Plumbing the Depths

Sam “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher famously said the following two stupid things:

People don’t understand the dictionary – it’s called queer. ‘Queer’ means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that.

I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children.

It’s my impression – after an admittedly unscientific survey conducted with but a cursitory eye – that the tv media have been more exercised over the first quotation, and the blogosphere more exercised over the second. Since the second quotation is even more idiotic and dickish than the first, this doesn’t speak well for the tv media.

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23 Responses to Plumbing the Depths

  1. Leo T. Magnificent May 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    I do find it strange that they wouldn’t emphasis on the entire quote..Unless you believe that him stating to have gay friends would “make him appear less evil,*” or the major news network stand for the latter anyways. I do find it ridiculous that he is inferring that homosexuals either molest children, and/or some how “infect them with the cancerous gay meme…”

    • Leo T. Magnificent May 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

      Never mind, I was being foolish; pardon my blunder….I read that as one entire quote, and not two separate quotes…..

  2. Neil May 6, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    It’s nice to see you utter profanity.

    • Roderick May 6, 2009 at 12:14 am #

      What, “dickish”? That’s devilish mild, by gum!

      • Neil May 6, 2009 at 12:23 am #

        It’s still a win in my book. 😀

        • Black Bloke May 6, 2009 at 2:42 am #

          I’m pretty sure I’ve seen him do better before. FCC/S&P attention getting words I mean.

      • Aster May 6, 2009 at 4:25 am #

        I’ve often wished Prof. Long would show more anger and less careful analysis when discussing fiendish philosophies which do not deserve the courtesy of a tuning fork..

        But now that I see it… please, keep the polite grace. You and Adam Reed are the two intellectuals I know who keep a stature which doesn’t need a profanity to show its strength.

        Thank you for the support you’ve shown. You’ve done much to restore my trust in libertarianism.


        I prefer the term ‘monumentalist’. Raise high the obelisk! 😉

  3. Briggs May 6, 2009 at 4:34 am #

    When will this guy’s 15min be up? I can’t believe he is still around. There are a lot of reasons to dislike McCain but this Joe the Plumber thing is pushing me closer to loathing him.

    I am not sure if in the second quote he is implying that homosexuals are pederasts or that they will “convert” his children. Any idea?

    • Matthew Dawson May 6, 2009 at 8:04 am #

      Probably some mix of the two.

    • Rorshak (1313) May 6, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

      Exactly. I was hoping this guy, along with Sarah Palin. Would go crawl under a rock after the election and we’d never have to hear from them again.

    • Black Bloke May 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

      I remember after the ’04 election wondering how long it would take for Kerry to stop being news. It took a long time, I think it was about a year. Since Joe wasn’t even a candidate I figure he’ll be out by summer.

  4. b-psycho May 6, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    If he can’t trust his friends around his kids, then are they really his friends?

    I suspect these gay friends of his don’t actually exist, and he made it up to try to soften his bigotry (“some of my best friends are…”.

    • CL May 6, 2009 at 10:22 am #

      I was thinking the same thing. I tried to imagine the conversation between Sam and one of his gay friends where they make this agreement, but it didn’t compute.

  5. Mike D. May 6, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    If queer just means “strange or unusual” to Joe, why does he follow up with a comment about homosexuals? Is this just a bizarre non sequitur? Inquiring minds want to know, Joe.

  6. Stephan Kinsella May 6, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    I wouldn’t trust this troglodyte around his children.

  7. Malcolm Dark May 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I’m queer. I’ll also wager that Pipesnaker Joe doesn’t know that honky originated as an ethnic and not racial slur. Christ, he wouldn’t even grasp the difference.

  8. Richard Garner May 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    With regards to the second statement, but with reference to the first, too, I wonder if he understands the dictionary? It is pedophiles you don’t let near your kids, not homosexuals – is clearly confused by the definition of either term.

    He should also be made aware of the fact that if his children are assaulted, statistics show it is most likley that another family member is doing it!

    • Soviet Onion May 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

      Which kind of makes you wonder what his response would be if he found out that one of them was gay.

      • Roderick May 6, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

        If he found out his kids were gay he wouldn’t let them near themselves.

        • Black Bloke May 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

          He could liberate them from their lives.

  9. Dennis May 6, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    Queer needn’t be an insulting term to members of the LGBT or Queer community, but when Joe the Plumber uses the term I doubt he’s using it in the same sense. I can’t remember who made the observation that Joe is the perfect postmodern celebrity. He’s famous for being famous.

  10. smally May 7, 2009 at 12:11 am #

    He did say he’s “had” gay friends. If they exist, perhaps they were his friends up until the point he told them to stay away from his children.

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