Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Next Generation of Socialists Assert Themselves in Tucson

The Tucson Unified (heh) School District has been out of control for years. Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, who had the legal right and responsibility to review curriculum, was repeatedly denied access to the socalled Ethnic Studies program for years. And, of course and as usual, called a raaaacist for demanding it in the first place.

I haven't followed recent events involving the TUSD and the Ethnic Studies program since it's well over 100 miles from where I live and I believe in local control - ie, the parents of the students should be involved in the schools. It seems the TUSD board was to have a meeting on the Ethnic Studies program last night. And it also seems that these high school students were paying close attention to the recent events in Wisconsin (watch the video).

The article below says that the news organization is working to find out why the students weren't arrested. Good question. And why aren't these out of control anarchist teens punished by their parents?  Because the parents are probably Democrats used to screaming and whining and pounding their fists and stomping their feet demanding more freebies from our tax dollars.  Damn commies.

I think this article is incorrectly titled.  It should be "Community reacts to out of control children with irresponsible parents".

Community reacts to ethnic studies protest

TUCSON - An unruly crowd of frustrated students at the Tucson Unified School District Headquarters last night forced the meeting on ethnic studies to be postponed.

Ten minutes before the meeting was scheduled to start last night, students barged into the meeting room and shackled themselves to board members' chairs.

So, what happens now? News 4 is still waiting to hear when and where the rescheduled meeting will be held.

Last night, in a brief note, the board said it will be rescheduled in a bigger venue to better accommodate so many people.

As for the students' actions last night, there are still a lot of questions, and even more reactions are coming in today.

News 4 is working to find out why the students weren't arrested, and why the meeting was ultimately cancelled. Students say their voices just weren't being heard, so they had to do something extreme to get the board's attention.

But critics say their actions were just wrong.

"They're being taught not to respect any other point of view. To respect the laws, to respect their elders, they are acting like a mob," said Pat Sexton, one Tucson resident against the student protect.

But one student who spoke to us thought he was well within his right.

"We're here to fight for an education, for human rights," the student said. "Human rights is ethnic studies, and we should be allowed to have a say in our education, because our education is our future."

Coming up tonight at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., you'll hear from former Arizona superintendent Tom Horne, who led the charge against these ethnic studies classes.

In the meantime, log on to the News 4 Tucson Facebook page and tell us what you think.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pima Community College has released heavily redacted Jared Lee Loughner emails

Pima Community College has released heavily redacted emails from/to Jared Lee Loughner, the Tuscon shooter of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.  The NYSlimes has 51 pages of related public safety reports and documents as well.

Pima Community College Redacts Jared Lee Loughner Emails (here but you may have to look for it on that page about in the previous entries)
Friday 04-22-2011 8:18pm MT

PHOENIX (AP) — The community college that the Tucson mass shooting suspect attended released hundreds of emails Friday but withheld dozens of others, leaving gaps about what was going on inside the school's administration during the hours and days after the shooting.

Pima Community College released a 900-page document that included completely or heavily redacted emails among school administrators, links to news stories about the shooting and previously released Internet postings from the suspect, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Loughner began attending classes at the college in 2005 but was eventually kicked out because of behavior campus police considered disturbing. He was told to get a mental health evaluation or not return.

At 2:05 p.m., several hours after the shooting, campus police Cmdr. Manny Amado wrote to Executive Vice Chancellor David Bea, "Just heard on radio that gunman in custody is Jared Loughner."

After what appears to be an email exchange of news reports mentioning Loughner, there is a page listing an email from Jana Kooi, president of the school's northwest campus, at 2:18 p.m.

Shortly thereafter, more than 60 pages of emails that appear to be from Kooi are blacked out, though it's not clear what day or time they were sent because the text is blocked out.

Shortly after the shooting, The Associated Press requested all of the college's emails mentioning Loughner in 2010, prompting the school to hand over six emails from late December, most of them sent by campus police. Earlier this month, the AP expanded its request by asking for all emails mentioning Loughner that were received or sent by school employees from 2005 to 2011.

The emails show that school officials rapidly exchanged information about Loughner, including previously released police reports describing Loughner's bizarre behavior on campus.

In one report from Sept. 23, 2010, shortly before Loughner was banned from campus, an officer describes finding him confused after a classroom outburst, his head tilted and eyes bobbing.

Some emails documented the distress within the school community with the disclosures about the shooting.

In one email, nursing faculty member Ceanne Alvine writes to department chairwoman Patricia Murray, "Please tell me we don't have a student by the name of Loughner."

Another email from Harry Muir, the school's dean of instruction, was sent just hours after the shooting to college Chancellor Roy Flores and other administrators.

"I'm sure by now you are aware of the terrible tragedy that occurred at Gabrielle Gifford's 'Congress on the Corner' gathering here in the northwest part of Tucson," Muir wrote, adding that his son Brandon called him to say he found YouTube videos of Loughner online that mentioned he attended the community college.

"Just thought I would give you a heads-up," Muir wrote. "I don't know if he was in fact a student at PCC or if he was if he ever had any conduct issues, but I thought I would pass on the information," he wrote.

Charlotte Fugett, the college's east campus president, wrote back: "Good heads-up. Thanks."

He replied: "Thank you, Char. It's a terrible situation. I'll see you Monday."

Earlier this month, the school released nearly 3,000 pages of documents that showed how administrators struggled to keep up with a flood of media requests and protect its image just after the shooting rampage.

Those records also included many redactions.
Blood reported from Los Angeles.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mexico Ambassador Equates Cartels to Capitalists

Can you see what the Ambassador has done here?  He has equated the Cartels with Capitalists.

ByTod Robberson / Editorial Writer | Bio
10:48 AM on Tue., Apr. 12, 2011 | Permalink

wanted so badly to include some other photos with this blog item. Our files are full of the most gruesome photos imaginable. There are dismembered corpses dumped on the sidewalk. There's one of a mother and her child dead on the floor, their bodies bloodied and pockmarked by bullets. This one is the least offensive I could find while still making the point that Mexico's drug cartels are terrorist organizations.

In a letter to the editor today, Mexico's ambassador, Arturo Sarukhan, comes to the defense of these mass murdering, torturing, dismembering, bombing, beheading, kidnapping and drug trafficking organizations, arguing that they are businessmen, not terrorists. Folks, we have a first here. You will not, until now, have seen any top Mexican official actually defending the cartels to this extent. But Sarukhan, taking issue with our editorial last week in defense of a bill before Congress to put Mexico's six biggest cartels on the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, strongly disagrees.

Yes, they are very violent criminal organizations, he says. But "they pursue a single goal. They want to maximize their profits and do what most business do: hostile takeovers and pursue mergers and acquisitions."

Again, in their defense, he says they have "no political motivation or agenda whatsoever beyond their attempt to defend their illegal business."

So, when they kill dozens of mayors, police chiefs, soldiers, journalists, newspaper editors, businessmen, mothers, children, American visitors, immigrants, farmers, truck drivers, musicians, dancers, teachers, etc., etc., etc., we are to believe this is just business? Part of a new mergers-and-acquisitions strategy? And when they hang signs from overpasses, along with a body to punctuate their point, warning that this is their territory, not the government's, there's no political message there?

Perhaps the ambassador should read up a bit on these entrepreneurial business groups to see what they're really up to. There's any number of articles, in English or Spanish, describing their political motives. Here's something I found from a 2009 piece by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus, two guys who know the difference between terrorists and businessmen:

Unlike Pablo Escobar's Colombian reign of terror in the 1990s, the Mexican cartels are engaged in serious insurgent campaigns. Armed with military infantry weapons, their gunmen use complex small-unit tactics that differ from the usual "pray and spray" methods beloved by criminals. Cartels run training camps for assassins on the border. They attempt to agitate the populace against the Mexican military through political subversion. And they control towns and neighborhoods that the military tries to retake through force.

Mexico's cartels are evolving distinct political aims. La Familia is exemplary in this regard. Using social services and infrastructure protection as levers in rural areas and small towns, they are building a social base. In urban areas, they are funding political patron-client relationships to extend their reach. Reinforced by corruption, propaganda, political marches and demonstrations, as well as social media such as "narcocorridos," such activity helps to shape the future conflict.

This is no longer about drug policy. This is about fighting terrorists. And they are present right across the border in Mexico, and we need to call them what they are

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Georgia About to Enforce Immigration Laws

Georgians, don't let the "thousands" protesting disuade you!  The millions of productive citizens are with you but had to show up at work instead of at a protest.

Georgia Senate Passes Arizona-Style Bill to Restrict Illegal Immigration
By NewsCore

ATLANTA - Despite thousands of residents expressing their opposition to the legislation, the Georgia Senate Monday approved an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Senate approved House Bill 87 after almost three hours of debate in a 39-17 vote, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

However, lawmakers eliminated a contentious piece of the bill which would have required businesses to register their workers on a federal program called E-Verify. The program determines if they are eligible to work in the US.

Because it was substantially amended the bill must now return to the House for its approval, before it can be signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Like the law enacted in Arizona, Georgia's bill would allow police to question suspects about their immigration status.

It would penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants or use fake identification to get a job in the US.

It is estimated Georgia is home to about 425,000 illegal immigrants -- more than Arizona.

Thousands of residents of Georgia have protested the bill -- both in demonstrations outside the Capitol and in petitions.