CU columnist suspended, still not funny; Jonathan Swift's reputation intact

The Rocky Mountain News reports that racist clod Max Karson has been suspended from his position at the University of Colorado’s student newspaper, the Campus Press.  Quoth the venerable Rocky:  “Karson ignited a firestorm last week when his piece titled ‘If it’s war the Asians want … It’s war they’ll get,’ infuriated some students and past members of the Campus Press staff who said the piece was inflammatory and a failed attempt at satire.”

Satire?  What are those kids up in Boulder smoking?  Last time I checked, satire was at least clever, if not ha-ha funny.  But Karson’s column reads like one of those e-mails about “Barack HUSSEIN Obama,” the Muslim ‘Manchurian Candidate’ that your crazy racist great-uncle forwards to you three times a week. 

The absurd comparison of Karson with Swift calls to mind an old cartoon that ran in Spy Magazine in the 1980s that is weirdly appropriate now with yesterday’s news of the death of William F. Buckley, Jr.  It was a picture of two books, captioned:  “THEN:  God and Man at Yale.  NOW:  God and Man at SUNY Stony Brook.”  (Does anyone else remember that, or know where I can get a digital copy?  Spy is about the only great thing that came out of the 1980s.  Surely there must be some short-fingered vulgarians out there who can help me?)

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