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  • 'NO SPEAK ENGLISH - NO SERVICE' sign leads to restaurant's SALES TRIPLING

    05/23/2011 1:55:45 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 34 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 20th May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Good for business: 'No speak English - no service' sign leads to restaurant's sales TRIPLING By Daily Mail Reporter on 20th May 2011 Some chefs spend their lifetimes unsuccessfully slogging away to improve business. But all it took for Reedy Creek Diner chef Greg Simons in Lexington, North Carolina, was to put up a controversial language sign and he’s seen his sales triple. Mr Simons put up the ‘No speak English. No service’ sign in March and says he’s received great support - with some people asking for souvenir copies to take home. ‘All these calls I've gotten from outside...
  • English for Immigrants

    05/13/2011 8:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2011 | Linda Chavez
    President Obama invoked immigrant assimilation this week in a speech in El Paso, Texas, praising the notion embodied in the motto E pluribus unum: out of many, one. But it wasn't all that long ago when many liberals eschewed the idea of America as having one language, one culture, and one people. Ironically, it has taken an anti-immigrant backlash to awaken at least some liberals to the dangers of multiculturalism, which they pushed aggressively for decades. It was liberals -- not conservatives -- who originally claimed that today's immigrants couldn't assimilate, or, in their view, shouldn't even try. Liberals insisted...
  • We Don’t Need Know Education

    04/04/2011 4:58:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2011 | Mike Adams
    I’m getting to be a crabby old man and I’m not even fifty. But working at a liberal university for eighteen years has taught me never to accept responsibility for my actions or my disposition. Instead I blame my most recent bad mood (the one I’m in right now) on a student who just asked me a question about the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Leon, (1984). Wanting to know the holding, he asked if it meant “that the police can rely upon a search warrant they don’t reasonably no is invalid.” I almost told the student...
  • Republicans push English-only bill, requires language tests

    03/14/2011 9:03:45 AM PDT · by yup2394871293 · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/12/11 11:09 AM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    Republicans introduce legislation in the House and Senate to make English the official language of the U.S. Republicans in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would declare English the official language of the United States and require the development of English language testing guidelines for those applying for U.S. citizenship.The English Language Unity Act would set out a new chapter in U.S. code that imposes an obligation on U.S. officials to "preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government." Part of this chapter would include a "uniform English language rule"...
  • Sheriff Joe Too Controversial For 6th Grade (Arpaio reading event canceled)

    03/02/2011 9:23:28 AM PST · by montag813 · 5 replies
    Stand with Arizona (YouTube) ^ | 03-02-2011 | Stand with Arizona (Facebook)
    Disgraceful. As he does every year, Sheriff Joe was supposed to read to 6th graders at a Phoenix school as part of 'Read Across America' week. However, his event was canceled. He says a district administrator canceled the appearance -- because it "might upset parents of Hispanic students". The school administrator at Sahuaro Elementary owes a public apology. More info here: http://bit.ly/hPNDra Outrageous. Joe Arpaio reads to kids every single year under this program. But the admin. was afraid "parents of Hispanic kids might complain", so he canceled on the top law enforcement official in the county. Unacceptable: Sahuaro Elementary...
  • Gov. Bill Haslam pushes for immigration reform bill; English-only driver’s licenses

    02/16/2011 10:10:09 AM PST · by mandaladon · 6 replies
    The State Column ^ | 10 Feb 2011
    Tennessee governor Bill Haslam is pushing state legislators to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Tennessee Republican said Wednesday he is working with state Republican legislative leaders to develop a broad-based bill aimed at addressing illegal immigration. Mr. Haslam says he plans to put forth a number of bills, all of which are meant to address a certain immigration issue. One of the proposals would require the written portion of driver’s license exams be given in English, a proposal that has sparked debate in the past. “What I want to make certain is that those businesses that have located...
  • Americans are angry with us for polluting their language

    02/07/2011 5:08:46 AM PST · by NCjim · 138 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 7, 2011 | Kath Hinton
    After mangling our language for years, Americans are complaining about the invasion of traditional British lingo, says Kath Hinton. New Yorkers always fall for a nice English accent: whenever my well-spoken sister-in-law visits, they trill at her flowing diction and faultless vowels. Coming from Liverpool, I have a trickier time. In fact, I stopped ordering butter after three waiters in one smart restaurant failed to grasp my pronunciation. "Bootta! Bootta!" I pleaded, while my American friends wept with joy at my embarrassment. Now, however, it is the words we Anglo-Saxons use, not how we say them, that is causing a...
  • English-Only and English as Official Language Bills Gain Momentum

    02/01/2011 3:33:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 01, 2011 | Elizabeth Llorente
    State legislators in Indiana and Minnesota are pushing laws requiring public documents and other government business in those states to be done only in English. Minnesota state Senators introduced their bill on Monday; the measure is similar to one introduced in the state House earlier this month. Indiana state House representatives voted 63 to 26 last week to require all business to be conducted in English. Next the bill heads to the state Senate. Like Minnesota, Indiana’s measure allows exceptions to the English-only rule in cases of public health or safety situations. Official English advocates say they feel the momentum...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Deception: They Say Different Things in English and Arabic

    01/30/2011 9:10:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    big peace ^ | 1/30/11 | Christine Brim
    Over the next few days, here are 2 websites to compare – the Muslim Brotherhood’s English language and Arabic websites. First, the Muslim Brotherhood website in English – complete with the word “freedom” and a cute little girl, and no Islamic green in sight – here at http://www.ikhwanweb.com/:
  • Az Supreme Court: Law doesn't mandate Spanish insurance offers

    01/22/2011 2:29:31 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies · 1+ views
    eastvalleytribune.com ^ | Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:19 pm | By Howard Fischer
    Insurance companies don't have to make state-mandated offers of certain kinds of coverage in Spanish, even if that's the language the person speaks, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous decision, the justices acknowledged that state law requires insurers to tell motorists they have the right to purchase protection from situations where another driver is either uninsured or lacks sufficient coverage to pay for all the medical bills incurred. And that notice, they said, must be in writing. But Chief Justice Rebecca Berch said if state lawmakers wanted to require insurance companies to provide that notice in Spanish,...
  • Help Required...

    01/09/2011 5:13:33 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 39 replies · 3+ views
    Myself ^ | Sunday, 9 January 2011 | Mayr Fortuna
    Freeppers? In the sixties late century I had my first English Course which was Eletronic Teacher (one of this boondozels pseudo-cientific thing that used bone induction subliminar learning techs...) and at end sixties Thomas Gefferson House in Brazilia - Brazil for two years... I do have great difficulty with the double letters in words, as pp, ll, ss and so on... Can you help me with a rule?
  • China bars English words in all publications

    12/24/2010 5:55:44 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 63 replies · 4+ views
    Antara ^ | December 23, 2010
    BEIJING, Dec 23 (ANTARA) - Chinese newspapers, books and websites will no longer be allowed to use English words and phrases, the country`s publishing body has announced, saying the "purity" of the Chinese language is in peril. The General Administration of Press and Publication, which announced the new rule on Monday, said the increasing use of English words and abbreviations in Chinese texts had caused confusion and was a means of "abusing the language". Such practices "severely damaged the standard and purity of the Chinese language and disrupted the harmonious and healthy language and cultural environment, causing negative social impacts,"...
  • Annual MLA Panel Preview

    12/17/2010 11:12:36 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 16, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At a time when most people pick out pine trees, many English professors make plans to travel to the annual convention of the Modern Language Association. Accuracy in Academia is, as usual, sending a correspondent to cover the event. Nevertheless, we thought that we would share with you what promise to be the most intriguing panels and presentations of the 2011 MLA meeting: o Dickens and Psychoanalysis o Queer Ecology o Literary Autism o Intolerance in Queer Cinema o Queer Studies and the future of the profession o Cultural Studies in Post-Socialist Spaces o Queering Lawrence [D. H.] o Queer...
  • Filipinos sue CA hospital over English-only rule

    12/08/2010 4:21:37 AM PST · by greatdefender · 24 replies
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | December 7, 2010 | AMY TAXIN
    LOS ANGELES – Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California sued their employer Tuesday alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English. The group of 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint accusing Delano Regional Medical Center of banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while letting other workers speak Spanish and Hindi. The plaintiffs are seeking to join an August complaint filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kern County federal court over the hospital's enforcement of a rule requiring workers to speak English. Filipino...
  • Lawrence O’Donnell: Sarah Palin is ruining the English language (Much ado about 'refudiate')

    11/18/2010 12:30:47 PM PST · by WebFocus · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2010 | Cubachi
    If there is something we learned this year, it’s that anything Palin tweets or writes on Facebook becomes international news and the talk of the nation, especially when it comes to politics.Two nights ago on his program, Lawrence O’Donnell decided to rant on New Oxford American Dictionary for their decision to include Sarah Palin’s word “refudiate” into the English language.Palin’s typo in a tweet about the Ground Zero mosque was the talk on twitter. Palin called it “Shakespearean.” The result: she popularized the word and it is now part of the lexicon. New Oxford wrote about their decision: An unquestionable...
  • 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: http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-votes-to-make-english-official-language/article/3510663#ixzz14BXQIFsO
  • 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 Fark.com ^ | 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...