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  • Army Thanks Soldier For Confronting Offensive Behavior Online

    12/28/2014 11:35:20 AM PST · by hcmama · 76 replies
    Military Times ^ | Claudette Roulo
    First Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network's community page earlier this year, when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly. "I looked them up, introduced myself and explained to them why they were stupid. And I [copied] the director of the Army SHARP program to help their units improve their...
  • Government Agency Scraps Employee Ratings To Avoid ‘Discrimination’

    05/26/2014 4:34:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/25/14 | Scott Greer
    One government agency has decided that the results of employee ratings are too discriminatory, and eliminated the process entirely. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Monday that it will now award all employees the highest rating regardless of performance reviews. The CFPB, which oversees transactions in the financial sector for the federal government, decided to no longer conduct employee reviews because there were just too many apparent “significant disparities” between the races, ages, and locations of its employees. According to American Banker, this new policy is set to cost over $5 million dollars, as it will now pay employees...
  • Fair warning, provoking a thought is literature’s job

    05/21/2014 3:12:01 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/21/14 | Kathleen Parker
    Just when you thought American higher learning couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature. One never knows when a sentence, phrase or word might trigger some buried memory or traumatic experience. Life is a veritable assault on the excessively sensitive, but somehow most of us muddle through. C’est la vie , after all. But literature, apparently, is fair game for those tortured souls who fear that some -ism or another might leap from a page, causing what exactly? A moment of discomfort? An opportunity to sort through one’s emotional attic? Or,...
  • Family fights to include ‘Jesus’ on grave marker at city-owned cemetery

    10/29/2013 5:54:05 PM PDT · by massmike · 17 replies ^ | Published October 18, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The family of a Colorado preacher’s wife is still fuming after the director of the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name ‘Jesus’ because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed course under public pressure. “We were in disbelief,” said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. “Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?” “At first they told us it wouldn’t fit,” Adams said. “But after we kept pushing them the cemetery director told us that it might offend somebody. They weren’t going to allow it.” The family was devastated and asked the...
  • 1 in 4 Men Surveyed in Asia and the Pacific Have Raped (PC Barfing Orgy)

    09/14/2013 7:38:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 14, 2013 | Rachel Hartigan Shea
    One in four men surveyed for a United Nations study in Asia and the Pacific admitted raping at least one woman. The UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific surveyed over 10,000 men at nine sites in six countries: Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka. At the survey site in China, 23 percent of men admitted to at least one rape. In Papua New Guinea, that figure was 61 percent. To understand what's behind such startling figures, National Geographic spoke with Rachel Jewkes, the lead technical adviser for the study. You've...
  • Twitter troll jailed for 56 days after mocking tragic Bolton midfielder Muamba (Free Speech in UK)

    03/28/2012 1:49:16 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-27-2012 | Sportsmail Reporter
    A student who mocked Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed during a match has been jailed for inciting racial hatred. Liam Stacey, 21, provoked revulsion with comments made while the Bolton star still lay on the pitch. The 23-year-old midfielder was left fighting for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie on March 17. Horrified fans watched live on TV as he fell to the ground during the quarter-final clash at Tottenham. Police were inundated with complaints as members of the public reported the student's comments. Stacey, a Swansea University biology undergraduate, was quickly...
  • Soldiers don fake belly, breasts to better understand pregnant troops' exercise concerns

    02/18/2012 2:19:28 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 103 replies · 1+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 2/16/2012
    The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training. This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers. Army enlisted leaders all over the world are being ordered to take the Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Exercise Leaders Course, or PPPT, according to U.S. Army Medical Activity Japan health promotion educator Jana York. Developed...
  • Canadian team draws heat for ‘Jack the Ripper’ nickname (barf-a-rooni alert)

    11/16/2011 2:30:13 PM PST · by DemforBush
    yahoo sports ^ | 11/16/11 | "Duk"
    Mention the words "London" and "Ripper" in the same sentence and most of us will naturally think of the serial killer who butchered English prostitutes in the late 1880s. But after drawing criticism for naming their squad the "London Rippers," officials say that the infamous Jack the Ripper is not the inspiration behind the nickname for their minor-league team based in the Canadian city in southwest Ontario...
  • New edition of Mark Twain to remove racial slurs

    01/03/2011 7:16:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 86 replies ^ | Jan. 4, 2011
    A PUBLISHER is planning to release a new edition of two of Mark Twain's classic novels that replaces the racial slurs used throughout the books with less offensive language. NewSouth Books will release a single volume containing both novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, overseen by Twain scholar Alan Gribben, Publisher's Weekly said. In both, the n-word is replaced with the word "slave" and the word "Injun" is removed. "This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colourblind," said Mr Gribben, the head of the English department at Auburn University at...
  • Explorers rebel at armchair adventure - Sir Fiennes and Pen Hadow rebel at death of derring-do

    04/25/2009 7:36:19 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 912+ views
    The Times ^ | 4/26/2009 | Maurice Chittenden
    EL DORADO may never be found. Some of Britain’s leading explorers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, have joined forces to accuse the Royal Geographical Society, the launch-pad for epic voyages of discovery since Queen Victoria’s day, of losing its sense of adventure. They claim the society has been hijacked by politically correct academics who have abandoned great expeditions in favour of studying the environment and rising sea levels. Fiennes wants the Royal Geographical Society to organise the sort of voyages undertaken by Livingstone, inset, rather than study the environment The society’s leadership argues that the explorers are living in their own...
  • Katherine Kersten: Normandale's 'meditation room' is home to a single faith (Islam)

    12/17/2007 10:06:29 AM PST · by mojito · 17 replies · 326+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 12/16/2007 | Katherine Kersten
    Last week, I visited a Muslim place of worship. A schedule for Islam's five daily prayers was posted at the entrance, near a sign requesting that shoes be removed. Inside, a barrier divided men's and women's prayer space, an arrow informed worshippers of the direction of Mecca, and literature urged women to cover their faces. Sound like a mosque? The place I'm describing is the "meditation room" at Normandale Community College, a 9,200-student public institution in Bloomington. Until recently, the room was the school's only usable racquetball court. College administrators converted the court into a meditation room when construction forced...
  • Channel 4 vindicated over Undercover Mosque (Orwell Alert)

    11/19/2007 9:54:00 AM PST · by mojito · 11 replies · 162+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/19/2007 | Duncan Hooper
    Channel 4 has been vindicated by the media watchdog Ofcom after police complained about an investigative programme that exposed extremism in British mosques. West Midland's police had faced criticism for targeting the producers of the show rather than the controversial preachers depicted in it. Ofcom added fuel to that debate by praising Undercover Mosque as a "legitimate investigation, uncovering matters of important public interest." advertisementThe watchdog added: "Ofcom found no evidence that the broadcaster had misled the audience or that the programme was likely to encourage or incite criminal activity. "On the evidence (including untransmitted footage and scripts), Ofcom found...
  • The Offensive Truth: Relativism and Our Kids

    06/20/2007 8:58:09 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 158 replies · 1,883+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/20/2007 | Chuck Colson
    I was dismayed a while back when I learned that a Barna survey found that “less than one out of every ten churched teenagers has a biblical worldview.” But a survey is just that, a survey. Things couldn’t be that bad, could they? Well, I recently heard a shocking story that vividly illustrates just how far relativism has infected the Church—to the point where Christian kids balk at the idea that Christianity would claim to be, of all things, true. Four years ago, the BreakPoint staff and I launched Centurions, an intensive, year-long education program designed to equip 100 people...
  • Protests Come Early to Disney's 'Princess'

    05/13/2007 12:38:40 AM PDT · by lainie · 40 replies · 1,630+ views
    IMDb ^ | 5-11-2007
    Almost two years before its hoped-for release of its first hand-drawn animated film produced under the supervision of Pixar's John Lasseter, Disney has already drawn fire for alleged racial and ethnic insensitivities that were detected in its original announcement of the film, according to Disney watcher Jim Hill. Since the original title, The Frog Princess, might be regarded as a slur on the French, the title has been changed to The Princess and the Frog. The main character, named Maddy -- who was to become Disney's first black princess -- has had her name changed to Tiana, since Maddy reportedly...
  • Hypocrisy of Free Speech in Schools

    04/21/2007 8:05:49 AM PDT · by CharlesS · 8 replies · 1,154+ views
    Constitutionally Right ^ | 4/21/07 | CharlesS
    Earlier this week I wrote about a Federal Judge which upheld censorship in a public school. The decision came in response to a student who wished to protest the “Day of Silence” which encourages students to show visible support for homosexual lifestyle by refusing to speak during the school day, while conveying written messages in the form of T-shirts, buttons, and stickers, all of which promote homosexual behavior. Yesterday a Michigan student was suspended yesterday for writitng the words “I’m Straight” on a piece of duct tape and placing it on his T-Shirt.....
  • 'Stone Age' called insult (PC Alert)

    03/08/2007 10:12:04 AM PST · by BJClinton · 222 replies · 5,468+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | Jennifer Harper
    Attention Fred Flintstone and the Geico cave guys: "Stone Age" is no longer acceptable, joining the list of other words and terms deemed offensive in polite society.
  • Santa Claus Deemed Too 'Religious' For Fundraiser

    12/01/2006 8:54:08 AM PST · by Froufrou · 136 replies · 2,043+ views
    CNS ^ | 11/30/06 | Randy Hall
    A Christmas-themed event to raise money at a public elementary school in Warwick, N.Y., has been altered to accommodate a parent's complaints that the program would illegally spotlight a "religious" figure - Santa Claus. "Breakfast With Santa" has since been changed to "Winter Wonderland Breakfast," and -- in an effort to be inclusive of all beliefs -- the bearded one will now be joined at the Dec. 9 event by Frosty the Snowman. Organizers made the changes after one parent charged that she and others in the community were offended that the Parent Teacher Association at the Sanfordville Elementary School...
  • UK: Now council bans the use of 'political correctness' at work (The phrase, not the policies)

    11/01/2006 1:52:53 PM PST · by Stoat · 47 replies · 1,038+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 1, 2006 | CHRIS BROOKE
    Now council bans the use of 'political correctness' at workBy CHRIS BROOKE Last updated at 10:41am on 1st November 2006  Cllr Robert Light: Kirklees council leader blamed his political opponents and said the booklet was no longer being used by council staff A council has warned staff against using the phrase 'political correctness' at work because it might offend people. A booklet outlining 'equality' policy to council workers claims using the term at work can be damaging and even linked it to the Ku Klux Klan. See also... Council worker paid £91,000 to fix the lights  The bizarre publication...
  • Fox fires Lyons for racially insensitive comment

    10/14/2006 1:42:19 PM PDT · by frankiep · 234 replies · 6,792+ views
    DETROIT -- Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons has been fired for making a racially insensitive comment directed at colleague Lou Piniella's Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3 of the American League championship series. -snip- Later, Piniella said the A's needed Thomas to get "en fuego" -- hot in Spanish -- because he was currently "frio" -- or cold. After Brennaman praised Piniella for being bilingual, Lyons spoke up. Lyons said that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" -- butchering the conjugation for the word "to speak" -- and added, "I still can't find my wallet." "I don't understand him, and...
  • King County (Seattle, Wash.) to change logo to honor MLK

    02/28/2006 5:03:53 AM PST · by far sider · 41 replies · 1,124+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/28/06 | Keith Ervin
    Twenty years after the King County Council renamed the county for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the council voted today to change the county logo from a crown to a likeness of the slain civil rights leader. More than 200 supporters of the ordinance responded to the roll-call vote by jumping to their feet, cheering, beating Native American drums and singing, "We Shall Overcome." "Symbols are very important. This is going to be a powerful one for us here in this county," Councilman Larry Gossett, D-Seattle, prime sponsor of the ordinance, declared after the vote. Gossett said a...
  • State reinstates Elmwood Park district after immigration fight

    02/24/2006 1:48:21 PM PST · by AZRepublican · 8 replies · 327+ views
    CHICAGO -- The Illinois State Board of Education has reinstated a suburban Chicago school district today -- one day after the board used its harshest available sanction against it. The board voted yesterday to cut off funding for Elmwood Park District 401 over the district's decision to deny enrollment to a student based on immigration status. But the board today voted to reverse that after the district's board adopted a resolution that said it would no longer deny enrollment for students based on their immigration status. The ISBE says it will continue to monitor the district to make sure it...
  • Political correctness rule reviewed

    01/13/2006 10:05:57 PM PST · by Pikamax · 10 replies · 474+ views
    Evening Standard ^ | 01/14/06 | Evening Standard
    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has moved to end pointless and costly investigations into commentators who voice politically incorrect opinions on radio and television. Sir Ian launched a review of how his force responds to complaints about allegedly homophobic and racist statements broadcast on radio and television Under current rules police are duty bound to investigate any such complaints from viewers and listeners but officers are understood to be exasperated that they have to look into all of them as potential "hate" crimes. Inquiries can tie up resources and cost thousands of pounds before establishing that people are only...
  • A fatwa on football

    10/31/2005 1:50:48 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 992+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 10/31/05
    The legal opinions proclaimed by Islamic scholars, known as fatwas, have proliferated in the Muslim world since the 1980s. The growth in fatwas - some of them contradictory - has led to debate over who can legitimately issue them. As part of a government drive to eliminate frivolous fatwas, the Saudi newspaper Al Watan recently published one such edict setting out new rules for football. We publish an edited translation below. In the name of God the merciful and benevolent: 1. International terminology that heretics use, such as "foul," "penalty", "corner," "goal", "out" and others, should be abandoned and not...
  • Prof. Thomas Klocek free speech battle at DePaul began one year ago today.

    09/15/2005 5:28:05 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 9 replies · 1,816+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | September 15, 2005 | Marathon Pundit
    One year ago today, DePaul Professor Thomas Klocek had a discussion with some Muslim students... ....and was suspended because his ideas didn't match the PC groupthink found on almost all college campuses today. On September 15, 2004, Klocek, an adjunct professor at Chicago's DePaul University for 14 years, was walking through a campus cafeteria where a student activities fair was taking place. He noticed a couple of display tables staffed by United Muslims Moving Ahead (UMMA) and the DePaul Chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) More on Students for Justice in Palestine here, courtesy of Frontpage Magazine's Discover...
  • Red Scare

    08/11/2005 12:53:36 AM PDT · by JRios1968 · 11 replies · 302+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | 11 Aug 2005 | Kenneth L. Woodward
    European intellectuals have long complained of excessive moralism in American foreign policy, politics and attitudes toward sex--the lingering effect, as they see it, of our Puritan heritage. But if they want to spot the real Puritans among us, they should read our sports pages. Last week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it would ban the use of Native American team names and mascots in all NCAA-sponsored postseason tournaments. If a team turns up wearing uniforms with words like "Indians," "Braves" or similar nicknames the association deems "hostile and abusive," that team will be shown the locker-room door. Surely...
  • Military Commands Drop Indian Terms from Exercise Titles

    08/10/2005 10:36:31 AM PDT · by Irontank · 108 replies · 1,369+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S.-Canadian military commands responsible for protecting North America from terrorists have changed the names of key readiness exercises to more politically correct words that do not offend American Indians. U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs have struck the word "warrior" from one major exercise and replaced it with "phantom," according to a July internal message from command headquarters. The message went to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the Joint Chiefs and other senior leaders. A copy was obtained by The Washington Times. A NORAD spokesman, Air Force...
  • Not enough blacks at Geldof's Live 8 concert for Africa

    06/01/2005 3:52:27 PM PDT · by Lizavetta · 66 replies · 1,831+ views
    Yahoo ^ | June 1, 2005
    LONDON (AFP) - A bold plan by Irish rocker-turned-activist Bob Geldof for multi-city concerts to combat poverty in Africa ran into flak when it became clear how few black artists are involved. With the arguable exception of Mariah Carey, none of the headliners for the centrepiece Live8: The Long Walk to Justice concert at Hyde Park in London on July 2 are black, let alone African. It's a bit better elsewhere, with Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour and British soulman Craig David on the bill in Paris, former Fugee Lauryn Hill in Berlin, and rapper 50 Cent and the legendary Stevie...
  • 49ers' personal foul

    06/01/2005 7:50:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies · 1,509+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/1/5 | Phillip Matier
    Team's in-house training video includes lesbian porn, racial slurs, barbs at Newsom. It was meant to be funny -- but no one is laughing now in the San Francisco 49ers' front office over an in-house training film that featured off- color racial jokes, lesbian porn, a spoof of gay marriage and a trio of buxom, topless blondes frolicking with team public relations director Kirk Reynolds. The 15-minute video, some of which was filmed in the City Hall office of Mayor Gavin Newsom -- who comes in for a few unsubtle swipes -- was intended as a primer on how players...
  • UI cancels game over nickname

    05/04/2004 8:57:34 AM PDT · by NCjim · 82 replies · 248+ views
    The Daily Iowan ^ | May 4, 2004 | Phil Davidson
    Adhering to a policy instituted 10 years ago, but not always followed, the UI athletics department recently canceled a baseball game with Bradley University of Peoria, Ill., because of the school's mascot. The game was originally scheduled to be played today, but the athletics department canceled the nonconference game in February, recognizing that Bradley's nickname - the Braves - falls under the university's policy to not schedule nonconference games with teams that have American Indian mascots. Steve Roe, a UI associate director of Sports Information, said the university's Board in Control of Athletics implemen-ted the policy in April 1994 in...
  • Sledder hurt in accident may be arrested (Seattle/KC bans snowballs)

    01/09/2004 12:02:44 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 88 replies · 133+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/9/2004 | Leslie Fulbright
    Someone better tell these guys! As the snow blanketing the region turned to slush, police were considering arresting a sledding scofflaw on suspicion of reckless endangerment, and school officials were on the lookout for illicit snowball tossers. It brings up an interesting idea: snow criminalization. In the first case, a 26-year-old Bellevue man was sledding down a hill Tuesday evening and accidentally went under a sport-utility vehicle, Bellevue police Officer Michael Chiu said. The SUV ran over his leg, and he was taken to the hospital with a possible broken bone. Police are still investigating and will forward their...
  • School bars pilgrim, Indian costumes as insensitive

    11/22/2003 3:35:29 AM PST · by sarcasm · 62 replies · 1,906+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 22, 2003 | Rex W. Huppke
    A group of Skokie 1st graders got an unexpected lesson in cultural sensitivity Friday when their principal wouldn't let them dress as American Indians for their annual Thanksgiving celebration. After a parent complained that the costumes the children had made might be offensive, the principal told the kids to leave their construction-paper headdresses on the classroom shelves. Those who had opted to be pilgrims fared no better. Their paper black hats and bonnets also were banned, and for the first time in more than two decades, the 1st graders at Madison School commemorated the events of October 1621 in their...
  • Politically correct poster companies airbrush Beatles album without permission

    01/22/2003 4:54:05 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 19 replies · 886+ views
    Launch ^ | January 22, 2003 | Sue Falco
    The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' Album Airbrushed To Be Politically CorrectThe Beatles' 1969 Abbey Road album cover has been airbrushed by politically correct poster companies in the United States to remove a cigarette held in Paul McCartney's hand, BBC reports. The original album cover shows the four Beatles crossing the famed road--McCartney is barefoot, third in line, and holding a cigarette. The airbrushing was done without the permission of either McCartney or Apple Records, which owns the rights to the image. An Apple spokesman told BBC, "We have never agreed to anything like this. It seems these poster companies got...
  • Boy, 12, Suspended for Bringing PICTURE of Knife to School

    07/02/2002 8:12:26 PM PDT · by TomGuy · 59 replies · 572+ views
    Weekly World News ^ | July 2, 2002 | Chad Elliot
    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it’s also worth four weeks suspension for student Joshua Hanley. The 12-year-old Australian middle school student was caught with a magazine photo of a Bowie knife at his school in Alice Springs and he has been suspended as part of the school district’s strict Zero Tolerance policy concerning weapons and the threat of violence in the classroom. “Has the whole world gone bonkers?” fumed Joshua’s mother, Marian Hanley. “My son brought a picture of a knife from Blades and Babes magazine to show his friends. Not a real knife, mind you,...
  • [Australia's High Court] Judge rejects bid on '[censored*]' sign

    03/20/2002 3:59:59 AM PST · by TomGuy · 19 replies · 389+ views
    The Age [Australia] ^ | March 20, 2002
    Judge rejects bid on '[censored*]' sign March 20 2002 A bid by an Aboriginal activist to remove the word "[censored*]" from a football ground grandstand was yesterday thrown out by the nation's highest court. High Court Justice Mary Gaudron said "[censored*]" on the sign was no more offensive than the word "[censored*]" on a cement mixer. "Let us assume for a moment that I'm '[censored*]' - and it's not an unreasonable assumption - and I'm offended by a sign that says "[censored*]'s Porkies", she told a Brisbane sitting of the court. Justice Gaudron rejected Canberra constitutional barrister Ernst Willheim's submission...