Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tainting The Immigration Debate

I have always enjoyed articles like this — they attempt to use an isolated incident in order to shift the focus of the debate and cast doubt about whether or not we are making proper conclusions… Suddenly we are all supposed to think that illegal immigrants aren’t illegal immigrants, they are simply everyday, middle class people and above who have had a few paperwork issues.

Illegal immigrants are exploited by the Capitalist system in place — oh, I am not opposed to Capitalism. In fact, it’s generally the best economic system — however, let us not dance around the issue. Illegal immigrants are the cannon fodder of many businesses… But, wait:

ted immigrant in a New York Times Magazine article. In a very personal essay, Vargas detailed his journey from boyhood in the Philippines to a prestigious journalism career in the United States. Vargas admitted to breaking a number of laws to conceal his citizenship status over more than a decade of working illegally for a range of high-profile publications, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and The New Yorker. The essay quickly rose to the top of the “Most e-mailed”list at the Times and landed Vargas, and his compelling story, on a major media sites over the weekend.

Vargas’s personal story is vital because it complicates the usual terms of the immigration debate: outsiders vs. insiders, deserving vs. undeserving, legal vs. illegal. After all, one can’t help but see Vargas, though undocumented, as the consummate deserving insider — an American Dream hero incarnate, transcending race and class boundaries to make a real impact through his reporting. It’s nearly impossible to see a picture of the goofy adolescent, who watched “Frasier”to better his English or hear the story of his choir teacher’s admiration for him, and think “criminal.”

Oh, that is right — we shouldn’t think of him as a criminal because he doesn’t look like one! The fact is that he broke the law. And may I say: he broke the law in a way that is more insidious than poor Mexicans coming for a better opportunity.

It sounds like the fellow would have had a life in his own country, and in fact could have pursued a life doing journalism in a place such as the Philippines. Certainly the man was not devoid of opportunity if he is improving his English by watching Frasier… Why not pursue a more noble, higher cause of being a winning journalist in the Philippines? Let me guess: money. Not desperation for a better life — just the yearning desire to make hundreds of thousands in America as opposed to making tens of thousands in the Philippines and essentially selling out your local people due to a convenience… And to do so illegally, in the US.

Publishing this piece is not the end of Vargas’s advocacy on immigration. The article coincides with the launch of new campaign Vargas co-founded, Define American. Its aim is to inspire a new conversation about immigration, particularly in unveiling the truth about what its founders call “a growing 21st century Underground Railroad”for undocumented immigrants who are helped along by teacher, pastors, friends, and employers. Vargas told his Twitter followers: “I’ve written hundreds of stories. very few on immigration. now, i will write solely about immigration.”

But Vargas, in writing openly about his immigration status in a climate of polarized views on the subject and increased criminalization of undocumented immigrants, is at risk of being deported. As he wrote in the article: “I…am working with legal counsel to review my options.”Jehmu Greene, co-founder of Define American and the daughter of two former undocumented immigrants herself, said of Vargas, “Of course he’s afraid. But he’s been living in fear for the past eighteen years. He has the support of the Filipino American Legal Defense Fund and he is taking responsibility for breaking the law.”

NPR  (who else?) ㅋㅋㅋ

Well, good job for taking responsibility.

And your organization, ‘define American,’ is certainly an interesting concept. Perhaps the idea of what an American is can begin shifting towards something else but it seems that you are trying to kick up a lot of dust on a black and white issue.

You’ve broken the law — whatever an ‘American’ is, at least one would conceive of such as being legally naturalized or born in America as a sort of criteria.

Is there latent racism in the system? Certainly. Do we need to broaden our minds on the topic of what an American is? Sure. We’ve been working on that for decades now…

But do not confuse the situation.

You are an illegal immigrant who has now openly confessed to having done so, and been a successful person in America, for 18 years. Thanks for no longer hiding — I hope that your stay is short, and that you are sent back to the Philippines and you can think about how you should have come here the right way the first time.

Tightening Regs On Kimchi Bonds

This is something interesting that I did not know about before — something to think about in the future:

SEOUL (Dow Jones)–South Korea is considering further tightening the rules governing foreign currency-denominated bonds in Korea, or kimchi bonds, in its latest move to circumvent a surge in potentially destabilizing short-term overseas borrowing.

South Korean authorities are considering banning financial firms from investing in kimchi bonds in cases where the issuer intends to swap the proceeds into South Korean won, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

“Private placements of such bonds by companies for local use are prohibited. We’re now considering banning public offerings of kimchi bonds for that purpose,” an official at a financial authority told Dow Jones Newswires. The official declined to be identified.

The person said officials at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Bank of Korea, Financial Services Commission, and Financial Supervisory Service are discussing banning such issuance, though they haven’t reached a conclusion yet.

A ban on kimchi bond issuance for won use would require a revision of BOK regulations, which would have to be approved by the BOK governor, the official said.

Another person familiar with the matter said the authorities are moving to curtail the use of kimchi bonds as a means of raising cheaper funding, as opposed to meeting foreign currency needs.

Seoul’s concerns about abuse of kimchi bonds are linked to regulatory efforts to minimize the destabilizing effects of rapid foreign capital flows in and out of domestic markets. Korea has faced a surge of foreign capital into its markets amid expectations solid economic growth and a stronger won as the central bank tightens policy.

Korean authorities fear such inflows could exit just as swiftly, as they did during the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis and the 2008 global financial crisis. The won can be susceptible to big swings at times of crisis as it isn’t a major international currency and not fully convertible in international markets.

Kimchi bonds, named after the pickled-cabbage dish, are denominated in currencies other than the won, often U.S. dollars. Companies typically use them to raise dollars to settle transactions with U.S. partners and for other purposes.

By law, banks can provide loans in foreign currencies only if borrowers need the funds for overseas use. However, the authorities suspect local companies selling kimchi bonds are going into the swap market to change the proceeds into won, with banks acting as counterparties.

Wall Street Journal

It is entirely understandable as to why banks would do this, and why such a situation would exist; it would allow for corporations to handle situations better and it would be more convenient as opposed to simply always converting currency.

However, where there is convenience it seems that in the financial world there also falls the great ability to cause damage through poor use of it.

I really do not know enough about economics to further comment but if anyone has any good information or anything worth saying, please do leave a message here — I am interested to learn more about it.

‘스마트 교육?’ 필요없다…

ㅋㅋㅋ — 미국 60년대-70년대에도 TV가 우리의 교육 제도를 발달시키다고 생각했다… 그런데  교실에서 가끔 텔리비전을 사용하지만 많은 사람의 기대만큼 이용지않다…내 생각에는 컴퓨터가 비슷하다. 앞으로 물론 우리가 가끔 쓰지만 이렇게 모든 교육을 변하는 것이좀 이상한 사상이다:

[천지일보=장요한 기자] 그동안 교과서와 참고서, 사전과 공책 등을 모두 넣어 무거운 책가방을 메고 다니던 초중고생들의 어깨가 가벼워지게 된다.

2015년까지 모든 초중고 교과의 종이 교과서를 대체할 ‘디지털 교과서’가 개발되기 때문이다. 또 학생들은 자신의 수준과 적성, 필요에 맞는 교과목을 온라인 수업으로 들을 수 있고 각종 평가도 온라인을 통해 시행한다.

이에 따라 몸이 아파 장기간 결석하는 학생은 병원에서 인터넷 기기를 활용해 수업을 들을 수 있게 된다. 황사주의보나 집중호우로 휴교령이 내려도 온라인 수업을 실시해 수업일수 결손을 걱정하지 않고 진도를 나갈 수 있다.

이 같은 내용을 담은 ‘스마트 교육 추진 전략’은 교육과학기술부(교과부)와 국가정보화전략위원회가 29일 이명박 대통령에게 보고했다. 정보통신(IT) 기술과 스마트 기기의 확산에 발맞춰 획기적으로 학교 현장의 모습이 달라질 것으로 전망된다.

스마트 교육은 학교가 표준화된 지식을 평균 수준에 맞춰 대량 전달하던 기본 방식에서 벗어나 개인의 수준과 특성에 맞는 맞춤형·자기 주도적 학습을 실현하기 위한 것이다. 이를 위해 총 2조 2281억 5000만 원의 예산을 투입하며 이 중 절반 정도는 지방교육재정교부금 증액분으로 충당한다.

천지일보

아마도 몸이 안 좋은 학생들이 병원에 가면 큰 도움을 되는 기술 이지만 사실은 많은 사람들에게 스마트 교욱이 이익이 없다. 사실은 교육을 기술화 시키는 것이 아마도 교육을 해칠수 있다 .우리가 기술을 많이 쓰면 혼란스럽다. 우리 바로 앞에서 컴퓨터 있으면 교육을 받고 싶지 않고 다른 것을 하고 싶잖냐…

내가 인터넷 수업도 하고 온라인 코스는 쉽지 않다. 그리고이렇게 과도하게 기술을 이용하는 것이 항상 좋은 결과 있지 않다. 예를 들면 우리가 수업 하면서 집중 사라질수 있고 우리는 공책에서 메모를 쓰지 않고 항상 우리가 컴퓨터에 의존하고 있다.

사실은 우리가 똑바로 쓰면 그 정보를 더 쉽게 기억이 날 수 있다. 그냥 컴퓨터에서 파일을 받는 것이  아마도 우리에게 좋은 영향을 붙이지 않을것 같다.

우리 사회가 지금 일을 하고 싶지 않아서 항상 일하기 대신에 기술에 더 많이 의존한다…

현대 사회를 보면 우리 몸까지소용이 없는것 같다… 우리가 걸어가기 대신에 항상 대중교통이나 자동차를 타고 계단도 올라가기 대신에 에스컬레이터를 타고 가는 법이다. 우리 사회가 얼마나 게으르냐? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ.

기술은 우리 사회의 문제를 다 해결할 수 없다.

전통적인 방법으로 배우는 것이 최고다…

Apple Files Suit Against Samsung

This isn’t really surprising:

Apple has filed a patent-related lawsuit against Samsung in South Korea, Bloomberg is reporting.

According to the report, Apple filed the suit in the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday. Since details on Apple’s claims were not made public, the company’s lawsuit could be entirely new or relate to the earlier suit it launched against Samsung.

In April, Apple sued Samsung for allegedly infringing its patents on its mobile devices. AllThingsD reported at the time that Apple was charging Samsung with “copying” its user interface and product designs.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple representative told AllThingsD at the time. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Samsung quickly returned fire on Apple and filed a patent-infringement suit in April in the Seoul Central District Court, alleging that Apple violated Samsung patents related to HSPA and WCDMA telecommunications technology, among others. Samsung followed that suit with another filing in the U.S. in April, alleging that Apple violated 10 of its patents.

Apple responded earlier this month with an amended complaint, saying that Samsung’s alleged infringement went further than the company had initially realized.

“[Samsung’s] products…blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success,” Apple said in its amended complaint, which spanned 63 pages, up from 38. “The copying has been widely observed in the industry and has been mentioned in multiple articles reviewing Samsung products.”

 

CNET

 

This is very unsurprising… I do not really have an eye for products, but it seemed quite clear that what Apple is complaining about is quite true.  Originally, I used to even mistake people’s Galaxy’s for iPhones because the similarities were so strong and so clear.

 

Frankly, Apple’s lawsuit makes sense and they do have a point that there seems to be some total copying going on.

 

However, I will be the first to say that I do not know the details of the technology suits being filed by Samsung against Apple, and really cannot comment on the whole of the story the way that I want but I am very open to hearing the opinions of others who are more informed on the topic. This is a time when a technology nut like Andy Wagner or Stephen Baird would be very useful.

No-Go On Military Ops in Libya, But No Limit To Money

The news is kind of a mix…

WASHINGTON — The House dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly rejecting a bill to authorize United States military operations in Libya. But the chamber also defeated a measure that would have limited financing to support those efforts.

I support military operations in Libya for the same reason that I support military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan: kids have a right to listen to punk rock and women have a right to not wear Burkhas if they do not choose and we all deserve the basic human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is disappointing that Congress is not supporting Obama’s bid to allow for some human rights activism, if we can call it that, with positive deeds to liberate the people of Libya.

And this is why:

The result, coming after weeks of tension between Congress and the White House over authorization of American military aid for the NATO mission in Libya, was a mixed message to the Obama administration, with Republicans and Democrats forming alliances that splintered customary party lines.

The resolution to support the mission failed 295 to 123, with 70 Democrats joining Republicans in a rebuff to Mr. Obama.

The resolution was based on a Senate bill written by Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and John McCain, Republican of Arizona,  to blunt criticism that the president has failed to seek Congressional approval for his actions in Libya.

 NY Times

So Republicans, who arenormally in support of such a thing as fighting for human rights abroad, now suddenly want to turn tale on this issue and pretend that Pres. Obama is doing a bad thing?

Absolutely ridiculous, shameful, dubious, etc.

Human rights is human rights is human rights and we ought to support the efforts of people to gain them — itdoesn’t matter if the President leading the charge is Democrat or Republican.

Pull your heads out of your asses for once in your life.

Taliban Attempts To Use 9 Y/O Suicide Bomber

There really is not much to say on a topic like this — it is obvious that the Taliban forces are cruel, and this is generally unsurprising. It is merely good for cases such as this to be brought to the attention of the people because it has the element of good news that they failed in their attempt to use a child as a device of murder:

(CNN) — A nine-year-old girl who says she was kidnapped by militants in Pakistan and told to be a suicide bomber was reunited with her parents Tuesday, police said.

The girl, Suhana, was kidnapped on Sunday by two men with weapons and two women wearing burqas, she told police. Police did not release her last name.

She was on her way to school when they seized her and drugged her, she said in a news conference broadcast by CNN affiliate GEO TV.

Suhana was driven to the Darra Islam checkpoint in Pakistan’s Lower Dir district and “told to detonate a suicide vest that the abductors had put on her,” district police officer Saleem Marwat told CNN.

“Instead of detonating the jacket, after getting out of the car, the child started shouting and running towards the paramilitary frontier corps soldiers stationed at the… post,” the officer said.

She was arrested, her explosive vest was taken off and she was placed in custody, he said.

The Pakistani Taliban have used children as suicide bombers before, but there have been few cases, if any, of children as young as nine.

CNN

The girl was quite brave for her resistance.

It is interesting to point out that they were accompanied by two women in Burkhas — I am surprised that they would have women involved in an operation of this nature as they generally do not view women highly, but it makes sense in the context that they would be dealing with a girl in this affair.

Interesting to point out: since the girl in question was age 9, she was now a woman in the views of her society. 9 is the traditional age from which women began wearing hijab.

NK Purchases Anti-Riot Gear

This is a little bit interesting — one would think that they would be simply ready to handle the situation through more violent means. However, I can see why they would be possessed to do this.

They now have to play for a more long-term security with the shift of power, and perhaps are under the belief that they really can keep this brutal regime going, man, to insure that future generations of the Kim dynasty will be guaranteed an unlimited supply of French cognac and sexual slaves in the name of the Juche ideal.

North Korea has bought large amounts of anti-riot equipment from China in recent months, South Korea’s main news agency says.

This was apparently to prepare for possible unrest in the country, it said.

The Yonhap news agency said Pyongyang had created a special police force; it had also considered buying flak jackets and other anti-riot equipment.

The United Nations says North Korea is facing severe food shortages.

An unnamed source told the Yonhap news agency that North Korea had bought tear gas, helmets and shields from traders in China’s north-eastern city of Shenyang.

The report said the country was also believed to have created a nationwide task-force of riot police to quell any unrest.

BBC

Smart move, when you think about it…

Not even the North Koreans can really afford the massacres.

The fact that the native north Koreans may start rioting is quite an interesting point — if the regime is truly preparing for this, certainly there is some major failures going around.  I have never heard of them preparing for riots before — perhaps KJI, towards the end of his days, is being reflective.

Memento mori.

And memento when you are dead, history books will revile you for the monster you are.

NK Spychief Masterminded US Journalist Abduction

A very interesting theory that could probably be right based on them releasing this…

Recently executed North Korean spy chief Ryu Kyong planned and orchestrated the abduction of two female U.S. journalists on March 17, 2009, it emerged on Sunday.

Ryu, who served as the deputy director of North Korea’s State Security Department, obtained intelligence that Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists working for Current TV, were planning to visit the North Korean border as part of their report on defectors.

He then used his overseas operatives to bribe an ethnic Korean guide in China to lead the two women into the hands of their abductors. The guide took Ling and Lee to a point on the banks of the Duman (or Tumen) River, where they were dragged across the border into North Korea.

The abduction, which occurred just after U.S. President Barack Obama took office, prompted the White House to dispatch former U.S. President Bill Clinton to Pyongyang in August of that year. It also served as a propaganda coup for Pyongyang, which boasted that a former U.S. leader had to “bow before General Kim Jong-il and beg for forgiveness.” By successfully carrying out the mission, Ryu was subsequently hailed as a national hero.

Teams of overseas operatives, many of which had been in place for years, were mobilized in September of 2002 following the visit to North Korea by former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Many had been tasked with missions aimed at creating favorable diplomatic conditions for the summit. Boosted by the success of the summit, the State Security Department expanded the missions of its overseas operatives until they had created a vast intelligence network in China.

South Korean intelligence officials are now trying to ascertain why Ryu, one of Kim Jong-il’s closest and most trusted aides, ended up being purged, especially in light of his achievements in prompting former and incumbent U.S. and Japanese leaders to visit North Korea.

“The official charge made against Ryu was that he was corrupt and that he accepted bribes,” an intelligence source said on Sunday. “But it is doubtful that a key intelligence official in the State Security Department, which is responsible for propping up the North Korean regime, was not just demoted, but executed on such charges.”

Chosun Ilbo

A very interesting story — certainly, there would now be questions as to why he was taken out. Certainly, any number of reasons could suffice. Perhaps, indeed, he was corrupt as was being implied by the North. Perhaps Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-eun are just what we expect they are… Insane?

Regardless, it is interesting to hear that there is some official source claiming that they were indeed lured to the said location as opposed to captured through errors of their own doing or by their own naive efforts.

KBS Launches English Language K-Pop Show

Oh… Dear:

KBS World, the international satellite channel of the Korean Broadcasting System, has launched an English entertainment show, “K-WAVE STATION.”

The weekly 30-minute show airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and consists of three sections — K-wave News, K-pop No. 1, and Idol Adventures — with each addressing the latest Korean music, TV drama, film, celebrity news or trends.

The show hosts are KBS anchorwoman Park Ji-hyun and Jae-won of up-and-coming K-pop group Code V. The two are said to have good chemistry.

“Jae-won has lived most of his life in the U.K. and was cast because we thought he would appeal to our diverse audience,” said producer Kim Il-hoon.

The first section, K-wave News, updates viewers on the general activities of celebrities including behind-the-scene footages of recent movies, TV dramas and concerts. Rather than focusing on gossip, it highlights good deeds of stars, such as their volunteer work, donations and other public services.

This week’s main news items were the 2011 Dream Concert by singer-turned-actress Jang Na-ra and K-pop star Lee Hyo-ri.

The next section, K-pop No. 1, selects one Korean singer or group and analyzes each of the stars’ talents to investigate how they remain at the top. The “No. 1” spot this week was given to 2PM. The segment pinpointed the members’ diverse talents and consisted of interviews.

Idol Adventures is the last section in which young K-pop artists visit different historical sites and experience traditional culture. Pop group Dalmatian was the first star guest. The members, who are relatively new to Korea, struggled to learn particular Korean mannerisms and the folk song, “Arirang.”

Korea Times

Korea has been on this relentless, generally inexplicable quest for “soft power” and influence over other nations — it seems to always be desperately grasping for some sort of validation and sense of importance through the ‘Korean wave.’ It is now launching TV shows to promote itself, which is pretty predictable… Though I think they will find the demand for pop culture from different cultures is not particularly high wherever you go.

Never has there been an Asian song, in an Asian language, at the top of a chart in America; rarely even do non-North American artists penetrate the top of our charts and when they do it is nearly always a song being sung in English.

There is also another important realization: Many people over the age of 18 do not care that much about pop music, and the ones who do generally want some form of popular hip hop or rap…

There just isn’t a demand for feminine boys in America — I hate to break it to you, but the demographic that you are shooting for simply doesn’t exist and your show is a waste of time…

There is not a large demand for this:

Well… Actually, there is a significant demand for this — but I do not think that was the demographic you were looking to “penetrate” (enjoy the double entendre…)

I also enjoy the perception that ‘Dalmatian’ struggled to with Korean mannerisms.  This seems to be a common theme in Korean thought: foreigners will struggle with the concept of how we do things. The concept of foreigner and Korean, the ethnic and the non-ethnic, is so inherent to their mindset that I can imagine Dalmatian perfectly executing what is asked of them and see them being chuckled at because they are foreign! They don’t know how to do it right! 

K-Pop is yuck; the Korean Wave is not that good.  How do they not know what they have of real value? Their movie industry is terrific and they have many directors, such as Kim Kideok and Park Chanwuk,  who make terrific films that should be promoted… But instead? They pretend that Rain or Wonder Girls or some shit drama is supposed to be the vanguard of their culture and thought…

Jesus Christ, man! Are you kidding me?

All of this reeks of the sad desperation that I have seemingly grown accustomed to. The desire to be recognized, the screaming attention whoring — and the total naive attitude.

Naive because you do not understand that your pop music is shit, just like our pop music. There is nothing that can essentially distinguish it from ours other than language — and for what reason would we have such an interest in it? Why do you claim that there is some sort of intrinsic value in it? There is none.

K-Pop is the Dokdo of the cultural world: few people give a shit — and for good reason.

I have zero interest in what is popular in American pop music; I am even less interested in what Polish teenage girls are listening to. Neither of these is relevant to me — and, to most youths throughout America, they would agree that there is very little reason to listen to foreign pop music — especially when it sounds identical to your own, other than language.

I can theoretically envision a foreign pop artist who uses a completely different style within their pop gaining some form of renown…. There could be a one-hit wonder with an Ajaeng in their song, doing some variation of a traditional harmony; it could catch people’s attention…

But is there any (f’king) reason any of us should (f’king) listen to your (f’king) K-Pop over our domestic (shit) music that is sung in our language?

The answer is there is no reason, and the sooner that you learn this the sooner you will stop wasting time and money promoting this aspect of your society.

But… Of course… To Korea, there is little other concept of music than whatever the K-Pop factories are cranking out. Yesterday I was at a concert and I heard a man tell me he likes “hardcore,” and he listed Deftones and some other godawful mainstream rock act as being a part of hardcore… And this is at a concert.

There is not a very developed concept of what music is — it is entirely uncultivated. It would make sense that such an ignorance, such a lack of appreciation for the subtleties and minutia about music, such an overlooked yet necessary aspect of their society… Well, of course if 99% of your country cannot name a metal band besides Metallica, you might be dumb enough to think that there is a market for your trash in America.

You should be embarrassed…Shame on you.

McCain: “Illegal Immigrants Set Fires”

Oh boy, this is really rich:

(CNN) — U.S. Sen. John McCain is blaming illegal immigrants for starting some of the wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in Arizona.

“There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally,” McCain, R-Arizona, said Saturday at a press conference. “The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border.”

The Arizona senator, however, did not say what the evidence is, prompting a swift rebuke from Latino civil rights advocates.

“It’s easier to fan the flames of intolerance, especially in Arizona,” said Randy Parraz, a civil rights advocate who ran unsuccessfully against McCain as a Democratic candidate in 2010.

Parraz called McCain’s remarks “careless and reckless” but not entirely surprising given the political climate in Arizona. The Latino advocate is co-founder of Citizens for a Better Arizona, a group trying the recall the legislator who authored the state’s controversial anti-illegal immigration law.

Parraz said McCain “should know better” than to make such an accusation without presenting any facts.

McCain said that illegal immigrants set such fires either to send signals, keep warm or distract law enforcement agents. But he did not specify which fires allegedly had been started by illegal immigrants, nor did he identify his sources or provide details of the “substantial” evidence he cited.

CNN

I really cannot believe he would actually levy such an accusation.

Without any evidence, he blames illegal immigrants on setting mass fires throughout Arizona… It is one thing to oppose their entrance into the country on practical, political grounds. This is something that is justifiable. This is understandable.

But to accuse them of something like this? Absurd.

McCain has a lot of gall.