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Sunnis Returning to Insurgency in Iraq

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Sunnis Returning to Insurgency in Iraq
Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to an intensive recruitment campaign by the Sunni insurgency, according to government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents. Although there are no firm figures, security and political officials say hundreds of the well-disciplined fighters — many of whom have gained extensive knowledge about the American military — appear to have rejoined Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Beyond that, officials say that even many of the Awakening fighters still on the Iraqi government payroll, possibly thousands of them, covertly aid the insurgency.



Late, Late Night FDL: Wheel In The Sky

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Wheel In The Sky
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Condoleezza Rice

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Condoleezza Rice

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Brigid Brett: The Long Shelf of War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Brigid Brett: The Long Shelf of War
My collection of war books is growing. They spread out on the long shelf behind my dining room table, sandwiched between Alice in Wonderland and the poetry of Robert Frost.

DADT Update: Judge Likely To Deny Government On Gay Troops Order
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Alexi Giannoulias Touts Independence, Says Obama’s Heavy Healthcare Focus Was A Mistake
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Todd Kashdan: Three Clues That CEOs or Politicans Are Lying to You
There’s nothing wrong with an assumption that people are inherently good while giving them the benefit of the doubt. All I ask is that you go beyond the surface content of what people talk about.


Fox’s Nazi fetish: Beck, O’Reilly, others repeatedly invoke Nazi imagery

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Fox’s Nazi fetish: Beck, O’Reilly, others repeatedly invoke Nazi imagery

Led by Glenn Beck — who was once condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for saying Al Gore used “the same tactic” as Adolf Hitler — Fox News personalities have frequently invoked Nazi Germany in their political commentary, often comparing progressives to Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and the Nazi “brownshirts.”

Beck regularly invokes Nazis, Hitler, Goebbels, other Nazi imagery

Beck: Obama advisers show “the kind of thinking that … eventually led to the Holocaust.” On his October 5 radio show, Beck discussing a reported proposal to retroactively increase liability limits to cover the costs of the Gulf oil spill, Beck responded: “Did we go and fight Germany for this? Is that what we fought the Nazis for? Is that why those millions of people died?”

Beck: Progressives use “democratic elections” to push dictators — “Hitler, ‘democratically elected.’ “ On the April 28 edition of his Fox News show, Beck stated that progressives use “democratic elections” to push dictators, then stated, “You’ll hear this when they talk about the ‘democratically elected’ leader of Iran; the democratic leader Chavez, ‘democratically elected,’ you know; Castro, ‘democratically elected’; Hitler – ‘democratically elected.’ “

Beck: “Progressives build the structure that a communist, a Marxist, a Nazi would love to have.” On the April 22 edition of his radio show, Beck stated that “[p]rogressives build the structure that a communist, a Marxist, a Nazi would love to have.”

Beck invoked “first they came for the Jews” poem to respond to ad boycotts. On the April 8 edition of his Fox News show, Beck edition of his radio show, Beck discussed a proposal by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to implement national ID cards for workers and said, “It was only one of the first things that Hitler did.”

Beck: Obama campaign videos were Goebbels-like “propaganda.” On the February 16 edition of his radio show, Beck compared Fox News to the Jews during the Holocaust, telling other media outlets, “When they’re done with Fox, and you decide to speak out on something. The old, ‘first they came for the Jews, and I wasn’t Jewish.’ ” He went on to say, “When they’re done with Fox and talk radio, do you really think they’re going to leave you alone if you want to ask a tough question? … If you believe that, you should open up a history book, because you’ve missed the point of many brutal dictators.”

Beck on Obama’s “civilian national security force”: “This is what Hitler did with the SS.” Discussing President Obama’s call for a “civilian national security force” — which was a reference to expanding the foreign service, AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps — Beck said on the August 27, 2009, edition of his Fox News program:

BECK: I’m finding this — this is the hardest part to connect to. Because this is — I mean, look, you know, David [Bellavia, former Army staff sergeant], what you just said is, you said, ‘I’m not comparing’ — but you are. I mean, this is what Hitler did with the SS. He had his own people. He had the brownshirts and then the SS. This is what Saddam Hussein — so — but you are comparing that. And I — I mean, I think America would have a really hard time getting their arms around that.

Beck told Newsmax: “I fear a Reichstag moment.” On September 29, 2009, conservative news website Newsmax.com reported of its interview with Beck:

But his real worry is that many Washington elitists really don’t like our form of government and want to see it abolished.

“I fear a Reichstag moment,” he said, referring to the 1933 burning of Germany’s parliament building in Berlin that the Nazis blamed on communists and Hitler used as an excuse to suspend constitutional liberties and consolidate power.

“God forbid, another 9/11. Something that will turn this machine on, and power will be seized and voices will be silenced.”

Beck said he’s “not comparing” Obama to Hitler, then urged his audience to “please read Mein Kampf” and learn from Germany’s mistakes. On the August 12, 2009, broadcast of his radio show, discussing Obama’s position on health care reform, Beck stated:

BECK: I am not comparing him to this, but please, read Mein Kampf for this reason. If you read it now, you see that Hitler told you what he was going to do. He told the Germans. It outsold the Bible. Germans read Mein Kampf, but what did they do? They didn’t listen. ‘Oh, he doesn’t mean that.’ ‘Oh, he’s just saying that to appeal to X, Y, Z.’ All of the same lies we’re telling to ourselves. ‘No, that’s crazy. Nobody would actually do that.’ They buried their heads in the sand, and then it became too late. Please, America, take this man for what he says.

Beck compares media portrayal of “tea partygoers” to Nazi portrayal of anti-Nazi “complainers.” On the August 11, 2009, edition of his Fox show, Beck compared the media’s portrayal of the “tea partygoers” to a Nazi propaganda poster portraying “complainers” about Nazi policies, saying, “This is a poster of what you see every day now in the news media making the complainers, the tea partygoers, look somehow rotten.”

Beck links health care reform to Nazis, suggests reform would kill elderly and newborns. On his August 6, 2009, radio show, Beck suggested that health care reform would lead to the eugenics programs undertaken in Nazi Germany, saying that “three people in the White House are in love with eugenics” and that reform would kill the elderly and newborns.

Beck said “the Germans” during Hitler’s rise “were an awful lot like we are now.” On the June 10, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, Beck stated: “I think the Germans, however, were an awful lot like we are now. We’re kind of living in a denial, like, ‘No, no, that can’t really be happening. No, that really — I — you don’t want to believe some things, but you have to. You have to actually think about them.”

Beck compared car dealership closures to Nazism, warning “at some point, they’re going to come for you.” While discussing the closures of auto dealerships under the bankruptcy deals of GM and Chrysler, Beck said that the “poem that keeps going through my mind is ‘First they came for the Jews,’ ” adding, “Gang, at some point they’re going to come for you.”

Beck compared auto bailouts to the actions of German companies “in the early days of Adolf Hitler.” While discussing the auto company bailouts on the April 1, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, after stating, “I am not saying that Barack Obama is a fascist,” Beck said, “If I’m not mistaken, in the early days of Adolf Hitler, they were very happy to line up for help there as well. I mean, the companies were like, ‘Hey, wait a minute. We can get, you know, we can get out of trouble here. They can help, et cetera, et cetera.’ “

Beck compared TARP to “what happened to the lead-up with Hitler.” On the April 21, 2009, edition of Fox Business’ Money for Breakfast, Beck said of the Troubled Asset Relief Program [TARP]:

BECK: This is not comparing these people to the people in Germany, but this is exactly what happened to the lead-up with Hitler. Hitler opened up the door and said, “Hey, companies, I can help you.” They all ran through the door. And then in the end, they all saw, “Uh-oh. I’m in bed with the devil.” They started to take their foot out, and Hitler said, “Absolutely not. Sorry, gang. This is good for the country. We’ve got to do these things.” And it was too late.

Beck airs photos of Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, asks, “Is this where we’re headed?” On the April 2, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, while teasing the next day’s show, Beck asked, “Is this where we’re headed?” while airing photos of Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Vladimir Lenin.

Beck has attacked progressive organizations as “brownshirts.” Beck has repeatedly attacked the “brownshirts” at ACORN and “their henchmen” at the Service Employees International Union.

Beck warned of impending “national socialism.” On the February 6, 2009, edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Beck claimed that “We are really truly stepping beyond socialism and starting to look at fascism.” Then, purporting to “explain what happened in Nazi Germany,” Beck propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Beck also suggested that by giving a speech to students, Gore was trying to “indoctrinate the kids” like the “new Hitler Youth” and said of Gore’s 2006 Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth: “It’s like Hitler.”

Beck compares Gore to Goebbels, says, “The government and its friends are indoctrinating our children for the control of their minds.” On the February 5, 2009, edition of his Fox News show, Beck stated, “The government and its friends are indoctrinating our children for the control of their minds, your freedom, and our choice and our future.” Beck then quoted Joesph Goebbels discussing the Hitler Youth and said, “If mom and dad decide the keep the temperature above 72, should our ‘Gore youth’ report mom and dad?”

Beck: Holocaust survivor’s story of how Nazis drove a wedge between students and parents sounds like U.N. and Gore. On the September 24 edition of his Fox News show, Beck hosted a Holocaust survivor who said that the Nazis drove a wedge between students and their parents. Beck responded by saying, “I don’t know about anybody else … this, to me, doesn’t sound like stuff necessarily that I’ve heard from Obama. This is stuff that I’ve heard from the U.N. This is the kind of stuff that we have heard from … Al Gore.”

In 2007, ADL rebuked Beck’s smears of Gore. On May 2, 2007, the ADL issued a press release condemning Beck’s April 30, 2007, statement that “Al Gore’s not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization. The goal is global carbon tax. The goal is the United Nations running the world.” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, said of the remark, in part: “Glenn Beck’s linkage of Hitler’s plan to round up and exterminate Jews with Al Gore’s efforts to raise awareness of global warming is outrageous, insensitive and deeply offensive.”

Beck promoted Nazi sympathizer’s book

Beck: The Red Network — rife with racism and anti-Semitism and written by a Nazi sympathizer — did “what we’re doing now.” On his June 4 radio program, Beck apologize for promoting her hateful work on the air. Instead, Beck attacked “the left” for calling him “a Jew-loving Nazi sympathizer.”

Beck has repeatedly invoked Weimar Republic

Beck has used his radio and TV programs to repeatedly warn that the U.S. is becoming the Weimar Republic, the post-World War I German system of government supplanted by Hitler’s Third Reich:

  • On February 24, 2009, Beck suggested that the U.S. was on course to make the “scariest mistake that Germany made during Weimar Republic.”
  • On October 28, 2009, Beck theorized that the United States, in order to pay its debts, would continue printing money and drive up inflation, at which point the country would drop the dollar as its currency and establish a new currency backed by land, which the government will seize through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Beck explained that this is exactly what happened in the Weimar Republic.
  • On January 5, Beck predicted a possible future of hyperinflation he described as “the Great Depression times 100,” adding: “This is the reason I told you two years ago, please study the Weimar Republic.”
  • On May 12, Beck said the U.S. is “devaluing the currency” through “digitizing money,” adding, “What happens when you digitize money? Weimar Republic, collapse.”
  • On July 8, Beck said that businesses working with the Obama administration resulted in a “short-term gain” followed by a “long-term loss of freedom,” claiming that “if you look at the history of the Weimar Republic,” events unfolded in a similar manner.
  • On August 2, Beck explained deflation and hyperinflation by saying, “See if you notice any similarities of the Weimar Republic” to the U.S. economy.
  • On August 5, Beck asserted of the Weimar Republic, “the patterns are repeating itself.” [sic]
  • On August 12, Beck asked his viewers to “watch for three things” that were done in the Weimar Republic, saying that “you must educate yourself.”
  • In an October 7 commercial for Goldline, Beck asserted that the U.S. is “officially in Weimar Republic territory.”
  • On October 15, Beck’s radio co-host Pat Gray claimed that the federal government is “taking over all our property,” with Beck adding, “That is what they did in Weimar. They just took it.”

O’Reilly, other Fox personalities have also invoked the Nazis

Gingrich: Obama, Dems threatening America as much as “Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.” On the May 16 edition of Fox News Sunday, Newt Gingrich said that President Obama and the Democratic Party present as great a threat as “Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.”

O’Reilly said liberals who support gun control are “totalitarians,” compared them to Hitler. On the March 2 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly said liberals who support gun control are “today’s totalitarians,” adding that in the past people like “Hitler and Mussolini” held such positions in favor of “state control.”

O’Reilly claimed media using Goebbels tactics to push “rank propaganda.” In his July 16, 2009, syndicated edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly said “And I said that these tactics that are being used on this website, The Huffington Post, are the same exact tactics that the Nazis used in the late ’20s and early ’30s to demonize certain groups of people, so it would become easier for them, the Nazis, when they took power, to hurt those people.” Earlier, on February 27, 2008, O’Reilly edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Jane Hall said that comments made by actor Tim Robbins while campaigning for John Edwards were “valid.” In response, Bill O’Reilly said, ” But Von Ribbentrop in the Nazi hierarchy made valid points, Jane.”

O’Reilly: Daily Kos is “like the Nazi Party.” On the July 16, 2007, edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly said that the Daily Kos is “like the Ku Klux Klan. It’s like the Nazi party. There’s no difference here.” A day later, O’Reilly said of Daily Kos: “The hate this website traffics in rivals the KKK and Nazi websites.”

Hannity: Using Quran for swearing-in is same as using a “Nazi bible.” On the November 30, 2006, edition of Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity said that Rep. Keith Ellison using a copy of the Quran during his swearing-in ceremony “will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones” and is comparable to using “Hitler’s Mein Kampf, is the Nazis’ bible.”

Coulter on Media Matters: “little Nazi block watcher” website. On the December 1, 2005, edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter called websites like Media Matters “little Nazi block watchers” that “tattle on their parents, turn them in to the Nazis.”

O’Reilly compares Michael Moore’s “power” to what “happened in Nazi Germany.” On the July 28, 2004, edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly said that Michael Moore “has more power than probably anybody else other than [Senators John] Kerry and [John] Edwards,” adding that Moore’s purported “power” was “scary” because “this happened in Nazi Germany.” O’Reilly went on to ask: “Who was the most powerful person in Nazi Germany other than Hitler and Himmler and Goering, who? You guys know? … Goebbels. The propaganda minister.”

O’Reilly likened Moore, Franken to Goebbels. On the June 14, 2004, edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly compared both Michael Moore and Al Franken to Goebbels. O’Reilly also likened a group of Hollywood celebrities who attended a premiere of Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11 to “the people who would turn out to see Josef Goebbels convince you that Poland invaded the Third Reich.”


Republican Lawyers Group Calls Their Election Education Efforts ‘Unprecedented’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Republican Lawyers Group Calls Their Election Education Efforts ‘Unprecedented’
The Republican National Lawyers Association’s “election education efforts this year have been unprecedented,” according to a leader of the RNLA, which has run programs in the state of Illinois which coincided with GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk’s voter “integrity program.”

GOP Lawyers Group That Gins Up Voter Fraud Claims Hosting Training Events Across Country
Election law seminars that a Republican lawyers group was holding in Illinois — which happened to coincide with GOP senate candidate Mark Kirk being secretly recorded saying his campaign would be running voter integrity squads in predominately black neighborhoods of Chicago — are actually part of a series of seminars the group is hold for Republican lawyers in several states around the country.


Supreme Court Will Hear Whether Man Detained Without Charge Can Sue John Ashcroft
The Supreme Court today agreed to hear an appeal from former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who claims he should be immune from a lawsuit brought by a Muslim U.S. citizen who was detained for two weeks without charge in 2003 as part of a terrorism investigation.



Off-Key Teabag Republican Candidates Headed For Doom

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Off-Key Teabag Republican Candidates Headed For Doom


Kasich Maintains Solid Lead for Ohio Governor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Kasich Maintains Solid Lead for Ohio Governor
A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds John Kasich (R) continues to lead Gov. Ted Strickland (D) in the race for governor, 51% to 41%.

Key finding: Kasich’s lead is built on a 59% to 32% margin among independent likely voters.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “Kasich’s lead has remained the same and the sand is slipping through the hour glass. If Gov. Strickland is going to turn this election around, he needs to do it quickly. But the obvious question is, ‘What can Strickland do in the two weeks before Election Day that he has been unable to do so far?'”

Quote of the Day
“Heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message. If so, the GOP is through.”

— Sarah Palin, in an interview with CNN, on how the Tea Party is saving the Republican party.

Miller Admits to Ethics Violations
Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) acknowledged that he was disciplined for violating ethics rules when he was a part-time lawyer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Said Miller: “I’ll admit I’m a man of many flaws. I’m not going to sit back and say that I’ve conducted my life perfectly. I will tell you that anything that I’ve done that’s not right, it’s been accounted for and it’s been taken care of and I move on and I learn from mistakes.”

The statement “represents a reversal for Miller, who vowed last week not to answer any questions about his past after questions were raised about his borough work history.”


Senate Ratification of New START: What’s At Stake

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Senate Ratification of New START: What’s At Stake
The only thing standing between the New Strategic Reductions Treaty (New START) and its ratification by the Senate is a purely ideological far right opposition to any form of nuclear arms control. (You can follow the legislative drama at Josh…


Can the OECD stand up to Israel?
The upcoming OECD tourism summit in Jerusalem will test its member countries’ commitment to international law By Sam Bahour and Charles Shamas What can be said for the state of international law when international organisations such as the OECD find…

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GOP Legislator Who Crusaded Against College Sex Ed Classes Owns Company That Sells Kinky Sex Gadgets

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 19th, 2010 4:36 am by HL

GOP Legislator Who Crusaded Against College Sex Ed Classes Owns Company That Sells Kinky Sex Gadgets
In the winter of 2009, Georgia state legislator Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) led a high-profile campaign against the teaching of public university courses that dealt with sexual health and related topics. Hill was joined by a small cadre of other conservatives who sought to end the teaching of courses dealing with topics such as male […]

In the winter of 2009, Georgia state legislator Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) led a high-profile campaign against the teaching of public university courses that dealt with sexual health and related topics. Hill was joined by a small cadre of other conservatives who sought to end the teaching of courses dealing with topics such as male prostitution and gay history, and some of his acolytes even called for firing professors who taught these courses. Hill even appeared on CNN and boasted about an award he received for leading the battle to shut down courses dealing with sexuality. “Our public colleges are not the place for our young adults and future leaders to experiment and experience these types of sexually explicit behavior,” Hill said at the time.

Now, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Jim Galloway reports that, while Hill may think that sex is too hot of a topic for the young adult students at public colleges in the state to handle, he’s perfectly fine making a buck off it. Galloway writes that Hill’s Democratic opponent, Stephanie Webb, has discovered that the company Hill serves as CFO of, Gila Distributing, sells numerous sex gadgets and gay pride paraphernalia through the company. These products include “stress relievers” in the shape of male sex organs and Gay Pride flag lapel pins:

Stephanie Webb is Hill’s Democratic opponent. One night, her husband/campaign manager was perusing the Gila Distributing web site and discovered more than antlers for sale:

– Foam “stress relievers” in the shape of a woman’s breast, or the male sex organ;

– “The Little Black Book of Sex Secrets,” allegedly by the author Dee Flower;

– A “safe sex” kit that includes a condom, anti-bacterial wipes, and two Lifesavers breath mints;

– And Gay Pride flag lapel pins.

Webb, a 50-year-old homemaker, has set up an Internet site displaying the products. “It wasn’t to be mean, but to show the hypocrisy,” she said.

The products being referenced can be found here, here, here, and here. “With 600,000 products, there is always a possibility that something slips through,” Hill told Galloway. “It’s certainly nothing we would sell knowingly.” The legislator also said he sees “no relationship whatsoever” between his anti-sex advocacy and the profit he makes partially by selling sex toys. “Yes, Rep. Calvin Hill talks a good game about patriotism, morals, and religion, but when money comes into the picture all those convictions go out the door,” writes the blog Georgia Politico.

Georgia Lawmaker Defends ?Shoot To Kill? Solution To Immigration: ?They?re Invading Us?
At a candidate forum last week, Georgia state Rep. John Yates (R) was asked for his recommendations on what to do about illegal immigration in Florida. Yates replied that troops on the border should be given “shoot to kill” orders and that flyers should be dropped in Mexico warning of the new immigration policy. “They […]

At a candidate forum last week, Georgia state Rep. John Yates (R) was asked for his recommendations on what to do about illegal immigration in Florida. Yates replied that troops on the border should be given “shoot to kill” orders and that flyers should be dropped in Mexico warning of the new immigration policy. “They ought to be armed and if warned leaflets dropped all over Mexico says that we will shoot to kill if anybody crosses and be serious about this and if they do that then there won’t be anybody killed [sic],” reasoned Yates.

In an interview with Atlanta’s Fox5, Yates stood by his comments:

Some have questioned Yates’ comments. When asked if he could see why people would be upset with his comments Yates, “No, I don’t think they’d be upset with what I’d say.”

Rep. Yates, a WWII veteran in office more than 20 years, represents parts of Douglas, Fayette and Spalding Counties.

“If they come over here, on these raids killing ranchers and everything, you got to stop them some way,” said Yates.

Yates likened illegal immigrants to enemies of the country.

“Stopping Hitler was worth the price,” Yates said. “It’s our border, they’re invading us.”

Watch Fox5′s report:

However, people are very upset about Yates’ remarks, particularly the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “We are seeing a frightening ratcheting up of hate speech about undocumented workers from Mexico, and John Yates has taken the rhetoric to a level of extremism that is shocking and deeply disturbing,” said Bill Nigut, the ADL’s southeast regional director. “Comparing Mexicans crossing the border illegally to Hitler’s army is grossly offensive to Jews and others who suffered the tragic consequences of the Nazi’s so-called ‘Final Solution.’” Jerry Gonzalez of Georgia’s Association of Latino Elected Officials’s agrees. The Wonk Room has more on reactions to Yates’ remarks and how the immigration issue is playing out in Georgia.