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Late Nite FDL: See If You Can Figure Out What Malkin Is Saying


The above is a photo published by the NYTimes on the day of the march in Washington, DC, on April 10, 2006, that Pachacutec attended (and blogged so eloquently here).  Note the sea of American flags, the speaker, the scene.  Everything.  And please, take a moment to read Pach’s post if you haven’t yet:

Today I joined sea of Americans – many with official citizenship, some without – to celebrate America.

I find it impossible to convey in words the energy, passion and vitality of the uncountable hundreds of thousands standing shoulder to shoulder today on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., to say, "We are Americans, too! ¡Somos americanos!….

Enlightened immigration policy is a bread and butter progressive issue. As we protect all American workers, we protect standards of living, promote education, build a more sophisticated and internationally competitive workforce and end the race to the bottom in the domestic labor market that benefits big corporations in the short term at the expense of American strength and security in the long term. Even if you don’t share my degree of personal identification with today’s demonstrators, policies that support full citizenship rights for American workers are sane, smart and just. At the same time, we need to build real regulatory systems to monitor employers’ behavior and hiring practices. Building walls and sending people to foreign lands, on the other hand, destroys American families.

Those are Pach’s words:  words of hope, words of progress, words of a nation pulling together for a better future for all of its citizens.  Words that talk of lifting up the least of these, our bretheren.  The story he tells of his own immigrant heritage is very moving.  I, too, come from a family of immigrants — mostly Irish — who came to this nation a long time ago, at a time when the Irish were the ones that the people in power in this country looked down upon, but they propelled our family forward, always looking toward that golden American dream that drew them here in the first place.  I imagine it is the same for families all over this nation of ours.

I don’t pretend to have the answers to this complex web of problems involved in the immigration debate, but I do know a hopeful and uplifting piece of writing when I see it.  And I know that a problem this complex, this interwoven into the fabric of so many facets of our society, ought not be tossed off as some sort of charicature or joke.

Let’s contrast, shall we?

The photo above is also featured on Michelle Malkin’s blog with the caption:  "Now, back to your regularly scheduled MSM open borders propaganda…"

The photographs Malkin would rather you see regarding folks at the protest marches?

From her post entitled Signs You Didn’t See…: (4/11/06)  (NOTE:  Her captions, not mine.  Just fyi.)

From James Hudnall


From Robert Bluey in Washington, the translation is: "Open the door or I’ll break the window"…


From Bryan Preston’s Texas correspondent, the requisite Nazi smears…



…next, a cozy merger of open borders Jihadists, reconquistas, and Socialists…


Or these from her post entitled "VIDEO/PHOTO ESSAY: VIVA LA RAZA IN D.C." (4/11/06):  (Again, her captions, not mine.)


Some black radicals, fists a-waving, tried to get the protesters worked up: "Revolucion!" I was glad to hear the passers-by chuckling at the fools. 

(RH says:  Michelle has a clip for viewing at her blog if you want to watch it.  It’s kind of negative toward the folks involved, but hope springs eternal and maybe I’ll find a positive clip later.  After all, this is the same rally that Pach attended, and he seemed energized and upbeat.)


Here’s the Mall about an hour before the official start.


Spotted several bright yellow government school buses. (Didn’t get it on tape, but as I was driving home I noted that one of the school buses shuttling protesters had "McLean, Va." painted on the side. Taxpayers in that town might want to give their school board a call. Another charter bus carrying marchers was owned by Crown.)


This was the scene near the front of the main stage. A lot of shoving and shouting and "Si, se puedes!" 

(RH says:  Michelle filmed this as well.  Still no positive clips, but I’ll keep looking.)


A protest organizer on the main stage led the crowd in English rehearsals of the Pledge of Allegiance. He definitely needed the practice: "One nation, undivisible (sic)…"

(RH says:  Well, I don’t think it is nice to make fun of someone’s enunciation, but maybe its just me.  There was also a clip here — you can find it through the link above.  Still looking for that warm and fuzzy clip moment for Michelle…)…


Meanwhile, someone in the crowd targeted CNN’s Lou Dobbs, bane of the open borders left and right.


And some bilingual LaRouchies turned up. 

(RH says:  Um, yeah.  "The LaRouchies," as Michelle puts it, show up everywhere.  I saw some in front of the Museum of Natural History in NYC the last time I was there, but that doesn’t mean the dinosaur skeletons are in cahoots with them either.  I’m just saying…)


While the mainstream media focused on protesters who wrapped themselves in red, white, and blue…


…the inevitable Che cultists marched defiantly at the back of the pack. 

(RH says:  Clip here, too.  Not feeling the luv from Michelle toward these folks either.)…

Okay, so maybe the 11th of April was just a bad day for Michelle.  Let’s try another day and see how she’s feeling about "illegals" — I guess she likes them enough to give them a nickname, huh?

Oh, hey!  I found some folks that Michelle seems to like, in her post entitled "Counter Protest in Berkeley" (4/10/06):  (Again, her caption.  Not mine.)

The CalPatriot blog shares pictures of a small but stalwart pro-immigration enforcement contingent at UC Berkeley today (hat tip: Tom):


(RH says:  Wow, they sure do seem to like Tom Tancredo, don’t they?)

Well, I think that is enough of the photo essay to give you a feel for the message here.  Look, I’m not exactly miss "break the law, I don’t care" — I mean, anyone that I’ve sent to the penitentiary could tell you that if you asked them.  But there are enormous economic and personal issues tied up in all of this that can’t be summed up by showing only one-sided pictures.  Especially when they show one-sided pictures that clearly were taken or filmed by people on a mission to find only those persons who validated their wingnut view of this particular issue.

Michelle Malkin has an enormous readership among the conservative blog followers.  And her photo montage was meant to cater to her audience.  What do you think she was trying to say?

Ugly, isn’t it?

And no, her "Condoleeza’s watermelon" (4/11/06) math problem post does not make up for the immigrants suck photo montage, so don’t even start with me on that.  (And, fyi, that whole Fuzzy Zoeller thing was just plain odd — why doesn’t Michelle ask Tiger Woods how he felt having to explain to his dad that Fuzzy selected that meal in his honor and then she can joke about it.)  You want to talk the Condi post — I’ll raise you a "Hunting Yuppies in Harlem" (4/11/06), and toss in a "Live from New York" (4/10/06) and a "Muslims for Open Borders" (4/10/06) for good measure.

That’s quite a two day period, isn’t it?  I’d say "for shame," but I’m not sure she has any.

Previous posts in the series:

Right Wing Racism: Steve Sailer by Armando
Educating Wolfie by Pam Spaulding
Let’s Go Real Far Right… by Matt Stoller
Tramsmitting Extremism by David Neiwert
The Fork in the Road — The Right and Race Online by Steve Gilliard
Late Night FDL: A Thin Candy-Coat of Legitimacy by TBogg
What Lies Beneath  by Matt O.
Breaking The Code by Digby
Racist Crusaders Advocate Holy War: The Connection Between Racism, RedState, and the War on Terror by Red Dan
Principia Wingnuttia  by Gavin M.
Fear and Loathing in the Nuttersphere by Kevin K.

Matt O. has also been compiling racist quotes from right-wing websites over at The Great Society.

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Christy Hardin Smith

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Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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