October 10, 2010

Silliness out of control

"Democrats in Illinois are in an uproar because Republican Senate nominee Mark Kirk used the word 'jigger' in connection with expressing concern about election fraud."

Kirk did not know he was being taped and certainly did not expect the recording to end up on YouTube. Now, Democrats are demanding that Kirk explain himself and apologize to African-American voters.

The Kirk campaign confirms the congressman was secretly taped this week while telling state Republican leaders about his hiring of a voter integrity squad to concentrate on four regions that happen to be areas populated by large numbers of African-Americans who vote heavily Democratic.

"These are lawyers and other people that will be deployed in key, vulnerable precincts, for example, South and West sides of Chicago, Rockford, Metro East, where the other side might be tempted to jigger the numbers somewhat."

Lyle, a Democratic Committee member and an Alexi Giannoulias supporter, and others were offended by Kirk's use of the verb "jigger" when talking about regions heavily populated by black voters.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary says "jigger" does mean "to alter, re-arrange, or manipulate" and has been used by many politicians to describe election fraud.

"The problem I had is that it sounds so much like another word," Rev. Albert Tyson said.

Ye gad.

Next up (some courtesy of the comments from the link above): A "civil rights" movement to change English language comparatives so that "bigger" is now "more big." Oh, and Winnie the Pooh's buddy Tigger better switch monikers. And, what will bartenders use now?

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"The problem I had is that it sounds so much like another word," Rev. Albert Tyson said.

No, the problem you had (and have) is that you are a freakin' moron, Rev. Tyson. You know that isn't the word he used, you know that isn't what it means, and yet you still choose to be offended because it rhymes with one slur and is similar to another. In other words, you are choosing to be offended by what you yourself admit is not offensive!

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at October 10, 2010 09:09 AM

As nutty as this is, add to it that the local ABC affilitae reported this story.

"We're doomed I tell you, doomed!"
Dr. Zachary Smith

Posted by: John Galt at October 10, 2010 11:51 AM

As #2 said to #9 on the Duke F-List : "Mine is BIGGER than yours "

Posted by: Fred Gregory at October 10, 2010 01:28 PM

I'm surprised you didn't bring up the crucifixion of David Howard after he used the word "niggardly" (correctly):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_about_the_word_%22niggardly%22#David_Howard_incident

Posted by: art.the.nerd at October 11, 2010 12:16 PM

The cop shouted, The Jig is up. Put your hands above your head.
Reminds me the PC in England. Piglet in Winnie the Pooh. No more Piglet or piglets. Offensive to those who don't like pork. So no more BBQ on TV Food programs.

Wasnt' there a song by Desi Arnez that went somethng like, Jig, Jig a Boom, Jig, Jig a Boom, Jig, Jig a Boom.
Since we don't want to offen anyone do we destroy Americas favorite pass time, eating BBQ PORK? Let's just drop any word that begins with a "J" or an "N" followed by "I' or "G"....So the Jig is Up? Or Down?

Posted by: Racemus at October 13, 2010 02:25 PM

Desi Arnez had it right. Jig,Jig,aboom, Jig,jig aboom,Jig jig a boom.

Posted by: Waldoilkaiser at October 13, 2010 08:30 PM

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