political correctness

PC Security Policies Welcoming In Jihadists

Last night’s GOP debate focused on foreign policy and national security. It’s a good thing, too, because the stratospheric levels of unbridled incompetence and militant political correctness that is the hallmark of the Obama administration should terrify each and every American. Even in the aftermath of the ISIS-inspired attack in San Bernardino, which left 14 dead and 21 wounded, the Obama administration is doubling down on its PC policies, and in the process putting the lives of each and every American at increased risk.

With multiple investigations underway into Islamist terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik following the San Bernardino attack, reports are revealing that what can only be termed political correctness on the part of the Obama administration has directly contributed to an inability to prevent the deaths of U.S. citizens.

Despite strong protests from senior officials within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Obama administration refused to end a secret policy which prohibited security officials from reviewing the social media posts of foreign citizens attempting to obtain visas for entry into the United States. This was due to the fear of DHS Director Jeh Johnson that the policy might create “bad public relations”.

Speaking to ABC News, former acting Under-secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at DHS, John Cohen, reported that “During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process…The primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing.”

Why It’s Okay for Obama to Say “Islamic Extremism”

Intolerance will not be toleratedMuch hay has been made over the Obama administration’s stubbon refusal to label any act of terror an incident of Islamic extremism or its perpetrators radical Muslims. As the ISIS conquest of the Middle East escalates, this exercise in political correctness has reached farcical levels.

In a Wednesday speech about “radical extremism”, the president again refused to properly identify what kind of radical extremism he was discussing. But he was very clear (after you let him be) about who he was not discussing.

Well yes. That’s exactly what “Islamic extremism” means. Literally. Otherwise we would just call it “acts of Islam”. Which would, of course, be silly.

Awesome: Actor Gary Oldman says he’s a libertarian, and epically takes down Hollywood’s politically correct culture

Gary Oldman has stolen plenty of hearts, but he probably now has a special place in the hearts of liberty lovers. The English actor told Playboy he considered himself a libertarian and took a great shot at Bill Maher in the process.

PLAYBOY: How would you describe your politics?

OLDMAN: I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons.

PLAYBOY: But there are a ton of conservatives in Hollywood, and libertarians too. Bill Maher has called himself a libertarian.

OLDMAN: I think he would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.

Oldman is right in saying conservatives (and libertarians) don’t have a real podium in Hollywood. There isn’t really a “conservative/libertarian Bill Maher or Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert” unless you count Greg Gutfeld and Andy Levy from Fox’s Red Eye. It’s a shame, because there are some really funny liberty lovers out there like Stephen Kruiser.

But Oldman has some interesting comments regarding drug legalization and personal responsibility.

PLAYBOY: What’s your take on legalizing marijuana?

OLDMAN: It’s silly to me. I’m not for it. Drugs were never my bag. I mean, I tried it once and it wasn’t for me, though, unlike Bill Clinton, I did inhale. To me, the problem is driving. People in Colorado are driving high and getting DUIs. That’s what I worry about. Listen, if you want to do cocaine, heroin, smoke marijuana, that’s fine by me. It’s just that I worry about kids behind the wheel of a car more than anything.

Political Correctness Run Amok: University ‘speech police’ keep comedians like Chris Rock from college campuses

Chris Rock

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) picked up on a few details from a recent interview of comedian Chris Rock that shed light on the pernicious nature of the “unlearning liberty” mentality on America’s college campuses. The FIRE seeks to protect and defend free speech on college campuses in the face of restrictive speech codes and the growing belief by many that they have a right not to be offended by someone else’s views.

Susan Kruth, writing at The FIRE’s blog, notes:

In the interview, [interviewer Frank] Rich and Rock discussed how Rock, like many comedians, has been criticized by audience members who were offended by his jokes. When asked what he thought about the recent controversy over Bill Maher’s invitation to speak at the University of California, Berkeley’s December commencement ceremony, Rock said, “Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.”

Now, Rock doesn’t actually mean politically conservative in this context. In the interview, he clarifies:

Jennifer Lawrence: A product of her world

Jennifer Lawrence

I’ll admit it.  I’m a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence.  The Oscar-winning actress is both beautiful and down to Earth, something I rarely get from most in Hollywood.  However, many conservatives and libertarians are justifiably upset about comments Lawrence recently made to Barbara Walters.

From The Daily Caller:

“The word ‘fat’ I think should be illegal,” the Oscar winner told Walters. “If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

Now, I’m not going to excuse Lawrence’s desire to outlaw a word.  However, I am going to point out the rest of her comments, in bold above.

Many libertarians - and yes, a fair number of conservatives - argue that a simple regulation can lead to more and more intrusive regulations.  Lawrence, a product of her times and her society, is simply manifesting the innate desire to build upon previous works to move society in a direction more to her liking.

Is she right?  No, she’s not.  Banning a word like “fat” would make me criminal on a daily basis.  Am I some bully who’s shaming my son or daughter into developing an unreasonable body image?  No, I’m usually talking about my fat ass.  However, the act of banning the word - a word which is also used for a necessary macronutrient found in food, I might add - would make my own self-deprecation illegal.

Shakespeare becomes a casualty in war on multiculturalism

From the LA Times:

No longer can the students discuss Chicano perspectives on history. And no longer can Martinez teach Mexican American studies.

After the Tucson Unified School District board voted late Tuesday to suspend the controversial classes to avoid losing more than $14 million in state aid, the students’ world shifted.

Course titles and curriculums changed immediately. Chicano history became American history. Chicano literature became English literature.

State law bans classes that are primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.” Last week, state Supt. of Public Instruction John Huppenthal ruled the Tucson program in violation. The board chose not to contest his decision in court.

Proponents say the classes push Latinos to excel and teach a long-neglected slice of America’s cultural heritage — Latino perspectives on literature, history and social justice.

But its critics, led by Huppenthal, say framing historical events in racial terms “to create a sense of solidarity” promotes groupthink and victimhood.

Teaching history without the history of ethnic groups is unavoidable. Teaching history without the history of victimization is unavoidable. Teaching history without the history of victimization of ethnic groups is certainly unavoidable, given that large swaths of history are comprised almost entirely of some form of ethnic and/or racial oppression (a history that continues to be written to this day). In fact, teaching history as such is to alter the past itself.

High School Team Name “Cougars” Deemed Offensive

After years of hearing backlash against team names like Redskins and Braves, which opponents claimed demaned Native Americans, I thought we had kind of moved past this.  I really, really should know better by now.

Sensitivity and political correctness regarding the names of athletic teams has officially reached a ridiculous peak.

KSTU-TV in Utah reports that a new high school’s hope to call its team the Cougars was rejected because … wait for it … the Victorian-minded members of the school board thought it would be offensive to some middle-aged women.

Cougar, of course, has become a working term for older women who chase considerably younger men. But long before that usage inspired Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town TV show the noble cougar served as a mascot for Washington State and the University of Houston.

First of all, most of the “cougars” I know are rather proud of the term, though I suppose there are some who aren’t.  However, no one is painting a 40 year old woman in a slinky black dress holding a martini on a football helmet here. We’re talking about a large feline.

In this nation, people have a right to say they are offended by the name of a team, just like we have the right to mock them for that opinion if we so wish.  However, people don’t have a right to not be offended, especially when it’s pretty damn clear that no one was referring to them in the first place.

The PC Police Stomp Out Humor

For the last few months I’ve been living in the most radically leftist town in America (and possibly North America), Berkeley, California. While the people are alright here, they are so horribly politically correct that I find it hard to talk to anyone here. Any joke that would lighten the mood anywhere else is potentially offensive to some downtrodden ethnic group, endangered species, sexual orientation or just non-inclusive. I don’t know people can stand to be so anal retentive. It’s also ironic given that conservatives are the ones that are supposed to be uptight.

It’ll be a relief to be back in Washington state.

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