Orwell’s World: Don’t Like the Words? Change Their Meaning

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By: Brent Parrish

For the second time in the past week I’ve seen online dictionaries and thesauruses taking a bit of creative license concerning the definition of words.

First up is Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (via TruthRevolt.com):

Merriam-Webster’s definition of bigotry is Conservatism. 

Typing  “bigotry” into their website, the word is defined as bigoted acts or beliefs. Scroll down to the “related words” section and you will see conservatism coupled together with reactionaryism, insularism, insularity, parochialism, and provincialism.  But they go further.  The antonym (opposite) of bigotry is liberalism.

(Credits: Truth Revolt)

(Credits: Truth Revolt)

Our next example comes to us from Thesaurus.com, who now list “redneck” and “right-winger” as synonyms for “obstructionist.”

Via Gateway Pundit:

Liberal indoctrination at work … Thesaurus.com now includes “redneck”, “right-winger” and “traditionalist” as synonyms for “obstructionist.”

Via The Corner:

obstructionist-right-winger

(Credits: Gateway Pundit)

Oxford Dictionaries also ties the word bigotry to “right-wing”:

bigotry-oxford-dictionary

Now, if I check the definition of bigotry in a older dictionary like Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary published in 1989, there is no mention of “right-wing”:

1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own. 2. actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot….

It’s always an interesting exercise to compare modern definitions with older ones.

From the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (chapter 5):

‘How is the Dictionary getting on?’ said Winston, raising his voice to overcome the noise.

‘Slowly,’ said Syme. ‘I’m on the adjectives. It’s fascinating.’

He had brightened up immediately at the mention of Newspeak. He pushed his pannikin aside, took up his hunk of bread in one delicate hand and his cheese in the other, and leaned across the table so as to be able to speak without shouting.

‘The Eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,’ he said. ‘We’re getting the language into its final shape — the shape it’s going to have when nobody speaks anything else. When we’ve finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again. You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. The Eleventh Edition won’t contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.’

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Medium Range ‘BUK’ Missile System Explained by Jessie Jane Duff

YouTube/RightSightings: Breaking News developing and Jessie Jane Duff, Gunnery Sergeant USMC (Ret) joins FNC’s Shepard Smith with a detailed analysis of the capabilities of the ‘Buk’ Missile System which brought down Malaysian Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Related:

YouTube/petteerr’s channel: The SA-11 GADFLY is a medium-range, semi-active, radar-guided missile using solid-rocket propulsion that provides defense against high-performance aircraft and cruise missiles. The SA-11 represents a considerable improvement over the earlier SA-6 GAINFUL system, and can engage six separate targets simultaneously, rather than the single target capability of the SA-6. Single-shot kill probability are claimed to be 60-90% against aircraft, 30-70% against helicopters, and 40% against cruise missiles, a significant improvement over the SA-6. The system is more mobile, taking only about 5 minutes to move from road march to engagement. The new system also offers significantly greater resistance to ECM than previous systems. The SA-11 system is comprised of the TELAR (9A310M1), Loader/Launcher (9A39M1), SNOW DRIFT Surveillance Radar (9S18M1), and Command and Control vehicle (9S470M1).

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ICYMI: Biden’s 1988 Campaign Plagiarism Goes Well Beyond What Wiki Reveals

Joe Biden

By: Tom Blumer
News Busters

Joe Biden’s 1987 stump-speech plagiarism of Neil Kinnock likely occurred more than once. Additionally, according to contemporaneous New York Times reports, including an editorial, Biden’s orations featured unattributed speech-lifting from John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Hubert Humphrey.

That’s a lot more than Joe Biden’s defenders and two of his Wikipedia entries have thus far revealed.

Previous posts (here and here at NewsBusters; here and here at BizzyBlog) noted “interesting” modifications to the main Wikipedia entry of Biden, who Barack Obama selected as his vice-presidential running mate this past weekend.

The first post reported that the detail of Biden’s undergraduate grades (generally C’s and D’s, with two A’s in phys ed and an F in ROTC) “strangely” disappeared between Friday and Saturday. The second ultimately noted that a section relating to Biden’s involvement in the presidential campaign of 2004 had been deleted, but that its text had inexplicably been moved to before 1988. It was as if the idea that Biden had “campaigned” in 2004 was true before Barack Obama selected him, but no longer true after that.

But to get to the next example of Wiki whitewashing by Obama-Biden’s busy bees — the worst found thus far — we need to go back 21 years to the New York Times.

The first relevant article is from September 12, 1987 (“Biden’s Debate Finale: An Echo From Abroad”), and comes from Maureen Dowd, who wrote (bold is mine):

At various campaign appearances last month, the Senator talked admiringly about Mr. Kinnock’s themes and incorporated phrases and concepts after first crediting the Briton. But, in his closing remarks at the Iowa State Fair forum, he did not mention the Labor leader, nor did he some days later in an interview when he recounted the positive response.

Then, on September 17 (“Biden Was Accused of Plagiarism in Law School”), E.J. Dionne expanded the scope of the stump-speech plagiarism beyond Kinnock (bolds are mine):

This week politicians from both parties – some of them partisans of other candidates in the Democvratic Presidential race – told members of the press of additional instances in which Mr. Biden had used the language and syntax of others, including John F. and Robert F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey.

….. Some of the similarities in speeches were noted by The San Jose Mercury News and by The Des Moines Register in their Tuesday editions, and by The New York Times today. CBS News and ABC News broadcast reports on the subject this evening.

Mr. Biden and his aides have argued that the charges concerning his speeches are unfair, saying he used Mr. Kinnock’s remarks often and usually attributed them to the British leader. The instance in which he did not, his aides said, was a lapse. Mr. Biden’s campaign also argues that public officials frequently use material from the speeches of politicians of earlier generations.

At that point, the Dionne seemed to be casting doubt on the alleged non-Kinnock lifting. But a caustic Times editorial that same day was a lot less skeptical about at least one such specific example, and about one other person named by Dionne (bolds are mine):

As generations of teachers keep saying, plagiarism is theft. Considering their content, the Biden speeches sound like grand larceny. For instance, in a California speech last February, Senator Biden adopted almost word for word what Robert Kennedy said in 1968 about the gross national product: ”It doesn’t measure the beauty of our poetry, the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debates, the integrity of our public officials.” ….. Lifting that language trashes the very values he was urging.

What makes Senator Biden’s behavior mystifying is recklessness. It’s one thing to misappropriate someone else’s words. It’s another to take passages so clearly someone else’s that you’re likely to get caught. That’s true of the Kennedy quotes and even more so of the Senator’s abundant lifts of highly personal thoughts about ancestry from Neil Kinnock, the British Labor Party leader. It’s a bit like Gary Hart inviting reporters to follow him even as he was seeing women other than his wife – a bit like daring people to catch you.

The misappropriations are troubling for another reason. Hackneyed political oratory gives voters one measure. But Mr. Biden claims to be a candidate with something to say and asks to be measured by that standard. By passing off the words of Neil Kinnock or Robert Kennedy or Hubert Humphrey as his own he deprives voters of his thoughts and his words. His message, counterfeit, clanks.

With that context, let’s wheel on over to Wiki.

Read more at News Busters …

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Anti-Palestinian Hyperbole Hits New Heights in Egypt

A Palestinian waves Egyptian and Palestinian flags near a tent for giving condolences for 16 Egyptian soldiers who were killed Sunday during an attack on an Egyptian military checkpoint by Islamic militants with purported ties to Gaza, in Gaza City, Monday, August 6, 2012 (photo credit: AP/Adel Hana)

A Palestinian waves Egyptian and Palestinian flags near a tent for giving condolences for 16 Egyptian soldiers who were killed Sunday during an attack on an Egyptian military checkpoint by Islamic militants with purported ties to Gaza, in Gaza City, Monday, August 6, 2012 (photo credit: AP/Adel Hana)

(Times of Israel) — Operation Pillar of Defense and Hamas’s refusal to accept an Egyptian ceasefire proposal have led to unprecedented levels of Egyptian hostility toward the Palestinian Islamic movement, sometimes morphing into blatant animosity toward all Palestinians.

Keen observers of Egyptian-Palestinian relations have a hard time remembering such high levels of vitriol spewed from both publicly and privately owned TV channels, representing the anti-Brotherhood sentiment currently prevalent in mainstream Egyptian media.

Addressing the nation on the anniversary of the 1952 Egyptian Revolution on Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi referred to the crisis in Gaza.

“Egypt sacrificed 100,000 martyrs for the Palestinian cause throughout the history of this conflict,” Sissi said, before tacitly criticizing Hamas’s strategy of armed struggle. “Isn’t it time, after 30 or 40 years of a certain direction, to stop for a moment and consider what has been achieved? To check if we have progressed and succeeded in realizing what we want?”

But while the president was very delicate in his criticism of Hamas, media personalities were much less understated.

Read more at Times of Israel …

 

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Sudanese Christian Woman Sentenced to Death for ‘Apostasy’ Finally Free, Flies to Rome to Meet Pope

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan (2nd R) carries one of her children, as she arrives with Lapo Pistelli (C) Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R), his wife Agnese (L) and Foreign Affairs minister Ferica Mogherini after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan (2nd R) carries one of her children, as she arrives with Lapo Pistelli (C) Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R), his wife Agnese (L) and Foreign Affairs minister Ferica Mogherini after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

(Reuters) – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. “The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. The meeting, which lasted around half an hour, was intended as a “sign of closeness and solidarity for all those who suffer for their faith,” he added.There were no details on what led up to the 27-year-old’s departure after a month in limbo in Khartoum, but a senior Sudanese official said it had been cleared by the government.

“The authorities did not prevent her departure that was known and approved in advance,” the senior official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ibrahim was accompanied on the plane by Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. He told journalists at Ciampino airport that Italy had been in “constant dialogue” with Sudan but did not give any more details on Rome’s role in securing her exit.

He published a photograph on his Facebook page of himself with Ibrahim and her two children on the plane with the caption: “A couple of minutes away from Rome. Mission accomplished.”

Ibrahim was sentenced to death in May on charges of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian South Sudanese-American.

Read more at Reuters …

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: There’s Something Fishy Going On Between Obama Administration and Mexico

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Barack Obama: Redistribution in Housing (1998)

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CBS: ‘With Battles Raging Overseas,’ Obama Fundraising at Home

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People’s Republic of Kalipornia Wants To Ban Contact Football … Damnit!

What a communist hellhole Kalipornia has descended into …

YouTube/Promoting Common Sense One Person At A Time: California wants to ban contact football, damit. They want sissies, not men or boys. Let the boys play, damit!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/…

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Obama’s ACA ‘Original Intent’ Hypocrisy

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