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  • Oklahoma votes to make English official language

    11/02/2010 8:21:26 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 21 replies
    newsok ^ | November 2, 2010
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters have approved a measure requiring that all official state actions be conducted in English. The author of the official English bill, Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, has said that English and the "melting pot" process it makes possible, "has made the United States the most successful multiethnic nation in history." The measure drew opposition from several groups, including the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma, which says the question discriminates against new citizens who want to do business with the state. Read more:
  • Vote Aqui (Seriously?)

    10/27/2010 1:50:20 PM PDT · by Envisioning · 33 replies
    me | 10-27-10 | me
    I have been seeing these signs, or ones very similar, at polling places all around the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Can someone explain this to me? Should you really be able to vote if you don't read english?
  • Property and Language

    10/17/2010 10:23:45 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Fringe Elements
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  • Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? (Suprising answer)

    10/09/2010 8:08:47 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 182 replies · 5+ views
    Nick Patrick blog via ^ | 10/09/2010 | Nick Patrick
    The typical English accent didn't develop until after the Revolutionary War, so Americans actually speak proper English. Here comes the science. Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? Reading David McCulloughÂ’s 1776, I found myself wondering: Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? If so, when did American accents diverge from British accents? The answer surprised me. IÂ’d always assumed that Americans used to have British accents, and that American accents diverged after the Revolutionary War, while British accents remained more or less the same. Americans in 1776 did have British accents in that American accents and British accents hadnÂ’t...
  • If Schools Were Like 'American Idol' . . .

    10/08/2010 1:24:41 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/08/2010 | Rupert Murdoch
    Unless we measure success by how children perform, we'll have higher standards for pop stars than public schools. Over the past few years, I have often complained about a hidebound culture that prevents many newspapers from responding to the challenges of new technology. There is, however, another hidebound American institution that is also finding it difficult to respond to new challenges: our big-city schools. Today, for example, the United States is home to more than 2,000 dysfunctional high schools. They represent less than 15% of American high schools yet account for about half of our dropouts. When you break this...
  • Boston agrees to help non-English-speakers in classroom

    10/01/2010 11:40:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2010 | James Vaznis
    About 8,300 students in Boston who are not fluent in English will receive the extra help to which they are legally entitled to overcome their language barriers, under a settlement reached between federal civil rights investigators and the Boston public schools. The agreement, announced this afternoon by local and federal officials, caps off an investigation launched earlier this year by the US departments of education and justice, who were concerned that Boston schools had been denying thousands of students appropriate services to learn English since 2003. The students, starting this school year, now receive specialized instruction in core academic classes,...
  • (Republic of) Georgia begins universal English classes

    09/26/2010 11:18:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    alJazeera ^ | Sept. 26, 2010
    Georgia is replacing Russian with English as the country's second language, two years after a major war with Moscow. Two years after the Russia-Georgia war, Tbilisi is aiming to replace Russian with English as the country's second language. English classes have been introduced in public schools across the former Soviet state and the government hopes all children will speak the language by 2014.
  • What Liberals Say vs What they Mean

    09/08/2010 6:51:41 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/08/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Many of us have been raised to think that words mean things. Then there’s Democrats. From those infamous phrases like “It depends on what the definition of what ‘is’ is” of yore to the newfangled “man-caused disasters” of today, Democrats have so abused the English language as to make it completely unrecognizable to Mr. Johnson. Certainly Democrats always upend the English language and warp it to fit their worldview, especially when they are trying to seem like innocents while trying to gain supporters. Perfect examples of this can be seen in Barack Hussein Obama’s turning the war against terror into...
  • Glenn Beck: Obama Let America Dumped Israel In Front Of Iran Nuclear

    09/04/2010 10:07:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 41 replies
    You Tube ^ | Glenn Beck
    Glenn Beck: Obama Let America Dumped Israel In Front Of Iran Nuclear
  • In English Courts: Vandalize Property, Say You Thought They Were Making Weapons for Israel,..

    08/31/2010 7:28:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Jewish Voice ^ | 8/31/10 | SLR
    On July 24, the secular press in Britain crackled with news that the Jewish community had been aware of for several weeks: At the end of June, a British senior justice, Judge George Bathurst-Norman, virtually instructed a jury to acquit seven protesters who had broken into and vandalized a Brighton factory, even though there was no question they were the culprits. The damage, committed in January 2009, forced the factory, EDO MBM, to shut down for a week and caused about £200,000 (almost $314,000) in damage. But at trial the defendants denied they were guilty of any crime. They argued...
  • Death of the published dictionary: Oxford English Dictionary to exist solely online

    08/29/2010 5:09:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 103 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) / Various ^ | August 29, 2010 | Paul Sims
    It was first published 126 years ago and is respected the world over. But the Oxford English Dictionary will never appear in print again, its owners have announced. Instead, the 80 lexicographers who have been working on the third edition for the past 21 years have been told the fruits of their labour will exist solely online.   The OED has been available on the internet for the past ten years and receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay £205 a year, plus VAT, to access it. Oxford University Press says the dominance of the internet...
  • Cops Ordered to Patrol Home of Geno's Owner, Joey Vento

    08/28/2010 5:04:29 AM PDT · by BobP · 8 replies ^ | Aug 27, 2010 | KAREN ARAIZA
    Medford police were ordered to patrol Joey Vento's home and that's kicked up a new controversy for the owner of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia. Vento's last controversy -- his "order in English" signs -- landed him on the Glenn Beck show and made national headlines. He's been a huge advocate and long-time supporter of veterans and local police. In fact he donated a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Medford police department this year and that seems to be the real rub here. The motorcycle and the fact that Vento doesn't even live in Medford. He lives in the neighboring township...
  • Land of 10,000 lakes, and 1 official language?

    08/04/2010 9:37:32 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies ^ | 8/3/10 | BAIRD HELGESON
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty waded into the national debate over immigration Tuesday, saying that Minnesota should consider making English its official state language. Such a measure could spare governments translation costs, but impose a new level of difficulty on the state's immigrant population. At a news conference outside the governor's residence, Pawlenty said that as the country becomes more diverse, some people might question which language to use in official documents. He said it might be helpful to clarify that the official language is English. Spokesman Bruce Gordon said Pawlenty made the comments when asked about his support for so-called English-only...
  • Globish, Globish everywhere: How English became the world's language

    08/02/2010 1:52:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 5+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 1, 2010 | Barbara Julian, Postmedia News
    GLOBISH: How the English Language Became the World’s LanguageBy Robert McCrum Doubleday Canada, 331 pages ($32.95) The word “Globish,” as Robert McCrum uses it in Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language, refers to English as spoken internationally by people whose first language is something else. The term was invented by Jean-Paul Nerriere, who sees English as “the worldwide dialect of the third millennium” from his vantage point in international business. (He’s an IBM executive.) English is the language of international trade (a case of “follow the money,” says McCrum) and is spoken (or partly understood) by perhaps...
  • Fury as Israel president claims English are 'anti-semitic'

    07/31/2010 9:50:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 203 replies · 6+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/31/10 | David Harrison and Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem
    Israel's president has accused the English of being anti-semitic and claimed that MPs pander to Muslim voters. Shimon Peres said England was "deeply pro-Arab ... and anti-Israeli", adding: "They always worked against us." He added: "There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary." His remarks, made in an interview on a Jewish website, provoked anger from senior MPs and Jewish leaders who said the 87-year-old president had "got it wrong". But other groups backed the former Israeli prime minister and said the number of anti-semitic incidents had risen dramatically...
  • English Is Mandated In Minnesota Small Town

    07/30/2010 9:57:09 AM PDT · by wrrock · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ButAsForMe ^ | 7/30/2010 | ButAsForMe
    New measure in Lino Lakes requires all government public meetings and documents to only be in English. Lino Lakes Minnesota can either be seen as small town America or a suburb of the Twin Cities, and it’s difficult to assess whether this is the start of a new trend or just a reflection of a small community with over 90% of its’ population being white. The measure to require all government public meetiAngs to be held in English and public documents to be only printed in English passed by a 4-1 margin yesterday. Read More...
  • English-only ordinance approved in Lino Lakes, Minn. (Common sense legislation)

    LINO LAKES, Minn. — An English-only ordinance was adopted Monday night by the Lino Lakes City Council in a decision that will bar the Twins Cities suburb from using city money to provide translated copies of many city documents. Council members voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance during a meeting that attracted about 50 people. Councilwoman Kathi Gallup cast the lone no vote. City Councilman Dave Roeser, the chief proponent, has said the measure was motivated by economics. But no one has ever sought translated documents, and opponents have called it anti-immigrant grandstanding. ..... The measure requires all city...
  • In defense of Sarah Palin's English (A CNN liberal likes the new word -- 'Refudiate')

    07/23/2010 12:44:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/22/2010 | Roy Peter Clark
    I don't care much for Sarah Palin's politics, but I do like her word "refudiate." As I just typed the word, a squiggly red line appeared under it with a suggestion that I change the word to repudiate. Well, for the record, I repudiate that suggestion and refudiate it. People who don't like political figures often make fun of their language. H.L. Mencken said of a Warren G. Harding speech: "It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash." Jimmy Carter's enemies portrayed him as a hick from the sticks, not just because of...
  • Zakir Naik: "Peace TV"'s Calls for Terrorism

    07/22/2010 2:16:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    HUDSON NEW YORK ^ | July 1, 2010, 5:00 am | by Irfan Al-Alawi
    SNIPPET: "Dr. Zakir Naik is a 44 year-old Muslim preacher born in India. He has gained a significant international following by establishing a satellite television network, Peace TV, which promotes Wahhabi Islam; it is based in Mumbai/Bombay, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, and has a supporting organization, the Islamic Research Foundation. Naik has mainly broadcast his message in English as well as Urdu. But Peace TV is an ambitious enterprise that now aims at Albanian Muslims, among others. Zakir Naik is distinguished by one characteristic: incitement of provocative disdain for any other Muslims than Wahhabis and Pakistani jihadists, as well as...
  • Small Illinois Town Makes English Official Language

    07/15/2010 9:34:11 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/15/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Homer Township is not a metropolis commonly in the news in Illinois. Situated to the south and west of Chicago about an hour or so, the small town is generally a quiet place. That may be about to change, at least for this week, because the township's board of trustees just voted to support a new policy making English the official language for government business. Granted this is not much of a change from what they are already doing. The resolution requires that all business that the government of the township does will all be in English only, something that...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

    06/17/2010 3:59:12 PM PDT · by TaraP · 113 replies · 3,961+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 17th, 2010
    A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, has learned. The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, "Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.]," issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches...
  • California: 44% of Orange County English learners pass test

    05/22/2010 6:06:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 408+ views
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | May 21, 2010 | By FERMIN LEAL
    About 44 percent of Orange County's public school students still learning English passed a state test measuring fluency, figures released Friday reveal. More than 122,000 English learners took the California English Language Development Test, administered this spring. Statewide, 40 percent of the state's 1.3 million students still learning English passed. English learners make up about a quarter of the 500,000 students enrolled in county public schools. Despite improvements on the test, only 9 percent of English learners statewide were reclassified by their school districts last year as fluent.
  • Arizona passes law banning multilingual requirement for businesses

    05/18/2010 9:46:33 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 98 replies · 2,850+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2010 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Arizona did it again! Fresh from signing a law that reinforces a federal law giving police the right to ask a person stopped by police for an unrelated matter to produce papers proving the right to be legally in the US, followed by a law banning schools from teaching minority/ethnic studies courses advocating separatism, group superiority and subversion of this country, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed legislation affirming that nothing in state law requires businesses to provide "trained and competent" interpreters when a customer comes in speaking a language other than English. Assistant Attorney General Michael Walker said that...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    05/13/2010 7:23:03 AM PDT · by walsh · 10 replies · 524+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 13, 2010 | Walsh
    It’s about 2,500 miles from this green, rural town in the rolling hills near Vermont to the Mexican border at Nogales, but that hasn’t stopped Jackson from making a bid to be New York’s small version of Arizona in the immigration wars.
  • Source: NH bus bomb scare a misunderstanding

    05/07/2010 8:43:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 453+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/07/10 | Boston Herald
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The passenger at the center of a daylong bomb scare on a Greyhound bus in Portsmouth, N.H., was a foreign national who was too scared to get off the bus, a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the bomb scare was sparked by another passenger who called 911 believing a non-English-speaking rider had mentioned a bomb. The 911 call around 11:15 a.m. Thursday prompted authorities to evacuate buildings and streets and...
  • Arizona Grades Teachers on Fluency (Teachers Deemed Heavily Accented, Ungrammatical Ordered Removed)

    05/01/2010 4:48:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 55 replies · 1,716+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 30, 2010 | Miriam Jordan
    As the academic year winds down, Creighton School Principal Rosemary Agneessens faces a wrenching decision: what to do with veteran teachers whom the state education department says don't speak English well enough. The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English. State education officials say the move is intended to ensure that students with limited English have teachers who speak the language flawlessly. But some school principals and administrators say the department is imposing arbitrary fluency...
  • "This Is Alabama; We Speak English" Governor Candidate Says

    04/29/2010 3:28:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | April 29, 2010 | Liz Goodwin
    Amid a national debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he's elected, he'll give the state driver's license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure. "This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad. "If you want to live here, learn it."
  • 'This Is Alabama; We Speak English'

    04/27/2010 8:24:26 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies · 1,275+ views
    AOL ^ | 4/27/2010 | Mara Gay
    (April 27) -- Tim James is betting his election that Alabama voters prefer what he calls "common sense" to "political correctness." The Republican gubernatorial candidate is running a provocative ad arguing that Alabama's driver's license exam should be given only in English. "This is Alabama; we speak English," James says. "If you want to live here, learn it." The campaign spot has had more than 60,000 views on YouTube. The son of former Alabama Gov. Fob James promises to do away with the 12 foreign languages the test currently offers if he is elected in November. In the ad, James...
  • Alan Sillitoe: Who are you calling angry?

    04/26/2010 12:34:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 257+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Apr 2010 | Aleks Sierz
    Cultural history is never fair. Alan Sillitoe, the novelist who died yesterday, will best be remembered not just for his books, but for being one of the original Angry Young Men of the late 1950s. Ironically enough, this was a role that he never auditioned for, a label that he never wore, and a movement that he didn't sign up to. Yet the appellation stuck and Sillitoe was remembered for being an Angry Young Man for the rest of his life. So who were these youthful angries, and what did they achieve? The Angry Young Men were defined by their...
  • A-huntin' The Sources of Appalachian English

    03/26/2010 7:00:19 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 184 replies · 1,756+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 26, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    An order of the Virginia Colonial Council dated May 4, 1725, concerned an allegation that "divers Indians plundered the Quarters of Mr. John Taliaferro near the great mountains [i.e., the Blue Ridge] . . .[and carried off] some of the Guns belonging to and marked with the name of Spottsylvania County . . . ." The Council concluded: "It is ordered that it be referred to Colo. Harrison to make inquiry which of the Nottoway Indians or other Tributaries have been out ahunting about that time . . . ." Now, the Colonial Council was an august body and its...
  • Federal agency to investigate L.A. schools

    03/12/2010 6:29:49 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 10, 2010 | Howard Blume
    The federal government has singled out the Los Angeles Unified School District for its first major investigation under a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights, officials said Tuesday. The focus of the probe, by an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will be whether the nation's second-largest district provides adequate services to students learning English. Officials turned their attention to L.A. Unified because so many English learners fare poorly and because they make up about a third of district enrollment, more than 220,000 students. "This is about helping kids receive a good education, the education they deserve," said Russlynn Ali,...
  • Oldest example of written English discovered in church

    03/02/2010 6:23:06 AM PST · by Palter · 51 replies · 1,335+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01 Mar 2010 | Telegraph
    What is believed to be the first ever example of English in a British church has been discovered. It was written half a millennia ago and its message was serious enough to be painted carefully on the wall of England's finest cathedral. But now it seems no one can quite decipher exactly what the inscription on the wall of Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire actually says. It was hidden for 350 years behind a monument to a local aristocrat who was 'martyred' in the English Civil War for his support of King Charles I but rediscovered in January by astonished conservators....
  • Is 'Journalist' Another Job Americans Won't Do?

    02/18/2010 11:41:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 683+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Whenever criticizing grammar and punctuation, you run the risk of being labeled punctilious.  Worse still, since even many good writers involved in Internet journalism disgorge the odd typo, there's the chance you will come to be regarded as an expert on the glass-house real estate market. Yet there's no doubt that the much lamented decline in journalism is about style as well as substance.  And, just occasionally, you encounter an example of it that demands some attention. Such is a Channel 13 Action News (ABC) article titled "Las Vegas Mayor Goodman rejects Obama invitation," a piece that is, you might say,...
  • Al Qaeda's New Strategy, You Are Bombing America---SPEAK ENGLISH!

    02/14/2010 10:46:38 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 385+ views
    The Lid/Washington Times ^ | 2/15/2010 | The Lid
    Like it or not, one of the advantages that al Qaeda does have is an ability to change strategy without their leaders mulling it over for four months, the way President Obama did when he was trying to figure out Afghanistan. The Washington Times is reporting that during the underwear bombers second wave of talking he admitted meeting some other English Speakers at terrorism school in Yemen. Thank goodness his parents talking him into speaking, because this was all well after he shut up upon being read his Miranda rights.
  • Taxi Drivers Accused Of Racism For Displaying Sign Saying They Are 'English Speaking'

    02/02/2010 9:53:23 AM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 735+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | February 02, 2010
    Taxi Drivers Accused Of Racism For Displaying Sign Saying They Are 'English Speaking' Daily Mail Reporter 02nd February 2010 A racism row has broken out after a city's taxi drivers started displaying stickers in their cars saying they are 'English speaking'. Up to a dozen drivers have been showing off the notices bearing the St George's Cross on the back windows of their cars in Southampton, Hampshire. The small red and white sticker declares the cab is being driven by an 'English speaking driver.' But the flags have been branded 'racist' by trade representatives, councillors and racism campaigners who have...
  • How the English-Speaking Peoples Saved Civilization -- and Will Do It Again

    01/31/2010 2:36:25 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 628+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 28, 2010 | H. W. Crocker III
    If you read reviews no further than the first paragraph, you need read only this: Buy this book, read it, keep it, set it as required reading for your children. Andrew Roberts has penned a splendid, episodic account of the triumph of the English-speaking peoples in the 20th century, charting not only their political and military victories over Prussian militarism, Nazi tyranny, and blood-stained Bolshevism, but their victories over disease and poverty, their successes in science and technology, and their inherent creativeness, love of liberty, and economic dynamism. It is an inspiring story.   There are brilliant set-piece battles,...
  • Whatever happened to ... the English language?

    01/07/2010 11:37:13 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 66 replies · 1,402+ views
    Tulsa Today ^ | January 6, 2010 | Ernie Osborn
    When did the preferred language of the US change? Moreover, when did people decide that it was okay to butcher it like a side of beef? With all of the text speak and "press 1 for English" going on these days how is it that we, as even semi-educated beings, allow the utter raping of the language and never even really bat an eye? Now, I will tell you that I believe that humans are a comical creation to say the least and I do not believe that any one race, gender or sexual preference, for that matter, is better...
  • Fluency at issue as ex-teacher's suit goes to SJC

    01/06/2010 2:08:41 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies · 978+ views
    Lowell Sun ^ | January 5, 2010 | Lisa Redmond
    BOSTON -- Should a teacher who can't speak fluent English to her students be allowed to stay in the classroom? The outcome of Phanna Rem Robishaw's case against the Lowell School Department and Lowell School Committee holds statewide ramifications for the state's educational system. Today, the state Supreme Judicial Court was scheduled to hear arguments from Robishaw, a former Lowell teacher who was fired for failing an English-fluency test, after a lower-court judge upheld the firing, saying the teacher's English proficiency was "utterly incomprehensible."
  • Immokalee stabbing shows another side of immigration debate

    12/23/2009 10:37:59 AM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies · 1,545+ views
    Naples News ^ | Dec. 23, 2009 | Brent Batten
    I swear we don’t plan this stuff out. But no sooner than does a series of articles about the Collier County Sheriff’s Office program to deport troublesome illegal aliens conclude than an illegal alien is in the headlines, and not in a good way. The sheriff’s program, as outlined in stories Sunday and Monday, targets illegal immigrants who run afoul of the law. Deputies, through extra training, are empowered to enforce federal laws and begin deportation proceedings as they see fit. In places without the program, local authorities have to rely on federal agents to undertake the deportation process against...
  • English language testing facility opens in IZ

    11/29/2009 4:42:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 308+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Ruth, USA
    BAGHDAD — A Nov. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony here in the International Zone marked the opening of a new English language testing facility for Iraqis. The mission of the facility is to provide an improved environment for English language testing and to allow military and civilian candidates from the Government of Iraq to achieve their full performance potential. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Judith Resendiz, test control officer, said, "This new facility will support Iraqis who need to validate their English proficiency so they can participate in specialized schooling and pursue opportunities in other English speaking environments that will help them get...
  • Dark Sentences and 666

    11/02/2009 8:52:50 AM PST · by bogusname · 70 replies · 2,689+ views
    Self ^ | November 2, 2009 | Self
    Without a doubt every picture ever painted was made with but three primary colors. Black is no color at all and they say all colors are found in white light. So many things can be made with a few basic building blocks. So understand that I realized all of this when I found myself on a roll this morning churning out strange sentences. If they had not formed such an unique strange pattern and story I wouldn't bother you people with them. The other day something inspired me to write a halloween message that would add up to 666 in...
  • Study: English-learning too slow in LA schools

    10/29/2009 11:39:02 PM PDT · by ruination · 14 replies · 834+ views
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | Oct. 28, 2009 | Amy Taxin
    LOS ANGELES—More than a quarter of English learners don't make it into mainstream classes by the eighth grade in Los Angeles and most of those who don't were born in the United States, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California showed 29 percent of English learners in the Los Angeles Unified School District were still in these classes in the eighth grade. More than half of these students were born in the United States and were in classes for English learners for more than eight years. "They're staying...
  • Historians Reassess Battle of Agincourt

    10/25/2009 4:20:42 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 36 replies · 1,964+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 25, 2009 | JAMES GLANZ
    MAISONCELLE, France — The heavy clay-laced mud behind the cattle pen on Antoine Renault’s farm looks as treacherous as it must have been nearly 600 years ago, when King Henry V rode from a spot near here to lead a sodden and exhausted English Army against a French force that was said to outnumber his by as much as five to one. snip...They devastated a force of heavily armored French nobles who had gotten bogged down in the region’s sucking mud, riddled by thousands of arrows from English longbowmen and outmaneuvered by common soldiers with much lighter gear. It would...
  • Dallas Ticket for Not Speaking English Called a Rookie Mistake

    10/23/2009 10:44:02 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies · 1,283+ views
    Dallas News ^ | 10/23/2009 | Dallas News
    A Dallas rookie police officer erred when he cited a woman earlier this month for being a non-English speaking driver, police said. Officer Gary Bromley issued a citation Oct. 2 to 48-year-old Ernestina Mondragon after stopping her for making an illegal U-turn in the 500 block of Easton Road, near East Northwest Highway, according to a copy of the citation.
  • Obama Becomes Japan’s English Teacher (Audio of Speeches Bestsellers)

    10/12/2009 12:37:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 1,169+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2009 | MIKI TANIKAWA
    When Utako Sakai was changing the background music in her beauty parlor recently, she did not opt for the classical piano pieces she usually chose. Instead, she picked her favorite CD: “President Obama’s Inaugural Address,” released by Asahi Press, a Japanese publisher of language books. She says the speech lifts her spirits and helps her to learn English all at once. “All our customers love it,” said Ms. Sakai, who is based in Ayase City, in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo. The speech CD and its accompanying book have been a resounding success, selling 200,000 copies since its release in January....
  • Contact your Representative and urge them to demand the FAA enforce its rules on English.

    10/11/2009 5:56:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1,298+ views
    English First email | October 11, 2009 | English First
    Dear Tolerance Sucks Rocks: Did you know that English is the official and international language of aviation and that all repair manuals are printed only in English? It shouldn't be surprising since English is also the international language of business. But it is even more critical for aviation because, when it comes to the safety and reliability of aircraft, multiple languages would open the door for misinterpretation and mistakes. That's why Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) was shocked when he learned of an investigation launched by a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas television station which revealed the alarming fact that hundreds of aircraft...
  • A Good Day For The English Language

    09/02/2009 6:52:09 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 738+ views ^ | 09/02/2009 | Eddie V. Garcia
    Well, the day finally came for me to actually be a first-hand witness of why knowing and understanding English is so vitally important when one gets a driver's license. My Florida license expires next month and I will be on tour so renewing it in Florida will be impossible. So I decided to finally get a Tennessee license although I still claim Florida as my legal domicile. I gathered my official documents as required by the state of Tennessee for anyone getting a TN license for the first time. It was a busy day at the DMV (when isn't it...
  • English Language And The Government

    08/28/2009 5:23:58 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 175+ views ^ | 08/28/2009 | Eddie V. Garcia
    As the debate and discussions about the health care bill take front and center positioning, it is important to note that at the core of being alive and a human being, it is our innate will to survive. Yes, times are tough these days. But it is the inner desire of oneself to survive, to make it happen, to succeed that is vital to our existence. When one chooses to rely on government, then the pure sense of being alive, of being in control of one's own life begins to erode. Sure, government is needed to provide for roads, infrastructure,...
  • California Lawmakers pass bill to protect language freedom

    08/20/2009 3:12:02 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 26 replies · 1,574+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 20 August 2009 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Lawmakers pass bill to protect language freedom California would protect the freedom of a person to speak any language he or she chooses in a business establishment under a measure approved by the state Legislature today. The bill, authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, is the lawmaker's response to a controversial proposal by the LPGA last fall requiring golfers to speak "effective English." The organization scuttled the proposal after loud objections by Yee and others, and the Democrat says this legislation will ensure it does not happen again. "No one in the state of California should be compelled to...