2011 Immigrants’ List Hall Of Shame Announced

Immigrants’ List just announced its 2011 Hall Of Shame and no one from Kentucky made the list!


Here it is, anyway:

Hall of Shame – April 2011 Inductees

1. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — A man who cites the Bible in his opposition to immigration reform, King favors an electrified wire border fence, arguing “we do that with livestock all the time.” King believes that undocumented immigrants can be detected from their clothing and “the type of grooming they might have,” and labeled the DREAM Act “amnesty.” Alarmingly, King vice chairs the House Immigration Subcommittee – the first stop for every immigration bill.

2. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) — According to Lamar Smith, the guaranteed 14th Amendment right to birthright citizenship is a “misinterpretation,” which Smith plans to remedy with a ban on that right that can “get five votes” on the Supreme Court. Such a posture would be troubling enough from any member of Congress, but coming from the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, it’s downright dangerous.

Peep the other eight inductees after the jump…

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Gatewood’s About To Steal Tons Of Beshear Votes

Should the State House and State Senate forget about their approaches to immigration and take a new path? Of course they should. Father Pat knows they should. He also knows they won’t and knows what a farce it is that they’re just cold focused on executing people. [Ryan Alessi]

Ralph Long is gonna manage the campaign of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley. That has to sting for Steve Beshear and the good old boy Democrats in Frankfort. Lots of Democratic votes will roll Gatewood’s way in the general, for sure. Lots. [Bluegrass Politics & Ralph Long]

A federal investigation couldn’t find a single homeowner wrongfully foreclosed upon. Our heads are about to spin. [HuffPo]

Portraits Of The Poor: Dignity In Times Of Despair. This is right up our alley. Maybe it’s right up yours. [NPR]

Ben Chandler is co-sponsoring oil price gouging legislation. Seems a little too common sense for him. What gives? [WLEX18]

If you missed it earlier today, Jonathan Miller quit his job in state government. [Page One]

A former Kentucky teacher who was fired for her past in pornographic films has been fired in St. Louis. For the same thing. Who cares? Jesus H. [H-L]

The AARP is suing the United States over effects of reverse mortgages. Guess Fred Thompson’s career as a reverse mortgage spokeshack is gonna be short-lived. [NY Times]

Three Kentuckians are prominently involved in the Yale Environmental Film Festival. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A study says melting ice sheets are now the largest contributor to rising sea levels. But global warming isn’t happening, right? Just a hoax. [HuffPo]

Remember the attempted MLK bombing in Spokane? The nutbag arrested for it yesterday apparently left a trail of hate on the internet. [TPM]

Republicans love free speech when it comes to pocketing millions in campaign cash but they hate it when it comes to the internet and free flow of information. [Engadget]

Rand Really Is Flip-Flopping On The Fence

You know how Rand Paul is telling about 8,000 different stories about using an underground electric fence for immigration control?

See what he said on his own website on May 5, 2010:

Millions of illegals crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s security. I will work to secure our borders immediately. Congress and the federal government have clearly failed at this mission. It is intellectually dishonest to want to fight terrorism, and then not do the most basic things like securing the border.

Right now, our nation is at risk. We must get serious about our border security, and I have a concrete plan to do so: My plan includes an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border. I would include satellite and increased aerial surveillance, and a boost of funds and training to the border agents. Finally, instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I would advocate for more strategic location and construction of some of these bases to protect our border.

What was that, again, Rand, about not saying it on video and not saying it on your campaign website? (Don’t worry – I archived the screenshot in case you decide to go scrubbing again.)

Rand Paul Wants Underground Border Fence

Haha, so, funny story…

Rand Paul says we should build an underground electric border fence to keep the Mexicans out.

Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul wants to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a rather ho-hum proposition in the larger context of conservative ideas — except that Paul wants that fence to be electric and he wants it built underground.


“I have not heard that,” the Texas Republican said. “Underground? What would happen? How would that work?”

That’s actually a good question and one that Paul’s campaign won’t answer. His website says only the following: “My plans include an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border.” The details of how it would be built, what it would take to make it work and how much it would cost are left unanswered.

Moreover, aides to the Kentucky Republican have refused repeated attempts to explain the idea to the Huffington Post. On June 14, Paul’s former spokesman and current campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said he would call the following day to provide further details. He never did.

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Isn’t it interesting that Rand opposes a physical border fence because it reminds him of the Berlin Wall? Disagreeing with nearly all conservatives, believing their solution is similar to the Soviet Union’s solution.

McConnell Has Agreed To Take Part In Teabagging

Remember when Rachel Maddow schooled this Cohen guy? CNN felt the need to treat him as an expert in “curing” gays. [Michael Jensen]

What the teabaggers are really trying to say… [Natalie Dee]

David Williams is sending a message of corruption and cronyism to the taxpayers. Thank goodness the Herald-Leader’s editorial board understands that mess with Bill Nighbert. [H-L]

Let’s stop acting like professional journalists don’t have a personal bias on occasion. [The Atlantic]

Remember Aramark’s private prison contract Crit Luallen is auditing? Check out this article about prison privatization. [Epoch Times]

Forgive me when I say I do not believe that anyone in Frankfort wants to meet anywhere in the middle on anything. Let alone House Democrats meeting in the middle of some sort of budget non-negotiation. Every House Dem I speak with has absolutely no idea what’s going on. So, no, I don’t believe anything the Stumbo-Clark Crew is releasing to the press. [Ryan Alessi]

Really? Cutting spending on vote-buying projects? Give us comprehensive tax reform or just stay home. [Stephenie Steitzer & Tom Loftus]

Immigrants List released its 2010 U.S. Senate scorecard. Naturally, both Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell sucked. [Click the Clicky]

Why were Jim Newberry’s manties in a twist after a visit to Terry McBrayer’s office this afternoon? [Barefoot & Progressive]

Mitch McConnell says he will love teabagging in the general election. [Amanda Van Benschoten]

Thursday Afternoon Senate Stuff & Some Funnies

To the individual who mailed a letter to our Post Office Box on April 2nd: Thanks. If you have more information, please pass it along. Feel free to email it anonymously.

How BOUT them apples? The death of PeenerPointe’s key financier raises major questions about the never-going-to-happen development. Imagine that. Jim Newberry is currently buying stock in wet wipes for those moments where he takes a gamble and loses, if you know what I mean. Sharts of fear all around the Newberry Kingdom today. [H-L]

What do Glenn Beck, Karl Rove and Daniel Mongiardo have in common? Smearing Democrats. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Vice President Joe Biden today announced that Kentucky will receive $37,585,386 in stimulus funds to help care for children and prevent disease. The funds will also benefit child care and vaccination programs. $2,686,741 of those funds are in the form of vaccines and grants available to help the under-served receive necessary vaccinations. [Child Care Programs & Vaccine Programs]

Jack Conway announced his campaign for the United States Senate late this morning. Check out his announcement video and throw money at his campaign. [Page One]

Kentucky media coverage of the Conway announcement. [WLKY, WKYT, Bluegrass Politics, Joe Gerth, Barefoot & Progressive]

Crazed North Texas Republican Rep. Betty Brown said during House testimony on voter identification legislation that those of Asian descent should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.” How fancy is that shiz? [Houston Chronicle]

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Oh Snap Tuesday – Because We Had A Holiday

Haha, so, Kentucky Democrats are afraid of Barack Obama and don’t want him to come to the Bluegrass. David Boswell is a total loser. Leave it to the state party to support that nutbag. Heather Ryan came off sounding more intelligent than the rest of the bunch. [H-L]

John McCain attacked Barack Obama by comparing him to Britney Spears. So it should be noted that while he was busy with that mess, his crew was haphazardly throwing together a ticket with Sarah Palin to bring some Jamie Lynn action to the ticket. [Observation]

Speaking of Spears, get a load of Perez Hilton’s handling of the Palin story. Mean, gutter-level, sickening and terrible. We admit we laughed a little. And Dlisted is even worse. So awful. Hahahahaha. [Perez Hilton, Dlisted]

Mitch McConnell needs this convention like woah. So he’s going to take full advantage of it. [National Journal]

What was that about the RNC not being politicized so as not to appear insensitive to the hurricane evacuees? Yeah, so, Orrin Hatch yammered on about how great and wonderful Jim Bunning is. How he’ll run for senate again in 2010 and lose to any Democrat, no matter what. [Trey Pollard]

From the Department of Did You Know? Did you know that the surge in Iraq totally worked and that everything is peachy and perfect? The war is so over!  Mission accomplished! True story! We heard it from some Republicans who live in McMansions in the east end of Louisville. [EITB]

Everyone– including Trey Grayson– is spinning for Sarah Palin. Did you know she is the new Jesus of energy and lower gas prices? She is also the future of the Republican Party with her faux right-wing moralism and pregnant 17-year-old daughter. [Mark Hebert]

HAHAHA! Even the Wall Street Journal is bringing up the Britney Spears ad. Even we are beginning to feel embarrassed for John McCain. [WSJ]

A story of student reaction to the Robert Felner scandal in UofL’s student paper is less than impressive. We’d expect the paper to go hog wild with the juicy details. [Louisville Cardinal]

Oh, and John David Dyche? It’s not a “lie” that Mitch McConnell got rich from public service. That’s something we call a “truth” in the reality-based community, which you are apparently not a part of. But you’re loosely correct about what Bruce Lunsford should be doing at the moment. [C-J]

According to Marty Cothran, chief homo-hating bigot of Lexington, Sarah Palin’s underage daughter’s pregnancy has no relevance. Guess that’s why it’s a part of every single newscase on earth and is on the front page of every paper the world over.  Oh, and Marty, that “evidence” is provided in several stories I linked to. Read the site before providing your inane commentary that people only read because I link to it. [Mind-blowing Ignorance]