Open Thread: Friday, July 16, 2010

Good news! The oil leak cap has so far held. Oil is not pouring out into the ocean. It is too soon to start cheering however. The new cap has to withstand the pressure.

More good news–the Fincical Reform Bill has passed Congress. Next stop, the Prez’s desk for signature.

What else is happening?

More on NAACP Condemnation of Racism

I am actually horrified at Phillip Dennis’ rhetoric, starting the the double quarter-pounder and Rosie O’Donnell and finishing with him telling Hilary Shelton his organization is simply irrelevant and an extortion group. The sad thing is, I don’t even think Phillip Dennis realizes how inappropropriate he is.

How does someone tell the oldest civil rights organization that it is no longer relevant?

Phillip Dennis just made the NAACP’s case. Case closed.

Briefs Filed by 9 States, including Virginia, Supporting Arizona’s New Law

Although not mentioned, Virginia was one of those states.

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch:

Richmond, Va. —
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli joined eight other states today in support of Arizona’s new immigration law.

The amicus brief, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, defends Arizona’s and all states’ authority to enforce federal immigration laws along with the federal government. This is particularly true because of the selective and lack of enforcement by the federal government, the brief states.

“While much of border enforcement is left to the federal government, federal law expressly allows states to arrest people who are not legally present in the United States,” Cuccinelli said in a statement.

“Arizona’s law doesn’t change any of this. That’s why we are stunned that the government has sued Arizona.”

The Arizona, set to take effect July 29, requires officers, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if there’s a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

It also makes it a crime for legal immigrants not to carry documentation of their status in the U.S.

The Obama administration has filed suit against the Arizona law, contending that federal law pre-empts the Arizona statute. It seeks an injunction against its enforcement.

How many briefs and law suits has the AG files since his inauguration? More importantly, how much has all of this cost? Those $350 filing fees are going to add up.

Unnamed Utah Group Outs Illegal Immigrants

The unnamed group is now the hunted.  It is thought to be an inside job.  Apparently someone has access to inside information. About 1,300 people’s names appear on the list. There are more than 30 pages.

This behavior belongs in the Hall of Shame. The State of Utah is doing the right thing in attempting to find and prosecute those who published these 30 pages.