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Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts
thesmokinggun.com ^ | 08/23/2010 | n/a

Posted on 08/23/2010 6:03:29 AM PDT by massmike

The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.

A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”

The DEA’s need for full-time linguists specializing in Ebonics is detailed in bid documents related to the agency’s mid-May issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) covering the provision of as many as 2100 linguists for the drug agency’s various field offices. Answers to the proposal were due from contractors on July 29.

In contract documents, which are excerpted here, Ebonics is listed among 114 languages for which prospective contractors must be able to provide linguists

(Excerpt) Read more at thesmokinggun.com ...


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KEYWORDS: airplane; ebonics; golly; jive; keepingitreal; sheeeet; shonuff
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1 posted on 08/23/2010 6:03:31 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Hire some wanna be rappers—white or black—.....seriously.


2 posted on 08/23/2010 6:04:43 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: massmike

Just ask The Zero to translate. Harry Reid said he could.................


3 posted on 08/23/2010 6:05:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: massmike

Mrs. Cleaver speaks a mean m*therf***kin’ ebonics


4 posted on 08/23/2010 6:05:20 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Call me when they need Klingon speakers.


5 posted on 08/23/2010 6:05:40 AM PDT by Celerity
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To: massmike

They would need several, a jive talker in Detroit is not using the same lingo as a rap star wannabe out in LA I bet.


6 posted on 08/23/2010 6:07:03 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: massmike

You mean they say B!tch and Muhfugga in more than one dialect?


7 posted on 08/23/2010 6:07:51 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: massmike

Sounds racist to me (Sarc)...


8 posted on 08/23/2010 6:07:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: massmike
The idea is pretty silly - what they are looking for is not speakers of a dialect, but people who are familiar with the ever-changing and highly localized slang of the urban streets.

It is impossible to demonstrate proficiency in it the way one can demonstrate proficiency in Arabic or even Kreyol.

9 posted on 08/23/2010 6:09:12 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: massmike
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10 posted on 08/23/2010 6:09:59 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: DainBramage

11 posted on 08/23/2010 6:10:04 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: massmike

“I be uh professor o' da linguistics o' Ebonics. What do ya you wants me ta analyze? in the hood”

12 posted on 08/23/2010 6:10:14 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Pietro

I speak jive. Just don’t call me Shirley!


13 posted on 08/23/2010 6:10:57 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: massmike
check out some urban high school “English” teachers - a great source!
14 posted on 08/23/2010 6:11:47 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

be sure to include great benefit package and triple retirement.


15 posted on 08/23/2010 6:12:04 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: massmike
Here's a declension to get you started:

e coli
ebola
ebonics

16 posted on 08/23/2010 6:12:44 AM PDT by Mobties (I yield back the balance of my time)
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To: massmike

I can translate redneck for them.

MR Boy Pigs
MR Not Boy Pigs
OSAR CMP?
LIB MR Boy Pigs


17 posted on 08/23/2010 6:13:12 AM PDT by csmusaret (A government that can dictate how much water flows into a toilet is a powerful government indeed.)
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To: Ezekiel

You were betean by a measly 5 seconds!


18 posted on 08/23/2010 6:13:12 AM PDT by MortMan (Obama's response to the Gulf oil spill: a four-putt.)
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To: Red Badger

get algore he did pretty good the that black church.


19 posted on 08/23/2010 6:13:38 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: massmike

Just call it what it is. Spoken illiteracy.


20 posted on 08/23/2010 6:14:09 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: massmike
Hey! Anybody can do ebonics!


21 posted on 08/23/2010 6:14:22 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality Now: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I know the perfect man for the job. ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxGuig7pxvw


22 posted on 08/23/2010 6:14:22 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: massmike

Tis is a joke, right?


23 posted on 08/23/2010 6:14:24 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: massmike

So who day gonna ax?


24 posted on 08/23/2010 6:15:19 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: massmike

Fo’ shizzle mah nizzle!


25 posted on 08/23/2010 6:16:25 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: massmike
The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists

I was watching a crime documentary on television yesterday and the Black's ebonics were so thick there had to be subtitles added.

26 posted on 08/23/2010 6:16:42 AM PDT by SouthDixie (The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.)
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To: All

Barbara: “Chump don’t want de help, chump don’t get de help.”


27 posted on 08/23/2010 6:17:28 AM PDT by Celerity
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To: massmike

In 20 years, the DOJ will be hiring experts to figure out what Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce members are saying.


28 posted on 08/23/2010 6:17:39 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: boomop1

...Or Hillary!, she ain’t noways tired................


29 posted on 08/23/2010 6:17:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: massmike

They’ll show up for the interview wearing a “Don’t Be Snitchin’” t-shirt.


30 posted on 08/23/2010 6:17:44 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: massmike

The Department of JustUs probably needs these for their internal meetings.


31 posted on 08/23/2010 6:17:57 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: massmike

Linguistic racial profiling?


32 posted on 08/23/2010 6:19:07 AM PDT by drierice
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To: massmike

I would think that every year they would have to go to a conference to receive the latest updates in jive translation. Would love to be in one of those conference classes. It would be a hoot!! Barbara Billingsley could be the conference teacher because as we all know from Airplane, she speaks jive!! And yes, she’s still alive..


33 posted on 08/23/2010 6:19:43 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: massmike
Time to get more ACORN folk some six-figure salaries, eh, Barry?

HF

34 posted on 08/23/2010 6:20:16 AM PDT by holden
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To: massmike
The White House already had people working on it in 1997.

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/streetterms/

35 posted on 08/23/2010 6:23:07 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: massmike

Do they have to be illiterate, as well?


36 posted on 08/23/2010 6:23:19 AM PDT by American Quilter (Democrats are anti-American traitors. They must be voted out of office.)
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To: wideawake
ever-changing and highly localized slang of the urban streets.

You are correct of course, all languages evolve but usually it's a very slow process. Last years gangsters wouldn't know what the hell this years gangsters were talking about. Changing cities, they have to learn a new language.

37 posted on 08/23/2010 6:24:04 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Nobody reads tag lines.)
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To: Sender

They got it wrong. It’s ‘skreet’. ;-)


38 posted on 08/23/2010 6:26:00 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Roccus; Ezekiel

I call it a virtual tie. Well done both of you. And thanks for saving me from having to do it.


39 posted on 08/23/2010 6:26:13 AM PDT by magslinger (DISCLAIMER: No liberals were harmed in the making of this post. I'm sorry and will try harder.)
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To: massmike

I wish they had a link to the actual DoJ mention of “black English.” I don’t know who this Smoking Gun is, or what their level of accuracy is.


40 posted on 08/23/2010 6:29:04 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: massmike

And while you’re at it, get some for spanglish for those drug cartels. LOL—I guess this is part of obamas’ job program.


41 posted on 08/23/2010 6:29:09 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: SouthDixie

So...

who gets the unenviable job of typing the subtitles?


42 posted on 08/23/2010 6:30:34 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Graybeard58
You are correct of course, all languages evolve but usually it's a very slow process. Last years gangsters wouldn't know what the hell this years gangsters were talking about. Changing cities, they have to learn a new language.

Indeed. Largely because the purpose of a standard language is mutual intelligibility while the purpose of street slang/an ethnolect is to minimize intelligibility for those outside the group.

43 posted on 08/23/2010 6:31:28 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Muchelle would be a good start to head up this group.


44 posted on 08/23/2010 6:32:01 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: massmike

One of the WHITE cops in my hometown wrote up a list of street words (ebonics). Some black cop had him fired for insenitivity, prejudice and....you know the drill. He was never reinstated.


45 posted on 08/23/2010 6:37:21 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: massmike

This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS RACIST!

/s


46 posted on 08/23/2010 6:37:52 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: massmike

Bat babe, slide uh piece uh da porta drink side run the java.

I could dig on chompin on some butta greens from da garden.


47 posted on 08/23/2010 6:38:38 AM PDT by Bruinator (God is Great.... Beer is good.... Muzzies are.........?)
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To: massmike

I ba-being a ubontics expert, I ba can speak a da it wellba.


48 posted on 08/23/2010 6:43:24 AM PDT by stockpirate ("......When the government fears the people you have liberty." Thomas Jefferson)
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48 posts, and not one person, yet, has asked if this satire from The Onion....

I guess ‘reality’ has finally outstripped satire.....


49 posted on 08/23/2010 6:45:58 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

He still needed subtitles like this other character.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-blmfHoAGU&feature=related


50 posted on 08/23/2010 6:47:01 AM PDT by pennboricua
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