Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) [Blah-goy-oh-vich] defending his leadership and low poll numbers the other day stated,
…And I think this is the kind of thing that I think, frankly, separates the men from the boys in leadership. Do you have the testicular virility to make a decision like that, knowing what’s coming your way, and then stick to it, which is what I did, and knowing all of this that we’re dealing with now, is what we have to deal with? I say I do.
Of course separating “the men from the boys in leadership” is completely dismissing anyone in leadership who doesn’t happen to have that particular body part. Senator Susan Garrett (D) Lake Forest said,
It should never come down to the language of testicular virility. It’s like male only language that sends a message about domination of women. Women don’t talk about estrogen virility. We don’t need to. It’s a code language.
John Kass at the Chicago Tribune has more on testicular virility, he’s even called NASA to find out about throw weight and thrust. The NASA spokeswoman called back and left a voicemail message:
John? Thrust is the force of the launch vehicle or spacecraft, measured in pounds or newtons. And throw weight is the amount of payload mass you’re ejecting into space.
The Tribune article is here. John Kass’ column is here.
12/09/2008: Rod Blagojevich arrested on corruption charges.