this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.)
Gene Collier, writing at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, makes a strong case that we are descending (have descended?) into Idiocracy.
Methinks he makes a pretty good case.
David takes a look about the phony Dr. Seuss “cancellation” scamdal and tries to separate the truth from the right-wing gibberish. (Warning: Short ad stars at about the eight-and-a-half minute mark.)
As an aside, Dr. Seuss stories were not a part of my childhood, but they were certainly part of my kids’.
Actually, as the Angry Grammarian points out at the Inky, quite a lot. He discusses the current federal administration’s efforts to remove the language of hate and bigotry left behind in regulations, policies, and pronouncements by its predecessor. Here’s a bit of his article; follow the link for specific examples
“The struggle over the lexicon is actually the central struggle,” the puppetmaster (Stephen Miller–ed.) behind many of Donald Trump’s cruelest policies told the New York Times last week. And damn if he ain’t right.
Language of persecution and hate permeated government websites, press releases, and laws for much of the last four years. As the Times detailed, it’s because of Miller’s linguistic influence that President Biden has had so much work to do since taking office to change the language of government to reflect values of dignity, equity, and fairness. Biden’s team is making quick progress undoing the damage.
At the Des Moines Register, Connie Ryan reminds us that the freedom to practice your own religion (or lack thereof) does not grant the privilege of imposing it on others.
*With apologies to Monty Python’s Flying Circus.