Already in the staggering fail column, the right wing outreach to the Latino community isn’t likely to fare better with this whole speak English or else thing. But I’m sure it will play well to the bigots who love to send those email forwards about speaking English.
• At a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing today on legislation aiming to make English the official language of the United States, Rep. Mike Conyers (D-Mich.) testified in Spanish. As you can see from the video above, his was a broken, lumbering Spanish, but it’s the thought that counts. Indeed, in the proposed law—the “English Language Unity Act of 2011”—any Spanish at such hearings, even the lumbering kind, would be prohibited.
• Fox’s Beckel on distortion of Obama comments: “Once again, we put something on the air that’s a flat-out lie”
• After adding Rep. Allen West to its advisory board, the Thomas More Law Center has found another rabidly anti-Muslim member of Congress to join its group: Michele Bachmann. The group, best known for its unsuccessful lawsuit against Planned Parenthood and the Shepard-Byrd hate crimes law as well as its botched defense of a Pennsylvania’s school’s Intelligent Design curriculum, as of late has tried to appeal to anti-Muslim sentiments.
• U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid answered Mitt Romney’s “put up or shut up” rebuke, saying it is Romney who has shut up about his taxes and must “put up.”
• US President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorising US support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, Reuters news agency said quoting sources familiar with the matter. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding”, broadly permits the CIA and other US agencies to provide aid that could help the rebels dislodge Assad from power.
Oil and Resources:
• Kitsilano: It was standing room only as more than 300 people packed a community hall on Tuesday night in Premier Christy Clark’s Vancouver Point Grey riding to voice their concerns over Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion. Kinder Morgan has said it wants to twin its existing Trans Mountain Pipeline that carries various oil products from Alberta to the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, where they are loaded onto tankers in Vancouver Harbour. The proposed $5-billion expansion project would increase the 1,150-kilometre pipeline’s capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 850,000 barrels per day, requiring an increase in the size and number of tankers passing through Vancouver Harbour. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has already stated he plans to oppose any expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline.
• To polish the Bain turd, Romney team brings on PR firm Brunswick Group’s Michele Davis. Among the highlights? Fannie Mae, the Bush treasury and, worst of all, BP after the Gulf of Mexico spill.
• The Fiji Shark Sanctuary is toast. Instead, there will be three new Fisheries Management Decrees, two of which (the third being Aquaculture) will contain special mention of Sharks. These are rather generic laws and only the regulations will then reveal what specific degree of protection Sharks will benefit from, or not.