9th Circuit Court: Arpaio cannot detain people just because they look like immigrants

“Driving while brown” … Despite what some people say it does happen. It’s not fair. I don’t think Canadians have the same problems. Source: Arnie Bermudez/Fox News Latino

PHOENIX –  A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied an Arizona sheriff’s request to reverse a lower-court decision barring his deputies from detaining people solely on the suspicion that they’re undocumented immigrants.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a 23-page ruling after considering the narrow question of a preliminary injunction while a Phoenix trial court considers the merits of the entire lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The appeals court ruling focused only on the lower court’s limit on Arpaio’s immigration powers and doesn’t confront the case’s ultimate question of whether deputies in Arizona’s most populous county have racially profiled Latinos on their patrols.

A three-judge panel ruled U.S. District Judge Murray Snow didn’t abuse his authority in granting the order and said the ruling didn’t impair the sheriff’s ability to enforce state and federal criminal laws.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/09/26/az-sheriff-joe-arpaio-loses-appeal-on-immigration-law-limit

Mitt Romney tax plan not mathematically feasible

Conservative economists have tried make the numbers work. Martin Feldstein — a Harvard professor and president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research — released a paper arguing that the targets could be met if “middle class” is defined downward — specifically if Romney increases the tax burden on incomes between $100,000 and $250,000 to pay for tax rate cuts for everyone else. Feldstein’s report ratified the Tax Policy Center’s broad thesis that Romney’s 20 percent tax rate cuts could not be offset merely by unwinding deductions and credits for the wealthy — families typically defined by both parties as middle class would also have to take a hit.

Romney has trumpeted Feldstein’s study in interviews. But when pressed about the unflattering specifics, he demurred, “I haven’t seen his precise study.”

Via TPM.

FAIL: Even Paul Ryan admits Cayman Islands is where you “hide your money”

Republicans have come to the defense of Mitt Romney, but according to a video posted by Buzz Feed, Romney’s own running mate has spoken out against the idea of offshore accounts. Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce in 2010, Paul Ryan called the Cayman Islands “the place to hide your money.”

via Paul Ryan on offshore accounts: They’re the ‘place you hide your money’

Forbes richest people list suggest best job to have is to INHERIT wealth?

Gushing over the wild financial wealth of individuals, The Forbes 400: The Richest People In America In 2012 — released today online and heading to newstands nationwide—pays homage to the clichéd platitude that America is the land of opportunity for hard-working, gutsy entrepreneurs and great wealth is merely evidence of great accomplishment.

Unfortunately, according to a new report by Massachusetts-based United for a Fair Economy, the Forbes 400 does not tell the whole story of wealth in America. In fact, the authors of the report argue, the list of the country’s richest people tells the story of a nation where being born into wealth or inheriting great sums from a departed spouse are by far the most common paths to financial fortune.

Taking a close look at last year’s list of wealthiest people, the UFE discovered that roughly 40% of the individuals who appeared on the 2011 Forbes list received a “significant economic advantage in their lives by inheriting a sizeable asset from a spouse or family member.” Strikingly, more than 20% received sufficient wealth to make the list from this inheritance alone.


TUSD student stabbed today at Catalina high school

A Catalina High School student was stabbed this afternoon outside of the school’s swimming pool, officials said.

The stabbing likely occurred around 3 p.m. at the midtown school, located at 3645 E. Pima Street, said Cara Rene, a Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman.

via Catalina High 10th-grader stabbed outside school’s pool.

Miami University supports MAS-TUSD!

Miami University hosted a screening of the documentary Precious Knowledge Sept. 13, which shares the stories of four students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School in Arizona.

The documentary was filmed when House Bill 2281 (HB2281) was passed by the state of Arizona. HB2281 imposed a ban on ethnic studies classes including the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School, claiming that the classes promote anti-American ideals. Part of the purpose of the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School was to give an ‘at-risk’ group of students a chance to gain a sense of self-confidence.

The editorial board of The Miami Student believes that this cultural education program was a necessary and important part of the education and should continue to be available for students.

via Cultural education is necessary for everyone – The Miami Student.

DOJ finds Sheriff racially profiled Latinos

A Justice Department probe has found a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by illegally stopping, detaining and arresting them without probable cause with the goal of helping to deport as many as possible.

The investigation found Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson called Latinos “taco eaters” and ordered roadblocks in Latino neighborhoods where only people of color were stopped. Johnson also reportedly ordered his deputies to arrest drivers who appeared Latino for minor traffic violations, while merely giving warnings to white drivers.

The Justice Department also says Sheriff Johnson tried to obstruct its two-year investigation by falsifying records and withholding documents.

Via DemocracyNow!

Happy birthday to Banned-in-TUSD author Paulo Freire!

Happy birthday Paulo Freire (Sept. 19, 1921 – May 2, 1997), Brazilian educator, philosopher, and influential theorist of critical pedagogy. Best known for his influential work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. http://zinnedproject.org/posts/3327 Photo: Myles Horton and Paulo Freire at Highlander Center in 1987 with adult educators.

To those that still don’t believe books are banned in TUSD, remember that even Mark Stegeman tried to “unban” those books recently and failed. How can you unban something that is not banned?

Even deputy superintendent Menconi admits that there are 7 books that ARE NOT ALLOWED in the classroom, Pedagogy of the Oppressed being one of them.


2B, or not to be carrying your papers? That is the question in Arizona

A U.S. District Court judge today officially lifted an injunction against a section of Arizona’s immigration law referred to as the “show me your papers clause.”

In a simple three-paragraph ruling drafted jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice and lawyers for the state of Arizona, Judge Susan Bolton ordered that the injunction be dissolved against the Senate Bill 1070 provision. That provision, Section 2B, requires officers to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

Video leaked of Romney blasting half of Americans at fundraiser

The damning video of Mitt Romney telling a room of wealthy donors how he really feels about the freeloading 47 percent of Americans “who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” among other candid things, has been floating around online in bits and pieces for three months, but didn’t hit the big time until it was published by David Corn at Mother Jones today.


Mitt Romney is a “racist liar”

Consequently, with few exceptions, the mainstream news media runs away from calling Mitt Romney what he actually is–a willful, almost pathological, liar.

Mitt Romney is also a racist liar.

To some folks, that language is strong, frightening, and offensive. This is expected: we live in a bizarre, post racial, post Civil Rights moment, where to call a white person–especially a Conservative–a racist is a bigger sin than racism itself. The public needs to be reminded that racism is not just mean words. Racism is not defined by intent (the common “he or she didn’t mean it that way” defense). Racism is not limited to the KKK, skinheads, or signs that say “Colored Drinking Fountain,” or “No Mexicans, Negroes, or Dogs.”

Racism is also about disparate outcomes, structures, institutions, and power. The media and social scientists have invented a whole vocabulary in order to avoid talking plainly about the type of racism being exhibited by Mitt Romney’s campaign at present, the Republican Party since the 1960s, and the Tea Party GOP during the Age of Obama. We talk about dog whistles, coded signals, white racial resentment, symbolic racism, and racial affect. In our efforts to be subtle and precise, the obvious is often overlooked.

read the rest at We are respectable negroes: On That Barack the Welfare King Obama Ad: Mitt Romney is a Racist Liar. Why is the Media Afraid to Hold Him Accountable?.

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