Pun Salad was far from the only blog noting the labelling of terrorists
as a "diverse
group." Iowahawk helpfully
forwards a recent warning from British safety officials:
London - British public safety officials today increased the national alert level to "Quite Elevated Indeed" -- the highest category possible -- and appealed to UK citizens to "keep a sharp lookout for diverse people engaged in activities."
Unfortunately, looks as this is no mere thoughtless nod to Political
Green Footballs links to this Daily
article, which outlines the new Anti-Clarity Guidelines
in effect in England and the rest of Europe.
Gordon Brown's ban on the word "Muslim" in relation to terrorism can be blamed on the EU.In other news, the EU suggests a "spade" be called "an implement commonly used for digging, but don't stereotype it in that way, you dreadful bigot."
The prime minister has told Cabinet members not to mention "Muslim" and "terrorism" in the same breath.
It comes after the European Commission issued a guide for government spokesmen to avoid offence by ruling out the words such as "jihad", "Islamic" or "fundamentalist" in statements about terrorist attacks.
It has been working with governments to make sure "non-offensive" phrases are used when announcing anti-terrorist operations or dealing with terrorist attacks.
It is not the first time the EU has tackled the issue of language - last year its guidelines suggested that the phrase "terrorists who abusively invoke Islam" should be used rather than "Islamic terrorism".
Buzz Lileks continues to amuse and impress at his new gig.
If you've ever seen Hints from Heloise in your newspaper,
you'll want to check out his
speculations on how Hinters think. Commenters chime in cleverly on
his suggestion: "Rejected Hints for Heloise."
Sorry, Miss New Hampshire, I've already committed to root for someone
else at the pageant this year. (Via Ace, who remarks: "Judges were
impressed by her pageant talent, which consisted of killing a Taliban by
jabbing a crochet-hook through his eye.")