Friday, April 28, 2006

Star-Spangled Banner...en Espanol?

After a laborious morning, my father and I decided to head over to a restaurant close to home for lunch. We sat down and proceeded to order our meals. We talked for a while before I glanced at the TV hanging from the wall directly in front of me. The TV was showing CNN's coverage of some American's outrage over the recording of a Spanish version of the Star-Spangled Banner. At first, I laughed after reading viewers' emails, which staunchly condemned such blasphemy. In other words, I thought the coverage was simply showing typical American bigotry. However, as I began to pay more attention, I noticed even the anchors were speaking in a more serious tone.

I thought about it to myself. I thought, "why would anyone want to record the national anthem in Spanish?" I came to the conclusion that it wasn't a great idea and that it would probably promote the bigot's Reconquista claims.

I then asked my father what he thought about it. My dad is an immigrant from Mexico. He came here over 25 years ago, worked his ass off for years, and finally became a U.S. Citizen about 10 years ago. He is extremely proud of being American and he isn't afraid to show it. His answer, therefore, surprised me. He asked, "why are they so mad about? They took half of Mexico and we eventually got over it. You can't compare a national anthem to half a country." At first I was speechless, but it then it hit me. People who are "defending" the national anthem from losing its soul are hypocrites. I'm sure many of these people don't know the words to the song and yet they're attempting to defend it on so-called principles.

Americans, typically conservative hacks, call for unquestioned patriotism. The immigrants who support this Spanish-version "Star-Spangled Banner" are demonstrating their love for this country. Fuck, it feeds their fucking families. I'm not defending illegal immigration here, let's make that point clear. I'm simply making the case for bigots to settle the fuck down. It's a powerful song, I agree. But before you begin to bash a sizeable part of this country, re-examine the meaning behind our national anthem.

An update is likely since I'm a little fired-up right now!

I've got 24 Senators that need to go away...For a long time

In a stunning decision, the California State Senate endorsed the May 1st planned boycott of schools, jobs and stores by illegal immigrants. They also approved to refer to this boycott (officially) as the Great American Boycott 2006.

The vote went straight down party lines 24-13. The Democrats reasons for the bill were largely based on emotion (as normal) and largely had nothing to do with reason

During the debate the following arguments/stories were relayed
Sen. Nell Soto, D-Pomona, recalled watching as a child as immigration police swept up brown-skinned farmworkers, "not even asking if they were illegal or illegal."

Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, described how her grandfather remained in the country illegally after overstaying a work permit during the 1940s, when he picked fruits and vegetables while American men were fighting World War II.

I have several problems with this bill.

1) Any public official that actively encourage children to skip school needs to be removed from office
2) Why is any body of government endorsing illegal immigration? Last time I checked, crossing the border illegally was a felony, has that changed?

Immigration reform that makes sense?

In honor of the undocumented worker boycott scheduled for Monday I thought I'd put up a couple of posts about the boycott and some pieces about how to fix the problem with illegal immigration.

First up is an opinion piece written by Newt Gingrich. Before any of the lefties heads explode about Newt being reference here, take a look at what he has to say.

First, control the borders with decisive legislation aggressively implemented with tight deadlines. Once we have stopped the illegal flow of people we will have demonstrated the seriousness necessary to gain both the credibility and the leverage needed to implement the next steps. Fortunately, a bipartisan consensus has emerged that securing the borders is indeed priority number one. Three national leaders have it right in their shared view that border control is the first step. Senator Frist is exactly right when he wrote recently that “to build confidence among Americans and Congress that the government takes border security seriously, we have to act to help get the border under control right now.” Senator Clinton is also right when she recently recognized the need for a “smart fence” along the border to enhance security. And Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is also correct when he said last week that “the first thing we want is tough border control.”

Accordingly, the Congress should pass a border-control bill immediately. There is no reason the Congress cannot immediately pass such a bill, and then concentrate on additional immigration reform measures later. The Congress should immediately act on this one aspect of immigration reform around which there is widespread agreement. America needs real border control immediately.

Absolutely, let's stop illegal immigration at the source rather than punting it and letting the next administration deal (or not deal) with it as they choose. Not only should we do this first, it need to do it now to get the ball rolling.

Newt continues into other ares covering elections (American citizens can only vote in American elections), punish employers who taxation and immigration laws by hiring illegals, and the establishment of a guest worker system including biometric identity card, a background check, and a 24/7 computerized real time verification capability so no business can claim ignorance.

Read the whole thing, It's definately got some great ideas within.

Friday, April 14, 2006

End Game?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stepped up the verbal lashing of Israel today. Today's comments covered the annihilation of Israel and some seemingly dismissive of the Holocaust.

In a conference in support of Palestine Ahmadinejad stated that "Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation, The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."

Further elevating his world image to one similar to Santa Claus, Good ole Mahmoud had this to say about the Holocaust and the restoration of the Israeli state "If such a disaster is true, why should the people of this region pay the price? Why does the Palestinian nation have to be suppressed and have its land occupied?"

Unfortunately, no literate people with a familiarity of the Middle East were present to ask him questions about the history of Palestine, such as currency used, past rulers, etc.

At this point, I seriously doubt that we'll make it more than 5 years without seeing some massive assault launched from the Middle East - be it against, Israel or the US... To clarify that, I'm not talking assault on the level of the Gulf War, Afghanistan... I'm thinking Normandy or God Forbid, Hiroshima.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Those Damn Racists!!!

Well those damn racists are at it again. The detah of the immigration reform bill can be solely placed on the hands of the Republican Democrat Party

From Sign on San Diego

Who killed immigration reform? The autopsy shows it was Senate Democrats.

It's tempting to put a pox on both parties. But it wouldn't be fair. Republicans were tireless in search of comprehensive, and bipartisan, reform. Sen. John McCain of Arizona joined with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to draft the guest-worker legislation, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter made that legislation central to what his committee sent to the full Senate. Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Sam Brownback of Kansas were vocal in their support. Sens. Mel Martinez of Florida and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska offered a helpful compromise. And Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist showed leadership by reaching out to the other side.

Too bad you can't say the same for Democratic leader Harry Reid, who was the villain in this drama.

Hector Flores, president of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, told me that he tried to impress upon Reid's office that it was important to get immigration reform done.

“Apparently, it fell on deaf ears,” Flores said.

Reid claims it was GOP hard-liners who killed reform by running roughshod over Frist.

Baloney. The hard-liners had – by all accounts – no more than 30 votes, including those of conservative Democrats. On the other side, you had – according to McCain – as many as 70 votes.

A deal was at hand that would have offered legal status to some illegal immigrants. It would have made the GOP seem more Latino-friendly, but it would also have infuriated organized labor, which opposes something that was in the mix: guest workers.

After the Senate Judiciary Committee put out a guest-worker bill, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney issued a statement saying: “Guest-workers programs are a bad idea and harm all workers.”

That did it. Senate Democrats sided with labor and sold out Latinos. The deal came undone because Reid refused to allow the legislation to go through the amendment process. Republicans had come up with as many as 400 amendments but whittled the list to 20. Reid agreed to proceed with debate on just three.

It was a masterstroke by Democrats. Labor is happy. And while Latinos are angry, there's always the chance that Democrats can fool them into channeling that anger toward Republicans.

Remarkably, it's working. At a protest in Washington Monday, one Latina held up a sign that read: “The GOP is losing my Latino vote.” At another protest in Dallas, someone handed out registration leaflets urging demonstrators to vote Democratic.

Just gotta love the "party of the people". Actions like these are why I have such a hard time buying into the Democratic Party as a viable option for public office. They generally seem to be much more of a two faced group of people willing to swindle the public than I am comfortable with.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Senator Feingold...Our Next President?

While the GOP is self-destucting, not many Democrats have taken advantage by pushing the envelope further. Perhaps the one Democrat who has been exceptional is Senator Russ Feingold from Wisconsin. He was the one senator to question the Patriot Act shortly after 9/11. He has consistently pushed the idea that Republicans can't govern. Recently, he introduced a presidential censure resolution. This move was both brilliant and risky. Not only did he move his base, but he proved that there IS a Democrat out there who owns a nice pair of balls!

This past week, Senator Feingold went into hostile territory and appeared on Faux News! As much as that jerkoff Chris Wallace tried to pin Feingold into a defensive position, the senator maintained his message and looked very civil. You can see the video here.

Could it be that we're looking at our next president? I once thought McCain would be the most-likely person, but he's been messing around in wingnuttia. The Arizona senator has been moving to the right in almost every issue. He sure is looking like Joe Lieberman these days!

I now have a difficult choice for whom I will support in 2008. Will I support Al Gore (assuming he'll run, which he has negated)? Or will I support Russ "balls of steel" Feingold? We still have some years to go before this heats up. A note to Feingold: don't let Hilary get all the money! Start raising the funds now!