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

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    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.
    That comment kind of presumes that when Democrats make some sort of faux pas they're given a pass, which couldn't be further from the truth.

    But it does illustrate just one more reason for the first string to bring their A game.

    Barber gets no quarter from me on this and I refuse to make or accept excuses for him.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    That comment kind of presumes that when Democrats make some sort of faux pas they're given a pass, which couldn't be further from the truth.

    But it does illustrate just one more reason for the first string to bring their A game.

    Barber gets no quarter from me on this and I refuse to make or accept excuses for him.
    Hmm... I offer Joe Biden as evidence to the contrary. It is not so much what is said but who says it that gets it any MSM attention.

    The Top 5 Racist Biden Gaffes ... - Fox Nation

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...-standard.html
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Hmm... I offer Joe Biden as evidence to the contrary. It is not so much what is said but who says it that gets it any MSM attention.

    The Top 5 Racist Biden Gaffes ... - Fox Nation

    Joe Biden
    If you Google any one of those comments you get numerous hits of coverage across the MSM.

    Case in point:

    CNN - Biden's description of Obama draws scrutiny

    ABC - A Biden Problem: Foot in Mouth

    There are more.

    I'm not going to keep going with this because I've satisfied my own curiosity that your point really doesn't have any legs.

    If you or anyone else is interested in doing the leg work Google is available any time.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    If you Google any one of those comments you get numerous hits of coverage across the MSM.

    Case in point:

    CNN - Biden's description of Obama draws scrutiny

    ABC - A Biden Problem: Foot in Mouth

    There are more.

    I'm not going to keep going with this because I've satisfied my own curiosity that your point really doesn't have any legs.

    If you or anyone else is interested in doing the leg work Google is available any time.
    OK, what was the effect (if any) on Biden's political career, much less demorats in general, from this negative press? Did that make republicants come out in droves to the polls to punish other demorats?

    It was not presented in the same context as the OP notes; it was never presented as typical for the demorat party or an indication the "secret underlying motives" of many (most?) demorats - that is the important distinction between the type of press coverage given. Oh golly yet another Biden gaffe is hardly in the same ballpark as painting Biden as a closet racist typical of many demorats.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

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    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!
    My daughter is with me this week, and she has mentioned it non-stop. I admit I am listening, and I suspect I'll be listening harder as it gets colder! : That's the beauty of laptops - they don't care where you are... they work just the same. I will take the Chihuahua with me if I go, as he was born there, and the cold really makes him miserable, poor little guy. He glares at me when I let him out, and he sure does hurry! My son will watch my house, so I really have no excuse - except inertia - but cold like we had last Winter can be a powerful motivator....

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    I even learned this morning on MSNBC that the term "whistling Dixie" is a racist term by progressive standards.
    It turns out surprisingly often that phrases like this have ridiculous origins. Or things we tell to children. "Ring around the rosies?" Google its origin. The **** do we teach that to kids for?
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Stupid politician of the day #2. But at least he doesn't hold office.

    Haley Barbour called President Barack Obama’s policies “tar babies” on a post-election conference call for clients of his lobbying firm, two sources familiar with the call told POLITICO.

    The former Mississippi governor made the remark as he was taking questions from 100 or more clients of the BGR Group during an hourlong call on Thursday morning. According to a person on the call, Barbour was noting how rare it is for Americans to elect a president from the same party as a commander-in-chief leaving office after two terms.

    “And then he said there is no one who will run for president who will endorse Obama’s issues, because Obama’s issues are ‘tar babies.’”


    Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama?s policies ?tar babies? - James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO

    This part really got me.

    “If someone takes offense, I regret it. But, again, neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend,” wrote Barbour

    WTF is with these idiots and their half hearted apologies? "If someone takes offense, I regret it"? How about "That was an inappropriate comment and I regret making it.", Haley.

    Politicians run their mouths without thinking.


    When I was growing up in the South, the term "tar baby" was heard occasionally, always in the context of some kind of sticky mess you didn't want to get involved in... like having a blob of tar stuck to your boot.

    There was, to my knowledge, no racial content to the remark.


    Or so I always thought, until in recent years it has been construed as some kind of racist "code".... to my surprise.


    If she meant it the way I'd always heard it used, I wouldn't have bothered to apologize at all.

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

    It's from a Disney flick Song of the South. The best music ever from any Disney flick and they've long since shelved the movie because it portrayed slavery south with positive characters. It was part of the lessons Briar Rabbit learned. Barbour used the term absolutely appropriately and it wasn't a racist term.

    The movie suffers from Huck Finn syndrome where modern folk just can't handle the real past.

    My Grandma used to read us the real Grimm's Fairy Tales. These days that would be considered child abuse.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    Then why did Sambo's restaurant change their name back in the '80s?
    Not the same at all, you'd know that if you'd ever eaten at a Sambos and read the placemat and then watched Song of the South.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    When I was growing up in the South, the term "tar baby" was heard occasionally, always in the context of some kind of sticky mess you didn't want to get involved in... like having a blob of tar stuck to your boot.

    There was, to my knowledge, no racial content to the remark.


    Or so I always thought, until in recent years it has been construed as some kind of racist "code".... to my surprise.


    If she meant it the way I'd always heard it used, I wouldn't have bothered to apologize at all.
    Miscontrued as racist code, as anybody familiar with Joel Chandler Harris will tell you.

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