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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:28 PM
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Anyone else tired of the title "czar"?
Car Czar, Drug Czar, AIDS Czar, Municipal Water Supply Flavor Czar.

I recommend we update the title to SME (Subject Matter Expert).

"Czar" is just kinda tired and lame.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:29 PM
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1. Yep. Even "comrade" bothers me a little. I guess I was taught to duck & cover too much. nt
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vanboggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:29 PM
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2. Czar and Homeland
Poor descriptions both of them.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:44 PM
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15. Both of those! Ackety!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:30 PM
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3. Guess for me it depends more as to who those "Czar" are.
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oregonjen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:30 PM
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4. I'm also get sick when I hear the word "homeland"
I wish Obama would ban that term.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:31 PM
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5. yes, in the fifites the only czars were in russia or it seemed to this kid
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Fed_Up_Grammy Donating Member (923 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:36 PM
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12. Czars in the fifties???????
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:31 PM
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6. Oh heck yes.
OR "Congressional responsibility avoidance stooge".
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:32 PM
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7. Yeah I'm sic of being Czar or Tsar. I want to be the King. Its good to be the king.


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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:33 PM
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8. I wonder if we have a Bih Czar or a Bah Czar. nt
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:34 PM
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9. Not me...
but then I am lobbying to become Sarcasm Czar.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:34 PM
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10. I swear we lost the Cold War and got taken over by the USSR
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sexual jihadist Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:48 PM
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16. Yes because the USSR was all about upholding tsarism
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hendo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:42 PM
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36. Yup
the Bolsheviks loved them a good Czar. Well, they loved a dead one at least.
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ContinentalOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:34 PM
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11. Yes, it's always annoyed me. Heaven forbid that we have any actual functioning social programs...
in this country. That would be SOCIALISM. :scared:

But Czars? Apparently those are cool.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:41 PM
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13. I'm more tired of "War on" whatever.
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PearliePoo2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:00 PM
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21. Oh Yeah...we gots to have our "war on" somptin'...
Onward christian soldiers and all that.
(John Lennon...I miss you)
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:43 PM
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14. Absolutely
I don't like "SME: any better. I sounds so bureaucratic.

"Czar," on the other hand, sounds autocratic.

The actual title of the Drug Czar is director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. So "Director" will do. Or does that sound too Hollywood?

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angrycarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:53 PM
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17. User kaisar instead
Both mean Caesar.
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:31 PM
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24. Well, why don't we go all the way back to the beginning, then?
Drug Caesar, National Security Caesar, Sid Caesar, etc. We could dress them up in togas to really get into the spirit of the title.
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:34 PM
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25. For that matter, why not Tarquin?
I'd be down with having an Auto Tarquin.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:41 PM
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29. If they do their job really well, at the end of their term give 'em a wreath of laurel
...and they can wear it to all the major social functions.
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:53 PM
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18. I first heard it applied in the US to criminals
As in "crime czar" like Al Capone, et al..."Czar" has never been a favorable term at least to me...whoever thought up the term in the first place was probably a fan of stupid authouritarian recklessness who poo-pooed the idea of resistance as being "Marxist" or "Bolshevik" or even worse "Communist"...Czars have a reputation for being corrupt to begin with.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:11 PM
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33. The person who thought it up was a Democrat..
Joe Biden coined the term "drug czar".

What do you have against the VPE?

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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:53 PM
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19. If you call it Car Dictator then Bush will want the job.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:59 PM
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20. What about Daimons? n/t
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:11 PM
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22. Yeah.
Can't they use, like "Commissar" or "No-Neck Thug"?
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:31 PM
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23. Overlord? Potentate? Imperator? Sultan? Maharajah? Pasha? Mikado?
Lots of choices. :shrug:
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:39 PM
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28. Head Honcho?
Top Dog?
The Big Enchilada?
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:45 PM
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30. Most Exalted High Potentate of the Auto Industry has a nice ring.
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verges Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:46 PM
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31. Poobah. nt
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:15 PM
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35. These replies are all DUzy worthy


How about Don as in a mafia?
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:37 PM
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26. Not really. I just want their kingdoms to change
I want to see a "Green Energy" Czar. Or a "Corruption" Czar. Or a "Jobs" Czar.

It's just that the current "Czars" aren't doing a damn thing for ME.
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:39 PM
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27. Yes.
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:07 PM
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32. Oh ya!
It needs to go!
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:12 PM
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34. What, you don't like Joe Biden's term?
It was the VPE who first coined the term "drug czar".

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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:13 AM
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37. I think it's so lame too....what have any of these "Czars" actually ever accomplished
the title is like giving false hope that some type of super-hero figure is taking charge and knocking heads together.......it's BS.
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GoesTo11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:23 AM
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38. May G-d bless and keep the Czar
far away from us.
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