Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dwarf Planet Pluto Isn't PC Anymore

Just when you thought political-correctness couldn't get any worse, it turns out even planets can be cause for offense. Specifically, Pluto, which was, in fact, demoted from planet to dwarf planet last year. And, you guessed it, the term, "dwarf" is the problem.

According to a woman I overheard at the gym, a lesson plan involving Pluto ruffled some feathers in her son's Marin County elementary school. It seems his teacher is what's now known as a "little person" (but used to be known as "midgets" or, less frequently, "dwarves") and concern was raised that she might be offended by the use of the term, "dwarf."

But, in the end, the anxiety was for nought because the teacher (who obviously had more sense than her colleagues) assured her class that they could go ahead and call Pluto a "dwarf planet" after all.

Whew--crisis averted!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Pluto -size is unimportant ! :-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:12:00 AM  
Blogger Bald Headed Geek said...

Idiocy run amok, but then again, I expect this type of nonsense from the Bay Area.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:57:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Burri said...

Has no one even considered Pluto's feelings?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 1:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could call it a Dennis Kucinich sized planet.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger AmPowerBlog said...

Wow, that's some story! I'm ceaselessly amazed.

In any case, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 7:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you overheard this conversation? And this was somehow a story in your twisted mind? Great work - you are really smokin' out the liberal dwarf terrorist-loving health club freaks. Impressive.

Friday, November 23, 2007 8:36:00 PM  
Blogger Rahul Kumble said...

The debate if Pluto is indeed a planet or just another body or comet candidate of the Oort cloud has not altogether died. May be it was and solar system captured it in some distant past and made it the ninth planet. I'd like to believe it is so. Like this, we may have many planets-to-be candidates. Most are welcome.

Friday, December 07, 2007 4:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people give me gas!! It's a dwarf planet - fine by me.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 10:31:00 AM  

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