Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1984 is here (it's back)

Is double-speak okay? Sugar-coating? Using feel-good terms, so you don't offend someone?

Whatever happened to telling the truth?

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott may be about to find out.

Last week Pres. Biden's honchos laid out a new policy, giving them some P.C. language to use and some words to stop using.

"The Biden administration sent memos to immigration officials last week regarding their new far-left immigration policies, which included telling officials to no longer use terms like “illegal alien.”

"The memo orders immigration officials to make changes in rhetoric such as substituting “noncitizen or migrant” for “alien,” “undocumented” for “illegal,” and “integration” for “assimilation.' " (Source:, April 28, 2021)

How does Chief Scott feel about that memo? His response was that "he can’t comply with the Biden administration’s softening of legal terms to refer to illegal aliens."

Chief Scott is exactly right. People who cross the border illegally are "illegal aliens"; not some other "soft", inoffensive term! I suspect Chief Scott will retire soon. Or be retired.

How minimum-wage (or higher) employees may act.

This was copied from a friend's Facebook post. It clearly shows that Walmart is over-paying that employee. Even minimum-wage would be too high for that employee.

THIS IS HOW BAD IT IS OUT THERE...So I am at Walmart scanning and bagging my almost $300 worth of groceries while the employee that wants $15 an hour "monitors" and then this happened.
Her - why are you double bagging all of your groceries?
Me - excuse me?
Her - you are wasting our bags!
Me - if you don't like the way I'm bagging the groceries, feel free to come on over here and bag them yourself.
Her - that's not my job!
Me - okay, then I will bag my groceries how I please if that's all right with you.
Her - why are you using two bags?!
Me - because the bags are weak and I don't want the handles to break or the bottoms to rip out.
Her - well that's because you are putting too much stuff in the bag. If you took half of that stuff out and put it in a different bag then you wouldn't need to double bag.
*10 seconds of me just staring at her.
Me - so you want me to split these items in half and put half of them in a different bag so that I don't have to double bag.
Her - exactly.
Me - so I would still be using two bags to hold the same number of items.
Her - no because you wouldn't be double bagging.
*me pressing two fingers to my left eye in an attempt to make it stop twitching.
Me - okay so here I have a jug of milk and a bottle of juice double bagged. If I take the milk out and remove the double bagging and just put the milk in the single bag and the juice in that single bag I'm still using two bags for these two items.
Her- no because you are not double bagging them so it's not the same number of bags.
*me looking around at about 10 other customers who at this point are enjoying the show.
Me- is this like that Common Core math stuff I keep hearing about?
Her- never mind you just don't get it.
And with that she went back to her little Podium so she could continue texting or playing games on her phone or whatever it was she was doing before she decided to come over and critique my bagging skills.

Pledge of Allegiance - said wrong at every meeting

You know the Pledge of Allegiance; right? At least, I hope you do.

You think you know it, but have you been saying it incorrectly for years?

At every school board meeting, and in many other places around the country, the Pledge is repeated incorrectly.

Here it is:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." (Source: U.S. Flag Code, ¶4)

Almost everyone has gotten into the habit of disconnecting "under God" from "one Nation. And so people say "... and to the Republic for which it (the Flag) stands, one Nation (pause) under God..." as if there is a comma after Nation. There is not.

The Pledge, said correctly, is "... and to the Republic for which it (the Flag) stands, one Nation (no pause) under God..."  It's "one Nation under God". 

"under God" was added to the Pledge in 1954.

Punctuation is important. 

Unfortunately, in schools today, punctuation may not be taught as "important".

The next time you say the Pledge, say it correctly. Notice that you will be standing and speaking alone, as you say "under God" immediately after "one Nation." If I'm there, you and I will be saying it correctly, and together.