Chad’s Morning Brief: Live at Good Brews Coffee, Vision for Lubbock, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 26, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.
Mayor Glen Robertson, Councilwoman Latrelle Joy, and Councilman-Elect Jim Gerlt all won their City Council races and all had vision as a centerpiece of their campaign. In fact, no one talked more about vision than Jim Gerlt in his campaign for City Council District 4.
The question many are left with is, what is Jim Gerlt’s vision for Lubbock? Is his vision a city with a vibrant downtown? Does the vision include having to raise taxes on the citizens in order to build something shiny and new? Or does Jim Gerlt envision a city with low taxes and where Downtown redevelopment will happen privately? Time will tell.
What is your vision for Lubbock?
2. After Court Ruling, States Take Hit on Immigration Enforcement (link)
According to FOX News, Arizona wasn’t the only place effected by the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s Immigration Law. Other states will be hit hard as well if they have been trying to take enforcement into their own hands.
States seeking to take immigration enforcement into their own hands are facing an uphill climb, after the Supreme Court reined in Arizona’s disputed law and the Obama administration followed by rescinding a key partnership allowing local police to enforce federal immigration rules.
The day’s decisions further weakened efforts by Arizona, and potentially other states, to take on immigration enforcement themselves.
The high court decision Monday struck down three provisions in Arizona’s law, including one that allowed local police to arrest anybody they suspect committed a deportable offense. The ruling left in place, though, a central plank that required local law enforcement during routine stops to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally — a provision Democrats claim could lead to “racial profiling,” though Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer denies that.
The Obama administration quickly moved to deflate the remaining provision.
By Monday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security had pulled back on a program known as 287(g), which allows the feds to deputize local officials to make immigration-based arrests. According to a Homeland Security official, the administration has determined those agreements are “not useful” now in states that have Arizona-style laws. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has since rescinded that agreement in Arizona — with the state itself, and with three local law enforcement agencies.
3. Food Stamp Commercial (link)
This could have qualified for dumb story of the month, but I decided to put it here. This is not a joke. The USDA has a commercial out that actually makes taking Food Stamps sound cool and hip.
In fact, the nation’s agricultural agency says, in a recent video ad, that signing up for food stamps can make you look and feel your best.
Almost 48 million people received food stamps in 2011, an increase from the 28.2 million who received the welfare benefit in 2008. The cost to taxpayers has more than doubled during this period, to $78 billion, and will account for 78% of Farm Bill spending over the next ten years. Thirty-nine states have no solid asset test to determine food stamp eligibility.
Check out the link above for the commercial. Why are we promoting Food Stamps like they are great and wonderful. This commercial makes it sound as though Food Stamps are the norm and they help you eat right and stay fit. Unbelievable.
4. Juveniles Could Get Parole (link)
The Supreme Court also ruled yesterday that juveniles sentenced to life in prison must be given the possibility of parole. According to CNN:
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that two men convicted of killings committed when they were 14 cannot be sentenced to life in prison without at least the possibility of parole.
The 5-4 ruling is a victory for defenders of juvenile offenders, affirming recent high court rulings against harsh criminal sentences.
Justice Elena Kagan said it would be wrong for states to ignore the chance that these now-adult inmates may someday be rehabilitated.
“The mandatory sentencing schemes before us violate this principle of proportionality, and so violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment,” Kagan said.
5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)
Sex and Facebook. I think I might have to disagree with this study.
Food, sex and Facebook posting views. It’s what your brain likes best.
The reward given by a person’s brain when a Facebook posting of theirs is viewed, liked and commented on has proven to be comparable in pleasure to the response from food and sex, according to a recent Harvard University study.
The research, which was published last month in an edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that social media outlets give way to an increased rate of “self-disclosure.” The increase in “self-disclosure” leads to a spike in the amount of dopamine produced based on the pleasure or anticipation of a reward as a result of a social-media post being viewed, according to the research.
The study, which hints at Facebook’s role in the study but never directly cites the social-media giant, discovered “that humans so willingly self-disclose because doing so represents an event with intrinsic value, in the same way as with primary rewards such as food and sex.”
Good job to this 14-year-old.
A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his Phoenix home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings, police said Saturday.
The teen and his siblings, ages 8, 10 and 12, were at home alone when a woman rang the doorbell Friday afternoon, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.
The teen didn’t open the door because he didn’t recognize the woman.
Soon after, the teen heard a loud bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs and got a handgun from his parent’s bedroom.
When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man break through the front door and point a gun at him.
The boy shot the 37-year-old man, who was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition and underwent surgery. The man was upgraded to critical condition and is expected to survive and be booked into jail within the week on counts of aggravated assault and burglary, Holmes said.
This kid stayed calm, and knew how to shoot to protect his family. Good job!
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