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Vandals smeared swastikas of refried beans on the windows at Arizona's state Capitol on Sunday in apparent reaction to the state's newly enacted immigration laws, AZ family reports:

"Capitol police arrived on the scene at about 6 a.m., after a swastika was found smeared on the glass doors of the House and Senate buildings. While it first looked like mud on the doors, it turned out be refried beans. On the sidewalk, beans were used to write 'AZ=Nazi,' again with a swastika. It's not clear when exactly the vandalism happened, but police believe it was some time overnight. 'That is what happens when there is so much fear and there is so much disappointment,' said Gustavo Ramirez, a protester from California. 'The laws that have been passed, they are Nazi laws. They are not considering humanity. They are a crime against humanity.' Ramirez said while he does not support the new law, vandalism is not the way to make a statement."

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  1. the meat packing industry and the chicken and turkey industries advertise in mexico for cheap labor. the mexicanos come to earn a living wage. they then are submitted to egregious labor practices. they are victims of repetitive movement injuries. they lose fingers and limbs. they do stoop labor in the fields that most americans won't do. all of this abuse of fellow humans gives us cheaper produce, so why should we care? yet, we vilify the victims, not the perpetrators. basically, it is the gluttony of the american public and the greedy corporations that leech off of mexico, not the other way around. just like the drug war. we, a nation of 320 million, buy billions of dollars of drugs, illegal or otherwise, from a country of 60 million.

    good gawd, americans are stupid.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 27, 2010 12:43:21 PM


  2. To Anon who posted this:

    "The refried beans were a clever touch. However, states cannot legislate on foreign policy, so the law can never be enforced. It's all political theater."

    Baloney. The states have any right no enumerated to the federal government, and the federal government has two duties actually....one to provide a naturalization process, the other to be the court of first resort for any and all trials against foreigners in this country brought by the state and state citizens.

    And the states have every right to protect their own borders, and that is their primary job also - and it is a federal law that makes it a misdemeanor to be in the country illegally, and a felony if false documents are used to circumvent that provision.

    So Arizona is simply codifying the federal law at the state level, so you are wrong, wrong, wrong.

    Although in practice, since there now is an out of control Sheriff who is using every manner to get publicity and who the Maricopa County residents are paying through the nose on lawsuits and an insurance policy for he and his department, can see that this will definitely be abused unless there is a change of guard in the Sheriff's Department - or the legislators look at that bill once again, and restrict local actions to those around the state borders and boundaries, rather than in metro areas, as was done in the 1970's and prior before the Reagan amnesty.

    This bill is not new at all, since this was SOP until Reaganomics and his feeing the corporations at the Arizona citizens expense for this cheap labor, and they were released instead of being immediately turned over to the U.S. Marshall's office for deportation.

    And THAT is letting the punishment fit the crime - not the state profiting off of them, and THAT is also the Constitutional method of enforcement.

    But nothing will change whatsoever except the expense will again filter down to the Arizona residents for all these new inmates until those borders are fenced and secured.

    Until then, this is political playacting for the masses, and it will be selectively enforced according to which party wants to gain during election cycles - since just why hasn't the Hilton been busted under Arizona's existing employer sanctions law, anyway?

    Posted by: Betsy Ross | Apr 27, 2010 11:14:24 PM


  3. And amazing how many Easterners and New Yorkers are posting on this about Arizona, who have never lived there for any length of time so have no idea how the "hoppers" which are the drug dealers and auto thieves differ from others - except that so many of them that water those golf courses get paid so little, they sell drugs or steal on the side.

    Until you have lived in Arizona for about 10 years, then you can be an expert or comment. Until then, you haven't a clue - and this law IS Constitutional in the intent of the founders in protecting the lawful citizenry from the unlawful - except there is an out of control Sheriff that Rupert Murdoch actually elected in charge, since we have an unrepresentative government now on all levels due to the fact that campaign contributors from "foreign" districts are allowed to contribute.

    So Arizonans never elected ANY of those now holding public offices, since ALL take out of district dontations for their campaigns.

    Just as in your state. So we have fascism actually at all levels - not Arizona, but everywhere.

    Posted by: Betsy Ross | Apr 27, 2010 11:17:20 PM


  4. Please remind me to bring my Freed Slave papers next time i visit the Grand Canyon..if i can dig them up.

    Posted by: Astro | Apr 29, 2010 12:14:02 PM


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