Bord’oeuvres

Say It Ain’t So, Sheriff Joe…

“The Justice Department finally filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, accusing the Arizona official of engaging ‘in a pattern or practice of unlawful discriminatory police conduct directed at Latinos in Maricopa County.'” [TPM]

And With That, Everybody Immediately Stopped Talking About Anchor Babies…

“The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants — more than half of whom came illegally — the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped — and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries.” [Pew]

Well, What Do You Expect, He’s a War Criminal…

“Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled an April appearance in Toronto citing concerns Canada is too dangerous.” [National Post, via Political Wire]

Birther Trek: The Next Generation…

“Despite his avowed non-interest and the fact he may not even be constitutionally eligible to hold the office, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is the top choice of Republicans and independents for the vice-presidential slot on the Republican ticket this year, according to a brand-new poll.” [WND]

Was “Gulf of Freedom” Taken?

Our guest columnist is Steve Holland, Democrat representative for the Great State of Missississississippi.

HOUSE BILL NO. 150

AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT FOR ALL OFFICIAL PURPOSES WITHIN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE BODY OF WATER LOCATED DIRECTLY SOUTH OF HANCOCK, HARRISON AND JACKSON COUNTIES SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE “GULF OF AMERICA”; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. For all official purposes within the State of Mississippi, the body of water that is located directly south of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties shall be known as the “Gulf of America.”

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

HB 150 [Mississippi Legislature]

Mississippi Legislator Proposes Renaming Gulf Of Mexico As ‘Gulf Of America’ [ThinkProgress]

It Doesn’t Count When You Say It In Spanish

[The Blaze]

Do As I Say, Not As Mis Abuelos Do…

“New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who has drawn national attention and criticism from immigrant advocacy groups for trying to stop illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses, has acknowledged her paternal grandparents came to the U.S. illegally.” [AP, via Political Wire]