HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 11, 2008
The Bush Years Lexicon
(Abridged)

John R. Guthrie


Humpty Dumpty: When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.

Alice: The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things.

Humpty Dumpty: The question is: which is to be master - that's all.

                                                                              --Through the Looking Glass


Clean Air Act as modified: 1997:

BREATHE MORE SOOT


Clear Skies Initiative:

POWER PLANTS MAY SPEW MORE MERCURY 


Discredited, dubious, disputed, tainted, flawed, suspect, questionable, faulty, manipulated, discredited, hyped, falsehoods, false, farfetched, questions about his credibility, the flap over Bush’s assertion, dubious, disputed, tainted, flawed, suspect, questionable, faulty, manipulated, hyped misstatements, false pretenses, an assertion not approved by the CIA, deficiencies, distortions, questions about prewar intelligence, lapses by President Bush, now-disavowed claim:

LIES: FALSE, PHONY, LIED ABOUT, as with PRE-WAR INTELLIGENCE


Energy Policy:

DRILL AMERICAN FIRST


Mild, non-injurious physical contact:

A RIGHT HOOK


Renditions:

KIDNAPPING


Refined interrogation techniques or enhanced coercive interrogation technique (A phrase on loan from the Gestapo. It brings to mind, somehow, Bush’s pushing lit firecrackers down frog’s throats for sport as he did as a child):

TORTURE


John R. Guthrie is a former Marine infantry rifleman. He then garnered a formal education to include medical school and became the commanding officer of a U.S. Navy Reserve Shock Surgical Group before going into private practice in the Smoky Mountain foothills of Appalachia. He is the editor and publisher of the monthly webzine The Chickasaw Plum: Politics and the Arts Online. (Link)


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