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12 Word Platform search for term

1. Medicare for All 2. End the Wars 3. Tax the Rich 4. A Jobs Guarantee

5

5:00 Horror search for term

<div>Bad news (for the party in power) that's released at 5:00 PM on a Friday so that nobody has a chance to process it&mdash;except the people who released it, who start spinning it immediately, hoping that their version will take before the Sunday talk shows.</div>

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aWol search for term

George W. Bush. From Bush's Absent-WithOut-Leave Texas Air National Guard "<a href="http://uggabugga.blogspot.com/2003_01_12_uggabugga_archive.html#87590816... during the Viet Nam war, not his disappearance on 9/11.

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Baltigaya search for term

N. Egyptian. 1. A thug for hire under the Mubarak regime. 2. By extension, any paid thug, including a troll.

Bipartisan search for term

N. 1. Of a Liberal: date-raped. 2. Of a Conservative: Mission accomplished!

Bless Her Heart search for term

Fuck you; fuck off. Usage example: How does a Tennesee woman say "Fuck ____"? "Bless her heart."

Bless His Heart search for term

Fuck you; fuck off. Usage example: How does a Tennesee woman say "Fuck ___"? "Bless his heart."

Bless Their Hearts search for term

Fuck you; fuck off. Usage example: How does a Tennesee woman say "Fuck ______"? "Bless their hearts."

Bogosity search for term

/boh-go's*-tee/ n. 1. The degree to which something is bogus.[B]ogosity is measured with a bogometer; in a seminar, when a speaker says something bogus, a listener might raise his hand and say "My bogometer just triggered". More extremely, "You just pinned my bogometer" means you just said or did something so outrageously bogus that it is off the scale, pinning the bogometer needle at the highest possible reading (one might also say "You just redlined my bogometer"). ... 2. The potential field generated by a bogon flux; see quantum bogodynamics. See also bogon flux, bogon filter, bogus.

C

Cage Free Liberal search for term

"Cage Free Liberal" (CFL) or "Free Range Liberal" (FRL) – liberals who are free to exit the Democratic party.

Centrist search for term

N. Closet Republican. Usage example: "Centrists like Joe Lieberman."

Christianist search for term

N. Perverts Christianity to achieve political power or wealth, "practic[ing] their piety before others in order to be seen by them" (Matthew 6:5). Term coined by Andrew Sullivan.

Civility search for term

n. Showing appropriate deference to authoritarians. Example: CBS brought a new level of <i>civility</i> to American political discourse by cancelling a mini-series on Reagan that <a href="http://corrente.blogspot.com/2003_08_24_corrente_archive.html#1061928090... deemed insufficiently hagiographical.

Class Warfare search for term

The words than can never be spoken, and perhaps have never been said.

Clusterfuck search for term

Marine slang: A clusterfuck was any group of Marines big enough to draw enemy fire, or several Marines close enough together to be wounded by the same incoming round. More generically, a clusterfuck was something that was all screwed up, i.e. "That blocking operation was a giant clusterfuck!" Whenever three or more CAP Marines gathered in the open, talking or working on something, somebody was sure to call out "clusterfuck!" and one or more guys would walk away. (<a href="http://capmarine.com/cap/glossary.htm#C">Capmarine.com</a>)</blockquote>Clearly, Bush's war of choice in Iraq is "all screwed up"; that makes it a clusterfuck by definition. However, the term is even more <i>a propos</i>. Tactically, Bush's war of choice in Iraq is a clusterfuck. The analogy to "Marines close enough together to be wounded by the same incoming round" is clear. In Vietnam, "in the open" meant being exposed in the rice paddies or jungles. In Iraq, "in the open" means (1) urban warfare where (2) troops (and contractors) must be supplied by trucks which (3) are not armored thereby making them vulnerable to (4) the "incoming rounds" of IEDs placed along the roadside. Nice work, Inerrant Boy. (And the resonance to the words of Matthew 18:20, "wherever two or three are gathered together," is heartbreaking.) NOTE: A tip of the Ol' Corrente Hat to the man in the grey turtleneck for <a href="http://atrios.blogspot.com/2005_08_14_atrios_archive.html#11244662886927... the word "clusterfuck"</a> when applied to Bush's war of choice in Iraq.

Compromise search for term

Noun. When Versailles gets more than it ever dreamed of asking for.

Conservative search for term

N. Authoritarian greedhead on the winger billionaire tit.

CW search for term

<i>Conventional Wisdom</i>. Usage example: The slightly stale CW, as promulgated by bigfoot "Dean" Broder. (As an abbreviation for the name of a certain C-list blog, CW may alternatively mean the opposite of "Conventional Wisdom.")

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DCOW search for term

Don't Click On Wingnuts. Every time you click through to a Right-Wing website or a Winger pundit's web page, you increase the value of advertising on that site. The link is there for reference, but don't click on it, if you can help it. Definitely don't click on their ads. It only helps their bottom line. Discussed <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/a_semi_automatic_marketing_based_weapon">her....

DFH search for term

Dirty Fucking Hippie. Hat tip, Atrios. [Welcome, <a href="http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/loona-bimbertons-of-the-worl... Krugman</a> readers. --lambert]

DFHs search for term

Dirty Fucking Hippies. Hat tip, Eschaton, Lord of Patchouli.

DINO search for term

Acronym. Democrat In Name Only. Usage example: "The DINOs in the Centrist Coalition."

DISemployment search for term

Permanently high unemployment considered as the preferred outcome for our policy elites.

Divisive search for term

Holding partisans accountable.

Duck Pit search for term

The origin of the term is obscure; everyone talks about the duck pit, but nobody ever says where it is, what it is, or how the people destined for it will get there. Believed to be a Babylon 5 reference, however. Usage example: Aux duck pits, citoyens I found this at <a href="http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2004/02/political-hate-speech.html">Orcinus... "Some liberal commenters, for instance, on certain threads I read have devised, satirically, a "duck pit" into which all conservative minions will be cast on the day of liberal reckoning, there to be nibbled to death by a thousand hungry ducks." If I remember correctly, it originated in comments at Atrios, as a response to violent threats by Right Wing trolls. Sometimes sillines and absurdity are are a good antidote for hatred.

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Eenheidsworst search for term

Ger. "Unity sausage."

Electable search for term

1. Good on TV. 2. Not elected.

Equivalate search for term

1. To assuume that competing sides, especially political parties, are equally extreme, equally guilty, etc. 2. To treat a dubious position as arguably equivalent to a legitimate one.(Vast Left) Usage example: Joe Klein equivalates by comparing Rush to Markos.

Equivalating search for term

1. The assumption that competing sides, especially political parties, are equally extreme, equally guilty, etc. 2. Treating a dubious position as arguably equivalent to a legitimate one. (Vast Left)

Equivalation search for term

1. The assumption that competing sides, especially political parties, are equally extreme, equally guilty, etc. 2. Treating a dubious position as arguably equivalent to a legitimate one. (<a href="http://correntewire.com/equivalating">Vast Left</a>)

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F-word search for term

Fascism. In UseNet discussions (and indeed, most discussions) the use of the F-word signals the end of useful discussion, via the operations of <a href="http://info.astrian.net/jargon/terms/g/Godwin_s_Law.html">Godwin's Law</a>. Unfortunately, this prevents the F-word from being used analytically. Orcinus <a href="http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2003_08_24_dneiwert_archive.html#1061883926... uses</a> the similar but more neutral term <i>corporatist</i>.

FITH search for term

Acr. Fucked In The Head. Usage examples: See <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/fith_watch_0">FITH Watch</a>.

FKDP search for term

The Formerly Known as Democratic Party. Usage example: The Finance Wing of the FKDP offers full service for banksters 24/7.

Freeper search for term

Noun. A <a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/">Free Republic</a> zealot, often distinguished by an unnatural obsession with the Clenis (<a href="http://corrente.blogspot.com/2003_08_24_corrente_archive.html#1061948139...).Usage example: Gosh, that comments section is really infested by freepers.Thanks to alert readers Doug Gillet and Xan.

Fuck search for term

Our <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/our_guarantee_of_quality_to_you">guarantee</a> to you that the post containing this term is not Corporate or Government propaganda. <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/say_fuck_proudly">Say Fuck proudly</a>!

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Gaslight search for term

A form of psychological abuse characterized by persistent denials of fact which, over time, have the effect of causing the victim to become anxious, confused and progressively less able to trust his or her memory and perception. From the 1944 movie <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting">gaslight</a> with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.

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Hate search for term

To fans, pundits, and ideologues: Being held accountable.

HCR search for term

Higher Corporate Returns via "health "care" "reform."

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IOKIYAR search for term

It's OK If You're A Republican. Believed to have originated in Atrios comments.

Izvestia search for term

Also, Izvestia on the Hudson. The New York Times.

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KA search for term

Acronym for Known Associate. Usage example:
<blockquote>Bud parked three blocks over, walked up to the squadroom. No Exley, every desk occupied: men talking into phones, taking notes. A giant bulletin boar-d all Nite Owl--paper six inches thick. Two women at a table, a switchboard behind them, a sign by their feet: "R&I/DMV Requests." Bud went over, talked over phone noise. "I'm on the Cathcart check, and I want all you can get me, <b>known associates</b>, the works. This clown was popped twice for statch rape. I want full details on the complainants, plus current addresses. He had three pimping rousts, no convictions, and I want you to check all the local city and county vice squads to see if he's got a file. If he does, I want names on the girls he was running. If you get names, get DOBs and run them back through R&I, DMV, City/County Parole, the Woman's Jail. "Details". You got it?"</blockquote>

Via James Elroy, <i>LA Confidential</i>

KAs search for term

Acronym for Known Associates. Usage example:
<blockquote>Bud parked three blocks over, walked up to the squadroom. No Exley, every desk occupied: men talking into phones, taking notes. A giant bulletin boar-d all Nite Owl--paper six inches thick. Two women at a table, a switchboard behind them, a sign by their feet: "R&I/DMV Requests." Bud went over, talked over phone noise. "I'm on the Cathcart check, and I want all you can get me, <b>known associates</b>, the works. This clown was popped twice for statch rape. I want full details on the complainants, plus current addresses. He had three pimping rousts, no convictions, and I want you to check all the local city and county vice squads to see if he's got a file. If he does, I want names on the girls he was running. If you get names, get DOBs and run them back through R&I, DMV, City/County Parole, the Woman's Jail. "Details". You got it?"</blockquote>

Via James Elroy, <i>LA Confidential</i>

kayfabe search for term

Kayfabe n. Via WikiPedia: "In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced /ˈkeɪfeɪb/) is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as "real" or "true," specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or pre-determined nature. Kayfabe has also evolved to become a code word of sorts for maintaining this "reality" within the realm of the general public. ... Kayfabe is often seen as the suspension of disbelief that is used to create the non-wrestling aspects of promotions, such as feuds, angles, and gimmicks, in a manner similar to other forms of fictional entertainment," like electoral politics. Note that just as in professional wrestling, political kayfabe requires a willing suspension of disbelief by the audience/constituents, meaning complicity and/or doublethink. See Obot.

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Mandate search for term

<a href="http://www.mandate.com/">Mandate</a>.

MBF search for term

<i>Moronic Brownshirt Fuck</i>. Originated by <a href="http://www.cafeshops.com/dave1021">dave</a>.<br><br>Usage example: Oh, that's just Anonymous--what an MBF!

MMT search for term

Acronym. <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/modern_monetary_theory#comment-157602">Modern Monetary Theory</a>. Key takeaway: Since the United States is sovereign in its own currency, <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/mosler_fox_us_government_spending_not_operat... spending is not operationally constrained by revenues</a> (unlike non-sovereign households, non-sovereign states that use Federal dollars, like CA, or countries, like Greece, that use the Euro).

Moderate search for term

N. 1. Sucker. 2. Conservative enabler. 3. Versailles courtier. Usage example: "Al From is a moderate."

Moran search for term

[Click to see the image] <img src="http://static.flickr.com/29/43935627_05a2da855d.jpg" width="340" height="331" alt="morans" />

MOTU search for term

Acronym. Masters Of The Universe. The transnational, global elite that runs the world; there are approximately <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/09/worlds-richest-people-slim-gates-buffet... billionaires</a> at the top of the power curve worldwide, a vanishingly small percentage of the population. The MOTU are mainly motivated by greed, but also by fear. "Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?" -- Oscar Wilde

MW search for term

<i>Media Whore</i>. From the now silent site, the great <a href="http://www.mediawhoresonline.com">Media Whores Online</a>. Usage example: Rove's bumboy, Howie Kurtz, is a true MW.

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OFB search for term

Obama Fan Base. Usage example: The OFB were out in force in that thread!

Overton Window search for term

The (contested) boundaries of acceptable discourse. <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/the_overton_window_illustrated">Illustrated by Shystee</a>. Usage example: Advocating that the banks should be regulated public utilities is pushing the Overton Window left.

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Parse search for term

1. What a Versailles courtier does with words, to evade detection or indictment. 2. To decode such evasions.

Partisan search for term

Adj. Speaking without deference.

PO search for term

Acronym. 1. The Progressive Orgasm, which never comes. 2. Public Option, a soon-to-be discredited but mysteriously persistent neo-liberal marketing slogan from 2010's HCR debacle.

Pony search for term

n. 1. An intensely desired but extremely unlikely outcome. 2. A magical but non-existent creature. 3. Of Obama: Perceived expectations for "hope" and "change." Usage example: "I'm gonna get a pony!!!!!!"

Ponyism search for term

The belief that a particular politician will give everyone a pony and that criticism of said politician hurts the ponies and/or one's chance of getting one. <a href="http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ponyism">See also</a>.

POTB search for term

Acronym. POwers That Be.

POTL search for term

POTL, n. People Of The Lie. Coined by Christian psychiatrist and theologian <a href="http://www.mscottpeck.com/">M. Scott Peck</a> in his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0684848597/qid=1072031672/... People of the Lie</a>, which is, among other things, an examination of the nature of human evil. Peck quotes Martin Buber: <blockquote> Since the primary motive of evil is disguise, one of the places evil people are most likely to be found is within the church. </blockquote> Additional excerpts can be found <a href="http://members.tripod.com/ejm/people.htm">here</a>. "Utterly dedicated to preserving their self-image of perfection, they are unceasingly engaged in the effort to maintain the appearance of moral purity. They are acutely sensitive to social norms and what others might think of them. They seem to live lives that are above reproach. The words "image", "appearance" and "outwardly" are crucial to understanding the morality of 'the evil'. While they lack any motivation to be good, they intensely desire to appear good. Their goodness is all on a level of pretense. It is in effect a lie. Actually the lie is designed not so much to deceive others as to deceive themselves. We lie only when we are attempting to cover up something we know to be illicit. At one and the same time 'the evil' are aware of their evil and desperately trying to avoid the awareness." Peck's material, I feel, has great potential for analyzing and deconstructing the nature and behavior of the wing of the Republican party that has captured our government. With the caveats, that Peck raises, that evil is very dangerous to analyze--since we are, after all, all vulnerable to it.

Pravda search for term

Also, Pravda on the Potomac. The Washington Post.

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Ratfuck search for term

See under governance.

Ratfucking search for term

See under Governance.

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SASQ search for term

Acronym. Simple Answers to Simple Questions. Originally from <a href="http://www.faqs.org/faqs/cdrom/cd-recordable/part1/section-2.html">FAQS...., but popularized by <a href="http://www.eschatonblog.com/2006_09_24_atrios_archive.html">Atrios</a>. "This has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions."

SCLM search for term

<i>So-Called Liberal Media</i>, from Eric Alterman's book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0465001769/qid=1059865043/... Liberal Media?</a></i>

Serious search for term

n. 1. Beltway insider. 2. Complete wanker who is as dumb as a stone. Hat tip, <a href="http://atrios.blogspot.com/2007_08_12_archive.html#61496956100844389">At....

Shrill search for term

A ritual term of abuse used of liberals by wingers when the winger lacks a substantive response to an argument. Synonym: "<a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2087706/">Shut up!</a>" Sometimes used ironically by liberals. Usage example, with irony: I used to like Paul Krugman when he wrote about economics, but lately he's been getting too shrill (from <a href="http://atrios.blogspot.com">Atrios</a>).

Sternly Worded Letter search for term

Noun phrase. Cf. "Send 'em a fruit tray"; wankery.

STFU search for term

Shut The Fuck Up. Usage example: In other words, you should just STFU and enjoy the new dawn with your dear leader (via <a href="http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/hippie-punch-of-day-by-dday-i-am....)

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TINA search for term

There Is No Alternative. Coined by Margaret Thatcher of blessed memory. I believe Gramsci would call TINA hegemony.

Troll prophylactic search for term

A ritual disclaimer issued by a blogger in the hope of preventing comments from being infested by trolls, the irony-free, and the
clueless. Usage example: "Troll prophylactic: Saddam is a really bad person." See also <a href="http://atrios.blogspot.com/2003_07_20_atrios_archive.html#10590635130707....

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Unity search for term

A fake solution to the false problem of "excessive partisanship." Ponies for everybody!

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Versailles search for term

The Beltway; for background, see <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLJ1vuUWprA">here</a>. Denotes the Village, but with connotations of ruling (as opposed to governing), absolutism, wretched excess, decay, and ultimate collapse.

Versailles Projection Syndrome search for term

The tendency, shared by all <a href="http://corrente.blogspot.com/2003_08_24_corrente_archive.html#1061928090..., to project their own thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings, which they cannot admit to themselves, onto others. In psychology, a defense mechanism. Anticipated in the Christian Gospel: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" (Matthew 7:3 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version_of_the_Bible">KJV</a>)Originated here <a href="http://corrente.blogspot.com/2004/10/winger-projection-syndrome-wps.html.... Usage example: "Sean Hannity titled his book <i>Deliver Us From Evil</i>. That's a fine example of WPS in action."

Village search for term

The Village is the few thousand people inside the Beltway who control the political life of the country; they are responsible for managing the Overton Window, for example. They are thoroughly bi-partisan. They all know each other, and they all fuck each other (both senses). The term "Village" (my term was Versailles on the Potomac) captures their provincialism, their pettiness, and how small (all senses) they really are. I believe Village is also the name of a horror movie that Digby had in mind.

Vitriolic search for term

Based on evidence and reasoning, crisply expressed.

VRWC search for term

<i>Vast Right Wing Conspiracy,</i> originated by Senator and best-selling-though-not-bulk-ordered author <a href="http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/923885.asp?0sl=-13&amp;cp1=1">Hillary Clinton</a>. See Federalist Society, Bush Administration.

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W.O.R.M. search for term

"What Obama Really Meant" -- a rationalization for a controversial statement by Barack Obama.

Originally, a <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/what_obama_really_meant">fictitious game show</a> where such rationalizations are put forth.

Wanker search for term

N. 1. Jerk-off artist. 2. A shill, typically clueless. Possibly originated by The Poorman (see <a href="http://yglesias.typepad.com/matthew/2005/04/iwest_wingi_wei.html">Yglesi..., but popularized by Atrios in his continuing feature, "Wanker of the Day." Usage example: "Tom Friedman, The Moustache of Understanding, has had another one of his big ideas. What a Wanker."

WATB search for term

<a href="http://www.haloscan.com/comments/firedoglake/113970828200775071/#256925">1. </a> Whiny Ass Titty Baby [for mature audiences]; <a href="http://www.haloscan.com/comments/firedoglake/113970828200775071/#256932"... Whinging About The Blogosphere. Originated by Atrios.

Winger search for term

A right-winger. Usage: Tom D&eacute;Lay&mdash;winger <i>extraordinaire</i>.

WKJM search for term

Whoever Kidnapped Josh Marshall. Originated by <a href="http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh040408.html">the Great Bob Somerby</a>.

WORM search for term

"What Obama Really Meant" -- a rationalization for a controversial statement by Barack Obama.

Originally, a <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/what_obama_really_meant">fictitious game show</a> where such rationalizations are put forth.

WTF search for term

What The Fuck. Philly-ism.

WWTSBQ search for term

Why Won't That Stupid Bitch Quit? See <a href="http://www.correntewire.com/why_wont_that_stupid_bitch_quit">collected posts</a> on this topic.