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UK: Now council bans the use of 'political correctness' at work (The phrase, not the policies)
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 1, 2006 | CHRIS BROOKE

Posted on 11/01/2006 1:52:53 PM PST by Stoat

Now council bans the use of 'political correctness' at work

By CHRIS BROOKE Last updated at 10:41am on 1st November 2006

 

Cllr Robert Light: Kirklees council leader blamed his political opponents and said the booklet was no longer being used by council staff

A council has warned staff against using the phrase 'political correctness' at work because it might offend people.

A booklet outlining 'equality' policy to council workers claims using the term at work can be damaging and even linked it to the Ku Klux Klan.

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The bizarre publication also orders staff not to use words like 'policeman', 'fireman' and 'chairman', suggesting they are classic examples of 'exclusionary language.'

While the word 'ethnic' is also outlawed for being not 'appropriately descriptive.'

The 44-page training book called 'Equality Essentials' has been used for staff training courses at Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire.

The publication outlines forms of damaging behaviour in the workplace and rates them on a five-level scale.

The authors claim that moving things around on someone else's desk is as serious as punching or kicking them.

And workers are instructed to come up with 10 things they can do every day to make colleagues feel better.

Tory MP for Shipley Phillip Davies, a patron of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, branded the pamphlet 'extreme and patronising.'

'How much is it costing to produce all this garbage?' he said. 'The policy is full of either the blindingly obvious or utterly ridiculous nonsense.'

A section of the 'PC booklet is devoted to denouncing the use of the words 'political correctness'.

It states:'Political correctness is often used to describe what some of us think are unnecessary changes which don't really bother anyone.

'The term political correctness was coined in 1988 by John O'Sullivan III, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was making an after dinner speech complaining about how Black Americans were being allowed to take the jobs traditionally reserved for the white majority because of a wave of political correctness.

'Since then the phrase political correctness has almost universally been used to decry changes which aim to prevent offensive behaviour.'

It goes on to say because this takes the form of 'blaming the victim, denying peoples experience or expressing the view of a popular majority,' using the phrase can represent a 'physical attack.'

The authority's new Tory leader Robert Light blamed his political opponents and said the booklet was no longer being used by council staff.

'We don't think it is relevant to use this booklet. We are trying to achieve the situation where the council has a more professional, modern approach. Diversity is still an issue for us but we will be taking a common sense approach rather than being part of the PC culture.

'Kirklees Council has had the title of most PC Council in Yorkshire and we are determined to change that view.'

Mr Light added:'References to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Germany are really extreme to use in a training guide even as a reference, it's very bizarre.

'I find it more unbelievable that they complain about the use of the word ethnic when it is the term that Government bodies, think-tanks and local leaders all use. It's very off the wall.'

Kirklees Council employs more than 18,000 people and has a budget of more than £470 million.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dasistverboten; freedomofspeech; freespeech; liberallunacy; lll; loonyleft; newspeak; orwell; pc; pcrunamok; politicalcorrectness; socialism; speechgestapo; thoughtpolice; uk
S.O.P. for the Left....when their policies induce widespread revolt and derision, don't change the policies, change the language used to describe them.
1 posted on 11/01/2006 1:52:56 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Someone on the radio just used the term, "intellectual fascism." Talk about hitting the nail on the head.


2 posted on 11/01/2006 1:54:45 PM PST by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Gun owners have illustrated rights are individual and can be protected by individuals.)
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To: Stoat

I thought Donna Shalala coined the term "political correctness".


3 posted on 11/01/2006 2:00:50 PM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: Stoat

What nitwits! The phrase 'politically correct' originally came from the left as a description of a secular-leftist analog of 'holier than thou'.


4 posted on 11/01/2006 2:01:53 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Stoat

Well to be fair the term was offending some people. To be pol... err, to be multi-culturally and diplomatically (MAD) sensitive, we should just call it being MAD. That won't offend anyone except those who are angry already (and they are already a lost cause).


5 posted on 11/01/2006 2:01:53 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: Stoat
'The term political correctness was coined in 1988 by John O'Sullivan III, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was making an after dinner speech complaining about how Black Americans were being allowed to take the jobs traditionally reserved for the white majority because of a wave of political correctness.

Actually, I believe it is a translation of one of Mao's edicts.

6 posted on 11/01/2006 2:02:23 PM PST by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: Buck W.

Nope, it's a lot older than that (see #4).


7 posted on 11/01/2006 2:02:47 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Stoat

Word ungood in Newspeak. Nonesuch existing elsewise.


8 posted on 11/01/2006 2:03:57 PM PST by Lazamataz (I love you.... but not in a gay way.)
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To: Stoat

and the ACLU now says they are not socialists, they are conservatives.


This politicial is just evidence of Doublespeak BS that dominates the POLICALL CORRECTNESS movement.

(iow: what a weenie)


9 posted on 11/01/2006 2:05:49 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Stoat
So much to comment on.
But "using the phrase can equal a physical attack" lost out to
"the word 'ethnic' is...outlawed for being not 'appropriately descriptive."

Gotta wonder what they had in mind to replace 'ethnic'...?

10 posted on 11/01/2006 2:10:12 PM PST by norton
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To: Stoat

Eating their own tail again.


11 posted on 11/01/2006 2:30:25 PM PST by TexanToTheCore (This space for hire...)
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To: Stoat

Wow, UK bans more and more speech every day...........amazing! No longer is there free speech in the UK at all. If we don't correct some of the policies here, our own will erode more and more!


12 posted on 11/01/2006 2:33:10 PM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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To: longtermmemmory

LOL good one.......hence my tag line!


13 posted on 11/01/2006 2:35:19 PM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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To: Stoat
S.O.P. for the Left....when their policies induce widespread revolt and derision, don't change the policies, change the language used to describe them.

Racial quotas = Affirmative action

14 posted on 11/01/2006 2:36:56 PM PST by Flashman_at_the_charge (A proud member of the self-preservation society)
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To: Stoat
And workers are instructed to come up with 10 things they can do every day to make colleagues feel better.

I can think of ten ways my colleagues can make me feel better. Oddly enough, they all involve leaving me alone to do my job.
15 posted on 11/01/2006 2:38:13 PM PST by Xenalyte (Viva España!)
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To: Stoat

How "double plus ungood" of them.


16 posted on 11/01/2006 2:39:51 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Winston Smith double plus rocks!


17 posted on 11/01/2006 2:52:17 PM PST by Dead Dog
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To: Stoat
Lies.

The term "politically correct" comes from MARXISTS, who used it in all earnest to describe statements which agreed with their politics. It was picked up by ex-socialist neo-conservatives to beat up the Marxists because of the absurdity of looking at everything through a political lens. Leftists absolutely HATE the term because they know how effective it is for blowing them off. But it cam from leftists, in the first place.

18 posted on 11/01/2006 3:03:57 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Stoat

'The term political correctness was coined in 1988 by John O'Sullivan III, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was making an after dinner speech complaining about how Black Americans were being allowed to take the jobs traditionally reserved for the white majority because of a wave of political correctness.

I present you with proof that the term "politically correct" predates the year 1988 and comes from leftists, not conservatives. Here you will find a discussion from the net.women group of the old Usenet (which used to only have net. and mod. groups) about the term "politically correct" dated July 18, 1985. It was posted to net.women, which was at the time a feminist and leftist haven and you'll find references to it being used in leftist circles long before this date in this thread. I can do more research if anyone really cares.

But like I said, the Left hates the term "politically correct" because it makes it difficult for them to hide their nonsense.

19 posted on 11/01/2006 3:12:43 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Stoat

Communist tyrant imbeciles...I wonder if they
have any idea what a bunch of imbeciles they
look like..and are..with this moronic ruling.


20 posted on 11/01/2006 3:15:11 PM PST by NickatNite2003
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To: Stoat
You can find the term "politically correct" used here on the Usenet dated December 14, 1981
21 posted on 11/01/2006 3:17:04 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Stoat

'The term political correctness was coined in 1988 by John O'Sullivan III, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was making an after dinner speech complaining about how Black Americans were being allowed to take the jobs traditionally reserved for the white majority because of a wave of political correctness.

Proof that this particular claim is a lie can be found here, where the term "political correctness" is used on June 19th, 1983. I urge Freepers interested in this term to do some searches on Google Groups, which stores messages sent across the Usnet through the early 1980s. You'll notice that the term "politically correct" is used frequently by leftists until they lose control of it because the truth is, that's the source of the term.


22 posted on 11/01/2006 3:28:27 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Stoat
Image hosted by Photobucket.com that FPOS poofter has never been punched in the mouth if he thinks moving a pen on a desk or hearing a word is the same thing... i'd love to demonstrate to him the difference 8^)
23 posted on 11/01/2006 3:48:21 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: Stoat
Kirklees Council employs more than 18,000 people and has a budget of more than £470 million.

Isn't that remarkable? A fly speck on the map, a remote corner of one of the loneliest shires of England, with fewer than four hundred thousand people, needs eighteen thousand socialist goldbrickers to administer its affairs.


Mesa, Arizona, of comparable physical size and population, manages with only 4000.

-ccm

24 posted on 11/01/2006 3:57:10 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Question_Assumptions
Proof that this particular claim is a lie can be found here, where the term "political correctness" is used on June 19th, 1983.

Fascinating look at old NNTP headers and net addresses.

25 posted on 11/01/2006 5:35:43 PM PST by Spirochete
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To: Stoat

"Politically correct" is at least as old as Lenin. It may be that this Council has already banned the sort of history book in which one might find that information.


26 posted on 11/01/2006 5:43:31 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Ladysmith
Someone on the radio just used the term, "intellectual fascism." Talk about hitting the nail on the head.

A great expression.  Was it used in the context of commentary on speech or thought control?

27 posted on 11/01/2006 6:47:49 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Buck W.
I thought Donna Shalala coined the term "political correctness".

Others here have done some SUPERB research on the roots of the term; their posts are definitely worth a look.

Even if she didn't coin the expression, she certainly did her part to implement it in the worst possibly manners of policy.

28 posted on 11/01/2006 6:50:35 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: The_Reader_David
What nitwits! The phrase 'politically correct' originally came from the left as a description of a secular-leftist analog of 'holier than thou'.

Their attribution of the term is definitely wrong, and is part of the all encompassing lies of PC and the Left.

29 posted on 11/01/2006 6:52:24 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: burzum
Well to be fair the term was offending some people. To be pol... err, to be multi-culturally and diplomatically (MAD) sensitive, we should just call it being MAD. That won't offend anyone except those who are angry already (and they are already a lost cause).

I'm sure it's true that some were offended, but I would suggest that the ones who were offended were the ones who were (are) attempting to inflict Leftist social engineering upon others, by legal fiat.  They are offended because their hidden agenda has been exposed and properly ridiculed.

30 posted on 11/01/2006 6:55:43 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Maceman
Actually, I believe it is a translation of one of Mao's edicts.
 

Others here have done some excellent research on the expression, their posts are well worth a look.

31 posted on 11/01/2006 6:57:29 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Lazamataz
Word ungood in Newspeak. Nonesuch existing elsewise.

:-)

32 posted on 11/01/2006 7:02:24 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

I would say both. There's a situation that took place in a Twin Cities public school yesterday, and it appears that "political correctness" along with "diversity" stifled any common sense reaction to it. A listener called in and railed about both. If I recall correctly, he indicated "political correctness" prevents anyone from saying what should be said and then called it "intellectual fascism."


33 posted on 11/01/2006 7:08:59 PM PST by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Gun owners have illustrated rights are individual and can be protected by individuals.)
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To: Stoat
HERE's a 1964 reference to the term in a bit of cant from Marxist theoretician Mario Tronti:

Both have their material base in the process (still slowly developing) by which the class and the historical organisations of the class — the “working class” and the “labour movement” — first become divided, and then come to counterpose each other. What does this mean concretely, and where will it lead us? The first thing to say is that the goal, the aim of this approach is the solid recomposition of a politically correct relationship between the two moments.

Certain Socialists agree. John Molyneux gives this reference to Paul Berman in the International Socialism Journal article referenced HERE -

'Politically Correct' was originally a phrase on the Leninist left to denote someone who steadfastly toed the party line. Then it evolved into 'PC', an ironic phrase among wised up leftists to denote someone whose line-toeing fervour was too much to bear. Only in connection with the PC debate itself did the phrase get picked up by people who had no fidelity to radicalism at all, but who relished the nasty syllables for their twist of irony.

By 1988 the term was so old it was already being used in irony as it is today by its foes. Its proponents apparently have only lately caught onto the sting of the thing and have therefore banned it. Pathetic.

34 posted on 11/01/2006 7:15:43 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Ladysmith
I would say both. There's a situation that took place in a Twin Cities public school yesterday, and it appears that "political correctness" along with "diversity" stifled any common sense reaction to it. A listener called in and railed about both. If I recall correctly, he indicated "political correctness" prevents anyone from saying what should be said and then called it "intellectual fascism."

Thank you for the clarification.  I think that the caller was exactly right, and we should all use that term as well as terms like it to call out the Left and their endless efforts at underhanded Socialist / Stalinist manipulation. Uncle Joe would be proud of the Modern Left's sneakiness and shameless doublespeak.

35 posted on 11/01/2006 7:52:36 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: longtermmemmory
and the ACLU now says they are not socialists, they are conservatives.

Gag me with a very large spoon....

This politicial is just evidence of Doublespeak BS that dominates the POLICALL CORRECTNESS movement.

(iow: what a weenie)

What is breathtaking to me is their shamelessness about their motives....it's a reflection of how stupid they think that the 'average' person is.

36 posted on 11/01/2006 7:58:17 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: norton
So much to comment on.

All Socialists need to be put in cages to prevent their inflicting their goals upon humanity as well as to prevent their procreation, and then studied so that their ilk can never sully the face of the planet again.  How many billions of lives have either been lost or ruined as a direc result of the Left's policies?  It's an infestation that must be eradicated.


But "using the phrase can equal a physical attack" lost out to
"the word 'ethnic' is...outlawed for being not 'appropriately descriptive."

Gotta wonder what they had in mind to replace 'ethnic'...?

I'm guessing that their verbiage selection criteria would run something along the lines of:


37 posted on 11/01/2006 8:12:41 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: TexanToTheCore
Eating their own tail again.

The ludicrous and illogical nature of it all would be grand fun to sit back and watch if it wasn't for all of the lives that the Left and their idiotic policies ruin and destroy along the way.

38 posted on 11/01/2006 8:17:09 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Ladysmith
Someone on the radio just used the term, "intellectual fascism." Talk about hitting the nail on the head.

Oh, I like that. That just replaced "political correctness" in my lexicon.

39 posted on 11/01/2006 8:21:11 PM PST by TigersEye ("Everywhere I go there's a Predator in tow, life goes on without me!")
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To: gidget7
Wow, UK bans more and more speech every day...........amazing! No longer is there free speech in the UK at all. If we don't correct some of the policies here, our own will erode more and more!

Very true, and we can witness it from an even closer vantage point than Great Britain.  Canada has bushel baskets full of speech codes that will get you thrown in JAIL if you dare to say the wrong thing about the wrong 'type' of person.  "Hate Speech" is very much a serious crime in Canada.

40 posted on 11/01/2006 8:21:16 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
and the ACLU now says they are not socialists, they are conservatives.

So the commies want to be called conservatives now? That's fine. From now on I will refer to myself as "A Real American" in order to make the distinction.

41 posted on 11/01/2006 8:26:20 PM PST by TigersEye ("Everywhere I go there's a Predator in tow, life goes on without me!")
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To: TigersEye
and the ACLU now says they are not socialists, they are conservatives.

So the commies want to be called conservatives now? That's fine. From now on I will refer to myself as "A Real American" in order to make the distinction.

Please don't do that.  The Left will define such an expression as "hate speech" and they will have you put in jail for a thousand years (and the IRS will audit you on each one of those thousand years)

This will take you away from your computer and we need you here at Free Republic    :-)


42 posted on 11/01/2006 8:36:15 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Flashman_at_the_charge
Racial quotas = Affirmative action

Democrats = Socialists / Marxists / Stalinists / Maoists / and yes COMMUNISTS.

43 posted on 11/01/2006 8:46:52 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Spirochete
Yes. The "bang" addresses and the old net organization (e.g., net.women, net.motss) was an interesting look back at things before the great reorganization and Eternal September.
44 posted on 11/01/2006 8:47:38 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Billthedrill
Thanks for the reference. As the old Usenet posts show, it was already and old worn term by the early 1980s and I used to have a reference going back to the 1960s, so I did know it went back pretty far. Part of what converted it to a term of derision was the overuse by leftist academics and part comes from the neo-cons, many of whom were leftists in their youths. At least that's the way I heard it.
45 posted on 11/01/2006 8:50:38 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Xenalyte
And workers are instructed to come up with 10 things they can do every day to make colleagues feel better.

I can think of ten ways my colleagues can make me feel better. Oddly enough, they all involve leaving me alone to do my job.

Your independent attitude is exclusionary, elitist, and sets you apart from the Others.  You must concern yourself less with the intricacies of your job and more with achieving a communal workplace environment where all workers feel that they are part of the team regardless of their ability, intelligence, or their understanding or implementation of personal hygiene. The Individual is Nothing....the Group is Everything. Come, be part of The Group.  The Group brings Harmony, and Harmony is good for the State.  The State loves you and wants to take care of you, but it cannot unless you are an enthusiastic member of the Group.

Be as One with Us.  Resistance is futile.

 

(snicker)

 

 

46 posted on 11/01/2006 8:59:22 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Hate speech? You bet it is. Put me in jail for a thousand years? Ha, I can do that standing on my head. IRS audits? I have a letter from the IRS ordering me not to waste their time filing returns. (I really do.) Take away my computer? That's dirty pool! I have a RIGHT to a computer. Those damn dirty apes!


47 posted on 11/01/2006 9:33:00 PM PST by TigersEye ("Everywhere I go there's a Predator in tow, life goes on without me!")
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To: Stoat
Sorry, but since you DID, after all, mention “PC” in your post, you are simply the latest recipient of a newly discovered definition of the term, to wit:

Political Correctness:

”A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

By spreading this definition around, perhaps we can employ one of the more effective methods of deflating and defeating the fools who practice and promote it: RIDICULE.

Unless stopped – and soon – PC will DESTROY Western Civilization -- if it hasn’t already.

PASS IT ON!!

48 posted on 11/08/2006 4:57:26 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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