Friday, April 30, 2010
If there were true, unadulterated justice in this world, every one of these soulless, pinheaded fucks mindlessly chanting "drill baby drill!" would be rounded up and forced to spend the next 18 months of their lives cleaning up the horrific and catastrophic environmental disaster that is currently playing itself out along the Gulf Coast of the United States.
I can dream can't I?
Wonk Room recently obtained an email written by Kris Kobach, a lawyer at the Immigration Reform Law Institute — the group which credits itself with writing the bill — to Arizona state Sen. Russell Pierce (R), urging him to include language that will allow police to use city ordinance violations such as “cars on blocks in the yard” as an excuse to “initiate queries” in light of the “lawful contact” deletion:
How about "pinatas" at kids birthday parties? "Ranchero music" being played on the stereo while washing your car? Buying "carne asada" at the local butcher shop? A statue of the "Virgin Mary" on your car dashboard? All sound like reasonable rationale, in the same vein as "cars on blocks", for the Arizona Stasi to jack you up against a wall and demand your "papers" -- right??
As much as I am cognizant of the fact that a boycott will hurt some good people who are not party to the "your papers please brown person" immigration bill just signed into law by the Arizona goose-steppers, I am thinking that it is probably the only message that can be swiftly and easily delivered which they will understand in a broad, unambiguous sense. Negatively impact their revenue generating activities - it worked when Arizona was the last state to refuse to recognize the federal MLK holiday and I have no doubt it will work again.
It's a shame that conservative fuckheads always need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the universal sphere of moral and spiritual enlightenment and intellectual advancement of the human species but it is what it is.
My recommendation to the Teabaggers -- the perfect song to identify their movement.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
OOPS! Looks like somebody forgot to check their e-mail for the daily FOX News, right-wing talking points memo! Lol.
By Eric Zimmermann - 04/29/10 01:23 PM ET
Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) ripped into the new Arizona immigration law today, comparing it to Nazi Germany.
"This law of 'frontier justice' – where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on 'reasonable suspicion' that they may be in the country illegally – is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause," Mack said in a statement.
I have to admit, it's refreshing and somewhat titillating hearing a Republican tell the truth about his own kind for a change.
Kids - this is your brain on Hillbilly Heroin (Oxycontin):
Just saying . . .
Just saying . . .
So how's that "Drill Baby! Drill!" thingey working out for ya?
(Reuters) - A huge oil spill will hit the southern coast on Friday, the Coast Guard said on Thursday, and the military offered to help BP Plc contain the slick that threatens four states.
The spill was "of national significance," Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told a news conference, adding the government will push BP to conduct the strongest possible effort to clean it up.
The state of Louisiana declared a state of emergency due to the accident, which the Coast Guard said late on Wednesday was spilling five times more oil than previously estimated.
I can think of something else that should be an issue of "national significance." Weaning this country off of oil and beginning a serious, concerted effort to formulate and implement a national energy strategy that focuses on renewable energy sources.
I'm not expecting our cowardly political leaders to do much about it though - at least not as long as oil, gas and coal industry cash continues to be pumped into their bloated campaign war chests and the revolving door of politicians becoming lobbyists for those same industries continues to spin unabated.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Another moderate (sane) Republican driven to abandon the GOP.
It's nearly official: Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) will bolt the GOP and run for Senate as an independent, the St. Petersburg Times and Fox News each report. This much-expected event will drastically shake up a top Senate race in this perennial swing state, which has become more intriguing than anybody could have imagined a year ago.
The St. Petersburg Times reports that Crist has notified key financial backers of his decision. Crist has already announced that he will make his as-yet undisclosed decision official tomorrow, one day before the April 30 filing deadline.
It's just a matter of time before all that remains of the party of Lincoln will be Teabaggers, Birthers, John Birchers, war loving Neo-cons, Christian-Taliban end timers, secessionists, racists and gun goons.
Actually, now that I've pondered it for all of 5 seconds, they may have reached that nadir of political and cultural irrelevancy already.
I've been holding off on commenting on the controversial Arizona immigration law issue simply because the magnitude of what it's all about has overwhelmed my sense of pride in what I thought America stood for and my sense of respect and empathy for alot of people who incrementally I am beginning to feel shame for calling my fellow citizens.
Let me start with a few factual observations.
The illegal immigration issue in the United States southwest, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas is not a new issue. These states have shared a border with our poorer neighbor Mexico for their entire history. It is a 1700+ mile long border across and through some of the most inhospitable and uninhabited terrain there is. It is literally impossible to monitor every square inch of that expansive border in perpetuity. And for those who believe building an end-to-end Berlin Wall type of fence is a feasible, effective option, all I have to say to you is you are a hideously uninformed ignoramus.
Secondly - it is estimated there are approximately 500,000 illegal immigrants in the state of Arizona at this time. Statistics I have seen do not indicate an immeasurable increase in that number in the past 5 years. In fact, recent trending shows a slowdown and potential reversal in the numbers due quite simply to the impact of the economic downturn and busted housing market in the southwest.
Thirdly - the LEGAL hispanic population has been increasing steadily the past two decades. This demographic transformation has slowly seen traditionally white, conservative and Republican Arizona slowly shifting from deep red to, at some point in the not too distant future, a blue political status - particularly in federal elections. Hispanics, like most other minorities, do not see a modern day Republican party that gives a rat's ass about their issues, so they tend to vote Democratic by a comfortable majority.
Are you starting to get the picture now?
So given the reality that illegal immigration is not a new problem, is not an escalating problem and has a by product which will hasten the future demise of of the conservative and GOP stranglehold on the Arizona state political machine, the impetus behind the "show me your papers" immigration law begins to crystallize quite clearly.
What's that? Still don't understand the relationships outlined above? Ok -- let me throw one more factor into the mix.
A black man was elected President 16 months ago. Do you get it now?
Still not convinced huh? Sigh . . . ok -- I didn't want to do this, but you've forced my hand.
Arizona state Senator Russel Pearce, who authored the draconian immigration law and marshaled it forward to the desk of (non-elected, she was appointed when Democrat Janet Napolitano joined Obama's cabinet) GOP Governor Jan Brewer for her signature, has a wee bit of an issue with humans whose skin color is so much as a half shade darker than his own. You see -- the unadulterated fact of the matter is that Sen. Pearce is actually quite chummy with some folks who like to parade around in Nazi brown-shirt uniforms while wearing prominently displayed Nazi Swastika armbands and waving Nazi flags. You don't believe me? [ CLICK HERE ]
Combine that sordid bit of business with the fact that while Sen. Pearce's "show me your papers if you have brown skin" law was snaking it's way through the Arizona legislature, a companion bill was slithering along side it. This bill has as a primary aim, a requirement for Barack Obama to prove he is a natural born citizen.
You really have to be a fucking moron to not see what this Arizona immigration bill is really all about. And it IS NOT to say in any sense that an illegal immigration problem does not exist in the United States. George W. Bush attempted, to his credit, to fairly address the issue while he was President, but the hard-core conservatives - the same unreasonable fuckheads responsible for the Arizona law, slapped him down.
It's a sad spectacle, but when you get right down to it, something I and many others have been predicting and warning about for quite some time is finally coming to fruition. The Birther, Racist, Teabagger, Christian-Taliban, Xenophobic, fascist nutcases are in the final throes of solidifying their grip of control on the once proud and sane Republican party.
Time will tell whether these goose-stepping assholes will regret the damage they have wrought to the world's greatest democracy. My fervent hope is not only will they come to regret it, but that they and their lizard-brain movement will once and for all be consigned to the dustbin of history.