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Nov.01.2008
The immigrant men gather on the pavement at dawn and wait passively as the bosses walk among them, choosing those who will work today. For the lucky ones, a ten-to-fourteen-hour day of hard labor lies ahead. Tomorrow, they will show up at dawn again, hoping to find another day of work.  After work...
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Oct.25.2008
As a bilingual person who speaks Spanish mostly with his family, it’s hard for me not to be offended by the English-only crowd. And I’m not alone, either. Raul Yzaguirre, president of the National Council of La Raza, is very blunt about the issue. “U.S. English is to Hispanics as the Ku Klux Klan...
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Oct.24.2008
Over the last three years, a number of U.S. immigration officials have been charged with using their power to abuse women. In a recent case, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudicator from Garden City, New York demanded sexual favors from the 22-year-old Columbian wife of a U.S....
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Oct.23.2008
Leave it to the hate brigade to see the world in black and white—quite literally. Following Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, Rush Limbaugh immediately pronounced the decision was based on race. Many of Rush’s fellow travelers soon chimed in. In their minds, the decision was obvious. Both...
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Oct.22.2008
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Gary Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury, has skewered the foibles of contemporary U.S. culture for three decades. Through the strip’s now- iconic characters, Trudeau has given us a refreshing take on a succession of fads, trends, and political movements that have flashed through the national...
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Oct.21.2008
In 2004, after John Kerry made his war record in Vietnam the centerpiece of his campaign against George W. Bush, GOP political operatives countered with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Conceived and organized by the Bush reelection team, this hand-picked collection of former navy officers and...
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Oct.20.2008
For anyone who wants to see the U.S. political system at its best, I urge you to watch the video at the link listed below. Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama raises the level of discourse in a campaign that has often descended into the gutter by both candidates. Mr. Powell's eloquence,...
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Oct.19.2008
 With $700 billion in government money sloshing around financial markets, it's evident the potential for fraud will increase exponentially. However, the FBI's ability to police white collar crime is at an all time low. That's because the Bureau's main focus has been on national security since 2001...
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Oct.18.2008
On Friday morning, before Wall Street trading opened, President Bush adressed the nation about the measures being taken by his administration to put stability back into the world's troubled financial markets. As I have observed in earlier blogs, the president's typically stilted delivery (backed by...
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Oct.17.2008
The way John McCain and Sarah Palin have been moving away from the ostensible leader of their party, you’d think George W. Bush had lice. Of course when a man presides over a long and unpopular war, the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, and moves into uncharted territory for...
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Oct.16.2008
The most interesting analysis following last night’s third and final debate did not come from the spin doctors.  CNN’s coverage showed a U.S. state map depicting Electoral College vote projections based on current polls. The situation looks grim for the McCain camp. Even if the McCain-Palin ticket...
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Oct.15.2008
Every four years, presidential candidates try to convince us that the next election is the most critical in U.S. history. “Our nation is at a crossroads” the politicians are fond of intoning. This year, however, that tattered cliché is actually true. A win by John McCain would elect our first...
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Oct.14.2008
In April of this year, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched a massive sweep for undocumented immigrants in Guadalupe, Arizona, a city that is 51% Hispanic and 49% Native American. “Deputies stopped people for the slightest infractions—a cracked windshield, broken taillight, jaywalking — and...
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Oct.13.2008
There is a lot of partisan finger pointing going around about the causes for the subprime debt that has contaminated U.S. financial markets and pushed the world to the brink of economic collapse. In truth, neither U.S. political party is blameless for this disaster. Not surprisingly, the GOP blames...
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Oct.12.2008
Three of the most pervasive myths about illegal immigrants have once again been exposed as fallacies by a host of recent reports and data. Myth #1: Illegal immigrants drain our social services The Facts: Since 1994 welfare cases across the United States have declined over 60%. Almost every state...
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