Archive for December 3rd, 2007

**UPDATE**

It seems some of the info I read was incorrect about Gov. Richardson. His father is American, (His mother is Mexican) although I did read one place where he was born in Nicaragua. This would make Bill an American even if he was born in Mexico. Bill’s father had a “thing” about wanting his son to be born in the US even though it was not technically a legal requirement. I am not sure if Bill has dual citizenship or not. If he was born in the US, but his mother was Mexican, does that give him dual citizenship?

If someone has any clearer and more definitive info on this or anything else pertinant, please leave it in the comments section. Thanks to okaram for shedding some light. GuardDog

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Did you know Bil Richardson is an anchor baby? He has dual citizenship (equals dual allegiance) with Mexico. Bill’s Mexican father wanted his unborn child to be born a US citizen. So he shipped his pregnant wife to the United States just before she was due. A few days after Bill was born he and his mother went back to Mexico with his citizenship papers in tow. Aside from those first few days in the USA, Bill spent the first 13 years of his life living in Mexico before making a permanent move back to the States after that. Oh Joy! GuardDog

Hillary Clinton throws vice-presidential teaser at Bill Richardson
Daily News
December 2, 2007

DES MOINES - Lots of people think Bill Richardson is running to be fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton’s No. 2. Saturday night, Clinton appeared amenable to that idea.

At the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum, one of the only campaign events that allows candidates to question each other, the New Mexico governor mentioned Bill Clinton’s old job in Arkansas and lobbed her a jokey softball:

“Don’t you think governors make good Presidents?” he asked.

Clinton replied, “Well, Bill, I think they also make good vice presidents.”

The audience roared, and Richardson was briefly left speechless.

Richardson’s refusal to criticize Clinton - and his eagerness to come to her defense - has led even “Saturday Night Live” to lampoon his apparent desire to become her running mate.

At the forum, a venerable event that highlights minority issues, immigration was the most burning question.

Clinton was asked why she didn’t support Gov. Spitzer’s now-abandoned plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

“The real problem is that, in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, you’re asking the Department of Motor Vehicles to in effect ratify someone who is not here legally,” she said. “He withdrew it, and ultimately it was the right decision.”

Clinton repeated at least a half-dozen times that she would fight for comprehensive immigration reform, possibly because at a forum earlier in the day she was booed by Latino immigrant activists from Chicago who were unhappy with her answers on the subject.

Asked by immigrant-rights advocate Billy Lawless to pledge to give undocumented aliens a path to citizenship in her first 100 days in office, she punted. “Well you have to get Congress to pass the legislation,” she said.

That didn’t sit well with the crowd, which - because a nasty ice storm kept many Iowans home - was dominated by Lawless’ group, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights, who bused in from Chicago.

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Pat Condell: Laugh At Sudan

Teacher jailed in Sudan over naming of teddy bear flies home after president grants pardon
UK Guardian Unlimited
December 4, 2007

The British teacher imprisoned for insulting Islam by naming a school teddy bear Muhammad was on a plane home to Britain last night after being pardoned by the Sudanese president.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, was released yesterday in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and taken into the care of British embassy staff after her nine-day ordeal. She is expected to be greeted by her Merseyside family when she arrives in the UK this morning.

She was sentenced to 15 days in prison after she allowed her class of seven-year-olds at Unity high school in Khartoum to name a teddy bear Muhammad as part of a class exercise.

In a statement, Gibbons said she was “fine” and thanked those who had worked to win her release. She spent the afternoon relaxing with British embassy staff and the deputy ambassador, Hugh Evans, in Khartoum, before boarding a plane for Dubai. She spent most of the flight asleep, telling reporters: “I just want to relax, I don’t want to say any more. I’m too tired.”

Yesterday morning as the pardon was issued on the veranda of the Sudanese president’s palace, the mother of two’s apology was issued. “I have encountered nothing but kindness and generosity from the Sudanese people,” she said.

“I have a great respect for the Islamic religion and would not knowingly offend anyone and I am sorry if I caused any distress. My class was delightful and were making wonderful progress with their studies. I will miss them terribly and I am very sad to think that they have been distressed by this event.”

According to Sudanese officials, it was her insistence that she had inadvertently caused offence which finally persuaded President Omar al-Bashir to release her in the face of public opposition. Others observed that the president had delayed the pardon for a few days to avoid angering his hardline Islamic constituency……

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Chron.com

Judge E. Grady Jolly, one of three judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing the case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, questioned whether the two agents would have been charged if they had reported the shooting.

“For some reason, this one got out of hand, it seems to me,” Jolly said of the agents’ prosecution.

A federal jury in Texas convicted Ramos and Compean of assault, obstruction of justice and civil rights violations in the wounding of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila on the Texas border near El Paso in 2005. A federal judge sentenced Compean to 12 years in prison and Ramos to 11 years.

The agents’ attorneys are asking the 5th Circuit to throw out the convictions. The judges didn’t indicate when they will rule on the appeals.

“It does seem to me that the government overreacted here,” Jolly said, noting the severity of the charges and the lengthy sentences prosecutors sought, as he questioned Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Stelmach.

Jolly said that if the agents had reported the shooting, as required, “this prosecution never would have occurred, in all likelihood.”

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Illegal-immigration protesters and counterprotesters gather Saturday at 35th STreet and Thomas Road near Pruitt’s furniture store in Phoenix. Sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people nearby suspected of being undocumented immigrants.

Phoenix officials feel heat over migration as protests continue
Think tank weighs suit
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 3, 2007

As protests and arrests of undocumented workers continued near a Phoenix furniture store over the weekend, a Washington-based think tank is researching whether to sue Phoenix over its immigration policies.

Judicial Watch, a 13-year-old conservative think tank best known for its lawsuits against the Clinton administration, sent its chief investigator to Phoenix on Friday to review public documents related to immigration.

The group’s visit comes at a time when Mayor Phil Gordon, Police Chief Jack Harris and other city officials are under pressure to take stronger actions on illegal immigration-related controversies. Gordon reportedly spoke with advisers over the weekend about how to respond to mounting criticism over his handling of issues related to illegal immigration.

The Mayor’s Office would not comment on Judicial Watch’s visit to Phoenix, or about the ongoing protests at M.D. Pruitt’s Home Furnishings.

“I don’t have any comment today,” said Gordon’s spokesman, Scott Phelps, on Sunday.

Protesters did. About 200 gathered Saturday near 35th Street and Thomas Road, about half to support the mostly undocumented day laborers who look for work in the area, and half to oppose them. For the first time during the protests, deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested eight people nearby on suspicion of violating immigration laws. None of those arrested were protesters.

Judicial Watch has offered legal aid to a coalition of businesses near 36th Street and Thomas, including Pruitt’s.

For years, dozens of day laborers have gathered near Pruitt’s and along a stretch of Thomas Road, between 32nd and 36th streets. They are drawn to the area by a busy home-improvement store and its customers, who hire them to paint, landscape and do other manual labor.

Many residents and business owners don’t want them there, and tensions have escalated, which last year led to protests and counterprotests……

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Newsday.com

Bricks, concrete, barbed wire, all that: overrated! We don’t need physical boundaries between us, only virtual boundaries. That’s why we’d never put up a real fence, for instance, if we wanted to keep our children or pets from wandering away.

So why should our government do any differently? Why clutter up the border vista - it’s a great view, from Laredo to Nuevo Laredo, and vice versa - with some big ugly wall?

Maybe you think I’m kidding. But don’t take my word for it: Here’s Giuliani, quoted in an Associated Press story from last week, headlined, “Giuliani promotes virtual fence.” Explains the former mayor, “Frankly, the virtual fence is more valuable because it alerts you to people approaching the border, it alerts you to people coming over the border.”

That sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it? After all, you use a virtual lock on your front door, right? That way, when intruders approach your house, you can spot them. And when they walk in, well, a police SWAT team is on the way. The key to this enforcement strategy, to be sure, is to respond after the crime has occurred. So it’s strange, therefore, that Giuliani insists that he wants to build at least some physical wall.

Because virtuality works better, Giuliani assures us. After all, that’s why we have virtual prison walls and jail cells, right? You see, when the bad guys escape, an alarm goes off, satellites up in space look down, and helicopters fly over and scoop them up. And if the inmates try it again, well, we just repeat the apprehending process till they cry uncle.

So that’s the plan for fending off terrorists from around the world - not to mention any of the 500 million South and Central Americans who might wish to come to this country illegally. We’ll spot ‘em and nab ‘em before they get to Des Moines.

I like this idea of “virtuality,” as opposed to “reality.” So here’s another modest proposal: Let’s have a virtual border patrol. I mean, sending out actual law enforcers to interdict unknown persons coming across the border - that’s a formula for trouble.


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Nation confronted by issues that may lead to its downfall

Saulk Valley

That may sound extreme, even apocalyptic, until one considers his assertions: ‘The Army is breaking and is too small to meet America’s global commitments; the dollar has sunk to historic lows and is being abandoned by foreign governments’; and perhaps most controversial of all - ‘the greatest invasion in history, from the Third World, is swamping the ethno-cultural core of the country, leading to Balkanization and the loss of the Southwest to Mexico.’

There’s plenty more, but to this last point first. No nation can survive without passing its heritage, language and, yes, faith to the next generation. A country must be built on something substantial and if the cultural elitists think it can be built on ‘diversity,’ that is a foundation of shifting sand.

We have moved beyond importing foreigners to mow our yards and build our homes. The political parties are now importing votes, cynically signing up new ‘Americans’ as rapidly as possible before the next election. Let the devil take tomorrow and even the country; help me make it through my election, or re-election.

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Of America’s 39 million immigrants, representing 12.6% of our total population, at least 12 million are illegal. Most, but not all, come from Mexico and Central America.

What exactly do the numbers mean? Well, for one thing, they mean we’re importing a lot of poverty ? and it’s skewing the debate over key public policy issues.

How often, for example, have we been hit over the head with the scary statistic that “48 million Americans don’t have health insurance.” But the statement is only partly true.

According to CIS, 34% of all immigrant households ? or 13.3 million ? don’t have health insurance. And of those, 8.3 million are here illegally. They make up 18% of the nation’s uninsured, if you count their American-born children.

The crisis of the uninsured, in other words, is in significant part an imported one ? one that is costing untold billions.

That flies in the face of at least one widely reported recent study that claimed the U.S. spends only $1 billion on the uninsured. Even assuming that illegals use only half the health-care resources per person as the rest of the country, the total is more like $30 billion.

CIS also reckons that immigrants and their U.S.-born children account for 71% of the increase in the uninsured since 1989 ? a fact that usually goes unremarked upon in the debate over health-care reform.

In addition, 59% of the illegal population and their children are at or near poverty. That comes to 8.7 million people, and compares with 19% of native households.

This translates into higher use of welfare. Nationwide, 40% of all households headed by illegal aliens use one or more major welfare programs. The share in cash programs is actually quite small ? less than 1%. But 33% of all illegal households get food aid, and another 27% are on Medicaid.

Again, this means billions spent each year ? and that doesn’t include the growing costs associated with jailing and policing illegals who have turned to crime or gangs.

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