British "safety" tyranny again
A clown who entertained children of shoppers by twisting balloons has had his act curtailed by Tesco amid fears that members of his audience could be allergic to latex in the balloons. Barney Baloney, also known as Tony Turner, has entertained thousands of Yorkshire children - and, to the best of his knowledge, he has not injured any of them.
Recently, however, Mr Turner, 47, had to make do with an emu costume, some puppets and a juggling performance during a five-hour stint at a supermarket in Leeds. "Twisting balloons into shape makes up 40 per cent of my act and I can't see what the problem is," he said. "Kids love to see me make shapes, and that part of my act is the children's favourite."
Latex, used in the manufacture of some balloons, is a common allergen. A Tesco spokesman said: "We have banned balloons because latex is used in the manufacture of them and this can trigger an allergic reaction in some children."
Hispanic Hate Harangue
A few months back, a beautiful, 22-year old American woman named Rachel Smith made the finals in the Miss Universe contest in Mexico City. Her interview was interrupted by a wave of catcalls from the mostly Mexican audience. She had been subjected to similar treatment throughout the entire week. In 1999, Miss USA Kenya Moore received similar treatment. Our Olympic and international soccer teams also endure booing during our national anthem along with chants of Osama! Osama! Sometimes taunts are punctuated by bags of urine being thrown at American athletes.
Are these isolated incidents at odds with what Democrat Mexican-American leaders espouse? Not hardly. All of this hate speech is created and fostered by the hard anti-American left throughout Latin America. In the United States, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan (MEChA) breeds the hate. Formed during the Vietnam War years, it was just another communist subversive organization claiming to represent a large group of people few of whom have ever heard of them.
MEChA, a brown KKK, claims chapters at nearly every college and university in California. Will gutless, college administrators ever work up the nerve to kick them off campus for their hate speech? MEChA's motto is: Por la Raza, todo. Fuera la Raza, nada. Reasonably translated: Everything for us, nothing for you." I have seen MEChA classes given in a San Diego Unified School. My recent requests to confirm or deny MEChA's continued presence there have gone unanswered. One board member did admit that MEChA "may have some clubs on campus."
If I were a trustee of the second largest school district in the state, I would darn well know whether a brown hate group was operating on my campuses. While MEChA officially eschews violence claiming that their moral underpinnings come from Caesar Chavez, it spawned a paramilitary off shoot called the Brown Berets that claim no such scruples. MEChA alumni and fellow travelers include some of the highest Hispanic office holders in California. And they don't hesitate to spew their hate when they think we are not listening: "Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock! Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die ... we are going to take over." --Augustin Cebada of the Brown Berets.
I know, good old Augustin does sound one toke over the line, but he is spouting his commie handler's sound bites with the appropriate passion. The humorous part is that had Augustin's white European, Spanish forbears not slaughtered so many real Mexicans, Augustin and his fellow travelers would be on the receiving end of a similar tirade chanted by a mass of Aztecs, Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs. If he hates the United States so much, why not go to Mexico and fix the mess that his forefathers made there instead of trying to grab the results of several hundred years of hard work in this country?
But it is not just the nutty brown-beret guys talking this way. Richard Alatorre, a long-time colleague of mine in the state Assembly said, "They're afraid were going to take over the government institutions. They're right, we're here to stay." Who is "we," Richard? And are you still under house arrest for your legal problems?
Another legislative colleague Art Torres is the chair (apparently for life) of the California Democratic Party. Said Torres, "Remember 187, the proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non citizens? That was the last gasp of white America in California." My guess is that Art did not send copies of this speech to the "white" members of the California Democratic Party.
Gloria Molina, yet another colleague from the legislature said, "We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country (sic)...I got to tell you that a lot of people are saying 'I'm going out there and vote because I want to pay them back.'" I don't think she meant, "pay them back" in a nice way.
The latest incarnation of Hispanic hate haranguers is Enrique Morone, who is Mau Mau-ing the installation of a statue of Pete Wilson in San Diego's downtown, which Pete led through redevelopment. The monument was paid for by private funds and is to be erected on private property. Morone's beef with Pete is that he supported Proposition 187 that said California taxpayer funds should go to Californians exactly like the laws of Mexico.
Tony Blair, the former English prime minister, put it best: "If you want to know about a country, just ask whether people are breaking in or trying to escape." America is a good nation. It deserves leadership that pulls us together. Hispanic hate mongers do not qualify.
The Redneck Paradox
It has become common practice, in polite society, to mock and deride a certain sector of American society. I am speaking of the ordinary working class, particularly those living far in the hinterland, and particularly those with a strong attachment to traditional values. It has become de rigueur to launch blustering condemnations of this vague yet threatening tribe. People who would never dare utter a word of criticism against a minority feel perfectly at ease disparaging, often viciously, the enemy they alternately refer to as rednecks, white trash, Christian fundamentalists, holy rollers, or crackers. All of these labels blur into an image of the blue-collar guy in the pickup truck.
Of course, the more that "tolerance" is preached as a general ideological position, the more vehement the condemnation of the working class. The blinders of political correctness have shut down the possibility of complaining about, or in some cases even perceiving, the real dangers and the really dangerous people. A substitute was needed at which to redirect the emotional energy.
Not that there aren't other targets; the same crowd inveighs against corporate America, Israel, Republicans, members of the armed forces, etc. The difference is that this particular target is composed of people who used to be the darlings of the Left. We're talking about the proletariat! Who would have thought that the Working Man was destined to become an enemy of the People? But isn't the Working Man supposed to be oppressed? Robbed of his labor's surplus-value by greedy capitalists?
One of the reasons for this twist of fate is that the Working Man represents one of the last bastions of traditional American values: he works, goes to church, has a family, owns guns, and believes in liberty (the horror). Also, he is less "educated," and thus less exposed and susceptible to the neo-totalitarian brainwashing that has rotted away the minds of much of our population. This resistance is resented by the high priests of collectivism.
I realize that economic Marxism has been replaced by cultural Marxism, and local oppressed masses by Third World oppressed masses. But still, is it not ironic that our latter-day Marxists detest the proletariat? It's the Redneck Paradox.
From AWOL Civilization
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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