It’s worse than that; it’s debt, Jim

This post at says that not only is the Social Security Trust Fund empty except for IOUs, debt service on those IOUs makes the value of the Fund effectively less than zero: while Congress treats it as an asset, it’s turned into a liability.

Then again, you already knew that, so I’m going to focus on a peripheral issue: the site’s dumb word filter. One comment contains the expurgated term “do***ented”; another, “gim****”.

On a different thread I found “***bersome”, a kissing cousin to “do***ented”, and “p*****”, which is presumably a verb. But the real zinger is this one:

Tranbarger, Daniels, ******ie, and a few other GOP leaders have walked the walk as governors.

Jesus H. ******! I thought we’d gotten past the technology of Evil Text Strings way back in the 1990s. Evidently not. I wish someone would explain why this antiquated technique is still in use today. Maybe Governor Tranbarger, whoever the **** he is, can shed some light on the matter.


  1. Jeffro »

    26 February 2011 · 9:25 pm

    ****! That really ****ing ****es me off!

  2. unimpressed »

    27 February 2011 · 1:42 am

    I ran across Sa****ay in chat on a bulletin board.

  3. KingShamus »

    27 February 2011 · 6:39 am

    It’s like they’re talking in English, but I just can’t read it!

  4. Linda »

    27 February 2011 · 7:32 am

    Will you laugh if I admit I don’t get this joke? Not the Star Trek reference, I see that. It’s the asteriks. Ah well.

  5. McGehee »

    27 February 2011 · 7:56 am

    They really are using up their daily quota of ***terisks.

  6. Tatyana »

    27 February 2011 · 10:22 am

    there are days I am grateful that English is my SL, for not being able to fill in the blanks

  7. CGHill »

    27 February 2011 · 7:26 pm

    You’re not missing anything, I can assure you.

  8. Dominic Small »

    28 February 2011 · 10:48 am

    It’s one of those four-star safety-fails that we in the UK know only too well, as the residents of Penistone, Cockermouth and Scunthorpe would be able to tell you; indeed, the latter location gave its name to the censorious chaos – see for more examples of surfing with the safety on…

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