Friday, June 08, 2007

Immigration Meltdown, Bee, Happy Birthday

Tucson, AZ. An October 10, 2006 Tucson Citizen article on Senator Bee refers to his top issue as securing our border. This is his top issue?

Huh? From his website:

Sponsored the law that stopped illegal aliens from getting Arizona driver’s licenses.. Okay. So they go without or get fakes.

Co-authored the law that established felonies for human smuggling and sex trafficking. Okay.

Supported a comprehensive border security plan that included a high tech radar detection system. What plan? Is it published?

Does he favor a wall? What is his position regarding the twelve million? The video has footage basically repeating the above. Everybody favors technology except the Eckstroms.

Well, as Framer’s place anticipated, stick a fork in S1348 and as Tedski noted, Kyl reversed himself after being one of the major proponents. You know what the death of this bill means? Guess what will figure prominently in the presidential campaign? A preview.

What a mess. How are we going to handle Iraq, global warming, spiraling economic disparity, the disintegration of our education system, obscene deficit spending to greedy war profiteers, the suspension of habeas corpus, and buffel grass?

Oh, I believe Birthday Wishes are in order for someone. Have a good one!


Blogger Sirocco said...

Habeas corpus may be on it's way to reinstatement, which would be nice. I think buffel grass is the next thing on the "green" hit page once global warming is dealt with.

It was a good call by Framer -- at the time he made his predictions, I actually thought the odds were in favor of the bill passing in some form.

6/08/2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

This article on Tomdispatch by Tom Engelhardt is a must read. The corporate media's failure (for the most part) to inform American citizens about permanent military bases being built in Iraq by the Bush Administration is a clear case of censorship by omission. Bush's recent statements about using the "Korea model" for long term occupation was just to prepare Americans for the fact that the "troops" aren't ever leaving. You can whine and moan to your representatives in Congress all you want, but permanent military and economic occupation was the original plan for Iraq and it still is. Most of the Democrats seem to be okay with this.

6/08/2007 5:56 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


Thanks for pointing this out, and I concur everyone should read this information. Obviously it comes as no surprise to someone like you.

In case some people are new or haven't noticed, this blog features a permanent link to TomDispatch in the "Other Sites" portion of the right margin.

6/08/2007 8:13 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I rarely watch CNN and I never watch Fox, NBC, etc...I used to read the New York Times until the Judith Miller meltdown. So, I'm almost disconnected from the corporate media right now.

All of this discussion about troop withdrawal, benchmarks, and timelines, etc...really illuminates that fact that Joe Average does not have a clue that the neo-con plan for permanent occupation and oil privatization is still rock solid. I find it somewhat incredible that people actually thought that the Democrats would intervene, end the occupation, and start bringing the troops home. I think this is why Bush had to come forward with this "Korea model" because the time has come to start managing expectations. The troops are staying. The corporate media, still complicit in the whole debacle, continues to keep the citizens focused on the wrong issues while deluding them into thinking that they know what is going on.

Of course, it's getting harder to hide military bases and oil privatization. As more of the truth somehow slowly makes its way through a larger population, it will be interesting to see its effect. Quite frankly, I don't think much will change. So much of the opposition to the war in this country seems to be based on the loss of American lives and the enormous expense and accumulated debt rather than demanding an end to the humanitarian crisis that our government has created in Iraq. And there still seems to be some kind of collective denial in the US that this had anything to do with plundering the oil.

I noticed that you have a link to Tomdispatch, x4mr. Tom Engelhardt is a fine writer.

6/09/2007 8:01 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I do not mean to imply that we should give up on our representatives in Congress because this is a done deal. If anything, we should turn up the heat, endlessly and relentlessly. And we should not be satisfied with their "I know better than you" explanations for their votes to continue the war.

6/09/2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...


I am working on another post about this. Thanks for the input.

6/09/2007 11:01 AM  

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