Monthly Archives: July 2006

Castro Relinquishes Power…for now…


To his brother. Story here.
Let the dead pool begin: Jim’s already weighed in.

Victoria,

Put me down for Friday at 9 am Pacific time.

And if your taking $1 per square, I'll take 5 squares.

I'm always up for making a few extra bucks, especially when it comes to
watching a communist leader die a lonely, miserable death.


jim


Here’s a Dead Pool that’s been going since 2004.

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What’s Wrong With Illegal Immigration? Oh…Read THIS Story:

Read the whole story in the LA Times . Here’s a commentary on it at Vdare here.
With two teenage daughters at home and triplets still in diapers, Angela Magdaleno’s family overflowed from a one-bedroom apartment in South Los Angeles that they strained to afford…

On July 6, Magdaleno gave birth to two boys and two girls, drawing national media attention as a bewildered mother of 10 (with nine living at home). Now, she and her husband, Alfredo Anzaldo, 44, must figure out how to provide for everyone on Anzaldo’s maximum pay of $400 a week as a carpet installer…
Both Magdaleno and Anzaldo are illegal immigrants, settled for years in an immigrant enclave. Magdaleno has the same number of children as her parents, who were peasant farmers in Mexico. Like her parents, she is living in poverty and struggling to provide for her family.
“It’s not sweet,” said her 36-year-old sister, Alejandra. “It’s very sad. The life for girls back there in Mexico is the same as the one Angela has now. They marry and have children, and that’s their lives.”
Neither Magdaleno nor her husband speaks English, though she has been in the United States 22 years and he 28. Even her teenage daughters speak mostly Spanish; their English vocabulary is limited.
Yet all of Magdaleno’s 10 children are U.S. citizens. The triplets receive subsidized school lunches. All the youngsters have had their healthcare bills covered by Medi-Cal, the state and federal healthcare program for the poor.
Alfredo Jr. had been hospitalized all his life until recently. He’s had three state-funded brain operations and will require several more, the family said. The couple receive $700 in monthly Social Security payments to help with his medical needs.
“I thank this country that they gave me Medi-Cal,” Magdaleno said. “There’s nothing like that in Mexico.”

Magdaleno’s existence contrasts sharply with that of her younger siblings, who followed her to Los Angeles but then left. They have settled in Lexington, Ky., had no more than two children each and built better lives than they had known before. Four bought houses. Their children speak English fluently.
Magdaleno’s sisters struggle in vain to understand her. “She still thinks like people in Mexico — that’s what I think,” said her 38-year-old sister, Justina. “You have to think first of your living children instead of thinking of having more.”
Magdaleno struggles to explain. She said she was wearing a birth-control patch to keep from getting pregnant, then took it off when it made her nauseated.
“I didn’t want any more children,” said Magdaleno, who used fertility drugs to conceive the triplets but said she did not use them in the case of the quadruplets…


Joanna, Magdaleno’s oldest daughter, now 20, dropped out of high school and moved out with a boyfriend about the time Magdaleno became pregnant with the triplets. She now works in a factory making dolls for Disneyland, her mother said.
As Angela was having children, her siblings were undergoing a transformation of a different kind. They were slowly leaving Los Angeles.
Her sister Alejandra was the first to leave. In Los Angeles, she and her husband were barely able to make ends meet.
Eight years ago, she and her family moved to Kentucky, where a friend said there was more work and were fewer Mexican immigrants bidding down the wages for unskilled jobs.
In Kentucky, Alejandra picked tobacco. The work was hard and she didn’t know the language. But soon, life improved. Over the years, she invited her siblings to join her. One sister married a man who managed a Golden Corral, a chain of all-you-can-eat buffets. Soon several Magdaleno siblings were working in Golden Corrals. Their husbands found work installing windows and as farm-labor contractors. They went to night school to learn English because few people in Lexington speak Spanish.
Kentucky is now their promised land, and they talk about California the way they used to talk about Mexico.
“What we weren’t able to do in many years in California,” Alejandra said, “we’ve done quickly here.
“We’re in a state where there’s nothing but Americans. The police control the streets. It’s clean, no gangs. California now resembles Mexico — everyone thinks like in Mexico. California’s broken.”

In Lexington, she said, “at the school there are just people who speak English. It’s helped my children a lot.”
Justina, who came to the U.S. with Magdaleno, applied for legal residency under the 1986 amnesty law and is now a U.S. citizen. Magdaleno never applied.
Last year… she sent her daughter, Kelly, 17, to Kentucky for several months. Though American born and raised, Kelly hadn’t been outside South Los Angeles.
In Lexington, school was hard because few people spoke Spanish, and the city “barely had one Spanish radio station,” Kelly said.
Her cousins, she said in English, “use more educational words than here. My cousin is 7 years old, and he has a better reading level than me. He don’t see picture books or drawings or anything like that. He just likes books with pure letters.”
Girls from Mexican-immigrant families in Kentucky, she saw, were in their mid-20s and still didn’t have children.
“I said, ‘Damn, that’s weird,’ ” Kelly said. “The girls right here in Los Angeles are like in Mexico. There are girls that are 14, they got kids.”
The family in Kentucky “is more in the United States than” her mother, Kelly concluded. “They want a better education for the kids. With less kids there’s better possibility of you having something.”
“She didn’t do this on purpose,” said Dr. Kathryn Shaw, who delivered the couple’s triplets and their quadruplets. “She was not at all elated, and not excited about the fact that they were quadruplets.”
All are healthy, Shaw said, but weighed between 3 and 4 pounds at birth. They remained at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles long enough to gain weight, then came home this week.
Now Denise, Destiny, Andrew and Andrey are with the rest of the family.
For Angela Magdaleno, their arrival — 22 years after she left Mexico and entered the United States hoping for a different life — has brought her full circle. Her older daughters, like girls in Mexico, have been drafted into helping raise the new children.
“I don’t have anything,” she said. “Just children.”


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What’s Wrong With Illegal Immigration? Oh…Read THIS Story:

Read the whole story in the LA Times . Here’s a commentary on it at Vdare here.
With two teenage daughters at home and triplets still in diapers, Angela Magdaleno’s family overflowed from a one-bedroom apartment in South Los Angeles that they strained to afford…

On July 6, Magdaleno gave birth to two boys and two girls, drawing national media attention as a bewildered mother of 10 (with nine living at home). Now, she and her husband, Alfredo Anzaldo, 44, must figure out how to provide for everyone on Anzaldo’s maximum pay of $400 a week as a carpet installer…
Both Magdaleno and Anzaldo are illegal immigrants, settled for years in an immigrant enclave. Magdaleno has the same number of children as her parents, who were peasant farmers in Mexico. Like her parents, she is living in poverty and struggling to provide for her family.
“It’s not sweet,” said her 36-year-old sister, Alejandra. “It’s very sad. The life for girls back there in Mexico is the same as the one Angela has now. They marry and have children, and that’s their lives.”
Neither Magdaleno nor her husband speaks English, though she has been in the United States 22 years and he 28. Even her teenage daughters speak mostly Spanish; their English vocabulary is limited.
Yet all of Magdaleno’s 10 children are U.S. citizens. The triplets receive subsidized school lunches. All the youngsters have had their healthcare bills covered by Medi-Cal, the state and federal healthcare program for the poor.
Alfredo Jr. had been hospitalized all his life until recently. He’s had three state-funded brain operations and will require several more, the family said. The couple receive $700 in monthly Social Security payments to help with his medical needs.
“I thank this country that they gave me Medi-Cal,” Magdaleno said. “There’s nothing like that in Mexico.”

Magdaleno’s existence contrasts sharply with that of her younger siblings, who followed her to Los Angeles but then left. They have settled in Lexington, Ky., had no more than two children each and built better lives than they had known before. Four bought houses. Their children speak English fluently.
Magdaleno’s sisters struggle in vain to understand her. “She still thinks like people in Mexico — that’s what I think,” said her 38-year-old sister, Justina. “You have to think first of your living children instead of thinking of having more.”
Magdaleno struggles to explain. She said she was wearing a birth-control patch to keep from getting pregnant, then took it off when it made her nauseated.
“I didn’t want any more children,” said Magdaleno, who used fertility drugs to conceive the triplets but said she did not use them in the case of the quadruplets…


Joanna, Magdaleno’s oldest daughter, now 20, dropped out of high school and moved out with a boyfriend about the time Magdaleno became pregnant with the triplets. She now works in a factory making dolls for Disneyland, her mother said.
As Angela was having children, her siblings were undergoing a transformation of a different kind. They were slowly leaving Los Angeles.
Her sister Alejandra was the first to leave. In Los Angeles, she and her husband were barely able to make ends meet.
Eight years ago, she and her family moved to Kentucky, where a friend said there was more work and were fewer Mexican immigrants bidding down the wages for unskilled jobs.
In Kentucky, Alejandra picked tobacco. The work was hard and she didn’t know the language. But soon, life improved. Over the years, she invited her siblings to join her. One sister married a man who managed a Golden Corral, a chain of all-you-can-eat buffets. Soon several Magdaleno siblings were working in Golden Corrals. Their husbands found work installing windows and as farm-labor contractors. They went to night school to learn English because few people in Lexington speak Spanish.
Kentucky is now their promised land, and they talk about California the way they used to talk about Mexico.
“What we weren’t able to do in many years in California,” Alejandra said, “we’ve done quickly here.
“We’re in a state where there’s nothing but Americans. The police control the streets. It’s clean, no gangs. California now resembles Mexico — everyone thinks like in Mexico. California’s broken.”

In Lexington, she said, “at the school there are just people who speak English. It’s helped my children a lot.”
Justina, who came to the U.S. with Magdaleno, applied for legal residency under the 1986 amnesty law and is now a U.S. citizen. Magdaleno never applied.
Last year… she sent her daughter, Kelly, 17, to Kentucky for several months. Though American born and raised, Kelly hadn’t been outside South Los Angeles.
In Lexington, school was hard because few people spoke Spanish, and the city “barely had one Spanish radio station,” Kelly said.
Her cousins, she said in English, “use more educational words than here. My cousin is 7 years old, and he has a better reading level than me. He don’t see picture books or drawings or anything like that. He just likes books with pure letters.”
Girls from Mexican-immigrant families in Kentucky, she saw, were in their mid-20s and still didn’t have children.
“I said, ‘Damn, that’s weird,’ ” Kelly said. “The girls right here in Los Angeles are like in Mexico. There are girls that are 14, they got kids.”
The family in Kentucky “is more in the United States than” her mother, Kelly concluded. “They want a better education for the kids. With less kids there’s better possibility of you having something.”
“She didn’t do this on purpose,” said Dr. Kathryn Shaw, who delivered the couple’s triplets and their quadruplets. “She was not at all elated, and not excited about the fact that they were quadruplets.”
All are healthy, Shaw said, but weighed between 3 and 4 pounds at birth. They remained at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles long enough to gain weight, then came home this week.
Now Denise, Destiny, Andrew and Andrey are with the rest of the family.
For Angela Magdaleno, their arrival — 22 years after she left Mexico and entered the United States hoping for a different life — has brought her full circle. Her older daughters, like girls in Mexico, have been drafted into helping raise the new children.
“I don’t have anything,” she said. “Just children.”


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‘Bush Lied’ Liar’s Club Outed for the Last Time


Christopher Hitchens once again points out that Iraq did seek ‘yellowcake,’ Plame was ‘outed’ by Joe Wilson admirer (and anti warrior) Robert Novak, and Wilson’s entry of her into his listing in ‘Who’s Who,’ and his abject incompetence and lying in his subsequent ‘reports’ of his ‘mission’ to Niger. Story here.
His conclusion is below. Read the piece for his supporting facts (including two nuclear experts who knew Zahawie–and if you don’t know who Zahawie is, you have alot of catching up to do).

This means that both pillars of the biggest scandal-mongering effort yet mounted by the “anti-war” movement—the twin allegations of a false story exposed by Wilson and then of a state-run vendetta undertaken against him and the lady wife who dispatched him on the mission—are in irretrievable ruins. The truth is the exact polar opposite. The original Niger connection was both authentic and important, and Wilson’s utter failure to grasp it or even examine it was not enough to make Karl Rove even turn over in bed. All the work of the supposed “outing” was inadvertently performed by Wilson’s admirer Robert Novak. Of course, one defends the Bush administration at one’s own peril. Thanks largely to Stephen Hadley, assistant to the president for national security affairs, our incompetent and divided government grew so nervous as to disown the words that appeared in the 2003 State of the Union address. But the facts are still the facts, and it is high time that they received one-millionth of the attention that the “Plamegate” farce has garnered.

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Washington State Upholds Traditional Marriage

You’re surprised, aren’t you?
Here are germane facts, compliments of The Alliance Defense Fund, a pro family, pro traditional marriage group:

BREAKING NEWS — The Washington State Supreme Court upholds as lawful that state’s defense of marriage act prohibiting same-sex marriage: The lead opinion

states: “The two cases before us require us to decide whether the legislature has the power to limit marriage in Washington State to opposite-sex couples. The state constitution and controlling case law compel us to answer ‘yes,’ and we therefore reverse the trial courts.”

The six separate opinions issued in the case can be accessed via this link. Washington State’s Supreme Court has a total of nine justices. Three justices joined in the lead opinion. The Chief Justice, who joined in that lead opinion, also issued a concurring opinion. Two other justices joined in an opinion concurring in the judgment only, thereby giving rise to a total of five votes to uphold the challenged law.

The Associated Press has issued a news alert stating that “The state Supreme Court has upheld Washington’s ban on gay marriage.”
Posted at 11:04 AM by Howard Bashman

Majority Opinion
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/20060726.htm

Concurrence
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072601.htm

Dissent 1
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072602.htm

Dissent 2
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072603.htm

Dissent 3
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072604.htm

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‘Bush Lied’ Liar’s Club Outed for the Last Time


Christopher Hitchens once again points out that Iraq did seek ‘yellowcake,’ Plame was ‘outed’ by Joe Wilson admirer (and anti warrior) Robert Novak, and Wilson’s entry of her into his listing in ‘Who’s Who,’ and his abject incompetence and lying in his subsequent ‘reports’ of his ‘mission’ to Niger. Story here.
His conclusion is below. Read the piece for his supporting facts (including two nuclear experts who knew Zahawie–and if you don’t know who Zahawie is, you have alot of catching up to do).

This means that both pillars of the biggest scandal-mongering effort yet mounted by the “anti-war” movement—the twin allegations of a false story exposed by Wilson and then of a state-run vendetta undertaken against him and the lady wife who dispatched him on the mission—are in irretrievable ruins. The truth is the exact polar opposite. The original Niger connection was both authentic and important, and Wilson’s utter failure to grasp it or even examine it was not enough to make Karl Rove even turn over in bed. All the work of the supposed “outing” was inadvertently performed by Wilson’s admirer Robert Novak. Of course, one defends the Bush administration at one’s own peril. Thanks largely to Stephen Hadley, assistant to the president for national security affairs, our incompetent and divided government grew so nervous as to disown the words that appeared in the 2003 State of the Union address. But the facts are still the facts, and it is high time that they received one-millionth of the attention that the “Plamegate” farce has garnered.

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Washington State Upholds Traditional Marriage

You’re surprised, aren’t you?
Here are germane facts, compliments of The Alliance Defense Fund, a pro family, pro traditional marriage group:

BREAKING NEWS — The Washington State Supreme Court upholds as lawful that state’s defense of marriage act prohibiting same-sex marriage: The lead opinion

states: “The two cases before us require us to decide whether the legislature has the power to limit marriage in Washington State to opposite-sex couples. The state constitution and controlling case law compel us to answer ‘yes,’ and we therefore reverse the trial courts.”

The six separate opinions issued in the case can be accessed via this link. Washington State’s Supreme Court has a total of nine justices. Three justices joined in the lead opinion. The Chief Justice, who joined in that lead opinion, also issued a concurring opinion. Two other justices joined in an opinion concurring in the judgment only, thereby giving rise to a total of five votes to uphold the challenged law.

The Associated Press has issued a news alert stating that “The state Supreme Court has upheld Washington’s ban on gay marriage.”
Posted at 11:04 AM by Howard Bashman

Majority Opinion
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/20060726.htm

Concurrence
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072601.htm

Dissent 1
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072602.htm

Dissent 2
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072603.htm

Dissent 3
http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/2006072604.htm

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On the Show Tonight

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK and Chairman of the Kurdistan Development Corporation. On the show tonight. In town on Friday for a luncheon and you’re invited. Deets are below.



Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the American Congress for Truth on the latest front in World War IV: Hezbollah v Israel.

Luncheon to hear Bayan Rahman

Friday, July 28, 2006
11:30am
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St.
Portland, Oregon
Lunch: $12

RSVP by July 26th to:
Stan Baumhofer
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There’s No "Eco" in This Terrorist Bunch

Great editorial in the Albany Democrat Herald on the “the Family”– that bunch of people who committed sabotage and terrorism against all manner of targets all in the name of ‘saving the earth.'( See excerpt below)
And don’t forget the lesson here: these same people were part and parcel of not only the Earth Liberation Front, but the ANIMAL Liberation Front and the Anti War Movement. If the protesters look the same every week it’s because they ARE the same people; it’s just that THIS week they’re wearing a different shirt and carrying a different sign. They’ve been outed as dilettantes and frauds.

They bombed installations such as wild-horse corrals in Burns, a federal plant inspection station in Washington state, and a lumber company office in Monmouth. They also torched a lumber mill office in Glendale and a truck dealer in Eugene. In all, they launched 16 firebombings or other attacks between 1997 and 2001.
Predictably, their actions proved pointless. Meat eating was not reduced. The fate of domestic animals was not improved. In attacking research laboratories, they destroyed material intended to improve the environment by better farming practices.


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On the Show Tonight

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK and Chairman of the Kurdistan Development Corporation. On the show tonight. In town on Friday for a luncheon and you’re invited. Deets are below.



Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the American Congress for Truth on the latest front in World War IV: Hezbollah v Israel.

Luncheon to hear Bayan Rahman

Friday, July 28, 2006
11:30am
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St.
Portland, Oregon
Lunch: $12

RSVP by July 26th to:
Stan Baumhofer
swbpdx@aol.com

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