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No wonder that city smells, right, Grassley?
Did everyone hear that ITC of CedrRapids had their employes? They did. Chuck Grassley was there. What else did he see? Why, a giant Nrg! You don’t come across a lot of those in Cedar Rapids, let your editor tell you. Not exactly the most diverse place.

Though Grassley is routinely criticized by teenagers for his poor use of the English language, he is politically astute. He provided a second tweet, within an hour, after realizing he said the “word” “Nrg”:


This may be the first time in history Grassley has provided a Grassley-to-English translation for his tweets. With this Rosetta Stone, experts may one day be able to figure out the language of all his messages. [Twitter]

  • Buzz Feedback

    Aren't they all "big?"

    • mereoblivion

      "They're all the same size, but the black ones last longer."
      Shirley Temple to the candy-store owner when he wonders why she asked for a black candy-stick in particular. (I think the movie was Captain January but wouldn't bet on it. Right now I'm too distracted by Megan Fox's, um, necklace.)

    • LionelHutzEsq

      It's true, it's true!

      • mereoblivion

        Twue! (RIP Madeline K.)

        • LionelHutzEsq

          Fifteen is my limit on schnitzenbruben.

          • imissopus

            I am genuinely shocked that after 125 comments, no one has said "The sheriff is a nrg!"

          • LionelHutzEsq

            I have to admit, I just sort of assumed someone did.

  • el_donaldo

    Everybody please steer clear of Grassley's hindquarters. It's not clear what the threat is, but it's big and includes the letters N, R, and G.

    • genxr

      Oooh, sorry. the clue is "People who annoy you," and the correct answer is NAGGERS.

      • gullywompr

        I think you mean "niggling".

    • OneDollarJuana

      One letter on each cheek.

  • Mindblank

    Uh…energy? Did he fat-finger 'Erg'?

    • OneDollarJuana

      Shoulda typed "julz".

  • alzronnie

    Nrg Big–also known as The Notorious N.R.G.

  • revmod

    I wish the editor of Huck Finn had realized this – "Energy Jim" has a nice ring to it.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Energee Gym is the location Senator Herb Kohl provides for the Milwaukee Bucks dancers so they can train.

    • Rowdy5000

      Sounds like the rebranding of 4 Loko.

  • DeeJayKitteh

    They had their employees? Was it with some fava beans and a nice chianti?

    • jim89048

      Or at least a cigarette when they were done.

      • DeeJayKitteh

        I wonder how many employees they had? I need to know exactly how impressed I should be.

  • weejee

    Silly Grassley, energy = erg, not nrg. The Senator looses $500 in the Wonkbot Jeopardy Phizzics category.

    Good thing he didn't get dyslexic with that and go talking about his worries about a big NGR, too, also.

  • Tundra Grifter

    That was the title of the great Richard Pryor album: "NGR Must Be Crazy."

    • bagofmice

      Just because linux hates vowels doesn't mean they're haters. fsck me.

    • Tundra Grifter

      2 late 2 edit: "That NGR's Crazy" is the correct title. Sometimes memory doesn't serve. It double faults.

  • Come here a minute
  • jodyleek

    Chuck's hindquarters and the Big Nrg? Sounds like a porn flik.

  • Mindblank

    All this tweeting is a sad mistake.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Sometimes the Olds need to stay old and not try to join the Youngs.

      • Gunner Asch

        I'm doing my part to stay with my age group. It's all I can do to answer my daughter's cell phone when I borrow it and every time I try to call out is like the first time. Who knows why all that other stuff is in there too.

  • mereoblivion

    We know you have a certain amount of contempt for your constituents, Chuck, but the least you could do is capitalize the name of your friggin' state!

    • Come here a minute

      And it's even got an abbreviation that doesn't require translation.

  • Troubledog

    How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm once they've gone NRG?

    • undeterredbyreality

      Once you've gone NRG, you never go back.

  • Moonbatting Average

    Just so there's no further confusion…
    Spc = special
    Chnk = chunk
    Bnr = Boehner
    Mck = mock
    Kyk = ??? (help me out here)

    • horsedreamer_1

      Eric Cantor?

    • Tundra Grifter

      Kyk = KickinIt.

    • natoslug

      KY n' Kok. He's getting old, and chafe-y.

    • Jukesgrrl

      kyk = those two nrg brothers who fund all the nrg wingnuts, Koch and Koch.

  • ManchuCandidate

    The Twats who say Nrg.

    • ttommyunger

      Or Ne!

    • Gleem_McShineys

      1st u mst find nother shrbry. 2 u hv shby, u plc hr, bside n higher, 2lyr f-ect wpath nmiddle. 3 cut forst w/hrrng

      • imissopus

        I would upfist you a thousand times for that if I could, but not in a dirty way.

  • Oblios_Cap

    NRG with an Attitude? In Cedar Rapids?

    • DeeJayKitteh

      I think he's on to something — this can be his new theme song.

      NRGs with an attitude. Constituents who are in the mood. C'mon don't just stand there, let's get to it. Strike a pose, there's nothing to it. GRASSLEY!

  • CapeClod

    ITC=Idiot's Twitter Communications

  • SorosBot

    Uh, Chuck, Energy does not = Nrg; it =mc^2

    • genxr

      That's exactly the kind of thinking that leads to communism! I read it on conservapedia.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    I'm from Cedar Rapids (well, Marion, the "Manassas Park of the West")

    "ITC" is really "IBTC," which is really the "Itty Bitty Titty Committee." And it is their "hindquarters" that were getting all the "NRG" from their employes also, too.

    • bagofmice

      I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • freakishlywrong

    Jsus H. tity fukng chrst.

  • magic_titty

    So it should read, "Lots of issues energy big", correct?

    Makes sense now.

    • natoslug

      Chuck needs to quit bragging about scoring all that 4 Loko.

  • widestanceroman

    So he's trying to say that NGR really is an NRG? Had no idea he was such a PIL fan.

    • el_donaldo

      I could be wrong
      I could be right
      I could be black
      I could be white

      • GuanoFaucet

        Anger is an energy
        Anger is an energy
        Anger is an energy

        May the road rise with you
        May the road rise with you
        May the road rise with you

        • widestanceroman

          You Wonks will dance to anything by Public. Image. Limited.

      • genxr

        I cd b wrng
        I cd b rt
        I cd b blk
        I cd b wt
        ANGR S N NRG!

    • OneDollarJuana

      Trying to stave of GCC (global climate change) I'm all for GRN NRG.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    "Chuck Grassley" is really an anagram for his real name, "Gassy Chuckler."

    He sits in his own pew at church.

    • mereoblivion

      Where he's known as Senator Silent But Deadly.

    • SecretMuslin

      Dingo – You are the salvador dali of fart jokes. No matter the topic you are able to paint it into a melting, surreal fart reference. There are many here who can make the good buttsechs joke, but to have so perfectly mastered the intellegent, relevant fart joke is a real gift.

      It pleases me greatly, and I am humbled by your talents.

  • Dances_For_Ham

    Whenever I see Big Energy walking down the street, I cross to the other side and clutch my purse. Eyes diverted, slightly downward with a freakish half smile / grimace on my lily white face.

    • Tundra Grifter

      If I'm driving, I lock the doors. Obviously.

    • mereoblivion

      If I'm feeling brave I say, "Loved you in To Kill A Mockingbird."

      • Gleem_McShineys

        Careful, don't get your chiffarobe busted up!

  • doxastic

    For fuck's sake Chuck, just use two tweets.

    • LesPaultard

      He's not very efficient with the letters.

  • Barrelhse

    Everyone knows that Energy=mc2.

  • LetUsBray

    I had a big Nrg once. But I went to the dermatologist, and he gave me this ointment that cleared it up.

  • Terry

    I can't stand texting abbreviations. Grassley is old enough to be able to write properly. Shame on him (or his intern).

    • OneDollarJuana

      He's also old enough for his thumbs to starting hurting after about 60 characters. Hence the wait for an hour to clarify his earlier tweet. Had to wait for the Motrin to kick in.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    experts may one day be able to figure out the language of all his messages

    I suppose there might come a day when they actually want to do that, but I certainly can't image it.

    • BZ1

      can't img it?

  • RedneckMuslin

    Oh, no he di'nt!

  • horsedreamer_1

    Nice to see the New Rhythm & Blues Quartet (trio? (didn't Gerald Levert die, awhile ago?) has ended Soul Train's proscription of service to Iowa.

  • baconzgood

    Negro= my knee is growing. "lots of issues nrg big" is a fag-ment.

  • Not_So_Much

    Chk md doody boombm in Dpends = big.

  • user-of-owls

    Just so everyone is clear on this. I copyrighted the tag "elected ruminant" when referring to Grassley hundreds of years ago.

    Thank god I had a good ju lwyr.

    • mereoblivion

      Lawyr's clsg arg 2 jry: "Rumen abomasum, yet reticulum omasum."

  • SheriffRoscoe

    'ITC of Cedar Rapids had their employees' is the kind of thing you might hear come out of the mouth of an overweight Southern Baptist woman at a coffee klatch. Flower print cotton dress, etc. You guys get the picture?

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Some people just shouldn't tweet.
    Chuck, put the tweetcom down.
    It's for your own good.

  • Maman

    I thought Nrg was related to the British lurgy

  • ttommyunger

    So sad when a geezer tries to be cool. Believe me, I know…

    • MiniMencken


      • ttommyunger


  • genxr

    Throw the Ju down the well.

    Ju = joules, a unit of Nrg.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Brother of a physicist gives you a +1.

    • bagofmice

      So my electrons can be free!

      • Oblios_Cap

        Only if the valences match the drapes!

    • imissopus

      First they came for the joules and I said nothing…

  • Wilcoxyz

    Yo, is that gov'mnt Chedda Rapids.

  • gullywompr

    Fucking Twitter. How does it work?

  • coolhandnuke

    Someone tweet Chuck and inform him the negroes stole his dates.

  • TheHigherSpread

    This is what they found scratched into the walls of Chuck's office, right before the walking dead came for him.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Grassly's intern had enough characters space to spell energy (only 125 or so characters) A whole 3, count'em 3 extra characters would have saved a morning's worth of ridicule.

    Fucking Twitter Twats.

    • OneDollarJuana

      Yes, but Republicans almost always are penny-wise and pound-foolish, always willing to follow ideology and habit no matter what the cost.

  • CalamityJames

    NRG in the hindquarters? Kobe's at it again.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Don't forget: his wife is Mexican, making their daughters… ANCHOR BABIES!

  • HolyMaracas

    Chuck's biggest "Nrg" issue right now is the one sitting in the WH.

    • June_Cleaver2.0

      You people have got to stop! I have been laughing my hindquarters off!

  • gullywompr

    A Crips Libel?

  • Clancy_Pants

    N* would require 1 less character?

  • genxr

    Sometime in the past a group of nerds were sitting around designing what would become the Internet, saying to themselves, "We can connect the whole world!" Nobody stopped to ask, "Do you really think we should?"

    • MarshallBanana

      Believe me, things were WAY WAY BETTER when it was difficult to use the Internet.

      • genxr

        Indeed, I think we made it too easy to use. In the old days someone would have given this guy a series of tubes – cardboard tubes, taped together – and said, "Speak into this to broadcast your tweets." And that would have been the end of it.

        • SorosBot

          Hey, I remember back before the internet was easy to use, and what happened when AOL made it so any idiot could get online. "Now every month is September".

  • bagofmice

    But what about garage and dubstep?

  • hagajim

    I'm just hoping he didn't mean NGR….that would be rather urban and inappropriate.

  • MinAgain

    Speling iz hard.

  • FlyOverGirl

    Once you go Nrg, you never go back.

    • undeterredbyreality

      Beat me to it.

  • OneTrueLiberal

    It is appalling that someone would use such an abbreviation, which apparently refers to the offensive term "Negro."

    Anyone using such a term should be imprisoned immediately — save for, of course, our dear friend Negropolis.



    • smokefilledroommate

      Man–you really love Negropolis.. If I tell you to eat shit, will you post an unfunny form letter addressed to me?

      • OneTrueLiberal

        Is he really a "Negro"? Franklin insists that he is Greek? Because of the last name? Or perhaps Franklin is re-living experience an experience he shared with Mr. Polis in the Men's Room of the Harvard Club?



    • SecretMuslin

      Are we sure this isn't Neilist? Perhaps one of the personalities he normally stores under the bed along with his death arsenal?

      • genxr

        There hasn't been a detailed description of the Glock auto-loading mechanism in every post, so, no.

  • metamarcisf


  • mrblifil

    Yes Chuck I'll agree: you have lots of issues.

  • smokefilledroommate

    The Nrgs are plotting their revenge as he tweets.

  • Qatarded

    NRG, Please!

  • SmutBoffin

    If he had to use two tweets anyway, why couldn't he just split the message in two and express himself clearly in 280 characters?


    • mereoblivion

      You just won the day by saying "express himself clearly" about a Republican senator.

  • LionelHutzEsq

    Of course NRG = Energy. Have you ever seen a big NRG on the dance floor?

  • user-of-owls

    Mooden Raus!

  • JoeHoya

    Many Cedrrapidians knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Nrg this day.

  • MiniMencken

    As an Nrg-lovin' do-good NY ju lbrl, J-Dog, u shld b ashmd of urslf for bringin' dis up!

  • Eve8Apples

    I also began my celebration of MLK Day with a few cocktails a few days early, but at least I had the good sense to stay away from Twitter.

  • PublicLuxury

    The death of the English Language is on his hands, aka Blood Libel.

  • MiniMencken

    Dear Chuck:
    I M 1. R U 2?
    Z-P the PnHd

  • Negropolis

    The translation actually doesn't make any more sense than the original tweet. But, that is to be expected of Chuck "Corns-for-Brains/Children of the Korn" Grassley.

    BTW, I think the correct abbr. is "the n-word".

    Y-tee/YT, please.

  • horsedreamer_1

    As is gravity.

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