Hurt Feelings

*Crying

The problem is world-wide, but North America in particular has turned into a bunch of whimpering, whining, wimpy, wussy, wieners. I’m all for being respectful, and not intentionally hurting feelings, but more and more, within any larger group, is a smaller sect, driven by the usual ego and insecurity, who make an industry out of being offended.

Quebec flag

In Quebec, Canada, there are actually provincial government agents – Language Police – who drive the streets with notebook, dictionaries, and tape measures, to assure that theirs isn’t bigger than ours.  Signs of all kinds in stores and shops are examined.  The French language must come first and be shown above any others.  English is the most censored and censured.  All non-French lettering must be less than ¾ the size of the French.

Indian

In the past, in the USA, the whites were contemptuous of the Native Americans. Over the years, things have improved greatly.  It’s not perfect.  Nothing is.  At least now, whites aren’t giving Indians smallpox-infected blankets.  Within the Indigenous community, rather than accepting that sports teams’ names like Washington Redskins are now a show of respect and acceptance for a different kind of warrior, there are strident ‘Native American’ voices insisting that these names be changed.  If you want insult, how ‘bout The Washington Lawyers, or -Congressmen?

Confederate flag

Last year there was a big fooferaw about the display of a version of the CSA flag on State properties. South Carolina was forced to remove it from the Capital Building.  While the ancestors of the white citizens may have owned Negro slaves, the flag is a symbol of White resisting White, cultural independence, in a political situation, having little to do with slavery, in the modern day.

Still – down it came. The goofy little, long-rerunning show, The Dukes of Hazzard, has now been removed from the airwaves, because the car – the real star of the show – is named The General Lee, after a Confederate leader, and displays the Rebel flag.

Ion Wall Design

My city, Kitchener Ontario, used to be known as Berlin. It still has a strong Germanic population and feel.  In 1916, in an effort to not offend surrounding non-Germans, it changed its name.  Recently the Twin Cities have been pushing the infrastructure, in an effort to imitate some of the bigger cities.

Among other things, we are installing a street-railroad, down the length of an already overcrowded main artery. A non-German design engineer has been hired to produce design themes for stops, including the one shown above, across from the coming new train/bus station.

Scarcely had the artist’s drawing hit the internet, than there were howls of complaint. “How dare he produce a design with a Nazi Swastika in it??!” Don’t you see it?  It’s as plain as the nose on your easily offended face.

These all remind me of the story of the little old lady who phoned the police, to see if they could do anything about the guy in the apartment across from hers, who wandered around in the nude. The Police detective carefully looked out her window and said, “I don’t see anybody nude.”  She replied, “You have to go into the bathroom and stand on the toilet and use these binoculars.”  😳

This really is a First World problem. Too bad we can’t still use Australia as a penal colony.  We don’t hear this kind of entitled shit coming from down there.  I’d like to see how much complaining we’d get if these easily-offended butt-wipes were scrabbling to survive with subsistence farming.  ‘Take a pill and get over yourself.  Life’s a bitch.  Don’t be another!’

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22 thoughts on “Hurt Feelings

  1. charlypriest says:

    Amen to that. Finally I see a post that is not politically correct. I actually call the millenium generation, generation wussification. I couldn´t agree more with you on all the topics you touched, and that is rare for me. I´m good at poking holes in arguments, but you got this right. For my way of thinking that is, as it should be.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I’ve never been much for ‘political correctness.’ At 71, I have neither the time nor the patience. I call a spade – a fuckin’ shovel. Stick around. I skewer religion and politics too. You might even agree with some of it. 😆

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  2. Ian Franks says:

    Oh, what a breath of fresh air in today’s PC world. It is time to stand up to these pathetic self-righteous small-minded people. They really do need to get over themselves. I am offended by their claims of being offended at every turn.

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  3. BrainRants says:

    I agree completely. I would expand that thought, but I have to go be offended about something… not.

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  4. It is just ridiculous in some cases. I agree 110% with everything you stated. When my husband and I travelled through Quebec last summer, I can just see the so called language police having a field day with us. There wasn’t anywhere that we visited where speaking English gave us an issue. People were nice than pie, the individuals who spoke limited English were wonderful with us, being we spoke exceptionally limited French. We figured it out without anyone being offended.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s usually the political masters, who con the masses into voting for separation, but some of the peons can be arrogant on their own. Some years ago, when Dad and Mom went through Montreal to get to the east coast, they stopped at a motel.

      Dad couldn’t seem to find an ice machine, and two different employees mumbled the equivalent of, “No speaka Inglish,” and hurried away. Dad found an American with a bucket of ice, and asked him how he got it. The guy told him to wave American cash. If they think you’re a rich Yankee, they can’t help you fast enough. 😯

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  5. I don’t see a swastika in that photo. Am I missing something? Or just politically naïve? They need to make the swastika more prominent so I can get properly offended.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s in the color curtain wall, just to the left of the actual stop. From the top left, in grey tiles, three down, five to the right, and three more, down to the ground. It’s not a real swastika, just half of one, for half-assed whiners. You can be offended that they made it so hard to find. 😳

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      • Ah, I see it now. I never would have thought of that as a swastika, and I’m half German. I need to work on my sensitivities, and whining abilities.

        However, I don’t see any Asian people, native Americans, or African Americans in that photo (the girl in the intersection may be Hispanic, light-skinned black, or very tanned white, I can’t tell). I think someone needs to point that out.

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  6. any1mark66 says:

    The worst part of this is people do not ask “why the hell are we doing this?” It says a great deal about us changing the name not to offend people who may have never been there! The concept of acceptance is always strongest among those who want us to accept their point of view. But hey, look at the tea party. Their ideals on government match the Confederate States of America (slavery not government ideal) but they didn’t fuss about pulling a flag off of government property.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Everything was fine when these folks could pretend uniformity and agreement. The age of world-wide communication is the cause of organizations like the Catholic Church, and in particular ISIS, to get their panties in a knot.
      I’d sooner not look at the Tea Party, but then, I’m safe above the 49th parallel. (Actually, the 44th here, but I’m sure Trump will put up the wall soon. 😯 )

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  7. Thank you for writing this. I didn’t understand that whole debacle over the rebel flag and banning Dukes of Hazzard because of the car. I love that car and I grew up loving that show! That whole thing was just ridiculous! People, especially my fellow Americans, have gotten way too easily offended over some of the most ridiculous things. I really hope this changes soon!

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