Here's the scenario: Barack Obama says,"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig." John McCain, although he has used the same phrase himself, was offended. When accused of using an insulting remark, Obama, is his best "Vinnie Barbarino" voice, says "Whaa?"
Enter the pain-in-the ass media to do two days of analization. Is it an insult? Is it just a commonly used phrase? Was it meant for Sarah Palin? Was it? Is it? Ad nauseum! The way I've always heard the phrase is, "You can put a silk shirt on a pig, but it's still a pig."
That said, let's analyze this, my little pit bulls. The phrase is used to describe something (or someone) that cannot cannot be changed or does not become different by adding, enhancing or changing the basic character or being. That understood, the phrase, in and of itselfis not offensive.
Now we come to intent. If the phrase comes close to where one lives, it begins to be offensive. If Obama had said, 'You can give an AOL subscriber a computer and a journal site, but that doesn't make he or she a journalist," would that be offensive? If McCain had said, "You can send an idiot from Illinois to the senate. He's still an idiot." would that be offensive? Of course it would!Did Obama realize his implications? Unless he's a complete moron, of course he did! Did McCain feign being insulted for political gain? Of course he did!
I'll now rephrase Obama's words so that it fits all of the politicos. You can send egotistical, self-absorbed, self-serving, liars and thieves to represent the people of the United States. They're still just egotistical, self-absorbed, self-serving, liars and thieves. Nuff said !
Which brings to mind a story. A band was playing in a nightclub one evening and it was the piccolo player's turn to do a solo. As the piccolo player began, someone in the audience shouted, The piccolo player's an asshole!"
Insulted, the bandleader stood up and said, "Who called the piccolo palyer an asshole?" A voice from the back responded, "Who called that asshole a piccolo player?"
It's Hump Day and with any luck, I'll be heading over to AREA 51 for some rest and recreation this evening. I have no idea where I'm going, but I'll just give my car its head and let it take the lead. Then again, maybe I won't because the Amoco station doesn't have a bar.
The Pictures: Today's pictures do not need much explanation. Let's just call them "current events."
This Date In History: 1608; The colony of Jamestown in Virginia, after a troubled first year, elects John Smith as its president. 1846; American inventor Elias Howe patents his sewing machine. 1935; Two days after being wounded by an assassin, U.S. senator Huey Long, the dominant political figure in Louisiana during the Depression, dies in Baton Rouge.
1981; The mural Guernica (1937), painted by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in reaction to the German bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, returns to Spain for the first time. 1988; German tennis player Steffi Graf completes the sport's first Grand Slam since 1970 by winning her fourth major title of the year, the U.S. Open.
Birthdays: Charles Sanders Pierce, philosopher (1839), Arthur Holly Compton (1892), Arnold Palmer, golfer (1929), Roger Maris, baseball player (1934), Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist (1941).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
This memo is from an unnamed computer company. It went to all field engineers about a computer peripheral problem. The author of this memo was quite serious. The engineers rolled on the floor.
Mouse balls are now available as FRU (Field Replacement Unit) therefore, if a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement. Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel. Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls.
Ball removal procedures differ depending upon the manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be replaced using the popoff method. Domestic balls are replaced by using the twist-off method.
Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive. However, excessive handling can result in sudden discharge.
Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately. It is recommended that each replacer have a pair of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction. Any customer missing his balls should suspect local personnel of removing these necessary items.
That's it for today my little pork chops. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !