Friday, June 18, 2010

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

I am stumped by Rep. Barton's statement yesterday in which he apologized to BP:

I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown — in this case a $20 billion shakedown.”

I know I've been away a long time. I'm practically Rip Van Winkle, but what is "the first proportion?" Is there also a last proportion?

I had another "whaaa?" moment today reading a CNN opinion piece:

"Just when you thought Arizona lawmakers couldn't stoop any lower, these cowardly and shameful politicians grab a shovel and put in a basement."

Okay. They get a shovel and put it in the basement.

Are they stooping while they do this?


ArtSparker said...

shb "putt in a basement", a form of golf practiced only in Arizona.

ron hardy said...

Hi Sarah. I think the term "put in" in this context means constructed or added as in "we put in a new shower." Basically these wacked politicians are digging themselves in deeper. I think.

SarahJane said...

I don't think the expression "to stoop to something" has to do with digging. And there's no evidence of digging here anyway. I'm pretty sure the expression has to do with kowtowing and brown-nosing. Which is what Rep. Barton was doing? Kissing BP's ass.

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