Wow, what a week! I know it’s only Thursday but I am already out of breath. The Dems finally called the Republicans on their resolve to block debate on financial reform which turned out really wasn’t a firm resolve. It’s not the first time they have caved when the roll-aways were rolled out. As soon as the threat of an all-nighter was on the table, they gave up and permitted the Financial Reform Bill to be debated and amended. No overtime dudes! So rather than sleep on cots they gave in to the debate. Remember Jim Bunning and the unemployment insurance filibuster that was filibusted after the threat of cots to drag the debate beyond 3 am? Well, now, with nearly 68% percent of those polled want some financial reform, I guess they heard the footsteps. They are scrambling to get a foot hold before they become completely irrelevant.
Then there’s the news from “papers-please” Arizona, beautiful state, insane legislature and G-d appointed Governor. Lots of reaction both pro and con, duh, to this new law. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik didn’t hold back in his public attack on the new immigration bill, during a news conference in Tucson on Wednesday.
“I think the law is divisive,” said Dupnik. “It’s stupid, and it’s racist. It’s a national embarrassment.”
Pima County which borders Mexico and includes Tucson thinks the law is unnecessary. As he said, “We already have the authority to arrest illegal immigrants. We take them into custody and turn them over to the border patrol.” What they’ve done in the process of giving us this… new law has put us in a ‘damned if we do and damned if we don’t’ situation when it comes to civil suits.”
Sheriff Dupnik also says, “If any citizen thinks that you’re not enforcing the law, they can sue you and we are already in a position to get sued and I know they’ve already sued sheriffs in other parts of this state for profiling.”
Of course the brain trust of the Tea Party movement, the quitter Sarah Palin had to jump into the frey with her regular I-Don’T–Know-Anything-But-I’ll-Say-It Anyway statement on the Republican News Network, Fox, “Thankfully, Byron York, he hit the nail on the head,” Palin told Sean Hannity of Fox News on Tuesday. “There is no ability or opportunity in there for the racial profiling. And shame on the lamestream media again for turning this into something that it is not.”
“I think it’s shameful too that the Obama administration has allowed this to become more of a racial issue by perpetuating this myth that racial profiling is a part of this law.”
Isn’t she just too cute? Clever turn of the phrase from “mainstream” to “lamestream” media. It almost sounds like 8th grade all over again. I would just ask her a question about racial profiling, “How would you know if someone was not a legal citizen until you pulled them over? And why would you pull them over in the first place, unless they were brown?” Why the hell do people even listen to her any more? One little aside, if they are criminals by being illegal, how come they can get citizenship after their tour of duty in the military? I thought the military doesn’t take criminals? Sarah, why do you hate the troops?
Two other short points then get back to work or school or whatever you are doing. Pat Bertroche, a Republican candidate in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District suggested, and I can only think it was a joke…(it was a joke wasn’t it?) when he suggested to his crowd “I actually support microchipping them. I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I microchip an illegal?”
Speaks for itself. I wonder if this just doesn’t reinforce his follower’s belief they have been micro-chipped by the government when they were asleep or when they were on the spacecraft getting “probed” and no one believed them.
Finally I turn to Duncan Hunter of California and the Representative from District 52 (very very close to Area 51) who thinks kids of illegals born here should be deported too because their “souls” aren’t really American anyway. This douche has little or no understanding of the Constitution he swore to uphold. The 14th Amendment covers this issue very clearly as well as the Supreme Court decision of 1898 in United States V. Wong Kim Ark. In part it says, “A child born in the United States,…becomes at the time of his birth a citizen of the United States, by virtue of the first clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.” I wonder why Duncan hates the US Constitution?
Enough Already…and so it goes…Hey, you know what? Tomorrow is Friday.