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December 07, 2007

When Racism Isn't

A fireman in Boston was set upon by thugs -- beaten up and stabbed. Fortunately he's recovering. The fireman, who happens to be white, was attacked by Hispanics who said during the attack that they "don't want any gringo here."

(Of course, if gringos are the ones who are expected to put out the fire in that neighborhood, they'd better get there PDQ.)

That racism is alive and well doesn't surprise me, sadly. Neither does this:

...police are not classifying the incident as racially fueled...

The double standard that exists in our nation today is appalling. White perp, victim of color? Hate crime. Other way around? Just an ordinary crime, not worthy of special attention.

To me, the notion of "hate crimes" is preposterous, because the laws that exist cover assault, murder, etc., no matter what the color of your skin, where you came from, what religion you observe or, these days, who you sleep with. But when so-called "hate crime statutes" do exist and they are only enacted when a certain someone is the victim, well, that gets my blood boiling. It's obvious that they exist soley to "make whitey pay" for any and all past injustices. This is what's called "social justice," and it's rubbish.

h/t: Moonbattery

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November 23, 2007

PC Mob Forces Nobel Laureate to Resign in Disgrace

James Watson put his foot into a pile of politically correct poop last month. The Nobel Laureate, famous for his pioneering work in genetics, was quoted in the Sunday Times of London that he was inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really.

Within days, he had been forced to resign his position at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). With his presentations cancelled by the Science Museum of London, he then left Britain "in disgrace" after being pummeled by a mob of critics. The common refrain against Watson's remarks were that they were "racist and most regrettable," not "backed by science" and only of use to the "far-right organizations such as the British National Party."

However, Watson is backed up by scientific research that can be referenced here and here in excruciating detail. With "over 100 years of data showing that ethnic groups differ in their general intelligence" the refusal to examine this body of evidence rationally reflects poorly on a scientific community terrified to buck the current social dogma.

James Watson felt it necessary to issue an apology -- quoted out of context by the New York Times. (Surprise!) So to those few reading about this unfortunate witch hunt, here is what he really said:

"We do not yet adequately understand the way in which the different environments in the world have selected over time the genes which determine our capacity to do different things. The overwhelming desire of society today is to assume that equal powers of reason are a universal heritage of humanity. It may well be. But simply wanting this to be the case is not enough. This is not science."

The full text of his remarks were published at the Independent on October 19, 2007.

Thus a distinguished career goes down in flames, thanks to the howling mobs who are so wedded to the PC mantra that they can't even bring themselves to acknowledge something that may (or may not) be true. It brings to mind the hell Lawrence Summers went through for daring to suggest the brains of men and women are wired differently, a possible reason fewer women are involved in hard sciences.

(On a related note, police in Britain find they cant even arrest drug dealers because of racism.)

With many thanks to husband-dude for this post!

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October 16, 2007

But If It Had Been a George W. Bush Dummy...

it would have been "protected speech":

Chesla Flood couldn't believe her eyes. A hangman's noose circled the neck of a black-hooded, jeans-clad dummy suspended from the chimney of a house in Madison.

Flood called her mother, Millie Hazlewood, who reported the Halloween display to police. She wasn't the only one. Police went to the property at least three times starting Sunday, and even the mayor asked the homeowners to take down the figure.

At 8 last night, the family relented, saying they feared for their safety.

"It's no more like freedom of speech anymore," Cheryl Maines said. "My son had to take this down because these people have blown this thing out of proportion."

Before the figure was removed yesterday, Madison Mayor Ellwood "Woody" Kerkeslager said "the appearance and the suggestion (of racism) is there, and it's inappropriate."

At least four recent noose displays -- one each in Jena, La., and Philadelphia and two in New York City -- are drawing renewed attention to a potent symbol of racism, lynchings and the era of Jim Crow segregation.

The whole Star-Ledger article is here.

A hanging dummy is tacky and tasteless -- I know I wouldn't hang one in my yard -- but there's nothing inherently racist about it, especially during the Halloween season. And to my knowledge, New Jersey (where this happened) wasn't even a Jim Crow state; by 1949 it was one of 15 states with no segregation laws.

You know, blacks weren't the only victims of hanging. In fact, hanging used to be the preferred method of state-sponsored execution. Should the descendents of the four people hanged in the Abraham Lincoln assassination start complaining when they see things like this?

Pretty soon we won't be able to do anything for fear of offending someone about something, thanks to political correctness and a media that jumps on stories like this and worries them like a dog with a bone.

On a tip from Jeanette

UPDATE: Click here to see where someone on some chat forum claims I'm the daughter of this Cheryl Maines woman. That's quite interesting; I thought my mother's name was Marge. Has she been lying to me all these years? LOL!!!

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May 24, 2007

PC Flap Ends Up Backfiring on Whiner: The Wopburger Stays

Score one for common sense:

The Blue Parrot in Louisville [Colorado] has a burger on its menu called the "Wopburger." To some, the name has a negative connotation, but to others, it's no big deal.

The Blue Parrot owners, Joe Colacci and Joan Riggins, said since the restaurant opened in 1919, it has never had a controversy quite like this. However, despite the controversy, they said the name of the burger is going to stay.

An Italian-American customer argued that the name "Wopburger" was offensive and is an ethnic slur, while others said the complaints are political correctness gone too far.

"He was giving my grandson a hard time about this Wopburger," Colacci said. "He said, 'you have to take this off the menu.'"

According to Dictionary.com, the term "wop" comes from the word "guappo" meaning "swagger or pimp."

The owners said they considered changing the burger's name, but their customers told them not to.

"All over the country people have called -- I've been on a Baltimore radio station -- and they have all been very supportive," Riggins said.

Because of the controversy, the owners said the Wopburger has become one of the most popular dishes on the menu.

When's the last time you heard anyone called a "wop?" It's one of those classless terms that's gone the way of "dago" and "polock." I'll bet if you asked a bunch of kids under the age of 20 what a wop is, most of them, if not all, wouldn't have a clue.

What gets me is that one customer out of how many has complained about this burger? And he felt he had the right to demand that the restaurant owners change the name? He even went so far as to complain to the Boulder Valley School District, which buys spaghetti sauce for its lunch program from the Blue Parrot. That complaint nearly caused the Colacci clan to change its mind.

All James Gambino ended up doing was bringing the Blue Parrot lots of free publicity, and Wopburger sales are up. (Figures he's an East Coast transplant.) Colacci, the last name of the owners, is Italian. If they aren't offended, then so what?

As David Harsanyi says in the Denver Post:

Political correctness allows a small group of energetic do-gooders to dictate what acceptable speech is for the rest of us. Yes, being offensive is the right of every American. And what's offensive, in many cases, is nebulous.

But, thankfully, there's a flip side to this freedom - a wonderful and infallible remedy for those who find the Wopburger an offensive treat:

Don't patronize the Blue Parrot and don't buy one.

h/t: Ankle Biting Pundits

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May 14, 2007

Topics Not On the Politically Correct Hit List

For those of you who are worried that you might accidentally make a comment that is taboo in today's ultra-sensitive society, I've created the following list (in alphabetical order) so that you know who and/or what is still permissible to mock. If it's not on this list, be prepared to defend yourself in court:

*country music
*ethnic minorities who are conservatives
*fat people
*France/French people
*George W. Bush
*homeschooled children
*NASCAR fans
*rural residents (read: white trash)
*white people

If I've missed any, feel free to add them in the comments section.

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April 30, 2007

Tony Snow Back to Work!

White House Spokesman Tony Snow is back on the job.

"I've recovered from the surgery, more or less," Snow said in a CNN interview. "I'll start doing chemo on Friday. We'll do it every other week for four months."

Here's to his continued recovery, and to his keeping the rabid White House press on a short leash.

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January 26, 2007

NCAA Wants To Ban Male Practice Players for Girls' Teams

Many elite female sports teams, like the UConn Lady Huskies basketball team, have been using male players during practice sessions. Why?

The addition of male practice players hasn't been the sole reason behind UConn's phenomenal rise to the top, but the parties involved believe that the men have played a vital role along the path to winning five of the last 12 national championships. The influx of testosterone has hardened the psyche of the players and allowed them to hone their skills daily against quicker, stronger and more athletic opponents.

Guys, in general, are bigger and stronger than gals. It's a fact. And if using men during practice helps the women to improve their game, then who would complain?

The NCAA, that's who.

The Committee on Women's Athletics issued a statement Dec. 13 intending to ban the use of male practice players in all women's sports. The CWA said in a statement that the use of such players "violates the spirit of gender equity and Title IX" and "any inclusion of male practice players results in diminished participation opportunities for female student-athletes." The only coach on record who has been in favor of the ban is Ohio State coach Jim Foster.

Please. If the women aren't complaining and feel the practice sessions are beneficial, then what's the big deal?

"I think it's a weak argument saying we are taking away opportunities from the bench players," said [Vin] Bruno, who is in his third year with the team. "Really, if you watch practice, these girls will be playing on the white team, or our team. There will be three guys out there and two others like Jacquie (Fernandes) and Cassie (Kerns) out there with us. The assistant coaches Tonya (Cardoza) and Jamelle really do a good job of rotating everyone in, both male and female players."

Said UConn sophomore Tahirah Williams: "I think practice players are a big role in women's basketball. Honestly, I don't think they're taking away (any opportunities). I think they're making us better."

The use of male players also helps team members to rest during practice, and the practices are structured so there is not a free-for-all atmosphere in which the men are allowed to overshadow the women.

But don't expect the folks who banned the use of American Indian names for college sports teams during postseason tournaments to give in easily. What's next, banning male coaches from women's teams?

And so, the PC stampede continues to ride roughshod over common sense...after all, don't committees know better than you do?

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December 28, 2005

The Gender Gap on College Campuses

It used to be that there were more guys than gals on ye olde college campus. Not anymore--and the reason isn't pretty.

Melana Zyla Vickers writes about this disturbing phenomenon in the Weekly Standard. If you are at all concerned about our education system, you'll want to read this article.

h/t: Hugh Hewitt

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March 19, 2005

Easter Bunny Out in Florida

A mall in Florida has decided that the Easter Bunny is no longer acceptable, and have renamed him the Garden Bunny.

Why all the hubbub? According to mall General Manager Sam Hosen, it's "because we're such a multicultural community, it's good just to remain neutral."

And although he says his group is not behind this latest development, communications director of Atheists.org David Silverman said on FOX News' Hannity and Colmes that "it's nicer to see."

What's next? How about calling Santa Claus Holiday Harry? After all, we wouldn't want to offend anyone. Never mind that Christians are constantly being offended by this assault on their traditional values.

No, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are not bonafide Christian figures. However, both of them have been associated with their respective holidays for...who knows how long? It's time we started pushing back. Hard.

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March 15, 2005

The Bible Goes PC

Michelle Malkin has a blognote regarding the "modernization" of the New International Version of the Bible. My favorite? "Saints" being tossed for "God's chosen people" (because "saints" is too ecclesiastical). Gag me with a spoon!

Do you think the Koran is next in line for modernizing? Stay tuned...

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