Republicans adopt Kris Kobach’s SB1070 as party platform on immigration

On Tuesday, the same the day the party adopted a platform with immigration language written by SB 1070 architect Kris Kobach while TV cameras weren’t trained on the floor, Republicans put a number of Hispanic politicians speaking Spanish on stage in primetime when they were. Hispanic Republicans who criticize their party over some of its harsh Kobachian rhetoric say the stagecraft will have the desired effect.

Via TPM.

Ethnic Studies Professor Alexander Saxton dies at 94

Alexander Saxton, UCLA history professor emeritus, and former acting director and long-time Faculty Advisory Committee chair of the Asian American Studies Center, Alexander Saxton, passed away on Aug. 20, 2012 in Lone Pine, Calif. at the age of 94.

Professor Saxton, throughout his time at UCLA, was a staunch supporter and actively involved in the Asian American Studies Center, providing key leadership and mentoring many students over the years.

Of his time at the center, Professor Saxton said: “It turned out to be one of the most demanding (and rewarding) experiences of my life…. Being a proponent of ethnic studies at UCLA in the 1970s and ’80s was good combat training. There still was big opposition to ethnic studies on grounds that ranged from blatant racism to lack of high academic principle. We constantly had to fight for approval for research funding and core courses, and we remained endlessly involved in struggles over initial appointments and tenure promotion for scholars committed to ethnic studies.”

Republican Florida Governor Crist: “Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation”

I’ve only been to Tampa once in my life, and I remember it was in October right before the election, and I remember seeing a huge banner for Crist on one of the buildings.

A Republican for governor of Florida…

… who is now endorsing Obama for re-election as the RNC begins in Tampa this week.

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation.

via Former Gov. Charlie Crist: Here’s why I’m backing Barack Obama – Tampa Bay Times.

Dems hold press conference attacking Paton on tribal sovereignty yet Kirkpatrick holds same view?

The Democrats held a press conference denouncing Paton’s racism, in this case his non-respect for tribal sovereignty… yet their Democratic Darling Ann Kirkpatrick holds the same view?

Kinda like her own Payday loan lobbyist connections as the Dems attack “Payday Paton”…

After I wrote Wednesday’s item on the tribes’ criticism of Jonathan Paton over gaming, I was asked a pertinent question: What’s Ann Kirkpatrick’s position on the bill that got Paton in hot water.

It turns out, Democrat Kirkpatrick holds largely the same view as Republican Paton.

Via AZ Daily Star.

Anaheim: The magical land of racism

“Seniores” and “Señoritas” events held at an Anaheim high school — in which students dressed as gang members and a pregnant woman pushing a baby stroller — have been canceled after officials concluded the activities were demeaning toward Latinos and their culture.

The events, which have been held for at least three years at Canyon High School, took place during senior activity week in June and were approved by campus administrators, according to school district officials.

via LA Times.

Documentary: Rosemont mine’s investors and the environmental damage they left at other sites

Rosemont Copper’s economic and environmental promises? See what happened in Italy by watching the documentary Cyanide Beach at Crossroads Movie theater, about the foreign investors behind Rosemont Copper and its parent company, and what they left behind in Italy…

The movie is about Sargold Resource Corp., which for several years held a 90 percent interest in a gold mine on the island of Sardinia. Sargold, based in Vancouver, had five of the same directors who now sit on the governing board of Augusta Resource Corp., Dougherty said, including Augusta President-CEO Gil Clausen and Augusta board Chairman Richard Warke. Sargold used the same street address as Augusta, which owns the Rosemont Mine site’s private land.


“Cyanide Beach” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads Festival Cinema, 4811 E. Grant Road. Admission is free but advance, online RSVPs are requested at

Obama had to fight Jan Brew… errr Janet Napolitano to get DREAMers deferred action?

The AZ Jans

Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports in the e-book Obama’s Last Stand that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was initially unwilling to sign off on President Obama’s proposal that would grant a “deferred action” to nearly 1 million young undocumented, allowing them to remain in the U.S. for two years without fear of deportation.

The book provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes into inner workings of the Obama campaign and the White House, including some of the testy internal battles that have been waged. It also shows for the first time how the White House went about enacting its “deferred action” program in the midst of a tumultuous election year.

via Univision News.

Wrapped in the Flag: Arizona – American Anthropological Association

In Arizona, we are told that it is not only our border that needs to be protected, but our classrooms as well. In this case, it is the Tucson Unified School District’s much noted Mexican American Studies Program that is the invader. Talk defending Arizona’s ban on Ethnic Studies Programs in Arizona K-12 schools reflects familiar themes of freedom, national and personal security, and constitutional rights. Tom Horne, the state’s Attorney General and a vocal supporter of Arizona’s immigration bill SB 1070, wrote, “A fundamental role of the public schools is to take students of different backgrounds and teach them to treat each other as individuals and not of the race they were born into. Tucson Unified District does it the opposite. …They divide (students) by race and teach each group about its own background only.” Again, rationale for state policy, in this case around diversity and assimilation, is shrouded in talk exalting individual rights and national identity. Horne clings to the European immigrant story, the shedding old ethnic skin and becoming individuals — where individuals means European Americans. But securing our classrooms in terms of pedagogy is only part of the agenda. We are also told that we need to secure the classroom physically. If law-abiding people can carry guns one step outside the campus to keep criminals at bay, supporters of Arizona’s proposed SB 1467 asked, why not allow them to enter a university with their firearms? Advocates for SB 1467 flavor a rights discourse with wild west rhetoric. “Guns save lives, and it’s a constitutional right of our citizens,” former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce said of the guns-on-campus proposal. Immigration, ethnic studies, and guns on campuses may appear to be discrete issues, yet they form a discursive web of control in which my state’s educational institutions are dangling. It is not difficult to make the argument that the initiatives are related to the increase in the size of Arizona’s Hispanic population, who now make up nearly 30 percent of the state’s residents. Deportation, forced assimilation, and the use of weapons to protect (and terrorize) have a long history here in the southwest.

Via HuffPost.

ESPN: White football fans must root for the white guy?

Skip Bayless of ESPN made himself the story during an episode of “First Take” on Monday morning. Perhaps best known for lauding Tim Tebow and tearing down LeBron James, Bayless contended that it is human nature for white fans to support a white athlete over a black athlete if given a choice.

“I’m going to throw it out there. You also have the black-white dynamic and the majority of Redskins fans are white. And it’s just human nature, if you’re white to root for the white guy,” Bayless contended.

Via HuffPost.

Romney-Ryan ads and messages are lies, sometimes racist lies

The truth, of course, is that Ryan’s premium support plan would devastate Medicare because it would slow the increased spending to a rate well below the rate at which health-care costs have been rising in recent years. In polls like one the Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned earlier this year, even majorities of Republicans don’t want Medicare restructured along Ryanesque lines.

These guys may not be able to count, but they can read polls, and so they know very well that if they gave the county the honest debate we were told we were going to have about Medicare, and for that matter about taxation, they’d wake up Nov. 7 with about 120 electoral votes in their pockets and conservatism in tatters.

They know this. They know that the truth would crush them electorally. And so it follows that they know they must lie. They must lie about their Medicare plans. They must lie about the effects of their tax plans on average people and rich people. And they must tell a number of lies about Obama, all the better if they involve race, as the welfare lie does.

Via Daily Beast.

Court of Appeals upholds parts of Alabama’s HB56, even worse than SB1070

The Court has thrown out Section 28, which is the provision that required schools to collect data on the immigration status of students who enroll in school.

The Court has temporarily blocked two sections of the law, Section 10 and Section 27.  Section 10 is also known as the “papers please” section.  It created a state crime if an immigrant was not carrying an alien registration document.  Section 27 forbid citizens from entering into contracts with illegal immigrants.

The Court upheld Sections 12a, 18, 30 of the law.  Section 12a allows police to detain suspected illegal aliens.  Section 18 required authorities to make a reasonable effort to determine the immigration status of a driver found not to be carrying a drivers license.  Section 30 forbid any illegal immigrant from entering into a business transaction with the state or any political subdivision thereof.

The Court found that if the case were to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States is likely to succeed in the following sections of the law: 10, 11a, 13a, 16, 17 and 27.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange issued a one sentence statement saying, “While we are still reviewing todays ruling, we are pleased that the court recognized the validity of our arguments and upheld several provisions of Alabamas law.”

Alabama’s immigration law is considered the toughest in the nation, but the federal government sued, arguing the state had overstepped its authority. The federal government contends that Congress has the sole power to legislate issues dealing with immigration.

via Court Rules on Alabamas Anti-Immigrant Law HB-56 – Cuéntame.