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Wednesday Morning News Roundup: Most Viewed and What's Hot, McClatchy and Al Jazeera Edition

Welcome to Wednesday, 23 March 2011. Traditionally called "Hump Day" in some parts due to its location and identification as the "mid-week" milestone, here is a selection of some of the stories currently catching the most attention at sites like McClatchy and Al Jazeera (English):


Most Viewed Last 24 Hours

  1. S.C. Gov. Haley has appointed 26 campaign donors to posts
  2. China buying U.S. aviation firms
  3. As Mideast roils, Al Jazeera finds its 'CNN moment'
  4. Poll: Public already losing patience with new Congress
  5. Libya assault sets up battle between Obama, Congress

Special Reports

Commentary: Immigration rhetoric

Mary Sanchez: The outrageous suggestion that illegal immigrants could be dealt with like feral hogs flew out of Kansas state Rep. Virgil Peck’s mouth and across the Internet. The fact that it slipped out of his mouth so readily indicates that the tenor of the debate over illegal immigration may be reaching dangerous levels.

Special report: Afghan contracts

The U.S. program to spend billions of dollars on Afghanistan's facilities is failing. Corruption, nepotism and mismanagement hobble the reconstruction.

Investigation: Spending the Stimulus

Medill and McClatchy assess the impact of the Obama administration's economic stimulus package. Its benefits have been uneven across the country.

More on Camp Lejeune water

Scientists studying water contamination at Camp Lejeune have learned of another source of leaking fuel near a drinking well that served thousands of Marines and their families.

Al Jazeera

What's Hot

What's news in your neck of the woods? Let us know in the comments below. And as we begin our descent toward the end of the work week and long slow slide into the weekend, please keep your hands, feet and any miscellaneous appendages inside the vehicle...

Use this as an Open Thread.

Heathens Hold the Line as Californians Reject Corporate Takeover

Michael Collins

The corporate takeover of California is on hold according to the latest polls out of the nation’s largest state. Just nine days before the election, the Los Angeles Times and University of Southern California poll shows a nearly impossible uphill battle for the big business ticket of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina.

Among likely voters in the governor’s race, Brown leads Whitman 50% to 38%. In the race for United States Senator, two term Senator Barbara Boxer maintained an 8% lead. The leads by Democrats come from a brand new constituency, those who "never" go to church. More on that later.

Arizona's SB 1070 - Another Case of "Follow The Money"?

[ed. note - CM1] Bunping this with an update from Rachel Maddow at the bottom. - Originally posted on 2010-07-26 19:30:52 -0400.

From Open Left, who profits from SB-1070? Two of Governor Brewer's top advisers...

When it leads to a profit, the GOP believes that taking away your freedom by subverting the law is a good thing.

More below the fold from Think Progress:

Open Thread - Born in the USA!

Jon Stewart does a superb take-down of the fact that from the day the 14th Amendment was first debated it was always about race, so there is nothing new about the reasoning behind those that want to repeal or change it now:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Born in the U.S.A.
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

BruinKid at dKos has the transcript up in a pictorial essay form for those of you that may not be able to watch the video embeds. Another video, the musical kind, that you can watch and listen to below the Open Thread fold.

Census, Redistricting, Immigration and Voter Suppression

Think about the coming redistricting as a result of the recent Census.

Imagine that many states that will gain a lot more Congressional weight through the Census results inevitable redistricting suddenly decided to chase a particular growing population from their state with certain targeted policies in order to achieve the goal of keeping these newly minted Congressional heavy weights in the hands of a political party that would otherwise be losing grip in the future.

And just imagine if they were already doing it to a large degree and with great success.

I guess you do not have to imagine it all, eh?

Ending the week on a positive note - Rep. Chris Murphy

A tip of the hat to Connecticut's Representative Chris Murphy because what he did probably saved this young girl's life.  I don't care what other people on the other side of so many arguments might think about it or what kind of political hammer he may have given them to hit him with. He did the hard right instead of the easy wrong, a little girl will live and I am going to go into the weekend smiling about it.

Rand Paul to abolish Section 1 of 14th Amendment, ending birthright citizenship

Recently I have detailed the relationship that Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky and State Senator Russel Pearce of Arizona have with their Neo Nazi, white supremacist supporters.

That is why it was no surprise to me to learn today that Rand Paul told a Russian journalist that he opposes birth citizenship as protected under the 14th Amendment, or, as Russel Pearce calls it "anchor babies".

We’re the only country I know of that allows people to come in illegally have a baby and then that baby becomes a citizen. And I think that should stop also.

Yeah, that's called the Section 1 of the 14th Amendment

More below the fold.

The Language of Denial: No (Immigrant) Child Left Unobstructed

Hat-tip ricardomath. -- GH Originally posted 2009-03-18 23:45:36 -0500.  Bumped by carol. I missed it yesterday and I was afraid someone else may have overlooked it also.

What the hell are we teaching our children?

More precisely, what the hell are we teaching our children about hypocrisy, about expectations, about fair and equal treatment under the law, about life and about rote idiocy?

From the Sioux City Journal:

Student rejects 'demeaning' test, is suspended
High achiever faces possible expulsion

By Russ Oechslin, Journal correspondent | Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009

STORM LAKE, Iowa -- Lori Phanachone is a member of the National Honor Society, has a 3.9 grade point average and ranks seventh in the senior class of about 119 at Storm Lake High School.

But school officials have told her she is considered to be illiterate based on her refusal to satisfactorily complete the English Language Development Assessment, a test she says is demeaning and racist.

Why? Because the test is for students who have English as their second language.

McCain Thinks American Workers Aren't Good Enough

As we get close to labor day you need to know that while Obama says "Yes you can!" McCain says "No you can't!" to American workers, telling them that they can't do the job.

In McCain's fragile mind the real problem isn't about paying a man or woman fair wages for an honest day's work... McCain thinks the problem is that Americans just aren't good enough - hard working enough - to do these jobs.

I guess McCain thinks that you need to work harder at finding a pill-popping sugar momma beer heiress 2nd wife, like Cindy McCain, to pay your bills for you if you want to be able to succeed like he did?

I know that the work he is talking about is hard as hell. And it is only made worse by companies that hire undocumented immigrants and put the workers through hellish conditions that are often nothing more than modern day slave labor. Those are the very real issues that McCain would rather ignore.

Instead of having these companies hire by honest free market rules McCain and the GOP would rather let these companies continue to exploit fellow human beings and claim that Americans can't or won't do the work.

Originally posted at drinking liberally in new milford:
"McCain Thinks American Workers Aren't Good Enough"

Open Thread: Prison Town Edition

Hat-tip to ricardomath for the heads-up.

When officials who have several options take one of the harshest options first, you know there's something wrong with the government.


U.S. town turned into an open-air prison
by Charles Lewis, National Post
Published: Friday, August 15, 2008

The town of Postville, Iowa, population 2,000, has been turned into an open-air prison.


On May 12, immigration officials swooped in to arrest 400 undocumented workers from Mexico and Guatemala at the local meat-packing plant, a raid described as the biggest such action at a single site in U.S. history. The raid left 43 women, wives of the men who were taken away, and their 150 children without status or a means of support. The women cannot leave the town, and to make sure they do not they have been outfitted with leg monitoring bracelets.


"What kind of a government makes prisoners of 43 mothers who all have children and then says, ‘You can't work, you can't leave and can't stay?' That boggles the imagination."


Boggles the mind indeed.

Click the link in the title to read the whole thing.

This is an Open Thread.

IG Report: Bush's GOP Hires Among Immigration Judges

promoted... good to see XP's posting!

Hot off the press, the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility just released a report on the improper hiring practices by Monica Goodling, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) White House Liaison and Senior Counsel to the Attorney General. According to the report, Goodling broke federal law by discriminating against job applicants on account of their political views.

A Just Foreign Policy

YES Magazine, Summer '08 Edition, has a number of really good articles, and an interview, that should be read and obsorbed as to some of what we should be putting into public discussion as we try to turn this ship of state around and head in a direction that should already have been. These articles touch on a number of important issues, Very Important, not only for us, as a country, but our place in the world and for the world as a whole.

Cherry-Picking Farm Labor

Susan Ferriss/SacBee:
Labor inspectors root out violations along Central Valley back roads

A vision from the Great Depression lay before them. .. More than 30 tents rose like mushrooms under the trees. Clothes hung from branches, and empty cans and food packages were piled high. Smoke curled from one of the fire pits that had been dug into the soil.

About 100 men – migrant workers who follow crops – were sleeping on the ground by night in this orchard owned by R & J Dondero Inc., and climbing ladders by day to pick the company's cherries. Only a few overflowing portable toilets – and the orchard – were available for the men.

Internal Secrets: The Lists

Marisa Taylor/McClatchy: Critics: New screening methods target Muslims
Federal agencies have created internal lists of countries that are of "special interest" . . . So many federal agencies have created different lists that U.S. officials contemplated adopting a single one to streamline the process . . . The proposed list, which officials said had yet to be adopted, includes 35 countries, most with significant Muslim or Arab populations. Almost 20 percent of the world's countries — including some of the United States' key allies, such as Jordan, Turkey and Egypt — are on the list.
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