What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Monday, February 23, 2015

Linkee-poo is a man of constant sorrow, I've seen trouble all my days

An NPR story on how we talk about our teachers. Which could also be titled, "How we talk about women in the workplace."

Something, something about people in glass houses and of the not throwing stones. Dear Bill O'Reilly, you know there's this thing called "video tape." While it's mostly been overtaken by direct to digital systems, the concept of replaying something from a long time ago is still pretty current. And look, it's not only the DailyShow that can show your hypocrisy. Next up, Rudy Giuliani, this is Your Life. 'Rut 'rho.

There certainly is a crisis in immigration enforcement. Unfortunately it's not one people are talking about. If you want to toss more people out, we're going to need more judges that can sign the orders. But wait, I've got an idea, all those home foreclosure robosigners are looking for work. I know where we can employ them. (No, not really)

"Though he has little formal training in climatology, Dr. Soon has for years published papers trying to show that variations in the sun's energy can explain most recent global warming. His thesis is that human activity has played a relatively small role in causing climate change." Some climate change deniers often claimed "we should follow the money", because (somehow) saying that the Earth was warming and changing the climate was a way to riches. Well, the deniers shouldn't be upset when people actually follow the money, most of which is going to the deniers. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"I had no idea it was a word or what it meant." Um, no. Sorry, not buying it. A local Cleveland TV reporter describes Lady Gaga music as "jigaboo" while facing Wayne Dawson (who is a prominent, local, African-American news anchor). This says so much about the brainlessness of the modern news room, and the intense gullibility with which they view the rest of us. "Capel's co-host, Wayne Dawson, quickly turned the conversation back to Lady Gaga's vocal talents." That's because Mr. Dawson is a class act.

Dear GOP, you're going to need to start rationing the crazy. I'm afraid you're going to hit peak crazy before November 8, 2016. And that should be your goal. I don't think you know how to control yourselves.


Bonnie McDaniel said...

I'd actually never heard of that word before--and it being an entirely new word to me, I would have looked it up before using it (especially before using it on teevee, for frak's sake).

The FIRST definition DuckDuckGo comes up with is: "Used as a disparaging term for a black person."

So no, this Capel person absolutely should not get a pass, not when it would've taken literally five seconds to educate herself.

Steve Buchheit said...

Well, the thing is that she knew the word. It would be kinda hard to fake or make up something like that. So the word was in her vocabulary. She might not have known its racist derivation, but from contextual use she might have been able to figure it out. This is one of those events where the unexamined privilege suddenly becomes very apparent.