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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com November 9, 2010 at 7:41 am 1,476 13 Comments

Bayou Bakery Sneak Peak — Eat More Drink More scores the first photos inside Courthouse’s new Bayou Bakery. The elaborately-decorated cafe/restaurant has a distinct New Orleans theme, which extends from the decor to the food. It could be open as soon as Monday, Nov. 15.

County Government Closed for Veterans Day — Most Arlington County offices will be closed on Thursday in honor of Veterans Day. More from the Sun Gazette and Arlington County.

Virginia’s Redistricting Process Demystified — The Virginia Public Access Project has a handy video guide to the upcoming redistricting process in the Commonwealth.

Immigrant Groups Continue Push — Arlington has more or less given up on trying to opt out of the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. But the immigrant rights groups that led the charge for withdrawing from the program aren’t done fighting. They filed a Freedom of Information Act request last month for more details about the opt-out process, and plan on sharing the results with Arlington County. More from the Washington Independent.

Flickr pool photo by pderby

  • V Dizzle

    FYI – Bayou was getting a food delivery this morning when I passed by.

    • MikeyinCrystalC

      Yes…bring on the beignets!

  • Jason S

    It’s pretty clear that “immigrant groups” are more concerned with illegal immigrants than the ones that respect our nation of laws by actually entering through a legal process.

    • CrystalCity’er

      Oh, I love the indignant “our nation of laws” argument, as I’m sure you’ve NEVER broken the law before.

      • Jason S

        Everybody breaks smalls ones incidentally, not as many go out of their way to do it. The problem with your argument is that it implies equivalency in all laws, which is obviously not a socially accepted fact as different laws are paired with varying consequences.

        • CrystalCity’er

          Well, if you want to talk about equivalency in laws, we might as well differentiate between those illegal immigrants that overstay their visa (a civil infraction) vs. those that cross the border without papers to begin with (a criminal infraction). Shall we call the first group “less-illegal” immigrants?

          My point isn’t that we shouldn’t be checking the legal status of criminals (which I actually support) but to point out the sheer hypocrisy of people who love to get on their high horse about illegal immigration by using the argument you just made. It paints undocumented immigrants with a broad brush as reckless lawbreakers (although, using your argument above, breaking the law could simply be an ‘incidental’ effect of crossing the border) and assumes that our laws as they currently stand make perfect sense, which simply isn’t the case at all.

          • Jason S

            In a democracy, citizens have the responsibility to push for laws that they find disagreeable.

          • CrystalCity’er

            I agree – citizens certainly do have a responsibility to pursue changes in law if they find them to be disagreeable, but whether they exercise it is another thing altogether.

  • Greg Phelps

    I think I see myself in that picture of traffic.. yeah, there I am. Wondering why I bother to get up early to get to work early…???

    • V Dizzle

      Sweet scooter. 🙂

    • Glebe Roader

      How early is early for you? I was on Route 50 this morning at 6:30 and there was no traffic jam. If this photo is indeed from today, it was probably taken at 7am or later. (Sunrise was about 6:45 today.) By that time, I had a traffic-less commute and was in my office.

      • NorthAdams

        this picture just CAN”T be from today because there are still election signs in the median and we all know that the campaigns have removed them. right? hello?

  • Skeptical

    I fail to understand why any social group wants the reputation of “the group whose members enjoy special protections if they break the law.”

    I know of an incident downtown where police came to pick up a guy who was working on a painting crew in a Federal building. He was not just in the country illegally, he was wanted in Texas as a coyote — someone who charges usurious four-figure fees to smuggle people across the border stuffed in trunks, and the like. If the “immigrant groups” get their way, these are the kinds of people who will feel they can breathe easy once they are “home free” in Arlington. Does this make anyone feel safer? We are not talking ethnic persecution here, for pity’s sake, just compliance with the existing laws.

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