Emasculating the Gingerbread Man

November 12, 2010

The British Nanny State strikes again:

Gingerbread ‘person’, the PC pudding: Now even biscuits can’t escape the politically correct brigade

In the nursery rhyme, the Gingerbread Man fled from the clutches of an old woman and her husband.

But now he has been cornered by an even more unforgiving foe – political correctness.

Council bureaucrats have stripped gingerbread men of their gender and renamed them gingerbread ‘persons’ on menus for 400 primary schools.

Parents in Lancashire were astonished when they discovered the change.

‘It is absolutely ridiculous,’ one mother said. ‘Someone has obviously taken the effort to change this and it is almost offensive.

‘I am all for anti-discrimination but this is a pudding. The gingerbread man is a character from a rhyme in a book, for goodness sake.’

Laura Midgley, of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, added: ‘It is totally ridiculous political correctness, nobody wants to talk about gingerbread people. They are what they are.

‘It is not just an innocent mistake. Whoever did it, I hope they will think long and hard about it.

‘If these sorts of things go unchallenged, they become the norm.’

The wording went out on the new autumn-winter weekly menu provided by the Lancashire School Meals Service.

Preston MP Mark Hendrick described the change as ‘daft’.

The outcry has since forced officials into an embarrassing U-turn.

Yeah. I bet they feel like they’ve had their heads bitten off.

Via Iowahawk.

Don’t go there, Michael Steele

November 12, 2010

Too, late, he already did.

Michael Steele, the controversial and foot-in-mouth prone Chairman of the Republican National Committee played the race card in response to rumors that he would be replaced, soon:

Embattled Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has often turned to the subject of race in his nearly two-year tenure.

But last week, in a radio interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, Steele ratcheted up the rhetoric, appearing to agree with Sharpton that if he is not reelected as RNC chairman, it will be because the GOP is racist, making “the brother take the fall.”

Sharpton said he couldn’t believe Republicans would even think of ditching Steele as RNC chair.

“You’d be the first brother run out after doing a good job. It would be interesting to see them have a historic win, and the brother takes the fall. Usually the brother takes the fall when they lose,” Sharpton said.

“You’re right. Well, you know, that’s going to be remain to be seen,” Steele said. “I get it. There are folks who are not exactly thrilled with my style of leadership. As I said recently, ‘they’ll get used to it.’”

Okay, he didn’t say it explicitly, but his “You’re right” to Al Sharpton(!) sure wasn’t a refutation of Al’s smear, either. It was, in fact, just what it seemed to be: an indirect warning to his critics that they’ll be branded as racists if they succeed in replacing him. It’s a cheap attempt to avoid a legitimate audit of his record by those who hired him.

Let me tell you something, Michael, and I write this as someone whom you impressed during your 2006 run for the US Senate and who backed you in your campaign for RNC Chairman: you need to go.

This has nothing to do with your race (a biologically meaningless concept, anyway), but with …how should I put this?… your underwhelming performance and the dumb things you’ve said in office. Consider these few things from a much larger list:

And now you yourself have played the race card. That’s inexcusable, especially from a conservative.

Sorry, Michael. It’s not your race, it’s your record.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

The United Nations: a sick joke

November 12, 2010

Would you like (yet another) example of why the United Nations is worthless? Well, here ya go, pal. Saudi Arabia has joined the executive board of the new United Nations organization on the rights of women. No, I’m serious. It seems Iran was beyond the pale, but Saudi Arabia was a-okay by the UN’s high standards. I guess the difference must be that, in Iran, they still stone women to death, but, in the enlightened heart of Islam, they’re merely whipped and sent to jail for the crime of being victims of a gang-rape. That obviously qualifies the Saudis to oversee the rights of women around the world

At least, to anyone who understands George Orwell.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)