Saturday, December 10

CitizenLink: Congress Debates Counting Illegal Aliens

This is an important issue. It is not correct to grant illegal immigrants political power through representation. I am not advocating they don't have human rights, but being illegal, they should remain outside the political process. This sort of counting only confuses the issues, divides the nation, and weakens our government's ability to solve the border security and illegal immigration problems. It has to stop.
Who is counted determines how many representatives states will have.

As Congress considers several immigration bills, the debate this week centered on whether illegal immigrants be counted when it comes to establishing the number of representatives each state has in the U.S. House.

Especially in border states where illegal immigration has skewed the census significantly, House seats hang in the balance.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., said the numbers in the House should be based on those who are citizens of the United States.

"People who are in our country illegally or are not legal citizens of our nation are being accounted and apportioned congressional representation just the same as every legal American citizen," she said.

Miller is proposing a constitutional amendment to guarantee that only U.S. citizens are counted.

"We disenfranchise our own American citizens by allowing illegal immigrants to be counted for the purposes of Congressional representation in the same identical way
that we count legal citizens," she said.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said the Miller Amendment would upend what she said is a 14th Amendment requirement that everyone be counted, legal or not.

"To politically manipulate the count and generate undercounts in border states to benefit interior states, is discrimination," she said.

Mat Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, told Family News in Focus that the obvious answer is the right answer.

"I believe, constitutionally and historically, citizens who are citizens of the United States of America count as part of the apportionment -- that's the only legitimate way," he said.

"Copyright (c) 2005, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. This article appeared in CitizenLink Daily Update published (date), a policy and culture information service of Focus on the Family. For more information, see http://www.citizenlink.org".

Good News for Life in Colombia: US Pro-Abortion Groups Rejected

U.S. pro-abortion groups are not satisfied with the millions of babies murdered domesticly, and continue their campaigns promoting the culture of death around the world. CitizenLink had good news from Colombia in yesterday's email.
The highest court in Colombia rejected an effort by US-based pro-abortion organizations to push their agenda in Colombia, according to Human Life International.

The US-based Women's Link Worldwide, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Catholics for a Free Choice had joined forces in an attempt to overthrow Colombia's constitutional protection of pre-born children.

The Rev. Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, said the groups sought to have the Constitutional Court of Colombia remove any mention of abortion from the nation's penal code.

The ruling means abortion continues to be against the law in the South American nation.

"Copyright (c) 2005, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. This article appeared in Citizenly Daily Update published Dec. 9, 2005, a policy and culture information service of Focus on the Family. For more information, see http://www.citizenlink.org."
With our domestic courts wrongly relying on International law for domestic rulings, besides the threat to unborn babies around the world, these "export" strategies do presents a danger to the U.S. US based pro-life groups need to increase their partnership with local organizations and churches in Latin America and the rest of the world to fight this threat.

Update: More over at Pro-Life Blogs

"This was truly a case of David vs. Goliath," said Garcia-Jones. "These organizations had been actively involved in this case for months and many had filed briefs with the Constitutional Court of Colombia. Thankfully, their efforts were fruitless."

Thanks to the countless efforts of pro-lifers, the Constitutional Court of Colombia declared this past Thursday that the attempt to legalize abortion in Colombia had failed.

Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Reproductive Rights, Religion, Pro-life,

Friday, December 9

Rocky Mountain News Notes Cuban Military Numbers

Cross posted on RedState. Latino Issues is a Finalist for Best Latino Blog, 2005 Weblog Awards. Vote Now.

The CO Rocky Mountain News highlighted some numbers in last weekend's edition, regarding the Cuban Military.
  • 49th Anniversary of Cuba's so-called revolutionary armed forces.
  • 300,000 at the peak of the island's troop strength during the early 60's.
  • 46,000 active troops in Cuba today.
If we are going to highlight the Cuban numbers and anniversaries, let's make sure we are fair and celebrate all of the horrid, inhuman, and violent numbers Castro has to celebrate. Hat tip to The Real Cuba.
  • 3 years since the date when Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a Cuban prisoner of conscience and a real Christian, was sent to jail. He is now reported to be seriously ill and suffering from chronic gastritis and hypertension.
  • 25 year prison term - imposed on Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet after an unfair trial in 2003 for his non-violent advocacy of human rights - are deteriorating.
  • 43 years ago Castro's Terrorist targeted Macy's
On Nov. 17, 1962, J. Edgar Hoovers' FBI cracked a terrorist plot (though the term "terrorist" was not used at the time) by Castro-Cuban agents that targeted Macy's, Gimbel's, Bloomingdale's and Manhattan's Grand Central Station with a dozen incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT. The holocaust was set to go off the following week, the day after Thanksgiving.

A little perspective: for their March 2004 Madrid subway blasts -- all 10 of them -- that killed and maimed almost 2,000 people, al Qaeda used a grand total of 100 kilos of TNT. Fidel Castro's agents planned to set off five times that explosive power in the three biggest department stores on earth, all packed to suffocation and pulsing with holiday cheer on the year's biggest shopping day. Thousands of New Yorkers, including women and children -- actually, given the date and targets, probably mostly women and children -- were to be incinerated and entombed.

Read the article by Humberto Fontova
Like this, there are thousands of numbers, celebrating Castro's regime. This is the eral Castro and the real Cuba.

Cross posted on Red State. Latino Issues is a Finalist for Best Latino Blog, 2005 Weblog Awards. Vote Now.

Student Suspended for Speaking Spanish, No Written Policy

It seems to me there are two issues in this Spanish speaking student suspension case. First, the boy evidently speaks English fluently, so this is not an integration issue--he is speaking the language. I can't fault him for answering the other boy in the Spanish, when the question was asked in Spanish.

Second, I don't see a problem with setting a policy that says students should only speak English while in School. This would have NOTHING to do with discrimination or race, and everything to do with language education by immersion! Anyone who teaches language will tell you that immersion is absolutely necessary for full mastery of a new language. I personally would not punish this sort of infraction with such severity, but this by no means indicates racism.

But, in this case, there was no written policy. Big mistake.
Zach's father, Lorenzo Rubio, a native of Veracruz, Mexico, who has lived in Kansas City for a quarter-century...

"went to the principal and said, 'My son, he's not suspended for fighting, right? He's not suspended for disrespecting anyone. He's suspended for speaking Spanish in the hall?' So I asked her to show me the written policy about that. But they didn't have" one.
It did not have to be that way. Schools should have clear policies, respect diversity, but not back down from proper education and immersion for these students. I'm not one to call "racism" every time something happens, but what happened here is unfair and incorrect. No student should get suspended for unwritten rules, specially when it was such a natural, and normal thing to do--speak in Spanish.
A teacher who overheard the two boys sent Zach to the office, where Principal Jennifer Watts ordered him to call his father and leave the school.

Watts, whom students describe as a disciplinarian, said she can't discuss the case. But in a written "discipline referral" explaining her decision to suspend Zach for 1 1/2 days, she noted: "This is not the first time we have [asked] Zach and others to not speak Spanish at school."

Since then, the suspension of Zach Rubio has become the talk of the town in both English and Spanish newspapers and radio shows. The school district has officially rescinded his punishment and said that speaking a foreign language is not grounds for suspension. Meanwhile, the Rubio family has retained a lawyer, who says a civil rights lawsuit may be in the offing.

Thursday, December 8

Vote for Latino Issues: Best Latino blog for the 2005 Weblog Awards

Hey Everyone,

Don't forget that you can vote daily. I want to remind my daily readers to not forget to head on over to the weblog awards web site, and vote for me again!

Wednesday, December 7

Wizbang: Passenger shot by air marshal in Miami

Wizbang has breaking news of a shooting of a passanger who claimed to have a bomb.
An air marshal aboard American Airlines Flight 924 from Medellin, Colombia to Miami has shot a passenger who claimed to have a bomb and tried to flee from the plane on to the jet way.
The reports seems to indicate he is alive, wounded, but not dead. Reader's comments on Wizbang are allready betting on the chances that this individual is muslim. We'll see.
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A person was shot and wounded on the Jetway to an American Airlines passenger jet that was at the terminal at Miami International Airport, an airline official said.

A federal official told CNN that the passenger was shot by a federal air marshal, who felt the passenger was acting in a threatening manner. A senior administration official added that the passenger claimed to have a bomb in his carry-on luggage.

An air marshal told the passenger to stop, and he did not, the official said, adding that the marshal fired after the passenger reached into his carry-on bag.

The weapon was fired on the Jetway to Flight 924, which was on a stopover in Miami during a flight from Medellin, Colombia, to Orlando, Florida, police said.

Fair is Fair: The logic of civil unions and same-sex marriage

Great commentary yesterday by Albert Mohler, at Beyondthenews.com.
Carol Sarler wants to enter into a civil union with her adult daughter. Nothing incestuous or lesbian, mind you. She just wants the tax savings and other benefits that come with civil unions
Everyone in society, regardless of faith, needs to see the consequences of destroying marriage--a most important social pillar. The costs of ignoring it's importance are going to be much more than economic, and they will be devasting!
If marriage can mean something other than the union of a man and a woman, it can mean virtually anything.

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7th Medical Organization Recognizes Abortion-Cancer Link; Int'l Group of Obstetricians, Gynaecologists Finds Significant Risk Increase

It's good news that more medical organizatinos are recognizing the link between abortion and breast cancer. True choice involves being informed, and knowing ALL the truth about abortion. While we are on the subject, check out this site. It has good information on abortion and related subjects.

This came from US Newswire:

Contact: Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, 877-803-0102 or response@abortionbreastcancer.com

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Dec. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- MaterCare International issued a statement this week acknowledging a "significant increase in breast cancer risk after induced abortion," announced the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. It's the seventh medical organization to recognize that abortion raises risk, independently of the effect of delaying the birth of a first child (a known breast cancer risk).

The statement was issued just days after the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published a review of 10 prospective studies by Professor Joel Brind. (1) Brind identified serious flaws in those studies. The statement said the 10 studies were "published in an attempt to discredit" a 1996 review and meta-analysis by Brind and his Penn State colleagues confirming an abortion-cancer link.

MaterCare International's statement is available here: http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/press_releases/051205quote/index.htm

Besides the seven groups acknowledging the abortion-cancer link, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, called on doctors in 2003 to inform patients about a "highly plausible" link. Andrew Schlafly, the organization's general counsel, warned doctors this year that: 1) Two Americans and one Australian successfully sued their abortionists for failing to disclose the risks of breast cancer and emotional harm; 2) Failure to diagnose breast cancer (or diagnose it early) is the most common U.S. malpractice lawsuit; and 3) The abortion-cancer link is driving the malpractice crisis.

Did you vote for me today! What are you waiting for!

Don't forget you can vote every day, and I am in the finalist list for best Latino blog! So, click here and give me another vote!

I also wanted to share my own personal recommendations for some of the categories in the 2005 Weblog Awards:

Best Blog: Captain's Quarters.

Best New Blog: No endorsement

Best Group Blog: For sure my vote goes to Redstate.

Best Humor Blog: I'm not familiar, but on a friend's recommendation, I'm going with Hog On Ice.

Best Liberal Blog: Right!

Best Conservative Blog: No endorsement

Best Media/Journalist Blog: No endorsement

Best Military Blog: One more time, on a friend's recommendation I'm going with Sgt Hook

Best Canadian Blog
: My vote goes to A Northamerican Patriot

Best UK Blog: No endorsement

Best European Blog: Stefania of Free Thoughts.

Best Asian Blog: No endorsement

Best Middle East/African Blog: No endorsement

Best Australia/New Zealand Blog: No endorsement

Best Top 250 Blog: No endorsement

Best Top 251-500 Blog: I'm going with Florida Cracker

Best Top 501-1000 Blog: No endorsement

Best Top 1001-1750 Blog: No endorsement

And of course Best Latino, South American, Caribbean Blog -- Latino Issues!

I've enjoyed this first year of participation, as I have gotten exposed to blogs I didn't know about. So, with that, I encourage you all not only to vote, but to visit these blogs and check them out.

[BUMBED: The votes keep coming! Keep it up everyone! ]

Just Discovered: The Old School House Magazine

Because I was a homeschool student, I thought I would point you all out to this magazine I just discovered, and intend to subscribe to.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is approx 200 pages, full color, gloss, and packed with support and fun! Contests and a multitude of product reviews abound, as do excellent columns like Creation Answers with AiG's Ken Ham, Resource Room for special needs homeschooling with Christine Field, Diana Waring's HisStory column, our Finishing the Race (High School) department, and Show and Tell – where readers share their own detailed methods and curriculum choices. And don't forget our lengthy Teachers' Lounge where homeschool parents hang out and talk homeschooling! Jennifer Igarashi chats each issue as well, and Dr. Ruth Beechick drops in from time to time. Keep up with mainstream news with Zan Tyler and Amelia Harper.
It sounds like a comprehensive resource for parents who are teaching at home. This could be a good gift for Christmas as well, for your family, or a family you know that is homeschooling. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 6

Latino Issues Weblog Awards Finalist -- AD YOUR VOTE


I've been out of town, so I just realized I am a finalist for the 2005 Weblog Awards. If you haven't added your vote for me, click here and vote for Latino Issues for best Latino blog. For those of my readers that have already voted for me, thank you!

I would also love to read about why you voted for Latino Issues, so make sure to post your comments here. This would also be the time to post suggestions and comments about the blog itself, and how I can do better.