Hispanic vows, ‘We’re going to fight’


The article makes a very cogent point about how the (R)s just screwed themselves with another demographic for another generation. Check the comments for all the hate you can handle.

One of a dozen workers standing in the parking lot outside Home Depot in T-shirts and steel-toed shoes, Mr. Rodriguez calls over his shoulder: “We’re going to fight, eh amigos?” The group nods.

Note: the group nods because few of them speak English.  Just sayin’. 

On to the important part of the story…

Through rallies and angry comments like Rodriguez’s, the Hispanic community is giving the first signs that Arizona’s immigration law could stir a similar response today to the one that greeted California’s Proposition 187 more than decade ago.

“If you look at the history of California, you find that the experience of Prop. 187 galvanized the Latino vote like nothing ever,” says Rosalind Gold, a senior political director for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). “It was the catalyst for some of the biggest voting and registration drives we’ve ever had and brought out Latino candidates into local and state elections like nothing before it.”

California voters passed Prop. 187 in 1994, but the measure was struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional.

Beyond ArizonaThe demographics of Arizona are not the same as 1990s California. Its history and influx of white retirees make it solidly Republican. But the reaction from Rodriguez – a Californian – indicates that the Arizona law could have an impact beyond Arizona’s borders.

*This* is why the R’s really need to get their game together on the national level.   Losing a whole generation of the quickest growing demographic in the country, while concentrating your “base” into a couple of Southern states (AZ, FL) before they eventually die off, is not a good long term losing strategy.  Oops, it’s an *awesome* losing strategy, but they probably want a winning one.

House lawmakers call for National Guard at border


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, recently said he will make passing a comprehensive immigration bill a priority once the Senate completes its work on a Wall Street reform bill.

Republican lawmakers have indicated they will put a halt to immigration reform legislation, saying that this is not the right time to take it on.

They killed it under Bush, and now blame again. Fix the law and a lot if the rest of the issues fade away.

Making 500,000 criminals (overnight) is not a good way to fight crime.

Whole boatloads of Awesome

If you’ve missed the ICP hilarity over the past few months, you can catch up here.

Shaggy 2 Dope: Come on, a rock that pulls metal towards it or pushes it away? Yeah, it has to do with the magnetic polar caps and [stuff]. But for real? Come on, man. You’re just holding a U-shaped thing that pushes metal away or attracts metal or something. The North and South Pole makes a rock magnetic, and if you touch a piece of metal with it, that becomes magnetic? That’s crazy.

Seriously, read the whole thing here, it’s great.

If you need inspiration…here ya go.  Miracles, motherfucker.

Senate Democrats to Kill Derivativesb Provision Pushed By Berkshire


Berkshire employees have given Mr. Nelson $75,550 over his political career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Mr. Nelson owned between $500,000 and $1 million in Berkshire stock at the end of 2008, according to the most recent financial disclosure forms.

Mr. Nelson broke with other Democrats on Monday and voted with Republicans to prevent the Senate from beginning debate on the financial overhaul bill. He said his opposition was because of concerns about the bill’s impact on auto dealers and dentists, among other things.

“It’s groundhog day here,” said Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), laughing, when asked about Mr. Nelson’s opposition vote, a likely reference Mr. Nelson’s role in the health-care debate.

Mr. Dodd said he was prepared to grandfather existing derivatives that have not been cleared, but he could not support waiving margin requirements for those derivatives.

“There are trillions of dollars in play that would raise risks again,” Mr. Dodd told reporters after the vote.

He said Treasury is working on language to see if there’s a fix “without exposing the economy to the kind of problems that you’d have with derivatives out there without margin requirements and position limits.”

Asked if Mr. Nelson’s “no” vote was because the Berkshire amendment was stripped out, Mr. Dodd told reporters to ask Mr. Nelson. But he did indicate it was the only issue he and Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) discussed with Nelson during a tense-looking huddle at the start of the vote. “Dentists and auto-dealers did not come up,” Mr. Dodd said.

Once again the unified Republican opposition to legislation gives dickhead Demd more clout. Dodd’s final comment is hilarious.

US President Obama hosts Muslim business summit


He added that the market was the most powerful force to create opportunities and lift people out of poverty.

Spoken like a died in the wool commie-muslin.

Seriously though, I think this is, by far, a better strategy that the “bomb and convert” ideology of the Neocons.