Thursday, June 21, 2018

CONFUSED, BEMUSED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED!




Oh, dear! Insanity is rampant!  It’s a pandemic sweeping the globe!   Run!  Run!  
While you still have a chance...or, if you’ve a similar problem as mine...hobble, hobble!  

Many within our universities, with higher education credentials than I have, are allowing the rarefied air affect their brains.  The politically correct academics obviously have too much spare time on their hands.  

 If they get their way, life, as we know it, is history - or should I say.... “herstory”; “whosestory; “whatstory”?  

Acting executive dean of UQ’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Julie Duck, who, as far as I am aware, is not related to Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey or Louie, is cracking down on the gender-neutral issue. This means, of course, that Huey, Dewey and Louie will no longer be allowed to be known as Donald’s “nephews”.  To call the trio his “nieces” is shot to pieces; and Elmer Fudd didn’t do it!   

The feathered triplets are stuffed if Prof. Duck and the rest of her like-minded pedagogies have their way.  Duck!  She is not alone in the madness!

 She and others like her forcing their gender-neutral language down the throats of students, or anyone, is akin to the force-feeding of corn to ducks and geese to fatten their livers in order to make foie gras.  

The male duck will no longer be known as a drake; a female duck, no longer a hen.  Gander, in reference to a male goose, won’t be allowed.  

On top of that, I suppose, we no longer will be allowed to “have a gander” over our neighbour’s fence to see what’s going on over there.  We might be able to “goose” someone, though, and get away with it.  I’ll have to run that by Prof. Duck.

Confused, chickens are calling foul. 

To confound even further, perhaps we should revert to calling cocks and hens by their Latin name - “Gallus gallus domesticus”. 

Those who have these brain explosions should be tarred and feathered.

 “She”, “he”, “her” and “him” won’t make the grade.  

Will “boycott” become “personcott”?

“Manage” will be dismantled.  Upon closer scrutiny, “disMANtle” is at risk.  

 “Management” is offensive because it consists of both the singular “man”, and the plural “men”. 

As for “huMAN”,  MENtion of it will be prohibited.  It’s MENtal! 

We’re being MANipulated by a rabble of over-educated twits trying to ram their agendas down our throats. They expect us to follow them like a mob of sheep (you and me, but not ewe) into a world of absolute nonsense.

Mother Nature  will be on the outer.

Boyfriends/girlfriends won’t make it to the front door, let alone be invited inside to meet Mother and Father; Mum and Dad; Ma and Pa.   

MANual or MANuscripts on MANners will be on the censored list. 

Housewife/wives won’t exist, nor will “woman/women”.

 “Chairman”/“chairwoman” becomes a chair – better than a stool, I guess.  

Mr, Mrs and Miss will be dismissed.  

HERbalist, HERmitage, HERetical, HERbicide, SHEnanigan, SHEer - not allowed.  

The list is endless. 

There’s no point causing a donnybrook over this insanity.  The creators of this nonsense have their heads so far up their nether regions, they can see half an inch in front of them, let alone an inch.  

I wonder what “donnybrook’s” gender-neutral name will be.

It’s laughable, but not funny.

I could be the poster girl...woman...for a movement against PC stupidity. 

Having the name – “Lee Frances George” - I’m already miles ahead of the gender neutral nutters.  I beat them to the punch because my name can be either male or female...in any which order my names are placed. 

Note, the spelling of my “Frances” is – wait for it – don’t expire...the female spelling.- with an “e”...as opposed to the male spelling, which is “FrancIs”.   Whoop-de-doo!

What is going on?   To be more specific... it clearly is a load of gender-neutral MANure, isn’t it?     

I can’t say, “bull#%&@”....I’m sure “bull” is on the banned list, or will be...not that I am listening and adhering to their blather.


Duck Nuts and Beans: Heat 1tbs olive oil in pan over med-high heat. Using sharp knife, slice a criss-cross pattern on skin side of 240g duck breast fillets; season well. Put into shallow bowl with 4tbs soy sauce, 2tbs honey and 2tbs raspberry vinegar (or balsamic); marinate 2 hours or overnight. Wipe duck dry; heat on-stick pan; sear duck breasts skin-side down; then reduce heat until the fat has rendered down and skin is crisp, about 10mins.  Turn duck over; transfer to preheated 200C oven; cook for 8mins; rest for 5mins.  Blanch 100g green beans; drain; rinse under cold water; drain. Put in bowl with 1tbs walnut oil, 40g walnuts/pecans and 2tbs chopped sundried tomatoes. Arrange beans and some salad greens, on plate; Put the sliced duck breast, cherry tomatoes, and walnuts/pecans on top of the beans. Drizzle over a little dressing - made with balsamic, raspberry vinegar, Dijon mustard, walnut oil, salt and pepper; serve.


Glazed Duck Hazelnut Salad: Score skin of 4x175g duck breasts in a criss-cross pattern. Season generously with salt and Chinese five spice; rub into skin thoroughly. Place duck breasts, skin-side down, on a cold dry fry pan; slowly heat pan over very low heat to render down most of the fat off duck breasts. This may take 8-10mins, depending on thickness of the fat. Once fat has rendered, increase heat; fry until skin is crisp. Flip; cook other side, 3-4mins. Just before duck is ready, drizzle 1-2tbs honey and 2tbs soy sauce over duck. Toss and turn duck in the honey and soy; cook until liquid has reduced to a syrupy glaze. Transfer duck to a warm plate; leave to rest 5-10mins. While duck is resting, to a pan of salted boiling water add 20g green beans; cook for no more than 1min. Meanwhile, crush 100ml hazelnuts lightly with pestle and mortar. Drain beans thoroughly; pat dry. Whisk 100ml hazelnut oil, 2ml olive oil and 100ml sherry vinegar together with some seasoning. (Tut! Tut! Female names!) Toss beans in vinaigrette. Place salad off centre on warm plates. Slice duck lengthways; place beside salad. Drizzle remaining pan juices over; finish with a small drizzle of the vinaigrette.

 Ginger Daisy Cocktail: Coat Champagne flute rim with sugar; drop in 1 maraschino cherry.  Place 30ml gin, 30ml ginger liqueur into mixing glass; fill with ice; stir until chilled; strain into flute; top with Proscecco Brut.  

32 comments:

  1. You forgot to MENtion MENstrual.

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    1. Hi Vest...and as honesty is important to me if I said I forgot to mention menstrual, or purposely overlooked it, I would be offended by my own MENdacity.

      Thanks for coming by.:)

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  2. I am in favour of political correctness. I agree that it sometimes gets taken too far, but at its core is the idea that words can (and do) hurt people. And sadly some people forget that. As I practise it, and as I believe it was intended, it is about sadly uncommon courtesy and politeness.

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    1. Hi EC...you are entitled to your opinion, of course...as am I and everyone else. I do think it's going past the stage of the ridiculous.

      I have never gone out of my way to purposefully offend anyone. In saying that doesn't mean there have not been times that I have caused offence. I doubt anyone is guiltless in that score.

      But I think political-correctness is being taken to the extremes...extremes I refuse to follow.

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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    2. I agree with both of you. Political correctness is necessary, but only up to a point. The extremes we are now seeing are ridiculous and unnecessary.

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  3. Good one Vest.

    I think we need a new politically correct word or a phrase for politically correct. It is a phrase used far too often and has become just something to say when we don't like something. Referencing EC, we had very useful words like, stupid, crazy, rude, nasty, racist etc.

    I can see a lot of problems for farmers who breed animals if they can't say 'put the hen with the drake' or the 'bull with the cow'. Confused copulating will rule.

    I like the sound of the Ginger Daisy Cocktail. I might add more gin and less ginger.

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    1. 'Tis a bafflement, Andrew.

      I might join you with the cocktail...hentail...whatever tail...and ignore all the stupidity! lol

      Thanks for popping in (hmmm..."Pop"....I guess that's not allowed, either)! :)

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  4. Your post has been well thought out and you put it together well - you are clever :)
    Correctness has and is going overboard, expect when my generation dies out it won't be such an issue, for I will be gone and won't have to think how silly some of it is..

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    1. Hi Margaret...so often I've stated lately..."I'm glad I getting older!" I said that the other day when I was chatting with my local newsagent and another customer, who is around my age, said: "How can you say that?"

      I smiled as I replied, "It was easy!" And repeated my statement, slowly....we all laughed and then had a lengthy chat. :)

      And, why I say that is because of all the nonsense that is being tossed around.

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  5. I think this gender neutral hoop-de-doo should be nipped in the bud faster than I can say F--- Off. It really is the most ridiculous idea ever. After all, people themselves aren't neutral. We are either one or the other, same with animals and even plants have male and female varieties or parts. As for words, leave them as they are I say! Just because a word contains the letters m-a-n or h-e-r, h-i-m or s-h-e, doesn't make them male or female, they are just words.

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    1. Hear! Hear! River. It's all a load of hogwash! Worthless nonsense that is serving no purpose.

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  6. ginger liqueur, never heard of it; our country is no different with pc terms either, quack, quack, quack. lol, but if a person is a movie star they can say whatever they want, then there is always the fake news - the cover of time magazine with crying little girl, never separated from her mother, deported once and came here again leaving her husband and three children in Guatemala behind, widely spread by the fake news.

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    1. Hey there, Linda...All those coming up with these insane ideas and stories are quacks, in my opinion. They survive on drama...mostly manufactured drama. A mob of leeches.

      This is when that new boat of yours comes in handy. Take it out to a quiet spot on the lake...throw in a line...and let the peace descend. And it matters not if you catch a fish or not...the peace you catch makes it worthwhile. Thanks for coming by. :)

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  7. You said it, and rightly so : the academics have too much free time on their hands.

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    1. G'day, DUTA....I do a far bit of grumbling when I read the newspapers and watch the news bulletins on TV. Sometimes, I do believe some of these idiotic stories are invented just to fill up space...but then again... :)

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  8. It's all gotten a little silly, hasn't it? I hadn't heard about that one. :)

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    1. Oh, it sure has, Lynn. Every day some new madness is invented. I won't be following their madness, though. Craziness abounds! ;)

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  9. Like EC and River, I am a proponent of PC. However, there may be situations when it might go overboard into the ridiculous. Bottom line, though, is to be kind and try not to offend those who shoes we do not walk in.

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    1. G'day, Arleen. I don't believe I am unkind to anyone - nor do I believe I offend anyone. If I do or have done, it's definitely not intentionally.

      I'm just sick of all the silly nonsense that surrounds us these days.

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  10. It's difficult isn't it? We are so afraid of offending we are afraid of opening our mouths. So now, instead of postmen we have mail carriers, instead of policemen we have law enforcers, ad infinitum.... Mr. Mrs. Ms. Miss, Master, ...so what then, hey you?
    Excuse me young man...ooops...I mean, excuse me human being dressed in somewhat specific garb indicating a general leaning toward male...well really, how will someone hail another person when they don't know their name? Well I'm sorry people but if looks like a male, dresses like a male, walks like a male it ain't a goose is it?

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    1. Hey Delores...you are so right! :)

      It seems everyone is becoming so damn precious these days. The muscles in my legs are growing tight and tired from all the tiptoeing around!!

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  11. Confused, Bemused, Bothered and Bewildered just about says it all!
    I am so pleased that I am of a slightly older generation.
    I do worry about the younger generation. What sort of world we will be leaving them, and the confusions that may/will abound!

    I think I need one of your Ginger Daisy Cocktails!

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hey Jan....Yep! Things are going to extremes and further....it's all so ridiculous. This kind of nonsense reminds me a little of Nero fiddling while Rome burned!

      I'll join you in the Ginger Daisy cocktail. (I refuse not to call it a "cocktail", too)!

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  12. My querry to these people is to ask who granted them the authority to decide these things? Since it is to change the language for everyone, shouldn't we all be consulted on whether we want this change?
    Most of us don't so much believe in being politically correct as in being kind and respectful. Those work better, too.

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    1. A very good point (question) you've raised, messymimi.

      And, I agree...most of us are thoughtful, kind and respectful. I sure as hell don't need "those people" telling me what to say, how to say it and how I should treat others. I believe I've been doing it all correctly throughout my life...I've not forgotten what I was taught as a young child.

      All this nonsense really stirs me up! "They" are the ones making all the noise...perhaps "they" are the guilty ones!

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  13. We seem to have a problem with always going to extremes.
    Have a great Sunday!

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    1. Yes, that is so true, Sandra. Some - who think they know it all - the "holier than thou" - insist on going over the top...I wish they would stay there!

      I hope you've enjoyed your Sunday. I had a very peaceful, relaxed one. Today I've got to get stuck into a couple of jobs I've been procrastinating about!!

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  14. I don't mind political correctness if lots of people support it cause it's the "new politeness" then. I don't like anyone imposing things on me, least of all how to speak!

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    1. G'day, Jenny...I think a lot of it has become totally ridiculous. The "extremists" going to extremes.

      I believe in being polite, but not in being ridiculous. :)

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  15. Love the geese pic, especially that speckled goose? gander? in the background. Too cute.
    Did you get your jobs done?

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    1. Hey there, Sandra...Nope...in answer to "Did you get your jobs done?" lol In the words of Scarlett O'Hara..."Tomorrow is another day!" (And it already is another day...)!

      Thanks for popping in. :)

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