The United States Supreme Court struck-down key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, siding with the Federal government in its contention that it has jurisdiction on immigration issues. Some parts of the law the Court invalidated include:
- Authorizing police to arrest immigrants without warrant where “probable cause” exists that they committed any public offense making them removable from the country.
- Making it a state crime for “unauthorized immigrants” to fail to carry registration papers and other government identification.
- Forbidding those not authorized for employment in the United States to apply, solicit or perform work. That would include immigrants standing in a parking lot who “gesture or nod” their willingness to be employed.
However, the Court let stand the most controversial part of the law, allowing police to check a person’s immigration status when enforcing other laws. Though the Court did leave open the possibility this provision can be re-visited in the future on different grounds.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who championed the draconian law, claimed the Court decision was a “victory” because apparenly in Arizona having your ass handed to you by the highest court in the land is somehow “winning”.
It takes real guts to heckle the President of the United States, particularly if you are a member of Congress, and especially if the President is addressing Congress at the time. Fortunately for the proud people of South Carolina, Representative Joe Wilson has the guts. Lots of ’em, hanging-out all over his belt buckle, and probably seething with the kind of stomach acid even grits won’t soak up.
Wilson shouted “You lying negro commie socialist wetback lover!” (or words to that effect) at one point during President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night, when Obama assured the Congress and the nation that his new Health Care plan would not cover illegal aliens. Later in the speech, Obama called for civility in the health care debate, at which point Wilson vomited down the front of his shirt.
Undeterred, Obama went on to summon the ghost of the late Ted Kennedy. Kennedy duly appeared, floating in the air above the audience and, giggling, peed on Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel. Several in the audience said the tubby spectre seemed to be intoxicated.
After the speech, Wilson called the White House to apologize, saying “I’m sorry you’re a lying negro commie socialist wetback lover – really, I am.” There was no report on if the apology was accepted.