Friday, February 27, 2009

Swift Reactions 10: Curtis Sliwa Gives Jon Swift Some Slum Love

I have often said that if you want to see what conservatives will be saying tomorrow today this modest blog is the place to go. WABC radio host and former vigilante (in a good way) Curtis Sliwa not only reads this blog, he invited me on his show last night, Thursday, February 26, to talk about why Gov. Bobby Jindal is America's Slumdog Millionaire, which I wrote about here. After I wrote that piece, Mr. Sliwa also referred to Gov. Jindal as a "slumdog millionaire" when he interviewed Republican chairman Michael Steele and even got Steele to send out some "slum love" to Gov. Jindal. I must confess I'm not really sure what "slum love" is and in fact I didn't understand a lot of their interview as most of it was conducted in hip-hop, or as we used to call it, jive talk. I explained to Mr. Sliwa at the beginning of our interview that I am still a little rusty when it comes to speaking in this new Republican vernacular but I did my best and I've been studying this video (which the RNC should send out to all of its members) to help me learn how to speak like a real Republican:



Mr. Sliwa, who loves Gov. Jindal as much as I do, agreed with me when I said that Gov. Jindal is "the new face of the Republican Party" and that comparing him to what he called the "feel-good movie of the year" was apt. Update: Here is a recording of my appearance on the show:



Unfortunately, however, some people apparently took offense to referring to Gov. Jindal as a "slumdog millionaire," such as Amitabh Pal, writing on a website called The Progressive, which claims to have been on the Internet since 1909, which strikes me as being highly unlikely. He wrote that "comments relating to [Gov. Jindal's] Indian background" are "repugnant" and insultingly referred to my piece as "satirical." He also took issue with the photo I used to illustrate it, calling it "a weird-looking photo of Dev Patel," who is the star of Slumdog Millionaire. I must admit I did get a little mixed up and actually thought it was a photo of Gov. Jindal, though I think this illustration does go with the theme of the piece (and I don't know what is so "weird" about it) so I don't think it's necessary to change it or post a correction as I did when I accidentally posted a photo of Thurgood Marshall in a piece about Clarence Thomas.

While I'm used to being criticized by liberals like Mr. Pal, I was very upset when he then attacked one of my dearest commenters, Bukko in Australia, who wrote, "I applaud Gov. Jindal's efforts to make Louisiana into a replica of the slums of the country where his ancestors came from. Look what a roaring success India is! Why shouldn't New Orleans be as prosperous as Mumbai? The weather's just as bad, and although I've never been to the Black Hole of Calcutta (yes, I know it's politically correct to call it Kalicut now) I reckon it must smell a lot like Bourbon Street." Mr. Pal said his remarks were "totally uncalled for," though I'm not sure who called for Mr. Pal's remarks. While I don't agree with everything my commenters say, Mr. Pal, they are my guests and I will not stand for someone insulting my guests. If anyone is going to insult them, it should be me. What's more, Mr. Bukko cannot even defend himself because The Progressive does not allow comments. Maybe websites did not have the technology to allow for comments back in 1909 when The Progressive supposedly started but we do have such technology in the 21st century so I suggest that your 100-year-old software may be due for an upgrade.

Another frequent commenter, yellojkt, implied that I should have compared Gov. Jindal to Kenneth the Page on 30 Rock as he and a number of others did. I hope he won't take this the wrong way but I have to say I agree with my good friend Ann Althouse that comparing Gov. Jindal to a white person would be racist. If I had thought about it, I might have compared Gov. Jindal to the film director M. Night Shyamalan, like the unidentified bloggers Mr. Pal refers to in his Progressive piece, though I think such a comparison would have been unfair considering Mr. Shyamalan's career trajectory. It did occur to me to compare him to Ramesh Ponnuru or Dinesh D’Souza, but after Mr. Ponnuru called me a "feminist racist" for this piece I thought it better to let sleeping slumdogs lie. I'm afraid being called a feminist again at The Corner would seriously damage my reputation. I might also have compared Gov. Jindal to Amitabh Bachchan, the actor who is featured in an early scene in Slumdog Millionaire, is the former host of India's version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, and shares a Christian name (or perhaps, more correctly, a Hindu name) with Mr. Pal. Although Gov. Jindal does not bear a physical resemblance to Mr. Bachchan, they do share a certain wonkiness, which goes right over my head, at least from the evidence of this clip from one of his films, where he sounds a little like Jeff Goldstein:



In fact, some of the comments from my readers go over my head, too. Comrade PhysioProf used quite a lot of esoteric scientific jargon in his reference to Gov. Jindal's criticism of volcano monitoring. "Eleventeen f---tillion gigajoules of magmatic energy is no match for the home-spun down-to-earth common-sense ingenuity of real hard-working Americans!" he wrote. I don't have a clue what he was trying to say and I could not find any of these terms in Conservapedia, which as Dave S and Barefoot Bum rightly pointed out, is the site I should have mentioned as a home-schooling reference instead of the liberal, Wiccan-influenced Wikipedia. My bad, as the hip-hoppers say. (See, I'm learning.)

Finally, while The Progressive may be afraid to let its critics comment on their pages, I am not only unafraid of criticism but I am also fearless enough to highlight the attacks of my harshest critic, Anonymous. In response to my piece "President Bush's Legacy: One of Our Greatest Presidents" Anonymous wrote, "Good luck getting ignorant fools to believe this crock of crap!" As usual there was no need for me to defend myself because another commenter, Gentlewoman, immediately stepped up to the plate and slayed Anonymous with an allusion to one of President Bush's greatest triumphs. "Mission Accomplished!" she wrote. Indeed, if I can get even one ignorant fool to believe what I write, I do feel like President Bush on that aircraft carrier.

Share This Post

blinkbits BlinkList del.icio.us digg Fark Furl LinkaGoGo Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Simpy Spurl TailRank YahooMyWeb

38 comments:

oyster said...

Hail Jon Swift! The New New New Right's one man vanguard.

Dan Collins said...

Haha, this is just hilarious.

yellojkt said...

I stand chagrined by your rebuke about the racial insensitivity of comparing Louisiana-borne (but not conceived) Jindall to Georgian Kenneth The Page. Your very persuasive argument and my unfathomably heavy White Guilt made me add Dev Patel to my Bobby Jindall Look-Alike contest.

Carl said...

Mr Swift, what is it with progressives that they feel the need to single out conservative commentators like your esteemed self and Rick Santelli.

I expect Thugee Mr. Pal now has your home address and your wife's corset size in his Blackberry and is waiting for his opportunity to spring his surprise on you, the way Press Secretary Gibbs threatened Mr Santelli for suggesting correctly that nearly-bankrupt homeowners ought to take their lumps like good little soldiers in the war on debt.

kathleenmaher said...

I'll have to check out your interview, Mr. Swift. From the examples you give of the new Republican vernacular, I wonder if they've got it right. In the clip you offer, it sounds like their channeling "hip-hop" from 1909.

ZenYenta said...

It seems that Bobby Jindal is something of a human Rorschach test. He seems to resemble, in one way or another, a small host of people. I think your Slumdog Millionaire thing works because it's so timely,, but let's not forget how many shout outs he got as a latter-day Mr. Rogers as well. I just want to know if you Republicans have seen his birth certificate? I mean the real one. Not a digitally scanned copy or the word of the state where he claims to have been born. That's just not good enough these days.

Michael Bérubé said...

You be da man! You be da man!

But please inform your commenter ZenYenta that likening Bobby Jindal to Mr. Rogers is racist. ZenYenta needs to get "the 411" about the new hip-GOP and stop "illin'." Word to your mother.

ZenYenta said...

Well, Michael, I'm old. Possibly too old to learn jive. It gets harder to pick up new languages as you age. Like, I can ROFL and OMFG, but I can't text to save my life.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Omigosh! I would have had no idea that I had insulted someone at a magazine I would never have heard of unless I heard it from you. I didn't think anyone besides Carl read these comments anyway. I know I certainly don't.

I would Google this no-doubt awesome repository of liberal wisdom and apologise straight away, except you tell me they don't allow comments. Typical liberals, who can't handle free speech. Too bad they're not like conservatives, who have a sly sense of humour.

Speaking of which, if Curtis the Red-Capped Angel invited you on his radio show, are you SURE he reads your blog? Then again, reading does not always indicate understanding.

bago said...

There is already a grassroots movement to call for citizen volcano monitors.

Lancelot Link said...

Strangely enough, my own reaction to Gov. Jindal (and I am being completely honest) was, "He's certainly no Amitabh Bachchan!"

Michael Bérubé said...

There is already a grassroots movement to call for citizen volcano monitors.

Volcano Tea Party!

Drama Queen said...

M. Berube, don't you mean volcano tea bagging?

Comrade Kevin said...

Louisiana outside of New Orleans might as well be a slum town.

J. said...

I think you're being a bit hard on Mr. Pal. He's never been the same since his troubles with that damned archaeologist and the crocodiles back in '35.

Carl said...

I didn't think anyone besides Carl read these comments anyway.

I'm on contract with the EIB Network of Herr Limbaugh to monitor potentially subversive blogs and report back on anyone not hewing the line closely enough.

This blog is safe, as are you, sir.

Downwiththeswirl said...

I enjoyed this too much. In fact, I'm pretty sure my enjoyment level would be illegal in many southern states.

Do you also do birthday parties?

watzabatza said...

Way back to this post..

you're so lucky...

crazyloko said...

cell phonesThis phenomenom is typified by mobile phonethe rise ofbusiness. Incredible range of products available with China Wholesale “Low Price and High Quality” not only reaches directly to their target clients worldwide but also ensures that cheap cell phones wholesale from China means margins you cannot find elsewhere and China Wholesale will skyroket your profits.cosplay costumes
cheap cell phones
cheap cocktail dresses
Cheap Wedding Dresses
cheap jewelry

Get Info Here said...

I think there's something to be corrected. you're right Kevin.

dvestv said...

oyster, I don't understand.

den parser said...

I would love these videos.

online movies watch said...

online movies watch free is the best deal nowadays. try it

gih said...

What about the Oscars?

wangzi said...

Other swiss replica watch enthusiasts are absorbed in the adorableness or appearance of the device. Other data to accede if purchasing a affluence watch that can access its amount over time are its rareness, whether it is a bound or appropriate edition, its warranty, and, in the case of ahead endemic watches, if its ancestry can be traced.

Betty Jo said...

Excellent stuff with wonderful information!I'm new here and loving the post!Thanks for sharing this great info!

Konto walutowe

دردشة ومنتديات عراقنا said...

niceشات عراقنا
دردشة عراقنا
جات عراقنا
شلة عراقنا
عراقنا
شات العراق
دردشة عراقية
شات كيكه
دردشة عبدالله
جات
دردشة
منتدى دردشة عراقنا
منتدى عراقنا

Education News said...

Well, this could be shrewd to browse as a result of it had been unfamiliar state and numerous of others to boot, i frequently notice new and characteristic things on this web log and this could be the principle i frequently visit this data processing scheme, and this could be very assisting to others..

For more education news, check here: Best Choice of Education News, Higher Education, Education Policy, Online Schools, International Education, k-12 Schools, Parents, Universities, and also meet us on Wiki: Education News Wiki

Nascim Alnaam said...

any risk of a flickering image. (Just look at a CRT screen out of the corner of your eye
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah


, which is more sensitive to motion.)

Nascim Alnaam said...

الجارية ملاحظات بشأن إدارة المستأجر الخيارات، وهنا هي العوامل الأكثر
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
أهمية القيام الخاص بك السياسة التجارية الخاصة بك أو تسجيل المبنى.

Nascim Alnaam said...

There are only THREE countries in the entire world that have a population of more than 300

alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah

million. Those are China (1.33 billion), India (1.17 billion) and USA (307 million).

Nascim Alnaam said...

Proposing by modifying video game maps
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah



seems to be something of a trend. Here is

Nascim Alnaam said...

To save some typing, we’ll often refer to Wolfram

alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah

Alpha as “WA” in this article. Also

Nascim Alnaam said...

There is a lot of features built in, such as alert policies, on-duty scheduling,

alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah


maintenance scheduling, alert-flood

Nascim Alnaam said...

Property Organization (an agency of the UN),
ترميم
كشف تسربات المياه
عزل مائي
نقل اثاث
رش مبيدات
شركة تنظيف بالرياض
شركة العالمية للخدمات المنزلية
ترميم المنازل
كشف تسربات
نقل عفش


has an arbitration and mediation center for domain

Nascim Alnaam said...

Get them something special. Have a party.
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah

Get them some insanely cool hardware.

Nascim Alnaam said...



The phosphor in conventional CRT screens can make an
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah

image projected over a long time period stick, le

Nascim Alnaam said...

oring network grows. With a bigger network,
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah
alaamiah

each location tests your site more seldom. And

Google