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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    do you remember when the chief chump in charge thought he was being cool by offending the special needs community and got told down by the shrivers?

    the dude is so FOREIGN to american ways he actually thought his joke would go over as FUNNY

    Maria Shriver: Obama Special Olympics 'joke' hurts

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Calling a person retarded is one thing, calling an idea is another. Palin is pathetic. Oooooh, everyone is directing the use of this word at me or my son! *rolls eyes*
    I don't believe that's what she said at all. If you can point to anything in her statement where she said that everyone was directing it at her and her son, I would be more inclined to take your caustic commentary as something other than what it is: typical dismissal of valid points that are invalidated to you just because Palin said them and for no other reason.

    What she did say was that she found it offensive that such language could be used by a public official in scolding other public officials and that she knows how hurtful it can be because of her own situation.

    As a public figure, herself, who has already had a history of championing these causes from a personal inspiration in her life, it would have been odd had she remained silent on this issue.

    Personally, I find the word "retarded" to have more applications in modern language. While I would never use the word in the mixed company of mentally challenged individuals and the people close to them, I find no offense in the use of the word to describe retarded ideas or comments.

    For instance, I think that, in addition to being a classless and dangerous thug, Rahm Emanuel is socially retarded as evidenced by his lack of discretion in what he says and how he allows his emotions to rule his rhetoric far too often for anyone in public office.

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush.......(inhale)......Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush,Bush.......
    That's pretty much all I heard, too. Presented in pretty much the same childish way.

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    While I am not one who believes in policing language, I think there is a certain level of decorum that a high-ranking presidential official needs to maintain. Having such a potty mouth and using politically incorrect terms as a presidential appointee is simply not acceptable. For this reason, I think Rahm Emanuel needs to be fired. He is not a political pundit that can say whatever he likes; he is the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States. Evidently, he doesn't respect his position and ought to respectfully resign or be fired by Obama.

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    do you remember when the chief chump in charge thought he was being cool by offending the special needs community and got told down by the shrivers?

    the dude is so FOREIGN to american ways he actually thought his joke would go over as FUNNY

    Maria Shriver: Obama Special Olympics 'joke' hurts
    Foreign? It's quite common among Americans to compare terrible playing style to Special Olympics just like it is to call someone "retarded" for saying or doing something considered unintelligent or unthoughtful.

    It's just not politically correct and something the President and his staff should NOT be doing it in a public or professional forum.
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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I don't believe that's what she said at all. If you can point to anything in her statement where she said that everyone was directing it at her and her son, I would be more inclined to take your caustic commentary as something other than what it is: typical dismissal of valid points that are invalidated to you just because Palin said them and for no other reason.

    What she did say was that she found it offensive that such language could be used by a public official in scolding other public officials and that she knows how hurtful it can be because of her own situation.

    As a public figure, herself, who has already had a history of championing these causes from a personal inspiration in her life, it would have been odd had she remained silent on this issue.

    Personally, I find the word "retarded" to have more applications in modern language. While I would never use the word in the mixed company of mentally challenged individuals and the people close to them, I find no offense in the use of the word to describe retarded ideas or comments.

    For instance, I think that, in addition to being a classless and dangerous thug, Rahm Emanuel is socially retarded as evidenced by his lack of discretion in what he says and how he allows his emotions to rule his rhetoric far too often for anyone in public office.
    I didn't mean to imply that she actually said that. I inferred that from her offense to the use of the word, which I think is a reasonable inference.

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    I didn't mean to imply that she actually said that. I inferred that from her offense to the use of the word, which I think is a reasonable inference.
    I don't think that is reasonable at all. It, actually, is an unreasonable attempt at making her appear irrational and paranoid rather than exploring the validity of her statement.

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I don't think that is reasonable at all. It, actually, is an unreasonable attempt at making her appear irrational and paranoid rather than exploring the validity of her statement.
    Okay. You think it's unreasonable. I think her equating his use of an idea as retarded as equivalent to calling someone by a racial slur irrational, and that's being generous. I think it's completely nuts!

    In a post titled "Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?," Palin wrote, "Just as weíd be appalled if any public figure of Rahmís stature ever used the 'N-word' or other such inappropriate language, Rahmís slur on all Godís children with cognitive and developmental disabilities ó and the people who love them ó is unacceptable," adding, "it's heartbreaking."

    Obama chief of staff’s 'retarded' insult brings fallout, Palin criticism - Yahoo! News

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    This is dumb. We can't even use the word 'retarded' to describe a mentally retarded person anymore because people use it as slang. Now Palin has to go and make a big to do over one of her political opponents using the term 'retarded' idiomatically to describe what he thought was a dumb (which originally meant 'mute') So, I guess the word retarded is totally out of bounds and offensive?

    Palin just wants to be in the news again, she's an attention junkie I think.

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    Re: Palin Blasts Emanuel for Calling Dem Idea 'Retarded'

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Okay. You think it's unreasonable. I think her equating his use of an idea as retarded as equivalent to calling someone by a racial slur irrational, and that's being generous. I think it's completely nuts!
    And I submit that you feel this way solely on the count that it is Palin making the assertion. Were it anyone else, you would be inclined to explore it a little deeper than to just dismiss it as paranoid rantings.

    Tell me, dear aps, if he were talking about a "nigger-rigged" economic plan, would you still feel the same way. After all, we are just talking about an idea and not an actual negro (even if it is sans the associated dialect).

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