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  • ‘Th’ Sound Will Vanish from English Language Due to Multiculturalism, Linguists Say

    09/30/2016 9:47:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 30, 2016 | Nick Hallett
    By the middle of the century, the “th” sound will have vanished from the English spoken in London due to the high level of immigrants who cannot pronounce it, linguists have said. In a study that shows the impact immigration is having on the English language, academics at the University of York say that Estuary English, the dialect currently spoken in London and south east England, will gradually be replaced by a heavily migrant-influenced English.
  • King James English and Orthodox Worship

    09/10/2016 9:21:42 AM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    King James English and Orthodox Worship One doesn't usually look to Orthodox Jewish sources for guidance on the kind of English that is best suited for worship, but years ago I stumbled across some very telling comments in the preface to the book "To Pray as a Jew," by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin. Commenting on his translations of the prayers his book would discuss, he says: "I have decided to retain the use of "Thou," "Thee," and "Thy" in all passages that address themselves directly to God. The more contemporary "You" and "Your," which I had at first considered using,...
  • Know English? For New York Cabdrivers, That’s No Longer Required

    08/20/2016 10:23:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2016 | EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    Hail a yellow taxi in New York City, and there is a good chance the driver is from another country. Passengers are regularly exposed to a range of languages that span the globe, from Spanish to Bengali to Urdu. It can be charming, but also maddening for riders who feel that drivers do not understand where they want to go. Don’t you have to speak English, some wonder, to drive a taxi here? As of Friday, the answer is no. That is when new rules went into effect eliminating the requirement that taxi drivers take an English proficiency exam. Now,...
  • French set to be the world's most commonly spoken language by 2050

    08/15/2016 9:45:18 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/19/2015 | Isabel Hunter
    French set to be the world's most commonly spoken language by 2050 because of soaring population growth in sub-Saharan Africa -Study says 750 million people will speak French as first language by 2050 -It is spoken in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the fastest growing-populations in the world They've been defensive for decades in preserving the purity of the language of love from the threat of globalisation. But now it seems all will have paid off for the French, whose language is set to become the world's most spoken language by 2050, thanks to growing francophone populations in sub-Saharan Africa. While...
  • Library of Congress continues work on scrubbing “illegal alien” from the records

    07/23/2016 12:08:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 23, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back in March we talked about the decision by the Library of Congress to stop using “offensive terms” like illegal alien to refer to, er… illegal aliens. Shortly thereafter, Republicans in Congress moved to attach language to the pending appropriations bill which would require the Library of Congress to stick to terminology as it exists in current federal law. But since it hasn’t passed yet, the Library is moving forward with the changes and keeping up the debate in the media. (New York Times) “There is no other way to put this: the library has bowed to the political pressure...
  • English As Official US Language: Perry Says, 'I Can Agree With That'

    12/30/2011 10:59:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 113 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 30, 2011 | Carrie Dann
    English As Official US Language: Perry Says, 'I Can Agree With That' By NBC's Carrie Dann MASON CITY, IOWA -- Gov. Rick Perry on Friday appeared to endorse making English the official language of the United States, agreeing with a questioner who put forward a strongly worded defense of the idea. "I don't know how the rest of the conservatives in the room feel," said a questioner at Perry's last event of the day. "Personally, I'm fed up with seeing the directions on every single product on every single shelf of every single store written in foreign languages. And I'd...
  • France wants English scrapped as EU language

    06/27/2016 1:47:57 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 102 replies
    AFP via The Asian Age ^ | June 28, 2016
    The shock of the decision across the Channel to break with the European Union had barely begun to sink in when two French politicians demanded that Britain, before shutting the door, take its language along with it.
  • Angry Yale students petition to 'decolonize' the school's English department

    06/15/2016 6:42:07 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 June 2016 | Anneta Konstantinides For Dailymail.com
    Yale University has found itself embroiled in controversy once again this year after English students complained that courses in the department were 'hostile' to students of color. Under the most fire is the Major English Poets course, a prerequisite for undergraduates in the major to study the works of at least seven major poets, all of whom are white men. An anonymous petition has demanded the department not only change the English 125/126 course, which has existed since 1920, but abolish it entirely. It also asks that the major's pre-1800/1900 requirements be changed to include literature relating to 'gender, race...
  • Obama Administration Looks to Cement Ethnic Divides With Language Mandate

    06/09/2016 6:02:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 8, 2016 | Mike Gonzalez
    The Obama administration seems to live in a parallel reality, oblivious to the racial animus that has become the hallmark of late-stage Obama and to the ethnic strife that wreaks havoc on the rest of the world. Inside its own Platonic cave, the thinking is: Over half the world is polyglot, so why not us? Its latest policy statement, issued jointly late last week by the departments of Education and Health and Human Services, advises states to instruct early childhood students in home languages different from English, and to help them retain separate cultural attachments. The administration warns that “not...
  • Worker at HEB in Austin tells customer, "No speak English."

    04/16/2016 7:50:19 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 43 replies
    Individual account | 16 April 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    A gentleman was visiting with me today and said that he was in HEB (Food store) in Austin and asked an employee sweeping the floor where the charcoal was. The young man responded, "No speak English." My acquaintance thought that was kind of odd.
  • The Politicization of the English Language

    04/07/2016 5:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week, French President Francois Hollande met President Obama in Washington to discuss joint strategies for stopping the sort of radical Islamic terrorists who have killed dozens of innocents in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino in recent months. Hollande at one point explicitly referred to the violence as "Islamist terrorism." The White House initially deleted that phrase from the audio translation of the official video of the Hollande-Obama meeting, only to restore it when questioned. Did the Obama administration assume that if the public could not hear the translation of the French president saying "Islamist terrorism," then perhaps Hollande did...
  • The death of ‘Internet’

    04/04/2016 8:54:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | April 3, 2016 | by Henry Pickavet
    The folks responsible for the entries in the Associated Press Stylebook have announced that the word “Internet” will no longer be uppercased, thus breaking my heart and making some of our writers very happy. We will lowercase internet effective June 1, when the 2016 Stylebook launches. #ACES2016 pic.twitter.com/nGz63zc5YP— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016 The AP Stylebook, which many newspapers and websites (one word? really?) use to guide their style efforts, defines Internet as “a decentralized, worldwide network of computers that can communicate with each other.” It’s a pretty big definition and has warranted the glory of a capital I. But...
  • English DNA one third Anglo-Saxon

    01/20/2016 7:49:52 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 53 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/20/15 | Paul Rincon
    The present-day English owe about a third of their ancestry to the Anglo-Saxons, according to a new study. Scientists sequenced genomes from 10 skeletons unearthed in eastern England and dating from the Iron Age through to the Anglo-Saxon period. Many of the Anglo-Saxon samples appeared closer to modern Dutch and Danish people than the Iron Age Britons did. The results appear in Nature Communications journal. According to historical accounts and archaeology, the Anglo-Saxons migrated to Britain from continental Europe from the 5th Century AD. They brought with them a new culture, social structure and language. Genetic studies have tackled the...
  • Can Engineers Speak English? Technology is a blessing, but can we please avoid 'technobabble'?

    01/05/2016 9:03:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/05/2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or murky instructions, that is something else. For example, like all sorts of other devices, computers and computerized products and services have to be turned on and off. And everybody knows what the words "on" and "off" mean. But how often have you seen a computer or a computerized product or service that used the words "on" or "off"? These simple...
  • The 100 greatest British Novels

    12/08/2015 7:18:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | December 7, 2015 | Jane Ciabattari
    What does the rest of the world see as the greatest British novels? In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics, from Australia to Zimbabwe – but none from the UK. This list includes no nonfiction, no plays, no narrative or epic poems (no Paradise Lost or Beowulf), no short story collections (no Morte D’Arthur) – novels only, by British authors (which means no James Joyce).
  • ONE NATION UNDER GOD

    11/04/2015 1:43:00 AM PST · by knarf · 33 replies
    American history | November 4, 2015 | knarf with D.D.Eisenhower
    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and...

    10/08/2015 5:39:19 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 10/7/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and Pope Francis himself!" Father Thomas J. Rosica, the Vatican's English-language spokesman for the Synod, has committed the greatest error of any media spokesman or communications expert -- becoming the actual story. Consider this screenshot from PewSitter.Com taken at 11:00PM, EDT on October 7. Read those headlines - four specific articles about Father Thomas Rosica and what he has said and not said. One, is a republishing by LifeSiteNews of his interview with the heretic, defrocked priest, Vatican II expert and same-sex so-called marriage supporter...
  • Trump: You have to speak English

    09/27/2015 9:24:44 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9-4-2015 | MSNBC
    Morning Joe 9/4/15 Trump: You have to speak English Donald Trump discusses his recent criticisms of Jeb Bush speaking Spanish while on the campaign trail. Duration: 3:15
  • The Extraordinary Feature of Pope Francis's Mass: Latin

    09/23/2015 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 142 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 23, 2015 | Emma Green
    As a visitor to the United States, Pope Francis faces a minor challenge: His English isn’t so great. Over the course of the trip, he’ll give 18 speeches, and only four of them will be in English; he’ll mostly use his native language, Spanish, to give homilies and addresses. But at Wednesday’s mass in Washington, D.C., at which Francis will canonize Father Junipero Serra, he’ll add another linguistic twist. The main prayers of the service, along with the celebration of the Eucharist—the part of the service when people take communion—will be in Latin. Latin! This is an exclamation-mark-worthy fact for...
  • Jeb Bush Speaks Good Spanish, His Wife Speaks Poor English, In New Video

    09/15/2015 9:33:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/15 | NEIL MUNRO
    Gov. Jeb Bush has released a Spanish-language Internet ad, in which his Mexican-born wife makes her first appearance of the campaign to deliver a halting, accented and simple English pitch, while he speaks happily in confident Spanish. Columba Bush rarely speaks in public, and English is not her native language. She was born in Mexico, and moved to the United States with Jeb Bush. Her 15-second scripted comments are very simple. “I have lived more than half my life here. So, you know, I agree that we all have the same interests, the same feelings. We go to church every...
  • What Sarah Palin's 'speak American' is all about

    09/07/2015 7:34:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | September 6, 2015 | John McWhorter
    Sarah Palin is hardly alone in her sense of some threat to the hegemony of English in the United States. You know the drill -- Jeb Bush answers a question in comfortable Spanish, and Palin, after some perfunctory compliments that Bush's conversational Spanish will be good for connecting to Latinos, gets in that here in the United States we need to "speak American." The problem with this kind of rhetoric is that it corresponds to no crisis. There hasn't been any documented tendency for native-born Americans to be uncomfortable in English. Those born here to non-English speaking parents speak their...
  • Jeb Bush strikes back at Donald Trump in Spanish (again)

    09/04/2015 6:32:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/3/15 | ALAN HE, JACQUELINE ALEMANY
    A defiant Jeb Bush struck back at Donald Trump on Thursday, declaring in English and Spanish that he would campaign with "los brazos abiertos" -- arms wide open. It was an admonishment of Trump's suggestion to Breitbart News on Tuesday that Bush should refrain from speaking in Spanish and "set the example by speaking English while in the United States." During a town hall in Hampton, New Hampshire, Bush didn't back down in the face of Trump's criticism, alleging that Trump would lead the Republican Party to defeat in next year's election. In another sign that the Bush's campaign no...
  • Trump to Jeb Bush: You should set an example by speaking English when you’re in the U.S.

    09/02/2015 1:45:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline: “Trump rises 10 more points in latest GOP poll.”I’ll say this much for Jeb answering questions in Spanish. If nothing else, it’s a case of him actually following his strategy of “losing the primary to win the general,” an approach he’s moved away from as the Bush/Trump war has developed. Speaking Spanish to reporters when conservatives are screaming that he’s a pro-amnesty sellout is as clear an example of positioning for the general irrespective of primary dynamics as there is. And if, in spite of everything, he ends up winning the nomination anyway, half the people on...
  • Donald Trump Fires Back At Jeb Bush: He Should Lead By ‘Speaking English While In The United States’

    09/02/2015 11:36:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 218 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/2/15 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump tells Breitbart News former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should be speaking English—not the Spanish he spoke in to attack Trump in Miami this week—on the campaign trail. Trump had harsh words for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in this interview, as well, and lit into the donor class, all while saying that the “silent majority” in America is waking up and fighting to take back the country from the political class. Trump also predicted that he will not only win the White House in 2016, but that he will be re-elected in 2020–predicting he will be...
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • Long past time to make English the official national language of the United States

    08/26/2015 4:56:24 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/26/15 | Al Kaltman
    Illegal immigration issue is a timely reminder “Language is a unifying instrument which binds people together. When people speak one language they become as one, they become a society”—S.I. Hayakawa Donald Trump’s stance on illegal immigration is a timely reminder that assimilation (to a common language, culture and values) is what makes the United States exceptional. If we are to continue to be the greatest nation on earth then we must remain a melting pot. As Senator Hayakawa so eloquently explained, “The United States, a land of immigrants from every corner of the world, has been strengthened and unified because...
  • Sah-ry, eh? We’re in the midst of the Canadian Vowel Shift

    08/04/2015 10:51:55 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 44 replies
    Maclean's ^ | August 1, 2015 | Meagan Campbell
    Out with “oot.” No more “aboot.” Canada is talking with a New Speak. In a linguistic pivot called the Canadian Vowel Shift, we are pronouncing “God” more like “gawd,” “bagel” like “bahgel,” “pillow” like “pellow,” and “sorry” less like “sore-y.” The word “Timbit” is becoming “Tembet,” and “Dan slipped on the staircase” now sounds more like “Don” “slept” on it. First discovered in 1995, the new vowels are contagious, spreading rapidly from Victoria to St. John’s, where linguists are mapping the frequency of people’s voices and using ultrasounds to track their tongue and lip placement. “We’re in the middle of...
  • Fluent English to be essential for UK public sector jobs

    08/02/2015 4:24:19 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Press Trust of India, niticentral.com ^ | Monday, August 3, 2015 | Aditi Khanna
    London, Aug 2 (PTI): People in Britain who do not speak fluent English will be barred from public sector jobs which involve working directly with the public, the government announced today as part of its new tough immigration laws. From September, National Health Service (NHS) staff and council workers will be among those required to have language skills equivalent to GCSE grade C or above, the announcement said. It will also include police officers, social workers, teaching staff and assistants. Managers will have to test if employees can "communicate effectively with the public". Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock...
  • The whitewashing of England’s Catholic history

    06/16/2015 8:39:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    catholicherald.co.uk ^ | 16 Jun 2015 | Ed West
    Last week I was writing about Magna Carta and how the Catholic Church’s role has been written out, in particular the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. But the same could also be said about much of English history from 600AD to 1600; from the very first law code written in English, which begins with a clause protecting Church property, to the intellectual flourishing of the 13th century, led by churchmen such as Roger Bacon, the Franciscan friar who foresaw air travel. However, the whitewashing of English Catholic history is mainly seen in three areas: political liberty, economic...
  • How the English language became such a mess

    06/09/2015 6:37:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 142 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 8, 2015 | James Harbeck
    First, the greed: invasion and theft. The Romans invaded Britain in the 1st Century AD and brought their alphabet; in the 7th Century, the Angles and Saxons took over, along with their language. Starting in the 9th Century, Vikings occupied parts of England and brought some words (including they, displacing the Old English hie). Then the Norman French conquered in 1066 – and replaced much of the vocabulary with French, including words which over time became beef, pork, invade, tongue and person.
  • Linguist Says You Can Use ‘Like’ More. He’s, Like, Wrong.

    05/08/2015 1:48:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    TNR ^ | Marc Tracy
    If you are under the age of 45, chances are that at some point somebody over the age of 45 has condemned your alleged overuse of the word “like.” This person may or may not have said it politely. He or she may have been motivated by an altruistic desire to make you look respectable to others, a self-interested impulse to stop you from irritating them, or something in between. Either way, how we use “like” is one of the most gaping generational divides this side of those who ask, “Did you get my email?” (Of course we got your...
  • Daily Lobo takes aim at gender specific words he, she.

    04/09/2015 10:59:48 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 36 replies
    KRQE news ^ | 04/09/2015 | Emily Younger
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico’s student paper has started using new pronouns for people who don’t identify as a man or a woman. “I thought that was ridiculous,” said Samantha Peters. “I think the names are kind of funny,” said Paul Talley. “I feel it’s weird,” said Michael Peters. The names “zi” and “zir” have people on UNM’s campus talking. Thursday, the university’s newspaper, The Daily Lobo, explained in an editorial it will now be using the two words as pronouns when writing about people who don’t identify as a male or a female. “The only non...
  • There Is No ‘Proper English’: Ignore grammar scolds. If people say it, it’s the right way to speak

    03/17/2015 7:37:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/17/2015 | OLIVER KAMM
    It’s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault. These days we are told that our ever-texting teenagers can’t express themselves in grammatical sentences. The media delight in publicizing ostensibly incorrect usage. A few weeks ago, pundits and columnists lauded a Wikipedia editor in San Jose, Calif., who had rooted out and changed no fewer than 47,000 instances where contributors to the online encyclopedia had written “comprised of” rather than “composed of.” Does anyone doubt that our mother tongue is in deep decline? Well, for one, I do. It is well past time to consign grammar...
  • There's a lot wrong with the world, isn't there? -- David Mitchell (Video)

    03/11/2015 4:14:55 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 5 replies
    The Guardian via You Tube ^ | November 26, 2014 | David Mitchell
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  • NAACP battles Latino groups over school for non-English speakers

    03/11/2015 4:24:04 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 March 2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – A plan that would dedicate two public high schools in suburban Washington to immigrants and second-generation students struggling with English is pitting black and Hispanic communities -– usually allies -- against one another. The Prince George’s County, Md., chapter of the NAACP is strongly opposing the plan -- which would take effect next school year, and cover about 800 students having English language difficulties -- claiming it will pull resources from other students and unfairly redistribute them to Hispanic students. Some critics go so far as to compare the plan to segregation. “It’s a slap in the face,”...
  • How Spelling Keeps Kids From Learning

    02/10/2015 6:30:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 126 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 9 ,2015 | Luba Vangelova
    Johnny in Topeka can’t read, but Janne in Helsinki is effortlessly finishing his storybooks. Such a disparity may be expected by now, but the reason might come as a surprise: It probably has much less to do with teaching style and quality than with language. Simply put, written English is great for puns but terrible for learning to read or write. It’s like making children from around the world complete an obstacle course to fully participate in society but requiring the English-speaking participants to wear blindfolds. Adults who have already mastered written English tend to forget about its many quirks....
  • US business process, IT firms urged to seriously mull outsourcing in PH (Philippines)

    11/12/2014 2:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | October 28, 2014 | US Bureau
    American information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies should take a serious look at the Philippines, which continues to be an “ideal location for customer service and technical support outsourcing,” the Philippine ambassador to the US advised. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made this pitch to business executives and decision makers from Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms who attended a networking event hosted recently by the Philippine Consulate General in New York and the Seven Seven Corporate Group. “The IT-BPM industry has been the fastest growing industry in the Philippines in the last 10 years,” Cuisia said as...
  • An eye-popping 20% of U.S. residents abandon English at home

    10/06/2014 11:29:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2014 | Stphen Dinan
    One-fifth of people in the U.S. speak a foreign language at home, according to a report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which found Arabic and Urdu — the national language of Pakistan — among the fastest-growing. The report found that nearly half of all California school-age children speak a language other than English at home, as do a third of Texans and Nevadans, according to the report, which is based on Census Bureau numbers.
  • Black Lady Describes How Speaking Properly Shouldn't Be Viewed As "Talking White"

    09/26/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 58 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Sep-26-2014 | Live Leak
    Video Link Here
  • US has identified masked man in beheading videos

    09/25/2014 11:50:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says. FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau's headquarters he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The beheadings are not shown in the videos
  • English Proficiency Matters

    09/24/2014 4:17:55 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 1 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 24, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    According to the latest findings of the liberal-leaning Brookings Institute, nearly 10 percent of working-age adults in Americans have limited or no understanding of the English language. Their findings rebuke decades of rhetoric from the Progressive left insisting that multiculturalism and language diversity is of benefit to the nation as a whole and a more "compassionate" way to look at American assimilation. Brookings provided the data to justify what conservatives have known all along, the mastery of English proficiency matters greatly. It is the first key step to upward mobility and vital to becoming a "true" American. The concept of true...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • Another Mayor Says: Thousands are Killed by Guns

    09/17/2014 5:36:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
     Mayor Hodges of Minneapolis is all wet. I recently wrote about Mayor Sly James of Kansas City saying that "Too much violence is committed by guns".   I was skeptical that he had actually said that, because the Mayor is a well educated man, and served on active duty as a Marine.   It is a nonsensical statement to say that violence is committed "by" guns.   It transfers volition and responsibility to an inanimate object.  But, with another Mayor saying much the same thing, I begin to wonder. Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges, at a "Gun Violence" conference in Milwaukee, used the...
  • What passes for theater and theater reviews amongst New York’s self-styled finest

    09/14/2014 6:10:24 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 9-14-2014 | Bookworm
    AmericaÂ’s upper classes are now and have always been insecure. Lacking a hereditary nobility, social strivers have had to work hard to distinguish themselves from the masses when the only distinguishing feature, really, is cash. In the 19th Century, worried rich people formed "the Four Hundred" to distinguish the social "in-crowd" from the hoi polloi. America's nervous upper class, distinguished now, as it was then, by money, not heredity, is still trying desperately to distinguish itself from those gun and God lovin' American masses upon whom Obama heaped such scorn.Our social "betters" go to Ivy League schools where earnest (and...
  • Affirmative Action Granted for Non-English University Students

    09/13/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by InspCallahan · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sept. 12, 2013 | John Bennett
    <p>Imagine an immigrant father who tells his family, ‘We must improve our English and speak it in the home, because we're in a new country where English is the first step to success.’ In 1914, his statement would have carried great moral authority. He would have been right. But now the answer is, ‘No, you silly old man, you'll ruin my chance to get into the University of Texas.’</p>
  • Scottish independence: Decapitate Britain, and we kill off the greatest political union ever

    09/08/2014 2:19:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 50 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 08 Sep 2014 | Boris Johnson
    Right: it’s time to speak for Britain. If these polls are right, then we are on the verge of an utter catastrophe for this country. In just 10 days’ time we could all be walking around like zombies – on both sides of the Scottish border. I don’t just mean that we will be in a state of shock, though that will obviously be true: most people (especially the Scots) have yet to think through the horrific financial and constitutional implications of an English-Scottish divorce. I mean that we will be zombies, walking dead, because a fundamental part of our...
  • Gene Simmons Wins Argument with HuffPo Host over Speaking '[expletive] English'

    08/17/2014 3:00:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 15, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)This week, KISS rocker Gene Simmons not only embraced assimilation and the importance of English for immigrants to succeed, he gave a textbook example of how to successfully--and forcefully--do so on hostile turf. He did so with no apologies--and plenty of compassion. In an entertaining interview on HuffPostLive, Simmons said he was "given all the advantages of native-born children" after coming to the country when he was eight years of age, which he said was "astonishing" compared to other nations. Why? Because he learned "[expletive] English" and embraced America's melting pot instead of separatism (salad bowl). "I'm actually saying the...
  • Who's number 1? Really? What country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English?

    08/13/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/13/2014
    WHAT country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English in the world?  Try to think of five countries before reading on. Done?  The answer, according to GlobalEnglish, is probably not what you think.  (GlobalEnglish is owned by Pearson, which part-owns The Economist).  Remember that the survey tested non-native speakers, so don't be too distracted by the placement of the Anglophone countries.  Still, Global English's results are very strange. If you thought that the Philippines has the best business English in the world, and that Germany would miss the top 25, you haven't had the same work and travel experiences I...
  • Fired Texas Principal Speaks Out: ‘It Would Be Best to Speak English in Classrooms’

    08/10/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas’ Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the school’s campus. “I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for [state] tests,” she wrote in a letter to the Houston Chronicle explaining her side of the story. “It is...
  • Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

    07/20/2014 4:33:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Growing up, I was – as I assume you were – inundated with lists of “the benefits of citizenship.” The list was long and capped, naturally, by the fact the United States was the best, strongest, freest nation on the planet. Being an American was a source of pride. But is it still? Do the benefits of citizenship still outweigh the alternative? As progressives cheer the dissolution of our southern border and, by extension, our sovereignty, it’s worth looking at the benefits of non-citizenship illegal aliens now enjoy and comparing them to the responsibilities of citizenship. Most people don’t like...