Friday, May 19, 2006

Iran To Require Non-Muslim Insignia?

Is it deja vu, all over again? Take look at this article from Canada.Com (it can also be found on Drudge, which is where I found it).

And to think that Harry Reid considers racism the root cause for wanting the official language to be English. I don't know about you, but I find it utterly amazing, to think that dangerous things take a back seat to nitpick stuff, in the Democratic Party.

This is what is meant by the phrase, "straining at a gnat, while swallowing a camel".

Cross posted at The Wide Awakes.

7 comments:

A.C. said...

Yep it looks like 1938 all over again. But here's the question. In light of the circumstances in Iraq, are they a threat to the US?

G_in_AL said...

haha, this is great, first they insist that the Holocuast was a fictional event... then they start to try and repeat it.

Oh boy... end times? maybe.... but either way, this looney toon needs a nuke quick, before we evil bastards can stop him!

superfrenchie said...

Apparently, the story is false, and has been removed from canada.com.

see here

As for English being the official language of the United States, the constant critics at France's attempts to keep its official documents (and only those) free of foreign words had make me think that Americans were proud of having no official language.

Was I wrong?

Also, I don't think that it is racist to make English the official language of the US, though. However, I do think that many repressed racists (because of political correctness) are in favor of that law, for the wrong reasons.

But certainly, others are as well, for more legitimate reasons.

LASunsett said...

SF,

Thanks for the info.

But, honestly? I don't take much comfort, in it being retracted. They still want to wipe Israel off of the map

As for the language thing, I never cared much about naming English a national or official language. It has always been understood that English is the language that the vast majority of Americans speak. And, I have never thought it bad, to learn and speak an additional language, nor do I care what language the people speak in their homes.

But, when I (and many others) feel irritated is when people come here and make no effort to learn the basics, at least enough to do a reasonable amount of business and perform everyday functions.

If I went to France to do business or live among Frenchmen, I would have enough respect to try my best to learn French.

When I lived in Germany, I made the best of efforts to communicate in German. I picked more up as I went, but knew precious little when I got there. I found that if I made that effort, Germans were more than happy to meet me halfway, or more.

Racism may factor into some people's desire for this law, but not from where I or any of my friends, sit. I wouldn't see a need for a law, if those that come here would make this a bigger priority and show some interest in blending in.

superfrenchie said...

//But, when I (and many others) feel irritated is when people come here and make no effort to learn the basics, at least enough to do a reasonable amount of business and perform everyday functions.//

OK, but if you'd live in Miami, would you make the effort to learn Spanish? After all, they're the majority there (57%).

My feeling is that we're slowly drifting towards a bilingual society. I personally find that very attractive.

PS: Did you know that one state is already officially bilingual? Guess what state and what languages?

LASunsett said...

OK, but if you'd live in Miami, would you make the effort to learn Spanish? After all, they're the majority there (57%).

I made the effort years ago, Frenchie. I took three years of it in high school. That has been many years ago, though. But, I can get by.

PS: Did you know that one state is already officially bilingual? Guess what state and what languages?

Louisiana. The reason I know that is, my adoptive father was of French descent and lived in New Orleans, for years. He was born in Vincennes, Indiana and had/has many relatives still alive in St. Louis. All French settlements, originally.

superfrenchie said...

As someone mentioned on my blog, one guy that should be worried if English becomes a requirement for citizenship is George Bush:

Because the — all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There’s a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those — changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be — or closer delivered to what has been promised. Look, there’s a series of things that cause the — like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. This is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those — that that growth is affect, it will help on the red.”

LOL!