Well, folks, you learn something new every day. Apparently the word "pansy" is a gay slur.

Funny. I thought the pansy was perennial.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is under fire and apparently it's all because of North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. He delivered an enthusiastic endorsement of Mrs. Clinton yesterday.

"I've been accused of being persistent and downright aggravating," he said. "But this lady right here makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy."

The comment has set off a firestorm in the blogosphere and some gay groups are claiming they've been slandered. Click here at your own risk. Maybe it's just be, but Sylvester Stallone didn't come off all that great either.

The Human Rights Commission, a gay rights group, has already issued a statement. They're disappointed.

So far, Mrs. Clinton has yet to rebuke the pansy -- or the tulip for that matter.

This controversy will probably blow over -- but it could have been much worse. The offending flower is also related to the Pansy Monkeyflower. Thank goodness the governor didn't go there.