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Connecting With Daily Life of the Past

The struggle for the serious study and appreciation of literature continues in our society, where enormous emphasis has been placed on the “practical” disciplines of math and science, and specialized academics more and more produce arcane, overtly politicized work that the public seems to find joyless and irrelevant. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



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EU Rejects Aggressive Cut in Carbon Emissions

On Tuesday, conservative British representatives led the European Parliament to reject a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 in a preliminary vote stirred by claims that such a sharp decrease taken out of step with other nations would drive businesses out of EU countries. (more)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



Sarah Palin Refudiates English

Move over, George W. Bush, there’s a new language butcher and she’s on a tear. Sarah Palin loved her made-up word refudiate so much she used it twice—first in an interview and again on Twitter. Realizing she blew it, Palin corrected the word to refute but then used it incorrectly. Eventually, she compared herself to William Shakespeare and called it a day.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Said What?

Sound the alarm: The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam taken by high school students across the U.S. uses a quotation from the late Palestinian-American scholar and activist Edward Said. Some Jewish students are complaining that use of the Said material politicizes the test.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


In Arizona, Accent on the Ridiculous

As if Arizona isn’t already up to its ears in anti-immigrant controversy, the state is now removing teachers who are believed to have too heavy an accent from classes for students still learning English.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Ballas

The War on Language

Those who seek to dominate our behavior first seek to dominate our speech. They seek to obscure meaning. The English- and Arabic-speaking worlds are each beset with a similar assault on language.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


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NFL Star Discovers That Londoners Speak English

Clearly doing little to raise America’s profile abroad, Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said that, until his team was booked to play against the New York Giants at London’s Wembley Stadium, he didn’t know that people in England spoke English

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Sir Patrick Moore:  BBC Stargazer, Equal Opportunity Offender

Veteran BBC presenter and astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, host of “The Sky at Night” program for half a century, believes that the network’s standards have slipped dramatically since the “golden days,” and those pesky women are to blame.  His solution?  Two separate BBC “wavelengths”—one for women, one for men.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart on Bipartisanship

The “Daily Show” canvasses Bush’s reckoning of the common ground he shares with Democrats like Dick Durbin: Essentially, they both speak English. Watch it

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Pat Buchanan

Buchanan’s Conspiracy Theory

Pat Buchanan appeared on “The Daily Show” on Monday to explain his theory of Mexico’s secret plot to recapture the Southwest using an army of hardworking immigrants who, he claims, don’t like English or America.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Mock Bush Assassination Prompts Outrage

A British TV network is set to air a mock documentary that portrays the imagined assassination of President Bush.  While the White House has refused to comment on the program, one Republican spokesperson said: ?I find this shocking, I find it disturbing.  I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.?

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


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Bush Talks Nonsense With Brian Williams

Watch with amazement as our commander in chief mangles the English language,  and speaks nonsensically about the war in Iraq, America’s standing in the world, his relationship with his father, and Albert Camus. (Via crooksandliars) A must-see!

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


White House in Disarray Over English Language Directive

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales claims that Bush has never supported making English the national language, but White House Press Secretary Tony Snow just said the opposite. (And the Senate just voted to make it so.)

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Resolution: Sing Anthem in English

In lieu of having anything really important to do, the Senate just approved a resolution stating that the national anthem, the Pledge and citizenship oaths should be sung or spoken in English.

Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


Mandarin Challenging English As Tongue of Diplomacy

China wants to raise the number of foreigners studying Mandarin to 100 million by 2010. | story
So-called Confucius Institutes are popping up all over the world to teach the language. | story

Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


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