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If this was a George Bush mask…

Posted: March 16, 2009 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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…it would not be considered offensive.

Oh and note this from the story:

“I talked to the parents who are coordinating the talent show, and they feel it’s inappropriate and potentially offensive,” Llewellyn Principal Steve Powell said.

When asked what was offensive about Dru’s skit, Powell refused to discuss it.

“I won’t say why it’s inappropriate,” he said. “I’m not saying anything to The Oregonian. Why? Because I don’t want to.”

This is the principal talking not the kid. No wonder the comics won’t make Obama jokes.

WBC Roundup

Posted: March 16, 2009 by datechguy in baseball
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US 9 Dutch 3.

You don’t normally see a brushback thrown at a team when it is down 8-2 in the top of the 8th. I think it was strictly bush league on the part of the US, but a win is a win. Once again the Dutch shows some offense but couldn’t get the hits with runners in scoring position.

The US however did the one thing that no other team was able to do with the dutch and that is getting hits with runners in scoring position.

So tomorrow they will face either Puerto Rico or Venezuela, both are going to be tough.

Japan 6 Cuba 0

Japan showed why they are the champs and Dice-K brought smiles to the face of any Red Sox fan with 6 incredible innings as Cuba was spanked by Japan. It seemed to me that the entire game the Cubans were trying too hard, lot of young players trying to push things rather that take what was offered.

Ichrio was 0-4 despite being talked about every 3rd word. I’ve never seen a game with back to back pickoffs at first. If it hadn’t been for that then they might have mercyed them.

So it’s Mexico or Cuba out. If the Cuban team gets bounced by Mexico they could consider defecting en-masse. Oh and I loved when they said the “cultural differences” line that was used. I suspect they were contractually obligated not to hit them but it was done well.

I fell asleep with Mexico up last night and woke up to find that the Koreans’ came back to crush them. This sets up yet another Japan Korea meeting. They are the Yankees/Red Sox of this tourney. I don’t know how they do the final seeding but there is every possibility that they could meet in the finals.

Very interesting problem…

Posted: March 16, 2009 by datechguy in oddities
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…concerning language and action at this post at Patterico’s pontifications.

Of course you have to ignore the tone of voice since “Come here boy” to a dog is said in a different tone that any person would recognize. Base scenario:

A boy has a dog named Rover. At night, he typically calls the dog into the house from the field by either calling out: “Come here, boy!” or “Come here, Rover!” The dog responds to either; either is equally effective.

The boy learns at school that there is a racial history associated with the word “boy” such that black men are offended to be called “boy.” That night, he starts to call out: “Come here, boy!” when he sees Rover out in the field. But then, the boy sees a black man near Rover. The boy thinks to himself: if I yell out “Come here, boy!” that black man will be offended. But then the boy thinks: I don’t care. That’s his problem. And he yells, “Come here, boy!”

My answers to the questions are as follows:

1. The Boy has done nothing wrong and the Black man is not being unreasonable in being offended. There is clearly no racist intent but the Black Man has no way of knowing that.

2. The Father has not only done nothing wrong but has acted wisely. It is over little misunderstandings that many problems come from. He is teaching his son how to interact in society.

3. The boy has done nothing wrong because we clearly know intent. He should be prepared to defend his stance.

4. The boy is wrong. He is trying to make his friends laugh by appealing to their racism.

5. If he had not seen the friends laugh then it would be unreasonable to be offended, once he saw the friends laugh then it became reasonable.

6. The boy has done something wrong. The moment he said to his friends “Watch this” he had intent. The black man is correct in being offended. If the “watch this” was removed then they boy would be fine. Unless he sees the dog the black man is correct in being offended.

This would be an excellent classroom exercise.