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2/16/2015

Stifling Speech Begets More Free Speech…Or Something Like That

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:17 pm



[guest post by Dana]

In yet another ridiculous decision made by academicians at one of those supposed last bastions of free speech, the University of Michigan recently began their “Inclusive Language Campaign”. While the program is designed to be educational and not regulatory, students are nonetheless encouraged to sign a pledge to use what is being referred to as “inclusive language” because, words hurt:

Words declared unacceptable through the campaign include “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead.” Phrases such as “I want to die” and “that test raped me” are also verboten.

(I know I wanted to die after reading this. See what I did there…)

The mission of the campaign is:

“to address campus climate by helping individuals understand that their words can impact someone and to encourage individuals to commit to creating a positive campus community.”

Words hurt, people.

Thankfully, horseshit isn’t on the list, because what a load of horseshit this is (apologies to our equine friends). Cost for implementing the program? $16,000.00. And while that is certainly chump change (apologies to any chumps out there) in light of a university’s annual budget, it is nonetheless interesting to note that this university felt compelled to raise both tuition costs and fees for the past two years.

Further, the goal of the campaign is so insulting, it should simultaneously rankle the righteous rebel lurking in every student who values their right to speak freely while causing the simpering purse-lipped scolds on staff who endorse this campaign to hang their heads in shame.

Of course, we’ve already seen the inevitable outcome when at first it is just words that are monitored and slowly controlled – eventually ideas, thoughts and worldviews fall under the microscope, too. Especially on campuses of higher education. And that’s because the authoritarians simply Cannot Help Themselves. It has an insatiable appetite, this compulsion to tell others what language, what thoughts, what views are acceptable and unacceptable. The god of arrogance always finds its home in the hearts of the weak and self-deceived.

While some students believe the campus as a whole benefits from the program, not everyone has bought into seeing speech curtailed, even through a silly campaign:

As the Inclusive Language Campaign has enlarged its influence on campus through various kick-off events, interactive programming and provoking visuals, some students have called into question how it reconciles with the university’s policy on free speech, which “encourages open and vigorous discussion and strives to maintain an environment where the free exchange of ideas and opinions can flourish.”

Unfortunately, instead of jumping at the opportunity to actually dialogue with the students and make their case, the language police remain insulated in their smugness and take the easy way out:

Asked if the campaign stifles free speech, [campus spokesman] Fitzgerald said “we believe this program has just the opposite effect.”

“We believe it will make discourse more constructive by respecting the views and perspectives of others,” he said. “A campus conversation about the impact of words is good for everyone.”

A flyer from the program:

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Somewhere, right now, Ayaan Hirsi Ali rolls her eyes and gags.

–Dana

104 Responses to “Stifling Speech Begets More Free Speech…Or Something Like That”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (8e74ce)

  2. “Illegal alien” is now a slur.

    Soon to be slurs:
    “Socialist”
    “Communist”
    “Left-wing”
    “Liberal”
    “Pothead”
    “Crackhead”

    OK:
    “Teabagger”
    “Bible-thumper”
    “Crazy Christians”
    “Republicunt”
    “Right-wing”
    “Fascist” *
    “Racist” *
    —–
    * but only when applied to those on the Right

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  3. to note that this university felt compelled to raise both tuition costs and fees for the past two years.

    Ahhh, the wonders of “champagne socialism” or “latte liberalism.”

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the people who created that list are classical jerks and a–holes behind closed doors, and greedy and surprisingly materialistic to boot.

    Mark (c160ec)

  4. “These words carelessly diminish the experience of people who have attempted or committed suicide”

    Should we be worried about offending people who are already dead?

    lolwut (0a62e3)

  5. Hey dead people have feelings, too. You corpseaphobe.

    Gazzer (c2a866)

  6. Um, the University of Michigan? The same institution who has a tenured communications professor (and department chair!) named Susan J. Douglas who last semester began an essay for a magazine with the declaration that “I hate Republicans“? Pretty “inclusive,” that. Sounds a lot like the hypocritical nonsense regularly churned out by the modern academy.

    JVW (854318)

  7. Ah shit, FYI don’t piss off the dead. There’s a bunch of ghosts outside picketing my apartment after I made that comment.

    lolwut (0a62e3)

  8. this entire program is ghey.

    and whoever came up with it is retarded.

    redc1c4 (2b3c9e)

  9. this entire program is g h e y.

    and whoever came up with it is r e t a r d e d.

    (as is moderation software that would block the text above.)

    redc1c4 (2b3c9e)

  10. meanwhile, down in Texas, a racist judge blocked Obola’s plan to help illegal aliens get moar free stuff from you racists.

    redc1c4 (2b3c9e)

  11. There are some words educated people should not use. Except anonymously in blog comments.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. But my parents could give me that advice in those terms. The university has to find a less “elitist” justification.

    nk (dbc370)

  13. It’s more likely the dead’s friends and relations would be offended.

    Totally silly. They’d do better to worry about their students’ math achievements.

    htom (4ca1fa)

  14. @3

    “These words carelessly diminish the experience of people who have attempted or committed suicide”

    Should we be worried about offending people who are already dead?

    They are a major constituency of the Democrats.

    Pons Asinorum (8ce71a)

  15. #9: like pickle, for instance?

    redc1c4 (589173)

  16. Gag me with a spoon.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  17. 1) I am utterly ashamed of my alma mater.

    2) So what if it bothers people if I use “That’s retarded”? There better not be anybody on campus who really is retarded to be offended. But most of all where does the Constitution qualify its recognition for the right of free speech with a right not to be offended by another’s free speech?

    3) I particularly resent their putting thoughts of resentment into my head over “I want to die.” Been there. Nearly did it. Pulled myself together. Now when I hear that I assess the person using it and go into emergency mode if it looks like the sentiment is real rather than rhetorical. A fellow pulled me together when the world caved in on me. He was a vaguely closeted gay which made him a “safe” confidante for a woman. When I face a chance to pay it forward, I go for it. I have ***NO*** trace of resentment over somebody using that phrase. It’s a good emotional release from an embarrassing situation and can be a good diagnostic when the person really is down far enough to really “want to die”.

    I repeat, I am ashamed of the University of Michigan, my educational home 1962-1968.

    {o.o}

    JDow (770dee)

  18. Wait – “queer” is not offensive anymore? When did that happen?

    How long before an indictment is served against Judge Hanen ?
    (note he didn’t say the whole amnesty ploy was injuctioned against)

    seeRpea (aa8044)

  19. “Jews” are an ethnic group? How??

    seeRpea (aa8044)

  20. so retarded

    happyfeet (831175)

  21. try using the r word *here*

    you can’t

    happyfeet (831175)

  22. and that’s really gay cause of it’s an awesome word

    happyfeet (831175)

  23. I tried to counsel a couple of young folks not to use “tastes like a**” after a while they’d just say “a**” when trying the 50 beers on tap. They’d get those trays where you get 6 sample sized beers and choose the one they liked for a pint. They’d go through the samples and inevitably one or two tasted like a** So I noted that presupposed a proclivity and was probably less of an insult to the beer than they’d thought.
    But I think this should be banned along with “this tastes like s***” so the brewmasters feelings are nutured even if they do put juniper berries, mugwort and other s*** into their beer.
    Makes me want an emotional support dog (I met a young 18? year old woman who was at the local university with her emotional support dog and am still astonished that the emotional support dogs are treated the same as seeing eye dogs.. as service dogs)
    I like dogs a lot, but what the hell? oops. Can I say hell or is that concept offensive?

    steveg (794291)

  24. I met a young 18? year old woman who was at the local university with her emotional support dog

    Did she have a jar of peanut butter, too?

    nk (dbc370)

  25. There is no question that the reasons given are cognitively impaired, even emotionally disturbed, and reminiscent of non-traditional sexual orientations, and Middle Eastern and irregularly documented immigrants who are struggling to learn English would consider the policy a sexual assault of the English language and might, metaphorically, feel as though they are about to lose the will to live.

    nk (dbc370)

  26. Looks like they’re actually dteaching manners…

    time123@gmail.com (46cc0f)

  27. You know, going to college used to actually be kind of freeing and fun–and it cost less, too. And signing a pledge on campus was for serious things like blood donation.

    elissa (79bebc)

  28. Is saying “Tastes like panther piss” when you get a bad beer still ok?

    elissa (79bebc)

  29. I don’t even want to know how you people know what these tastes are.

    seeRpea (aa8044)

  30. i feel like we need an even more potent method of diminishing the experience of people who have attempted suicide cause of just muttering “i want to die” is pretty weak tea

    i remember a lil controversy back in texas after all these clear lake high school kids kept offing themselves someone brought a sign to a football game what said kill clear lake before they kill themselves

    many people found this to be a particularly effective method of diminishing the experience of people who have attempted suicide, and they were none too happy about it, some of them

    but that’s how you know it’s working i guess

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  31. I have a family member who was in public college administration. They have people who actually do things like register students, collect the tuition and see that the floors are mopped and the electric bill is paid, and they have a parallel hierarchy of drones with no clear reason to be there who are required to justify their salaries and pensions. Those second are given some goals and objectives, and are allowed to create others for themselves. So they go after what he called “low hanging” fruit. Minimum effort, easy to “achieve” because its “achievement” cannot be measured, looks like you’re working.

    nk (dbc370)

  32. if a beer tastes like some kind of piss from an animal you can still make a tasty michelada

    unless it’s some weirdo gay pansy beer with notes of chocolate and sage

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  33. I don’t even want to know how you people know what these tastes are.

    Actual taste bud taste is only for hot, cold, sweet, salty, sour and bitter. The flavors are all smell. The people can have smelled this stuff driving in the countryside.

    nk (dbc370)

  34. Has anyone in the history of civilization actually said ‘that test raped me’?

    Georganne (e37667)

  35. sweet jesus Georgeanne how bout a trigger warning

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  36. *Georganne*

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  37. @happyfeet

    I don’t know what a ‘trigger warning’ is but your blasphemy offends me.

    Georganne (e37667)

  38. Elissa, Before you use such a urological description, Look up the Panther Pilsner Brewing Company. You wouldn’t want to encourage such a prestigious group as those folks would you? (Or provide them with “word-of-mouth” advertising.)

    PPs43 (6fdef4)

  39. “oh my goodness i’m so sorry,” happyfeet said inclusively

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  40. as he munched thoughtfully on a poochy

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  41. oh my goodness? Did you say oh my goodness? Valuist!

    nk (dbc370)

  42. maybe it is elsewhere in the pamphlet,
    but they don’t write what can be used as a substitute for each case.

    seeRpea (6c0f9a)

  43. “While the program is designed to be educational and not regulatory, students are nonetheless encouraged to sign a pledge to use what is being referred to as “inclusive language” because, words hurt.”

    – Dana

    So what’s the big deal, again? This is voluntary. If you see creeping fascism in a school asking people to volunteer to attempt not to offend others, then I don’t know what to do for you.

    This from the crowd that has collectively decided that there’s a whole list of words that happyfeet shouldn’t say, at least when he’s describing conservatives.

    Leviticus (f9a067)

  44. It is not necessary because none of those things should be of any relevance at all in a persyn or to a persyn.

    nk (dbc370)

  45. fascism is always voluntary right up til it’s not

    and then it’s too late

    it’s very worrisome how this is playing out

    these u mich student losers, they’re gonna be in normal people’s workplaces one day, and they’ll bring their whiny unserious puritanical fascist rape-fantasy crap with them

    the key thing will be to weed these people out before they get hired, but some will almost surely slip through

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  46. *****TRIGGER WARNING!!!!*****
    YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO NOT BE OFFENDED

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. it’ll make it a LOT easier if these wankers put “University of Michigan” on their resume so everyone knows

    but sooner or later they’ll catch on

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  48. The tranny went out on my Cougar.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  49. University of Michigan students are uniformly brighter than anybody who works there. Anybody! None of this crap is going to stick with them unless they actually want it to because that’s what they learned from their parents, or pretend to want it in case they want to run for political office in a Democrat district.

    nk (dbc370)

  50. Joo wanna bet that tranny went out on teh Cougar after the retarded mechanic bent me over on the repair bill?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  51. we can’t be too careful though Mr. nk not until everyone gets vaccinated against this fascist university of michigan-style fascism

    the herd is sickly and weak

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  52. By this point I was hoping to see something that justified people going into lifelong debt in order to attend these institutes of “higher education”. I sit here disappointed.

    I quietly lobby my grandsons to consider trade school by telling them about the fulfillment one gets from actually building something or fixing something. When I was employed in heavy metal fabfication I helped make things that are still around today AND I could use all kinds of words that would get me in trouble in today’s universities.. Oh, yeah, and learning to handle oneself at the gin mill after work came in handy more than once.

    Gramps, the original (9e1415)

  53. If it was in the University of Michigan Student Code of Conduct that students should refrain from using profanity in class, how many of you would bat an eyelash? Isn’t the use of profanity one of the ways to get sent into moderation on this blog?

    Leviticus (f9a067)

  54. i know nothing of this profanity of which you speak

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  55. And here in Illinois the University is battling Steven Salaita and their right not to hire him because of anti-Semitic rants. Of course, the lefties completely support his right to speech–so once again, some speech is more special than others, depending on who engages in it. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling (can I still say that?).

    rochf (f3fbb0)

  56. We’re not offended, Leviticus. We’re amused. By its cognitively impaired, even emotionally disturbed, non-normative sexual orientation character.

    nk (dbc370)

  57. Yeah, Dana, universities and colleges are odd places. I have told my “Animal Farm” story before. It reminds me very much of the way things were in the 1920s and 1930s in old Soviet Russia: earnest “rightspeech” is necessary.

    But it’s more ecological, to my point of view. In ecology, if a particular niche isn’t occupied, adaptive radiation fills it in. The same thing is true for social structures. And the problem is that the “weeds” who fill in those administrative spots continue to make decisions that benefit more weeds.

    What makes me shake my head is the hypocrisy.

    The current attempt to go after Scott Walker on the Madison campus is very transparent, but is all the rage.

    Still, a little digging discovers some interesting stuff:

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/21213/

    Notice that Madison is supposedly really hurting for money, but notice what they do spend money on. Seriously. That article is amazing. Tibetan interpreters for a budget discussion?

    Let me add more to that argument, including a hero:

    http://themacweekly.com/2015/02/income-inequality-at-mac-the-corporatization-of-higher-education/

    My father always called this the “IGMAFU” rule: “I’ve got mine…” and you can guess the rest. The fellow in Kentucky put his money where his mouth is. If there is a crisis, let’s act like there is a crisis.

    I am very worried about this “class warfare” approach used by many academics. They honestly don’t see that they are rich compared to many folks. Why, I have friends who travel to Europe once a year, own 45 foot sailboats, have their child in private school, and are devoted foodies…while claiming that they are vastly underpaid. That darned 0.1%!

    Robespierre smiles sadly.

    You see, the problem is always, and has always been, what some folks call Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy.

    http://www.jerrypournelle.com/reports/jerryp/iron.html

    There is a big difference between preferring that vulgar speech not exist at a party or in discourse, versus punishing it on campus.

    But we have long come to confuse honesty with tactlessness, and rude behavior with strength.

    An odd world, and it is going to get odder.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  58. Their word list reveals a racial bias by what is left off and tacetly acceptable.

    It doesn’t forbid insulting the majority of Michiganders.

    Perhaps the University bureaucrats assume street justice will discourage some types of undelineated insults?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  59. If there is something happyfeet is familiar with it’s how to get banned at this blog.

    Something else. He has a knack for being unbanned. A skill I lack and admire and probably should consult for use at other venues.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  60. The tranny went out on my cougar too. I wonder if that’s a common failing of the model?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  61. Another possiblity that’s been bouncing around my head is the guy down at the shop raped my tranny.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  62. How does every joke at UMich start now?

    nk (dbc370)

  63. @ 55– el tigre: I think its your wallet that will eventually be seriously violated…

    Gramps, the original (9e1415)

  64. “Shut up,” they said inclusively. “We are tolerant and open to all, which means we shouldn’t have to listen to anything we don’t like.”

    Up is down. Peace is war. Slavery is freedom.

    A reading rom the cultural Marxist of the Frankfurt School who is the father of the ’60s counter culture:

    http://www.marcuse.org/herbert/pubs/60spubs/65repressivetolerance.htm

    This essay is dedicated to my students at Brandeis University.

    THIS essay examines the idea of tolerance in our advanced industrial society. The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed. In other words, today tolerance appears again as what it was in its origins, at the beginning of the modern period–a partisan goal, a subversive liberating notion and practice. Conversely, what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression.

    The author is fully aware that, at present, no power, no authority, no government exists which would translate liberating tolerance into practice…

    Ah, but now that those acolytes to whom he dedicated this essay are running the show I give you the modern university administration.

    …Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left…

    Just as everyone thought.

    Steve57 (6b5a38)

  65. 54. The tranny went out on my cougar too…

    papertiger (c2d6da) — 2/17/2015 @ 8:02 am

    The rear end still looks good, I’ll bet.

    Steve57 (6b5a38)

  66. Steve, the below really happened to me. Where I teach, just before I was awarded tenure, I was placed on the Diversity Action Committee. That is, people came to that committee with complaints of race/gender/whatever based nastiness.

    For example, people genuinely like to carve racist nonsense into desks on campus, and it costs a fair amount to remove it. It could be they are showing off (given the campus atmosphere, I suspect so). We don’t have a lot of Klansmen up here.

    Anyway, at this meeting several years ago, an agitated professor explained that someone had written “a racist slogan” on a chalkboard in our library. What was it (I’m not kidding)?

    “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.”

    I laughed out loud. Everyone looked at me, outraged.

    I realized that they hadn’t made the “Nineteen Eighty Four” reference. Gulp.

    I gently reminded them of the Orwellian reference, and suggested that someone was trying to make the committee look silly.

    True story.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  67. I want somebody to ask me how every joke now starts at UMich.

    nk (dbc370)

  68. The tranny went down on my cougar and I hid the children while it was happening.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  69. papertiger, cougar is a derogatory term towards those women above 40 who still want to
    consensual sexual relations with a younger person. Whew, UM dodged a bullet there, wolverine isn’t too far off from c*uger.

    seeRpea (6c0f9a)

  70. nk, they don’t start with anything as jokes are not allowed at UM as it discriminates and is hurtful to those people who do not have a sense of humor.

    seeRpea (6c0f9a)

  71. “papertiger, cougar is a derogatory term towards those women above 40 who still want to
    consensual sexual relations with a younger person.”

    seeRpea – What is derogatory about that? Descriptive perhaps, but calling it derogatory attaches value judgements.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  72. == The tranny went out on my cougar==

    laff now classic car aficionados–but this is exactly how perfectly good words and phrases like ‘niggardly’ and ‘chink in the armor’ get ruined and become unusable because of idiots and dolts.

    elissa (c12354)

  73. That’s not what I asked for, seeRpea. Anybody else?

    nk (dbc370)

  74. how does all the jokes start at this university now is what i wonder

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  75. Simon Jester, I wonder why it’s not hard for me to believe you?

    Oh, yeah. This is why.

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/20892/

    VIDEO: Former ‘SNL’ actress defends prof accused of ‘hate speech’ against Muslims

    This took place at Vanderbilt. The professor is Carol Swain, who teaches law and political science. Her “hate speech?” After the Charlie Hebdo murders she wrote an op-ed in Nashville’s “The Tennessean” observing the obvious about the the fact that Islam is not like other religions. It is incompatible with western freedoms and “poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration.”

    Naturally the members of the Muslim Student Association (the Muslim Brotherhood’s first front group in North America, by the way) went ballistic.

    Thus proving her right, but nobody besides me is pointing that out. But that’s a topic for another day.

    The president of the MSA at Vanderbilt, Farishtay Yamin, actually said this. I’m not making this up, either. It’s at the link.

    “What I’m really trying to show her is that she can’t continue to say these kinds of things on a campus that’s so liberal and diverse and tolerant”

    Steve57 (6b5a38)

  76. Thank you, happyfeet. By looking over your shoulder.

    nk (dbc370)

  77. weeer’re waiting, nk…..

    elissa (c12354)

  78. “What I’m really trying to show her is that she can’t continue to say these kinds of things on a campus that’s so liberal and diverse and tolerant, she might wake the dumbasses up.”

    nk (dbc370)

  79. It seems rather unremarkable that a university which offers majors in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies and other fluff subjects would also think that students shouldn’t be exposed to the real world. The fags and the trannies and the ragheads are, supposedly, going to be graduated (eventually) and have to do something really radical like get jobs and support themselves, and, away from the ivory tower, there really will be people who use those oh-so-hurtful terms.

    Might as well toughen up now!

    The intellectual Dana (f6a568)

  80. Isn’t the use of profanity one of the ways to get sent into moderation on this blog?

    Of course, the post has nothing to do with profanity.

    Dana (f6274e)

  81. We have to wonder now: given that demon rum and other alcoholic beverages seem to be served at fraternities in every college in the nation, and the use of alcohol lowers inhibitions, wouldn’t such include lowering inhibitions in using these oh-so-terrible words?

    Now it’s not just going to be problematic to copulate with some cutie after the party, ’cause she can always decide the next morning that it wasn’t really consensual, but now just one frat boy saying “bitch be crazy!” about some coed, and he’s violated the rules.

    How can the University of Michigan ever hope to have these rules stand as long as they allow fraternities to serve alcohol? And since all fraternities serve alcohol, whether they are s’posed to or not, it’s obvious that the university will simply have to disband all fraternities.

    The Dana who didn't rush a fraternity (f6a568)

  82. elissa @66, it isn’t just words and phrases that become unusable due to idiots and dolts. From a Swedish English language news site a few years back.

    http://www.thelocal.se/20071213/9398

    Army castrates heraldic lion

    Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup’s coat of arms.

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    Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup’s coat of arms.

    The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of Justice, Göteborgs-Posten reports.

    But although the army was eventually happy to make the changes in the interests of gender equality, the artist who designed the insignia was less than pleased.

    “A heraldic lion is a powerful and stately figure with its genitalia intact and I cannot approve an edited image,” Vladimir A Sagerlund from the National Archives told Göteborgs-Posten.

    Sagerlund blasted the army for making changes to the coat of arms without his permission.

    “The army lacks knowledge about heraldry. Once upon a time coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Crown,” said Sagerlund…

    I believe it was a mark of cowardice. Which, when you think about it, is entirely fitting because that’s exactly what’s going on here.

    …”We were given the task of making sure the willy disappeared,” Christian Braunstein from the army’s ‘tradition commission’ told Göteborgs-Posten…

    Yup. That’s one of our new western traditions all right. No wonder Putin looked at NATO and decided to take the Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and ISIS thinks we’re ripe for the taking.

    And no, The Local isn’t Sweden’s version of The Onion.

    Steve57 (6b5a38)

  83. And yes I also know that Sweden isn’t officially part of NATO.

    Just culturally.

    Steve57 (6b5a38)

  84. Heh @ looking over your shoulder.

    seeRpea, cougar is a derogatory term towards those women above 40 who still want to
    consensual sexual relations with a younger person.

    There was this neighbor I had when I was a teenager. Her name was Robin. I sure miss her.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  85. Alright! I’ll be the “straight” man, nk.

    How does every joke at UMich start now?
    nk (dbc370) — 2/17/2015 @ 8:27 am

    I don’t know, how does every joke at UMich start know?

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  86. Where did that “k” come from? Must be a dogwhistle.

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  87. Comment 70, felipe.

    nk (dbc370)

  88. felipe wrote:

    Alright! I’ll be the “straight” man, nk.

    You heterosexist! People’s feelings might have been hurted. I hereby denounce you!

    The highly offended Dana (f6a568)

  89. papertiger – People have needs. :)

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  90. So is outside People’s University of Michigan Comrade President’s office and Comrade President is walking out with tears rolling down his cheeks. Comrade Chancellor asks, “Why you cry, Comrade President?” “Is tears of laughter, Comrade Chancellor”, says Comrade President, “I heard the funniest joke”. “Tell it to me too, please”, says Comrade Chancellor. “Not on your life, Comrade Chancellor”, says Comrade President, “I just expelled a student for telling it”.

    nk (dbc370)

  91. That’s what I get for not reading all the comments first! Also, I stand denounced! If anyone needs me, I’ll be in this corner wearing my Duns cap.

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  92. That’s Individually Learning Abled cap, felipe.

    nk (dbc370)

  93. “Violets are blue; roses are red. I’m still talking, and you’re still dead.”

    Is that insensitive to those who who have committed suicide?

    Asking for a friend.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  94. your cheeks are blue my cheeks are red I’m weighing my lunch options whereas you’re a stupid suicide corpse

    here have a paczki

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  95. oh wait you can’t

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  96. “Of course, the post has nothing to do with profanity.”

    – Dana

    Yeah, nothing whatsoever.

    Leviticus (f26ad5)

  97. Here you go Leviticus. Subtitled so you can turn off the sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_G52_1UuLo

    nk (dbc370)

  98. 23. Is saying “Tastes like panther piss” when you get a bad beer still ok?

    elissa (79bebc) — 2/17/2015 @ 5:12 am

    If there are any pink panthers or even offensive cartoons of the Pink Panther (PBUH) around it will be taken as an insult by a member of the inclusive and tolerant member of the LGBTTQQIIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Intergender, Asexual, & Allies) community.

    Best not.

    Steve57 (6b5a38)

  99. Oh, in the name of all that is tolerant and inclusive I hope I didn’t offend any member of the LGBTTQQIIAA community. Some members of which have members and some have vaginas and some have neither members nor vaginas but all of whom are valued members.

    Steve57 (6b5a38)

  100. you forgot the two-spirited native american ones

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  101. which is fine

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  102. papertiger (c2d6da) — 2/17/2015 @ 7:54 am

    It doesn’t forbid insulting the majority of Michiganders.

    You know, it really should be Michiganer, not Michigander.

    Sammy Finkelman (e806a6)

  103. This is double-plus-un-good!

    JB (f39f9d)


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