This Week’s GOP Primary Voters Think Obama’s Muslim

By: Monday March 12, 2012 6:30 pm

Most of you know I could give two hoots about anybody’s religion, including the lack of my own. Whatever belief system you choose, I’m cool — as long as your belief system impinges not one iota on me.

Like, ever.

So a diary from me about religion might seem out of context, except this isn’t really about religion. It’s about ignorance. America the Stupid. People who just won’t pay attention to the facts. People whose votes are soon to be billed as Very Important.

 

What Century Would Alabama and Mississippi Republicans Like to Go Back To?

By: Monday March 12, 2012 2:00 pm

NC’s the home of the very successful — and accurate when it comes to gauging the South — polling outlets, Public Policy Polling. PPP took a peek at some cultural political attitudes in Alabama and Mississippi — those states hold their primaries tomorrow, and it is a real eye-opener. This is mindset of the average GOP primary voter — it’s a frightening trip in the DeLorean.

Mississippi and Alabama Remain Very Tight

By: Monday March 12, 2012 8:30 am

It looks like it could be a late night tomorrow with Republican primaries taking place in Mississippi, Alabama, and Hawaii. The latest polling from PPP shows both Mississippi and Alabama extremely close. In Mississippi Newt Gingrich leads Mitt Romney by only two points; in Alabama it is nearly a three way tie with Gingrich, Romney and Santorum separated by just two points.

Alabama Backs Down on Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound, but Anti-Abortion Laws Elsewhere Persist

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 10:00 am

The Republican Party has decided to run on a platform of sticking a speculum inside of women, but every time people find out about it, the GOP backs off. In Virginia, the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill was changed to a trans-abdominal ultrasound. The State Senate passed over a chance to vote on that bill yesterday, but may take it up today. In Alabama, the outrage over a trans-vaginal ultrasound bill didn’t even last 24 hours before the bill sponsor agreed to changes.

Wave of Ultrasound Bills About Humiliating Abortion Seekers

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 7:01 am

And now for something I didn’t think in January I would have reason to update: the abortion bills across the country which mandate that the women receive an ultrasound before getting the legal medical procedure. Virginia gave up, for now, forcing transvaginal ultrasounds, but continued with still medically unnecessary and invasive procedures designed to shame and humiliate women. And many other states are doing the same.

Chris Weitz-Directed Shorts Detail Alabama Immigration Law

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 1:15 pm

Oscar-nominated writer-director Chris Weitz is known for making popular fare like American Pie, About a Boy and Twilight: New Moon. But last year he made the independent feature A Better Life, which chronicles an undocumented gardener in East LA. Now he’s turned his talents on four short films about the inhumane anti-immigrant law in Alabama.

With Anti-Immigrant Law, Alabama Is Again Ground Zero for Civil Rights

By: Sunday December 18, 2011 6:20 pm

It’s not often that human rights and business profits line up on the same side of a political debate, but Alabama is a special place. The Cotton State was not only ground zero for some of the worst abuses under Jim Crow; it was also the flashpoint for early struggles that fused economic empowerment with civil rights, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Today, Alabama is once again a focal point for racial and class struggles, ignited by an anti-immigrant law that tests our definitions of economic citizenship in a world of fluid borders.

Alabama Governor Acknowledges Need to Change Harsh Immigration Law

By: Saturday December 10, 2011 12:10 pm

In the couple months since Alabama passed HB 56, among the harshest immigration laws in the nation, they have: a) seen crops rot in the fields because farmers cannot find workers to pick the fruits and vegetables, which has cost the state potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue; b) threatened the water service of potential undocumented immigrants; c) forced charities to seek citizenship papers from their recipients, even though that provision and others have been blocked by multiple courts; d) witnessed frustrated employers speak out about the loss of legal Hispanic workers, who have left the state in droves; e) led to 15% of Hispanic students being afraid to attend school; f) arrested top executives of two automakers, Mercedes-Benz and Honda, who were in the state overseeing their plants there.

Chaos, Fear Grips Alabama after Immigration Law

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 5:18 pm

What’s happening in Alabama after the implementation of their Arizona-style immigration law has been described to me by people on the ground as heartbreaking. Children have been held out of school, families are picking up and leaving, produce is rotting in the fields, because of fear for deportation by productive workers and, in some cases, legal immigrants who happen to be Hispanic. Yesterday, immigrants participated in a one-day boycott to protest the new law.

In One Alabama Town, Water Service Threatened Without Immigration Papers

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 11:20 am

Alabama’s immigration law, which is as punitive as Arizona’s SB1070 and which has been partially validated by a conservative federal judge, has already generated some harrowing implications for residents of the state. The latest consequence comes from a public water company in the city of Allgood.

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