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What happened to your claim of banned books?

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Feb 2, 2012 at 20:46

Mr. Banerjee,

Obviously you agree with me that no books are banned in Arizona (as you had claimed). You whined about all sorts of things, but, no mention of that at all.

How many years did you spend in the USA doing research and amassing your incredible level of knowledge? My guess is, zero years, zero months and zero days.

Arizona is part of the USA. We won the war. Get used to it. Does Mexico have plans to give itself back to the Aztecs? What's the timetable on that?

Oh, that horrible clutch of Anglo-Saxon hegemony, led by a black President and a black attorney general. Just horrible. So horrible that millions of Mexicans emigrate legally to the USA, and millions more sneak in. All that expense, effort and risk, all to get themselves into that clutch of Anglo-Saxon hegemony. The most popular clutch in all of human history.

No, I did not point out that Arizona has a law that says anyone who's arrested will be checked to see if he's in this country legally, because that has nothing to do with the subject of banning books. A law that checks, only after an arrest, to see if you are in this country legally is anti-immigrant? Really? It's anti-illegal activity, yes (most laws are). If zillions of Australians snuck into the Punjab, year after year, the Punjabi state government wouldn't bother about it at all? Really? (Of course, when was the last time anyone even thought about sneaking into India?)

I was challenged by police in Brazil to produce my passport and visa, to prove I was in their country legally. Why did they pick me out on a crowded street? Because I was racially profiled. Did it bother me? No. It never occurred to me to think that the Brazilian government didn't have every right to check and see if I were in their country legally, and to kick me out if I were not. It's their country, not mine.

With our all-volunteer armed forces, just how is it we force Hispanics to die on the battlefield? Could you do just a few more years of research and explain that to me?

I used to be a janitor and I don't see anything wrong with it. I worked myself up from there, and I see Hispanic folks (and others) getting educations and doing the same. I think maybe it's you who'd like to see Hispanics remain in low-level positions, so you can have more fun whining about imaginary persecution.

"If you want to rebut my point you need to come up with solid reasons to do so."

Easiest thing I ever did in my life.

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