Lopez overcharged for ordering Chinese food in English
“We saw other customers getting a different menu,” David Lopez told the New York Daily News. “We were told we could order from it if we spoke Chinese.”
“The prices on that menu, written in Chinese, were an average of $1 ...
The Nation's Woman Problem
What in the name of Martha Burk is going on at The Nation?
The cover of their November 21st issue shows President Bush groveling to several men who opposed former Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. Not one single ...
Against Immigration Defeatism Ii
In addition to David and Rich’s ideasfor turning up the heat on illegal aliens, require anyone who demandsgovernment services in a language other than English to provide proof oflegal U.S. residency. You want to take the driver’s ...
"Rebuilding a Mainstream Consensus For Environmentalism."
The full text of Mark Van Putten’s essay, “Rebuilding a Mainstream Consensus for Environmentalism,” discussed by G. Tracy Mehan III today in NRO,is on line here.His critique closely matches many of the essays on the ...
For Roe to Live, Terri Schiavo Had to Die
So argues The Nation’s resident abortion absolutist, Katha Pollitt:The Schiavo case only looks unprecedented: For decades, women seeking to terminate pregnancies have faced gantlets of screamers, invasions of privacy, violence in the name of “saving babies,” charges of ...
"Schiavo Protesters Not All Christian Conservatives"
says Reuters: Eleanor Smith of Decatur, Georgia, sat on Tuesday in a motorized wheelchair in front of the hospice, baking in the sun, with a sign on her lap reading, “This agnostic liberal says ‘Feed Terri.”‘ … Smith, 65, had ...
Senator Coburn Introduces E.O. 13166 Repeal Bill
Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) introduced legislation, S.557, torepeal ClintonExecutive Order 13166 late this afternoon.The Coburn bill, coupled with Congressman Peter King’s E.O. 13166 repealbill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 136), means that for the firsttime since 1998, virtually identical ...
Spanish fluency may now be required for those who seek to coach the New York Mets’, according to the HREF=”http://www.nydailynews.com/02-27-2005/sports/baseball/story/284807p-243988c.html”>New York Daily News:Two years after Roberto ...
"Fact Obsessed Bloggers" Via Comedy Central
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on “‘Fact’ Obsessed Bloggers” (4 1/2 minute multimedia clip with a required ad to view first, works poorly on dial up connections). Partial transcript:Stephen Colbert, Senior Media Correspondent: “I draw the line with these ‘attack ...
New England 31, Philadelphia 21
New England’s big-play linebacker Teddy Bruschi returns an interception fora touchdown. Eagles offense under 100 yards rushing. Eagle wide receiverTerrell Owens one catch for seven yards, TD.
Purple-Fingered Iraqis Teaches U.S. a Lesson
Just before the SOTU began, there was discussion on MSNBC about someRepublicans inking a finger in solidarity with the Iraqi people. ChrisMatthews suggested that the U.S. should adopt a similar system to preventmultiple voting in American elections.
Paging Father Damien Karras
One actual reaction to Senator Hillary Clinton’s self-proclaimed new moderation on abortion: “My head lifted off my shoulders and spun around, I was so mad,” said one pro-choice Democrat. Something like Linda Blair in “The Exorcist”?
Dog Bites Man: Kerry Criticizes Election Outcome
NYTimes: The Massachusetts Democrat, Bush’s challenger in November, spoke at Boston’s annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast. He reiterated that he decided not to challenge the election results, but “thousands of people were suppressed in the effort to ...
The Continuing Election Saga of Washington State
Washington State Democrats may have had another ace up their sleeve in their governor’s race. King County “a Democratic stronghold,” not only discovered a trove of 700+ uncounted ballots just in time for the second recount, but produced 3,539 more votes ...
Jonah Snuck a Star Trek Reference Past K-Lo
Re: Jonah on MA-IA-HII!. K-Lo must really be tired given that the English version of “99 Luftballoons”contains the following:Everyone’s a Captain Kirk.
With orders to identify.
To clarify and classify.
Why Labor Unions Lose Members
Richard “Skip” Daly, business manager of the Laborers, Hod Carriers, Cement Workers and Miners Local Union 169, complains to The Nation: They voted for a Republican who’s got the biggest deficit spending ever; they voted against all of ...
Know The Future. Read "The Corner."
Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online, “The Corner,” March 19, 2004: “I do wish Sullivan would save time and come out for Kerry now. In just a matter of time he will come up with the rationalizations …”Andrew Sullivan, “Why ...
Jonah, NRO readers should be thankful John Kerry has just five bills to his credit during his 20-year Senate career. The potential cost of a mountain of legislation pushed through by an energetic Senator Kerry is frightening to contemplate.
Kerry Lectured An Empty Room
I was told time and time again in 1999 that a Texas Governor named George W. Bush was terrific in small groups. Now I see what they meant. Bush feeds off people’s reaction like a good businessman/salesman. Kerry’s ...
What a Glorious Nro Party!
Not only are Kate and Jim O’Beirne dream hosts, but their parties are like the Washington events Alan Drury described in Advise and Consent: elegant conversation about topics esoteric or deep politics, your choice.
Brother Derbyshire alone ...
The Nation, a far-left magazine that still believes Alger Hiss innocent, seldom speaks well of any Republican. Yet its just-released May 3rd issue carries an article ”Election Matters: The GOP Hunts Its Own” which bluntly backs Pennsylvania’s ...
Richard Corliss of Time has concisely cataloged the various hypocrisies of critics of “The Passion Of the Christ.” Sample:[W]e defend Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” which portrays Jesus as a human who slowly ...
Taxpayer-Funded Taxpayer Lunacy in Nyc
New York City translates school notices from its chancellor into “Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Urdu, Arabic, Haitian Creole and Bengali.” Not good enough, complained the New York Immigration Coalition and Advocates for Children this week. The groups insist that New ...
For the first time, tonight’s State of the Union message will be followed by a Democratic response in Spanish via Univision.If our political leaders in Washington bothered to read anything about Hispanic voters besides press releases from the ...
Alec Baldwin's Cinematic Comeuppance
Plenty of Alec Baldwin abuse inthe new Cat in the Hat movie. A bit of a surprise from Hollywood given that purebred liberal Baldwin threatened to leave the country if George W. Bush was elected. Note to Jonah – ...
A Stopped Clock Is Right Twice a Day
The Arabic translator scandal is page-one news in Monday’s Washington Times. For once, Senator Charles Schumer (Dem., New York) is quoted asking precisely the right question:“The presumption is that everyone at Guantanamo … went through some kind of background ...
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is on the Senate floor right now
(quoting NRO no less) saying he will put
in legislation to make the current
citizenship oath text the law of the land.
Forked Tongue in California Debate
During tonight’s California governor candidates’ forum, Peter Ueberroth,
urged the state’s schools to concentrate on “proficiency in
English.” Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante responded, “We already know
how to teach English.”
What do you mean “we,” Cruz? In 1998, California’...
Canadians Deny Causing Blackout
Via the < a HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63592-2003Aug15.html">Washington
Canadians cried “don’t blame us” as the search for the cause of the massive
blackout resulted in finger-pointing across the border. … Canadians were
Is There a Hispanic Vote? Ii
Raul Damas — a smart pollster and a nice guy — disagrees
with my views on the so-called Hispanic vote.
Overly large political shorthand can obscure real targets of
opportunity. Raul mentions “pro-life voters.” They are just as
non-monolithic as are “Hispanic ...
Last week’s New Yorker tale of unrest at the
New York Times, “Tumult in the Newsroom,”
mentions that the paper entrusted the translation of
an Arabic phrase to “a clerk who happened to be
Multnomah County Oregon announced todaythat a Klingon translator would not be required after all. They termed the request an “overzealous attempt” to ensure that they could respond to all patients. They are, however, still searching for translators for over 50 additional ...
English Literacy and The Nfl Draft
With millions of dollars at stake during this weekend’s NFL draft,
professional football teams seek to measure the intelligence of each
prospective player in addition to his physical ability. Thus the
importance of the Wonderlic
psychological test. (You can ...
“Iraq, the religious and historical cradle of civilization,
is a potent metaphor for femininity. . . . The invasion
of Iraq is a crime against all women, against all
that is feminine and sacred.”
– Leah C. Wells, ”Reckless Abandon”.
The Nation’s Katha Pollitt responds to an NRO piece:
Back in May, I received brickbats, whatever they are, for a column titled “Regressive Progressive?” in which I pointed out Dennis Kucinich’s little-noticed 100 percent antichoice voting record ...
The Capitol Steps were on CNBC on Christmas eve.
This parody was priceless:
“And now a holiday message from your friends at
the American Civil Liberties Union”
[sung to the tune of “Away in a Manger”]
Away with ...
Election 02 Flash Re Pataki
Que sera sera, but as I noted for NRO
last year: “I suspect linguistic pandering will be a bipartisan occupation. Never mind that this sort of thing is an insult to the many immigrants who have
Election 02 Flash Clueless Ag
South Dakota’s Argus Leader proclaims ”No
Illegal Ballots Found”, thanks to statements by Attorney General Mark
Barnett. The Argus Leader is itself not so sanguine, noting that
“Barnett has smothered discussion of widespread voting irregularities.”
Only when the Bush administration opposes renewal of the federal bilingual ballot mandate, will I believe it means what it says about assimilation. Until then, their statements about the importance of immigrants learning English are boilerplate boob bait for Bubbas.
From “HugoChavez: A Walk in the Footsteps of Arbenz, Allende”: “Hugo Chavez … has created school music programs that have resulted in lower street crime and a resurgence of classical music.”Wasn’t Castro credited with making an honored place in ...
Little League Language Rights
A Methuen, Massachusetts Little League team blames its state tournament loss on an umpire’s order that players and coaches speak only English during a game: “Coaches said the order demoralized the Methuen players and cost the team the game.”...
How Liberals Could Thrive in a Post-Nuclear-Option Senate
Jonathan Adlerhas already linked to the American Prospect’s counterproposal to end all filibusters. The Prospect article includes a discussion of a one-page memo of mine on the dangers of the nuclear option. That memo is ...
Salon, Bull Moose and Grover Norquist
Today, Bull Moose strongly endorses Grover Norquist’s complaint about GOP involvement in the Schiavo case because of the results of opinion polls: Advocates of using federal power to keep this woman alive need to seriously study the polling data ...
Senate Passes Schiavo Bill
[The private relief bill.] By voice vote. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) announced he would vote “no.”
Attorneys for Republican Dino Rossi, Washington State’s Republican nominee for governor in 2004, have released a list of 1,135 “alleged felons, people who voted twice and dead people” who cast illegal votes in a race which Democrat Christine Gregoire was declared ...
“As soon as I got into my car for the four-block ride back to EPA headquarters …” — Christine Todd Whitman, at that time head of the Environmental Protection Agency, in her new book, It’s My Party, Too, page 176.
John Derbyshire, Meet Homer Simpson
Via the NewYork Times: “‘The Simpsons’ has been featured … in a mathematicalcourse to explore topics like calculus and Riemanniangeometry.”A Simpsons = math episodeindex is here.
Democrats Spanish Sotu Reponse
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Co-Chair of the Senate Hispanic Task Force, and Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, delivered the Spanish- language response to the President’s State of the Union.
Fairness demands that the Democrats ...
Bush’s immigration remarks in the SOTU weren’t in the White Housepre-speech talking points. I wonder why?
Washington State's Language Problem
What do you think of when you hear the words “language conflict”? Quebec, Canada? Miami, Florida? Try the Washington State, Secretary of State’s office, which is under fire for the inaccuracy of its Chinese translations. Example: a statement about ...
"Turkeygate" On The House Floor
Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller concluded her remarks yesterday on the Ohio election complaint with: “These challenges today are turkeys. These turkeys should be given to someone else.”
Don't Just Stand There -- Spend Money
Brother Derbyshire has made an excellent point on how public charity can diminish private charity, a point further illustrated by The Nation’s John Nichols, who opines today on the “proper” amount the U.S. should be spending on tsunami ...
My Father, Thanksgiving & The Detroit Lions
Thanksgiving and the Detroit Lions have gone together since the 1930’s and in my parent’s house since the 1950’s.The Lions last championship was won in 1957. Since that time, the Lions have generally been awful, with occasional bursts of ...
New York Daily News columnist E.R. Shipp on Arlen Specter, prospective chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee:I am part of the America that did not give President Bush a mandate to do anything, let alone push through a ...
The Florida supreme court ruled unanimously against a coalition of labor unions, the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way Foundation and other groups who sought to allow Florida voters to cast provisional ballots anywhere in the state ...
Kerry, Berry, and The Bush Civil-Rights Record
John Kerry’s attack tonight on the Bush civil rights record could have beentaken verbatim from a 181-page political tract disguised as aninterim report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, RedefiningRights in America-The Civil Rights Record of ...
Arianna Huffington argues that President Bush is unfairly using religion against John Kerry: “To hear them tell it, a vote for Kerry is a vote against God and Country. Talk about hitting way, way below the belt.”
Arianna, meet Rev. ...
A Democratic Speaker (Wisely) Not Ready For Primetime
Among the speakers presenting the Democratic platform at their national convention today will be Bill Lann Lee, former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, a man whose civil rights agenda was so radical he was never confirmed by the U....
This week’s issue of The New Yorker (April 12th) contains a lengthyarticle on the Pennsylvania Senate race, “Fight on the Right” (notavailable online), complete with a most remarkable admission from incumbentArlen Specter:“When I came to the ...
Passion Earns $23.6 Million
The Passion of the Christ earned $23.6 million during its Wednesday opening. The New York Times was ready on Thursday morning to explain it away: “Daytime showings in Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas, where churches had bought blocks ...
More On The Virginia Primary Front
Alexandria, Virginia, is a Democratic stronghold, a major part of the state’s Eighth Congressional District that gave Al Gore 55% of its votes in 2000 and Ralph Nader an additional 4%. As of this past Sunday morning, “Clark for President” signs were ...
Howard Dean offered his views on HREF=”http://www.cal.org/ebonics/eboped.html”>Ebonics during an HREF=”http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0102-05.htm”>interview with Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson:Dean said his own education about unconscious racism ...
Divorce & Language Litigation
For only the second time in my memory, a judge has ruled ordered a parent to speak less Spanish to his own child. The first was in 1995. The second was this week. The 1995 case involved a divorced husband seeking unsupervised ...
The latest polls have California’s Governor Grey Davis staring at possible defeat in the October 7th recall election. Meanwhile “the poll found troubles emerging for [Lt. Gov.] Bustamante as voters learn more about him. His unfavorable rating surged from 29% ...
The big bilingual Democratic presidential debate was a bore. Some
questions were asked in both Spanish and English. Others were asked in
English only. Some candidates volunteered answers in both Spanish and
English — Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s burst of Spanish ...
Bilingual Democrat Debate Thursday
Via The Note:
This week alone brings some crucial developments in the Invisible Primary, most notably the first DNC sanctioned presidential debate this Thursday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All nine declared candidates are scheduled to attend this event, ...
Rush On The Philosophy of Football
A conservative philosophy in football is wide open and based on the pursuit
of excellence, individuals working as a team. The liberal philosophy, if it
were applied to football, would be you spend most of your time blaming
everybody for ...
Yes, K-Lo, I’m Smiling
when I read a CBS News/New York Times poll which reports: “Succeeding generations of Hispanics — those born in the U.S. — speak English, watch English-language media, and follow U.S. news and ...
Readers of The Nation are reminded again and again that those who
sought to expose communist spies during the 1950’s were paranoid,
Thus the shock of reading the magazine’s June 9th issue, in which Patricia
Williams suggests ...
Pro-War Jay Leno Producer Speaks Out
For those startled by Rod Dreher’s post
this morning, ABC
News adds these alarming details:
[A]n FBI agent named Gamal Abdel-Hafiz seriously damaged the investigation.
[FBI Agent Robert] Wright says Abdel-Hafiz, who is Muslim, refused to
This Sunday’s Grammy Awards program is expected to include the first Spanish-only advertisement during a national English-language television network broadcast.
Procter & Gamble Co. believes its Spanish-only Crest toothpaste ad will help the company “connec[t] with Hispanic consumers.” P&...
The Wall Street Journal has an article today on translation issues
in medical offices (“For Ill Immigrants, Doctors’ Orders Get Lost in
Translation,” Jan 9, 2003) which hints at the expense of Clinton Executive
Proof that there is no ...
Election 02 Flash Pro-English Leader Wins in Iowa
Iowa’s State Senator Steve King, the leader of the state’s official English
effort, was elected
Election 02 Flash English Wins in Mass.
With 25% of Massachusetts precincts reporting, English immersion is winning 71% — 29%.
The popularity of the Unz anti-bilingual education initiative was demonstrated during the October 29th debate when Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for governor said “we need English immersion in our state” ...
Election 02 Flash More Minnesota Election Problems
“Minnesota has election-day voter registration: Show up at the polls with some documents establishing who you are and where you live, and you can vote. . . .
“Minnesota law [also] allows a registered voter to bring six unregistered ones with him or ...