Into the Breach!!!

Sorry to keep posting teasers; I'm trying to do this in between chores and errands here, and my brain's still a little scattered, smothered, covered, topped and diced from the proceedings...

Last night's immigration town hall meeting was a very, um, educational experience. It was the first right-wing sanctioned event I'd ever been to that I actually sort-of attended, rather than standing outside with a sign.

If the estimated crowd of about three hundred is a fair, representative cross-section of Henderson County, then all I can say is that Henderson County really, REALLY doesn't like brown people.

Sadly, due to "security concerns" there were prominently displayed signs near the entrance informing attendees that no audio or video equipment was allowed into the building. However, pencils and pens were not forbidden - Screwy took some copious notes, and my pocket-sized Sony MiniDisc and stealth microphone were undetectable to their security (which consisted of what seemed like half of the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, who I'm pretty sure didn't bother us because we were white), and I ended up getting the first 40 minutes or so captured (only because I didn't set the damn thing to LP2 mode. oops). You may not be able to hear Tancredo or Taylor very well during bits of this - the entire time Debra Potter and her merry band of Congressional staffers were busy throughout the entire event, running up and down the halls like hall monitors, especially keeping an eye on the row full of Hispanic men and women about twenty feet in front of us, and there were a few instances when I had to hide the microphone - but you'll certainly hear the audience's mostly positive reactions to the xenophobic rhetoric.

The buzzword of the evening seemed to be "anchor babies." (shudder)

I'm having a little trouble transferring the audio from MiniDisc to computer (my converter box's batteries ran out in the middle of the first attempt), but it will be available sometime today. In the meantime, here are a few soundclips courtesy of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

UPDATE: I finally got the audio on my laptop, but a lot of it is unusable, unfortunately. There are some choice bits here and there, but it's going to require a lot of cleanup. Stay tuned...


What the hell is an anchor baby?

Oh, you are just kidding me. Does the immorality of the Imperial Republic party never end?

Proponents of denying Anchor Babies citizenship explicitly reject Jus soli, or birthright citizenship. They insist on a strict Jus sanguinis, "right of blood", process for obtaining the rights of citizenship at birth. While both philosophies have long histories in European civilization, the United States Constitution has included implicit acceptance of Jus Soli from the beginning. (e.g. "No person except a natural-born citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;" U.S. Const. art. I, § 5, cl. 5)

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution states that:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

You want an example of an anchor baby?

Michelle Malkin.....(according to TRex and I take his word....he's famous)

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