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  • Young writers explore common ground between Muslims and Latinos

    08/22/2016 6:54:18 AM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 21, 2016 | JESSICA KWONG
    In Orange County, Latinos making up the majority of Santa Ana’s population are neighbors to the Muslim Americans in Anaheim’s Little Arabia. The project is a grassroots movement to unite the two cultures by rewriting their identity and challenging stereotypes such as racial profiling. ....The teenagers ....stayed engaged as they heard commonality after commonality – including that Muslims also fear deportation when their visas expire. ....the teenagers got to work on their assignment, writing poems on how their community has crossed borders... “I will do it all for mi familia, for mi gente para que vean que estamos presente,” said...
  • Up from Globalism

    08/17/2016 6:05:37 PM PDT · by Pelham · 3 replies
    Harper’s Magazine ^ | January 2010 | Alan Tonelson
    For decades, America’s economics and business elites have been confidently assuring their countrymen that the alarming decline of the U.S. manufacturing sector was nothing to worry about. Dying industries and mass layoffs represented a great human tragedy, of course, and manufacturing boasted a long, distinguished history, but in the grander scheme of things all that misery and dislocation was for the best. The demise of manufacturing simply heralded the rise of alternatives better suited to modern circumstances—chiefly, the spectacular progress of information technologies and the impressive advances in the psychology and mathematics of finance. American leaders, the Establishment insisted, should...
  • Usain Bolt stopped the interview to hear the U.S. anthem

    08/16/2016 7:36:26 PM PDT · by Pelham · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | Aug 29, 2012 | N/A
    a golden oldie of Usain Bolt from 2012
  • UCI economist Peter Navarro a key Trump defender

    08/14/2016 8:35:26 AM PDT · by Pelham · 1 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | August 13, 2016 | MARGOT ROOSEVELT
    In the towering glass and steel lobby of UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business, a small media scrum – two television correspondents, two cameramen, a producer, a newspaper reporter and a photographer – laid in wait last week for Donald Trump’s ubiquitous economic champion. It had been a crazy few days for 67-year-old UCI professor Peter Navarro, what with nonstop interviews on CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR, “Fox & Friends" and a shouting match with Chris Matthews on “Hardball.” Was he enjoying the limelight? “No,” he insisted, as he wound up a three-hour session with “PBS NewsHour,” a...
  • After anti-Israel protest at UCI, both sides frustrated, demand action

    07/18/2016 8:05:44 AM PDT · by Pelham · 4 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | July 17, 2016 | Roxana Kopetman
    On the night of May 18, a group of about 10 Jewish students gathered at UC Irvine to watch “Beneath the Helmet,” a film about young Israeli soldiers. Outside, another group of students, as many as 50 by some estimates, gathered to protest the screening, saying the movie glorifies the Israeli army, which the protesters view as occupiers. Shouting, “Long live the intifada!” and slogans against Israeli settlers in the West Bank, the protest eventually brought a response from UCI police. Two months later, the confrontation continues to draw attention from people around the world who believe long-running tensions at...
  • Jun 23 The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech

    07/05/2016 5:39:23 AM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Jun 23, 2016 | Kimberley Strassel
    The Left, once the champion of civil liberties, is today orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans out of free speech. For nearly 40 years, Washington and much of the American public have held up disclosure and campaign finance laws as ideals, and the path to cleaner and freer elections. Yet, as Kimberley Strassel argues and details through first-hand accounts, both campaign finance are disclosure reform have been hijacked as weapons against free speech and free association, becoming one of the most powerful tools of those intent on silencing their political opposition. Through scare tactics and overreach, harassment of conservative...
  • How the U.S. Patent Office Got So Screwed Up

    06/22/2016 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Popular Mechanics. ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | By Scott Eden
    Once a haven for innovation, over the last two decades the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by "patent trolls." Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them? Starting in the early 2000s, the rights and protections conferred by a U.S. patent have eroded to the point that they are weaker today than at any time since the Great Depression. A series of Supreme Court decisions and then the most important patent-reform legislation in sixty years, signed...
  • Dobbs: Speaker Ryan is a tool for the Democrats

    06/19/2016 12:26:07 PM PDT · by Pelham · 22 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 14 2016 | Lou Dobbs
    video link: https://tinyurl.com/zen8e2k
  • Mitt Romney says Donald Trump will change America with 'trickle-down racism'

    06/13/2016 7:12:18 AM PDT · by Pelham · 60 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 11 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Mitt Romney suggested Friday that Donald Trump's election could legitimize racism and misogyny, ushering in a change in the moral fabric of American society. The 2012 Republican nominee, who has openly opposed Trump's candidacy, went further than he has before in outlining to CNN's Wolf Blitzer how the country's character would suffer in a Trump White House. Trump's rhetoric has caused even some other Republicans to label him a racist, and Romney said he would not be able to paper over his incendiary remarks. "I don't want to see trickle-down racism," Romney said in an interview here in a suite...
  • Exclusive: The Truth About ‘La Raza’

    06/07/2016 5:53:37 AM PDT · by Pelham · 69 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4/7/2006 | C Norwood
    Is the National Council of La Raza itself a racist organization? Regardless of the organization’s suspect ties, the majority of its members are not. When one examines all the organization’s activities, they are commendable non-profit projects, such as education and housing programs. La Raza defenders usually respond by calling anyone making these allegations “a racist” for having called attention to La Raza’s racist links. If they are unwilling to admit past misdeeds, they can at least state — unequivocally — that they officially oppose the racist and anti-American positions of MEChA, and any other groups that espouse similar views. Through...
  • Shark attack survivor: Woman suffered one big bite across her body, a punctured lung and

    06/02/2016 11:59:02 AM PDT · by Pelham · 37 replies
    OC Register ^ | 6/1/2016 | laylan connelly
    She had wounds in a half circle across her torso, teeth marks from her upper right shoulder in the back to her pelvis in front and to the other side of her buttocks in the back. Several ribs were fractured. A lung was punctured. She lost no less than a liter of blood. Doctors looked for teeth that might’ve still been in her body. Maria Korcsmaros, a 52-year-old triathlete and mother of three, survived a shark attack Sunday in Corona del Mar. She lived only because of her own quick thinking, strong work from a pair of Newport Beach lifeguards...
  • Vietnam. Battle of Ia Drang. The real battle that inspired the movie We Were Soldiers.

    05/29/2016 6:32:21 PM PDT · by Pelham · 34 replies
    youtube ^ | June 4 2012 | video
    These are the people we should remember on Memorial Day. Hard fighting. Up close and personal, at a big cost.
  • Amin David, founder of Los Amigos of Orange County, dead at 83

    05/23/2016 7:37:42 AM PDT · by Pelham · 4 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5/23/2016 | Jessica Kwong
    min David, known for decades as one of the most unapologetic activists for Latinos and other marginalized communities in Orange County, died Saturday night in his Anaheim home after battling lymphoma. He was 83.... David, who moved to California from Chihuahua, Mexico, became a U.S. citizen and in 1978 took leadership in founding the group Los Amigos of Orange County, born out of a struggle between the community and police in Anaheim. With the motto “Nos gusta ayudar,” Spanish for “We like to help,” Los Amigos has continued to tackle issues including education, civil rights, public safety, government transparency and...
  • Hanging with Protesters at Donald Trump's OC Fairgrounds Rally

    04/29/2016 7:25:45 AM PDT · by Pelham · 33 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | Friday, April 29, 2016 | By Gabriel San Roman
    Donald Trump, the orange spray-tanned Republican presidential candidate, kicked off his California primary campaign yesterday at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Costa Mesa's Pacific Amphitheater seemed like the perfect venue in a county that's right-wing as hell, no? The city, no stranger to anti-immigrant policy at the local level, had to be a good fit for Trump's "build that wall," Mexi-hating mantra, right? Wrong! Waves of protests rolled out the unwelcome mat for the Donald blocking freeway entrances, taking over an intersection, vandalizing property all while bumping YG and Nipsey Hussle's "FDT (F### Donald Trump)" throughout the day. At the onset,...
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Costa Mesa, CA (4-28-16)

    04/28/2016 7:19:31 PM PDT · by Pelham · 64 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/28/2016 | Right Side Broadcasting
    Live stream of the Trump rally, Costa Mesa CA 4-28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBsIB5ORy9g
  • Protestors go crazy during The Triggering event at UMass

    04/28/2016 2:32:22 PM PDT · by Pelham · 42 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4/26/2016 | Campus Reform
    videoSocial Justice Warrior entertainment cruel commentary by neanderthal misogynists
  • Trial begins for man accused of strangling unidentified woman and setting her on fire

    04/27/2016 10:50:06 PM PDT · by Pelham · 7 replies
    OC Register ^ | SEAN EMERY
    SANTA ANA – A woman whose badly burned body was found abandoned in an Irvine parking lot nearly seven years ago has never been identified – but the trial for a Santa Ana man accused of strangling her and setting her aflame began Wednesday. Zenaido Baldivia-Guzman, 30, is one of two brothers accused of murdering the woman after kidnapping her from the streets of Santa Ana on Sept. 4, 2009, and leaving her body to be discovered the next morning in an industrial park near Alton Parkway. With no identification of the body and no witnesses, Irvine investigators were initially...
  • After tense day, Anaheim shelves anti-Donald Trump resolution; five hit in pepper spray clash

    04/27/2016 8:08:43 AM PDT · by Pelham · 27 replies
    OC Register ^ | April 26, 2016 | Pimentel, staff
    ANAHEIM - Anger filled the air in and outside Anaheim City Hall on Tuesday night as the council considered, but took no action, on a resolution denouncing "divisive rhetoric" by Donald Trump. Supporters and opponents of Trump rallied outside, where there was a pepper-spray altercation, and later filled the City Council chamber to speak about the Republican presidential candidate. After more than 5 hours of public comment and debate, the council voted 3-2 to take no action on whether to denounce the remarks by Trump and his comments on women, Latinos, Muslims, veterans, immigrants and refugees. Mayor Tom Tait was...
  • The GOP’s (other) convention nightmare

    04/04/2016 9:39:39 AM PDT · by Pelham · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/4/16 | Alex Isenstadt
    Republicans, already girding for their most tumultuous convention in decades, now have another fight brewing: a divisive battle over gay marriage on the party’s official national platform. It’s an issue that drives intense passion, and one that splits the mainstream and evangelical wings of the GOP. With the convention less than four months away, both sides are mobilizing in anticipation of a bitter clash over whether the party should embrace a more moderate approach to gay nuptials, in keeping with a public that is more open to it, or maintain the hard line the party’s base demands. Some of the...
  • The Reagan Record On Trade: Rhetoric Vs. Reality

    03/30/2016 9:25:38 AM PDT · by Pelham · 27 replies
    cato.org ^ | May 30, 1988 | Sheldon L. Richman
    When President Reagan imposed a 100 percent tariff on selected Japanese electronics in 1987, he and the press gave the impression that this was an act of desperation. Pictured was a long-forbearing president whose patience was exhausted by the recalcitrant and conniving Japanese. After trying for years to elicit some fairness out of them, went the story, the usually good-natured president had finally had enough. When newspapers and television networks announced the tariffs, the media reminded the public that such restraints were imposed by a staunch free trader. The less-than-subtle message was that if "Free Trader" Ronald Reagan thought the...
  • (What’s Left of) Our Economy: Thomas Friedman’s Trump Trade Column Must be a Hack Job

    03/18/2016 11:10:39 PM PDT · by Pelham · 14 replies
    RealityChek ^ | March 17, 2016 | Alan Tonelson
    Thomas Friedman’s email account must have been hacked! Assuming the New York Times columnist doesn’t walk his offerings over to the paper’s editorial page office, what else could explain the appearance last night of an essay on trade under his byline so chock full of embarrassing mistakes and stale canards? True, the column had a characteristically clever, Friedman-like premise: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump shouldn’t be criticizing President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement because it contains exactly the kinds of tough-minded provisions that the champion deal-maker would insist on himself. Unfortunately, whoever really wrote the article revealed such ignorance...
  • Malcolm Nance on Washington Journal-Defeating ISIS

    03/17/2016 12:24:02 PM PDT · by Pelham · 11 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 13, 2006 | Malcolm Nance
    This is a video of Malcolm Nance discussing his book 'Defeating ISIS'. "U.S. Strategy Against ISIS: Malcolm Nance talks about his book, Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How they Fight, What They Believe, which examines the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) evolution and tactics, as well as possible strategies to defeat the militant group." "Malcolm W. Nance was a career counterterrorism and intelligence officer for the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security, and Intelligence agencies, with over 33 years of experience in combatting radical extremism. An honorably retired U.S. Navy Arabic-speaking intelligence collections operator, field interrogator, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape specialist...
  • Davan Maharaj is named editor-publisher of the L.A. Times in Tribune Publishing shake-up

    03/04/2016 7:03:28 AM PST · by Pelham · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 2, 2016 | Christopher Goffard
    Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been named publisher as well, part of a sweeping reorganization by the newspaper's parent company, Tribune Publishing Co. The shake-up, announced Wednesday, comes less than a month after Michael W. Ferro Jr., a Chicago tech entrepreneur, became the company's largest shareholder and chairman.... Maharaj described Los Angeles as "a remarkable crossroads of culture and creativity that has long captured the world's imagination." He said that Ferro and Dearborn had challenged The Times to position itself as "a global brand." Maharaj, a native of Trinidad with a political science degree from the...
  • History on Proper Principles: The Legacy of Forrest McDonald

    01/31/2016 9:22:16 AM PST · by Pelham · 6 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | Lenore Ealy, Stephen Klugewicz
    "As an interpreter of American constitutional government, McDonald has achieved a national reputation among historians, statesmen, and the literary public that began with the publication of We The People in 1958. Respected historians David M. Potter and C. Vann Woodward praised We The People in the pages of the Saturday Review and the New York Times, and shortly after the book's publication McDonald appeared on NBC's "Continental Classroom" television show. He delivered dozens of talks across the country during the bicentennial celebration of the Constitution, and in the 1980s Novus Ordo Seclorum was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 1987, the...
  • The View From Olympus: Invasion by Immigration

    01/29/2016 8:32:45 AM PST · by Pelham · 11 replies
    traditionalRIGHT ^ | September 23, 2015 | William Lind
    Were Russian tank divisions now pouring into Germany, it is safe to say Germany would be fighting back. As it happens, Germany and Europe are now suffering an invasion more dangerous than that would be. Yet all Frau Merkel can do is stand by the side of the road handing posies to the invaders. As I have pointed out for many years, in a world of Fourth Generation war, invasion by immigration is more dangerous-not less dangerous-than invasion by a foreign army. Why? Because unless the invaders are a Roman army, the enemy army usually goes home. He may permanently...
  • Active Shooter Reported at Naval Medical Center San Diego

    01/26/2016 8:57:14 AM PST · by Pelham · 43 replies
    KTLA ^ | January 26, 2016, | Ashley Soley-Cerro,
    An active shooter was reported at Navy Medical Center San Diego Tuesday morning, the organization stated on social media. The shooter was “just reported” in building No. 26, located at 34800 Bob Wilson Dr., the center said on Facebook just after 8 a.m. “All occupants are advised to run, hide or fight,” the post warned. Non-emergency personnel were asked to stay away from the compound. Additional information was not immediately known. The facility has a staff of more than 6,500 military and civilian personnel, and aims to provide medical care to military service members, their families, and those who served...
  • New Year's sex assaults stoke German migrant debate

    01/05/2016 10:52:54 AM PST · by Pelham · 17 replies
    AFP/ Yahoo ^ | 1/5/2016 | Deborah Cole
    Berlin (AFP) - German leaders expressed shock over dozens of apparently coordinated sexual assaults against women on New Year's Eve in the western city of Cologne blamed on "Arab-looking men," but warned against anti-migrant scapegoating. Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a thorough investigation of the "repugnant" attacks, ranging from groping to at least one reported rape, allegedly committed in a large crowd of revellers during year-end festivities outside the city's main train station and its famed Gothic cathedral. Her spokesman Steffen Seibert said she had called Cologne's mayor, Henriette Reker, to express her "outrage" over the violence, which she said...
  • Housing affordability in 2016: Increasing rents, home prices will drive more people away from O.C.

    01/03/2016 9:18:45 AM PST · by Pelham · 22 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/3/2016 | JEFF COLLINS
    Xochitl Collazo won't be spending 2016 in Orange County, her home of three decades. Instead, the longtime Santa Ana resident plans to move in with a friend in central Arizona, driven away by unaffordable rents and high health insurance premiums. "It just doesn't make sense for me to be struggling like that anymore," said Collazo, 36, who could barely afford her $1,000-a-month rent from what she earned managing a Mission Viejo doctor's office. "What am I supposed to do? Have no savings? Have nothing? It literally makes no sense." If forecasters are right, there's little relief in sight for Orange...
  • Orange County's famously conservative activism is alive but faces a turning point

    01/03/2016 8:53:35 AM PST · by Pelham · 29 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/3/2016 | Martin Wisckol
    Throughout much of the 20th century, Orange County attracted white middle-class and upper-middle-class residents who were either fleeing an increasingly diverse and liberal Los Angeles or were relocating from the Midwest and the South and bringing conservative regional values with them.... Also helping focus the political energy was The Orange County Register's ardent libertarian slant, ... Republicans' share of county voter registration peaked in 1990, when they outpaced Democrats by 22 percentage points. The GOP's edge is now 8 points and shrinking, and its share of registered county voters fell below 40 percent for the first time in December. Non-Latino...
  • Six arrested in Anaheim stabbing melee that injured eight

    12/28/2015 10:38:52 AM PST · by Pelham · 48 replies
    OC Register ^ | Dec 27, 2015 | Fred Swegles
    Eight stabbing victims were hospitalized and six suspects were in custody Sunday following a predawn melee that police were investigating as gang-related. Officers responded to a 1:23 a.m. report of a stabbing incident on the 500 block of East Sycamore Street, Anaheim Police Sgt. Ben Starke said. Police found eight stab victims -- a group of males and females -- and obtained a description of a white Toyota Camry last seen escaping eastbound. As the call went out, one of the responding officers spotted the suspect vehicle and called for backup. Multiple units surrounded the car at Lincoln Avenue and...
  • Battle off Samar

    10/25/2015 12:23:21 AM PDT · by Pelham · 7 replies
    Destroyer History Foundation ^ | unknown | unknown
    As enemy ships fled the Battle of Surigao Strait at daybreak on 25 October 1944, the powerful Japanese Center Force slipped through San Bernadino Strait. It steamed along the coast of Samar directly for the American invasion beachhead at Leyte, hoping to destroy amphibious shipping and American troops on shore. JOHNSTON One of the pilots flying patrol after dawn alert of 25 October 1944 reported the approach of Japanese Center Force. Steaming straight for “Taffy 3” were four battleships, seven cruisers, and at least 12 destroyers. Johnston’s gunnery officer later reported, “We felt like little David without a slingshot.” In...
  • How a Washington Breakfast Influenced Conservative Votes on Patent Reform

    09/09/2015 8:42:00 AM PDT · by Pelham · 9 replies
    ipwatchdog ^ | 9/8/2015 | Paul Morinville
    Here is a story of how $1,000 a plate Washington breakfast influenced the votes of several Conservative Members of Congress who serve on the House Judiciary, including Representative Steve King (IA-04), allowing Committee passage of H.R.9, the innovation killing Innovation Act. Over the past several years there have been a number of large corporations, many that have patents themselves, who have funded and managed a powerful Washington lobbying effort. The focus has ostensibly been on reforming the problem of patent litigation abuse, but the changes advocated would be to their favor at the expense of innovators, like universities, independent inventors...
  • Police say suspect's bounced check led to a woman's fatal shooting in Hollywood

    07/29/2015 8:13:11 AM PDT · by Pelham · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2015 | Richard Winton and Matt Hamilton
    Ambition brought Carrie Jean Melvin to Hollywood, where she chased a career in entertainment between waitressing and working odd jobs. On a Sunday night in early July, as Melvin, 30, walked toward a restaurant near Sunset Boulevard with her boyfriend, someone walked up behind them, aimed a shotgun at her head and pulled the trigger. The gunman fled in a black sedan, police said. Following weeks of investigative work, Los Angeles police on Friday arrested the man who they say fired the shot: Ezeoma Obioha. A onetime security guard with a fledgling clothing line and civic ties, Obioha, 31, had...
  • What's next for California's undocumented immigrants? Licensed jobs opening up

    07/29/2015 7:30:29 AM PDT · by Pelham · 15 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 28, 2015 | ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    A variety of licensed jobs – including architect, barber, boxer and accountant – soon will be open to undocumented immigrants in California. The shift figures to change lives for tens of thousands of workers, either in the form of new opportunity or, critics say, in the form of a new wave of unfair competition. Under SB1159, a law signed in September by Gov. Jerry Brown, all 40 licensing boards working under the California Department of Consumer Affairs must consider applicants regardless of their immigration status. Previously, only legal residents with Social Security numbers could be granted licenses. The new rule...
  • Police: Man beaten, stabbed after confronting taggers in Anaheim

    07/27/2015 11:10:03 PM PDT · by Pelham · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 27, 2015 | Alyssa Duranty
    ANAHEIM – For the second time in about a week a person in Orange County has been viciously attacked after reportedly confronting a group of taggers. On Sunday night, a man was chased, beaten and stabbed by a group of taggers, which he had confronted in an attempt to keep them from vandalizing a vacant building in Anaheim, police said. Anaheim police responded to reports of a stabbing around 9:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of West Lincoln Avenue. The man, in his 40s, had confronted multiple people who were spray painting graffiti on a wall of the unoccupied building...
  • Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

    07/21/2015 2:40:25 PM PDT · by Pelham · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 21, 2015 | Andy Greenberg
    Are modern computer-heavy vehicles vulnerable to being hijacked by computer hackers? They are indeed, as computer security hasn't kept pace with what hackers can do.
  • The Day the Flag Went Up

    07/09/2015 11:15:43 AM PDT · by Pelham · 34 replies
    Hollis remembers the day the Confederate flag was hoisted over the State House to commemorate the war. The centennial kicked off on April 11, 1961, with a re-creation of the firing on Fort Sumter. The flag went up for the opening celebrations. "The flag is being flown this week at the request of Aiken Rep. John A. May," reported The State on April 12. May didn't introduce his resolution until the next legislative session. By the time the resolution passed on March 16, 1962, the flag had been flying for nearly a year. (This explains why the flag is often...
  • Samsung Safety Truck

    06/24/2015 1:08:27 PM PDT · by Pelham · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/17/2015 | Samsung
    video
  • New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls for removal of Lee Circle statue

    06/24/2015 12:39:41 PM PDT · by Pelham · 95 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/24/2015 | Robert McClendon
    Now is the time to talk about replacing the statue of Robert E. Lee, as iconic as it is controversial, from its perch at the center of Lee Circle, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Wednesday (June 24) during a gathering held to highlight his racial reconciliation initiative. "Symbols really do matter," he said. "Symbols should reflect who we really are as a people. "We have never been a culture, in essence, that revered war rather than peace, division rather than unity." The slaying last week of nine black people in a historic Charleston, S.C., church at the hands of Dylann Roof,...
  • Loretta Sanchez makes her case for U.S. Senate, but Santa Ana congresswoman stops short

    04/21/2015 8:44:20 AM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 20, 2015 | MARTIN WISCKOL
    Sounding like she’s on the verge of declaring her candidacy for U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez encouraged donors in Orange County to pony up Monday and explained why she would be a better choice than Attorney General Kamala Harris. Sanchez, a Santa Ana Democrat, has been meeting with Democratic and Latino leaders throughout the state as she weighs whether to join Harris, the only major declared Democratic candidate, in the 2016 race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “We’ve gotten a good reception up and down the state,” Sanchez told the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, a group of...
  • State GOP, emerging from denial, is taking steps to recovery

    03/19/2015 9:58:26 AM PDT · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | George Skelton
    Sixteen years ago a prominent Republican stopped me on the street to complain that his party was in denial. It was falling fast, he said, with little hope. The California GOP was "like an alcoholic," the pol asserted. "We all want him to recover, but he's got to want to recover. And before that can happen he has to hit bottom. We all think he's hit bottom, but he doesn't." The man was talking about the party's addiction to gay bashing and gun worshiping, to feeding off anti-abortion and illegal immigration causes. That resulted in big hangovers on mornings after...
  • Through the Racial Looking Glass

    02/08/2015 9:41:27 PM PST · by Pelham · 14 replies
    Online Archive of California ^ | July 1962 | By Nat Hentoff
    During a British concert last fall, Dizzy Gillespie dedicated a number to "Mother Africa". Looking at the audience with a characteristically mocking smile, he added, "We're going to take over the world, so you had better get used to it." The listeners chuckled, secure in their own freedom from predjudice and convinced that Dizzy was just clowning again. A few nights later, a group of British jazzmen held a private party in honor of Gillespie. Toward dawn, Dizzy burst into an impromptu lecture: "You people had better just lie down and die. You've lost Africa and Asia, and now they...
  • Selma, 50 Years On

    01/20/2015 10:48:09 AM PST · by Pelham · 58 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | January 20, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America? Selma, a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the movie, King is portrayed as decisive and heroic, LBJ as devious and dilatory. And no member of the Selma cast has been nominated for an Academy Award. All 20 of the actors and actresses nominated are white. Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains,...
  • Pro-Amnesty House Republican To Deliver Spanish Language Response

    01/20/2015 10:20:43 AM PST · by Pelham · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 20, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Based on House Republican documents reviewed by Breitbart News, pro-amnesty Republican freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida will be delivering the Republican’s Spanish-language address in response to Obama’s State of the Union speech. Curbelo recently made waves with a January 18 interview in The Hill, which focused on his strong dissent from the basic Republican position on immigration and all but stated his support for Obama’s executive amnesty.... The Florida Republican is a vocal supporter of actions on immigration reform that many in the GOP have rejected, including a Senate-passed bill that House Republican leaders have refused to bring up...
  • More schools serve students dinner as demand expands

    01/20/2015 8:40:02 AM PST · by Pelham · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 18, 2015 | Christine Armario
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many of the students at Kingsley Elementary School in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school. For the nearly 100 enrolled in the after-school program, another meal is served: supper. The nation’s second largest school district is doubling the number of students served dinner, with an eye toward eventually offering it at every school. It’s a growing trend: Nationwide, the number of students served dinner or an after-school snack soared to nearly 1 million last year. “When kids are hungry, they don’t pay attention,” said Bennett Kayser, a member...
  • Harry Jaffa, R.I.P.

    01/12/2015 4:03:15 PM PST · by Pelham · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 12, 2015 | Richard Brookheiser
    Harry Jaffa has died. I remember, in order of increasing importance: 1. The character. Harry was a handful. Early in the Reagan years I got an excited phone call from him (was there ever a calm one?) about the fight over who should head the NEH. The frontrunner was M.E. Bradford, a learned English prof with a sideline in Confederate history. Irving Kristol then pushed Bill Bennett, for his manifest talent, and to avoid re-fighting the Civil War in a Senate confirmation hearing. This was one of the opening shots in the paleocon/neocon fight. (Like many great struggles, it began...
  • More On Noir and Two Additional Silents You Should See

    01/11/2015 7:45:13 PM PST · by Pelham · 23 replies
    Chronicles ^ | January 09, 2015 | Ray Olson
    By:Ray Olson | January 09, 2015 One responder to my previous post, “Notes on noir”, asked why so many movies are called film noir when, by my lights, they’re not. The simple, somewhat cheeky answer is “brand creep”: film noir is a bankable label for a crime movie, so it’s come to be liberally applied. More to the point is that professional film critics by and large don’t use as restrictive a definition of noir—viz., that the form tells stories “about little guys and gals getting a raw deal in a world that never gives them an even chance”—as mine,...
  • For Jeb Bush, Evolving Views Over 2 Decades

    01/11/2015 11:53:34 AM PST · by Pelham · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 10, 2015 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    Jeb Bush once called for building prisons and emphasizing “punishment over therapy” for juvenile offenders. Today, he supports reforming the criminal justice system, arguing that incarceration can harden low-level lawbreakers into career criminals. In the past, he stressed using deportation to rid the United States of unauthorized immigrants. These days, he describes crossing the border illegally as “an act of love” by migrant parents and supports a path to citizenship for those who have done so. He used to emphasize the rights of big landowners who felt cheated by environmental programs. Now, he is a champion of state-sponsored conservation, celebrated...
  • A Guilty Elite: Immigration Beyond Economics

    01/01/2015 12:41:48 PM PST · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | DECEMBER 12, 2014 | Peter Brimelow
    America’s immigration enthusiasts, which is to say her entire ruling class, have such untrammeled access to the mainstream media that they are able to launch obviously absurd memes in shamelessly coordinated fashion. Thus, in the wake of the Republican triumph in the 2014 midterm elections—which of course had no effect on them at all; being an immigration enthusiast (to adapt the old movie Love Story) means never having to say you’re sorry—The New Republic ran “A Radical Solution to Global Income Inequality: Make the U.S. More Like Qatar” (November 6), by two University of Chicago academics, Eric A. Posner and...
  • Politics, activism, families: How Prop. 187 is still being felt 20 years later

    10/31/2014 1:39:55 PM PDT · by Pelham · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | ROXANA KOPETMAN
    There’s a ghost haunting next week’s elections in California. It’s been there 20 years. Proposition 187 – a measure Californians overwhelmingly voted into law on Nov. 8, 1994 – was never enacted. The law would have denied public services, including public education and non-emergency health care, to immigrants living in the state illegally. This summer, state legislators officially wiped it from the books, calling it the “most mean spirited and un-American” measure in the state’s history. But the legacy of Prop. 187 lives on. And the people initially targeted – Latinos in general and undocumented immigrants in particular – are...