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Barbara Walters Defends Bill Maher Calling Trig Palin “Retarded”
life news ^ | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 06/18/2013 12:41:52 PM PDT by Morgana

As NewsBusters reported last week, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin called out vulgarian comedian Bill Maher for referring to her Down Syndrome son Trig as “retarded.”

On ABC’s The View Monday, co-host Barbara Walters astonishingly defended Maher saying, “I don’t think he intended it to be mean-spirited” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: At a recent standup show in Las Vegas, comedian Bill Maher apparently called Sarah Palin’s five-year-old developmentally-challenged son Trig retarded. And Sarah blasted him on Twitter as a bully. Is that, is it, is he a bully? Is he a bad, what is he?

BARBARA WALTERS: Can I address that?

GOLDBERG: Absolutely.

WALTERS: Okay. [Takes deep breath.] I had an older sister named Jackie. I named my baby after her. You can see her, there am I with all the feathers, there’s my father. There’s my sister. She passed away. All our life my sister was called retarded. That was the term. It was a derogatory term. But that was the term. Then it was changed to mentally-challenged. I’m happy about that. I think it was very hard for my sister and very hard for me even to this day to say, as I often had to, I have a retarded sister. My sister is retarded, and mentally challenged. There are physically challenged, whatever. I’m very grateful that it has changed. But there are people who don’t know that, and they use the word retarded.

ELISABETH HASSELBECK: Do you think Bill Maher is one of those?

WALTERS: I don’t know, I don’t. I think that, you know, unless you’re a little more familiar, you don’t even know the term mentally challenged.

HASSELBECK: So you don’t think Bill Maher meant harm in calling Trig retarded?

SHERRI SHEPHERD: I also want to know what was he joking about that he had to even bring Trig up.

WALTERS: I don’t know. There are comedians, we have other things here. We have comedians who say, “Oh well, you know, I’m being funny.” Do I think it was unfortunate that he did it? Yes, I do. Do I, do I think he realized what it was? No, I don’t. I mean, I don’t think he intended it to be mean-spirited. He likes to take on Sarah Palin, a lot of people do. She can fight back. And she did. And I’m glad she did.

GOLDBERG: You know, I think that we, society took the word “retarded” and made it into something derogatory. I think we made it a bad word by utilizing, well because we turned it into, you know, something that you call somebody to make them feel bad, to feel different. And I think we, you know, and as we have changed it into developmentally-challenged, you know, we, society has that…

HASSELBECK: We’re in 2013, right?

WALTERS: Retarded means, retard means slow. What it meant was the person was slow.

HASSELBECK: I think there’s not a person on this earth right now who has a sense of mercy and love and understanding who wouldn’t go to a group of people or in front of an audience, perhaps, and not know that that would maybe make someone feel bad. So I think it’s odd that we would give any person, namely the person we mentioned before, the benefit of the doubt. I feel that that’s really generous.

WALTERS: I wish that everybody were as enlightened as you. Believe me they are not.

GOLDBERG: I wasn’t giving anybody the benefit of the doubt. I was saying to Barbara, because she said it was derogatory, and she didn’t realize it. But that she realized it early on. And I’m saying when I was a kid, it wasn’t derogatory. We turned it into something that is so sort of crappy, that you know, we have to keep an eye on this because t’s our responsibility to watch out for that you know.

WALTERS: When I was a kid, and this is what I’m talking about, when my sister was a kid for many, many years, it was a derogatory and painful remark. Okay?

As NewsBusters has been reporting the contortions liberal media members that eviscerated George W. Bush for warrantless wiretaps have been exhibiting in support of Barack Obama’s far more intrusive domestive surveillance, here too was such hypocrisy on display.

This seems particularly absurd of Walters to defend Maher given her sister’s impairment.

Surely Walters knows that Maher has been attacking the Palin family for years.

He’s called Sarah the C-word, a “dumb twat,” and said she would “f–k” Rick Perry if he was black. Maher’s also gone after Palin’s daughter Bristol on several occasions.

So why would anyone in their right mind – especially someone that had a mentally-challenged sister – believe Maher didn’t intend to be mean-spirited?

Honestly, this was not one of Walters’ finer moments. She could have made a nice statement – especially someone with her family background – by coming down on this innocent child being the butt of anyone’s jokes.

But no. She had to defend this disgusting man who’s gotten rich viciously attacking folks whose political views he disagrees with.

And what about all that talk about the kids of politicians being off limits?

Sadly, what we’ve learned is that such children are only protected if their parents are Democrats.

Republicans’ kids?

Be my guest. I’m sure it’s just a joke that wasn’t intended to be mean-spirited.


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I used to admire Barbara Wha Wha. Not so much anymore.
1 posted on 06/18/2013 12:41:52 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Liberals always find way to rationalize trashing Conservatives..so Babs is saying that Maher did not understand what the word “Retard” meant..fine, two can play at that game..Rush Limbaugh should go on his show and say that he takes back his apology to Sandra Fluke, he had no idea what “Slut” meant, he was just making a joke..lets see how liberals like them apples


2 posted on 06/18/2013 12:45:24 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Morgana

The word “retarded” did not carry the stigma it does today when Bawbwah was growing-up. Back during the Civil War.

Is she gonna use that logic to defend use of the N-word next???


3 posted on 06/18/2013 12:46:12 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Morgana

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Whoopi, many folks do not know it’s Not Proper to use the “N” word, because that’s what they use to call folks,not Black people So why don’t we give those people a break too!! Let’s Be Generous!!


4 posted on 06/18/2013 12:46:57 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: Morgana

OK, here goes...
The whole Stoooopid group on The View is RETARDED!!!!
There, I said it.....


5 posted on 06/18/2013 12:49:30 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Morgana
Barbara Walters is a DUMB TWAT!
6 posted on 06/18/2013 12:50:26 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Morgana

I would love for Todd Palin to just beat the crap out of Maher.


7 posted on 06/18/2013 12:52:03 PM PDT by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: Morgana

Sorry to say, but Palin should have applauded Maher for not surrendering his freedom of speech to liberal political correctness. Conservatives need to pay attention here and not get sucked into the liberal game of denouncing people for uttering ‘hate speech’.

Free speech means exactly what it says and I won’t trade it for PC speech any day of the week. Nor should anyone else.


8 posted on 06/18/2013 12:52:48 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"The word “retarded” did not carry the stigma it does today when Bawbwah was growing-up."

Right. Prior to "retarded" the accepted term was "imbecile". Then imbecile was regarded as having negative connotations so the term "retarded" started being used as the more neutral term. Then "retarded" started being considered negative so the current "intellectually challenged" started being used. It seems that whatever term is being used, as soon its meaning becomes widely understood it is considered as negative.

9 posted on 06/18/2013 12:54:05 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Morgana
I used to admire Barbara Wha Wha. Not so much anymore.
For what? Being a lying leftist skank who has spread her legs for half the population in D.C. or New York over the last 50 years?
10 posted on 06/18/2013 12:54:08 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“The word “retarded” did not carry the stigma it does today when Bawbwah was growing-up.”

If it never carried a stigma then why did one of the Kennedys lock one of their own in an institution under without telling the public?


11 posted on 06/18/2013 12:54:20 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

The bigger part of this is.. Maher should have his guts stomped out for derisively mentioning Trig in a comedy bit. Nothing’s ever off-limits when it comes to the family members of conservatives to these people. What an obnoxious a**hole.


12 posted on 06/18/2013 12:55:12 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Morgana

If I ever saw two less qualified to make a statement about retards, Baba Wawa and Whoopi are those two.

They are too stupid to be called idiots.


13 posted on 06/18/2013 12:56:39 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Maceman

“Dumb Twat” as has been defined by Bill Maher, what an F’ng loser that POS is.

Please don’t ban me . . .


14 posted on 06/18/2013 12:56:56 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: dainbramaged

Back in the day she was actually a half decent news reporter.

Since she got on “The View” however I have lost all respect for her. Like someone said everyone of them on the “View” is retarded.


15 posted on 06/18/2013 12:57:13 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: MissTed

Nailed It!!!!


16 posted on 06/18/2013 12:57:38 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Morgana

Todd Palin has shown remarkable dignity and forebearance as his wife and kids have been attacked by liberals.... I could not blame him one iota if he finally flew off the handle and pounded the sh*t out of one them.


17 posted on 06/18/2013 12:58:28 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: ScottinVA

one *of* them


18 posted on 06/18/2013 12:59:33 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: MissTed

I was too quick with my reply . . . “I would love for Todd Palin to just beat the crap out of Maher.” I would pay major dollars to watch thata!


19 posted on 06/18/2013 12:59:42 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Morgana

““I don’t think he intended it to be mean-spirited”

Is she stupid or just liberal (or am I being redundant)? He meant it in the nastiest way possible.


20 posted on 06/18/2013 12:59:50 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: ScottinVA

Right there with you ScottinVA!!


21 posted on 06/18/2013 1:00:48 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: ScottinVA

Todd Palin would be one of my top choices for not getting pounded by.


22 posted on 06/18/2013 1:01:10 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: circlecity

Obozo, through an executive order, removed the use of the term “retarded” and replaced it with “Intellectual Disability”. This is what we are using in assessing student’s IQ for anyone with an IQ score of 70 or below, combined with adaptive skill deficits.


23 posted on 06/18/2013 1:04:18 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: MeganC

Along with that free speech should be Todd’s right to beat Maher’s ass if he is offended. You cannot yell fire in a theater you should not be able to deride someone without consequence from that person (or parent).


24 posted on 06/18/2013 1:05:11 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: circlecity
Imbecile is a specific IQ range. The wide range earlier term for mentally challenged was “feeble minded”.
25 posted on 06/18/2013 1:06:37 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: ScottinVA

I want Maher or someone to make a racial, derogatory, or sexual joke about the CiC kids and see what happens.


26 posted on 06/18/2013 1:06:49 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Morgana

back in barbara’s day if you were a woman you slept your way up the corporate ladder - like she did. today that’s just being the empowered office slut.


27 posted on 06/18/2013 1:06:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Fidel is her one true love.


28 posted on 06/18/2013 1:07:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

I’ve seen a lot of discussion of this issue, but very few specifics.

I think it’s pretty clear that the word was used and intended to be used, to be hurtful. HOW hurtful it was depends entirely on the context.

So why don’t we get to see the context?


29 posted on 06/18/2013 1:08:14 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: rhubarbk

Put it on pay per view and all proceeds go to Sarah’s campaign. She’d out raise moron boy 2 to 1. Ooops moron might be a bad word.


30 posted on 06/18/2013 1:08:44 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Morgana

I still use the word retarded and I am not PC and don’t care. However, Mahler was using this to attack and insult a small child to get at a politician (Sarah Palin). Mahler is a turdburger shit-for-brains, used condom F***wad to be polite.


31 posted on 06/18/2013 1:10:02 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Morgana

Babaweewee is retarded. I don’t know the words mentally challenged, as they relate to Babaweewee.


32 posted on 06/18/2013 1:12:10 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: pax_et_bonum
Todd Palin would be one of my top choices for not getting pounded by

Sarah could beat me like a rented mule and I would die happy.

33 posted on 06/18/2013 1:13:50 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: Morgana

Another word trap. If a liberal says something ignorant, it’s OK. If a normal person says the same thing, the person is branded racist/sexist/homophobe/headchopperphobe/


34 posted on 06/18/2013 1:14:07 PM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: circlecity
“Mentally Retarded” was the professional term we used when I/we psychologically tested anyone, children or adults. If their IQ was in the “Mentally Retarded” range, that was the diagnosis. Those words mean nothing derogatory to me and I used them when appropriate. Politically Mentally Challenged means Mentally Retarded. Shish.

In elementary school, in days before now, the good readers might be the “Red Birds” and the poor readers were the “Blue Birds”, but the students knew Blue Birds meant they couldn't read worth diddly. Then, maybe the names were changed and good readers were “Blue Birds” and poor readers were “Red Birds” - but it didn't matter, all the students knew which group could read “good” and which couldn't.

In testing, “Manic Depressive” was the term/diagnosis we used. Now, it's “Bipolar” and it seems everyone wants to be one of those - “I'm Bipolar - isn't that great!”, which is still “Manic Depressive” by another name. There are few people who actually are Manic Depressive or Bipolar. Shesh.

35 posted on 06/18/2013 1:14:38 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: Morgana
Oh, and I want to ask Whoopi Goldberg if black or African-American means a black person is caucasianlly-challenged.

Or is my question dumb and insensitive? And if Maher called her caucasianlly-challenged, would she be offended?
36 posted on 06/18/2013 1:15:29 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Morgana

GOLDBERG: You know, I think that we, society took the word “retarded” and made it into something derogatory. I think we made it a bad word by utilizing, well because we turned it into, you know, something that you call somebody to make them feel bad, to feel different. And I think we, you know, and as we have changed it into developmentally-challenged, you know, we, society has that…

Whoopi you mean like the word Negro? Because like quite literally, that is what you are. Yet, the Negroes found that to be offensive, so it has morphed over the years, out of respect to........anything but Negro. Let Bill Maher call you a Negro and see how that plays. What a bunch of hypocrites.


37 posted on 06/18/2013 1:16:07 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Buckeye McFrog

i like the word, “retarded”... it is a good word when used correctly... i loathe that society takes perfectly good words and makes them taboo... words that i allow my kids to use as long as they use them meaningfully are: retarded, idiot, stupid, queer, ass, damn, and every now and then they get away with using the word, “shit,” depending on the context...


38 posted on 06/18/2013 1:18:18 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: MeganC

I agree! We as a society need to stop banning perfectly good words simply because some find them offensive...


39 posted on 06/18/2013 1:20:46 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: MissTed
I would love for Todd Palin to just beat the crap out of Maher.

Pay for view, monies go to a pro-life charity, I am in...

40 posted on 06/18/2013 1:21:51 PM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: Sarah Barracuda
The point is this:

It offends Sarah Palin. It hurts her and her family.

In spite of what those witches at The View may think, Sarah is a human being who never hurt them in any way.

So they took it upon themselves to hurt another human being. And they did it intentionally.

Bad, bad karma.

They will get theirs a thousandfold.

I hope and pray I live to see it.

41 posted on 06/18/2013 1:33:32 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was right (again)!)
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To: chesty_puller

Heck, I’d walk over hot coals barefoot to kiss her hand. (with Todd’s permission of course)


42 posted on 06/18/2013 1:34:48 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: eCSMaster

Sarah is a mother first, she loves her children..if she can’t even defend her own child than whats the point..Those who say that Sarah should not have said anything are wrong, its not even the word “Retard” that disgusted Sarah Palin, it was whose mouth it was coming out from, Bill Maher has said disgusting, vile things about the Palin family and the Palin children..and whats even remotely funny about saying such a vile thing about a little boy who has done NOTHING to deserve it..Trig will never be able to google(or bing) his own name because if he does he will see those disgusting things said about him..that is what this child has had to deal with.
Karma is a well, ya know..and the ones who trash this beautiful child will get whats coming to them one day, may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually karma gets em


43 posted on 06/18/2013 1:40:40 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: MissTed

I would love for Todd Palin to just beat the crap out of Maher.

I would love to see Sarah Palin bit*h slap the loser!


44 posted on 06/18/2013 1:53:01 PM PDT by Isabel2010
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To: Morgana

45 posted on 06/18/2013 2:12:55 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

[[Is she gonna use that logic to defend use of the N-word next???]]

Yep- when the left ‘comics’ attack black folks o nthe right- she will defend it-


46 posted on 06/18/2013 2:17:55 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Morgana

It is as nuanced as the libs that called Sarah Palin a c**t during the 2008 election cycle. Some of those same Democrats called Hillary Clinton a b***h as she challenged the Golden Child for the Democrat presidential nomination.

Identity politics only matters when you serve The Party.

Liberalism is a Stalinist lie.


47 posted on 06/18/2013 2:23:53 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: eCSMaster

perhaps Sarah should call the ‘women’ on the view the C word like bill did to her- Say somethign liek “I could care less what those pathetic @#$%$#$ say” and see how those ‘ladies’ like it when they are attacked liek that- Bet they fall all to pieces


48 posted on 06/18/2013 2:24:08 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Morgana

I wonder how conflicted Babs would be if Maher had made a cryptic comment about her daughter being adopted.


49 posted on 06/18/2013 2:29:06 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: chicagolady
My thoughts exactly.

They will find any excuse to defend Maher, but we know had the shoe been on the other foot, and Palin had used "retarded" in regards to anyone's child, they would be skewering her big time.

I had a brother that had cerebral palsy, and we knew enough to dignify his life with anything demeaning. I get the term retarded can mean many things, but in front of others you have to show class when speaking about others.

50 posted on 06/18/2013 2:32:40 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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