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Dep't. of Our Bad! 11-year-old detainee is U.S. citizen

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So didja hear the one about the 11-year-old boy who spent more than a month at a New Mexico detention? Turns out he was a U.S. citizen! What a knee-slapper, amIright ladies and germs?

Via the Los Angeles Times:

An 11-year-old boy — one of hundreds who have been shuttled to an immigration detention facility in the middle of the New Mexican desert — was released this week after it was discovered that he is a U.S. citizen, according to the child's attorney. [...]

There have also been reports of abuses and inadequate access to attorneys, healthcare and food at new detention facilities, specifically in Artesia.

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This child was held prisoner for more than a month. More than a month.

Laura Lichter, an immigration attorney and former president of American Immigration Lawyers Assn. who provides free legal counsel to detainees, said this:

"I think the fact that a U.S. citizen was detained and for this long before anyone actually realized that there was even the possibility that they had detained a U.S. citizen shows you just how little respect and attention is being given to people's cases... What this shows you is that there really is no due process here and that the system is only working in a way to deport people from the country. It is not working to protect people's claims."

Human rights, schuman schmights. Justice, schmustice. All that counts is rounding up as many of them "illegals" as possible who have that weird, non-white skin color. Throw 'em all in the hoosegow, pack 'em into a bus, and boot 'em out of our monochromatic Amurika. Who cares if they're citizens? They look different!

What's that? We've never been a monochromatic nation?

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Family values, my ass.

Freedom, my ass.

Exceptional, my ass.

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Venezuela: The Tower of David: Highest Vertical Squat in the World

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I first read about the Tower of David in the New Yorker magazine last year, in these stories:

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Slumlord and its successor piece The Real “Tower of David”, both written by Jon Lee Anderson.

The Guardian has also written about The Tower of David here

Here's a BBC video about it.

From YouTube

n Venezuela, Hugo Chavez has been dead for a year. Since then the country has been engulfed by runaway inflation, rampant crime, food and housing shortages. The crisis is clearest in one building in downtown Caracas. It's called the Tower of David - an unfinished skyscraper planned as a glittering monument to capitalism, It's now home to thousands of squatters. They police it, renovate its rooms, and plumb it into the city's electricity and water, and all for peppercorn rent. Olly Lambert has been to the Tower. He met three of its residents: Elvys Merclan, elected president of the tower cooperative, Miriam Figueroa - a shop keeper on the 22nd floor, and Yecenia Polanco, a young mum with 5 children.

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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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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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Thursday Links

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The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia: The Perpetrators Were Caught, But the Crimes Continue

The Olive Trees of Ma'ale Adumim

“The person I think I ought to be”: Meet the doctor fighting to save Mississippi’s last abortion clinic

6-year-old shoots himself in the head with gun found in the pocket of a hanging jacket

Insurers Plan To Debunk GOP's 'Rigged' Obamacare Study In Front Of Congress

Top House Benghazi Investigator Has Used The Tragedy To Raise Money

This Burger Joint Is Raising Its Starting Salary To $15 Per Hour

Subway CEO No Longer Thinks Minimum Wage Hike A 'Bad Idea'

Beverly Hills Hotel finds flogging women, stoning gays, bad for business

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Overnight: Peru: Traveling by Train to Macchu Picchu

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A Peru Rail Station

I would love to take a long trip through South America. I loved The Motorcycle Diaries and Paul Theroux's The Old Patagonia Express.

Since I can't right now, I thought I'd take a look at the train which runs through the Andes to Macchu Picchu.

Peru Rail Cusco to Machu Picchu

More about Macchu Picchu here.

More on Paul Theroux here.

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Video Overnight Thread- Inside Fordlandia: Henry Ford's failed jungle city

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Beeeeezare. Via.

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