June 8th, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Daryl Hall and John Oates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that the most successful duo in rock history has canceled its concert at Chase Field as a protest against Arizona's legislation to fight illegal immigration. USA Today reports that the performance had been scheduled to follow a game against the Dodgers on July 2.

Hall and Oates issued the following statement: "In addition to our personal convictions, we are standing in solidarity with the music community in our boycott of performing in Arizona at this time. We would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been professional and cooperative throughout our dealings with them. This is our response to a very specific action of the state."

USA Today: Hall and Oates cancel concert plans in response to Arizona immigration law

Hall and Oates website

Beth Holloway

The mother of missing high school graduate Natalee Holloway is scheduled to be in Washington on Tuesday for the opening of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center.

The nonprofit center will be located at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment and will provide families of missing persons help with managing their crisis and to give students advice on traveling safely.

The center's website advises, "Please contact us for any of the following reasons: Did a loved one go missing and you aren't sure who to contact or how to proceed? Do you need help coordinating efforts of finding a missing loved one?"

Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, was twice arrested in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway during a 2005 class trip to Aruba. On Monday, he confessed to the killing last week of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez in his Lima, Peru, hotel room, Peruvian government authorities said.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment: Natalee Holloway Resource Center

CNN: Van der Sloot confesses to murder, authorities say

Rabbi David F. Nesenoff

The Jewish religious leader and founder of the website rabbilive.com conducted the interview with legendary White House reporter Helen Thomas that led to her sudden retirement announcement on Monday.

Thomas, 89, was considered the dean of the White House press corps, as she was the longest-serving White House journalist, who covered administrations since 1960 for United Press International and the Hearst newspaper chain.

She came under fire late last week when a YouTube video surfaced, showing her interview with Nesenoff in which she said that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and that the Jewish people should go home to "Poland, Germany ... and America and everywhere else."

Nesenoff said Monday, "This issue was anti-Semitism, within 24 hours over a million views, we find out that someone who's been reporting for 60 years, this is what she's about."

The rabbi said that Thomas still owes the Jewish community an apology.

"My initial reaction is she can retire from her job but she can't retire from her responsibility to apologize for her comments," Nesenoff said. "There's a difference between telling your opinion and giving someone the finger, which is what she did."

CNN: White House correspondent Thomas retires amid controversial comments

Adrian Lamo

The former computer hacker says he did his patriotic duty and led federal officials to the arrest of a 22-year-old U.S. Army intelligence analyst who allegedly leaking classified military information, the U.S. military announced Monday.

According to Wired.com, Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland, leaked the classified 2007 video of an American helicopter strike that killed several civilians in Baghdad, Iraq, to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.com, which posted the video in April.

Wired.com reported that Manning confessed to the leak in a series of online chats with Lamo. The former hacker, who said in Twitter posts that he turned Manning over to authorities, defended his actions on his Twitter page.

"I outed Brad Manning as an alleged leaker out of duty," Lamo wrote in one post.

"Hackers confide in me all the time. I'd go to prison before I'd betray their trust. I didn't get Manning arrested. He got himself arrested," Lamo wrote in a separate tweet.

CNN: Soldier accused of leaking classified info

Wired: U.S. intelligence analyst arrested in Wikileaks video probe


Stephen Strasburg

The first overall pick of the 2009 baseball draft makes his highly anticipated debut with the Washington Nationals at a sold-out game against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

The Washington Post reports that the pitcher's most significant achievement so far was winning four games for the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs during the past four weeks. But the newspaper reports that Washington, which waited 33 seasons for the return of a baseball team and has gone to the World Series only twice in 71 seasons, now has high hopes.

Adding to the anticipation, the Nationals on Monday selected 17-year-old power-hitter Bryce Harper, this year's No. 1 draft pick.

Strasburg, 21, said, "It's something I've dreamed about my whole life. And now it's going to become a reality."

The right-hander signed with the Nationals for a contract reportedly worth more than $15.1 million.

Washington Post: Stephen Strasburg debuts for Nationals, with the baseball world watching

soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Gunner79

    Who cares what these has-beens feel – they could use the publicity. Like most boycotting the AZ law, I would bet they haven't read any of it, much less understand who it affects.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Maxwell

    It is interesting to read posts from people who believe the Arizona laws make sense. I say laws because there were two stupid laws that hit the books. The first is the imigration law that will only result in hispanics who may very be citizens being forced to prove their citizenship. This may be acceptable to those who are not Latino, but trust me if you were at risk of harrassment your tune would surely change. There have to be alternative strategies available to manage the influx of illegal aliens. The other law that has gotten very little discussion was the banning of ethnic studies that could result in resentment. Whatever the heck that means. Oh yeah one exception, Jewish history can be taught. I guess Arizona's legislature knew banning lessons on the Holocost would create a backlash they were not prepared to deal with. How will we ever grow as a country if those in power want to rewrite history or supress it. That to me is the definition of evil. Truth is truth and discounting it, or trying to diminish it will result in resentment. I believe ignorance is the issue and not racism. The majority of people on this post are just ignorant, but the people who wrote these laws are racist.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      I think if you lived in Arizona, and perhaps your child was kidnapped and molested by an illegal alien, a family member killed, or your property was vandalized over and over, or you were a victim of any other number of crimes committed by illegal aliens, perhaps you would feel like showing an ID to prove you weren't here illegally was a small sacrifice to make for the people in your community. By the way, I have to prove citizenship when I get my license – illegals don't – they just pay someone for theirs.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • DH

      No, truth ISN'T truth. It can, and obviously IS spun in a variety of ways. Until they can teach ethnic studies without a political spin to it, it shouldn't be taught.

      And obviously those who parrot those who call this new law (along with the federal law AND the CA penal code which states the same stuff) racist clearly aren't thinking for themselves. Stop being puppets and read the laws for yourselves, and ask why it's okay for there to be open borders only for Mexicans when thousands upon thousands of upstanding potential immigrants from all over the world are waiting to get into the country the proper way.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ron

    How ironic that the Diamondbacks were promoting an "All American Weekend" then ,playing against the LOS ANGELES Dodgers.Maybe Hall and Oates were swayed by the politicians of the city of LA boycotting Arizonia that it wasn't appropiate attending an event that was labeled "All American". Maybe they can get a gig in Tijuana and get their lame asses kidnapped instead.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zeke

    If Arizona forced Hall and Oats to fulfill their obligation and perform this concert, then told all the illegals the only way they could stay in the US is if they attend the concert, the problem would be solved. The illegals would stampede back into Mexico by the millions.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      A brilliant idea! Luv IT!

      June 8, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      You misspelled their names. It's Haul and Ots. Fool!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rob H

    @JohnnyP I’m not a racist I come from a muti racial family. But I know how this works as a black man I’ve been pulled more times than I can count and it’s always some B.S. excuse it’s called Driving while Black and this will be no different in AZ. It’ll just be pick a illegal/legal Mexican for the day. Whites always make the excuse if there legal why should it matter. Well let’s see whites getting carded everyday how they would feel about that? Or if you were married to a legal immigrant how would you feel then if your spouse was harassed everyday put yourself in somebody else’s shoes before you go all gun ho on the situation !!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I do get pulled over all the time and have to prove who I am.
      Wow, I guess I should boycott all laws then?
      Get a clue people, this law was made because our federal government failed to do its job.
      Is this a good law, no, is it the best law they could pass, yes. The better law would be that on this certain day, everyone, white/black/brow/yellow, all would have to show your proof, if you didn't have it you would leave the country.
      Then keep everyone out unless they come in the legal way.
      But that law would without a doubt cause tons of problems, so it looks to me like they did the only thing they could, pass a law that shows the Federal Government isn't doing its job. Should they have passed this law, maybe not, should every federal government officials(politicians included) who has looked the other way be held responsible? Yes. This law had to be made to show how wrong the Federal Government is, but instead of seeing the problem, the spin doctors have hidden it with pathetic excuses of why law should not be and the sheeple follow blindly, they really don't want anyone pointing out the problem is only because of them. I personally think the Federal Gov. should have done it's job, but we all know that particular group of people can only take money out of the system, not fix anything that is wrong.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Cooler Heads

      So....what's the solution, smart guy?
      You can whine with the best of them, on either side of the issue, but can you SOLVE the problem?
      Leave the politics and race and BS out of this and give us the solution.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Policedad

    Haha, could you idiots ask who cares a few more times?

    Here's the answer: you care.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jerry

    Let's just give Texas and Arizona back to Mexico and be done with it. They're both Third World states, anyway!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Now now Jerry, I am from Texas, I think you really had California in mind. They are the state that is going broke. They are also the state that is home to stupid entertainers like Hall and Oats! So, I would be okay with givning California away, And maybe parts of Texas...Like El Paso. And we really want to keep Arizona now. But getting rid of California would probably solve most of our problems. (too bad, because they sure have perfect weather!)

      June 8, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Karen

    Well, it's not like we're talking about a top act. In any event, I say boycott Hall & Oats.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joshua

    And just the other day I was thinking to myself that I should grow a gerry-curl and look up tickets to see Hall & Oats!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    If I knew 30 years ago that simply passing a law would make Hall and Oates stop performing I would've become a politician. "Maneater", what? really?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. ian

    all these angry people screaming about law. There are already laws that would punish the businesses that hire illegal immigrants , but no one enforces them . So lets go out and create a new dvisive law , yeah , thats the answer . Take away the jobs and they will not come period . Punish the one ones that hire them , deal with the cause , not the symptom . IDIOTS .

    June 8, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |

      Ah yes, laws that do not get followed by this administration. Surprise surprise. Obama should change his name to Obeasy. Thats how he rolls.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Oh well, now there's a new fly in the ointment. The law that Arizona has had for many years already that punishes employers who hire illegals is about to be challenged by the Federal Government as well, although there is a federal law that says that States can punish businesses by taking away their business licenses and assessing fines. However, with his "misguided" statement, Obama and Holder now have to follow up with challenging the employer sanction law as well. This, by the way, is the same law that they tout will be part of their immigration reform; in their words to punish the employers who hire illegals. This is part of THIER argument for immigration reform. Doesn't make much sense does it? That's why States need to take control of thier own issues as the Federal Government doesn't know which way it's going!

      June 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wayne

    Go karen. I'm with you. Boycott H&O. Their concert ticket sells will drop by about 75 %.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. CATom

    hall & oats are not playing??? All the gays in arizona will be sad tonight.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |

    Never heard of them, therefore they are musically irrelevant.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      No one will remember Lady Gaga is five years! Fool! We are still taking about Hall and Oates after nearly 40 years. I bet Lady Gaga has sampled their music. Fool!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • DenverGirl

      How ridiculous you are , you are obviously musically challenged or else you would know who they are!

      Thank you, Bubba I am sure that she has sampled their music as well.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    I just texted my wife and told her we're going to see Hall & Oates when they come to town

    June 8, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      Tell her to dig out her parachute pants and leg warmers.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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