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varun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:41 PM
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Indian Americans upset over US senator's (Allen, R-VA) remarks
http://ia.rediff.com/news/2006/aug/20nri.htm?q=tp&file=...

Senator George Allen's controversial comments about an Indian American youth flashed across the country last week, but nowhere more rapidly than in Virginia's Indian American community, where frustration over ethnic stereotypes has intensified since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Dolly Oberoi, chief executive of a Northern Virginia technology company, says: "To me it sounded like, 'You dirty kid, get out of my way.' That was very painful to a lot of people."

Virginia is home to about 80,000 adults with Indian ancestry, most of whom live in Northern Virginia, according to the US Census Bureau. In interviews across the state last week, many said they were offended and disappointed by the comments from the one-term Republican senator and former governor, according to a report in the Washington Post on Sunday.

...Many of its members are successful, especially in the region's information technology industries. And they are tight, placing a high value on sharing information quickly. When Allen's comments became public, the video link was sent nearly instantly across a very wired community...

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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:46 PM
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1. Let's hope
there are enough of those 80,000 who are old enough to vote for Webb.

I sent Webb some money - and I live in CA. Allen has got to go. He's an embarrassment to the Senate. The idea that he even thinks he has a chance in hell to be president is amazing. But then I said that abouyt Bush. :eyes:

Mz Pip
:dem:
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:37 AM
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18. And just think Mz Pip
I said the same thing about Reagan. I have learned not to "misunderestimate" the public's sometimes abysmal notions about who is presidential material, and who is not.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:47 PM
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2. What was felix thinking? Or was
was he? Do bigoted, racist, bushrepublicon wingers think?
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:59 PM
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3. Good! The Disgusting Bigot Doesn't Deserve to Work in Government
How low can one go?!
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:07 PM
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4. Look at this moron:
Smita Siddhanti, president of an environmental consulting firm in Tysons Corner, said she had planned to vote for Allen before the incident. She does not know what was in Allen's heart, but she said she is disturbed that he could be so careless with his words.

She said she didn't know whom she would vote for now, the Post report said.


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Hey, Smita, is your fucking tax cut worth it? :eyes:
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:15 PM
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6. I bet she'll still vote for him.
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 09:16 PM by HypnoToad
See my other response, and this thread for more information.

A pity that Allen wasn't more careful with his words... :eyes: then she wouldn't have to feign being undecided now. :nopity:



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physioex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:27 PM
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17. People like Allen...
Care nothing but the money, race is secondary.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:18 PM
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9. what a stupid bitch, good thing most Indians aren't like that, but
there are certain ones who only care about their tax cuts and just greed overall. all they care about is money. even if they have all the money to live almost any way they want, that's still all they care about.

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:30 PM
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14. I just emailed her
I could not believe my eyes. Why would anyone in the environmental community vote for any Republican? :crazy: If she responds, I'll share what she has to say.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:33 PM
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15. i'm not sure she really is part of the environmental community
some of these consulting firms just help with legal issues concerning environmental matters.

i could be wrong as i havne't looked into this specific one.

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:56 PM
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16. Yeah I mentioned that
I took it from the position that someone with "environmental" in their title is at least putting themselves out there as concerned about the environment. I ended my email by saying that unless her job was to create environmental data to offset the "crazy libruls", she was just wasting her wind because this Administration wasn't listening to a word she had to say.

I was very nice too, btw, I can be when I want to be. :)
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:13 PM
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5. Why should they care? Allen supports H1Bs and offshoring.
Since Allen is for the dismantling of America's IT infrastructure, the Indian Americans should be shrugging this off and even laughing over it. They are winning and will in the end. Thanks to him.

I wonder what it would be like if Allen was against offshoring and made that remark...



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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:16 PM
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8. Indian Americans don't need H1Bs
and how does offshoring help them considering they live in the states ?

and despite what many think, most Indians whether in India or here don't care for those issues. Bush is hated in India.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:19 PM
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10. If Bush is hated in India, why are they helping him and his interests?
I'll refrain the usual rhetoric of taking a US job because I too have a US job and rather like working. :)

It's funny how people can supposedly hate a person yet still have no qualms taking their services. Therefore the hate is feigned; a public spectacle. It's as simple as that.

They live in the States right now. But there is always country loyalty to consider. When the hard choices have to be made, when does a person fly the flag of the country they moved to... or the country they had left because they felt they were too good for their country of origin?
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:24 PM
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13. when they do it , it's because it's in THEIR interest also
a lot of indian politicians are corrupt.

just as Americans buy chinese goods, arab oil etc even though many of them bash them for being terrorists, taking jobs etc.

and as i said, most Indian Americans vote Democratic.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:20 PM
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11. Many Indians-Americans, myself included, are against it.
The only group that, as a whole, loves offshoring and H-1Bs are greedy CEOs.
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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:16 PM
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7. This isn't the first time Allen's racism has surfaced.
He's been careless throughout his life - from the racist graffiti on the walls of his high school to the noose in his law office - he hasn't kept it hidden.

It remains to be seen what Webb will do with it, though. Will he be willing to pull the KKK robes off of Allen? We'll see.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:22 PM
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12. Yipes. What a creep; this transcends the situation...
...as I formerly understood it.

Still, the guy doesn't seem as much careless as he is utterly thoughtless. (If I hated a group of people -- and I don't -- I'd hardly call on them for help while calling them a bunch of names. Or expect them to help me if they found out what a racist I was.)

Maybe the guy is schizophrenic, but nothing adds up about this guy -- except his obvious hatred of just about everybody, in one form or another.

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