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Roger Ebert’s “Two Thumbs Up” Review of “9500 Liberty” Now Available

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Roger Ebert has now posted his glowing, 3.5-star, two-thumbs-up review of Annabel Park's and Eric Byler's movie, 9500 Liberty. Check out the review here, and definitely check out the movie if you can. This issue is certainly not going away anytime soon.

Roger Ebert: Thumbs Up for “9500 Liberty!”

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Congratulations to filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler for the well-deserved Twitter "thumbs up" from Roger Ebert - arguably, the best film critic in America.  If you're not familiar with the story told in the film, check out the synopsis here. Better yet, watch the movie if you possibly can, as it powerfully depicts Corey Stewart et al. turning Prince William County into "ground zero in America's explosive battle over immigration policy."  With immigration continuing to be a hot issue nationally, as well as here in Virginia (see today's Washington Post editorial blasting Corey Stewart's "intolerance" and "disdain for facts"), "9500 Liberty" will likely remain highly relevant - and instructive - for years to come.

MediaMatters Fact Checks Corey Stewart’s Faux News Appearance

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Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart was on the wingnuts' favorite network, Faux, earlier this week, and as usual, the network - and its guest - were factually...er, "challenged." In other words, they lied. To wit:

[C]o-host Steve Doocy and guest Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County, Virginia, board of supervisors, falsely claimed that the county's controversial immigration law reduced violent crime and has never been altered.  In fact, Prince William County's violent crime rates actually increased in 2009; the law was modified in 2008 to avoid legal challenges; and a University of Virginia study of the law shows that it has not led to a reduction in crime.
Other than that, the interview was spot-on accurate! Heh.  The real question is, why does anyone watch Faux News ("unfair and unbalanced," "we distort, you deride") other than for perverse entertainment value?

By the way, is Corey Stewart running for statewide office here in Virginia on an immigrant-bashing platform or what?!?

UPDATE: Another error -- Corey Stewart wasn't the one who came up with this law, "credit"  for that should go to these guys.  Corey's role was to push this throught, but FAIR actually wrote the law.

Thank You…Corey Stewart and Martin Nohe?!?

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I can't believe I'm saying this, but...thanks to Republican Prince William County supervisors Corey Stewart and Martin Nohe. Why, you ask?  Check this out.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors agreed to join a regional compact Tuesday that calls for jurisdictions in the Washington area to work collectively to solve problems and better the region by 2050.

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The document the board endorsed, the Region Forward report of the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition, outlines nine goals for the region to achieve within 40 years. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved the report in January, and Prince William is the 17th of the 21 jurisdictions in the council to endorse it.

Among other things, the Greater Washington 2050 Compact calls for "preservation and enhancement of our Region's open space, green space, and wildlife preserves;" "a transportation system that maximizes community connectivity and walkability, and minimizes ecological harm;" "a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions;" and "healthy communities with greater access to quality health care and a focus on wellness and prevention."  

Good stuff, my only problems with this are: 1) it's not legally binding; and 2) as the compact itself acknowledges, "Many of the goals...are only realizable because of state legislative actions that are already accomplished or may be enacted in the future." Good luck getting "state legislative actions" in support of this otherwise excellent document from the Flat Earth House of Delegates (Bill Howell et al.) or from Pat Robertson's Manchurian Candidate (Bob McDonnell). Other than that, I'm very happy to see this compact, and even happier to see Republican-led Prince William County signing on (along with Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax City, Fairfax County. Falls Church, Loudoun, and Manassas Park)!

Pay Attention, Corey Stewart

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Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," the president said at a naturalization ceremony for members of the military.

In fact, I've instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. But if we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country.

He added, "As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future - a future that keeps faith with our history, with our heritage, and with the hope that America has always inspired in the hearts of people all over the world."


"Misguided efforts" like...portrayed here, for instance?

Stewart Offers No Apologies for Nazi Comparison, Reaffirms Using Tax Dollars...

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This is cross-posted at Leaving My Marc.

I wrote on Monday about comments that Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, made comparing the Obama administration to that of the Nazi's.

Today, Stewart responded to his deeply offensive remarks by claiming that he didn't "intend" to compare the Obama administration to the Nazi's. Stewart went on to say, "Oh, that's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. Absolutely not." He then said that he would continue to offer similar remarks.

Of course, he said all of this is a "typical liberal reaction."

I don't know what's worse: the fact that he claims that he didn't draw the comparison or that he defiantly insists that he will continue to use this sort of language.

I thought that Stewart would try to claim that he was taken out of context, so that is why I posted the entire video. Stewart was clearly trying to fan the passions of the crowd with this comparison. This was a common theme throughout the program. There is no doubt in my mind that he knew what he was saying. No doubt.

While this may be all fun in games for Stewart, the reality is that this sort of rhetoric may cause someone with violent tendencies to act out. It's already happened with Congressman Tom Perriello's brother.

PWC Chairman Corey Stewart Compares Obama Administration to Nazi Regime

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This Saturday, my Blue Virginia colleague Marc Broklawski attended a Tea Party rally in front of the Stafford County, Virginia courthouse. As Marc writes, "One of their featured speakers was Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. This is the same person that recently sent a letter to Ken Cuccinelli thanking him for his frivolous health care reform lawsuit."  Stewart is also well known as a rabid xenophobe, the author of the notorious "rule of law" resolution in Prince William County that was the basis for the film, 9500 Liberty.

Now, Stewart has gone even further off the demagogic deep end.  I'll let Marc Broklawski take it from here.

With all the crazy things that Stewart has said or done in the past, nothing prepared me for what I witnessed this past Saturday from him.  There were many things he said that were non-factual and completely offensive, but his comparison of the Obama administration to that of the Nazi regime was outrageous (fast forward to the 5:25 mark).

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For Stewart to even suggest that this administration is anything like that of the Nazi's is way over-the-line, irresponsible and deeply offensive.  How the chairman of the second largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia could make this despicable statement is beyond me?!

Wow, even for Corey Stewart - notorious xenophoboe and thug - this is really bad.

h/t: Leaving My Marc. Great work by Mark Broklawski!

Washington Post on Prince William County “Hounding Immigrants”

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By: Lowell Published On: 7/8/2007 9:03:56 AM Today's Washington Post has an important editorial on "hounding immigrants" in Prince William County.  According to the Post, Prince...