Back on the horse next week.
This is Duncan Hunter, a first-term Republican Representative from the San Diego area. Mr. Hunter believes that the children of illegal immigrants that were born in the United States, protected by the 14th Amendment by guaranteeing them U.S. citizenship, should also be deported.
All under the guise of children needing to stay with their parents (said at a Tea Party rally. Natch.).
Now, of course this is a complex question about legal guardianship being available if a child's parents are deported.
But I have a question. If we can subvert the 14th amendment, a 150-year tradition that cleared up citizenship rights, why not other amendments? Right to bear arms? Pfft. Different time. Due Process? More complex world now. How about the 10th amendment? States' rights is overrated and wildly abused. Let's change that.
And this wasn't a misspoken moment for Mr. Hunter. He thought the Arizona law was "a fantastic start," and supports a bill in the House that eliminates citizenship rights to children of undocumented immigrants.
Anybody else think we're going to look back 20 years from now on this time in history as something that remarkably trumps even the Red Scare? Golly. We're really pushing ourselves to the top of the reactionary scale.
But I would like to thank Republicans for mobilizing the Latino vote. November is becoming much more interesting.
Our second Fuckstick Of The Week comes from the sporting world of baseball.
Chris Perez, fill-in closer for the Indians, gave up a game-winning bunt hit to Howie Kendrick on Wednesday. And Mr. Perez didn't like the manliness of it all:
My sophomore year in high school, we played Davenport North in a doubleheader, a team featuring Tyler Williams. Mr. Williams was the most heavily-scouted prospect in our area at the time and Tyler really liked himself. I got hit by a pitch that grazed my stomach and trotted to first, the position Williams was playing at the time. He snorted at me and said, "You okay? Geesh. I would have been a man and stayed at the plate."“It was a bad baseball play that happened to work out,” Perez told the press. “I don't want to say it was bush league. But you never see that.“Ninety-nine percent of hitters in that situation would rather win the game with a hit, not a bunt.”
Like Mr. Williams, Mr. Perez thinks "being a man" is important. Valbuena and Branyan were playing way too deep and Perez has a weird follow-through that doesn't put him in a great fielding position. It was a smart baseball move that won the game. Personally, I'd rather be a woman-winner than a man-loser.
I've known plenty of man-losers in my life. They're "fun".