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Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Comments, laments and micro-what?


February 05. 2012 9:14PM

Observations, and lamentations, on the past week's news:

Much was made of the apparent breach of campaign etiquette in which second-place Florida primary finisher Newt Gingrich failed to call to congratulate winner Mitt Romney.

I'm not sure that this is the best way to run a railroad. It would be one thing if they were all following the Reagan 11th commandment, about not speaking ill of a fellow Republican. But I'm not sure Reagan followed that rule, either.

It certainly makes everyone look like hypocrites when one guy beats the other guy over the head like a drum and then the other guy is supposed to smile and say, 'Thank you, sir! May I have another?'

It gets even better after someone is nominated and the others, who called him or her every name in the book, get in line to say what a gosh-darned wonderful leader of the free world he will be.

Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney last week, proving that it is true after all. The rich just keep getting richer.

Now if those two put their heads together, well, there would be a lot of hair.

The endorsement came right after Romney said he wasn't worried about really poor people. Timing, they say, is everything.

A headline fit for Jay Leno was in the Nashua Telegraph: Area man better after stabbing.

Imagine how bad off the guy must have been BEFORE.

Are you guilty of micro-aggression? Well, you better watch your step, buster.

Apparently the politically-correct crowd has more to worry about than someone stating clearly something that may offend someone. (Think 'Merry Christmas' or 'capitalism is good.')

Some of us are also committing countless micro-aggressions against others, and it's no excuse if it is unintentional.

This was on the radio last week. (NPR, naturally). And I looked it up. Micro-aggressions are 'brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of other races' (or groups). Examples?

Doctor asks female patient if she is sexually active. Patient says yes. Doctor asks what about birth control. Aha! Clear case of micro-aggression!

You see, you oafish, offensive dolt, the patient is in a same-sex relationship.

Or this: Woman is on elevator. Young, black man gets on. Woman steps back, grips handbag tighter. Micro-aggression!

'I don't know about anyone else,' said the lady of the house, 'But if a strange young man of any color got on the elevator, I would do the same thing.'

I have had her put away for retraining, brainwashing, and a light rinse.

But my question is this: what do you call micro-aggressions against Micronesians? Aha! Another micro-aggression!

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