Noteworthy Phrases

A little list of acronyms, abbreviations, slangs, nicknames and other terms I find appreciable. Some of the things that prompted me to add them here, if you're curious, do stem from my being a neo-conservative nowadays, but in any case, they're great, I can tell you that!

Abu Moskowitz - Popular Michigan radioblogger Debbie Schlussel came up with this as a way to refer to Brian Moskowitz, the awful director in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's local branch (and for them, the abbreviation would be I.C.E). In fact, ICE used to be just the US Customs department until it was combined with the Department of Homeland Security (?), and then sadly, it started to decline in effectiveness, as Debbie explained.

Break the 4th Wall - This is what you might call Four-Dimensional. It describes something like an in-story concept, in which comic book characters actually admit that they know that they're right within a comic book. The Sensational She-Hulk was one book that did this, and Formerly Known as the Justice League was another (man, was that funny! And just the kind of story we need today).

Byrne-Stealing - This arose from writer/artist John Byrne's own discussion once of people who read the comic books right within the store itself. Put another way, some people who were familiar with his talk about the subject actually began using his own name as a way to describe what he spoke of! I know, it's odd, isn't it, but that's pretty much what happened.

DINO - This stands for Democrat In Name Only, and with any luck, it'll come as a good acronym at that. It means a liberal who does have an understanding of what the world is like, and the importance of observing reality. But for the most part, that all remains to be judged by everybody.

IMO and IMHO - These stand for In My Opinion or even In My Humble/Honest Opinion, which is probably a more polite, docile way of putting it, about what we think of, you know, this and that.

Islamofascism - A perfect term that describes what The Religion of Peace really like.

Londonistan - This is what practically all of Britain, certainly England, is starting to become known as, due to their constant appeasement of Islam. It's also the title of a very recommended book by Melanie Phillips, possibly one of the few people in Britain today who's got the sense needed to understand the whole problem going on there and in the rest of the world.

Maledicta - A Latin phrase for bad words like "cuss words". It's what Sgt. Snorkel's word balloons in Beetle Bailey would often be shown using whenever he yelled at the soldiers under his jurisdiction.

Mickey D'Orsay - This describes a terrible French foreign minister who works in the ministry, located near a dock. It's meant to describe how his ears look almost like those of Mickey Mouse!

Moonbat - A description that's often used to describe left-liberals who see only what they want to, or even leftists themselves. But it can also be used to describe conservatives who're near-sighted, and there is a conservative (as far as these whole terms go) at the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer, whose commentary sometimes really distorts reality but bad.

Moral Equivalence - When leftists for example - okay, when anyone with otherwise bad intentions goes out of their way to blur the differences between good and evil. Steven Spielberg did this when he produced and directed Munich in 2005.

New Duranty Times - A much better name for the New York Times at that. Robert Spencer at Jihad/Dhimmi Watch used it on various occasions to describe the horrible newspaper.

RINO - This stands for Republican In Name Only, and could be used to describe those who tolerate illegal immigration, and are incredibly clumsy when it comes to dealing with domestic terrorism.

Spinoff - It's what comes when a character in a television program or even a comic book series proves popular enough to gain his/her own series. Take the X-Men for example: Dazzler was probably the first mutant to get her own series, which ran for five years, and was one of the first direct-market titles too. And let's not forget some of Norman Lear's own sitcoms from the 1970s-1980s, two of which spun off from All in the Family, those being The Jeffersons and Maude. Those were the days.

Stockholm Syndrome - A term that arose from a bank robbery in Sweden in 1973, when a couple of hostages actually began to sympathise with the criminals. Oh, and it could be used to describe what Spielberg did when he directed Munich too!

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