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August 23, 2014

Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

I'm feeling frisky so, how about some content this morning?

I am annoyed but it's possible that am the only person in the world who takes issue with what is to follow.

Read the story.

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, refers to itself as ISIS. However, the new acronym, ISIL, keeps popping up, and now we know why.

The State Department, while ISIS was slaughtering innocents, was apparently concerned that the name of the organization, and the associated acronym, weren't quite right, so they changed it.

I can imagine the conversation:

Person 1: ISIS is slaughtering Christians in the region. We must do something about this!

Person 2: Wait. Did you say "region". Do you mean, outside of Iraq and Syria? Because, if that's the case, then their name isn't quite accurate, now is it?

Person 1: Well, I don't really know why that matters but, okay. Yes. They have designs on a more far-reaching territory.

Person 2: Aha! I knew it! So, perhaps they should be called the Islamic State of The Middle East? ISME.

Person 3: No. It really doesn't have the same ring to it as ISIS. How about, the Islamic State of the Greater Syria Region? ISGSR?

Person 4: No! (Boos fill the room) That's awful! Sit down. You don't get another turn.

John Kerry, rises from his chair in the back of the room: Well, how about the word..... "Levant". It's really far more descriptive and, well, ISIL just kind of sounds *right*.

(Applause from the room)


Way to go!

Good one, dude!

Kerry: Okay. So are we in agreement? ISIS is now ISIL?

Person 2: Yes. Now how do we get the media on board?

Well, now that that is taken care of, perhaps they will actually do something about the bastards. In the meantime, an Islamic fighter shakes his head and mutters "What a fucking clown show!"

Update: Several commenters have mentioned that Obama has been calling them ISIL for a while.

Update II: A commenter points out that "ISIS" is a newer name.

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