Another casualty in the Left’s War on Vocabulary.
The Minnesota Senate on Monday approved John Hoffman’s (D-MN) bill to change the name “Asian carp” so called because the species originates from Asia, to “invasive carp”.
While arguing his case on the Senate floor, Hoffman said that referring to the fish as “Asian” was hurtful to some people.
What about those Africanized honeybees? Minnesota better get on that; I am sure the state has no other more important business to tend to.
[HT: Peter H] The Washington Post has hired a new advice columnist.
“Steven Petrow will be joining our advice ranks,” declares the Post, “with a special emphasis on LGBT and straight etiquette issues.” Petrow, states his bio, is “the go-to source for modern manners…known as Mr. Manners.” Why was he chosen for the job? He will tell you it’s largely because he’s the former president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
An expert on LGBT etiquette issues. Hmmm, I wonder what that’s like.
Q. Dear Mr Manners, I was attending an utterly fabu dinner party when one of the other guests casually mentioned that he voted for Romney. I promptly threw my glass of Chardonnay right in his face. I have since wondered if I had handled the situation properly. Any advice would be appreciated. – Sparkles
A. Gentle Reader, it was improper for you to throw a glass Chardonnay at your Republican guest; always use red wine when assaulting Republicans.
Q. Dear Mr Manners, my partner and I are planning a lovely June wedding. There’s a Muslim-owned bakery in town that makes splendid wedding cakes, but we are not sure how to approach them. What is your advice? – Harley
A. Gentle Reader, are you on crack? Find a Christian bakery and force them to do your cake. No one cares about their religious rights.
The other examples I thought of were kind of NSFW.
Amazon has an option called Amazon Smile that lets consumers donate a portion of the purchase price of any product they purchase to be donated to a charity of their choice. One of the options is the Boy Scouts of America.
Cue leftist outrage.
Amazon is a progressive company, and it’s a friend of the LGBT community. Jeff Bezos donated several million dollars to Washington State’s marriage equality campaign. And that was exactly why I started a Change.org petition asking Amazon to follow its own polices, and to delist the BSA until they stop discriminating against Scout leaders like Geoff.
They won’t stop until every dissenter’s face has been ground under their (assuredly fabulous) boots.
In the Progressive Affirmative Action Utopia, you are no longer allowed to have a type, you are no longer allowed to choose whom you are attracted to; Diversity demands that you will date multi-culturally, otherwise, you’re a racist. Perhaps, there will be a well-funded agency to match couples inter-racially.
Since this is almost certainly provocative “controversial” link-bait from Slate, so I will link to the story on Weasel Zippers instead.
While we on the Right concern ourselves with little things like unsustainable debt and the erosion of the Rule of Law; the Left frets about this stuff: McDonald’s Gave Me the “Girl’s Toy” With My Happy Meal. So I Went to the CEO.
(Or, Safe Link to Weasel Zippers.)
In a series of 30 visits, we sent boys and girls, ages 7-11, into 15 McDonald’s stores to independently order a Happy Meal at the counter. We found that 92.9 percent of the time, the store, without asking, simply gave each child the toy that McDonald’s had designated for that child’s gender—a Justice fashion toy for girls and a Power Rangers toy for boys
McDonald’s is estimated to sell more than 1 billion Happy Meals each year. When it poses this question—“Do you want a boy’s toy or a girl’s toy?”—McDonald’s pressures innumerable children to conform to gender stereotypes.
Reading that temper tantrum over stuff-no-rational-person-could-possibly-care-about is causing me to do some gender stereotyping right now.
Short Version: If you’re going to be bullied anyway, you might as well kick back and enjoy it. Also, don’t report it when you’re bullied; bullies hate that.
Bloody Brilliant: Sean L’s comment that this code of conduct was inspired by Obama’s approach to foreign policy.
Not exactly news, but whatever…
“I have always felt a strong and emotional connection to members of the LGBTQ community. It was actually a huge disappointment for me when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, ‘Thank God, now someone in this family can truly represent my beliefs and passions.’”
[She's on an HBO program that unmarried left-wing women like.]
Lesbian gets pulled over in San Francisco, blames homophobia.
There we sat in our car comforting each other after the officer drove away and we finally parked the car. We were both very upset. Unfairly targeted and forced to stay silent in the moment because of the balance of power, we could only replay what had just happened over and over.
Also, the reason that barrista put real milk in your caramel macchiato when you told her “Soy Milk” three times AND made her say it back to you just to be sure… homophobia.
Also, the reason your manager at the Fair Trade Locavore Matriarchal Food Co-Operative gave you the Saturday shift even though you told her you didn’t work weekends… homophobia.
Also, the reason your iPhone had spotty service and no 4G at the Womyn’s Leather Retreat… homophobia.
Yup, everything’s coming up homophobia.
So, the other day in Chris Christie’s New Jersey, a 13 year old in New Jersey was suspended for twirling a pencil in a manner that someone might twirl a gun.
Also, in the People’s Republic of California, this happened. A science teacher caught a thug dealing drugs in his classroom. He demanded that the thug hand over the drugs. The thug refused and took a swing at the teacher. The teacher subdued the thug and called security.
And, what happened next was… the teacher was suspended, and the school superintendent reached out to the thug’s parents to apologize and promise it would never happen again.
After a massive outcry from the non-bizarro public, the Superintendent issued a meticulously crafted bureaucratic fauxpology. (more…)
Lesbians in Germany have demanded, and been granted, a Lesbians-Only Cemetery.
A 400-square-meter (4,300-square-foot) area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, established in 1814 in central Berlin, will be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians, said Usah Zachau, a spokeswoman for the Safia association, a national group primarily for elderly lesbians.
The association said it had created a burial area to be inaugurated Sunday, as a space “where life and death connect, distinctive forms of cemetery culture can develop and where the lesbian community can live together in the afterlife.”
Hat Tip: Peter H.
Last weekend, while most of us were going on about our business, something called the “White Privilege Conference” was taking place in Madison, Wisconsin.
Built on the premise that “the U.S. was started by white people, for white people”, the conference boasts a long list of radical partner organizations, including Code Pink, The Social Justice Training Institute, and Hip Hop Congress, whose co-founder, Shamako Noble, has collaborated on projects with Public Allies, an organization whose Chicago branch was first led by Michelle Obama.
But what exactly is ‘white privilege’?
According to some of the speakers and conference goers in this video, ‘white privilege’ is a “transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society,” and if you are white, it means “there is a whole part of you that you are not naming and you’re not understanding because whiteness is just normalized and it’s just there…”.
Long story short: It was an opportunity for white people who already hate themselves to be lectured that they deserve to hate themselves, and need to teach other white people to hate themselves.
One “educator” was moved to denounce herself, for not hating her own whiteness enough. (But also mostly, to claim, she was still morally superior to white people who don’t hate their whiteness yet).
“I have to everyday wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply imbedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose everyday to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way.”
She argued that until white people admit they have a problem, they will not be able to fight against white privilege.
“We’ve been raised to be good. ‘I’m a good white person,’ and yet to realize I carry within me these dark, horrible thoughts and perceptions is hard to admit. And yet like the alcoholic, what’s the first step? Admitting you have a problem,”
This exercise in progressive left vanity and self-flagellation was supported by taxpayer dollars.
Because Texas A&M wants to give extra-special recognition for the amazing achievement of being gay or confused about gender identity.
With the spring semester winding down, Texas A&M is set to host its inaugural “Lavender Graduation” celebrating the commencement of its LGBT students.
The mid-April event is sponsored by the university’s GLBT Resource Center which falls within the university’s Offices of the Dean of Student Life. According to its website, the resource center is “dedicated to providing a safe and affirming location on campus for all students regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.”
Because it just isn’t enough to just accept people’s gayness, you have to celebrate it, dammit! Celebrate it at every opportunity. And if you don’t celebrate gayness every moment of every day, then you obviously hate gay people and want them to suffer and be miserable.
The CEO of Mozilla holds a politically incorrect opinion on gay marriage. Since Mozilla produces the Firefox browser, the gay left … in their usual perfectly reasonable way … wants you to know that if you use Firefox, you’re morally equivalent to Josef Mengele. Possibly worse. Probably worse, in fact.
Matchmaking website OKCupid wants its users to boycott Firefox; and gives this histrionic explanation.
If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal… Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.
Is there any evidence Mr. Eich wants gay relationships illegal or gay people to be miserable? Of course not, this is just the usual gay-left drama queen victimhood and bullying twofer.
Seriously, we would all be better off if these people would just grow the hell up.
Stephen Colbert has been accused of racism by humorless leftists who 1. Didn’t get the joke and 2. Are perfectly fine when this sort of humor is directed at conservatives (which, technically, it was but in their deranged race-hysteria, the left can’t figure that out).
“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” “The Colbert Report” Twitter wrote Thursday.
The joke was taken from a bit on Wednesday night’s “The Colbert Report,” parodying Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his launch of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation in light of controversy over the team name. Taken out of context, however, many Twitter users saw the joke as racist, and launched a #CancelColbert campaign that quickly became a trending topic.
Believe it or not, there was a time when entertainment wasn’t subject to the outrage of puritanical leftist race-fascists.
Oh, and also, Kobe Bryant is also being targeted for a boycott by African-American activists, because he committed the unpardonable (for an African-American) sin of thinking for himself:
When McGrath asked Bryant’s opinion on the Miami Heat’s show of solidarity with Trayvon Martin in the now iconic “hoodie” photo, the LA Lakers star stated:
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”
Oh, and I almost forgot about this: An editor of Ebony magazine beclowned herself by calling Juan Williams’s son a “white dude,” and then continued to beclown herself in offering the “I’m sorry I mistook you for a white person” defense.
As noted before, on the right, we worry about actual issues: regulation-fueled economic decline, corruption in Government, the erosion of individual liberty, the unsustainable fiscal path of the national Government.
On the left, they worry about vocabulary.
In part, this is a mark of desperation, David Brock and his merry band of Soros-paid nutjobs are desperate for anything they can fling against the one news outlet that airs opposition views to leftist hegemony. There is no real racism, sexism, or homophobia on the right. So the left, in its desperation to remain peeved and aggrieved, must constantly lower the bar and change the rules. Hence, they declare that a previously inoffensive word is now offensive, so they can have their self-righteous tantrums about it. Also, note the new phenomenon of the “micro-aggression,” defined as a behavior that would not bother a normal person, but sends a politically correct leftist into paroxysms of outrage.
It’s also like the old English Aristocracy’s custom of establishing obscure collective nouns to refer to animals (a sleuth of bears, a whoop of gorillas, a murder of crows). The primary purpose for which was to distinguish themselves from the ill-bred peasantry, who were presumed not to know these things. In the same way, the left’s obsession with PC vocabulary is also intended as a social marker; those who use PC terminology are part of the class. Those who don’t can be safely mocked and looked down upon.
The real obsession of the left isn’t inclusion, it’s exclusion.
She’s the Minneapolis police chief who “married” one of her female sergeants. (Try doing that in Teheran or Riyadh.) Now, she’s one of several city officials in Minneapolis who wore Islamic Hijabs to show their Solidarity with the people who perform clitorectomies and stone gay people to death.
According to a Facebook post, Somali staffers that work at Minneapolis City Hall declared February 28 “Hijab Day” at City Hall and convinced the police chief and female city council reps to wear hijabs on the job.
Pictures include: Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau (who recently married her favorite female sergeant – not very hijab like), city council members Elizabeth Glidden and Lisa Bender as well as other staffers.
The ACLU, American Atheists, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have been silent on the issue of public officials endorsing one religion over others (as best a brief Google search could determine.) The self-loathing nuts at Tikkun are completely on-board.
The Facebook COO and the cabal behind the campaign to make the term “bossy” politically incorrect and socially unacceptable are party of the ‘Ready for Hillary’ coven.
Sandberg is an ally of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. [...]
But why focus the campaign on the word “bossy”?
The answer to that may have something to do with Clinton being called “bossy” during the 2008 campaign by Australian feminist Germaine Greer. Bossy is also more tame than some of the other words Clinton has been called.
Two years ago, Democrats launched a campaign to brand Republicans as engaging in a ”war on women,” a campaign with a lasting impact that will no doubt stretch into the 2016 elections if Clinton runs.
Now the Ban Bossy campaign gives Democrats another weapon to use against those who disagree with Clinton’s policy ideas.
This way, anyone who criticizes Mrs. Clinton for her notoriously imperious, overbearing, domineering, difficult personality can be automatically attacked as “Anti-Woman;” much as all criticism of President Obama is attributed to “racism.” [But rest assured, calling Sarah Palin any crude, insulting name you want will still mark you as one of the Tolerant Enlightened.]
BTW, my good friend Stoaty Weasel has created a very… compelling… poster for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign. It’s a bit… uncivil… to reproduce it here; but here’s a link if you are feeling uncivil toward Mrs. Clinton.
The NFL is looking into banning a six-letter gay slur beginning with the letter f that rhymes with Bob Saget. Personally, I couldn’t care less, but I feel obligated by the topical relevance to this blog to note it anyway. A 280 lb. grown man who can bench press 600 lbs and run 100 yards in 4 seconds has no reason to be bothered by any sort of name-calling, but then again, neither does any other grown up.