Open Thread

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Sorry I’ve been absent this week – it’s because work is crazy. So, I thought I’d try an open thread! What’s going on? What stories did you read (please include a link)? Have you heard any juicy gossip? Just click the comments link, and add your thoughts. If you’ve commented here before, should be no problem. If not, there’s a slight delay while your comment is moderated.

Monday Morning Photo Dump

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Had a great weekend taking pictures around Silver City, so I thought I would share the love (click the images for larger versions).

Somei Yoshino Taiko Drumming Ensemble
Somei Yoshino Taiko Drumming Ensemble

Somei Yoshino Taiko Drumming Ensemble

39th Annual Great Race
Team Apocalypse

Great Race
Root Skankadelic Earth Day Concert
Root Skankadelic

Easter in Alamogordo

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I drove my grandmother to Alamogordo this weekend so we could spend Easter with my Auntie Marge. I once lived with her for the summer, back in 1998 I believe, so she has a special place in my heart. Anyhoodle, I was able to take a camera along with me, so I have a few shots to show off.

The first is of Cissy, one of the turtles living in my aunt’s back yard. Cissy’s been underground for the past five months (or so) and therefore has a dirty shell:

Cissy the turtle

The second is of some flowers I saw during a hike today. It was a 4-mile hike (which usually isn’t that rough) through the Alamogordo desert, in 90 degree heat. That got to me. At any rate, these were everywhere — I guess they just bloomed. I believe they’re a form of Ocotillo, but I’m not positive.

Ocotillo

I’ll try to get more pictures uploaded soon. I hope everybody had a good weekend. Cya tomorrow!

Jesse Jackson talks immigration on CR

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Is it just me, or was Jesse Jackson delivering a thoughtful, coherent message on the Colbert Report Tuesday night? I know I’m late getting to this, but I wanted to find the video before I posted it. Check the Comedy Central site to watch, but here are a few tidbits, starting with one on undocumented workers:

Well, many of them have been sent for — they’re coming across the border.

As so long as they were working for low wages, working without health insurance, as long as they were picking lettuce, and tomatoes, and grapes, and in the corners, they were just fine.

Once they started asking for the right to organize, and dignity and health care, then they became a problem

The fact is these are human beings who deserve human rights, and we cannot be the nation we’re supposed to be unless we afford them human rights. You’re not going to send 11 million people back across the border.

Jackson also touches on our relationship with Mexico, which, along with Canada, is one of our two largest trading partners:

We share 2,000 miles of border with Mexico, we’re either going to lift them up, or in substance they’re going to lower us down. I say build bridges and not walls.

This is absolutely right. We can close our border all we want, but that still leaves more than 25 million undocumented workers (not every undocumented worker is a Mexican) in the U.S. We simply cannot send them all home. If we don’t provide a route to citizenship, we relegate them to second-class status, with all the consequences of that action: poverty, poor educational attainment, and discrimination.

In addition, we encourage businesses to exploit them, yet whine about the jobs they take away from Americans.

Anyway, I spoke with Sen. Bingaman yesterday afternoon (see the Daily Press today) and he said there would likely be no action on an immigration bill in the Senate this week. So, I guess we’ll see what goes down over the weekend.