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Old 10-26-2003, 11:49 PM
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Political Correctness Update...

Taped versions of an old nursery rhyme on sale in Scotland have an added verse in order to avoid upsetting little tykes who hear it, reports Glasgow’s Sunday Mail.
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The original version of the Humpty Dumpty rhyme has the egg man falling off the wall, and none of the king’s horses nor any of the king’s men able to put him together again. End of story. The new version adds a verse: Humpty Dumpty opened his eyes/ Falling down was such a surprise/ Humpty Dumpty counted to 10/ Then Humpty Dumpty got up again.


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Denver police are unnecessarily driving a wedge into an already divided community by accurately transcribing their interviews with African-American witnesses, reports columnist Jim Spencer of the Denver Post.

Denver Police records routinely have phrases like "aks" instead of "ask," "sumpin'" for “something” and "baf'room" for “bathroom.”

"It's not only insensitive, it's insulting," said the Rev. Gill Ford, the NAACP's regional director and a member of the state's Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

But the police say everyone gets treated the same way, regardless of race.

"I know the implication is that someone is trying to put a racial spin on something," explained Al LaCabe, the police’s public safety manager. "But the transcriptionists are trying to be as accurate as possible."



Angry and Confused
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A fraternity at California State University in Long Beach, Calif. was forced to apologize for using a picture of a naked black man from the movie “The Full Monty” in a flier advertising a charity pledge auction, reports the Daily Forty-Niner.

Similar fliers featuring white men from the movie, also naked and with their genitalia covered by hats, provoked no reaction. But the one of the black man was called “racially and culturally insensitive” by students who described themselves as confused and angered. Following the flier fiasco, Sigma Phi Epsilon promised not to hold any more pledge auctions and to undergo cultural sensitivity indoctrination.



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A city council in Britain has banned the handing out of goldfish as funfair prizes out of concern that the practice may be too stressful for the fish, reports the Daily Post.



In the first ban of its kind in Northwest England, the Liverpool City Council took the measure at the behest of liberal Democratic councilman Coun Jean Seddon, who said he was concerned about the welfare of the fish. The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals applauded the decision. "Winning a goldfish at a fair does not require people to give any kind of thought as to whether they can be responsible for an animal,” said the RSPCA’s Heather Holmes. "It is all very distressing for the goldfish."



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Sparty the Spartan, the mascot at Michigan State University, is in trouble for a stunt that was called insensitive and offensive to students with disabilities, reports the State News.

For a mascot competition, Sparty was filmed stumbling through the student union with a white cane and referee’s jersey. The intent was to poke fun at "blind" referees.

Members of the Council of Students with Disabilities were irate about the stunt. They said they were being "stereotyped, mocked and harassed by a symbol of this university."

The incident couldn’t have happened at a worse time, the paper says, coming as it did just after Accessibility Awareness Week. The students responsible have agreed to apologize and attend diversity re-education seminars.



Out of the Stadium
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Another week, another sportscaster in trouble. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Warren Sapp is under fire for accusing National Football League officials of “slave master” style management in an interview on CBS' pre-game program.

"It's a slave system," Sapp said of an NFL edict with which he was unhappy. "Make no mistake about it, slave master say you can't do it, don't do it. They'll make an example out of you."



Host Bob Costas lit into him for the language.
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"Anybody, white or black, who cares about the present state of race relations in America, and the scarred history of it in this country, would never trivialize that discussion by likening being disciplined for football infractions to anything that has to do with slavery or racism,” Costas said. “It's so far out of bounds, it is out of the stadium."



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A tipster sends this memo that went out to copy editors at a newspaper in the southern United States from its managing editor:



STYLE UPDATE 6:

Some words have negative connotations, even though we don’t intend for them to be taken that way. For that reason, Tonnya has requested that we stop using the following terms:

"Broken English" -- a phrase than many consider elitist. Rather, we could say someone "speaks English poorly."

"Broken homes" -- again, this has a negative connotation. A single-parent home can in some instances be more stable than a home with two parents.

"Third World" -- this is AP style but Tonnya would prefer we not use it because it could be considered condescending. "Economically developing nations" is an alternative. "Nonaligned countries" would work for some political references.


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Cultural sensitivity indoctrination????...
Diversity re-education seminars???...
Negative Connotation???...
Stressed-out goldfish???...

Will the stupidity and triviality ever end??
Has EVERYONE become a complete wuss????

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Old 10-27-2003, 12:59 AM
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Old 10-27-2003, 01:10 AM
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I think it is quite socially appropriate to send violators to Siberia to get re-educated and resensititized.
Hey I like my idea.......wait, I think somebody else already thought of this........
Holy Mao batman...............quit stalin' and get movi'in

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Old 10-27-2003, 09:17 AM
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I'm with you on that !

BTW. Where did you find those???
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PC is rampant in our society. Everyone is to be respected except white males.
Now I do wish PC applied to driving. I drive the speed limit and stay in the right lane. I am a laid-back individual who gets in no hurry. People are always on my bumper tail gating me and using foul language and signs. Cops should patrol and ticket tail gaters. It seems this would stop a lot of road rage and injury. Just a thought.

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Old 10-27-2003, 11:30 AM
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I'm with you on that !

BTW. Where did you find those???
Fox News website.

But hundreds of examples can be found every day....Newspapers, TV, magazines, radio, and just about anywhere you go, there's someone whining about being discriminated, offended, traumatized, disenfranchised, insulted, blah, blah, blah....We are quickly turing into a nation of hyper-sensitive pu$$ies. It's getting really, really pathetic, isn't it?

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Old 10-27-2003, 12:44 PM
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Fox News website.

But hundreds of examples can be found every day....Newspapers, TV, magazines, radio, and just about anywhere you go, there's someone whining about being discriminated, offended, traumatized, disenfranchised, insulted, blah, blah, blah....We are quickly turing into a nation of hyper-sensitive pu$$ies. It's getting really, really pathetic, isn't it?

Mike
It is pathetic..........Don't forget all the rediculous lawsuits.
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Old 10-27-2003, 12:56 PM
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Re: Political Correctness Update...

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"Broken homes" -- again, this has a negative connotation. A single-parent home can in some instances be more stable than a home with two parents.
I had always taken the term to be quite literal in it's meaning when describing the inner workings of the family dynamic. I didn't realize it meant simply "one parent" household. I had thought a broken home could consist of two parent, but just not a properly functioning family environment.

You learn something every day.

As to the rest of it, people have become bent out of shape for NOTHING. PC has become an obsession that has taken away from real issues and meant a loss of focus on people and an orientation on semantics. Feminists have become wrapped up in this garbage with their PC junk and have ignored real pressing issues for women. Typical of many things right now.
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Old 10-27-2003, 05:58 PM
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Wow, this is a strange day! I find myself agreeing with what Blackmercedes just said, and NOT agreeing with what Spock just said! !!!! I suddenly feel very dizzy! :p

By the way, Spock...I think you went on a tangient concerning the nude poster issue...The complaint about posters featuring various almost-nude or nude men was not about the nudity itself. People were complaining about it somehow being "racially offensive and insensitive" to use the nude BLACK man, but no one said a word about the several different posters featuring nude WHITE men. What's the difference? And how is it even remotely racist? They were images of naked men, for the purpose of promoting a fraternity charity event. Opinions on public nudity aside, how in the world did RACE enter the issue???....That was just some race-baiting, Jesse Jackson-fan club whiner INVENTING something to b!+ch about.

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Many celebrities have advanced their careers with the "shock value" technique. Madonna, Eddie Murphy, Howard Stern, Dice Clay, Snoop trashy trash, J. Carlin, Tom Green? TBD, ICE T, Oliver Stone, Jerry Springer, Queen LAtifat...on down the line.
Damn, that's a pretty impressive list of talent, and I respect them all for various reasons!....OK, with the exception of Jerry Springer.

If someone's physical attributes or inherent "shock value" can help them along in their careers...and I can tell you firsthand that you need ALL the advantages you can get, and then some, in today's entertainment business climate...then why not use it to assist in getting ahead? Admittedly there are those who have nothing ELSE to offer, but still... Use it if you've got it!

If someone doesn't like it...there's always the remote control. Change the channel/radio station/magazine page/etc., and move on...

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I don't think there are a majority jumping on this lop-sided band wagon. It's just the noisey few. Unfortunately they get groups like the ACLU to back their cause, and get lot's of press coverage and support from it. We're becoming a nation driven by the few special interest groups, who's interest is not in behalf of big picture.

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