• It was one Giants step for mankind last night. Well, let’s not go too crazy. On second thought: let’s! Congratulations to the Giants, who beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 to take the World Series four games to one. Edgar Renteria, who hit a homer that drove in all three Giant’ runs, was named the Series’ MVP.
  • …and now the other shoe drops. The Bay Area is dense with Democrats, but that home field advantage won’t help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi keep her job. If a slew of polls and conventional wisdom hold true, Democrats nationally will have to pull off a Giants-like miracle to retain their majority in the House and perhaps the Senate. California, however, may buck that trend. Polls show Jerry Brown ahead of Meg Whitman and Barbara Boxer leading Carly Fiorina. Meanwhile, the Chronicle reports that a remarkable procedural voting trend is occurring:

    …a new Field Poll survey estimates that, for the first time ever in a general election, more than half of the votes today will have been cast before election day.

    About 55 percent of the votes in today’s election will have arrived by mail, said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll. That means that any candidate or ballot measure that falls far behind when those first early ballots are tallied minutes after the polls close at 8 p.m. will have a tough, uphill road the rest of the night.

  • Arizona’s Governor, Jan Brewer, and state lawyers were in San Francisco Monday appealing a lower court’s ruling that threw out parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the Court appears ready “to reinstate, but weaken, a central provision of an Arizona law allowing police to stop and question suspected illegal immigrants.”

    A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicated that it would authorize police to demand papers from those they reasonably suspected of being in the country illegally, but would not allow authorities to arrest or prosecute them under state law.

    That would still allow suspects to be referred to U.S. authorities for deportation, however.

    At an hourlong hearing in a packed San Francisco courtroom, two panel members suggested that a federal judge had gone too far when she blocked enforcement of all major provisions of the law.

    Hundreds of opponents of the law, the Examiner reports, marched to the courthouse at Seventh and Mission streets in San Francisco, protesting and blocking traffic.

  • Steven Zierk, a 17-year-old Los Gatos High School senior, has won the World Youth Chess Championship in the under-18 division. The tournament is sponsored by the International Chess Federation.

Morning Splash: A Giants’ Step, Election Preview, Appeals Court Hears Arizona Immigration Law 2 November,2010Jon Brooks

  • Montana

    “Prop. 200”, “House Bill 2013″ and “SB1070″

    0 = Arizona
    3 = USA/ Our Constitution/ We the People of the United States

    We are a country that is ruled by the Constitution (with all Amendments), and the Declaration of Independence, not by the majority of the day. When the uneducated do not know the principles in these documents, therein lays the problem in losing, so no one should be surprised when the dullards lose in court after being smartly challenged.

    Last month of October 2010, our Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote or the 2004, “Prop. 200”. In the month of July 2010, our U.S. Federal courts have found the so called State of Arizona hate filled legislation namely “House Bill 2013″ and “SB1070″ Un-constitution (So much for the intellect of Jan Brewer, “Did you read the bills you signed?”). But we all know that they will go crying to the Supreme Court of the United States, please, please, please go. We will fight you in Arizona, any other state, and yes in Washington DC. We will not tire, we will not be silent and we will persevere, I promise you.

    In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme of clans; the Baggers, Birthers and Blowhards (people who love to push their beliefs and hate on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win in November. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of these laws, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO! You were all wrong then and you are wrong now!

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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