She’s claimed that she is against and offended by sexism (she did this specially during her tiff with David Letterman) but yet she remained utterly and suspiciously silent as the right-wing ravaged Sonia Sotomayor with sexist and racist attacks during her confirmation process as a Supreme Court Justice (click here to read the back story on that) at a time when even other Republicans were speaking out against such utter racism. People wondered “why?” Why remain silent when it would be a good political opportunity for her to speak out? She could’ve easily capitalized on Newt Gingrinch’s stumble on some racist comments against Sotomayor and on the Spanish language itself (wished I were making this stuff up but it really happened) that he had made around that same time; she could’ve grabbed the opportunity to reach out to the Latino vote and upstaged one of her main Republican rivals (that is, if her intentions were still to eventually run for President) … but she didn’t. People again wondered “why?”
Thanks to Immigration Talk with a Mexican American for sounding the alarm off on this. Watch Senator Huppenthal squirm as he falsely states that this new law does not legalize racial profiling (it in fact, does legalize racial profiling because it forces police officers to stop someone if they have “reasonable suspicion” of someone looking like an “illegal”, which can be dangerously interpreted as anything the police arbitrarily chooses, for ex. if someone merely looks brown). See for yourself: incredibly, it appears Sen. Huppenthal does not even know what was in his own bill:
Now that Governor Brewer has signed SB1070 into law, there’s been a lot of talk in the past few days about boycotting Arizona (besides the protests, the lawsuits, and the election consequences that are sure to come down on those that supported the law). However, in order for a boycott to be truly effective, it needs to be as targeted as possible to maximize impact. I recommend the boycott start with targeting those companies that donated to the politicians that voted to pass the law in the first place.
Palin pal’ing around with teaparty terrorists, putting down America’s taxes that help build our country.
Looks like Sarah Palin is up to her tricks of pandering to the Tea Party people (who have demonstrated their destructive racist tendencies) as tax day approaches. If you recall, Sarah Palin has denied in the past that taxes are in fact, linked to patriotism:
Palin might want to turn her back on America and do away with all taxes; but unfortunately there would be a high price to pay for that in our nation. George Lakoff put it best on his book Don’t Think of An Elephant (p. 108):
I’ve been seeing a lot of TV ads for the January season premier of “Border Wars“. If you haven’t watched it before, it is basically a reality show that follows ICE around and it is told from the perspective of the border pratrol agents. I suppose the show is done from such point of view so as to show that the often demonized ICE agents are just regular men and women that happen to work very hard to guard our borders against drug smuggling, terrorism, and yes, against “illegal” immigrants (aka economic refugees) and to make it relatable and appealing to the mythical but ever-present ’average Joe’ (whoever that is anymore) American audience (by the way, I’m not a big fan of the hand-washing excuses that corporate media apologists often like to give that revolve around the ol’ “we only give the public what it wants to watch”, as I have previously argued on this previous post of mine).
Blaming Latinos for the healthcare crisis or using them as scapegoats to oppose Obama’s plan to reform the system is just wrong and racist. In fact, in a twist of irony, the bigots attacking Latinos don’t even realize that many Americans are now moving to Mexico in increased numbers, while others venture into Mexico because healthcare is much cheaper over there. The difference in cost is in large part due to the existence of a government-run system in Mexico, making healthcare much more cost-efficient, compared to how criminally expensive it is here in the United States. Anyway, I’ve sent the following action alert to the Project Economic Refugee community. I urge others to do the same:
That’s what racist healthcare protesters are shouting now. No, I’m not making it up. See for yourselves:
I have been blogging for the last couple of days about this-how protesters of healthcare reform are falsely claiming that providing health care to the uninsured would cover “40 million illegals“, aka economic refugees.
Besides the fact that their angry violent shouts are pretty disturbing onto themselves, their claims are actually based on pure lies.
Sadly, in the meantime the real culprits for our healthcare crisis are not being called out: the insurance companies. Instead of scapegoating Latinos for the healthcare crisis, the American public would do itself a favor and go after the REAL bad guys.
Southern Poverty Law Center has an action alert on this; see below:
So apparently we’re under swine flu watch. Yes, it’s all over the news, like the bird flu and the mad cow desease were. They way the media is talking about it, you’d think our civilization is coming to an end a-la Twelve Monkeys movie.
The Center for Desease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the following up on their website:
“Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans, however, human infections with swine flu do occur, and cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu viruses has been documented. [...]