German Linguistics


(HH here: The Germans have a word that is rather strange. In fact it is the sort of word where you wonder WHY these particular people found the concept so useful that they had one single word just to describe a complicated psychological response. The word is schadenfreude and means the enjoyment a person might receive by observing someone else experiencing discomfort. Like I said, this comes up in German conversation so often that yo need a word for it?
But the reason I am contemplating the German contributions to the English language is that I am experiencing a touch of it myself.
Come and pull up a chair by the fire and let us bask together in the glow of racial haters realising they are becoming irrelevant. They struggle so before they fade away and crawl off to die.)

NEW YORK (CNN) — Good, but not enough, the Rev. Al Sharpton said in response to New York Post Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s apology for a controversial editorial cartoon published in the newspaper. Online Wednesday, some Post readers reacted similarly.

This New York Post cartoon by Sean Delonas sparked a debate over race and cartooning.
2 of 2 Sharpton has lead a chorus of criticism and allegations that the cartoon published Feb. 18 was racist.

He said Murdoch’s apology was a “good gesture,” but he still had questions.

Public debate on the issue continued to rage on the New York Post Web site early Wednesday, with some saying they were offended enough to cancel their subscriptions. Others defended the cartoon, calling it harmless and calling critics of it oversensitive.

Murdoch’s “apology leaves a lot more questions than it gives answers,” Sharpton said Tuesday. “The question is what will guarantee that these kinds of things will not happen again. Let us make no mistake about it: We have seen two apologies in one week — really one and a half apologies — which is unprecedented, but clearly not far enough.”

The cartoon by Sean Delonas referenced the mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee who was later shot and killed by police. In its caption, one of the officers says, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

The cartoon was published the day after President Obama signed the stimulus bill. Watch CNN’s Lou Dobbs talk with Sharpton »

The Post issued a statement the following day, apologizing but noting that the cartoon was meant to mock what it called an “ineptly written” stimulus bill.

Many critics said the cartoon played on historically racist images by appearing to compare Obama, the nation’s first black president, to the chimpanzee.

(HH: Hmm, a crazy chimp was killed by police, a crazy congress (NOT the pres.)wrote a piece of legislation the cartoonist does not like and draws a cartoon that makes the inherent statement that congress must have had a monkey writing the bill. On the face of it the cartoon does not even ADDRESS the president!!!! IT doesn’t say they need to find someone stupid enough to SIGN it!!! Can I get a big SIGH for the Racial divider’s lack of sense?)

Murdoch apologized Tuesday.

Leaders of the NAACP on Saturday called for the firing of Delonas.

Delonas called the controversy “absolutely friggin’ ridiculous.”

“Do you really think I’m saying Obama should be shot? I didn’t see that in the cartoon,” Delonas told CNN. iReport.com: Should Murdoch, N.Y. Post do more?

“It’s about the economic stimulus bill,” he added. “If you’re going to make that about anybody, it would be (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi, which it’s not.”

(HH: Is this what the Rev. has come to? Having to make up issues to get attention? Given the story about the chimp going crazy a person has to be primed with a hair trigger to make the leap from a cartoon about an (to the cartoonist) idiotic author of legislation to the Pres. who signed it being the target. I would imagine that being a cartoonist rather than a “public figure” (it is not like the Rev. has a JOB)means your communication skills are not of the highest caliber. If the cartoonist had wanted to make a racial point aimed at Obama I am sure he could have been much more effective. The last time I looked political humour did not hide itself in in code that has to be explained to all and sundry.

As for the Rev. he should cash in his chips and retire somewhere that still cares about what he has to sell. Sudan comes to mind.

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