July 31, 2006

A lack of Education on your part.....

The always interesting Dafydd ab Hugh brings us the tale of MA Gov. Mitt Romney, who recently described the Big Dig fiasco as a "tar baby".  Correctly, too, I might add.

Now, in this day and age, as you would expect, certain groups got their panties in a collective twist over THEIR interpretation of the phrase, which they incorrectly assumed was a negative term referring to black people.  And made him apologize.

If these asshats would stop banning GOOD literature and movies because of their PC BULLSHIT, and had actually read Uncle Remus or seen Disney's "Song of the South", instead of mindlessly chucking them for the invocation of an unfortunate sterotype or two, they would know that the phrase "Tar Baby" refers to an inanimate object, covered in a sticky substance, that serves no other purpose than the trap the person unlucky enough to touch it.

A "Tar Baby" therefore, is really just a big, sticky, messy problem that will not go away.  Sounds like the Big Dig, no?

So let's call a spade a spade, and drop this whole pretended affrontery, ok?  As Dafydd says:

"I reckon with some people, God was a bit niggardly in passing out brains."

Posted by caltechgirl at July 31, 2006 11:12 AM | TrackBack

Funny, my interpretation of 'Tar Baby' has always been as yours. It simply stems from those who wish to find error.

Posted by: Stacy at July 31, 2006 11:28 AM

Who you callin a spade?

Posted by: Cardinal Martini at July 31, 2006 12:00 PM

Sorry, I can't help but laugh.

Its so true, if ever there was a tar baby, the big dig is it.

Poor Mitt. I can almost like him now.


Posted by: LindaSoG at July 31, 2006 12:20 PM

LOL...the talk of the local towns around here is about Mitt now. LOL...most people think it's funny and MOST people are really TICKED off about this Big Dig fiasco. Romney took control of the entire project and the investigations and all that...I just hope it doesn't come back to slap him in the face.

Posted by: Raven at July 31, 2006 12:34 PM

Well how would you have liked it if he called it a "cracker barrel"?

Posted by: tyrone at July 31, 2006 05:13 PM

Everybody's so ready to jump without even listening to what other people are saying, not to meantion what they meant. Nice post.

Posted by: Jane at July 31, 2006 05:44 PM

I didn't even know what a tar baby was before this supposed controversy. I am, however, familiar with the Big Dig. That is a disaster.

Posted by: Shawn at July 31, 2006 05:57 PM

I had to google "tar baby" to find out if I was the only person who had even heard of Uncle Remus. Of the top 10 links, only two even mention that tar baby has a derogatory aspect. Most just said that it was a kid's story with an African origin (not African-American, honestly and truly African). It's also a song by Sade. I wonder if she got yelled at about it...

Posted by: dirty rotten heathen at July 31, 2006 07:22 PM

I always thought Tar Baby referred to a kid born in North Carolina.

Oh wait, maybe that is Tar Heel Baby. :-)

Posted by: Mark at August 1, 2006 06:25 PM