Thursday Immigration Blog Roundup

Criticized that the new immigration law would lead to racial profiling, the Arizona state legislature moved to change some of the laws phrasing, as reported by Andrea Nill over at Think Progress' Wonk Room.

One of those changes replaces the phrase “lawful contact” with “lawful stop, detention or arrest” to “apparently clarify that officers don’t need to question a victim or witness about their legal status.” However, the legislature also implemented a third change that some call “frightening.” As part of the amended bill, a police officer responding to city ordinance violations would also be required to determine the immigration status of an individual they have reasonable suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant.

What this ends up doing, however, is just expanding the net of whom can be interrogated. In an e-mail obtained by The Wonk Room written by a group responsible for writing the bill:

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Barack "Yoga Berra" Obama

[It was] Yogi Berra who said, 'Forecasting is very difficult, especially when it involves the future.'"

I love good writing,and I think I found an example in Paul Farrell's column. Here's the piece I like the most (because it strikes me as accurate, perhaps):

What would a Barack "Yoga Berra" Obama say today about playing a bruising game against a baseball team made up of scorched-earth GOP critics and Dems pocketing big bucks from all kinds of special-interest lobbies hell-bent on defeating every one of Obama's big plans?

His enemies smell blood, think Obama's tired, already fading. Yes, they are writing his obituary. They're convinced it's the bottom of the ninth and they got him. Worse, they think they're way ahead, even though they can't see the scoreboard, let alone next Friday's score or 2012's.

You have to feel some compassion here: After 27 years in power, the hitters on the opposing GOP team lost not just a big game, but tickets to the "skyboxes." So they're hurting, still haven't adjusted to life as the losing team, without all the perks.

Now they're in the bleachers. They hate it. Left with little to do other than act like angry teenagers, they endlessly plot self-destructive revenge plays. Like all politicians they're myopic, conveniently forgetting the 27 painfully-long years it took them to get us into this mess, while refusing to take any responsibility, as they do everything possible to trick the new team into screwing things up so they can return to the skyboxes and go back to screwing things up their way. yogi-berra-obama-at-the-bat?pagenumber=1

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RNC: "Rain Delays Prove God is Unpatriotic"

(AP) Following yesterday's criticism of Democratic candidate for President, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), for delaying a possible game 6 of the World Series 15 minutes by buying ad time on every channel in the world, RNC spokesman Alex Conant spoke out against what he called "an even greater sin against our national pastime."

Conant had been quoted as saying, "It's unfortunate that the World Series' first pitch is being delayed for Obama's political pitch, Not only is Obama putting politics before principle, he's putting it before our national pastime." Today he offered the comment that, "You know who is responsible for even more delays of baseball games? God. Not only that, but He does so by raining on them, getting hundreds of thousands of baseball fans wet every year."

"It's bad enough that Obama wants to delay a game 15 minutes so he can talk about the future of our country. What does God delay those games for? To water some plants? How degrading. I would have thought the deity who sacrificed His son for us could wait until the game's over to take care of His yardwork." The Almighty could not be reached for comment.

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Political American League Preview

Cross-posted at Bugs and Cranks..

Here's an AL Preview, attempting to compare every team with a polticial candidate.  

American League East

1. Boston Red Sox:

Political Figure: Senator Barack Obama

Both were once well-regarded underdogs, now overwhelming favorites.  Both hope to incorporate youth movements to propel them to another victory this fall.  Both Obama and Red Sox Nation sport an absurdly devoted and vocal fan base, to the point that detractors refer to them as cultists.  Both the Obama campaign and Red Sox management have a predilection to hire extremely organized numbers geeks.  In all likelihood, thankfully, Jimmy Fallon will not star in any movie concerning the Obama campaign.

2. New York Yankees:

Political Figure: President George W. Bush.

Both the product of a decades-long dynasty, with the current incarnate lacking the class and success than previous generations.  Also both are boorish and have a sense of entitlement they haven't earned since the early years of this decade.  The Yankees, like this Administration, are suffering from the ramifications of decisions that were popular at the time, but in retrospect were strategic mistakes and an utter waste of resources resulting from potentially illegal and certainly misleading conduct. (Iraq, Jason Giambi).  Both Bush and the Steinbrenner Yankees spend money like drunken sailors and are prone to ostentatious, coerced displays of patriotism.

3. Toronto Blue Jays

Political Figure: Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Plucky but completely overmatched. Fans of both bitch that we don't pay attention, but call us when they appear in the fall. Female Blue Jay supporters presumably bathe in something other than petulie and shave their armpits. I think.

4. Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Political Figure: Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Both hang out in Florida, hoping that transplanted New Yorkers turnout in huge numbers. It never occurs.

5. Baltimore Orioles

Political Figure: Sen. Hillary Clinton

Last truly relevant in the 1990s, but ultimately thwarted by unfair tactics that kept them from victory (Harry & Louise, Jeffrey Maier).  Like Peter Angelos, Hillary's campaign spends tons of money on overvalued and useless employees (Mark Penn for Hillary, Albert Belle's $65million, 5 year contract for the O's).  Both have frequent turnover in senior management and change strategies on a frequent basis.  Orioles fans ignore the standings.  Hillary's supporters cover their ears when "delegate counts" are mentioned.

American League Central

1. Cleveland Indians

Political Figure:  Sen. John Edwards

Both are talented and young and have everything going for them.  On paper, should win every time and yet have a legacy of disappointment to their previous efforts.  It is like there is a curse or something.</span><span> </span>

2. Detroit Tigers

Political Figure: Sen. John McCain

The Tigers, like McCain, sport a long and distinguished history.  In the last year, frustrated by previous failures, both radically changed their strategy in a last-ditch effort to achieve victory.  Detroit's trade for Cabrera and Willis, however, makes more sense that McCain's recent flirtations with Pat Robertson and the Religious Right. Also, McCain hopes Hillary and Obama attack each other forever, while the Tigers hope that the Red Sox and Yankees pay more attention to each other while Detroit sneaks into the Wild Card.

3. Chicago White Sox

Political Figure: Sen. Fred Thompson

Incredibly hyped, but ultimately fail due to a lackadaisical approach and age.  In his defense, Fred Thompson does not say nearly as many stupid things as Ozzie Guillen.

4. Kansas City Royals

Political Figure: Gov. Mike Huckabee

Both Huckabee and the Royals are not competing to win this year, but are hoping for a distant, theoretical future. Royals fans look for a future where KC can produce and retain talented players; Huckabee's supporters await the End Times envisioned in the Book of Revelations. Huckabee prefers miracles to math; the Royals' roster is evidence that they need a miracle with their pitching staff.

5. Minnesota Twins

Political Figure: Gov. Mitt Romney

The Twins play on plastic.  Mitt Romney is plastic. Both abruptly ceased competing this year in an effort to save money.  Both are looking forward to becoming league leaders in coming years and building on this year's campaign.

American League West

1. Los Angeles Angels

Political Figure: Gov. Bill Richardson

The Angels' owner is the first Latino to run a Major League Team, while Bill Richardson is the first major Latino presidential candidate.  On paper, both should succeed and compete for victory:  Richardson has a vaunted resume, while the Angels are loaded with talent.  Both ultimately fail in the end and are surprisingly uncharismatic.

2. Seattle Mariners

Political Figure: Sen. Joe Biden

Significant international experience.  Boring.  No one ever pays attention to them.

3. Texas Rangers

Political Figure: Sen. Mike Gravel

Only reminded of the existence of either when they inexplicably appear on my television.

4. Oakland Athletics

Political Figure: Rep. Ron Paul

Both team's supporters have a vocal cadre of supporters that are often more interested in theoretical concepts than actual results.  A's supporters are active on line but this does not translate into attendance in Oakland, while Ron Paul's Internet support does not translate into things like "votes."

Well, I'm finished. Hope you enjoyed it. Join me in October, when I compare each playoff team to a member of the G-7.

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The "Worst Behavior" in Congress in 20 Years? Really?

(Cross-posted at Daily Kos.)

Chris Shays (CT-04) has been in office for two long (too long) decades.

Over that time, he's had the opportunity to question countless witnesses in Congressional hearings - questionable, criminal, devious, and laughable characters ranging from Brownie to Rummy to Wolfie.

The other day, he gave an interview to a major national website. And guess who he told them had exhibited the "worst behavior" he's seen in Congress over all those years?

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