Quotes of the day

posted at 10:47 pm on May 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

“I mean, it’s not like I’m suggesting we stitch some kind of symbol to their clothes or anything. That’s crazy. A simple laminated card. Maybe with some sort of DNA coding. Or an embedded computer chip. GPS. Make it part of a digital national database. You just carry that special ID card at all times — or maybe wear it around your neck on a lanyard so the police can see it — and be prepared to show it to anyone who asks, and everything will be OK. If you forget your card one day, well, a night or two in jail never killed anybody, did it? OK, maybe a couple of people; but until things get straightened out, the risk of some little danger or inconvenience is a small price to pay for our peace of mind. Isn’t it? Wouldn’t a program like this let the rest of us sleep better?

“Because that’s what we’re talking about, isn’t it? Peace of mind? Freedom from fear? And anger? (That they travel so freely among us and take advantage of our privileges and our freedoms is upsetting to every right-thinking American.) So something has to be done, even if it seems wrong at first…

“Which is why we need a fence, too, in addition to the special ID cards. We need to build a very big, very strong fence to keep these people out. Because you know how they are. Not just persistent. Loud. Indefatigable. Ceaseless. A fence high enough and strong enough to keep these people out, no matter how determined they are to get in…

“So until we enforce some of these restrictions on the residents of the state of Arizona, I’m not really going to feel comfortable.”

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Isn’t there some unintended irony here? Isn’t the basis of opponents’ concern that the law will in effect foster discrimination, by subjecting those who are Hispanic in appearance to greater requirements to substantiate their citizenship? That it will in effect single out people of a specific ethnicity?

So the Suns protest by. . . singling out the Spanish language for their protest – thereby implicitly equating the cause of immigrants with the phenomenon of speaking Spanish.

???

Wouldn’t this irony occur to Nash, a Canadian? Wouldn’t the Suns’ protest make more sense if they wore uniforms in Spanish, German, and Vietnamese, to convey the message that we’re a diverse country and everyone should be treated the same? Doesn’t the nature of their protest unwittingly imply that we SHOULD be singling out Spanish-speakers?

I don’t get it.

Chuckles3 on May 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM

If MLB decides that, yes, the All-Star Game needs to be moved from Arizona, then MLB better not raise a hint of complaint if thousands of non-ticket holders crash the gates, take paying patrons’ seats, grab some merchandise and food for free, and ignore any stadium authority’s order, while called bigoted, selfish “classists,” to cease and exit.

AnonymousDrivel on May 5, 2010 at 8:30 AM

What is hilarious is that the great defenders of Mexico are wearing Los Suns on Cinco De Mayo which is not even a national holiday in Mexico. It’s the equivalent of a Mexican team called Los Sols wearing The Suns on Arbor Day.

Cinco De Mayo is a “holiday” that was basically created by Corona.

angryed on May 5, 2010 at 8:06 AM

They celebrate beating the French at the Battle of Puebla. Why were they fighting the French? Because they wouldn’t repay a previous war debt to France.

(If that’s the best one can do for a triumph to celebrate…)

Disturb the Universe on May 5, 2010 at 8:35 AM

I would be more impressed if the NBA and other professional leagues were more interested in cleaning up their own houses rather than attacking Arizona.

bw222 on May 5, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Does Fear include walking around not knowing if a criminal is at your side. One man’s peace is another ones sorrow.

tomas on May 5, 2010 at 8:41 AM

I’ve been a Suns fan over 30 years, and I’m rooting for them this postseason as I always do (beat the dreaded Spurs!), but I try very hard to ignore Steve Nash’s non-basketball viewpoints. Dude’s Canadian, which means (besides legally obligated to carry his ‘papers’) he’s a leftist. He’s also a very rich athlete, which means he has no concept of reality. I’m sure he hasn’t read the bill.

Shut up and play (well)!

Darksean on May 5, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I don’t get it.

Chuckles3 on May 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM

You do. They don’t.

davidk on May 5, 2010 at 8:54 AM

i used to pay a sh$tload a couple of times a year to watch Nash and the suns up close and personal while in Phoenix.

Scratch that…

morons

Tim Zank on May 5, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I don’t remember this Nash clown doing anything for French Canadians. Perhaps he should worry about discrimination and prejudice in his own homeland.

Annar on May 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Too bad too, Nash is poetry in motion on the court. I always hate it when people I admire turn out to be frickin’ idiots.

Tim Zank on May 5, 2010 at 8:59 AM

I don’t get it.

Chuckles3 on May 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM

It’s liberalism. It doesn’t need to make sense.

2ipa on May 5, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Don’t focus on Nash. Yes, he’s a little socialist idiot, but the entire team voted to act stupid. Fu*ck the Suns.

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 9:05 AM

First, I am so sick of how political ESPN has become. I like to watch sports, not Obama picking his bracket or shooting hoops with the UNC basketball team. I need to watch more Fox Sports Network.

Second, are the Suns really protesting the immigration law? The Suns have been wearing “Los Suns” jerseys all season. So have the Dallas Mavericks, or “Los Mavs.” So is this really a protest, or are they just wearing their standard Los Suns jerseys?

bigbeas on May 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Did you get a good look at his picture? I mean, look at how wide apart his eyes are. He’s got a little cave man look going. No offense to cave men.

Kissmygrits on May 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

espn.com has a poll up regarding this issue. Go and vote; let your voice be heard.

Keemo on May 5, 2010 at 9:22 AM

If the Suns really cared about inclusiveness, they would start five hispanics in the next playoff game.

Vashta.Nerada on May 5, 2010 at 9:27 AM

If Stevie Nash and all other athletes and commentators (fat ass Barkley comes to mind) want to keep their inflated salaries, they had better stay out of politics. Half of this country is in no mood for this.

Keemo on May 5, 2010 at 9:31 AM

If MLB decides that, yes, the All-Star Game needs to be moved from Arizona, then MLB better not raise a hint of complaint if thousands of non-ticket holders undocumented spectators crash the gates, take paying patrons’ seats, grab some merchandise and food for free, and ignore any stadium authority’s order, while called bigoted, selfish “classists,” to cease and exit.

AnonymousDrivel on May 5, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Get the terminology correct.

The Monster on May 5, 2010 at 9:45 AM

espn.com has a poll up regarding this issue. Go and vote; let your voice be heard.

Keemo on May 5, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I just went to take that poll and the results are, at this moment, 57% NO to the question “Is it appropriate for the Suns to take a stand against the Arizona immigration law?”

ExpressoBold on May 5, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Crazy. We are being invaded by foreign nationals that ignore our laws for their own selfish reasons. If you follow their twisted logic, we should open our borders to whomever wants to come here, which is a prescription for disaster.

If our laws are so bad, why does every other country in the world has stricter laws than us?

Dumb, dumb, and dumber.

saiga on May 5, 2010 at 9:58 AM

If you dont live in Arizona, and support what we are trying to do about Illegal Immigration, we need help. We are getting pounded, and if we loose the entire country looses.

Badbrucskie on May 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I don’t remember this Nash clown doing anything for French Canadians. Perhaps he should worry about discrimination and prejudice in his own homeland.

Annar on May 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Touche. Nash, of all people, really should butt out of this.

NebCon on May 5, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Badbrucskie on May 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM

We got your backside my friend. Don’t let the MSM fool you, a large majority of Americans are 100% behind what Az. is doing, while pressuring our own state to follow your lead. Any organization that throws in with the illegals will be seen as wearing the uniform of the enemy; this includes the sports industry.

Keemo on May 5, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Yet another reason to root against the Phoenix Suns.

Not the city or state, just the basketball team.

PappaMac on May 5, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Badbrucskie on May 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM

There are a number of other states trying to pass legislation toward the same end. Chin up! Just because the media is saying it, doesn’t make it so.

PappaMac on May 5, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Not the city or state, just the basketball team.

PappaMac on May 5, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Don’t bother rooting for the Spurs. They wanted to join the protest but just couldn’t get jerseys in time.

Esthier on May 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Don’t bother rooting for the Spurs. They wanted to join the protest but just couldn’t get jerseys in time.

Esthier on May 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM

And then complained to the refs about it.

Darksean on May 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM

ha ha ha more outrageous outrage Hotair boycott action

you guys are running out of sports to watch

Dave Rywall on May 5, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Dave Rywall on May 5, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Careful now Rywall, if the powers to be deem you as of no value to this site (which is long overdue) you might just find yourself on the boycott list.

Keemo on May 5, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Ah, some sports guy, I assume. Sorry, pal, I don’t know you from Adam. And I don’t give a good crap about your opinion on, oh, pretty much anything. How about you take your inflated salary for playing a stupid game and shut the hell up, huh?

mojo on May 5, 2010 at 11:23 AM

typical idiot jock. They do enforce it on residents and every person in the US. When has someone gotten stopped by a cop and not had to show their drivers license?

Niteowl45 on May 5, 2010 at 11:26 AM

The team owner wants to send the citizens of AZ a message. Your racists! I suggest that AZ citizens send a message in return. Empty seats.

jpmn on May 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Nash: “As one of the handful of white people left in the NBA, I know a thing or two about being in the minority. So viva los Suns, baby!”

OxyCon on May 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Careful now Rywall, if the powers to be deem you as of no value to this site (which is long overdue) you might just find yourself on the boycott list.

Keemo on May 5, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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omg omg omg so scared

Dave Rywall on May 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

You hoser, eh!

J_Crater on May 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Spell Canada with 3 letters …

“C” eh! “N” eh! “D” eh!

J_Crater on May 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Man, this just continues to piss me off!

Darksean on May 5, 2010 at 12:35 PM

So that means we can sneak in without paying and cheer for the other team right? No? RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACISTS!!!

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, whose banks have taken $140 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program funds. Los Suns…

DANEgerus on May 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM

So that means we can sneak in without paying and cheer for the other team right?

Funny.

jpmn on May 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

My message to the Phoenix Suns
atásquelo Donde el sol no brilla

Wade on May 5, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Wow, I finally have a reason to root for an NBA team…who is it they play? Who cares? Go los opposition!

Osis on May 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM

If the Suns really cared about inclusiveness, they would start five hispanics in the next playoff game.

Are there even five hispanics in the NBA?

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

So that means we can sneak in without paying and cheer for the other team right?

OK now that’s funny. Perhaps that will be the counterprotest of fans who favor the law.

Chuckles3 on May 5, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Are there even five hispanics in the NBA?

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

You could put together a pretty good team with the following players from Latin America or Spain.

@1 Jose Calderon
@2 Manu Ginobili
@3 Trevor Ariza
@4 Pau Gasol
@5 Nene

Bench
Al Horford
Leandro Barbosa
Luis Scola
Anderson Varejao
Carlos Delfino
Rick Rubio

dedalus on May 5, 2010 at 5:09 PM

WOW! Long time SUNS supporter here……….no longer. You go political-posting one group of people against another, you take the sport out of sport.

Brae on May 5, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Which one of them is a better shooter than Nash? Maybe Tiny? Maybe Tim Hardaway?

Uh…actually Magic Johnson does.

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 5:53 PM

@1 Jose Calderon
@2 Manu Ginobili
@3 Trevor Ariza
@4 Pau Gasol
@5 Nene

Uhhh…Gasol is from Spain. Calderon is from Spain. Rubio is from Spain, Ariza is from Miami

So you leave me with Ginobili and Nene as starters.

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Uh…actually Magic Johnson does.

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Magic was a poor outside shooter. Nash has averaged about 3x as many 3-pointers and made a much higher percentage. Overall, Magic is probably the best PG in history (though Robertson and Cousy were right up there), but Nash is a much better shooter than Magic.

Having a point guard who can hit open J’s helps space the floor. There aren’t many guys who can run the point and be a consistent outside threat.

dedalus on May 5, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Uhhh…Gasol is from Spain. Calderon is from Spain. Rubio is from Spain, Ariza is from Miami

So you leave me with Ginobili and Nene as starters.

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Ariza’s family is from the Dominican Republic and he’s trying to change his citizenship to the DR. He’s of Latin heritage in the same sense that other people are Irish or Asian.

Gasol wouldn’t be considered Hispanic? But, OK I see your point, remove the Europeans. With Al Horford at the 4 and Leandro Barbosa at the point, the team is still pretty good.

dedalus on May 5, 2010 at 6:34 PM

but Nash is a much better shooter than Magic.

Magic career FG% .489. 3pt .476, FT .905.

Nash career FG% .489 3pt .432 FT .903

I would hardly classify that as “much better”

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Fed45,
Magic had no jump-shot; it was a set shot. Comparing their FG% numbers alone is akin to my posting Shaq’s numbers & declaring that he’s a better shooter than Larry Bird. Magic only shot set-shots when the opposition backed off him & tried to “cheat” on an entry pass to Kareem. Heck, he was so good that he didn’t need to shoot very much.

Steve Nash is a MUCH better shooter than Magic ever was. Magic is about 3 or 4 times the PLAYER that Nash has ever or will ever be.

BTW, you posted Magic’s all-star game stats, not his NBA stats. He was nowhere near 90.5% from the line for his career (which would be a new NBA record, btw), although he was a darn good FT shooter, what with it also being a set shot.

rjwest21 on May 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM

If he played better D, he’d be at the top with Magic and the Big O.

Well, if Dave Kingman had hit for better average, he’d be on some of the all-time baseball player lists. But, he didn’t and he isn’t. Nash is not just sub-par, he’s a horrible defender, which is HALF THE GAME, so he’s not among the elite. He’s in the next group due to his mastery at running the offense, but not elite. The reason is that he’s a fabulous offensive player, but a net negative on the defensive end. Basically, he’s the George Gervin of point guards.

rjwest21 on May 6, 2010 at 2:09 PM

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