Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Unfunny Joke of the Day

What is the difference between a Cuban refugee and a seal?

It is illegal to club seals to death. An international convention protects them.

No such luck for Cuban refugees, who are the quarry of Castro, the U.S., Mexico, Venezuela and every two-bit Caribbean state.



POSTSCRIPT:

For Ted, Who Did Not Get the Joke

Ok, Ted, I’ll explain the joke, though I am sure that it will take all the fun out of it.

Once upon a time, not too long ago, seals were killed with clubs for their hides. You may have seen a picture? Hundreds of seals, stuck like mushrooms to the ice, being clubbed to death madly by a drunken Eskimo. Very National Geographic. The practice of seal-clubbing was outlawed by international accord 30 years ago. Dunken Eskimos will have to kill something else.

Keep that idea in your mind.

Now try to remember the plight of Cuban refugees under the “Dry Foot/Wet Foot” policy. See in your mind’s eye again the pictures of Cuban refugees being beaten with clubs by the Coast Guard in a frantic attempt to force them back into the ocean.

Do see any similarities or parrallels between the fate of the seal and fate of the Cubans?

1). One can’t be clubbed anymore (seals)

2). One can still be clubbed till hell and back, literally (Cubans).

One is human (Cubans) and one is not (seals)

Hence the irony of treating seals better than Cubans.

Very funny, isn’t it?

Actually, no. It’s not intended to be funny.

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2 comments:

Vana said...

Seals get more protection than Cuban refugees, and that is what we are, not migrants, during the cold war the shores of this country were open to us, it was just a way to get back at the Russians, there was never any love for us, this is so apparent to me now, if we were Anglos, we would not be denied entry, but....we speak Spanish, therefore we are not worth it, this Wet Foot Dry Foot law is inhumane and should be erased from the books, thanks for nothing Bill Clinton, thanks for nothing George W, you side with the tyranny, not with the unfortunates

CorgiGuy said...

There's a racial component to the immigration debate, whether wet/foot dry foot or mexicans crossing the border etc... There's a paranoia about latinos becomming the majority or politically powerful.

Here's is a quote from OReilley FoxNews leading conservative dated May 29

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On the other side, you have people who hate America, and they hate it because it's run primarily by white, Christian men. Let me repeat that. America is run primarily by white, Christian men, and there is a segment of our population who hates that, despises that power structure. So they, under the guise of being compassionate, want to flood the country with foreign nationals, unlimited, unlimited, to change the complexion -- pardon the pun -- of America. Now, that's hatred, too
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That's pretty much the conservative republican point of view. The WHITE CHRISTIAN MAN is a code word for racial superiority.