Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

Arizona racists lie about ‘crime’

Arizona Governor speaks after meeting Obama at ...

Arizona Governor speaks after meeting Obama at ...

Reuters photos

The Borg Queen goes to Washington: In a political stunt meant to help her chances in November with Arizona’s racists and white supremacists, Arizona’s Borg Queen governor, Jan Brewer, visited with President Barack Obama today at the White House to discuss Arizona’s “problem” with undocumented immigrants (a.k.a. “illegals”). Brewer wants a fence between Arizona and Mexico, but I like editorial cartoonist Tom Toles’ idea for a fence a lot better:

c_06012010a.gif

For every dollar that Arizona puts into the federal government, Arizona gets back significantly more from the federal government than does my state of California. We Californians see less than 80 cents of each dollar that we put into the fed returned to us, whereas Arizonans get back about $1.20 for every buck that they contribute.

And for all of Arizona’s whining, you’d think that only Arizona had any “illegals,” yet Arizona has only 4 percent of the nation’s undocumented immigrants. Four fucking percent.

California? Um, we have 25 percent of the nation’s undocumented immigrants. One-fucking-fourth. That’s more than any other state. (Texas is at No. 2, with 14 percent.)

Yet we Californians haven’t felt the need to pass a racist, white supremacist law such as Arizona’s. (Shit, even Texas hasn’t.)

The difference between California and Arizona?

California isn’t chock full of racists and white supremacists, for one.

California is a blue state, where diversity is valued, not shit and pissed upon, and most of California’s politicians on the statewide ballot couldn’t get away with using racism and white supremacism in order to try to win votes, the way that Arizona’s white politicians are doing now.

Repugnican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who wasn’t elected but who became governor after Democrat Janet Napolitano went from being Arizona’s elected governor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last year, wants to keep her post in the gubernatorial election in November, and clearly she believes that racism and white supremacism are key to her win.

Ditto for Repugnicans John McCainosaurus and “tea party” dipshit J.D. Hayworth, who are trying to out-KKK each other in the Repugnican Party’s primary election in August for the U.S. Senate seat now held by McCainosaurus.

As far as the horrible crime that undocumented immigrants supposedly commit in Arizona, according to the Repugnicans, is concerned, The Associated Press notes today:

While lawmakers and border-state governors say more federal troops are needed to fight rising violence in their states, government data obtained by The Associated Press show it actually isn’t so dangerous down there after all.

The top four big U.S. cities with the lowest violent crime rates — San Diego, Phoenix, El Paso and Austin — are in border states, according to a new FBI report. And an internal Customs and Border Protection report shows its agents face far less danger than street cops in most U.S. cities.

Brewer said in a televised interview last weekend: “We are out here on the battlefield getting the impact of all this illegal immigration, and all the crime that comes with it.”

But FBI crime reports for 2009 say violent crime in Arizona declined. And violent crimes in Southwest border counties are among the lowest in the nation per capita — they’ve dropped by more than 30 percent in the last two decades.

You can’t just say that you hate brown-skinned people, so you have to lie that they are committing out-of-control crime.

Even if one argues (incorrectly) that racism and white supremacism aren’t behind white Arizonans’ attacks on brown-skinned undocumented immigrants, then it’s inarguable that the white-skinned, fucktarded losers in Arizona just can’t hack it, then.

They get more significantly more money from the federal government, per capita, than does my state of California (the nation’s most populous state), so what in the fuck are they doing with it? And why can’t they handle their measly 4 percent of the nation’s undocumented immigrants when California is handling its 25 percent of the nation’s undocumented immigrants?

Um, yeah.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Obama can’t win

c_06022010.gif 

There is plenty about President Barack Obama not to like, but, like him or dislike him, it’s a fucking fact that with the right wing the man just can’t win.

Lately I’ve seen rather strange news stories about how the White House has been emphatic that Obama has been sufficiently angry! about British Petroleum’s devasation of the Gulf of Mexico.

Reports French news agency AFP today:

Washington – President Barack Obama insisted [today] he was “furious” about the U.S. oil [leak] disaster but that “yelling” would be pointless, as aides rejected claims he had shown insufficient emotion over the crisis….

In a new attempt to demonstrate its engagement, the White House said Obama would make his third trip to the Gulf of Mexico coast [tomorrow], and he appeared on CNN talk show “Larry King Live” to discuss the catastrophe.

“I would love to just spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people, but that is not what I was hired to do — my job is to solve this problem,” Obama said.

“I am furious at this entire situation. This is something where somebody didn’t think through the consequences of their actions,” he added.

Obama has been besieged on multiple fronts, and is dealing with the Gulf crisis, the Gaza flotilla raid and North Korea’s belligerence, not to mention the slowly recovering economy.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs hit back at a growing media frenzy, along the lines that the president should simply “do something” to stop a gushing undersea well clogging the Gulf with a thick slick of oil.

“If jumping up and down and screaming would fix a hole in the ocean, we’d have done that five or six weeks ago,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs has been peppered with questions in recent days over whether Obama, known for a cool, intellectual demeanor, is doing enough to convey anger and dismay over the disaster.

Some normally sympathetic commentators have also been tearing into him, frustrated at his “no-drama” persona….

Gibbs argued Obama would gain nothing by going on television and throwing a tantrum.

“Pounding on a podium isn’t going to fix a hole in the ocean,” he said….

My main criticism of Obama’s handling of BP’s disaster is that he seemed to have trusted BP’s apparent lies that it had everything under control — and/or Obama seemed to be too intimidated by the mega-corporation to take control of the situation sooner, and if so, that’s a dangerous situation for a nation that calls itself a democracy.

Last on my list of criticisms would be that Obama hasn’t displayed enough anger, and I have no doubt that if he had done that, the very same assholes who now are saying now that he hasn’t been emotional enough would accuse him of being overly emotional and too unstable for a U.S. president.

And it would be a huge mistake to put the blame on Obama when the blame rests squarely on BP, Big Oil and the Repugnican Party, which has been aiding and abetting Big Oil at least since George W. Bush stole the White House in late 2000 and then launched his illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust war on Iraq in March 2003 in order to open its sovereign oil fields to Big Oil and to provide Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton with war profits.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized