AZ’s Appeal Delayed Until After Elections

From a relieved Associated Press:

Ariz. governor considers changing immigration law

By Paul Davenport And Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press Writers Sat Jul 31, 2010

PHOENIX – A federal appeals court has decided not to step into the controversy over Arizona’s tough immigration law until November, leaving state officials to consider other steps they might take in the meantime.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the law and appealed a ruling blocking its most controversial sections, said Friday she would consider changes to "tweak" the law to respond to the parts U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton faulted.

"Basically we believe (the law) is constitutional but she obviously pointed out faults that can possibly be fixed, and that’s what we would do," Brewer told The Associated Press.



AP: Arpaio Sweeps Only Net 10% Illegals

From an outraged Associated Press:

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies, left, check the shoes of a suspect arrested during a crime suppression sweep in Phoenix on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

64 arrested in Arizona crime, immigration sweep

July 31, 2010

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says 64 people have been arrested so far in a two-day crime and immigration sweep and six of them are illegal immigrants.

So it’s clear that these ‘sweeps’ are not targeting illegal aliens, since illegal aliens comprise less than ten percent of those arrested.

Sheriff’s officials say 19 of the arrests were made Friday with three people suspected of being illegal immigrants.

Which is to say, illegals represent only three percent of those arrested on Friday.

Many of those arrested were stopped for traffic violations and were found to be in the country illegally after they couldn’t produce driver’s licenses or other identification.



Obama Leans On Rangel To Make A Deal

From an approving Reuters:

Obama hopes Rep. Rangel can leave "with dignity"

Sat Jul 31, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called ethics charges against Representative Charles Rangel "very troubling" on Friday and said he hoped the lawmaker could end his career "with dignity."

Democrats have urged the New York lawmaker, one of the most senior members of Congress and its former chief tax writer, to settle the charges to avoid a trial they fear could hurt them in congressional elections in November.

Obama’s comments may be seen as indirect encouragement for Rangel to cut a deal or step down for the good of the Democratic Party. If he resigned, that would effectively end the congressional investigation. 

"I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served his constituents very well, but these allegations are very troubling," Obama said in an interview with CBS television.



Maxine Waters Is Hit With Ethics Charges

From a dejected New York Times:

Ethics Trial Expected for California Congresswoman


July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, will face charges of misusing her office and is expected to contest the claims in a House trial, the second powerful House Democrat to opt for such a public airing in recent days, Congressional officials said Friday.

A House ethics subcommittee has charged Ms. Waters, 71, a 10-term congresswoman, in a case involving communications that she had with the top executive of a bank that her husband owned stock in while it was applying for a federal bailout in 2008, two House officials said.

Translation from spin-speak to English: Ms. Waters got caught helping her husband’s bank get bailout money it wasn’t qualified to receive.



DA: No Sex Abuses Charges For Al Gore

From a relieved Associated Press:

Ore. district attorney says no Gore prosecution


July 30, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. — Former Vice President Al Gore was cleared Friday of allegations he groped and assaulted a masseuse in a luxury Portland hotel room in 2006, closing a case that could have tarnished the Nobel prize winner’s reputation.

After a four-week investigation that included interviews with Gore, masseuse Molly Hagerty, her acquaintances and hotel staff, as well as testing a pair of stained pants belonging to Hagerty, Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk said Friday there was no basis for prosecution.

In a memo to Schrunk released with the decision, Senior Deputy District Attorney Don Rees cited "contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence and denials by Mr.



GOP Ask About Backdoor Amnesty Memo

From Fox News:

GOP Lawmakers Want Explanation of Draft Memo on Amnesty for Thousands

A group of Republican senators have written top immigration officials in the Obama administration asking them to reveal whether large-scale plans are under way to provide a so-called non-legislative version of amnesty.

The lawmakers cite an 11-page draft document written by staff to the director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service that says they are reviewing several executive orders and other mechanisms that effectively would serve as a substitute for comprehensive immigration reforms.

You can read the full memo here (courtesy of National Review), and thereby eliminate any risk of taking things out of context. Oddly enough, it has yet to be posted on WikiLeaks.

The objective would be to promote “family unity, foster economic growth … and reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization."

Among the suggestions, the document offers proposals for rewriting legal opinions to allow unaccompanied minors, victims of human trafficking or extreme hardship and others who’ve overstayed their visas to remain in the U.S.



2nd Quarter GDP Growth Was Only 2.4%

From a new stimulus pushing Associated Press:

Recovery loses speed as consumers turn cautious

By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON – The recovery lost momentum in the spring as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment.

Consumers spent less, companies slowed their restocking of shelves and the nation’s trade deficit dragged more on the economy in the April-to-June quarter.

Damn those consumers. Damn them all to hell. Why won’t they go out and spend when their media masters tell them to?

In a separate report, the Commerce Department said the recession was deeper than previously estimated.

Soon we will be told that Mr.



AP Stressing ‘Body Count’ In Afghan War

From the media activists at the Associated Press:

Firefighters extinguish a burning SUV in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 30, 2010.

July is deadliest month of Afghan war for US

By Robert H. Reid, Associated Press Writer

July 30, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and surpassing the previous month’s record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war.

Notice that now the war in Iraq has been dialed down the AP is turning all of its propagandistic tools towards ending the "9-year-old-war" in Afghanistan. Suddenly we are getting a relentless stream about the corruption of the (democratically elected) government there, and practically daily body counts.



AP: GOP Gets Its Wish With Rangel Trial

From the Democrat Party’s shameless lickspittle stooges at the Associated Press:

GOP gets wish: Rangel case in campaign season

By Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writer

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON – Republicans wanted an election-season ethics case against Democratic powerhouse Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. And now, it looks like they have one.

A House ethics panel of four Democrats and four Republicans, who will determine Rangel’s guilt or innocence on 13 ethics charges, held its organizational meeting Thursday. The message going forward, from the top Republican on the panel, was: Let the trial begin

Republicans have already been making Rangel a campaign issue, and a fall trial would give them expanded opportunities. It can’t start until September, because Congress takes off in August.



AP: Arpaio Hasn’t Stopped, Despite Ruling

From a foot stomping mad Associated Press:

Arizona sheriff not relenting after court ruling

By Jacques Billeaud And Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writer

July 30, 2010

PHOENIX – Lost in the hoopla over Arizona’s immigration law is the fact that state and local authorities for years have been doing their own aggressive crackdowns in the busiest illegal gateway into the country. Nowhere in the U.S. is local enforcement more present than in metropolitan Phoenix,

If this is even true, which we doubt, isn’t a large local police presence usually considered to be a good thing? After all, Phoenix is one of the ten most dangerous cities in America.

And perhaps this police presence is what has caused Phoenix’s violent crime rate — murder, rape, assault and robbery — to fall by a third during the past decade and by 17% in just last year.



SEIU Ad Compares AZ Law To Berlin Wall

From the execrable thugs at the Service Employees International Union:

VIDEO: If Republicans Had Their Way on SB1070…

By Kate Thomas

July 29, 2010

Despite the good news of yesterday’s ruling temporarily blocking key parts of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law SB1070, this fight is far from over.

Over the past few months, the so-called immigration ‘solutions’ that extreme GOP politicians have suggested include micro-chipping illegal immigrants, ending birthright citizenship and using their ‘sixth sense’ to spot illegal immigrants by the clothes and shoes they wear. Oh, and did we mention militarizing the border with landmines and shutting off utilities?

We think you’ll get the picture once you watch this video, featuring an anti-immigration All-Star cast that includes Fearmonger of The Year Glenn Beck, Arizona Gov.



AP Crows: Sherrod Plans To Sue Breitbart

From those champions of a free press at the Associated Press:

Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger

By Jesse Washington, AP National Writer – Thu Jul 29, 2010

SAN DIEGO – Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted a video edited in a way that made her appear racist…

Gee, we didn’t see this coming. Except that Ms. Sherrod has gotten to where she is today by way of lawsuits.

Speaking Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Sherrod said she would definitely sue over the video that took her remarks out of context. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has since offered Sherrod a new job in the department. She has not decided whether to accept

As we have previously noted, her attorneys must decide how much taking the job will undermine her case.



Behar: Fox News Hijacking The Narrative

From ABC’s henfest of harridan haters, ‘The View,’ via YouTube:

President Obama On ‘The View’

(Starting at about 6 minutes into the clip.)

BEHAR: Can I follow up on something?

OBAMA: Yeah.

BEHAR: I mean, because you’ve really done a lot I think. I mean, you’ve signed two hundred plus laws into being, since you’re in office.

Note that Ms. Behar considers this to be a good thing.

You have… financial reform has taken place, you’ve got a health care, I mean, you’ve put two women on the Supreme Court [sic], I could go on and on.

Most of these things listed are remarkably unpopular with Americans as a whole.

And yet the right wing, through Fox News, they seem to be hijacking the narrative.



Obama’s Jobless Woman Has Criminal Past

From from the Charlotte, WV CBS affiliate, WCAV CBS-19:

Local Woman Convicted of Drug Fraud Joins Obama at the Podium

President Barack Obama posed with a Charlottesville woman at a White House event on July 19. What we didn’t know – and what the White House may not have known – is that court records show she’s been found guilty of prescription drug fraud.

Jul 28, 2010

Charlottesville resident Leslie Macko was once employed at ACAC in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center. In April 2009, she lost her job as an aesthetician in the spa at ACAC.

President Barack Obama called on Congress last week to extend unemployment insurance. Macko stood next to the President of the United States as his example of the need to extend jobless benefits.



Manning Tied To Afghan WikiLeaks Data

From the Wall Street Journal:

Evidence Ties Manning to Afghan Leaks


July 29, 2010

WASHINGTON—Investigators have found concrete evidence linking Pfc. Bradley Manning with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a defense official said.

A search of the computers used by Pfc. Manning yielded evidence he had downloaded the Afghanistan war logs, which span from 2004 until 2009, the official said. It’s not clear precisely what that evidence is.

The investigation is also looking at who might have helped Pfc. Manning provide the documents to WikiLeaks, a web-based group that earlier this week released 76,000 secret reports from Afghanistan.

Because of the focus on civilians who helped Pfc. Manning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have been brought into aid the investigation lead by the Army Criminal Investigation Command




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