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He is an illegal alien of the first caliber; he has lived a lie most of his life, pretending to be an honest and hardworking American citizen of birth but in reality a free-loading alien who pays nothing in taxes.

He has married an American woman, daughter of a war hero, to further perpetuate his masquerade, though he may not have thought that when he said "I do."

On the other hand, he has done much good for us and the world.  Millions look up to and respect him, and have done so since 1938 when he washed upon our shores.  Born and abandoned when his home came crashing down upon him, he has done little but good for all mankind, speaking out against Man's inhumanity to Man, and raising his fists only when needed.

He upholds the law, but holds to a higher authority...a defender of Justice, he has worked to make sure that laws are both fair and honest, and has exposed corruption when found.

His harshest critic, a former President of the United States, ridicules him as "an overgrown Boy Scout" and as "another disgusting alien influence", and has done everything in his power to destroy and corrupt this gentle soul.

Yet today, he faces his most earnest challenge.

Superman must go to Arizona.

Oh, so you think that this is not serious?

In the latest incarnation of Superman, science fiction maven J. Michael Straczynski brings the Man of Steel down to Earth in a series titled 'Grounded' to help understand both his connection with the people that he protects and the place he has on our world.

For those of you who are completely without a clue, Superman comes from the planet Krypton, his true name, Kal-El, or Kal of the House of El.  His parents placed him in an experimental craft to escape Krypton's imminent and total destruction, sending him to Earth in the hope he would have a chance of survival.  Found by a Kansas farming couple, he was raised in middle America, but began developing 'powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.'

With his upbringing, Kal-El, now known as Clark Kent, began a new identity as a protector of life, using his abilities for the good of all, as Superman.

To some, the retelling of the tale of Moses relates best to the Superman mythos, but the stronger underlying theme is that of a person, cast to the four winds and fate itself, finds someone who gives care and affection without expectation and, in return, gives that care and affection back many times over.

But behind all of this is the one simple fact:  Superman is, by any modern definition, an illegal alien. (Where this leaves Moses, I give to the reader's own thoughts.)


  • He arrived without documentation of his birth or origin.

  • He was harbored by those who knew he was illegal and hidden from the authorities (aside from the extraterrestrial origin).

  • He has possessed and still uses falsified documentation of his citizenship.

  • He illegally holds a job as a reporter, a highly skilled postiton that an American citizen could legitimately hold.

  • He has illegitimately gained citizenship through marriage to an American citizen without her prior knowledge.

  • He has no 'green card'; his only "naturalization" is a United Nations decree that he is a 'world citizen'.

  • He pays no taxes (although, in the 1950s, it was determined by the IRS that he has over 5 billion "dependents" to declare and thus owes no taxes), and has no visible means of support.

  • Dealing with him has cost the US government and the private sector untold billions of dollars in time and materials to repair or replace what he has damaged during his time among us.

And yet, despite all of this, Superman still stands as a symbol that one can come to this country, find a life and, in living it, give back to the nation that gave that life a chance.

It makes no difference if he is imaginary or real; he is Superman, a true American icon, that almost everyone knows for what he represents...Truth, Justice and the American Way.

But do we still have the national wherewithal to deserve him?

Over the years, the readers of the Superman series have learned that while prejudice is everywhere, it is not to be tolerated nor respected.  Bigotry, injustice and indifference to the suffering have always played a major role in the comics, and even more so in the "social awakening" stories that were produced in the late 1960s and through the 1970s.

Even in the so-called "Imaginary Tales", where the Superman legend is "tinkered with" in a sort of "what would happen if..." manner, we have seen the folly of Evil and the ultimate triumph of Good, and have been shown how to identify them in every day life.

But it seems that a lot of so-called "Americans" no longer share the values that Superman and the other comic heroes of our youth tried to teach us all.

For those who dismiss them as juvenile tripe, consider that since the 1960s, comics have been at the forefront of a new sociopolitical awareness, giving Americans and non-Americans alike a snapshot of life in the United States, from Green Arrow discovering and dealing with his young sidekick being a drug addict, to Captain America stopping the head of the Secret Empire in the Oval Office...just about the time that Nixon resigned.

Racial tensions, corporate greed, pollution, political corruption, terrorist and militia expansion, as well as crime and Mankind's inhumanity to Man.  In fact, when we first see Superman in 1938, his first acts are against a crime boss, a wife-beater and war profiteers, leaving those who claim comics have little social relevance exposed as ignorant of the impact these pulp imagings have had, and a legacy that has been carried forward in all comics to varying degrees ever since.

DC Comics held a brief contest to draw attention to the new 'Grounded'  series, asking people in a string of proposed US cities to submit essays on why their community should be visited by Superman in his walkabout.  One of those cities is Las Vegas, painfully close enough to Arizona that it raised a concern about how he would get there if he walks instead of flies.

Take this mind exercise a moment:  A lone figure wearing a bright and shiny costume, walking along a lonely desert road.  He looks familiar, but he has no identification to prove he is who he says, and obviously has no cash or credit cards to show that he has any means of taking care of himself.  It's fairly obvious that he is either mentally ill or a vagrant and possibly a danger to himself, and so in spite of the protestation, Superman gets hauled into Maricopa County Jail.

Consider:  For any reason, at any second, any officer involved at this point could choose to say, based on a vague assertion of "officer experience", "Let's see if he is a citizen or not."

In the comic book world, of course, everyone would know who Superman was, and the scenario above would never come about.  There would be a humorous by-play of conversation and forgiveness, and Superman would be on his way, and Sheriff Joe would learn his lesson of tolerance and treating his fellow humans with all the dignity he could muster.

Now, return to reality and consider what is actually going to occur.

Illegal immigrants who are working, paying taxes out of their wages and by buying within the community, will be uprooted and deported, with families disrupted and lives destroyed, based on vague innuendo and false information of drug dealers and abuse.

Like Superman, they came here with what skills that they have or learned when they did not; they found a place in our society that was not being fulfilled and made from it a life and means to raise a family, to grow and prosper, to become if not an American citizen then someone who contributed to American society.

Unlike Superman, they do not have the power to defend themselves against irrational behavior in the form of govermental fiat.

There is no one to hold Sheriff Joe and Governor Brewer accountable for the lives and bonds that they intend to destroy.  Superman, the Martian Manhunter or Wonder Woman won't come down from the skies, free the innocent and punish those who would betray the very basis and foundation of citizenship in the United States, that we are all the children of immigrants, whether across the Bering Straight land bridge or by Viking dragon ship or Mayflower or Queen Mary.

There is no one else to stand as a universal example of what an "illegal immigrant" is or can bring to America, and why we should do what we can to integrate them into our society, whether as citizens or guest workers under a fair and just system, when even Americans forget the lesson that Superman taught us as children.

"My place of birth is behind me.  You gave me a place to live, a life to fulfill, and a home to belong to; I will do whatever I can to help preserve your way of life so that others may follow my fortune."

This is not jingoistic propaganda; despite being an American icon, Superman has never been a willing symbol for a neocon agenda of rampant nationalism.  Sure, there were wartime propaganda pieces to buy war bonds or save bacon fat for the war effort...but always, the message has been subtly done to support the troops in harn's way, and not necessarily the war itself, despite any editor's intent.

It's sadly amusing that for all the "All American" rhetoric our tea-bagging citizenry can muster, they don't realize that one of our greatest symbols is the target of their invective and ire.  

Worse, if they prevail, what will happen to Superman in the comics to come...will Lex Luthor become the head of the Tea Party in order to drive Superman away?  On a larger scale, that has already occurred in the comics, when Lois Lane's father and Lex Luthor worked the world into a frenzy to expel "unwanted aliens" to further their own agenda.

The grander scale of that storyline unfortunately obscured the banality of the anti-immigration rhetoric, even though it was closely entwined in the plot.

Perhaps a more direct and less subtle approach is needed.

Perhaps we can persuade DC Comics and Straczynski to include an Arizona interlude for Superman after all and expose the hypocrisy behind this legal atrocity called SB1070.

We may live in the real world, but much of what we do is based upon the concept of "What if...?"

What if I turn here?

What if Sarah Palin became coherent?

What if the Tea Party conservatives win in November?

So even though he is a fictional character, he is still beloved by millions around the world...so its not that far a stretch, really, to ask oneself:

What if Superman went to Arizona?

Originally posted to flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:35 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

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    by flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:35:42 AM PDT

    •  Thank you all! (3+ / 0-)
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      trashablanca, BeninSC, swampyankee

      This is what was in my head when this was being written and published:

      The next press conference by Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

      Mild-Mannered Reporter: "Sheriff Arpaio, my paper has found that an undocumented alien has been in the US since 1938, and is about to enter Arizona.  He has no visible means of support.  If you were to pick him up on charges of vagrancy, would you feel compelled to check his citizenship status and, if so, would you have him deported as an illegal immigrant?"

      From there, you can see how this came to be...

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      by flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:23:21 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks Again! (1+ / 0-)
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      swampyankee

      My first front page rescue!  Many thanks to Purple Priestess and the Rangers for asking people to give this diary a second look!

      And, as a bonus, keep your eyes open for a copy of SUPERMAN #139 (August 1960), and the third story --- "The Jolly Jailhouse":

      Perry White sends Clark Kent to the island of Voroda where there is political instability and potential for a great story. There Clark begins his report and learns that the evil Colonel Stradi is attempting to over throw the democracy on Voroda and install himself as a dictator. When Stradi learns of Clark's reports, he has him arrested and locked in a cell.
      Now a prisoner, Clark secretly uses his super-powers to find ways for himself, and his cell mates to escape their cells in an attempt to discredit Stradi as a competent leader. When Clark is put before the firing squad, he secretly drinks a bunch of acid and spits it out on their bullets when he's lined up to get shot. When everyone believes that Stradi mistakenly gave his firing squad blank shells, he is completely discredited. When the government officials who run Voroda return to the island, his army has deserted him, and Stradi -- his dreams of being a dictator of the small island crushed -- is put in a cell himself, and all his prisoners are set free. (Courtesy DC Wikia Database)

      Someone reminded me of this story, and recalling it made it ever so clear how "Stradi" and "Arpaio" could so easily be exchanged.

      Believe me...this is one of the funniest 'serious' stories ever written demonstrating two old adages:

      * The pen is mightier than the sword.
      * The tyrant fears the people's ridicule more than the assassin's bullet.

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      by flerb on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 12:06:44 AM PDT

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      •  A T-shirt for the Tea Bagginses (0+ / 0-)

        "No Illegals!
        Deport Superman!"

        I still don't think they would comprehend the irony of it...

        Hmmmmm...I got t-shirts...I got transfer sheets and a printer...or I can use the Cafe Press account...what to do, what to do...

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        by flerb on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 01:22:12 AM PDT

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        •  My final on this diary (0+ / 0-)

          The prologue for GROUNDED is in SUPERMAN #700, and the first installment in #701.

          Superman just walking by:  Humorous.
          Superman and the reporters:  Spot on.
          Superman at the diner:  Intro to this diary?
          Superman in Da Hood:  Perfect.
          Superman and the police: Chillingly real...would he?
          Superman and some guy:  Is this you?  

          I think JMS is handling it well so far...Its a damn good read so far, but there is more to come.

          Just try not to be like the guy he meets walking out of Philadelphia...

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          by flerb on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 11:51:09 PM PDT

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  •  Superman Pays Taxes, He Works as a Reporter (4+ / 0-)
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    The Superman gig is self employment so he's not taking a job from a real American for that.

    Plus, silly, he's WHITE.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:48:15 AM PDT

    •  Superman and taxes (0+ / 0-)

      As noted, there was an actual Superman story about this, done in accordance with IRS regs of the day.  By the book, Superman not only must file, but declare all those coal chunks crushed into diamonds as income.

      How it was resolved was also "by the book", though today, Superman would be getting "free money" through EIC were he to file.  

      The Clark Kent identity is classic "forged documentation" as used by illegals to bypass ICE scrutiny and, as we know from our Tea Party pals, it doesn't matter if they are working and paying their way through taxes..."They be illegal!" which trumps any rational discussion of the subject.

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      by flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 06:03:25 AM PDT

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  •  Sheriff Joe is a character straight out of Lil' (3+ / 0-)
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    Abner by Al Capp.  I read Lil' Abner when I was growing up but never appreciated (or understood) the rapier wit of Al Capp.  His characters represented a broad panoply of corporate greed, trickery, innocence, and other ills of American society.  Al Capp would have loved Sheriff Joe.

  •  He's exempt because he's not human (0+ / 0-)

    Only humans can be illegal immigrants---anything else is illegal anything else

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:59:32 AM PDT

    •  Not human (1+ / 0-)
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      Purple Priestess

      So you're saying he is a matter for the local Animal Control officer?

      What kind of shots and immunizations will he need?

      My Ghod!!  How will we spay and/or neuter him?

      And does Lois know?

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      by flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 06:06:48 AM PDT

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    •  The term is illegal alien n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  who says Superman isn't human? he's a super-MAN (0+ / 0-)

      isn't he?

      I want to know if the Kents filed a family visa petition for Kal-El and if he was ever granted lawful permanent resident status. If not, the argument that he's not a person at all seems thin. That would mean that Kal-El/Superman had no right to free speech or freedom of assembly or freedom of religion-- kind of like the legal status of a slave under the Dred Scott decision. Very implausible.

      Human reason is beautiful and invincible --Milosz, Incantation

      by juancito on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:05:58 PM PDT

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      •  Per the "history"... (1+ / 0-)
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        juancito

        Originally, all we knew was that they raised him as a baby to adulthood.

        The most recent variant of this is that Martha Kent had several miscarriages and the couple had given up on having children.  When the rocket arrived and Kal-El was removed, they weren't sure if he was part of a government experiment or an alien being, but took him home.  

        While Martha broke out the stored baby goods, Jonathan got the tractor and hauled off the rocket..and then a snowstorm/blizzard covered Kansas for a couple of months.

        When the spring thaw occurred, "no one questioned" Martha's little bundle of joy.  (There's a lot of argument over Baby Kal's actual age, or if he was actually born "on" Earth, having been decanted from the municipal birthing creche on Krypton into an artificial womb on board the rocket...the one thing about the rewriting of the history is that it is only consistent in the larger scale and not the details).

        However, the only reference that stands out about his "citizenship" is that the UN declared him a "world citizen" as an honor...and its likely that holds no sway or influence in any legal code outside the UN building.

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        by flerb on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:30:02 PM PDT

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  •  The "illegals don't pay taxes" lie... (25+ / 0-)

    ...gets pitched a lot down here in Texas.

    My reply? "No illegal is going to walk int a convenience store and say 'I'm an illegal, so I'm not going to pay the gas tax.'  They don't tell the cashier at Wal-Mart 'I'm an illegal, so back out that sales tax.'  They don't tell their mortgage company or landlord, 'The part of my payment that goes for property tax? Ain't paying it.'  

    And if they work at a regular job, having given their employer a fake SS number, they don't then say 'Don't deduct anything from my check because I'm illegal.'"

    The one thing they won't do is go down the the Social Security office at age 65 and say, "I'm an illegal, but I've been paying into Social Security for decades, so start sending those monthly checks."

    (I asked Kay Granger, my Congresswoman, at a town hall meeting why those who employ illegals aren't thrown in jail.
    "There's no way for them to know if someone's an illegal immigrant because the Federal government hasn't provided a way to check immigration status."

    Yep, you've got to give a pass to all those employers who hires people off a street corner who speak no English and then pay them half the minimum wage in cash.)

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 06:10:12 AM PDT

    •  Great comment (3+ / 0-)
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      and I love your tag line!

    •  Employers should do some kind of.. (0+ / 0-)

      ..profiling when they contemplate hiring off the street.

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      by billmosby on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:20:23 AM PDT

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      •  BWAAAAHHHAAAHAAA! (5+ / 0-)

        That was snark, right? Right?

        Employers love illegals. Love 'em! And are going to resist any system of instant identification with all their might.

        Because it sure does help the bottom line when you can scoop up a bunch of illegals, promise to pay them good money, actually pay them a pittance when the job is done, then tell them "Hey, you don't like it? Call a cop!"

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:20:53 PM PDT

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    •  Well, in all fairness,,. (2+ / 0-)
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      DBunn, Gentle Giant

      George Taylor/Perry White gave "Clark Kent" a job, and so he pays taxes out of his wages as a mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper about to be sucked under because of the internet.

      Once he's laid off, he'll have to make do on whatever royalties he gets from his novel, whatever Lois lets him have, or whatever pirate treasure he brings up from the Caribbean Sea.

      The question of Superman himself is the hard nut to crack here.  He benefits from various Federal services (FAA, at the least) but, as Superman, pays not a penny in taxes to offset his expenses (rebuilding the Brooklyn Bridge when Superman smashes Brainiac's ship into it, for example).

      Someone earlier mentioned that Superman was "self-employed", but even so, he would still need to pay taxes in some form.

      Technically speaking, Superman is the model "illegal immigrant who doesn't pay taxes and is a drain on our society"...

      ..that is, if you ignore him pushing aside the giant asteroid that would have knocked us all into the Sun...

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      by flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:50:52 AM PDT

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      •  I. Wasn't. Talking. About. (5+ / 0-)

        ...Superman.

        I'm talking about the hundreds of thousands of people in this country who are being demonized as "drug runners, welfare cheats, and people who come here just to get free services... and never pay taxes."

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:17:49 PM PDT

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        •  Under. Stood. But. (3+ / 0-)
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          The point is that Superman is perzactly that stereotypical "illegal immigrant" that the Tea Baggers love to point to as "proof" of their indictment of these people.

          And, as we know, even surreality cannot pass their irony perception filter.

          Informally, I've proposed this scenario to a few Tea Bagginses I work with, and had to stop because I could see the gears in their heads glow white-hot trying to comprehend it.

          Their universal response?  "Well, he'd just break the cuffs and fly away."

          ...*sigh*...

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          by flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:40:08 PM PDT

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      •  Never thought of SMan as an illegal. (1+ / 0-)
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        That would make an interesting special issue. NeoCon v. Superman- the Deportation of the Man of Steel.

        I haven't bought a comic in decades, but I'd buy that one.

        "Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." Twain

        by Gentle Giant on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 07:46:15 AM PDT

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  •  I'd be ok with giving Superman amnesty. (2+ / 0-)
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    Wonder Woman too, if needed.

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    by billmosby on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:10:34 AM PDT

  •  plus he is really Canadian... (1+ / 0-)
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    Aji

    Which is why he is so dorky as Clark Kent. He is Canadian! Ha!

    http://www.histori.ca/...

    Superman leapt from comic books to radio serials in the 1940s, and on to the television screen by the 1950s. At the beginning of each episode a breathless announcer proclaimed that the caped superhero would once again defend "Truth, Justice and the American Way." Who would have thought that this great American hero was a Canadian creation?

    Superman's creator, Joe Shuster, came up with the idea of a "strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men" with his buddy, Jerry Siegel, when the pair were only seventeen years old. Shuster, the Toronto-born cartoonist, was living in Cleveland at the time, but most of his family (including cousin Frank, whose own fame would come as half of Canada's "Wayne and Shuster" comedy team) lived north of the border.

    According to the novelist Mordecai Richler, Shuster's Superman is a perfect expression of the Canadian psyche. The mighty "man of steel" hides his extraordinary strength, speed, and superhuman powers under the bland, self-effacing guise of the weak and clumsy Clark Kent. He is a hero who does not take any credit for his own heroism, a glamorous figure in cape and tights who is content to live his daily life in horn-rimmed glasses and brown suits.

    Richler wryly suggests that Superman, with his modest alter-ego, is the archetypal Canadian personality who became a "universal hero," famed throughout the world as the champion of everything virtuous.

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/206488-1 at 1:31:20

    by TexMex on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:12:41 AM PDT

    •  So he can legally visit the U.S. (2+ / 0-)
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      for a year as a visitor......

      http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/206488-1 at 1:31:20

      by TexMex on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:14:13 AM PDT

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    •  TexMex (1+ / 0-)
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      Here is what a Canadian is.

      "A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German,
      Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. A Canadian can be Mexican, African,
      Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab,
      Pakistani, or Afghan.

      A Canadian may also be a Cree, Metis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one
      of the many other tribes known as native Canadians.  A Canadian's
      religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu,
      or none.  In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan
      .  The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each
      of them chooses.  Whether they have a religion or no religion, each
      Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to
      armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
      A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of
      the world.  The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of
      Rights and Freedoms, which recognize the right of each person to the
      pursuit of happiness.
      A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every
      other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in
      return. Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the
      best books, the best music, the best food, the best services, and the
      best minds.

      But they also welcome the least - the oppressed, the outcast, and the
      rejected.

      These are the people who built Canada .  You can try to kill a Canadian
      if you must as other bloodthirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in
      doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour.  This is
      because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place.
      They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom.  Everyone who
      holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian."

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:18:30 AM PDT

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    •  That doesn't make him Canadian unless Krypton (0+ / 0-)

      is similar in legal status to Nova Scotia or Alberta. . .

      But if he is Canadian he's an overstayer.

      Human reason is beautiful and invincible --Milosz, Incantation

      by juancito on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:09:10 PM PDT

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  •  Only wingnuts... (0+ / 0-)

    ...would hassle Superman. And Lex Luthor, too. Shows who's a "criminal mastermind".

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:50:35 AM PDT

  •  Sup is a refugee not an illegal alien. (0+ / 0-)

    If Mexico was destroyed by asteroids or giant dinosaurs Mexican nationals here would probably receive refugee status.

    Nevertheless, since their country of origin would not exist there would be no where to remove them to - so they could stay indefinitely.

    Though Sup has been seen crossing borders w/o inspection...

    •  Sure? (1+ / 0-)
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      Knucklehead

      If Superman were to apply as a refugee, that would be one thing.

      However, he has not; in fact, he didn't even know that he was a refugee until much later in life.  Ma and Pa Kent hid the fact that they found him in a rocket in a field until he was in his mid-teens, and it was a few years later that he even knew about Krypton.

      Given the information at hand, now, you are correct, but at the time and until he knew these facts, and that he did not act on them to clarify all of this, makes him as illegal an immigrant as anyone not born here and without a green card, failing to register at the Post Office each February.

      Part of this is mooted by the UN declaring him a "world citizen", but in terms of US immigration policy, that and a dollar will buy you a spoonful of Starbuck's artifical cream mix.

      Internet access by 1955 Underwood Deluxe QuietTab Portable Typewriter.
      As much as 25,000 web pages between ribbons. Be green, be retro.

      by flerb on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:58:00 AM PDT

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  •  GI Joe is back, too (0+ / 0-)

    written by the original writer, Larry Hama, not accompanied by a toy line, and not published by Marvel/Disney. The plot involves the US government hiring COBRA to defend against ever growing terrorists attacks. I've been meaning to buy it but haven't gotten around to it.

  •  Thought-provoking diart, flerb, with interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    Knucklehead

    framing.

    Very glad this one was rescued. Thanks to the Rescue Rangers!

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:21:10 PM PDT

  •  are'nt 'what if's' great? (1+ / 0-)
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    Knucklehead

    glad this was rescued-

    Conservatism is killing this country. Jayden

    by swampyankee on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:00:54 AM PDT

  •  reminds me of a Vonnegut line (0+ / 0-)

    When he said that the death of Jesus on the cross taught us all the valuable lesson that you should find all if a person is connected to anybody important before you treat him like the rest, otherwise there's going to be a stink. Same goes for Superman as an illegal, I guess, you should verify that the marginal you are picking on doesn't have super powers. But since Superman is a bit of a pussy superhero, I don't think the Arizonans have anything to worry about, he would just sit there in his cell, having some sort of guilt crisis like always.

    "We have our teeth into the jugular, and we need to keep it there." -- Gen. Petraeus (feared Middle Eastern warlord)

    by Marcion on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 02:53:03 AM PDT

  •  Jesus would be asked (0+ / 0-)

    for his papers if he came to AZ.  Afterall, he wears homemade clothes, has dark skin, and has obviously been walking in the desert.
    I thought of this last Sunday when the scripture reading was the parable of The Good Samaritan.  I think the two most important lessons there are:
    The scholar asking the question "Who is my neighbor", and the fact that we never learn the identity of the injured man.  The Samaritan doesn't ask his legal status either.

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