Sean Bugg

The Cautionary Tale of the Salty Seaman

Filed By Sean Bugg | March 07, 2010 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: call bullshit, Eric Massa, profanity, salty language, salty seaman, sexual harassment, suck my dick

I am one foul-mouthed motherfucker.

I am not alone in this. In my two decades in Washington blue_language.jpgI've worked closely with people who spew some pretty goddamned vulgar language every fucking minute of the day. I know bureaucrats, executive directors and elected officials -- fucking sons of bitches and pulsating assholes, every one of them -- famed for their profanity-laden tirades.

Blue language is a fucking way of life in D.C.

So, I'm inclined to think that Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y) is kinda full of shit to be describing an ethics charge against him as the result of "salty language":

"I own this reality. There is no doubt in my mind that I did in fact, use language in the privacy of my own home and in my inner office that, after 24 years in the Navy, might make a Chief Petty Officer feel uncomfortable. ... During long car rides, in the early hours of the evening, late at night and always in private, I know that my own language failed to meet the standards that I set for all around me and myself."

Oh, for the love of fucking Christ, I call bullshit.

The idea that a serious ethics complaint could be filed for speaking the language of a salty seaman -- and goddamn how I love the sound of that phrase -- is ludicrous, at best. Yes, if you're tossing around a lot misogynist smack talk like the "c" word -- a profanity that proves there are places even my mouth doesn't like to go -- or racist or homophobic slurs, then you've got something coming from an ethics complaint.

But reports so far indicate an ethics complaint about sexual harassment of a male employee. Sounds slightly different to me. At the end of the day, and as I can attest, any cocksucking son of a bitch who claims to have a mouth so foul that it can "make a Chief Petty Officer feel uncomfortable" can differentiate between "Suck my dick" as an epithet and "Suck my dick" as a command.

Otherwise, you're just a fucking asswipe.


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I was told by a teacher in school the cussing is just an excuse for a bad vocabulary.

I promptly told her to fornicate herself rectally.

hello Mr. principal.

I know I told you this when I edited it, but I think this is one of our best posts ever. Not only is it witty and current, but it uses a shitload of blue language!

I curse like a sailor. Jerame is regularly embarrassed when I let loose with "salty language" in front of a mixed crowd. Fuck 'em. Like they've never heard cussing before. As a writer, I'm not afraid of any goddamn words.

bozemanmontana | March 7, 2010 11:35 AM

Yesterday, I walked past a couple boys. One of them let loose the most impressive string of blue words. I mean this kid must have been 8 years old and was as salty as any old salt I saw in my six years in the Navy. Fucking loved it.

1. I’m a flght deck Sailor with 20 years of service. Nearly all of my male family members have served in the Navy (some did the Army thing…poor things couldn’t swim). I’ve heard ‘salty’ language my entire life, but being southern have also been taught where it is and isn’t appropriate. I am a polite person and do know the words but refrain. (it took me a full 3 months and a slashed hand to get my personal qualification standards signed off in my first command to be fully qualified in ‘salty talk’. The slashed hand was an accident I incurred all by myself. The string of invective was impressive.)

2. Sexual Harassment is a serious issue and one that Navy personel who sereved in the early 90’s know all about. In fact, up until the whole Tail Hook investigation I don’t think anyonehad ever heard about sexual harassment.

3. ‘Salty Talk’ can get you repremanded or fired in the civilian work place.

So… what did this idiot not understand? OK he’s former Navy bu that was over years ago. But you’re you’re a Congressman you should be able to work with out resorting to cussing and swearing.

True, he’s resigned like and effectively ‘quashed’ the ethics investigation. But it leaves a void with out clousure. Was it just lauguage, sexual harassment or sexual proposisiton? Now we’ll never know for sure. With out an investigation its strictly he said/he said event. If anything, the ethics investigation should continue to ensure that no impropriety took place.

There is a certain head of the launch vehicle business of a certain large corporation that has a salty language when he is upset with someone. While his language may not be completely representative, the culture it represents is representative of what may corporations are looking for in management. The culture I refer to is more than the language, includes how people are respected. This lack of respect is rampant in business as well as government.

I had a boss at this same company that had been in the Navy and had developed salty language, and while coming back from Japan, he and a shipmate put a quarter in a jar everytime they used a cuss word. They had one heck of a party when they got stateside and he had cured himself of much of the need to use cuss words.

The only reason they use the salty language is as a tool to disrespect others. Shame on them.

Sean! ... Damn! ... I knew I was in trouble after your first sentence. Your first paragraph got my nipples hard, and I almost got off when you said "asswipe"!

What's your phone number, goddammit? Are you in the book?

I realize that I really never swore much as a kid. I tried to think of when I really developed my complete potty-mouth, which I have today.

Was it my time as a human rights worker during the war in Iraq? No.

Was it my life in a student housing co-op? No.

Was it college? No.

Aha! That's it! SEMINARY. Lots of repressed, closeted folks who gotta let loose somehow.

This is nothing to say of the rip-roaring keggers on campus, but the real alcoholics were always the faculty...

And that's in mainline protestantism!