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as if we could not sink any lower,, our venerable government beauroKraps keep dishing out even more sewage from thier ever mindless diatribes.. dont these people have any real work to do?



Watch your mouth -- everyday phrases like "hold down the fort" and "rule of thumb" are potentially offensive bombshells.

At least according to the State Department.

Chief Diversity Officer John Robinson penned a column in the department's latest edition of "State Magazine" advising readers on some rather obscure Ps and Qs.

Robinson ticked off several common phrases and went on to explain why their roots are racially or culturally insensitive. The result was a list of no-nos that could easily result in some tongue-tied U.S. diplomats, particularly in an administration that swaps "war on terror" for "overseas contingency operation" and once shied away from using the word "terrorism."

For instance, Robinson warned, "hold down the fort" is a potentially insulting reference to American Indian stereotypes.

"How many times have you or a colleague asked if someone could 'hold down the fort?'" he wrote. "You were likely asking someone to watch the office while you go and do something else, but the phrase's historical connotation to some is negative and racially offensive."

He explained: "To 'hold down the fort' originally meant to watch and protect against the vicious Native American intruders. In the territories of the West, Army soldiers or settlers saw the 'fort' as their refuge from their perceived 'enemy,' the stereotypical 'savage' Native American tribes."

He singled out another phrase, "Going Dutch," as a "negative stereotype portraying the Dutch as cheap."

And "rule of thumb," he wrote, can according to women's activists refer "to an antiquated law, whereby the width of a husband's thumb was the legal size of a switch or rod allowed to beat his wife."

Further, he explained, "If her bruises were not larger than the width of his thumb, the husband could not be brought to court to answer for his behavior because he had not violated the 'rule of thumb.'"

He went on to urge caution over the word "handicap," as some disability advocates "believe this term is rooted in a correlation between a disabled individual and a beggar, who had to beg with a cap in his or her hand because of the inability to maintain employment."

What to make of all this?

Robinson cited the cautionary tale of Nike rolling out a "Black and Tan" sneaker without realizing the phrase once referred to a group "that committed atrocities against Irish civilians." Nike later apologized.

"Choose your words thoughtfully," Robinson wrote. "Now that you know the possible historical context of the above phrases, perhaps you will understand why someone could be offended by their use. Let us agree that language will continue to evolve with continually improving consciousness and respect for others."

Robinson also serves as the director of the Office of Civil Rights and an adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on diversity issues. He earlier worked as chief diversity officer with the IRS.
 

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People take PC too far. I guess any one who owns a black and tan coon hound better start coming up with a new breed name for the dog. Every place of business better reword their handicap parking signs. But what do I know, I am just a hillbilly. (or should I say "American citizen from an economically challenged area in the Appalachian Mountain)
 

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People take PC too far. I guess any one who owns a black and tan coon hound better start coming up with a new breed name for the dog. Every place of business better reword their handicap parking signs. But what do I know, I am just a hillbilly. (or should I say "American citizen from an economically challenged area in the Appalachian Mountain)
That would be "Appalachian-American"?
 

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People take PC too far. I guess any one who owns a black and tan coon hound better start coming up with a new breed name for the dog. Every place of business better reword their handicap parking signs. But what do I know, I am just a hillbilly. (or should I say "American citizen from an economically challenged area in the Appalachian Mountain)
its not people, its YOUR gov'mint beaurakraps kowtawing to acadamia nuts(pir'fessirs) with thin skin.

handicap, the term mite be "mobility challenged",,
but then if you'r a couch potato surfer wouldnt you qualify for one them parking stikers,, front center of 7-11 to get mor chips n sodie pop?
 

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I may be retarded, but I resemble that remark:laugh:
Ironically, I read something you posted right after I read the first post and i got a chuckle out of noticing your name.

its not people, its YOUR gov'mint beaurakraps kowtawing to acadamia nuts(pir'fessirs) with thin skin.

handicap, the term mite be "mobility challenged",,
but then if you'r a couch potato surfer wouldnt you qualify for one them parking stikers,, front center of 7-11 to get mor chips n sodie pop?
They had orta have have special parking. All they way at the bottom of the wall-mart parking lot. At least let them work for the buggy they are going to ride around and run over able bodied people while they get their stuff. It seems like the people with legitimate disabilities are they ones that try to keep going with out using all of the provided assistance.
 

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They had orta have have special parking. All they way at the bottom of the wall-mart parking lot. At least let them work for the buggy they are going to ride around and run over able bodied people while they get their stuff. It seems like the people with legitimate disabilities are they ones that try to keep going with out using all of the provided assistance.
I can't count the numbe of times I see cars parked in the handicap spots that are all 'done up' if you will, and the people getting in/out of them don't appear to have any disabilities. I notice this the most at the local gym. granted, there may be some disability that isn't obvious. I also notice a lot of people will use the handicap spots just for convenience, to run in and out of the gas station to get some smokes or something, instead of parking 10 more feet away in a regular parking spot. People are just lazy, pure and simple.
 

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I can't count the numbe of times I see cars parked in the handicap spots that are all 'done up' if you will, and the people getting in/out of them don't appear to have any disabilities. I notice this the most at the local gym. granted, there may be some disability that isn't obvious. I also notice a lot of people will use the handicap spots just for convenience, to run in and out of the gas station to get some smokes or something, instead of parking 10 more feet away in a regular parking spot. People are just lazy, pure and simple.
Yeah it burns me up. I can't stand to see people taking advantage of stuff like that. The office I used to work at was on the upper level of a small shopping center. My window looked out the parking lot. I can not tell you the amount of times I have seen a truly disabled person and a young healthy person driving, park in a hadi spot and the disabled person sits in the car and waits for the young person. Even worse a bunch of young people get out of a car that is obviously not theirs that has handi tags and use the spots.
 

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hold the fort while these handi cap goes dutch on a rule of thumb pair of black and tans..
 
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