Tag: Political Correctness

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Anthony Daniels (known to readers as Theodore Dalrymple) joins Brian Anderson to discuss Daniels’s quarter-century of writing for City Journal and his new book, False Positive: A Year of Error, Omission, and Political Correctness in The New England Journal of Medicine. “Theodore Dalrymple” first appeared in the pages of City Journal in 1994 with an aptly titled essay,“The Knife Went In,” which recounted conversations […]

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QOTD: The Military Has One Job: Winning Wars

 

Question: How can President Trump claim to represent all U.S citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, when he banned transgender individuals from joining the military? Isn’t that discrimination?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Senate Republicans expressing major reservations over the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs against Mexico. They also discuss Parkland Officer Scot Peterson facing criminal charges for his non-response to the Stoneman-Douglas High School shooting and wonder whether the charges are appropriate for […]

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Except in this case, PC does not stand for “Personal Computer”. It looks as if MS Word will have political correctness incorporated into its grammar checker: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/microsoft-ai-word-politically-correct More

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Quote of the Day: Rewriting History

 

“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we will find that we have lost the future.” – Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

Kate Smith’s statue gets covered over because of a song she sang 80 years ago. Dowling Street in Houston, named for a Confederate hero, gets renamed Emancipation. A set of paintings of George Washington are painted over because he was a slaveholder. These are just a few instances of history being erased, rewritten, or removed from the public view because standards have changed.

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On the Modern University

 

At Michigan State University, a student reported his roommate for the unspeakable crime of watching a Ben Shapiro video. (This, apparently, constituted a “bias incident.” How sitting passively can count as “bias” is beyond me, but that’s neither here nor there.) I was at another venerable Wolverine State institution, the University of Michigan, in winter 2017 — only two or three months after the 2016 election — and the students had taken to the bulletin boards to vent:

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Making ‘Em Laugh With David Deeble

 

Radio Deplorable is back and Dave Carter is having fun with it. This week, comedian David Deeble joins in as the two Daves enjoy a trans-Atlantic chat, one Dave in Memphis and the other in Germany. The twists and turns in their conversation take them from cruise ships to college campuses (a comedy circuit which David Deeble traveled in the past) and comparisons between the comedy of the past and the mine field of sensitivities through which humor must tread ever so lightly today. As Dave said, “For a couple of clowns, we had a really good time on this one.” We think you will too.

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How Political Correctness Infects Religious Organizations

 

When I was in Israel just over a year ago, I had one of my most uncomfortable moments related to Judaism. I visited Beit Hatfutsot, the Diaspora Museum, on the Tel Aviv University campus. In one room, they featured small replicas from synagogues all over the world; it was a beautiful display. They also had films of international congregations conducting services from many different cities and towns. One of the films stopped me in my tracks: a group of Jewish women were being led in prayer by a small group of women—wrapped in tallitot and kipot—prayer shawls and skullcaps. As I recall, they were filming a service in the Midwest. Granted, I haven’t been in a Conservative or Reform synagogue in a very long time, but it was still a shock. I stepped away from the film and collected my bearings.

It’s not like I haven’t been exposed to the idea of women wearing tallitot previously. In fact, I had joined a Jewish group in Los Angeles that had a weekly discussion of the Torah. I also attended a silent retreat with them. At the end of the retreat, the women in the group called us all up (Aliyah) and we surrounded ourselves with prayer shawls. It was a unique and moving experience, and I decided to purchase my own prayer shawl.

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Insulting Jews Everywhere—A Call to Congress

 

Dear Members of Congress,

You should be embarrassed by your lack of courage regarding the anti-Semitism resolution that has been proposed, and apologize to Jews everywhere. How could you even think of changing the resolution to include every single group discriminated against? I am insulted and disgusted by your decisions to consider these changes, since you are either politically stupid or historically uneducated. Let me explain why:

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American Inventors

 
Edwin Armstrong on the beach with his wife and his portable superheterodyne radio 1923

Yesterday, @richardeaston wrote a post Affirmative Action in Inventions in which he noted that in recent years a black female, Dr. Gladys West, has been given credit for inventions associated with GPS for which the credit belongs to others. I was going to comment on Richard’s post; but, my comment got too long and I think this post can stand on its own.

Unfortunately, I don’t think what Richard found is a one-off honest mistake. Rather, there appears to be a concerted effort to overstate the accomplishments of black Americans in some fields. This becomes apparent when searching various terms using the most popular Internet search engine: Google. For example, searching the term “American Inventors” gives the following result.

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In his latest Steynpost ramble, Mark Steyn likens modern Western peoples to Germans who claimed ignorance of the Nazis’ genocidal practices. More

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Woke Chess

 

Chess, as a game, has undergone some rules changes over the years. Moving a pawn two spaces forward on it’s first move, for example, or the en passant to counter that. This time the rules have changed more than at any time since the middle ages, and I’m providing this guide for you to help understand the new rules.

We begin with the King and Queen. The word ‘Queen’ might be taken to be offensive to the LGBTQQI2S community, so please refer to the piece as ‘Princess’. This give something for little girls and little boys to aspire to.

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First Paddy’s piece, and now this. It’s one of those mornings. During the weekend, a New York meteorologist lost his job. What offense did he commit? Why, the offense of speaking too quickly, of course: More

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The Vatican broke with tradition this year and had a manger scene built entirely out of sand. It is reported that the sand sculpture took 720 tons of sand from a nearby town called Jesolo, a popular beach resort in Venice, for the project. I didn’t know the sinking Venice could spare any sand. The […]

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College Shows? No Thanks.

 

Drawing by Kristian Hammerstad.

I’ve worked for all kinds of audiences. Big, small, good, bad. I just did my first smoking show in a while: the entire front row was 20-something US Marines smoking cigarettes.

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In politics, language matters. (Here, I must insert an obligatory Orwell reference.) Marginal theories can seep into the mainstream when marginal vocabulary seeps into the mainstream. Such is the case with identity politics — and, in particular, the trendy phrase “people of color.” I’ve noticed, even within the conservative commentariat (Reihan Salam, I’m looking at […]

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The APA blog never fails to amaze. First, the premise: More

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I keep seeing this commercial for “Bring Your Bible to School Day”. It draws my attention with a catchy little tune that I haven’t sung since I was little, called “This Little Light of Mine”. However, what intrigued me was that, in today’s politically correct and emotionally charged atmosphere, especially at schools and universities, this […]

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I’m Not Catholic – So Why Should It Matter to Me?

 

My personal spiritual journey had more hiccups than a newborn. While my family, with traditional ties to Catholicism, was influential in planting a Christian seed, growing up in the crazy ’60s, ’70s, ’80s made anything traditional not my bag. By the third grade, my dad bought me a little turntable that resembled a red suitcase and several Beatles albums (along with Alvin and the Chipmunks) – my first intro to rock and roll – and then as I got older, cough … all the rest…

I considered myself a “modern” Christian, i.e., more spiritual than religious, and fell down every spiritual rabbit hole there was. I read about Eastern religions, New Age, visited multiple denominational churches, but was never that committed. As I grew older, I realized I didn’t really have a spiritual foundation. In my case, it took a health crisis to realize I had nothing. The “Universe” wasn’t going to save me, nor the Buddha, or any other spiritual “wisdom” I gleaned from all those cool New Age bookstores, with the ear candles, patchouli and rose incense, and sections on whatever spiritual flavor of the day caught your attention.

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As part of the experience of moving my son into his Freshman college dorm this week, I noticed something on the doors of all students on a different floor. The RA had a nice idea of putting little signs with names of the occupants on each door. It had their names and then had several […]

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