Thursday, January 18, 2007

Habla this

KATU has a quick poll on the right sidebar of their webpage.

Do you think that English should be the official language of Oregon?

Obviously the correct answer is yes.

Thank you very much to Rep Donna Neslon for starting this dialogue by introducing a bill that would do just that.

Press 1 for English, press 2 if you don't habla the English and want to be disconnected.


Anonymous said...

Tancredo '08...Anyone else not worth even voting for.

Daniel said...

I'm on that bandwagon.

Elizabeth said...

Tancredo, the best thing for America right now, along with constant ICE raids!

Bruce said...

Hate to say much as i would like to see English as the official language of Oregon...I know in my heart that this will not pass. The illegal lobby and their lackeys in the legislature will cave under pressure....and their will be plenty of it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Did you hear K-2's teaser line at the front of the news show "We will tell you who is behind the movement to make English the official language of Oregon."

"Behind the movement" as if it was some dark and sinister plot and they were to reveal the secret parties!

Damn, 92% of the poll responders have been discovered.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand, why do we need an official language?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I don't understand, why do we need an official language?

You have got to be kidding?

Max said...

Anon 12:

Approximately 163 languages are spoken in the USA, and while it is true that America derives much of her strength from this diversity, it is also true that unity and assimilation can only be forwarded by a common language.

bjdorr said...

Do you want every government publication or signage in every possible language? That's a lot of money wasted right there.

Press 1 for English
Press 2 for French
Press 3 for German (Deutsch)
Press 4 for Japanese
Press 5 for Chinese
Press 6 for Klingon
Press 7 for Korean
Press 8 for Russian
Press 9 for Italian
Press 10 for Arabic
Press 11 for Dutch
Press 12 for Vietnamese
Press 13 for Portugese
Press 14 for...

The list will go on and on and on... Keep it simple!

bjdorr said...

Oh yeah, I forgot:

Press 14 for Spanish

Ric said...

Due to circumstances beyond my control I am currently between jobs. In dealing with the state unemployment office, it certainly angers me that the phone menu starts

Press 1 for english.

That and a minute forty before you can start pressing buttons.

Scottiebill said...

The other day my wife had to report for jury duty. One of her fellow jurists was a person who spoke only Spanish and had to have an interpreter to translate for her.

Now what kind of crap is that?

Rick Hickey said...

Scottie, Only U.S. Citizens can be on a Jury. It is law that you must speak English to be a Citizen. How did this guy get an interpreter?

Anonymous said...

Not entirely true Rick.

Immigrants are given a test which demonstrates that you can speak and write in English. But that doesn't demonstrate your proficiency … just a basic understanding of the language. Back in the day … I could have passed a similar exam in Mandarin but that doesn’t mean that I could have been proficient enough to sit through a trial in chinese. That just makes my head hurt to even think about that.

bjdorr said...

This is funny. In today's USA Today newspaper (1/19) "Destination" there is a article about the new passport requirement that takes effect on 23 Jan. To the left of the passport requirement article was an advertisement from Mexico's tourism industries that addresses to the Americans (and all English so you know it's not addressed to illegal immigrants) "We want you back in Mexico. Get a passport!"

Here is an interesting Web site from and read the first sentence in the paragraph of this link:

The United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos), often known simply as Mexico (Spanish: México) is a country located in North America, bordered at the north by the United States, and at the south by Guatemala and Belize in Central America.

The United Mexican States!?

It's what the United States may have become, beginning with illegal immigrants, accepting pesos at pizza restaurants in the United States of AMERICA.


Amy the Razor said...

Italian should be the national language....

Anonymous said...

Check this out, Daniel. This is how things are still done in Orange County, CA. Yeah, I know, most Oregonians I meet hate OC, but whatever...this is where it is at. :)

Trespassing alleged in day labor demonstration
From Times Staff Reports
January 21, 2007

Three men demonstrating in support of day laborers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of trespassing on private property, officials said.

The men, whose names and ages were not released, were among nearly three dozen people demonstrating in the 25200 block of Jeronimo Road. A security guard made a citizen's arrest, then contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Val Wilson said.

It was unclear whether the men were day laborers. They were booked into the Orange County Jail.