April 30th, 2010

Godzilla, default

A question for libertarians:

What happened to all the free-market rhetoric once the third oil-spill to affect my part of the state in the last four years got started? I mean, all that rhetoric that the Feds getting even close to *looking* at the skullduggery of Big Oil EEZ SOZIALIZM MEIN HERR and then the corporations fuck it up and everybody wants Uncle Sam to help. Why not let BP fix the slick on its own? Because we all know that if the Federal government does something more than sit there then come the Death-Panel Gulags to kill us all. So.....I'll ask you this: how does this spectacular example of the failure of free-market ideology and the ability of the Free Market to do more *than* fuck up spectacularly square with the whole "individual responsibility" and "Invisible hand" ideas?

Apologies for incoherence, 'tis early in the morning and I cannot think straight yet.....
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Is it About the Vote?

What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who are daring to vote -- and daring to vote Democratic by more than two-to-one. Unless this demographic locomotive is halted, Arizona Republicans know their party will soon be electoral toast. Greg Palast, Gregpalast.com

Greg Palast has hit on what may be the method behind the madness of Arizona’s recent anti-immigrant law – voter suppression. Even if the law is overturned eventually, it can still be used in the short term to prevent thousands of legal Hispanic voters from filling out a ballot.

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¿Puede usted decir búsqueda y asimiento desrazonables?

Well, I am not sure I can either.

By now everyone should have heard about the new laws in Arizona. I am not sure how anyone could not be outraged. This is one of the worst decisions ever signed into law that I have ever heard of. It's unenforceable, illegal, and flies in the face of some of the most valued of our social and cultural standards. Even those on the far right will not be able to make a valid argument for the intelligence of this bit of tripe. All those half baked complaints about the destruction of the Constitution and not a peep about this travesty.

It's not about harboring illegal aliens. It's about the rights of the average citizen to be protected from search and seizure. Yes, that's right - the average Joe. See, since it is often impossible for the law to determine who is illegal and who is not they will have to infringe on the rights of many Americans who happen to “look” like they could be illegal; but are guilty of nothing at all. And if you refuse, you can be charged with obstruction and several other additional charges – and even worse – if the police are deemed by some annoying busy body (who wants to harass the most likely perfectly legal family of Hispanics next door who throw loud parties) as not enforcing this crazy law, they run the risk of being sued; thus forcing to the police into a no win situation where they will get sued for enforcing the law or not.

And so what if I have no reason to fear being stopped myself? That isn't the point. Everyone in this country is assumed to be innocent and protected from unreasonable search and seizure. SO what if I get stopped once, or twice, or a dozen times - I guess it isn't unreasonable if you are a middle aged white person in a Lexus.

Makes me want to dress the part and go to Arizona just be able to get arrested and file a suit myself. This is the sort of thing I have been expecting since the days of Junior.


More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law: Why? What do they want?

According to the survey, nearly eight out of ten Americans have heard about the law. Of those, 51 percent support the measure and 39 percent oppose the law. (Source)

Could that means that about 40% of the population supports a law that forces you to carry proof of citizenship on your person or risk being detained until you can prove that you are a citizen?  I wonder, how many people really understand what this law means? Could they have taken the question to mean "Do you support immigration laws?" (most people do) rather than support this particular law?

But no one can deny that some people who feel that illegal immigration is an urgent issue that is hurting the country. This law came in to being since some people felt the need to "do something" -- so, I want to ask: what is the problem they are trying to solve?
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Yes. It is another post. It's that important.