links for 2010-07-29

  • "Aside from stopping the requirement that the police initiate immigration checks, the judge also blocked provisions that allowed the police to hold anyone arrested for any crime until his immigration status was determined.

    “'Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,' she wrote."

  • "Pop culture doesn't just reflect popular trends and ideas, it also helps create them. For example, the average person who grew up in the 80s with limited exposure to Asian-Americans might develop a stereotypical view of Asians being as meek and exotic — a view influenced by films like Karate Kid, in which Mr. Miyagi fuels the stereotype that paints Asians as exotic martial artists. Over time, not only do such pop culture phenomenons help create stereotypes, they're recycled and later reinforced in future pop incarnations."
  • "Benjamin Buford Blue, better known as "Bubba" is Forest Gump's dim witted best friend. If you thought Gump was a loveable idiot, just take a look at Bubba. Bubba's slow ways will charm you… or offend you with its blatant similarities to Stepin Fetchit.

    "Bubba loves Forrest and Forrest loved Bubba. The two join the army and their bond becomes rock solid. They do menial chores together, clean their rifles together, and fight in the Vietnamese jungle together. Always side by side like a delicious black and white cookie."

  • "Who's that guy suggesting a porno mag featuring natural breasts should be called Saggy? Why, it's Joel Stein, who recently regaled the nation with tales of all those weird Indian people in his hometown. At the tender age of 25, Stein was already hilarious!"