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Happy “Suck. On. This.” Day

Forget celsius and fahrenheit, fathom and furlong. When the story of the online media revolution is told, people will wonder where the ubiquitous term for a six-month interval known as an "FU" came from.

Ezra Klein and Spazeboy will laugh knowingly over strained peas at the old folk’s home and tell the tale of Little Tommy Friedman, who in the olden days suffered from a somewhat Freuidian affliction conflating sexual dominance and an impulse toward imperialistic genocide which engorged his ego and distorted his perception of time.

A quaint Wiki entry somewhere in the Smithsonian will tell the tale:

Friedman (unit)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia •

The Friedman, or Friedman Unit (F.U.), is a tongue-in-cheek neologism coined by blogger Atrios (Duncan Black) on May 21, 2006.[1]

A Friedman is a unit of time equal to six months in the future.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] The Huffington Post cited it as the "Best New Phrase" of 2006.[9]

The term is in reference to a May 16, 2006 article by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) detailing journalist Thomas Friedman‘s repeated use[10] of "the next six months" as the period in which, according to Friedman, "we’re going to find out…whether a decent outcome is possible" in the Iraq War. As documented by FAIR, Friedman had been making such six-month predictions for a period of two and a half years, on at least fourteen different occasions, starting with a column in the November 30, 2003 edition of The New York Times, in which he stated: "The next six months in Iraq—which will determine the prospects for democracy-building there—are the most important six months in U.S. foreign policy in a long, long time."[11]

The term has been used in general to describe any pronouncement of a critical period for the U.S. occupation of Iraq.[12][7] Such pronouncements have been made by numerous politicians and military officials involved in the war.[13][14][15]

Folks of Middle Eastern descent will still be pissed that Americans thought it was acceptable to invade their country on false pretenses, slaughter their people and continue to revere a pundit who thought "Suck on this" was an appropriate expression of America’s foreign policy.

Then Matlock will come on and Ezra will pinch the night nurse and that will be that.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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