Item description for Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism-True Stories That Should Be Fiction by Michael A. Smerconish...
Overview Nobody's going to put a sock in Smerconish's mouth. . . . He's got way too much to say! In his trademark blunt and funny style, the lawyer and Philadelphia-based talk radio sensation exposes the insanity of political correctness and shares numerous cases of "PC" run wild. Guaranteed to outrage, incense, and entertain! 304 pages, hardcover from Nelson.
Sick of the total BS of rampant PC?
This brazen, furiously funny book is the antidote to todays poison of political correctness. With humor and chutzpah, attorney, commentator, and popular radio host Michael Smerconish takes on todays oversensitive culture with a collection of entertaining, outlandish anecdotes about PC gone wild-stories that are hilarious, horrifying, and unbelievably true.
Why are sports leagues handing out trophies to losers? Why are little old grandmas hired to guard 200-pound prisoners? Why are newborn babies and old men with walkers singled out at the airport while likely terrorists are ushered through security with ease?
This book shows through these absurdities that todays atmosphere of censorship and multiculturalism is paving the way for serious threats to our cultural identity and national security: "Its one thing for the forces of political correctness to muzzle our day-to-day lives here at home in the US, quite another when that same cancer metastasizes into the war on terror."
We must eradicate the PC disease. Our sanity-and our very lives-depend on it.
"Michael Smerconish talks the talk: If you say unpopular things, watch out! Using vivid examples of PC rubbish, Muzzled will lead you into a world that would terrify Rod Serling. An entertaining and provocative book."
"Reads like fiction, too bad its true."
-Nelson DeMille, novelist, author of Night Fall and The Generals Daughter
"The PC virus is out of control . . . and its worse than you think! In this entertaining and important book, Michael Smerconish chronicles just how mindless things have gotten in politically correct America. He tells fascinating stories that will make you laugh . . . right up until the time they make you scream. Thanks to the PC crowd, we are all living in The United States of the Absurd."
-Bernard Goldberg, journalist and author of 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, Arrogance, and Bias
"I really squirm whenever I find myself agreeing with Smerconish. (I know the feeling is mutual.) I did a lot of squirming while reading this provocative book. All true liberals and conservatives must agree with Smerconish that the PC muzzles must be removed so that people can decide based on the marketplace of ideas."
-Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard and author of Preemption
"I dont often find myself on the same side of the political barricades as Michael Smerconish. But Muzzled is a witty, provocative, and timely book. Even when Michael is wrong, which is often, he draws you in and keeps you reading."
-Arianna Huffington, author of Pigs at the Trough and Fanatics and Fools
"By proving the link between Americas political correctness at home and its looming defeat abroad, Smerconish performs a great and courageous public service. Citizens should take this book to heart . . . and then vote to defeat the rogue multiculturalists who value ethnic and racial sensitivities far more than Americas survival."
-Michael F. Scheuer, author of Imperial Hubris and Through Our Enemies Eyes, former chief of the CIAs Osama bin Laden Unit
"In Muzzled, my American Blood Brother of status-quo-obliterating defiance, Michael Smerconish, once again smokes out the cockroaches of political correctness . . . Muzzled is a great title for a book that I am convinced every American school kid should read and be tested on. If a new generation doesnt grow some intellectual balls, our Once Great Nation will continue to repeat horrific mistakes and pay the price . . . Read it. Live it."
-Ted Nugent, rock star, author, television personality, and hunter extraordinaire
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.48" Width: 6.42" Height: 1.09" Weight: 1.16 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 159555050X ISBN13 9781595550507
Reviews - What do customers think about Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism-True Stories That Should Be Fiction?
A must read Jan 14, 2009
I think every person in America should read this book, if you find it offensive you should read it again because it was meant for you! It is very funny and yet it drives home the point of what is happening to American people as our melting pot of a nation contiues to expand. Maybe this book should be mandatory for college students.
gagged because of thoughtcrimes Jun 9, 2008
"Muzzled" is a collection of 28 chapters about PC behavior that Smerconish disapproves of. The author has a talk radio show in Philadelphia and some of the topics are more local than national, but I suspect all the topics could be interesting to readers anywhere. The muzzling behavior is well documented in notes totaling almost 10% of the book. He seems to seek out poeple on both sides of issues. In the few cases I am familiar with, he got the facts right, so I suspect you can trust the material that is presented. Of course, there might be material not presented.
Here are a few of the topics; the numbers identify the chapters. 3. A paper prints pictures of 18 men wanted for murder, none white, out of the 56 wanted for murder, none white. 4. cowardly sales manager gives "Dress For Success" to entire staff because one woman needs help. Black man screams racial harassment. 5. Increasing business by having "ladies night" is wrong. 7. Fired for "God bless..." 8. Preventing a kid from putting flowers on military graves. 11. You can't call your maid service a maid service. 13. The famous U. Penn. "water buffalo." 18. Scolds both sides of the intelligent design controversy. 20. Protesting a Mexican postage stamp in USA. 25. Don't depict any Muslim as a terrorist. 26. Don't even use that word. 27. Airline security.
That last chapter is the most serious. It includes new horror stories beyond his "Flying Blind".
The topics run from trivial to serious. The tone is typical talk radio shock, with attempts at humor. The book is not a serious attempt to understand the PC phenomena. It is like the program, an attempt to attract and hold an audience. Of books by broadcasters and columnists, this is in the top third, perhaps the top quarter.
What's in a name? Everything! Mar 17, 2008
A mental illness has been spreading in America for the last twenty years, an illness that no one has adequately diagnosed or even named. This book details typical examples of that disease.
Children's athletic leagues that give trophies to losing teams.
Schools that tell all children that they are doing well.
A boy who is forbidden from putting flowers on neglected soldiers' graves.
An army officer at the funeral of a soldier killed in battle, who is forbidden by the army from saying to the family, "God bless you and God bless the United States" even though the family has requested it.
A newspaper that is not allowed to print mug shots of 18 murderers whom the police are having trouble finding because all 18 are minorities (even though all the murderers at large in that city at the time were minorities).
A newspaper that is afraid to give the race of a gang of thugs that is terrorizing a neighborhood because the race was not White.
A child who was not allowed to read his favorite book in school because his favorite book was the Bible.
A bank that is penalized because its predecessor company 225 years ago owned some slaves. As one newspaper put it in an article titled "The Slavery Shakedown": It "was for something Wachovia didn't do in an era when it didn't exist, under laws it didn't break. ... it can now expect to pay millions of dollars to activists for a wrong they never suffered." (p. 119)
A university forced to change the name of its football team because the name was an American Indian name, even though the Indian tribe itself officially approved.
A cop killer is turned into a national celebrity because he is black and has adopted an Islamic name.
Howls of protest because a parade includes a show of a captured Osama bin Laden.
Howls of protest against a network TV show for portraying terrorists as Middle Eastern.
Refusal of mass media to use the word "terrorist" or "terrorism."
What Smerconish doesn't seem to appreciate is that it is not only the mouths of conservatives that are muzzled but the minds of many people. This is the cognitive illness that is spreading in America. If you want to know more about it, read the second two-thirds of While America Sleeps: How Islam, Immigration and Indoctrination Are Destroying America From Within.
Not shocking stories at all, and poorly written to boot Jan 19, 2008
Anyone from a corporate environment will not find these stories shocking at all. Sure, we all wish these examples of the world-gone-overly-PC weren't true, but in today's environment each of these stories ended up exactly as one would expect.
If that weren't all, the book is poorly written, taking stories that should be a page or two long and making them five or more pages by adding an unnecessary amount of pontification and parenthesis.
Boring..... Nov 24, 2007
I thought the book sounded like something I would like to read. In places it is. I also found it tedious - sooooooo many names mentioned it was hard to keep them straight. Some of it is right on, such as the feel good self-esteem krap being smothered on kids as if there is going to be ANY hand holding when they're all grown up out there in the mean world. I didn't spend the time, as I did my money, to finish the book. I gave it to a right wing friend (I am not) who agreed with me that it was too name droppy to bother keeping everyone/thing straight just to get to the point of each story.