So This Guy Walks Into a Bar  

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We've all heard them before, those tacky, tasteless, so bad they are funny jokes. I don't pay much attention to them anymore, because I'm convinced that I've heard just about all of them. They usually aren't that funny, and they border on offensive at times.

Regardless they are still just jokes right? They aren't meant to hurt some one's feelings. They are a sometimes misguided attempt to make us laugh. The same goes for giving somebody a hard time when they make a silly mistake. It's not intended (usually) to offend or demean. It's meant so that everybody can have a laugh, sometimes it's at our expense but hey that's just the way the game is played.

Now days you can't tell a tasteless joke, or make an offhand comment without somebody getting butt hurt. There is always some group or foundation being formed to eradicate the world of these "insensitive" remarks and gestures. The one that has just raised my cockles (I like that word) is a group that is trying to get the California legislature to remove all phrases of "Mentally Retarded" and "Retarded" from the wording in any of the laws or regulations on the books....Really??? Have we sunk so far that we are no offended by even the legitimate use of words?

I was listening to a program this evening and they spoke of a group that is working towards this end. They seem to believe it is demeaning towards people with legitimate mentally debilitating conditions. I am the first person to defend against taunting someone because they are different. I believe that is what makes this country great is our diversity, but are we really gonna spend millions and millions of dollars to appease some mom who thinks that the word retarded is going to hurt her child's feelings?

Do we stop using other words now for fear that somebody else could become offended? Is imbecile no longer allowed? Did the imbeciles of the world have a choice when their IQ was below 70 or whatever number is the indicator. Should we stop selling bread that is marked white because white people are offended by the term white bread? perhaps we will call it Caucasian loaf??? Hey don't you dare buy something called Cracker Jacks, cause that's RACIST!!!

I'm sick of people having thin skin. I hate the fact that I have to tread lightly whenever I have a conversation now, just because somebody will feint offense at the slightest hint of a word that could be misconstrued that way. Time to buck up people, we have far better things to do with our taxpayer dollars than change the books to remove and replace the verbiage of 40 year old laws.

When are we gonna wake up and try to work on the things that matter? When are we gonna realize that a word is not what is holding us back? Lately I've heard so much about how Martin Luther King would be so proud to see how far we've come. I'm thinking more and more than we are just trading our our advances with our defeats. We can elect a black man to the presidency, but we have to worry about somebody suing for 11 million dollars cause they spilled hot coffee on their lap.

A guy walks into a bar with a dog. He claims the dog can talk. "Give me a beer and I'll show you." The bartender slides a beer to him and the man asks the dog, "Fido, what is that above our heads?" The dog says, "Roof!" The irritated bartender says, "That's not talking, he sounds like any other dog." The man says, "OK, how about this - Fido, who was the best baseball player of all time?" The dog says, "Ruth!" The bartender throws the man and the dog out of the bar. Fido says to the man, "Ya think I shoulda said DiMaggio?"

I always did like that one......

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14 comments

Right on target. Sensitivity to others "feelers" has to be an individual thing, not an edict thrust on us by legislators.

February 4, 2010 at 5:01 AM

You are so right. It is ridiculous. I blame the media. They take a small issue and blow it up into something big. Then you add in a few politicians who want attention and it becomes a big circus.

February 4, 2010 at 5:23 AM

Right on the money. Politically correct people will end up destroying our country as well.
What about racial profiling on flights? Do it.
I can tell you as a white guy, that if most terrorists were caucasian Italian Americans like I am, if I were on a flight headed out of the country, I would expect to be profiled.

February 4, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Politically correct apparently means being nice all the time to everyone.

It's blown out of proportion.

It's insane over here. Insane. About religion mostly.

In the stores here--I don't know if it's the same in the US--they stopped saying "Merry Christmas" and satrted saying "Happy Holidays" instead, because it was offending. (that's the smallest example) It's just small details!

February 4, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I agree - political correctness has gone way over the top.

Kitty x

February 4, 2010 at 9:06 AM

First off -- I love that you used the word 'feint' correctly!

I agree. I'm tired of the growing gnumber of people who make mountains out of a mole hills.

And yes Sarah, they do it here, too. During the first Gulf War, our school was going to send Christmas cards to the soldiers, but we couldn't send "Christmas" cards, they had to be "Holiday" cards. And there has been a campaign for years to take "God" out of official documents.

February 4, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Glad to see there are alot of us feeling the same way about this...

BTW..Thanks Kristy I like when I can use that word :)

February 4, 2010 at 2:46 PM

You'd have my vote! When are you running?

February 4, 2010 at 3:54 PM

"""POLITICALLY CORRECT BULLSHIT!""
I get extremely irritated over this subject. Who the hell is the majority in this country anyway??? Us, or a few loudmouth radical, lying, liberal media moguls and politicians!@#! In God We Trust is on every paper bill and coin. In the court rooms of our country and government buildings. Leave it there damnit, if you don't like it, don't go in there or go back to yer own country.
Prayer in schools yes yes yes, if you don't want to pray shut yer damn mouth and don't pray.
Prayer in congress they pray to this day so keep it up. Are they going to stop just because a few screaming lunatics who hate God are offended? Arrrrrrgg....Steam is billowing out of my ears, I better stop. Great ranting post.

February 4, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Joe, you are right. 99 percent of all terrorist attacks could have been avoided by racial profiling. But no, hell no, we're afraid of offending a few Muslims, so let's kill off thousands of Americans just so we don't offend a few "Muslims"
GOD FORBID!!

February 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I'm not offensive. I am an equal opportunity hater. I hate how uptight and scared people are to say anything these days... ugh I don't even wanna get started
I will leave it with I AGREE WITH YOU %100

February 4, 2010 at 7:05 PM

You can probably see this coming a million miles away with me, right? With that being said, feel free to delete this comment if it offends you.

Fuck this shit. This is ridiculous. I am a Jew. I joke about it all the time. "Throw me in oven" "get me away from a microwave" "I can't take a ceramics class" heeb, kike...whatever, who the fuck cares. They are only jokes, they are only names and they mean NOTHING.

So why is it so goddam important that we take out the word "retard" and not something like "faggot" out of our vocabulary?

Why not?

Because those words are socially accepted. that's why. Turn on the TV and you'll hear "you're a tard" "you're a retard" all over the place.

Here's a clue...let's just ban all offensive words in case if anyone gets offended they won't.

What the hell ever man, this shit really gets under my skin in the worst way.

Oh and speaking of which, I am going to do a rant about gay people in the coming weeks. In case you are wondering, I am for gay rights. That's your preview.

February 5, 2010 at 5:13 AM

Lol @ Ian....As I'm a Wop I totally understand what ya mean...I'm a Iroc Z driving greasy headed unedcuated pig grabbing my crotch every time I see a girl...

Ok, maybe I am a few of those things, but not cause I'm italian...

Rant away...I only delete advertisements from my comments :)

February 5, 2010 at 6:51 AM

I completely and 100% agree with everything you said in this post. It has become a little too ridiculous, a little too misconstrued. I am glad you had the guts to say it!

P.S- I think that taxpayers' money needs to be used to remove the term 'bitch' out of the English language. I think that all female dogs should pee all over goverment officials in protest.

Just saying.

February 5, 2010 at 12:54 PM

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