An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 17, 2007

Evening Snack

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 8:01

John McCain Uses Term ‘Tar Baby,’ Later Calls it Mistake

Answering questions at a town hall meeting, the Arizona senator was discussing federal involvement in custody cases when he said, “For me to stand here and … say I’m going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don’t know how you get out of that.”
The term dates to the 19th century Uncle Remus stories, referring to a doll made of tar that traps Br’er Rabbit. It has become known as a way of describing a sticky mess and has been used as a derogatory term for a black person.

I seriously doubt McCain would have used the term in a derogatory manner. Can we please accept words for what they actually are, instead of turning them into something they were never intended?

Teen’s affair with teacher leads to fatal shooting

In a tragic twist to a familiar story, a teenager who had sex with his married 30-year-old teacher was fatally shot outside the woman’s home, and authorities have charged the woman’s husband.

This is getting completely ridiculous. What kind of people are they hiring to teach our kids? What kind of kids are we raising?

Firemen douse Rudy’s image as 9/11 hero
Union bid to halt White House run

What followed turned his heartbroken father into a relentless opponent of Rudy Giuliani, then mayor of New York. With other families of 9/11 victims, Riches has vowed to torpedo Giuliani’s prospects of winning the White House by attacking his greatest source of strength, his reputation as a hero that day.

I’m heartbroken this man lost his son, but Giuliani did not cause his death. This sort of attack is damaging to all concerned.

Police question whether drugs used in home of mutilated baby

Authorities are investigating whether there was drug use in the home of a 5-week-old boy whose mother claimed on Tuesday that it was the family dachsund that severely mutilated the genitals of the baby. The baby remains in critical condition today.
Doctors told authorities the child’s injuries are inconsistent with dog bites.

I cannot fathom ….. I am totally speechless.



  1. It is most especially not a derogatory term if people actually READ the stories. The tar baby is made by Bre’r Rabbit (the black person) to trick Bre’r Fox (the white person) who is chasing him. Bre’r Fox is falls for the trick and starts punching the tar baby, thinking it is Bre’r Rabbit. Bre’r Fox is then stuck in the mess. So, the story is that the smart black person outwits the dumb white person.

    Comment by rosettaresearch — March 17, 2007 @ 8:25

  2. I loved those stories! 🙂 But now of course, they are so UNpc, can you imagine a teacher reading them to a class? ROFLMAO sigh… Very sad that classic literature is being ignored. :/

    Comment by olbroad — March 17, 2007 @ 8:31

  3. Tony Snow made the same slip last spring at his very first press briefing. No, in neither instance was in meant as a slight. I like McCain; he’s cranky and a smart a….lec. But the point is, it’s pretty amazing that he doesn’t REALIZE people find it offensive. Most people in the position to run are so very out of touch with the rest of us.

    Comment by Jim Spice — March 18, 2007 @ 12:50

  4. I still don’t understand why people can’t take things as the way they are said, instead of reading all kinds of “evil” into them. :/

    Comment by olbroad — March 18, 2007 @ 5:51

  5. Evening Snack

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