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      08-27-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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DEA searching for ebonics translators.

Ridiculous:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/24/dea.ebonics/index.html
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      08-27-2010, 01:15 AM   #2
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"Wolfram -- who has authored more than 20 books on English dialects, including African-American English -- recalled the Black Panther trials during the 1970s, when there was debate over whether the saying, "Off the pigs," was a genuine threat to kill police officers or a more metaphorical saying."



metaphorical saying?! Are you kidding me? I love it when people want to be defiant and act like they are powerful, but when their feet are to the coals they backtrack and protect themselves by making the argument "that's not what I meant". I know this is back in the 70's during a period of extreme tension. But if you are going to defend people that chant, "Off the pigs," with an argument based on language differences, then you lose all credibility.
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"Wolfram -- who has authored more than 20 books on English dialects, including African-American English -- recalled the Black Panther trials during the 1970s, when there was debate over whether the saying, "Off the pigs," was a genuine threat to kill police officers or a more metaphorical saying."



metaphorical saying?! Are you kidding me? I love it when people want to be defiant and act like they are powerful, but when their feet are to the coals they backtrack and protect themselves by making the argument "that's not what I meant". I know this is back in the 70's during a period of extreme tension. But if you are going to defend people that chant, "Off the pigs," with an argument based on language differences, then you lose all credibility.











What he said.
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Are you fucking kidding me?



My God this country is swirling the drain. I must have forgotten just how close we are to the end..
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I don't see how this is a bad thing...nor how the country is swirling down the drain because some criminals' conversations need to be translated...
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This makes sense, no matter how politically incorrect it might sound.

Ebonics/street language changes by the day...terms used 2 years ago, may not be used today. You need to stay on top of it in order to understand wtf is going on. Many of these DEA agents just don't know. I know this from experience.

For example I'm sure 90% of you on here don't know what it means when someone says "white girl" in the conversation of drugs.

Unless of course you listen to a lot of rap.
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This makes sense, no matter how politically incorrect it might sound.

Ebonics/street language changes by the day...terms used 2 years ago, may not be used today. You need to stay on top of it in order to understand wtf is going on. Many of these DEA agents just don't know. I know this from experience.

For example I'm sure 90% of you on here don't know what it means when someone says "white girl" in the conversation of drugs.

Unless of course you listen to a lot of rap.
+1, especially on the "white girl" part. Whenever USDA's song "white girl" came on the radio, I had to explain it to someone.
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+1, especially on the "white girl" part. Whenever USDA's song "white girl" came on the radio, I had to explain it to someone.
what is white girl??? cocaine?
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what is white girl??? cocaine?


cocaine = girl, bitch etc.
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cocaine = girl, bitch etc.
shit man, I'm all over this stuff, I should be applying for that job!
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I don't see how this is a bad thing...nor how the country is swirling down the drain because some criminals' conversations need to be translated...
Maybe it was a bit too harsh, but I'm just tired of paying for senseless shit.... My wife and I (and I'm sure I'm not alone around these parts) pay more in taxes than most families bring home every year. It's bad enough that I have to pay out so much, but watching/reading how it is squandered on daily basis just infuriates me.

Between this and the free (if you qualify based on income) cell phone advertisments I keep seeing on TV, I'm about to throw up. I know that these examples are just the tip of the iceberg of useless crap that we're all funding. All this in the middle of one of the worst econimic downturns in history... Especially for states like Illinois/California/Michigan/NY/Nevada, etc.

This country needs to grow a sack. I think the fact that we have to hire ebonics translators to proove guilt is really fucking pathetic. IMO, people who are known offenders shouldn't have the priveledge of getting the benefit of the doubt. Lock those mutherfuckers up instead of spending what will equate to millions and millions of dollars for the support of a "ebonics translation" unit? c'mon...
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Maybe it was a bit too harsh, but I'm just tired of paying for senseless shit.... My wife and I (and I'm sure I'm not alone around these parts) pay more in taxes than most families bring home every year. It's bad enough that I have to pay out so much, but watching/reading how it is squandered on daily basis just infuriates me.

Between this and the free (if you qualify based on income) cell phone advertisments I keep seeing on TV, I'm about to throw up. I know that these examples are just the tip of the iceberg of useless crap that we're all funding. All this in the middle of one of the worst econimic downturns in history... Especially for states like Illinois/California/Michigan/NY/Nevada, etc.

This country needs to grow a sack. I think the fact that we have to hire ebonics translators to proove guilt is really fucking pathetic. IMO, people who are known offenders shouldn't have the priveledge of getting the benefit of the doubt. Lock those mutherfuckers up instead of spending what will equate to millions and millions of dollars for the support of a "ebonics translation" unit? c'mon...
What's with the free cell phone thing? never seen that before, link?

you'll like this...not new news though...
http://politics.usnews.com/opinion/m....html?PageNr=3
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cocaine = girl, bitch etc.
the only time fat chicks are preferred
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Some of you act like this is new.

Here's a quick lesson.

Those who belong to illegal or underground organizations (such as drug dealers or various insurgent groups) will utilize their own cover terms, or what's called 'operational security' (OPSEC).

Those who pursue those organizations will have to adapt and/or use translators. The same thing our government has been doing for years in various other countries.
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What's with the free cell phone thing? never seen that before, link?
Here is what has been all over the TV stations here in Chicago.

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enr...blic/home.aspx

They are marketing it as a way for people to stay "safe", but last time I checked you didn't need 250 minutes/month to make 911 calls. They're just going to use their phone to call 911 to get some free healthcare or to call their meth dealer. *bleh*



And regarding you link, my intent wasn't to debate all fiscal expenditures. There are things that we need to do keep our borders/ports, etc. secure and our citizens safe... and all that costs lots of money. Is this government spending wildly... yes. Has the government always spent recklessly.. probably. We just hear more about these days because it is "news".

The driving force behind all of this is that everyone is just looking for someone to point the finger at instead of owning up to the truth, which is that in some way all of us are to blame. We either were party to making it happen... or part of the group that let it happen. Unfortunately since 99.9% of American's think they are infallible and piss excellence we just throw away more money defending ourselves and our ever growing egos.

The bottom line is that some (not all) of these programs just need to stop. It isn't even debatable how shitty things are in this country right now... and while it might only cost 10 million a year to fund this kind of program, when you combine it with the hundreds of other BS expenditures out there with their own 10 million dollar price tags, it adds up quick.
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Feyd: while I agree with you that the gov't does take part in too much unnecessary spending, I won't take issue with the DEA hiring translators to obtain more complete information to better do their job. It's just a dialect.

I was reminded of a Ronald Reagan quote I think you'll like though:

"The government doesn't solve problems, it subsidizes them"
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funny when you hear the words of the streets...in the streets...

i have the luxury to observe the harsh reality surrounding the urban decay...there needs to be a translator.
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put it like this. if theres not translator, the group of 30 year old white guys who wear the suits cant understand what the 17-26 year old "urban criminals" are saying.

just imagine you going on a vacation in the hills of Jamaica. think you would be able to understand 1 out of every 20 words they say? good luck. Most people from the damn Caribbean cant understand them.
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