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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,”...
  • New twist in University of Oklahoma race [Frat Mom used n word]

    03/10/2015 6:42:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/10/15
    New revelations are fueling the outrage at the University of Oklahoma and beyond. Some members of the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity face disciplinary action. A video surfaced Sunday showing members chanting a racist song containing the "n-word." ....When CBS News spoke with her, she was reacting to the nine-second video of students chanting racial slurs. But on Tuesday morning, it's her own words that have set the internet ablaze. In the 2013 video posted on Vine, Gilbow is seen "rapping" the lyrics to a song that includes the "n-word."
  • Proper English Grammar Is Now Racist

    03/03/2015 7:43:40 AM PST · by rktman · 83 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/3/2015 | Patricia L. Dickson
    It seems like not a day goes by without me reading about some new absurdity. I ran across an article written by some left-wing lunatic who purports to be an English teacher and who is part of what she calls the “social justice movement”. She writes for a blog called Everyday Feminist. She claims that demanding that everyone speak proper English grammar is “grammar snobbery” and is oppressive and racist. Why is it oppressive and racist? Because the dictionary was written by a white supremacist, heteropatriarchal system:
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  • Language Quiz: Are You on Fleek?

    02/23/2015 2:39:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | FEB. 22, 2015 | WILSON ANDREWS and JOSH KATZ
    Yolo. Rekt. Bae. Xans. Lordt. Every era has its own version of emerging language, and the new words and phrases of our time tend to spring from the Internet – from emails, texts, tweets and other rapid-fire, written communication. They’re often acronyms or abbreviations. Some become enduring parts of communication – as O.K., P.S. and R.S.V.P. did, from earlier times – while others flare briefly and then fade. To get a sense for which of today’s emerging terms are on the rise, which are fading and which may have longevity, Jack Grieve, a linguist at Aston University in England, analyzed...
  • Unicorns and Rainbows

    02/22/2015 9:59:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/22/15 | Dr. Brad Lyles
    Left slaughters us with language. They unpack, repack words and phrases ten times before we've even gotten out of bed in the morning. They take this issue seriously. So should we We Conservative Republicans have no more time to ‘get it right.’ For too long we’ve been content with the fact our arguments are principled, logical, supported by the evidence and by history. We Conservative Republicans are so right about economic and political matters, yet so wrong in our marketing and sales of Conservative ideas. So, even though our ideas lead reliably to abundance for all, we are at every...
  • Jamaican authorities seize 3,300 warheads

    11/30/2013 4:12:44 AM PST · by GregNH · 88 replies
    FoxNY ^ | 11/296/13 | Unknown
    <p>KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets.</p> <p>Deputy Police Superintendent Steve Brown said Friday that custom officials discovered the weapons late Thursday aboard a ship at Kingston Wharf.</p>
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  • 'V' Is for Very: The rise of the shortest possible abbreviation and what it means for the future

    01/14/2015 7:21:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tanya Basu
    Over lunch one day, a co-worker grumbled about something being "v. annoying." It took a second for me to understand what the quick, consonant blip pre-adjective was, and when my brain processed it, I realized something: Yet again, we'd contextualized Internet slang into a colloquialism. Or was it as new-fangled as it seemed? OMG, after all, the classic abbreviation—used by squealing pre-teens, shocked parents, and everyone in between to evoke a three-syllabic exclamation of emotions ranging from surprise to ironic excitement—was one of the original text acronyms to be translated from cellphone screen to language (remember those "scandalous" Gossip Girl...
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  • Excerpt From The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks VOLUME II.

    12/02/2014 4:12:26 PM PST · by cob201 · 3 replies
    Evansayet.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Evan Sayet
    The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks is my bestselling book considered definitive by many. It offers my "Unified Field Theory of Liberalism" which Bill Whittle declared has "forever changed and clarified" the way he views the world. This is an excerpt from VOLUME II, to be released in 2015.
  • NBC's Peter Pan changes offensive lyrics of song 'Ugg-a-Wugg' that stereotypes Native Americans

    11/18/2014 5:46:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 46 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Nov. 18, 2014
    NBC will broadcast a live production of 'Peter Pan' starring Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook on December 4 Some of the songs have been changed - including 'Ugg-a-Wugg', which is performed by Peter Pan and Tiger Lily It previously featured made-up 'Native American-sounding' words that have now been replaced with nursery rhymesNBC has changed the lyrics of the song 'Ugg-a-Wugg' for its live show of Peter Pan after the words were deemed to be offensive to Native Americans. The original number, performed by Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, featured lines including 'the brave noble...
  • In Arizona, a Navajo high school emerges as a defender of the Washington Redskins

    10/28/2014 5:43:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/27/14 | Ian Shapira
    ....Inside the Red Mesa High School locker room, Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” blared on the stereo as players hurried to strap on their helmets and gather for a pregame prayer and pep talk..... ....Most of the people in Red Mesa not only reject claims that their team’s nickname is a slur, they have emerged as a potent symbol in the heated debate over the name of the more widely known Redskins — Washington’s NFL team. More than half the school’s 220 students eagerly accepted free tickets from the team for an Oct. 12 game near Phoenix, where they confronted Native American...
  • 7 More Words You Didn’t Know Had Christian Origins

    10/13/2014 8:58:52 AM PDT · by millegan · 20 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 13th, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Previously, we brought you “7 Words You Didn’t Know Had Christian Origins.” But, of course, Christians have contributed far more than just seven words to our language! So here are seven more words you didn’t know had Christian origins. 1) Goodbye “Goodbye” (also “goodby,” “good bye,” or “good-bye”), comes from the older English term “godbwye,” which is a contraction of “God be with ye.” (“God be with ye” = “godbwye”) The French (adieu) and Spanish (adios) words for parting ways are also related to commending the person to God. [There are 6 more at the link]
  • Politically Correct Language Thoughts

    10/10/2014 11:35:15 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 10 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    If a prostitute is a sex worker, is a thief an expropriation worker? And a hitman a dispatch worker? If a homosexual is gay, is a necrophiliac happy? If Before Christ is Before the Common Era and Anno Domini is Common Era, is Jesus Christ a common good? If a person who criticises Islam is suffering from Islamophobia, is a person who criticises him suffering from Islamophobiaphobia? If someone opposed to Third World immigration to the West is a racist, is someone in favour of it a Westist? If believing that a woman should cook is misogynist, is believing...
  • The lingo conceals the lies

    10/10/2014 7:09:31 AM PDT · by relictele · 3 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | Frederick Forsyth
    LANGUAGE matters and every day our lives are governed by things we are told. And language means the use of words. That is why propaganda is the first weapon of the dictator - the power to bend the real meaning of words in order to bend the listener/reader's mind. The two weapons of the propagandist are the misnomer (the wrong word with the wrong meaning) and the euphemism (the wimp that dare not say what it really means.) Way out in the lead for both categories is the BBC. Listen to the news and you'll see what I mean. The...
  • How Liberals Dominate the Public Debate

    10/07/2014 11:04:41 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2014 | CM Phillips
    According to former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, the Democrats have a linguistics “Jedi” named George Lakoff (rhymes with back off), a Professor of Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley. He advises Democrats on how to win in the political arena by controlling the language. Lakoff's theory -- according to his Little Blue Book -- is that people use metaphors or narratives make decisions about politics. The way liberals frame issues in narratives undermines conservative’s positions in a subtle way that lets Democrats easily defend their disastrous policies. Here are ten examples: 10) ObamaCare – At one point, the president embraced the...
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  • How Liberals Dominate the Public Debate: By Controlling the Language.

    10/07/2014 7:09:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/07/2014 | CM Phillips
    According to former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, the Democrats have a linguistics “Jedi” named George Lakoff (rhymes with back off), a Professor of Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley. He advises Democrats on how to win in the political arena by controlling the language. Lakoff's theory -- according to his Little Blue Book -- is that people use metaphors or narratives make decisions about politics. The way liberals frame issues in narratives undermines conservative’s positions in a subtle way that lets Democrats easily defend their disastrous policies.Here are ten examples: 10) ObamaCare – At one point, the president embraced the word...
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    10/01/2014 12:50:52 PM PDT · by fishtank · 11 replies
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  • FCC will consider punishing broadcasters for saying 'Redskins'

    10/01/2014 7:28:25 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 77 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 9/30/14 | SI Wire
    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday that the FCC will consider punishing broadcasters for using "Redskins" on air. The Federal Communications Commission will consider punishing broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins' nickname on air, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said during a conference call with reporters, according to Reuters. Legal activist John Banzhaf III, a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., petitioned the FCC to revoke a Washington radio station's broadcast license due to its repeated use of the nickname. Wheeler said his organization will "be looking into that petition." "There are a lot of names...
  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 179 replies
    OneHourSelfPub.com ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | Dave Bricker
    Discus­sions of English Language pet peeves pro­vide an enter­tain­ing forum for the expres­sion of ire. In fact, if a “pet” is some­thing we cher­ish, and a “peeve” is some­thing that annoys us, “pet peeves” are what we love to hate. Here’s a col­lec­tion of com­mon English solecisms—guaranteed not to lit­er­ally blow your mind:
  • Word Crimes Weird Al" Yankovic video

    09/06/2014 9:50:07 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | Jul 15, 2014 | WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
    WEIRD AL YANKOVIC LYRICS "Word Crimes" [Intro:] Everybody shut up, WOO! Everyone listen up! Hey, hey, hey, uh Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey [Verse 1:] If you can't write in the proper way If you don't know how to conjugate Maybe you flunked that class And maybe now you find That people mock you online [Bridge:] Okay, now here's the deal I'll try to educate ya Gonna familiarize You with the nomenclature You'll learn the definitions Of nouns and prepositions Literacy's your mission And that's why I think it's a [Chorus:] Good time To learn some grammar Now, did...
  • Obama ‘Tipping His Hat’ to ISIS by Calling Them ‘ISIL’

    09/05/2014 4:52:55 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 43 replies
    Media Ite ^ | 09.05.14 | chickensouop
    So Hussein (Obama) Decides to Call ISIS ISIL and the Media is Unquestioningly Complicit? Ainsley Earhardt: “They changed the name in the middle of all this to ISIL. They don’t have the right to do that. We’re going to continue to call them ISIS.” Harris Faulkner: “So our president is tipping his hat to them.” Earhardt: “They changed the name…” Faulkner: “So, it’s the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Levant is a bigger territory. That’s why they want to embrace that name and it includes many, many more countries than just Syria.” Jesse Watters: “And I think the...
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  • The American Exceptionalism Dictionary

    08/23/2014 6:22:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | Steve Deace
    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”-The Princess BrideWe are now reaping a bitter generational harvest in America, sown into the ground because we have permitted: Marxists almost unchecked dominance of the influential platforms of pop culture and the classroom. Too many of our churches to retreat into some “comfortably numb” seeker-friendly Xanadu, where they building suburban palaces instead of culture. The Republican Party to be taken over by a feckless political class either unwilling or incapable of defending and advancing our principles. One of the most rotten fruits of this...
  • The Priesthood of All Believers?

    08/13/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 105 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, and other verses refer to the (ordained) ministerial priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9 refers to the "priesthood" of the laity. The ministers handle preaching and the Sacraments. The laity simply participate. Scripture makes a strong distinction.ierateuma/hierateuma (lay priesthood, Greek, Strong's #2406) [1 Peter 2:9, Lexicon] sacerdotium (lay priesthood, Latin) [1 Peter 2:9] presbuteroi/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Greek, Strong's #4245) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, Lexicon] presbyteri/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Latin) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15] —Follow me, Answering Protestants, and Catholic Analysis on Twitter, Like Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis...
  • Dead solid certainty this movie would not have the same name TODAY! "The Gay Bride" 1934 [Vanity]

    08/10/2014 8:14:35 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 13 replies
    TCM Carole Lombard Day - 14 movies 1934 - "The Gay Bride" - A gorgeous chorus girl determined to marry into money finds one wealthy beau after another while a handsome bodyguard remains devoted, hoping to win her heart. Carole Lombard, Chester Morris, ZaSu Pitts, Nat Pendleton, Sam Hardy
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  • Tennessee Nuclear Lab Cancels 'Lose Your Southern Accent' Class

    07/31/2014 4:26:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 115 replies
    NBC ^ | 7/29/14
    A nuclear lab in Tennessee has canceled a "Southern accent reduction" class after employees raised heck about what they saw as a slap in their Southern faces, the class instructor said Tuesday.
  • Learn to read Chinese... with ease. [Video]

    07/29/2014 11:03:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    http://www.wimp.com ^ | 07/29/2014 | ShaoLan Hsueh
    Very interesting and informative talk and video presentation on how to learn basic Chinese characters.................
  • What Is a Progressive

    07/14/2014 6:04:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 19, 2011 | John C. Goodman
    When is the last time you heard a liberal describe himself as a "liberal"? It’s probably been a long time. These days, those on the left are more likely to call themselves "progressives." Writing in The New York Times, Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs said there have been two progressive eras — one in the early 20th century and the second under Franklin Roosevelt. He called on modern liberals to usher in a third era. But what exactly is "progressivism"? To many people, the term "Progressive Era" evokes fond caricatures of Teddy Roosevelt and such reforms as safe food, the...
  • Breitbart Exclusive—Sarah Palin: 'It's Time to Impeach' President Obama

    07/08/2014 8:26:22 AM PDT · by kristinn · 139 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.” Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold...
  • Feds Say Businesses Can't Require Employees to Speak or Understand English

    07/08/2014 8:59:59 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 July 2014 | John Semmens
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of Green Bay, Wisconsin for discriminating against non-native persons by insisting that employees must be conversant in English in order to hold jobs with the company. Jacqueline Berrien, EEOC Chairperson dismissed the possibility that some minimal competence in the English language might be a legitimate skill required of an employee. "Whether an employee understands English is a matter of convenience for the business,":Berrien explained. "Granted, conducting business in a single language might be more efficient. But the individual's right to speak whatever language he chooses is a human right....
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  • No, ‘Illegal’ Is Not Like the N-Word: Suppressing language does not change objective reality.

    07/07/2014 1:06:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/07/2014 | Walter Hudson
    Test Yourself Are you smart enough to get into private kindergarten? Take this test from Bright Kids NYC and find out how you fare on AABL practice questions. Question 1 of 5 Which flag completes the pattern? MANHATTAN — Some of the city's most elite private schools will soon require 4-year-olds to take a new, harder admissions test given on an iPad and designed to assess math and literacy skills. The educational services company ERB's Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) will be given for the first time in October and is a significant departure from the previous, IQ-like test most New York...
  • Federal Gov’t Sues Wisconsin Company, Says English-Language Requirement is 'Discrimination'

    07/02/2014 3:49:02 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 64 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes “discrimination.” Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that the government is accusing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on “national origin.” The government argues this includes the “linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.” Irene Garcia, the blog editor and Spanish media...
  • Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? [The Butchering of the English Language!]

    06/29/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 29, 2014
    Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? BBC Trending By BBC Trending Is there a distinctive "Indian English"? Yes, according to a hashtag that's been trending in the country - #IndianEnglish. "Open the windows and let the atmosphere come in." "Today is my Happy Birthday." These are a couple of examples being shared on the hashtag #IndianEnglish. Since it took off early on Thursday, it's been used around 20,000 times in India. It was started by 22-year-old Ojas Korde, a masters student in public relations from Mumbai. "On Twitter, we take things lightly," he told BBC Trending. Indians often translate directly...
  • States encourage bilingualism with diploma seals

    06/28/2014 8:42:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 28, 2014 | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from Corvallis High School this month, her diploma had a little something extra — an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual. Dual-language programs have gained in popularity across the country as employers seek bilingual, bicultural workers, and more parents view bilingualism as necessary for their children's success in a globalized world. Such programs are offered in Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Russian, among other languages, and many have waiting lists.
  • How jargon hurt the culture at GM

    06/20/2014 12:25:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Jena McGregor
    The unsparing and harshly critical report from attorney Anton Valukas' investigation into General Motors, which held its annual shareholders meeting Tuesday morning, finds an array of culprits behind the company's ignition switch crisis. It cites a lack of urgency in the culture and, as GM CEO Mary Barra described it, "a pattern of incompetence." It blames an unwillingness of those in the know to reconsider their conclusions, and a dizzying number of committees with little clear accountability. The report also makes several references to the role corporate speak played in the wrongdoing. Typically, we think of corporate speak as trivialities...
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  • How do people lose their native language? (Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years...)

    06/04/2014 11:44:25 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 65 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 June 2014 Last updated at 19:07 ET | no byline
    Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years until he was captured by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan five years ago. But since his release, he has trouble speaking it, says his father. How can you lose your native language, asks Taylor Kate Brown. Some people have gone decades without speaking or hearing their first language but they retain the ability to speak it easily, says Dr Monika Schmid, a linguistics professor at the University of Essex in the UK. But others begin losing fluency within a few years of not speaking it. It's rare to totally lose command of a...
  • Bob Bergdahl Journeyed Deep Into Afghan Books, Language to Save His Son

    06/04/2014 2:10:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | June 3, 2014 | Michael Martinez
    When Bob Bergdahl was formally introduced to America in the White House Rose Garden beside the President, he was startling to see and hear at first: the father had seemingly morphed into an Afghan tribesman, wearing a long beard and even speaking Pashto. The transformation of the former UPS delivery man was five years in the making in the mountain valleys of Idaho, sparked when his son Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in June 2009. In the half decade that he and wife crusaded for their son's release -- finally won this past weekend...
  • America's Linguistic Melting Pot

    05/29/2014 2:21:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2014
    Here at GPS, we love deep data dives. We also revel in the fact that America continues to be the melting pot that it has always been. So we were interested to see a piece on Slate.com last week analyzing the most common languages spoken in each state using U.S. census data. This first map is predictable – other than English, Spanish is the most spoken language in almost all U.S. states. But watch what happens when you remove Spanish from the equation. Now there is the melting pot. In Michigan, Arabic clocks in as the third most commonly spoken...
  • Microsoft Shows Off Real-Time Skype Translator

    05/27/2014 11:19:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday May 28, 2014
    Microsoft Corp showed off a test version of a real-time, spoken-word translation service for Skype calls on Tuesday, the first time the world's largest software company has demonstrated the breakthrough technology publicly in the United States. Skype Translator, as it is currently called, allows speakers in different languages to hear the other's words spoken in their own language, according to a demo introduced by chief executive officer Satya Nadella at the Code Conference technology gathering in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
  • FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. "I Told T.I. ...'THESE HOS AIN'T LOYAL'" [Paging Don Imus]

    05/27/2014 9:14:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    tmz ^ | 5/27/14
    Hours after Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and T.I. squared off over the rapper's wife ... Floyd sent a not so subtle message to T.I. ... "These hos ain't loyal."
  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/26/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 May 2014 | Reuters
    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. "Aramaic," the pope interjected. "He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back. Like many things in the Middle East, where the pope is on the last leg of a three-day visit, modern-day discourse about Jesus is complicated and often political. A Jew, Jesus was born in...
  • Steve King Takes on Senate Girly Men (well worth watching in entirety)

    05/23/2014 11:05:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 5/23/14 | Daniel Horowitz
    Senator Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have taken it upon themselves to single out Rep. Steve King on the floor of the Senate for having the courage to stand for We the People against open borders. As we noted yesterday, the party has refused to defend him, and top NRSC aides are involved in an ad campaign against him. Well, when nobody in the party defends you, a man’s got to do it himself. King took to the House floor to respond to them. You can watch the full clip here.