Charles Barkley Arguing with Michael Savage

Being an NBA blogger is often inspiring. But from time to time, like any job, it can be disheartening.

If I worked in politics, however, I think I could be WAY MORE disheartened. For one thing, what happens in politics is actually supposed to be important, and informs us about things like when and where we go to war, educating our children, and solving the energy crisis.

Yet in politics, stuff like this (via MixMakers) masquerades as real debate, when really it seems to me it's people trying to find differences, essentially, mixed in with some grade school name calling (wait until the end). I salute Charles Barkley for being a little more poised, and at least trying to find common ground with Michael Savage for a heartbeat. But in the big picture, I'm sure these are not the two Americans best suited to hatching an enlightened immigration policy.

UPDATE: A journalist watched this and couldn't help but point out that Savage is using some oft-cited but apparently radically incorrect numbers about what percentage of inmates are illegal immigrants. He pointed me to this Bureau of Justice report that says:

The nation's prisons and jails held 2,078,570 men and women on June 30, 2003 ... State and federal correctional authorities held 90,700 non-citizens at midyear 2003, 2.3 percent more than a year earlier. The federal system held 34,456 noncitizens.

If you do the math that's 125,156 "noncitizen" inmates (some could be legal, right?) out of 2,078,570, which on my Blackberry's hard-to-use calculator function is 6%.

(Now I'm starting to think I shouldn't have even posted this. Apologies to those of you wondering if this still a basketball blog.)