Newspeak Is Here!

Hot Air:

At the Daily Caller, Jim Treacher notes that even someone on the left such as George Carlin knew that the English Language was being corrupted by political correctness:

Here’s Carlin almost 25 years ago, talking about how the term “shell shock” eventually became “post-traumatic stress disorder.” Note that Carlin gets through several minutes here without cursing. It’s almost as if he knew these words would live on after he died, and he wanted as many people as possible to remember them

We used to have a “War Department” and a “Secretary of War” too. Now we call it the “Department of Defense”.

But I gotta disagree a little bit with ol’ George. “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” is a more expansive condition than “shell shock.” PTSD includes people suffering from symptoms days, weeks, months and years after the traumatic incident(s). Lots of military veterans came home with it. Like Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II:

Murphy was reportedly plagued by insomnia and bouts of depression, related to his military service. He slept with a loaded pistol under his pillow.[133] His first wife, Wanda Hendrix, stated that he once held her at gunpoint.[134] A post-service medical examination on June 17, 1947 revealed symptoms of headaches, vomiting, and nightmares about war. The medical record shows that sleeping pills helped prevent the nightmares.[135] Murphy found a creative stress outlet in the poems he wrote (and often discarded) during the period between the end of his active military duty and the onset of his movie career. His poem “The Crosses Grow on Anzio” appeared in his book To Hell and Back,[136] but was attributed to the fictitiously named Kerrigan.[137] For a time during the mid-1960s, he became dependent on prescribed sleeping pills called Placidyl. When he recognized that he had become addicted to the drug, he locked himself in a motel room where he took himself off the pills, going through withdrawal for a week.[15] Post-traumatic stress levels exacerbated what Murphy himself had admitted was his innate moodiness and explosive personality,[11] and surfaced in episodes that friends and co-workers found alarming.[138]

In an effort to draw attention to the problems of returning Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, Murphy spoke out candidly about his own problems with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),[139] known then and during World War II as “battle fatigue”. He called on the government to give increased consideration and study to the emotional impact that combat experiences have on veterans, and to extend health care benefits to address PTSD and other mental-health problems suffered by returning war veterans.[140][141] On October 13, 1971, U.S. Congressman Olin Teague introduced legislation to name a new veterans hospital in San Antonio after Murphy.[142] The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio was dedicated in 1973 and is now a part of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.[143]

After the war, they took Army dogs and rehabilitated them for civilian life. But they turned soldiers into civilians immediately, and let ’em sink or swim.[144]
—Audie Murphy

Our men and women in uniform risked everything for our nation. Many of them paid the ultimate price. Many more were forever damaged and scarred. We owe them big time.

It’s not a debt we can ever repay, but we can try.

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79 Responses to Newspeak Is Here!

  1. myiq2xu says:

    If you are wondering about the title it’s because I started to write about Newspeak and ended up writing about PTSD.

    I cannot control my muse, especially when she’s been drinking.

  2. Somebody says:

    Well they are related, language changes and more often than not those changes seep into the brains of the masses via the MSM.

    I assume you started out planning to write about the evolution of words and phrases within the news media. The PC infective that has changed our language through the years, some in good ways and some in not so good ways.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Actually, “politically correct” language started off as a joke. I guess some people have so sense of humor.

      A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet” – Willam Shakespeare

      “It don’t matter what you call it, shit still stinks.” – myiq’s grandma

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Have you ever had one of those days/weeks/years/lives where you feel like you are moving backwards in relation to your goals?

    I started out yesterday with three simple tasks to do. But each task had prerequisite lesser tasks that had to be accomplished first. And each lesser task had its own prerequisite lesser tasks.

    My “three simple tasks” ended up being about 30 different things that took a day and a half to complete.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    These is nothing quite like the sound of a drunk cowgirl yelling “Whoo-Hoo!” at the top of her lungs.

  5. elliesmom says:

    The same word “evolution” has happened in education as well – often giving false impressions to parents. The latest descriptor for children with IQs below 70 is “developmentally delayed”. But something that is “delayed” does eventually happen – just at a later date. A child whose IQ is 30 points or more below average at 6 isn’t going to have an IQ of 100 two years later. Legally, a child who is “special needs” is kid whose school performance doesn’t meet his measured IQ. A child with an IQ of 80 who is D student isn’t “special”. They are very normal. It’s the student with an IQ of 110 who can’t read who is “special”. But because we can’t use words that describe a student’s ability level that might be deemed detrimental to a student’s ego (or his parents’), parents don’t get a true picture and get very upset when they find out their kid isn’t entitled to “special” treatment because their “mediocre student” is meeting expectations .Seventy-five percent of the kids are only above average in Lake Wobegone. I referred to something as being “stupid” – not someone, some thing on FB and had a Vile Prog unfriend me because “stupid” is bad word. She doesn’t want her 6 year old daughter to ever hear or use the word. I had a poster on my desk at school that said, “I can cure ignorance, but there’s nothing I can do about stupidity.” It referred to not following proper procedure when handling dangerous lab equipment, but it became my mantra.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      And thus your vile prog friend unwittingly confirmed your mantra. It would be funny except that progs have no sense of humor.

    • wmcb says:

      This is precisely the reason why my daughter never qualified for any help in school. She has some congenital frontal lobe damage, and mild cerebral palsy, and her IQ is about 80. She has central auditory processing disorder, so verbal instructions are tough. But she did mostly C level work, because she works so damn hard.

      It always frustrated me that had she been MORE disabled, or had I not worked with her from infancy to maximize her potential, she would have gotten help out the wazoo. It’s almost like she was penalized for struggling so hard and achieving better grades than her IQ and given abilities would indicate.

      As it is, she’s now one of those borderline low-functioning people who COULD work under the right circumstances in a structured environment, but whom no one will hire. Because she is not disabled enough to qualify for the “hire the handicapped” programs, yet she is not high-functioning enough to compete against those of higher IQ’s and abilities. She falls between the cracks – not retarded, yet not exactly job material either. She is 31 now.

      • DandyTiger says:

        You get punished if you don’t play the victim.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I spent my whole life in the gap between “Needs assistance” and “Can afford it.”

          We weren’t poor, but we made too much to qualify for free stuff.

      • elliesmom says:

        That’s my point exactly. If we call things what they are and not use twisted language, parents would know the laws they think cover their children don’t, and we could fight to change that. I loved my “D” students, and it broke my heart they weren’t getting more help, but instead of going after why they weren’t, parents were twisting themselves into pretzels to get their kids classified as things they weren’t. In the interest of preserving “self-esteem”, we no longer track kids. If I had a whole classroom of “D” students who were working very hard, I could have tailored my class to maximize their achievement, but when you only have a couple of them in each class of 30 kids, they usually get left in the dust, Which does wonders for their self-esteem.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Kids with IQ’s of 80-90 don’t need to be in college prep classes. They need functional literacy and vocational training.

          The old vocational/college prep tracking systems were found to be racially biased, so we scrapped the vocational track and made them all take college prep.

        • wmcb says:

          The trend away from vocational training did so many kids a disservice. My daughter would have been better off if she had been taught a basic trade. How to be an excellent hotel maid. Whatever. Because I love her dearly, but there is no way in hell she would have a) ever gone to college, or b) done well in a job that required independent thinking.

          You know what she is good at? Routine. Doing specific tasks in a specific order that she has been taught to do. She will faithfully do exactly what you have asked her to do all the livelong day. She is the definition of reliability at doing tasks, so long as the routine doesn’t alter.

          I know many young non-that-bright men who would have been great at HVAC repair, or car mechanics. So, the voc system was racist, huh? So is it more or less racist now that they get out of high school with NO skills, and end up on the street, or selling drugs, or collecting a govt check? How racist is THAT? Because despite all the happy talk, very few of them were ever going to go get a bachelors degree.

        • gxm17 says:

          FTR, being a good auto tech requires substantial smarts. For one thing, you need to know electrical theory. And, these days, diagnosing a mechanical problem is more complex than ever. The diagnostic programs “throw codes” and it takes substantial smarts to piece the codes together and pinpoint the problem. I know this because my son threatened to quit his job as he was losing hours because he kept getting pulled off his work to help everyone else diagnose theirs. When he threatened to quit, his boss told the rest of the shop they’d have to start splitting their tickets with him. Seriously, they’ve even brought cars from other shops to him.

          It’s really a shame that people think mechanics do mindless work when it’s actually the opposite. Perhaps you’re just referring to oil changes or tire rotation or some other easy mechanical task that has a repetitive routine that doesn’t require technical knowledge or complex problem solving skills.

          Totally agree about the vocational programs. My dad was a college professor but he started out teaching high school and he always warned that it was a huge mistake to end vocational programs.

      • Jadzia says:

        my oldest son was dx with CAPD when he was about five. i WISH i could get him to work hard! unfortunately his dad has drugged him to the gills and the school seems to prefer him to be a victim. his IQ is otherwise fine. i fear for his future. my own father, who was a public HS teacher for about 30 years before retiring in January, REALLY sounded the alarm about pushing a kid like him into the land of IEPs, saying it would label him for the rest of his school years when he is not really a “special ed” case. naturally, nobody is listening.

        • Jadzia says:

          i also add that he (dad) is a guy who agreed about the ridiculousness of ending vocational programs. his “college prep” classrooms got harder and harder to handle over the years and by the end, he was SO burned out, although he was a great teacher when he started.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    What a fuckstick douchenozzle!!!

    In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary

    President Obama plans to return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester, an administration official said Wednesday.

    The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1, the official said, and apply through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in September. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of spending cuts to nondefense federal agencies that took effect that day.

    “The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” the official said.

    5% of his salary is about 5 minutes worth of fuel for AF1 or about 3-4 holes of golf.

  7. HELENK says:

    I agree with Dr Carson, politically correct is just a way to silence people. Just think of in the last 20 or so years how you can not say something that resembles the truth about many things. When I came out here to California people kept telling me I have an eastern attitude. I just can not see wasting everyone’s time by not telling them just how things are. If some one screwed up and you do not tell them how do they learn? It is not other people’s job to withhold the truth so you will not feel bad. You do not have to be nasty and hateful when you do but you do have to be honest.

  8. HELENK says:

    The VA needs a major overhaul. From what I am reading our veterans are NOT getting help in a timely manner. That is unacceptable.

  9. HELENK says:

    another cost of obamacare no one knew about because they did not read the damn bill

    • Somebody says:

      We should all sign up to be navigators, sounds like the pay is pretty good. If we don’t sign up then Acorn will get all the contracts!

      • Lulu says:

        It is going to take Philadelphia lawyers to “navigate” this mess. I don’t think they are willing to pay $600 per hour which is what it will take to get correct information.

  10. HELENK says:

    pretty good article about just what is happening with language and the press

  11. myiq2xu says:

    I just got finished returning my birthday gifts and exchanging them for stuff I actually wanted. I now have the complete Breaking Bad collection on DVD along with the Dark Shadows movie.

    (I kept the socks and underwear my mom bought me.)

  12. myiq2xu says:
    • wmcb says:

      Oh good lord. Amanda thinks men breathing wrong is tantamount to rape and abuse. Some days the very existence of hetero men is enough to make her escared of the rapey raping rapists lurking inside all of them. She is fucked in the head. And a whiner who has elevated wallowing in and relishing victimhood to Olympic levels.

  13. HELENK says:

    I have a lot of politically incorrect words to say about this.

    may backtrack and his bunch rot in hell
    . I want to see that gavel that princess nancy was so proud of when the obamination passed shoved right up her ass

    • myiq2xu says:

      For a sweet little old lady you have a really foul mouth. Not the worst FMOL I’ve ever encountered, but close. (I know the others had tattoos and I’m pretty sure they all had felony convictions.)

      • HELENK says:

        sorry. I read this and was so angry and every time I think of princess nancy and that gavel I get sickened

        • HELENK says:

          If this had been in effect when my husband was dying he would have been refused care. that is unacceptable in this country

    • Somebody says:

      The article says this is due to sequester, but I thought one of the hallmarks of sequester was that it left entitlements alone. I thought social security, medicare, food stamps, etc. were untouched by sequester.

      I think it’s entirely possible this is the result of Obamacare and perhaps we’re seeing some of the Medicare cuts the bill contained.

      Either way it’s criminal, there are ten million things we can cut out of the federal budget before we need to consider turning cancer patients away.

  14. HELENK says:

    one reason that I rant and rave about railroad safety. a family has to live with this but also an engineer and conductor that does not even know them

    • HELENK says:

      I f you feel that the gate has been down for too long, get out of your car and walk up TO THE GATE, NOT PAST IT and look up and down both tracks

      • Somebody says:

        Helenk I have drilled into my kids railroad crossing safety. We have several crossings around here with no cross arms, only lights if they’re working. So when my older two started driving I worried about trains, as well as other things.

        Anyway I guess my nagging paid off. My eldest came home from grad school the other week for spring break. On her drive home she happened upon a railroad crossing with the arms down……no train in sight, just a malfunction. Many of the other motorist did exactly as you suggested or they turned around and found a different route.

        My daughter sat there for damn near an hour until CSX showed up and repaired the crossing…….facepalm. She was unsure of trying to take a different route in the boonies and she told me she was NOT driving around the gates because we have drilled that into her and she was upset about the drivers that did do that.

        I didn’t have the heart to tell her under those circumstances I probably would have driven around the cross arms too.

        • HELENK says:

          I am so glad you drill the safety to them. Every day somewhere in the country there is a crossing accident. 90% of them are unnecessary .
          A few minutes of your time could save your life

          • myiq2xu says:

            I was a mean dad when my kids were little. But when I screamed their name they froze and if they were chasing a ball that went into the street it was like they hit an invisible barrier at the edge of the curb. The words “No!” and “Hot!” had the same reflexive effect.

        • Isn’t it so funny how kids are? It really is not that hard to be a good parent. I remember when my daughter was about 8 she called out from the bathtub asking if she could wash her hair. I told her, “Yes, and you never have to ask that question again. It is always okay for you wash your hair when you want to.”

          To this day that kid will call me with the silliest questions. The other day she asked if she could blow $100 of her own tax return on herself.

          We didn’t achieve this through violence or verbal abuse. She is this way because we have always treated her like we care very deeply about what she does, and with respect. So there’s trust.

  15. HELENK says:

    looks like farrakhan and backtrack are not best buds anymore

  16. HELENK says:

    #BREAKING: Air Force One has landed at SFO. President #Obama is in the Bay Area to attend events today and tomorrow.

    will be two days of traffic problems in San Francisco

  17. HELENK says:

    the guy with little man syndrome is acting up again.
    North Korea doing a lot of warning and blustering

  18. simofish says:

    Are you @ the SF Giants / Dodgers game dressed as a clown??

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