Intellectual light weight Seth Macfarlane is at it again. Or, I guess I should say,
media outlets that want to convince you he actually has something intelligent to say are at it again:
“Walking down the street, a cop can come up to you and say ‘May I see your papers?’ — I think they should be required to ask that question in German if the law sticks around,” he added.
Arizona’s law, signed last week, allows police to stop people and ask for proof they are in the United States legally if there is any “reasonable suspicion” to the contrary. Opponents see it as a recipe for racism… Colombian singer Shakira met with the mayor of Phoenix on Thursday to help campaign against the law, which she called “unjust and inhuman.”
First of all, I’m wondering if Seth actually read the bill. After all, this is the same guy who spouts off on what Reagan would and would not have done if he was alive today, when we all know he’s probably never even read Reagan: In His Own Hand.
Years ago I remember reading headlines that screamed: “David Kay Report: No WMD In Iraq!” And then I actually read the text that was available (You can view partial text here because I’m too lazy to find the original source):
We have discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations during the inspections that began in late 2002. The discovery of these deliberate concealment efforts have come about both through the admissions of Iraqi scientists and officials concerning information they deliberately withheld and through physical evidence of equipment and activities that ISG has discovered that should have been declared to the UN. Let me just give you a few examples of these concealment efforts, some of which I will elaborate on later:
· A clandestine network of laboratories and safehouses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.
· A prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of BW agents, that Iraqi officials working to prepare for UN inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the UN.
· Reference strains of biological organisms concealed in a scientist’s home, one of which can be used to produce biological weapons.
· New research on BW-applicable agents, Brucella and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin were not declared to the UN.
· Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists’ homes, that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment by centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS).
Notice anything interesting about this partial transcript of the report? It’s downright scary, and much more nuanced than “NO WMD!”
Likewise, I have a feeling that the actual law in Arizona, which from what I gather mirrors most federal laws already on the books, would be just as eye-opening.
Is it unreasonable to expect people to show proof that they’re in the country legally? I don’t think so. Has Seth MacFarlane ever been to the DMV? Has he ever voted? Has he ever opened a bank account? These are all instances where I’m pretty sure he was required to produce some sort of valid documentation that might be of interest to local, state, and federal authorities. Likewise, if Seth Facfarlane was pulled over for speeding, confronted for shooting law enforcement officers trying to stop him from smuggling drugs into the country, or pulled aside for something as juvenile as shoplifting—I wouldn’t have any trouble with law enforcement looking into his citizenship status on the spot. Apparently, Seth thinks I’m crazy:
Asked why he thought the Arizona law had been passed, MacFarlane said: “I don’t know, people are getting crazier…”
Where do you live, Seth? Do you have drug smugglers, kidnappings, and other forms of criminality spilling into your back yard? Probably not. Do Seth MacFarlane and Shakira have to live with the consequences of a deteriorating border-security situation, or are they Perfect Strangers to such realities because they have a nice, cozy mansion to go home to? I’ll let you be the judge.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to catch up on some reading on perpetual Seth MacFarlane target, Sarah Palin.