Thursday, November 1, 2012

Equivalence

Jay Nordlinger:
One of my items concerns a hot controversy in northern Wisconsin — where a teacher handed out a math assignment. The assignment asked the question, “What happened after Chief Short Cake died?” Then you solved some problems. And, in so doing, you were shown the answer: “Squaw bury Short Cake.”

The teacher was flayed for a hate crime, basically: that word “squaw.” He was even condemned in the London Daily Mail, the world’s most popular newspaper, as I understand it!

Some of my mail might say, “Whatever ‘squaw’ was in the past, it’s now an epithet on par with the N-word.” I don’t really buy it. But I realize that words are subject to fashion as hemlines are — probably even more so. And if the custodians of the culture declare a word radioactive: well, I guess it is.

In the column, I say, “Society can be very puritanical, about certain things. The puritanicalness doesn’t change; only the ‘things’ do, if you know what I mean.” If the Salem witch-burners were alive today, and beheld our reaction to the Wisconsin teacher, they might say, “Whoa, chill, dudes. Ease off. Life’s too short, you know?”
Stupid liberals. Jay thinks they should chill out! Know WHO ELSE might think stupid liberals should chill out? Ha ha, not Hitler: guys who burn witches.

Case CLOSED, stupid liberals.

Modest trolling, let's see if it works:

Jay Nordlinger, witch burner.

13 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Nice comment, NRO account-haver.
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Substance McGravitas said...

Disqus!

tigris said...

I don’t really buy it.

How generous of him to decide for other people what can and cannot offend them.

Smut Clyde said...

"Flaying"? "Hate crimes"? The report from the ground consists of minor finger-wagging, amid a general atmosphere of "no-one was hurt and we all learned a valuable lesson".

He was even condemned in the London Daily Mail, the world’s most popular newspaper, as I understand it!

He doesn't understand it (whatever 'it' is). No condemnation here, only a reporter seeing an opportunity to push the readers' "Political Soundness Gone Mad!" buttons, just like Nordlinger.

"The Daily Mail is [...] the United Kingdom's second biggest-selling daily newspaper".

Another Kiwi said...

Oh Smut Clyde and his factyness! Jay has got outrage to have and if reality doesn't measure up then it's not Jay's fault, its political correctness gone mad!!!

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

I agree that you and witch-burners can find common ground.

It's odd where weird diversions lead you.

"There were also disputes over Samuel Parris' pay and once again, the town proved reluctant to pay their minister his due wages. This came to head in October 1691 in a town meeting where a portion of the town vowed to stop paying his wage. The issue was further antagonized by Parris' perceived arrogance when he purchased gold candlesticks for the meetinghouse and new vessels for the sacraments. These issues, and others that were more personal between the villages, continued to grow unabated. In this atmosphere, serious conflict may have been inevitable."

zomg, rural/small town folks of conservative Puritanical bent refused to pay taxes for communal services. Eventually leading to a breakdown in the community itself and people getting executed based on "Spectral Evidence". Hmmmm.

Substance McGravitas said...

If you want facts'n'shit there weren't burnings in Salem.

Smut Clyde said...

Thanks to FINANCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP finding creative ways to hold down costs during a time of economic austerity.

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

Maybe "burning" is meant as in "Ooooh, burn! That judge got you good."

Smut Clyde said...

"Burn??! I distinctly told you to put those witches in the barn."

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Society can be very puritanical, about certain things. The puritanicalness doesn’t change; only the ‘things’ do, if you know what I mean.

No, I don't know what you mean, you ass.

Substance McGravitas said...

At one time you could eat your enemy's children in front of his eyes, but fashions change and maybe they'll change back. Who knows?

M. Bouffant said...

Hanging, right?

Also, has DISQUS taken over the world? Seems as soon as that Ed Roso guy started using it it became ubiquitous.