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Remember the olden times (2008-2014) when low-level Republican officials got in hot water for emailing pics ofObama as a chimp, or the White House with a watermelon patch out front? Those were heady days, back then. But now, in today's more enlightened times, when jokes about Obama being a Muslim are so passé (though 100 percent serious claims that he is one are still chic), those old jokes can still come back and bite a local politician in the butt. Just see the case of poor Peter Tinsley, a city councilman in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, whose hilarious Obama jokes on Facebook got him in hot water at a council meeting Monday. But he didn't intend to offend anybody!


And yet hypersensitive PC kneejerk liberal Rev. Tommy Robison was offended all the same, because he has no sense of humor: "To come from a city council [member], a city government official, this is highly unthought of, even in Poplar Bluff Missouri," he said at the meeting. "I'm highly upset over this, along with the residents of our ward[.]"

Tinsley apologized and explained that he was under the influence of some pretty weird meds politics at the time:

“I apologize from the bottom of my heart," Tinsley said.

“At one time, I was a very active republican, very opposed to Obama," Tinsley said.

Of COURSE there's video! It's really kind of an epic moment. (If you usually avoid vids -- shame on you, all the hard work that we do for you -- you can skip to about the one-minute mark):

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Tinsley also posted an apology on his FacePlaceSpace page, noting that he'd pulled down the image and explaining why he posted the image in the first place:

The post was directed at our healthcare system. I did not view it as racist at the time but in light of the views expressed tonight I see how it could be taken that way and for that I do apologize.

See? He's had a moment of enlightenment -- it never in a million years would have occurred to him that a picture of Obama with a bone through his nose could be interpreted as racist, but now he allows that from certain perspectives, especially the negroidal ones, sure, maybe it could "be taken that way."

Needless to say, fellow Republicans are not pleased with Tinsley for spilling the beans misrepresenting the values of the Republican Party. Butler County Republicans chair Eddy Justice said that Tinsley crossed a line "when he proceeded to blame the republican party for him thinking like that," because No True Republican would ever in a million years post that sort of thing, harrumph. As everyone knows, “Republicans believe everyone should be judged on their qualifications, on their ability," and on whether they are Makers or Takers.

And so on Tuesday, Tinsley had a fresh apology, noting that he was just horsing around and things kind of got out of hand, you know how it gets when Republicans guys are goofing around, and he's very sorry now, and could you all just leave him alone, please?

“I want people to know that I am very remorseful for it. It was inappropriate. I believe I got caught up in an emotional moment of sharing jokes. It seemed funny at the time but today it's very serious and it's not funny at all," Tinsley said [...]

“Anything that I have said, that I referred to the activity because I was a Republican, that is not true. It's not an excuse," Tinsley said.

Let the healing begin! As of press time, Mr. Tinsley has not yet been asked to provide his insights on the situation in Ferguson, some 165 miles away, but we bet they'd be interesting.

[KFVS 12 via RawStory]

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Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.

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