Tuscon Newspaper Blogger Upset By What She Thinks is a “Bilingual” Sign

Turns out that the Spanish is the name of the bike path, not a translation:

While it’s very nice to know that “arroyo chico” could translate to “bike path where people get hit by cars that go above 15 mph,” and “centro” means downtown, the signs also cater to folks who don’t want to bother to learn English.

Yes, I know, there is no national language. But there should be. And yes, it should be English.

And when will people start referring to Las Vegas as its proper English name, The Meadows?

Twittergraphy

From the NY Times:

The 140-character limit of Twitter posts was guided by the 160-character limit established by the developers of SMS. However, there is nothing new about new technology imposing restrictions on articulation. During the late 19th-century telegraphy boom, some carriers charged extra for words longer than 15 characters and for messages longer than 10 words. Thus, the cheapest telegram was often limited to 150 characters†.

Concerns for economy, as well as a desire for secrecy, fueled a boom in telegraphic code books that reduced both common and complex phrases into single words. Dozens of different codes were published; many catered to specific occupations and all promised efficiency.

Birthers Uncover Obama’s Kenyan Birth Certificate

Oh noes! The birthers were right. Right I tells ya…. But wait. Liss from Shakesville spots a few problems with it:

Conservablogger Doug Mataconis points out several notable problems with the document here, like, for example, how the birth certificate is said to be issued by the Republic of Kenya nearly a full year before the Republic of Kenya actually existed.

WeDidIt, at Demographic Underground, notes: “The certificate number is given as “47,044” which is remarkable considering that Barack Hussein Obama was 47 years old when he was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.” And many people have noted that E.F. Lavender, the typed name appearing where the signature of the registrar should be, is the name of a popular detergent in Kenya.

Actually, it doesn’t matter. Even if the Certified Copy of Registration of Birth turns out to be legit, it’s only the short form and doesn’t prove that Obama is a Kenyan citizen. For that, they need the long form Certification of Registration of Live Black Muslin Anti-Christ Birth. Sorry Birthers. Try again.

Palestinians Evicted in Jerusalem

From BBC News:

Israeli police have evicted nine Palestinian families living in two houses in occupied East Jerusalem.

Jewish settlers moved into the houses almost immediately. The US has urged Israel to abandon plans for a building project in the area.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it, a move not recognised by the world community.

The evictions have been condemned by the United Nations, the Palestinians and also the UK government.

The US said the evictions were not in keeping with Israel’s obligations under the so-called “road map” to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.