Another Tangled Web For The PC Crowd

| August 15, 2020

In this January 2012 file photo, a UH-1N Huey aircraft elevates after taking off near Catania, Italy.

2012 file photo

An Air Force Huey helicopter was shot at by some wanker in Virginia. One of the two pilots was injured and taken to a hospital, and was treated and subsequently released.
The full story is at the link, but before you get your undies in a knot over this latest decimation of good grammar and plain English, the newsies now have a compulsive obligation to be “gender neutral” and species neutral on everything, which they have inflicted upon themselves. They are, in a word, ridiculous.
As you will see, they are even giving self-awareness to machinery. In an effort to please everyone, they will please no one.

Here’s the article. Wade through it and ask yourselves if it is worth it to even try to correct such crap, mentally or physically.

Here are a couple of samples from the article of these attempts to be – well, dumber than a box of rocks, and proud of it:

The UH-1N was flying 10 miles northwest of Manassas on a routine training mission at an altitude of 1,000 feet when the incident occurred. It landed safely at Manassas Regional Airport west of Washington, DC, and the pilot was taken to hospital where they were treated and released, the official said. – article

Such bad writing deserves a closer look. How about this version: The pilot was taken to a hospital, and was treated and released? It’s short, to the point, and still PC. The reporter’s effort at composition indicates that the helicopter was also treated and released. Poor thing! Did it have a scrape on one of the rotor blades or a chip out of the tail rudder blades?

Now, this next one really knocked my socks off:  The pilots of the US Air Force helicopter, which identified itself as Mussel 16, can be heard reporting “a medical emergency” in air traffic control audio. The aircraft initially scrapped plans to land at Manassas Regional Airport then informed controllers it would be heading “direct to Manassas.” – article

No, I did not know that flying machinery had acquired the AI technology to ID itself just yet, never mind making decisions regarding route planning and independently comm-linking with air traffic control, as indicated in those two sentences.

Most of us were taught good grammar and writing skills, weren’t we? And besides that, I thought it was only the Cylon Raiders that could do that self-identifying thing.  But then, there was that over-processed and rebuilt Voyager probe that had been rebuilt and turned into a giant sentient spaceship named Veejer, whose sole aim was finding Earth and The Creator and destroying Both of Them.  And let us not forget that the BORG (Boring Old Robot Geeks) were a collective identity of Hoomans wired to each other whether they liked it or not, and they even tried to turn Captain Picard into One of Them.

And now, back to my quest for knowledge:  Is this native tongue of ours going to be slaughtered and buried under the Slab of PC? I will give this alleged reporter a NEFF, but not demand a rewrite because whoever thinks it’s okay to murder English or any other language in the name of political correctness is nuts.

As one might say in Gaelic:  Póg mo thóin.

Or one might use Icelandic, which is Old Norse modernized:   Fábjáni! Þið hafið eyðilagt ykkur! Óðinn mun tortíma þér fyrir þetta morð á þessu máli!



Category: "Teh Stoopid", "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves"

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Or we could use Southern American and say that their cornbread ain’t baked in the middle.

    When I FIRST saw this article the other day, I wondered how long it would take for Sister Mary Grace to break out her ruler. I’ll be the FIRST to admit that my English Grammar can be a slippery slope, I do have a tendency to having a dangling participle, but then again, I’m not paid to write. Reading what passes for news articles really sets off my Baby Girl, her having a Journalism AND Education Major. (She graduated with Honors from the oldest State Chartered College in the Country, now known as the University of Georgia) She now struggles to teach English to kids who can’t even speak proper ebonics. But I digress.

    A job worth doing is worth doing right, whether it’s writing an article, flying a chopper, making sausage, gravy, with biscuits, or fetching me a bowl of ice cream.

    Do your duty in all things…you can never do more…you should never do less. HT to Marse Robert.

    • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

      Haven’t heard this anywhere else, but I like to say about professionals like them, “Educated beyond their intelligence.”
      Another form of, “Well, bless their heart.”

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Tell her she has my sympathies, 5th/77th.

    It’s my considered view that this, too, shall pass, and why we may have a generation of subliterate twits on our hands some day, the business world has low tolerance for such nonsense. The good jobs will be hard to find if they can’t even speak and/or write plain English.

  3. ninja says:

    I cringed when I hear “Where’s it at…”

    Had an English teacher tell us “It’s between the A and the T” when she heard someone make that statement.


  4. The Other Whitey says:

    It’s newspeak, Ex, and your wrongthink is doubleplus ungood. It will be Room 101 for you!

  5. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome to our world, TAH’ers. Ex has kindly offered a couple examples of what we as writers and providers deal with daily. When I first began this journey I would edit the articles for grammar, syntax and spelling, but soon gave up. I had to produce, and it was simply impossible to edit as well.
    So y’all get the unfiltered prose from the “journalists” and (mostly) grammatically correct commentary from us Admins and Editors.

  6. ninja says:

    I also remember my Elementary Teacher telling us “Boys and Girls, remember this. When watching Winston Cigarette Commercials on TV, the line should be “Winston Taste Good AS A Cigarette Should” NOT “Winston Tastes Good LIKE A Cigarette Should.”


  7. 26Limabeans says:

    “which identified itself as Mussel 16”

    Be more likely to transmit a four letter SELCAL which would ID “it”
    to ground controllers sans callsign. Aircraft are living, breathing
    beasts that demand respect from all who get anywhere near them.
    But yeah, the author has no clue about any of that techno stuff.
    And Huey is a male.

  8. Mason says:

    I should have you proofread my posts. *eek* My grammar ain’t not be great some days.

  9. Bill R. says:

    I see this shit often in the published media. It’s as if English is the writer’s second or third language but this is an especially egregious mangling of the English language.

  10. Green Thumb says:

    Journalism has gone to shit.

    Be glad it (the article) did not state” OMG! We have been violated”.

  11. Jarhead says:

    Placement of this story should really be in an appropriate discussion, but to my way of thinking it can’t/AIN’T gonna wait or happen. Here in L. A. mind you, often written stories express almost contempt for proper grammar, but this story demands ATTENTION as MOST IMPORTANT, even if I can’t spell the word dawg. Yesterday I had a younger fellow helping me with some work and he showed me something I’d have never believed had I not seen and felt the item he was discussing. He brought to my attention a website known as “Wish”; never heard of before my me until now. He showed me his wallet which had a few bills in one side, and two separate pieces of currency in the other. What he had in his possession was two very real looking and feeling like used one hundred dollar bills. Had I been a cash register person at WalMart or wherever, due to the quick glance and especially the feel I’d have stupidly proceeded to give the man change for his $100 bill, if not both of them. He explained to me anyone can purchase VERY COMMON LOOKING AMERICAN currency in $10, $20, $50, or $100 lots. The cost of those two $100 dollar bills he had in his possession were part of a small lot which had been purchased by an acquaintance for TWENTY CENTS per bill. Personally, I’d have never carried such, fearing ever being stopped and/or frisked for whatever reason and being arrested for carrying counterfeit bills, had a cop gone through my wallet. SERIOUSLY, we all need to take a look at this and wonder if this is part of a justifiable means to direct this country into a cashless society?????? My stupidity for not recognizing the fake currency was clear when he carefully pointed out some features on the bill that were a dead giveaway, yet to the average Joe they’d likely never have noticed.
    Before you laugh me off as some conspiracy theorist, let me give you one more story to add to your conclusion. Two days ago Mrs. Jarhead had mentioned in passing something that did not raise my concerns at the time. After discussing the bogus bills with a friend last night, he sent me a video reminding me what the missus had mentioned. YES, you can CHECK OUT and VERIFY this highly alarming story on your own. A link to a video sent to my by my friend following the phone conversation clearly showed the Trump administration having ordered a $1.5 billion deal of 100 million doses of an experimental vaccine to fight COVID-19 expansion. Know first of all that I have and likely will continue to be a Trump supporter, but this makes me wonder. The order was placed with a company known as Moderna, with a questionable (IMHO) history. During WW II, a German company known as I. G. Farben was created to produce vaccines for diseases, among other ventures. The company was eventually broken up by none other than George Sorus who created MODURNA…whose first CEO was one ANTHONY FAUCI. Yes, THAT Fauci!
    Long and short of it is whether or not it is pragmatic giving so much American money to an organization whose main backer is Soros? Yes, I realize the importance of quickly creating a vaccine against this damnable virus, but we all know there are plenty of companies world wide that are able to create vaccines just as well for any virus affecting world population. Funding a SORUS/Fauci established business just seems suspect to me. Call me paranoid if you wish, I’ve been called worse. Meanwhile do your own research before you laugh.

    • Mason says:

      You’ve been taken by an over the top conspiracy email, Jarhead.

      IG Farben was broken up after WWII by the Allies into its original six constituent companies (of which Bayer, BASF, and Agfa are well known and still in operation). The last of the breakups was done when Soros was still in university in London.

      There’s no connection between Fauci and Moderna. He’s been director if NIAID since 1984. Moderna didn’t come into existence until 2010.

    • Buckeye Jim says:

      I am trying to not sound snarky, but you should consider breaking up your comments with a paragraph or two. It makes reading much easier. Please take this as a constructive criticism.

      I enjoy your contributions, Jarhead.

      • Jarhead says:

        I never take offense at constructive criticism B J. Yep, it has been one of my shortcomings for quite a while. Will try to do much better from now on. Thank you for the compliment.
        However, this one long story embarrasses the s__t out of me as I took it hook, line and sinker. More to follow in a couple of minutes.

  12. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    IMHO the movie “Idiocracy” was supposed to be a COMEDY, not a prophecy!!!

    • David says:

      Nope. More accurate than Isaiah.

      Jarhead: Moderna was founded in 2010, and its public founders list neither Soros nor Fauci. Politely, you’ve been had.

      • Jarhead says:

        Generally I check and verify my facts before ever sending emails or stories like this. It really pisses me off to realize I have been gullible enough to share, even after thinking the sources I used for verification were legitimate. Likely you are right. But I will review the source and hopefully expose them as frauds here on T A H to prevent such entities from printing info people think is real. Presumably the story on the $100 bills was factual, especially since I did have them in my hands for a minute or two. Thanks David for bringing this to light. Who knows? Might well have prevented such a story from creating a panic.

        • Jarhead says:

          You are correct David. Had, I was! This is not an excuse, but exposure of the erroneous source. Which happened to be emailed to me by a retired engineer with a PhD, whom I had always considered credible. He had suggested I look closely at the 21:35 mark and listen further. This will certainly cause me to dig one hell of a LOT deeper in the future when sharing such stories, taking things for granted as real, when I was the one who should have verified at least on Wikipedia just for starters. Learned my lesson and am no longer going to worry about paddling my canoe too near the edge and going over the drop off.

        • Jarhead says:

          Just a follow up to the above. The story was sent to me by a well-educated friend whom I presumed always knew what he was talking about. Not so much now, and it will teach me to verify on my own prior to posting such crap. My own fault, not blaming the messenger. VERIFY!
          FYI, here’s the link to the story I pulled from. As recommended I made careful note starting from the 21:35 mark and slurped it right up.
          Learned my lesson. No longer going to worry about getting too close to the edge in my canoe and going over the drop off. Finally realized Wikipedia was not just another dude with a brother name Encyclo.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Gender neutral: “S/he/it”! (say it with me).

  14. RGR 4-78 says:

    Having to type the name Manasses, VA twice probably had the author in a faint.