AP reconfigures language, tries to control thinking — again

March 26, 2017

In a Friday email to subscribers listing updated entries for its style manual, the Associated Press is urging journalists to avoid making references in news stories that suggest there are only two sexes in the human race. Ken Shepherd reporting for the Washington Times caught this latest attempt to neutralize not only our identities and our language, but also dilute our ability to reason.

Gender is the latest gambit.

The Stylebook issued further guidance for use of pronouns under an entry named “they, them, their.” Those third-person plural pronouns are preferred by some transgender or gender fluid individuals who say they are not comfortable with traditional male or female personal pronouns, Shepherd notes.

“Gender fluid”?

At this point the Stylebook has drawn the line on the use of exotic pronouns: “We do not use other gender-neutral pronouns such as xe or ze.”

Yet.

In April 2013 the news agency asserted that “change is a part of AP Style because the English language is constantly evolving and enriched by new words, phrases and uses.” That announcement dealt with the terminology describing those who have illegally invaded our country, in order to “use the most precise and accurate words so that the meaning is clear to any reader anywhere.” In fact, by skewing words and their definitions, AP did exactly the opposite of their pretentious claim. Seeing Red AZ likened Associated Press’ leftward lurching language machinations to George Orwell’s “1984” Newspeak, the language used by Winston Smith as he toiled at his job rewriting history.

Seeing Red AZ reported in Dec. 2010 that the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists called on news reporters nationwide to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” in their news coverage.

The Washington Times editorially addressed this attempt at language control by correctly stating altering words “doesn’t change facts.” The Times contended the term “illegal alien” is “highly specific and accurately describes the problem, unlike “undocumented immigrant,” which purposefully removes a stigma that should rightly remain.”

Kudos to the Washington Times, a lone rational voice in the reporting wilderness, for placing truth above political correctness.


Gay porn scandal rocks U.S. military

March 19, 2017

Dishonorable behavior a direct result of the armed forces becoming a place for leftist social experimentation

The USA Today report is labeled, EXCLUSIVE and headlined, ”Gay porn scandal hits military.” Readers are informed that “images on websites show men in uniform engaging in sex acts.” These images “have made their way on to gay porn websites.”

Thank the liberals whose hard-core belief is that anything goes and restrictions of any kind denote bigotry. Few of them have served in the military and lack the understanding of preparedness and the problems associated with interjecting homosexuals into close living and sleeping quarters.

In 1950, President Harry Truman, a retired Amy Major who served in WWI, signed the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which set up discharge rules for homosexual service members.

President Ronald Reagan’s defense directive of 1982 stated “homosexuality is incompatible with military service,” also resulting in discharge. Reagan served in the U.S. Army Air Force attaining the rank of Captain.

By 1992, President Bill Clinton, who used subterfuge to dodge the draft, vowed to lift the ban. The following year, however, he introduced a compromise policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Barack Obama who also never served in the military made full repeal of the law a centerpiece of his 2008 presidential campaign.

By 2010, within days of each other, the U.S. House and Senate voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” ending the ban altogether. Those presidents who wore the military uniform know all too well that social experimentation and feel good politics have no place either in bunks or on the battlefield.

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, meaning all fifty states must allow such ceremonies, invalidating all previous laws. In celebration, Barack Obama bathed the White House in lights of rainbow hues, symbolizing his unity with those now simply called LGBT.

Along the way, the language changed dramatically as incrementalism crept into the mix, aided in large part by media and Hollywood trendsetters.  Same sex partners now represent “marriage equality.”  Homosexuals have vanished — replaced by “gays” who celebrate their sexuality by holding Pride Parades. The rest of us are merely “straight” and as such, have no exclusive parades, forcing us to join cowboys and bagpipers at the rodeo and St. Patrick‘s Day events. In Phoenix much ado was made of the fact that liberal Mayor Greg Stanton and his then-wife Nicole led the Pride Parade, as the first straight marshals.  

Voicing disapproval of the increasingly aggressive homosexual agenda carries the risk of having the trendy label “homophobe” etched indelibly across your forehead, though there is no fear (phobia) involved. Such shut down tactics have elevated deviant behavior to the new norm and brought us to the place where this previously unthinkable gay porn scandal could occur in the United States military.


Pres. Trump addresses congress 7p.m., Libs lie in wait

February 28, 2017

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress at 7 p.m. (AZ Time) 9 p.m. (ET) this evening, Feb. 28. But rather than courteously listening to his proposals, the Democrats are reportedly planning disruptions and bringing guests whose presence is intended to be provocative.

The same Democrats who peevishly boycotted Trump’s presidential inauguration are choosing to be on hand for his first address to Congress one month into his presidency. They will fill the gallery with refugees, Obamacare advocates, Second Amendment restrictionists and others who play into their agenda.

Trump’s theme will be the renewal of the American spirit. His address will focus on public safety including defense, increased border security, a strong commitment to veterans, and economic opportunity including education, job training, healthcare reform, jobs along with tax and regulatory reform.

All major networks are expected to carry the address, which can also be live streamed here.

It’s a good bet Nancy Pelosi’s leftist guest list will likely pale in comparison to the egocentric Hollyweird crowd and D.C. political class who have made denouncing the President of the United States their life’s work. Does anyone actually care about the opinions of vacuous celebs who earn their living by memorizing words written by others, emoting and reciting them while being coached by a director, and getting a good share of your ticket prices if you still go to the movies?  They spew their venom towards Republicans at any opportunity, but couldn’t even get the title of the best motion picture right.

Republicrats who run under the GOP banner, but publicly declared they would neither endorse nor vote for Donald Trump when he was the GOP nominee and continue to insult him as president are no better.

Cheer President Trump from your favorite chair as you listen to his speech this evening.  He’ll know we’re there. We put him in the White House despite the left’s predictions. (video)


Obamacare or Affordable Health Care?

January 19, 2017

As we eagerly anticipate Friday’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President, we take a break to expose how difficult it can be for serious elected officials to connect with some American voters.  Except for the wasted stoner most of those interviewed here by Jimmy Kimmel Live were adamant about their health care allegiance, though they have no idea what they’re talking about.

This is the 2017 version of a 2013 “man-on-the-street” interview on the same topic.

For those who are paying attention, look over the Trump/Pence framework for repealing Obamacare and reforming America’s health care system.


Petulant Dem U.S. Reps. boycott Trump inauguration

January 16, 2017

That smooth transition Barack Obama promised incoming President Donald Trump was just so much hot air. He has done nothing to dissuade his minions intent on delegitimizing the presidency of Donald J. Trump — whose much awaited inauguration will take place Friday.

The inauguration snub movement gained momentum when Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) declared that he would boycott the event because he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate president.” Trump responded saying “Lewis was all talk,” and soon news outlets were united in referring to Lewis as an untouchable civil rights “icon.”

Other members of Congress have jumped on the bandwagon, declaring they will be protesting. The list of mostly minority Democrats who have publicly stated they won’t be at the Jan. 20 ceremony  currently stands at about two dozen. The 115th Congress includes 435 U.S. House members. Republicans number 241 and Democrats 194, so the impudent dissidents hardly constitute a ripple.

We notice Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) isn’t on the list. Of course his mind is heavy with pressing issues, such as he evidenced in 2011 when he  expressed his concerns (video) that Guam would tip over and capsize, falling  into the ocean if too many people resided on the island.  More recently he has compared Jewish settlers to termitesRep. Raul Grijlava (D-AZ) is boycotting.

Jeff Flake’s close congressional amnesty buddy Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) has joined the list of non-attendees. Since Flake was so vocal in his opposition to Donald Trump that he frequently said  he wouldn’t vote for him, it will be interesting to see if he once again breaks ranks with Republicans and sits the inauguration out. We’re betting he’ll be there, letting the sunlight glint off his bottle streaked locks.

Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, along with their wives will attend. Former President George H.W.Bush and his wife, Barbara, will be absent. A spokesman said that “at ages 92 and 91— and all that entails — President and Mrs. Bush will be unable to attend.” The elder Bush has had serious health problems in recent years. 

Former President George H.W. Bush sent a gracious letter to the President-elect on January 10, apologizing for having to miss the ceremony, saying he and Barbara “wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country.”
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara,” Bush wrote, in a letter reported by ABC News. “So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”

And the obsessive Obama? Lacking any semblance of a personal barometer or decorum, he continues to make sweeping policy changes within days of his exit and has not called on the  boycotting Democrats to act civilly as we install his successor. 


Inane words and phrases deserving the boot in 2017

January 1, 2017

Lake Superior State University recently published its 42nd annual list of banished words. The school takes public suggestions for words or phrases that should be torched for “Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.”

Here at Seeing Red AZ we have a few favorite non-favorites:

Amazing and Awesome:  These ultimate inanities, particularly foolish when used by anyone over 12, remain on the list. Sorry, although you love them, your grandchildren aren’t amazing. Awesome is not the appropriate reply when you actually mean “good.” Awesome is the Grand Canyon.

Reaching out: The touchy-feely newly popular way to say “contacted.”

Went missing:  Foolish term frequently used in news reports of someone lost or has disappeared. Our question is, did the person who went missing decide to go there as though they went to the corner store? Cut it out, Dick Tracy.

Walk it back: Reverse an action or decision

 Price point:  A useless non specific price, with a haughty sound. “What is your price point?”

Fake news:: News your opponent doesn’t like.

Issues: Have you noticed no one has problems anymore? They have issues.

Emerging: As in progressing, moving forward.  Have you emerged yet or are you just on your way?

Schooled:  How about using correct English and say, “Taught”?

Transformative: Wow! This thing or person is so great it/they will transform your life. Does it get any better than that?

Hitler: Conservatives who are disliked by the left suddenly morph into a genocidal maniac, who used showers that spewed deadly gas instead of water, starvation and gruesome medical experiments to destroy millions of men, women and children in Germany and Poland. Massive crematoriums were constructed to burn the bodies of the victims. Hitler’s SS troops first extracted the gold fillings from their teeth before his ethnic extermination began. Nazis also fancied lampshades made of human skin. Memo to AZ Republic “cartoonist,” Steve Benson: Donald Trump is NOT Hitler.

Homophobe and Racist: The phobe part is derived from phobia, meaning intense fear. Have you ever met anyone who actually fears homosexuals? Neither have we.

Racist is the ultimate insult, often used by the left to describe anyone who disagrees with them. Trying to defend yourself against a charge of racism or bigotry falls into the same category as answering the question, “When did you stop beating your wife?” It’s impossible to win when liberals hurl labels. They also make up words. Nativist (desirous of secure national borders) and Birther (questioning the actual birthplace of Obama) are prime examples. Once those are yoked around your neck, it’s over.

Foodie: A person with a particular interest in food. That should include as all.

Hack: No longer is this word confined to technology, a sputum filled cough or using an axe to chop wood.  Hack has recently morphed into a clever trick to make life easier.

Texting has had an impact, which has sadly pushed the kids aside as adults now use abbreviations and acronyms to “speak” with each other, although they are, in fact, choosing not to speak at all. 

We welcome our reader’s additions to this list.

Happy New Year!

 


Ongoing terrorism, refugee crisis propel change

December 21, 2016

Tuesday’s Drudge Report was topped by a provocative photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel holding up her hands, palms facing out, dripping blood.  It was a fitting portrayal of a foolish woman who thinks compassion for those in war-torn lands is shown by destroying your own country, demoralizing you own citizens and importing those who despise everything the German, French, English, Belgium and other European cultures stand for. That includes the binding language, mores, faith, legal system…you name it. 

Nothing in Western society is compatible with fundamentalist Islam. This unbelievable atrocity describes the commitment of Jihadists to their goal of destroying us all, even using their own young children as suicide bombers.

The United States has been on the receiving end of this lunacy countless times, although Barack Obama remains defiant when it comes to identifying the perpetrators of such carnage as “radical Islamic terrorists.”

In Berlin a Christmas marketplace filled with shoppers, mothers and children, became a horror scene as another bloody massacre took place. Yet despite the ongoing “migrant” crisis facilitated by the incompetent Merkel, as she runs for reelection for a fourth term her opponents are characterized as right-wing populists.

Doesn’t that have a familiar ring? The American left still can’t come to terms with Donald Trump’s victory. The most effective way of marginalizing a leader is to call them right-wing extremists or compare them to mass murderer Hitler, when it’s obvious the current system isn’t working and citizens want change.

The Gatestone Institute recently posted Islamism in Europe, which we recommend.