June 2, 2005


Anurag Kashyap Wins National Spelling Bee (Associated Press, June 02, 2005)

"Appoggiatura" was music to 13-year-old Anurag Kashyap's ears. Correctly spelling the word that means melodic tone, he clinched the 2005 national spelling bee championship.

An eighth-grader in Poway, Calif., Anurag ran into his father's arms and burst into tears. He said he felt "just pure happiness." [...]

Anurag, a straight-A student at Meadowbrook Middle School — his favorite subject is science — tied for 47th in last year's spelling bee. That experience "helped me to know what I should study to ... like, win this thing," he said, repeatedly hiding his face behind his cardboard number.

Tied for second place were 11-year-old Samir Patel, who is home-schooled in Colleyville, Texas, and Aliya Deri, 13, of Pleasanton, Calif.

Dang immigrants, they come here and take all the positions that require intelligence, dedication, familial support, hard work...

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2005 11:45 PM

Nobody is saying "dang, those immigrants". The concern is illegals. It's a fairly simple concept - easier than those spelling bee words.

It is easy to make light of things. Sure the innocent workers trying to make a better life are not the problem and the brothel jokes are amusing, but it is not funny that an Al-Loser or Nuke Korean terrorist can afford himself easy entry into this country. That my friend is the true problem, and can't be glossed over with baseball and spelling bee success stories.

Posted by: Darryl at June 3, 2005 12:27 AM

I probably would have had trouble just spelling the winner's name...

Posted by: John at June 3, 2005 12:44 AM

John: the kid had an unfair advantage. Just learning to spell his own name put him head and shoulders above the competition.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 3, 2005 12:47 AM

Darryl-- if that were the case, then proposals such as the President's or McCains would get a lot more traction with people like you. They throw the door open wide, but make sure whe know who's coming in. For some reason, though, they don't get traction with those who claim to just be "anti-illegals."

Posted by: Timothy at June 3, 2005 1:40 AM

Nearly half of all immigrants are from Mexico or Latin America. 53 percent of Hispanics graduate from high school. So the worry isn't they will "take all the positions that require intelligence, dedication, familial support, hard work", the worry is they will be taking government handouts or taking my rims. Or both.

Posted by: carter at June 3, 2005 2:47 AM


Not sure what you mean by "people like you", but I think you expressed the point well - better than I did - when you said "...door open wide, but make sure we know who's coming in...". Exactly.

Maybe I am giving the minutemen too much credit and perhaps I am speaking without knowing what they are all about...but I know what is important to me.

Posted by: Darryl at June 3, 2005 3:37 AM

David Brooks explains: The Fear and The Cheap Lawn Care.

Posted by: jim jones at June 3, 2005 4:45 AM

The Fear

Posted by: jim jones at June 3, 2005 4:49 AM


Where are the Minutemen to patrol the Maine coast?

Posted by: oj at June 3, 2005 7:13 AM


Yes, the worry and the reality differ.

Posted by: oj at June 3, 2005 7:16 AM

Based on the spelling bee our future workers do have something to worry about and their parents had better start helping their kids do better in school. Bill Cosby's message is not just for Americans of African descent.

Posted by: Genecis at June 3, 2005 11:20 AM

there is plenty of pie to go around. compete or die, its just that simple.

Posted by: cjm at June 3, 2005 1:03 PM

Right, Orrin, I see so many swimming on shore from those warm Maine waters.

Posted by: Slider at June 4, 2005 5:08 AM


You wouldn't would you, without patrolling?

Posted by: oj at June 4, 2005 8:04 AM

. . . riot at Thomas Jeffferson H.S.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 6, 2005 4:03 PM