For That Matter, “E Pluribus Unum” Sounds a Bit Fishy

Oklahoma mom complains about son’s homework assignment: “‘English is our language… and I just feel it’s wrong that he would have to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America in Spanish. It’s just wrong,’ a frustrated Taggart told KFOR.” [Fox]


What part of “with liberty and justice for all” don’t these people understand? It’s in plain English, after all.

As an initial matter, I’m shocked they even teach Spanish in Oklahoma schools. Sounds like some sort of Messican conspiracy.

Mrs. Taggart continued, “Why are our children learnin’ furrin languages? Why would our children ever go to a furrin country unless to shoot them and liberate them to Jeebus? This is ‘Merikah, the greatest country on earth, we don’t need to go nowhere else and we speak English good.”

Cause Engrish (sic) will be the top language FOREVER. Somewhere a Mandarin speaker snickers.

As someone who has traveled outside of the English speaking world… I’m amazed that the rest of the world has the patience to learn English (or whatever dialect it may be) instead of telling us to fuck off.

When I was in high school and was forced (FORCED!) to take Francais (being the other official language of Canada City, eh) many folks bitched and whined about it. As I grew older, I learned to appreciate what the folks who FORCED me to take French did. I grew up to not fear strange words or sounds like Oat or aboat.

@SanFranLefty: Someone needs to go back to that Chinaman 2030 scare commercial and add something about the US falling because it became a xenophobic nation that turned in on itself.


@redmanlaw: Good for them. I think it’s a stupid policy, frankly, but I’m glad to see them holding him to it.

@redmanlaw: Serves him right for suspending Worst Persons.

But who will read Thurber tonight?

The downside is you’ll Fox throw a goddamned ticker-tape parade, notwithstanding their very public forking over of about 120 times as much to the RGA (if I recall right).

The upside: (1) MSNBC looks better for benching Keef, and (2) we might be in for a seismic apology (not on Swaggart level, but still huge).

Probable solution: Keef makes massive charitable contrib as pennance. Makes Fox look like chumps.

That’s the instareaction I have. More consideration required, though, for Keef has bigger issues, I think.

(Oh — back in the real world: DEVELOPING HARD: Quinn takes out Brady for Ill. Gov’r; Brady concedes. YAY!)

@redmanlaw: It’s easier to pull out the wallet when you Lean Forward.

TPM’s about to out all the other MSNBC check-jockeys…

Important point: NBC policy requires prior notice to management. That may have been the line Keef crossed, and it may not apply to other robo-signers.

@nojo: Yeah, NBC has made it clear that the gaffe was donating without approval, not donating itself.

This story speaks for itself:

Woman Utters Line Never Previously Recorded In A Police Report

“Somebody is going to eat my pussy or I’m going to cut your fucking throat.”

Surprisingly, it’s not about C O’D’s pent-up, post-election frustrations–may we never have to hear about that psycho again.

Tonight’s Winner: Chris Hayes.

@nojo: Okay, now Chris Hayes is not tonight’s winner. Is Max Headroom available?


Spanish might be shocking, but surely they can keep German. I hear Glenn Beck’s much better in the source material. ;)

@mellbell: I’m with you. You break the rules, you face the consequences.

@SanFranLefty: Poor bunneh. Now I need a pic to cheer me up. Ah, here we go!

Oral Roberts’s gay grandson (looks to be about 35) has made a really moving It Gets Better video.

He’s also suuuhweet-ass hawt, so feel free to pre-thank me for the Friday evening mancandy.

(I dunno know whether to cry or spank it during the video–or FSM forbid–both!)

The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld has written the most impressive, comprehensive dissection of what’s led to the Dems’ crash at the polls. SPOILER ALERT: Sticking it to the liberal and progressive voters who voted them into office was probs not the best strategy, but whatevs. It should be required reading.

During his first two years in office, President Obama governed from the middle, but he let his policies be demonized by the right as hopelessly liberal — leaving progressives hopelessly unsatisfied.

@¡Andrew!: I’ve been toying with a post called “We Are All John Kerry,” about the Demrats’ failure to defend themselves.

@nojo: Ever since stuff started seriously going downhill with Bammerz–that’d be since November, 2008–I’ve become convinced that they’re all in it together. No one can be that willfully obtuse and politically incompetent, and they all have the very same super-wealthy corporate-supremacist puppet masters. The Repukes pretend to play the Triumph-of-the-Will Masters of the Universe for the Fritos and cheesecake crowd, while the Demons play the helpless, hapless bystanders for the 50%-ish of the nation that isn’t criminally insane and totally dee-ranged. All the actors have played their parts pitch-perfectly.

Oh Candidate Unicorn –

Take a bow, the night is over
This masquerade is getting older
Lights are low, the curtains down
There’s no one here
Say your lines but do you feel them
Do you mean what you say when there’s no one around
Watching you, watching me, one lonely star
One lonely star you don’t know who you are

I’ve always been in love with you
always with you
I guess you’ve always known it’s true
you know it’s true
You took my love for granted, why oh why
The show is over, say good-bye

Say good-bye, say good-bye

Make them laugh, it comes so easy
When you get to the part
Where you’re breaking my heart
Hide behind your smile, all the world loves a clown

Wish you well, I cannot stay
You deserve an award for the role that you played
No more masquerade, you’re one lonely star
One lonely star and you don’t know who you are

Take a Bow, Madonna

@¡Andrew!: Wasn’t it someone around here (you?) who said that they were convinced it was all a giant piece of performance art and Michael Steele was secretly a Democratic Party operative, and Barack Obama was secretly a Republican Party operative? Would explain a lot of the past couple years….

@SanFranLefty: Wasn’t me, but that could be as true as any other theory. BHO hasn’t exactly been forthcoming on his 26-dimensional chess strategy.

@¡Andrew!: I would hit that in a New York Minute. Video is kind of a mess but obviously heart-felt and from a good place. I just want to hug that cub.

@¡Andrew!: They are, obvsly, all in it together. The corporatist oligarchy may have little wars amongst themselves but we are all just fucking pwn’d and will end our lives as serfs digging root vegetables on their vast feudal estates.

@nojo: That’s a legitimate argument, except that…WTF do they really have to defend themselves with?

@mellbell: What part of “with liberty and justice for all” don’t these people understand?

Given the bipartisan support for locking up people without charges and torturing their confessions, and then denying even acknowledged innocents’ redress in the courts based on state secret claims, I would say it’s pretty much ALL of it they don’t understand.

@PedonatorUSA: Well, since I’m probably not going to write it…

1) The “Fight the Smears” website hasn’t been updated since November 2008. It’s importance may have been more symbolic than anything, but it showed the campaign was willing to address attacks.

2) When Barry Met Jon last week, he strongly countered the charge that healthcare reform was “timid”. Agree or disagree, that was the first time I saw somebody more prominent than a WaPo columnist (or Rachel, when she got around to it) make the case.

Not to say I changed my mind in agreement with the timidity. But it was nice to see Barry pushing back.

Now, multiply that across all the other “reforms”, and you have an Administration and party that’s taking its successes to the public. But in the absence of anyone stepping up for what they did, all we heard was cynical right-wing criticism. The opponents had an open field to frame the argument.

Would you or I agree with the Administration’s best case? Probably not. But they didn’t even try.

@PedonatorUSA: I’m not talking about politicians. I’m talking about average Joes who see no contradiction in uplifting the pledge, Constitution, and Declaration while carving out exceptions for Mexicans, Muslims, and gays. Politicians are, by and large, craven individuals. But I’d like to think that the people they represent are, again, by and large, better than that.

/minor correction to the hover-text thingy alert/

“Con” and “todos” shouldn’t have accents on them.


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