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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Saturday's anti-Minutemen rally had a bigger turn-out than I expected. I'm a poor judge of crowds, but I'd guess a couple hundred came out. I missed the speeches and talked with friends who happened to be there.

It occurred to me how offensive that name "Minutemen" is.

First, the machismo -- "we can be ready in a minute." OK, if you say so.

Then, the historical allusion. The Minutemen were American Revolutionaries fighting the British. Now they're white vigilante volunteer border patrollers trying to keep Mexicans out.

Equating Mexican immigrants with British colonizers. Offensive. Disgusting.

And the wrapping oneself in the mantle of the American Revolution. Grandiose. Amazing.

The majority of Latin Americans in the U.S. were born here. Many have ancestors who have been here longer than Europeans -- until the mid-19th century large tracts of the American Southwest were Mexican. The vast majority of Latin American immigrants have Indian ancestors.

It was nice to see some friends. And, of course, a lot of people I don't know too.

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"The Aristocrats" got me thinking about jokes. I've always told them, since childhood. I never remember very many at a time. The one I've told the last few years, I heard on the radio. Here it is.
A bear walks into a bar, bellies up, says, "Give me a shot of whiskey before the trouble starts."

Bartender poors a glass of whiskey, bear throws it back, sets the glass on the bar, says, "Give me another before the trouble starts."

Bartender pours another, bear throws it back, sets the glass on the bar, bartender says, "Uh, you don't have any pockets, how are you going to pay for this?"

Bear shakes its head sadly. "Here comes the trouble."

I heard one that made me laugh today.

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Toilet paper.

Toilet paper who?

Toilet paper says, I only have one name!

The three-year-old made that up while taking a bath. I cracked up. Then he told it over and over again. It was funny the 2nd time too, but not the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th.
There are 500 Minuteman nuclear missles still deployed in silos deep underground throughout the midwest.
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