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  • How A 'Don't Tread On Me' Cap Became A Federal Case

    08/10/2016 10:57:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 10, 2016 | George Leef
    When I was young, a phrase I heard rather frequently was “Don’t make a federal case out of it.” These days, however, you don’t hear that so often, probably because it’s now ridiculously common and absurdly easy for people to “make a federal case” out of nothing more than a gripe – provided it’s a politically correct gripe. As an example, consider the recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case involving a post office worker who complained of illegal “workplace harassment” because another worker persisted in wearing a cap with the Gadsden Flag and its “Don’t Tread on Me” motto....
  • Displaying your “Don’t Tread on Me” flag may now be a punishable offense

    08/07/2016 8:25:43 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 48 replies ^ | 08/07/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    This item popped up the other day at The Volokh Conspiracy and it’s a rather sad sign of the times. ..... On January 8, 2014, Complainant filed a formal complaint in which he alleged that the Agency subjected him to discrimination on the basis of race (African American) and in reprisal for prior EEO activity when, starting in the fall of 2013, a coworker (C1) repeatedly wore a cap to work with an insignia of the Gadsden Flag, which depicts a coiled rattlesnake and the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me.” Complainant stated that he found the cap to be racially...
  • Wegmans bakery refuses to make cake for Ex-Muslims of North America, saying it might offend Muslims

    06/29/2016 10:44:13 AM PDT · by Lera · 28 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 29, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Muslims didn't even complain. Wegmans was just afraid that they might: "The associate further added that - the store had Muslim workers, 'my employees may not know what this stands for, Ex-Muslims of North America, and I don't have enough time and people to educate them on what it is,' and although they were not sure if the employees would be offended, they 'can't put them in that situation.'" Of course, Wegmans. To put them in the situation of getting offended would be absolutely intolerable. No one should ever have to live with the fact that somewhere else, some people...
  • Ellen DeGeneres Sued Over Hilarious 'T*tty' Joke

    06/07/2016 8:09:20 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 93 replies
    TMZ ^ | 6/7/16
    A Georgia woman has her t** in a ringer over a joke Ellen DeGeneres told on her show ... in fact she's so upset she's suing the talk show host for allegedly besmirching her good name. In a segment called "What's Wrong with These Signs?" Ellen showed a real estate sign advertising a broker named Titi Pierce. Ellen assumed -- as we would -- it was pronounced "titty," but Titi says, "as grammar dictates," it's pronounced "Tee Tee." Pierce says in her lawsuit ... no one has ever made such an error in her 35 years on planet Earth. As...
  • Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson jettisoned by Connecticut Democrats

    07/24/2015 11:55:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last month Matt Vespa covered the story of Democrats in Virginia who were talking about changing the name of their annual Jefferson Jackson dinner because of the Dylan Roof shooting or the Confederate Battle Flag or racism or something. That may have sounded rather silly at the time, but it’s turned out to be prophetic. Democrats in Connecticut also have an annual dinner named after the same prominent early Americans – as with their fellows across the nation – and have made the decision to change the name. (Because who would want to be associated with those guys, right?)...
  • Apparently, Medieval-Themed Video Games ‘Legitimize’ ‘White Supremacy’

    07/23/2015 7:24:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 22, 2015 | Katherine Tempf
    If you like playing medieval-themed video games, you might not be just some harmless nerd — you might be a nerd who is also kind of a white supremacist. At least that’s the opinion of Victoria Cooper, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leeds in England, who presented a paper titled “Playing Politics: Exploring Nationalism and Conservatism in Fantasy Video Games” at the International Medieval Congress earlier this month. “The Middle Ages is a space where white supremacy is legitimized,” Cooper said, according to an article on “The maintenance of white privilege. The gamer community use ‘historical facts’...
  • Microaggression, Macro-Crazy

    07/17/2015 7:26:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 17, 2015 | Heather Mac Donald
    Early this year, the University of California’s president, Janet Napolitano, asked all deans and department chairs in the university’s ten campuses to undergo training in overcoming their “implicit biases” toward women and minorities. The department heads also needed training, according to the UC president, in how to avoid committing microaggressions, those acts of alleged racism that are invisible to the naked eye. A more insulting and mindless exercise would be hard to imagine. But Napolitano’s seminar possesses a larger significance: it demolishes any remaining hope that college administrators possess a firmer grip on reality than the narcissistic students over whom...
  • Rutgers Freshman Victimized by Insufficiently Diverse Mascot

    05/18/2015 8:42:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/18/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    According to the Rutgers Daily Targum, freshman Emmet Brennan helped author a bill “…to create black, Latino, Asian, and third-gender mascot friends to accompany the school’s original “Scarlet Knight” mascot adopted in 1955.” “Our mascot does not represent how diverse we are as a school,” decided Brennan after he “…noticed the mascot’s fair skin and blue eyes while working as a press box server during the university’s football games.” Katie Park, writing for the Daily Targum, tells her readers: After taking issue with the mascot’s complexion, Brennan began collaborating with student Mohamed Asker who currently serves as the SA’s student...
  • Attention white people: Stop committing 'microagressions'!

    05/14/2015 8:36:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies ^ | 5/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    Most of us make an effort to be sensitive to other people's feelings regardless of race. But a study produced by the University of Illinois claims we shouldn't even bother. The fact that you are white causes people of color discomfort.
  • Dear America: Stop Pretending To Be Offended By Everything

    04/02/2015 7:33:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/02/2015 | David Harsanyi
    Dear America, Lena Dunham and Trevor Noah might not be funny, but that's no reason to form a posse. Lena Dunham received plenty of criticism for her insufferable New Yorker piece titled “Dog Or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz.” In it, the creator of “Girls” weighs the pros and cons of getting a pet or keeping her Jewish boyfriend: “He doesn’t tip,” and “he never brings his wallet anywhere,” and so on. The jokes may tell us something about her comedic abilities, her audience and the New Yorker, but, despite much handwringing, it tells us nothing about anti-Semitism. The ADL’s National...
  • Is Hotel Shampoo Kind of Racist? Plus: Do people understand what “racism” actually means?

    07/21/2014 2:07:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Root ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jenée Desmond-Harris, associate editor of features
    Don Mullen: Why don’t America’s hotels provide hair products for black as well as white hair? Is there a way to get them to correct this “micro-aggression”? Jenée Desmond-Harris: Thanks for your question. I thought about the issue of hotel toiletries when I was writing the Race Manners column that answered the question, “Is Using Lotion a Black Thing?” In my opinion, the tiny moisturizer that most hotels provide is very clearly not designed for those who want or need to use it on their entire body (read: most black people). But off the top of my head, I’m not...
  • "Native Americans" a Much Worse Term than "Redskins"

    06/26/2014 7:46:23 PM PDT · by kathsua · 32 replies
    Lawrence journal world ^ | June 25, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    The white hypocrites who complain about the term "redskins" use the term "native American" which when used in the way they are using it isn't much better than the other n-word. The word "redskins" is a physically descriptive term that doesn't have inherently negative characteristics. The word is one of the English translations of the Ottawa term "Oklahoma". If we consider the characteristics of the people the term "redskins" was first applied to, it's a positive term. The word "native" has two different uses. In general use the term "native " followed by a geographic region is used to indicate...
  • RACISM & ICE CREAM: NPR, ‘Buying Ice Cream From Ice Cream Truck Supports Racism’(language warning)

    05/13/2014 10:13:35 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 5/13/14
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is about a virulently racist song. Read no further if you wish to avoid racist imagery and slurs. “Ni**er Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!” merits the distinction of the most racist song title in America. Released in March 1916 by Columbia Records, it was written by actor Harry C. Browne and played on the familiar depiction of black people as mindless beasts of burden greedily devouring slices of watermelon. I came across this gem while researching racial stereotypes. I was a bit conflicted on whether the song warranted a listen. Admittedly, though, beneath my righteous...
  • It Isn’t Funny: It’s Insane…Tolerate Everything? Respect Nothing

    05/09/2014 10:27:22 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 5/8/14 | Marilyn Assenheim
    Media analyst Mark Dice created a preposterous lie to see just how witless Californians are. The falsehood, that John Boehner dislikes Mexican food so The Lyin’ King asked him to resign, provided the answer. Very. Labeled “bigotry,” shared responses from those polled: “I think people in his district should consider voting for somebody else” and “(Boehner should be) made an example of, so that other people don’t repeat such comments in the future” to “(calling) for Boehner to resign before stating, ‘hail Obama!’.” Meant to be funny, Dice’s cock-and-bull story illustrates how quickly PC proponents seize the race card...
  • Titanic iceberg simulator in Chinese theme park 'in bad taste'

    01/17/2014 8:44:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc ^ | 15 January 2014 Last updated at 07:07 ET
    ...a Northern Ireland politician has said. The attraction in Sichuan province, about 930 miles from the sea, will let hundreds of people at a time experience the shipwreck. The Titanic was built in east Belfast. Former Lord Mayor of Belfast Jim Rodgers said he had asked the Chinese firm behind the 1bn yuan (£100.7m) project to reconsider their plans. He said that while it was a "great idea" to build the Titanic replica at the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, "to have a simulation of an iceberg collision is going a step too far".
  • George Will: "The New American Entitlement" Is "To Go Through Life Without Being Offended" (video)

    12/22/2013 11:13:45 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 22, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    GEORGE WILL: What we do see here, and this goes to the viewers' question about political correctness, the new biggest American entitlement is the entitlement to go through life without being offended. People think they have a right not to have their feelings hurt, not to have their sensibilities in any way exacerbated. I'd refer them to Jefferson who said, it does me no harm if my neighbor believes in 20 gods or one god, it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. We have forked for millennia to get to a point where we say the law will...
  • Ice cream names cause debate - are the names racist or Nazi codewords?

    11/12/2013 6:49:25 AM PST · by marthemaria · 53 replies
    GB Glace launched a new flavor of a classic ice-cream the other week, and were promptly accused of racism. The ice-creams unfortunate name is "Nogger Black" as it is a liquorice flavored version of the classic nougat-flavored "Nogger". A couple of years ago they made a liquorice version of the 88. It had a crunchy outside, liquorice and vanilla inside and was really quite good. However, it failed to become popular and was discontinued. This year GB decided to try their luck with a liquorice version of another classic ice-cream, the nougat covered vanilla and then soft nougat center ice-cream...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Discovers Entire English Language is a Racist Code Word (SATIRE)

    07/19/2013 7:30:56 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 12 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Nov 23. 2012 | David Greenfield
    ... If the language is being used to criticize a black person then we must deem such language to be irreparably and irrevocably racist,” Fudge said. “Every word that is used to disguise the racist intentions of a racist political movement must be deemed a racist code word disguising the true racist intentions of the racists who make use of them.” Congressman Jim Clyburn went even further. “The entire English language was created by slaveowners as a means of oppression. You can’t just say that one word is a racist code word or another. The whole language, every single word,...
  • Why is the Arab world so easily offended? (Fouad Ajami)

    09/15/2012 2:24:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | Fouad Ajami
    Modernity requires the willingness to be offended. And as anti-American violence across the Middle East and beyond shows, that willingness is something the Arab world, the heartland of Islam, still lacks. --snip-- In the narrative of history transmitted to schoolchildren throughout the Arab world and reinforced by the media, religious scholars and laymen alike, Arabs were favored by divine providence. They had come out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century, carrying Islam from Morocco to faraway Indonesia. In the process, they overran the Byzantine and Persian empires, then crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to Iberia, and there they...

    09/10/2012 12:02:48 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 66 replies
    WND ^ | 9-10-12 | Staff
    Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day. Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”
  • McDonalds Pulls Ad After Pit Bull Owner Outrage

    02/07/2012 7:04:07 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 02/07/2012 | SUE MANNING
    McDonald's has apologized and pulled an ad that came back to bite it. The ad said eating a Chicken McBite was less risky than petting a stray pit bull, shaving your head, naming your son Sue or giving friends your Facebook password. It enraged pit bull owners and their supporters. The radio ad for Chicken McBites only ran for a few days in the Kansas City area before the complaints started. The campaign against the ad circulated on social media sites, and the apology was delivered the same way. People who called a well-publicized toll-free number got a recorded apology.
  • Is using this N-word (niggardly) a firing offense?

    11/07/2011 9:59:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 7, 2011 | Michael Mayo
    One Broward County drug counselor has been fired and another suspended for an incident in which an "N-word" was used. Not necessarily "the N-word," but a word that might have been mistaken for it. The two sanctioned workers told investigators the word was "niggardly." That word, meaning miserly, is of Scandinavian origin and has nothing to do with race, says an attorney for one of the disciplined workers. But the county sided with a substance-abuse client who took offense. He filed a complaint saying a counselor called him "n----- dumb" in a June meeting with two workers at a county...
  • Wi-Fi Fearing Citizens Find Hideout in West Virginia

    09/16/2011 1:57:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    DailyTech ^ | 9/15/11 | Tiffany Kaiser
    Diane Schou, who left her home in Iowa to live in West Virginia, said she used to live in a Faraday Cage prior to finding shelter in Green BankThere have been attempts in the not-so-distant past where citizens strapped on their tin foil hats and complained of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), which is an illness typically caused by electromagnetic fields created by mobile devices and Wi-Fi. Earlier this year, for instance, some San Francisco, California residents pushed legislators to force cell phone sellers to display labels providing the amount of electromagnetic radiation their devices produce. This law was shelved in May...
  • Another Year, Another Racially Insensitive Cafeteria Menu(Moonbat Madness Barf Alert)

    01/31/2011 7:58:55 AM PST · by lbryce · 72 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 30, 2011 | Ed Driscoll
    Do these stories happen every year? This was posted yesterday at the Daily Caller: A California university says it was bad taste to serve chicken and waffles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Officials at the University of California, Irvine, say the menu of stereotypical black food was served on Jan. 17 — the first day of the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. symposium. The dining hall advertised the meal as an “MLK Holiday Special.” The co-chairman of the school’s Black Student Union and another student lodged formal complaints. University spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon tells the Los Angeles Times that...
  • Fear Itself

    03/31/2010 3:54:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 337+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | March 31, 2010 | Lisa Fabrizio
    So, mean right-winger Tea Partiers are hurting the feelings of our sainted elected officials in Washington. There are rumors of intimidation, death threats and, horror of horrors, inappropriate language. So thin-skinned are these folks that Sarah Palin's simple exhortation, "don't retreat, reload," was referred to as "violent words and imagery." Even dead Republicans are the subject of posthumous excoriation, as in these noble words of Barry Goldwater: "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice." One wonders what they would make of Thomas Jefferson's observation that, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood...
  • Atlanta's Transit System Changes 'Yellow Line' to 'Gold' After Asian Outrage

    02/11/2010 5:02:19 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies · 727+ views ^ | Feb. 11, 2010
    Atlanta's transit system will rename a train route into the heart of the city's Asian community in response to complaints that calling it the "yellow line" showed a lack of racial sensitivity. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority issued a statement Thursday afternoon announcing it would change the name of the line to the "gold line." "The expressed concerns regarding the use of the phrase 'yellow line' will be addressed in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible," MARTA officials said in the statement. The move to change the name to "gold" coincides with the demands of some advocates in...
  • NBC's Lost 'Soul' ('Racist' Menu At NBC Stirs Controversey)

    02/05/2010 5:05:20 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies · 1,404+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 5, 2010 | JEANE MacINTOSH and CHRISTINA CARREGA
    <p>A special NBC Black History Month lunch spread -- featuring fried chicken, collard greens and black-eyed peas -- sparked a commissary controversy yesterday, but the African-American chef who planned it doesn't understand the fuss.</p> <p>"All I wanted to do was make a meal that everyone would enjoy -- and that I eat myself," NBC cook Leslie Calhoun told The Post last night.</p>
  • School Sorry For 'Insensitive' MLK Jr. Lunch; [Lunch Would Have Included Chicken, Collard Greens]

    01/16/2010 2:50:20 AM PST · by Daffynition · 113 replies · 2,099+ views ^ | January 15, 2010 | staff reporter
    DENVER -- Denver Public School officials are apologizing after a parent complained that a school lunch meant to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was stereotypical and offensive, reported KMGH-TV. The lunch, planned for Friday, was to include southern-style chicken, collard greens and a biscuit in honor of King. Survey: Lunch Menu Insensitive? Denver Public Schools spokesman Michael Vaughn released a statement that said: "The plan to serve a Southern-style meal in recognition of Martin Luther King Day was well intentioned but highly insensitive in light of certain hurtful cultural stereotypes still harbored in parts of our society." Organizers of...
  • KFC ad labelled 'racist' by US commentators

    01/05/2010 10:20:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 83 replies · 3,156+ views ^ | 6th January 2010
    AN ad by KFC Australia showing a man giving fried chicken to West Indies fans has been labelled racist in the US. In the "cricket survival guide" ad, an Australian fan named Mick asks viewers "Need a tip when you're stuck in an awkward situation?" after being surrounded by cheering West Indies fans. He then shares a bucket of KFC chicken with fans around him to calm the situation. The video has caused a huge stir in the US after it was posted on YouTube. The ad has been seen by some in the US as a reference to racial...
  • Bah! Humbug!: Town outlaws Merry Christmas sign

    12/01/2009 10:57:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 732+ views
    Lawrence Eagle Tribune ^ | December 2, 2009 | Crystal Bozek
    NORTH ANDOVER — First it was the menorah on the town common. Now it's the Merry Christmas sign on the fire station. The town has put an end to a longtime holiday tradition ordering firefighters to take down their homemade Merry Christmas sign from outside the fire station after people complained. The sign had been up for a week before it was taken down Friday. Fire Chief William Martineau said the sign was made by firefighters some 50 years ago and was never an issue before. "I think Christmas is officially a religious holiday. But to all of us, it...
  • 'Gorilla incident' at hospital has some trustees citing racism

    09/27/2009 9:10:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies · 2,499+ views
    The Times and Democrat ^ | September 25, 2009 | GENE ZALESKI
    A hospital employee dressed in a gorilla costume and passing out bananas to the sounds of “Hail to the Chief” may have been an effort to recognize employees for a job well done, but some Regional Medical Center trustees are calling the incident offensive and racist. Trustees Betty Henderson and Dr. Oscar Butler Jr. called for greater sensitivity and diversity training opportunities on the part of hospital staff and employees to ensure a similar incident does not reoccur. “I know in the beginning in six days God created the earth and on the seventh day he made man,” Henderson said....
  • Little People Want to Ban Word ‘Midget’

    07/06/2009 4:28:50 PM PDT · by llevrok · 59 replies · 2,002+ views
    New York - Little people are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to ban the use of the word "midget" on broadcast TV. The group Little People of America said Sunday the word is just as offensive as racial slurs. The request was prompted by an April episode of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" that the group said was demeaning. In the episode, contestants created a detergent ad called "Jesse James and the Midgets." The contestants, including Joan Rivers, suggested bathing little people in the detergent and hanging them to dry. Calls to the FCC and "Celebrity Apprentice" host Donald Trump were...
  • Little people call for FCC to ban ‘midget’

    07/05/2009 11:53:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies · 1,995+ views
    AP ^ | July 5, 2009
    NEW YORK - Little people are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to ban the use of the word "midget" on broadcast TV. The group Little People of America said Sunday the word is just as offensive as racial slurs.
  • 'Run Hadji Run' fireworks pulled off shelves

    07/04/2009 12:37:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies · 2,846+ views
    Star-Tribune (Minnesota) ^ | July 4, 2009 | JEFF STRICKLER
    Fireworks called Run Hadji Run were pulled off the shelves of a Wisconsin store after Minnesota Muslims complained that they were racist. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) said that both the name and the packaging are demeaning. One side of the package has a drawing of Uncle Sam yanking the long beard of a man in traditional Muslim attire, while the other shows a Stealth bomber flying over a group of Arabs riding camels. In addition, "Hadji" is an honorific for those who have completed the pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • McDonald's Custer toy angers Indian Country

    06/18/2009 6:15:58 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 67 replies · 2,522+ views
    RAPID CITY, S.D. - Custer rides again, although he's atop a plastic motorcycle and in a McDonald's Happy Meal box. And that doesn't sit well with some in the Native American community. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was killed in 1876 along the Little Big Horn River by Native Americans he aimed to destroy. But Hollywood brought him back to life as a character in the Ben Stiller comedy “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” which opened in theaters May 22. McDonald's included characters from the movie as toys in its kid-sized Happy Meals. The fast food chain's...
  • Appeals court sides with Redskins over trademark

    05/15/2009 10:08:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies · 1,981+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | May 15, 2009 | By NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON – The Washington Redskins won another legal victory Friday in a 17-year fight with a group of American Indians who argue the football team's trademark is racially offensive. The decision issued Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington doesn't address the main question of racism at the center of the case. Instead, it upholds the lower court's decision in favor of the football team on a legal technicality. The court agreed that the seven Native Americans waited too long to challenge the trademark first issued in 1967. They initially won — the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...
  • Language Ninnies

    05/01/2009 3:17:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 434+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 01, 2009 | Chuck Hustmyre
    "We're destroying words -- scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We're cutting the language down to the bone. It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words." --George Orwell Yesterday I was riding down the street and saw one of those DayGlo orange warning signs that read "FLAGGER AHEAD." Just typing the word "flagger" causes my word processor to upchuck, and mark (flag, if you will) the word as a misspelling. My Mac dictionary doesn't recognize it, nor is the word listed on or in my 700-page copy of Webster's New Dictionary of the English Language. There is...
  • Popeyes Story Sparks Newsroom Race Debate

    04/24/2009 6:37:35 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 44 replies · 2,370+ views
    Rachel's Take I was a little concerned tonight about the Popeye’s story. Not because I don’t think it was a legitimate story. Customers called our newsroom wanting us to do the story about the chain running out of chicken after promoting a big special. They said the Lake Ave. location had long lines of cars. When we went to the Lake Ave. Popeye’s, there were indeed long lines of cars. Some people took it in stride. Other people were downright angry. A few people made jokes. The idea of people up in arms over chicken was pretty funny. I think...
  • 'Chia Obama' booted from local stores

    04/04/2009 5:14:38 AM PDT · by lovesdogs · 30 replies · 1,540+ views
    <p>AMPA - Some local Walgreen's stores are pulling a supposed likeness of President Barack Obama off their shelves. The 'Chia Obama' will no longer be sold there.</p>
  • Brooklyn Restaurant’s Name Hits a Sour Note (Obama Fried Chicken is Disrespectful Alert)

    04/04/2009 5:50:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies · 1,197+ views
    New York Times ^ | | Kareem Fahim
    To the list of lofty names that glamorize the city’s fried chicken stands, like Crown, Royal and Kennedy, one Brooklyn restaurant owner decided to add another: Obama. From the restaurant’s perspective, the name change grew out of pride in the new president and a keen sense of commerce. From other perspectives, it was tone-deaf at best, and racist at worst. When the restaurant, Royal Fried Chicken on Rutland Road in Brownsville, changed its name last week to Obama Fried Chicken, the reaction was swift. “Community leaders came. They told us we have to change the name,” said Mohammad Jabbar,...
  • Principal: student can't wear Obama mask in show (it's racist)

    03/14/2009 8:09:10 PM PDT · by james500 · 44 replies · 1,788+ views
    AP ^ | 3/14/2009
    An elementary school principal is barring a fifth-grader from wearing a Barack Obama mask in the school's talent show because parents have complained it's inappropriate. Dru Lechert-Kelly, 11, hoped to dress presidentially and dance to a YouTube parody that features an Obama look-alike and a rap called "I Can Do Whatever I Like." The skit features him in a navy blue suit, white shirt, red tie, black shoes and an Obama mask purchased at a costume shop — one like Obama himself once donned for a Saturday Night Live sketch. The choreographed routine rehearsed Thursday ends with Dru on the...
  • Barnes & Noble: Obama-Monkey Display a ‘Hate Crime’

    03/11/2009 12:23:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 121 replies · 5,477+ views ^ | March 11, 2009 | Chris V. Thangham
    Recently a photo of Barnes & Noble book display board was circulated widely over the Internet. The photo showed various books about President Obama around a central photo of a monkey book. Barnes & Noble claims some prankster did this intentionally. The photo shown in this site was the catalyst of this controversy. The photos shows a book on monkeys “Monkey: A Captivating Look at These Fascinating Animals” with a number of books around it focusing on President Obama and his wife Michelle. The book chain Barnes & Noble deny someone deliberately placed the monkey book in the display. They...
  • Did mayor do the right thing in watermelon uproar?

    02/28/2009 2:02:28 AM PST · by South40 · 20 replies · 1,059+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 2/27/2009 | JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER
    LOS ALAMITOS - Some say the decision by the city's mayor to step down after the widely publicized uproar over an e-mail he sent depicting a watermelon patch in front of the White House shows he is taking the impact of his action seriously. Others say the resignation was the only option for someone who offended so many. "It was a flagrant disregard for basic civility and a demonstrated lack of knowledge about how painful the issue of race has been for our nation," said Fred Smoller, associate professor of Political Science at Chapman University.
  • Cartoonists treading lightly when drawing Obama

    02/20/2009 5:49:39 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 2 replies · 784+ views
    sfgate ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | By JESSE WASHINGTON
    Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz was in front of a classroom full of black and Latino kids, drawing presidents. He sketched Bush, then Clinton. Next came his favorite, the man he voted for: Obama."Hey, those lips are big," Alcaraz heard a black girl say from the back of the room. Alcaraz was disturbed. "I try to bend over backwards not to make him look like a cartoon stereotype," and certainly not a racial stereotype, he said. Editorial cartoonists are bending over backwards a lot these days, as they try to satirize the nation's first black president. And when they don't, the result...
  • Chimpgate continues to rile

    02/21/2009 2:19:14 PM PST · by lakeprincess · 39 replies · 1,469+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/21/09 | Jennifer Harper
    It's not over yet. Public interpretation of gunned down chimp cartoon goes into phase 2, Rev. Sharpton included.
  • Some 200 protest New York Post chimp cartoon

    02/19/2009 6:48:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 1,735+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 19, 2009 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK (AP) - Some 200 people chanting "Boycott the Post! Shut it down!" marched in front of the New York Post on Thursday to protest a newspaper cartoon that critics say compares President Barack Obama to the chimpanzee that was shot dead by police in Connecticut.
  • Who's A Chimp? (That's Racism! Alert)

    02/18/2009 2:02:14 PM PST · by mojito · 31 replies · 1,106+ views
    PowerLine ^ | 2/17/2009 | John Hinderaker
    Today's silliest controversy relates to this cartoon in today's New York Post, in which Sean Delonas uses the bizarre case of the crazed chimpanzee who attacked a woman and had to be shot to comment harshly on the Democrats' "stimulus" package; click to enlarge: [CARTOON AT LINK] Readers of the Huffington Post and--who else?--Al Sharpton construe the cartoon as a possibly racist attack on President Obama: Civil rights activist Al Sharpton called the cartoon "troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys." ... A story about the cartoon on the liberal-leaning Huffington Post...
  • Why White Comics Don't Get Barack

    11/09/2008 9:09:44 PM PST · by Oyarsa · 45 replies · 268+ views ^ | 11/07/08 | Salamishah Tillet
    Why White Comics Don't Get Barack By Salamishah Tillet | If SNL and others want to make Obama funny, they'll have to tap into more than just stereotypes. Sen. Obama, give the haters something to laugh at." —Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher Nov. 7, 2008--A black president. Now that's funny! So why are so many political satirists crying about how unamusing the Obama presidency will be? The standard reasoning is that, unlike Bush, McCain, Palin, the Clintons or even Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama is "too perfect" and does not provide material for good jokes. But the inability...
  • Toby Keith Hits Back at Accusation Song Is Pro-Lynching (MORON LIBERAL ALERT)

    08/08/2008 8:34:19 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 68 replies · 173+ views ^ | August 08, 2008 | Fox News
    Toby Keith Hits Back at Accusation Song Is Pro-Lynching Friday, August 08, 2008 Toby Keith hit back at a recent blog post that derided his 2003 song "Beer for My Horses" as a pro-lynching anthem. "The song was a hit and the words 'lynch' and 'racism' has never come up until this moron wrote this blog," he said, according to ContactMusic. The country singer, 47, was on "The Colbert Report" last month to perform "Beer for My Horses," the popular song that inspired a movie of the same name. Huffington Post blogger Max Blumenthal called the song an "ode to...
  • Slate's Noah: Calling Obama Skinny 'A Coded Discussion of Race'

    08/05/2008 4:27:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 186+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Somebody call the Epidemiology Branch at the NIH. It's looking as if we're on the verge of a full-fledged epidemic of Obamania. As we noted here, NYT columnist experienced an acute case of the malady on live national TV yesterday, seeing visions of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Washington Monument where none existed in the McCain Obama/Spears/Hilton ad. By yesterday evening, Keith Olbermann had contracted the affliction in aggravated form, claiming, as NewsBuster Brad Wilmouth has noted, to see no fewer than three phallic symbols in the same commercial. Now, yet another variant of the dread disease can...