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Today's Forgotten English, and Other Stuff

whip-sawing
The acceptance of fees or bribes from two opposing persons or parties. It is believed to have originated in the New York Assumbly, and is evidently derived from the whip-saw of mechanics, which "cuts both ways."
--Charles Ledyard Norton's Political Americanisms, 1890


American Election Day
In his Farewell Address to the American people, published in the Philadelphia Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796, but never delivered orally, George Washington appealed to his countrymen to beware of the perils of political partisanship: "Let me ... warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of [the political] party. ... The spirit of party serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, [and] foments occasional riot and insurrection."

Quite a man, our Georgie. :)

In a similar vein, from jakebe: Walking Up the Side of the Mountain.

And from neverwench: If the Other Guys Win, I Will Not...

And on a totally different note, from kelloggs2066 ... a dancing Dalek??? 0.o

-The Gneech

PS: Anybody know what's up with huskyteer?
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