Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), the congressman who gained nationwide fame after declaring that the Republican plan for health care amounts to hoping that people “die quickly,” has a few choice words — or, rather, one choice acronym — for former Vice President Dick Cheney: “STFU.”
For those not familiar with the expression, that’s Internet parlance for “shut the fuck up.”
Grayson made the comment during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball Wednesday night. Host Chris Matthews had asked the Florida congressman about Cheney’s comments on Fox News Tuesday, in which the former VP called Obama a “radical” and said the president’s decision to bring accused 9/11 plotters to Manhattan to face trial was “a huge mistake.”
“On the Internet there’s an acronym that’s used to apply to situations like this. It’s called ‘STFU,'” Grayson told Matthews. “I don’t think I can say that on the air, but I think you know what that means.”
“Well give me the first part,” Matthews asked.
“Shut,” Grayson responded.
“Oh, I gotcha,” Matthews said. “Stop talking, in crude language. Well, I don’t think you’re going to get [Cheney] to do that.”
Later in the segment, Grayson responded to the controversy over President Obama’s bow to the Japanese emperor.
“I remember [President George W. Bush] kissing [Saudi Crown] Prince Abdullah on the cheek, and then holding his hand for an extended period of time,” Grayson said. “Maybe if he’d let him get to second base, then gasoline would be a dollar a gallon.”
That quip drew a quick rebuke from the Republican party, which quickly showed it’s willing to fight at Grayson’s level.
Eric Kleefeld at TalkingPointsMemo quoted Andy Sere of the National Republican Congressional Committee: “”The foul mouthed man-child from Orlando is at it again, taking to the airwaves to bring shame to struggling Central Florida families who want jobs, not nut-jobs. But speaking of bases, Alan Grayson’s constituents surely find themselves wishing his parents had never gotten past first.”
The following video was broadcast on MSNBC’s Hardball, Wednesday December 9, 2009, and uploaded to the Web by TalkingPointsMemo.
How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement
When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.
Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.
Quantum physics experiment shows Heisenberg was right about uncertainty — in a certain sense
The word uncertainty is used a lot in quantum mechanics. One school of thought is that this means there’s something out there in the world that we are uncertain about. But most physicists believe nature itself is uncertain.
Intrinsic uncertainty was central to the way German physicist Werner Heisenberg, one of the originators of modern quantum mechanics, presented the theory.
He put forward the Uncertainty Principle that showed we can never know all the properties of a particle at the same time.