Saturday, June 25

Not Much Blogging This Weekend

I'm spending the weekend at a NSHMBA regional chapter leadership training. You can reach more about us at -- Check it out.

I won't be blogging much over the weekend. Feel free to post whatever you want in the comments section. Open thread.

Thursday, June 23

Spain's prime minister going too far, too fast!

UPDATE: fr. Salinas pointed me to his blogs that hold collections of images of the Spain pro-family protests. Make sure to check them out. This is to huge to ignore.
Here is something the MSM is ignoring!

My sources indicated that the police estimated the crowd at 1.5 to 2.0 million people who, despite an earlier rally by the gay community (less than 100,000), turned out en masse to demonstrate their support against the initiative.
The PSOE officials are trying to downplay the event, but 1.5 million people can't be ignored, even by the socialist government which is trying to ram through it's agenda. The high Catholic officials rarely in the history of this country get involved in protests such as this, but the Archbishop of Madrid and dozens of other high church officials were actually in the march. Over five hundred busses brought people from all over Spain to participate in the march. We give God the Glory, and WLM... can look with satisfaction on this event as having struck the original match to shake these organizations out of their lethargy. Our full page ad [published in El Pais, Spain's #1 secular newspaper] on March 31st spurred many other like responses and put backbone into the gathering of signatures in protest. I asked several leaders of the pro-family groups about the signatures that were gathered [on the anti-gay marriage petition we circulated], and nobody knew the results of that effort. I do know that over 1.0 million signatures were presented to the Senate.
World Peace Herald had a story reporting the protests as well. Well, they voted this guy in, now they pay the price. Conservatives in Spain have to wake up and be proactive.
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people protested in Madrid against a gay marriage bill Spain's leftist parliament is expected to legalize June 30. It would make Spain only the second European country, after the Netherlands, to allow both gay marriages and gay adoptions.

Saturday's march received the backing of Spain's Episcopal Conference, which oversees the country's Catholic Church. And to be sure, the church's influence has declined dramatically in Spain in recent years. But the sheer numbers of protesters attests to the fact a sizable chunk of Spaniards are uneasy about legalizing same-sex marriage.

More Big-Brother Government

Inevitably, this decision affects Hispanics in poor areas. One one side, an improved economy is good--more jobs for low income people. On the other hand, I am never for more government control. I just get the feeling that this was not thought out. Way to many conflicts and problems are being solved through government intervention. So, what would be the alternative? What would conservatives and small-government advocates do? Good words from O'Connor and Clarence Thomas.

"Today nearly all real property is susceptible to condemnation on the court's
theory," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote in opposition to the ruling. "Any
property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party."

O'Connor said the opinion would result in a shift of property away from poor
owners in favor of those with "disproportionate influence and power."

Justice Clarence Thomas went further in his dissent, arguing that the
court's decision "regrettably" would exacerbate the harmful effects that urban
renewal projects have had on African-American communities.

More from fr. Salinas on the Pro-Marriage Protests in Spain

Wow! These are impressive images. Spain has really rallied to the occasion. It is clear they are not in favor of gay marriage. Check out this huge collection of images.

Beautiful Images of Spain

Fr. Jorge Salinas keeps a wonderful collection of images of Galicia, Spain. If you are planning a vacation or travel to that region, you might want to check it out. It's a sad thing that I have never been to Spain.

Is He Suggesting Affirmative Action TV Production?

I don't know what to think about this article. While it would be great if more of the country was better educated and aware of the Hispanic communities around them, I think more Hispanics need to integrate into society and get involved in their communities--That will increase awareness of Hispanics. Let's get out of our Gehtos! That's why I moved out of Miami!

Albor Ruiz is a columnist for the Daily News. He writes:

Out of an estimated 16,000 stories aired on the networks in 2004, only 115 stories - or 0.72% - were exclusively about Latinos, NAHJ found out. Even worse, despite the explosive increase of the Hispanic population, things are not getting any better. Actually, last year's figures represented a decrease from 2003, when there were 131 stories about Latinos, or 0.82%.

Out of an estimated 548 hours of network news stories aired in 2004, a scant 0.62% (3 hours and 25 minutes) was dedicated to Latino stories, according to the report.

"The dearth of coverage of Latinos is a disservice to our society," said Iván Román, NAHJ's executive director. "Despite the staggering growth of the U.S. Latino population, viewers across the country continue to learn very little about the Hispanic community by watching the network news."

Can someone suggest sensible solutions? Are TV networks at fault, or perhaps, more Hispanics need to rise up to the occasions that make the news? I think there are plenty of Hispanics making the news out there, but perhaps because they are conservative, the MSM doesn't like covering them. Then you have the extreme left wing "La Raza" types...

Mexico--al-Qaeda staging area!

Scary post by Captain Ed about the danger of an unsecured border. Mexico is getting more and more lawless--perfect staging ground for al-Qaeda. I've said it before--I wish more Hispanics would be honest about what the border security problem means to this country. I can understand illegals coming into this country as a necessity, running away from hunger and poverty. But, Hispanics will be in danger from al-Qaeda too. How many Hispanics died on 9/11!! Frankly, I'm concerned, as are many other Hispanics who have respect for the law (both inside our borders, and outside of our borders).
It appears that Mexico may have already become an AQ staging area. Perhaps now would be a good time to start getting serious about border control.

Wednesday, June 22

Rewarding the Corruption and Inefficiency of Third-World Governments

Great article and great issue! Congratulations to World for highlighting the truth about these debt-forgiveness initiatives.

Having lived in various third-world countries for over 15 years, I know it doesn't work. I have seen hospitals half-completed, abandoned after funds where mismanaged (stolen more likely). Europe loves coming over to Central American countries, and let everyone know how progressive they are.

Ultimately, it's the poor who suffer, while corrupt politicians get rich of the generosity of well-intentioned individuals.

...offstage a band of leading economists and scholars says the G8 plan is not only misguided but harmful, particularly for church-based poverty-fighting efforts. "Debt forgiveness rewards the corruption and inefficiency of governments who have mishandled loaned funds," writes the editorial board of the Kairos Journal in a letter sent June 6 to Mr. Warren and Mr. Stott, along with others. "In forgiving the debt of poor nations, we're not forgiving the debts of those nation's poor; we're merely enabling bureaucratic perfidy and incompetence."
If you want to better understand and gain a vision on how to help the world's poorest, I would highly recommend reading Banker to the Poor, by Yunus Muhammad. While at times it is a bit excessively utopian, it does give perspective as to what the poor truly desire and need--the chance to work hard, earn the proper and fair reward for their hard work, and make it on their own.

If you are looking for a charity that is truly making a difference in Central America, then I would recommend you check out

** UPDATE: I thought I would bring this story back up to the first page for new readers. What do you think? What is the right way to do charity in third world countries?

Do you enjoy this blog?

Hi There,

If this is the first time you visit Latino Issues, would you let me know what you think? Is the writhing and links interesting? Do the opinions expressed make you think? Am I what you would expect from a Hispanic? Considering the fact that I am a US born Hispanic, born to immigrants, how does that reflect on my writing and opinions?

Whether your reaction be negative, or positive, click on the comments link and let me know. I am just starting at this, and I would love to get reactions from readers.

If you are here for a second or third time, what brought you back? What would make this site more compelling or interesting?

Thank you for your time in sharing your thoughts.

- Josue

Latinos Have a Major Stake in Social Security Debate--but not the way they think.

It absolutely disgusts me that when the media or intellectual elites want to give the token consideration to Hispanics, they go to the left wing, extremist La Raza. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) released a report detailing the impact Social Security has on Hispanic workers and beneficiaries. I disagree mostly with their so-called findings, but I do have to agree with this quote from the article:
The report, "The Social Security Program and Reform: A Latino Perspective," reveals that while the vast majority of the U.S. Latino workforce--including native-born, lawfully-present foreign-born, and undocumented workers--are paying into the Social Security system, in many cases, they are less likely than other American workers to receive retirement benefits.
But, politics trumps true compassion and objective, evidence-based reasoning for the extreme left--specially when its the extreme La Raza left. (I even get nervous writing criticism of a search on them, and read up--its scary stuff)
On the issue of private accounts, the report states that "there are no realistic conditions under which a private account carve-out proposal would benefit Latinos, or low-income workers, to the same degree as upper-income workers."
How can they say this? When most Hispanics do not have a 401K, retirement account, or other forms of savings, private accounts would MOST benefit them! They would have a nest egg they can pass on to their children, and to rely on in their late years. Let's not confuse the "so-called-rights" of illegal immigrants. I don't mean to sound insensitive, but if illegals come in to this country to work, there is not obligation to run a welfare system for their sake. Talk about fixing the immigration problem, remove quotas for legitimate, benefital worker visas, and secure our borders. In the mean time, there is no compelling reason to bend over backwards for people that break our laws as it is. Now, I am not generalizing. There are millions of Latinos that are legal, work hard, and contribute to our society. They deserve self respect, ownership of their own hard-earned money, and a hope for their future retirement. Private accounts is the best way to do this. Just because some aspect of the law is broken does not justify doing away with the law--enforce it, fix it, and make it work the way it is supposed to work.

Imigration - Good ideas from Steve Forbes

I'm having a rough day. I had to take the afternoon of from work to get some studying done for a Statistics mid-term. For those who are new to my blogs, I am working on my MBA, and this is my first semester. linked to a post by VIRGINIA POSTREL that points to an editorial by Steve Forbes on immigration policy.

The post reads:

Forbes is right: It's asinine.

We have the worst of all worlds in our current immigration system -- it's demeaning, unpredictable, and contemptuous toward would-be legal immigrants, while being porous toward illegals. And it's the main experience most foreigners have of dealing with the United States government. When my Nigerian sister-in-law, before she married my brother, passed her citizenship test, my brother said he was glad that the person who swore her in was so nice, because it was the first time in the entire process that the process wasn't run by a jerk.

This is a mess, and the Bush Administration isn't fixing it. It should.

I like how Virginia concludes:
The visa hassles are no small thing, even for permanent residents and foreign-born citizens whose families want to visit them. "For the first time, I feel like a foreigner in this country," one of Professor Postrel's Indian-born colleagues told us at at recent party. We are needlessly alienating people who enrich our country and culture--and who would otherwise spread pro-American sentiment to their home countries. Bravo to Steve Forbes, for raising an issue most politically active people would prefer to ignore.
It's important to keep in mind that the problems and challenged of imigration are not all about the Mexicans or Hispanics. I wish more Hispanics kept this in mind--they wouldn't be so sensitive or defensive about the subject, and then we could have some real solutions. Regardless, our government needs to act and fix the system. Its brocken, Hispanic or not Hispanic.

Tuesday, June 21

Guess Who is Paying for Your Social Security Benefits?

Interesting piece at VOA news. What I found most interesting is a fact that keeps popping up here and there, but it seems like no one is making the connection. With average birth rates going rapidly down, when you look at US birth rates it is interesting to note the reason our birth rates are not dipping like in the rest of the world is because of Hispanics. They inflate and deflect the trend. So, you tell me--who is going to be paying for my Social Security benefits when I retire? It's going to be our children--Hispanics.

Latinos were responsible for about one-half of the national population growth from July of two thousand three to July of two thousand four. The Census Bureau says their growth rate was more than three and one-half percent, compared to one percent nationally.

Half the Latinos in the United States are under the age of twenty-seven. This is a result of high birth rates combined with high immigration levels. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Latinos enter the country legally.


The following is a letter to the editor of Honduras This Week, the weekly English Honduran newspaper. I thought you all might find it interesting. The relevance is in that we will not completly solve our imigration problem until more people take an interest in solving the corrpution and economic problems of third world countries. I am not talking about setting up a world welfare system, but lending a hand to hard working people that care, and holding foreign governments accountable for the good of its own people. Read on. Adopt a third world country. Dedicate time and energy. Read their publications. It will make a world of a difference in how you understand the challenges and problems of illegal imigration, and related imigrant issues in the US.

Dear HTW:
Congratulations to a well thought out article. I totally agree and enjoyed seeing this honest look at the truth in regards to the free markets. The article, “Trying to rationalize the origins of corruption” by Lorenzo Dee Belveal was good on that aspect, but I think it truly failed to point out the root of the cause of corruption.

His analysis of how it starts and spreads, or how it operates in the Honduran political fields is accurate, but I felt it’s missing something. If we looked at the United States government, we would have to honestly say there is some amount of corruption going on there as well. The one thing I believe we have, to a large measure, is moral accountability.

But, to say that we need to be morally accountable is to say that there is a moral standard. So, perhaps it all starts by the fact that each Honduran needs to be taught that no matter if your rich or poor, alone or in any state, what is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong. Mainly, stealing is wrong.

Like Belveal said, “It is a crime, like theft...” So, the steps:First, it has to start at the individual level. Every citizen has to be accountable to God and his fellow citizens. This means, moral values have to be promoted, and criminals have to be found and punished. Secondly, concerned citizens force the different organizations, businesses and government agencies accountability to those whom they serve. There is much to be said about the free press and access of information in these regards.

The Honduran government gets away with so much, mostly I think, because for the most part the people don’t know what’s true and what’s not.The common people know little and care little of what is happening in their government. Unfortunately, perhaps they are simple minded, or perhaps the powers that be would want them kept that way. I’m not sure. The problems in Honduras are much to complex to analyze in one email.

So, I would say that further education in the workings of the free market and the free press is needed in Honduras. The people need more motivation and enthusiasm to pursue these values, and demand more from those they elect. They also need to be empowered to do so. How, I’m not really sure, but we can start by working to help and promote whatever would help each citizen be held to higher moral standard, holding ourselves accountable to God, our families, and our communities. Only then, will true reform begin to happen.

Again, thank you for a insightful article, and let’s keep looking for and sharing those ideas that will have consequences in the minds of those who would read.

Josue Sierra

Monday, June 20

What it Means to be a Latino Journalist

Great story today on being a Latino Journalist. Good work by Ruben Navarrette Jr. at the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The call brought to mind a lunch I had about five years ago with a veteran columnist in Washington. It was right before I started this column, and the veteran offered some advice -- and then offered his sympathies.

"It must be very difficult," he said, "to constantly feel as if you have to serve a constituency."

What he meant was that, as a Latino columnist, I must feel as though I have to advance the views of Latino organizations and Latino elected officials, both of which, in his experience, tended to lean to the left.

Actually, I responded, if there is a constituency (and I'm not sure there is), I'm not sure I'm up to the task of serving it. Latino leaders and I disagree on immigration enforcement, bilingual education, affirmative action, capital punishment, school vouchers and privatizing Social Security. And that's just for starters.

Besides, the most demanding constituencies out there aren't ethnic or racial, but ideological. The far left and the far right seem to agree on only one thing: They want 100 percent of the population to agree with them 100 percent of the time. Ideologues don't read columns for information so they know what to think as much as for affirmation of what they already believe.

This doesn't have a thing to do with being Latino. It has to do with being human and living in an era when the politics are all-or-nothing.

Which is not to say that Latino journalists don't bring a unique and valuable perspective to reporting on the news and offering commentary. It's often the case that they do, and the profession -- and, by extension, the country -- is better for it.

Their ethnicity doesn't completely define them. At least it shouldn't. But like one's social class, educational background or a small town upbringing, it's something that helps form the lens through which they see the issues of the day.

Their ethnicity doesn't completely define them. At least it shouldn't. But like one's social class, educational background or a small town upbringing, it's something that helps form the lens through which they see the issues of the day.
Read the rest here.

Interesting look into the Hispanic culture

Here is an interesting article that looks into the second generation Hispanic culture.
Lopez, Gross says, is ''very conscious'' of this dynamic. But in her case, he says, the connection is ``not about her work -- it's her story.''

To begin with, her biography, which she repeats in every interview, reads like an immigrant archetype: Raised in a working-class part of the Bronx by a computer technician and a kindergarten teacher, Lopez started out as a backup dancer and, by dint of hard work and determination, became a powerhouse -- a $12 million-a-picture film star, a recording artist who's sold 35 million CDs, an entrepreneur whose clothing line and fragrance businesses People magazine estimated to be worth $350 million.

To some, like Wong and Rivera, this is inspiring. To others, infuriating.

''When she first came out, it was electric,'' Mulligan says. ``I was in college and to see someone with a wide nose and a big (rear) -- I felt like I was being born. That simply didn't exist before in popular culture. But I've been so disappointed.''

She cites Lopez's relative lack of activism compared with Latino actors such as Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos and suggests the entertainer pales next to tour-de-force Moreno. ``I just had a long conversation about this in Los Angeles. . .''
Why is it that people expect famous minority to be activist? Why must every well known, or influential Latino be an activist, advocate or something of that sort? Cannot a man or woman just be successfully, and enjoy the rewards of their hard work?

I have never even watched this channel

Telemundo's mun2 cable channel moving from Miami to Los Angeles
The Associated Press
Spanish-language television network Telemundo is expected to announce Monday its relocation of a youth-oriented cable channel from Miami to Los Angeles.

By moving mun2, Telemundo executives hope to market to Southern California's increasing Hispanic population and also Hollywood's arts community.
No loss from what I have heard about the channel.

Sunday, June 19

Take me to your leader!

Is this your political leadership? Democrats should take note.
In the early 1940s, a politically ambitious butcher from West Virginia
named Bob Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to form a chapter of
the Ku Klux Klan. After Byrd had collected the $10 joining fee and $3 charge for
a robe and hood from every applicant, the "Grand Dragon" for the mid-Atlantic
states came down to tiny Crab Orchard, W.Va., to officially organize the

As Byrd recalls now, the Klan official, Joel L. Baskin of Arlington,
Va., was so impressed with the young Byrd's organizational skills that he urged
him to go into politics. "The country needs young men like you in the leadership
of the nation," Baskin said.

The young Klan leader went on to become one of the most powerful and
enduring figures in modern Senate history. Throughout a half-century on Capitol
Hill, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) has twice held the premier leadership post
in the Senate, helped win ratification of the Panama Canal treaty, squeezed
billions from federal coffers to aid his home state, and won praise from
liberals for his opposition to the war in Iraq and his defense of minority party
rights in the Senate.

Despite his many achievements, however, the venerated Byrd has never
been able to fully erase the stain of his association with one of the most
reviled hate groups in the nation's history.

It is unconscionable that a minority would stand in association with this sort of man. In "Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields", Byrd writes of his past, but,

...The account is not complete. He does not acknowledge the full length of time
he spent as a Klan organizer and advocate. Nor does he make any mention of a
particularly incendiary letter he wrote in 1945 complaining about efforts to
integrate the military.
If only more voters would pay attention at the choices the political leadership makes. It is time that our politicians are held accountable, if they intend to be public figures making decisions that will affect our lives, and that of our men and women in the military.

Smells of fascism

I am not calling Villaraigosa a fascist, but in this country, we do not try to take away the power of the people to select and direct their own government. To do so by an elected official is to attempt to centralize power in one man--the basis for fascism.

Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed that he should appoint the school
board overseeing the nation's second-largest school system.

"I think the mayor should be able to appoint all the members of the school board," Villaraigosa told a state legislative committee during a public hearing Friday.

Currently, the seven board members who oversee the 740,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District are elected from their districts. Mayors in other big cities, including New York City and Boston, also have sought to gain greater authority over their school boards.

"I am not looking for more power. I just got elected to a great job and have plenty of that," said Villaraigosa, who takes office July 1. "I'm looking for accountability." (

John Perez, outgoing president of United Teachers Los Angeles, got it right on.
"We believe it's best for society for people to elect their representatives at
all levels," said John Perez, outgoing president of United Teachers Los Angeles,
drawing cheers from about 100 supporters.
This is kind of freeky! Next thing you know, you will start seeing more "La Raza" style indoctrination going on in LA schools.

Book calls Hispanic migration a `threat'??

I found this article some time ago, and had posted about it on a different blog of mine, but I thought I would post it here for your comments.

Here is what seems to be an interesting book. I say interesting, because right of I don't think I agree with the author's premise, but to be clear, I have not read it yet. If anyone out there has read it, I would love to hear from you.

As Hispanics, we need to be aware of the mainstream culture's perception of us. It is not the same world of yesterday. Immigration is not as welcome by some. The idea of the melting pot of the world is a concept this country seems to forget.

Read the full article by the Miami Herald here: