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Politically incorrect mascots. Giving Russia the eye from Alaska. GOPcare. Plus more.

11.24.09

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ALL ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Re: Mark Hyman's So Sioux Me:

The nickname "Fighting Irish" for Notre Dame was originally intended as an insult. Apparently, a Chicago newspaper in the early 1900s complained that the team "fought like a bunch of Irish." So Notre Dame adopted the name, which is the way to defuse an insult.

What about the "Ragin' Cajuns" of SW Louisiana? And the Boston Celtics or the Gaels of Iona? Or the Montreal Canadiens or the Vancouver Canucks? Or the "Flying Dutchmen" of Hofstra? Does anyone remember the Atlanta Crackers of the AA Southern League?

There is an interesting history behind the University of Massachusetts nickname. Originally it was the "Redmen," but this was dropped as an insulting to Native Americans. UMass came up with a better nickname, the "Minutemen." The same group protested that this was glorifying white men. It's all about political correctness.
-- Mike Lion
P.S. When Stanford dropped its original name "Indians'" there was a student poll for a replacement. The winning entry was the "Robber Barons," but the authorities disallowed it.

"... the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced a complete ban on hosting post-season competition by 18 colleges that were using Indian mascots, logos or nicknames."

Somebody tell Notre Dame that this ban applies only to Indian mascots, logos and nicknames. The Fighting Irish of NDU could establish their bowl-eligibility on the field. Let's toss Charlie into the St. Joe River and hope that he's a freshwater tuna. (The Maccabees of Yeshiva can also relax.)

But as I carefully re-read the edict, I see that the ban would only forbid schools from hosting post-season competitions. Banning these teams from post-season competition would mean lost revenue to the NCAA. Can't have that.

As for the Fighting Sioux of UND, they could follow the Dartmouth PMS 349 Green. How about the PMS Suzies, or PMS Sues, or simpler yet, the PMS Sue. Johnny Cash did the fight song. Colloquialisms like "Bitch'n Sue" or "Fighting Sue" might develop. Spartans, Trojans, Raiders and Mountaineers would all be intimidated, but fur would fly when the Fighting Sue met the Cougars or the Beavers.
-- Dan Martin
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A GOOD DAY'S WORK
Re: F. Vincent Vernuccio & Bruce McElvein's The UAW's Shell Game:

There are many things that are not being addressed in this "new deal" for autoworkers. One, the union Stewards and Committeemen are still being paid 12 or more hours a day, 7 days a week to sit in the union office while the workers barely get their 40 hours per week pay and the company whines about not having the money to fix the existing equipment or have enough people to do the jobs safely and correctly.

It seems that if we ALL must take a hit, then even the union officials should cut their hours back a bit too! We are limited to 40 or less as workers. We still have the "union elite" and the "management elite" sucking up all the money! Sad, but maybe the Big 3 are doomed to fail and that is the ballgame!

The middle class was built in America on manufacturing and now that is almost totally gone. And the saddest thing of all...so is that feeling of satisfaction that comes from a "good day's work." This country was built on "an honest days work for an honest days pay," and contrary to popular belief, I don't know ANYONE that doesn't WANT to work and MAKE SOMETHING. People like to go home tired and with a feeling of accomplishment. I go home every day knowing that I worked hard and BUILT something RIGHT!

How did we lose sight of the fact that jobs are so important to our country, our families and our own self worth? I am so sick of hearing people (mainly politicians and corporate guys) say that Americans do not want to do manufacturing work anymore. That is such B.S.!! For many, it is the best, most fulfilling, keep you out of the system work there is! Not everyone can be doctors or lawyers, we need EVERYONE to make our world work.

Sorry to rant and ramble, but I don't see a happy ending for this country if we continue down this path to a country of total idleness or underpaid workers...
-- Susan Perry
32 year Chrysler worker who still enjoys "earning my pay"!

NEGATIVE POSITIVES
Re: Larry Thornberry's No More Mr. Nice Charlie:

With respect to "No More Mr. Nice Charlie," going negative will only give Rubio the name recognition he currently lacks. That will give Mr. Rubio greater opportunity to highlight Crist's unfortunate endorsement of the Obama / Democrat stimulus program. I, for one, look forward to it.
-- Mike Shevach

Sarasota, Florida

LOAD OF HOGWASH
Re: Mark Hyman's Bureaucrats With Badges:

Great message -- sad but all too true. The real catch-22 here is that people elect idiotic bureaucrats to think FOR them, and are then too afraid to think for themselves even after they realize that the rules of their elected "leaders" are a load of hogwash. As Mark Hyman states, "[the next four higher levels of supervisors] agreed the rules were absurd but none of them wanted to take the bold step of making an exception."

Fear of responsibility is a huge problem today. People are scared to death today to think for themselves or to make a decision on their own -- that might actually entail responsibility, something which we handed over to our elected leaders years ago when a majority of voters told them that they'd rather be taken care of like children than have a government focused on actually leading them as a group of responsible, thinking adults.
-- Capt. Kielly

SUPREMELY BIASED?
Re: Christopher Orlet's The Girl Who Cried Racism

Aren't you guilty of the same bias that you accuse the MSM of possessing? "White 'supremacist' groups 'slithering' into town to spread their hateful propaganda" versus "minority 'activists' flew in...[merely] to further heighten tensions".

Why must every advocacy organization for the rights of White people be tarred with the pejorative "supremacist"?
-- Julius Waldkirch
Seattle, Washington

IN OUR LIVING ROOM
Re: Manon McKinnon's High Stakes:

"Never quite like this"???? While I agree this issue is huge -- "never quite like this" is way off base. The government had been in our front door -- no, our living rooms -- for decades now telling PARENTS who can and cannot make decisions for them.

Tackle a thorny issue for once; this health care issue has two clearly defined sides. The role of family courts/child support/children's services is not so clearly defined and is much more intrusive than health care.
--Ashley Davis

JERKS AND FAKES
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell's Why Is No One Laughing?:

No one is laughing because they are jerks and don't get Sarah Palin but they get the president who tells lies and Biden who makes one gaffe after another. They don't even get it when the president goes whining to his supporters in town hall meetings.

Example from Obama: Did you hear a certain channel blah blah or Fox is saying this or that about me or Glenn Beck is blah blah blah, hahaha yes.

He is whiner and a fake
-- Sari

"During the 2008 presidential campaign, in answering a foreign policy query by Katie Couric about Russia's proximity to the state Palin then served as governor, she was mocked for saying Russia is so close it can be seen from Alaska. Her explanation to Couric, whose face was contorted in disbelief, contained the perfectly sensible observation that Alaska and Russia share 'a very narrow maritime border.' That and nothing further that the governor said was laughable. Still, the media laughed."

The Alaskan and Russian mainlands are on opposite sides of the Bering Strait about 50 miles apart at their closest, possibly visible to each other on a clear day. Even more so, in the middle of the Bering Strait are Big Diomede Island, which is Russian territory, and Little Diomede Island, which is American real estate. These two islands are only 2.5 miles apart. Not only can each island be easily seen from its foreign mate, but this distance is swimmable by a United States Air Force Pararescue Specialist with a passport, a visa, a cold water suit, and maybe someone to keep the orca away.

Therefore, even THIS remark by Governor Palin is true and unlaughable. Perhaps Miss Couric needs to review her knowledge of geography before her interviews.
-- David Shoup
CW2, MI
Georgia Army National Guard
Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan

STILL UNWARRANTED
Re: Peter Ferrara's The Republican Alternative:

You just don't get it. Neither do RINOs like Paul Ryan -- my Congressman.

A Republican alternative health care plan may be better than the Democrat plan. It could hardly be worse.

But it is still an unwarranted takeover of the private health care system by the federal government.

I don't want that. Neither do a majority of Americans.

I want less government intrusion into health care, because every intrusion makes things worse, not better. Before it's too late, I hope a majority of Americans agree with me.

But I fear it is already too late. The line for Death Panels forms on the right and goes way over to the left.
-- Lloyd G. Daub
Greenfield, Wisconsin

I am a registered Republican and I voted for John McCain. And I think this newly revealed Republican plan has a good chance of winning some folks over who were former Obama supporters, but we need to work.

I would suggest that this plan be highly publicized not only on the major network stations as well as cable TV, but on Radio and not just conservative radio. I also believe it should be publicized on billboards and newspapers. The reason I suggest this is that I work for a State agency and the majority of my co-workers voted for Obama. However, the difference now is that I am hearing some negative tones about the current administration and that ALL of the American people are not getting the "change" they had hoped for.

My co-workers truly believe that folks are expected to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and go out and earn a decent living, but they also feel that they are tired of the entitlement programs and they as hard working citizens of the great country just want a "fair" shake. My colleagues are hard working people and they are drowning in insurance premiums and medical bills and all the other taxes that the government feels is "good" for "the people." I truly believe a lot of the democrats who voted for Obama are finally seeing that this administration was just giving lip service and that he is just as bad, if not worse than most of the politicians already in office. The problem is that most of them only listen to the news on the major networks and as we both know they are not getting the real truth about this administration.

So if they even get a whiff of what the Republican plan is I am sure they will be skeptical, because we have all heard these promises before. But if the Republicans can even get a foot in the door of these type of folks, I really believe they have a chance to convince them that Obamacare is not for the good of the people and that we need to give the Republican plan a chance to work, even if we just do a trial run in a few states.

The current government run plans in other countries, as well as Tennessee and New Hampshire are abysmal failures and we certainly don't want to repeat those failures. We all need to think outside of the box to try and truly fix our healthcare problems in the USA so every American can take advantage of a great healthcare program. The United States has always been the leader of other nations, so why not create a model that will be best healthcare plan across the globe.
-- Carol C

MICHELLE ANTOINETTE
Re: Ralph R. Reiland's  Imperial Hypocrisy:

I wonder how much longer it will be before Michelle says "Let them eat cake."
-- Gretchen L. Chellson
Alexandria, Virginia

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