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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scruple™ of the Day!

posted by on September 30 at 10:05 AM


It’s that time again! Another tough ethical dilemma from the classic ’80s boardgame Scruples™:


“Your retarded brother is a year younger than you, but behaves like an overgrown child. The alternative is an institution. Do you have him live with you?”

Sigh. If only life came with a rule book for dealing with one’s retarded brother.

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He should be useful to society somehow. I say we call on retarded brothers everywhere to serve their country by joining the workforce in the manual and farm labor sector. This will provide a solid base for our economy as well as force all those dirty illegal immigrants back where they came from.

this nation's a bunch of whiners; let's work together, people!

Posted by rococo | September 30, 2008 10:09 AM

comment baiting

this is useless. one was funny, now this is just a waste.

Posted by Non | September 30, 2008 10:10 AM

"Behaves like an overgrown child..."

Hey, he'd fit right in one would notice.

Posted by John Bailo | September 30, 2008 10:21 AM

Was "retarded" a socially acceptable term in 1986??

Posted by Corky | September 30, 2008 10:21 AM

Seattle is so lame that John Bailo posts on a Seattle blog every day.

Posted by w7ngman | September 30, 2008 10:26 AM

Well, #5 is soooo lame that every day that I post, he posts a post making fun of me.


Posted by John Bailo | September 30, 2008 10:30 AM

I would have my mom run for vice president. Then my retarded brother would be a poster child for tolerance.

Posted by Ziggity | September 30, 2008 10:36 AM

Are you making fun of the Downs? When I'm president, I'm gonna shut this paper DOWNS! er... down!

Posted by Sarah | September 30, 2008 10:44 AM

Well, let's settle this once and for all: ask Bailo's older brother.

Posted by Tiktok | September 30, 2008 10:44 AM
Posted by John Bailo | September 30, 2008 10:47 AM

No. Duh. That's what mom and dad are for, silly.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | September 30, 2008 10:58 AM

This game is actually a pretty good snapshot of social discourse in the late 70's to mid-80's. There are a lot of words and modes of phrasing which have dramatically changed for the better in the last 20 years. When people rail against political correctness they are really complaining that they can no longer be overt bigots.

Posted by inkweary | September 30, 2008 11:27 AM

I know how my sister would have answered this question back in the day. "I can put my retarded brother in an INSTITUTION? Mom! Can I? Please?"

Posted by Fnarf | September 30, 2008 11:33 AM

Are there no prisons? And the Union workhouses - are they still in operation? The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 30, 2008 11:34 AM

Christ, it's not even Halloween and Jube is already out with the Christmas merchandise.

Posted by Fnarf | September 30, 2008 11:53 AM

Ah, Scruples. Quite the eye opener for me where a certain boyfriend was concerned. It should be re-issued as the "asshole test." It would save people a bundle in future marriage/couples counseling/divorce expenses.

Posted by PopTart | September 30, 2008 11:54 AM

Every retard deserves a mother and a father, so as long as he's not shacked up with a queer, does it matter?


Posted by iflurry | September 30, 2008 12:07 PM

"Retarded" is such a boorish term. I prefer to call them "broken people."

Posted by Medina | September 30, 2008 12:08 PM

The answer is obvious. He can live on the street and beg as an idiot for his living. Not only is it a decent living, but idiocy is also a good career path to take. It's worked for President Bush and Governor Palin. He'd just need a schtick: e.g. the ability to parrot right wing ideology while imitating a monkey.

Posted by kinaidos | September 30, 2008 12:22 PM

That would depend entirely on whether or not said person was Sarah Palin.

Posted by Johnny | September 30, 2008 12:25 PM

Speaking as the retarded brother, no. I just need a little help living on my own, but living with my sister would require too many drugs.

Posted by Vince | September 30, 2008 1:47 PM

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