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Posted on January 26 at 2:41 p.m.

@"Angelicacastillo" if you had read Loonpt's comment, you would not have made the one you did.

Here is another hint: When in mixed company, clean up your language. Manners still count.

On He’d Rather Be in Prison

Posted on January 25 at 4:18 p.m.

We pass gun laws, they tell is "this will go a long way in stopping gun violence" or "This is a good start" then when it doesn't accomplish what they want, they want more gun laws.

What isn't asked is *why* there are increasing numbers of public random mass shootings. Asking this question would involved too much soul-searching.

Gun owners are easy to bash, especially when comparing them to grieving parents, but lest we forget, the drug war has created much crime, so why would more gun laws do any differently? Moreover, why are people so paranoid about guns these days, as opposed to decades past?

On Ganging Up on Gun Violence

Posted on January 25 at 4:13 p.m.

-Cleaning housing one day in Montecito, Luz showed her employer Ale’s report card that she had in her purse after a recent parent-teacher conference. Her employer was struck by the fact that Ale was classified as an English Language Learner; she was born here and could speak English when she entered kindergarten.

Shortly after, Luz marched into the office at Franklin and told the secretary, in broken English, she wanted her daughter to be in regular classes. “I can teach her Spanish at home. I want her to learn English here like all of the rest of the American kids,” Luz said. By 4th grade, Ale shed the English Learner Label. -

Luz is a wise person.

On Cutting the Red Tape

Posted on January 25 at 12:10 a.m.

"Mass Deportation Targets Black and Latino Men"

I can't comment of Black men, but as for "targeting", let me explain something: We have a shared border with Mexico, which is a country with a large population that is impoverished. As such, far more "Latino" men will come in here than those of other countries. According to that arithmetic, more "Latino" men will be "targeted" than Iranians, Scots, Thais, Nigerians, etc.

Are you serious?

On Mass Deportation Targets Black and Latino Men

Posted on January 23 at 9:35 p.m.

Hmm.

On Circumcision Resolution?

Posted on January 23 at 2:28 p.m.

(part one of two)
The core of the problem is that there is a general acceptance that Mexico and several other countries in Central America cannot fix their problems. As a result, the U.S. has become an A.T.M. machine/lifeboat to prop up the Ivy League-educated Billionaire Boys Club that runs Mexico. This elite group--in bed with vested interests in the U.S.--wants to dump its poor/unwanted/undereducated folks up here so that no revolution takes place down there. Meanwhile, vested interests up here want to make the people come up here remain helpless by telling them that they don't need to learn the language, or that it's too difficult for them to do so. All services in Spanish+human nature=people living here for years/decades and not acquiring the power of literacy resulting in these people remaining in poverty, being exploited, and their American-raised kids having no cultural identity as in "neither being fish, nor fowl" and resulting in little self-esteem greatly raising their odds of being "at-risk" youth. A look at history shows that the best weapon against racism/exploitation is literacy and education: Just ask the Jews and Asians who in spite of terrible injustice and far greater language barriers, not only overcame those obstacles, but excelled in American life.

On No Love Lost over 'Illegal' Headlines

Posted on January 23 at 5:16 a.m.

Guns have always been available.

On Ganging Up on Gun Violence

Posted on January 22 at 9:25 p.m.

I must be smoking dope because according to what I'm reading Tieber's post shows as having been posted at 10:42 p.m. on January 22, when as I write this, it's 9:24 p.m. on that date.

Maybe I'm in a time warp.

On Enviro Groups Rally Against Fracking

Posted on January 22 at 2:59 p.m.

(part 1 of 2) The core of the problem is that there is a general acceptance that Mexico and several other countries in Central America cannot fix their problems. As a result, the U.S. has become an A.T.M. machine/lifeboat to prop up the Ivy League-educated Billionaire Boys Club that runs Mexico. This elite group--in bed with vested interests in the U.S.--wants to dump its poor/unwanted/undereducated folks up here so that no revolution takes place down there. Meanwhile, vested interests up here want to make the people come up here remain helpless by telling them that they don't need to learn the language, or that it's too difficult for them to do so. All services in Spanish+human nature=people living here for years/decades and not acquiring the power of literacy resulting in these people remaining in poverty, being exploited, and their American-raised kids having no cultural identity as in "neither being fish, nor fowl" and resulting in little self-esteem greatly raising their odds of being "at-risk" youth. A look at history shows that the best weapon against racism/exploitation is literacy and education: Just ask the Jews and Asians who in spite of terrible injustice and far greater language barriers, not only overcame those obstacles, but excelled in American life.

The problem (for the vested interests) is that if those coming up from Mexico, El Salvador, et al, were to assimilate as Jews, Asians, and other have, those who benefit from the unlimited supply of cheap labor would actually have to pay a fair wage. While some will argue--whether out of protecting their interests or out of guilty feelings, or out of feeling that they (Self-described "Latinos") are being personally attacked that this cheap labor force is needed to run the economy, they fail to even question if those doing the hiring are actually passing the savings unto us, or simply pocketing the money for themselves. One thing for sure, the labor reformers of the early 20th century did not sacrifice for better work conditions so that we could arrive at this. Moreover, slaveowners made the same argument that "The economy will collapse without the labor slaves provide". When slavery ended, we survived, and survived quite well without either slavery, or mass importation of cheap immigrant labor.

On No Love Lost over 'Illegal' Headlines

Posted on January 22 at 3:57 a.m.

I'm the first post in nearly two days on this site, for what it's worth.

On Dueling <em>News-Press</em> Rallies Planned for MLK Day

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