Browsing all posts from March, 2009.

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music for the national rummage sale

SOME FOLKS INHERIT STAR-SPANGLED EYES. Ooh, they send you down to war. And when you ask them, how much should we give? Ooh, they only answer more! more! more!

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Obama’s Hard Line on Immigration

In the modern world, borders do not separate families, nor commerce, nor soldiers, nor bank accounts and their owners. And NAFTA has allowed Mexico's corn crop to be so devalued that Mexico—the land where the plant was born roughly 5,000 years ago—now imports corn, forcing streams of campesinos to migrate north...where we lock them up.

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Curious Inversions of Perception

"WHEN WE SHIFT OUR ATTENTION from ’save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work."

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President Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Immigration Reform

PRESIDENT OBAMA declares at a town hall meeting that it is in all our interests that the heads of Lou Dobbs', Tom Tancredo, Bill O'Reilly explode in a salsa-fantastic burst of incoherence. Which will happen as soon as they watch this video.

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Weekly Immigration Wire: ‘Systematic Failures’ in U.S. Detention Healthcare

THIS WEEK, two comprehensive reports on the health of immigrant detainees were released by Human Rights Watch and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center. let there be no doubt that in the custody of ICE, immigrants are, literally, "dying for decent care."

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Happy St. Patricks Day! ¡Que Vivan Los San Patricios!

THIS IS NOT the first time in history that those with power looking only toward their own profit margin have unwittingly led their hand to disastrous effects on larger populations' basic ability to live.

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Thursday Renewal Music

way before i was a blogger i was a mixer upper compactor rearranger augmenter redactor fusing the world's stories into my own rewrit chapters

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Congress Signals Change for Immigration Policies

THERE ARE NO VOICES, YET, advising us on why we should be content in 2009 to watch complex issues of society be reduced to issues of force and more and more of our society handed over to military control. While Congress signals change (perhaps) in some areas of our approach to immigration, in other areas we seem poised to repeat old mistakes.

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Nancy Pelosi Speaks Out Against ICE Raids

NANCY PELOSI made statements in San Francisco's mission district on Saturday that seem to signal a new direction on immigration issues. While advocates for reform have been on pins and needles wondering when the Obama administration would make a move to show that his administration will undertake this, this may be the first clear signal that they will.

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Obama Administration Absent on Immigration

THOUGH WORKING TO CLOSE Guantánamo, peppering his speech with talk of law and order, and restoring US image to the world abroad, Obama still risks muddying up his accomplishments with a blatant hypocrisy: we cannot lead the way on liberty or justice when investing in detention systems from Arizona to Iraq.

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Government Accountability Office: ICE are Agents of Chaos and Confusion

GAO REPORT ON ICE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has not clearly articulated the objectives of the 287(g) program or the guidelines that participating police departments must follow, thereby creating confusion and mismanagement. Furthermore, ICE has not demonstrated effective oversight of the 67 partnership agreements and 950 officers who have been trained, potentially resulting in "misuse of authority."