The "They Do Not Speak English in Europe Myth"

I am sure that there will be more myths/lies about the immigration issue going forward, but one is already starting to kill me. I have heard at least three times on national media (with the third being this morning the supposedly liberal Alex Bennett on Sirius) that we need to make everyone speak English because "we need to learn English when we travel around Europe". This is a completely ridiculous statement.

Having traveled around Europe and having many friends from Europe, I know that the vast majority of the continent speaks English as a second language. As a traveler, there is seldom any problem negotiating Europe without knowing the native language. All Europeans are taught a second language in school, and for the most part that language is English.

Dear John Hood.

As the Grand Duke of All Things Conservative here in North Carolina, and the Crown Prince in the Kingdom of the Puppetmaster, you are, we assume, responsible for the gleeful frenzy on the Carolina Journal website over the fall of Speaker Jim Black. Indeed, you seem to have covered almost every angle of the story, except for the small fact that the progressive community here at BlueNC and elsewhere in North Carolina have led the way in calling for the Speaker to step down.

Keep reading . . .

Tuesday Action Plan - Fully Fund IDEA

Now that we are fully informed about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) we are ready to write those emails, letters and faxes to our U.S. Senators and Representatives serving in the U.S. House. Please remind them that you are a constituent and remember to thank them for their service to our country - even if you would rather throw a pie in their faces!

The rest of our mission is below the fold

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Taylor Campaign Fights to Regain Credibility - Part One, the Forest Selloff

{cross posted from Scrutiny Hooligans}

{pic from Michael Miller}

After a weekend in which Charles Taylor's campaign went into a credibility tailspin, they've sent out an email to try to salvage Taylor's reputation. On Friday, March 24 The Southern Dem and the Macon County News reported that Taylor's statement regarding his opposition to the forest selloff was no longer reliably operable. USFS Chief Dale Bosworth said that Taylor hadn't told him that the plan "was not going to happen". The story showed up at Daily Kos, MyDD, and BlueNC.

Today, Scrutiny Hooligans detailed the credibility crisis overtaking the Taylor campaign. Seven short hours later, Taylor's campaign released their weekly emailing, "Capitol Connection" (sorry no link, sign up here). The first statement, bringing back echoes of his botched CAFTA vote, lets us know that he's even more against it than he was before (emphasis Taylor's):
{pic from William Gropper}

"Today, I sent a letter to my colleague Jim Nussle, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, sharing that same opposition with him - and asking that he reject any attempts to include the proposal as part of the Fiscal Year 2007 Congressional Budget Resolution."


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