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Training Day (The Real Meaning Of PC Diversity Training Alert)
Eject, Eject, Eject! ^ | 11/21/2008 | Proteus

Posted on 11/22/2008 10:45:13 AM PST by goldstategop

In which a lunatic has an aneurism over apparently nothing.

Next April, I’m going to turn fifty. I’ll be fifty years old. Good lord.

Somehow, I’ve managed to get this far without working in a large corporate office. So today I got my first taste of a world that most of you are already much more familiar with than I am: the world of modern American big business. So what lit me up like a Fourth of July skyrocket was something that seemed to mean nothing at all to the other 23 people in the room, because today, for the first time, I had to attend a mandatory sexual harassment training course.

Now, before I get up a really good head of steam and a decent running start, let me say a few things.

First of all, I work for a great company, full of creative and terrific people, and, by some miracle of chance, not a one of them are stupid, boorish, authoritarian or in any way less than smart, well-meaning people. I understand, also, that the reason for these sessions is to provide legal protection to the company, so that if a harassment claim is made, they can say, “look, we did everything we could to combat this sort of thing.” I get all that.

I also understand that other companies are not this fortunate, and that racial, sexual and other forms of harassment go on daily and cause great harm, both in terms of productivity, and more importantly, spiritual well-being. No one should have to endure attack or intimidation. So if you think this is going to an appeal to “lighten up,” you’re going to be disappointed. For me, this is not about actual harassment, which needs to be ruthlessly exterminated from the workplace. This is about something else again.

Where do I begin?

Well, first of all, I find it deeply offensive to my personal sense of honor and integrity to be punished or otherwise lectured on something I did not do. Period. And to be subjected to two hours of second-grade style, “who can tell me what Johnny did wrong by telling Sarah she has a hot body” lecturing infuriates me on many levels.

To begin with, I do not need to be told this is inappropriate behavior. I already know that is inappropriate behavior. I learned that was inappropriate behavior not from the State of California or a battalion of corporate lawyers, but from my parents, who raised me to be polite, well-mannered, and who spent much of their own youth trying to form me into a civilized gentleman. I know, I can see the smiles on many faces already. It’s like I’m speaking in Aramaic.

I was treated to a video that had precisely the same emotional pitch and condescension as the old ABC After-School Specials, which is appropriate when aimed at 10-year-olds but in a room full of adults was unimaginably cloying and infantile. In this helpful lecture on the evils of hateful stereotypes, a clueless, insensitive white male managed to offend everyone without the dimmest awareness of his own boorishness until confronted and re-educated (with a rising string section!) by emotionally advanced, sensitive (yet strong!) women and his solemn, understanding (but firm!), black male superior.

I’m getting a little tired of this movie. I see this movie everyday.

But what really set me off was learning that there are “protected categories” of people who apparently have special claims on being harassed, and that these groups include, but are not limited to:

“Race, color…” [in case you happen to be green or of some color not associated with your race] ”…religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth…” [this being different from pregnancy presumably only if you are actually giving birth right there in your cubicle] “…physical disability, mental disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer-related or HIV-related), or sexual orientation.”

These – including but not limited to -- “protected categories” are areas in which “harassment” is especially hurtful, as far as I can understand it… which is not very far at all. Can you – offhand – think of any kind of harassment that does not fit into these categories? I suppose saying hateful things about the Florida State football team is okay as long as I don’t use the word “Seminoles” (which would then become offensive on the grounds of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry and military status; to which, I will add as a Gator fan regarding FSU grads, mental disability and – what the hell – sexual orientation.)

All of this is mere sophistry and cover of course, for the essence of the 22 page workbook I received (and for which I was not given a crayon with which to write nor a gold star when it was completed) was boiled down to a single sentence, in bold italics at the bottom of page 15:

It is not the intent of the alleged harasser, but the impact on the recipient.

It doesn’t matter if you meant to hurt someone. As long as someone was hurt, then harassment took place.

Now at the end of all this, the facilitator – who is clearly a lovely person, for this is not aimed at her – smilingly told us not to be paranoid but just to be careful not to offend anyone. And the other 23 people nodded happily and made jokes and goofed around to show how lighthearted and un-paranoid we suddenly all were. And yet, this harassment and sensitivity training did not succeed fully, because there was one person who was offended, and who in point of fact felt extremely harassed. And that person was me.

Perhaps, in future editions of the handbook, we can add another victim group to the protected category: rational adults. Perhaps I might contribute a chapter to this sensitivity training. Something like:

“The rational adult is a small and shrinking minority in the workplace. His cultural heritage – which is just as valuable as anyone else's! – has taught him that “personal responsibility” means he has a right to feel insulted, offended and harassed when being lectured on things that he did not do, nor would ever contemplate doing. In this ancient and primitive culture, a person’s “honor” and “integrity” are relied upon to govern behavior. If such a person unknowingly gives insult, they will “apologize.” According to their tribal ethics, people who intentionally harm, insult or harass others deserve to be fired on the spot.”

I am told this course was “preventative” – to stop harassment before it happens. Fair enough. Tomorrow, perhaps, we can have a course on how to prevent office electrocutions by sticking screwdrivers into the sockets, or a poison-prevention class involving two role-players and a gallon of copier toner, or perhaps we can facilitate a upper-level meeting to try and determine what warning placards may be missing from every object and sharp corner in the building, or a support group for those people rendered incapable of speaking or smiling for fear of giving some kind of unintentional offense to someone. These are all areas ripe for new legislation and demanding of state funding. Because when you really get down to how much unintentional offense there remains left to give, you can see we have a genuine crisis on our hands.

Look, there are two ways to prevent young children from drowning:

1.Place barricades, gates, locks, and other restraining devices around any body of water large enough to immerse the child’s head in; in addition, provide education, audio-visual instruction, role-playing and other methods to inform young children on the dangers of inhaling large amounts of water – whether it be fresh water or sea water – and to provide the funding, continuing outreach and community activism necessary to make sure that ALL Americans are prevented from encountering these deadly dangers wherever they may be found.

Or:

2.Teach your kid how to swim.

My parents – remember them? – taught me at an early age that what people said or thought or wrote about me did not have the power to hurt me – only I can allow them to do that. My self-worth, self-respect and self-esteem are earned, and not given, and are therefore mine – impervious to anything in the outside world, which is why I am willing to sit at this desk, as the only one of 24 happy, smart, creative people, and look like some reactionary nut case for being enraged about the fact that we willingly submit ourselves to insults to our personal honor and integrity that our forefathers would never, ever have countenanced. And I am ashamed on behalf of them. But just me. No one else thinks anything of it at all.

And so, with smiles and good will all around, behind a plate of donuts and cartons of morning orange juice, we again fall another step from the adult world of action and consequence, to the warm, friendly, everlasting childhood of kindergarten, where no one’s feelings can ever be hurt and teacher is always there to make sure – in her gentle but firm way – that there will never be harmful consequences to your actions because your actions will be so curtailed in advance that offending someone – like feeding and housing yourself – are things that we simply no longer have to worry about any more.

And the endless sleep, in the warm, clean, fluffy bed, continues unabated.

Forever.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: collectivism; corporateamerica; diversitytraining; feminism; freedom; individualism; liberalism; politicalcorrectness; sexualharassment; tyranny; whitemalehate
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No one else can hurt us. But liberals believe others DO have that power over us. Which is why they are forever offended. This context explains everything about the absurdity of Corporate America's mandated PC "diversity training" days and all the other countless aspects of liberalism. The individual is always superseded by the collective and the great mass, the unthinking herd, whose individual members need to be protect from themselves, in their totality, are ALWAYS right. Now and forevermore.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

1 posted on 11/22/2008 10:45:14 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
I see this movie everyday

Tell me about it. In every commercial you see, its the white male who is the villian. The poster child for this nonense is the Wachovia commerical where a Black women gets her identity stolen by a white, middle-aged jogger. This has sunk into our culture--most non-white males think that we are hopelessly incompetent and that everyone else knows better. No wonder why we elected Obama. Obviously, these people have never enjoyed the paradise that is the non-Western world.

2 posted on 11/22/2008 10:54:04 AM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: rbg81
The white male is the target of the Left and it is against him every one else needs to be protected. He belongs to the only oppressor group in America. Its a very familiar script and a movie whose playbook never gets old.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 11/22/2008 10:56:16 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: rbg81
In every commercial you see, its the white male who is the villian.

Coming to Federal Government near you.

4 posted on 11/22/2008 10:59:46 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: goldstategop

The military has quarterly training requirements for sexual harassment and equal opportunity. Its been going on for about 2 decades. The best part is my unit is all male, so you can just imagine the background noise when we are told not to sexually harass each other.


5 posted on 11/22/2008 11:04:11 AM PST by douginthearmy (In the face of total electoral defeat, show some semblance of sanity.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

“Undressing a woman in your mind is a form of sexual harassment. Women know when this is happening and it is punishable” That statement was made by a sexual harassment seminar facilitator at my organization in the mid-90s.


6 posted on 11/22/2008 11:07:29 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: douginthearmy
I can imagine the reaction of a gay recruit being told not to make passes at straights!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

7 posted on 11/22/2008 11:07:36 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
It is not the intent of the alleged harasser, but the impact on the recipient.

This is the key phrase. In my very first corporate diversity training I learned I was wrong when the question was asked of us if sending an email to a coworker asking her out on a date could be construed to be sexual harassment. My first thought, obviously, was that it all depends on the context. But, no, not at all. It depends on her reaction to whatever it was I wrote.

Amazingly, if she was somehow offended by your asking her out to dinner, then, yes, you are now an official sexual harasser.

8 posted on 11/22/2008 11:08:00 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (All hail the Obamasiah! Kneel before Obamohammad!)
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To: Comparative Advantage
Just looking at a woman the wrong way is enough to get you charged with harassment. You don't even have to say anything to be found guilty of the crime.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

9 posted on 11/22/2008 11:08:59 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop; All

You hit this right on the head.

I have worked in Heath Care for 27 years, and it is full of it. I understand the concepts behind it. And I understand the reasons for doing it.

I feel exactly the same way you feel. I don’t need a frikking class to tell me what sexual harassment is. I don’t NEED a class to tell me how to be sensitive to other people’s race/creed/gender and so on.

My parents taught me right from wrong. It makes my skin crawl to sit through these “classes” every year. I bring a book if I have to, and I copy the test from someone else. This irritates me to no end.

What really gets me is the attitude “This isn’t directed at white people/men/protestants/insert whatever here, it is directed at ALL people...”

Yeah, right. I effing hate it. It is the same mentality that makes companies require procedure manuals for every damned thing. You can’t use your commonsense anymore, because that simply doesn’t exist in people, apparently. So we have this huge bureaucracy maintaining these HUGE manuals with revisions and every other bureaucratic crap under the sun.

I hate it. You described it very, very well.


10 posted on 11/22/2008 11:09:28 AM PST by rlmorel ("A barrel of monkeys is not fun. In fact, a barrel of monkeys can be quite terrifying!")
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To: goldstategop
White males are going to have to just stop apologizing for what they haven't done and stop caving in to liberal bullies. There's really nowhere to hide at this point.

Life for white males is going to get increasingly unhappy as we become the only race on Earth not deserving of respect or admiration simply because the color of our skin matches the color of slave owners.

This is why the Left hates the Jews, because they are the only white skinned race that gets respect.

11 posted on 11/22/2008 11:10:34 AM PST by TheThinker (It is the natural tendency of government to gravitate towards tyranny.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Of course. Even the most innocent of social interactions can be turned into their exact opposite if someone had a bad day or just didn't like you.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

12 posted on 11/22/2008 11:10:45 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: rbg81

Nope. This is the worst one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUnQFq4Nmtw

Apparently only white males are the ones with a drunk driving problem.


13 posted on 11/22/2008 11:11:44 AM PST by Locomotive Breath
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To: rlmorel

There are many people making lots of money off of this victim industrial complex.


14 posted on 11/22/2008 11:12:49 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: goldstategop

If the concern is about following sexual harassment rules, then without question the worst offenders, in my corporate experience, are women. Nearly all make sexual jokes, use sexual language, and some are often physically provocative.

They act this way because they know they can get away with it. Their attitude is the same as some ethnic leaders who assert that their group cannot possibly be racist because they are not white. These women believe they cannot possible be guilty of breaking the corporate rules of sexual harassment because they are woman.

Just for the record, I think most of the sexual harassment stuff is nonsense — men and woman alike can hardly breath without breaching the rules of our feminist/womyn legal-system masters. They day that someone decided that “feeling uncomfortable” is the basis of a tort action, is the day we lost another one of our freedoms.


15 posted on 11/22/2008 11:13:06 AM PST by Harpo Speaks (Honk! Honk! Honk! Either it's foggy out, or make that a dozen hard boiled eggs.)
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To: rlmorel
In a world without moral absolutes, the Left's reaction is to write a book full of petty rules and damning consequences. That solves nothing and brings about the opposite of what's intended. There is no longer that bright line where people used to have the freedom to not only exercise their good judgment but to make inevitable mistakes as well. Goodness as defined by bureaucrats has not improved human nature.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

16 posted on 11/22/2008 11:14:39 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: TheThinker
Every morality play needs a villain. What is good is life without one? Political correctness can never eliminate conflict between people. Our existence would be unbearably boring if that was ever realized.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

17 posted on 11/22/2008 11:17:05 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Comparative Advantage
This complex will exist as long as liberalism remains upon the earth. Liberalism derives its power from making victims out of people and making sure they never acquire true happiness.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

18 posted on 11/22/2008 11:19:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop; All
Here is a sexual harassment video that shows how this should be done...

Tom Brady Stars in Sexual Harassment Video

19 posted on 11/22/2008 11:20:31 AM PST by rlmorel ("A barrel of monkeys is not fun. In fact, a barrel of monkeys can be quite terrifying!")
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To: VeniVidiVici
It's all about how you feeeeel, remember.
20 posted on 11/22/2008 11:22:01 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Harpo Speaks
The point is that every one think alike, behave alike and not step over those unseen and nonetheless potent boundaries. What the Left created is a Kafkaesque world. You never know when you have broken the system's rules and you don't know the punishment that awaits for the transgression. This is not the fate of people in a free society but that is how the situation is today.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

21 posted on 11/22/2008 11:23:38 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: All
Sexual harassment is a product of the feminist militants.
You have no rights if you get hit with it. The idea is to produce cowed, frightened men who won't look up from the floor. Not all women support this philosophy, but men have to have detectors for which women will.

If you get charged with it, some people will believe you are guilty, no matter what your reputation and no matter the outcome. Notice how few fellows will reveal that they were falsely accused of this thing. It basically brands a man as an out of control pervert. They don't make myriads of movies about men being wrongly accused of sexual harassment.

I crossed a woman co-worker in 1999. I pointed out her poor working habits to a boss quite inadvertently. We were talking about something else entirely in a private meeting. I even asked him not to chastise her because it was none of my business. He did it anyway.

Since she had seen me coming out of his office a while earlier, she said to me, “I'm going to get you and it's going to be bad.”

My co-workers were interviewed without my knowledge. I had documented every encounter with this woman after she made the threat, and avoided her like plague. It didn't matter. She went screaming “sexual harassment,” saying that working with me created a “hostile work environment,” one of their Stalinist lawyerisms. She accused me of hugging her the previous Christmas. I did it, but she initiated it.

I was cleared at the first level of investigation, but you are forbidden from any form of retaliation against women making these accusations. I was lucky. The investigating officer was a feminist, but was fair.

It was nine years ago and my gut still hurts when I think about it. I left that workplace a month after being acquitted, chucked my pension, and gave up twenty one years on the job. It had become a “hostile work environment” all right, but for me. Only one co-worker even said goodbye.

I'm fifty myself. At a previous job, just a couple of years back, I was stuck listening to the mandatory lecture on sexual harassment. I decided to shock everybody and tell part of my story. The instructor was a Hispanic man, and he revealed that he also had been falsely accused at one time. As bad at it was for me to sit there and listen to that drivel, it had to be far worse for him to have to teach it.

22 posted on 11/22/2008 11:23:43 AM PST by Luke21
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To: goldstategop

bump


23 posted on 11/22/2008 11:24:55 AM PST by sasafras (TIME FOR A RESURGENCE - FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - NO MORE COMPLAINING - LET'S GET BUSY!)
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To: darkangel82
If you tell someone what you think, you've already offended them. If they could, they'd making thinking a crime as well.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 11/22/2008 11:25:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: TheThinker

......they are the only white skinned race that gets respect.....

Obama is a surrogate jew. He is their man and did what none of theirs never could.


25 posted on 11/22/2008 11:26:09 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of waferin)
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To: goldstategop

Of course. People who think are a danger to socialism.


26 posted on 11/22/2008 11:26:55 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Luke21
That is what leftist indoctrination amounts to. To making white males feel defensive. It doesn't matter if it doesn't get people to change their views. They've already won when they've kept people from challenging the groupthink of the day. And its going to get a lot worse over the next four years.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

27 posted on 11/22/2008 11:28:45 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: darkangel82
There's no such thing as individualism in America anymore. The sooner you come to terms with it, the more you can survive the Obama regime of the future.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

28 posted on 11/22/2008 11:30:24 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
personal sense of honor and integrity

Already you are speaking at a level which the liberals are incapable of comprehending.

29 posted on 11/22/2008 11:32:39 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: goldstategop

Unfortunately true.


30 posted on 11/22/2008 11:33:07 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: goldstategop

I have learned to assess the women I work with with for feminist tendencies. At my last job, there was an older woman from Texas who fit the profile of a man-hater.

She had been married once, and was supremely bitter. Any gender related conversation was a potential minefield and she monitored office conversation, interrupting when she was offended.

I was very, very careful when in her presence.


31 posted on 11/22/2008 11:33:38 AM PST by Luke21
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To: goldstategop; TheThinker

Thank you for this article.

Just as the doctrine of “zero tolerance” mind-numbingly recognizes only the self-serving aspects of a factual setting, the illogical doctrine that holds us responsible for the thoughts and reactions of others is a calculated step in the pathway to becoming political sheep.

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See the letter on my About page hand-delivered to the local offices of my Republican Senators and Representatives. I urge you to take similar action, even if it is simply mailing a one page letter to Washington, D.C


32 posted on 11/22/2008 11:34:25 AM PST by frog in a pot (Is there a definition of "domestic enemies" as used in federal oaths, or is that just lip service?)
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To: goldstategop
The white male is the target of the Left and it is against him every one else needs to be protected. He belongs to the only oppressor group in America. Its a very familiar script and a movie whose playbook never gets old.

The best thing bout retirement is that I've passed on the mantle of being the enemy to some other white male.

33 posted on 11/22/2008 11:37:53 AM PST by Stentor (b. July 4, 1776 - d. January 20, 2009 sorely missed.)
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To: goldstategop

I always refused to have anything to do with any kind of training other than technical training. Either just flat out refused to go or went on the out of town trip and then skipped out or read magazines. Did folks “tell on me?”? Yeah, they did, but nothing ever happened.


34 posted on 11/22/2008 11:38:12 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: goldstategop

The Left is an infection.

I heard another crying Liberal yesterday say when I said we needed to enforce the border that “they do the jobs we won’t do” I retorted, “then why are our jails filled with non-workers” he then said racism played a part of why they were in jail. He says they have no opportunity and we should give up our station in life to help them, be it taxes or affirmative action. He would rather be homeless (so he says) than keep another man, “down”.

I then asked if he wanted to sell his home, or adopt a few Mexican foster kids...if he really wanted to help out.

He said no, but he thought our taxes should be raised for the good of everyone and Obama had the right idea.

So, for all you Freepers out there who think the Left isn’t insane, let me tell you, it is.


35 posted on 11/22/2008 11:38:41 AM PST by wac3rd (Conservatives are not always Republicans...and vice-versa.)
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To: steve86

A lot of companies have found a way around that. They list “sexual harassment’ among numerous other trainings, such as CPR/First Aid, etc...and have a worksheet that has to be completed. If you don’t turn one in, you get probation and can be fired. Corporations employ people to do nothing but oversee trainings and discover who hasn’t attended.

For me it was the equivalent of making a rape victim sit through a seminar on the glories of sexual assault.


36 posted on 11/22/2008 11:42:37 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Luke21

The way around that is to have a specialized technical skill that is irreplaceable, at least for a while. I always saved an extraordinary amount from each paycheck in case the scenario you suggest did come to pass. The savings did come in handy, as I have been living on it for 10 years now (left for medical reasons).


37 posted on 11/22/2008 11:45:47 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: goldstategop
“who can tell me what Johnny did wrong by telling Sarah she has a hot body”

The Sarah in question did not have a hot body.

38 posted on 11/22/2008 11:49:17 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: goldstategop

People pass laws against that which they fear. The various “protected categories” are those who are presently taking over positions of control in our previously Western Society. Therefore, by passing laws and seeking to inculcate “customs” through movies, television and such sessions as mentioned in the main article, they are seeking to protect and consolidate what control thay have achieved to date. The protected will ultimately fail because they are bungled. They are intellectually, morally and psychologically incapable of controlling themselves much less our country. The problem is that when their failure becomes obvious much damage will have been sustained and further damage will be sustained in their forceable supression. Tragic.


39 posted on 11/22/2008 11:52:37 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: steve86
You are right. Certain types of engineers can tell the bosses to take a flying leap and not go to these dreadful things. The bosses will cover for them because they are irreplaceable, but that doesn't work for most of us.
40 posted on 11/22/2008 11:53:47 AM PST by Luke21
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To: goldstategop

How much shareholders money is being wasted on these “diversity consultants”? Isn’t this the kind of wasteful spending major corporations need to rein in?


41 posted on 11/22/2008 11:54:40 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: TaxRelief

It’s a major industry in the PC gravy train.


42 posted on 11/22/2008 11:55:18 AM PST by Luke21
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To: rbg81

Wachovia is a great example of a large corporation that has pissed away corporate fiscal responsibility and spent millions of dollars on diversity consultants and pet, liberal philanthropy. Wells Fargo has no idea what they have gotten themselves into.


43 posted on 11/22/2008 11:57:14 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: goldstategop

>>>The white male is the target of the Left and it is against him every one else needs to be protected. He belongs to the only oppressor group in America. Its a very familiar script and a movie whose playbook never gets old.<<<

The white male now holds the same place that the Jew once held in the cultures of central and eastern Europe. There’s a reason why the left is so eagerly anticipating the day when the white male is tagged as a “minority” in this country.

Hannah Arendt was spot on when she stated that the Jews were tolerated as long as they served a purpose for the cultures of Europe (which was to act as ethnically international financial brokers for the warring little kingdoms on the continent). Once that usefulness was superceded by the creation of state-sponsored international law and diplomacy, it was only a matter of time until the underlying hatred and bigotry of the Europeans for their Jewish neighbors expressed itself as genocide.

White men - specifically, the WASP, immortalized as the Puritan and the Pilgrim - have supplied the cultural work ethic for the United States for hundreds of years. Add to that the Scotch-Irish, who have supplied the United States with a disproportionate number of its warriors, and the immigrants from Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, who supplied the United States with the workforce needed to create the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. We’re in the midst of one wave of emmigration, with industry moving overseas, and immigration, with non-Europeans moving here in record numbers.

Like the Jews of old - who are my ancestors, by the way - the usefulness of those European immigrants to the United States is now drawing to a close. We may not live to see genocide, and I really hope that I am wrong, but examples ranging from World War II to Rwanda to Yugoslavia keep pointing out that people whose identity resides first in their race and ethnicity often go to war against their neighbors. The United States used to have a way of dealing with that problem by teaching kids that American values like liberty, freedom, and individual rights are more important than skin color or where you came from, but those days are gone, too.

By this analysis, we’ll start to see small examples of persecution and oppression right now - as outlined in this article. We already see Obama getting almost 100 percent of the African-American vote, presumably based on skin color. I can tell you personally that many Native Alaskans also voted for Obama because of his skin color. Listen to the Rev. Wright. Or the Nation of Islam. Or La Raza. The next step is the creation of “the ghetto” based on race. This doesn’t have to be formal - just pressure the whites of California to move to Idaho and Montana, for instance, with aggressive rudeness, and then, to make sure, accuse those who move of being racist. Then, the genocide of those who remain when their minority status becomes sufficiently small and their power sufficiently weak.

If this is not a bleak forecast, I don’t know what is. As always, I prayerfully hope I am totally, insanely wrong about this.


44 posted on 11/22/2008 12:01:20 PM PST by redpoll
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To: Luke21

...And Wachovia claims they have no choice but to spend millions on diversity programs because they fear a “B” or a “C” grade from NAACP...

...but Wachovia doesn’t mind a “BBB-minus” grade from S&P.


45 posted on 11/22/2008 12:05:39 PM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: redpoll

You are spot on with that analysis.


46 posted on 11/22/2008 12:21:12 PM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: Luke21
About 50 years ago, long before all this fuss about sexual harrassment, I found myself in charge of a small group of clerical folks in a plant engineering office. I was about 25 and one of these ladies, about 40, single and all business, took offense at some wisecrack of mine.

"Fred, I am a mature woman, and I don't have to put up with any of your sarcasm" she told me. That really cleared the air, taught me a valuable life lesson, and we became great friends. No lawsuit necessary.

47 posted on 11/22/2008 12:51:39 PM PST by 19th LA Inf
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48 posted on 11/22/2008 1:08:27 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: Luke21

“It was nine years ago and my gut still hurts when I think about it. I left that workplace a month after being acquitted, chucked my pension, and gave up twenty one years on the job. It had become a “hostile work environment” all right, but for me. Only one co-worker even said goodbye.”

Unbelievably wrong!

This is a lot like a woman who falsely accuses a man of rape but is never punished.


49 posted on 11/22/2008 1:35:36 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: goldstategop

Thankfully, I am now retired, but while I worked as a civilian employee of the Department of the Army, I was forced to endure this same training. It was labeled Consideration of Others. When I pointed out that I was a minister’s child and my parents had taught me early on to do unto others as I would have them do unto me, my immediate supervisor informed me that the training was MANDATORY. In other words, either you attend the training or you will be written up for insubordination. We progressed from that to something known as POSH - actually Prevention of Sexual Harassment - which was not required until William Jefferson Clinton occupied and defiled the Oval Office. I strongly resented being subjected to these lunacies since I have never knowingly mistreated or harassed any person in my entire life, but if you want to keep your job with the government, you attend. It does not matter in the slightest if you find it offensive or insulting!


50 posted on 11/22/2008 1:41:27 PM PST by steppinhi (God Bless & Protect Our Troops and their families!)
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