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Mark Kelly’s ‘AR-15 Stunt Provokes Giffords Photo Leak.

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BTW, Nice grouping.

Can You Say Hypocrisy?

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Posted on 16 March, 2013 by Amy

http://gopthedailydose.com/2013/03/16/mark-kellys-ar-15-stunt-provokes-giffords-photo-leak/

Mark Kelly’s campaign against “assault weapons” such as the AR-15 rifle has sparked a local backlash. On March 13, a Tucson, Arizona radio host published a photograph of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords holding an AR-15 rifle at a gun range.
Giffords has since confirmed that the photograph is authentic.
James T. Harris, blogging at the website of “101.4 FM The Truth,” wrote:
What is wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing, and prior to the aggressive progressive opportunistic fear mongering in the wake of Sandy Hook, this picture would have raised no eyebrows and garnered little public attention.

However, in response to the exploitative political scheming of Mark Kelly, persons connected to Congresswoman Giffords released this photo in response to what they perceived to be her husband’s hypocrisy.
Subsequently, Breitbart News confirmed the authenticity of the image through law enforcement sources in Arizona, and obtained a copy of the photograph from a source who requested anonymity.
The latter source was present when the photograph was taken, and said that Giffords had requested it for campaign purposes during October 2010.

According to the source, the image sent to Breitbart News was cropped to protect the identity of the person on the right-hand side of the original photograph (to Giffords’s left).
The source, who is a member of the law enforcement community, told Breitbart News:
“We were told she wanted to toughen her image. She asked to come out and she wanted to shoot a rifle. She had one of our guys out there to show her how to shoot an AR-15.”
In January 2011, Giffords suffered near-fatal wounds in a mass shooting while meeting with constituents in Tucson. The perpetrator used a 9mm Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol.

Giffords and husband Mark Kelly have since formed an organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, to press for policy changes such as limiting the sale of “assault weapons, ” including the AR-15.

Breitbart News reported last week that Kelly attempted to purchase an AR-15 from a gun store in Tucson earlier this month.
Likewise, the AR-15 that Giffords is shown holding in the image is a standard, semi-automatic civilian weapon, according to the source who saw it being taken.
The source saw a campaign official take the photograph, which was later provided to law enforcement personnel as a courtesy, according to the source.

The source says the existence of the photograph has been known in the local law enforcement community for a while: “I’m not the only one who knows about this photo.”

Multiple law enforcement sources in Arizona told Breitbart News that Mark Kelly’s campaign against “assault weapons” has generated resentment within the law enforcement community–and a desire that the photograph be made public.  The source who witnessed the photograph put it this way:  “Giffords and Kelly came across with a different demeanor in 2010. To me, it seems like they’ve done a complete 180 because of what happened. And with the latest controversy–with Mark Kelly doing what he did with the AR-15 stunt–this photo needs to be put out.”

While Kelly declined to comment, Americans for Responsible Solutions spokesperson Jen Bluestein told Breitbart News: “Looks like the photo is cropped.”  Bluestein noted that there are “many images of Gabrielle Giffords with guns,” though she said she had not seen the image of the AR-15 before.
At 1:14 p.m. PDT, Giffords posted two images on her Facebook page with the following statement:

“Here are two photos of me that a conservative blog has dug up. I remember both of these days fondly. The first is at the Tucson Police Department firing range. They invited me to test rifles and tasers that they bought with federal funds, which I helped secure. The second was in Afghanistan while I was visiting with our troops serving abroad. My work as Southern Arizona’s Congresswoman frequently put me in close contact with some of the world’s most powerful and deadly weapons – supporting police departments, advocating for the Border Patrol, standing up for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supporting my constituents’ and my own Second Amendment rights.

I grew up with guns, and I like owning them. So does my husband Mark. It’s an interest we’ve shared ever since we met. It’s part of my heritage as an Arizonan and it’s my right as an American. Being able to shoot a gun is something I haven’t been able to do since I was shot – because my right arm is paralyzed, and I’m less mobile than I was.

“As I member of the House Armed Services Committee, I proudly spent a lot of time with our military, border patrol and state and local law enforcement. I guess the intention of those who have publicized these photos is to somehow call into question my belief that military style assault weapons should be more strongly regulated with background checks and other safeguards. I have never wavered in my support for those who serve our country. I fought to make sure they have the weapons and safety gear needed to carry out their mission, and proper health and mental care when their service ends.”

I don’t have to choose between owning, using, and enjoying guns, on one hand, and preventing gun violence, on the other. Both sides need to come together to support commonsense solutions to gun violence, like keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people like the young man who shot me. That’s why I’m fighting this fight. That’s why I’m working to bring people together to support gun rights and reduce gun violence. I hope you join me.

Just a hunch, but I bet she supports Feinstein’s
Proposed ban on so-called “assault weapons”.

http://www.breitbart.com

Mexico wants a registry of all gunowners in U.S. border states

Mexican CongressA Congress even worse than ours: Mexico’s

Everyone is getting on the post-Sandy Hook gun-control wagon.

Now Mexico’s government has the gall to ask the Obama regime to hand over a list of all gun owners living in the U.S. southern border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas. The latter three states do not even require their residents to register their guns.

CBS5 of Arizona reports that Mexico’s national legislature, Congress, voted to ask the U.S. Senate to create a registry of all commercialized firearms in all the border states. The Mexicans say that’ll make it easier for them to trace the guns used in violent attacks in those states.

As Brandon of the blog Monderno wryly and rightly observes: “What do you want to bet that the Democrats in the Senate think this is a lovely idea? Because clearly the Mexican violence problem has everything to do with law abiding U.S. citizens, and nothing to do with Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, or the eleventy billion drug cartels.”

H/t FOTM’s CSM

~Eowyn

Arizona gun store refuses to sell to Obama voters

A gun store in Arizona is putting into practice the injunction to shun all Obama supporters.

Madeleine Morgenstern reports for The Blaze, Nov. 17, 2012, that the Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Ariz. posted a sign on its door and took out a newspaper ad declaring that if you voted for Obama last week, you’re not allowed in.

“If you voted for Obama, please turn around and leave! You have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm!” the sign states.

Arizona Gun Store Owner Cope Reynolds Tells Obama Voters Turn Around and Leave

Owner Cope Reynolds conceded that he can’t really tell who voted for Obama unless they “own up to it” — but if they do, they’re out. In an email to the Phoenix New Times, Reynolds said, “If they don’t say anything, we’ll never know. However, if they own up to it, we will not serve them.”

He said in an explanation on AmmoLand that he did it to “demonstrate once again that the bottom line for our business is principle, not money. Yes, it has been damaging at times but our values are intact.”

Reynolds told Fox News that “If you are dumb enough to vote for Obama again – after four years of this — I don’t think you are responsible enough to own a firearm. I don’t care who it makes mad.”

He said he’s gotten support for his new policy from around the country — including one person who ordered hundreds of dollars worth of ammunition — but that there have also been lots of “vile, rude and hateful comments.”

“I hate it because my 17-year-old son answers the phone and they light into him,” Reynolds said. “They call us stupid rednecks and racist.”

Reynolds told Fox that no matter what happens, the sign is staying up: “If we lose the whole business it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is — my values.”

Arizona Gun Store Owner Cope Reynolds Tells Obama Voters Turn Around and Leave
Way to go, Mr. Reynolds!

FOTM readers who live in Arizona can show their support by buying from Reynolds’ gun store. Those of us who don’t live near Pinetop, Ariz., can show our support by giving him a call at (928) 367-2547.

See also my post of Nov. 16, 2012: “Shun these businesses that donate to POS and Dems”!

~Eowyn

Arizona to ban abortions after 20 weeks

Gov. Brewer signs Arizona bill with 20-week abortion ban

Fox News: Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed legislation making Arizona the latest  state that generally bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Republican-sponsored legislation also institutes new disclosure mandates  that include requiring the state have a website with images of fetuses at  various stages of development for women to view.

The 20-week abortion ban does not apply in medical emergencies, and it would  affect a tiny percentage of abortions performed in Arizona.

Critics argued that the 20-week deadline would likely prevent timely  diagnosis of anomalies in the fetus.  Supporters disputed that. They also said risks to women’s health increase  after 20 weeks, and they said a fetus can feel pain after that point in  development.

Brewer signed the bill two days after House approval completed final  legislative action.  She said in a statement that the bill “strengthens Arizona’s laws protecting  the health and safety of women, and recognizes the precious life of the preborn  baby.”

Nancy Northrup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a  statement the bill means some women at risk of pregnancy complications “will be  forced to decide whether to proceed with their pregnancies in the dark, before  they have all the information they need to arrive at their choices.”

Arizona now allows abortions up to when a fetus can survive outside of the  womb. That’s generally considered to be around 23 to 24 weeks.

The bill signed by Brewer would require the state health department maintain  an extensive website that provides information about alternatives to abortion,  medical risks and descriptions and images of fetuses at various stages of  development.

The proposal increases the current requirement that an ultrasound be  performed before an abortion from one hour to 24 hours before. It also requires  abortion clinics to post signs providing notice that it’s illegal for anyone to  coerce a woman to have an abortion.

At 20 weeks a woman doesn’t have all the information she needs to arrive at a “choice”?  Let’s see….here’s what a baby looks like at 20 weeks.

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)

The baby’s body is now coated with a greasy white substance, the vernox caseosa, that protects his skin during its long submersion in the amniotic fluid.

Sarah Silverman better not move to Arizona…

DCG

Is Sheriff Joe Getting Too Close To The Truth About Obama?

Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos

 
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio talks to the media about the Department of Justice's investigative findings accusing the Maricopa Sheriff's Office of racial profiling and a pattern of discrimination at the Sheriff's office in Phoenix, Arizona December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Laura Segall

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio talks to the media about the Department of Justice’s investigative findings accusing the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling and a pattern of discrimination at the Sheriff’s office in Phoenix, Arizona December 15, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Laura Segall

 

By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON | Tue Apr 3, 2012 6:20pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department for violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.

The sheriff’s high-profile crackdown on illegal immigrants has helped thrust the issue onto the national political stage with some states passing tough new laws aimed at pushing out those in the country illegally.

The administration’s Justice Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been in settlement talks for months over allegations that officers regularly made unlawful stops and arrests of Latinos, used excessive force against them and failed to adequately protect the Hispanic community.

Those negotiations have broken down because of a fight over the Justice Department’s demand that an independent monitor be appointed by a federal court to oversee compliance with the settlement, which has now reached 128 pages in draft form, according to the Obama administration.

“We believe that you are wasting time and not negotiating in good faith,” Roy Austin, deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a letter to the lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

Austin said in the letter that Arpaio’s team demanded that a meeting slated for Wednesday include for the first time negotiations over the monitor and previously had demanded that the Justice Department provide more details about its findings.

“MCSO’s refusal to engage in good faith negotiations requires us to prepare for civil (court) action,” Austin said. He added that the Justice Department has recently discovered more information about the “failure to reasonably investigate sex crimes” by Arpaio’s office.

The Justice Department in a December report outlined numerous alleged civil rights violations, including that Latino drivers were four to nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos by Arpaio’s force.

The sheriff has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and lashed out at the Obama administration for targeting his department and failing to deal with the problem of illegal immigration with some 11.5 million believed to be in the United States.

In a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, Arpaio said the appointment of a monitor would force him to abdicate responsibility for his police force, including decisions about policies, operations, jail programs and enforcement.

“To the Obama administration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain, I say: This will not happen, not on my watch!” Arpaio said in the statement.

Arpaio’s force has been under investigation by federal authorities since 2008 during the Bush administration. Obama’s Justice Department spent months fighting for access to documents and to some of his deputies. Arpaio was interviewed twice during the probe.

(Additional reporting by David Schwartz in Phoenix; Editing by Anthony Boadle)

Can you say ‘Wag the Dog’?

Tom in NC

Be careful if you live in Arizona…

Arizona Passes Sweeping Internet Censorship Bill…

TeaParty.org (Info Wars) – The state legislature of Arizona has passed a bill that vastly broadens telephone harassment laws and applies them to the Internet and other means of electronic communication.

The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished.

Text from the bill:

A. It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use a telephone any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person. It is also unlawful to otherwise disturb by repeated anonymous telephone calls electronic or digital communications the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person at the place where the telephone call or calls communications were received.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund breaks down Arizona House Bill 2549:

The bill is sweepingly broad, and would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’ ‘harass’ or ‘terrify,’ as well as certain sexual speech. Because the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549 would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.”

First Amendment activist group Media Coalition has written to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, urging her not to sign the legislation into law. The letter notes that the terms used in the bill are not defined in the statute or by reference, and thereby the law could be broadly applied to almost any statement.

“H.B. 2549 would make it a crime to use any electronic or digital device to communicate using obscene, lewd or profane language or to suggest a lewd or lascivious act if done with intent to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’ ‘harass’ or ‘terrify,’” the letter notes. … ‘Lewd’ and ‘profane’ are not defined in the statute or by reference. ‘Lewd’ is generally understood to mean lusty or sexual in nature and ‘profane’ is generally defined as disrespectful or irreverent about religion or religious practices.”

“H.B. 2549 is not limited to a one to one conversation between two specific people. The communication does not need to be repetitive or even unwanted. There is no requirement that the recipient or subject of the speech actually feel offended, annoyed or scared. Nor does the legislation make clear that the communication must be intended to offend or annoy the reader, the subject or even any specific person.” the letter continues.

In this respect the law could even technically be applied to someone posting a status update on Facebook. “Speech protected by the First Amendment is often intended to offend, annoy or scare but could be prosecuted under this law.” The Media Coalition letter continues.

“A Danish newspaper posted pictures of Muhammad that were intended to be offensive to make a point about religious tolerance. If a Muslim in Arizona considers the images profane and is offended, the paper could be prosecuted. Some Arizona residents may consider Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments about a Georgetown law student lewd. He could be prosecuted if he intended his comments to be offensive. Similarly, much general content available in the media uses racy or profane language and is intended to offend, annoy or even terrify.”

“Bill Maher’s stand up routines and Jon Stewart’s nightly comedy program, Ann Coulter’s books criticizing liberals and Christopher Hitchens’ expressions of his disdain for religion, Stephen King’s novels or the Halloween films all could be subject to this legislation. Even common taunting about sports between rival fans done online is frequently meant to offend or annoy, and is often done using salty and profane language.”

Just WHO will define “offensive”, “annoy”, “lewd”, and “obscene”? Dangerous path Arizona is heading down. Let’s hope Governor Brewer vetos this legislation.

DCG

Obama’s Goon Squad at Work

Goon Squad Targeting Sheriff Joe before Obama Eligibility Declared

Written on January 5, 2012 by da Tagliare

Maricopa County, Arizona contains Phoenix and eight other cities with populations over 100,000.  The most populace county in the state with nearly four million people could have a significant impact on this year’s presidential election.

In Arizona, the county sheriff is responsible for verifying the eligibility of any candidate wanting to be placed on the ballot in their particular county.  In Maricopa County, that responsibility falls to Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Last year, Arpaio announced that he had instructed his Cold Squad unit to investigate Barack Obama’s eligibility to run for President.  In that announcement, he pretty much ordered the Obama administration to allow his officer’s access to the original birth documents in Hawaii that the President claims verify his US birth and right to run for the Oval Office.

Since that announcement, the President has launched one attack after another at Sheriff Joe.

First he instructed his loyal bird dog, Eric Holder to go after Arpaio and his department for their enforcement of state immigration laws.  The DOJ descended on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s department  like a flock of vultures on a dead carcass.  They swooped in and stripped Sheriff Joe and his detention officers of their federal badges that allowed them to enforce immigration laws.  They trumped up charges of illegal racial profiling to justify their actions.

But unlike most carcasses, Sheriff Joe isn’t dead yet and continues to stand his ground for what he believes is right and legal.

So now another liberal bird dog has moved into the area and is trying to launch a recall drive to get Sheriff Joe removed from office before his department can issue their results of the Obama eligibility investigation scheduled for release in February.

Randy Parraz is a radical leftist activist who has made a career of helping to launch community organized attacks on conservatives in the US and Canada.  His methods follow those of Saul Alinsky who wrote the book Rules for Radicals.  His tactics of community organization resemble those used in 1917 Russia to rid the ruling monarchy and replace it with the communist party.

H/T GrouchyFogie

~Tom in NC

Joe’s Getting the Goods on BO

Sheriff Joe’s posse delivers promised Obama surprise

Panel probing eligibility for 2012 ballot wants to see original birth certificate


Posted: October 31, 2011
8:38 pm Eastern© 2011 WND

Arizona’s maverick Sheriff Joe Arpaio promised surprises in his jurisdiction’s investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility for the presidential ballot and his Cold Case Posse is delivering – raising questions that touch on the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate issued last April and the possibility Obama is using a fraudulent Social Security Number.

Sources close to the investigation say the posse has decided it needs to see original birth records before it can conclude whether Obama should be eligible for the presidential ballot in 2012, not an electronic file or scanned copies.

The sources say the panel needs to examine the microfilm documenting Obama’s birth, as well as the ink-and-paper original 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health is holding in its vault.

The PDF file and various scanned copies of the birth certificate that the White House released April 27 are simply not good enough, the posse has determined.

Earlier this month, WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi spent 18 hours over a two-day period in Arizona briefing the Cold Case Posse on a wide range of evidence regarding Obama’s eligibility.

“The posse wants to see the entire microfilm roll containing Obama’s birth certificate, not just a microfilm copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate in isolation,” Corsi explained. “An individual microfilm copy could be forged, but forging the entire microfilm reel on which Obama’s birth certificate is in sequence would be almost impossible.”

Also, Corsi said, the posse wants the ink-and-paper original 1961 Obama birth records still held in vault by the Hawaii Department of Health to be released publicly and subjected to independent court-authorized forensic examination.

Corsi affirmed that the posse’s conclusion it needs to see the Obama birth certificate microfilm is part of the “shock” that Arpaio warned would be forthcoming, when he spoke last week to the Surprise Tea Party group meeting in Surprise, Ariz.

The focus on the microfilm records of Obama’s birth arose after Arpaio’s investigators realized the birth certificates of twins born the day after Obama, the Nordykes, had been released as white-on-black copies of microfilm to the family by the Hawaii Department of Health in 1966.

WND reported in July 2009 that Mrs. Eleanor Nordyke made public the copies in an article by the Honolulu Advertiser.

WND also has reported that the Obama birth certificate’s number appears to be out of sequence with the birth certificates of the Nordyke twins.

The Nordyke twins were born Aug. 5, 1961, one day after Obama, and their birth certificates were registered Aug. 11, 1961, three days later than Obama. Yet their birth certificates have lower numbers.

Susan Nordyke, the twin born first, has certificate number 10637, and her sister Gretchen has certificate number 10638. Obama, born Aug. 4, 1961, and registered Aug. 8, 1961, has certificate number 10641.

“In 1961, Barack Obama was not a celebrity,” Corsi commented. “If the Nordyke twins birth certificates were reduced to microfilm or microfiche by 1966, the date Mrs. Nordyke got the copies she made public, then Obama’s birth certificate should have been reduced to microfilm or microfiche at the same time.”

Corsi also indicated that the Arizona posse has interviewed court-certified forensic examiners who have advised that they can only issue an expert opinion on whether Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery if they can examine the original ink-and-paper records.

Corsi told WND the Arpaio investigation is far-reaching in scope.

In addition to examining whether or not the long-form birth certificate is a forgery, the Cold Case Posse is examining evidence that Obama may have a fraudulent Social Security Number. The posse also is looking at records pertaining to Obama’s birth narrative that suggest Barack Obama Sr. may not be the biological father.

“In total, the Cold Case Posse has assembled some 2,000 pages of evidence in the case,” Corsi explained, “and is now preparing to conduct interviews to examine a wide range of questions, including that Obama may not be qualified to be president under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution because he was a dual citizen at birth, given that his father was listed as a citizen of Kenya when the future president was born.”

Corsi said the Cold Case Posse is currently in the process of briefing various Arizona state officials about the progress of the investigation.

“Sheriff Arpaio said this would be a thorough and diligent investigation,” Corsi said, “and that is exactly what the investigation has become. Sheriff Arpaio once again has proven to be a man of his word.”

H/T WND

Posted by Tom in NC

Go For It, Joe!!!

CERTIFIGATE

Sheriff Joe predicts Obama investigation to be a ‘shock’

‘There are a couple of things … that could be a little bit exciting’


Posted: October 26, 2011
8:54 pm Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2011 WND

The results of a formal law-enforcement investigation into whether Barack Obama is eligible to be president of the United States could come as a “shock,” according to Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Tuesday night, speaking to a tea-party group in Arizona, Arpaio said, “I can’t tell you everything, but there could be a shock there somewhere that my guys came up with. I can’t talk too much about it. It’s in the process.”

WND previously has reported that Arpaio has constituted a special five-member law enforcement posse to investigate allegations brought by members of the Surprise, Ariz., Tea Party that the birth certificate released to the public April 27 might be a forgery.

The posse, assembled under the authority of Arpaio’s office, consists of three former law enforcement officers and two retired attorneys with law enforcement experience. Members have been examining evidence since September concerning Obama’s eligibility to be president under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, which requires a president to be a natural-born citizen.

He referenced disputes over the Social Security number attributed to the president and said, “There are a couple of things you and nobody else here knows anything about yet that could be a little bit exciting.”

Read more: Sheriff Joe predicts Obama investigation to be a ‘shock’ http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=360645#ixzz1bziOwVIi

See also the follow-up to this article, “Joe’s Getting the Goods on BO,” click here.

Tom in NC

Hispanic Students Disappear as Alabama Gets Tough on Illegals

Map of my country

Hispanic students are vanishing from Alabama’s public schools!

No, it’s not the invasion of the body snatchers.

They’re leaving because on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, a court ruling unheld a tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration, which had been passed by Alabama’s state legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Robert Bentley months ago, in June 2011.

Alabama’s law is the most restrictive law in the nation against illegal immigration, requiring schools to find out if students are in the country lawfully and making it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride. Like Arizona’s law, Alabama’s also allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if the person is stopped for some other reason. In addition, it requires all businesses to check the legal status of workers using a federal system called E-Verify — a system that interestingly flunked Obama’s Connecticut-issued Social Security number.

The law was to take effect on Sept. 1, but immediately was challenged by pro-illegal immigration groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, who declared the law to be “clearly unconstitutional,” “mean-spirited,” and “racist”.

Alabama has an estimated 120,000 illegal immigrants, a nearly fivefold increase from a decade ago, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Many of them are believed to be working on farms, at chicken processing plants and in construction.

Jay Reeves reports for the AP, Oct 1, 2011, that in the wake of Wednesday’s court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration, Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools .

In tiny Albertville, 35 students withdrew in one day. And about 20 students in Shelby County, in suburban Birmingham, either withdrew or told teachers they were leaving. In Russellville, which has one of the largest immigrant populations in the state because of its poultry plants, overall school attendance was down more than 2% after the ruling, and the rate was higher among Hispanic students. Schools in Baldwin County, a heavily agricultural and tourist area near the Gulf Coast, and in Decatur in the Tennessee Valley also reported sudden decreases in Hispanic attendance.

There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they planned to leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students’immigration status.

Local and state officials are pleading with immigrant families to keep their children enrolled. The superintendent in one of the state’s largest cities, Huntsville, went on a Spanish-language television show Thursday to try to calm widespread worries.

“In the case of this law, our students do not have anything to fear,” Casey Wardynski said in halting Spanish. He urged families to send students to class and explained that the state is only trying to compile statistics. The law does not require proof of citizenship to enroll, and it does not apply to any students who were enrolled before Sept. 1. While most students are not affected, school systems are supposed to begin checking the status of first-time enrollees now.

But many Spanish-speaking families aren’t waiting around to see what happens. There’s “no firm data yet, but several students have related to their teachers that they may be moving soon,” said George Harper, who works in the central office.

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Bravo, Alabama!

The next step is to get all able-bodied welfare-recipients off their arses to work in the jobs vacated by the fleeing illegals.

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” -St. Paul in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15

~Eowyn