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Newspapers choose political correctness over accuracy, again

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The Associated Press last week officially omitted "illegal immigrant" from its stylebook. Many media outlets already use the term "undocumented immigrant" to describe people who are living in the United States illegally.

The Star is one such newspaper. On Saturday, Start Editor John Moore wrote:

For the past two years, The Star's style ...has used the term "undocumented immigrant" instead of "illegal immigrant" in news stories when discussing a person who is living in this country illegally.

He's right.  Why? The reasoning is simple. People aren't illegal, as the lefty saying goes.

Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP, said in an interview with Poynter.org that the use of labels in writing is "kind of a lazy device that those of us who type for a living can become overly reliant on as a shortcut. It ends up pigeonholing people or creating long descriptive titles where you use some main event in someone's life to become the modifier before their name."

Uh, "undocumented immigrant" is no different as a lazy, pigeonholing device than "illegal immigrant," using her logic. It's still a label, isn't it? It's just a softer one, which conveniently downplays the illegal part.  You could go with "one who is in the country illegally", but that sort of conflicts with Carroll's reluctance to use "long descriptive titles." Heck, calling someone an immigrant period, even one who is here legally, is a label. Should we drop that too?

It doesn't help her reasoning that "undocumented immigrant is less accurate than "illegal immigrant." Some illegal immigrants ARE documented--with stolen information. However, all of them are illegal. Why not use the most accurate term?

The truth of the matter is that the AP dropped "illegal immigrant" because of political correctness--they caved to political pressure from special interest groups or they themselves fall on the left-hand side of the illegal immigration issue. They are just fine with labels, especially when it comes to labeling conservatives. There are lots of people who want to influence the debate by changing the terms and the AP is facilitating that. Fine for an advocacy group, not fine for objective journalists.

The "illegal immigrant" news-writing challenge

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Here's a fun challenge--write an entire article about illegal immigration without mentioning "illegal immigration!" If you need help, use this article as a guide.

There, you'll find examples such as:

  •         "immigration overhaul that would make legal residents of 11 million immigrants"
  •         "If it wasn't for immigrants in this country..."
  •         "Without the skills and the professional workmanship of immigrant farmworkers today--that unfortunately don't have papers"
  •         "About 14,000 undocumented farmworkers..."
  •         "The national debate about immigration and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants..."
  •         "The immigrants who are here are really a backbone of our economy."
  •         "..the majority of field laborers he knows have no documents."
  •         "...he said his parents are undocumented workers...."

You will earn bonus points for describing illegal immigration protesters as "flag-bearing" when the picture in the article shows they are waving red flags, if you label a fringe ideological organization as merely "nonpartisan", if you use three or more heartstring-tugging personal stories, or if you fail to include any opposing voices on a major political topic whatsoever!

Grieving crusader against unlicensed drivers also pins deaths on illegal immigration

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The Star ran a story Sunday about Don Rosenberg, a Westlake Village man who embarked on a crusade against unlicensed drivers after his 25-year-old son was killed in a traffic accident in 2010. Here's some more information about his ordeal that will enhance the original article.

In February, Rosenberg dressed down the Los Angeles Police Commission for proposing to refuse to impound vehicles of unlicensed drivers.

"There's over a million unlicensed drivers in California, and they're killing people every day," he said.

"Almost all of them are illegal aliens," Rosenberg told immigration expert Michael Cutler in a May interview.

It doesn't take a leap of logic, then, to see that illegal aliens--some of whom who are learning how to drive "on the job" in California--are killing people every day.

After his son died, Rosenberg did some research and was "shocked" at what he found.

"All the killings, all the tragic accidents, and fifty or sixty thousand fender benders [were] caused by illegal drivers and nobody seemed to care," he said.

That understanding places Rosenberg--who describes himself as a "pretty far-to-the-left liberal"--at odds with the government and the media. He's testified against a bill from a Democratic legislator, called Jerry Brown's administration an "absolute disaster", and said the Los Angeles Times exhibited "a dereliction of their responsibility beyond belief."

"Even the newspapers never talk to the true victims" who lost loved ones or were badly injured, he said.

"They make the victims appear to be the illegal aliens."

Rosenberg's son was run over by man whose immigration status was in question. The Spanish language Hoy Los Angeles reported Roberto Galo was a "suspected illegal immigrant." However, according to the grieving father's story on unlicensedtokill.org, a police inspector originally told the family that the driver was an illegal immigrant, only to call back three days later and say he was in the country legally.

"I do not care if he's here legally or illegally, but he killed my son," Rosenberg has said.

Galo's immigration status notwithstanding, the passion surrounding the issue of unlicensed drivers is undoubtedly caused by frustration over the government's reluctance to enforce immigration laws.

When the Los Angeles Police Commission and Police Chief Charlie Beck appeared at a town hall event in Northridge, hundreds of people packed the room and one after another criticized LAPD's plan to not impound cars of unlicensed drivers. Rosenberg was one of them.

KTLA reported, "For many, this is clearly tied to illegal immigration."

When Rosenberg spoke about how his son died and against the policy for more than his allotted two minutes, the panel cut him off, leading to a dramatic confrontation.

"If you think this is fair you come down the road and you meet my son at the cemetery and you tell him that this is fair," he lectured. His voice shaking, he noted the irony the commission displayed.

"You're talking about violating the law but you won't allow your rules to be bent?"

Later that day, he told libertarian talk-radio hosts John and Ken that the commission's two-minute rule is "so sacrosanct, you can't break that" but they can ignore a law on the books that puts people's lives in danger without a second thought.

"I feel like I'm on another planet," he said.

When asked by a reporter what his son would think about the applause Rosenberg received from the crowd after his speech, he replied his son be satisfied because "he was in law school--he believed in the law."

Yet Another Social Ill Caused by Illegal Immigration

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In addition to hospitals going out of business, prison populations swelling, drug importation rising, crippling congestion, and just general social upheaval, we can add automobile accidents to the list of problems caused by rampant illegal immigration.

The Star reported Monday that the driver in a Camarillo crash that killed four people and seriously injured two doesn't have a whole lot of experience driving in the good ol' U.S. of A.

When investigators spoke to him, the suspect didn't remember anything and thought he was still in Mexico, Popp said. Officials said he had injuries to his head and other parts of his body.

An undocumented immigrant, Ramirez-Lopez did not have a license, and relatives told investigators he'd been driving for perhaps a year at most, Popp said.

It's not something that's usually reported, but when you import poor workers from poor countries, they tend not to have lots of driving experience. Next time you're driving your kids around, think about the hundreds of thousands of inexperienced illegal immigrant drivers on the road with you.

Witnesses said there was moderate traffic and Ramirez-Lopez was tailgating a vehicle in front of him for about three miles from Fifth Street, Popp said. Witnesses also told authorities that, before the crash, the suspect was periodically swerving halfway into the westbound lane as if to see if it was clear enough to pass, said the traffic investigator.

We--and by "we" I mean everybody but law-and-order conservatives--allow illegal immigrants to come to a country where you almost can't work without a car, then wonder why one-in-seven drivers don't have automobile insurance, at a cost of $10 billion a year.

Lest we get too comfortable patting ourselves on the back for being fully insured, documented citizens, let me point out that it was already obvious the driver was an illegal immigrant before the Star published this follow-up story. The crash occurred at 6 a.m. in an agricultural area. I don't know many citizens that get themselves up that early to go bust their hump in a field all day long.

This is not a defense of illegal immigration, but I notice that my family-oriented, traditional, religious, Midwestern-style agricultural-based ethos has much in common with some Central American cultures. Both value hard work, Christianity, helping one another, and loving your family.

Progressives, on the other hand, consistently punish hard work and undermine Christianity and the family unit. They're the real culprits that cause our fractious 21st Century America. Blame the people that swung the door to the borders wide open for the ensuing social ills, not the people who crossed over.

Amnesty group lies about Gallegly and E-verify

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I don't use the word "lie" lightly, but I think it applies here.

First, some background. Ventura County Congressman Elton Gallegly supports E-Verify, which runs social security numbers through a federal database to determine if a worker is authorized to work in this country.

Pro-illegal-immigrant groups are running radios ads on Spanish-language stations criticizing Gallegly and others for advocating this common-sense program. According to the Star:

SEIU and America's Voice Education Fund, which supports comprehensive immigration reform, are the two organizations behind the ad campaign. A similar ad will appear in La Opinion, the nation's largest Spanish-language newspaper.

Immigration supporters and others argue that requiring employers to use E-Verify to check the backgrounds of potential workers would have a huge impact on Latinos in California and across the country.

Before we delve into the lie that America's Voice Education Fund is perpetuating, I can't let this slip by without comment--"immigration supporters" oppose Gallegly? Does that make him anti-immigration? Or is he only anti-illegal-immigration?  Let's not forget there's a difference between those two, people.

I digress. America's Voice Education Fund--what a pleasant name, by the way--"supports comprehensive immigration reform," which is a euphemism for amnesty.  Here's the group's problem with Gallegly:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, has filed legislation mandating the use of E-Verify, even though a government report last year found errors and other problems with the program. Gallegly is a co-sponsor of the bill, which cleared the Judiciary Committee last week and is now headed to the House floor for a vote.

Gallegly is a co-sponsor of an E-Verify bill, and a government report "found errors and other problems with the program."

What kind of errors, you might ask? America's Voice's website blares, "E-Verify has 50% Failure Rate, Throws Hundreds of Thousands of Legal Workers Out of a Job."

A 50% fail rate, huh? According to the government, it has a 96% success rate. Who's right?

This is where the lie comes in, but it's important to see how tricky America's Voice is.

93.1% of E-Verify's results correctly identified authorized workers as "authorized." Only 0.7% were authorized workers that E-Verify said were not authorized. America's Voice wants you to think that 0.7% is 50%. Pretty brazen, right?

Here's how they got to 50%. E-Verify found that 6.2% of the workers it checked came back as unauthorized. Of that 6.2%, half were illegal immigrants that E-Verify failed to identify. In other words, the 50% error rate only includes illegal immigrants who got away with it, not workers that were authorized to work but came back as unauthorized, as America's Voice would have you believe.

"The Collective" marches on Oxnard on May Day

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The far left-wing groups that organize illegal immigration protests don't go too far out of their way to hide their radicalism.

A group called Power to the People Collective marched in Oxnard (where else) for "solidarity" with other workers across the world on May Day.

According to the Ventura County Star, May Day was established by the International Socialist Congress in 1889. The Star noted that since then, "most of the world observed May 1 as Labor Day, and it was strongly identified with socialism, communism, anarchism and grim faced old duffers atop Lenin's Tomb reviewing endless columns of Soviet weaponry."

The meaning of the day did not seem to be lost on the protesters, who describe themselves as "members of the collective."

John and Mary Tolian of Oxnard were at the rally and march in support of workers. "I think it's important to come out on May Day," John said. "I wish they did more in the city of Oxnard."

The Power to the People Collective doesn't just have a name that seems sketchy, its mission statement sounds like it was copied and pasted from the New Black Panther Party or the KKK.  The group's mission statement calls for "organizing for the self-defense and empowerment of our community as a response toward the escalation of repressive measures aimed at migrants, families, and workers."

Organizing for self-defense?

There's more--the group's website states that "engagement and communication with those forces that oppress and attack our community are inevitable..."

 What are they going to do when they engage the "attackers?"

The website has a contact email address with the domain riseup.net. Riseup is a self-described revolutionary group that states that its purpose is to "aid the creation of a free society...where power is shared equally. We do this by providing communication and computer resources to allies engaged in struggles against capitalism and other forms of oppression."

Riseup also declares that a society's "means of productions should be placed in the hands of the people," the definition of communism.

The word "liberation" is sprinkled throughout Riseup's website, a theory that is central to the Party of Socialism and Liberation, another revolutionary group that organized on May Day for "workers' rights."

The PSL regularly holds workshops on Marxism and calls itself a "militant" group.

To the casual reader flipping through the newspaper, the Power to the People Collective is merely a coalition of concerned citizens. A few minutes of Googling, however, reveals the group is sympathetic to a revolutionary, militant, Marxist ideology. 

Star stays politically correct

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No, there's no such thing as illegal aliens to the Star--at least you wouldn't think so by reading its coverage of the biggest social shift in the United States in decades. Twenty million illegal immigrants didn't come across the border--but 20 million "undocumented" ones did. Consider this excerpt from an article called "County's Latino population continues to increase."

He suspects the Census Bureau did a better job in 2010 than in the past at reaching out and counting Latinos, including undocumented immigrants. The 2010 Census did not ask for a person's legal status. A 2006 study by the Urban Institute estimated there were as many as 50,000 undocumented immigrants in Ventura County.

"Illegal aliens" is too offensive, so everyone caved an now we use "undocumented immigrants" or "undocumented workers." Continuing that trend, what term will be pressured to use next? Undocumented citizens?

To its credit, sometimes the Star uses "illegal immigrants," which is a fair term. It's accurate.

But "undocumented" is often a lie--many times illegal aliens have plenty of documentation; it's just stolen or fraudulent. In other words, it's illegal.

The root of all this wordplay obviously is to stifle debate on illegal immigration. If we can't agree on a label, or if we agree on a label that minimizes the problem, it's tough to discuss it.

The Star is, in effect, taking sides when it uses the preferred language of one side of the illegal immigration debate.

Fun with biased media: iPhone app edition

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"Immigrant advocates" frown upon a video game in which the player tries to prevent illegal immigrants from falling out of a truck as it crosses the U.S.-Mexican border, according to a story from the AP that was picked up by the Star.

The AP's use of the term "immigrant advocates" implies that there are anti-immigrant advocates on the opposing side. I'm aware of those that are anti-illegal-immigration, but I don't know too many people who are just flat against immigration, considering that many of us are here thanks to immigrants.

The AP can't even bring itself to use the term "illegal immigrant" when describing how the game challenges players to use a "smuggle truck" to "navigate through the U.S.-Mexican border over cliffs, mountains and dead animals [sic]."

As the truck hits obstacles, immigrants fall off the truck's bed. Scores are calculated by the number of immigrants helped crossing the U.S. border.

 The AP is either intimidated by the pro-illegal-alien lobby or it is trying to make illegal immigration more palatable for the American public with fluffy language.

Either way, it's lost its credibility on one of the most important social issues of a generation. I doubt the AP would call Sean Hannity a "justice advocate" or Rush Limbaugh a "fairness advocate" after all.

Star falls victim to PC Police

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Nestled into President Obama's soaring rhetoric in his State of the Union address Tuesday night were these words:

One last point about education. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents....

Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. And I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. 

Of course, "illegal alien" use to be the technical term, but the PC Police have so vilified that label that it sounds harsh now. Politicians, pundits, and yes, news publications have opted in recent years for the much softer sounding "undocumented workers."

However, the name change is just crafty political spin. Are undocumented workers here really undocumented? No, many of them have fraudulent or stolen documentation. Are undocumented workers really workers? Many of them are, but many of them aren't.

Many undocumented workers, then, are neither undocumented nor working. But the Left wants you to think that every one here illegally is a hard-working person who just happens not to have documentation.

There is a more accurate phrase for these people to encompass the ones that are hardworking and documented, but also those that have fraudulent documentation and aren't working. 

Illegal aliens.

One hundred percent of them are here illegally and are aliens from another country. That's a much better phrase to use then the political left's misleading "undocumented workers."

So when I read this in the Star about Elton Gallegly's reaction to the the president's speech, you can imagine what I thought about it:

"What do we do with the 20 million (undocumented workers) that are here already and are taking American jobs?"

The parenthetical phrase obviously is an editorial addition to Rep. Gallegly's statement. The article continues:

Obama also made the case that children of undocumented workers should be allowed to attend school in this country. 

In the Star's defense, it did use the label "illegal immigrants" later in the article, which is a fair term.

But it shouldn't let itself be bullied by the PC Police who want to engineer the reportage of news stories regarding illegal aliens to pave the way for a pathway to citizenship. That's a controversial topic, and the Star shouldn't use one side's preferred language when reporting on it. 

Please don't delay E-Verify any longer

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At Tuesday night's Ventura County Community College District board meeting, the chancellor requested more time to study a proposal to use the free E-Verify system for district employees.

The proposal was made last week by Bob Huber, who is running for mayor in Simi Valley. Incidentally, that city recently voted to use the controversial program, which is operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine if employees are valid to work in the United States.

It's controversial because of what it does, not how accurate it is. False positives happen only 0.7 percent of the time, and it has been shown to catch 46 percent of illegal immigrants whose information is fed into the system.

The remaining 54 percent that get away do so because they are using stolen (and valid) birth dates and social security names.

Overall, the system is accurate 96 percent of the time, according to a research company commissioned by the government.

There's the research--now can we get this thing moving?

LA Times reveals who is behind LAPD riots

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As someone who's reported on communist involvement in illegal immigration protests in the past, it is with no small amount of relief I see that the Los Angeles Times is now reporting the same. Moderates and liberals tend to write off articles on this topic composed by conservative authors as paranoid-filled delusions. It seems that now it will be more difficult to advance that claim now that the Times is on board.

The liberal newspaper admitted:

Some of the earlier unrest appeared to have been fueled by political activists from other parts of the city. About a dozen people who appeared to be affiliated with the Revolutionary Community Party handed out literature about its beliefs and other cases of officer-involved shootings, and chanted messages over bullhorns about a communist revolution.

The illegal immigrant community that the communists are attempting to recruit was inflamed over the shooting of a "Guatemalan day laborer", according to The Seattle Times, PC -speak for illegal alien. More from The Seattle Times [continue reading]

No links between facts and column

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I recently read an opinion piece in the Star about illegal immigration, written by Thomas Elias, that left me scratching my head.

The scratching started as soon as I read the title: "No link between violent crime and immigration." Does he man illegal immigration? Legal immigration? Both? Is this an attempt to blur the lines, yet again, between the two to make it seem like those who oppose illegal immigration also somehow oppose all immigration?

Naturally, the article contained no clarity.

As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last spring signed her state's landmark bill cracking down on illegal immigration, she listed crime as her biggest reason.

Her signature, she said, aimed to solve a "crisis (of) border-related violence and crime due to illegal immigration."

If she'd gone to the one Arizona city that confronts Mexico most directly -- Nogales, where the border separates the town into American and Mexican components -- she'd have discovered the connection she claimed simply does not exist.

Elias then details a drop in crime in that town, which is hard-hit by illegal immigration.

So much for the immigration-created crime wave.

Oh that's it? It's over? Elias cherry-picks some statistics from one place and declares that there isn't a public policy issue anymore? That was easy.

Elias then backs up his cherry-picked assertion with some irrelevant study from Social Science Weekly:

"Cities that experienced greater growth in immigrant or new-immigrant populations between 1990 and 2000 (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno and San Diego were among those with the greatest rise in migrant populations) tended to demonstrate sharper decreases in homicide and robbery. The suggestion that high levels of immigration may have been partially responsible for the drop in crime during the 1990s seems plausible."

OK, now we're talking about all immigrants again, not just illegal ones. Hmm, Thomas--so you're saying that people who come here without breaking the law don't break the law more when they get here. Is that surprising to anyone but you?

What you're missing, despite the one example you found that seems to be the exception, is any crime data from illegal immigrants.

So here's one for you. The Ventura County Star reported that, while exact numbers are difficult to obtain, it's possible that 20 percent of Ventura County's prison population are "deportable" (either here illegally or legal immigrants eligible to be kicked out due to their crimes).

I'm unsure whether pro-illegal-immigrant types are aware they are conveniently forgetting the distinction between illegal and legal immigrants.

Oxnard mulls name change proposal

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Welcome to Oxnard Shores, the International City.

The "international" part is an attempt to make lemonade out of Oxnard's large illegal immigrant population. The city is aware of its bad reputation as it pertains to crime and gang violence, partly spurred from the importation of the poorest of Central and South America.

Oxnard's in a great location; it sits on the beach and enjoys the beautiful southern California climate. But I'm in no hurry to visit the city with a homicide rate higher than Los Angeles. [continue reading]

Oxnard commission wants action against Arizona

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Oxnard's Commission on Community Relations wants the city to take action against Arizona for enacting the controversial 1070 illegal immigration law.

"This law declares an open hunting season on Hispanics," said Rabbi John Sherwood, one of the seven -appointed commissioners. Sherwood compared the law to anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany.

"Racism is blatantly clear in Arizona's 1070 law," he said.

Commissioner Margaret Reyes, a naturalized citizen, said, "I'm afraid I would be stopped because I'm a brown skinned person."

One commissioner, noting that the panel exists to evaluate local community issues--not those of other states--suggested that the matter is a federal issue.

"I don't see why we should be spinning our wheels and wasting our time on this motion."

Undocumented? How about unvaccinated

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One of those common-sense questions that you're not allowed to publicly ask is, "If millions of poor unvaccinated people from underdeveloped countries stream into the United States illegally, won't they also bring all sorts of diseases with them?"

Right now, California is dealing with its worst whooping cough outbreak in 50 years. It seems centered in Kern County, a farming area where you would expect to find a high percentage of illegal immigrants. I haven't read any proof that the strain of the disease was brought here by illegals, but I did find this 2005 article, entitled "Whooping cough outbreak linked to illegals: Doctors warn of worst spread of pertussis in 40 years."

Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, is one of those professionals who has linked the increase in diseases with illegal immigration.

"Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back, and other diseases that we've never seen or rarely seen in America, because they've always been the diseases of poverty and the third world, are coming in now," she said. [continue reading]

Who is behind immigration protests in Oxnard?

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My Spidey-sense tells me that there's more to these protests of the Arizona immigration law than meets the eye. Most people don't seem to be interested in finding out who is behind the demonstrations--the papers simply name several of the hundreds of groups across the country that are participants without providing context of what the organizations are really about.  Here's an example:

Dozens of people showed up at City Hall in Oxnard Tuesday night to protest the new immigration law in Arizona and urge the City Council to condemn it and boycott the state.

"We're here to put a sense of urgency to the matter," said Francisco Romero, an organizer with El Pueblo Unido....

Romero said his group is one of an array of community groups urging cities across the country to condemn the Arizona legislation, which requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of individuals they suspect might be in the country illegally.

OK, Franciso Romero and El Pueblo Unido don't like the Arizona law. That's all we learn about them and the "array of community groups." But is that all they are?

It seems there is more.

A website called La Verdad identifies a Francisco Romero of Oxnard as a part of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee (NCMC). The NCMC is apparently one of the "array of community groups" that fight on behalf of illegal immigrants. Here's a description of a conference they helped put on:

On August 11, 1996, the National Chicano Moratorium Committee (NCMC) organized the National Raza Unity Conference: A Conference which carried the Revolutionary Spirit of Our Heroes like, Zapata, Che, and Las Soldaderas, that was organized and led by Raza, that was created by the conditions the Republican and Democratic Parties have put on our gente.

The Revolutionary Spirit of our heroes like Che, hmm? Seems it's not just the Arizona law that has them fired up.

A Francisco of Romero of Oxnard also was on the editorial board of the Raza Press Association. The address lists the publication's address as "Oxnard, Califas." According to the Urban Dictionary, "Califas" is "used widely in the militant Chicano movement to designate the state of California or Southern California."

Draft Tom? McClintock goes viral

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Every California conservative's favorite politician has topped over a million views in his response to Mexican Presidente Calderon on the House floor.

Tom McClintock, the longtime Ventura County Assemblyman/Senator went to Washington about  two years ago--and he's turning heads. There's even a website, drafttom.com, that urges him to run for president in 2012.

McClintock has many years of experience fighting against insane California regulations and fiscal insolvency. He's a perfect fit for Washington now that they are dealing with many of the same problems.

Tea Partiers head to Arizona for buycott

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A couple dozen Tea Partiers, including Carla Bonney, will head to Arizona for Memorial Day to participate in a "buycott" and show their solidarity with sane immigration policy and states' rights.

As honest people know, when you have the facts, your opponents have no choice but to resort to ad hominem attacks, distractions, and attempts to silence them.

So Tea Partiers are called racist when they support a law that does little more than reaffirm existing federal laws--laws that are being willfully ignored--by people who haven't even read it.

However, race has nothing to do with it--it's a matter of the rule of law. The Democratic Party, which expects millions of illegal immigrants and their families to be future Democratic voters, and the Republican Party, which historically has been scared to death to do anything about the porous border because they don't want to be called racists, have let the problem fester and it's already permanently transformed the country for the worse.

This week, the U.S. Government released a warning that terrorists may be attempting to sneak across the southern border. Anyone with common sense knew that this was a possibility years ago, Factor in the drugs and some hardened criminals crossing the border, and you have a public policy problem of epic proportions.

It manifests itself in right here in Ventura County, where gangs have taken over neighborhoods and shootings or stabbings are daily headlines.

We have out-of-control political correctness and people that are too willing to play the race card to attempt to shut down any attempt to solve the problem to partially blame for the violence, drugs, and social upheaval we're experiencing.

Star focuses on unsolved murders

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In an exemplary series of articles, the Ventura County Star is focusing on unsolved murders in California. Astonishingly, only about half of our murders are cleared, with random gang violence the driving factor. That's consistent with national trends, as drug-related semi-organized crime replace the more easily solvable crimes of passion.

Compared to years past, when homicides were largely a product of robberies and domestic violence and the suspects were easier to target, police say the increase in gang-related killings has resulted in witnesses reluctant to talk, victims innocently gunned down and killers who walk free for too long. While the overall number of homicides in the county has decreased since the 1990s, the number of gang homicides has increased.

Not surprisingly, many of the homicides occurred in Oxnard (see map below). That's not a reflection of the law enforcement agencies--it's a reflection of the collapse of our borders and rampant illegal immigration.

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This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
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