Countdown host calls out New Mexico Gov for immigration hypocrisy

I’m a big fan of Sam Seder. Nice to see him co-hosting on Countdown.

From Raw Story:

Countdown guest host Sam Seder slammed New Mexico governor Susana Martinez’s hypocritical stance on immigration Friday evening.

Martinez has labeled illegal immigrants “terror threats” in justification for her critical immigrantion comments of demanding proof of citizenship in New Mexico. Despite that stance, the governor admitted this week that her father came to America “without documents,” allowing her to be born as a legal citizen.

His point at the end of this video was rather interesting. He points out Gov. Martinez refers to her grandparents as “arriving without documents”, though when others do it “they’re here illegally”. She is  an ‘anchor-grandbaby’, yet she won her governorship because of her stance AGAINST illegal immigration.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Gov. Martinez:

Susana was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the mid 1980s. Martínez comes from a middle class background. Her father was an amateur boxer who won three straight Golden Gloves titles in the 1950s. He was a deputy sheriff for El Paso County, Texas.

Martínez’s husband, Chuck Franco, has been a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years and served as the Doña Ana County Undersheriff. Susana has one stepson, Carlo, who serves in the United States Navy.

On September 9, 2011, Martinez, who was propelled into office primarily on her stance against illegal immigration, admitted to the public her paternal grandparents immigrated to the country illegally.

Susana graduated as one of the top students in her class at Riverside High School of El Paso, Texas in 1977. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1980 and later earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1982.

Double standards. Utter hypocrisy. I’m sick of it.

Why is the USPS on the verge of shutting down?

Thom Hartmann gives an interesting explanation.

The United States Post Office is on the verge of shutting down. According to the New York Times – the Post Office is quickly running out of cash and may be forced to shut down this winter. While the media story line is that the Post Office is dealing with the problem of trying to remain profitable in a world of decreasing paper mail – the real cause is actually something much, much different. Consider that this year – like every year since 2006 – the Post Office is legally required to make a $5 billion annual contribution to a retirement account to pay for future retirees who aren’t even born yet. For more on this Thom Hartmann is joined by Chuck Zlatkin – Legislative and Political Director of the New York Metro Area Postal Union.

This is just another rung on the ladder to gut and then ‘privatize’ everything in this country. Thom talked about this on his radio show a couple of days ago. Congress voted to do this (under GW Bush five years ago). This legislation was passed by a voice vote with no record of how anyone voted. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA11). It was H.R.6407 [109th]: Postal Accountability And Enhancement Act. When I listened to Thom Hartmann on his radio show discussing this a couple of days ago, he mentioned this piece of that legislation was slipped in during the dead of night—”the poison pill”—the piece that would kill the USPS.

There is a solution in Congress right now (HR1351), but it is likely to meet great resistance beings the Republicans want to knock out out the USPS, the unionized workers, and privatize it. Choke, destroy, dismantle, privatize. It’s once again the “Shock Doctrine“.

Thom urges everyone at the end of this video to contact their Congressman or Congresswoman and urge them to vote in favor of HR 1351: United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011.

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Schemes..

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The Watering Hole: September 10, 2001 – What Were You Doing?

I will give you a hint, 09/10/2001 was a Monday. The sure thing was that I was hauling in the trash cans like I do every Monday. Beyond that I can not bring anything else to mind.

The Human Mind


I remember September 11 vividly. Strange how ones mind sets its own priorities.

This is our Open Thread. What pops up in your memory of the day before?