Our Dynamic Language

English is a dynamic language that grows rapidly by adopting foreign words and coining new ones. Here’s a new word coined over the last few days:

gruber v.t. 1. To tell a lie deliberately with the intent of misleading. 2. To misinform people based on the belief that they are too stupid to understand the wisdom of your position.

There’s more about this new word and related terms here. (H/T, Instapundit)

Obama, Carter, and Hollow Presidencies

Do you remember back in 2008/2009 when it was said that Obama’s presidency would be like Jimmy Carter’s second term?

Dan Balz, WaPo

When President Obama was elected in 2008, his victory signaled a generational change and the prospect of renewal for the Democratic Party. Instead, the opposite has occurred. Over the past six years, the party has been hollowed out.

You may also remember that some of us said that Carter’s second term was a best case scenario.

More Like Europe

Da Tech Guy has a post about the push to move from the English Common Law tradition that a defendant is presumed innocent until the state proves his guilt to the European Civil Law approach of the defendant having to prove his innocence. He notes that the attempt to use a more european approach in rape cases could easily metastasize throughout our courts.

Well, one of the unspoken goals of many Progressives is to make America more like Europe.