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From:Paul Bennett <paulnkathy@...>
Date:Thursday, January 13, 2000, 16:14
Well done, Roland, you've hit the nail on the head.  You've possibly
hit it (a little) hard and maybe somewhat vaguely, but you've hit it
all the same.

I am fed up to the back teeth of the modern Liberal media (I'm
using the word Liberal (capital-{L}) in its commonly-understood
american sense, as opposed to the commonly-understood american
meaning of the word Conservative), especially in America, telling
people they dare not so much as breathe lest it offend somebody,
be it a man, woman, black, white, young, old, jewish, muslim, etc,
etc, etc.

It can be just fine to laugh at a stereotype.  It's what you're doing
when you laugh at the snobbery and mores of Dr Frasier Crane or
the virtual braindeath of the Pointy-Haired-Boss or the chubby,
dim-witted and all-too-typical middle-american Homer Simpson, or
the urban decay of the PJ's (and the "Ebonics Xmas").

Goshtarnit, people, GET A GRIP.  Ok, so the poem that this
argument is about wasn't actually that funny to me, but I'll defend
until death the right of *somebody* to find it funny.

My appologies to the whole list for this *highly* off-topic rant, I
promise not to turn into "the guy they love to hate", but I expected
better from a group of relatively intelligent and thoughtful people.
I mean, one look at the history of Political Correctness ought to tell
you that it was a good thing while it was needed, but should have
collapsed under its own weight before 1980, and is now leading to
even greater levels of separation and prejudice than it was created
to remove.

Yes, I am a coward for not being the first to speak out, but I feel
partly redeemed that I did speak out at all.

Paul "Slightly Right, but still a groovy kinda guy, honest" Bennett

Two apposite (if ill-remembered) quotes:

"All that is required for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing"

"If printers were determin'd to print nothing until they were
certain it would offend no-one, there'd be very little printed."