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SB1070 protesters continue to “spew hate and violence”

In another of many examples of why the problem with illegal immigration must be immediately addressed, we see several attempts and successes at outright violence and hate which negatively impacted and affected working, legal, US Citizens. Streets of Phoenix and Los Angeles this week have been filled with traffic blocking protesters, in some cases with protesters laying on the pavement to prevent motorists from driving through.

Thousands of employees and business owners in both cities were unable to get to work on time, and in some cases were unable to get to work at all.

Tires were thrown onto freeways by illegals, in an attempt to stop or damage traffic in the Tucson area, and many other violent and destructive acts have been occurring at each rally.

” I was not a supporter of  SB1070,” says Mark of Scottsdale, AZ  “but now that I can see their true colors, and the fact that they are committing crimes just to punish the state, simply because they want Amnesty, I want them out of here.” His voice is being echoed by thousands of others in both Arizona and California who were unable to make work, or other destinations on time, or in some cases had damage done to their personal property on account of the illegals.

Those who tout the “peace keeping, hard working mentality” of the illegal immigrant might want to think again. Actions speak louder than words, and in this case, they really are not helping themselves out.


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SB1070 Protesters said to be “highly violent” compared to SB1070 supporters

By Priscilla Racke  –

The new kids on the block broke onto the Tea Party scene yesterday with bang. The Pima County Tea Party Patriotsgroup introduced itself Thursday morning with the SB 1070 support rally in downtown Tucson that drew hundreds to the intersection of Granada and Congress streets. Gathered to demonstrate their support for the law (despite injunctions placed on it by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton), the Patriots made their stand diagonally across the intersection from activists protesting the law.
It did not take close scrutiny to notice the difference between the two groups.
The rallying Patriots appeared with American flags waving and homemade signs in hand. They gathered peacefully and quietly. They came to voice their opinion, no more, no less.
But there was not an American flag to be seen across the way, where instead protestors held identical manufactured signs and cardboard banners proclaiming, “I am illegal.” More vocal, the protestors shouted, “yes we can” – in Spanish. They called for an end to the hate. They asked that the rights of all people be respected. (There have been no arguments from the Tea Partiers against either of these statements, by the way.)
They also bussed in people of unknown origin to bolster their numbers, blocked the road, dispatched hecklers and a tuba band to harass the rally-ers, and, in other parts of town, dumped rubbish and tires in the freeway to block traffic and potentially rob people of their lives.
There was only one incident in which a supporter of the law embedded himself in the midst of the protestors and created a scene. He was arrested, and rightfully so. But even this provides a contrast. One person, acting on his own personal motivation is quite different from organized, calculated trouble-making incited from the top-down.
I want to highlight some of the ironies underlying these observations. The Tea Party is accused of being a conspiratorial, counterfeit organization, while it is often only the opponents of the Party that fit this bill. Partiers are accused of being hateful racists, while it is the proponents of the other side who make verbal assaults from their cars and persistently use race to polarize and divide America.
It is time for Americans to stand up and say:

“We are not going to allow this anymore. We are going to be a nation of laws, as we once were, a nation of common sense where words have meanings, and they are respected. We will once again be a country where you make something out of yourself rather than let the government and the media make you what you are.”

It is time for Americans to reject the insidious rhetoric that would have us all believing that it is a universal human right to live in the United States, rather than a blessing and an honor. It is time for strength over appeasement, common sense over rhetoric, freedom over politics, and the rule of law over free-for-all.
I applaud the Pima County Tea Party Patriots for a job well done, and I await their August 27th event: “Gabby Retirement Party” to be held in front of Gabrielle Giffords’ office from 4-6 PM.   Most of all, I anticipate Tucson’s turn-around.

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Elena Kagan gets fire from Democrats as well as Republicans

Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson announced late Friday he would vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

In a statement released this evening, Sen. Nelson said, “I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded. Therefore, I will not vote to confirm Ms. Kagan’s nomination.”

Nelson is the only Democrat to oppose Kagan at this point. Five Republicans, on the other hand, have said they will support Kagan’s nomination, giving her more than enough votes to win confirmation. A vote is expected in the Senate late next week.

Nelson has sided with Republicans on a number of votes in the past, most recently the restoration and extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

Nelson did note that if a procedural vote is held on Kagan, he will not filibuster, since he believes Kagan deserves an up or down vote. But on the final vote, Nelson is a no.

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Obama wants to shaft Congress with back door ruling on Amnesty

With Congress gridlocked on an immigration bill, the Obama administration is considering using a back door to stop deporting many illegal immigrants – what a draft government memo said could be “a non-legislative version of amnesty.”

The memo, addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDirector Alejandro Mayorkas and written by four agency staffers, lists tools it says the administration has to “reduce the threat of removal” for many illegal immigrants who have run afoul of immigration authorities.

“In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear,” the staffers wrote in the memo, which was obtained by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican.

The memo suggests that in-depth discussions have occurred on how to keep many illegal immigrants in the country, which would be at least a temporary alternative to the proposals Democrats in Congress have made to legalize illegal immigrants.

Chris Bentley, a USCIS spokesman, said drafting the memo doesn’t mean the agency has embraced the policy and “nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions.”

“As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system,” he said in an e-mail statement. “We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration challenges.”

He said the Homeland Security Department “will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.”

The memo does talk about targeting specific groups of illegal immigrants.

Mr. Grassley said it confirms his fears that the administration is trying an end-run around Congress.

“This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a backdoor amnesty plan,” Mr. Grassley said.

The memo acknowledges some of the tools could be costly and might even require asking Congress for more money.

At one point, the authors acknowledge that widespread use of “deferred action” – or using prosecutorial discretion not to deport someone – would be “a non-legislative version of ‘amnesty.’ ”

The authors noted several options for deferred action, including targeting it to students who would be covered by the DREAM Act, a bill that’s been introduced in Congress.

In testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 11, Mr. Mayorkasfirst said he was unaware of discussions to use these kinds of tools on a categorical basis, then later clarified that officials had talked about expanding the use of those powers.

“I don’t know of any plans. I think we have discussed, as we always do, the tools available to us and whether the deployment of any of those tools could achieve a more fair and efficient use or application of the immigration law,” he said.

He acknowledged, though, that he was not aware that those powers had ever been used before on a categorical basis.

Sen. John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who queried Mr. Mayorkas on the subject, warned him against pursuing that strategy.

“I think it would be a mistake for the administration to use administrative action, like deferred action on a categorical basis, to deal with a large number of people who are here without proper legal documents to regularize their status without Congress‘ participation. I will just say that to you for what it’s worth,” Mr. Cornyn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary immigration, border security and citizenship subcommittee, told Mr. Mayorkas.

“The American public’s confidence in the federal government’s ability and commitment to enforce our immigration laws is at an all-time low,” Mr. Cornyn said in a statement. “This apparent step to circumvent Congress– and avoid a transparent debate on how to fix our broken immigration system –  threatens to further erode public confidence in its government and makes it less likely we will ever reach consensus and pass credible border security and immigration reform.”

After reports earlier this year that the agency was working on these sorts of plans, Senate Republicans, led by Mr. Grassley, have sent letters to President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for details.

In one letter, the senators warned the president against making an end-run around congressional authority to write immigration rules, and asked for Mr. Obama to promise that he would not use the rules to grant mass pardons.

Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager for NumbersUSA, an organization that advocates for stricter immigration limits, said the memo is “an outrageous usurpation of congressional authority. It is unconstitutional, and a slap in the face to the American people.”

She said that the memo could explain why the push for an immigration bill has faltered in Congress.

“This makes sense of the fact that [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and Obama are sitting back calmly content with not moving immigration reform this year – because they know Obama is trying to take care of it for them, without Democrats having to be tied down to a vote before the election,” she said.

On the other side of the political spectrum, immigrant rights groups have demanded that Mr. Obama halt deportations until he secures a broad legalization bill from Congress – legislation that supporters call “comprehensive immigration reform” because it would tackle enforcement, some aspects of legal immigration and the status of illegal immigrants at the same time.

Two senators earlier this year wrote asking the administration to use its powers to stop deporting students who might be eligible for the DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrant college students brought to the U.S. at a young age to gain legal status. The legislation has not been passed by Congress.

Mr. Obama has rejected halting deportations, but his administration has been more careful about whom it pursues.

According to new figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the administration has stepped up its efforts to deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, but removal of “non-criminal” illegal immigrants has slowed so far in fiscal 2010.

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Arizona SB1070 ruling puts new light on OK City Bombing…

Convicted Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh might still be a free man today, if not for the legal system of states helping Feds deal with crime.

The bomber was making his escape, and had nigh well succeeded, until he was stopped for a speeding violation. When the State employed police officer ran his numbers/background, he realized that he was wanted for breaking a Federal Law, and was subsequently arrested.

Why did the local authorities determine that is was within their rights to take action in arresting McVeigh? Its because for years the local system has worked hand in hand with Federal Law enforcement, but apparently now that it affects Illegal Immigration in a very real way the Libs want NOTHING to do with it.

Lets just hope that the Liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be balanced in realizing that as AZ/US Citizens appeal, they must uphold the laws of the land that they are sworn to protect and uphold.

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Oprah’s Ratings Plummet Alongside Obama’s

Oprah is having one tough summer.

In the week ending July 18, CBS Television Distribution’s The Oprah Winfrey Show sunk to an all-time ratings low for the third time in five weeks, dropping 13% from the prior week to a 2.8 live plus same day household average, according to Nielsen Media Research. That almost moved Oprah out of syndie’s top-ten, tying for overall ninth place with CTD’s Inside Edition and reruns of the off-net hourCSI: New York. Compared to last year at this time, Oprah is down 20%.

That said, Oprah, which was in repeats all week except for Monday, remained the top talker for the 585th week in a row, according to CTD.

Meanwhile, the fortunes of access magazines rose while those of actor Mel Gibson fell, as recordings of him hurling profanities and threats at his ex-girlfriend spread across the Internet.

CTD’s Entertainment Tonight led the magazine race, gaining 3% to a 3.7. In second place, CTD’sInside Edition added 4% to a 2.8. NBCU’s Access Hollywood and Warner Bros.’ TMZ were unchanged at a 1.9 and 1.8, respectively. CTDs’ The Insider jumped 7% to a 1.6, tying Warner Bros.’Extra, which was flat.

Also in access, four of the five game shows were flat, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud and Twentieth’s Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? all staying put at  5.8, 5.0, 1.5 and 1.2, respectively. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was the only game show to gain, moving up 5% to a 2.3.

Warner Bros.’ sitcom leader, Two and Half Men, hit its season low, dropping 2% to a 4.1. The rest of the field was mixed. Twentieth’s Family Guy grew 7% to a 3.1. CTD’s Everybody Loves Raymondrallied 3% to a 3.0. Sony’s Seinfeld stayed at a 2.5. Warner Bros.’ George Lopez lost 4% to a 2.4. Twentieth’s King of the Hill climbed 5% to a 2.3. Warner Bros.’ Friends added 5% to a 2.0. Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne picked up 7% to a 1.5. CTD’s Frasier fell 7% to a 1.4. Sony’s King of Queens slid 7% to a new season low 1.3.

Among rookie off-net sitcoms, NBCU’s The Office was boss with a 2.5, down 4% in households but remaining syndication’s top show among women 18-34, tied with Twentieth’s Family Guy at a 2.4 in the demo. CTD’s Everybody Hates Chris and Twentieth’s My Name is Earl were each unchanged at a 1.6 and 1.5, respectively.

CTD’s Judge Judy was the daytime leader for the 16th time in 18 weeks, holding steady at a 4.3 and growing 16% from last year. Runner-up Judge Joe Brown eased 5% to a 2.0. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court also fell 5% to a 1.9. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was unchanged at a 1.7. Twentieth’s Judge Alex gained 8% to a 1.4. Twentieth’s Divorce Court and Warner Bros.’ Judge Jeannine Pirro each were flat at a 1.3 and 1.1, respectively. Litton’s Street Court, which goes off the air this fall, jumped 20% to a 0.6.

The rest of talk was mostly flat or down. Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly was unchanged at a 2.3. NBC Universal’s Maury slipped 5% to a 2.1, tying Sony’s Dr. Oz, which was flat at a 2.1. CTD’sDr. Phil went from all-originals to all-repeats and fell 14% to a new season low 1.9. Warner Bros.’Ellen was unchanged at a 1.6. CTD’s The Doctors dipped 6% to a 1.5. CTD’s Rachael RayJerry Springer and Steve Wilkos all were flat at a 1.4, 1.4, 1.3, respectively. Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams ducked the trend and gained 10% to a 1.1. Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt, nearing the end of its run, sank 14% to a 0.6. NBC U’s Martha, which moves to cable this fall, was unchanged at a 0.5.

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Some Libs didn’t want Obama on “The View”

While ABC touts Barack Obama’s appearance on The View as “the first time in history a sitting United States president has visited a daytime talk show,” not everyone believes he’s made a wise decision.

Certainly among those baffled are the Boy Scouts of America, who will miss the customary attendance of the Commander-in-Chief during their Jamboree, which occurs only once every four years. The gathering of young leaders from across the country occurs not far from the president.
Another priority deemed more important than addressing America’s next generation: a fresh round of partisan fundraisers.

But it isn’t just conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh or Fox News who are openly questioning Obama’s curious scheduling: libtalker Rosie O’Donnell, a former co-host of The View, raised her own concerns during Tuesday’s satellite radio program:

ROSIE O’DONNELL (1:18:45): I have mixed feelings about that. I don’t really think sitting presidents should go do fluffy daytime TV shows. Maybe an hour on Oprah or something. I don’t really want to see him on The View. although I’m happy for them, that’s a good booking, and Barbara’s going to come back that day after her heart surgery…

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