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On Monday some Dallas County commissioners were talking about problems processing traffic tickets, and this one commissioner said central collections “has become a black hole.” Not one but two of his fellow officials demanded an apology for his racially insensitive remark. Oh goodness! A lot of the commentary on this blog post about the incident is pretty foul, but our hat’s off to “Don Imus,” who writes, “It’s not like they called it a nappy-headed hole. Now THAT would be outrageous.” [Dallas City Hall Blog]

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  1. Another example: Russ Feingold (D-Sexytown) commenting that the FISA bill vote was a “black mark” on the Democrats, the Congress, and our whole nation’s history. That’s not racial transcendence, Russ. Come to my house so I can give you a proper spanking. I have a cheese board.

  2. Is Texas in the Dark Ages? These blackguards shouldn’t darken the door of City Hall any longer, for truly their ignorance casts a long shadow.

  3. Jeez, there’s also white dwarfs, red dwarfs, yellow stars, gas giants. Insensitive to albinos, people of lessened stature, native americans, asians, and the flatulently flagrant outsizers.

  4. [re=32873]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Bravo…great reference! My kids love him.

    “Why’s it got to be called a “black” hole”?

    Well, because it is a point in space so dense that light cannot escape.

    “Oh, so now it’s about oppression.”

    Forget it…

  5. From the comments:
    I had to move out of Dallas County because I couldn’t order coffee or keep my finances on the positive side of the ledger without JWP freaking out and ripping my windshield wiper off of my truck which happens to be black.

    I have no idea what this is about, but consider me intrigued.

  6. In this guy’s defense, imagine how angry you’d be all damn day long if you had to constantly deal with white people from Texas.

  7. [re=32890]AfghanVet[/re]:

    The Commissioner should have called the traffic ticket processing center “a point in space so dense that light cannot escape.”

    HHMMMM, doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. I hate political correctness.

    The Commissioner should have just called them “a bunch of worthless dumbfucks.”

  8. You know what really hurts me? When people refer to unpleasant folks as “dicks” or “pricks”. What did my member ever do to merit such comparisons? Not all penises are obnoxious or annoying, you know. Some can be rather charming and fun to hang out with.

  9. Dang, I was all ready to send this in to the tip line on Tuesday, but I was like “naw, why would they care about our local shenanigans?” Dang, dang, dang…
    That’s the third most awesome story out of Dallas politics just this year (and it’s only July!)
    1st – Former city councilwoman and Dem. precinct captain makes off with the caucus results to “correct” them when her girl Hills gets beat by Hopey. Declares she’s going to Denny’s to do so, takes off while being tailed by poll watchers from both campaigns and winds up banging on the door of the nearest police station saying they’re out to get her! Weeks of rambly blog posts and media screeds ensue.
    2nd – Crooked-ass DART board chairwoman & her crooked-ass husband go down in a blaze of glory over… emails?
    3rd – John Wiley Price (the reigning King of Ka-razzay) and his astro-physically challenged self.

    Dallas, bless our hearts, we put Detroit & DC to shame!

  10. I was momentarily sidetracked by the banner at the top asking “Why do men withdraw?” After reading the story and a few of the comments, the answer seemed pretty obvious. I love blog synergy.

  11. [re=32896]Botswana Meat Commission FC[/re]: Clearly this ignorance is the result of growing up in a state ran by the kind of idgits who think that teaching bible in science class is a good idea.

  12. This just confirms my mother-in-law’s fear that Obama is making the mulignans get out of control…

    On the other hand, she’s against astronomy too.

  13. I see a red door and I want it painted the opposite of white (if that’s ok with youuuuu)
    No colors anymore I want them to turn the opposite of white (if that’s ok with youuuuu)
    I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
    I have to turn my head until my color the opposite of whiteness goes

    I see a line of cars and they’re all painted of white if that’s ok with youuuuu
    With flowers and my love both never to come back…

  14. Commissioner John Wiley Price is one of those Americans who does not know what is the capital of the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros Islands.

  15. [re=32923]Q2[/re]: You beat me to it. I’ve had this song in my head since I read this post and was trying to think of a witty comment (assuming I am capable of witty comments).

  16. This reminds me of a lost “Horse Apples” joke from Wonder Showzen. In all honesty, though, what worries me (as a white dude) is the night sky. All those little white dots with all that black around them. That is what Obama will turn America into.
    [re=32899]PrairiePossum[/re]: Then the fatz would have problem with him.
    [re=32902]jagorev[/re]: I have the same issue with the perjorative use of “asshole.” It’s a useful thing; without it, one would have to either vomit or sweat shit in order to not go toxic with one’s own waste.

  17. And I thought the dude who got pissed at the use of “niggardly” was stupid. This does underscore the radiancy of Bush’s NCLB Act which was hatched by the brilliant minds of the Texas school systems… which is a blackass hole, not to be confused with the black asshole who was upset about the use of the term “black hole.”

  18. Speaking of Astronomical Ignorance, forgive a snippet of Wiki:

    However, the most widely known version appears in Stephen Hawking’s 1988 book A Brief History of Time, which starts:
    “ A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

  19. …and yet Limp Bizkit said “Chocolate Starfish” with immunity.

    [re=32896]Botswana Meat Commission FC[/re]: Fo’ realz. They make me want to bump some BDP.

  20. “In all honesty, though, what worries me (as a white dude) is the night sky. All those little white dots with all that black around them. That is what Obama will turn America into.”

    It’s all in the interpretation [re=32929]RaptorAvatar[/re]: I see a nurturing warm blanket of blackness, protecting the white baby lights who possess all the monergy. Ebony and ivory, live together in perfect irony.

  21. We all need to replace every reference to black with “the absence of color.” For example, I ordered pens the other day at work, and wrote down “one box blue ink and one box the absence of color ink.”

    I also ordered caucasian-out.

  22. [re=32942]Brutus Harlot[/re]: Def: Black is the lack of all colors of light, or an exhaustive combination of multiple colors of pigment.

    So the definition is not as black and white as you have portrayed. It depends on what the definition of “hole” is…

  23. Hmm…maybe I’ve spent too much time with the DC City council, but sounds as if the real problem is that the Dallas staffing budget for central collections is far too niggardly.

  24. Well thank God this incident didn’t occur in the state where 90% of our country’s school text books are printed….oh…wait…

    Well, what does it matter if we never make it to Mars. Our racial trancedence will help us adjust to our new Chinese overlords.

  25. [re=32902]jagorev[/re]: Yes, I know. Mine’s really quite charming. He’s always quoting T.S. Eliot and cracking wise about the latest Broadway show.

  26. Oh, what the fuck *now*?

    Let ’em all shove it up the ‘event horizon’. (NB: the event horizon is formed when the radius of an object is less than the Schwarzschild radius, named after Karl Schwarzschild ‘black sign/child?’ Not related to the ‘black’ in ‘black hole’, but, you know, portentous. Ah, fuck it.)

  27. [re=32968]Lorax[/re]: Damn you! I scrolled down the whole damn page and not one ‘niggardly’ until you popped up…you win this round.

  28. [re=32953]Q2[/re]: Ummm, I don’t think so. I think, could be wrong, that white is a color which is the result of mixing the primary colors. Hence, the ability to separate “white” light into its component parts via refraction.

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