Monday, October 24, 2011

[photo] A story is told about a suicidal soldier

Plz read this very carefully. ...Unconditional Love........ A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Franciso. "Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I've a favor to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring home with me" "Sure," they replied, "we'd love to meet him." "There's something you should know the son continued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us." "I'm sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live." "No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us." "Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live his own." At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few a days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know. Their son had only one hand and one leg. Friends plz share this if it touched your heart.♥ ♥

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps

The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of "Cat", and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it" she said. "I think that's what he would have wanted". -Not sure what is more honorable: Being married to this faithful wife to the end or the Marine standing next to the casket watching over them both. —

Friday, October 7, 2011

We Should Celebrate Our Bilingual President

Barack Obama's ability to speak Ebonics is nothing to be ashamed of, says our resident linguist.

During President Obama's address to the Congressional Black Caucus recently, besides riling some columnists with his message, he was, as one might phrase it, dropping some Ebonics. Or especially some g's, spiritedly advising the assembled to "stop complainin' " and "grumblin'."

The audience seemed to like it, but news sources varied on how they recorded the speech. Many outlets decided that the president needed some "correcting" in print, and had him referring to "complaining" and "grumbling." But the Associated Press transcribed it complete with the missing g's. Did the AP dis the president?

To some, the president's ability to use Black English -- or, as academic specialists often term it, African American Vernacular English -- demonstrates an ability to tailor his message effectively to a different audience. However, just as many -- and likely more -- think that in this case, the medium of the message is inherently deficient. Under this analysis, "correcting" Obama's language would seem germane. Wouldn't not doing so imply that he, and black people in general, have a grammar deficit?

Easy as it is to think so, no. African slaves heard a mixture of colloquial dialects of Great Britain that few Americans hear today and created a new hybrid language. Adults rarely learn new languages perfectly, so Black English involves possibly a dash of African melody, plus some scattered elisions and reinterpretations.

For the record, a quick aside for linguist geekery: the "-in' " for "-ing" is not a drop but a switch. The "-ng" is a single sound, not an "n" and a "g." Notice that with another consonant pair, like the "ld" in fold, if you say "fold it," you keep the "d" and say "fol-dit." But now say "sing it" -- you don't say "sin-git." The "ng" is two letters -- but a single little sound for which there is no letter. It's the one in Debra Winger as opposed to fin-ger. One does not "drop a g" -- one substitutes a single "n" sound for a single Debra Winger "ng" sound.

And in any case, before we clutch at our pearls on hearing "-in' " for "-ing" in public speech, if you still hear "-in' " as "short," we hardly consider ourselves slumming to mention, in business clothes to a superior, "Looks like rain," instead of "It looks like rain." Or: On public language standards, despite what grammar books say about "I" as subject and "me" as object, would you chirp, "It is I!" -- even if at the door of the White House, whoever was occupying it?

Thus the question is not whether the president is committing an insult to linguistic sanity by saying "complainin'," but whether it is appropriate to indicate him doing so in print. And if we understand that Black English is an alternative rather than a degradation, we might ask why, if it pops its head up in public language, it must be carefully expunged from the official record.

In earlier times, except in dialect literature and court transcripts, one was to use only standard language in print, and translate casual statements into formalese. But the same era assumed that men wore hats and women wore dresses, and the two of them slept in twin beds on television.

That era is gone. In our informal society, translating vernacular language "upward" in print is arbitrary and antique. Some may feel that black speech is a special matter, and that we must alter Obama's funkier language in print to avoid playing to a stereotype of black inarticulateness. However, of all the slurs lobbed at Obama -- socialist, elitist, etc. -- isn't "inarticulate" the one least likely to stick?

Vice President Joe Biden deemed him "articulate" out of the starting gate, after all, and Obama is considered one of the most gifted orators in American history -- in standard English. Surely he can say "complainin' " before a black audience without being suddenly perceived as congenitally thick of tongue.

The fiction that black speech is a mere collection of errors is something that all of America, black and other, must get beyond. If Black English is broken English, then, for one, about every second person in the United Kingdom -- the source of most Black English patterns -- is learning broken English at their mummies' knees. More to the point, since Modern English is quite different from Old English and overall less complex, the authors of Beowulf would have deemed what is today thought of as the best English as an egregious faux pas.

Sen. Harry Reid got it right two years ago, despite the media storm it predictably evinced, in praising Obama for being able to speak both standard and Black English. In controlling two ways of speaking English, Barack Obama speaks a larger English than, say, Mitt Romney's. There is no reason to coyly disguise this in print, any more than there is a reason not to overall celebrate the fact that language in America comes in more flavors than vanilla.

John McWhorter, a contributing editor to The Root, is a linguist.

[video] CO Radio Host And Former House Candidate Compares Michelle Obama To Chewbacca

A conservative radio host in Colorado told a story on air about how someone made a comment about Chewbacca, and everyone in the room knew the reference was to Michelle Obama. "Everyone drew the conclusion. And I've tested it -- I've done group testing and I've said if I say Chewbacca what do you think?" Jimmy Lakey of 740 KVOR in Colorado Springs recently related a story where he was at a "cigar establishment," and "someone used the phrase Chewbacca and everyone knew, or assumed who this person was talking about." Chewbacca, of course, is the famous Wookiee from the "Star Wars" franchise. Immediately before this story, Lakey had been talking about Michelle Obama, and how his wife had made a comment about her clothing and compared her to a "halfback." He said of the Chewbacca comment: "I have never used it on my own. I think this is crass and a little bit much." Amid guffaws, Lakey added: "Chewbacca! I didn't say it! No! I will not take the heat on this. I did not call her Chewbacca. No. I get in trouble. My wife, when I told her this, she yelled at me. I thought it was kind of funny." But, he added that everyone in the room "drew the conclusion" after the Chewbacca comment. "And I've tested it -- I've done group testing and I've said if I say Chewbacca what do you think." After mocking Obama's clothing on-air, he added: "I know that's cruel but it's OK - it's cruel for her to talk about my hamburgers that I want to eat all the time." Here's part one of the audio, via
On Colorado Springs radio station KVOR (740-AM) Aug. 14, talk-show host Jimmy Lakey discusses whether Michele Obama looks like Chewbacca, the ape-like character in Star Wars movies. Part 1 of 2 parts.
Part two:
On Colorado Springs radio station KVOR (740-AM) Aug. 14, talk-show host Jimmy Lakey discusses whether Michele Obama looks like Chewbacca, the ape-like character in Star Wars movies. Part 2 of 2 parts.
In another recent incident, Lakey drew the attention of local media after he "laughed uproariously when a caller named "Brenda" said to him during his show, 'I'm not real fond of her. I think that she was one of the main characters in 'Planet of the Apes,'" according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. Lakey ran for Congress in 2010 against Dem Rep. Ed Perlmutter, in Colorado's 7th district. He eventually dropped out of the race, but not before he got the endorsement of former Rep. Tom Tancredo, who praised Lakey as being tough enough on immigration for Tancredo's purposes. "I am pleased to say that Jimmy Lakey is NOT a McCain-Graham Republican. Jimmy is cut from a different cloth. He is not one of the 'Amnesty Brothers,'" Tancredo said in a fundraising letter. h/t Denver's Latest Word blog.


John Gibson Program for Thursday, October 6, 2011
Soak the Rich! Having failed to move the needle on his lie about “Taxing Millionaires and Billionaires” (when it really meant sun setting the Bush Tax Cuts on people well below that) will President Obama get behind the Senate Democrats “new” plan to just increase Taxes on Millionaires? Gibson examines. Plus: Liberals calls Cable News Coverage of Marxist Wall Street Mob a “crime.” More, More, More! President Obama went out today, again, to shame Republicans (and Democrats) into supporting his “Jobs Bill.” Using the same kabuki about “Infrastructure” the President got around to saying what it really is; increasing taxes to bail out Unionized Municipal Employees again, for another year. Will his tactics work? Gibson exposes. Plus: Herman Cain says Occupy Wall Street is Astroturf, Sarah Palin says No, Romney/Cain picks up Steam and is it time to thin the debate herd?


A new poll found only 35 percent of Americans think race relations have improved since President Obama took office, while 23 percent say relations have gotten worse. What is the current state of race relations in theUSand how has President Obama impacted it? PLUS: The Black Caucus says the Tea Party is enemy number one!

EPA Red Tape

The White House claims they are cutting red tape and trying to do away with costly government regulations. Tom says new EPA regulations will actually increase your energy bill this year. Are unnecessary government rules hurting you or your business?

Going for the Gold?

Gold prices plunged today. Is gold still a safe investment? Or is the gold bubble over? What’s an investor to do? Phil Flynn, Vice President of research at PFGBEST joins Tom.


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