Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Army renaming Apache helicopter


THE PENTAGON — The Pentagon announced today a plan to rename the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter the AH-64 “Haji Killer.”

The move comes amid pressure from Native American advocacy groups to remove what are seen as racist or degrading references to Native Americans from the Pentagon’s naming conventions.

“We want to ensure we do not offend marginalized groups of people with the names of our flying death machines,” said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. “We take special care to avoid microaggressions, as the Department of Defense is only in the business of macroaggressions.”

Carter acknowledged he aims to bring the Pentagon into the 21st Century by becoming more culturally sensitive.

“We have a proud heritage, and will not allow the white man to dehumanize our people by reducing us to mascots for sports teams or nicknames for helicopters,” said Chief Flying Horse, spokesman for the National Congress of American Indians.

Several name changes were proposed for the AH-64. The AH-64 “Hornet” was a provisional name under consideration, but was scrapped due to not wanting to offend F/A-18 Hornet pilots.

“Instead of trying to come up with a catchy nickname, we simplified the process and named the AH-64 based purely on its functionality,” said Carter.

In addition to the Apache changing to the Haji Killer, OH-58 Kiowas will now be known as “Mosque Manglers” and BGM-109 Tomahawk Missiles as “Turban Torpedoes.”

“This is a proud moment in the advancement of Native American civil rights,” said Flying Horse. “Now we just need to deal with those fucking Washington Redskins.”


With his Magic Pen, Obama cleans American history, eliminates ‘Negro’ and ‘Oriental’

Former Negroes will be known as African-Americans; Orientals now are Asian-American.


This is stupid enough to be almost funny. Almost.

Yes, Obama’s signature on the bill applies only to Federal law. For now.

Some places have rid themselves of statues dedicated to Confederate soldiers. Schools named after slave owners are being renamed.

Back in the bad old days, “colored” schools in Northeast Texas were named after: George Washington Carver, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln.

The thing is: Do people of Philippine ancestry want to be in the same demographic category as people of Japanese or Chinese or (East) Indian ancestry?

The assigning of labels is ever-changing, and some years from now people in now-popular categories will want another name.

USS Portland christened in Pascagoula; mayor declines to attend

Pascagoula is in Mississippi. Mississippi has a Religious Freedom Accommodation Act. Portland mayor says he “will not travel to a state that legalizes bigotry.”


With those people, “bigotry” means anything keeping with long-held rules of morality. For what those people want, see:


Monday, May 23, 2016

City to atheist group: We don’t own the land with the cross. We used to, but we sold it to a church

Freedom from Religion Foundation – based in the People’s Not-so-Republic of Wisconsin – found somebody who was offended by a cross and decided to take action to protect the person’s religious freedom. Or something.

FFRF “received a complaint from an unidentified citizen of the community of 13,000 near the East Texas city of Beaumont.” The community is Port Neches.

“’The government’s permanent display of a Latin cross on public land is unconstitutional,’ the group wrote in a letter to Port Neches Mayor Glenn Johnson.”

Take down the cross, FFRF demanded.

Not so fast, said the mayor. Said the city attorney: “We found a section in the local government code that allows the sale of property to a religious organization, as long as that organization owns land within the municipality and there’s an agreement to revitalize that land.”

The First United Methodist Church of Port Neches bought the 400-square-foot plot and the cross.


Cafeteria: Kids love school pizza

Kids: Not as much as the pizza the church gives us.

Seattle church that was giving away pizza at school (with permission) knuckles under when server’s union uses magic Progressive words: job loss and unemployed immigrants.


The union is International Union of Operating Engineers. How does a school lunchroom figure in “Operating Engineers?”

“The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is a trade union within the United States-based AFL-CIO representing primarily construction workers who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors, and stationary engineers (also called operating engineers or power engineers) who maintain heating and other systems in buildings and industrial complexes, in the United States and Canada.”


Maybe it’s that “heating and other systems in buildings.”

Somebody screws up and the gay guys get all bitchy

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was all set to begin singing “Oh, say can you see” Saturday before the start of a Padres baseball game, when, OMG!, A WOMAN’S VOICE came from the speakers! When the song ended, the 100 gay guys were escorted from the field and reportedly heckled by some fans.

The mistake and the heckling were proof, of course, of baseball homophobia. That’s what the gay chorus executive director said, anyway.

The incident raised “serious questions about homophobia within the San Diego Padres organization and its relationship with the LGBT community.”

Not so, not so, said the Padres. Well, that's what the front office people said. The Padres organization is all for homosexuals singing the National Anthem, or as the apology/press release said, “The Padres organization is proud of our long-standing commitment to inclusion…”


I wonder, though – How inclusive would the Padres organization be if the San Diego Not Gay Men's Chorus wanted to sing the National Anthem? Or the San Diego Heterosexual Chorus, which would be composed of men and women, and that is about as inclusive as you can get.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Sky is Falling, and by G-d, if it doesn’t hit you on the head it’s because you aren’t trying

The Portland, Ore., school board unanimously approved censorship and inquisition toward any publication and/or person which/who denies man-made climate change.

“’It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,’ said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. ‘Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.’”

“The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for ‘curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.’”


Oh good lord! Climate justice! What the Hell does that mean?

From Comments: “Me and my whole family were drowned when the Atlantic flooded the Boston area in 2004, when all the ice melted.”

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