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Stillwater asks that festival name be changed because of 'vulgar reference'
Twin Cities ^ | 01/23/2014 | Mary Divine

Posted on 01/24/2014 12:34:04 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

After word got out this week that the new summer festival in downtown Stillwater would be called Stillwater Log Jam, a resident contacted Mayor Ken Harycki.

Now, city officials are asking The Locals, the group planning the music and family festival, to consider another name.

"The city has concerns over the name that was chosen," Harycki said Thursday. "We were made aware -- how can I put this delicately? -- that the name was a vulgar reference that we would prefer not to have associated with a family event in the city. We don't want to be the laughingstock of the nation."

City Administrator Larry Hansen emailed festival organizer Cassie McLemore on Thursday afternoon with the city's request. "Somebody brought it to our attention that it could be construed (in a sexual way), and we've asked them to consider changing the name," Hansen said.

McLemore said The Locals -- who announced the festival's name Tuesday night -- do not plan to change the name. She said the name was in the group's proposal that the Stillwater City Council approved last fall.

"Oh my Lord," McLemore said. "Honestly, I mean how ridiculous do you have to be? Are we 14-year-old boys? Seriously. Ninety-nine percent of the people, that wouldn't even cross their minds. Why make a mountain out of a molehill? I think we're just a little too sensitive."

The Locals tried to lease the name "Lumberjack Days" from the nonprofit Lumberjack Days Festival Association, which has had a service mark on the name since 1994, but couldn't reach an agreement, McLemore said.

"We can't sit around and wait," she said. "We need to have a website, we need to have social media. ... 'Stillwater Log Jam' was the name that was proposed at our presentation to city council, and we never heard anything negative from the city about the name until today."

Stillwater Log Jam fits the history of the city, McLemore said. "We were a logging community; there were log jams; and 'jam' kind of goes with the name of a festival. There's a big mural of a log jam painted on a building in downtown Stillwater.

"Honestly, you can turn anything in a sexual meaning," she said. "There's probably something called The Lumberjack, too."


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Always check the Urban Dictionary.
1 posted on 01/24/2014 12:34:04 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

And no, I didn’t check it either. I have no idea, nor do I care why creepy little meat slappers took an ordinary name and sexed it up.

I agree with McLemore. Call it the Logjam and ignore any creeps who get the giggles.


2 posted on 01/24/2014 12:37:17 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

urban.....dictionary.....in Stillwater?


3 posted on 01/24/2014 12:37:29 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wait one while I get my popcorn........


4 posted on 01/24/2014 12:39:46 PM PST by onona (The entitlement army doesn’t vote for candidates, they vote for gravy.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Lumberjack days” is owned by someone?
how stupid to have to ask permission to use such a common expression


5 posted on 01/24/2014 12:40:04 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Honestly, you can turn anything in a sexual meaning," she said. "There's probably something called The Lumberjack, too."


6 posted on 01/24/2014 12:40:30 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Log Jam” can refer to something sexual? Sounds like I [really] don’t wanna know.


7 posted on 01/24/2014 12:41:23 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Until I read this, I wasn’t aware that a log jam had anything to do with anything other than the logging industry. And I’m not sure I want to know its other meaning.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 12:41:25 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Seriously???


9 posted on 01/24/2014 12:42:35 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Oh my Lord," McLemore said. "Honestly, I mean how ridiculous do you have to be? Are we 14-year-old boys? Seriously. Ninety-nine percent of the people, that wouldn't even cross their minds. Why make a mountain out of a molehill? I think we're just a little too sensitive."

Couldn't agree more!

10 posted on 01/24/2014 12:44:25 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve been traumatized by looking up “teabagging,” I don’t even want to know what a log jam is.


11 posted on 01/24/2014 12:44:36 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Still Thinking; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Nobody's ever written a song about real pain before...


12 posted on 01/24/2014 12:45:05 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve never heard of “log jam” being used for any sort of sexual reference. Other than a pile of logs in a waterway, the only other meaning for “log jam” that I can think of would be an obstruction to entering, or “logging in” to a computer program or online site requiring a username and password.


13 posted on 01/24/2014 12:47:19 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Responsibility2nd
Let me guess.

Just like the perfectly nice words "gay" and "teabag," the homos took over some word and gave it an ugly sexually-deviant connotation, and now we are no longer allowed to use it except in an ugly, sexually-deviant context.

14 posted on 01/24/2014 12:48:21 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it and at whom it is aimed.”— Joseph Sta)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Is Stillwater prison in Stillwater? Do the inmates get to attend...?


15 posted on 01/24/2014 12:49:20 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Responsibility2nd
We don't want to be the laughingstock of the nation.

Good luck with that now.

16 posted on 01/24/2014 12:49:26 PM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: Drango

from someone named Hairycheeky


17 posted on 01/24/2014 12:49:32 PM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They should switch the whole thing around. Focus on something less controversial — like candy. They could call it “fudge packing days”.


18 posted on 01/24/2014 12:49:47 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Here in KY, we have cornhole tournaments, everyone sniggers and no one gives a damn, nor has anyone ever suggested it be called something else.

I long for the days of a less “sensitive” America. When condoms were called by their real name....rubbers.


19 posted on 01/24/2014 12:50:51 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thanks to creative euphamisming almost every phrase in the English language has been used as a sexual reference, can’t be avoided.


20 posted on 01/24/2014 12:50:58 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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