Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Great Moments in Awful Legislation

Take it away, Arizona:

USA Today is reporting that the state of Arizona will need the federal government's help in order to enforce its newly passed and very controversial immigration law. According to the paper, "Lyle Mann, executive director of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, says federal assistance is 'critical' to what he describes as an unprecedented effort to prepare officers as soon as this summer to enforce the law, which gives local police authority to identify and arrest illegal immigrants."

Just think about that for a second: Arizona passed a law that it knew the current administration hated while all along knowing that said law cannot be meaningfully enforced without the cooperation of that same administration. Bonkers, right? Kind of like asking your intended victim for the bat you need to beat him up.

No wonder this bill, which was written by a birther, is getting the cold shoulder from the Bush Crew. (Though this isn't all that unexpected. Bush was always rather receptive to immigration reform, or at least cold to the kind of nativist nonsense that is now law in Arizona.)


Seaside Stewie said...

Lulz baby <3

On YOU being a Tool looks good.
Wonkette, never.
(yep, U R a piece o' work XDDDD)

CJ said...

Again- I'm off topic. But have you seen this?

"The Goldman Sachs executives testifying before a Senate... have dawdled, dodged and diverted their way through a hearing on Goldman's role in the financial crisis.

They asked for questions to be rephrased and clarified. They squinted and paged through thick notebooks, "searching" for emails printouts they were being asked about. They often appeared confused, bewildered..."

"I cannot help but get the feeling that a strategy of the witnesses is to try to burn through the time of each questioner," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

Check out this quote from K. Lee Blalack II -- hired by Goldman to prep its execs for today's hearing -- in a 2009 article in The American Lawyer (.pdf).

Blalack says a well-trained witness can minimize exposure by simply running out the clock: "Long, thoughtful pauses followed by rambling nonresponsive answers can easily devour half of a member's allotted questioning time."

Well, they can't exactly give the Senate committee the finger, can they?