Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pres BO was in shock when we water-boarded 3 terrorists but totally indifferent about 300-plus dead in Mexico

The other big story of the week is Congress holding AG Holder in contempt of Congress.

We got to this point because AG Holder & Pres BO have invoked executive privilege on this issue. 

We believe that "executive privilege" is a presidential prerogative.  We understand that presidents must protect their confidential conversations.  It is important for advisors to speak candidly to the president without "leaks" to The NY Times. 

Executive privilege is a bit strange here because Pres BO has spent two years saying that he did not speak to anyone about F&F.  We were told that Pres BO learned about the operation after the fact.  So what conversations is he protecting?

As we've posted before, there are 2 dead officers.  We are talking about Officer Terry killed on the US-Mexico border and Officer Zapata killed on a Mexican highway.

And let's not forget that 300-plus Mexicans have been killed.  In fact, it may be more than 300 because the overall total is 50,000 south of the border.

Yes, the House was  correct.  Unfortunately, many Dems walked out rather than vote on the issue.   That was disgraceful!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

It's a tax and let Pres BO & Dems defend that now!

The headline is that the Supreme Court upheld BO-Care.  In fact, the decision is a bit more complex than that.

Chief Justice Roberts told us that the mandate was unconstitutional under the commerce clause.  This is good because it respects the constitution.

He also said that BO-Care was constitutional as a "tax".  Again, he is correctly confirming that the Congress can tax and spend. 

At the end of the day, this is the worst political outcome for Pres BO & Dems.

First, Pres BO & Dems spent 2009-10 telling us that it was not a tax.  Just check it out for yourself: 

"STEPHANOPOULOS:  That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.

OBAMA:  No.  That’s not true, George.  The — for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.  What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I’m not covering all the costs."

Question:  Was he ignorant or deceptive.  I can not read Pres BO's mind but he does not win either way.  

Second, Pres BO will now have to ask Congress for a "tax" to pay for BO-Care.    He owns the Obama Care tax that we were told did not exist!

My money is on Romney!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pres BO is just playing politics with Hispanics and immigration

Pres BO spoke before NALEO a few days ago.  It was more of the same.  It was blame the GOP and blame the BOP and hope that hispanos are stupid and ignorant.

Pres BO did talk about the "change" in immigration rules for the "dreamers".

Frankly,  it is not a change because Pres BO can not change laws passed by Congress.  It was an "executive edict" not even an executive order.

At the end of the day, Pres BO's usurpation of his constitutional authority was intended to distract Hispanos from a number of issues that matter a great deal:

1) Very high unemployment in Hispanic communities, i.e. 11% compared to 8.2% for the country as a whose.  Do your math and you will calculate that Hispanic unemployment is about 27% higher than the rest of the population;

2) Very bad public schools and no signs of reform because the union is in bed with the Democrats;

3) The mandates against the Catholic church;

4) Same sex marriage and abortion, a couple of issues that do not fly in the very conservative Hispanic community; and,

5) A growing sense that this man will do anything to get reelected. 

At the end of the day, Pres BO did not keep any of the promises that he made in 2008.  He certainly did not keep the one about passing immigration reform!

Also, there is a growing sense that Pres BO & Dems think that Hispanics are just too stupid & ignorant to figure it out.  I think that the first Tuesday of November will prove them wrong.  

Please see Alicia Colon: Obama Using Hispanics As Patsies

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Remembering The Berlin Airlift and presidential leadership

Remember when we had a president who made consequential decisions rather than pander for votes with unconstitutional decrees?

Years ago, Pres Truman started the Berlin Airlift of 1948:

"On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blocked all road and rail travel to and from West Berlin, which was located within the Soviet zone of occupation in Germany. The Soviet action was in response to the refusal of American and British officials to allow Russia more say in the economic future of Germany. The U.S. government was shocked by the provocative Soviet move, and some in President Harry S. Truman's administration called for a direct military response. Truman, however, did not want to cause World War III. Instead, he ordered a massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin. On June 26, 1948, the first planes took off from bases in England and western Germany and landed in West Berlin. It was a daunting logistical task to provide food, clothing, water, medicine, and other necessities of life for the over 2 million fearful citizens of the city. For nearly a year, American planes landed around the clock. Over 200,000 planes carried in more than one-and-a-half million tons of supplies. 

The Soviets persisted with the blockade until May 1949. By then, however, it was apparent to everyone concerned that the blockade had been a diplomatic fiasco for the Russians. Around the world, the Soviets were portrayed as international bullies, holding men, women, and children hostage in West Berlin and threatening them with starvation. The unbelievably successful American airlift also backfired against the Russians by highlighting the technological superiority of the United States. By the time the Soviets ended the blockade, West Germany had become a separate and independent nation and the Russian failure was complete."

It was a victory for the West.  It showed that we had a president who was willing to stand up to the Soviets.  In other words, we had a leader rather than "a panderer" for votes.

I should add that Pres Truman made this decision in an election year.  He could  have played it safe and avoid the issue.  Thankfully, Pres Truman put the US, and the West, over his own reelection and demonstrated leadership.

The Berlin Airlift was also the story of the "candy drops" for children.  It showed the valor and heart of the pilots who flew these dangerous missions:

"In the beginning of the candy drops, Halverson used his own weekly candy ration. Soon the other pilots and support staff started giving their candy and gum and their handkerchiefs. The project grew so big that his old army base also began to contribute candy and handkerchiefs. The city of Mobile, Alabama, formed a drive to request help. Soon, candy and handkerchiefs from around the country began arriving for the pilots to drop. One week, Lieutenant Halverson flew 368 pounds of candy and fifty pounds of handkerchiefs from America back with him in his C-54 airplane that he had brought to the states for maintenance work."

Overall, a great day to recall presidential leadership and to remember the men who carried out these missions.  

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Venezuela? Pres BO is acting more and more like Hugo Chavez everyday

What's wrong with this picture?  The answer is a lot, specially if you believe that we are a nation of laws!

First, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the most important portion of the Arizona law, i.e. police officers can check immigration paper.  

I know that they reversed 3 other provisions but they were never controversial.  The law was sent to the Supreme Court because of the "show me your papers" provision.  We repeat that this provision was upheld unanimously 8-0!

How does the Obama administration respond to that?

They declare war on Arizona.  They will now make life miserable for Arizona as they try to implement the law just upheld by The Supreme Court.  Check out Power Line:

"The Department of Homeland Security said it would exclude Arizona from a program known as 287(g), which allows the feds to deputize local officials to make immigration-based arrests. 

A Homeland Security official explained that the administration finds such agreements “not useful” in states that have Arizona-style laws. I guess the program is “useful” only in states that aren’t taking meaningful measures to identify illegal aliens. 

Accordingly, local police in Arizona will have to rely on federal officials to arrest illegal aliens. 

But federal officials have made it clear that the feds will not respond to calls from Arizona law enforcement unless the person detained meets certain criteria, such as being wanted for a felony. Being an illegal alien is not enough. 

As Obama showed with his unilateral mini-DREAM act, this administration is no longer interested in enforcing the immigration laws except perhaps against illegal aliens who are shown to have engaged in felonious conduct.

In addition, the Justice Department set up a hotline through which people can complain about having their immigration status checked by Arizona law enforcement officials. Obama thus hopes to drum up complaints against Arizona law enforcement agents. 

He wants to make the federal government a party to the harassment of those trying to do what Obama won’t – enforce the law. 

Obama hopes to intimidate them into not using their authority to address the severe problem of illegal immigration — authority granted by the state legislature and upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court."

This is outrageous and should anger every citizen of the US.

The Obama administration did not like that the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the heart of the Arizona law and responds by treating the state like an outlaw nation.

In two weeks, we've seen Pres BO "change immigration law" by decree and now he will target a state because he is a sore loser.

Am I living in Venezuela?

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Calling Jorge Ramos: Hispanics Are More Interested in the Economy Than in Immigration

This article was printed today at The American Thinker.

Am I the only Hispanic who is a bit confused with the disproportionate amount of the time the Spanish-speaking media devotes to immigration?

Watching Jorge Ramos's Sunday program leads you to think that Hispanics are talking immigration 24/7.  His recent interview with Senator Rubio was all about immigration.  At one point, he complained that Sen. Rubio does not defend "undocumented" workers.

I wonder if someone has told Jorge Ramos that "Hispanics" have 11% unemployment in the U.S., or that there are thousands of Hispanic young soldiers in Afghanistan.

This week, we got more evidence that Hispanics care a lot more about the economy than immigration:
U.S. Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll asking about the importance of six national policy issues.
Twenty percent of Hispanics each mention one of the top three issues as mattering most to them, while 17% name economic growth, 11% name the gap between the rich and poor, and 7% name the federal budget deficit.
Hispanic registered voters, however, put healthcare and all economic issues before immigration, which 12% name as their most important issue.
These findings make a lot sense to those of us who talk to Hispanics every day.  Even illegal immigrants are disgusted with the Obama economy and going home as a consequence.  I had an illegal immigrant say to me the other day that Obama has been a disaster -- i.e., no immigration reform, and a lousy economy!

Here is the bottom line: most Hispanics see themselves as Americans.  They have the same concerns that all of us do.  They also share a respect for the rule of law.

What about all of those polls that show that Pres. BO leads Gov. Romney among Hispanics?  

Let me go on record and say that I am very skeptical about these numbers -- especially the size of the Obama advantage.

First, elections are about turnout, and Hispanics usually don't.  (Charlie Cook makes this point: "Latino voters’ turnout appears problematic.")

Second, Hispanics are thinking about the economy, and Obama has nothing to say to them about that topic.

Third, the aforementioned Gallup poll lists the federal deficit as another major concern.  Pres. Obama does not have anything to say on that topic, either.

Save this one and check it out on the Wednesday after the election.  My prediction is that this is the year that Hispanics show up to vote about the economy rather than immigration.  This is the year that we finally put to rest the idea that Hispanics are talking about immigration 24/7.

Again, calling Jorge Ramos.  Can someone change the coffee that he drinks on Sunday mornings?

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The Supreme Court upholds the key provision of the Arizona law

There were four parts to the Arizona law.  The big one was about policemen inquiring about immigration law.  This is the one that made the Arizona law controversial and the reason that we had a ruling in the first place.

The Arizona law was about a state under siege from drug cartels and illegal immigrants.  It was about enforcing federal laws.  Even the Obama administration did not argue about "racial profiling" before the Supreme Court.

As we posted two years ago, we would prefer to see the federal government enforcing immigration laws.  Unfortunately, Pres BO has decided that he will enforce some laws and not others, such as immigration laws or The Defense of Marriage Act.

Again, Arizona won on that point and that's good news.  I agree with Roy Beck:

"Fortunately, all states now have a bright green light from the Court to follow Arizona’s lead in enforcing the laws in the way that Congress intended, even if the president insists on violating those laws."

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Monday, June 25, 2012

The problem with Fast & Furious is that a bunch of people are DEAD

We've focused a lot on the death of Border Officer Terry and Customs Officer Zapata.  Terry was killed on the border and Zapata on a Mexican highway.  They were both killed by weapons provided by the US government to Mexican cartels.

In other words, this is more than a scandal of executive incompetence.  This is about telling the Terry & Zapata families why their sons were killed by guns that we gave to Mexican cartels.

Furthermore, there are more than 300 dead in Mexico that we are not talking about up here.  At the end of the day, the Obama administration authorized an operation that crossed an international border and armed Mexico's # 1 enemy, the drug cartels.  Someone in the Obama administration needs to stand up and apologize to Mexico for an operation that increased the killing south of the border.

So far, the AG Holder has played games by "blaming Bush", the automatic explanation from this administration when they don't have an answer to a question.  Yet, this is not what Pres Bush authorized.  Check out Michael Walsh:  

"Fast and Furious bears a superficial resemblance to a much smaller Bush-era operation known as Operation Wide Receiver, in which some 450 guns walked into Mexico. 

But that operation was conducted with the full knowledge of Mexican authorities — unlike Fast and Furious, which was kept secret — and the government at least attempted to implant radio tracking devices on the weapons. 

When that failed, the operation was terminated."

At some point, someone has to step up and take responsibility for this operation.  What else do you expect when the US government puts 2,000 guns in the hands of criminals in another country?

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy birthday: Robert Jaggers is 90 years old

Beatriz and I had a chance to attend Bob's 90th birthday party. 

It was great.

Bob is a World War II veteran and wrote a book about his experiences

We had a chance to meet his brother, also a WW2 veteran, and so many in his big family that flew in from all over the country.  

The party theme was the 1920's and I ended up as "Irving Berlin".  

The food was great and so was the atmosphere.

Let me repeat:  It is always a pleasure to say hello to Bob at the 11am mass at St Catherine of Sienna.  

He is one of the most popular parishioners.  Bob is also a popular guest at area schools where kids have a lot of fun asking questions about his past.

A few years ago, Bob Jagers was interviewed about the book and his amazing life.  This is a bit of that interview:

"“I was born in 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, and later moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I graduated high school in Grand Rapids.  I went to two years of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids before entering the war.  I enlisted in the Navy in April of 1942.  But they permitted me to finish my term.  In June of 1942 I was sent to Great Lakes naval training center, for my boot camp.  After boot camp, I went to quatermaster signaling school .  Upon completion, we were asked what kind of ship we wanted to be on, and I said I wanted to be on a submarine.  They interviewed me and gave me some exhaustive tests for submarine duty, and they said I was number 21.  The next complement of sub sailors needed was of 20.  If any of the previous 20 were rejected, or refused to go for some reason, then I would be selected.  Looking back 50 years, I was quite fortunate in that all 20 of them were selected.  The next thing I knew I was on a train for amphibious training at Solomons Maryland.  I spent several months there, went aboard a training vessel, a LST training vessel on the Chesapeake Bay.  While aboard this training vessel, we had some cases of spinal meningitis.  Since we were out in the bay, and spinal meningitis is very contagious, they sent one man that was ill ashore in what we called a small boat or a LCBD.  As we were out in the bay, they discovered a second sailor that was ill, so they put him in a second LCBD and took him to the hospital.  Well on the small boat, it required an officer, a signalman, plus the small boat crew.  So we went aboard and I was the signalman.  This is wartime so there were no lights, you have to feel your way and it was midnight or dark. And our officer said, “well I wanna take a shortcut”.  Instead of heading along the shore and going back to Solomons, he took a shortcut, but we got lost.  We ended up into a tributary of the Patuxen, at a farmer’s dock, and we went to the farmer’ house, and we found that we were close to the Patuxen naval air base.  So they called the air base and they sent an ambulance and the sick patient plus the officer went in the ambulance.  The boat crew and ourselves had the ship for ourselves.  Well we followed the river up to the naval base.  We spent the night at the naval base, had breakfast, and returned to our ship.  Aboard this training vessel, we had some powdered milk, and the powdered milk was about the size of a coffee can.  Later on, when we received our own ship, we had to sail to New York, and we were given a list of things of things we had to order, and on this list was ten cans of powdered milk.  The storekeeper thought that ten cans of powdered milk would not be enough, so he changed the manifest to read one hundred cans.  When the cans came they were huge, like a thousand pounds instead of ten pounds.  So two years later when we decommissioned that ship, we still had some of that original powdered milk.  We put that powdered milk in every available place we could find.  It was down in the engine room, it was down in the flag locker which was part of my responsibility, that was rather an unusual story.  We sailed from New York to Bermuda, where we gathered a convoy to sail towards North Africa.  It took us 36 days to go from New York to Bermuda to North Africa.  An LST is the slowest ship in the convoy.  It travels maybe four or five knots,  about six miles an hour.   Not only do you travel from Bermuda to North Africa, but you have to zig zag.  So I’m sure that the destroyers and destroyer escorts that were accompanying us really didn’t like to see the LST’s come along because the convoy moved very slowly.  We went to the straits of Gibraltar, landed at the naval base of Oran.  And at the naval base, it’s a French base, there were some French battle ships, they were some ships that had been shelled, had been bombed by the British fleet.  When the Germans had taken over France, they assumed they were taking over the French fleets.  There was an order passed to the French sailors that if they wanted to join the allies, they were to turn on their search lights and point them towards the sky.  Well this wasn’t done in every case, and as a result of it some of the British warships fired on the French ships.  And these British warships had some of the French sailors onboard, and it was a pretty bad feeling for some of these French sailors to be firing at their own French sailors on the French ships.  From Oran, we stopped at Arzoo, and from Arzoo, we went to a place called Bougie.  The pharmacist mate onboard our ship, we didn’t have a doctor, he decided that I had appendicitis.  So they dropped me off at Bougie and sent me to a British field hospital.  I spent five weeks at this British field hospital, and I did have an appendectomy.  A British field hospital is all tents, they had scheduled my operation for 4:30 Thursday afternoon, and while I’m laying there on the guerney, the nurse comes in and tells me your operation is being delayed so the doctor can have his tea.  The British really loved their tea, it seemed to be more important than anything else.  I had tea eight times a day.  While I was at the British field hospital,  I was the only American sailor among 3000 patients.  They told me that there was an American soldier that had been very badly burned.  They wanted to know if I, since I was up and walking around, if I would go and talk to him.   This soldier had third degree burns over seventy to eighty percent of his body.  In the IV’s they couldn’t give him any liquids, he just couldn’t keep them down.  Some doctor decided, well, maybe we could give some beer.  It’ll be the proteins and the liquids, which they did.  They fed him nothing but beer for many many days.  I would go in to talk to him, and he had his perpetual high.  He was glad to see me everyday. It came time for me to be discharged from the hospital, and he was kinda sad to see me go.  I was his only connection.  While we were at the hospital, we were strafed and divebombed by Silka divebombers almost every night, sometimes even during the day.  They just ignored the big redcross that was painted on the tents.  They were not supposed to bomb hospitals.  The Geneva Convention says no hospital ships or hospitals, but anyway we were bombed almost every night, some times during the day.  So they were ready to discharge me from the hospital, I just had an appendix operation.  I had my seed bag my hammock and my mattress, it weighed between eighty and one hundred pounds, and they gave me some railroad tickets and seven days rations and said don’t do any lifting for several weeks.  Well how do I get my seed bag from here to there without lifting it?  They gave me seven days rations, which was seven packages of hard-tac, seven tins of bullied beef, somewhat like spam, a package of tropical butter, which you couldn’t melt with a blow torch I don’t think, and they gave me some tropical cheese, which was extremely hard to cut.  They put me on a train near Bougie and I had to go into – this is in the summer, May – and I had to go to Benemensure, where I had to change trains.  When I left the ship for the hospital, my white uniform was in the bottom of my seed bag.  And I wasn’t about to unload my seed bag to get to my white uniform.  So I had my blue pants, and I confiscated a British army shirt from a soldier at the hospital, and my white hat.  Benemensure is approximately 150 - 200 miles from the nearest water.  So I had traded a packet of hard-tac for some fresh eggs, and I‘m outside of the railroad station building a fire ready to have lunch.  And the SP’s pick me up.  I had British orders, a British shirt, and I was an American sailor.  And 200 miles to the nearest water.  So they picked me up, and took me to their base.   Well the captain looked at my orders and he finally decided that what I was saying was the truth.  He says well I don’t have much to offer you since you were in the middle of eating lunch, all I can offer you is some pork and beans and some pineapple.  Well after five weeks of British food, that was like a gourmet meal to me.  I finally boarded the train from Benemensure to Algiers.  Riding from Bougie to Benemensure I was riding first class.  First class meant that you sat with pigs, goats, and chickens.  So when I went from Benemensure to Algiers, I rode in the baggage car.  And for me it was more enjoyable, more comfortable, less odiferous, and there were some French soldiers in there, I didn’t speak French and they didn’t speak English, but they would point things to me as we passed.  I got to Algiers, and I was to look up the British road transportation officer, the RTO.  I looked and I looked, and I couldn’t find him.  So I went aboard an LST that was in the harbor, and I said can I spend the night here, and they said yes, and so I was thinking to myself well I’ll spend the night here and wake up and have a good breakfast.  Well about 3 in the morning they were shaking me and they said well you gotta get up, we have sailing orders.  So I had to pack my gear, and get off the ship.  I went to a park and stayed there for a night.  Woke up the next morning at I’m still looking for this RTO, and couldn’t find him.  Well, I knew there was a naval base at Oran, and that was really where I was supposed to go.  So I went down to one of the gates coming into the city.  And there was an SP on duty there and I said I need to get a ride to Oran, see if you can fix me up with one of the people going by."

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Dear Brides & Grooms: Cancel your honeymoon and send the money to Pres BO's reelection (He is desperate for your money)

Political or electoral desperation comes in various forms:

1) Scare your base to vote, such as telling Hispanics that Romney wants to send your abuela back to Mexico.  (In fact, it is the Obama economy sending Mexicans back to Mexico)

2) "Leak" natural security secrets to The NY Times to show the world that Pres BO is tough on terrorists or Iran.  (Remember "Obama killed Osama" and BO was the Navy Seal who put a bullet in Osama's eyes!)

There are many signs of political desperation.  However, the Obama reelection team has really hit bottom.

According to news reports, the Obama team wants you to send your wedding gift to keep MO and BO flying on Air Force One:

"It’s a fairly common practice for people with weddings or birthdays coming up to ask their friends and guests to donate money to a charity or cause of their choice instead of buying them an actual gift, and it looks like the Obama campaign just thought up the absolutely brilliant, not-at-all galling idea of capitalizing on that ritual. 

No, dear friends — this is not a joke."  (Erika Johnsen)

Right.  This is not a joke. This is another example of how desperate they are getting over at the BO reelection campaign.

Cancel your honeymoon.  Tell your family and friends to send the money to BO & MO.  You can always get a CD and listen to Mary Hopkin singing "The honeymoon song".  

Cancel your plans.  BO & MO need your money because it's getting harder and harder to raise money from all of those rich liberals who voted to close GITMO and change the Bush anti-terror policies:

"I never knew that a day like today lay before us
I've got the sun in my heart and my heart in the sun
Skies are as bright as your eyes
The horizon is open Love is the ceiling
Feelings are reeling Free as the air
Forever on and forever Forever on side by side
Who ever knew that we two could be free as we'd fancy?
Fancy is free
But are we who are bound to each other by love?
To each other by love

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Dear President Calderon: Mexico would benefit from calling home the 'dreamers'

This article was published at American Thinker.

According to news reports, there are approximately 1 million "dreamers" in the US.   They are the young people who came here with their parents and grew up in the US.  They are the objects of a huge debate about their future and immigration status.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am sympathetic to finding an arrangement for some of them.  

However, I found Pres BO's "decree" appalling and wrong.  We should not have a president who issues decrees.  We don't live in Venezuela, but rather the US where Congress makes immigration laws and presidents enforce them.

It also amazes me how quickly Mexico has given up on these young people.  Why isn't the Mexican government inviting them to come home and be a part of a 21st century Mexico? 70% of them are Mexican and have indirect or direct contacts with their families back home. 

This is a group who has accomplished quite a lot:
"Nearly 60 percent of those eligible for Obama's new policy (about 800,000) are currently enrolled in K-12 institutions, a quarter of those eligible (about 370,000) are high school graduates or have earned a GED certificate, and more than 15 percent (about 220,000) are enrolled in or have graduated from college, according to recent estimates by the Migration Policy Institute." (HuffPost)
Let me repeat.  It is amazing that Mexico does not call on these young people to bring their talents home.

Question: How many Mexicans have high school diplomas?  How about adding 200,000 people to the Mexican economy who are enrolled or have graduated from college?

Last, but not least, most of these young people are bilingual, an extremely important skill for a Mexican economy looking to expand internationally.

We ask again:  Why isn't Mexico calling on these young people to come  home?  They are a huge source of talent and would play a key role in a 21st century Mexico.

The young people are already Mexican citizens.  They would not require any "papers" to be incorporated into the economy.  What's the point of losing this talent to the US?

I am really surprised that Mexico, and Pres Calderon, were so eager to say goodbye to such a talented group of young people.

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First weekend of summer memories: Songs and watching girls at the pool

Before cell phones, mp3 files and video games, we spent our summers doing 3 things:

1) Playing baseball, touch football or basketball;

2) Swimming at the public pool;

3) Watching all of those girls in their swim suits; and

4) Loving what they used to call Top 40 radio.

We played baseball in the morning and went swimming in the afternoon.  My mom had one rule:  Take off your shoes and don't bring any dirt into the home.  (We didn't always observe that rule and got an earful often)

We always kept an eye on the girls, specially the high school seniors who were a couple of years older.  Unfortunately, they had no time for "15-year old" boys.  They were more interested in the college guys who came to the pool, too.  We watched it all with envy knowing that our time would eventually come.

We also had Saturday night dances with a guy who played records by the pool.  It was another opportunity to make an impression on the girls but they kept looking at the older guys.   

It's really hard to be 15!  Your choices were a cute but very shy 14-year old girl  who did not speak much or a gorgeous 18 year old who did not pay attention.  Again, it's cruel to be 15!

The music from he Top 40 charts was fantastic.  I recall a couple of songs from those summer days when our biggest concern was catching a girl's eye.

My favorites were Junior Walker's "What does it take your love for me" & The Troggs' "With a girl like you".  They told the story of a 15 year old boy catching a girl's eye. 

Click here for the song:

"What does it take to win your love for me?
How can I make this dream come true for me?
Oh, I just got to know,
Oh, baby, 'cause I love you so,
Gonna blow for you

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried,

I've tried in every way I could 

to make you see how much I love you
Oh, I thought you understood
So you gotta make me see,
What does it take to win your love for me?..."

"I want to spend my life with a girl like you, ba ba ba ba ...
And do all the things that you want me to, ba ba ba ba ...
´Till that time has come that we might live as one
Can I dance with you, ba ba ba ba etc
I can tell by the way you dress that you´re so refined, ba ba ba ba ...
And by the way you talk that you´re just my kind, ba ba ba ba ...
Girl why should it be that you don´t notice me
Can I dance with you, ba ba ba ba...
Baby baby, is there no chance
I can take you for the last dance
All night long, yeah, I´ve been waiting
Now there´ll be no hesitating
So before this dance has reached the end, ba ba ba ba...
To you across the floor my love I´ll send, ba ba ba ba ...
I just hope and pray that I´ll find a way to say
Can I dance with you, ba ba ba ba...."

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pres BO has actually lost support since he went around Congress with the "dreamers" decision

A week ago, Pres BO went around Congress and announced the legalization of "dreamers".

It was a cynical political move designed to distract "hispanos" from the 11% unemployment in Hispanic communities.

It was also a way of making Hispanics forget that Pres BO could not, and can not, get any immigration legislation from Democrats.

We remind you that Pres BO had a "filibuster proof" 60 votes in the US Senate and a 40-plus majority in the House.  

He never sent this Congress a proposal.

Pres BO still has a 53-47 US Senate majority today.  Again, he has not publicly called on them to put any immigration legislation to a vote.

Hispanics have painfully learned that the Dem party is like the guy who owes you money and never puts the check in the mail.

Pres BO's unilateral decision was a big mistake:

1) He does not have the authority to change laws.  That's what Congress does;

2) He showed the world that his reelection campaign is in full "desperation and panic mode"; and,

3) He has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that the Dem party is nothing but talk when it comes to the immigration debate.  I hope that some Hispanics remember that the next time that they cast a vote for "hope and change".

I agree with Charles Krauthammer:  Obama's Naked Lawlessness

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