Thursday, February 16, 2006

Dictionary of Republicanisms

I just finished the Dictionary of Republicanisms...I read it over my lunch hour at work, so obviously it's a short book. I had to move out of cubicle-land to an area away from those who are working because I kept laughing out loud. It's a set of definitions, A-Z, that define what Republicans really mean when they use certain words and slogans. Some examples are: (lifted from an Amazon review)

Abstinence-Only Sex Education = ignorance-only sex education.

Alarmist = any respected scientist who understands the threat of global warming.

Baby Tax = the $25,000 in national debt dumped on every newborn baby.

Clarify = to repeat the same lie over and over again.

Fox News = faux news; White House Press Office.

God = senior presidential adviser.

Incompetence = requirement for promotion in the Bush administration.

Job Growth = increased number of jobs an American has to take after losing earlier high-paying job.

Junk Science = any theory based on data, research, experimentation and rigorous testing rather than on religious texts; any science that interferes with corporate profitability.

Pro-Life = valuing human life up until birth.

Staying the Course = saying and doing the same stupid thing over and over, regardless of the result.

Water = arsenic storage device.

The ones that had me laughing were:

Laziness: When poor people don't work.
Leisure Time: When rich people don't work.

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