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Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar notme says:

    Meh, another tempest in a teapot by folks that can’t or won’t use the English language correctly. Kind of like folks that object to the word niggardlyReport

    • Avatar Road Scholar says:

      So we can put you down for the pro-rape crowd? Why am I not surprised…Report

    • Avatar Damon says:

      I brought this up in a post a while back..over a year…and wasn’t believed…until I posted a Wash Post link to the story about a guy using niggardly in a meeting and being suspended/fired.Report

      • Avatar Alan Scott says:

        Please tell me this isn’t going to be one of those threads where folks point to a guy who called his white co-workers cheapskates but found an archaic synonym that sounds like an ethnic slur for his black co-worker, and say “this proves liberals are wrong”Report

        • Avatar Damon says:

          Actually, he said it to a group of black people and one took offense. Demands were made. He was fired. He was offered his job back when the “full investigation” determined that he used the word “niggardly” not “the n word”. It’s a nice intersection of ignorance, racism, bloated outrage, and entitlement politics. Your nation’s capital.Report

  2. Avatar Glyph says:

    Al Jourgensen could not be reached for comment.Report

  3. If the Washington NFL team were called the Rapists, not only would they not change it, they’d insist that most women didn’t find it offensive.Report

  4. Avatar Damon says:

    Funny thing is I can totally see a city naming it after real rape, cause you know, all those indigenous peoples getting raped a killed during the white migration and such…Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      Don’t you mean because they keep on raping the women now?
      There are funny laws about Indian property, and there’s more than one small town thinks they got the right to rape women.

      Oh, no, the bastards weren’t too happy when someone decided to set up a women’s shelter.
      So unhappy they dared to burn the place down…Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      Ortega famously argues that the state originated out of rape and abduction.Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    We almost got Missouri Loves Company as a slogan.
    It made it into the final round, it did.Report

  6. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Solution – give Salt-N-Peppa honorary citizenship and make the slogan “Land of Rappin’ Honeys”.Report

  7. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    Also, from the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board c. 20 or 25 years ago.×269.jpgReport

  8. Avatar Notme says:

    They should change rape to rapeseed to clarify for all they poorly educated folks out there. It’s sad that folks have been dumbed down so much. It’s also sad that Canada isn’t immune from this growing phenomenon.Report

  9. Avatar ScarletNumber says:

    comment deleted by edsReport

  10. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    And this is why it’s called canola now.Report

    • Avatar Notme says:


      Canola and rape are not the same. Canola is rape that has been bred so that its oil has different properties.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW says:

        They’re very similar, though, and they did change the name for PR/sales reasons so that they wouldn’t be selling it as “rapeseed”.Report