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Friday, April 10, 2009

I have seen more intelligent cacti

Republicans - because we needed a name for people who are dumber than houseplants. I just hope someone remembers to water Betty Brown occasionally, it must get dry in Texas.

Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

Yes, Betty, because Asian names like Ko, Sato, Hu and Singh are much much more difficult than say Tatigliano, Satterthwaite, Papadopolis, Rogazinski, Medvedev or Gonzales. I'll admit that some Asian names are a mouthful  - Indonesian, Thai and Sri Lankan names in particular tend to be longer and more complex compared to short, blunt Anglo-Saxon monikers like Brown and Wood - but that isn't really the point here. Brown isn't suggesting that all names should be anglicized, just Asian names. 

But it isn't about race. 

Sure it's not. Nothing is ever about race with the Republicans and the conservatives, except when they get shoved back from the trough, then its all about discrimination against poor, persecuted middle-aged, wealthy, white men.


Shinigami Kayo said...

Still there is merit to a name change for policing purposes. Wouldn't it be easier for profiling if Asians were all called Yu. L.A. Police would love that. "hey Yu, step out of the car, Yu put that stick down" No more comlex data serches on computers..they could taser right away, thinking Yu were a threat to them. Can I trash yu's rights? Yu better beleive it. The EggPlants in charge of keeping us safe at the centre are flash burning all the time through freedoms and rights. If Yu doesn't stand up we have to.

JAWL said...

I don’t think you should call all Asians Yu. You need to make some distinction when dining out at the various restaurants, riding in cabs or getting your laundry done. Call just the Chinese Yu, the Japanese Them, the Vietnamese Charlie, the Taiwanese Yu 2 and so forth..

It would be much more civil.

Renee said...

Um, actually, using her logic* it should be easier to differentiate longer, more complicated names for purposes of identification. How many John Smiths are there in the world? Last time I did poll work there were, like, five on our lists! There was only one Goto. And it has even fewer letters than Smith! Given the state of literacy in America, I should think that shorter is better...

* "logic"