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Today's "back to school" spot-the-insensitivity special. This one?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Cancer has ravaged several of Ann Aberson's relatives, so she doesn't have a problem with her two teenage daughters wearing bracelets to raise awareness of breast cancer.

But their school principal does.

This week, Baltic High School, just north of here, became one of the latest across the USA to ban the rubber bracelet, which has a message some say is in poor taste: "I love boobies."

The bracelets have caused controversy in schools in states including California, Colorado, Idaho, Florida and Wisconsin. Some districts allow students to wear them inside-out, and others ban them.

Or this one?

You've seen the bumper stickers: "My child's an honor student," and the not-so-nice responses about what my kid could do to your honor student. But CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine found a new low in those insults - on mouse pads, advertised by one of America's best-known retailers.

 It was part of a major back-to-school collection. Patty from St. Charles e-mailed CBS 2 about it.

"I was shopping at Sears online store," she wrote, "and I was shocked to find that they sell mouse pads, saying things like, 'I molested your honor student' and 'I got your honor student pregnant.'" 

Posted in: Current Affairs


Thu, 09/02/2010 - 12:40pm

I've seen the responses to the "My child is an honor student" stickers as well.
While I suppose some of them that advocate violence may offend the faint of heart, I find smugness even more offensive.
Who cares if your kid is an honor student? Should my wife put "I get 50 mpg" on her hybrid car? Should I put "I belong to Mensa" on my Subaru?
It unseemly bragging, and if more people carried hammers, those cars would need weekly trips to the body shop.

tim zank
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 9:02pm

littlejohn, what a clever way to tell us all you're environmentally conscious (hybrid), your I.Q is above average (mensa) and you are economically sensible (Subaru).

Thank God your not smug, alright.

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 10:39pm

I think someone's sarcasm detector is broken.

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 3:14pm

Tim, I was making up examples. Fort Wayne's Mensa chapter doesn't even bother to meet, and the hybrid is my wife's, not mine.
By the way, it's spelled "all right." "Alright" isn't a word. And you meant "you're," not "your."
Now THAT was smug.
But I am, as always, grateful for your useful observations.

tim zank
Fri, 09/03/2010 - 7:28pm

See michaelk42, it wasn't sarcasm. He really IS smug.

Littlejohn, please read my post again. I believe you'll find I used "your" properly. Where you come from, would it read "you are I.Q is above average"? I think I'm right.

Also, in r/e "alright" as opposed to "all right", from:


Definition of ALRIGHT
: all right
Usage Discussion of ALRIGHT
The one-word spelling alright appeared some 75 years after all right itself had reappeared from a 400-year-long absence. Since the early 20th century some critics have insisted alright is wrong, but it has its defenders and its users. It is less frequent than all right but remains in common use especially in journalistic and business publications. It is quite common in fictional dialogue, and is used occasionally in other writing .

After all, if it's good enough for The Who...