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It was an endless August, with September looming as endless, and alarming. So as a diversion, here are a few trite new words just added to the ever eager Oxford Dictionaries, which has added 42 new entries in the past month alone. Among them, exactly as they’re listed:
“Omnishambles” (British informal): A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.
“Derp” (informal exclamation) Used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish of stupid action.
“Squee” (informal exclamation or verb). Used to express great delight or excitement.
Now in the final days of their “Exempt America” tour, high profile tea partyers and conservatives journey to Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday to make their case to defund the Affordable Care Act. Leading the way: Brent Bozell, founder of For America, and Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, plus representatives from four regional tea party groups.
The big whoop-dee-doo is at high noon Sept. 10, however. The groups will rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, counting Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, seven Republican congressmen and Herman Cain among 25 speakers at the event.
“If Obamacare isn’t good enough for big business, big labor, or big government, then it isn’t good enough for the American people,” the organizers declare.
SINISE EARNS An OO-RAH
He’s a Hollywood veteran who can now can add “Leatherneck” to his resume. That would be actor and musician Gary Sinise, who has been named an honorary U.S. Marine by none other than Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps. Mr. Sinise, 58, was recently honored right there in the general’s home at Marine Barracks, not far from Capitol Hill.
“This was one of the most extraordinary nights. I was totally surprised by what the general gave me. I’m humbled, shocked, moved and motivated to keep standing up for our men and women and giving back to them,” the actor says.
The general reciprocated, calling Mr. Sinise a “humble patriot,” and “tireless advocate for our men and women in uniform.” That advocacy includes entertaining troops and their families, building specialized homes for the severely wounded, and with the USO, hosting “classic American meals” for military communities and deployed troops passing through airports.
Other Hollywood folk have earned the same jarhead honor, incidentally. Chuck Norris was named an honorary Marine in 2007.
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