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Donald is celebrating his birthday with Balloons!!! on his twitter page!!1! I bet he gets *three* scoops at dinner tonight!!!


Over in the Megyn Kelly thread is a sidebar discussion about the origin of the word "bimbo." Several posters pointed out that it is an Italian term for (male) baby, and I want to use this hook to talk about a magnificent resource, The Historical Dictionary of American Slang, edited by J.E. Lightner. Published by Random House beginning in 1994, only the first two volumes actually appeared because of poor sales. This book is to American slang what the OED is to the English language, and it is invaluable.

According to the HDAS, "bimbo" first appeared in the US in print in 1918, in Rossano "Price of Honor": She flop! An' il bimbo he break da boni.

It is clearly referring here to a male, "il."

In 1920, however, in Zeidman "Burlesque": This Dix bimbo is a dangerous woman ... a sassy girl with ... more than a figure--a physique.

I think it's easy to see how the word for baby would move easily into "Hey, baby" territory, regardless of the infant's original sex. But isn't it cool that within a year the word had gained its current meaning?

Paul Ryan's missed opportunity

All those Republican apologists for poor, innocent Trump who just didn't know the ins and outs of dealing with arcane Washington mores--you know, like ethics that a fourth-grader would understand--really should have taken it upon themselves to tutor poor innocent Trump in the ways of government. Why didn't Mr. Rectitude Ryan take it upon himself, since it's been clear to all of us that Donald has no idea of how things governmental work, to spend time with him, explaining things to him in a way he could understand?

I agree that Comey (who we know is a villain for what he did to Hillary) is a coward. He should have said, from the start, "Mr. President, you simply cannot say things like that to me," and he should have given the "leaked" memo directly to the media. I think anyone who is the head of the FBI should be able to do these two things at least, and do them without thinking too much about it. The head of the FBI is not like you and me; his or her responsibilities outweigh our own by unimaginable magnitudes, so I don't have much sympathy for those who try to be understanding about Comey's cowardice.

But Paul Ryan's responsibilities also outweigh our own, and in this case, even Comey's. As speaker of the house, he has enormous power in this totally Republican government, and if he realized the President had serious gaps in his understanding, it was his duty as an American to step in and try to remedy the situation. And ditto for all the other Republicans who jumped on that bandwagon--why didn't they do anything about it before it came to this pass?

Edited to add (although it seems I'm too late)

My point is of course rhetorical. I understand full well that Ryan's excuse for Trump's behavior is total bullshit. I was in my own way calling Ryan on his bullshit.

A Modest Proposal

How about we stop using the phrase "main stream media" and call it what it is--the media? Especially now, with Fox viewership dramatically down and Breitbart losing sponsors, why don't we differentiate the "fringe media" from the media?

IOW, how come *normal* news outlets are labeled as if they are not the norm?
Posted by cyclonefence | Fri Jun 9, 2017, 06:49 PM (4 replies)

My shameful TV habits

Teen Mom
My 600-lb Life
Teen Mom OG --my Farrah Abraham/Deborah obsession has reached a psychologically-threatening level
16 and Pregnant

I hope the Russians aren't reading this. The blackmail potential would certainly prevent my appointment to any post in this administration.
Posted by cyclonefence | Sat Jun 3, 2017, 03:40 PM (3 replies)

Sean Spicer referred to "the dossier"

when he was evading a question about Jared Kushner's Russia troubles. He said that it was so questionable that most media outlets had refused to publish it.

The only document I'm aware of that's called a "dossier" is the one with the pee story, and that is a document that most media outlets did not publish.

Is Jared somehow connected with Golden Showers?

This is too icky to think about.

My Elderly Husband Nearly Started a Riot at the Polling Place

this morning. He referred within the Republican committeeman's hearing to our president as "that lying sack of shit." Words were exchanged, partisans of both sides yelled at each other.

I think my husband won because the Republican's parting shot was "I'll pray for you."

Mother's Day carnations?

Anybody else grow up in a place and time when Mother's Day was celebrated with carnation corsages worn to church? Red or pink if your mother was alive, white if she was dead. As a kid, I wanted it to be red for alive, white for dead, and pink for ailing. As usual, nobody asked my opinion.

My husband and I were talking about Sarah Huckabee Sanders

and how she would be a sweet target for an SNL parody. The tricky part is to resist body-shaming of this large woman. My first thought--and the one SNL went with--was to put a dark wig on the heavy female cast member, but then it occurred to me that it would be much more devastating to use the slim dark-haired cast member for SHS. You could really rip her to shreds without being mean about her physical appearance (and she does look like Marie Osmond) or trying to ignore an obvious physical characteristic. I wish people would consult me before they put stuff on TV.

He is not a "self-made businessman"

I know it, you know, everybody knows it--except may Jack Kingston, CNN's mealy-mouthed conservative spokesmodel. Donald Trump is not "self-made"; he inherited a multi-million dollar business from his father, who as far as I know *was* a self-made businessman.

The AP estimates that Trump's fortune grew about 300% between 1988 and 2015. During that same time period, the S&P 500 has grown 1,336%. If Donald Trump had simply invested his inheritance in an index fund, he would be much richer than he is today. I might argue, in fact, that not only is he not self-made, he's a pretty bad businessman. In a sense, he has lost money over the years.

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