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Stephen Colbert on Alicegate: Chewbacca in Wonderland

Stephen Colbert weighed in the Obama White House Alice in Wonderland Halloween Party scandal on last night’s The Colbert Report. It’s worth watching just for Colbert’s epic nerdy rant about Chewbacca in Wonderland: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

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Alicegate? Scandal involving “lavish” White House Alice in Wonderland Party

Mad Tea Parties and politics are in the news again, but this time thrown by the Democrats. President Obama’s 2009 Alice in Wonderland-themed “star-studded” Halloween party is central stage in a mini-scandal, coming to light because of details in a new book called “The Obamas” by Jodi Kantor of the New York Times. Rush Limbaugh… [read full post]

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CNN Linguist cringes at 2010’s portmanteaus

Linguist Robert Beard (the author of The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English, which I’ve heard is a bit prejudiced against the Anglo-Saxon) complains in CNN’s 2010 Year in Review that his sacred English Language took another “fresh beating” this year, discussing the prevalence of new portmanteau words. New words and constructions like “Obamacare,” “WikiLeaks,” “lamestream,”… [read full post]

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Tea Party gone mad

Drew Friedman’s illustration in The Nation

It seemed inescapable that at some point someone would compare the Tea Party movement to Lewis Carroll’s famous tea party. Richard Kim’s article “The Mad Tea Party“, which will appear in the April 12th version of The Nation, never needs to mention Carroll or Alice, but it gave illustrator Drew Friedman cause for the inevitable… [read full post]

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