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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Political Correctness Has Replaced Common Sense
What is happening to this country? Insane decisions can be found everywhere, completely void of any common sense, and all in the name of political correctness.
Sorrill, an ordained United Church minister, has personalized licence plates that read “REV JO.” But after almost 20 years, the Ministry of Transportation is revoking them over fears they encourage dangerous driving.
“I am more than upset. I am enraged,” says the Whitby resident, who received a letter from the ministry Monday ordering her to turn the plates in. “This is political correctness to the extreme.”
Her displeasure was doubled when a ministry employee later told her on the phone that her revised idea for a plate, REVRNDJO, was also unsuitable, saying the ministry wanted to avoid any sign of bias toward Christianity over other religions.
Read the rest of the article here.
Cross-posted at www.exactlyright.ca.
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Similar to what happened a few years ago. It appears a Veteran had plates that said JAPPOW as he had been captured by the Japanese in WW11.
He was forced to replace them.
I wonder what would happen if someone had a plate that read YES2ALLAH? Any Ontarians out there wanna gamble a hundred bucks to see if they get issued? Or how about HAMAS or FATAH?
Posted by: atric | 2007-11-28 7:47:48 AM
Imagine: HAM ASS
I can understand the elimination of references to crime and terror from plates--but REV JO, that is simply rediculous! REV JO, RAB JO, MIN JO, WTVR JO should all be just fine. I bet they nothing about COM JO!
They are wasting our time and our money on their PCishness!
If they do not have anything else to do with their time, then they should get another job instead of pretending to work for a living. Working for a living means earning your way.
First they came for the Saturday people....
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-28 8:27:36 AM
Who's going to read a plate that says "REV JO", and then start street racing as a result.
If subliminal messages like that really have that kind of effect on you, then you probably shouldn't be walking (or driving) on our streets anyway!
Posted by: Dave Hodson | 2007-11-28 8:46:34 AM
I wanted to get a personalized plate that read "KAR 120C" or "OA-5599". Anyone get those movie references?
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-11-28 8:56:12 AM
All one needs to do is go to the movies if one wants motivation, guidance and encouragement to behave badly ... same for a lot of the tripe on TV.
This is insanity, by the usual mentally defective Le\ft. I think that Rev JO should have REV JO painted across the back and front end of the vehicle in protest.
Posted by: John | 2007-11-28 8:57:01 AM
Orville the Outcast
By Stephen J. Gray
Orville wondered what was happening to his country. Had he become an outcast? He had tried to get involved in the democratic process by putting his name forward as a candidate for election. But had been refused. He asked why the refusal and was told he did not qualify for the percentage candidacy required in the democratic party. The reasons given: He was not a woman, or a lesbian. He was not trans-gendered, multi -gendered, bisexual, metro-sexual or homosexual. Nor was he height challenged, weight challenged, youth challenged or age impaired. Nor was he of minority status.
Orville wondered just what was his status in the land of today? Was he not fit for public office? Was he a pariah? How had this happened to him? Was there anyone who could help him or give him advice on this matter? A friend suggested he should go to the Human Rights Commissars (HRC) and inquire about his rights.
Orville phoned them and asked if he could make an appointment. He was asked, “did he have any special status in the community?” Orville replied, “what is that?”
“Are you from a designated, deprived, disenfranchised group” asked the HRC staff person. “What does that mean?” asked Orville. “Come in right away and see us, and we’ll explain,” said the HRC spokesperson, “and we’ll see if your case qualifies for a rights test.”
Orville was pleased, at last somebody would help him with his rights. He felt his faith in his democratic country was being restored. Orville drove down to the HRC building. It was an imposing place and looked very dignified. (as it should with all the taxpayers dollars that maintained it) He entered the building and approached one of the HRC staff. “My name is Orville and I have come about my case for a rights test.” “This way sir to the hearing room,” said the staff member. Orville entered the hearing room and noticed the slogan on the wall which said: “We’ll make rights for you. Provided you are the right person, to have rights.”
Just then a door opened in the wall of the HRC rights office and a person appeared of neutral gender. “You must be Orville,” said the pleasant person. “That’s right,” said Orville. “Welcome to the HRC,” said the rights person. “I am the duly appointed commissar of the rights division in this part of the country. How may I help you with your case regarding rights?”
“I believe my rights have been violated by my democratic party,” said Orville, “and I also feel discriminated against.”
“Wow, this sounds very serious,” said the HRC commissar. “We can’t have this happening in a free and democratic country. Can we? Tell me about it.”
“I wanted to run as a candidate for my democratic party but have been told I do not qualify,” said Orville. “What are the reasons given for refusing you?” asked the HRC commissar.
Orville replied, “I have been told I am not within the percentage quota for my constituency. I must be a woman, lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, multi-gendered, bisexual, trans-sexual, homosexual, multi-sexual or any other designated minority by my democratic party before I can run for office.” “Are you of any of the important aforementioned designations,” asked the HRC commissar. “No,” said Orville. “I am just an ordinary working guy with a wife and children. I go to church on a Sunday. Do volunteer work, have a mortgage, watch hockey and other sports. Contribute to charity. Do not receive any government grants, and want to be involved in the democratic process by running for public office in my democratic party.”
“I cannot help you.” said the HRC commissar. You are not a designated, deprived, disenfranchised person. Your case has no hope of being successful. Case dismissed.”
Orville left the building and headed home. He felt discriminated against and knew his rights had been violated. But this was “normal” in his country today. After all, he was, Orville the outcast.
Stephen J. Gray
firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://www.geocities.com/graysinfo
Posted by: Stephen J.Gray | 2007-11-28 9:23:58 AM
What a bunch of pathetic losers we have in public administration in Canada. Their moronic union mentality begins to infect every corner of their 'work'.
Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-11-28 9:54:57 AM
Plates for a Lotus 7 and a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, with a 440 cubic-inch V-8, and not a 426 Hemi V-8.
If you are as smart as you think you are--what is wrong with the aforementioned?
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-28 10:41:17 AM
"moronic union mentality" is covered in the collective agreement, under section 3,000,000-1A "Harrassement Policy", as part of a list of politically incorrect words--things you must not call someone, or you will lose your job--or end up working for the Union while engrossed in administrative mayhem.
Lucky for us--they cannot fire us!
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-28 10:45:01 AM
Just when you think you've heard it all...
Posted by: Joanne (TB) | 2007-11-28 11:19:53 AM
Does Cool Blue ring a bell?
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-28 11:56:55 AM
Typical of the mentality promoted by Ontario Liberals,their bed mates the Socialist Horde and
the wannabe' Greens -Poor Old Dominion going all to hell -Reminds me of a friend an Engineer trained professionally in Egypt who wanted to focus on his Egyptian Alma Mater by having "Farouk U" on his Nova Scotia Plates. Nova Scotia bureaucrats are among the worst in the entire World. We call Ontario "McGuinty's World" we say the Voters of the industrial giant Province got sucked in. Wrote a letter to Copps today suggesting that she retire and join the Sisters of Charity where she will be compelled to take a vow of silence -same vow that ole Karl Heinz is focused on. Macleod
Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-11-28 12:20:23 PM
Farouk U is called Alexandri University.
It is not affiliated with terrorism--so there should have been no issue with the plate at all. However, if they ever became affiliated with terrorist groups, that would be a different story altogether, such as:
Daniel Pipes has the strongest viewpoint on what that means in terms of NA:
Daniel explains that they have successfully cloaked themselves as MAS (read the aforementioned and you will know what I mean).
And even more specifically, it is referred to in this article:
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-28 12:42:05 PM
It is politically correct to speak of and encourage the horrible mental illness burden of homosexuality as a good thing for children and society generally rather than recognize it as utterly abnormal and disasterous for the individual so burdened (e.g. deadly physical illness) and for innocents (children i.e. other mentally and emotionally immature personalities) who unknowingly come under the influence-control of persons so afflicted.
Political correctness is completely anti-freedom and is a powerful engine behind the great destructive force of ignorance.
Leftist Totalitarians are the exclusive promoters of Political Correctness, of course.
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-11-28 12:53:41 PM
Actually our Egyptian friend and associate was a joker -his idea for his "personal license plate"
was a joke -Lady behind the counter he dealt with did'nt get it. My friend and associate Reda actually had a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from a real University -Imperial Technical College London England. Imagine some bird brain from the RCMP writing him a parking ticket and noting his NS Plate as "Foruk U" the way to undermine political correctness is to laugh at the Bureaucrats who attempt to impose their version of the world on Canada's hapless citizens. MacLeod
If one prepared an official looking Memo advising all NS Bureaucrats to cover their telephones because Aliant Maritimes was going to blow out the telephone lines, they would without hesitation do it. In fact it was done at RCAF Station Aylmer Ontario in 1949 -a great event in Training Command at the time. Now part of our historic past. We once sent a signal classified Secret and noted as operational immediate advising the readers to ignore "first signal" which did not exist -one can see about 50,000 RCAF Clerks running around RCAF HQ Ottawa in a total panic seeking the "missing"
Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-11-28 2:56:31 PM
As is the case so many times, thank you for providing valuable on point actionable information, and insights often based on actual experience.
I've just put the stamp on my letter to Ron Gray's Legal Defense Fund. It is my typical $20.00 small amount, but still a positive real number!
Please recognize that I once won an election after having raised at TOTAL of $75.00 and through that effort, I reversed and removed an illegal TAX, which was subsequently through our action judged to be illegal for ALL jurisdictions in our State and then was REPAID and our related subsequent lawsuit (after ten years and all the courts appeals) succeeded and reversed and declared illegal a $10 Billion government bond issuance by our State, which our stupid PHONY of a governor is still eating.
A few bucks can go a long way if delivered to a kick ass principled person (such as Ron Gray seems to be).
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-11-28 3:27:13 PM
From licence plates, references to the displacement of automobile engines to vivid and graphic description of homosexual acts, Baptist ministers, and the Christian Heritage Party all in one thread.
I'm getting confused!
Posted by: Atric | 2007-11-28 3:39:30 PM
Like I said MacLeod, "Farouk U is called Alexandria University.
It is not affiliated with terrorism--so there should have been no issue with the plate at all."
And I bet the lady--if that is what he thought she was--behind the counter, probably thought it meant something that had nothing to do with a University--but the other less popular and unappealing anglo-saxon terminology that Marc likes to use every time he does not understand something.
I appreciated the humour--and should have said that.
Lady--over and out!
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-28 4:03:06 PM
Congratulations to Dr. Lund on his brave stand in helping define a reasonable line between free speech and inciting hatred.
The hatred that gets spewed on this site can stay here ... bring it out into the mainstream where prejudice, bigotry and hate actually unjustly hurts people and you will be held to account.
Posted by: holographic | 2007-11-30 4:53:29 PM
Posted by: obc | 2007-11-30 4:57:09 PM
... held to account by the citizenry ... hardly Stalinist. But if that is your default critique, you still have this site and only this site to express it.
Posted by: holographic | 2007-11-30 5:01:59 PM
"and only this site to express it"
HA! If you only knew.
Posted by: obc | 2007-11-30 5:50:01 PM
Do my comments herein above on this particular thread of discussion constitute "...hatred that gets spewed on this site..."?
Secondly, how does one "...bring it out into the mainstream..." in order to meet your standards?
Anyone can access this blog, and probably more do access Internet communications and opinions than the number of individuals who presently "access" the "main stream" media (if that is what you are speaking about as mainstream).
It seems you desire to become the speech police for as far as your bytes can survey.
Are you located in Canada? Does it matter to you (and your "laws") where I am located and where those "mainstream" readers (including the "unjustly hurts" ones) are located?
I think it would be a good thing to bust your thought police operation wide open.
Down here it's not just the Leftists who have attorneys.
Anyone who fails to see the Totalitarian fist in this situation fails to understand that the fist lacks eyes and may next strike you.
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-11-30 6:01:02 PM
As if any conservatives would be surprised by this:
"Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Others"
PRINCETON, NJ -- Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.
THAT'S BECAUSE SO MANY LEFTOIDS suffer from BDS - Bush Derangement Syndrome. I'm sure the results would be similar in Canada, comparing Dippers , Greens, Leftist Lieberals - and Conservatives.
Posted by: obc | 2007-11-30 6:02:03 PM
Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent
Posted by: obc | 30-Nov-07 6:02:03 PM
Well considering how self-evident the self-delusion of "conservatives" on this blog is that isn't really a surprising result.
Keep up the good work obc.
Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-11-30 6:32:27 PM
Not my conclusion, Yellow Snow. This is out of Princeton - Leftoid Land.
But your comments seem to provide further proof to the conclusions drawn in this study. :)
Posted by: obc | 2007-11-30 6:44:50 PM
Jeez Karol, did you have to make me totally repulsed and sickened by giving such graphic descriptions of what the gay/deviant sickos get up to?
Is this what they're tearing apart the Christian churches for, demanding blessings this kind of despicable, filthy behaviour?
Jeezus, animals would never perform such acts.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-11-30 6:47:09 PM
Not my conclusion, Yellow Snow. This is out of Princeton - Leftoid Land.
But your comments seem to provide further proof to the conclusions drawn in this study. :)
Posted by: obc | 30-Nov-07 6:44:50 PM
As usual, obc fails to understand the meaning of a text. In this case you missed the meaning of "to rate their mental health", meaning it was their own assessment about their state of mind.
Now, get back to your attempt at creative name calling.
Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-11-30 7:23:24 PM
I dont know why they would accuse a united church minister of promoting christianity. They havent been a christian church for years
Posted by: john a. | 2007-11-30 7:50:08 PM
The DemoRats assessed their health as well - and came out wanting, even in their own eyes, Yellow Snow.
Posted by: obc | 2007-11-30 7:50:57 PM
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