:: Thursday, June 24, 2004 ::
Hispanics in the military
:: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 ::
A June 21 post on Letter From Gotham noted that in an article about young combat veterans in Iraq, more than half of the dozen or so names mentioned shared a common characteristic: most of them are Hispanic. But then this Slate article, which argues against re-instituting the draft, mentions these statistics:
Looking at the military as a whole... blacks do represent a disproportionate share—22 percent of all U.S. armed forces. By comparison, they make up 13 percent of 18-to-44-year-old civilians. The difference is that blacks re-enlist at a higher rate than whites. (Hispanics remain under-represented: 10 percent of all armed forces, as opposed to 14 percent of 18-to-44-year-old civilians.)Maybe there's a higher percentage--a much higher percentage?--of Hispanics in combat units than there are in the entire military.
More words of wisdom from Reservoir Dogs
I've turned to that movie for political guidance before, in this post from last fall, and I think it applies again now that Bill Clinton's book is out. I definitely want to see what he has to say about the Middle East, but I know that I won't get anything more than a passing reference in any major media coverage of the book, and that's among the small percentage of the coverage that'll even mention the issue at all. Obviously, the media take on his book can be summarized by the following passage from the movie, where the character played by Tarantino explains his theory about the real subject of the song "Like A Virgin":
Mr. Brown: I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
I read an anecdote once about Tarantino meeting Madonna, sometime after the movie was out, and getting her to sign his copy of one of her CDs that he owned. Apparently she signed it, "Dear Quentin, it's about love, not dick."
Mr. Blue: How many dicks is that?
Mr. White: A lot.