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"The multibillionaire Koch brothers are used to running their nefarious network of political front groups from behind closed doors. But now, the curtain is being pulled back, and there they are — buck naked and butt ugly — for all to see." — Jim Hightower

Hightower got both expressions right. Some people nowadays say butt naked. I haven't yet heard anyone say buck ugly, but Sarah Palin is probably getting ready to.

n Rob Leflar of Fayetteville writes:

"In his maiden speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, our own Senator John Boozman offered this observation: 'While Americans tighten their belts, they watch in disbelief as Washington throws taxpayer money around with reckless abandonment.' Surely the distinguished gentleman meant to say 'reckless abandon.' Or is this a reckless abandonment of proper English usage?"

A senator could abandon his money, I suppose — just walk off and leave it for the pages to pick up — and that might be called "reckless abandonment." But to throw money around "without inhibition or moderation" is to act with reckless abandon. House Speaker John Boehner, a stickler for good usage, has said, "We intend to cut rich folks' taxes with reckless abandon."

n What about voodoo economics?

"Thirteen states have introduced bills to ban Shariah law, reports ColorLines. Arizona's anti-Shariah legislation would also ban 'canon law, halacha, and karma.' " Shariah is the law of Islam. Canon law is law that governs a Christian church, such as the Catholic church. Halacha is Jewish religious law. Karma is a Hindu concept that every act a person does, for good or evil, returns to that person with equal impact. Sounds like it'd be hard to ban by legislative action. The legislators might get a karmic comeuppance too.

n I've wondered why Donald Trump is referred to as "The Donald." He's certainly not my favorite Donald; that would be Duck. Turns out it's "a nickname given to him by the media after his first wife Ivana Trump, a native of the Czech Republic, referred to him as such in an interview."

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