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  • White Is the New Not White

    For the first time since white people started saying they outnumbered the people who'd already been living here, they are the minority

    Population estimates show that 50.4 percent of children younger than 1 last year were Hispanic, black, Asian American or in other minority groups. That’s almost a full percentage point higher than the 49.5 percent of minority babies counted when the decennial census was taken in April 2010. Census Bureau demographers said the tipping point came three months later, in July.

    You're looking a little pale, old white people. Maybe you should sit down. Don't worry, everything is going to be fine. This growth in population diversity is going to change the U.S., but the U.S. is also going to change them. For instance, first-generation immigrants are used to eating at the McDonald's in their home countries, but their children will eat at the McDonald's in this country.

    Another thing that might make you feel better is that this bad economy has brought new immigration to a near standstill…

    William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, said the slowdown in immigration may delay the nation’s transformation to a majority-minority society from 2042 to 2050 or beyond.

    But he said it will not prevent it."Eventually, when the economy returns, we’re going to get more immigrants, maybe not from Mexico but from other parts of the world," he said. Without so many youthful immigrants, he added, the United States would look more like Japan, with its disproportionate share of elderly citizens.

    "We were already seeing a declining youth population in large parts of the country," Frey said. "Without immigrants, we’d be essentially youthless. We had a perfect storm. We got them all coming, younger immigrants having children, at a time when we really needed them.

    See? Who else is going to take care of you in your old age? Certainly not your children or grandchildren, who'll be working until they're 85 so they can retire and live out their golden year at the local Howard Johnson's. At least you're going to get Social Security.

    No, this isn't because we have a black president. In fact, if you think our economic woes are President Obama’s fault, it would make sense for you to vote for him, to keep the economy and immigration in a slump. Vote Obama!

    I am not Barack Obama and I don't approve this message.

    Photo by Andersen Ross/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Asia, Barack Obama, Immigration, Mexico, Racism, Republicans, Social Security
  • Stephen Colbert Looks at Asia

    Is anybody else out there a little skeptical about Asia actually existing? Okay, I mean, I'm not saying it's a total hoax, but I'm still not fully believing in it. Let's be real here, it's a giant land mass that's somehow able to fit all of China, all of India and most of Russia? Plus, it somehow found the time to record two number one hit songs, "Heat of the Moment" and "Don't Cry"? That's a little far fetched, don't you think?

    See also:
    Stephen Colbert Looks at North America
    Stephen Colbert Looks at South America
    Stephen Colbert Looks at Europe

    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.

    Tags: Asia, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
  • Hong Kong Basks in the Warm Glow of Sarah Palin's Mind

    sarah-palin-tongue-sticking-outInternational/financial/extraterrestrial expert Sarah Palin's big speech at a Hong Kong investment forum happened yesterday, and lucky for us, the Wall Street Journal gotcha'd its hands on a tape of the double secret event (closed to press, of course).

    It seems Sarah Palin talked about everything, literally everything, from the econopocalypse (blame over-regulation) (??) to China ("makes people nervous") to Afghanistan to health reform to the Fed to, who knows, Trig's bowels?

    Let's listen in as the unemployed lady tackles another hot-button issue: immigration

    She also spoke about how Alaska once shared a land bridge with Asia. And she noted that her husband's Eskimo ancestors crossed that bridge. "To consider that connection that allowed sharing of peoples and bloodlines and wildlife and flora and fauna, that connection to me is quite fascinating," she said.

    INCORRECT. There is nothing "fascinating" about sneaking off to a foreign country to admit that your husband's family is full of Illegals. Come on, Sarah.

    Todd Palin better not be getting any health care, ever.

    Tags: Alaska, Asia, Hong Kong, Sarah Palin, Todd Palin
  • Sarah Palin Can't See Asia from Her Porch, But She's Going There Anyway

    sarah-palin-pointing-vertSince becoming unemployed Sarah Palin has had more time to focus on her hobbies, which for a dedicated former public servant like Sarah Palin involve learning about the issues of the day, so she can write Facebook notes about them.

    Next on Ms. Palin's agenda? A trip to Asia, her first ever, to address the CLSA Investors' Forum in Hong Kong. Take that, everybody who says Sarah Palin lacks foreign policy experience…

    CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, a Hong Kong-based brokerage, announced Monday that the former Republican candidate for the U.S. vice presidency and, until she resigned last month, governor of Alaska, will address the Sept. 21-25 [Investors' Forum] in what a press release called "her first international speaking engagement outside North America."

    But look! Also too! The CLSA forum is "Asia’s premier investment conference providing unrivaled corporate access to 1,300 global fund managers from 32 countries, representing more than $10 trillion in funds under management," which means that Sarah Palin will simultaneously become an expert in international finance, all in one trip!

    And if the multitasking Ms. Palin samples a traditional dim sum feast during her visit, why, she'll be able to launch her own gourmet cooking show just as soon as she gets home.

    Tags: Alaska, Asia, Economy, Hong Kong, International Affairs, Sarah Palin