Go to Instapundit. Scroll down a few screens and on the right you’ll see the search box. Search for the phrase, “They told me if.”
Enjoy one of the Internet’s best running gags.
I recently read two completely separate articles that make an intriguing contrast.
On one hand, “‘Preferred’ pronouns gain traction at US colleges:”
On high school and college campuses and in certain political and social media circles, the growing visibility of a small, but semantically committed cadre of young people who, like Crownover, self-identify as “genderqueer” — neither male nor female but an androgynous hybrid or rejection of both — is challenging anew the limits of Western comprehension and the English language.
Though still in search of mainstream acceptance, students and staff members who describe themselves in terms such as agender, bigender, third gender or gender-fluid are requesting — and sometimes finding — linguistic recognition.
Inviting students to state their preferred gender pronouns, known as PGPs for short, and encouraging classmates to use unfamiliar ones such as “ze,”’sie,” ”e,” ”ou” and “ve” has become an accepted back-to-school practice for professors, dorm advisers, club sponsors, workshop leaders and health care providers at several schools.
Note the tell-tale theme words: “self-identify,” “describe themselves in terms,” “preferred gender pronouns.” I wonder why, when there’s a conflict between biological reality and psycho-emotional consciousness, we actually privilege the latter and disdain the former as some sort of obsolete relic.
I asked this of someone last summer and was immediately called a “transophobe.” Apparently that settled things.
America has been making fun of political correctness for at least 20 years now.
1994 saw the release of, for example, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, a reworking of classic fairy tales with a more enlightened view, and PCU, a David Spade/Jeremy Piven movie about a typically “politically correct university” full of clueless leftist zombies.
So, obviously, this brain-dead scourge has since been completely erased from our society. Yup, no new awkward neologisms have been forced down our throats since then; no new restrictions on what’s acceptable discussion and belief have been foisted on us by our elite media betters. Certainly, the rules of PC have not grown so Byzantine and ubiquitous that they’ve all but dictated how public life works these days.
It’s almost enough to make one lose faith in satire…
A Google search for “Obama economy ‘turning a corner’” draws over 34 million results, spanning the last five years. Apparently, it’s one heck of a long corner.
In my years of teaching, perhaps no pop-culture cliché has annoyed me as much as this. I’ve heard dozens of earnest, zealous teens announce this one with a look of holy glee on their faces, ecstatic at the chance to show off how well they’ve internalized this bit of media indoctrination.
Whenever this line gets repeated, I, in my role as a teacher of the English language, feel compelled to address the error:
Me: “Yes, there is. It’s in the dictionary. Look under ‘N.’”
Teen: “But it doesn’t mean anything. There’s no such thing as normal!”
Me: “Since you won’t look it up, or consider my point, I’ll walk you through this. (more…)
Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, has been the subject of both adulation and damnation in recent days because of comments he made about homosexuality. All the commentors are focusing on something wrong that someone else has done, without realizing an important truth: everybody is wrong here.
Why Robertson is wrong:
The defense of Robertson holds that he was voicing a traditionally Christian view of homosexuality as sinful. But there’s more to it than that.
Those of us who hold to traditional religious views need to do a better job of making sure it’s clear that we “love the sinner, hate the sin,” and that the sin here is unchaste behavior, not the feelings that prompt them. Maybe we feel that such diplomacy is excessive or unnecessary, but that’s life.
Robertson’s comments–as they’ve been presented publicly by the media, at least–don’t even try to do that.
Worse still, he criticizes homosexuality as “illogical.” A direct quote from the interview in question: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
This is stupid. As if sexual preference were the result of a thought process that hadn’t been properly carried out! Perhaps Robertson thinks gay men will read this and say, “Hey! Good point! Now that you’ve pointed that out, I understand. Why, women are more anatomically compatible with men that other men are! By Jove, Mr. Robertson, thank you for showing me the light!”
Robertson made some worthwhile comments about the decline of society’s morality in that interview, but those remarks will never be remembered, because he said this. That’s a shame, and there’s a lesson in that for all of us.
Why Robertson’s conservative defenders are wrong:
Last weekend I judged a round of mock-congressional debate at a high school tournament. Teens argued for and against various proposals they’d written, one being a bill to eliminate the debt ceiling.
One young man gave a speech for it. Then a young woman asked him if this measure might not result in catastrophic debt accumulation.
“I don’t think our politicians would be that stupid,” he said.
A few minutes later she gave a speech, against the measure. Directly referring to the boy who’d spoken before her, she said, “Our national debt is already 17 trillion dollars. Don’t you think that’s stupid?”
On the first day of most classes I’ve ever taught, I ask kids to write some info about themselves on a note card. I use this to help learn the names and character of the group I’m working with. One of the last items I ask for is, “Tell me something unique or special about you.”
Many times I have gotten those cards back from kids where that item is answered in two words: “I’m black.”
No other ethnicity is ever used as an answer for that prompt. Usually people just note that they play an instrument, or moved here from somewhere else, or love kittens, or something like that.
Does this tell us anything about the state of race in our society?
Some liberals are calling conservatives petty for focusing on the massive failure of the healthcare.gov website rollout. They say that these kinds of kinks are normal and will be worked out soon.
That’s just delusional denial. The catastrophic malfunction of the first aspect of this law is a harbinger, not an outlier.
Can anyone imagine a history book a hundred years from now saying, “There were some minor glitches in the website at first, but those quickly got fixed, and then everything was fine with Obamacare forever. Everything else always worked perfectly.”?
My kids discovered Tom and Jerry last year, so we go them a DVD. This disclaimer runs at the beginning. Our obsession with publicly “washing our hands” of every shred of anything in the past that might be interpreted as not in harmony with our current sensibilities is very sad. It’s neither healthy nor productive. It starts as a dog and pony show, and ends as a witch hunt. I wish this society would grow up and be more innocent.
Some of our current obsessions really are just making us spin our wheels.
Has there ever been a time when the leftist media has NOT been warning us that the GOP is being taken over by right-wing extremists? This has certainly been the mantra for as long as I can remember.
Never has a mainstream media commentator said anything like this: “Luckily, the Republican party is currently controlled by calm, sensible heads that we can respect, and will be for the foreseeable future.” Even once. Ever.
You’d think those scary super-conservatives would have been able to solidify their shanghai by now…