Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Interesting things pointed out by James Taranto

Disclaimer: Yes, I still disagree with James Taranto on Bush, Cheney, the Iraq War, global warming, etc.

Last Thursday he pointed out that Pat Buchanan has made explicit the racism that underlies his nativism:
According to the Census Bureau, from mid-2005 to mid-2006, the U.S. minority population rose 2.4 million, to exceed 100 million. Hispanics, 1 percent of the population in 1950, are now 14.4 percent. Their total number has soared 25 percent since 2000 alone.
The Asian population has also grown by 25 percent since 2000. The number of white kids of school age fell 4 percent, however. Half the children 5 and younger in the United States are now minorities.
What is happening to us?
The next day, Taranto printed some words from a reader who had some fun at Buchanan's expense:
While watching the movie "Gangs of New York," which gang did Pat root for? The gang of nativists--people just like Pat who hate new immigrants--or the gang of immigrant barbaric hordes, the recent Irish arrivals, people just like Pat? It must have been a tough moral dilemma for him. The point is that when Pat's ancestors arrived, they weren't welcomed as "fellow white people." They were spit on just like Pat spits on today's nonwhite immigrants.
As for Hispanic immigrants, for the most part they have a mixture of Native American ethnicity, which means they can make the claim of having more of a right of being here than Pat, and European ethnicity, which means that their ancestors happened to have gotten on the wrong boat when leaving the same places that Pat's ancestors left.
2. He noted approvingly of a Christopher Hitchens comment in which, like a stopped clock, he aimed some of his bile in the right direction for once (for, at least, the first half of the post):
May I be churlish and mention something that has been irritating me about the print version of the paper ever since I moved here twenty-five years ago? The fact is that the objective, detached, independent-minded Washington Post publishes horoscopes.
Moreover, Taranto points out, the Washington Post's searchable database of Congressional votes allows one to break down votes by party, region, gender, and... astrological sign. WTF? Is this section edited by Disco Stu or something?

It'll be a great day in America when every newspaper drops their horoscope and replaces it with Zippy the Pinhead.


At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 10:27:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Joshua said...

In fairness, the Washington Post has carried "Zippy the Pinhead" for many years. Even Ronald Reagan used to read "Zippy" in the Post, although he told his official biographer that he didn't understand it.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 11:05:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Awesome! As far as I know, the only paper in L.A. that carries Zippy is the L.A. Daily News, which is basically a local paper for the San Fernando Valley, an area where I don't live.


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