More from Little Green Footballs:
Maine and Arizona. Lovely states once known for scenery. Now known for governments that behave like kids protecting their special secret treehouse.
It’s getting embarrassing.
From Maine whose governor was last seen tearing down that mural in the Dept of Labor (the one celebrating the history of labor in Maine):
Just 100 days into Gov. Paul LePage’s Tea Party-fueled administration, his fellow Republicans are fighting back, defeating his push to bring back toxic baby bottles.
Baby bottles. Really.
On Monday, eight of 20 Republican state senators criticized the governor’s often bellicose behavior in an op-ed published by the state’s largest newspaper chain. The next day, LePage’s bisphenol-A [those toxic baby bottles] initiative was rejected 35-0 in the state senate, after a 145-3 defeat in the House.
LePage returned fire, saying lawmakers “haven’t done a damn thing . . . I went on vacation last week [to Jamaica] because I had nothing to do,” he told an audience Thursday. “Because I’m waiting; I’m waiting for legislation.” His remarks provoked a rebuke from Republican House Speaker Robert Nutting, who told the Lewiston Sun Journal he was “sorry that the governor still doesn’t understand the legislative process and apparently nobody on his staff has explained it to him.”
Part of the controversial Arizona birther bill passed on Wednesday makes a certificate of circumcision . . . . acceptable proof of American citizenship for presidential candidates. While candidates won’t be asked to “whip it out” in the State House, a documented circumcision will join a verified Christian baptism, postpartum hospital records and long-form birth certificates as proof that candidates are indeed Americans.
(They really just need reassurance that the candidate isn’t a Moosliiimmm!)
Upside for swooning neocons everywhere – Bebe Netanyahu can be President.
Linda Greenhouse at The New York Times’ Opinionator blog today writing about Arizona’s new illegal immigrant legislation:
So what to do in the meantime [until it’s overturned]? Here’s a modest proposal. Everyone remembers the wartime Danish king who drove through Copenhagen wearing a Star of David in support of his Jewish subjects. It’s an apocryphal story, actually, but an inspiring one. Let the good people of Arizona — and anyone passing through — walk the streets of Tucson and Phoenix wearing buttons that say: I Could Be Illegal.
Which would then require – by the language of the new law – that police stop that person and ask for papers. If that person can’t produce papers (leave that license them home guys), they’d be subject to arrest. Wouldn’t that be a lovely mess.
While media failures (as in ‘reporting this story’) no longer surprise me, sheer stupidity brings us reporting like: “this law ‘makes it illegal to be an illegal immigrant”. What part of already illegal don’t they understand?
Greenhouse knows her stuff: Linda Greenhouse, the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, writes on alternate Fridays about the Supreme Court and the law. She reported on the Supreme Court for The New York Times from 1978 to 2008. She teaches at Yale Law School and is the author of a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, “Becoming Justice Blackmun.”