The Latest Casualty In The Culture Wars: The Gingerbread Man

For pete’s sake. The purveyors of political correctness never cease to amaze me. Enlightened thinkers in the UK  have decided to change the name of the  holiday cookie favorite on school menus  from “Gingerbread Man” to “Gingerbread Person”.

The Daily Mail has the story:

In the nursery rhyme, the Gingerbread Man fled from the clutches of an old woman and her husband.

But now he has been cornered by an even more unforgiving foe – political correctness.

Council bureaucrats have stripped gingerbread men of their gender and renamed them gingerbread ‘persons’ on menus for 400 primary schools.

Parents in Lancashire were astonished when they discovered the change.

‘It is absolutely ridiculous,’ one mother said. ‘Someone has obviously taken the effort to change this and it is almost offensive.

‘I am all for anti-discrimination but this is a pudding. The gingerbread man is a character from a rhyme in a book, for goodness sake.’

Laura Midgley, of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, added: ‘It is totally ridiculous political correctness, nobody wants to talk about gingerbread people. They are what they are.

What’s sad is that if this is happening in the UK, it won’t be long before some idiot tries push the same stupid idea in the US. It only takes the complaint of one moonbat out of a hundred people to get the culture to bend in their favor.
Why is that?
Why not tell little Hillary, if she doesn’t like the masculine  “gingerbread boy” moniker, to go jump in a lake?
It’s a damn cookie based on a nursery rhyme.

Why do we have to respect everyone’s feelings even when they’re stupid, petty and  irrational?
You can decorate your cookie any way you want, Hillary…. even call the female ones, “Gingerbread Girls”, or “Gingerbread Women” if you want. We do every Christmas. I  have a Gingerbread Woman cookie cutter to go along with my Gingerbread Man.
But generally speaking, we say, “Gingerbread Man”, because that’s just. the. way. it. is.
And if you want to fight me on that, I’ll call you a cultural Marxist right to your face.
What’s this?

Oh………… that I’ve taken the time to read the entire article….

The outcry has since forced officials into an embarrassing U-turn.

They now claim renaming the biscuits was a mistake and that their gender will be reinstated as soon as possible.


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Friday Free-For-All: Dems In Chaos

Cartoon by Tom Meyer of the San Francisco Chronicle, via Capital Confidential.

If you’re having a hard time gauging Nancy Pelosi’s chances in her bid for minority leader, you’re not alone.   Dems have been all over the map on the question.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has the “overwhelming support” of fellow Democrats in her bid to become minority leader in the next Congress, and says she’s not to blame for the Democrats’ mid-term debacle.

“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

Video via Breitbart TV added:

We can count the President among those who support her, Obama says: Nancy Pelosi has been an ‘outstanding partner’

President Barack Obama indicated Friday he didn’t believe Democrats needed new leaders in Congress, even after his party took what he has called a “shellacking” in the midterm elections.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wants to remain the top Democratic House leader even as some moderate Democrats urge her to step aside in the wake of the new Republican majority, “has been an outstanding partner for me,” Obama said at a news conference in Seoul.

Losing up to 65 seats in the midterms is outstanding….for Republicans.

Politics Daily reported: Pelosi Claim to Minority Leader Post Not Sitting Well With Some Democrats

Party leaders sometimes step aside after crushing defeats, such as the Republican wave that rolled over at least 60 Democratic incumbents and wiped out Pelosi’s majority in the Nov. 2 election. But Pelosi offered no apologies and vowed to soldier on. Since many moderate and conservative Democrats were defeated, the thinking was that she probably had enough liberal allies to survive and run her diminished caucus as minority leader.

But Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) told the AP he sensed that “this may not be as much of a done deal as people might have thought.” Maybe Pelosi would reconsider her decision, Altmire said, “if enough people come out and voice a little discomfort with the idea of her continuing on.”

Boston Globe: Dissatisfaction with Pelosi mounting:

In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file say they will not support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January.

“The reality is that she is politically toxic,’’ said Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois, one of several Democrats trying to pressure Pelosi to step aside as her party’s leader in the wake of historic election losses to Republicans last week.

Pelosi startled many Democrats with a quick postelection announcement that she would run for minority leader. She has yet to draw an opponent for the post. Party elections are scheduled for next week, although a postponement is possible.

The scuttlebutt is that she’ll quit if she can’t be speaker. I give her a 60/40 chance. and having her as the face of the democrat party, along with Reid and Obama, will be a continued boon for republicans.

Byron York plays the part of “Captain Obvious” with: Dems extol facts and science but act on ideology

In the course of the Obama administration we have seen examples of Democrats in the White House, Congress and across the government pursuing ideological goals that are not only not based on facts and science and argument but actually fly in the face of facts and science and argument.

6) Do you think Michael Steele should be retained as the Chairman of the RNC?Yes: 14.7% (10 votes)
Not sure: 22.1% (15 votes)
No: 63.2% (43 votes) 

I was among the no’s.

Strategists familiar with the RNC who both support and oppose Steele agree there are between 40 and 50 of the 168 voters who will back Steele for a second term. Another 40 to 50 members will definitely vote for someone else. The remaining members, numbering between 88 and 68, are undecided.
Erick Erickson reports on Steele’s first challenger: Here It Comes

I was kinda hoping Sarah Palin would run for RNC Chair. I think she would be brilliant. But it looks like she’s serious about running in 2012 against Bam.
Hot air reports her prospects are looking promising in some quarters: PPP: Palin now leading in Texas, Maine, Wisconsin, West Virginia

Doug Giles, (Hannah’s daddy) gives us 10 Reasons Why Feminists Hate Palin. (This man is a trip!):

Energy czar Carol Browner needs to go the way of disgraced green jobs czar Van Jones: under the bus and stripped of her unbridled power to destroy jobs and lives in the name of saving the planet. ASAP.
I second that emotion and raise her a “Safe School Czar”, Kevin Jennings. I believe there’s room under that bus for him, too.

Pat Condell doesn’t respect my beliefs and doesn’t care if I’m offended. But that’s okay, because I respect his right to think whatever he wants to think, and say whatever he wants to say – which he does with great aplomb on a regular basis on YouTube. His thoughts on the subject of  Islamofascism are always spot on.

A school in CA made a kid take an American flag off of his bike, because it offended some other kids. Yes, the school buckled to the brats who complained  because it caused “racial tensions”.

“Safety” before patriotism.

The Blaze has an UPDATE on that story: School Responds: Boy Forced to Remove Flag for His Own ‘Safety’, Can Fly it Again

The school’s superintendent is now saying that the boy was told to remove the flag out of concerns for his safety, and that the school will allow him to resume his flag flying.

He caved in the face of the massive outcry.

News on the economic front:

Hot air: Obama fails to get G-20 to scold China for what Obama is doing with QE2

The G-20 just delivered a big message to Obama, which is that American leadership on economics is sailing away on the QE2.  Did he get the message?  Not exactly.  Obama tried to spin this into some sort of victory, saying that “sometimes we’re going to hit singles” rather than home runs.  This was neither; it was a whiff.

The Foundry: Morning Bell: The Obamacare Burden To Your State Budget

The Other McCain: Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling

It’s not too late to take Glenn Beck’s advice and buy gold. But then again, ammunition, Coleman lantern fuel and freeze-dried food might not be bad investments, either.

I’m just sayin’ . . .

Key quote: Right Now, A Complete Collapse Of The Financial System Is Not Out Of The Question

Check back, more to come.

M. Catharine Evans at NewsReal Blog: A Genius Weighs in on the Insanity of the Left

Fyodor Dostoevsky shows how everything old is new again.

Ruby Slippers reports on W’s reaction to Reid’s treasonous words circa 4/2007: “It was one of the most irresponsible acts I witnessed in my eight years in Washington”

George W. Bush, in his new book Decision Points,weighs in on Harry Reid’s declaration, “this war is lost”.

On a related note, in case you haven’t read this yet, please take the time: A Desert Storm vet explains His decision to leave Air Force after 22 years

On a cheerier note, a hotel chain just successfully concluded a program that will  provide supplies to 350 troops:  The AmericInn™ Troop Giveback Concludes Reaching its Goal of 15 Care Packages.

Keep AmericInn in mind the next time you need a place to stay.

Cripes Suzette has a photo documentary of MO in Indonesia that will have you missing our former first ladies. Would any of them have done that in public? Seriously!

Bill Whittle : What We Believe, Part 6: Immigration:

The Blaze: Media Malpractice: CNN’s Parker Claims She Led Assassination of Palin:

Watch video at site…I typed up some choice commentary, then promptly deleted it because I’m supposed to be “Nice” Deb.


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Video: Joe Scarborough Top Dem Senators Have been telling me, “Obama Has No Idea What He’s Doing”

Joe Scarborough won’t name names, but he says there are  a number of top Democrats who have been pulling their hair out for the past two years about  the President. Mike Barnicle backs him up, because Mika, like a good liberal,  pretends not to know anything about it. Barnicle says he can think of seven powerful Dem Senators who have talked to him about the president’s behavior.

Video via Glenn Beck Clips

They say, “can you believe what he’s doing, today?”


I am reminded of what the   *“Washington Insider” said back in September:

Ok…but how does giving me some apparent insider information going to help the country, or help your political party?
Simple – it lets others know it’s time to start talking. It’s time to get the word out.  It’s time to challenge the inept status quo that is currently running things.  People are scared – hell, I’m a bit scared myself.  But enough is enough – this political train has got to get back on its tracks. And I’ll tell you this, my talking to you, and your little blog stories, is already helping.  More people are ready to talk. It’s already happening.  And more is coming. The media won’t be able to ignore it anymore.  This administration, the leadership in Congress, they need to account for how they have totally mishandled the responsibilities given to them.  That accounting is coming soon enough in November – we are going to get what we deserve.  But I am still hopeful  it is not too late to save 2012.
…we got Congressmen and Senators running for re-election right now whose political careers are about to be ended because they supported a president and a Democratic Party leadership that told them to do so.  They trusted they would be politically protected, that the American people would agree with the agenda.  Well guess what?  That hasn’t happened.  Good people, good Democrats, are being tossed aside like so much trash – and this White House DOES NOT GIVE A DAMN.  In my eyes that is absolutely unforgivable.  You just don’t do that to your own people.  And some of these politicians are talking.  They are – but for the most part the media is ignoring them because they don’t want to hurt the administration.  To that I say enough!  Do your damn job.  Report what is going on within the Democratic Party.  We need to clean up this mess, and it starts by getting the truth out there. That is my motivation.
Well, people are indeed talking….,
More here from Oct.25:

It sounds like you’re preparing for political war with this White House.  Yes, I suppose that is a fair description of what is happening.  I’m not alone.  There are more and more of us within the Democratic Party who are ready to challenge this president.

Even if it tears the Democratic Party apart in the process?  It won’t.  It will get messy, it already is – but the party is stronger than the president…particularly this president.  Remove the media protection, remove the support and protection of a Congressional leadership that has been carrying the water for the White House for the last two years, and you will see a White House greatly reduced.  But the party will survive – and be made stronger for it.  The American people need to know that the Obama administration does not represent the Democratic Party – and it is the Democratic Party that remains the party of the people.  The Obama administration only represents themselves at the expense of all others.  That fact needs to be made more known and that is what I intend to see get done after November.

* Full disclosure: The “Washington Insider” posts may well  be figments of “Ulsterman’s” imagination, but they make for entertaining reading, and ring true.
FYI: Roger L. Simon is under the impression the reports are  true.


Video: Hannity Says Dem WH Sources Are Telling Him That Obama’s “Unhinged”