Enter of Your Own Free Will
1 week ago
On pop culture, politics, sports and whatever the Hell else oozes out of my mind.
"This law is a response to the president's and the administration's failure to secure our borders," McCain said. "Our borders are broken. It's worse than I have ever seen it."Oh yeah, and you know how Republicans are always complaining about frivolous lawsuits and the need for tort reform? Well the new immigration law says police departments can be sued if citizens don't think the law's being enforced properly. So Arizona could well see departments leery of lawsuits diverting time and resources from preventing and solving actual crimes in order to comply with this ridiculous law.
Passage of the law, which would, among other things, allow the authorities to demand proof of legal entry into the United States from anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, testified to the relative lack of political power of Arizona Latinos, and to the hardened views toward illegal immigration among Republican politicians both here and nationally.Oh, but cops will be able to act only if there's "reasonable suspicion." So if "Existing While Hispanic" wasn't a crime in Arizona before, it sure could be really soon.
The Arizona "birther bill" would require Arizona's secretary of state to review a presidential candidate's birth certificate before that candidate could get on the ballot in the state. It was attached as an amendment to a larger bill modifying the way candidates' names appear on the state ballot. That bill passed by a vote of 31 to 29 and received only the support of Republicans. It now moves to the state Senate before the governor can sign it into law.Haha! Well, isn't that pleasant?
Spanish Johnny drove in from the underworld last night
With bruised arms and broken rhythm in a beat-up old Buick
But dressed just like dynamiteThat last line's for you, Ilana ...
The Vatican has suggested the pope is immune from prosecution because he is a head of state. But Dawkins and Hitchens insist the pope would be unable to claim diplomatic immunity from arrest because, although his tour is classed as a state visit, he is not the head of a state recognised by the United Nations.Now it's your turn to weigh in. Is there a case to arrest the pope? If there is, would you have the pope arrested? Was Benedict just following John Paul's lead, though? Does that matter? If you think the pope should be arrested, would you stop with him or charge more authority figures in the Vatican hierarchy?
The last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues.It narrowly beat out this:
I knew that we’d be buddies when I met her when she said, "Drill here, drill now." And then I replied, "Drill, baby, drill" and then we both said, "You betcha!"
Tiger, I am more prone to be inquisitive, to promote discussion. I want to find out what your thinking was, I want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything.I don't know what the original context of this quote is, but that doesn't stop Tiger and Nike from re-contextualizing it to fit the golfer's recent controversy. "See," the ad seems to be saying, "even Tiger's dad would find it in his heart to forgive him. Now, please, just carry on and go buy our shoes and clubs."
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like to white washed sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.If you're interested in reading in-depth and thoughtful coverage of the implosion of Benedict's papacy, and to a larger extent the church itself, I suggest you check out Andrew Sullivan's blog, The Daily Dish. He writes about much more than the pope and the church, by the way.