I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it on. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Illegal Aliens (Part 3)
We have had some great responses to the Illegal Immigrant Gripes over the past few days. First off I want to thank our Gripers for the intelligent responses that the have posted. It is good to see that people are thinking and doing some research on this topic. I want to respond to a few of these responses that I received yesterday. I did refer to English as the "official language" of the U.S. in my Gripe. As you stated, there is no official language of America on the books. English is spoken the most throughout the nation but other languages are spoken as well. You are also correct in stating that many states do have multiple "official" languages. Louisiana offers many items in English and French while Hawaiian and English are the "official" languages of Hawaii. There have been several proposals made to amend the constitution to make English the "official" language of the U.S. but all have failed. As I did some research on English as the "official" language, I found some very interesting facts.
Fact: Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S.? It is spoken by 12% of the total population. The U.S. has the 5th largest Spanish speaking population in the world only outnumbered by Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Columbia.
Fact: Hispanics do not make up the largest ethnic group in America. That distinction belongs to the Germans. They make up the largest ethnic ancestry in the U.S. However, German ranks 5th in language spoken. ( I guess they learned to speak English)
Fact: Approximately 337 languages are spoken or signed by the population, of
which 176 are indigenous to the area. 52 languages formerly spoken in
the country's territory are now extinct.
Fact: Over one million people int he U.S. speak Tagalog or Vietnamese.
Fact: China has 50 official languages.
Fact: The vast majority of Americans do not speak a second language.
After looking at all of the facts, I conclude that if only 12% of the population speaks Spanish then we do not need signs in Spanish. If that % gets to 40% or 50% then I say put up the signs. As for us Americans, we are pompous slobs who think the rest of the world should comply with our demands. Many of us do not speak another language and I think that stinks! We try to teach our children a second language when they enter high school which is way too late. We offer them French and Spanish in most schools. Whatever happened to Latin and German? How about Chinese, Russian or Arabic? If we want our people to be bi or multi lingual we need to start teaching kids another language in grade school. That's when they can absorb it like a sponge. Hell, teenagers don't give a flying you know what about another language and that is a shame.
I was driving past the Hotel Sterling this past week and noticed that someone paved the part of River Street right next to the hotel. This new black top is right where they have it blocked off to traffic. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! They pave the part of the road where no one can go! They need to pave W. Market St right by the Guard building. I hit that pot hole the other day and lost a nut.
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