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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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"It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?"

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How many times have we been subjected to John McCain's myopic rants about arming the rebels in any given civil war or in any given area of conflict?

Rachel Maddow:

It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?

Per McCain, it really doesn't matter much where or who they are, if they're rebels, just arm them. Especially if President Obama is taking a more measured approach. Grampy McDrumbeat is just itching to hand over lethal weapons of war to someone, anyone, because if fits into his whole Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb [insert country here] mentality: the more explosions the better. Especially if we aid and abet some of them. Blow 'em up! Kill [insert bad guys' name here]! What a blast! (Pun intended.)

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There's just one problem with that mania, Senator McDrumbeat. It can backfire.

Take Guatemala, for example. Via the Los Angeles Times:

Perez Molina said the violence and crime in Guatemala were a byproduct of the Cold War when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were funding opposite sides of civil wars in Central America to gain influence.

Perez Molina was a top intelligence officer in the Guatemalan military in the 1980s and ’90s.

Moral of the story: Don't listen to John McCain.

Real moral of the story: A more rational, measured approach is most often very wise and can save lives.

Other moral of the story: The road to more violence and crime is paved with shortsighted intentions.

Immoral of the story: Stop treating horribly abused child refugees like criminals.

In related news, there was an L.A. Times letter to the editor that is worth a share. I'd link to it, but I can't find it on the Times site, so I'm transcribing it verbatim:

Re: "Texas to send Guard troops to border," July 22

I hear echoes of Kent State University. What are the National Guard troops to do to these migrant children in Texas: shoot them?

Pat Mauer, Pasadena

What is it with Republican presidential hopefuls and violent troubleshooting? (Pun intended.)

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Overnight: Natalie MacMaster and her kids, 2013 Dublin Irish Festival

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From the YouTube video by MrPeabodyPA2 here:

Natalie MacMaster with her 4 oldest children (ages 7, 6, 4 and 2) at the Dublin Irish Festival, August 4, 2013. What an amazingly talented family! I guarantee that by the end you will have a huge smile on your face. And maybe even a tear in your eye....

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What can brown do for you? #Immigration

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Remember the old UPS slogan "What can brown do for you?"? It seems to have taken on a whole new meaning these days. To many Republicans, brown means "illegals," "diseased," "gangs," "invasion," threat. If it's got a negative connotation and can generate fear, then that's what brown means to them. To them, brown also means cheap labor, house cleaners, gardeners, nannies, and farm workers.

Reasonable people, however, understand that we are a nation of immigrants. Conservatives bellow about how abortion "kills babies" in the womb, but don't blink an eye when protesters physically block and verbally abuse tiny, confused refugees seeking to escape death in their countries of origin. Saving those lives? Pfft! Living, breathing children, toddlers, and babies don't count. Only zygotes. Only feti. Only potential lives, not young struggling ones who endured rape and other horrific violence in order to come to America, because what they left behind was even worse.

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Well, panicky anti-immigrant mouth-breathers, get out your asbestos hats, because your hair is about to catch fire. Here's what brown means to Miami. Via the New York Times, from an article titled, "Influx of South Americans Drives Miami’s Reinvention":

It was less a commentary on soccer than a tableau vivant of the new Miami, which has gone from a place defined by Cuban-Americans to one increasingly turbocharged by a surge of well-educated, well-off South Americans in the last decade. Their growing numbers and influence, both as immigrants and as visitors, have transformed Miami’s once recession-dampened downtown, enriched its culture and magnified its allure for businesses around the world as a crossroads of the Spanish-speaking world. [...]

The transformation, the latest chapter in the city’s decades-long evolution, is especially apparent amid the building cranes, street life and nightclubs downtown. But it is seen across Miami-Dade County, where highly educated South American immigrants and second-home owners have increasingly put down roots and played a major role in jump-starting a region that not long ago was ravaged by recession. [...]

Jorge Pérez, the wealthy real estate developer for whom the the new Pérez Art Museum Miami is named, said the latest surge of South Americans was turning the city into a year-round destination and luring more entrepreneurs and international businesses. Latin American banks have proliferated as they follow their customers here.

So, Republicans, are South Americans acceptable to you? Is it just Mexicans and Central Americans who creep you out? And how will brownophobics respond to this statement by Pérez: “South Americans are the game changers — they are the ones that allowed the housing market to bounce back."

Irony is not dead.

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Is You Is Or Is You Ain't GOP Crazy?

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Minnesota, the 'land of 10,000 lakes,' is also home to a GOP woman running for the statehouse who's coincidentally 10,000 kinds of crazy. The Countess of Cuckoo is Sheila Kihne. She hopes to unseat state Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who she claims is insufficiently conservative to represent the district. Now you know you're onto something when you're running against a certifiable Loon.

So how far out there to the right do you have to go to make yourself electable to right-wingers? Try some of this on for size. Candidate Kihne espouses that single mothers be denied formal wedding ceremonies, according to her blog site.

Raw Story:

“Don’t you think that if you’re having a baby — and you’re not married — that you should forgo the shower?” she asked. “I also think that if you get married — and are knocked up — you should get married quietly. At a courthouse, at a private home.”

Kihne specifically said that there should be no dancing or dinner for prospective brides who are pregnant. She acknowledge that “I’m seen as very cold-hearted with this issue and it’s caused a couple of big arguments in my family,” but insisted on standing her ground against “the idiots in Hollywood who make it look ‘cool’ to tote a baby around sans daddy.”

All she's missing is the reference to the home for wayward women for which, of course, she'd be proposing a cut in funding. It's obvious that the Dame of Dizziness is dead serious in her stand on unwed mothers.

In that same post, she complains that an unwed mother included a portable DVD-player on her Target registry, addressing a complaint about the “extravagant lives” of people who are below her station.

How interesting that a right-wing conservative nutcase like Kihne bills herself as a “small-government conservative,” but is unafraid to insert herself into every aspect of a person’s life. Is it possible she didn't get the Tea Party memo?

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"Billions on wars-- little spent on humanitarian problems-- is stupid, immoral"

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We as a nation are appalled and stunned by the latest horrible news about Malaysian Air 777 being "shot down" over Ukraine. Our hearts go out to those whose lives were taken, even though they're not all white Christian American conservatives. But when it comes to horribly abused children, tiny Central American refugees who need a safe haven, kids who are risking their young lives to escape from threats of rape, violence, and even death... well, let's just say what little humanitarian impulses may have existed in right wing minds went by the wayside.

Instead, this is what we got from "pro-life patriots" who are so very "compassionate" when it comes to saving a zygote:

As Jon Stewart said the other night, "We are a nation of immigrants... who hates the newer immigrants."

This is a humanitarian crisis. What part of that don't these vile racists understand? Apparently they understand none of it. Which brings us to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever envision being a citizen of a country that would turn its back on women and children regardless of where they come from, what skin color, what religion, what political association or any other reason for being here. ("U.S. sends first planeload of moms, children back to Honduras," July 14)

They are here, and we as Americans can well afford to provide the help they need.

The billions spent to sustain wars —and the comparatively little this country spends on solving humanitarian problems — is stupid and immoral.

Allen F. Dziuk, Carlsbad

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The Central Americans arriving at the U.S. border are fleeing horrific violence in their countries. The governments of these countries cannot protect them. So let's use the right terminology — these people are "refugees," not "illegals" or "migrants." They are turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents.

I fear we are moving too quickly without consideration of why these people are fleeing in such great numbers.

We should not blatantly put these people on planes and return them to possible harm. We should grant them due process for claims of asylum. The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. We have a legacy to uphold.

Alba Farfaglia, San Clemente

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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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