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Good afternoon, Sports Racers, it's Wednesday, August 16th.

(sneezes repeatedly and moans)

Yesterday I resigned from the chess game that I've been playing with The Fabulosos. But some people thought that I was resigning from The Show.

That's crazy!

At some point, I might take a day or two off, but I'm with ya until March 17 of next year.

And when I go, it won't be with a word, it'll be with a party.

Speaking of words and parties, macaca! (sneezes) Macaca!

The internet's all a-tizzy about comments made during a recent speech by Virginia Senator George Allen.

(video of Senator Allen referring to a man in the audience as "Macaca or whatever his name is")

With the term "macaca," Allen was referring to a 20 year old volunteer of Indian descent that was filming the speech for the opposing candidate, James Webb.

Both the blogosphere and the traditional media has gone haywire trying to answer the question "is Allen a racist or just merely an idiot?"

For all the foreign viewers—or macacas—out there, the reason this story is so important is that here in America we take public speaking very seriously.


Idiotic statements are okay, but racist ones are not. The Allen campaign has rallied behind the "just an idiot" argument, pointing out that Allen didn't seem to know who exactly was running.

(video of the senator ambiguously referring to "his opponent")

His opponent? Who, the cameraman's opponent?

(another video)

Who exactly is running against Webb?

(sniff, yawn)

The origin of the term macaca has been the subject of much controversy. Asked what macaca means, Allen said "I don't know what it means."

According to the Washington Post, he said that the word sounded similar to mohawk, a term that his campaign staff had given to S.R. Sidarth, the cameraman, because of his haircut. The article contends that Sidarth said his hairstyle is a mullet: tight on top, and long in the back. It's rumored that the Allen campaign has taken this information into consideration, updating their nickname for Sidarth to "mulatto."

Depending on how it's spelled, macaca can refer to a monkey—for example, Macaca mulatta is the species name for a Rhesus monkey—or a town in South Africa.

The Allen campaign contends that it spells macaca F-R-I-E-N-D, further adding to the confusion.

Meanwhile, Allen's campaign manager Dick Wadhams, who goes by the nickname Dickwad Ums, is pissed off that he was named that at birth.

Another portion of the speech that's come under fire is the "welcome to America" statement.

(video of Senator Allen saying "let's give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America, and the real world of Virginia.")

To be fair, when viewed in context, it appears that Allen was trying to make the point that his opponent, James Webb, was out of touch with the real America and the real Virginia.

According to the Washington Post, Allen's experience of the real Virginia has included keeping a Confederate flag in his living room, a noose in his law office, and a picture of Confederate troops in his governor's office. The article states that Allen says that he has grown since then.

(smarmy) Oh, yeah.

This is Ze—woo! This is Ze—hah la la.

(yawning) This is Ze Frank thinking so you don't have to.


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