Jan Brewer's U.N.-Bashing PR Stunt, and Its Sliver of Truth

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Jan finds the State Department's mention of 1070 "downright offensive."

Governor Jan Brewer's political operatives are by no means as dumb as their candidate. Evidence the PR stunt they let drop Friday, berating the U.S. State Department for daring to mention Arizona's breathing while brown law, SB 1070, in America's first ever report as part of its "Universal Periodic Review" before United Nations Human Rights Council.

Brewer's peeps worked up an indignant letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for Brewer to sign. In it, Brewer demanded that the reference to Arizona's ethnic cleansing statute be deleted, expressed her "concern and indignation," and called the move "internationalism run amok" and "unconstitutional," though in reality it is neither of those things.

In corn-pone language to rival U.S. Senator John McCain's "dang fence," Brewer referred to the brief mention of SB 1070 in the 29-page report as "downright offensive."

Well, tarnation, how dare that namby-pamby liberal Hillary Clinton pull such a stunt!

The letter and a fiery press release were issued to the media. And the media duly complied by reporting that the U.S. government was bad-mouthing Sand Land to the United Nations, and Gov. Brewer was defending Cactus Country as just as good on this here human rights stuff as the rest of the Union.

Less reported was the anodyne statement in the aforementioned report that sparked all this fake outrage.

"A recent Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world. The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined."

Now, I don't know about you folks, but that hardly reads like a condemnation of the People's Republic of the Prickly Pear. It's simply a statement of fact, and it was no doubt included because SB 1070 has been worldwide news since Brewer signed the bigot bill into law April 23.

The omission of any reference to it would have been more noticeable, particularly with Mexico being one of the 47 nations that currently make up the human rights commission.

Brewer's script-writers took a swipe at the commission by observing that its members "include such renowned human rights `champions' as Cuba and Libya."

This is true, but the commission's current members also include such rogue states as Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain and Belgium.

Interestingly, the State Department document itself addresses the issue that Brewer's brain trust attempts to sarcastically skewer.

"Some may say that by participating we acknowledge commonality with states that systematically abuse human rights. We do not. There is no comparison between American democracy and repressive regimes. Others will say that our participation, and our assessment of certain areas where we seek continued progress, reflects doubt in the ability of the American political system to deliver progress for its citizens. It does not.

"As Secretary Clinton said in a speech on human rights last year, `democracies demonstrate their greatness not by insisting they are perfect, but by using their institutions and their principles to make themselves...more perfect.' Progress is our goal, and our expectation thereof is justified by the proven ability of our system of government to deliver the progress our people demand and deserve."

Heady stuff. Idealistic, and quite laudatory, if you ask me. Moreover, if you think that the plight of the undocumented in this state and this country is not a human rights dilemma, then I've got some oceanfront property in Quartzsite I'd like to sell you. Dead cheap, too.

Of course, the U.N is one of those institutions that wingnuts love to rail on. Same for Hillary, and the State Department, for that matter. Which is why the far-right Sonoran Alliance blog has labeled the date of Brewer's press release, "A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY." You know, like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but without the carnage and all those mangled ships.

Such hysteria is to be expected from its source, and from Brewer -- even though I doubt very much she's read the State Department report in question or even could understand it if she did so. Remember, her main educational accomplishment is a certification in X-ray technology.

But, hey, that's what advisors like Chuck Coughlin and Paul Senseman are for, right?

However, amidst all the blarney, there was one point in the Brewer letter that I had to agree with.

"The flow of illegal immigrant trafficking," the missive states, "to a large degree across the harsh Arizona desert is a result of the federal policy to secure the border in San Diego and El Paso and leave the Tucson (Arizona) sector less secured. For example, this federal policy has resulted in the deaths of untold numbers of illegal immigrants --- 170 bodies found in the desert so far this year according to the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Examiner."

Not that I think Brewer and her staff give a flying flick about those who die of dehydration crossing the Arizona desert, but this passage is fairly accurate. The federal government has adopted a border policy since the Clinton administration that creates what researchers call a "funnel effect," pushing migration through Arizona.

See, the feds thought the Arizona desert would provide a natural barrier to migrants. Instead, the desert has become a graveyard for thousands.

I'll give Brewer's ghost writers a spec of credit for pointing out the hypocrisy of the feds here, even though the rest of their diatribe is pure bunk. However, as a PR stunt, I must admit, it was quite successful, if you judge by the way the lemmings in the press covered it.

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Dave Francis
Dave Francis

Whatever has become of our country, when the federal government sues the state of Arizona. But this time allowing illegal aliens back on Main Street without arresting them. The Obama administration is looking for any excuse to go after Arizona, because they dared to criticize their Immigration Czars. The Justice Department have become like Big Brother in George Orwells' "1984".Let's remember them all in November. The Tea Party, the Independents and the moderate Conservatives. want these Liberals out of power? Every bloody incumbent, every politicians catering to the illegal alien invasion. Now we have the Administration going whimpering to the United Nations, saying that Arizona is violating human rights? We need desperately a compact federal government, not the monolith that is bleeding THE PEOPLE'S America dry, to give public entitlement to illegal aliens that is costing the US taxpayer billions. THESE PEOPLE BROKE OUR LAWS AND MUST BE DEPORTED.

Even the Republicans are better than the government we have now. THROW THEM ALL OUT IN NOVEMBER, STARTING WITH PRO-AMNESTY SEN. HARRY REID. On July 6th, 2010, the Federation for American Immigration Reform issued a report on a study in which they estimate the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84.2 billion at the state and local level. These dollar numbers are calculated from records at each level of government. Frosty Woodbridge has investigated the real costs of illegal immigration and every taxpaying American should study it. Mr. Woodbridge gives you the dollar figures and sources for those individuals who need reassurance.

I wouldn't give any credence from a Liberal Sanctuary City of San Francisco.

THAN SAY TO YOURSELF, ARE WE GOING TO REPEAT THE SAME THING OVER--AND--OVER AGAIN? USE GOOGLE OR YAHOO to locate some serious dollar numbers at RENSE DOT COM. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 billion in remittances back to their countries of origin. $200 billion Dollars a year in lost-suppressed American wages caused by the illegal aliens. I agree we need highly skilled legal immigrants and not the surge we have had in the last ten years of semi-skilled and manual cheap labor. The later are the ones bankrupting this nation. Learn even more at NumbersUSA about what the consequences of illegal alien occupation in your future. Make some time and read about the corruption fermenting in Washington at Judicial Watch, then phone your Representative and bombard the switchboard at 202-224-3121. We better be on our toes in November, because in large illegal alien states they will violate the law and vote for lawmakers such as Sen. Harry Reid.

Ivant94
Ivant94

I can't wait if Brewer gets voted into office that we can all impeach her. She is an idiot and that is all she eats, sleeps and drinks is SB1070. Yeah she is a drinker and it shows. Her face lift isn't working. She looks awful. The old seahag.

Car_del99
Car_del99

I wonder what happend to the 'mirror' people..you know.. " it mirrors Federal law " since it was enjoined..?It;s like copying a song and saying it's legal..for me to say I wrote it, without disregard to copywrite laws...Or..copying the Constitution word for word ,'mirror ' and saying I wrote it, so therefore is legalOr....Painting any wheel and saying I invented it...

jose patino
jose patino

The GOP is sad and desperate like alwasy putting their hopes with Jan Brewer. Brewer is a not educated by means, and no expert on the Mexico-US border phenomena. She hardly qualifies for weekend patio talk over a couple of drinks. Brewer runs from every credible source interviewer. She never faces the music, which shows her ineptitude to think on her feet. Arizonans who vote for Brewer are as dumb as her, or just plain stupid.

Google DREAM Act 2010.

Chadsnow
Chadsnow

Right on, Rob. Jan's going on every talk show she can get her old, bitter, white face on and telling them that we're "the kidnapping capital of the world" and talking about all those headless bodies, but she's downright indignant that anyone else cast Arizona in a less than perfect light...

Craig
Craig

Markb - Brewer is "on target" if her sights are set on her foot...

ICdumbPpl
ICdumbPpl

Hilarious hypocrite you are Lemons! Such an appropriate name. To imply racism and that the Gov and her staff don't "give a flying frick" is sick slander. It is amazing how a writer and organization can get away with spewing that disgusting pure racist vomit.

DaveToo
DaveToo

And you are evidence that people with an IQ under 100 are closer to being mentally retarded then to being truly intelligent.

You are a moron.You can not read slander, you can read libel

The legal defense against Libel is to prove the written item to be un-true.Please PROVE the statement to be un-true or STFU.

Definition of slander: words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another .Definition of Libel: a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person

ICdumbPpl
ICdumbPpl

Dave, get a new line. The word slander, as a noun, involves oral communications. As a verb, it is not limited to oral communications. As a verb, it would be correct to say that you practice slander frequently in your posts. In court, slander is a noun and limited to oral communications. You have just enough knowledge to make yourself sound intelligent. You are both hilarious and pathetic. Thanks for the laugh. Fake it until you make it Dave.

James Trotter
James Trotter

Stay on them govenor

DaveToo
DaveToo

And you are evidence that people with an IQ under 100 are closer to being mentally retarded then to being truly intelligent.

How exactly is she "Staying on them"?

Ross
Ross

Sticks and stones may break her bones, but those can always be mended with the help of a good X-ray technician. It's those danged words that really hurt.

Once a hag always a hag
Once a hag always a hag

"A day that will live in infamy". Quotes plagiarized from dead presidents. Well, I have a single quote that borrows from GHW Bush and Dan Aykroid both... "Read My Lips, Jan, You Ignorant Slut". And as far as it goes, Janny pooh, there is nothing more offensive than a useless old desert hag dredged up from the bowels of the civic center and installed by the fascist swine of AZ. government as interim state governor, who then jumps on the all too convenient bandwagon of xenophobic fear and panic already bred into the public. It was a pretty easy ride, wasn't it, Governor Jan ? Not much for an old hag to do in this environment of "End Times" hysteria, but publicly parrot a bunch of lies about the second most populace ethnic group in Arizona. It was an easy sell, to be sure, but you knew that out the gate, didn't you ? A couple of sleazy TV commercials filmed on the prairie telling lies about foreigners, and even more lies about how it is you who will save us all. The end of the world is only 844 days away, isn't it Jan ? And you think that ascending to the highest throne in Arizona, an area expected to be one of the few possibly spared total destruction in the event the weather degrades fully and society begins to collapse, will save you and your wrinkly tits. You're not one of the "Panel of Gods" like Barack Obama and the rest of the evil ones. You're just an old desert whore who took advantage of a sad situation. You care nothing about borders, dope dealers, Mexicans, or the economy of the very state you told BS stories to. You only want to be governor. You are a filthy old shrew who operates from the Gospel of Arpaio. So f__k you... And please wear dresses with a higher neckline in the future, OK ?

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

You description of Brewer sounds a lot like the douchebag William Gheen over at ALIPAC. Wonder if they're first cousins?

Arizona's Politics
Arizona's Politics

Thanks, FB.

In our fact check analysis, we found her letter to be "Completely Misleading", and added some information on the UN process that this report is a part of: http://bit.ly/cqN5mb

The irony in Brewer judging the State Department's report to be "unconstitutional" also should be noted.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Speaking of hypocrisy from the Obama administration (which continues its insidious rightward ooze), The New York Times had a fascinating piece today which highlighted just how institutionalized the anti-immigrant insanity has become -- and it isn't limited to Arizona, or even the southwest border:

“It’s turned into a police state on the northern border,” said Cary M. Jensen, director of international services for the University of Rochester, whose foreign students, scholars and parents have been questioned and jailed, often because the patrol did not recognize their legal status. “It’s essentially become an internal document check.”

. . . “At least in Arizona, you have to be doing something wrong to be stopped,” said the woman, a citizen of Chinese-American descent who said her Mexican boyfriend was sleeping when an agent started questioning him. “Here, you’re sitting on the train asleep and if you don’t look like a U.S. citizen, it’s ‘Wake up!’ ”

. . .To others, it evokes travel through the old Communist bloc. “I was actually woken up with a flashlight in my face,” recalled Mike Santomauro, 27, a law student who encountered the patrol in April, at 2 a.m. on a train in Rochester.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08...

The second paragraph is, of course, incorrect: as many of Arpaio's sweeps victims can testify, countless Arizonans have been stopped and questioned not because they did anything wrong, but on a pretext invented to justify the stops and interrogations. Countless more would be stopped this way if SB 1070 had been allowed by the courts to be fully enforced.

GENO
GENO

I wonder if the SPLC and ADL will add that sock puppet unelected Gov. Jan Brewer to their "HATE WATCH" list? Why? For signing one of the most hateful legistlatures ever enacted in the 21st Century. It doesn't just target the illegal invaders. It targets all Americans who are non-White.

Rob
Rob

Read the letter....

Just wondering why she didn't mention all those headless bodies that keep popping up in the Arizona desert?

And how most illegals are drug mules, she forgot to list that too.

Right Jan? Isn't that what you told all of us?

Reuven
Reuven

The state departments document should mention the fact that FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), a lobbyist group that is classified as a hate group by the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) is writing Arizona's laws. Stephen, I am surprised you have not focused more on this topic in your blog. I actually have not heard any media outlet across the country exposing the fact that a hate group is writing our laws for us. Lets talk about John Taton, the founder of FAIR, and his love for eugenics. How about the fact that he has helped support white power organizations over the years. Or his claims that "Blacks and Latinos are not capable of civilization". These are the folks writing our laws for us here in cactus country. Not only should this be the topic of conversation here in the U.S. but might be worth mentioning to the United Nations Human Rights Council as well.

Shannon
Shannon

what a hilarious joke, you say FAIR is a hate group according to SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center)? SPLC itself is a hate group, secretly financed and controlled by the Zionist intelligence agency Mossad! Ask yourself a question, why is an foreign intelligence group such as Zionist Mossad allowed to promote hate crime laws and United States, when in Israel it's against the law for a Jew to marry an Arab? were ethnically cleansed the Gaza and the West Bank? It's the hypocrisy I can't stand

Markb
Markb

Jan Brewer is on target once again. Go Jan go!

DaveToo
DaveToo

And you are evidence that people with an IQ under 100 are closer to being mentally retarded then to being truly intelligent.

How exactly is Jan Brewer "On Target"?

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