party line vote.

    The Dems are very late in adopting the “hit them on their strengths” style of campaigning. I know the Republicans are NOT the party of fiscal discipline that they pretend they are. But the general public may not know that. Time to use votes like this against them.

    Sample campaign commercial:

    Voiceover: “Republicans like [Senator X] claim to be the party of fiscal discipline…”

    Images/audio of Limbaugh/Hannity/Beck screeching about how Republicans are the fiscal conservatives. Hopefully some interview footage of [Senator X] talking about how he’s a fiscally conservative.

    Voiceover: “But when it came to requiring Congress to pay as they go, just like regular Americans, [Senator X] voted no.”

    Image/video of [Senator X] voting against Pay-as-you-go.

    Voiceover: “[Senator Y] believes Congress needs to be responsible with your money. Vote for fiscal responsibility. Vote for [Senator Y] in November.”

    And yet somehow the Dems will let the Republicans keep going with the “‘party of fiscal discipline” meme. Sigh.

  41. 41
    ralphf says:

    “Jumped the shark” seems to be missing.

  42. 42

    Today’s puzzle: The Scottish ostriches of Christmas (yeah, I don’t know either).

    Yesterday’s book: Owl Moon.

  43. 43
    Malron says:

    @Malron:

    I notice “Manic-progressive” doesn’t seem to be listed: A bi-polar disorder suffered by some extreme elements of the left characterized by bizarre mood swings, self-defeating arguments, feelings of superiority and abusive behavior toward former friends.

    Also, the Jimi Hendrix youtube worked well as an accompanying illustration.

  44. 44
    dmsilev says:

    @MikeJ: Yeah, basically. I’m no fan of Landrieu, but her response to this “excuse” was pretty good: ” “Attorneys are hired to spin for their clients,” she said Thursday in an interview in Washington. “Good luck.” ”

    -dms

  45. 45
    Marc says:

    Call me PUMA

    Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

  46. 46
    nepat says:

    U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in six years last quarter and Republicans had nothing at all to do with it. Just say no!

  47. 47
    nepat says:

    @Robertdsc-iphone:

    For a change, this is actually good news . . . for Democrats!

  48. 48
    Jennyjinx says:

    I thought it was first coined by Kossack TooFolkGr. Meh.

    Either way, I love the new additions.

    Firebaggers, of course, is my favorite.

  49. 49
    burnspbesq says:

    @geg6:

    Exactly. Which is why so many of us have love/hate relationships with the guy. I might wish he would be more like Scott Horton, but that seems unlikely to happen. Take the bitter with the sweet, I guess.

  50. 50
    jibeaux says:

    Well, since we’re open threading and since last night the topic of deals with devils and golden fiddles came up, I recommended this but probably everyone had gone to bed so I’m gonna do it again.

  51. 51
    MikeJ says:

    @Doctor Science:

    Today’s puzzle: The Scottish ostriches of Christmas (yeah, I don’t know either).

    Regarding my previously stated brain deadness this morning: the NYT xword took me 19:03 and it’s not even Saturday yet.

  52. 52
    Kryptik says:

    I wonder, did someone actually pull it out before I did, or can I claim first use of ‘Green Balloon Juice’?

  53. 53
    rootless_e says:

    call me a puma
    but I’m a true progressive
    bub
    just helping Grover
    with his bath
    tub

  54. 54
    Rommie says:

    The Alito Grimace is the mirror to the Peyton Manning Face in sports, so I think it deserves a line.

  55. 55
    Punchy says:

    How about “peanut butter and shit sandwich”, to describe the “compromises” and “moderate” proposals Obama keeps feedin us?

  56. 56
    Shalimar says:

    @dmsilev:

    Andrew Breitbart, whose biggovernment.com site launched O’Keefe’s ACORN videos and who has since hired O’Keefe as a contributor, also downplayed the federal case. “Their uniforms were outlandish,” Breitbart said in an interview. “This was like ‘Hee Haw,’ a blatant clown-nose-on spectacle to make a salient political yet mildly humorous point.”

    He’s taking advantage of previous misinformation to lie about this case. Everyone saw O’Keefe’s pimp outfit and will just assume that the telephone company outfits were equally crazy, so that only an idiot wouldn’t realize it was a scam. Except that nowhere in the ACORN video is O’Keefe shown actually wearing the pimp outfit into the meetings with ACORN employees. He was dressed business casual because he wanted to come across as the boyfriend trying to get the hooker away from the dangerous pimp. Everything to the contrary was edited for effect.

    I’m sure they would have done the same here, embellishing the phone company uniforms to an outlandish degree in footage filmed later on the street to make Landrieu’s employees look stupid. It’s very sick stuff, anyone who would do that kind of thing to fellow human beings over politics is seriously fucked up mentally.

  57. 57
    MagicPanda says:

    @Violet: Yes yes yes, but we can’t wait until campaign commercials. We have to strike while the iron is hot and make them look like hypocrites now.

    Also, people have gotten pretty cynical about lying politicians (thanks, republicans) so I’m afraid that people are going to tune out claims like this in campaign commercials.

    For this particular issue, I’d like to see the dems have a unified push on messaging; mocking the republicans for their hypocrisy, expressing outrage, expressing surprise at this “showing of their true colors” etc, and then have the MSM do their job by highlighting the “conroversy” over the republicans approach to the deficit.

    IMHO, anyway….

  58. 58
    eemom says:

    @burnspbesq:

    I do b’lieve it was you who once said “a sanctimonious prick who’s right most of the time is still a sanctimonious prick.” : )

    I don’t have a love hate relationship with him. I think he’s insufferable.

  59. 59
    dr. luba says:

    TBogg today has a great new term for a right-wing man-crush: Rubio. And it happens to be, as a commenter there noted, a cross between rube and Fabio.

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  61. 61
    rootless_e says:

    i find it to be interesting, but not sufficient to force small-gov-republicans/libertarians to look at the deficit graph
    e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.....ublic_debt
    and point to where Reagan and then Bush2 got elected while praising the advertising skills of the republican party. They get very uncomfortable, but seem able to live with the contradiction indefinitely. As with the otherwise mysterious ferocious anger of “progressives”, I have no better explanation than the, excuse the pun, “dark matter” of American politics.

  62. 62
    burnspbesq says:

    @eemom:

    Prig, not prick.

    And in other news, Linda Greenhouse lets her inner MoDo out to play, and the results are not pretty.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytim.....t-time/?hp

  63. 63

    The SOTU that We the People deserved. (Warning: Incredibly not work-safe.)

  64. 64
    WaterGirl says:

    @Anne Laurie
    I wish I could think of some clever way to say this, but I can’t, so the old fashioned way will just have to do. Thank you so much for doing this!

  65. 65
    I'm against it says:

    Funny how since 1/20/08 I’ve listened to Republicans frothing at the mouth about the size of the deficit and how something needs to be done about it for the sake of our children and generations to come. THIS comes up for a vote and they’re all voting no?

    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/.....gop-paygo/

  66. 66
    nepat says:

    @Violet:

    Agreed. Phone calls to Tim Kaine and DNC now.

  67. 67
    Platonicspoof says:

    Sourcewatch.org is a much more helpful resource about Grover Norquist (e.g., see 2003 entries) than Wikipedia (and on a lot of other subjects).

    Just because this is also an open thread.

  68. 68
    gnomedad says:

    Too much?

    To steal from the old MTV slogan, “‘Too much’ is never enough!”

  69. 69
    David Hunt says:

    Anne, the entry under Paultard list Paul as (D-TX). Paul is officially a Republican—because his actual Libertarian views are too extremely right-wing to let him get elected. He is not, by any stretch of the imagination or labeling, a Democrat.

  70. 70
    Morbo says:

    @dr. luba: Say it with me now: Ru… BI! OOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!

  71. 71
    Paul L. says:

    Teabuggers

    Where in the FBI affidavit do they refer to James O’Keefe attempting planting a bug/wiretapping?
    Law Enforcement Official: No Wiretap Attempt by O’Keefe

  72. 72
    Chyron HR says:

    @Paul L.:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to register your continued support of your Pimpin’ Messiah. Make sure to remind all your Republican representatives to also publicly associate themselves with this accused felon.

  73. 73
    rootless_e says:

    To the tune of okie from muskogee (sorry Merle)

    We don’t eat shit sandwiches in FireBagville
    We don’t compromise to get 60
    We don’t support that, ni, ni, uh, black guy in the White House;
    We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

    I’m proud to be progressive from Firebagville,
    A place where scatology can never pall
    We still bathe with Grover in his bathtub,
    And losing is still the biggest thrill of all

    We don’t make a party out of winnin’;
    We like weeping hard and pitchin’ poo;
    We don’t let facts get in the way of knowin’,
    Like the centrists in Balloon Juice do

  74. 74
    MikeJ says:

    Riiiight. He wasn’t charged with *tapping* a phone, he was charged with *tampering* with a phone. So far.

  75. 75
    aimai says:

    I really like “Rubio” because, I think, “Rubia” is a latin american (not Spanish-Spanish) colloquialism for a beautiful blonde woman. Saw that in a bootlicking ad years ago aimed at convincing American Hispanics that some mega corporation understood them.

    aimai

  76. 76
    burnspbesq says:

    @Paul L.:

    C’mon. You expect to be taken seriously, and the best link you can come up with is Patterico?

    Dude, your boy O’Keefe committed at least one felony. He’s going down. His only hope is to give up whoever it was that put him up to his juvenile dumbassery. Your loyalty is commendable, but misplaced.

  77. 77
    burnspbesq says:

    @rootless_e:

    But when you call me “centrist,”
    You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me

    Sorry, Merle.

  78. 78
    aimai says:

    Paul L.

    You do realize that the link to “law enforcement officer” does not go back to the original affidavit but to an unlinked and unverifiable assertion made by an anonymous person? And while Patterico seems unclear on the concept of time we here in this universe refer to it as the “thing that prevents everything from happening all at once.” Continuing to bitch about early accounts of the crime when those early accounts are contradicted by later stories made up by the criminals and their friends is fine. But the rest of us, or the WaPo, are under no obligation to go back in time to retract correct accounts of early accounts because the right wing has settled on a new theory of the crime in which impersonating telephone repairmen, lying to government officials, and attempting to tamper with phone lines and senatorial staff business is just a “youthful indiscretion.”

    aimai

  79. 79
    Paul L. says:

    @MikeJ: and burnspbesq.

    he was charged with tampering with a phone. So far.

    O’Keefe committed at least one felony.

    You better get the latest narrative from Media Matters,
    I believe that O’Keefe is being charged as an accessory since he was filming the other suspects on his cellphone.

  80. 80
    NobodySpecial says:

    Is ‘the helicopters are laughing’ ever going to make it in the lexicon? ‘Cuz I missed that one.

  81. 81
    Upper West says:

    My suggestion:

    Neo-Naderism

    a/k/a Gorenesia

    Dangerous reversion to 2000 “no difference” mentality that led to 8 years of rape and pillage with sociopaths in charge. See also Firebaggers. Var. Neo-Naderites; Neo-Naderistic. Usage: “Neo-Naderism: An Infantile Disorder. “

  82. 82
    burnspbesq says:

    @Paul L.:

    Distinction without a difference. Being accessory to a felony is a felony. In addition, the indictment is virtually certain to include conspiracy and wire-fraud counts. And if your boy doesn’t shut his pie-hole he will be facing some 1001 charges – no way he’s smart enough to keep his story straight.

  83. 83
    Skepticat says:

    I’d still like to see “tenther” in the lexicon.

  84. 84
    The Republic of Stupidity says:

    @Paul L.:

    Where in the FBI affidavit do they refer to James O’Keefe attempting planting a bug/wiretapping?
    Law Enforcement Official: No Wiretap Attempt by O’Keefe

    But he was nonetheless caught red-handed, and red-faced, wasn’t he?

    Thank you, Paul, for one of the best examples I have ever seen of ‘attacking like crazy when you’re busted doing something very, very stupid’.

    One picture is indeed worth a thousand words…

  85. 85
    The Republic of Stupidity says:

    @Skepticat:

    I’d still like to see “tenther” in the lexicon.

    And “schlonger”… don’t forget the schlongers…

  86. 86
    The Republic of Stupidity says:

    @aimai:

    … because the right wing has settled on a new theory of the crime in which impersonating telephone repairmen, lying to government officials, and attempting to tamper with phone lines and senatorial staff business is just a “youthful indiscretion.

    But… but… it’s worked SOOOOOOOOO many times before…

  87. 87
    Chyron HR says:

    @Paul L.:

    Oh, SNAP! I’m sure if you somehow manage to convince a lady-type-person to procreate with you, and you’re not infertile, and the spawn wouldn’t be too hideous to procreate again, your grandchildren will ask you, “Grandpa, what did you do to fight the Commie Libtard Menace?”

    And you will proudly announce that you went on the internet and said:

    You better get the latest narrative from Media Matters.

    MLK got nothing on you.

  88. 88
    jayackroyd says:

    I am claiming teabugger, although I coined it in gerund form.

  89. 89
    Chad N Freude says:

    @Violet: They oppose pay-as-you-go because they are opposed to go.

  90. 90
    Chad N Freude says:

    @Paul L.:

    I believe that O’Keefe is being charged as an accessory

    Cite? Or is this belief like belief in an Intelligent Designer? (O’Keefe designed this felonious prank, and he is most assuredly not an Intelligent Designer.)

  91. 91
    Violet says:

    @MagicPanda:
    Yes. This. Exactly. The Dems need to strike while the iron is hot and create the “controversy” so the media will cover it. Pathetic that that is how it works, but yeah, that’s how it works.

    I also hope they use it in commercials later in the year. But using it now would be great. Get it in people’s heads so when the commercials show up it seems familiar.

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    EL says:

    I’m wasting my employer’s time by going through the updated lexicon. Can we get a bit more background on “Break out the Giant Foam Fingers”? I missed the history on this one.

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    WereBear says:

    I’m hoping O’Keefe will now have a chilling effect on College Republicans.

    It’s all fun and games and destroying people’s lives… until it’s your life that is being destroyed.

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    Snarki, child of Loki says:

    Teabugger

    http://world-o-crap.com/blog/?p=1340
    (look about halfway down the comments)

    19 Apr 2009. Anyone got an earlier usage?

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    Lex says:

    @Chad N Freude:

    … because they are opposed to go.

    And paying. At least for themselves.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Paul L.:

    Shorter Paul L.: I. Got. Absolutely. Nuthin.

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    bob says:

    Upper West: Dangerous reversion to 2000 “no difference” mentality that led to 8 years of rape and pillage with sociopaths in charge.

    I don’t agree with your scapegoating or your reasoning. Simply wishing to reach the most convenient conclusion in your mind does not make it true.

    How about this: Ralph Nader ran to get out the message that the corporations run America, and that the Dems are playing it for the Right. You may argue whether the falldown Congress falls down out of fear or design. Naderites say design, I guess you have another explanation. However the Naderite’s hypothesis explains and predicts events much better than your “dangerous reversion” scenario suggests.

    It may seem different on here or on dailykos, but you do have anything like widely-held agreement or the force of logic in your anti-Nader statements. This usually makes people with scapegoating-attitudes bellicose and abusive, but continued statements and restatements of willful fantasy alters nothing.

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    bob says:

    @Jason Bylinowski: Three words: Grover Fucking Norquist. You were saying something about “otherwise-allies”? Explain that; otherwise, STFU.

    Explanation: Because even would-be allies would rather deal with someone that doesn’t tell them to STFU and DIAF or FOADIAF on a daily basis.

    You should understand that it is actually easier to work with those who differ respectfully, even if in fierce ideological opposition, than it is to try to reason with those who scream obscenities and make up glossaries of insults against you–even as they claim to be on your side of “the aisle.”

    What is happening is that the abusive anti-Nader/Hamsher-bashing types have lost a major portion of teh “Left” by the endless abuse. They (and me) aren’t listening to you anymore. I come here once in a while, but less and less, and eventually not at all, probably. The snarky hate and smears against others is effective if you wish to destroy a movement, not to build it. And they have done a fine job.

    Insulting ideological allies is stupid, sorry to see the infection has spread here from dkos. If it actually worked to get things done, okay … but all the anti-Progressive scapegoating and snark has been counterproductive and I’d like to get on with things myself. I tried it the DKos way, but the insults and hate for others on “our side” just never, ever quits. And it DOESN’T WORK.

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    DougL (frmrly: Conservatively Liberal) says:

    @bob:

    Nader?! Wow, and I thought the dodo was dead. Talk about “statements and restatements of willful fantasy that alters nothing”…lol!

    Nader?! Yup, FOADIAF bobby boy, but do fall on a rusty pitchfork first. Please.

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    Midnight Marauder says:

    I aim nutpick to please.

    @bob:

    Insulting ideological allies is stupid, sorry to see the infection has spread here from dkos.

    No.

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    DougL (frmrly: Conservatively Liberal) says:

    @bob: “They (and me) aren’t listening to you anymore.”

    Well that explains why you are here…lol! Firebag away because I sure as hell ain’t gonna stomp on it.

    Firebagger: Ten pounds of shit in a five pound burning bag.

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    eemom says:

    The snarky hate and smears against others is effective if you wish to destroy a movement, not to build it.

    Your girl Jane is the Queen of “Snarky Hate and Smears Against Others”, fella. We ain’t got nuthin on her in that department.

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    Shalimar says:

    @bob:

    You should understand that it is actually easier to work with those who differ respectfully, even if in fierce ideological opposition, than it is to try to reason with those who scream obscenities and make up glossaries of insults against you—even as they claim to be on your side of “the aisle.”

    I have no idea what insults and obscenities there were pre-Grover since I tend to be extremely cynical and leftist myself but don’t get into all the flame wars. I have to say though, if you can stomach getting into bed with the evil that is Grover Norquist then you deserve all the insults and obscenities imaginable. You can’t claim to stand up for truth and justice, yet work with a slimeball who will do anything to win. That deal wasn’t just a proverbial straw for me, it was a giant dividing line between sane and batshit crazy.

    I usually belong with the Hamsher wing of the party, but holy shit wake the fuck up and come back to reality.

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    @dr. bloor: FOADIAFBIFYWARP! (Fuck off and die in a fire before I fuck you with a rusty pitchfork!). It’s a bit wordy, but I like it.

    Speaking of rusty implements, not to toot my own rusty horn, but I would like to propose rusty pitchfork as a lexicon entry. It as part of the Rusty Gardens (TM) (h/t AWS for the name) Original line. Though our products keep expanding in exciting new directions, the old standby, the rusty pitchfork, never goes out of style.

    ETA: FOADIAFBIRRYWARP (Fuck Off and Die in a Fire Before I Roto-Rooter You with a Rusty Pitchfork). More poetic, methinks.

    @jibeaux: God. I love that. Thanks for reposting the link.

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    @Shalimar: And yes on this. Grover fucking Norquist. Throw that fucker into the mix, and you are dead to me. There are some deals with the devil that I will not stomach. That would be one of them. He is a conversation-ender, and there is no way in hell that the ends justify this means.

    P.S. Anne Laurie, thank you for putting so much time and effort into the BJ Lexicon. Much appreciated!

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    Ecks says:

    The definition for Kabuki needs to name its origin:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabuki

    “Kabuki (歌舞伎, kabuki?) is the highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.”

    It’s completely opaque to people who don’t already understand it… hence the political analog.

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    Batocchio says:

    I don’t think it’s too much, unfortunately. Obama and the Dems need accurate, sincere criticism to keep them honest. Some of his critics have gone far beyond that. I hope they come back.

    Norquist is a far-right zealot, scumbag and a liar, and one of the leading reasons we have the Cult of Cartoon St. Ronnie (see Will Bunch’s Tear Down this Myth), not to mention fiscal recklessness by GOP politicians across the country (the no new taxes pledge, even in the face of Armaggedon). Norquist and Rove sought, and still seek, the destruction of the Democratic Party and liberalism in general. They’ve said it many times. In the meantime, under Bush, their policies devastated the country. On specific causes, perhaps it’s possible to find common ground. However, it’s necessary to tread extremely carefully. In this case, I think anyone working with him is being played by a very dangerous man.

    (I don’t know how much Casino Jack gets into Norquist’s ties with Abramoff and the K Street project, but I’m looking forward to seeing the film.)

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    Donald G says:

    @Ecks:

    The definition for Kabuki needs to name its origin:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabuki

    “Kabuki (歌舞伎, kabuki?) is the highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.”

    It’s completely opaque to people who don’t already understand it… hence the political analog.

    However, conservatives prefer “Noh theater”.

    *boom-tish-crash*

    Thank you, thank you. Enjoy the buffet.

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    @Donald G: Ooooh, I like it! Except, I’m going to twist it into the Theater of Noh. Nicely done.

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    srv says:

    Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS)
    “fReichtards” – shouldn’t that be Reichtards?
    Jesustan

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    Old Fart says:

    This is really handy for acronyms:

    http://blog.urbandictionary.com/

    And you can add to it like a wiki.

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    Cedwyn says:

    hahaha!

    fwiw, i do believe this post was the origin of “Firebagger”:

    http://www.dailykos.com/commen.....492/13#c13

    and if i may add one to the lexicon:

    Rahmentia noun:

    a form of dementia in which those afflicted believe that Rahm Emanuel is behind/at fault for/to be blamed for everything

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