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Oh great, now we all have to go to prison. Thanks, Alec.


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alec baldwin apologyVia MSNBC :

I would like to address the comments I made this past week.

I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.

I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.

To be honest, I didn't think Alec Baldwin's show on MSNBC would last, and to be honest squared, this is about how long I figured it would stay on the air. I'm surprised he's only going to be off the schedule for two weeks.


Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter. [...]

... Baldwin reportedly lost his cool again Friday when a reporter for a New York TV channel asked about the [stalker] trial and, according to, Baldwin called him "dumb."

Baldwin has had well-publicized issues like this before, so nobody is surprised. It's really a shame, because he's talented, hilarious, and bright. None of that excuses his behavior in the least, nor was it an attempt to. Just lamenting out loud.

Anyway, thanks a bunch, Alec. Because of you, we're right back to this:


VIDEO-- Paul Ryan's version of "outreach": Using the derogatory "anchor babies" term-- again


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Hey Paul Ryan, how’s that GOP reachy-outy, makeovery, reinventiony thing workin’ for ya?

Apparently, it's not. At a town hall meeting in Burlington, Wisconsin, while he was pushing his idea of a House immigration reform bill, he used the offensive term "anchor babies." Classy, Paul, classy. You know who else uses that one? Michele Bachmann, for one.

What next, "wetback"?

As Think Progress notes, that little "anchor baby" slur is used to describe American-born children of undocumented immigrants, who, by the way, are citizens under the 14th Amendment.

In 2012, Ryan got an earful for dropping the "A.B." term:

Oops! He did it again:

Paul Ryan:

To the anchor baby issue-- That’s what they call it, anchor babies. It’s a person who comes and has a child here, if you’re born here you’re a naturalized citizen. You have to change the Constitution. There’s a little bit of legal debate about whether you have to or not. I think it comes down fairly clearly that you have to change the Constitution to change the definition of citizenship to not being born here, right? Or being born with legal parents. That will take a long, long time, years ...

But it’s really treating a symptom, right. People are coming across the border illegally, or overstaying their visas. And therefore illegal immigration is fairly easy, and then people are having what’s called anchor babies.

Note to Paul about his "legal parents" moment. People are not legal or illegal. Their actions are, but they are not. They are people, not "illegals" or "legals."

They. Are. People.

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So much for all that New and Improved Republican Outreach.

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AK Rep. Don "Young's Republican Party should not think that Americans like myself will be swayed by outreach."


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For the back story, see this previous post: VIDEO: The “stupid party,” er, Republicans blast GOP Rep. Young for his “wetbacks” comment.

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And with that, here is today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Republican apologizes for slur against Latinos," March 30

As an American with a Hispanic last name, reading the story of the Alaskan member of Congress using the term "wetback" brought back childhood memories.

I grew up in San Antonio, a predominantly Hispanic city, on the mostly white north side of town. Any time I heard "wetback," it made me uncomfortable because of the view underlying it: I and the people like me were less than everyone else. Passing off using the term as just the common vernacular of a bygone era doesn't fool anyone.

For Don Young (I don't respect him enough to call him a congressman) to speak in those terms so easily betrays an ingrained view of Hispanics. Young's Republican Party should not think that Americans like myself will be swayed by outreach.

Andrew Ximenes

Los Angeles

All our other GOP "outreach" posts can be found here.


VIDEO: The "stupid party," er, Republicans blast GOP Rep. Young for his "wetbacks" comment


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Alaska Rep. Don Young:

"My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes."

House Speaker John Boehner, per CNN:

"Congressman Young's remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds. I don't care why he said it – there's no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology."

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus:

"Our party represents freedom and opportunity for every American and a beacon of hope to those seeking liberty throughout the world. Offensive language and ethnic slurs have no place in our public discourse."

Is Priebus kidding? Does he have no awareness of what his party has said and done to diminish the dignity and rights of not-white people and how all too many conservatives still refer to them (scroll)?

Rep. Young:

"I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect."

Psst! Don! It's 2013.

Psst! Don! Your statement, excuses, and non-apology have now been documented and will be available for review forever.


The word is widely considered an ethnic slur and generally refers to those from Mexico who come to the United States illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River. It was used by the government in the 1950s for "Operation Wetback," a massive crackdown on illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Let's take a gander at the ol' GOP playbook, shall we?

1950s mentality:

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Massive crackdown on immigrants:

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How's that reachy-outy thing workin' for ya?

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UPDATE via Think Progress:

By Friday afternoon, Young had issued a full apology:

“I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in Ketchikan, Alaska. There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words. That word, and the negative attitudes that come with it, should be left in the 20th century, and I’m sorry that this has shifted our focus away from comprehensive immigration reform.”