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  • San Francisco artist is evicted from his rent control apartment after 34 years

    02/04/2016 6:53:38 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jim Edwards
    If you're interested in whether rent control makes rent prices go down — and plenty of people think it actually makes them go up — then stop what you're doing and watch this video on San Francisco's real-estate war, by my colleague Andrew Stern. The video features a heartbreaking interview with artist David Brenkus, who has lived in a rent-controlled apartment on Walter Street for 34 years.
  • Greta lets Trump Smear Cruz Directly without Greta Stating that CNN Announced Carson Exit

    02/03/2016 4:12:12 PM PST · by mitchell001 · 93 replies
    February 3, 2016 | Ralph Mitchell
    Greta did not even mention that CNN originated that Carson was leaving the race. Greta let Trump say that Cruz lied about Carson, when it was the Cruz campaign was repeating the CNN Carson story.
  • For young Muslims, the struggle to belong is 'emotionally draining'

    12/15/2015 6:49:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 70 replies
    Los Angles Times ^ | Peter H. King
    They come to him — students, co-workers and congregants alike, sometimes in tears — with their questions: What should we do, Imam Zaid? What should we do about the suspicion, about the hatred, about the second glances and the threat of confrontations on the street? What should we do about Donald Trump and his rhetorical attacks on Muslim immigrants? And how do we process the deadly attacks by people who invoked our religion? Should we return to our ancestral home countries, hunker down in the shadows?
  • Nihad Awad of CAIR whines about surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes ONLY because of Donald Trump

    CAIR spokesjihadists try to divert the conversation away from ISIS and Islam to white supremacist shootings being a bigger threat to America than Islam.
  • Burned Mosque Worshipers: Blame Trump

    12/13/2015 4:20:53 PM PST · by yongin · 72 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/12/15 | M.L. Nestel
    COACHELLA, California — Holy prayers at a mosque here on Friday were canceled with families gawking behind fire lines after discovering the front of their holy house had become one big fireball. Late Friday night, authorities announced that they believe the fire was deliberately set, and the local branch of the FBI is investigating as a possible hate crime. In addition, a person of interest has been detained, but not identified. Members of the congregation are blaming GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for setting the ugly tone that charred their house of worship. The mosque began to burn at around...
  • CAIR: Recent anti-Islam acts attributed to Trump

    12/13/2015 3:47:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    CNN editor Arsalan Iftikhar, formerly of CAIR, blames Donald Trump for anti-Muslim acts.
  • Muslims in U.S. report spike in discrimination, threats

    12/07/2015 10:22:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2015 | Omar Villafranca
    In the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Muslims around the U.S. say the rhetoric against them has becoming increasingly incendiary. A few weeks ago, armed protesters picketed a mosque in Irving, Texas, some chanting "Every Muslim is a terrorist!" In Virginia, tempers erupted at a meeting over building a mosque -- one man yelled "every one of you are terrorists" at a Muslim man. Sunday night in Philadelphia, a severed pig's head was found outside a mosque....
  • 80% of California Latino Illegal Immigrant Families Live in Poverty Need Government Assistance

    08/12/2015 12:28:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 11, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    A staggering 80% of Latino illegal immigrant families in California are living in poverty and need government assistance. The Obama administration wants to open to door to millions more.
  • Undercover in White America: Why Black Rage is Conscious, Justified, and Long Overdue

    09/07/2014 4:27:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    Black Agenda Report ^ | August 27, 2014 | Colin Jenkins
    The logic of Black rebellion is lost on much of the privileged white population and the corporate media, which perceive Black rage as irrational. However, the Black response to white supremacy is not senseless or visceral; it is the product of a life full of experiences that have tried to beat them down to their knees.I wanted revenge on those racist bullies who had joyfully traumatized a pair of 9-year-old boys walking to the store. On a crisp, Fall evening in 1992, while I was a freshman at a SUNY (State University of New York) school, the campus erupted after...
  • Lets Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner

    09/04/2014 1:11:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 262 replies
    Slate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Amanda Marcotte
    The home-cooked meal has long been romanticized, from 50s-era sitcoms to the work of star food writer Michael Pollan, who once wrote, far from oppressing them, the work of cooking approached in the proper spirit offered a kind of fulfillment and deserved an intelligent womans attention. In recent years, the home-cooked meal has increasingly been offered up as the solution to our country's burgeoning nutrition-related health problems of heart disease and diabetes. But while home-cooked meals are typically healthier than restaurant food, sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott, and Joslyn Brenton from North Carolina State University argue that the stress that...
  • Bergdahl attorney says client has been vilified

    08/06/2014 10:12:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Bergdahl, 28, "sent back" after years held by Suni Dominants. Obama agenda of the moment ordered Bergdahl's release from Haqqani in trade for five Taliban, some of the deadliest against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
  • Casey Anthony Lives Like a Hermit, Wants to Speak Out: Lawyer

    07/04/2014 11:04:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 3, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Three years after her conviction, Anthony is still living like a recluse, rarely leaves her home in an undisclosed Florida city and has been totally cut off from her family, her attorney told CNN.Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder, but she's still serving a life sentence. Three years after a jury found the accused murder mom didn't kill her 2-year-old daughter, Anthony, now 28, is still in hiding in Florida and has been cut off from her family, her lawyer says. "She has to live constantly on guard. She can't go out in public," Cheney Mason told CNN in a...
  • Family of Dead Armed Robber Speaks Out Against CCP Holder Who Shot Him & Calls For Stricter Gun Laws

    05/07/2014 3:16:38 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 96 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | 03 May 14 | Dan Cannon
    The family of an armed robber is speaking out after surveillance video was released of their family member committing an armed robbery. On the video Dante Williams is clearly seen entering a South Carolina Waffle House, pointing a gun at employees and customers and attempting to rob the restaurant. Justin Harrison was eating at the bar. Harrison, a concealed carry permit holder, was armed. He waited for an opportunity, shot Williams, and attempted to detain the second suspect. The family of Williams says that Harrison didnt need to shoot and shouldnt have felt threatened. They want to change South Carolinas...
  • Nike Reacts to Racism Claims

    08/19/2013 5:12:35 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 22 replies
    Vogue ^ | 8/19/2013 | Ella Alexander
    NIKE has pulled a pair of leggings after the design was criticized for being racist. The monochrome print, which features on the label's Pro Tattoo Tech Tights, has caused controversy in Australia and New Zealand for its similarity to the traditional Samoan Pe'a male tattoo.
  • Rapper protests with a shocking video against force feeding

    07/09/2013 6:41:26 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 13 replies
    Live leak ^ | 7/9/13 | Liveleak
    OK, I know this will be hard, but try not to cry while watching this.
  • Despondent scenes at pro-Morsi rally

    07/04/2013 5:21:08 AM PDT · by bert · 104 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 07/04/13 | staff
    As the army takes control of Egypt, demonstrators in favour of the ousted president feel isolated and ignored. Cairo - The fireworks celebrating Egyptian President Mohamed Morsis removal by the military are visible a few kilometres away, where thousands of his supporters are holding a sit-in, a protest they plan to continue until Morsi is reinstated. Hours after his removal, the mood at the rally, outside a mosque in Cairos Nasr City neighbourhood, was sombre and confused. Supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood wondered how the man who last year became Egypts first democratically-elected president could be ousted so...
  • House Speaker John Boehner: NSA Leaker a Traitor

    06/11/2013 5:44:52 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 362 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jun 11, 2013 7:00am | Abby D. Phillip
    House Speaker John Boehner today called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a traitor who put Americans at risk by releasing classified information to the media. Hes a traitor, the highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives said in an extensive interview with ABC News George Stephanopoulos. The disclosure of this information puts Americans ... continued here
  • Boehner to GOP: Our Tactical Plan Against Obama Worked (Anybody out there believe this garbage?)

    03/29/2013 6:57:47 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 32 replies
    newsmax ^ | 3/29/13 | Lisa Barron and Dan Weil
    Speaker John Boehner told fellow House Republicans in an Easter week memo that his decision to allow the sequestration cuts to take effect has forced President Barack Obama and the Democrats to confront economic issues they have long been avoiding. We forged a new tactical plan that focused on using our limited leverage to maximum effect in support of the reforms needed to support economic growth and job creation for all Americans, Boehner wrote in the memo distributed to House Republicans on Thursday. Republicans may be the minority party in Washington but because we forged a plan together and...
  • Months before graduation, West Point cadet quits, citing culture of overt religion

    12/06/2012 11:58:11 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 74 replies ^ | 12/6/2012
    A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets. Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week, telling The Associated Press that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional prevalence of religion in the military. "I've been trying since I found that out: What can I do? What can I possibly do to initiate the change that...
  • illegal immigrant Father-of-four suing colleague after he asked her to cash $1million lottery ticket

    09/15/2012 12:06:29 PM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 15 September 2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    An illegal immigrant is suing his workmate after he asked her to cash in his $1 million lottery jackpot but she kept his winnings for herself Ramon Ortiz, an undocumented worker from Guatemala who doesn't speak English, won the fortune on a $20 Maryland Lottery scratch card two years ago but couldn't claim his $450,000 payout because he had no Social Security number. To get around the rules, he gave the winning ticket to colleague Rosa Lopez on the understanding that she would cash it and hand over the money, he said. But she didn't keep her side of the...
  • Obama has no patience for 'you didn't build that' attacks

    07/25/2012 8:31:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 103 replies
    politico ^ | 7/25/12 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    SEATTLE President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he's losing his patience over the Republican attacks aimed at his you didnt build that comment. I have to tell you, I generally have patience with what the other side says about me, thats a requirement of this job, Obama said during a $5,000-per-plate fundraiser here, according to the pool report. And if you dont like folks talking about you, you probably shouldnt run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what Im criticizing is success I want to promote success," Obama said.
  • Mexican official: Fast and Furious 'poisoned' public opinion of US

    06/01/2012 1:59:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/31/12 | Jordy Yager
    Mexican official: Fast and Furious 'poisoned' public opinion of USBy Jordy Yager - 05/31/12 05:36 PM ET The Mexican ambassador to the United States on Thursday said a botched gun-tracking operation by America poisoned public opinion of the United States for the citizens of its southern neighbor. Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan told a room of reporters on Capitol Hill that the failed Operation Fast and Furious, which has been the focus of a Republican investigation in the House for more than a year, put a lot of strain on U.S.-Mexico relations. Fast and Furious has poisoned the well-spring of public opinion...
  • 'Israels creation worst catastrophe to hit world'

    05/31/2012 8:50:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/31/12 | Oren Kessler
    The head of Egypts Muslim Brotherhood has called on Arab forces to confront Israel and for the international community to pressure the Zionist government to withdraw from the land of Palestine. The statement the existence of which was revealed Wednesday by the Investigative Project on Terrorism blog reminds Brotherhood followers of the movements decades-long sacrifices in efforts to destroy the Jewish state. On this day, like every year, the Arab and Islamic nations remember the worst catastrophe ever to befall the peoples of the world, Badie wrote in the text, translated by The Jerusalem Post. We demand the
  • We'll have to pull the plug

    05/29/2012 4:46:31 PM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 27 replies
    my email | 5-29-12 |
    From my email today: Dear MoveOn member, With November fast approaching, we need to make some hard decisions about which campaigns we can afford to take on, and which ones we'll have to sit out. There are so many important races this year. Of course there's the presidential election. But the U.S. Senate is up for grabs, too. There's the Scott Walker recall in Wisconsin. If we can elect Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, that will be huge. It's like picking which of your kids you love the most. I just can't do it. But I'll be honestif we can't increase...
  • Deportation rules breaking up families

    03/18/2012 5:32:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 49 replies
    San Antonio Express ^ | March 18, 2012 | Esther J. Cepeda, Washington Post columnist
    Wasteful, senseless and cruel. How better to describe the ridiculous battle that Felipe Montes is waging to be reunited with his three U.S.-born children? Since his deportation, they've been ensnared by the foster care system and are at risk of being put up for adoption. Montes, who had lived in the U.S. illegally for almost 10 years, was sent back to Mexico in 2010 after having been sentenced to probation following an arrest for driving with an expired license, an expired registration and no automobile insurance. He was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at one of his...
  • Child Tax Credit for Immigrants Without SSN Might be History ()

    02/22/2012 5:46:00 PM PST · by wac3rd · 27 replies
    (snip) Elibertos two sons are US-born. He and his wife are undocumented immigrants and because they cannot have a Social Security Number (SSN), they use an ITIN instead to file their yearly tax return. The money [Child Tax Credit] is the only one we qualify for, and we end up using almost entirely on the children, stated Eliberto, who did not provide a last name to protect his family. The Van Nuys resident earns approximately $20,000 a year through full time employment and says that every two weeks approximately $154 disappear from his already small paycheck to pay federal and...
  • Illegal immigrants live on edge of society, fearing deportation

    02/13/2012 5:10:19 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 46 replies
    Janesville Gazette ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | ANNA MARIE LUX
    Ana shudders at what could have happened. She has heard about people who walk and die in the desert, who freeze in the mountains and who drown in canals. She knows that some suffocate in semitrailers or boxcars, where they are crammed so tightly they cannot turn. She knows that others are beaten and raped by smugglers, who leave them to die. Every year, migrants risk their lives to illegally cross the 2,100-mile border that separates Mexico and the United States, two neighboring nations that have one of the largest income gaps on Earth. "I was lucky," said Ana, who...
  • Newt Gingrich hints he would consider picking Sarah Palin for VP

    12/31/2011 2:29:50 PM PST · by presidio9 · 106 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 30, 2011
    Newt Gingrich, plunging in the polls, dropped this bomb Wednesday: he would consider asking Sarah Palin to serve as his number two or in his Cabinet if he became president. "She is certainly one of the people you would look at," Gingrich said Wednesday, according to Right Wing Watch, when asked if he would consider tapping the 2008 vice presidential nominee for a second try. "I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she's somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would...
  • French ex-President Jacques Chirac guilty of corruption (two-year suspended prison sentence)

    12/15/2011 9:40:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/14/11 | BBC News
    A French court has given former President Jacques Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust. Mr Chirac, 79, was not in court to hear the verdict because of ill-health but denied wrongdoing. President from 1995 to 2007, he was put on trial on charges that dated back to his time as mayor of Paris. He was accused of paying members of his Rally for the Republic (RPR) party for municipal jobs that did not exist. The prosecution had urged the judge to acquit Mr Chirac and nine others accused in the trial. Two...
  • Coupeville mother of 5 seeks mercy for detained husband

    10/16/2011 11:05:01 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    PNW Local News ^ | Oct 16 2011 | - Jessie Stensland
    By all accounts, Jaime Villicana-Campos is a wonderful husband and a beloved father to his children. He held two physically demanding jobs and worked seven days a week to support his large family. He somehow still made time to spend with his little girls, especially 6-year-old Angelica who suffers from epilepsy. She is particularly close to her doting father and is known in the family as Daddys girl. But because of the nations sometimes vexing immigration laws, Villicana-Campos is sitting in a Tacoma federal detention facility. He was nabbed by immigration officials in June, a month before his fifth daughter...
  • Remembering Christopher Columbus: The Biggest Mass Murderer In History (puke)

    10/10/2011 3:46:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    Hip-Hop Wired ^ | October 11, 2010 | Ice Pick Slim
    KKKolumbus no hero: He's a murderer who caused the genocide of the Indigenous people! It has been said of the Spanish Conquistadors, that first they fell on their knees, and then they fell on the aborigines. Eric Williams - Columbus to Castro. Annually, on the 2nd Monday of each October, most of the United Snakes of Amerikkka celebrate the anniversary of when Cristoforo Colombo discovered that the planet wasn't as flat as all of Europe then thought. At the same time, many so-called Indians across the U.S. publicly protest the holiday, demanding that it be renamed Indigenous American Day'.
  • If you are a Palin Patriot what should you do now?

    10/09/2011 6:59:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 154 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | October 9, 2011 | Mark Vogl
    Sarah Palin is a very special American, she appeared to be our next Ronald Reagan, but with her deicsion not to run, what should we do? Sarah Palin was my hope for America! And while her future was uncertain I was unwilling to listen to the babble of Republican Primary. I was set on Sarah. For me, she was the answer, and I honestly believed I would be able to cast a ballot, whether it be Republican or Independent for Sarah. Sarah seemed to have that rugged American personality which had not been corrupted by special interests and assimilated into...
  • Lesbian couple suffer honeymoon hell

    09/21/2011 2:32:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 111 replies
    Telegraph ^ | September 21, 2011 | Richard Alleyne
    Having tied the knot in a white wedding, a lesbian couple thought the icing on the cake would be a traditional honeymoon along with other young couples. But the trip turned out to be a nightmare after staff at their resort treated them as if it was not a "real honeymoon" and excluded them from special romantic meals and dances. Gemma Harman, 24, and Tamsin Harper, 36, said it was the "worst two weeks" of their lives and the "homophobic manner" in which they were treated was "disgusting". The couple, from Brighouse, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, decided to go on...
  • Gay Choir Director At East Rutherford Parish Resigns After Priests Comments

    09/16/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | September 15, 2011
    Bob Russell EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBS 2) – He says he can’t take it anymore.A gay choir director at a Catholic Church in New Jersey has quit his job because he says the priest is making his work environment hostile.But does he have a case?St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in East Rutherford is where Bob Russell has been the choir director for decades. On Thursday, however, the 55-year-old was taking boxes into the parish to pack up his belongings.“Felt that I was put into a position that I had to resign my job because of my sexuality,” Russell told CBS...
  • CAIR: Louisiana Mosque Vandalized With Pork

    05/10/2011 3:25:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 79 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May. 10, 2011 | The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will today ask the FBI to investigate as a possible hate crime an incident in Louisiana in which a mosque was vandalized with pork. [Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslim sensibilities.]
  • Pakistanis say U.S. shot bin Laden in "cold blood"

    05/05/2011 8:00:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 97 replies
    REUTERS ^ | May 5, 2011 | Augustine Anthony and Arshad Mohammed
    (Reuters) - A senior Pakistani security official said U.S. troops killed Osama bin Laden in "cold blood", fuelling a global controversy and straining a vital relationship Washington was trying to repair on Thursday. And Pakistan's army, in its first comment since Monday's raid, threatened to halt cooperation with its military sponsor if it repeated what it called a violation of sovereignty. But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was still anxious to maintain its alliance with Islamabad. "It is not always an easy relationship. You know that," she said. "But, on the other hand, it is a productive one...
  • [TX] CCISD teacher accused of insensitivity (Muslim girl reports alleged bin Laden remark)

    05/04/2011 4:30:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4, 2011 | CINDY GEORGE
    A Clear Creek ISD teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of making insensitive comments to a Muslim student about the death of Osama bin Laden. The Clear Brook High School teacher is accused of profiling a student in his ninth-grade algebra class Monday by telling the girl, "I bet that you're grieving." ...Aziz Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, said he believes the remark was an isolated incident, but is encouraged by reports that other students helped comfort the girl and reported the incident. "Her supporters were her classmates. To them, she's a...
  • Victim of McDonald's beating speaks out: attack 'hate crime'

    04/24/2011 6:31:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 220 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 24, 2011 | Jill Rosen
    A transgender woman beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald's spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was "definitely a hate crime" and that she's been afraid to go out in public ever since. "They said, 'That's a dude, that's a dude and she's in the female bathroom,' " said Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, who said she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. "They spit in my face." A worker at the restaurant taped Monday's attack and created a graphic video that went viral last week. After the video garnered hundreds of thousands of views on websites,...
  • Immigration Bills Stir Opposition

    03/21/2011 8:16:57 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    KTUL ^ | Mar 21, 2011 | KTUL
    The store fronts testify to an integral and economic piece of the Tulsa puzzle, but legal or not, many local Hispanics are feeling harassed by Oklahoma legislators. "It's a harassment, and I think they're being racist," said Irma Ramirez, who was in this country for 20 years before getting her citizenship. Do you have undocumented friends and are they worried? "Oh yeah, of course, I do have, and they're very worried, they're even afraid to go out, even to go shopping because they're afraid of being deported," she said. The legislative session began this year with some 30 bills aimed...
  • WFAA: Woman who has lived in Irving since age 6 faces deportation

    01/28/2011 11:16:48 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 95 replies
    Dallas Morning News (blog) - ^ | Jan 28, 2011 | Katherine Leal Unmuth
    Olga Zanella , 20, grew up in Irving, attending school in Irving ISD as a child. But she hid a secret--she is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. According to WFAA, she found out she was in the country illegally during her junior year of high school, after attending a college financial aid workshop. She now faces deportation Monday because her status was discovered by Irving police during a traffic stop. Her story reflects the story of many children who are now growing up in the city, and could face similar fates. "I feel fear," she told WFAA. "It's going to...
  • A search for acceptance: An undocumented student lives in limbo

    01/23/2011 7:37:16 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 66 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/23/2011 | TOVIN LAPAN
    SANTA CRUZ Xochitlquetzal hates the words "illegal" and "alien," especially when they're side by side. "It's dehumanizing this idea that a person can be illegal,' and by calling someone an alien you label them as an other,' as not human," the UC Santa Cruz student said. The community studies major has a remarkable memory and tells vivid stories from childhood, many of which come back to an endless struggle for acceptance. Xochitlquetzal carries a serious demeanor, with broad shoulders that seem to support an unseen weight. None of this is surprising when Xochitlquetzal stares with large, dark, emotive eyes and...
  • Obama visits grandfather's grave in Hawaii

    01/03/2011 7:42:52 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama ended his nearly two-week Hawaiian vacation on a somber note Monday, taking his daughters to visit his grandfather's grave. The president's motorcade wound through the island of Oahu's mountainous terrain late Monday afternoon on its way to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
  • Alleged WikiLeaks source suffers out of spotlight (PFC Bradley Manning doesn't get a pillow)

    12/20/2010 7:38:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Irish Times ^ | 12/21/10 | LARA MARLOWE
    Alleged WikiLeaks source suffers out of spotlightThe Irish Times - Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Concern is growing over the harsh conditions of Bradley Mannings detention as he awaits his court martial, writes LARA MARLOWE, Washington Correspondent WHILE JULIAN Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, celebrated his release on bail last week with cocktails before being driven to mansion arrest at a 650-acre estate in Sussex, Private First Class Bradley Manning was mouldering away in solitary confinement in the brig at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, deprived of exercise, news or even a sheet or pillow. Assange (39) is preparing...
  • These Families Shop When Aid Arrives

    10/02/2010 4:21:32 PM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 89 replies
    HOUSTONAt midnight on the first of the month, a scene unfolds at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sites that underscores the deep financial strains that many low-income American consumers still face. Parking lots come to life after 11 p.m. as customers start to stream into the stores, cramming their shopping carts full of milk, infant formula and other necessities. Then at midnight, when the government replenishes their electronic-benefit accounts with their monthly allotments of food stamps, nutritional grants for mothers with babies or other aid for needy families, they head for the registers. "We're not starving or anything, but we come...
  • Politico Cries Over Lost Jobs of Hill Staffers in November

    09/17/2010 9:42:21 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 20 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/17/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    I think people underestimate how disastrous this could be, says a Democrat Congressional staffer who worries over losing his job once all the new Republicans sweep into Congress after the November elections. Politico's Erika Lovley seems also to worry about the "massive layoffs" that will come to staffers in November. But to me this is one type of job loss to celebrate not cry over. Lovley gravely warns that if Republicans win big in the elections, "its not just elected Democrats who will be unemployed more than 1,500 Democratic staffers could lose their jobs, with layoffs stretching from low-wage...
  • Castle's Defeat Signals End Of Moderate GOP (Gigantic Barf Alert!!!)

    09/15/2010 4:07:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 15, 2010 | Leftwing lunatic E. J. DIONNE JR
    WILMINGTON, Del. On the eve of the primary that would end his electoral career, Rep. Mike Castle was in a reflective mood. He seemed calm and confident, yet almost everything he said sounded valedictory as he offered a prescient analysis that explained in advance a defeat that echoes through the nation. A genial and courtly man in the manner of the elder President Bush (who held a fundraiser for him in Kennebunkport), the nine-term congressman was mourning the decline of both the conciliatory style of politics that animated his career and the moderate Republican disposition that the Tea Party...
  • List of alleged illegal immigrants mailed in Utah

    07/13/2010 9:30:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/13/10 | ap
    SALT LAKE CITY - A list containing the names and personal information of 1,300 purported illegal immigrants has been mailed around Utah, terrifying the state's Hispanic community. Gov. Gary Herbert wrote in a tweet Tuesday that he has asked state agencies to investigate the listsent anonymously to several media outlets and law enforcement agencies. A letter accompanying the list demands that those on it be deported immediately. Local advocates are decrying the list, saying whoever sent it is attempting to terrorize Utah's Hispanic community. Most of the names on the list are of Hispanic origin.
  • McCain's reversal on immigration shocks many in the Latino community

    04/20/2010 12:40:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 43 replies · 937+ views
    Latina Lista ^ | 4/20/10 | Marisa Trevino
    On this 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing when we all should be remembering that hatred has no place in a civilized society, we are confronted with the reality that hatred exists to an even greater degree than 15 years ago, takes all forms and in several instances has resorted to once again, in our country's history, to masquerade as law. The entire nation is waiting to see what happens in Arizona in the next five days. That's how long the governor has to decide what to do with Senate Bill 1070. It's a bill that would make it...
  • Hispanics who lost campaigns complain of bias

    03/05/2010 7:14:37 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies · 896+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/05/2010 | R.G. Ratcliffe and Chris Moran - Houston Chronicle
    AUSTIN Hispanic candidates ran strongly in many Republican primary races across Texas this week, but two candidates are blaming their losses to Anglos on racially polarized voting. Election returns and political consultants, however, say the losses of Railroad Commissioner Victor Carrillo and Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Leo Vasquez probably had more to do with personal issues and poorly run campaigns than ethnicity. Carrillo's father and half brother died last year, and Carrillo underwent surgery for a benign brain tumor, all cutting into the time Carrillo spent campaigning for re-election. Vasquez lost social conservative support, Harris County Republicans said, because...
  • Why so series?...hugh?

    01/11/2010 7:00:31 PM PST · by Jihadi Du Jour · 69 replies · 1,760+ views
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