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Last night, Stephen Colbert looked at how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has now formally renounced his Canadian citizenship.

But come on, Senator, no piece of paper can wipe the Canada off you. I visited Toronto once 20 years ago, and every now and then, I still say "I'm sorry."

No, to become 100% American, Ted Cruz needs to do something radically un-Canadian. He needs to punch a moose, or pay for his own healthcare.

Video and full transcript below the fold.


It's no secret that I have always felt a deep connection with Texas Senator and Joe McCarthy tribute head Ted Cruz.

But there's one thing about Senator Cruz that bothers me.  It's his name — Rafael Edward Cruz.  It sounds kind of, you know, Canadian.  And it turns out I have excellent Canadar.

6/11/2014:

MICHAELA PEREIRA: Senator Ted Cruz has renounced his Canadian citizenship.  The Texas Republican was born north of the border, only to discover that he actually held dual citizenship last year.

HEATHER CHILDERS: Ted Cruz, now officially all-American, shedding his Canadian citizenship.

So, Tip of the Hat to Senator Cruz for his great show of patriotism.  If you ask me, there's nothing more American than not being from another country.  (audience laughter)  Which is why it is also so hard for me to give Ted Cruz a Wag of My Finger.  Because the way Ted Cruz went about becoming a not-Canadian was so... Canadian.  His Canadectomy was performed with a simple certificate of renunciation issued by the government.

A certificate just saying he's not Canadian.  Hell, I got those!  The printer in my office churns 'em out 24/7.  I even got a 2-ply version in the bathroom.

But come on, Senator, no piece of paper can wipe the Canada off you.  I visited Toronto once 20 years ago, and every now and then, I still say "I'm sorry."

No, to become 100% American, Ted Cruz needs to do something radically un-Canadian.  He needs to punch a moose, or pay for his own healthcare.  (audience laughter and applause)

And I can help, I can help.  I'm here to help, because I am a trained Ludovico therapist.  And I have administered Canadian deprogramming before.  Jim?

(scenes of Canadian Mounties and Barenaked Ladies flash on movie screen to "A Clockwork Orange")

Now thanks to the conditioning, every time he hears Celine Dion, he becomes nauseous — like a true American.

Stephen also had an update about his battle with Amazon.

He then had a Sport Report segment where he had on the German ambassador to the UN, Hans Beinholtz, to talk about our chances in the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Jon covered the latest hellhole that is Iraq with Jason Jones.


Jason Jones also filed a piece about those who wear Google Glass.

Stephen interviewed former Senator James Webb (D-VA), and Jon talked with actor Christopher Walken.

Originally posted to Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 05:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Colbert on Cantor (23+ / 0-)
    so now Eric Cantor rides off into the sunset,
    and Boehner....... well John Boehner is the sunset.
    (color Boehner picture)

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 05:46:11 AM PDT

  •  I've noticed that Pubbies get upset when (29+ / 0-)

    that fact that Cruz was not born in the United States while Obama was born in the United States is brought up.  Renouncing one's citizenship does not change the place of one's birth.

  •  Cruz, by law, cannot be president, since he was (11+ / 0-)

    born in Canada. its why Schwarzenegger couldnt run either hes Austrian by birth.

    •  Not true (10+ / 0-)

      Schwrzenegger couldn't run because neither of his parent were Americans.  Different situation with Cruz.
      McCain as born in Panama of American parents.

      •  At the time, the Canal Zone was US territory (5+ / 0-)

        so McCain was eligible to run. it is long been held that you have to be born in this country, or its possessions, to run for president. so someone born outside the US, like England, Austria or Canada, is not eligible.this requirement was a response to the British monarchy which had rulers brought in from other countries to lead it from time to time.

        •  It makes no difference whether he was born ... (11+ / 0-)

          in the Canal Zone or in Panama City (which there is some indication that he may have been).  There are two ways of acquiring citizenship -- by birth, or by naturalization. McCain acquired citizenship by virtue of being born to an American citizen, as did Ted Cruz, as did Barack Obama even if he had been born in Kenya rather than Hawaii.

          Most legal scholars interpret the natural born citizenship requirement to mean someone who was a citizen by birth, whether it was birth in the United States, or birth abroad to an American citizen.

          It would be political suicide to argue that the many thousands of American citizens who were born abroad to Americans serving in the armed forces in places like Germany or Japan, or to American diplomats serving all over the world, are therefore somehow disqualified from ever seeking the Presidency. It would be politically suicidal, and it would also be legally nonsensical.

          Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

          by leevank on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:54:22 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  The Constitution was vague on what a natural (3+ / 0-)
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            born citizenship means. Hamilton was of the belief that it applied simply to those born within the US.  naturalization requires 14 years residency.

            •  Hamilton's position wasn't what you say (2+ / 0-)
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              At least it wasn't in his proposed draft of the Constitution which, at Article IX, Section 1 provided as follows:

              No person shall be eligible to the office of President of the United States unless he be now a Citizen of one of the States, or hereafter be born a Citizen of the United States.[
              http://memory.loc.gov/...

              It does not require that he be born IN the United States, merely that he be born a citizen OF the United States. I am aware of no indication that the natural born citizen requirement was ever intended to mean more than that. Clearly, under the law as it existed when Ted Cruz was born, he was born a citizen OF the United States, as was John McCain, regardless of where either of them were born.

              Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

              by leevank on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 09:40:04 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  Title 8 of the US Code, Section 1401 ... (0+ / 0-)

              Title 8 of the US Code, Section 1401 defines the following as citizens of the United States upon birth… or natural born citizens:

              - Anyone born inside the United States.  The person must be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States.  (This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.)

              - Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a citizen of the tribe

              - Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.

              - Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national

              - Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year

              - Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21

              - Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)

              This last clause covers Cruz. The third covers McCain. The first covers Obama.

              Republicans - A pathology, not a party.

              by storeysound on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 02:19:36 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  Germany, Canada, Panama.. (0+ / 0-)

            as long as one parent is an American citizen, a child is considered native born American.  You paid attention in history!!!  Friends' children were born in Germany, in a German hospital to an American couple while the husband was stationed there.  The two children carried dual citizenship until they turned 18; at that time they were required to decide which county to have as their native country.  One did choose Germany; he had grown up in Germany and when they were stationed back here, kids in the South made fun of him because he spoke both German and English.  His mother was offered a DOD job back in Germany and they gladly went.  The kids were overjoyed as they loved German schools  My nephews spent part of their childhood in Germany; they all are multi-lingual and despised American schools because they were so far behind (and they came back to CA schools which were some of the best in the nation where they were).  They now travel all over the world in their jobs because they are multi-lingual.  
            Much as I hate the thought of it, Cruz is legally an American citizen; my only question is why has he carried dual citizenship all this time.  He has known it.  Kids born in most other countries have to declare at age 18.  I would like to know if he was supposed to..

        •  He wasn't born in U. S. territory. (3+ / 0-)

          He was born in a hospital in Panama City, as were all the children of U. S. military stationed there (as told to me by a military brat who was also born there in the same era).

          As long as at least one of your parents is a U. S. citizen, it doesn't matter where you're born.

          -5.13,-5.64; GOP thinking: A 13 year path to citizenship is too easy, and a 5 minute background check is too burdensome. -- 1audreyrenee

          by gizmo59 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 09:38:46 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  It isn't that cut and dry (2+ / 0-)
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            If you're born outside the US and its territories, and only one of your parents is a US citizen, then there are some non-trivial residency requirements for the US citizen parent. Basically they need to have lived in the US for a specific number of years.

            In Ted Cruz's case, While his mother was American, his father was Cuban (i.e. neither a US citizen nor a US national). This means Ted's mother would need to have lived in the US for at least 5 years, with at least 2 of those 5 being after her 14th birthday.

            So to summarize: "As long as at least one of your parents is a U. S. citizen, it doesn't matter where you're born." is wrong.

            •  And Ted (1+ / 0-)
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              was having trouble proving that his mother met those residency requirements.

              A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

              by PSzymeczek on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:24:10 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I have no idea of the basis for that statement (3+ / 0-)

                His mother was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from Rice University in Houston.

                Sure, the birthers who were never convinced by any amount of documentation on President Obama wouldn't be convinced if the tables were turned, but do we really need to join them in their hypocrisy?

                Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

                by leevank on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 11:08:13 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  But as every Republican knows, college residenc... (3+ / 0-)
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                  But as every Republican knows, college residency doesn't count for anything. ;-)

                  •  It would be ironic (1+ / 0-)
                    Recommended by:
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                    if their birtherism came back and bit them on the ass, even if it's no more legitimate for Cruz than it was for Obama.

                    I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. - Oscar Wilde

                    by penelope pnortney on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:40:59 AM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

                •  He was having difficulty (0+ / 0-)

                  coming up with acceptable documentation that his mother resided in the US for 10 years prior to Ted's birth, 5 of which had to be after her 14th birthday.  http://www.salon.com/...

                  A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

                  by PSzymeczek on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 10:35:56 AM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  The article doesn't say that (0+ / 0-)

                    It just says what the author of the article thinks she'd need to come up with to prove it. But there's no indication that he's tried to come up with such proof, presumably because the entire argument is basically presposterous. Most reasonable people would think that if somebody is born in Wilmington, Delaware to American citizens, and graduates from college in Houston, Texas, the burden is on someone suggesting that she didn't spend most of the intervening years in the United States to come up with some evidence of that fact, and to the best of my knowledge, there has been absolutely no effort by anybody to do so.

                    I can't stand Ted Cruz, and there are countless reasons that he shouldn't be President, but this isn't one of them.

                    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

                    by leevank on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 02:34:44 PM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  So give a plausible explanation (0+ / 0-)

                      just why it took so long for him to renounce his Canadian citizenship.

                      A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

                      by PSzymeczek on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 03:44:54 PM PDT

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Presumably because he had no real reason ... (0+ / 0-)

                        to do so until he decided to run for President and knew a political issue would be made of it. If I had been born in Canada, I would never have bothered to renounce my Canadian citizenship. In any event, what is that supposed to have to do with his mother's status?

                        Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

                        by leevank on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 06:22:41 AM PDT

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              •  and ted (1+ / 0-)
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                who cares. that is happy horseshit. the fact remains that this political piece of shit,and ALL others are BOUGHT AND SOLD by the likes of the koch brothers,and all others who thave the money to buy the way they all think.get the money outta politics and we dont even talk about asshole kissups like ted fucking cruz.

            •  Thanks for the clarification. (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

              -5.13,-5.64; GOP thinking: A 13 year path to citizenship is too easy, and a 5 minute background check is too burdensome. -- 1audreyrenee

              by gizmo59 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:29:44 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  McCain Born in Coco Solo, Canal Zone (1+ / 0-)
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            Wikipedia states that Senator McCain was born in Coco Solo, Canal Zone. In addition, I believe your source was mistaken in saying that all U.S. military dependents in the Canal Zone were born in Panama City, Republic of Panama.

            Coco Solo Hospital was the Naval Air Station on the Atlantic Side of the Canal Zone. It is approximately 50 miles of two-lane, mountainous road (especially back when McCain was born in 1936) from Coco Solo to Panama City. That would be an arduous and dangerous drive for a woman in labor. In addition, conditions in Panamanian hospitals in 1936 would not have been acceptable for military dependents, especially officers' wives.  

            I agree with your assessment that the children of U.S. citizens that are born abroad are also U.S. citizens. I was born and raised (18 years) in the Canal Zone myself with U.S. citizens as parents (civilian).

            There were lots of U.S. military stationed on the Atlantic as well as Pacific side of the Canal Zone. My father was stationed there in 1938. We had our own Gorgas Hospital in Ancon, Canal Zone, on the Pacific Side. Check out the Wikipedia entry for Senator McCain.

      •  If I recall correctly, (0+ / 0-)

        you have to have been a US citizen for at least 14 years prior to running for President.  No idea how long Teddy Boy's been in the States, but Schwarzenegger arrived here in 1966.

    •  He can (0+ / 0-)

      If you have a parent who is American, you are an American.

      Discourse is better served if we can stick to the rules of logic.

      by backell on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 11:02:50 AM PDT

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  •  mc carthy - cruz (4+ / 0-)

    how does that make him an American citizen??
       just because he barks   does that make him a dog?

  •  any dummy that was born in another country (21+ / 0-)

    and now-some 40 yrs later- just realizes he is a citizen of that country, automatically disqualifies himself from being a dog catcher.
    forget being president

  •  cruz (6+ / 0-)

     cruz on back to Canada,   we don't need your kind

  •  Actually, Spirit still has fans (7+ / 0-)

    They had a real following.  I know more than one person who thinks that they were a great band that just never broke through.

    I would be willing to think that the riff of Stairway was "subconscious plagiarism" (Page had certainly heard Spirit's Taurus many times) if Zep didn't have a history of much more blatant plagiarism than this.  "Whole Lotta Love," of course, is Willie Dixon's "You Need Love."  It took Dixon 15 years to get credit for his own song.  And Page reworked Jake Holmes' "Dazed and Confused" an put his own name on it.  And he didn't even rework it very much.

    •  I bonged to LedZep like most of my contemporaries (0+ / 0-)

      Never paid much attention beyond that.  The plagiarism thing peaked my curiosity, so I you tubed "Led Zeppelin plagiarism"  There's a whole series of LZ plag posts.  Lots.

      The only reason the 1% are rich is because the 99% agree they are.

      by GreatLakeSailor on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 06:48:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Randy California (0+ / 0-)

      was given his name by Jimi Hendrix when they played together in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames to distinguish him from another Randy in the band. Hendrix invited him to go to England with him but his mom wouldn't let him go, insisting that he finish high school. So, the Experience ended up with only one guitar player.

    •  Except that the Stairway riff is not the same. (3+ / 0-)
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      They both use arpeggios through the same chord progression, but there is at least one critical difference between the arpeggios -- a difference that makes one of the arpeggios just a regular ol' arpeggio, and the other an unforgettable riff -- as well as a different conclusion to the two progressions -- again, a different conclusion that transforms the sequence.

      Meanwhile, 4 or 5 chord progressions account for about half of all rock music.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:49:37 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  off topic (0+ / 0-)

    how do you manage to embed Comedy Central?  Their embeds have not been working for me for months

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    DEMAND CREATES JOBS!!!
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 06:42:46 AM PDT

  •  not so fast ted (2+ / 0-)
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    Black's Law Dictionary (9th Edition) defines "Natural Born Citizen" as "A person born within the jurisdiction of a national government".

    I am not challenging his Citizenship only that he is not Natural Born
    Acts of Congress can not invade the Sovereignty of other Nations under the law of Nations
     He was foreign born of a citizen.

    The plain import of the words must apply C.J. John Marshall

    Sec. 1473. It is indispensable, too, that the president should be a natural born citizen of the United States; or a citizen at the adoption of the constitution, and for fourteen years before his election.

    This permission of a naturalized citizen to become president is an exception from the great fundamental policy of all governments, to exclude foreign influence from their executive councils and duties.

    It was doubtless introduced out of respect to those distinguished revolutionary patriots, who were born in a foreign land, and yet had entitled themselves to high honours in their adopted country.

     A positive exclusion of them from the office would have been unjust to their merits, and painful to their sensibilities.

    But the general propriety of the exclusion of foreigners, in common cases, will scarcely be doubted by any sound statesman
    Story, Joseph Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
    Confirmed at 32 served on the Supreme Court 33 yrs 1812-1835

    art 2 natural born refers to place of birth not Parentage

    the first act in 1790 was repealed possibly due to error of the term Natural Born like the Article II qualifications Congress realized and corrected the error

    Vol I First Congress chap III 1790
    And the children of citizens of the United States, that maybe born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as

    "natural born citizens"

    Vol I Third Congress session 2 1795
    CHAP. XX.— An Act to establish an uniform rule of Naturalization ; and to repeal
    the act heretofore passed on that subject.(a}
    SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, .... and the children of citizens of the United States, born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the
    United States, shall be considered as

    "citizens"

    Wood v. Broom - 287 U.S. 1 (1932)
    The Act of June 18, 1929,   providing for the reapportionment under the Fifteenth Census

     "omitted the requirements"

     as to the compactness, contiguity, and equality in population of new districts to be created under that apportionment.

     It did not carry forward those requirements,

    There is thus no ground for the conclusion that the Act of 1929 reenacted or made applicable to new districts the requirements of the Act of 1911.

    U.S. Supreme Court
     MYERS v. UNITED STATES, 272 U.S. 52 (1926)

    This court has repeatedly laid down the principle

     that a contemporaneous legislative exposition

    of the Constitution,

     when the founders of our government

    and framers of our Constitution

    were actively participating in public affairs,

    acquiesced in for a long term of years,

    fixes the construction to be given its provisions.

     Stuart v. Laird, 1 Cranch, 299, 309; Martin v. Hunter's Lessee, 1 Wheat. 304, 351; Cohen v. Virginia, 6 Wheat. 264, 420; Prigg v. Pennsylvania, 16 Pet. 544, 621 (10 L. Ed. 1060); Cooley v. Board of Wardens, etc., 12 How. 299, 315; Burrow-Giles Lithographing Company v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 57 , 4 S. Ct. 279; Ames v. Kansas, 111 U.S. 449 , 463-469, 4 S. Ct. 437; The Laura, 114 U.S. 411, 416 , 5 S. Ct. 881; Wisconsin v. Pelican Ins. Co., 127 U.S. 265, 297 , 8 S. Ct. 1370; McPherson v. Blacker, 146 U.S. 1, 28 , 33 S., 35, 13 S. Ct. 3; Knowlton v. Moore, 178 U.S. 41, 56 , 20 S. Ct. 747; Fairbank v. United States, 181 U.S. 283, 308 , 21 S. Ct. 648; Ex parte Grossman, 267 U.S. 87, 118 , 45 S. Ct. 332, 38 A. L. R. 131.

    •  See Title 8 of the US Code, Section 1401 (0+ / 0-)

      It's pretty unambiguous. In regards to Cruz it states:

      - Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)

      Republicans - A pathology, not a party.

      by storeysound on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 02:29:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  title 8 (0+ / 0-)

        Congress can not Change the Constitution by regular LAW
        the art 2 requirement is to place of birth not parentage

        as I cited Joseph Story

        It was doubtless introduced out of respect to those distinguished revolutionary patriots, who were born in a foreign land, and yet had entitled themselves to high honours in their adopted country.

         A positive exclusion of them from the office would have been unjust to their merits, and painful to their sensibilities.

         Words are to be understood in their ordinary and common acceptation, and the word "party" being in common usage, applicable both to plaintiff and defendant, we cannot limit it to one of them in the present case.
        Jay, Chief justice.

        U.S. Supreme Court (2005-12-01). Supreme Court Decisions 1793-1919 (Kindle Locations 1010-1012). Packard Technologies. Kindle Edition.

        Why, then, should violence be done to the natural meaning of words for the purpose of leaving to the legislature the power .... The Court can perceive no sufficient grounds for making this distinction.

        Mr. Chief Justice MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.
        Supreme Court Decisions, 1810 Fletcher v. Peck, 10 U.S. 87 (1810) Fletcher v. Peck 10 U.S. 87 ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT

        The Court will not declare a law to be unconstitutional unless the opposition between the Constitution and the law be clear and plain.

        U.S. Supreme Court (2005-12-01). Supreme Court Decisions 1793-1919

        http://www.law.cornell.edu/...
        C.J. Marshall

        If courts are to regard the Constitution,

        and the Constitution is superior

        to any ordinary act of the legislature,

         the Constitution,

         and not such ordinary act,

        must govern the case to which they both apply.

  •  Teddy, you're burning bridges. (7+ / 0-)

    And you're gonna need that bridge one day.

    If there were a Liberal Media, there wouldn't be a republican party.

    by ComradeAnon on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:58:25 AM PDT

    •  I wonder (0+ / 0-)

      when it's going to dawn on him that he has to buy insurance now.  Of course, the US government will subsidize it for him since he's ostensibly a member of Congress.  
      [I'll consider him a real member the day he stops trying to take this country down.  Hmmmm - - maybe THAT explains his run for that august body: he's a plant by our oh, so polite neighbor to the north.  Does Canada want top dog status in this hemisphere?  And is Ol' Ted giving it to them?]

      The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men - - Plato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We must be the change we wish to see in the world - - Mohandas Gandhi

      by twocrows1023 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:26:47 PM PDT

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  •  Ted Cruz citizenship (6+ / 0-)

    Finally renounced Canadian citizenship.

    What about his Cuban citizenship? His father is a Cuban citizen, or was when Rafael Edward [Ted] Cruz was born. Ted needs to take care of that little problem now.

  •  you can't break my spirit, colbert!! (0+ / 0-)

    the 12 dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is an excellent album. Not in Led Zeppelin's class before coda, but spirit is not fresh garbage (great song) either, but a fine rock n' roll band with a respectable body of work.

    To solve the Cruz problem once and for all, not to mention plenty of other nagging issues and blemishes, why not kick that third world opec country known as the state of texass out of the usa? It will do the country good to keep people like cruz, bush and dick perry as far on the fringe as they deserve and ineligible for the corporate tool-in-chief position now leased to mister B.O'bomber.

  •  He's gonna be running for President soon... (0+ / 0-)

    You can just see him getting his "team" ready...

    Ugh. --UB.

    The Republican Party is run by the KOCH BROTHERS.

    by unclebucky on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:36:38 AM PDT

    •  Don't know (0+ / 0-)

      if there's enough TP crazies to ever make him a viable candidate.  He might have had a shot at it had he not made a career out of knifing establishment Republicans in the back.  I can't help but be amused by how both sides in this turf war have managed to paint themselves into a corner.

      I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. - Oscar Wilde

      by penelope pnortney on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:48:58 AM PDT

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  •  Cruz was born in Canada. End of story. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    BLUE Skies in Red Hell

    The Republican Party is run by the KOCH BROTHERS.

    by unclebucky on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:37:08 AM PDT

  •  Is it wrong (3+ / 0-)

    that I'm enjoying the citizenship debate with a member of the Right as the focus?

  •  Did Cruz do all the right things?? (2+ / 0-)

    Did Ted Cruz take all the right steps to become an American Citizen?  Maybe someone should look into this.  wouldn't it be too bad if it was suddenly discovered that Cruz was a man without a country.

  •  Republicans, the disingenuous. (2+ / 0-)
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    twocrows1023, penelope pnortney

    All the hoopla over Obama and his Kenyan connection; come to find out one of the highest thought of Republicans (by Republicans) is potentially in the same boat, without a question/mention by the Right (Fox).

    All the hoopla over Clinton's indiscretions w/Monica, while Newt, pushing for impeachment, was having an ongoing affair all the while his wife was terribly sick and he divorced while she was ill...without a question/mention by the Right (Fox).

    How do they get away with this stuff???

    I'll admit, I don't really know if Fox mentioned it or not. I don't watch Fox, but minutes at a time.  It's all I can swallow.

    •  I don't watch it either (0+ / 0-)
      I'll admit, I don't really know if Fox mentioned it or not.
      but it's a safe bet the answer is 'no'.  Their mission statement must include "tell any lie to make Republicans look righteous and Democrats look evil."

      I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. - Oscar Wilde

      by penelope pnortney on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:54:23 AM PDT

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  •  Republicans, the disingenuous. (1+ / 0-)
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    twocrows1023

    Obama and his Kenyan connection vs. Cruz and his Canadian connection.

    Clinton's Lewinsky indiscretion vs. Gingrich's affair/sick wife/divorce indiscretion.

    I don't understand all the noise from the Right regarding the Democrats, when their own party members are doing their thing.  What do they have to say about these Republican issues?

  •  get rid of cruz like Eric cntor (0+ / 0-)

    TED CRUZ was a cancer, and disgrace  to the political seine any way. .Lets see his birth certificate?Maybe he's an alien.

  •  ted cruz (2+ / 0-)
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    twocrows1023, WednesdaysChilde

    shouldn't he be designated 'criminal' for his alien status in conformance with the reformed golden rule so prevalent today, ie 'let it be done unto you as you have done unto others?

  •  I can tell you for sure... (0+ / 0-)

    there is no way he is an American.

  •  Stephen missed a detail there... (1+ / 0-)
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    WednesdaysChilde

    "Taurus" is not on 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (which was recorded and released in 1970), but Spirit's self-titled '68 debut album.  I honestly don't think "Stairway" sounds that much like "Taurus" - similar, but not that close.  It's disingenuous of Spirit to be going after Led Zeppelin now, 17 years after Randy California's drowning death and 43 years after Led Zeppelin released their fourth album.  I suspect this of being a case of the estate running out of money and casting around for any way they could get some back.

    As for Ted Cruz, I'm sure the Canadian government is not at all sorry to have him renouncing his citizenship.  Good riddance to bad rubbish is probably what they're thinking right about (or maybe "aboot") now.

  •  Oh the irony (2+ / 0-)
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    WednesdaysChilde, Yoda54

    The daily mantra regarding Obama’s citizenship, should now turn to Cruz.  Of course that only follows if politics are fair.  And call me jaded, but politics are rarely fair.  That being said, there are still issues surrounding Mr. Cruz and citizenship, that should prove at the very least amusing.  Cruz has railed against the “takers”, ignoring the apparent fact that his own father didn’t bother to become a US citizen until he was eligible for benefits, such as social security (one would hope he actually paid into the system).   Then there is his having to renounce his Canadian citizenship (gee I bet they were sorry t o see him go, and I wonder if there is anything that would induce them to take him back?)  To my knowledge, Obama didn’t have to renounce a Kenya citizenship, but I could be wrong about that, and hope that my fellow Koz folk correct me.  Frankly I don’t know as much as I should about Mr. Cruz, since he is considering a presidential run, but I intend to rectify that asap.  A quick google told me a few things:  1.  He does not believe in a pathway to citizen ship for immigrants who have lived here for generations.  2.  He is apparently for racial profiling by police to “catch immigrants”.  3.  He would like to triple the size of the border patrol AND build that damn wall.   Another irony, as I hear the words in my head from Reagan, “tear down that wall”.   I could write a page on his stance on abortion, but suffice to say, he’s against it.  I’ll stop here, as it’s late, and I hate posting more, as I don’t know enough about him - yet.  But based on his filibuster nonsense, I know for certain, that while he ‘might” believe in himself, I don’t believe him at all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  •  Cruz's Mother's Birth Certificate???? (1+ / 0-)
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    Yoda54

    Where is his mother's birth certificate.

    Raphael Cruz couldn't immigrate to the US because the US required his wife's birth certificate, but Canada did not require the birth certificate. In Canada, they only needed acknowledgement that Cruz's mother was a US citizen.

    It's probable that Cruz's mother was NOT BORN IN THE US.

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