Because If You’re Not White, How Could You Possibly Be a Citizen?

May 26, 2010

The punch line, of course, is that this didn’t happen in AryanZona.

From Guanabee.com: Puerto Rican Man Almost Deported To Mebxico:

This is why Arizona SB 1070 will backfire: Immigration authorities in Berwyn, Illinois arrested Puerto Rican Eduardo Caraballo in a stolen car case, but when his mother posted his bail, he was detained because authorities didn’t believe he was a legal citizen. His mother brought his birth certificate, but Eduardo was unable to answer some questions about the island because he’s lived all his life on the mainland. Eduardo was detained for more three days and threatened with deportation–to Mexico.

I don’t have any sympathy for car thieves if the man is guilty of what officials are potentially charging him of, but I don’t want to see anyone who is a legal citizen deported to a country they were never a citizen of either. Three days to figure out this man was a United States citizen and that he should be tried in a U.S. criminal court if charges are pressed and not deported even after they got his birth certificate?

Oh yeh…

Because racial profiling neeeeeeeeeeeeeeever happens.

If you’re brown, there’s no way you can possibly be a citizen – of anything but Mexico.


I’m Still Here… [UPDATED]

May 25, 2010

[UPDATED below]

…just sitting back and watching the DADT trainwreck.

Actually, I’m watching other things as well – and doing so appears to be about as substantively productive as anything going on within the Beltway regarding DADT, ENDA or anything else.

I am, however, going to take a break from watching minor league baseball for at least one night.

For some reason, I have a need to re-watch the 1970 Doctor Who episode “Inferno.”

[UPDATE]

Think I’m an exaggeratin’ idiot for calling the DADT ‘compromise’ a trainwreck?

Check out these:

I think we’re into ‘Joey Lawrence and Patrick Duffy as guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno‘ territory.


More ‘Thank You’s In Order for St. Barney

May 18, 2010

From One News, Not!:

New York lawmakers will soon deal with the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), otherwise referred to as the “Bathroom Bill.”

And only so “otherwise referred” because of St. Barney’s decade-plus, ultimately-successful (or so it would seem) campaign to get people to equate the basic economic rights of trans people with fictional bathroom abuse while at the same time getting those same people to forget about what many gay men actually do (and what many of those feel that they have the absolute right to do) in public restrooms.


Why America is Dead – Pt. Square-Root-of-Minus-One: Productive Americans are Forcibly Unemployed, But Bristol Palin Will Be Pulling 30 Large on the Lecture Circuit

May 17, 2010

Believe me, I WISH I was making this up – though I only drank beer (with the occasional shot of whiskey or glass of champagne as variable) and the closest I got to LSD was attending a Timothy Leary lecture in 1985, so I’m not sure I’m capable of making up something this absurd.

Of course, I don’t  have to…

because its real.

From Radar Online:

She’s probably the nation’s most famous unwed teenage mom and now, Bristol Palin is taking her experience straight to the bank.

A source close to Palin tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that Bristol has signed with a speakers bureau called Single Source Speakers, charging between $15,000 and $30,000 a speech.

That’s even sicker than than the annual salaries pulled down by the likes of Pee Wee Solmonese and Gramma Frumpp.


Believing in Talking Snakes, 900 Year-Old Men and Re-Animation Isn’t a Psychological Problem?

May 17, 2010

But, according to the (so-called) christian institute, recognizing that in utero hormonal and other factors can cause people with XY ‘blueprints’ to develop brains more suited to female life is.

Which means that the (so-called) christian institute is having a conniption over Ireland’s preparation to end the demographic torture of its transsexual citizens.

The Irish Government is planning to allow transsexuals to marry partners of [their post-transition opposite] sex.

This would mean that a [woman], if [she] underwent sex-change surgery to [be herself], would be legally entitled to marry [a] man.

BTW – I refuse to quote the (so-called) christian institute’s piece as it was written; it was too Sheldon-ish disgusting, so if you want to read it as pecked, surf over to it.

Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection, Éamon Ó’Cuiv, has confirmed that the Irish Government is committed to introducing “legal recognition of the acquired gender of transsexuals” through the Renewed Programme for Government announced in 2009.

Mr Ó’Cuiv’s comments came in response to a parliamentary question, and he added that an interdepartmental committee was being set up to advise him on what the new legislation should include.

Mr Ó’Cuiv added that establishing a process for legally recognising transsexuals who had “made the transition from one gender to another”, the establishment of a sex recognition register, the granting of entitlement to marry in the legally recognised reassigned sex, and other provisions “as may be deemed necessary consequent on the main provisions of the Bill” would be included.

Oh, but here’s the money shot:

[T]he news is likely to alarm family values campaigners who warn that gender dysphoria is a psychological problem, not a physical one.

Family values campaigners who permanently psychologically damage their children by filling their heads full of mythological insanity?  Family values campaigners who put their children in harm’s way by continuing to – in the face of infinitely more evidence that the catholic church is nothing more than a global child molestation ring than there ever will be that said global child molestation ring’s alleged deity exists in any form – let their children have contact with priests?

Talking snakes?

Human beings created from body parts of other human beings?

Talking, fire-breathing plants?

900 year-old men?

Re-animation of a dead body?

Infallibility?

Uh huh…

I’ll put the reality of my life up against your clear psychological problems any day of the year.


Off to the Silver Mountain?

May 17, 2010

I can’t say I’m a major fan of Ronnie James Dio, nor that I disliked him (its just that, as Black Sabbath goes, I prefer the first few audible-Ozzy albums and, as for Rainbow, the immortal track for me is the live version of the post-Dio instrumental, “Difficult to Cure.)  His voice, however, was – and I suspect will remain – impossible to ignore, which is why, on principle, back when I was one of the token ‘classic rock’ DJs at Texas A&M’s KANM, some tracks from his tenure with Rainbow would find their way onto the turntable.

Even more than the reality that some of them are dying though, its just a bit disconcerting to realize that some folks from the 1970s’ hard rock / 1980s’ heavy metal era are 67.

RIP Ronnie James Dio:

Ronnie James Dio, a singer with the bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, whose powerful, semioperatic vocal style and attachment to demonic imagery made him one of the best-loved figures in classic heavy metal, died on Sunday morning, according to an announcement on his Web site by his wife, Wendy. He was 67.

I recall seeing a news/commentary blurb from, I believe, Linda Ellerbee in 1989 marking the 50th birthday of Grace Slick.  Ellerbee remarked that no rock star (then) had yet to die of old age.

Well, Grace is still with us at 70.

Does 67 count as old age?

aDIOs, Ronne.


How About a Rumor Scoreboard?

May 16, 2010

And, even though I took a shot at The John in the previous post, I’ll cite to AmericaBlog as a legit source here.  Joe Sudbay runs down the ‘Its gonna happen’ timeline (I’m adding the numerical listing and leaving out the passages he quotes; you can go over there and check, but the timeline itself is instructive – or should be to those who are clearly having trouble working out a reality-based standard for idiocy.)

  1. First, we heard ENDA would be done last fall….
  2. Then we heard there would be action on ENDA in January or February….
  3. Then we heard it would be done in April….
  4. Then, last month, on April 18th, Barney Frank said the vote would be happening within weeks….
  5. Today [Friday, May 14], via Kerry Eleveld, we learn that there is no time frame for a vote….

And, yet, the superiority complex of those chosen for us to ensure that no real progress ever occurs The Chosen Ones remains a universal constant.

Remember…

You think a set of moving goalposts is as bad as it can get?

And you think ‘a floor, not a ceiling’ is as insipid as it can get.

Remember…

There is space beneath the floor.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, I recommend watching Inglourious Basterds.