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Convention ends with Satan and immigrants

from:

The Daily Herald (Central Utah's Newspaper)
29 April 2007

by Caleb Warnock

Utah County Republicans ended their convention on Saturday by debating Satan's influence on illegal immigrants.

The group was unable to take official action because not enough members stuck around long enough to vote, despite the pleadings of party officials. The convention was held at Canyon View Junior High School.

Don Larsen, chairman of Legislative District 65…had submitted a resolution warning that Satan's minions want to eliminate national borders and do away with sovereignty.

In a speech at the convention, Larsen told those gathered that illegal immigrants "hate American people" and "are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won't do."

Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to "destroy Christian America" and replace it with "a godless new world order--and that is not extremism, that is fact," Larsen said.

At the end of his speech, Larsen began to cry, saying illegal immigrants were trying to bring about the destruction of the U.S. "by self invasion."…

My thanks to Cliff Barnett for providing this clipping.

KingsleyAmis


from:

The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage

by Kingsley Amis
St Martin's Press 1998

 

Berks and Wankers

Not every reader will immediately understand these two terms as I use them, but most people, most users of English, habitually distinguish between two types of person whose linguistic habits they deplore if not abhor. …

Berks are careless, coarse, crass, gross and of what anybody would agree is a lower social class than one's own. They speak in a slipshod way with dropped Hs…and many mistakes in grammar. Left to them the English launguage would die of impurity, like late Latin.

Wankers are prissy, fussy, priggish, prim and of what they would probably misrepresent as a higher social classs than one's own. They speak in an over-precise way with much pedantic insistence on letters not generally sounded, especially Hs. Left to them the lanugage would die of purity, like medieval Latin.

In cold fact, most speakers, like most writers left to themselves, try to pursue a course between the slipshod and the punctilious, however they might describe the extremes they try to avoid, and this is healthy for them and the language.

 

p. 23

Minister resigns after hug incident

from:

The Los Angeles Times
23 May 2007

Pakistan's minister of tourism has handed in her resignation after criticism from a hardline Islamist cleric for hugging her parachute instructor after a charity jump in France, an official said.

Nilofar Bakhtiar made the jump in March to raise money for victims of an October 2005 earthquake that killed 73,000 people in Pakistan.

A pro-Taliban cleric called on the government to sack her for "obscenity".…

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