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Josè Díaz-Balart Meets With President Obama and Reports to All In

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You can almost hear Morgan Freeman, the voice of God, intoning over the National Guard that Governor Good Hair Perry saw fit to deploy on women and children, "This is NOT what Jesus Would Do, Governor Perry!!"

With a few lightning bolts and a suitable coda of thunder to punctuate.

Chris Hayes really went All In Friday evening, when he got the early scoop on colleague Josè Díaz-Balart's enviable interview with President Obama on the day of his historic meetings with Central American rulers on the other end of the humanitarian crisis on the borders.

Díaz-Balart went there, thoroughly, about the complicity of the United States' recreational drug habit in the traffic, and the trafficking, that lie at the heart of this current disaster. He is not wrong, in saying that every line of cocaine done in the U.S. impacts cultures in Central and Southern America.

His MSNBC morning program will offer more interview footage next week. Here is the first look.

Then the promised footage with Chris Hayes in the evening lineup.

Prior to that, Hayes had done a powerful segment on the actual face of the ongoing deportations, with some fascinating facts on the Obama administration's quieter policies.

Do you suppose we could trade the Statue of Liberty back to France for a working guillotine? It would take care of immigration reform and the death penalty glitches in one fell swoop.

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For contrast, perennially thirsty Senator Marco Rubio and Pundette Megyn Kelly are cozying up at Fox Noise, hyping their unique, peculiar brand of 'immigration reform assassination' that works so well over at Fvx Nation.

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Overnight: Mexican-American War

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I can't find any credits for this excellent documentary (link) on the Mexican-American War other than

'Uploaded on Jan 2, 2010 KERA-TV dallas/Fort Worth'

so I have to guess that KERA-TV produced it but if there's information in the film itself, I didn't find it - no writers, producers, actors (some scenes are dramatized), or directors. If anyone from KERA-TV sees this post and can send me this information, I'd be happy to add it.

I'm posting it because Americans seem to have conveniently forgotten how the Mexican-American War began and what we gained and Mexico lost from it.

A wiki on Mexico.

A wiki on the Mexican-American War.

Mexican-American War 101: An Overview

There are 9 sections to it but they transition automatically from one to the next.

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Upbeat economic news round-up. Yes, upbeat. #BlameObama

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Every morning I hold my Los Angeles Times newspaper (key word: paper) in my hands and read it cover to cover. By the time I'm done, I usually need a Valium, a six-pack of wine, and some Pepto Bismol. But today's Business section actually cheered me up! I only ended up requiring an IV of wine due to the horrific front page headlines about Israel and the Malaysia crash. It wasn't too hard to resist the Pepe Le Pew-like enticement of Le Valium, and I loaned the Pepto to the neighbor down the street with the very teenagey teen. Why? Because the economic news was actually upbeat.

You read that right.

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Don't believe me? I don't blame you. Usually economic news makes us want to haul out our old GW Bush dartboards and start throwing.

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But here's proof:

  • Stocks buoyed by strong earnings (no link to that either, but that title with the accompanying article is in my paper, honest)

Yes, things could be better. But seeing all the positive headlines was encouraging.

Of course, this is clearly some commie fascist Marxist socialist plot by President Obama, who we all know controls every news organization except Fox, which doesn't report news at all. So you'll have to read the reports and draw your own conclusions. But IMHO, this can serve as today's Moment of Happy.

I retort, you deride.

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Trail to Riches The California Gold Rush and Settlement of the Pacific Northwest

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How the Gold Rush brought about statehood for California which, in turn, affected the remaining United States.

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Another CA city sues over voting rights law

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Voting rights, schmoting rights. Who needs 'em in this post-racial day and age? We've clearly evolved, says the Supreme Court. Says Republicans. Says anyone who doesn't want Democrats to have voting rights. After all, if you can't win on the merits of your arguments, on your policies (or lack thereof), your talent, or on your powers of persuasion, then hey, cheat.

It's the 'Murican way!

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Unless, of course, you get called out. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the city of Bellflower, right here in my home state of California, is getting sued. Why? Voting rights are being violated... allegedly:

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and two law firms filed a Superior Court complaint Monday afternoon, on behalf of three minority Bellflower residents alleging the city is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

The act seeks to ensure that minorities have an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice.  The suit alleges that Bellflower's practice of electing council members citywide instead of by geographic districts has hindered Latino and African American candidates.

The plaintiffs said they have found patterns of racially polarized voting in the southeast Los Angeles County city of about 77,000. They want the city to switch to by-district elections to give voters in strongly minority neighborhoods an opportunity to elect at least one representative to the City Council.

What? Restricting the rights of not-white voters? In this day and age of GOP outreach? Don't be ridiculous...

It's not like Bellflower's population is 66% Latino and African American, but the council members are monochromatically pale. Come on.

Bellflower's population is 52% Latino and 14% African American, according to the city's website.  All five council members are white.

Oh.

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Why They Come … the Children Swarming Our Borders

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NBC's Stephanie Gosk is one of the few investigative journalists out there who can do a field report that actually puts you in the field.

Where you find facts and things Fvx Nation tend to bypass in favor of whatever agenda The Tundra Twit is fancying herself in charge of this week.

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When it appeared that she [Gosk, not La Palin. Ick.] had gone into Central America to see just what was motivating the humanitarian crisis growing on our southern borders, I was all ears.

See if this doesn't inform your view of why these families are in a domino effect of extreme measures, and how the United States is most certainly culpable in the larger picture.

This echoed a brilliant interview MSNBC had aired earlier in the day, when Josè Díez-Balart premiered his new hourly news program on the cable news network, which gives a great segue to the view of both sides of the border from a teenager's eyes.

This young woman is not naive, don't think that for a moment. You don't have to be as impressive as Stephanie Gosk to read pragmatic understanding in her being. Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza joined in.

These are very important portraits, are they not? Not black and white sentences of moral judgment … these are kids and families. Possible neighbors. Every egg that might escape an IUD is vital, but these actual human beings … not so much?

When does the Pro Life come in, again? Harry Reid may have the right of it, this is all at about Judge Judy level in terms of genuine graspable gravitas.

Going to take a LOT more than a village. Governor Good Hair Perry and Congress seem disinclined to act. SCROTUS would evict.

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Anybody got this? We can figure out why they came. Where do they go now?

A bit of a bonus as he's such a welcome addition to the troubled MSNBC lineup … Josè Díez-Balart Monday on what it means to have a more public liberal microphone - a voice to keep an ear out for.

A moment of privilege. Well worded.

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President Obama Gives the GOP Justifiable Hell Over The Border Crisis

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The optics of the 5th Grader level kerfluffle between President Obama and Tea'd Up Republicans on the border crisis clambered down to new rhetorical lows this week. Bovine lows.

And President Obama fired back.

According to the Regressive Right, Tea Party Edition, Kenyan President Obama is going Straight To Hell because he chose not to make a full-stop photo-op at the Texas border when he travelled to Governor Perry Land this week.

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Bull Shite.

Let us remember a few differences between the Koch Addicted, money grubbing 1% Driven GOP, aka Fvx Nation, and the sitting president:

♦   Obama gives a rat's bum about what happens to kids, especially the Borned Ones. The GOP won't fund education or healthcare for the Amurrikan Children born on our Exceptional Soil as it is. Bonus: Barack Obama has not only visited Mexico for a vacation or two, he has actually LIVED in other countries and has the intellect to see the global picture.

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♦   The sitting president just begged a non-functioning GOP-led Congress for 3.7 billion USD to address the Humanitarian Crises on the range of state borders seeing the influx of homeless children. The Do Nothing GOP.Tea Congress will pinch-penny every last red cent.

♦   The influx of South American minors, and some mothers and the occasional brother, uncle or father, is not an occasion to don combat gear like Governor Good Hair Perry and shoot the shite with Sean Hannity about what exceptional human beings They are because they flew down to get their pictures taken at 'ground zero' ... and the hypocrites will oppose any positive efforts, financial or policy wise, to actually assist the victims of this crisis: the kids.

Melissa Harris-Perry covered this so superbly I'll let her inform or re-inform you, her own perspective and nuanced panel discussions do credit to the complexity and global nature of this Border issue.

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First, a recap of the president slamming the GOP on their Idjit and Petty Politics. Democratic pollster Margie Omero, Juan Cartagena from Latino Justice and Republicans strategist Lenny Alcivar join Melissa to discuss the topic. Rationally.


Then a look at what is truly happening at the Border itself in terms of the politics and 'optics' [you too beginning to loathe that word?] of the crisis.

Then some real life facts ... i.e. what you're not seeing at Fvx News or on Morning Schmoe ... they just want to scream and yell about a non-existant 'Brownie' Border moment. Victoria Defrancesco Soto joins this time.

Conclusion? The GOP can and will throw faux outrage and tons of money at opposing any damned thing President Obama tries to do with the betterment of individuals, foreign, domestic or, especially, innocent children.
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