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Incendiary Stupidity or Killing Incivility

01/20/2011 Comments (26)

The following has been redacted for your own safety.

The other day I was

killing time at Target. I overheard two guys shooting the breeze about the new civility. You know, the words and phrases we are no longer allowed to say because it might trigger

a crazy person to do something, well crazy.

One guy, a real

straight shooter, then complained that the media had really jumped the gun in declaring victims of the recent shooting dead saying “It must have killed family members to hear such things.” The other agreed and attributed it to the media just gunning for ratings.

Another guy,

all up in arms, walked up and started shooting off at the mouth saying “Its all Sarah Palin’s fault!”  The first guy shot him down saying, “You are just aiming to score political points off of a tragedy.”  But the guy wouldn’t back off and the battle lines

were drawn.

Now I was minding my own business, keeping my

sights on a box of Cap’n Crunch.  Wishing to avoid getting caught in the crossfire, I set my aim on the checkout counter.  But the second guy remained calm and friendly and tried to explain to him why he wasn’t firing on all cylinders. But then the angry guy marched off past me shooting daggers

in my direction.

The the first guy turned to the second guy and said “Boy, he was real

pistol

, huh?”

“Yeah.  And boy is he

dead

wrong.”

End Redaction

Seriously, I would like to apologize for the above. We are trying to get away from using that kind of language. We won’t always be perfect, so hold us accountable when we don’t meet your standards.

I have to go now.  I think I have beat this point to death.

Oh. Snap!

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.