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Ron Paul: Going the Distance

The Mouse that roared: Why Ron Paul won the election
Doug Weed’s Weblog
February 6, 2008

Well now, Republicans say, we have a nominee. That may very well be but there was only one clear winner in the confusing GOP nominating contest and it was not John McCain. The winner was Ron Paul. And the effects of his win will be felt for years to come.

Ron Paul made a classic political mistake. He told the truth. In debate after debate he pointed at his party, his president, his fellow contenders for the GOP nomination, shouting aloud like the little boy in the proverbial story, ?they have no clothes? and lo and behold, we looked and they didn?t. They were all naked.

He showed that the conservative movement has lost its way, its moral authority and its logic. He showed us that we have become a red team versus blue team. That since we have decided that this is a political war and all normal rules are suspended, conservatives can do liberal things to win it. Conservatives can run up big deficits if it helps their side win. They can dole out needless pork if it elects another ?conservative? to congress. They can go to war if it makes their president look like a leader and wins him another term.

But in the process, Ron Paul showed us, that we have lost our way. We are no longer conservatives. We are fighting for power not for principles. We have become corrupted by the process and the only way back is to retrace our steps and find all the things we discarded along he way.

Barry Goldwater lighted a similar fire with his Conscience of a Conservative. Its truth and arguments were so obvious and so honest that one laughed aloud while reading it. But Goldwater, himself, was doomed to political defeat. And Ron Paul had no chance to win this election either. One could see that when he first opened his mouth.

And yet, the words and arguments of Ron Paul are still resonating. They still hang over this election. They are haunting and troubling. They are producing blogs and papers and books and like Goldwater?s revolution they will one day very likely produce their own Ronald Reagan. And when those heady days happen a small but hearty band of pioneers, who first had the nerve to join him and start shouting from the street, ?They aren?t wearing any clothes,? will be able to say that they could see what the country missed. They were there when history was made.

John McCain and his poorly chosen words, of staying in Iraq a hundred years, have almost guaranteed that he will be the answer to the trivia question, who was the Republican candidate who lost to the ticket that claimed the first woman and black for the presidency? Another question may very well be, ?What other candidate ran that year and launched the movement that has dominated national politics for the last generation??

And the answer will be Ron Paul.

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Zeferino Salgado, Mayor of San Nicolas.

Translated from Univision

Zeferino Salgado, a conservative mayor of San Nicolas, in the state of Nuevo Leon, said that the solution to protect his citizens from the robberies will be to build a wired fence of almost five miles of length and more than 6,5 feet of hight on the river of LaTalaverna that separates them from the city of Guadalupe.


Actualidad

‘I have to give a solution to whom I owe answers and those are the citizens of San Nicolas, this is a necessary measure that we are going to take’, said Salgado.

Salgado trusts that with a wired fence, that will begin to be built in the next days, it will stop robberies that according to information of neighbors ‘the citizens of Guadalupe are comming to San Nicolas to steal’.

The mayor of San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Zeferino Salgado Almaguer, announced to neighbors that he “will armor-plate” this municipality with a wall that will separate Guadalupe and Apodaca.

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Candidate’s Reform Institute also accepted funds from Teresa Kerry

WorldNetDaily

As Sen. John McCain assumes the GOP front-runner mantle, his long-standing, but little-noticed association with left-wing donors such as George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry is receiving new attention among his Republican critics.

In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.

McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections.

In 2006, the Arizona senator was forced to sever his formal ties with the Reform Institute after a controversial $200,000 contribution from Cablevision came to light. McCain solicited the donation for the Reform Institute using his membership on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, he supported Cablevision’s push to introduce the more profitable al la carte pricing, rather than packages of TV programming.

Yet, the Reform Institute still employs the McCain campaign’s Hispanic outreach director, Juan Hernandez, as a senior fellow of its Comprehensive Immigration Reform Initiative.

As WND reported, Hernandez serves as a non-paid volunteer for the McCain campaign. A dual Mexican-U.S. citizen, he was a member of former President Vicente Fox’s cabinet, representing an estimate 24 million Mexicans living abroad. Hernandez, with a “Mexico first” message, has argued aggressively against building a fence on the Mexican border, insisting the frontier needed to remain wide open so illegal immigrants could easily enter the U.S.

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Brown supremacist, Enrique Morones and Elvira in their last attempt
for publicity at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing.

TRANSLATED FROM:
La Opinion

The government of Canada denied entrance to their country to the Mexican activist Elvira Arellano, who last Sunday arrived at the Vancouver airport to participate in a demonstration.
By Telephone from Michoacán, where she already had returned, Elvira did not want to comment. “I could not enter Canada, but I cannot comment”, she mentioned.

Elvira Arellano went to the northern country to participate in an event at the border with the United States, on the Canadian side, the activities were carried out by members of the Migrant March III that left last February 2 from San Diego, California.

Elvira Arellano was an undocumented immigrant that called international attention in August 2006, when she took refuge in a church of Chicago avoiding deportation to Mexico. A year after its confinement left the temple to promote a migratory reform and in one of its first activities in Los Angeles was arrested by immigration agents and deported to Mexico.

“This is not right”, said Enrique Morones, leader of the caravan, “many activists arrived at both sides of the border to meet her, but they wouldn’t let her in”.

Morones added that the location where the encounter would have taken place on Monday, is a park that crosses the border, known as Peace Arch State Park.

In spite of the absence of Elvira, the activists carried out in at the location a vigil and a protest.

“She was going to participate with us at the Canadian side, it was going to be a moment of reflection and of prayer at the border, to carry the message that your vote is your voice, but she could not arrive”, commented Morones.

“In theory she should have no problems entering being a Mexican”, commented a source that asked not to be identified “What must have happended is that due to her record in the United States they (Canadian immigration officials) saw her as a possible candidate to remain illegally in Canada? they share lists with the United States”.

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Reuters

TIJUANA, Mexico - Drug gang hit men killed three Mexican army informants on Tuesday and dumped them near a military training base close to the U.S. border, scrawling threats on the bodies in black ink, police said.

The three men, who police said gave the army regular tip-offs about drug gang activity in the Mexican city of Tijuana near San Diego, were strangled.

“The messages were written on the chests and on the foreheads. One of them read ‘You’re next, we’re going in’,” said a police spokesman who declined to be named.

President Felipe Calderon has sent thousands of troops to Tijuana and other cities in Baja California, Mexico’s most violent state, to destroy two warring drug cartels and clean up corrupt local and state police forces.

But the army faces growing attacks from powerful drug gangs who are trying to bribe soldiers into siding with them with large sums of cash, threatening to blunt Calderon’s main weapon against the cartels.

More than 2,500 people were killed in drug violence in Mexico last year and at least 250 have died so far this year as cartels smuggling cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana fight each other for control of routes to the United States.

Tijuana, a long-time center for drug traffickers, has recently seen a spike in violence. Drug gang hit men last month broke traditional codes of honor in the city by killing children, including a 3-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.

Also last month, gunmen and more than 100 police and soldiers fought a three-hour battle outside a kindergarten in the city. One drug gang member died and two police officers were seriously wounded.

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TRANSLATED FROM:
Presidencia.gob.mx

I know that you have risked your lives in order to give opportunities to your children, to your families. I know that in each one of you thereis a history of heroism and also a history of pain.

A history of heroism because is not easy to leave your country, your house, your Nation and to cross the border risking it all. A history of heroism because each year more than 400 Mexicans die trying to cross the border, perhaps more than in any another part of the world.

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When they tell me that the Government of Mexico what wants to multiply migration, attacking and criticizing our defense for the migrant, I say that they are mistaken. Because I know that Mexico in each migrant it loses its bravest people, its strongest people, its more audacious people, because I know that in each migrant there is a family that is disconnected.

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Bakersfield Californian

A federal appeals court considered Tuesday whether the Bush administration can go ahead with a pilot program that allows a small number of Mexican trucks to travel freely on U.S. highways, despite a new law by Congress against it.

Members of the Teamsters Union and their supporters packed a courtroom at 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where an apparently divided three-judge panel heard arguments in the case, which may boil down to the meaning of “establish.”

Several tractor trailers also were parked outside the courthouse and union members and their supporters carried signs opposing the program, which allows participating Mexican trucking companies to send loads throughout the United States.

The Teamsters, Sierra Club and Public Citizen sued the administration in August to try to stop the program, which the U.S. agreed to as part of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

In December, Congress passed legislation banning funding to “establish” a program that allows U.S.-certified Mexican trucks to carry loads across the border and into the country. But the Department of Transportation interpreted “establish” as meaning to start a new program rather than to stop the current one, which was launched in September.

“The congressional intent is unambiguous,” said Judge Dorothy Nelson, one of three appellate judges who will decide the issue. “The intention was to halt the pilot program.”

But colleague Judge Andrew Kleinfled seemed satisfied by the administration’s position that the new law only prevents new programs and doesn’t address the current one. The issue may hinge on the vote of Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, who didn’t tip his hand during the hearing.

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I didn’t do the research to find out whether or not this guy is illegal. The article doesn’t say anything about deportation after he’s finished with his sentence so maybe he’s a citizen. Anyway, it’s a crazy story so I thought I’d post it.

He actually claims the 12 year old unzipped his pants and forced herself on him. He was the victim!

Once released, the man will serve five years of sex offender probation

Naples

The 12-year-old girl told deputies the man entered her bedroom as she slept and had sex with her, threatening her not to tell anyone. When the girl?s mother took her to a doctor, she learned her daughter was five months pregnant and reported him.

But the Immokalee man gave a different story: The girl was flirtatious toward him as he watched TV at her home, unzipped his pants and then straddled him as he tried not to become too aroused.

On Tuesday, faced with evidence the baby is his, 23-year-old Antonio ?Tony? Alvarez Maldonado pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious battery, lewd and lascivious molestation, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Collier County Circuit Judge Fred Hardt sentenced him to 14 years in a state prison on the top count.

Alvarez, who entered his plea the day he was to go to trial, said little in court, except to answer all questions posed by Assistant State Attorney Steve Maresca, who showed Alvarez was waiving his rights to a trial. Alvarez, who lived at 601 Delaware Ave. W., stood in his jail uniform, his arms crossed, answering tersely ? yes, sir and no, sir ? as if he?d been in the military.

?A child was conceived as a result,? Maresca told the judge, adding that the baby has health problems and that the girl and her mother approved of the plea agreement.

Hardt, who adjudicated Alvarez guilty of all counts, sentenced him to five years of sex-offender probation on the molestation charge, which will be served after his release from prison and requires him to wear an electronic ankle monitor to track his whereabouts.

Alvarez faced up to 31 years on all counts: 15 years in a state prison on the sex charges and a year in jail on the weapon charge involving a 33?4-inch butterfly knife he was carrying when he was arrested the day he was questioned by Investigator Scott Peterson of the Collier County Sheriff?s Office. But he accepted a plea agreement.

Sheriff?s reports say investigators questioned Alvarez the day the mother reported him and he admitted having sex with the girl in May or June of that year. But he blamed the girl for coming onto him as they watched the movie ?Team America: World Police? on the living room couch.

He was 21 at the time.

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Boston Herald

What?s the difference between an illegal alien stealing an American job, and Martin Luther King Jr. fighting for American rights?

Don?t know? Congratulations, you too could be on the Boston City Council!

Led by Councilor at Large Sam Yoon, the council passed a resolution last week endorsing something called the ?Welcoming Massachusetts Pledge.? No, it?s not an effort to promote tourism - unless the word ?tourist? has replaced ?undocumented worker? as the amnesty crowd?s euphemism of choice.

The pledge is instead a document declaring that every illegal immigrant has the ?unalienable right? to come and live in Massachusetts. As a result, enforcing immigration laws ?violates civil and human rights of immigrants.?

All immigrants? No, just the ?undocumented tourists.?

Do our city councilors really believe that illegal immigration is a ?civil rights? issue? If they have any vague familiarity with the English language, surely they know that ?civil? issues are those that relate to ?citizenship.? Citizens have civil rights. Foreign terrorists in Guantanamo Bay and off-the-books Brazilian painters in Jamaica Plain do not.

Well, actually, Brazilian, Mexican and Irish illegal immigrants do have civil rights. To claim them, they need only return to (respectively) Brazil, Mexico and Ireland.

What made the Jim Crow era so offensive was watching American citizens being turned away from American ballot boxes. Citizens from Maine to Malibu didn?t march for black people; they marched for American people.

Bull Connor took from Dr. King his rights as an American. Illegal immigrants steal across our border to take the privileges of America, and jobs, from Americans.

How utterly ignorant and offensive to compare the two.

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I’ve been to this hell hole. They call it Duroville after the guy that owns it. I simply drove through and took pictures and video. It didn’t feel safe to get out and walk around and since this is an indian reservation I thought it was a good idea to keep a low profile. I only took pictures and video when it seemed no one was looking so you don’t see any people in the photo’s, but it was very crowded. Everyone was sitting outside their trailers looking at the gabacho driving by. The temperatures are around 110 - 120 degrees in the summer. I was there in October so it wasn’t bad at all.

The photo’s and video I took don’t convey the oppressive feeling I had driving through. You really need to see the children running around barefoot in the dirt, the skinny abandoned dogs, and the people who live there to get a feel for what it’s like. And I only drove through. I can’t imagine living in this place.

The Mexican Mafia operate in Coachella. There was a bust last summer and I couldn’t help but notice the shiny new expensive cars and trucks that many of these “migrants” had outside their ragged trailers. I’ve read that the people who live here are illegal aliens from the southern states of Mexico.


The sign outside Duroville

CLICK HERE FOR DUROVILLE SLIDE SHOW

SF Gate

A federal judge appointed three people Monday to help manage and find solutions to health and safety violations at a trailer park on tribal land that is home to at least 4,000 migrant workers.

Local officials and the farmworkers had worried that U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson would order the park closed, creating homeless families in a county east of Los Angeles that has a shortage of affordable housing.

Instead, Larson gave three overseers 60 days to study solutions at the park and prepare a recommendation. They will have access to the park ? but Larson also warned that it could shut down if no progress is made.

“We have a dangerous situation in hand and there’s really no one that the court has confidence in at this point to monitor that situation,” he said, adding that court wants to make sure someone will oversee the park.

Larson appointed as special masters Pierre-Richard Prosper, a former ambassador-at-large for the Office of War Crimes Issues under the current Bush administration, and Jack Shine, president and chief executive of First Financial Group.

Attorney Mark S. Adams was named temporary receiver, with the power to order emergency repairs using a $150,000 fund and control the financial books. The park owners will still manage day-to-day operations, Larson said.

The U.S. attorney’s office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have been trying to shut down the Desert Mobile Home Park for several years after finding inadequate drinking water, a jerry-rigged electrical system, severe overcrowding and fire hazards.

The camp is on Torres Martinez Indian land in the fertile Coachella Valley, about 130 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and is exempt from state and local safety codes because of its sovereign status.

The owner ? Harvey Duro Sr., a member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians ? said the judge’s order was “adequate.” Fesidents have shorted him on $250,000 in rent because they believe the park will eventually close, he said.

“I can’t say what’s going to happen. I have no control over that. I’m at the mercy of the court,” he said.

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Obama hammers Clinton in primary clean sweep
AFP
Feb. 12, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) ? Barack Obama Tuesday routed Hillary Clinton in a trio of Washington DC-area nominating clashes, carving into his faltering White House rival’s core powerbase of white, women and working class voters.

The surging Democrat coasted to crushing victories in Virginia, Maryland and the US capital, to lift his consecutive win streak since last week’s neck-and-neck Super Tuesday nationwide showdown to eight.

Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain meanwhile landed his own triple primary triumph, but a tougher-than-expected showing from rival Mike Huckabee in Virginia, reflected his struggle to close the deal with conservatives.

Another grim night for Clinton left her further behind Obama in the crucial count of convention delegates, and desperate for victories in Texas and Ohio, on the next big night of nominating clashes on March 4 to keep her hopes alive.

Senator Obama, 46, celebrated in midwestern Wisconsin, where he hopes to drive another dagger into Senator Clinton’s bid to be the first woman president, on February 19.

“We won the state of Maryland. We won the Commonwealth of Virginia. And though we won in Washington, DC, this movement won’t stop until there’s change in Washington, DC,” he said.

Obama barely referred to Clinton, instead turning his fire on McCain, in a preview of a potential November general election matchup.

“John McCain is an American hero. We honor his service to our nation,” said the Illinois senator who has rocketed to the forefront of US politics in just four years on a quest to be America’s first black president.

“His priorities don?t address the real problems of the American people, because they are bound to the failed policies of the past.”

A defiant Clinton showed no sign of giving up the fight.

“We’re going to sweep across Texas in the next three weeks, bringing our message about what we need in America, the kind of president that will be required on Day One to be commander in chief to turn the economy around,” she said after flying south even before Washington DC area voting had closed.

“I’m tested. I’m ready. Let’s make it happen!” she told a rowdy rally in El Paso in a veiled reference to Obama’s perceived inexperience……

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Barack Obama on Immigration - Town Hall Meeting
Los Angeles Oct. 2, 2007

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