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. gilbertaz

    did you all know that Calif. has passed the exact same law as az has on illegals back in the 1980's? should not the mayors of L.A., Oakland and SFO be investigated by the State Atty General for not following their own laws?

    June 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Yes, and there are a few States and counties that have similar laws and ask for immigration status as well, but no one ever answers to that, have you noticed? I have asked the same question, but all the opponents gloss over my question everytime, and never answer it. Massachussetts had a similar law until 3 years ago, when the Governor overturned it. Now they want to revisit that law since one of their Reps was just hit by an illegal that blatantly said he would never get in trouble and would just be deported back to his country anyway (he was drunk). The student who was stopped in Georgia was asked for her immigration status because the Sheriff there follow the guidelines of 287(g)...the student had no valid license and was stopped for a traffic infraction. The Sheriff there asked for her status after she could not produce a driver's license from ANYWHERE. But no one will answer when I ask about those instances!

      June 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Me

    So the "has beens" aren't playing Arizona. Big whoop.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    TE > If 99.9 % of those that are ilegal in AZ are hispanic then it is just plain common sense that hispanics will be scrutinized

    June 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Patr!ot

    @TE, your just proving our point. If they didnt have work here they prolly wouldnt be here. Its the same thing either way. Either we are racist for deporting them, or racist for not hiring them. Your point is moot!

    June 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • TE

      You also should learn how to spell.....It is NOT the same thing....You are not a racist for deporting those that came to this country illegally, your a racist because no matter how you put it, those people who didn't have to spend their money in a tanning booth, will be singled out by the police. Your only a racist if you continue to refuse employment to someone who is here legally, only because of the color of their skin. Stop believing the myth, the BS. I bet you still believe most of the people on welfare are black, or that we never went to the moon. YOU PROVE MY POINT.. KEEP ANSWERING THOSE POLLS..

      June 8, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Reply to TE....Then how are we to find those who come here illegally unless we ask? How can we NOT be racist if we deport those here illegally, but racist if we ask them for their immigration status, which by Federal law, they have to carry with them (work permit/visa, etc)? How exactly does that work, and how would we ever deport anyone if we cannot ask anyone for ID/Immigration status, etc.?

      June 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Steve Holcomb , The boycott is working – I have vowed NOT to spend a penney in any of these snctuary cirteis , and city that boycotts enforcing the law will not see my money and I will book a trip to AZ this fall and spend MONEY baby
    in a state that looks out for the AMERICAN people – NOT ILEGALS

    June 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      what an ignorant red-neck

      June 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Maude

    Every piece of legislation that was ever conceived to punish people who are colored,( whether they be black, brown,red or yellow) turned around and the bit the white's right in the ass.
    The truth of the matter is there are more illegals in the US that are white (eg... Boston = 200,000 Irish illegals).
    When the INS allowed a general Amnesty in the early 80's – 75% of the claimants were white europeans.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • DH

      What does what you said about laws punishing non-whites have to do with this? This law actually SPECIFICALLY states that race cannot be used as a factor. Illegal aliens are illegal, no matter what their color. In AZ, obviously most of them are going to be from Mexico, because that's who's on the other side of their border. So what?

      June 8, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Every piece of legislation that was ever conceived to punish people who are colored ( whether they be black, brown,red or yellow) turned around and the bit the white's right in the ass.
      The truth of the matter is there are more illegals in the US that are white (eg... Boston = 200,000 Irish illegals).
      When the INS allowed a general Amnesty in the early 80's – 75% of the claimants were white europeans.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      We have an estimated 450,000 illegals in Arizona...that trumps Boston. And if the Irish, Germans, French, English, and whatever nation you can think of have illegals here, DEPORT THEM. I do not care where they are from. We must enforce immigration laws like all other Nations do, and EVERYONE wanting to come here must do it LEGALLY. All Nations have immigration laws for a reason and usually it's economic. No one can afford to carry the weight of the world, even the USA. Our laws are far less than many countries and the couple of times we've granted amnesty shows the world we compassionate. However, it's hard for everyone now. The law in Arizona is not racist, it's practical for many reasons, both economic and because the bad guys get in just as fast as the good ones do! We have rampant crime here because our borders are not secure and Federal Government continues not to do their job. I don't know about you, but the thought of ANYONE, including terrorists being able to just walk across our borders because of our apathy scares the whatever out of me. Maybe you are okay with that, but I am not.

      June 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Barbara

    First, the US government should penalize the employers of illegal workers. Since we all know THAT will never happen, open the borders, issue them a social security card and make them pay taxes like the rest of us. And since we definitely know THAT will never happen, I'm with Arizona – KEEP THEM OUT

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

      lil redneck girl

      June 8, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. gilbertaz

    i was pulled over in AZ for speeding..i am white..the officer asked me for valid proof of being here legally. I provided my SSN which he took and ran thru the system. NO PROB. I am proud to show ANY law enforcement officer i am american..I AM DAMN PROUD OF BEING AMERICAN..why are most of you ashamed to showing proof of who you are?
    by the way..the officer let me off with a warning..maybe becausse i AM white. 🙂

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

      First, I dont think the point is that people are ashamed to prove their are americans, but rather fearful of what happens when the proof you provide doesnt seem to be "enough". For example. I legally changed my last name when I was 18 years old, so therefore my birth certificate does not match my current name on my drivers license. Is that reason enough for cops to toss me in jail, for however long they would like? What happens in the courthouse in the tiny town that all my records are in burns down, or the computer they scanned those docs into crashes, and all proof of why I changed my name ceases to exist? You see, there's more people fearful of this legislation sweeping the nation, and more americans have reason to worry that they'll be tangled up in this mess. When you remove other peoples liberties and freedoms, be prepared for it come back on you...and it will.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • gilbertaz

      it is reported that illegals are lining up at the local mexican consulate office in Phoenix. They came accross illegally and gave birth to american children. The illegals are filing for their children to enter mexico legally...because mexico jails illegals where as we do not...talk about hypicrits..come here illegally and talk trash about our law..then go to get legal papers so they wont get arrested when they go back to mexico with their illegal American children.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Marine Mom

      Way to go, Patriot!! I am proud of your service to our country, and your voice counts double!! By the way, do any of you who are so opposed to the law have illegals as friends, family, classmates, students, etc?

      June 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob H

    TE I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    I just cancelled Hall and Oates. Oh wait, they were irrelevant anyway.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    I think we should make the illegals , legal... That way they can vote for Democrats... That why the "Tebagger" will know what it's like to be a minority

    June 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |

      You are so sharp. Glad you get it. This is what Obeasy wants. They are the only ones that are going to vote for him in the next election.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Big Dan

    Please stay out of Tennessee too. We do not have laws you might not like but this protest is unfounded and frankly who cares what H&O think anyway

    June 8, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. JJ

    IMe, 'm with you, I'm not sure AZ knew Hall and Oates were even playing

    June 8, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. MarkE

    all these hopeful rednecks will be licking their wounds soon

    June 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Patr!ot

    Plain and simple, If you have nothing to hide, you dont have a problem with the law. Its not about race. This is such a joke. Pulling the race card makes you weak. Im a black man that has served, This is nothing about race, its about keeping america safe, and our citizens working. All you ilegal aliens in here ranting, leave now if this is such a bad country. GO BACK HOME. There are so many other legal immigrants waiting on the list as they should. Why should the mexicans get in ilegaly when we have people that want to come here and work and pay taxes, the right way.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      your people are next dummy

      June 8, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Then why not target the employers? If there's no work for illegals, they are less likely to come here and those here are less likely to stay. If after targetting and punishing all the employers of illegals, and there's still a problem – then focus on the illegals here. Otherwise, its like getting mad that ants are coming in your house...but you are leaving sugar and food spread all out over the tables, shocked, angered and dismayed why they are coming in your house in the first place.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
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