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It’s one thing to read about it, and something else to see the Hollywood version. “Game Change” premieres on HBO March 10.
What can be said about Bill Maher but that he is the truthsayer of our time.
Bonus: The Reason Why Liberals Don’t Like Bachmann & Palin
Yesterday I watched most of Sarah Palin’s “Red, White and Blue America” Tea Party speech on CNN. From the Washington Post:
Palin used her nearly 40-minute speech not only to denounce those in power but also to lay out her own prescription for reviving the U.S. economy. She called it a “bona fide pro-workin’ man’s” program that would check the power of “an out of touch and out of control” federal government.
Stripped of the nonsensical rhetoric, here is Palin’s 5-point plan:
1. Give more power to state governments at the expense of the federal government.
2. Repeal the Affordable Care Act and eliminate government regulations.
3. More federal budget cuts in the middle of a double-dip recession, and halt ARRA “stimulus” spending.
4. DRILL BABY DRILL! (This one got a lot of emphasis).
5. Eliminate taxes on giant multinational corporations.
“This is how we break the back of crony capitalism because it feeds off corporate welfare, which is just socialism for the very rich,” she said, making no sense whatsoever. “We can change all of that.”
Palin claims to be dead set against what she calls the “permanent political class.” But I can’t tell the difference between what she is proposing and what the right-wing political establishment wants. Even the Obama administration is already implementing at least 3 of her 5 points.
Former half-term Gov. Palin addressed the Wisconsin Tea Party rally on Saturday. Unfortunately for her, progressives outnumbered baggers 20 to 1. She came on right after Andrew Breitbart, who cordially invited the assembled multitude to “GO TO HELL!” If it wasn’t obvious already, people in Wisconsin have had enough of the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Partyers, the Republicans, and the right wing in general.
There’s a time for civility, Jon Stewart style, but this is not the time. The Tea-GOP is trying to eradicate the American middle class, and we are going to stop them.
UPDATE: Raw Story has more video: Palin, Breitbart booed at tea party event
According to MSNBC, Rep. Giffords was shot point blank in the head at a public event in Tucson.
There are few details at this point.
NPR and MSNBC are reporting the congresswoman is dead, as are six others. The shooter is in custody.
UPDATE 12:50 p.m. – MSNBC is now reporting the congresswoman is in surgery – she’s not dead but she is very critical.
Yesterday’s Beck-a-thon at the Lincoln Memorial was billed unconvincingly as a “non-political” event, and “not a Tea Party rally” in order to circumvent National Park Service rules. But somebody forgot to tell the participants to leave their right-wing partisanship at home. Which is OK by me because, you know, free speech is as American as apple pie.
Incidentally, if anyone is serious about restoring the honor of America then how about calling for prosecutions of torturers and torture conspirators — as required by the U.N. Convention Against Torture?
More info: BuzzFeed: The Best Anti-Glenn Beck Signs At The Glenn Beck Rally
This is actually rather old now, but for some reason I forgot about it and didn’t publish it. After all the “good” news about oil spills and such I needed a bit of a laugh, so….
Sarah Palin, who we all know is no quitter (as she told us while quitting her job) is an independent maverick (thus the job at the ultra right mouth piece Faux “news”) and an American intellectual (as we saw by the notes she wrote on her hand so she would have a cheat sheet to make fun of Obama for using a teleprompter) as well as national treasure.
But she is so much more.
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On a lonely Phoenix street in April, a police officer pulled behind Jim Shee’s parked BMW and asked to see his “papers.” Shee, 70, who had pulled over to the side of the road to check text messages on his cell phone, responded, “I hope you mean my registration and license.”
The police officer said Shee was being questioned because he was “suspicious.” It’s typical… in April, he was pulled over twice in less than two weeks.
“DWB,” said Shee, who is of Chinese and Spanish descent. “It’s ‘driving while brown’ … when he saw me all he saw was brown.”
The new Arizona immigration law is probably never going to be enforced. States have no power over immigration because it’s an attribute of foreign affairs. Just as states can’t have their own foreign policies or enter into treaties, they can’t have their own immigration laws either. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been treated to the spectacle of all the putative Constitution-defenders on the right rallying to support this patently unconstitutional law.
Predictably, former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has joined in.
This pretty much cancels out all the “we’re not racists” claims of the Tea Party movement too.
Announcing a lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix on Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union and other rights group described the law as “un-American” and an invitation to racially profile individuals.
“Arizona’s law is quintessentially un-American: we are not a ‘show me your papers’ country, nor one that believes in subjecting people to harassment, investigation and arrest simply because others may perceive them as foreign,” said Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “This law violates the Constitution and interferes with federal law, and we are confident that we will prevent it from ever taking effect.”
Here, for the benefit of some people who have asked me to explain why the Arizona law is unconstitutional, is the cite (emphasis added):
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8:
The Congress shall have Power….To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
Article VI, Clause 2 (the Supremacy Clause):
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Arizona law would criminalize not only undocumented immigrants, but anybody who helps them or who fails to carry paperwork proving legal status at all times. It would be impossible for the police to carry out a mandate to check anybody who they have a reasonable suspicion of being in the country illegally, without engaging in profiling or violating our basic civil rights.
If this law is allowed to take effect, people with brown skin – regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens or legal residents – will be forced to prove their legal status to law enforcement officers over and over. One-third of Arizona’s population – those who are Latino – will be designated as second-class citizens.
Perhaps encouraged by recent polls, Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem) is already drafting a bill just as unconstitutional and oppressive as the Arizona law. Governor Herbert had to cancel a special session of the Utah legislature to avoid a repeat of the Arizona fiasco.
It’s up to the courts to put a stop to this immediately. Our fundamental rights as Americans are at stake. Again. Thanks to the pseudo-patriots who don’t understand our Constitution.