Therefore the ancient rule handed down to us by our forefathers, "It's OK if you are a Republican" kicks in.
I don't want socialized medicine in America because of a high-minded set of ethical principles. I want it because I want to be able to go about my life and NOT WORRY ABOUT DYING BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT JOB. I don't care about drug laws because of a well-thought out philosophical position. I care because I DON'T WANT TO HAVE MY LIFE RUINED BECAUSE I SMOKED A JOINT. Would you like your child taken away from you for 15 years because he smoked a harmless chemical? Do you want spend your old age scrabbling for a few cents to pay off the monsters who would LET YOU DIE because you're poor?
All they do is use politics to sell soap and viagra. Let's keep Stewart and Colbert, and find a new Cronkite.
Because if I show emotion, I'm irrational and stupid and whatever I say doesn't count. If I show emotion, I'm rewarded with lectures from men who can afford to stay nice and rational and non-angry, because they don't feel like they've just been punched in the face.
Before Shana [Alexander], our house liberal was Nicholas von Hoffman, who [sic] I reluctantly had to let go when he insisted on referring to the president of the United States, Richard Nixon, as "a dead mouse on the kitchen floor that everyone was afraid to touch and throw in the garbage." Granted, it was a difficult time and the description was not that far off target, but it wasn't the kind of thing I wanted someone to say about the president of the United States on 60 Minutes.
. . . a columnist wrote that I had taken Jack and Shana off the air because Saturday Night Live was satirizing them. . . what the silly son of a bitch should have known was that [the satire] was what had been keeing them on the air, even though the segment had run its course.
What to replace it with? I knew that Andy Rooney. . . was a hell of a writer. What I didn't know was whether he could cut it as an on-air personality. . .
-- Don Hewitt, Tell Me A Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television
Respectfully, no, it's completely fucking irrelevant to the point being made, which was that calling someone a "slut" doesn't necessarily signify that the caller thinks the callee is a person of despicable sexuality anymore than calling a person a "bastard" requires one to think that the person was born out of wedlock.
At the risk of fanning flames here, maybe because it's descriptive of a certain kind of behavior? Sure, as a noun it refers derogatorily to women. But as an adjective it means profligate.
President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, but you know what they're talking about, like this right-wing slut, what's her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she's a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama's doing it, they're working him over.
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