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A Bit of a Rant


A recent news item caught my attention. Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, one of Barack Hussein Obama's elected delegates from the Chicago area to the Democratic National Convention was given a $75 ticket for "disorderly conduct," which is defined as, "when a person does something that alarms or disturbs another."

What did she do to deserve this ticket? She told some neighbor children who were climbing in a tree to quit playing in the tree like monkeys. She is reported to have said she "saw the kids playing in the tree and didn't want them falling out of the tree and getting hurt." She said she calls her own grandchildren "monkeys" and didn't understand why anyone would object to her calling the children monkeys. The mother of one of the children did not see it that way, noting she and Ramirez-Sliwinski have clashed before. The mother called the police who gave Ramirez-Sliwinski the $75 fine.

There were reports that she was considering stepping down as a delegate, possibly at the request of Obama's campaign. In fact the campaign announced yesterday that she was stepping down, but the latest articles I've read indicate that she still plans to be a delegate and still has an Obama sign in her front yard.

To me this story is yet another example of political correctness gone crazy. I think there are people out there who get up every morning and perch a chip perilously on their shoulder, in hopes that someone will knock it off as early in the day as possible so that they can be angry/upset/offended for as much of the day as possible.

Don't get me wrong, I believe that we should always be careful in our word choices. No one should go out of his way to offend people - and some do just that, being as abrasive and controversial as possible. But people need to lighten up too and not seek to find cause for offense in stupid things. Of all things, being upset for calling kids monkeys! Will we have to rename "monkey bars" for fear of some nitwit taking offense?! Good grief!

But to be ticketed for it is beyond the pale! Do we still have freedom of speech in this nation? The thought of government fining someone for something like this would be unbelievable if it weren't true. But it *is* true! Our people had better wake up to what political correctness (or political cleansing) is doing to our freedoms, before it's too late!

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In true, politically incorrect ivman fashion, I will try to relieve any tension caused by the preceding by gently lampooning it. In an increasingly politically correct world, we have new, more sensitive names and ways of saying just about everything. Here are some student-related PC expressions you may not have heard of:

No one fails a class anymore. He's merely "passing impaired."

You don't have detention. You're just one of the "exit delayed."

Your room isn't cluttered. It's just "passage restrictive."

A student isn't lazy. She's "energetically declined" or "motivationally dispossessed."

A student isn't hyperactive. He's "serenity impaired."

Your locker isn't overflowing with junk, it's just "closure prohibitive."

Kids don't get grounded anymore. They merely hit "social speed bumps."

Your homework isn't missing. It's just having an "out-of-notebook experience."

You're not sleeping in class. You're "rationing consciousness."

You're not late. You just have a "rescheduled arrival time."

You're not having a bad hair day. You're suffering from "rebellious follicle syndrome."

Your teacher isn't bald. He's "follicularly challenged and comb-free."

A girl doesn't have big hair. She is "overly aerosoled."

You're not doing poorly in class. You are "on a detour off the information highway" or are "cerebrally underactive."

You don't have smelly gym socks. You have "odor-retentive athletic footwear."

A student is not obnoxious. He is "charismatically impeded."

No one's tall or short anymore. He's "vertically enhanced" or vertically challenged."

You're not shy. You're "conversationally selective."

You don't talk a lot. You're just "abundantly verbal."

You're not able to carry a tune. You're a "tonal underachiever."

You're not conceited. You're "extremely aware of your best qualities."

Your teacher is not old. He is "geriatrically advanced" or "chronologically gifted." (I like that one!) 😀

You weren't passing notes in class. You were "participating in the discreet exchange of penned meditations."

It's not called gossip anymore. It's "the speedy transmission of near-factual information."

You're not being sent to the dean's office. You're "going on a mandatory field trip to the administrative building."

One is no longer a class clown. He is either "a buffoonery overachiever" or is simply "humor appreciative."

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In a comment to the previous blog post about buzzwords, J.D. left a hilarious comment with a link to a site where you can download "buzzword bingo" for fun at that next meeting where buzzwords will be flying around.

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"If I were the devil, ... I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct." - Paul Harvey

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

When at loss for the right word to say, why not try silence?


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5 Comments on “A Bit of a Rant”

  1. #1 David McGuire
    on Apr 10th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Political correctness has become a modern-day plague. Up here in PC Minnesota, however, we have learned how to cope with this new plague. We live in Owatonna, Minnesota, which was named in honor of “Princess Owatonna,” an Indian maiden who enjoyed the local mineral springs many decades ago. Naturally, the local high school sports teams were called the Owatonna Indians . . . that is, until the “Minnesota PC Police” weighed in with a directive that high school sports teams could no longer use Indian nicknames.

    The Owatonna teams are now called the Huskies, which of course causes some problems when the girls’ teams compete. The headline writers have sometimes referred to the “Huskie Girls,” or are we to refer to the ladies as the “Huskettes”? Before I leave the topic, I need to share one more result of the PC name change here in Owatonna. We often would pick up our kids at the north entrance of the high school, which has an Indian mosaic above the entrance. We used to say, “We’ll pick you up at the “Indian Doors.” Now we say, “We’ll pick you up at the Native American Access Point!”

  2. #2 Katie
    on Apr 11th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Here is a word which I learned in California (where things are often very pc).
    Homeless = urban camper
    What is this world coming to?

  3. #3 Vikki
    on Apr 11th, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Ah, political correctness . . . I can see a problem when the words used are words actually created to cause belittlement and hurt, but some of these “politically incorrect” words are replacements for words that used to be an acceptable term for something – such as “Blacks” – which has now been changed to “African American”. How long before the new politically correct terms become politically incorrect? I can see in the future where African American will become unacceptable because there are many Americans from Africa who are of a racial color other than black . Where does it stop?!?

    Love the “chronologically gifted”! I used to be chronologically impared, but now I’m chronologically gifted. However, doesn’t that also make me youth impared?

  4. #4 Matt
    on Apr 11th, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Yeah, well. Your politeness has removed the full impact of that story. How about: the lady using the term “monkeys” was white. The kids were black. Therefore she was being racist. According to the charges.

    Now figure in Obama. He has sat under the anti-white aggressively racist Rev. Wright for 20 years. He had the guts to condemn this lady for calling the kids “monkeys” because it was racist? How ludicrous….

    ivman adds:

    Matt, I left those things alone since my main target of scorn was political correctness, not the use of the R-word.

    Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski is actually Hispanic – some people don’t class them as white (WASP). I didn’t quite know what to do with that one. I was actually very surprised to learn that Hispanics could even be called “racists.” I thought that that was something that only WASP’s could be guilty of.

    I’m also glad you brought up Rev. Wright. I didn’t want to go there myself in the blog post itself since I was downplaying the racial overtones of this story.

    Matt! How can you call Rev. Wright a racist?! Don’t you know he’s not white?! Obama cannot be a racist either … as Obama himself insinuated, only we “typical white people” can be racists….

    Even though you seem to be in error according the social views of those who set the PC rules, I will let you comment stand, with my added explanations and admonitions.

  5. #5 Guillaume
    on Apr 11th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    The “You’re not able to carry a tune” phrase might be better rephrased as “You’re not unable able to carry a tune” since it is in a list of other negative phrases.