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A Lesson in Humility

Name-Calling Minnesota Politician’s Mother Makes Him Apologize

My mom is staying with us right now because my wife’s out of town. She was very angry this morning and always taught me not to be a name caller. And I shouldn’t have done it, and I apologize.

–Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean, speaking on Minnesota Public Radio which he is incidentally attempting to deprive of legacy funding, after calling Neil Gaiman a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota” after the author accepted $33,600 of about-to-be-lost legacy funds from a Minnesota library for a speaking engagement which he then donated to charity.

Have we mentioned that Mother’s Day is coming up?

(via Comics Alliance.)

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  • Michelle Parsneau

    God forbid anyone donate money to charity! *facepalm* In the 11 years I’ve lived in Minnesota, I’ve never seen such weasels come out of the woodwork, but this new political majority is full of them. (and, no, Mom, I’m not going to apologize for telling the truth.)

  • Kate Ashwin

    Please tell us of these weasels’ neck statuses! It’s very important. For politics.

  • Paul Birchenough

    He didn’t appologise for what he said, only in the manner with which he said it. It seems it’s perfectly fine to call someone a thief or to demand the dismantling of the support structure for the public commons, just as long as you do it in a civil manner.

    To be honest, I like the idea of incivility, dog whistles and code words give a veneer of respectability to what are downright evil ideas, and the correct response isn’t to be civil, it’s to be honest and to use the four letter words to show how upset you are with them.

    Civility is used by people who want to do horrible things to you, but don’t want to appear like complete monsters.

  • Abel Undercity

    My mother made me apologize for calling Matt Dean a wattle-necked walking turd of a hack politician.

    “But Ma, I haven’t posted it yet.”

    “Well, when you do make sure you apologize.”

  • Vic Horsham

    Any chance we could send Matt Dean’s mum a thank you or ten? Maybe some flowers?