That your lyrical methods were. . . unsound.
George, who until fairly recently I'd counted on to serve as the voice of reason hereabouts, grabs the mike and goes:
Slim and lithe and black and Muslim
we folk from Somalia go walking
and when we move here,
each one that moves here goes "Ah!"
He recently went all Talking Headsy over at Jason's, as well. I'm starting to worry.
The upcoming move to the Twin Cities should help. Fresh 20-below air, five or six hours a day of sunlight, plus, a thriving immigrant community.
Census 2002: Muslim immigrants learn, prosper in Twin Cities
Immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries such as Iran and Pakistan are better educated than whites of European ancestry, and they are becoming more affluent, according to a new analysis of Twin Cities data from census 2000.
The explanation is simple, some of the immigrants say: In many of those countries, only the elite have any real chance of making it to this country in the first place.
"Only the top 1 percent or 2 percent of Bangladeshis comes to this country," said Mahfuza Ali, a research scientist at 3M with two daughters at St. Paul Academy. "And they come here with education as their No. 1 goal."
Well, most of them are thriving, anyway.
Somalis in the Twin Cities area aren't doing nearly as well as those from other historically Muslim countries in the Middle East or from Asia, such as Egypt or Pakistan, the data indicate.
That probably has to do with Somalis' more recent arrival and with their being refugees, said John Logan, director of the Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research in Albany, N.Y., which produced the report.
Don't think Lileks ever writes about the Iranian or Pakistani immigrants. Easier to kick around the Somalis, I expect.
Always going for the cheap shot. Reminds me of me.
Is Porklips Now out on video, by the way? Or was it included in the Hardware Wars reissue?