Page 3 of 11 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 108

Thread: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

  1. #21
    Sage
    polgara's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Last Seen
    Today @ 08:03 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    18,356

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    God, people in America are such wimps and desperate in their need to be offended.

    The term tar baby has been used tens of thousands of times to describe a "sticky situation". The Oxford American Dictionary defines tar baby as "a difficult problem, that is only aggravated by attempts to solve it."

    Thankfully, I've got far better things to spend my time on in life than getting falsely offended over nothing.
    Good morning, CJ.

    Excellent post! The term "tar baby" was never meant to be a racist slur - WTH is the matter with people?

    How's your weather, CJ? You know why I'm asking! brrrr.....

  2. #22
    Sage
    Fletch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Mentor Ohio
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:13 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    15,277

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    Right.

    Because the folks who are going to get offended by this probably have the intellectual wherewithal to research the etymology of the phrase "tar baby" and conclude, "You know what? This rich, white, southern, conservative lobbyist is on point using this quasi-racist term correctly in this case. Let's give him a pass."

    Bottom line is the guy might be right, but he's still tone deaf.

    The Republican Party isn't going to earn any friends among a growing minority electorate when its "star players" consistently piss all over that electorate.

    This isn't about "being right". It's about winning national elections.
    I think that's right. There are certain words and phrases that should probably be stricken from any politicians lexicon. Tar Baby is certainly one of them. Even if its appropriate verbiage, its not a particularly bright thing to say. Most people have no idea what a tar baby is and have not seen the cartoon from which it originated. It has over the years taken on a derogatory meaning regardless, so people should just stop using it. Barbour has been around long enough to know this.

  3. #23
    Kinky
    tres borrachos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    New England
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 03:53 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    39,234

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Tar babies?!?!?!?

    Attachment 67175794

    That's hilarious!

    Hahaha Muttley!
    Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields

  4. #24
    Kinky
    tres borrachos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    New England
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 03:53 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    39,234

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    I think that's right. There are certain words and phrases that should probably be stricken from any politicians lexicon. Tar Baby is certainly one of them. Even if its appropriate verbiage, its not a particularly bright thing to say. Most people have no idea what a tar baby is and have not seen the cartoon from which it originated. It has over the years taken on a derogatory meaning regardless, so people should just stop using it. Barbour has been around long enough to know this.
    This------^ What makes Barbour stupid is his cluelessness in not realizing that people would jump on his words. He may be right contextually, but as a very respected and very long time politician, he knew better. This does not help the GOP and the man who was at one time the head of the RNC should have known better.

    You & Soot were spot on. This is a political common sense issue.
    Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields

  5. #25
    Kinky
    tres borrachos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    New England
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 03:53 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    39,234

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    Right.

    Because the folks who are going to get offended by this probably have the intellectual wherewithal to research the etymology of the phrase "tar baby" and conclude, "You know what? This rich, white, southern, conservative lobbyist is on point using this quasi-racist term correctly in this case. Let's give him a pass."

    Bottom line is the guy might be right, but he's still tone deaf.

    The Republican Party isn't going to earn any friends among a growing minority electorate when its "star players" consistently piss all over that electorate.

    This isn't about "being right". It's about winning national elections.
    Spot on, Soot. This is the problem with comments like Barbour's. The Republicans want to win elections, but then do this. It's contradictory.

    Barbour has been around a long time. He should have known that this was not going to help the party he has worked so hard to advance.
    Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields

  6. #26
    Sometimes wrong

    ttwtt78640's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Uhland, Texas
    Last Seen
    Today @ 08:29 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    34,669

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    Right.

    Because the folks who are going to get offended by this probably have the intellectual wherewithal to research the etymology of the phrase "tar baby" and conclude, "You know what? This rich, white, southern, conservative lobbyist is on point using this quasi-racist term correctly in this case. Let's give him a pass."

    Bottom line is the guy might be right, but he's still tone deaf.

    The Republican Party isn't going to earn any friends among a growing minority electorate when its "star players" consistently piss all over that electorate.

    This isn't about "being right". It's about winning national elections.
    Which just happens to be a whole lot easier when your party is supported by the press. How hard could it be to include that etymology/definition in the story? What we seem to have is a "bad word" list that mainly (only?) applies to those "wrong thinking" folks that support the "other" party. Some folks can use redskins and not be labeled as bigots while others cannot - regardless of the exact same context (a sports team name). This makes political correctness simply amount to political bias.

    This story is an example of one explaining the context, but not the etymlogy, of the use of the term tar baby:

    GOP lawmaker Frank Ruff apologizes for calling Obamacare a “tar baby” - Salon.com
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

  7. #27
    Advisor
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Last Seen
    04-15-15 @ 01:52 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    459

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Why should he appologize for the literary ignorance of others ? Tar babies are exactly what they are.

  8. #28
    Sage
    Fletch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Mentor Ohio
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:13 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    15,277

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Spot on, Soot. This is the problem with comments like Barbour's. The Republicans want to win elections, but then do this. It's contradictory.

    Barbour has been around a long time. He should have known that this was not going to help the party he has worked so hard to advance.
    Maybe Barbour cant get past this by inviting all his black friends over for fried chicken and watermelon.

  9. #29
    Canadian Conservative
    CanadaJohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Last Seen
    Today @ 11:27 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    27,193

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Good morning, CJ.

    Excellent post! The term "tar baby" was never meant to be a racist slur - WTH is the matter with people?

    How's your weather, CJ? You know why I'm asking! brrrr.....
    Good afternoon Lady P.

    Weather here was beautiful yesterday, sunny and mild - Indian Summer weather, if that doesn't offend anyone - but today is a totally different story, cold, near freezing, very windy, but no snow, although flurries in the areas surrounding Toronto and further north. Temps are supposed to be just above freezing for the next couple of weeks, from what I've seen, but no real snow.

    Time for you to be thinking about wintering in Texas, I guess.

    Take care and have fun!
    "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley Jr.

  10. #30
    White trash on dope.
    d0gbreath's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Denton, TX
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    8,876

    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    apologize! ostracized! for what?
    it was a very appropriate usage
    some of Obama's policies ARE tar babies for those seeking election
    if Obama were not black, would there be any outrage about such use of the expression "tar baby"
    USA. home of the offended
    Then why did Sambo's restaurant change their name back in the '80s?
    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    The systems that ensure freedom and liberty are breaking down and fundamentalism is growing. Nobody is righteous anymore.


Page 3 of 11 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •