I have been hearing again and again why it is that I vote for the GOP time and time again.
No matter how bad I think the GOP candidate may be, the Alternative is JUST CLEARLY WORST AND UNACCEPTABLE.
I may not like McCain as the GOP presidential candidate come 2008, but regardless of all the maverick games McCain plays, do you truly consider Hillary to be a better option? Is it even acceptable to "teach the GOP a lesson" at the social and moral cost of returning control of the House, Senate or the White House to the extreme liberal left? Have you considered what would happen in the fight for life, the protection of marriage, and our economic growth should Democrats regain power?
Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending. Secure the border.
Can Democrats be trusted to win the war? Can obstructionist liberals be trusted to place constitutionalist judges on our nations benches? Can Democrats be trusted to continue reducing government spending, and cut taxes So, while the GOP hasn't done all that better at reducing spending, but at least there is a better chance.
I would also point to Ken Blackwell in Ohio who I heard speak last night. He represents the new and improved GOP leadership I am looking forward to see moving up the ranks.
finally, I would ask you who was shouting chants from mass illegal immigration rallies over the last months? Obama. Clinton. Kennedy. Can they be trusted to secure our borders to ensure continued safety?
I don't think so. And I think most of America knows this, and we will see this reflected come 2006 and 2008.
But with the rejection of the immigration approach favored by the Democrats and the mavericks, the appearance of some fiscal discipline among some senators, the slow but certain march towards the confirmation of future Judges Kavanaugh, Boyle, Haynes etc, the word that the White House will be back in the judicial nominations business very soon, and --most of all-- the return of the war to the public's consciousness because of Iran's manifest aggressiveness on nukes and Israel and undeniable threats in Central and South America, suddenly the election if framed --again--- as a choice between the serious though flawed party of victory, growth, and border security and the party of surrender, to both the jihadists abroad and the demands for amnesty now and again in the future at home.
If you are riding a dead horse, get of it. I heard this saying, or a variant of it, yesterday alluding to the idea of big government conservatism. The horse is dead, and it would serve Republicans well to get of it.
I have been considering the moral and social implications of big government. While I tend to look at political issues from the perspective of how it affects human life, liberty, and the freedom to live out my faith, I believe big government has moral and social consequences beyond just the economic.
Perhaps we need to all be reminded about my economics professor's 11th economic principle; Government does not create money. Did you get that? The government CANNOT create money. Now, it might print paper bills, effectively "stealing" the value of the citizen's money, or it can tax the citizen for the money it needs or wants to operate.
A people suffering the burden of excessive taxation from big government is a people with that much less resources to give to others, to provide for their families, and support their local faith communities.
I say this for those who consider themselves "moral" or "social" conservatives that do not seem to care whether politicians are announcing a new "program" or "initiative" to solve this or that problem. The government does and should act within its LIMITED role and responsibilities. Solving everyone's problem, and providing a "safety net" for this or that special interest does NOT qualify in my mind within the proper role of government.
So, to moral or social conservatives, start paying attention to how our government is spending. A government that continues to be fed by taxpayer's hard work is a government that will continue to enroach on our liberties little by little. The only way to protect our liberties is to ensure that government is staying within the bounds of its proper constitutional role. Big spending government desperately needs to be kept on an ongoing strict diet.
I'm still out at a conference. I've just listened to some very interesting panel discussions on immigration, and environmental conservation. Thought provoking--I'll try to share some thoughts later in the weekend.
Here is a quote for your enjoyment:
"A society that puts equality...ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom."
Welcome to all the new readers that continue to pour in from La Shawn Barber, Tammy Bruce, and Hugh Hewitt. I'm going to be out of the office for most of the day today, so blogging is going to be minimal.
I had the honor of listening to Senator Frist this morning, and will be listening to various panel discussions on the important issues of our times. I'll try to get some notes and share what I learn.
I heard Rick Santorum speak tonight. He touched on the vulnerabilities and the opportunities for Republicans in '06 Senate races, speaking candidly about the fact that he is, indeed, vulnerable.
He'll be in the fight of his life this year-- a projected $30 million fight, as a matter of fact.
He also spoke powerfully about the War on Terror, which he would prefer that we more often call exactly what it is-- the War on Islamofascism--even urging the President to speak more openly and more often about just exactly who we're fighting, though it can be an uncomfortable subject in these politically correct times.
I don't agree with Santorum on every issue, but it was a great reminder that we will never get that kind of clarity from a Bob Casey.
In the short film El Uno De Mayo, filmmaker Stuart Browning casts a light on the left-wing totalitarian groups behind the May Day marches ostensibly aimed at defending the rights of illegal aliens in the US.
El Uno De Mayo points out that if extremist right-wing groups organized anti-immigration marches, we would not expect the media to stay silent about their involvement. However, when the Stalinist androids of International ANSWER are the organizers, the mainstream media is curiously uninterested.
Pawns in the hands of socialists and radical groups. Here is another question to Latinos of all political perspectives--do they speak for you?
The President paying tribute to political correctness?
Ok, I want to hear from Mexican born Mexicans who actually celebrate and make a big deal of the 5 de Mayo holiday! Write me an email or leave your comments--tell me what or why this day is special to you and your family. Left or right, I don't care about political ideology--I want to hear from you.
Everything I have heard is that 5 de Mayo is not even a real Mexican holiday. It's just another American-made multiculturalist holiday. Am I getting this wrong?
President Bush is on TV right now, and just said how 5 de Mayo is a special holiday for Mexicans. I will accept that maybe Mexican immigrants living in the US have taken to this holiday as a way to retain their homeland identity (let's leave out the issue of assimilation for this one). But, again from what I understand, for the President to say this is a special Mexican holiday sounds like PC pandering to me.
Here is an interesting post from 5 de Mayo of 2004.
Today is Cinco de Mayoin Mexico and absolutely nothing is happening here in Oaxaca to commemorate it. I imagine the same is true in the rest of the country, except maybe in Puebla where the Cinco de Mayo battle actually occurred. It's funny how in the States, people think of this date as a major major celebration. But I bet it's celebrated more in U.S. Mexican restaurants than in Mexico itself. It's not even an official holiday here.
A friend theorized once that the reason Americans think Cinco de Mayo is such a big deal is that the name sounds kind of like Fourth of July. I'm buying that theory.
Turn on Fox News while you are at it--President Bush is talking about immigration and guest worker program.
"Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense."
In March, the management of the Mall at Sierra Vista decided to find out just how much of its sales were coming from Mexican customers. According to marketing coordinator Crystal Rivera, a poll of store owners indicated that roughly 30 percent of all shop purchases were generated by cross-border consumers.
Now, Rivera is trying to figure out the best response to the new data.
"I've been looking for ways to market more to the Mexican community, but I haven't yet located an avenue to do so," she said. "It's a hard demographic to target, especially with them being on the other side of the border."
The chamber of commerce is also looking for a way to reach out.
"(Mexican shoppers) are a big part of our economic base here and we want to do everything we can to attract them," Bullock said. "We don't have anything specific right now (in terms of a marketing strategy), but it's definitely something we're talking about."
With all the negative attention being placed on the left-wing extremist Mexican groups, I thought I would share these articles. I thought this article about our own temporary guests in Mexico not being all that polite was interesting. To be honest, I enjoyed these articles because they remind me that there are regular good people in Mexico that have nothing to do with left-wing radical groups in the U.S. These are good people that, like millions of others all over Latin America, suffer under the burden of corruption and injustice.
It's to bad La Raza and MECHA are destroying the positive image developed by most honest, hard-working, legal Mexican immigrants, and causing increased friction for all immigrants. Like Hugh Hewitt said:
If regularization of illegal immigrants' status had been the goal of the organizers, they would have urged the quick passage of the House bill with its 700 miles of border fencing. With serious border enforcement in the works, a large majority of voters would have supported some regularization program.
But the march organizers don't want that deal. They don't want any deal. They want conflict and polarization.
I'll repeat that--"They want conflict and polarization." They are getting what they asked for.
We should further note that there is no need to actually build a wall across the entirety of the border. What matters is that sufficient lengths of it are sealed for two purposes: first, to deny illegals' access to the most perilous stretches; second, to allow law enforcement the ability to maximize its own manpower. So much for the technical and efficacy arguments against the border wall. In the absence of ersatz flotillas from the south, it is entirely reasonable to assume it will do its job well.
Block out the most dangerous portions of the border--it saves lives!
Michelle has a great rant today over at HotAir.com! While I continue to believe that Reconquista is a uniquely Mexican problem, I can see it certainly is not a fringe movement. To be clear, I don't have a problem with Mexicans. I do have a problem with a Mexican government that legalizes drug use, refuses to properly fight illegal immigration, and that continues to officially rely on America's prosperity to subsidize its economy.
As for reconquista, I have experienced it first-hand myself. At a scholarship recipients banquet last year, I heard a reconquista MECHISTA recite a violent, and racist poem. She was a Hardvard graduate, high school teacher, activist, and Mecha student group adviser. She was the special guest of a major Hispanic education support foundation in Colorado invited to talk about the importance of education. When the finished, the entire audience--a mix of American supporters and donors, and Latino students and parents--gave her a standing ovation. Enough to say that I was freaked out, and sat quietly refusing to even clap.
Mexico's anti-American culture is a clear and growing threat to America. From legalizing drug, lack of trafficking enforcement, and encouraging illegal immigration, citizens need to take action and demand our leaders take proper action in defense.
A reader has the right suggestion:
DADvocate We need to remind our Senators and Representatives who elected them and whose interest they are supposed to represent, the citizens of the U.S. not illegal aliens. I think we all should email or otherwise contact them...
I would encourage legal immigrants of all nationalities to join in on the effort. If immigrants do not stand at the front of this battle, we are the ones that lose the most. Having been given a second chance, I certainly do not want to see my country reduced to multiculturalistic political correctness and the order of law degraded by racially motivated separatist with a bad entitlement attitude.
I suspect voter turnout is going to be high this coming November. Each time that one of these high-rolling, big-spending politicians comes up for re-election, the voters must speak out--and vote them out.
The projects that got past Senate pork hawks like Tom Coburn were a $200 million bailout of Northrup Grumman for indemnifyng the defense contractor against losses that its insurers refuse to cover. Coburn faced stiff opposition from Trent Lott, the man who apparently wants to make a career out of defying voters on earmarks, and Thad Cochran. Both Republicans insisted that the government needed to replace the loss, even though Northrup made a 7.1% operating margin in 2005, up from 6.7% in 2004 and 5.6% in 2003. That represent $2.4 billion in profit, an increase from $2.3B in 2004 and $1.9B in 2003.
Why does a corporation that made $2.4 billion in profit need another $200 million from American taxpayers to cover a loss they've absorbed in that same year?
Rather than focus resources on the truly needy and on real emergencies, Lott and Cochran have manipulated the relief bill to stick money into Northrup's pockets.
Politicians, or the liberal left, cannot count on anonymity or disinformation as a viable technique to get their way. The monopoly on information is dead--American voters demand accountability, and thanks to the efforts of the blogosphere, we will have it.
The day labor site in Herndon may have changed the face of politics in Herndon.
Steve DeBenedittis, a resident who opposed the center, has been elected mayor of Herndon, defeating incumbent Michael O'Reilly.
DeBenedittis captured 1,363 votes, 130 more than O'Reilly. The center opened late last year, replacing a chaotic unofficial site in a 7-Eleven parking lot as a spot for employers to recruit day laborers.
There was also turnover on the Herndon town council, as only two, Dennis Husch and Harlon Reece, were re-elected. Connie Hutchinson, Dave Kirby, Bill Tirrell and Charlie Waddell have been newly elected to the council.
The mayor and town council take office on July 1.
I care about people, and can truly feel for the migrant workers that are looking for a job--but in our country of law and order, there are consequences for breaking the law. This is good. It provides for peace and order in our communities. Go back to your home country, do the best you can, improve yourself, and if you still dream of making a life in America, apply and do it the legal way. Thousands have done it--so can you.
Update: Any politician that insists on creating further incentives that encourage further illegal immigration should be voted out! America welcomes legal immigration, but we want it done right.
A big hat tip to my friends at Help Save Herndon for letting me know about last night’s ouster of Herndon’s mayor and Town Council members who voted for a taxpayer-supported “day labor” center for illegal aliens in Herndon, Virginia, just down the road.
Yes, using public funds for illegal purposes is, well, illegal, but why quibble? Last year I wrote a two-part op-ed for Townhall.com about a then-proposed day labor center in Herndon. For the first part, I interviewed Council Member Dennis Husch — who opposed the center and was reelected to his seat. I sought comment from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the spokesperson fed me an empty line about “working with law enforcement partners.” In the second part, I followed up on the developments.
Reader, "I will vote for those candidates that will not tolerate illegal alliens"
From a reader, here is what I suspect is going to be the true result of these mass rallies and the boycott.
While politicians like pandering to the masses--a problem from since the Roman Empire--in our country, the voters (you know, those citizens registered to vote) will decide.
I do not have symphaty with the illegals and the marchers of May 1st. I am a naturalized citizen myself, but I did it the legal way. I am going to the poll today and I will vote for those candidates that will not tolerate illegal alliens, especialy those people that hates America and carrying anti american slogans.
I think that this movement has run out of gas. Why? It does not have public support. Better put, it has turned off a large majority of Americans.
Rasmussen's latest poll indicates that "24% of American voters have a favorable opinion of the people who have recently marched and protested for immigrant rights in major cities." At the same time, 67% oppose amnesty. (http://rasmussenreports.com)
What happens now?
The movement is stalled because it does not have public support.
Also, there appears to be an internal struggle between the leftist groups and centrist elements. Lou Dobbs reports today that:
"Just how significant is the impact of leftists within the illegal immigration movement? It is no accident that they chose May 1 as their day of demonstration and boycott. It is the worldwide day of commemorative demonstrations by various socialist, communist, and even anarchic organizations." (http://www.cnn.com)
Mark Krikorian makes a similar point:
"Prominent among the organizers of the street actions have been CISPES, the ANSWER Coalition, and other communist organizations, with CAIR and its ilk joining in, Subcomandante Marcos sending Zapatistas to protest at our embassy in Mexico City--and even Mumia Abu-Jamal expressing his solidarity!" (http://article.nationalreview.com)
In short, this movement committed political suicide. Between now and election day, US politicians will emphasize border security and labor law enforcement. We will see more raids.
What about the "indocumentados"? They were terribly served by the leaders of movement.
They where used by those seeking power--isn't it always that way with the underclass.
Immigration: Going back to what matters most--people.
I thought I would give a round up of the days events and ad some personal perspective as to why this issue matters so much to me.
This morning, my apartment complex's cleaning-lady was right on schedule, doing her rounds. The contractor hired to remodel our office was on schedule, and brought along his wife--his regular helper. He did say many of his other employees did not make it to their other work sites--I'll be asking him what he plans to do about them.
The construction site of a new high-rise in Arlington was deserted--not a soul in sight. They must have taken the day off--what a shame.
But, I was happy to see that the evening cleaning crew where all on their normal routine, and hard at work. I went by Joans and Target after work--plenty of Spanish speaking Latinos shopping.
My point--the rallies and the strike did happen, but it does not speak for most immigrant Latinos. Most of them just want to live their lives, work hard, provide for their families, and survive long enough to give their kids a better chance than they had.
Via HotAir According to KFI, the LAPD is reporting shockingly low numbers for today's rallies -- only 250,000 or so at the first protest this afternoon (half a million were expected) and a mere 75,000 at the evening event. Radio hosts John and Ken are incredulous and believe the numbers are low. A reporter on the scene agrees.
Via Instapundit, who quotes Pajamas Media Pro-illegal immigrant protests that organizers and Spanish-language radio stations hoped would attract a crippling percentage of Southern California's several million Latinos have been large and loud but not record-breaking -- and were closer in size to throngs that celebrated the Lakers three-peat in 2002. By 4:30 pm, KABC TalkRadio's reporters in the field were noting that crowds had dwindled to 60,000.
But thats besides the point. At the end of the day, the evidence continues to mount proving what I have been saying all along--they are shooting themselves in the proverbial foot. Radical left-wing organizations have hijacked what had the potential to be a somewhat more moderate issue of dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants. Not that they where getting anywhere either way, but they joined forces with the wrong people. We live in a completely new media environment, and they made the mistake of joining forces with those that just don't look nice on TV and in the pictures. I'm sorry, but images of Che, banners with the map of Atzatlan, and anti-American slogans are not going to win over the hearts of the voting public.
From Michelle Malkin I debated, if you can call it that, a screeching MeCHista from San Francisco on the Sean Hannity show. I think it'll be on in a few minutes. Listen here.
The same value voters that elected a Republican majority will think along those same values, and pressure their elected officials to secure our borders and stop the flow of illegal immigrants.
At the end of the game, voting citizens will increase pressure to secure the boarder--a great result if this should happen! Voting citizens will start paying more attention to the kind of businesses they frequent, and make illegal immigrant employees a bigger factor in choosing who's business to frequent.
...I pulled into the parking lot and noticed the lights were all out in the bakery. I wondered out loud if it was because of the boycott? I know they have a lot of "new arrivals" working there so maybe they closed in "solidarity" with the boycott. Now, I don't know for sure if they did close in support of it or not; but if I find out they did, I will never give my business to them again.
Expect to hear about staff being fired for not showing up to work, and the typical "victim" winning from the lawyers that I'm sure are dying to get into the fray.
From Hugh Hewitt If regularization of illegal immigrants' status had been the goal of the organizers, they would have urged the quick passage of the House bill with its 700 miles of border fencing. With serious border enforcement in the works, a large majority of voters would have supported some regularization program.
But the march organizers don't want that deal. They don't want any deal. They want conflict and polarization.
At the end of it all, its unfortunately. This whole mess has distracted from other relevant and perhaps even equally important issues--the rampart corruption and injustice in Latin America that enriches government officials and their friends and their relatives, and anyone that can buy themselves access.
I have been thinking a lot about this. Center of the debate in the United States, and number one priority, is national security and preservation of our country. That is right and just and orderly. But, the fact remains that America is generous and compassionate. The fact is that America has done and will probably continue to do more for Latin America than any other country in the world. You can't ad the dollars up. I'm talking about Doctors, Dentists, nurses, and other countless church volunteers that spend their yearly vacation time treating children in the hot steamy jungles of Central America--and leave behind medicines, funding, clothing, and more for the sake of those who suffer. There are entrepreneurs that are dedicating their businesses to investing in Latin America, seeking to provide jobs. I'm not talking about NAFTA, or politicians or trade. Just plain old people, going down there, and investing and believing in people at huge monetary risk--just so that someone can earn a decent living.
Here is the message to the union leaders, La Raza, and other radical rally and strike organizers:You are hurting your own people!
I have experienced and seen it with my own eyes. I had a co-worker wash a little girl's hair and treat it for lice--her mother was working in the US, sending money home so she could have a "better life." Her aunt could care less about her.
I saw the boy growing more and more out of control, driving her mother to abuse, as a result of the lack of male authority in the home. The boy desperately wanting to know his father cared about him, and wondering where he went--gone to work in the US.
America cannot be participant to this, no matter how much illegal immigrants and their allies cry out against enforcement.
FIRST AND FOREMOST: Our government needs to secure the border--build a wall, install detectors to prevent tunneling, hire more guards. Those who are caught attempting to cross will be treated a thousand times better than Mexico would treat them, and will be safely returned to their home country. Others who require prison time should be required to work to cover the costs, perhaps even with a little left over for a paid stipend, and should be sent back home at the end of their term...with a little money to show for it.
While they are at it, they should make regular displays of illegals captured, show the drones used, and the guards hired--get the preventive message out. America will be secure.
Our government should reduce the immigration and homeland security bureaucracy--this is an emergency situation. Reduce processing time for all approved legal immigrants. Assign the proper private-sector experts from business AND non-business interests to assess the labor and economic needs of the country, and based on this, increase (or perhaps decrease) the necessary quotas. I would expect we can safely increase immigration quotas to provide for our growing economy--and I am not talking about the so-called jobs "Americans won't do" That's just a load of huew.
Our government should enforce current immigration laws, and untie the hands of local and state governments to secure their borders and provide for the safety of borderland ranchers and property owners. The best way--reduce the amount of money being taken from the states with the intent for it to be used for local immigration enforcement. Let the local people take care of themselves--I would expect they can do a better job at it.
Promoting free trade is great, but this needs to go hand-in-hand with further accountability. If Latin American countries want to benefit from American investment and the American markets, they must submit to higher business ethical standards. They must be held accountable to conflicts of interest among government officials. They must do more to fight corruption and injustice at all levels of government and society.
And this is why I speak out--I care about these people as much as I care about my country; the United States of America. It is everything American in me that motivates me, and a million others, to care.
I lived in Honduras for 13 years, one year in Guatemala, and nine months in El Salvador. My father drove our family through the entire Mexican territory--twice. I cannot tell you how many times I saw my father shaking off corrupt police officers trying to get a bribe! I myself went back to Honduras in 1995 to volunteer a year and seven months as a English school teacher for underprivileged children. I experienced a customs official pressuring me to pay a bribe so he would release a box of personal belongings. I had a police officer confiscate my American drivers license, as he subtly asked for a bribe. I refused--on all accounts. I lived there, and I worked there.
A continued immigration problem, with increased incentives to break the law is damaging marriages, emotionally scaring children, and potentially crippling Latin America for several generations! For what--a twisted desire for increased political influence, or increased membership? I hope you are happy--you are participants in the continued deterioration of your countries! The research is plenty showing that children need a father and a mother for a optimal healthy development. No money can undo the damage of growing up without a father and a mother. No money is worth that.
You'll recall that Fidel Castro can drill 45 miles off the US coast, when we cannot. You'll recall further that he's also going to work with China to let them tap the same reserves, while we look on helplessly with oil hitting $3/gallon. Finally, remember that Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) provided the rebuttal to the President's Weekly Radio Address a week or so ago, talked on and on about energy, even though he's steadfastly opposed to opening up the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to exploration.
OK, so oil prices are skyrocketing and we have 80 billion barrels of oil in the OCS, with 85% of it under a federal moratorium. If you're Senator Nelson, what do you do when you see Fidel drilling and there's a moratorium that you have the power to lift? You finally get cracking to lift the moratorium, right?
Sen. Nelson instead is moving to try to stop Castro from drilling in his own waters.
The rallies you see today do not speak for a majority of legal immigrants in this nation. They do not speak for me. While we are all free to disagree with our government, these rallies amount to an ungratefull entitlement on top of a mockery of our legal system.
Mark my words--this is going to backfire on them. America has woken up to the reality of reconquista--a minority but a real threat--and to the problem of illegal immigration. To top it off, to most American citizens, the release of "Nuestro Himon" is an alarming afront on the traditions of the American culture. This is not the way for illegal immigrants to gain a popularity contest as a guest in a foreign country.
The National Anthem of the United States of America
I saw other bloggers mention it, but I thought its worth repeating. The Spanish version is not just simply translated--it has small changes of substance with the intent of being a rallying song. This is a lyrical hijacking.
For those who have forgotten how it goes...
(The Defense of Fort McHenry) September 20, 1814 By Francis Scott Key
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Andrew Marcus (with video camera), Juliette Ochieng (aka baldilocks) and I will be covering the immigration demonstration in LA tomorrow for Pajamas Media. If you are a blogger or just a concerned citizen who would like to help us, we will be rendezvousing in the lobby of the New Otani Hotel (120 S. Los Angeles St.) at 8:30AM. Bring your digital camera and/or tape recorder. Spanish speakers especially welcome.
From a reader at Roger L. Simon, I found this tidbit. Sounds like a good idea--go shopping!
I plan to make a rather large purchase tomorrow (A new barbecue grill) that I have actually delayed until tomorrow for this very reason. Quite frankly, I think someone should show this mess of Che Guevara wannabes who's boss and start tossing them back over the fence. Posted by: Wildmonk
WHO: Members of "You Don't Speak for Me" include a cross section of the Hispanic American community: lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists, former government and military officials, who are immigrants and children of immigrants, such as: Pete Nunez (former Assistant Secretary of Treasury, & U.S. Attorney for San Diego), Col. Al Rodriguez, Ret., a highly decorated war veteran, Claudia Spencer, Ogla Robles, Rosa Candaleria, Mariann S. Davis, Esq. and more...
WHAT: Press Conference/Media Briefing of Hispanic Coalition "You Don't Speak for Me." Topics discussed will be: Illegal Immigration, supporting strong border enforcement and no amnestia!
Considering what he's been through in the past five months, perhaps U.S. citizen Douglas Mickey should have followed his lawyer's tongue-in-cheek advice to smuggle his Chinese bride into the United States. Paying a coyote to smuggle her across the border would have certainly been cheaper than the approximate $4,000 he'll have to dole out for immigration lawyers and various fees associated with getting his wife a visa. If she gets a visa.
Like Mickey, there are hundreds of American citizens that have gone through this. What do you suppose these voters are telling their senators about immigration reform? I would not be surprised to see the largest immigration backlash since prohibition.
Los Angeles, CA. In anticipation of the May 1st boycott by undocumented immigrants and their sympathizers, the Full Disclosure Network™ is releasing a ten-minute video news blog revealing the behind the scenes tactics and preparations. The video contains exclusive footage and a interview with MAPA President Nativo Lopez, immigrant rights organizer who describes the boycott activities along with Brook Young, a documentary film-maker whose website features very controversial audio messages including one from Professor Angel Gutierrez of the University of Texas attempting to incite students to protest American immigration policies.
There is also more very revealing videos of behind the scenes and voice recordings related to the mass rallies. Check out the blog and the many videos here. I don't endorse everything in there, but the videos document the spirit behind the mass rallies.
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