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IMPORTANT: The apparent rightward swing is an indicator of vast potential

The apparent rightward swing is an indicator of potential
First of all my bias: I am a Portland native, college student, registered Pacific Party but I am politically anarchist in the tradition of Proudhon. I vote, but not because I think all solutions are within the systems but because I beleive that there is such a think as strategic engagement, and I adhere to the "diversity of tactics" principle.

I want to make a couple of points.

1 Many people beleived that the reaction to the past two years would be an overwhelming move to a Democrat legislative branch.

2 This didn't happen.

3 Instead, only %39 of the elegable voters voted.

4 A little more then half of those voted republican

5 That means that a little more then %19.5 of people who could vote, voted for republicans. (%39 X %50 = %19.5)

6 The Democrats acted like spineless whimps over the past two years.

7 For some reason they are convinced that the reason that have been loosing votes is because they are not right enough!

8 The reason they are continually loosing votes is becuase they are not representing the progressive majority of the country.

9 The Democrats are trying to be republicans, but if you're right-wing you are going to vote for an actual republican.

10 The actual progressive element of the country (sic) is marginalize.

11 Why vote when there are no option?

12 Why vote when the system is obviously corrupt?

13 Who would I vote for anyway?


14 You could make the conclusion that this is a right-wing country, but I would argue that it is not that simple.

15 Instead, I would argue that the political structure only empowers a particular minority group that reinforces itself.

16 This is not bad news.

17 It simply means that 80.5% of the voting-age population is waiting for a real alternative. (%100-%19.5= %80.5)
Good analysis; please learn how to spell ... 06.Nov.2002 13:46


why does everyone spell lose as loose on this website?

get off the classist spelling trip 06.Nov.2002 14:09

i've got a B.A. in writing, but i got over it

spelling and grammar are only relevant insofar as they affect how comprehensible a piece of writing is. the rules of what's right and wrong spelling change over time, but are always used by the educated ruling class to keep others down. indymedia gives people an opportunity to share their truth whether or not they know or use these rules, and their truth is what's important. i'm speaking as a former spelling/grammar fascist (with a freakin' degree and everything) who got real when he saw how the world works.

they can't add, either 06.Nov.2002 14:14


see the thread about voter turnout.

I can add and multiply 06.Nov.2002 14:27


I can add and multiply, can you?

The voter turnout calculations;

%39 can also be written: .39
%50 can also be written: .5

if you want to figure out a percent of a percent. You MULTIPLY them:

.39 X .5 = .195

.195 can also be written as %19.5

now the Non-Republican-voting population of eligable voters.

To figure this out. You take ALL of the voters or %100, and subtract the percent of voters who voted for Republicans.

%100 = 1
%19.5 = .195

1 - .195 = .805
.805 = %80.5

Numbers Speak for Themselves 06.Nov.2002 15:01


Nice Summary!

Hey joeblo, Whatdoya Know? 06.Nov.2002 17:06

My Flowers Won't Grow Have_you_tried@hoe.?

You will find that Loose is the correct word

Loose v.

1. a. trans. To let loose, set free; to release (a person, an animal, or their limbs) from bonds or physical restraint.

a1225 Juliana 38 Ichulle e leowsin [Bodl. MS. lowse] ant leauen hwen me unche. a1300 Cursor M. 14356 [Lazar] in winding clath..was wonden,..'Louses him nu', he said. c1400 Destr. Troy 7884 Deliuert were o lordes, lawsit of prisone. c1470 HENRY Wallace x. 727 Schyr, loss me off my band. 1470-85 MALORY Arthur XI. xii. 589, I requyre the lose me of my boundes. 1497 Extracts Aberd. Reg. (1844) I. 60 And nocht to be lousit out of the goif quhile the saide hour, for nay request. 1530 PALSGR. 615/1 Lowse this prisoner from his yrones, he muste be removed from this gaylle. 1535 COVERDALE Mark xi. 4 They..founde the foale tyed by ye dore..and lowsed it. 1581 Act 23 Eliz. c. 10 4 So as they..doe presentlye loose and let goe everye Feasaunte and Partridge so taken. 1611 BIBLE Isa. li. 14 The captiue exile hasteneth that he may be loosed. 1697 DRYDEN Virg. Past. VI. 38 Loose me, he cry'd, 'twas Impudence to find A sleeping God, 'tis Sacrilege to bind. 1821 SHELLEY Prometh. Unb. II. ii. 94 How he [the chained Titan] shall be loosed. 1840 BROWNING Sordello II. 211 Like Perseus when he loosed his naked love. 1865 TROLLOPE Belton Est. xx. 232 Belton had gone into the stable, and had himself loosed the animal.

b. In immaterial sense: To set free, release, emancipate; to absolve (a person). Const. from (of).

1340 HAMPOLE Pr. Consc. 2182, I yhern..be loused away Fra is life. c1375 Sc. Leg. Saints xvi. (Magdalena) 985 Syndry seke men gettis are hele, & are lousit of mekil payne. c1400 Destr. Troy 13250 At the last, fro at lady, I lausyt myselfe. c1425 Cursor M. 18327 (Trin.) From de of helle to lousen vs. 1533 GAU Richt Vay 24 Quhil we be lowsit of this mortal body. 1559 Bk. Com. Prayer, Occas. Prayers, Let the pitifulnes of thy great mercy lose vs. 1570-6 LAMBARDE Peramb. Kent (1826) 149 Loosing them from al duty of allegiance to their Prince. 1611 BIBLE Luke xiii. 12 Woman, thou art loosed from thy infirmitie. 1637-50 ROW Hist. Kirk (1842) 130 It was concluded,..that he shall be lowsed fra the said sentence. 1784 COWPER Task II. 39 They [sc. slaves] themselves once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. 1842 TENNYSON Godiva 37 She sent a herald forth, And bad him cry,..that she would loose The people. 1902 A. M. FAIRBAIRN Philos. Chr. Relig. III. II. ii. 542 God as interpreted through Him [Christ] was loosed from the qualities that bound Him to a peculiar people.

c. esp. with allusion to Matt. xvi. 19, xviii. 18. Also absol.

a1300 Cursor M. 18189 Quat art ou at louses aa at formast sin sua band in wa? 1340 HAMPOLE Pr. Consc. 3852 Alle at ou lowses in erthe right Sal be loused in heven bright. c1375 Sc. Leg. Saints i. (Petrus) 17 To bind and louss quhowm-euer ou will Plane powar is gewin e are-till. c1400 MANDEVILLE (Roxb.) III. 9 To wham Godd gaffe full powere for to bynd and to louse. 1526 Pilgr. Perf. (W. de W. 1531) 225b, What so euer thou loose in erth, it shall be losen in heuen. a1548 HALL Chron., Edw. IV 199 Havyng full aucthoritie to bynd and to lose, to contracte and conclude. 1567 Gude & Godlie Ball. (S.T.S.) 192 Saif Christ onlie that deit on tre He may baith louse and bind. 1892 E. P. BARLOW Regni Evangelium i. 57 What they have bound no other hand must loose.

d. To free (the lips, tongue, etc.) from constraint.

a1375 Joseph Arim. 49 Louse i lippes a-twynne & let e gost worche. 1567 Gude & Godlie Ball. (S.T.S.) 127 My lippis Lord than louse thow sall. 1629 SIR W. MURE True Crvcifixe 2283 Now doe the wicked louse their tongues to lyes. 1822 SHELLEY Zucca x. 8 Sounds of softest song..Had loosed the heart of him who sat and wept. 1842 TENNYSON Vision of Sin 88 Let me screw thee up a peg: Let me loose thy tongue with wine. 1902 Expositor May 383 The wine loosed the tongues of the guests.

e. To set free from disease. Obs.

a1637 B. JONSON Praises Country Life 58 Or the herb Sorrell, that loves Meadows still, Or Mallowes loosing bodyes ill.

2. a. To undo, untie, unfasten (fetters, a knot); to break (a seal); occas. with up. to loose down (Sc.): to unfasten and let down. Now dial. or poet.

a1300-1400 Cursor M. 12823 (Gtt.), I es noght worthi to louse [Cott. lese] e thwanges of his scho. c1375 Sc. Leg. Saints xix. (Cristofore) 510 ai..lousit are beltis spedly. 1388 WYCLIF Acts xvi. 26 Alle the doris weren openyd, and the boondis of alle weren lousid. a1400-50 Alexander 788* us lowtes is lede on low & lowsys hys chynez. 1530 PALSGR. 494/1 You have so confused this yerne that it can nat be losed asonder. Ibid. 615/2 Lowse the knotte of my garter. 1535 COVERDALE Rev. v. 2 Who is worthy to open the boke, and to loose the seales therof? c1560 A. SCOTT Poems (S.T.S.) iv. 42 It settis not madynis als To latt men lowis thair laice. 1563 Mirr. Mag., Somerset xvi, When the chiefe lynke was lewced fro the chayne. 1591 SPENSER Bellay's Visions ix, With side-long beard, and locks down hanging loast. 1725 RAMSAY Gentle Sheph. IV. i, The witch..Lows'd down my breeks. 1742 YOUNG Nt. Th. v. 30 Wit calls the graces the chaste zone to loose. 1822 SHELLEY Triumph Life 147 They..Throw back their heads and loose their streaming hair.

fig. 1535 COVERDALE Mark vii. 35 His eares were opened, and the bonde of his tonge was lowsed. 1548 UDALL, etc. Erasm. Par. Matt. xii. 71 Loused the knot of the question. c1620 A. HUME Brit. Tongue (1865) 9 The knot [is] harder to louse, for nether syde wantes sum reason. 1713 ADDISON Cato II. i. 20 Other Prospects Have loosed those Ties and bound him fast to Csar. 1859 TENNYSON Vivien 192 Then our bond Had best be loosed for ever.

b. To unlock or unpack (a chest, etc.); to unpack (goods). Also with forth, out; occas. absol. Chiefly Sc.
Phr. (Sc.) to loose the box: to open one's coffers, to pay up. to loose one's poke, pack: to open one's budget, to 'out with it'.

13.. Gaw. & Gr. Knt. 2376 He kat to e knot & e kest lawsez. 1545 R. ASCHAM Toxoph. (Arb.) 108 Lette vs returne agayne vnto our matter, and those thynges whyche you haue packed vp, in so shorte a roume, we wyll lowse them forthe. 1583 Leg. Bp. St. Androis 228 in Satir. Poems Reform. xlv, He pat him off with mowis and mockis, And had no will to louse the boxe. 1725 RAMSAY Gentle Sheph. II. i, But loose your poke; be 't true or fause let's hear. 1785 BURNS Jolly Beggars Recit. viii, The jovial thrang The poet did request, To lowse his pack, an' wale a sang. 1855 ROBINSON Whitby Gloss., To Lowse out, to untie, to unloose or unpack goods.

c. To unjoin or unclasp (hands). Obs.

1548-9 (Mar.) Bk. Com. Prayer, Matrimony, Then shall they..looce theyr handes. 1566 Child-Marriages 69 Then the[y] losid handes. 1588 SHAKES. Tit. A. II. iii. 243.

d. To detach, cast loose, let go: chiefly Naut. Also with forth. to loose out (a knife): to unsheathe it. Also, to remove (an article of clothing) from the body.

1382 WYCLIF Exod. iii. 5 Lowse thow thi shoyng fro thi feyt. c1400 Destr. Troy 2806 Paris..and his pure brother..Lauset loupis fro the le; lachyn in Ancres [L. solutis itaque funibus, subductis anchoris]. c1400 Melayne 1067 The Sarazene..lawses out a knyfe full righte. c1470 HENRY Wallace VII. 1160 Bownd on the trest in a creddill to sit, To lous the pyne quhen Wallace leit him witt. 1513 DOUGLAS neis III. iv. 110 Do lows the rabandis, and lat doun the sail. 1530 PALSGR. 615/2 Lowse your shoe and gyve hym upon the heed withall. 1535 COVERDALE Luke v. 5 Vpon thy worde I wil lowse forth the nett. a1578 LINDESAY (Pitscottie) Chron. Scot. (S.T.S.) I. 324 The king..past to his chamber and loussit his claithis and maid him to his bede. 1632 MASSINGER City Madam I. ii, I will not loose a hat To a hairs breadth, move your Bever, I'le move mine. 1669 STURMY Mariner's Mag. I. 16 Therefore up a hand and loose fore Top sail in the Top, that the Ships may see we will Sail. 1706 PHILLIPS (ed. Kersey) s.v. Let-fall, If the Main-Yard, or Fore-Yard be struck down, so that the Sails may be loosed before the Yard be hoised, then the Mariners do not say, Let fall the Sail, but Loose the Sail. 1769 FALCONER Dict. Marine (1780), To Loose, to unfurl or cast loose any sail, in order to be set, or dried, after rainy weather. 1821 SHELLEY Boat on Serchio 88 The chain is loosed, the sails are spread. 1863 GEO. ELIOT Romola lxi, She loosed the boat from its moorings. 1867 SMYTH Sailor's Word-Bk., To loose a rope, to cast it off, or let it go.

e. Sc. To detach the team from (a plough, etc.). Also absol.

c1480 HENRYSON Mor. Fab. 2253 in Anglia IX. 471 The oxin waxit mair reulie at the last, Syne efter thay lousit [etc.]. a1568 Wyfe of Auchtermuchty ii. in Bannatyne Poems (1873) 342 He lowsit the pluche at the landis end. Ibid. xiii. 345 She lowisit the plwch and syne come hame. 1791 J. LEARMONT Poems 56 Twa lads..War gaen at pleugh their forenoon yokin: At length baith tir'd wi' heat o' noon, They loos'd an' on the lee lay down. 1893 CROCKETT Stickit Minister 117 He was oot a' nicht, an' I havna seen him since he lowsed.

f. To carve (a pheasant). Obs.

c1500 For to serve a Lord in Babees Bk. (1868) 395 To lose or unlase a fesaunt.

g. intr. for refl. To come unfastened. Obs.

1760-72 H. BROOKE Fool of Qual. (1809) IV. 84 The picture..suddenly looses from its ribband.

3.a. to loose the anchor: to weigh anchor. Also, to loose one's bark. Obs.

c1450 St. Cuthbert (Surtees) 675 e man went and loused e ankir. 1555 EDEN Decades (Arb.) 69 They lowsed theyr ankers and departed from Guadalupea. 1567 TURBERV. Ovid's Epist. Qijb, Auale and lose thy Barcke, take seas. 1596 DALRYMPLE tr. Leslie's Hist. Scot. x. 307 The frenche shipis beginis to lous thair anker, and stryk sail at Bristoo.

b. Hence absol. To weigh anchor. occas. with up.

1526 TINDALE Acts xxvii. 2 We entred into a shippe of Adramicium, and lowsed from lond. 1587 FLEMING Contn. Holinshed III. 975/1 The baron de la Gard..leused from Depe with twelue gallies. 1594 MARLOWE & NASHE Dido IV. iii, To stay my Fleete from loosing forth the Bay. 1635 FOXE & JAMES Voy. N.W. (Hakluyt Soc.) I. 180 This noone he loost up for the shore. 1677 Lond. Gaz. No. 1245/3 This morning the light Ships that were at Anchor in this Bay, loosed, and are sailed to the Northwards. 1690 W. WALKER Idiomat. Anglo-Lat. 277 Our ship loosed from the harbour. 1867 SMYTH Sailor's Word-bk. Loosing for sea, weighing the anchor.

4. a. To shoot or let fly (an arrow); to let off (a gun).

c1400 MANDEVILLE (Roxb.) xxiv. 112 Ga and louse one arowes. 1473 J. WARKWORTH Chron. (Camden) 8 The Kynge..losyde his gonnys of ordynaunce uppone them. 1530 PALSGR. 615/1, I lowse, as a gonner lowseth a pece of ordonaunce. 1582 N. LICHFIELD Castanheda's Discov. E. Ind. I. lvii. 120 As the Nayre loosed off his arrow. 1599 SHAKES. Hen. V, I. ii. 207 As many Arrowes loosed seuerall wayes Come to one marke. 1638 JUNIUS Paint. Ancients 324 Such archers..use..to loose their arrowes in a more comely manner. 1814 CARY Dante, Par. I. 122 That strong cord that never looses dart But at fair aim. 1818 SHELLEY Rev. Islam X. xxvi, Like a shaft loosed by the bowman's error. 1916 'BOYD CABLE' Action Front 48 The artillery made a regular practice of loosing off a stated number of rounds per night. 1944 R.A.F. Jrnl. Aug. 286 Dropped our bomb~load..an' loosed off all our ammo.

transf. 1820 SHELLEY Vis. Sea 4 When lightning is loosed.

b. absol. or intr. To shoot, let fly. Also said of the gun. Now usu. with off. Also loosing off.

1387 TREVISA Higden (Rolls) VII. 77 e childe losed and schette. 1530 PALSGR. 615/1, I thought full lytell he wolde have lowsed at me whan I sawe hym drawe his bowe. Ibid. 681/2 Se howe yonder gonne reculeth or ever she lowse. 1545 R. ASCHAM Toxoph. (Arb.) 161 Houlde and nocke trewlye, drawe and lowse equallye. a1548 HALL Chron., Hen. VIII 56b, Al the .11. C. archers shot and losed at once. 1588 SHAKES. Tit. A. IV. iii. 58 (He giues them the Arrowes.) Too it Boy, Marcus loose when I bid. 1603 B. JONSON Sejanus III. iii, Nor must he looke at what, or whom to strike, But loose at all. 1889 RIDER HAGGARD Allan's Wife 80 Reserving their fire till the Zulus were packed like sheep in a kraal, they loosed into them with the roers. 1893 Field 25 Mar. 456/3, I threw up my gun mechanically, but had no intention of 'loosing' at the poor thing. 1900 Daily News 1 Oct. 7/3 Paget's artillerymen dashed forward, unlimbered, and loosed on the foe. 1906 Westm. Gaz. 9 Mar. 4/1 The man for whom the whole of shooting is comprised in the gunningin the 'loosing off', as he will call it. 1926 Punch 28 July 86/2 The bowler would acquire the trick of looking at one [wicket] while really he was loosing off at the other. 1928 BLUNDEN Undertones of War ii. 8 The howitzer loosing off occasionally outside punctuated these amenities. 1946 J. IRVING Royal Navalese 110 To loose off, to open fire.

c. trans. (transf. and fig.) To give vent to, emit; to cause or allow to proceed from one.

1508 KENNEDY Flyting w. Dunbar 28 Ramowd rebald, thow fall doun att the roist, My laureat lettres at the and I lowis. 1600 SHAKES. A.Y.L. III. v. 103 Loose now and then A scattred smile, and that Ile liue vpon. 1601 All's Well II. iii. 172 Both my reuenge and hate Loosing vpon thee. 1687 EVELYN Diary 19 Apr., His..delicateness in extending and looseing a note with incomparable softnesse. 1847 TENNYSON Princess II. 407 And loose A flying charm of blushes o'er this cheek.

5. To weaken the adhesion or attachment of; = LOOSEN v. 3; to make unstable or insecure in position. Also intr. for pass. Now only arch.

13.. E.E Allit. P. B. 957 e rayn rueled doun..Gorde to gomorra at e grounde laused. 1375 BARBOUR Bruce VI. 253 A gret stane..That throu the gret anciente Was lowsyt, reddy for to fall. c1420 Chron. Vilod. st. 1117 en sye he how his fedris weron lewesode ychone. 1523 FITZHERB. Husb. 126 With the wyndynge of the edderynges thou dost leuse thy stakes and therfore they must nedes be..hardened agayne. 1526 Pilgr. Perf. (W. de W. 1531) 254 The hole frame of the ioyntes of his body dissolued and losed. 1530 PALSGR. 615/1, I lowse a tree or herbe from the roote. Ibid., Se howe the heate hath made these bordes to lowse asonder. c1550 LLOYD Treas. Health (? 1550) Hiij, A stroke or faul, wherby the ioyntes of the backe bone ar loused. 1611 BIBLE Ecclus. xxii, 16 As timbers girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed with shaking. 1864 SWINBURNE Atalanta 1062 The firm land have they loosed and shaken.

6. a. To make loose or slack; to loosen, slacken, relax, make less tight; pass. (of nerves) to be unstrung. to loose a bridle to: to indulge. Now arch. exc. in colloq. phr. to loose hold: to let go.

c1440 Promp. Parv. 314/1 Losyn, or slakyn, laxo, relaxo. 1530 PALSGR. 720/2, I lowse a thynge that was to strayte tyed. 1577 B. GOOGE Heresbach's Husb. (1586) 67 The olde Rosyars must haue the Earth loosed about them in Februarie, and the dead twigges cutte of. 1581 G. PETTIE tr. Guazzo's Civ. Conv. (1586) II. 117 Our lyfe is like to instruments of Musicke, which sometime wresting vp the strings, and sometime by loosing them, become more melodious. 1596 DALRYMPLE tr. Leslie's Hist. Scot. II. 152 Occasione frilie to louse a brydle to al thair appetites. c1614 SIR W. MURE Dido & neas I. 220 A prince imposed To let or loose their rains, as he commands. 1697 DRYDEN Virg. Georg. IV. 586 The slipp'ry God will try to loose his hold. 1737 WHISTON Josephus, Hist. VI. viii. 4 Their nerves were so terribly loosed..they could not flee away. 1865 LIGHTFOOT Galatians (1874) 118/2 Sin and law loose their hold at the same time. 1868 BROWNING Ring & Bk. v. 822 He bid them loose grasp. 1875 W. S. HAYWARD Love agst. World 18 'Loose your hold of the lady's bridle', cried Walter. 1901 METHUEN Peace or War S. Africa vii. 158 He will know when to loose and when to tighten the rein.

b. transf. To relax or loosen (the bowels). Also absol. Obs.

c1400 Lanfranc's Cirurg. 51 ou maist..lose e wombe if at he be costif. 1528 PAYNEL Salerne's Regim. (1541) 77 The brothe of coole wortes..leuseth the bealy. Ibid. 87 Blacke pepper throughe the heate and drynes therof, leuseth quickely. 1533 ELYOT Cast. Helth II. vii. (1541) 20b, Soure grapes are colde, and do also lowse, but they are harde of dygestyon. 1612 WOODALL Surg. Mate Wks. (1653) 187 It is dangerous to loose the belly upon a former loosenesse. 1651 WITTIE Primrose's Pop. Err. I. 58 If their bellies be but abundantly loosed.

7.a. [Cf. L. solvere.] To break up, dissolve, do away with. Chiefly fig. Obs.

1340 HAMPOLE Pr. Consc. 1792 e dede..louses alle thyng And of ilk mans lif mas endyng. 1387 TREVISA Higden (Rolls) VII. 149 Whos chirche dissolved and lowsed oru longe rotnes he reparailde. 1435 MISYN Fire of Love II. ix. 91 at frenschyp at is kyndely sal not be lausyd. 1526 Pilgr. Perf. (W. de W. 1531) 15 It dissolueth and loseth all vowes. 1530 PALSGR. 688/1, I resolve, I lose thynges, or melte them, or parte thynges asonder, je resolue. 1819 SHELLEY Cenci I. ii. 23 By assuming vows no Pope will loose.

b. intr. To crumble away; to dissolve, melt.

c1375 Sc. Leg. Saints xlv. (Cristine) 234 Til e fals ydol don can fal, & in poudre lousyt al smal. 1481 CAXTON Myrr. II. xxvii. 120 The moisture..is in thayer assembled and amassed..And the sonne causeth it to lose and to falle on therthe.

8. To break (faith); to violate (a peace). Obs.

13.. Gaw. & Gr. Knt. 1784 If e..folden fayth to at fre, festned so harde, at yow lausen ne lyst. 1456 SIR G. HAYE Law Arms (S.T.S.) 149 The man..may nocht lous his faith. 1568 GRAFTON Chron. II. 309 By reason whereof the peace betwene them agreed might be losed or broken.

9. To solve, explain. Obs.

1596 SPENSER F.Q. V. xi. 25 He had red her Riddle, which no wight Could ever loose but suffred deadly doole. 1660 R. COKE Justice Vind., Arts & Sci. 1 This doubt is after~wards loosed by Aristotle himself.

10. a. To redeem, release or obtain by payment; to pay for. Sc. Hence perh. Coverdale's use: To buy (obs.).

1473 Ld. Treas. Acc. Scotl. (1877) I. 48 Item to Dauid Quhytehede and Thome of Stanly..for Doctor Andres dispensacione lousyt be thaim in Bruges xvjli. 1500 Ibid. (1900) II. 98 Item,..to Jacob lutar to lows his lute that lay in wed xxxijs. 1504-5 Ibid. (1901) III. 127 To Alexander Kers to lous the Kingis stope quhilk wes tane quhen he wes Abbot of Unreson vjli xiijs. iiijd. 1535 COVERDALE Jer. xxxii. 25 That I shall loose a pece of londe vnto my self. 1824 SCOTT St. Ronan's ii, As for the letters at the post~mistress'sthey may bide in her shop-windowtill Beltane, or I louse them. 1825-80 JAMIESON, To Louse.., to pay for; as, 'Gie me siller to louse my coals at the hill'.

b. Sc. To free (an estate) from incumbrance.

1494 Acta Dom. Conc. (1839) 361/2 Or the landis war lowsit, quhilkis are now lowsit.

11. Sc. Law. To withdraw (an arrestment).

1522 Extracts Aberd. Reg. (1844) I. 100 The arrest laid one the gudes aboune writin be Patrik Leslie... And the said Patrik offerit the said gudis, and the rest maid thar one to be loussit, incontinent thar findand souerty [etc.]. 1544 Ibid. I. 205 The said day, Thomas Menzeis, provest of Aberdene..hes lowsit the arrestment made vpoun ane scheip, and certane tymmer being thairin, pertening to Robert Patersoune and vtheris. 1609 SKENE Reg. Maj. 75b, The moueable gudes of the defender, sould be first attached, and arreisted, vntill he finde securitie be pledges, to compeir and answere to the complainer; and then the arreistment sould be lowsed. 1681 VISCT. STAIR Instit. Law Scot. III. i. (1693) 373 When he whose Goods or Sums are arrested, findeth Caution, and thereby louseth the Arrestment. a1768 ERSKINE Instit. III. vi. 12 (1773) I. 509.

12. pass. and intr. To finish working; (of a school, factory, etc.) to close, disperse, 'break up'. Also in phr. loose-all, the signal to stop work given in the pits. dial.

a1813 WILSON Maggie Weir (E.D.D.), Ploughman chields lous'd frae their wark. 1829 HOGG Sheph. Cal. I. vi. 151 He wad hear it [a song] every day when the school looses. 1851 GREENWELL Coal-trade Terms Northumb. & Durh. 35 Loose ('Lowse')!Finish working! 1893 SNOWDEN Tales Yorksh. Wolds 110 One Sunday afternoon just as the chapel had 'loosed'. 1911 D. H. LAWRENCE White Peacock vii. 485, I heard the far-off hooting of the 'loose-all' at the pits, telling me it was half-past eleven. 1913 Sons & Lovers ii. 30 Some men were there before four o'clock, when the whistle blew loose-all.

whew! 06.Nov.2002 19:00

happy republican

wassa windbag...or is that

wadda a looser?

Everything has changed! 06.Nov.2002 21:46


Yep. The Dems will become the "watchdog" party. They might even start a long, laborious and costly process to topically reorganize their power structure. And they might even manage to readopt a token issue that will lean more lefterly to a centrist position which will pander to certain crowds without promising the most infinitesimal material deviation.