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    @PoliticalSpice hey hey hey lets not be so hasty no I agree completely they are.a.bunch of idiots the Jeb Bush years were the.best that's my home state.born and raised and its just.gone.to Heck in gasoline draws but my brother is handicapped and that dose hurt his feelings because even though he dosnt really know he knows it a negitive way of addressing him
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    @PoliticalSpice no I understand and honestly its a freedom of speech thing Idk I just see first hand how my little brother reacts to it but I called someone a regards today so Im guilty also
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    And the word moron will be next and then we won't be able to say dumb or idiot/ First thing you know we'll be right there with "big is beautiful". There we'll be. Broke and on the streets because we're too stupid to know how to do anything and we'll be too fat to do it even if we did know. But we'll all be equal. Gays can get married. Fat people can sit on two seats in the dirt anytime they like. Blacks can put on white face but whites won't be able to put on black face, Indians can sue for any work that contains the letter r-e-d. We'll all riot for grain and get shot down by our Military and the Westboro Baptist Church can protest while our bodies are dumped in the nearest mass grave but hey, we';ll all be politically correct.
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    but isn't big "beautiful'? or is that all perception, something that's different for us all... Idk, but my child with Angels syndrome or my cousin's child with severe Autism is far from retarded...just saying, some words are offensive, such as retarded, but I agree, many are foolish in the politically correct area of words and usage...
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    @hankf68 I don't know of anyone personally would use the word retarded in regard to a challenged child. It doesn't mean that anymore and hasn't for most my lifetime. It means dumb. Seriously dumb. Kids with autism or other such challenges are by no means dumb. They don't have certain brain functions that work as ours do but just because they don't doesn't make them dumb or retards. It makes them challenged. But just because a Cerebral Palsy kid can't speak doesn't mean they can't think. I just don't understand why people like yourself think someone is referring to your child when they use the word retarded. We used to call kids with Downs Syndrome "Mongoloid idiots" back in the 1950/60's. I don't know where that name came from but I don't know anyone that uses either the word Mongoloid or the word Idiot for the condition of Downs Syndrome today. And even if there are people who do mean that when they say it they're not going to stop because you pass a law. How are you going to enforce that? Put people in prison for saying the word retarded? Fine them a weeks check? I mean what is the point here?
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    @jessejaymes ...it is foolish to make such laws, all I'm saying is that surely, we, as a modern and advanced people, could use our language better, by using such words, and yes many intend it's usage to mean such children as mine, we are only showing our lack of intelligence...I understand your argument, but you give too much credit to those who are demeaning other's with hatred and hurtful words, surely a lack of intelligence regarding debate, I would think...most who use such terms are referring exactly to children such as mine, using them, by definition, where they came from...
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    @hankf68 Well I tend to not use the word myself but I don't take offense when it's used within the context of friends or family using it among themselves. I have no time for people who would use it to describe children or mentally challenged adults. I would challenge those people as being well, retards themselves.
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    "Retard" didn't start off harmful like it is now. We made it that way. We could (a may) do the same thing to the term "intellectually disabled." In fact, "Retard" literally just means "slow" and "intellectually disabled" means no cognitive capability at all (which is worse?). But I digress.

    The term isn't the bad thing, its what we've turned it into. Banning or doing away with a word will not change the heart of man, so we will inevitably find another word to turn into a stinger.
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    Florida has a LOT more problems they need to address than attempting to abolish a word, for crying out loud.
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    I was thinking honest election reform instead of waiting to try and change the rules 8 weeks from the actual election might be nice. Perhaps the only retards florida need to worry about are the ones that keep electing these assclowns.
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    Guess Florida hasn't heard.....banning it only makes it worse! I can see it now. A mentally challenged rapper calling all his mentally challenged audience "retards" all the while fighting any who also uses that term......jeez!
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    @Hireman Does the term "buzz killer" and/or "party pooper" ever get hung on your door? Remind me to call my agent and request a new "straight" man for my comic routine.......
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    Michael Scott said it best "You don't call retarded people retards. It's bad taste. You call your friends retards when they're acting retarded."

    This PC crap has got to end now. Has our society really become this pussified? It's sickening. What's next? Boycotting midget pickles? Oh, wait, that's already happened. We need to grow up. I remember when people that were called names who threw a fit were told to turn the other cheek and grow up, now it's lets tell the local paper how you were offended and your rights were taken. In a town in KY, a boy went to the local papers because he was called a racist...If he is racist, it is up for grabs because you're only getting half the story, but this is plain ridiculous.
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    Oh look, more PC crap. When the economy is tanking, be sure to divert divert divert attention away by any means. We're losing the 1st Amendment right along with the 2nd Amendment judging from the majority of the articles on this site.
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    Don't see what the point is, we're supposed to abolish the n word too and it's still used in everyday conversation by the very people who dictate WHO can use it. Same deal here.
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    The difference, of course, is that most of the people who object to the N word can fight back. Not so much for the intellectually disabled.
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    @DARSB Most of them CAN, but let mouthpieces like Jackson do it FOR them, all the while being indignant while it continues to be used in rap culture etc. Same thing will happen here.
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    The only REAL distinction that can be drawn, is that unlike the n word, retard is yet another word that started out as having an actual meaning but has been confiscated for use exclusively as an insult because people are asshats.
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    @Real4WheelDrv actually the so called 'n' word began with a real meaning, also. it was what they called people from the niger river basin. also the word 'negro' is nothing more than spanish for black. it was only, as you so aptly called them, 'asshats' that made it into something that it's not.
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    @dances-weebles My apologies, didn't realize that's what the n word meant, I always thought it was supposed to be an even more dismissive form of negro.
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    And this is an issue because? Can't politicians just do common sense things without making a federal case out of it? or are they so addicted to seeing their names in the press that they must make a splash over the most minor things? Change the language and be done with it, you pack of retards...oops, I mean, common sense impaired individuals.
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    This is another one of those ridiculous, and expensive, little changes in order to win approval from the P.C. Gestapo. Consider the same thing is being done with some racial terms. They are being substituted with other terms that mean precisely the same thing. The most curious one is the substitution of Negro for Black or African-American. Negro is Spanish/Portuguese (Nero in Italian) and means simply "Black". The same thing was done earlier with "Colored". Now the preferable term is "Person of Color". I ask you, what is the difference? And tomorrow, when we graduate from African-American or Black to Kenyan-American, Nigerian-American, Somali-American, etc. i.e., more National-Origin specific terms, how much will THAT cost?
    It's a sort of feel good measure. I've often wondered about Ms. Mara Schiavocampo's name. Did we really have ANY slave owners in the USA with the Italian name "Field-Slave", or did Ms. Schiavocampo's family, or her choose it to distinguish herself from Schiavocasa, "House Slave"? And why should House Slaves be held to a lower position than field slaves? They didn't have a say in which place they were made to work. Can anyone see the ridiculousness of it all? I look forward to the day when we STOP the idiotic labeling of human beings and placing them into cubbyholes by race, religion, national origin, color, etc. Especially today, when so many are of mixed-race ancestry!
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    Changing words around isn't going to do any good.
    First "moron" was the technical medical label they used. I kid you not.
    Then "mentally retarded" was invented to replace it.
    How much longer before "intellectually disabled" becomes offensive?
    Maybe it's not the words but people's attitudes towards this group of people that needs to change. That would be helped more by owning a label, like a "Retard Pride" campaign instead of trying to change the words people use.
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    I remember watching some kids on a school playground. They had been told not to call someone a retard so one child said to the other with pure contempt, "You're so special." So, you see, one needn't fret too much about the word.
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    They only want to change the name because calling people 'retard' had turned into an insult. But I heard people using the word 'special' as an insult the other day. Ultimately, we all know what people are talking about. You can change the word but you cannot change the condition.
    If someone says to a person "What are you? Challenged?" is that any better than "What are you? Retarded?" The intent is still the same.
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    Only the Politically Correct Retards would make a big deal of this. But then, maybe we can go ahead with the PC term for the medical condition "intellectually challenged", and save "Retards" for the Liberal Democrats.
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