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Drinks are plenty, music is fine, and the company is first-rate
I am late to this thread, but here is my 2 cents worth.
As a parent that has adopted special needs children, I have noticed that while Sarah Palin has never actually done anything to help other parents of special needs children, she never misses an opportunity use her special needs child to club her political opponents with any time she wants to engage in demagoguery - basically its who hates or wants to kill Trig this week. Which really is a perfect example of just how ridiculous as a society we have became with this whole entire business of policing language. What Rahm said was offensive, and he should have and rightly did apologize for it, but he wasn't slamming mentally handicapped children, he was insulting part of the Democratic base. Similarly, when Rush Limbaugh used the term repeatedly as insult in his broadcast yesterday, he was being offensive, but he was not insulting mentally handicapped kids. Of course, Sarah Palin has yet to call for his apology or his being fired. Imagine that.
Its not the words that matter, its the intent behind them and a person's actions. We have a daughter with Cerebral Palsy, but I don't get offended anytime someone uses the term "spazz" even though the word was originally a derogatory term for someone with Cerebral Palsy. I don't get offended by the term because its obvious when someone uses it they are not intending to insult someone with cerebral palsy. We have two girls we adopted from China, yet when I hear someone use the term "Oriental" when referring to someone that is Asian, even though that is a term that Asians do not like, I don't get offended because its obvious that someone uses that term is not intending to be offensive, they just don't know any better.
This entire Politically Correct / language policing stuff is way out of hand anymore. It's not the words that matter its the intent behind them.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
Mentally Challenged seems like a better choice of words.