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Gay Community Update: Homophones in the News

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RUSH: I had this story from Friday and it just never made it to the top of the Stack.  Do you remember somebody in the Washington, DC, city government, some function, I forget the office, in a council hearing used the word "niggardly," which means selfish and tight, cheap -- used the word "niggardly," and they went bonkers and they made the guy practically resign.  In fact, I think he did resign, over his poor choice of words.  It was n-i-g-g-a-r-d-l-y, niggardly, and this guy just didn't want to put up with the cacophony of outrage from genuine low-information idiots. 

Well, it's happened again.  "A man working for an English language learning center in Utah says he was fired after writing a blog post about homophones, which his boss complained made their school 'associated with homosexuality.' Tom Torkildson had worked at the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo for three months when he wrote about homophones."

Do you know what a homophone is?  Well, what did you think a homophone is? (interruption) A gay telephone?  You think it's a gay telephone? A homophone?  (interruption) No, no.  It's not a musical instrument. 

A homophone is a word that sounds the same but has different meaning. Words that sound alike but have different meaning, like through and threw, t-h-r-o-u-g-h, t-h-r-e-w.  Those are homophones.  Be and bee, b-e, b-e-e. 

"Torkildson wanted the English language learners to grasp this concept early on, and although he told The Salt Lake Tribune that he knew the 'homo' part of the word," could be problematic.  Why is it?  Because it's "politically charged." Can you imagine, so niggardly and homophones are a couple of words that will soon find themselves thrown out of the English language because they offend, even though they have specific meanings. 

A few days later this guy was fired.  Tom Torkildson "says he was fired by his boss and the school's owner, Clarke Woodger. Woodger told the Tribune that he fired Torkildson for going 'off on tangents,' but he does think the lesson was too complex for anyone just starting to learn English. 'People at this level of English... may see the "homo" side and think,'" it has to do with somebody being gay and it doesn't and so we don't have any room for this guy here, and he's gone. 

And the guy that used the word niggardly is gone, 'cause even though it has nothing -- it's a spendthrift, it's a tightwad.  That was January 15th, 1999.  David Howard, a white aide to Anthony Williams, the black mayor of Washington, used "niggardly" in reference to the budget.  Ten days later he quit.  Ten days later he resigned, and the mayor accepted it. 

Speaking of homophones, remember when the president of Uganda stood up and said that Uganda was going to have a pretty big and pretty forceful anti-gay law, that they didn't believe in homosexuality.  Remember John Kerry -- something in the Middle East was on fire, it might have been Syria or something, and John Kerry said (paraphrasing), "You know, we called the guy. We read him the riot act, and this is an example of how you do things in the twenty-first century.  Uganda gets it wrong about homosexuality. We took care of it." 

And today an anti-gay law in Uganda has indeed been struck down by the nation's constitutional court. "The law had instituted penalties for gay relationships that included sentences as long as life in prison for 'aggravated homosexuality' and jail sentences of seven years for 'aiding and abetting homosexuality.'"  So it looks like the medical experts that Obama and John Kerry sent to Uganda back in March to explain to them the error of their ways have had an effect. 

Sticking with the subject of homosexuality, this is from Breitbart: "Gay leaders are expressing alarm at the just-released numbers from the Center for Disease Control that place the percentage of Americans identifying as homosexual at only 1.6% of the adult population.  That would mean the total number of gays in American is roughly 3.8 million, roughly 1.5 million less than the total number of American Methodists."

Now, that is almost half the low number that was recently reported.  It was a number that -- I forget where it came from, but the number was 2.6 or 2.8%.  I can't remember where that number came from, but I remember the day I got it, I did a little pop quiz, and this was fascinating.  I asked members of the staff in a blind study what they thought the gay population the country was.  I mean, there's no wrong answer.  It was not a trick question.  I genuinely wanted to know what they thought, and I didn't give them any other information, no hints, no nothing. 

And the numbers ran from 10 to 30%.  And the reason for doing the pop quiz survey was to find out just how successful the pop culture effort to, I don't know, normalize or whatever, has been.  If you run across young people, they think the gay population is 30%. You know that the effort of prime time television shows, what have you, has been extremely successful. Some may say that in terms of the Democrat Party, we are being governed by the fundraising efforts of one million people in this country.  The number keeps getting smaller.  And, of course, the gay community is outraged at the CDC for putting this number out. 

Gay leaders are expressing alarm.  They don't want the number out.  They don't think it's true.  And they are going to make an effort to do something about it.  Let's just see.  Let's just keep a sharp eye.  Let's see if the CDC revises the number up after some political pressure is applied from militant gay groups.  I wouldn't be surprised. 

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RUSH:  The original story from the Centers for Disease Control, the gay population, was the Washington Post.  It was back on July 16th, so a little over two weeks ago.  And I remember at the time, I said, "What in the world is the Centers for Disease Control doing tabulating this percentage? Why isn't that a Census Bureau calculation?"  Well, it turns out that this is the same story.  It's not two different stories.  The Washington Post simply massaged the number a little bit.  The number, folks, that's all they massaged, they massaged the number. 

The number was never 2.8 or three point something.  The number has always been 1.6% of the population is homosexual.  The article pointed out, the one today, that gays are angry that this low number is going to hurt their political power and that they are going to do everything they can to change it, but this turns out it's not two different numbers.  Well, it's two different numbers, but it isn't two different stories.  It's the same release from the Centers for Disease Control.  It's just that somehow on July 16th, the Washington Post, the number ended up at 2.8, almost 3%, and the number is less than half that. 

And there's a Breitbart article about this in the lines of Scout, who goes by one name, the spokesman for CenterLinks network of LGB

Oh, speaking of which, did you realize there is a war going on between militant feminazis and transgendered people?  Well, it turns out they've been fighting over all kinds of stuff for a long time.  The militant feminazis are angry at the trannies.  Well, I don't have time to tell you why right now.

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