Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sam the Sophist née Joe the Plumber

He is the gift that keeps on... well, existing.

Which gift? I'd say he is like the awful tie your aunt got you that you are forced to wear when she is around thereby never letting you bury it in the back of the closet. But I digress (highlight mine):
Q: What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?
A: At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary—it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that.
Agreed. People don't understand the dictionary. So let's try and understand it:

1 a: worthless, counterfeit b: questionable, suspicious2 a: differing in some odd way from what is usual or normal b (1): eccentric, unconventional (2): mildly insane : touched c: absorbed or interested to an extreme or unreasonable degree : obsessed d (1)often disparaging : homosexual (2)sometimes offensive : gay 4b3: not quite well

Honkey -
usually disparaging : a white person

So you see, whereas "queer" is often or sometimes disparaging or offensive, "honkey" is usually disparaging. There is no comparison. Besides, Joe could have meant "queer" as one of the other definitions- you know, that gay people are worthless, suspicious, different, or insane. And there is nothing offensive about that.

In conclusion, Joe the Plumber is a cracker.

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