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State Department: 'Hold down the fort,' other common phrases could be offensive
foxnews.com ^ | 8/31/12 | FoxNews.com

Posted on 08/31/2012 5:36:31 AM PDT by onlylewis

Watch your mouth -- everyday phrases like "hold down the fort" and "rule of thumb" are potentially offensive bombshells. At least according to the State Department.

Chief Diversity Officer John Robinson penned a column in the department's latest edition of "State Magazine" advising readers on some rather obscure Ps and Qs.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: diversity; dumbass; freespeech; governmnet; pc
"Hold Down The Fort"

How about "bare face lie"

Nope that's not on the list because that would hit his boss obama.

"Run amok" , now that would fit just perfect in the obama admin.

"Pass the buck" now there is another good one for the el presidente.

I have one last offensive phrase for the obama admin "Turn a blind eye"

Because he turns away from all the destruction his class/race warfare is causing.

1 posted on 08/31/2012 5:36:36 AM PDT by onlylewis
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To: onlylewis

>> Chief Diversity Officer John Robinson

Now there’s a waste of taxpayer money... I wonder how much we’ll save when Romney fires this joker.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 5:40:12 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: onlylewis

You know when someone has “diversity” in their title, they are getting paid money for doing nothing useful.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 5:41:22 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: onlylewis

“Day late and a dollar short” offends Robert Reicchhhhhh.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 5:43:43 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: onlylewis

“Chief Diversity Officer”

I’ll bet he is a real popular guy at work and on the cocktail circuit

Oh wait, can we say “cock”? Or “tail”? Won’t that offend the wymyn?

Isn’t “chief” an ethnically sensitive term to the red man?
And “officer” ......? Sounds entirely too military and we should remember how much Hillary and her birkenstock staffers loathe the mlitary


5 posted on 08/31/2012 5:46:02 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: silverleaf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmj9HnbdhTc&feature=related


6 posted on 08/31/2012 5:47:34 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: beaversmom

“You know when someone has “diversity” in their title, they are getting paid money for doing nothing useful.”

It should read,”...for doing something harmful”.


7 posted on 08/31/2012 5:48:20 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: onlylewis

I believe the “rule of thumb” was actually a measurement used by medieval craftsmen. The use of rule of thumb as illustrated here has the stench of urban legend akin to the fallacy that was rife for some years that assaults on women increased during halftime on Super Bowl Sunday. Of course if I was the Chief Diversity officer of Foggy Bottom I’d have to come up with some way to justify my phony-baloney job!


8 posted on 08/31/2012 5:50:49 AM PDT by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: TurboZamboni

Chief Diversity Officer ...at the State Department.

That says it all.


9 posted on 08/31/2012 5:51:00 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: onlylewis
okay Mr Diversity moron, are these sayings 'offensive'?
10 posted on 08/31/2012 5:52:18 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: onlylewis
The left is trying to steal our language again.
Offended by a common phrase that could sometime way back have a possible less-than-pristine origin?

Is this offensive: TOUGH!

11 posted on 08/31/2012 5:54:04 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: LibsRJerks

State Department Using ‘Diversity Visas’ to Encourage Immigration to U.S. from Terror-Ridden Yemen
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/state-department-using-diversity-visas-encourage-immigration-us-terror-ridden-yemen

nobody said they were smart, just diverse.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 5:54:25 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: beaversmom

One of my reservists is the Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for a Federal Agency. I have trouble not rolling my eyes whenever I read her title. Funny thing is, she’s eminently competent and a great JAG.


13 posted on 08/31/2012 5:58:02 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: onlylewis
Here is one for the whole liberal regime!

DUMB AS A SACK OF ROCKS!!

14 posted on 08/31/2012 5:58:22 AM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: Nervous Tick

Personally I find any official govt use of the word “Diversity” offensive!


15 posted on 08/31/2012 5:59:41 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: onlylewis
We need to run people like this dweeb out of the Country.

Dead serious...

16 posted on 08/31/2012 5:59:50 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: silverleaf
Isn’t “chief” an ethnically sensitive term to the red man?

No, but "red man" or "redskin" is. Which is odd because American Indians don't have red skin....Well, they didn't until they painted themselves with red war paint.

17 posted on 08/31/2012 6:00:36 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: onlylewis
What a bunch of morons. The idea that “rule of thumb” is sexist was debunked years ago. Its from a training manual for swordsmen from the 1600s about how to estimate and has nothing to do with how you can beat your wife.

While we're on the subject. “State” Department is racist. State — as in States Rights — as in Confederacy — as in Slavery!!!!!!

18 posted on 08/31/2012 6:03:01 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: onlylewis
I find the phrase/title "chief diversity officer" offensive in and of itself.

It implies that people like me, average white males, are insensitive.

It implies a hierarchical organization that will through official enforcement actions penalize me for a real or even just perceived lack of diversity.

I cannot help being the race I am. I cannot (modern medical techniques aside) help being my gender.

The very notion of a "chief diversity officer" is therefore through its implied stereotyping deeply offensive and hurtful to average white guys.

Not satire.

19 posted on 08/31/2012 6:04:05 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Condor51

Goal is to create a mine field out there where heterosexual white people are uneasy and unsure. Anything they say or do may offend anyone - and offended is according to how whatever privileged minority perceives it.


20 posted on 08/31/2012 6:05:07 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: onlylewis

How about “Diversity Officer”?


21 posted on 08/31/2012 6:05:37 AM PDT by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: onlylewis
Robinson cited the cautionary tale of Nike rolling out a "Black and Tan" sneaker...

I wonder if Duke Ellington realized how offensive he was being when he wrote "Black and Tan Fantasy"? I wonder if this Bureaucratic Blockhead ever heard of Duke Ellington?

22 posted on 08/31/2012 6:09:30 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: onlylewis

As an amputee, Obamas “single handed” attempt to destroy the country offends me


23 posted on 08/31/2012 6:12:16 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Fresh Wind

Possibly racist terms and phrases:

Black Ops
Black Friday
Black and blue
In the black
Blackmail

Teamwork. Implies some individuals are incapable of performing on their own.


24 posted on 08/31/2012 6:16:40 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: onlylewis


You mean I can't say you dictate good?
25 posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:09 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: onlylewis
Chief Diversity Officer John Robinson

Amish, no doubt

26 posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:59 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: beaversmom
You know when someone has “diversity” in their title, they are getting paid money for doing nothing useful.
Back in my working days, I quickly discovered two jobs - coordinator and expeditor - were people who got paid to do some part of a job that someone else wasn't doing.
Even worse, the coordinator and expeditor usually didn't do it very well either.
27 posted on 08/31/2012 6:19:05 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: TigerClaws
and offended is according to how whatever privileged minority perceives it to further their agenda.

There. Fixed it.
28 posted on 08/31/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: onlylewis
Pull your head out of your a$$ has been deemed offensive to VP Biden as he just prefers it up there.
29 posted on 08/31/2012 6:23:05 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: crosshairs
Sounds to me like demolishing the State Department might be another good place to start downsizing the government. IF all they have to do is worry about old cliche's, they need to be “let go” as Clint Eastwood stated.
30 posted on 08/31/2012 6:26:02 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: TigerClaws
In the black

The US economy doesn't have to worry about that as long as obama is in office!

But how about "down the tubes"

31 posted on 08/31/2012 6:26:11 AM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: onlylewis

His etymologies are not accurate. People will be offended only because that is their nature.


32 posted on 08/31/2012 6:28:15 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: onlylewis

If you are offended by something as simple and innocuous as ‘hold the fort’ then its your problem and not mine.


33 posted on 08/31/2012 6:32:09 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: onlylewis

Hoe about United States of America?

United. This implies that we are unified when in fact our strength is our diversity and separateness. United is code for “all white.”

States. This recalls the Jim Crow era and states rights which is code for the oppression of African Americans.

America. This is a racist European term offensive to indigenous peoples of the Western hemisphere.

Therefore, be careful using these terms and report any abuse to our office.


34 posted on 08/31/2012 6:32:30 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Condor51

Much ado about nothing
Slush fund
Crime doesn’t pay
Death and taxes
There’s no such thing as a free lunch
Nest of vipers
Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas
No rest for the wicked
Birds of a feather flock together
Stupid is as stupid does
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Monkey see, monkey do
A leopard doesn’t change his spots
Turn the other cheeck
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
White on rice
Blow smoke up your b***
Brown nose
Higher than a kite
Nine sheets to the wind
Eaten out of house and home
Pay the piper
Cickens coming home to roost
Living off the fat of the land
Money is the root of all evil
Eat, drink and be merry
Shot across the bow
This is your brains on drugs
Fish rot from the brain down
Such stuff as dreams are made of
One bad apple spoils the lot
Walk the plank
This too shall pass
Bite the dust
Get thee behind me
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out
The writing’s on the wall
Truth will out


35 posted on 08/31/2012 6:33:29 AM PDT by bgill
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To: TigerClaws

Astromers are racist: Black Hole
Tool Companies are racist: Black and Decker
Band Leaders are racist: Paul Whiteman
Miners are racist: Black lung
Musicians are racist: Pianos have more white keys than black keys


36 posted on 08/31/2012 6:34:48 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: onlylewis

Practicing civility in other cultures is not necessarily a bad thing. But it begins in the family.


37 posted on 08/31/2012 6:34:59 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Kyrie Eleison)
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To: onlylewis

Oxymoron: Everyone is equal and Diversity is a good thing. WHY? If everyone is equal diversity should be meaningless.

I wonder how many diversity officers are in Japan, China, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Haiti, Mexico, Egypt, Kuwait, Syria, and the list goes on and on and on.

Oh, I get it now. Diversity is only good for those countries which have a majority of evil White Christians. Those countries must alter their immigration, employment, educational policies so White Christians become a minority but only after the re-distributionist steal as much of the wealth that for some reason these evil people have been able to produce.

Stranger still is that evil White Christians are just a minority of the world’s population.


38 posted on 08/31/2012 6:37:08 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: onlylewis

This guy should be blackballed.

The origins of which go back to ancient Greece.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackballing


39 posted on 08/31/2012 6:43:20 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Forrestfire
How about “Diversity Officer”?

Overseer, overseer, overseer, overseer

Officer, Officer, Officer, Officer, yeah, officer from overseer

You need a little clarity? Check the similarity

The overseer rode around the plantation

The officer is off patroling all the nation

The overseer couldn't stop you what you're doing

The officer will pull you over just when he's pursuing

The overseer had the right to get ill

And if you fought back, the overseer had the right to kill

The officer has the right to arrest

And if you fight back they put a hole in your chest

Woop, they both ride horses

After 400 years, I've got no choices

Lyrics from KRS One song

40 posted on 08/31/2012 6:49:55 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: onlylewis

The whole idea of a “diversity officer” - especially at taxpayer expense - is offensive to the idea of freedom of speech, and also offensive to me as a taxpayer.

However, as long as the guy is on the job, I’d like to run one phrase by him to see if it is offensive: “PHUCK YOU AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON!” That ought to keep the sniveling little bureaucrap busy for a while.


41 posted on 08/31/2012 7:02:47 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: onlylewis

I love language and words, and I have grown up with colorful phrases such as “holding down the fort”. I find it incredibly arrogant and offensive for anyone, and especially someone in the government, some “diversity officer”, to try to police language in this ridiculous way. And while this crapola may only apply to US diplomats, you know that this sort of stuff is being foisted on the rest of us all the time, by academia and the rest of the political correctness brigade, as with the ridiculous “inclusive language” movement that means that one can no longer use “man,” “men,” “he,” “his,” to in the relevant context refer to either sex indeterminately, as our language has always done.


42 posted on 08/31/2012 7:05:06 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: onlylewis

I have one last offensive phrase for the obama admin “Turn a blind eye”

&&&
I’d like to add one, if I may, directed to the Soros Administration:

Take a hike!

So hope that will happen, come January.


43 posted on 08/31/2012 7:06:43 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Forrestfire

How about “tovarisch zampolit”?


44 posted on 08/31/2012 7:26:48 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: onlylewis

I sure will be glad when American finally get fed up with political correctness and throw that crap on the garbage heap of history where it belongs.


45 posted on 08/31/2012 7:27:08 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: onlylewis

“Choose your words thoughtfully,” Robinson wrote.


It’s getting to the point where you won’t be able to have a conversation with someone because you will be too busy trying to think of words that won’t offend.


46 posted on 08/31/2012 7:31:10 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: LibsRJerks

The Fat (Thought) Controller


47 posted on 08/31/2012 10:38:56 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: bgill
Great list. BUT - a few *would* drive Chrissie Matthews bats*t crazy.
Monkey see, monkey do (black = Africa = monkey = racist)
White on rice (White Rice? what about Brown Rice? White rice is racist!)
Chickens coming home to roost (Rev Wright = Obama = racist)
Living off the fat of the land (WELFARE QUEEN! = blacks = racist)
But I just remembered another one when I saw your 'White On Rice'.
I first heard it iirc in 'Bringing Up Baby' w/ Cary Grant & Kate Hepburn.
That's "Mighty White of Him" see Wiki, 2nd paragraph
Chrissy, the NAACP, Jesse, Rev Al, et al. Plus every Moonbat sucking air would crawl the walls with that one today. 'Heck' even saying niggardly and 'Black Hole' will get people fired. Or just saying... 'Noose'.
48 posted on 09/01/2012 5:41:46 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Condor51

Yep, that was the point.


49 posted on 09/01/2012 5:50:59 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill
Yep and a good point.

The 'sad' part is that 40-45 years ago all those people would be locked up in padded cells at the nearest Insane Asylum as Delusional Psychotics.

They all see things that aren't there, and hear things never said. For them reality doesn't exist, just some fantasy utopia in a Peter Pan Neverland.

50 posted on 09/01/2012 8:28:36 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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