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Thursday, February 7 2002

Politically incorrect

My comments yesterday about my low regard to the ABC television network seem to extend to the network's show that bears the title of today's entry. I am, generally speaking, a fan of standup comedians, so I was aware and appreciative of the work of the show's host, Bill Maher, years before he began Politically Incorrect on the cable channel, Comedy Central, where it shone as one of that network's best programs. Almost immediately after it migrated to the ABC late-night lineup, however, I found Maher becoming unwatchable for my tastes, an insufferable boor. Was it the network's bungling direction, his own ego running away with his talents and personality. Or was it just me? Who can say. Usually, however, it's me.

That's all to say only that almost as an afterthought to yesterday's ruminations on scruples, I like being politically incorrect and abhor any effort to enforce anyone's idea of what's politically correct on others. The city of Berkeley, Calif., up the road from us, known around here as often as Berserkly, has been in the news this week for requiring sensitivity training for its cab drivers before their licenses will be renewed. Seems the cabbies have been uncouth to, especially, senior citizens who they are required by their licenses to deliver to vital appointments as a city service, but often fail to follow through on appointments and give rude and grudging "service" when they do show up. Though I sympathize with the seniors, the idea of the People's Republic of Berkeley requiring licensees to take sensitivity training rankles.

Two other items along the politically incorrect trail are in the news this week. Fox News reports that some consumers have complained to the Dr. Pepper Company for omitting the words "under God" from an excerpt from the Pledge of Allegiance the company used on some of its cans. And the big one: first the International Olympics Committee in Salt Lake City refused to allow a display of the American flag that was hoisted from the ruins of the World Trade Center at the opening ceremonies, calling for curbs on shows of patriotism as politically insensitive to other nations participating. Then, under pressure, the IOC reversed itself and allowed the flag to appear, but not the police officer who fought to have the policy changed. Then, under more pressure, they reversed themselves and said the officer can come along with the flag.

Whatever works. The beat goes on.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Just ask a kid

A mother was teaching her three-year-old the Lord's Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, the child repeated it after the mother. Then one night the child was ready to solo. The mother listened with pride to the carefully enunciated words, right up to the end: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us some e-mail."

Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for the Day

Nearly all sins begin with thinking about sin. Control the thoughts and you have a good head start on behavior. You may not be able to keep thoughts from appearing, but you can decline to entertain them; birds fly overhead, but you don't have to let them nest in your hair. Paul counsels that we think about things that are true, lovely, gracious, excellent, and praiseworthy, so you might want to read some Dickens tonight instead of watching that sleazy sitcom.

Frederica Mathewes-Green
From Christianity Today

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