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Posted on | October 1, 2010 | 30 Comments


Massive East Coast Storms Blamed For Four Deaths

Gloria Allred Targets Another GOP Candidate For  Cali Governor

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As TARP Nears Its End, White House Claims Cost Will Be Lower


Pakis Cut Afghanistan Supply Line At Khyber Pass After Friendly-Fire Incident On The Border


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White House Pledges Flexibility on McDonald’s Health Care Plan

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PRC Gives Muted Response To House Tariff Bill

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30 Responses to “LIVE AT FIVE10.1.10

  1. garden brinjal
    October 1st, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    Pakis Cut Afghanistan Supply Line At Khyber Pass After Friendly-Fire Incident On The Border

    Do you realize that the usage of the word “Paki” in supplement to the proper usage “Pakistani” isn’t appropriate and maybe offensive?

  2. wombat-socho
    October 1st, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    Obviously not. Welp.

  3. wombat-socho
    October 1st, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    And shouldn’t that be “in place of the proper usage…”? Your poor grammar is inappropriate to the tone of this blog and definitely offensive. 😉

  4. garden brinjal
    October 1st, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    The word “Paki” has a more broader (and less concrete) meaning/usage than “Pakistani” (which is very concrete). I assumed you intended to use the word “Pakis” as a supplement (adding the pejorative element) than just a substitute to citizens (/the administration) of Pakistan. But, since you accept your ignorance, it seems i was wrong in my assumption (but not in my grammar as you had assumed :)).

    Anyway, English isn’t my first language and i apologize for any (further) lowering of ToM standards for language in the comment section. But i can assure you i can’t be worse than Kojocaro, a frequent ToM participant.

  5. wombat-socho
    October 1st, 2010 @ 10:06 am

    You are correct that your assumption was wrong. I’m merely following British tabloid usage in using it as a substitute (with the intent of saving space) rather than the intent of being deliberately offensive.

  6. garden brinjal
    October 1st, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    I’m merely following British tabloid usage…

    Wait a sec..

    this doesn’t pass the smell test.

    British press (even the Tabloids) in particularly is very sensitive to the usage of the word “Paki”.

    I challenge you to show just one such usage (substitute for “Pakistani”) in a headline from The Sun, The Daily Mirror, News of the World or any other lesser tabloids.

    (What you will be guaranteed to find though, is that almost all “Paki” references are ‘news’ about ethical slurs.)

  7. garden brinjal
    October 1st, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    …as a substitute (with the intent of saving space) rather than the intent of being deliberately offensive.

    Apparently, you were not that intent in saving space in using the phrase “Afghanistan Supply Line” in the same sentence.

    I understand you weren’t deliberately offensive, and most people take it at face value, but your explanations about “tabloid usages” and “saving space” are unnecessary and counter productive.

  8. wombat-socho
    October 1st, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Because if I’d used a/s/l it would have changed the entire meaning, no? Look, you asked me why I used “Pakis” instead of spelling out “Pakistanis” and I told you. If my usage is archaic and you don’t like my other reason either, see comment #2.

  9. garden brinjal
    October 1st, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    If my usage is archaic and you don’t like my other reason either…

    I don’t mind your “saving space” reason, anyone can be sloppy in writing a headline, but your claim that you were “merely following British tabloid usage” is demonstrably false. False memory, an attempt to find an excuse*, or something else made you make that statement, its for your to reflect upon. Could be a nice learning experience.

    *In the interest of being open myself, my explanation in comment #4 is shamelessly self-justifying. You were right about my usage of the word “supplement”. It was wrong. I intended to use “substitute” (“in place of” would convey the same message) but became a bit sloppy while writing that sentence (Its true though, English is not my first language). I just went along to make a convoluted argument to prove you wrong, instead of accepting my own fault. I see, I’m not alone here. But then you were not as convincing/good at it, as i was 🙂

  10. Randy Rager
    October 1st, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

    I, personally, could give a fuck if the entire nation of Pakistan reared up on their piss-stained hind legs at once and took umbrage with a shortening of their name.

    But I don’t.

    Fuck Pakistan, and India too.