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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Rather Be an Iron Pig or a Pork Chop?

Just when I think political correctness can't possibly get any more ridiculous something new comes along to prove me wrong. The latest bit of nonsense concerns a professional baseball team, a Philadelphia Phillies minor league club based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The largest cities in the Lehigh Valley, Allentown and Bethlehem, were once noted for steel mills so the team is known as the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The mascot was called Pork Chop because those succulent morsels have a close relationship with pigs.
But no more. Why? Because a few Hispanics complained that it was a derogatory name sometimes applied to them. Having grown up in an industrial city where every imaginable ethnic group could be found, I naively believed I was acquainted with every possible term that could be applied to the Irish, Italians, Hungarians and so on. Again I was wrong. Not once over the years did I ever hear a Latino referred to as a pork chop.
So the baseball team changed the name of the mascot from Pork Chop to Ferrous. How innocuous can you get? Maybe I'm not as politically correct as I could be because I would have had one word for the complainers: Tough.
Those who protested did accomplish one thing more than that name change. They have provided those who enjoy applying derogatory names to ethnic groups one more to use for Hispanics.
Here's something to think about. During the past year people using Yahoo! to cruise around the Internet called up Britney Spears more than anyone or anything else. Second came professional wresting, the WWE.
No need for further talk of the dumbing down of Americans. Rock bottom has been reached.


Anonymous Carol Zanetti said...

New one to me too, but give 'em time, Dick. Somehow I know they will find a way to dig into the rock and dumb down even deeper...

1:54 PM  

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