Wednesday, June 07, 2006

This just in (30 minutes ago) --

“Immigrants say Bush must learn English
AP - 30 minutes ago

OMAHA, Neb. - New arrivals to this country said Wednesday that President Bush must adopt American values and learn English, pushing anew for their proposal for Bush to adhere to his own overhaul of immigration rules. To gain passage during this midterm election year, Bush must clearly speak in English and demonstrate his own allegiance to American values to win over many in his own party who are opposed to provisions he demands besides stepped-up border enforcement. Those provisions include providing a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants and allowing additional work permits for foreigners, who clearly speak better English than the President and demonstrate a better grasp of the Constitution.”

Oh, wait, I got that wrong -- the story actually says:

"Bush says immigrants must learn English
AP - 30 minutes ago..."

Oops, sorry.

Glad the bigots and homophobes couldn't even rally enough votes to get the proposed bill off the floor. What bullshit -- with everything we're facing as a country (including a new season of hurricanes), this is all the Republicans can manage?
A quote from Bill McKibben, compliments of my Jamaican (VT) amigo HomeyM:

  "In the last century, we've seen change in human societies speed up to an almost unimaginable level, one that has stressed every part of our civilization. In this century, we're going to see the natural world change at the same kind of rate. That's what happens when you increase the amount of heat trapped in the atmosphere. That extra energy expresses itself in every way you can imagine: more wind, more evaporation, more rain, more melt, more... more... more...

  "Our rulers have insisted by both word and deed that the laws of physics and chemistry do not apply to us. That delusion will now start to vanish. Katrina marks Year One of our new calendar, the start of an age in which the physical world has flipped from sure and secure to volatile and unhinged. New Orleans doesn't look like the America we've lived in. But it very much resembles the planet we will inhabit the rest of our lives."