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Having to work to be offended
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, December 07, 2006

One good thing about San Francisco (other than being a beautiful city), is it provides us more to talk about than just about any other city given some of the stories that come out of that place:
A marketing campaign to promote milk by outfitting San Francisco bus shelters with cookie-scented cardboard strips has crumbled. City officials ordered CBS Outdoor, the company that holds the advertising contract for its bus shelters, to remove the adhesive strips just one day after they were put up as part of a "Got Milk?" campaign. The Municipal Transportation Agency said some residents expressed concern over potential allergic reactions, while others complained the ads could be offensive to the poor and homeless who can't afford to buy sweet treats.
Now I'm dubious about the "allergic reaction" nonsense, but, you know, not knowing for sure, I'll let it slide. Not enough info.

But "offensive to the poor"? That is nonsense on stilts.

I suppose they'll order all Mercedes advertising stripped from public places as well.
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wait, wait... I thought SF was a liberal paradise? So doesn’t that mean that there are no poor people there? Here I figured the only thing keeping anyone poor was the cabal of mean, evil, and stupid conservatives/libertarians/etc., and if they’d just realize the error of their ways, all poverty would disappear.

And there would be no crime. Or war.

And everyone would get a free moon pony.
Written By: kevin
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And the aliens would decide were were ready for their teachings...

All I care about is, does the cookie smell have 0 trans fat?
Written By: josh b
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Well, as someone on a diet, I can attest that this commercial venture was OFFENSIVE! Can NO ONE think of the feelings of waistline-enhanced and our perennial struggles against Mega-Technic Corporate Crony Capitalism’s Evil and Risky Schemes to Poison Us With High-Calorie Trans-fats, all at the cost of raping Mother Gaia and Oppressing Gays, Lesbians, the Transgendered, the Poor, and People of Colour all the whilst creating disastrous Global Climate Change and enriching the Robber-Barons of Haliburton?
Written By: Joe
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What about the smell of the homeless? That offends ME!
Written By: josh b
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What about the smell of the homeless? That offends ME!
Your statement is OFFENSIVE, it reveals an utter lack of compassion and reveals your petit bourgeois concept of "scent," reafying the concept "scent" in it’s classical Capitalist sense, when the reality is that ALL scents have an equal validity, it is only the hegemonic concepts of good and bad scent that de-legitimitizes the odours of the homeless. In fact your statement reveals yourself to be nothing more than a hegemonic exploiter of the poor and voiceless within our society. Realize that to "Stink" is to strike a blow for the Revolution!
Written By: Joe
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Damn Joe, that was so classic, You must have a job in academics, That was a bona-fide lefty rant if I ever saw one.
Written By: kyle N
Thank you KyleN I like to think my many years in the Grove of Academe were not wasted. I may not received my PhD but I learned the cant, at least....
Written By: Joe
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Well what kind of cookie was it? An Oreo? I can see how the blacks may get offended. Gingerbread snap? I can see how the gays could get offended. A macaroon? I can see how the Jews would be offended. Sugar cookie? No, the kids are already too obese as it is. Chips Ahoy? No, it evokes images of the Navy, can’t have that. Oatmeal Raisin? Those just plain s*ck.

Written By: shark
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"Your statement is OFFENSIVE, it reveals...."

Do you give lessons?

"Well what kind of cookie was it?"

It was probably peanut butter. I detest peanut butter cookies.
Written By: timactual
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What about the smell of the homeless? That offends ME!
You, sir are summarily required to appear before Judge Sarokin in a New Jersey court. According to Judge Sarokin, a darling of the Clinton administration, said"If we wish to shield our eyes and noses from the homeless, we should revoke their condition, not their library cards,’ Sarokin said in his decision.
This year President Clinton and the U.S. Senate took Kreimer’s side in the dispute. Clinton nominated Judge Sarokin to the U.S. Court of Appeals, where he is expected to be easily confirmed.
And Josh, I’m not serious.
Written By: tom scott
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Well what about the poor and homeless who cannot afford to ride the bus? Perhaps the city should remove the bus shelters as well...
Written By: Paul
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Well what about the poor and homeless who cannot afford to ride the bus? Perhaps the city should remove the bus shelters as well...

Oh Purblind Fool...Public Transit is a RIGHT. There should be NO bus fares, for the poor....the Rich and the Exploiters, and yes you probably are one, must be made to give back to the community in the form of taxes and user fees to support Mass Transit. Quite possibly your cars confiscated and a steep bike tax enacted to force you to use Busses, where upon we would expect you to pay the fare of the poor and homeless IN ADDITION TO YOUR OWN FARE.

I tell you, I am switching sides, THIS side is MUCH easier to might lead to the death of Civl Society, Economic and Social Chaos, but it sure is easier to argue.
Written By: Joe
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Hey dont diss the other side too much....

Written By: josh b
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josh B Kewl, but what does the pony do? Dispense Guinness beer, single malt scotch, hook me up with Jodie Foster or Jamie Lee Curtis (OK, I’m old I think that they’e still Teh Hawt), what?
Written By: Joe
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