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. Mark

    Sorry wildcat but you live in a dreamland. You're not going to be able to remove 12,000,000 people. Want a lesson on law? Every human being (illegal or not) has a right to a deportation hearing. We do not have a place to hold that many people, Resources to hold all these hearing, & the man power to round them up. But, you're little name-calling of the President & funny slogans were cute

    June 8, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |

      When a clean, pure, and wholesome American takes over the Oval Office in 2012, you will see what we will do them all. The criminal One-Termer will be utterly defeated. He will serve time for his crimes against the Gulf Coast, our troops and our nation.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Impeach Obama???? We finally got rid of Bush & you want a neo-con back in the oval office????? Are you nuts??? Who do you think got us into this mess? I will answer for you.... BUSH/CHENEY

      June 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marine Mom

    To MarkE: What about the fact that the MAJORITY of Americans are in favor of doing SOMETHING to stop the influx of illegals???? This is a democratic republic, bud. The majority rules!!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    So once all the illegals are dealth with, who do you think the rednecks will want to get rid of next? Middle Easterners...because you know they are all just terrorists. After that, probably Black people? Right? I mean, lets be honest, we already know rednecks dont like black people...and since nearly all black people came here as slaves, well, doesnt that somehow equate to illegal status? After that, maybe they'll have the energy to address those darn smart – but highly suspect asians, especially the chinese...since you know, China is poised to take over the world, so obviously all chinese people must be spies for china. Hmm...after asians, is there anything left but in-fighting for whites to prove who's the purest of them all?

    June 8, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Don't forget the Canadians. They look just like Americans but are so darn apologetic.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Blue Agave

    What Part of ILLEGAL don't people understand

    June 8, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      What part of killing off native americans to steal this land dont you understand? When you start a nation based on genocide, I struggle to get angry about desperate mexicans seeking work.

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

      smart girl is jessica

      June 8, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • ABQ

      Right on Jessica!

      June 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Reply to Jessica....Almost EVERY country in this world at one time or another has been victim to genocides, tribal wars, religious wars, and wars started by different kinds of political beliefs. We still see the same kinds of wars happening all the time. Granted, this country has a bloodied past, as does most of the world. Let's not live there, however. We have come a long way. We need to live in the present. And the present does not include bloodying any illegals, or beheading them, or violence towards them in any way. It DOES include making them responsible for becoming a citizen of the USA as it is today, respecting the laws we ALL have to follow today, and respecting our country by following the rules we have to become citizens and if they cannot do this, they have to go back to their respective countries and try again. You shouldn't use the argument that because this country was founded on GIGANTIC mistakes made regrettably, that we don't have any reason to ask to have rules now. You would have to use that argument for almost every Nation in the world as many of them have bloody, bloody histories!

      June 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    We all sound pretty divided here, but we need to stand together and demand our Federal Government address this issue. When the states formed into a union, they left Interstate commerce, National defense and International relations to the Fed. Arizona's law is what happens when the Fed is broken. This issue should have come before Healthcare and other reforms. Arizona is just protecting itself in the absence of Federal enforcement.

    If you read the law, it tries very hard to dissuade profiling, it is not a racist law. That does not mean that a few bad actors might not use it incorrectly. I hope that if/when that happens that the Arizona government will crack down hard.

    Here is my dig at Boycotters, EVERY state has some law you will not agree in. If you have played internationally it is even worse. Did you know that Mexico can sentence you for up to 6 years in prison for assisting an illegal immigrant? Boycott Mexico, they should be more humane.

    This is all a way to get in the news again for Hall & Oats since they have not been listened to since the 80s.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Simply amazing...reminds me of the ol' addage "well, if your friends jumped off a cliff would you?" Following their chums because they don't believe in taking a stand for what is truly right. Not a biggie...when's the last time I bought a Hall & Oates recording? Never...not going to start now...boycott...hmmm...them and everyone else that wants to boycott AZ. Thank you AZ for standing up for what is right. Now if we could just find more government officials not scared of taking a stand for the citizens of the USA! Thanks Mexico.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Barbara

    Hey, Mark E....what are you??

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

      He is a Forum Troll...Ignore him and he will die.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gilbertaz

    sheriff joe arpaio..the toughest sheriff in USA...supports the law of az..he and his sheriff deputies have been practicing asking every individual to show proof of who they are..the az gov. in Phoenix has been trying to get sheriff joe out of office..tying up his offices moeny to hire more deputys..but sheriff hoe out foxes them everytime..WHY?? because he has the law on his side....Sheriff joe..houses minimal criminals in tent city..his words on this..why should our troops sleep in tents in 110 degree heat in the gulf when criminals sit in air conditioned jail cells with a/c, gourmet meals and daily showers...sheriff joe makes criminals eat baloney sandwiches..sleep in tents in 110 degree heat and make em wear pin stripe jail outfits..oh yes..with pink underwear...i tell you now..i wont break any laws....and no they dont get to watch tv either or access to internet

    June 8, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    What is it that these people DON'T understand about the word ILLEGAL? I can't believe how stupid people become. The law is the law. Do they want a society of chaos?

    June 8, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    I can't believe how stupid people become. The law is the law. Do they want a society of chaos and anarchy?

    June 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • TE

      Because it's the law, doesn't make it right. Remember hearing about the law that said women couldn't vote, or it was ok to own slaves

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

    they are still alive?ill be dammed

    June 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Juan Torrez

    It's ILLEGAL immigration that Arizona is trying to squelch, ese.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • TE

      If thats the case, why aren't the employers that hire illegals being punished ?

      June 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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    June 8, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. gj

    Hall and Oates should cancel their other show as well. They can't have more than one. Why do they feel they have to become involved in an issue that is up to the individual state?? Seems like a lame excuse to get out of working. All Arizona is doing is trying to enforce those laws that are already on the books (Federal laws!).. They are going broke paying for the services to these "illegal" immigrants. Try going to Mexico and get free health care spoken in English..

    June 8, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. 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 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • hatelovestohateloveandlovelovestohatehate

      This has nothing to do with race. It is too bad Arizona had to make the law in the first place. I don't think any illegal immigrant–any at all–should be allowed to stay. I say they go home, fill out the necessary paper work and say that is that. We can screen for criminals that way at least. Until then they need to go home. I do not have enough money to pay for others–I barely have enough money to pay for myself. Just follow the laws and work to change them if you don't agree–don't break them or tolerate those who do. Some laws may not be right, but it is not up to individuals to decide. Help to prevent chaos and promote order by following and enforcing the law. (While trying to change it if you wish.)

      June 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      To: hatelovestohateloveandlovelovestohatehate

      You people seem to only enforce and make laws concerning the colored race.

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

      To: Maude
      "You people?" You have judged me. It makes me wonder what you think. You don't know my race, gender, background, religion, job, political affiliation, or anything yet you are willing to jump to conclusions. I am for enforcing laws and working to change those I disagree with–that is all. I would suggest reflecting on your own ideas before jumping to conclusions or labeling mine. Thank you–I'd appreciate it!

      June 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua

      your just dumb enough to think that only white people are against illegal immigration.

      June 9, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
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