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calendar   Thursday - April 28, 2011

SOS … more stuck on stupid

You may have noticed that over the last couple of days, I’ve posted less of crime.murder/bludgeon/stabbing and all that, cos I’ve found a few maddeningly stupidly bizarre things to share.  Not that all that other stuff has abated. Not at all. Sadly.

Anyway, we’ve read about the folks who find they are “offended” You’ll recall the head teacher who insists she saw a lynch mob in a poster and took it as a threat to herself.  I think she still has her job.  Says lots about diversity, multiculture and stupidity.

The things that people find time for these days is mind boggling.  I guess they haven’t anything else to worry about except who is being offended somewhere by what and by whom.

A review if you don’t mind. Yesterday I posted the following.

A beach bar singer had been arrested for performing the song Kung Fu Fighting. Simon Ledger stands accused of racially aggravated harassment.
Kung Fu Fighting was a one-hit wonder 37 years ago for Carl Douglas. It sold nine million copies around the world

Under laws passed by the previous govt., the definition of a ‘hate crime’ is: ‘Any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.’

This legislation has previously been used to pursue, among others, two old age pensioners who protested against a gay pride rally, and also led to Northamptonshire Police studying a Basil Brush video after a travelers’ activist complained that an episode broadcast on the children’s channel CBBC caused offense to gypsies.

Somehow itinerant members of the ‘traveling community’ have managed to get themselves defined as an oppressed species.

Those forced to live near illegal campsites might beg to disagree. Which brings us neatly to farmer Tracy St Clair Pearce.
She called police to complain that she was being menaced by a group of gypsies who had set up an illegal site on land near her property. Miss St Clair Pearce, who is suffering from terminal cancer, says a gang of youths threw rocks at her, used abusive language, and threatened to slit her throat and kill her cattle.

They were cutting down trees on her property for firewood. They were teens who came back with a father in tow and a couple other men, who she said dropped their trousers and made rude comments and mooned her. She also says their cursing was of the very worst, and I’d believe her.

The police responded by accusing her of making threats against the travelers.

Yesterday, I said wrongly that they didn’t get her shotgun. Well, I was mistaken as that’s how I originally read the article. But, armed officers did raid her farmhouse and ordered her to hand over her legally-held shotguns, otherwise they would rip her gun safe off the wall. They have also withdrawn her gun license to prevent her buying another.  She’s had a license for 20 years, but no matter. 

While the above is a serious matter and not one of humor although surely “Stuck on Stupid” should apply, the following is also wedded to stupid and one could say humorous.  BUT … to waste police time on this is seriously outrageous. And I’m sorry to report that the thin skinned wimp is supposed to be a conservative.

The police in Avon and Somerset launched a full-scale manhunt to find the culprit responsible for drawing a Hitler mustache on a poster of a local councilor in the village of Pitcombe.  Tory councilor, Mike Beech, made a formal complaint to the police because he was ‘offended’ by the alteration to his picture.

Four officers visited every one of the 20 houses in the tiny hamlet, knocking on doors in the evening and questioning residents.
Since when did it become a criminal offense to draw a mustache on a poster of a public figure?
The police, who began an inquiry under the Public Order Act, alleging that the poster could cause ‘harassment, alarm or distress’. A spokesman said they were legally obliged to investigate cases of ‘criminal damage’.

Writing on this subject Richard Littlejohn says,

This is a result of the pernicious cult of political correctness which now infects every sinew of our body politic, especially the police. It has institutionalised knee-jerk stupidity in the name of ‘diversity’.

Well, the following howler isn’t about diversity or the stupid things cops must do because an idiot law says they must. And it isn’t as serious as the lady confronted by traveler scum on her property.  But the folks suggesting how you BMEWS pet owners refer to your haired and furry friends and companions, are most definitely members in good standing of the pc ‘stuck on stupid’ brigade.  They earn the Moonbat award because they actually believe this idiocy. Well and truly they do.

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IT’S NOW INSULTING TO CALL AN ANIMAL “YOUR PET”

April 28 2011 at 04:16pm

By FIONA MACRAE

IOL news

London, England - In a statement that gives a whole new meaning to animal rights, leading academics have called for pets to be renamed “companion animals”.

They say that rather than being a term of endearment, “pets” is an insult to the animals concerned, and their owners, who should be known as “human carers”.

The editors of a new journal devoted to animal ethics, including an Oxford University theologian, also want the terms “pests” and “vermin” to be dropped. Wild animals, meanwhile, would be referred to as “free-living or free-ranging”.

Even innocuous phrases such as “sly as a fox” and “drunk as a skunk” are seen as an affront to animals.

The recommendations reflect a feeling in some academic circles that the language we use when thinking or talking about animals affects how we treat them.

The call for a new type of animal language is made in the first issue of the Journal of Animal Ethics, which bills itself as being “devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals”.

Although the changes are mainly aimed at those contributing articles to the journal, it is hoped the message will influence how other people view their pets.

In the editorial, Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, an Oxford theologian who has written or edited 20 books, and US philosopher Professor Priscilla Cohn call for a major rethink of animal terminology.

“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” they say. “Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.

“In addition, we invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’.

“For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous existence. There is an obvious prejudgement here that should be avoided.

“We want to bid farewell to the numerous metaphors and similes by which we put down fellow animals or humans: ‘sly as a fox’, ‘drunk as a skunk’, ‘eat like a pig’… and many others. All of those say much more about humans and their perception, or rather lack of it, than they do about animals.”

They conclude: “We shall not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use less than partial adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations with them.”

But Marie Clair, spokesman for the Plain English Campaign, said: “It is not plain English, it is not necessary and if they want to alienate people further from the world of science, this is the best way to do it.

“I don’t know of any pet that has complained about being called a three-letter word.”

Now I ask you folks. Is that not seriously stupid? And these are supposed to be educated people.
I’d say western culture, or at least the folks here, are in serious trouble. SOS!

H/T IOL NEWS


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