Political correctness, terminology, and being retarded

I recieved a comment recently from a fan (although I’m not sure if they will still be one after they read this) that took exception to my use of the word “retard” to describe some of the people I deal with on a daily basis.

Short Answer: Deal with it, I’m using retard.  Sorry that you are offended by it.  The site is the ANGRY pharmacist.  If you want political correctness this is not the place to go.  I’m not going to censor or take into consideration the 2% of the population that I might offend using the word ‘Retard’ on a site that is dedicated to venting about the public.  Even then, they themselves probably would not take offense, but people who want to be offended for them.

Long Answer: 
Being all gushy and PC about stuff like this really bugs the hell out of me, so I decided to make a rant about it.  There are a bunch of people who want the word “Retarded” stricken from the English language as a reference to someone who is diagnosed with Mental RETARDation (because the two obviously arent related).  They want to be called “Learners with Exceptionalities” or “Mentally Challenged”.  Yeah, lets call cancer “Abnormal Tissue Growth” – AIDS “Immunology Challenged” and schitzophrenia “Socially Unacceptable Thought Processes”  so we might not offend the people with that either. 

The world is not going to cater and wrap everything in foam and bubble-wrap for you.  Dont try to candy-coat something that is a serious issue.  Mental Retardation is not something that you can just put fancy/huggy words to make it “less offensive” and have it magically be somehow “better”.  I would be MORE insulted by people trying to side-step my condition rather than just call it what it is.  Just say what it is rather than trying not to offend me by blowing smoke up my ass.  A duck is a fucking duck, not some huggy words that I cant think of right now that would describe a duck.  Which brings me to my next point.

Just because I use a word on here does NOT mean that I’m using it in reference to a particular person, class of people, or your crazy uncle (whoops, i meant mentally abnormal uncle).  Nor does it mean that I am putting down a certain class of people.  You would think that some common sense would be implied here since you are reading this from a site called ‘The ANGRY Pharmacist’, but some people would be surprised to see naked boobs and cock on site called ‘HOT TEENS EAT BUTTHOLE’.

In closing, I’m sorry that you were offended, and as someone who (for a living) puts more medication into blister packs for people who are diagnosed with Mental RETARDation than you can shake a stick at (and also sorts them out when they punch out ALL the pills) you can rest soundly knowing that I think political correct terms for things are retarded.  Hey, at least they aren’t called Invalid’s anymore.

Here is a really good post on the issue I found on the LiveJournals.  You can find the original here: http://hardvice.livejournal.com/157411.html

There’s a reason you aren’t offended: because people who are offended by humour suck.

Seriously,
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: when someone tells a joke
that’s potentially offensive and you laugh, you’re either laughing at
the humour (the timing, the unexpected punchline, the fact that it’s
taboo) or the content (rape, murder, racism, sexism, etc.)

For
me, I assume people are laughing at the humour and not laughing at the
content. Why? Because there’s nothing genuinely funny about any of the
content. Racism itself isn’t funny, but racist jokes can be–and
people’s indignant reactions to them even more so.

However, when
someone draws a line–that is to say, when someone has a “sacred cow”,
like “racist jokes are funny but jokes about rape aren’t”, then I have
to assume that they’re not laughing at the humour. Otherwise, they’d
realise that both are funny. That leaves me with the intolerable belief
that they’re laughing at the content of the racist jokes.

The
minute you draw a line or decide that some subjects are just not
appropriate for humour, you’re saying that subject is somehow more
important than all the stuff you laughed at. It’s a definite implied
value judgment–AIDS jokes aren’t funny because AIDS is serious, but
jokes about rape are funny because rape somehow doesn’t matter.
Moreover, you’re saying that racist jokes are funny because racism is
funny, etc. These are not the sort of people I care to share a laugh
with.

It’s the same philosophy Trey Parker and Matt Stone
follow. They’ve said over and over again with South Park that the
minute they decide something is off limits, then everything else
they’ve ever done becomes offensive.

In other words, be proud
and happy that you don’t have a “sensitive” issue. It means you’re not
a fucktard. Part of the reason I try to offend the offendable is that I
hope some day they’ll learn this lesson and join us on the side of
humour for humour’s sake.

Oh you silly internet people!

For all of you out there who thought that my posts yesterday was an April fools joke, guess again.  Its real.

Just kidding.

I must say, all of this was TAestP’s idea.  We started planning this close to a month ago.  However the part about me getting him fired was 100% pure asshole me.

However there was one causality of war in this whole setup.  On 3/17 The Blonde Pharmacist made a post about Angry vs The Angriest.  I must say, both TAestP and myself used that as a springboard to setup what we pulled yesterday.  I mean her timing was so delicious cake-like that Angriest emailed me asking if I had something to do with it.  Blonde, we’re sorry that your post made it appear to ignite the war between us.  If you’re in my neck of the woods I’ll buy you a beer or give you a lapdance or something.

So, if you’re one of those people who got all huffy and insulted about what I “did” to TAestP, settle down, the next few days are sure to get you all fired up when I continue to rant about pharmacy life.

Props to TAestP for the idea, and to the 50+ people who commented outing it as an april fools joke whom I did not publish (but will soon).

Sore loser. Boo Hoo.

Look at the comment I got to my victory post:

I hope your happy. You’ve ruined my life — you lifeless, soulless,
waste of flesh. I just received a call from my District Manager —
today was my last day. The found cached copies of my site on Google
even though I completely took it down. There were no HIPAA Violations,
but they are firing my for conduct unbecoming-of-a-pharmacist. I also
have the pleasure of repaying my sign-on bonus…Ten Thousand Dollars.
I’m sure I’m now blacklisted from every other major pharmacy chain
thanks to your little letter writing campaign.
I also hate you for taking my blog from me. It was mine – my
intellectual property. All I did was take a simple idea and made it
better — 100 times better.
Your blog sucks. Your life sucks. May you develop erectile dysfunction
after marrying out of your league.
Just so you know, I’m going to appeal this with a real court/lawyer and
not those idiot assholes at ICANN. I’ll see your ass in federal court.
Now that the world knows who I am, we’ll see if we can’t find out who’s
behind your mask.
Die a slow and painful death,
The ANGRIEST Pharmacist

Have some cheese for your whine. Maybe next time you can start a website named ‘moogle’ or ‘pharmcrosoft’ and play the pity card when they smack you down like I did.

Sweet Victory at Last!!!!

You know that feeling you get when you work really hard at something,
and in the end it turns out exactly how you wanted it to turn out? Well
look at this gem I got in my inbox last night/this morning:

Dear [TAP’s Name Removed],
After reviewing the case presented by your lawyer over the trademark
infringement of “The Angry Pharmacist” by one of Robert [TAestP’s last
name removed] of [address removed] of “The Angriest Pharmacist” we have
declared that you are the rightful trademark holder of “The Angry
Pharmacist(tm)” herein known as “TAP”. By ICANN policy, we have routed
all traffic going to “www.theangryestpharmacist.com” and
“www.theangrierpharmacist.com” to your held trademark at
“www.theangrypharmacist.com”. We hope that this policy decision is
acceptable to you and your company, and request that you contact us if
you have any questions or comments.
Sincerely,
Pat McGearn
ICANN Page-Removal Task Force

Hear that? Thats the sound of victory. The sound of someone who tried
to come and step on my fucking coattails to skim off of something that I
worked hard to build and HE decided to mooch off of.
Oh, but it doesn’t stop there, oh no. Just look at this email I shot
off to all of the major chains a few weeks ago after I subpoenas his
webhosting company for his personal information:

To Whom It May Concern,
I would like to request that you search your personnel records for one
Robert [Last name Removed] residing at [Address Removed]. His is making
known about patient records and store policies at the website
http://www.theangriestpharmacist.com. I have attached the subpoenaed
records from his hosting provider proving his identity. I would hate
for a HIPAA lawsuit to soil your reputation over an angry blogger who is
unhappy with his job. Consider this an anonymous tip.
Thanks.
The Angry Pharmacist.

He shoots, HE SCORES! I hope the fucker gets what he deserves. Now its
time to break out the bubbly and celebrate who the real
honest-to-god-true angry pharmacist is. ME!