Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My “Pal”

This moron, posting at the Huffington Post, is falsely claiming that Illinois state workers get the day off for Casimir Pulaski’s birthday:

On the first Monday in March of every year, Chicago school children are allowed to stay home and learn nothing and state employees are given the day off to do whatever state employees do on their days off (not move slowly, not scowl, not itch their heads with pencils) while the rest of us enjoy less congested expressways, rains and buses.

The reason? Why, it's Pulaski Day, of course.

Ha, ha and those state workers are soooo lazy. Everyone knows it. They shouldn’t get that day off even if they already don’t.

I submitted a comment to the post correcting his holiday error and thanking him for his fine characterization of Illinois state workers. But my comment never appeared. I’m assuming it’s because I call him *gasp*, “pal”. Specifically what I said was “…and thanks for the ridiculous characterization of state workers, pal.”

The reason I think the obscenity “pal” got me in trouble is because I’ve had people take real offense to it in the past. I especially remember an incident about 20 years ago when I inserted the dreaded “pal” into a telephone conversation with an attorney who was representing an individual with whom I was involved with some litigation. So offended, he hung up on me. Ever since then, I have reserved playing the “pal” card for instances when “asshole”, "dumbass” and “fuck-tard” don’t seem powerful enough.

So, in the interest of civility, I guess it’s OK to let the post stand as incorrect. Better to be inaccurate than a “pal” of mine.

4 comments:

nancy said...

"Ever since then, I have reserved playing the “pal” card for instances when “asshole”, dumbass” and “fuck-tard” don’t seem powerful enough."

I think that's one of the funniest things you've ever written.

Anonymous Communist said...

I'm a big fan of "fucktard." Also popular with me is variations of "douche," like "douchebag," "douchetard," or just plain "douche."

Marie Carnes said...

I think it's safe to assume "pal" is the new "bub." Suddenly, I want to call somebody "pal."

JeromeProphet said...

Dave,

I don't want to register to post a comment on Huffington Post.

Could you do me a favor, and repost a comment.

Something like this,

You state, "On the first Monday in March of every year, Chicago school children are allowed to stay home and learn nothing and state employees are given the day off to do whatever state employees do on their days off".

However, the State of Illinois' paid holiday's list doesn't include Casimir Pulaski’s birthday (see list).

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Lincoln’s Birthday
Washington’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Election Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday following Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day

Did you want to correct your post?

Source: www.icc.illinois.gov/downloads/public/div/benefits.pdf

This is sort of a test. If he refuses to post your polite comment it will no doubt suggest that he doesn't value accuracy, and truthfulness in his post.

Just the other day I had to make a correction on one of my post when a commentator questioned one of my facts which I attributed to a NYT article which I cited.

I admitted I was wrong, and corrected the error. I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong - especially when I'm factually wrong.

Opinion is one thing, facts are another.

If he doesn't update his post it will make an excellent follow up post on your blog.

I'll go sit in the cloak room now, while you I sit back and watch.

JP