Bilingual BS in Canada coming here soon

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    We know that the French Canadians can be more than just a little bit quirky. But given the number of jackasses who occupy benches in American courts, can we be far behind?

    http://www.usenglish.org/inc/news/preleases/viewRelease.asp?ID=139

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    October 20, 2004 Contact: Rob Toonkel
    rtoonkel@usenglish.org
    (202) 833-0100


    Official Multilingualism Creates 'Sign Language' Dilemma
    Canadian Justice Throws Out Ticket, Declares Traffic Law Unenforceable
    The prospective cost of government multilingualism took an attention-grabbing turn in Toronto on Monday when a judge ruled that because a "No Left Turn" sign was not in both English and French, it could not be enforced. According to the Toronto Sun and CBC Toronto, Justice Alice Napier threw out a ticket issued to a motorist who failed to obey the English language sign, putting the future of Toronto’s signage — and the prospects of collecting on other traffic tickets — in peril.

    "Official multilingualism creates many more problems than it solves," explained Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of the Board of U.S. English, Inc. "What makes this case especially disturbing is that the motorist who committed this violation admitted that she doesn’t even speak French." The lack of multilingual signage was, according to the defendant’s lawyer, the only basis on which she fought the ticket. "We didn’t dispute she turned left and we didn’t dispute she didn’t see the sign. What we said was the sign itself was null and void," said Daniel Brown, lawyer for the defense. Justice Napier agreed and tossed out the infraction.

    Despite continued clamor against official bilingualism, Canada continues to move further into this costly and divisive endeavor. On Tuesday, Dyane Adam, Canada’s Official Languages Commissioner requested that the Canadian government spare the program’s $750 million annual budget. The request came as the national government is looking to pare $12 billion in non-priority government expenditures over the next five years. The budget for official languages, amounts to more than $24 CAD ($19.23 USD) per Canadian resident annually. If the United States government were to spend that sum per resident per year on official bilingualism, the estimated cost would be approximately $5.67 billion USD annually.

    "The monetary cost would only be the tip of the iceberg," said Mujica. "What is not included in that figure are the levels of bureaucracy and numerous legal challenges that come with instituting such a program. Our funds should be spent on helping immigrants learn English, not contributing to disunity through multilingual efforts. We should learn from the mistakes of other nations and embrace our common language, English, the unifier for our diverse society."

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    Many people scoff at the idea that we need to declare english to be the official language of this country. But given the number of LEGAL immigrants who have never learned to speak a word of our language, it is simply a matter of time before an issue like this rears its moronic head.
     
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    There is a story about this tower, see, and when the people first started to build it, they all spoke the same language, ....

    Weird how the Tower of Babel story seems to swiftly be coming true.
     
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    Fooled me - for a minute I thought you were talking about the UN.
     
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    Almost the same thing
     
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    Systemized Assimilation Targeting All Nations
    (S.A.T.A.N.) is a very ambitious plan that would target the globe for the further assimilation of all cultures into a single culture? It would build upon the work that is already being done by our global trade organizations and the international markets. There is an increasing need to close the gap between rich and poor and the many cultural and religious differences.
    These differences among humanity are the root cause for many of the world’s conflicts.
    Because the American culture is the most widely recognized and adopted culture in the world, and is already made up of many different cultures, it makes perfect sense to use it as the model to begin with.
    Great progress has already been made due to the popularity of the culture. For example, most non- English speakers desire to learn the American version of the English language; any one who has traveled the world knows this. They have also seen how American television programs are exported worldwide. “Bay Watch” in the Middle East markets, “8 under one Roof “(Full House) and HBO in the European markets, 95 percent of the movies played in the world’s theaters are of the Hollywood brand. We need to continue to adopt and promote policies to further advance these universal cultural brands.

    E pluribus Unum
     
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    Another pot shot at the ol' USA? Eh?

    Truth be told, it isn't E Pluribus Unum it's "E United Nations"! They are the ones that are trying to be the world's government.

    People around the world are learning English because of economic reasons (the same reasons that people in the Roman Empire who wanted to become successful learned Latin and many people in South East Asia learn Chinese). Also, the Internet and computers are spreading the use of English. By the way....the most commonly spoken language in the world is not English, it is Chinese.

    The reason that American movies and TV series are so widespread is because people LIKE THEM! That's the reason. People in other countries also want to eat hamburgers (just like people here want to eat Tacos, Chinese Food, Sushi, Spaghetti, Pizza and so on). By the way, India and China also export movies and television as well.

    Oh yes, an another export of America is our technology. Yes, because of Yankee ingenuity, Indian women in rural areas now have phones.

    But the best export of America is the idea of democracy and the rights of people to live their lives without fear.
     
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    Some day, if I manage to work up a give-a-hoot, you're going to have to explain to me what the hell that had to do with the basic post.

    But don't start getting all energetic. I'll let you know.
     
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    I don’t care who or how it gets done or for why, the world will be as one.

    And the U.N. is a little puppet we created gone bad, we will put that animal back in it’s cage.
     

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