Who gets to say what, wave what flag and have what mascot?

Obama radio interview

 “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

You can’t tell what is politically correct without a program, but who the hell has the program?

Several years ago I wrote an editorial for the Las Vegas newspaper excoriating the bowdlerized version of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” that was being published then, because it changed the nickname of the character Jim to “slave” instead of that racial slur used by Twain 219 times in the novel. To avoid the obvious hypocrisy I spelled out the word.

The then-publisher spiked it after the one black employee he could find said it was offensive. He didn’t edit out the “offensive” word, he spiked it. That was his privilege.

So in the same week that everyone is talking about removing “racist” symbols, such as state flags and university team mascots, following the killing of black churchgoers in South Carolina, Obama goes on the radio and uses that offensive term, while claiming that racism is in our DNA.

“And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public,” Obama said. “That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. We have — societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”

A black Las Vegas Councilman and UNLV-alum Ricky Barlow was on KXNT this morning. He opposed doing away the UNLV mascot known as Hey Reb, which was illustrated by the late-newspaper artist Mike Miller and sold to the school for a dollar.

Symbols and words don’t spur people to kill, being crazy does. We can’t gag everyone and prohibit ideas and debate because a few people are nuts.

Miller and mascot

The Las Vegas Sun has a story online saying Harry Reid did not call for UNLV to drop the Rebel name and mascot. Who are going to believe? Harry or your lying ears?

The R-J story has the same spokesman quoted by the Sun denying the stance confirming the position.




14 comments on “Who gets to say what, wave what flag and have what mascot?

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    Distractions! Mean while the electric grid needs serious work and ISIS is on the march!

  2. CF says:

    You are right on target. I personally believe with every step towards political correctness we give up freedom. This is the greatest threat to our Republic. I do not agree with the Al Sharpton’s of the world, but I don’t deny him his right to say what he says. It is personally offensive to me as a white person. I don’t look at color. I look at character; yet I am lumped in with the masses to achieve the goals of the left and watch as we continue to give up our freedoms.

  3. Winston Smith says:

    And the TPP is about to be fast-tracked…probably making NAFTA and GATT look like nothing.

  4. 01gadget says:

    Typical Response from a “Very Divisive, Hateful, Angry” Individual

  5. nyp says:

    Yup, looks like the President is about to score a major victory on free trade.

  6. Barbara says:

    If Big Business and the Republican leadership is for TPP, I doubt it has anything to do with “free” trade. Where is the Occupy Wall Street crowd and progressives when you need them?

  7. nyp says:

    They opposed it. Corporatist liberals like me and President Obama teamed up with the Republican leadership to pass it.

  8. Barbara says:

    Which proves it can’t be good for regular folks.

  9. nyp says:

    Well, I would dispute that, but, whatever ….

  10. CF says:

    It is a corrupt travesty and both parties are fools. I get so disgusted with everything having to be partisan, how about just recognizing if a deal has to be kept secret then most likely there is something within the bill that is not good for the American people. Most of congress did not read this bill or the other bill and are voting following their leadership. Why vote when your rep. doesn’t give a hoot about you, your state or your country.

  11. It is hard to argue one way or another since the contents of the deal are part of a double secret probation, just like Animal House rules.

    Dean Wormer: Oh. Then as of this moment, they’re on double secret probation!
    Greg: Double secret probation, sir?
    Dean Wormer: There is a little-known codicil in the Faber College constitution which gives the dean unlimited power to preserve order in time of campus emergency. Find me a way to revoke Delta’s charter. You live next door. Put Neidermeyer on it. He’s a sneaky little shit, just like you, right? [Greg nods] The time has come for someone to put their foot down. And that foot is me.

  12. nyp says:

    Loved that movie.
    “Knowledge is Good”

  13. I kind of like the Reidskins for the new UNLV name. Their mascot could be a wobbly old man in dark glasses wearing an Indian headdress clutching a blunt spear.

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