Jiminez Crow in Arizona

Arizona's New Law

LOS ANGELES — Immigrant rights groups Wednesday slammed Arizona lawmakers after they approved a bill which will allow police officers to determine whether suspects are in the United States legally.

Arizona’s House of Representatives passed the bill by a margin of 35 votes to 21 during a session on Tuesday, the legislature’s website showed, mirroring a similar measure passed by the border state’s Senate earlier this year.

The bill will now proceed to Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer to be signed into law.

The bill makes it a misdemeanor offense for an individual to lack proper immigration paperwork and also allows police officers to determine someone’s immigration status if they believe he or she could be an illegal immigrant.

Currently police can only ask about an individual’s immigration status if they are suspected of involvement in another crime.

However critics say the bill will transform Arizona into a “police state” and even sections of law enforcement have voiced fears it could harm relations between police and the immigrant community.

Chris Newman, Legal Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which campaigns on behalf of day laborers in the United States, called on Governor Brewer to veto the bill, which he described as “odious” and “unwise.”

“Arizona is on the verge of enacting the most anti-immigrant legislation the country has seen in a generation,” Newman said in a statement.

“We are hopeful Governor Brewer will consult with her legal counsel, issue a veto, and spare Arizona the expense of defending an unconstitutional, unwise, and odious bill in federal courts.

“Arizona has long been a laboratory for anti-immigrant experimentation, and its demagogue leaders have become folk heros for white supremacists throughout the United States, but this bill ushers in a new chapter of disgrace for the state that resisted celebrating the life of Martin Luther King.”

The Fall of The Republican Party

The folks over at MSNBC were certainly fired up last night. Olbermann, who hasn’t really lit off a good stemwinder of an indictment for a while – hits a grand slam with this one.

Olbermann makes some key points here -

  1. The despicable acts by the Tea Baggers and Republicans can hardly be considered “isolated incidents”…When they are happening bi-weekly.
  2. The Republican Party has imploded – based on their own hubris.

And of course – despite profuse and impassioned pronouncements to the contrary by the usual conservative suspects – America isn’t going to collapse due to joining other civilized nations who have “socialized” medicine for the betterment of their citizens…

But the Republican Party may well collapse because they have radicalized themselves out of relevance.

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Homeless… Acorn Disbands

The Tall Oak that was ACORN is disbanding, and closing – leaving in it’s wake dozens of local community organizations to take up the fight -

The community organizing group ACORN announced Monday it is closing its operations amid falling revenues.

The announcement came a day after the board of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now met and approved the steps required “to responsibly manage the process of bringing its operations to a close over the coming months,” an ACORN statement read.

The group’s remaining state affiliates and field offices will close by April 1, and a plan will be developed to pay its debts, the statement said.

“ACORN’s members have a great deal to be proud of — from promoting homeownership to helping rebuild New Orleans, from raising wages to winning safer streets, from training community leaders to promoting voter participation — ACORN members have worked hard to create stronger communities, a more inclusive democracy and a more just nation,” it said.

The 40-year-old liberal group was crippled by scandal six months ago when a pair of conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute secretly videotaped two ACORN employees appearing to give them advice about setting up a prostitution ring and evading the IRS.

The video led to the employees being fired.

Afterward, Congress halted Housing and Urban Development grants to ACORN. Continue reading

“Baby Killer” – A Texas Republican

Last night as Congressman Stupak spoke, a member of the audience on the Republican side shouted “Baby Killer!” in another dramatic Republican breakdown in House training…

I believe you can see the guilty party stand up towards the end of the clip at the bottom of the screen.

After a bot of searching – the guilty party has pleaded guilty -

Texas Congressman: I made ‘baby killer’ remark

A Texas Republican acknowledged on Monday that he was the person who yelled “baby killer” during Sunday’s House debate on health care reform.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer said he shouted out “‘it’s a baby killer’ in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership” on compromise language that emphasized federal funds would not be used to pay for abortions.

Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak was on the House floor talking about the issue at the time of Neugebauer’s outburst. Stupak was the leader of a group of anti-abortion rights Democrats who refused to back health care reform unless their concerns were addressed.

In a statement released by his office, Neugerbauer said that his comments have been misconstrued. Continue reading

The New Jim Crow – Racial Disparities in Sentencing Rise

Racial Disparities in Sentencing Rise After Guidelines Loosened

Washington – Black and Hispanic men are more likely to receive longer prison sentences than their white counterparts since the Supreme Court loosened federal sentencing rules, a government study has concluded.

The study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission reignited a long-running debate about whether federal judges need to be held to mandatory guidelines in order to stamp out what might appear to be inherent biases and dramatically disparate sentences.

The report analyzed sentences meted out since the January 2005 U.S. v. Booker decision gave federal judges much more sentencing discretion.

For years, legal experts have argued over the disparity in sentencing between black and white men. The commission found that the difference peaked in 1999 with blacks receiving 14 percent longer sentences. By 2002, however, the commission found no statistical difference. Continue reading

Amnesty International – American Genocide In Health Care

The American Dr. Mengele in the form of the Republican Party is quite proud of killing American babies as part of resisting any move to come up with a Health Care System that actually works in America, In particular, that portion of the racist right fully supports, and promotes the genocide of minority children. This isn’t about Health Care…

It’s about killing black and brown babies.

Too Many Women Dying in U.S. While Having Babies

Jon Stewart Ranks on Virginia’s New Governor McDonell

Geez Jon – You even ranked on our flag. Which I have to admit is a bit on the wishey washy side with that dude looking up the other dude’s dress.

The important issue here of course is McDonnell misrepresented himself to get into office. At some point there is going to be some serious push-back on this – as this dude continues running off the right edge.

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