March 25, 2004


A spokesman for that snowboarding swearmouth from Massachusetts employs a familiar-sounding Kerry defence:

The Sen. John Kerry team seems more than a mite embarrassed the presidential wannabe cursed out a Secret Service agent as "that son of a bitch" after colliding with him while snowboarding last week. Asked if that's appropriate language, Kerry's spokesman, Michael Meehan, tried to wriggle out of answering on Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes." Quoth Meehan: "I don't know. I wasn't there ... it's a hypothetical I'm not interested in ... I wasn't there. Were you?" Nope, but the report of Kerry's trash talk came from the ABC News field producer who was there and appeared in the New York Times (though with the expletive deleted).

Unless you were actually there -- either in Vietnam, or on the deadly stumble-slopes of snowy Idaho -- you really can't understand the horrors John Kerry has known. By the way, how come the NYT deleted Kerry’s expletive? It’s not as though the phrase is banned in the Times’ pages.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 25, 2004 12:23 PM

That NYT link had the start of a story "The 14 year old hitman" - Would you be able to pay him youth wages instead of the normal fee, or is he on some sort of apprenticeship scheme?

Posted by: atilla at March 25, 2004 at 01:13 PM

"Actually being there" would be a new and difficult standard for the New York Times. Just ask Jayson Blair, the NYT reporter who forged travel documents to "report" on the news.

Evidently the NYT dropped Kerry's expletive in sympathy of Kerry’s trauma suffered from abandoning his heroic command after just four months of service. Somebody else had to finish the job while Kerry served as an admiral's aid back in the states.

Posted by: perfectsense at March 25, 2004 at 01:55 PM

Lucky for Kerry that he didn't say that the agent is a major league asshole. The press would try to ruin his entire campaign.

Posted by: anon at March 25, 2004 at 02:01 PM

Q: How many Vietnam vets does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: You don't know, man! You weren't there!

Posted by: dorkafork at March 25, 2004 at 03:07 PM

Since when the hell has "bitch" been a swear word anyway? It sure as hell wasn't back when I was learning my swear words in the third grade. And what the hell is this about "cunt" being the sweariest of all swears? In my day it was "fuck". "Cunt" didn't even come close.

It seems to me that the character of our swear words has been changed by feminists who want to complain about shit. I'm sick to death of namby-pamby cuntrag bitches who want to pretend that "bitch" is a swear word.

Posted by: Jorge at March 25, 2004 at 03:26 PM

Totally, Jorge...

who cares?

Geez Tim, slow blog day?

Posted by: Adam at March 25, 2004 at 03:39 PM

Totally, Jorge...

who cares?

Geez Tim, slow blog day?

Posted by: Adam at March 25, 2004 at 03:41 PM

Lighten up dork, try this. How many Kerry vets does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the lightbulb, 4 to drive the boat around in circles leaving kerry free to get a Purple Heart. That adds up to 5 1/2.

Posted by: Mike H. at March 25, 2004 at 04:28 PM

Swearing aint all that bad. If a politician says he never swears, then that is just a comment on his honesty. He should parade his foul mouth with pride, heh.

Posted by: Scottie at March 25, 2004 at 09:03 PM

"By the way, how come the NYT deleted Kerry’s expletive?"

Maybe they wanted us to think it was a worse swear word than it was, making Mr. Kerry seem more "manly" than he normally does. I mean, I come up with better than that when someone cuts me off on the turnpike.

Posted by: birdwoman at March 26, 2004 at 01:12 AM

"It's a hypothetical I'm not interested in."???? No, it's not a hypothetical, it actually happened. Great new avoidance tactic. "Senator Kerry, what are your thoughts on the assassination meeting you attended in 1971?" "That's a hypothetical I'm not interested in."

Posted by: David at March 26, 2004 at 02:51 AM

From what I've read John F() Kerry was snowboarding on a GREEN slope, i.e., what used to be called a "bunny slope." I thought maybe he'd be snowboarding up in avalanche territory, like the big dogs.

Posted by: George at March 26, 2004 at 03:17 AM

Why did the NYT delete Kerry's expletive?

Because it doesn't fit the mold they've shoved him into of the patrician Massachusetts nuance-meister so they're pretending to think that if they pretend to be too delicate to print it, some of that fake declicacy will rub off on Kerry.


Posted by: Brian Jones at March 26, 2004 at 05:12 AM