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Bobby Jindal signs a bill to allow churchgoers to pack heat. What the hell kinda sermons are being served up down there? [Think Progress]
Mariqueen Maandig and husband Trent Reznor of How To Destroy Angels are expecting. I bet the baby shower is going to be sick. Blabbermouth]
Adorbs baby puppy and baby human? We’ll take two. [nickholmes.tumblr.com]
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We called 2009 The Year of Living Desi-rously because, everywhere we turned, South Asians seemed to be dominating the headlines, but 2010 is looking just as bright for the desiaspora, particularly in American politics.
Our pal Jesse Washington, who covers race and ethnicity for the AP, recently reported that 8 Indian Americans–a record number–are currently running for Congress or statewide office. To put this number in perspective, Washington points out that only 2 Indian Americans have been elected to Congress thus far, the first being Dalip Singh Saund in 1956, and the second being Bobby Jindal, who entered Congress in 2004. 2010′s candidasians, 7 of which are Democratic hopefuls–South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is the exception–are as follows:
- Ami Bera in California’s 3rd district
- Raj Goyle in Kansas’ 4th district
- Nikki Haley for South Carolina governor
- Kamala Harris for California Attorney General
- Ravi Sangisetty in Louisiana’s 3rd district
- Reshma Saujani in New York’s 14th district
- Manan Trivedi in Pennsylvania’s 6th district
- Surya Yalamanchili in Ohio’s 2nd district
Filed under: Ami Bera, Asian-American Politicians, Bobby Jindal, Desis, Hardass Asian Parents' Wet Dreams, Indian American Politicians, Indian Americans Running for Office, Indian-Americans, Kamala Harris, Manan Trivedi, Nikki Haley, People Who Make Us Look Bad, Politasians, Raj Goyle, Ravi Sangisetty, Reshma Saujani, Surya Yalamanchili
Filed under: Anti-Miscegenation, Bobby Jindal, Discrimination Laws, Interracial Couples, interracial Marriage, Judges, Justice, Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell, Keith Bardwell, Louisiana, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Miscegenation, Racists, Weird Louisianan Behavior
“Hello America! I’m Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana. Perhaps you remember me from my awesomely bad Republican response to President Obama’s February 24 speech? I’ve been super busy in my home state lately–in fact, I just passed some cool new legislation, just this week! See, here’s the thing: all of us here around the office, we’d been thinking–there are lots of dummies around these parts, young adults that grow up unable to do hard stuff like add and read, and that makes us, like us-us, look bad. It’s like we have an educational problem or something.
So we solved it! This new legislation will allow kids to get into high school without taking some dumb, difficult standardized tests. And if somebody isn’t “feeling” high school, they can just get on the “career track” program and have easier requirements! They would’ve “slipped through the cracks” anyway, guys!
Phew! So it’s a win-win for all involved–we don’t need to improve the schooling, the students don’t need to improve themselves, and everyone looks better for it. Mediocrity has never tasted so good!”
Filed under: Bobby Jindal, Bobby Jindal Republican Response to Obama Speech, Career Track, Education, High School, Louisiana, Lowering the Bar, Mediocrity, Settling, Standardized Testing, Weird Louisianan Behavior
Bobby Jindal is writing a book!
He’s reached an agreement with Regnery Publishing, which has published the works of Newt Gingrich, Chuck Norris, and Ann Coulter, to write a book that mixes, according to Jindal, “lessons I’ve learned throughout my life” and policy issues. The book is slated for release in 2010, a year before Louisiana’s gubernatorial election.
Jindal was going to title the book, Dreams from My Father, until he was told that that title had already been taken. The Louisiana governor is currently trying to decide between Hey! I’m Brown and the Child of Immigrants, Too! and Piyush Jindal Is Also a Funny Name and If You Squint Really Hard at the TV and Cover Your Ears, You Just Might Mistake Me for You-Know-Who (Although Probably Not).
2008 was all about China China China, but 2009 is shaping up to be South Asia’s year. Between the total Oscar dominasian of Slumdog, to the rise and FAIL of Indian-Americans in politics–Bobby Jindal FAIL, Sanjay Gupta FAIL, and Vivek Kundra, who was today named Federal Chief Information Officer, FTW–to M.I.A. popping out her mixtape-making baby right after her upstaging-turn at the Grammys, to the crazazy shit going down between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to Citi CEO Vikram Pandit becoming the sad face on the precipitous decline of Wall Street, to Freida Pinto becoming a fashion icon and Woody Allen’s muse, good and godawful, Desis are here like paneer, and you betta get used to it.
My favorite Desi success story so far, however, has got to be that of American Idol contestant, Anoop Desai. Anoop, aka “Anoop Dawg,” is the definition of dorklicious, an a cappella-singing group nerd –something our pal Angry Asian Man predicted in private conversation before it became a well-known fact–a normal dude who’s longer on goofy charisma than talent but was nevertheless brought back by the Idol judges to contend tonight for one of the 3 remaining wild-card spots on the show.
I really can’t explain Anoop’s appeal–although j’adore the fact that he wrote his college thesis on the importance of barbecue in the South–but, if the stars continue to align as they have, this guy’s a lock for the Top 12.
Bobby Jindal’s “Republican response” to President Obama’s address to Congress Tuesday night–which was billed as the Louisiana governor’s coming-out party–was universally panned by the left and right. Conservative columnist David Brooks–who is part Canadian and not given to hyperbole–called Jindal’s platitude-filled speech a “disaster,” “nihilism,” and “insane.” FOX News commentator Juan Williams said that Jindal sounded “childish” and spoke in a “sing-songy” voice. And now the entire interwebz has a new meme: Bobby Jindal is Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock.
Occupation: Louisiana’s First Lady
Why She’s a Babe: Politics aside, Supriya Jindal is hawt. On Sunday, at the first formal dinner given at the White House for the nation’s governors, she showed up in the same red dress (pictured) as Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s wife, Marjorie, but still managed to stand out (let’s remember that she’s birthed three children). We also love her bouncy, shampoo-commercial hair, and the loving way she looks at her husband. Could this be the upside to the Jindals’ covenant marriage? If so, it’s the only one we can see, but it’s a pleasing one to the eye, at least.
Everyone is all kinds of excited about the fact that there’s now a Vietnamese-American dude rocking the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana (It’s no wonder–consider it a super-unlikely opportunity for Reprzentasian in that District if you aren’t experienced, Black or a Democrat).
Anh “Joseph” Cao is my peeps’ first Reprzentative, and that isn’t nothing! In fact, for my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, I’m sure that achievement alone would be enough for us all to claim bragging rights and call it a year. Incidentally, I think it’s a bit of a mixed bag–a little bit of good news, and a little bit of bad.
Cao is the first Vietnamese-American elected to the House! Woot! We all love to be the first! ✓…that’s GOOD!
As a nominee, Cao received endorsements from Christian right PACs, Bobby Jindal, and Pat Boone. Umm… X…that’s BAD!
Because of Cao, lots of people have been forced to read/speak/say/smell/spell the word “Vietnamese” in national headlines. Are we here? YES! To stay? FUCK YES! ✓…that’s GOOD!
Like my Aunt “Tracy,” Cao has adopted an “American” name in “Quotations” so that people can refer to him more easily. What’s wrong with the name Anh? My sister’s name is Anh. It’s a hot name! Hotter than Tracy, at least. X…that’s BAD!
Cao is a Republican, although that’s not inherently bad (I guess)–in fact he considers himself a political centrist, running last year in 2007 as an Independent, and shape-shifting just before this election as a strategic move to crush his veteran incumbent Dem opponent. The fact that he’s a Republican? Kind of a bummer. Late-game party-changing? Not great. But the fact that he admittedly capitalized off of low voter turnout–the result of voter fatigue in an election postponed a month by Hurricane Gustav… that ol’ politics kinda gives us the creepy tingles. X…that’s BAD!
Cao was accused of resorting to negative advertising, and at the very least benefited from PAC-produced negative ads, all seemingly deployed to discourage and disenfranchise African-American voters. X…that’s BAD!
Cao has dedicated himself to multiple efforts aiding Vietnamese refugees, and aims to further Vietnam as a peaceful, Democratic state. ✓…that’s GOOD!
Cao is a dedicated church-goer, which gives his life structure and meaning. ✓…that’s GOOD!
He’s a devout Catholic, who cites religious reasons for his party choice, and–more importantly–adamantly opposes abortion. X…that’s BAD!
The man is cute as a button (see photo above) and reminds us of a little, very friendly muppet, or Los Angeles sushi Chef Saito (also cute as a button). ✓…that’s GOOD!
Cao’s Vietnamese heritage combined with his Houston, Texas upbringing basically make him a life meld of Jen and Diana… ✓…that’s GOOD!
But doesn’t that fact automatically make him DISGRASIAN? X…that’s BAD!
I suppose only time will tell.
Filed under: Anh "Joseph" Cao, Bobby Jindal, Catholics, Christian Right, House of Reprzentatives, Joseph Cao, Louisiana, Politasians, Rep. Joseph Cao, Republicans, The Importance of Voting, Vietnamese Pride, Vietnamese-Americans, Wow for Cao
It’s official: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been anointed–37 months ahead of the Iowa Caucuses–the “Republican Obama.” In a Washington Post article that cites Jindal as the next Great Brown Hope, tax-hating, Bush-loving conservative Grover Norquist explains why the Right is stoked to have the 37 year-old, first-generation Indian-American on their team:
“As Republicans, you have a real problem now with younger voters and immigrants. If you were going to central casting for a candidate to deal with all that, who do you have? Jindal. He is young, and he looks young…He’s a great communicator. And his record is that he’s sharp and quick with policy.”
And it’s true! Jindal is young, brown, the child of immigrants, and has a delicious way of speaking. And since we, too, are young, brown, and the children of immigrants, I guess that means we’re voting for Jindal in 2012! Woohoooooooooooo!
But wait. Not so fast. The Washington Post also reported on Jindal’s stance on social issues, which is decidedly not young:
- steadfast opposition to abortion without exceptions
- disapproval of embryonic stem cell research
- his and his wife Supriya’s decision in 1997 to enter into a Louisiana covenant marriage that prohibits no-fault divorce in the state
- his decision in June to sign into law the Louisiana Science Education Act, a bill heartily supported by creationists that permits public school teachers to educate students about both the theory of “scientific design” and criticisms of Darwinian evolutionary concepts
And if Jindal wants to be the Republican Obama, he’s going to need to capture the youth vote, and these days, young people simply aren’t kickin’ it old skool with social conservatism. Which means Bobby Jindal has about 37 months to get a brand new steez.
Filed under: Anointed, Anti-Choice, Bobby Jindal, Bobby Jindal 2012, Children of Immigrants, Conservatives, Governor Jindal, Grover Norquist, Louasiana, Louisiana, Republicans, The Young and the Ethnic
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in Iowa over the weekend, special guest at the “Celebrating the Family” fundraiser held by the Iowa Family Policy Center. In a speech to 800 attendees, Jindal called for a reconciliasian between conservative voters and their new president:
“Whether you voted for him or not,” Jindal said of the new president, “whether you supported the new leaders of Congress or not, they’re our president. They’re our Congress. They need our prayers. They need our support.”
Smooth move, Bobby Jindal.
Not so smooth was his choice to speak at a banquet held by the anti-gay, anti-choice Iowa Family Policy Center. Same-sex marriage rights will be decided in the Iowa Supreme Court next month, and the Iowa Family Policy Center is leading the hateration against it, calling proponents of gay marriage “anti-family.”
You know what’s really “anti-family”? Half of the poor, elderly, and disabled from New Orleans who are permanently displaced from their homes since Katrina. And the lack of affordable housing or even a plan for affordable housing for these families. Not to mention the thousands of people still living in FEMA trailers.
Get your own house and your own damn family (i.e. Louisiana) in order before you start stumping in Iowa, Bobby Jindal! Sheesh. We thought you were smarter than that.
Oh, Bobby Jindal. You are so smooth. So eloquent. So Rhodes Scholarly. So American Dream-y. And that accent!
I want. To hump. That accent.
Which is why we should be afraid of the Jindal (aka “Their Obama”). Be very afraid.