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Protest Culture Was and Is a Commercial Phenomenon

Posted by V the K at 10:15 pm - April 6, 2017.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Pepsi is a product. Barack Obama was a product. #BlackLivesMatter is a product. All things that people have been persuaded to buy or buy into based on slick marketing campaigns and careful image manipulation.

Sometimes marketing strategies work and the country gets run for eight years by a lazy socialist demagogue. Sometimes, they misfire.

Obama was a can of delicious and refreshing Pepsi. His domestic policy never amounted much to other than “fair shot” or “yes we can” and having subordinates in the media push his message out to take to the streets or block traffic as a means of somehow attempting to get politicians to change what they believe and vote the way he wanted them to on issues he cared about. Legislating was never an option. Symbolic gestures of marching across bridges is what sold.

When a Florida teenager was shot in an act of self defense, Obama wasted no time ginning up the masses. When Michael Brown robbed a convenience store in Ferguson Missouri and assaulted a police officer, resulting in his death, members of the Obama administration attended Brown’s funeral. Leaders of the movement that “sprung” up from it were invited to the White House and encouraged to keep the outrage machine at full spin. Franchises awoke in places like Baltimore, Chicago and New York.

And after eight years of screaming about every grievance online or off, what does the Obama inspired protest culture have to show for all of it? A Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial and a Donald Trump presidency.

And from the sidebar of that story, here is a very weird attempt by Sweden to market itself as a destination for transgender refugees. (It’s two — two — two virtue signals in one!)

The graphic 32-page booklet – published by the non-profit RFSL group, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights – contains a series of cartoons depicting people of differing skin tones having solo sex, three-way sex, gay sex and one picture of a wheelchair-bound man having sex with a transexual man.

Homosexual Is a Dirty Word

Posted by V the K at 9:32 am - March 17, 2017.
Filed under: Political Correctness

The Speech Police at Emerson College in Boston ($59,728 per year)  have decided the word “homosexual” is offensive.

“Use gay or lesbian when describing people who are attracted to members of the same sex,” school officials instruct in the guide. “Avoid the use of homosexual and homosexual relationship.”

I am assuming the word “Queer” still flies there, which makes this whole exercise akin to banning the word “African-American” but “rhymes-with-bigger” is still okay.

I wonder if ‘Sodomites’ is still okay. How about “Butt Pirate?”

You Just Can’t Expect Brown Foreigners to Share Western Values, Apparently

A Canuckistanian politician wants three questions asked as part of the vetting process for admitting migrants into America’s Hat.

“Are men and woman equal, and entitled to equal protection under the law?

Is it ever OK to coerce or use violence against an individual or a group who disagrees with your views?

Do you recognize that to have a good life in Canada you will need to work hard to provide for yourself and your family, and that you can’t expect to have things you want given to you?

She’s being attacked as “Islamophobic.”

USDA Threatens to Shut Down Farm for Opposing Gay Marriage

Under an Obama Era Rule,  Federal Inspectors can shut down an operation for wrongthink.

In 2015, following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that purported to redefine marriage for the entire country, various employees shared articles and information related to the decision. Don participated by sharing an article that expressed the traditional Christian view that God designed marriage as a union between a man and a woman and set forth reasons for that position.

When a USDA public health veterinarian, the on-site inspector, saw the article in the breakroom, well, he had a cow. He removed the article and reported it to his USDA supervisor. The pair stampeded into Don’s office and threatened to remove USDA inspectors—effectively shutting down the facility—if Don returned the article to the breakroom, stating the article was offensive and harassing under expanded agency rules.

This ban on Don’s speech appears to have been grounded on the USDA’s “Anti-Harassment Policy Statement” issued in July 2015, which prohibits written or oral communications that USDA officials consider “disrespectful” or “insult[ing]” on the basis of sexual orientation.

This is part of the reason the left has gone nanners. For eight years under Obama, they had unfettered ability to punish people for not agreeing with their progressive, politically correct ideology using every agency of Government. They got used to being bullies. They got to like being bullies. They thought they would get to bully their opponents forever once Hillary cemented the Progressive Authoritarian Government Obama had begun. One more left-wing Justice on the Supreme Court and it was all theirs.

But now, there’s a slim chance that the people they straight-up bullied for eight years might just have their rights restored.

BTW: The five leftists on the Supreme Court have just decided that a jury’s verdict can be nullified if one of the jurors is politically incorrect. So, I guess this means, if a white guy is convicted of rape, but his defense attorneys can prove that one of the jurors was a man-hating, racist black lesbian… they can overturn that verdict. Right?

It’s Never About Fixing the Problem, It’s About the Language

Posted by V the K at 6:11 pm - March 9, 2017.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Near the end of this very detailed article on the national epidemic of opioid addiction is this telling little detail.

The director of a Midwestern state’s mental health programs emailed a chart called “‘Watch What You Call Me’: The Changing Language of Addiction and Mental Illness,” compiled by the Boston University doctor Richard Saltz. It is a document so Orwellian that one’s first reaction is to suspect it is a parody, or some kind of “fake news” dreamed up on a cynical website. We are not supposed to say “drug abuse”; use “substance use disorder” instead. To say that an addict’s urine sample is “clean” is to use “words that wound”; better to say he had a “negative drug test.” “Binge drinking” is out—“heavy alcohol use” is what you should say. Bizarrely, “attempted suicide” is deemed unacceptable; we need to call it an “unsuccessful suicide.” These terms are periphrastic and antiscientific. Imprecision is their goal. Some of them (like the concept of a “successful suicide”) are downright insane. This habit of euphemism and propaganda is not merely widespread. It is official. In January 2017, less than two weeks before the end of the last presidential administration, drug office head Michael Botticelli issued a memo called “Changing the Language of Addiction,” a similarly fussy list of officially approved euphemisms.

The people coming up with these rules are by and large not affected personally by the opioid epidemic except to the degree that they draw a paycheck from the Government response to it.  They have the luxury of lecturing non-drug addicts on the politically correct language so as not to hurt the delicate feelings of someone who just “recycled” her own urine to get another high off the drugs she had unprotected sex with a dealer to procure.

Political Correctness Eliminates Another Tiny Quantum of Joy

Posted by V the K at 1:25 pm - February 23, 2017.
Filed under: Political Correctness

The Miserable, Bitter Virtue Signalers Win Another Battle in Their War Against Civil Society.

Police officers in a Massachusetts town are no longer allowed to give kids high fives as they enter their elementary school because it reportedly makes illegal immigrants and minority students feel uncomfortable.

These Social Justice Wankers have an awful lot in common with Saudi Arabia’s Morality Police, do they not? “People behaving in an unapproved fashion? Punish them at once!”

I Really Hope This Is True

Posted by V the K at 8:16 am - January 24, 2017.
Filed under: Political Correctness

“The world is changing. America is changing. Europe is changing. It started last year with Brexit, yesterday there was Trump and today the freedom-loving parties gathered in Koblenz are making a stand. The genie will not go back into the bottle again, whether you like it or not. The people of the West are awakening. They are throwing off the yoke of political correctness.” –
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV)

Political Correctness is like a set of blinders that make it impossible to see the world as it really is, that prevent us from being able to discuss any topic with total honesty. It is impossible to solve any problem without first getting to the truth of it. And, I’m sorry leftists, truth is not a subjective thing. Being obese really does have negative health consequences, and it’s not “body-shaming” to point this out. It’s not a “Rape Culture*” just because the law does not let a woman retroactively withdraw consent after giving it.  The use of logic, reason, and facts to explain how the world works is reality, not “mansplaining.”

* If you want to know what a real Rape Culture looks like, this is what a real rape culture looks like.

The 2016 Election in Three Memes

Last Tuesday, Obama gave his “farewell” address, which prompted all sorts of ridiculous, weepy posts from Obama supporters about how “classy” he was and how much they would miss him, and how his administration was “scandal-free.” Needless to say, these folks will remain clueless as to why Trump won in November as long as they put Obama on a pedestal. Most of us don’t remember the last eight years with any fondness at all. Instead, we remember a thin-skinned, spiteful, petty man who always had his mind set on one thing, and that was advancing his own power and his party’s grip on power.

Back in October 2013, I wrote a post where I called Obama’s administration the Dawn Davenport Presidency, and it has remained as true in the intervening years as it was then. At the time, I used the website meme creator to create a meme which I considered using to illustrate that post, but I didn’t post it at the time. Now that there are only five days remaining in Obama’s second term, I am bringing it back, because it provides one explanation for what happened with the voters in 2016.

Of course, this election was also about Hillary Clinton.

In the past week, there has been a lot of buzz about Meryl Streep’s harangue at the Golden Globe Awards. Over the summer, though, Streep also attracted attention for two things, her film about Florence Foster Jenkins, and her deranged appearance during her speech at the Democrat National Convention in August. The Jenkins film was what interested me, though, because it seemed to offer a perfect metaphor for Clinton’s political career. Florence Foster Jenkins was famous for having a tin ear and little talent in her chosen field. She benefited largely from her husband’s connections.

Last February at ZeroHedge, I saw a great post outlining Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign Policy Catastrophes where a commenter named Elliott Eldrich memorably declared: “Hillary’s greatest ability is her uncanny talent for producing the most wretched results imaginable, and then loudly claiming how amazing her accomplishments are. I believe it’s because she somehow manages to convince herself of this first, which makes selling it to others all the easier. She’s the Florence Foster Jenkins of statecraft.”

Cindy Brady in the Doghouse

Posted by V the K at 8:56 am - December 12, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Susan Olson — who  a way, long time ago was a lisping, pig-tailed child actress — got into a Facebook flame war with a Z-list gay actor (Leon Accord-Whiting), and as a result, she’s out of a job. Mainly because of saying stuff like this:

“Hey there little p–sy, let me get my big boy pants on and Reallly take you on!!! What a snake in the grass you are you lying piece of s–t too cowardly to confront me in real life so you do it on Facebook. You are the biggest f—-t ass in the world the biggest p–sy! My D–k is bigger than yours Which ain’t sayin much! What a true piece of s–t you are! Lying f—-t!”

She used to go off on Eve Plumb the same way.

All kidding aside, even though this Leon Acord-Whiting person seems like a complete d-bag, this should serve to remind us there is absolutely no upside to getting into a fight on social media. You would think, a decade into this social media phenomenon, we would all be aware of that. But, apparently, not.

Really, Ms. Olson, a 55 year old woman should know better. You should just know better.

Will PC Ruin the MST3K Reboot?

Posted by V the K at 11:36 am - July 9, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Probably. The reboot is being driven by Joel Hodgson, who was never as funny as Mike to begin with. Joel always seemed ored and too cool for the room. Mike Nelson had a fresh enthusiasm for the material. I have always preferred Mike to Joel.

If this review of the new host’s debut is any indication, I’m not going to like the new direction.

More importantly, we got a hint of the new voice (Jonah) Ray will presumably provide; Ray’s riffs included jabs at xenophobia, racism, cat-calling, and Internet trolls.

But if the new show is going to be MSJWT3K — forget it. I’ll stick with Rifftrax.

Yes, even though Felicia Day will be attached to the reboot.

Europe will be speaking German

…at some point, I predict. For now, they’re simply abandoning English.

The more that countries leave the EU (except Germany), the larger Germany looms in it.

Different subject (via Instapundit and Betsy Newmark): It seems that al Qaeda has gone politically-correct, or rather, what the Left would consider racially-correct:

Lone wolf jihadists should target white Americans so no one mistakes their terror attacks for hate crimes unrelated to the cause of radical Islam, Al Qaeda writes in the latest edition of its online magazine.

Sadly, we must consider what this portends for future tragic massacres by ISIS / al Qaeda of the U.S. gay community.

  • Will they again target gays? (from their Islamist gay-hatred and/or the tendency of ‘visible’ gays to be white)
  • Or grant us a sort of ‘exemption’? (so that the meaning of their next attack can’t be obscured, as the Gay Left obscured the Islamist nature of Omar Mateen’s attack)


New York City to Fine Businesses for Political Incorrectness

Posted by V the K at 8:21 am - May 19, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

New York City — once again raising the question of why the hell would any sane person want to live there — is fixing to levy six-figure fines against businesses that don’t use the politically correct pronoun when addressing gender appropriators.

 A directive issued by the city’s Commission on Human Rights puts merchants and their employees on notice that fines will be levied against businesses that fail to use a customer’s or client’s preferred gender pronoun in transactions.

The Commission can impose civil penalties up to $125,000 for violations, and up to $250,000 for violations that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.

Does anyone else remember when the left used to claim that political correctness was just a right-wing myth?

“Political correctness” symbolizes speech codes and censorship. It is largely a myth propagated by the conservative right. The belief in a monolithic and fascist politically correct culture that preys on conservatives and conservative ideology is often accompanied by delusions of persecution, as well as paranoia.

A suggestion in the comments is that New Yorkers can avoid any of these fines by addressing each other as “comrade.” Works for me.

Update: In America’s Hat, they want to send people who aren’t onboard with Transgender Political Correctness to prison for a couple of years. You only get six months in jail in Canada for killing a moose out of season, so they are obviously pretty serious about this. Hurting a gender appropriators feelings = four dead moose. Contemplate that for a moment.

Sports Figure Fired for Un-PC Wrongthink

Posted by V the K at 8:51 am - April 21, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Curt Shilling was fired from ESPN (a sports-themed leftist propaganda network) for his radical and extremist opinion that men should use the men’s room and ladies should use the ladies room.

Schilling, a baseball analyst for ESPN and former Red Sox pitcher, posted a Facebook comment criticizing a transgender women.

“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” read Schilling’s comment, which he apparently posted in response to a photo about a recent North Carolina law that restricts transgender people’s access to bathrooms and locker rooms. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

ESPN issued a statement on Tuesday, saying “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

The second to the last sentence is a lie; by firing Schilling for having the wrong opinion, they have proven that they are not ‘inclusive’ at all. But, as a private company, they have and should have the right to fire people whose values conflict with their own.

And, that same standard ought to apply to Christian businesses who don’t want to participate in homosexual weddings, but for some reason it doesn’t.  And by “some reason,” I mean the systematic abuse of state power to selectively enable certain politically favored groups to bully other politically disfavored groups.

This is not about empathy for transgendereds; it’s about enforcing compliance with political correctness and punishing those who refuse to comply. In other words, it’s about using power to bully others.


Just in Case You Weren’t Convinced Left-Wing SJW’s Are Completely Insane

A college student in Scotland has been targeted with violating a ‘Safe Space’ because she raised her hand in the course of a group discussion.

 A university student was threatened with being thrown out of a meeting after being accused of violating “safe space” rules – by raising her hand.

Ms Wilson, 22, was subject to a “safe space complaint” over her supposedly “inappropriate hand gestures” during a student council meeting.

Among the rules the left would like to impose on all of us is the idea that you can never, ever do anything that might make a neurotically hypersensitive individual in any way uncomfortable.

According to the association’s rules, student council meetings should be held in a “safe space environment”, defined as “a space which is welcoming and safe and includes the prohibition of discriminatory language and actions”.

This includes “refraining from hand gestures which denote disagreement”, or “in any other way indicating disagreement with a point or points being made”.

According to ‘Safe Space’ rules, you are not allowed to indicate disagreement by making any forbidden gesture… nodding your head, shaking your head, shrugging, jazz hands… all forbidden because they are “triggering.”

According to EUSA safe space rules, only gestures that indicate agreement are “permissible”, and then only as long as “these gestures are generally understood and not used in an intimidating manner.”

This isn’t about sensitivity to the feelings of idiots; this is a means for the left to control discussion and punish those who dissent from the One Acceptable Politically Correct Viewpoint.


Posted by V the K at 6:27 pm - February 21, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Robert Stacy McCain – a blogger who often reports with great accuracy on radical feminism — has had his Twitter account suspended by Twitter’s Orwellian “Trust and Safety Committee.”.

The left is, of course, celebrating this development.

Once again, I am reminded when the speech below reflected consensus liberalism. To believe in Free Speech today, unfortunately, marks one as a racist, sexist, homophobic enemy of Social Justice.

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Posted by V the K at 7:58 am - February 18, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

What if, instead of a Mohammedan terrorist who had shot up state employees at a Christmas Party … Tim Cook were asked to crack the iPhone of a southern white Christian who had murdered people at a gay nightclub? Or an iPhone owned by someone who made undercover videos of Planned Parenthood?

Do you think he would do it? Do you think the left and the media (but I repeat myself) would be covering this story in a *very* different way?

“Segregation Now, Segregation Forever” – Modern Progressives

The University of Connecticut is planning on building a dorm to segregate its African-American students, and giving it an appropriately ghettoized name.

Called the ScHOLA2RS House, the living community for African American males is set to open in 2016. According to UConn’s website, the ScHOLA2RS House is “a scholastic initiative to groom, nurture, and train the next generation of leaders to address grand challenges in society through the promotion of academic success in undergraduate programs at the University of Connecticut and in competitive graduate programs.”

Dr. Erik Hines, an assistant professor of educational psychology and the future faculty advisor to those in the dorm, said UConn will implement the living space as a “forward-thinking” solution to the fact that black male students graduate at a lower rate.

Which I believe is the PC version of “Colored folk is best off if they keep with their own kind.”

If the issue is really that African-American students are failing, how is putting them all into one segregated building the answer? And what about White and Hispanic students who are failing? Shouldn’t they get help developing better study habits as well?

If “White Privilege” is a problem is the ultimate Progressive solution by segregating the races into their own colleges.

Here’s an interesting hypothesis: What if the whole campus SJW Movement is just leftists tricking their dumbest and most radical students into blaming ‘The Patriarchy’ and ‘White Privilege’ for the fact that the Leftist-Academic-Complex has tricked them into going heavily into debt financing worthless educations?

Social Justice Wankers: MLK’s Dream Speech Is Kinda Un-PC

Posted by V the K at 10:25 pm - January 26, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream…”

Hey! Hey! Move it along, bigot. The University of Oregon doesn’t need your hate speech.

Seriously, the Student Government at the University of Oregon considered removing MLK’s most famous quote from a campus building under renovation, because, y’know… what’s so special about black people?

But as renovation continues, the Oregon Student Union seriously considered replacing that quote. “The quote is not going to change,” reports student paper Oregon Daily Emerald, “but that decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.”

When the student union considered the question, some students asked, “Does the MLK quote represent us today?” The problem wasn’t so much the message, but the fact that it only focused on racial diversity instead of gender identity.

“Diversity is so much more than race,” said one sophomore architecture major. “Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that.”

Americans Grow Fed Up with Elite Condescension

Posted by V the K at 10:14 am - January 26, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

From RCP: Americans Are Tired of Elites Considering Them Stupid and Vicious

George W. Bush, after the attacks of Sept. 11 made a point of visiting mosques and calling Islam a religion of peace.

Undoubtedly, he then feared that many Americans would attack and assault Muslims, actual or perceived, and a very few such attacks occurred. But government statistics count far fewer “hate crimes” against Muslims than against Jews.

Nonetheless Obama still behaves as if any suggestion that terrorists shouting “Allahu akbar!” has something to do with Islam will spark massacres and persecution across the country. The American people are seen as a great beast, incapable of reason or cool judgment. Stupid and vicious.

The Rebellion against Political Correctness…. which Donald Trump has successfully tapped into… is in part a rebellion against the Ruling Classes condescending to us; which is a passive aggressive way of expressing their contempt for us.

Back when I lived in Maryland, I knew more than a few people who thought that everything west of the DC suburbs and east of I-5 was a savage wasteland filled with dangerous inbred hicks. When we decided to move to the Midwest, a lot of people expressed what they thought was genuine concern for our safety. It’s incredibly how provincial the coastal elites are. And, yes, the contempt of the coastal elites for ‘Flyover Country’ is deep and sincere.

Swedish Police No Longer Allowed to Describe Race or National Origin of Suspects

Posted by V the K at 1:40 pm - January 16, 2016.
Filed under: Political Correctness

The Left will go to great lengths to deny reality, and prevent facts from destroying The Sacred Narrative.

Swedish police will no longer be able to give descriptions of alleged criminals for fear of being seen as racist.

According to an internal letter, police in capital city Stockholm are instructed to refrain from describing suspects’ race and nationality, according to news website Speisa.

The letter specifies that, for everyday crimes such as burglary, basic information such as ethnicity, nationality, skin colour and height should not be given.

Imagine future police reports: “Police have released a description of the suspects in the latest series of gang rapes. They are described as males with penises. The public is warned to be on the lookout for males with penises, and to report any males with penises to the authorities.”

This policy has been unofficial policy among American news reporters for quite some time, and the public has learned to decipher the race and ethnicity and political affiliation of suspects from the information left out of news accounts. So, as a result of this political correctness, a lot of people have kind of become more racist because if the police and the media don’t state the race or ethnicity of a suspect, they just automatically assume it’s a member of a minority community.

There is a great huge difference between the racist assumption “All members of Race X are criminals” and the equally racist counter-assumption “Acknowledging that some members of Race X commit crimes is equivalent to saying all members of Race X are criminals.” However, this nuance is lost on the Progressive Left.

After all, a rapist is just as likely to look like Bill Clinton as Bill Cosby.