When the Crabster suggested I check out Big Brass Blog, we started talking about language, and the distortion of words to mean their opposite. High on my Orwell Was Right list: pro-life, partial-birth abortion, no child left behind, the patriot act, the defense of marriage act. (Please read all with ironic quotes.) This government is all about the manipulation of words until they have no meaning, or mean their opposite. Freedom. Liberation. Security.
Then there my perennial faves. Family values. Pussy as an insult. Balls as a synonym for courage. (Sorry guys, I just find that hilarious.) Forcible rape. Ethnic cleansing.
A librarian among us, the feisty and witty G, remembered another one:
I like "Collateral Damage" best. Possibly the feel-good terminology of the century. Used for justification of the deaths of innocents (in other words, a loophole in Geneva).G also says: "RE The Media Add to your Reading List: "A War Against Truth", Paul William Roberts. Brilliant first-hand account of the Iraq invasion and Iraqi history by a journalist who was there. A must-read for all."
Remember the support America had from the Iraqi citizen population when it first arrived under the pretense of dispensing Saddam (WMD issues aside)? Amazing how that support disappears when your unnecessary aerial bombing campaign kills the families of those who support you. Don't forget, women and children are the bulk of the Iraqi casualty list since the invasion. But it's OK: the GOV says they're just collateral damage. [Tell that to the families of 9/11 victims, Junior].
Right now, G the Library Bitch (reclaimed word?) is helping an American reader pose as a Canadian. She's made a list, and is soliciting your comments and additions. Please help!
And perhaps "dear reader Julia B," the American who wants to act Canadian, will stop by wmtc to tell us how it went.
P.S. G: You do all say "a-boot". We hear it, ever so slightly, in everyone from Peter Jennings to Alex Trebec to Joni Mitchell. It appears to be the last of the accent to go, long after the speaker "sounds American". Hey folks, am I right?