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(Crossposted from the Huffington Post)
After last year’s summer of discontent, I looked back on America’s response to September 11:
A flood of post-September 11 articles asked how the attacks happened, what we would do next, and why terrorists hate us. One savvy pundit asked, Would America keep its head?
We invaded Iraq on trumped-up intelligence. We conducted illegal surveillance on our own citizens. We imprisoned people without charge, here and abroad. We rendered prisoners for torture and tortured others ourselves in violation of international law. All the while, millions of staunch, law-and-order conservatives supported and defended it, and still do. Vigorously.
Did America keep its head? Uh, no.
After an earlier national tragedy, the 1986 Challenger disaster, the broadcast networks filled air time by bringing on psychologists. How absurd it seemed to have TV psychologists telling us how we should feel about it and explain it to the kids. Today, of course, absurd is the new normal. Today we have the conservative Mighty Wurlitzer going all E. Power Biggs on America, telling us 24/7 not how we should feel but whom we should fear. And week by week it is becoming increasingly hard to keep up with whom the home of the brave is supposed to fear.
Spotted on a planter in front of the Rise ‘n Shine Cafe on Merrimon Ave. this morning (click to enlarge):
Carl Mumpower is going to play even worse with the Republican base than I could have imagined. The dead-enders who still think George W. Bush is doing a good job are not going to forgive Carl for calling for the President’s impeachment. Carl’s trying to get to Shuler’s right on immigration, but the only thing to the right of Shuler on this issue is a steep political cliff that Mumpower’s driven over.
He can play the maverick, but mavericks attract followings and get things done. Hot Carl is more of a bothersome iconoclast, his years of oppositional behavior on City Council standing as a monument to generating theater more often than results.
I saw this during Jeopardy! last night. It’s ostensibly about illegal immigration, but I guess it ultimately serves as proof that Watergate Hotel resident Elizabeth Dole was actually in North Carolina long enough to shoot this ad:
You know that last scene on the beach? I almost expected to see the wind blowing her hair to the left… then the wind blowing her hair to the right… then the wind blowing her hair into the ocean.
From the URTV debate:
“I can tell you about 90% of these I would not have supported.”
“Those who are looking for handouts from Washington would do well to vote for another candidate beside me.”
- Carl Mumpower on the earmarks Heath Shuler has gotten for western North Carolina.
“When you talk about the militia, I assume you mean the Minutemen, right? O.K. Every American has a right to go anywhere in the United States and, if they care to, to risk their life to make a point. I see no difference between the motives of the Minutemen at the Arizona border than Dr. Martin Luther King and the other people who went to Selma. It’s the same thing.” – John Armor on the Minutemen militia.
“Global Warming – One of the major frauds of the 20th century.” – John Armor
“Since I’m not a scientist, and I haven’t heard any consensus views from the scientific community about global warming, my own opinion is – until there is a predominant evidence, body of evidence, that we are causing it, I have to think that what’s really causing it is the natural progression of the globe.” – Spence Campbell
“I think this is a war that’s been going on for a thousand years, and it’s now being fought in the middle east” – Spence Campbell in response to a question about the War in Iraq.
Congressman’s Shuler number one priority in the House right now is getting his SAVE Act to the floor for a vote. Moving things along was a portion of his rationale for voting to move the telecom immunity/FISA bill quickly. Homeboy even tried a nifty parliamentary maneuver whereby a bill can come directly to the full House, but he’s saying that John McCain called the Republicans who hadn’t already signed on and told them to chill. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want it to come to the floor either.
If your number one issue is immigration, and you like the SAVE Act, then you’d better send Heath a thank you note, because he’s certainly doing everything he can think of to get the thing passed. Immigration is way down my list of priorities for the country, but the polls of this district make it clear immigration is the end-all, be-all for a large majority of Shuler’s constituents.
So Heath is diappointed with the Democratic leadership, the Republican Presidential candidate, and, evidently, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, too. From Blue Ridge Now:
“Shuler said he is not excited about any of the three presidential candidates left in the race — McCain, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. He said fringe elements of both parties have too much influence on the process.
“When I look at the presidential candidates, I don’t think any of the three gives me a sense that we can come together,” Shuler said.
He cited President John F. Kennedy as an example of a leader who unified the country. He said Kennedy had a vision and brought the country together to put a person on the moon. Shuler said the country was unified after the 9/11 attack, but seems to be more divided now.
“We seem to have lost a little,” Shuler said.”
I’m guessing Shuler’s not aware that President Kennedy “initially proposed an overhaul of American immigration policy that later was to become the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, sponsored by Kennedy’s brother Senator Edward Kennedy. It dramatically shifted the source of immigration from Northern and Western European countries towards immigration from Latin America and Asia and shifted the emphasis of selection of immigrants towards facilitating family reunification. Kennedy wanted to dismantle the selection of immigrants based on country of origin and saw this as an extension of his civil rights policies.” – Wiki
It’s not surprising that illegal immigration hasn’t united the country the way the terrorist attacks of 9/11 did. I expected the Democratic leadership would help Shuler get SAVE passed, but they’ve decided to avoid the issue. For a minute it looked like Shuler would get enough Republican support to force a vote and maybe pass the thing despite the Democratic leadership. Now it looks like SAVE is dead in the water.
No wonder Shuler’s peeved, he’s pinned a lot to making this thing happen, and now it looks like he’ll have to wait another year to try again.
This time w/Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), discussing the SAVE act.
UPDATE: As an added bonus, here’s his appearance on Glenn Beck.
(Big up to the fabulousÂ Petulant and his mad video skillz)
Congressman Shuler will be on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss HR 4088 (aka the SAVE Act).
Whether or not Dobbs will start frothing at the mouth with more of his tired, boring, monochromatic, white nativist, xenophobic, racist rhetoric as he heaps large steaming piles of praise onto Heath remains to be seen.
And somehow I doubt that Dobbs’ “do as I say, not as I do” attitude toward hiring illegal aliens either knowingly or unknowingly will come up in conversation.
Anyway, there it is. Watch if the spirit moves you.
I would, but… well… it’s on opposite… um… uhh… [frantically flipping through TV listings...] Flavor of Love 3. Yeah. I never miss an episode of Flavor of Love 3. Nope. Never.
10/1/2007 (CBS News):
Monday night Rudy Giuliani visited a famous Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant that serves as much controversy as it does calories.
Geno’s Steaks has been a famous Philly hot-spot for years. It was thrown into the headlines last year when the owner posted a sign at the counter that reads, “This is America. When Ordering Please Speak English.”
The national spotlight on the restaurant and its owner, Joey Vento, came at a time when both the media and Congress were fixated on illegal immigration – a subject that Republican candidates have been returning to in the past few months.
Giuliani, who has had to defend his record on illegal immigration as mayor of New York City, seems determined to prove he is a strong opponent of illegal immigration. Vento believes him.
“He’s the right man – he’s tough,” Vento tells CBS News. “I’m hoping from what I’ve read so far about him – I believe we’re on the same page as far as illegal immigration.”
Via La PolitÃca:
Hereâ€™s the Giuliani campaign ad en espaÃ±ol that begins airing today on at least three Spanish-language television stations in Miami (WLTV-Univision, WSCV-Telemundo, WJAN-AmericaTeVe). It is called Liderazgo (Leadership) and opens with a shot of the late president Ronald Reagan shaking Giulianiâ€™s hand.
(Nice catch, Think Progress)
And they’re kicking us out. Kind of. From Raw Story.
“We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us,” long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.
Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free — provided residents renounce their US citizenship, Means said.
The treaties signed with the United States are merely “worthless words on worthless paper,” the Lakota freedom activists say on their website.
So, what do all of you send-them-back-where-they-came-from folks think of this development?
“Our people want to live, not just survive or crawl and be mascots,” said Young