Archive for March 4th, 2008

Ron Paul Holds Seat
New York Times
March 4, 2008

Representative Ron Paul has won his first Republican primary of the 2008 season, The Associated Press projects. Though his Internet groundswell did not translate into a nomination for the presidency, he easily held back a challenger for his Congressional seat in Texas?s 14th Congressional District. With 56 percent of precincts reporting so far, Mr. Paul has 69.4 percent of the vote, while Chris Peden has 30.6 percent.

?Some Washington insiders would have you believe that Republicans no longer believe in the principles our country and party were founded upon, but the voters in my district have once again proven them wrong,? Mr. Paul said, in a statement. ?The message of freedom is popular, and I will continue to trumpet it in Congress and across America as I fight on behalf of the conservative, common sense values which made our country so great.?

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Paul’s true believers hang tough
Charleston Post/Courier
March 5, 2008

South Carolina’s Republican primary ended more than a month ago, but Amanda Moore still regularly visits Ron Paul’s Lowcountry headquarters in a light industrial building along West Ashley’s Belgrade Avenue.

She walks past the “Legalize Freedom” posters, past a stack of bright orange “Gun owners for Paul” baseball caps and heads to a desk next to a “Restore the Republic” banner.

A boom box plays a remake of Frank Sinatra’s classic “New York, New York.” It begins, “Start spreading the news. It’s time for a change. We’ll make a brand new start of it. Ron Paul, Ron Paul …”

While the 72-year-old Texas congressman placed fifth in the Palmetto State’s GOP primary Jan. 19 and continues to lag in delegates and votes behind Republican presidential rivals Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Paul’s former South Carolina coordinator remains undaunted.

“I personally believe he’ll be nominated,” she said. “I know that sounds strange to anybody who has been following the delegates and numbers.”

Moore is just one of several local Paul supporters who deeply bought into his contrarian message that marries an anti- interventionist foreign policy with a libertarian approach to economic and domestic issues. While workers for other campaigns have shut down or moved on to other states, Paul still has an active clique here.

“I work full-time for freedom, and Ron Paul is that messenger right now,” Moore said. “It’s a passion.”

She isn’t the only one. Joel Evans, 25, a Blackbaud employee, first learned about Paul during last May’s GOP debate in Columbia and eventually decided to volunteer with his campaign. A few weeks before the primary, he decided that wasn’t enough, and he now plans to challenge 1st District Rep. Henry Brown in the Republican primary.

“My message is individual responsibility,” Evans said. “We’ve got to take it upon ourselves to make our country better.”…..

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Gwinnett Daily Post

NORCROSS, GA - Gari Thomas avoids Jimmy Carter Boulevard like the plague.

The south Gwinnettian lives a stone’s throw from the ever-busy thoroughfare, but she won’t touch it, she says.

When directing friends to her home in tucked-away Brookwood Park, she gives looping, inconvenient routes that rack up miles but bypass “JCB” entirely. She does this, she says, for their protection, as even a short jaunt on JCB is a flirtation with disaster.

Drivers in the area “are not civilized anymore,” Thomas said, who’s lived in the ethnic hodgepodge that borders DeKalb County since 1996.

Thomas, like many in the close-knit series of subdivisions along Old Norcross-Tucker Road, fears “no license” drivers are rampant in the Norcross area. In her view, JCB and its slightly safer cousin, South Norcross-Tucker Road, are basically off-limits when children are on board their vehicles.

Thomas swears she recently blew through a red light - racking up a $70 fine, courtesy of a motion-activated camera - in fear the tailgater behind her was uninsured. Even more unsettling, she says, was an unlicensed driver who drunkenly plowed through the entrance sign to Brookwood Park, hopped out of his Toyota Sequoia, ran for it, but was quickly corralled by police.

“My problem is that (drivers) do things that are unexpected,” said Ashleigh Hally, a resident of nearby Smoketree subdivision. “We all do things - but crossing two lanes to make a right-hand turn? It just seems like people don’t know what the rules are.”

Police statistics do little to quell the homeowner’s concerns.

According to traffic records, the Gwinnett County Police Department issued 3,379 citations for driving without a license in 2005. That’s roughly nine citations per day.

The following year, the department dished out nearly 1,000 more citations, edging the average to 12 busts per day.

Last year, the daily average of no-license drivers bumped to 14. Officials could not easily dice the data to illustrate where in Gwinnett the busts happened.

And the trend continues to spike. On Tuesday alone, for example, 18 drivers were booked in the Gwinnett County Jail for driving without licenses. The majority of those drivers live in Norcross.

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More trouble in Maryland.

WBAL - Maryland

Sandi Henley opened a letter from Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell that made her see red. The letter about MSA testing was written in English on one side and Spanish on the other.

“We just felt it was a way of Dr. Maxwell to be politically correct, in two languages Spanish and English,” Henley tells WBAL Radio. She wants the mailings in both languages stopped.

“Our tax dollars are being used to support and fund these sort of things. To what end do you feel a need to have things listed in Spanish,” says Henley.

She and her husband have written a letter to Dr. Maxwell asking questions about the decision.

Anne Arundel County Schools started sending out system wide mailings in both languages back in the fall. Public Information Officer Bob Mosier says the move is a way to inform parents who don’t speak English of what is happening with their child’s education. He says there is a growing population of Hispanics in the county, particularly in the Annapolis area where there is an increase in students requiring ESOL (English as a second language) services.

Parent Sandi Henley says her son’s science textbook also has a Spanish index.

The school system is looking at sending out English and Spanish automated telephone messages when need be as well.

“We are not teaching the children K through 12 in Spanish. This is not a Spanish immersion program or anything like that. This is an effort to communicate with the parents of those students,” says Mosier.

Officials with the State Department of Education say that other school systems in the state have been sending out mailings in different languages. And the website for the state has information in 15 other languages besides English.

Henley says there is a message she hopes to send with her concerns. “This is America. We speak English in America, don’t cater to the minority at the sake of the majority,” says Henley.

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Check out this biased article. Mexican dive businesses are closing because their invader customers have left. The county has proposed a 28% property tax increase and the reporter wants you to believe it is because of lost invader tax revenue.

WJLA

Neighborhoods and businesses have been affected by the immigration crackdown for months before the law took effect.

There was urgency in the blinking open sign at Carmen Estrada’s beauty salon Monday, at 2:15 in the afternoon, she had a total of three clients for the day.

Estrada’s clients, mostly immigrants say they’re done with living in the area, “They come here and say, it’s the last time coming here, I have to go from here,” Estrada said.

Estrada said, her customers started leaving when the county started talking about its new immigration policy and now she estimates 70 percent of her business is gone.

“I don’t know how to pay the rent, it’s very hard,” Estrada said, “I have to sell this shop, but it’s not easy to sell.”

No one knows that more than real estate agent Gohar Ihsan.

When asked when the last time Ihsan sold a house, his response was gloomy, “January,” he said.

Three months since a closing, due in part to a real estate market that’s soft everywhere and due in part to immigrants moving to places where they believe they will be more welcome.

“They were living here, they had businesses, family, had to leave everything and start all over again. I think it’s too bad for those people,” said Ihsan.

In Manassas, a restaurant owner said, business is off 50 percent. At the Mexico Lindo Market, the parking lot is only half-full. The staff’s cut in half too. No one seems to know how many people are leaving, though many worry they may be forced to follow.

It’s still unclear what the business cost of this migrating population could be, although here’s one clue, Prince William County has proposed a 28 percent property tax increase this year to help cover a budget shortfall and the cost of the immigration crackdown.

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Governor Martin O’Malley has turned Maryland into the first “SANCTUARY STATE” in the nation. His administration and the Democrat-controlled Maryland legislature has given away millions of taxpayer dollars to provide benefits and services for the state’s growing population of illegal aliens. The result is Maryland has become “the” destination state for illegal aliens who have left other states that are trying to uphold the rule of law and enforce current U.S. immigration laws. Even as Maryland struggled to backfill a $1.5 billion deficit during a special session, CASA de Maryland still received millions of dollars in new funding to facilitate the needs of illegal aliens and their families.

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