Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Please sir, can I have Samoa?

Once, when I was flying into the US, I had a layover in Puerto Rico. As I and my plane-mates deplaned in San Juan, we were told we would need to go through US Customs there, rather than at our ultimate destination, O'Hare. There was a very touristy looking couple walking right behind me. Here's a bit of their conversation:

Her: Why do we have to go through customs now?
Him: I don't know.
Her: Why can't we go through it when we enter America?
Him: I don't know, dear.

(I turn around and glare. They are oblivious.)

Her: What are they saying on the loudspeaker? I can't understand it. What language are they speaking?
Him: It must be Puerto Rican.

Yes, Americans are not only willfully ignorant of other countries, we are also fuckin' ignorant about our own.

And yes, I'm talking to you, Tucker "Hispanic immigrants from Puerto Rico" Carlson.

(via Eschaton)


SJ said...

How much do I hate Tucker Carlson? My god, I don't think I even have words. What a maroon.

Thanks for the link. I am honored and shall reciprocate shortly.

Grant Miller said...

Que lastima!