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Bloggings: February 7, 2008

by Greg Siskind

Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Greg Siskind's blog.

February 05, 2008

DOBBS SHOW LABELED HATE PROMOTER BY CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP

Do you want to see Lou Dobbs' head explode? Watch this interview with civil rights group La Raza's President Janet Murguía who came to put Dobbs on warning that her organization is taking on a new campaign to drive hate speech from the cable news networks. Dobbs basically responds saying that La Raza is just an ethnocentric group looking out for it's own. Of course, he doesn't explain what the Anti-Defamation League's motivation is. ADL was created by the nation's Jewish community, hardly a group that will see many of its members directly benefit from a legalization program. Dobbs' characterization of the ADL as "a joke" will certainly offend many people who admire ADL's work over the years to fight hate in America.

POSNER MAKES THE CONSERVATIVE CASE FOR LEGALIZATION

One of the great legal minds of our age, Judge Richard Posner (who, I should mention for full disclosure's sake, was, and still is, a professor at my law school), makes the case that mass deportation is a very, very bad idea and that the only acceptable option is, yes, an amnesty. I've made the argument numerous times on this blog that real conservatives like John McCain are not afraid to take on the issue, but the faux anti-business "conservatives" on this issue are selling out their principles when they argue for an enforcement only approach.

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: MICHAEL ROOS - NFL PLAYER

Roos So you thought I would only be writing about kickers and punters this week, right? I'm happy to include Estonian-born Michael Roos because I'm also a long time fan of the Tennessee Titans. In fact, I've had season tickets to the Titans since their first season in Tennessee when they played in Memphis (they've been in Nashville for all but their first year) and they still went by the name the Tennessee Oilers. Roos is an offensive linesman and is the first Estonian to play in the NFL. The third year starter from Eastern Washington University weighs a light 315 pounds. He's one of the reasons why the Titans turned things around this season and were able to make the playoffs.

MCCAIN'S ACHILLES HEEL

The Arizona Republic has a story that's similar to the Wall Street Journal article I've linked below showing that the supposedly fatal problem of the McCain campaign - his unwaivering support for progressive immigration legislation - has not been so fatal after all.

POINT, COUNTERPOINT ON THE IMPACT OF ENFORCEMENT STRATEGIES

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting piece in its opinion section today where immigration restrictionist Mark Krikorian is debating University of California - San Diego Professor Tomás R. Jiménez. This is the first of three of these the LA Times will be running.

CONGRATS, CRAIG!

America's favorite Scottish talk show host has passed the US citizenship examination. Here's the proof.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO SUPER TUESDAY

The Wall Street Journal reports on how today was the day that crowned the candidate who was the most anti-"amnesty" and the toughest on immigration. But the voters proved to be a lot less xenophobic and a lot more pragmatic than the candidates hoping to capitalize on stirred up nativism anticipated.

February 04, 2008
ROMNEY HIRES HAZLETON DEFENDER TO BE ADVISOR ON IMMIGRATION

Just to put an exclamation point on the differences between himself and John McCain on immigration, Mitt Romney has brought on one of the leading anti-immigrant lawyers in the country to advise his campaign on immigration issues. Kris Kobach defended the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania in their losing effort to prevent the city's harsh anti-immigration ordinance from being thrown out of court. And he is widely considered a leader in the national anti-immigration movement.

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: LAWRENCE TYNES - NFL FOOTBALL PLAYER

Tynes NFL week continues here following one of the greatest Super Bowls in the 42 year history of the championship game. The New York Giants won perhaps the greatest upset since the 1969 season when the Jets beat the Colts. And the Giants were helped by their place kicker Lawrence Tynes of Scotland who  kicked a field goal and two extra points to help his team win 17 to 14.

Tynes played high school and college football in Florida and college ball in Michigan. But he returned to his homeland of Scotland to play for NFL Europe's Scottish Claymores. He then moved to Ottawa and played for the CFL's Renegades. From 2004 to 2006 he played for the Kansas City Chiefs before moving to the Giants. Congratulations Lawrence.

February 03, 2008
IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY:GARO YEPREMIAN - NFL FOOTBALL PLAYER

It's Super Bowl Sunday and a day of dread for me. You see, I grew up in Miami and from the age of four until I left for college, I went with my dad to almost every Miami Dolphins game. I was privileged to see some of the greatest teams in NFL history coached by the legendary Don Shula. I was at what was arguably the greatest game in NFL history, the 1981-1982 season playoff match at the Orange Bowl between the Dolphins and the San Diego Chargers with the famous "hook and lateral" play involving Don Strock, Duriel Harris and Tony Nathan.

Dolphins So why do I feel dread today? Because the long standing record of the heroes of my youth is on the line. The 1972 Dolphins are the only NFL team to every finish the season with a perfect record and then go on to win the Super Bowl. This year as the Dolphins concluded the worst season in the team's history, its nice to reminisce about that great season.

Today, the New England Patriots will attempt to match that feat. I have no special dislike for the Patriots or like for their opponents the New York Giants. But I'm going to be rooting hard for the Giants tonight. The odds don't seem promising...

In honor of the game, I'm pleased to feature this week NFL players who are immigrants to America. Most people don't think of the NFL as being a sport that attracts immigrants, but they've been important in the sport for years.

Garo I "kick off" the week with one of my favorite players from that '72 Dolphin squad, the great place kicker Garo Yepremian. The Cypriot Garo's most famous play was actually his most embarrassing. It was from the Super Bowl that the Dolphins went on to win, but as you can see, it was a bit of a fiasco and could have cost the team the perfect season.  Despite the disastrous play, Garo has remained one of the favorite players in team history.

UPDATE: Congratulations Giants! Every Dolphins fan in America owes you a debt of gratitude. Safe for another year!

February 02, 2008
ARIZONA: ANTI-IMMIGRATION GROUND ZERO

As we approach tomorrow's Super Bowl in Phoenix tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal reports on Arizona's growing reputation as the most immigrant unfriendly state in the country. While there business license and English-only laws may now only be seen as part of a larger trend, the latest effort to pass a law barring birth certificates to children born to out of status parents is the jaw dropping clincher. The rule is stunningly unconstitutional. There are progressive thinkers in Arizona. It is, after all, the state that brought us Senator John McCain, the pro-immigration Republican presidential candidate who is now the front runner for the GOP nomination. And Governor Janet Napolitano, often touted as a potential Democratic vice presidential choice, has done her best to temper down the rhetoric and stop even harsher legislation from passing. Nevertheless, the damage to Arizona's reputation and, soon, its economy is really unfortunate for the people of that great state.

ANTI-IMMIGRATION PROVING TO BE A LOSING POSITION IN 2008

The National Immigration Forum is reporting what the mainstream media seems to have missed so far - that immigration is not shaping up to be a winning issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. Most Republican voters - nearly 60% favor either a temporary legal status or complete legalization for unauthorized immigrants. And only 16% of GOP voters consider immigration there major issue anyway. And my previous posts on the power of the Hispanic vote this year certainly proved true in Florida where Hispanic Republicans overwhelmingly chose McCain.