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TMBWITW,PB

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Icon 1 posted June 14, 2005 13:10      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A couple goes on vacation to a fishing resort in northern Minnesota. The husband likes to fish at the crack of dawn. The wife likes to read.

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors and continues to read her book.

Along comes a game warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"

"Reading a book," she replies. (thinking, isn't that obvious?)

"You're in a restricted fishing area", he informs her.

"I'm sorry officer, but I'm not fishing, I'm reading."

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

"If you do I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman.

"But I have not even touched you," says the game warden.

"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."

"Have a nice day ma'am," and he left.

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[Big Grin] HAHA, I like that.

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Icon 1 posted June 14, 2005 21:42      Profile for magefile     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Just a pet peeve ... is she not also equipped for sexual assault?
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I found that really offensive.

I'm really not sure why but that I took that joke to heart. [shake head]

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Oldie, but a goodie. [Big Grin]
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TMBWITW,PB

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Icon 1 posted June 15, 2005 10:53      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by magefile:
Just a pet peeve ... is she not also equipped for sexual assault?

Yeah, I guess she is. I don't know, it struck my funny bone. The joke is that he was going to charge her for something she hadn't done (but was capable of doing) so she would charge him with something he hadn't done (but was capable of doing). You could probably change it from sexual assault to robbery or battery and it would still work.

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Wow, that's really not funny at all, because of the implication that she herself is incapable of sexual assault.

/soapbox

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Icon 1 posted June 17, 2005 10:07      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Nay-sayers: get a f*ckin' life - it's a joke, fer cripes' sake!

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Nay-sayers: get a f*ckin' life - it's a joke, fer cripes' sake!

Just because they have the capability it doesn't mean that they will [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by nerdwithnofriends:
Wow, that's really not funny at all, because of the implication that she herself is incapable of sexual assault.

/soapbox

How on earth does it imply that? If I say you have all the equipment to hit me, does that imply that I am incapable of hitting you? I think you're putting your own bias in the joke. /speck...log...

And to quote spungo it's a joke, fer cripes' sake! [crazy]

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Icon 1 posted June 17, 2005 15:09      Profile for Alephcat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
while I agree that yes it *is* just a joke (and quite a good one at that) it is also extremely offensive, (as most of the best jokes are) but that is socially acceptable in this context as it is offensive to middle class white males, which are the only sector of society left that it is "acceptable to insult. I think (hope) that my point is that it should really be an all or nothing situation, so it should either be acceptable to insult anyone in the context of a joke or no one.

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Unfortunately, even a decent joke can run afoul of pet peeves and/or personal vendettas. That doesn't mean it's a bad joke.

The joke is primarily one of turning an official's bad logic back on him. Sexual assault helps with the humor of the joke because then "equipment" becomes a double entendre.

Of course, now that I've analyzed the joke, it's not funny for me either. [Wink]

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Al Gore, Rev. Al Sharpton, and George W. Bush go into a bar...and order three tall glasses of tap water on ice.

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Wow. I hope I didn't start that. Anyway, I don't mind it, I'm not offended (though I am a white middle-class male). I think it's funny, I just like to nitpick that way.

And FWIW, I'm physically disabled - yet there are lots of jokes about the disabled that I will tell, or laugh at when my able-bodied friends tell 'em. It's all in how the joke is told.

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quote:
Originally posted by Alephcat:
.. that is socially acceptable in this context as it is offensive to middle class white males, which are the only sector of society left that it is "acceptable to insult..

Perhaps I am missing something here, could someone show me where the joke implies the game warden is middle class and white?

*echo spungo's view* [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted June 19, 2005 11:14      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Good one, Peebs. Reminds me of another oldie but goodie:

Game warden notices a fisherman who comes into the dock every day with a limit of fish, even when everyone else catches nothing. Curious, the warden asks the successful fisherman, "What's your secret?"

The fisherman replies, "Why not come with me tomorrow and find out for yourself?"

The next morning, the two of them are in the boat, the fisherman stops the boat, drops anchor, lights a stick of dynamite and tosses it overboard. It explodes underwater and several nice fish float to the surface, which he scoops in with his net.

"Now wait just a minute!" says the warden, "You can't do that, it's against the law!"

The fisherman, unphased, lights another stick of dynamite and tosses it at the warden's feet saying, "You gonna talk, or you gonna fish?"

[Big Grin]

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I thought the joke was pretty good! [Big Grin]
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