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Sep 10 2023

Open Thread

The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis. - Edmund Burke

Sep 08 2023

Open Thread

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers

On a tip from Htos1av.

Sep 07 2023

Open Thread

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. - Alexander Fraser Tytler

On a tip from Jester.

Sep 05 2023

Open Thread

I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light. - Edward Snowden

Sep 04 2023

Open Thread

If you maintain a consistent political position long enough, you'll eventually be accused of treason. - Mort Sahl

On a tip from Anonymous.

Sep 03 2023

Open Thread

America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance - it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded. - Fulton J. Sheen

Sep 02 2023

Open Thread

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

On a tip from therealguyfaux.

Aug 30 2023

Open Thread

Whenever possible, the left and the Democrats have de-stigmatized irresponsible behavior. - Dennis Prager

Aug 27 2023

Open Thread


Compliments of Chuck A.

Aug 25 2023

Open Thread

I'll have those n**gers voting Democratic for the next 200 years. - Lyndon B. Johnson

On a tip from Anonymous.

Aug 24 2023

Open Thread

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

On a tip from Blackjack.

Aug 23 2023

Today’s Deletion From the Newspeak Dictionary

Enthuses government apparatchik Syme in George Orwell’s 1984:

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. … Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. … The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.”

Perfecting the language will require eradicating most words. That’s why deletions from the Newspeak Dictionary have been coming at us in a blizzard.

Today’s deletion is the word “tribal”:

The world’s most popular card game is having a bit of a language problem.

“Magic: The Gathering” recently announced it was retiring the word “tribal” from the game’s vocabulary over concerns that the term was racist. All cards printed in the future will have the word removed, and old cards will receive errata to guarantee no one’s feelings are hurt. …

Criticisms of the term “tribal” have cropped up in recent months, as activists claim the word exclusively belongs to Native Americans, and that anyone else using it is engaged in oppression.

Here I was thinking that “tribal” was an English word. But then, I used to think the same about “chief.”

Due to potentially offensive references to tribes throughout, an erratum will also need to be issued for the Bible.

No matter how foolish the justification for deletions, it is very important to stay abreast of them, because accidentally committing thoughtcrime by using a deleted word is a cancelable offense.

Eventually, the entire permissible vocabulary will consist of a handful of slogans: “Black lives matter!” “Love is love!” “Trans rights are human rights!” et cetera.

At that point, language will have ceased to convey any meaning, so in the interest of brevity, the slogans will be replaced with inarticulate grunting.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Aug 21 2023

Open Thread

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. - Felix Frankfurter

Aug 20 2023

Open Thread

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. - John Adams

On a tip from bigpete.


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