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Aug 8, 2010
Category: Poultry
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: Less than 30 min

The chicken with no name (it’s actually a chicken roast)

1 kg chicken, cut into small pieces

1 tsp ground pepper

2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

½ cup red-wine vinegar

2 finely chopped medium onions

1 tsp dhania powder

Salt to taste

Wash chicken pieces, drain water. Marinate with salt, pepper, ginger-garlic paste and red-wine vinegar. Make sure it’s enough to coat the chicken with a little left over.

In a non-stick pan, fry onion in 4 tsp of oil (vegetable or olive). Brown onions.

Add dhania powder to the browned onion. The paste must look dark brown.

Add marinated chicken. Sautee on slow flame till coated with onion and dhania powder.

Taste for masalas and salt. Cover and cook on a slow fire. Stir occasionally till done.

Serves five.

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Posted: Aug 8, 2010 12:14pm
Aug 8, 2010
The 14th Amendment and The Menace of Anchor Babies: The GOP's New Wedge
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There are few concepts more ingrained in our democracy than the idea that, as a nation of immigrants, birth on this soil qualifies anyone for the rights and privileges bestowed to all Americans.  It is a philosophy rooted in a bloody move away from slavery and ingrained, in the aftermath of the Civil War, in the 14th Amendment when a slave named Dred Scott had the audacity to sue for his freedom and the freedom of his family in federal court and was turned away because, he was told, the Constitution recognized neither his humanity nor his citizenship.

But old habits die hard, and the most vitriolic fringes of the right have long called for an end of the 14th Amendment's guarantee of "birthright citizenship".  Those calls have become amplified as the rhetoric surrounding immigration reform and the reality of the racialized intent and impact of Arizona's SB 1070 became apparent.  

Invasion by Birth Canal
This most recent iteration has come in the form of an "invasion by birth canal". a racist talking point that insists that women illegally cross the border for the sole purpose of "dropping" an "anchor baby" knowing that the guaranteed citizenship for their children makes the chances of their own arrest and deportation much murkier.

If only this were simply the talking point of proud racists like Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce.  But it's a theory that has gained some steam, most notably from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell who just yesterday called for hearings on the proposed revision or outright repeal of the 14th Amendment.  Apparently word got out about that call for hearings as today McConnell backed away from those statements, choosing to call for an "educational exercise" instead.

Targeting WomenIt is one thing to use immigrant-bashing to score political points, particularly with midterm elections right around the corner.  It is repugnant, sure, but effective as the GOP has shown that immigration will be the wedge-issue of choice for elections to come.  But it is another thing entirely when elected officials like Pearce call for outwardly targeting women, both figuratively and literally.  We've seen the results in places like Utah where women's names and social security numbers were published for the sole purpose of targeting those women and chasing them out of town--and that, I believe, is a generous interpretation of what the goal of publication was.

To engage in the kind of campaign that the right is currently waging requires nothing short of a total dehumanization of its target, just as it was in the days prior to the passage of the 14th Amendment when slaves were utterly dehumanized by the law and in political rhetoric.  That same rhetoric is now thrown at immigrants, and most disgustingly, toward women and children.  

It is no surprise then that the same themes appear in this debate as were present during the Dred Scott days, including the protection of American society from an ever-encroaching dark menace.  It is just a sad, sad day for this country when our elected officials are seriously suggesting a return to the time when that rhetoric was an acceptable political platform.

Read more: politicsimmigrationmitch mcconnellimmigrationtmc14th amendmentanchor babiesbirthright citizenshipinvasion by birth canal

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Beth D.
  • Beth D. says
  • Aug 7, 2010 10:46 PM

I am at my wits end with all the talk about caring about the constitution, and the founding fathers...then, they want to change it to suit their needs. NO WAY! There is a reason - this is the law of our land. Its not subject to change for certain groups... and really, this country is all about immigration. We all came from somewhere else, except for native american indians, and look at the raw deal they got in the end.

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