Volume XXXII Number 27 July 3, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Hecklers Highlight Latino Silence

Reaction to speech by McCain reinforces how none of the national Latino organizations in the U.S. have come out against the war.

By Roberto Lovato

I was in Washington cafe yesterday when hecklers from Code Pink interrupted Sen. John McCain no less than 3 times during a major speech to Latino voters and elected officials. Shortly after the event, several protesters marched triumphantly into the coffee shop I was sitting in on “P” Street after they stole the media thunder of the event organizers, the Nation Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). NALEO was trying to highlight Latino voting power and unprecedented participation in this year’s elections.

Despite NALEO’s attempts to let the media know that it was the white women and not members of their organization, many of the mainstream media basically reported as if Latinos had dissed the GOP candidate. While many, if not most, of us do, in fact, find McCain and other warmongers more than worthy of attack for their seemingly infinite ability and desire to send other, mostly poor people’s children to kill and die in war, we should prioritize accuracy and fairness.

Yet, while I find Code White…..I mean Code Pink as problematic as other “progressive” organizations when it comes to issues of race and inclusion, I must say that watching and listening to the middle class white women-and not the working and middle class Latinos in the audience-yell in garbled Spanish, “Ya basta con la matanza” (Stop the Killing) as they denounced the war and its supporters inspired a rather odd mix of bother and shame; It reminded me of something I’ve been wanting to talk about for some time: How NONE of the national Latino organizations in the U.S. have come out against the war. NONE.

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National Guard Border Troops Moving On
Two Years and $1.4 Billion Dollars Later Border Experts Declare Symbols and Smugglers the Winners of “Operation Jump Start”
By Andrea Nill
Washington, D.C.—June 2008 simultaneously marks the two-year anniversary and the end of Operation Jump Start, a joint program by the Border Patrol and Department of Defense. Under the operation, roughly 6,000 National Guard troops were temporarily deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist the Border Patrol with surveillance operations and the construction of fences and vehicle barriers. The last National Guard troops are due to leave by late July, and the Border Patrol is meanwhile attempting to hire thousands of agents to permanently take their place.

Grassroots Efforts Key to Recruiting Latino Voters in California
By Amanda Martinez
SAN FRANCISCO—“The campaign is us,” said Obama’s Latino vote coordinator for California, Juan Contreras, while addressing a group of Latino democrats here at an organizing event held at the home of a fellow Latino Obama supporter. Contreras explained that California won’t see an official Obama campaign presence. “Our efforts here will be very grassroots, just like the primaries,” he said.

Welcome to the Mortgage Business
My son, the mortgage broker
By Alberto Marrero Salas
Congratulations!!! You are now a partner with the Bank of America and Countrywide Financial. Never mind that you were responsible and did not buy a home you could not afford. Never mind that you did not use your home as an ATM refinancing time and time again to finance such important things as quin-ceañeras, vacations, plasma tv’s etc.



Stories


Maquilas Symptom of Mexico’s Dependent Development
By Tom Barry
There’s nothing wrong with seeking to spur national development through increased integration with the global economy. More than most developing countries, Mexico has had plenty of time to develop a strategy to take advantage of the opportunities of globalization.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Migrantes y Petróleo
Lo sospechamos desde hace toda la vida, hasta que Carlos Salinas de Gortari se encargó, hace unos años en el auditorio de la Universidad de Chicago, a cambio de unos cuantos miles de dólares en “speakers fees”, de aclararlo y confirmarlo de una vez por todas: en la negociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, cada país participante dejó un tema “reservado”, fuera de la negociación.

ACLU Sues Homeland Security over Immigrant Deaths
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information lawsuit June 25 against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for refusing to turn over public documents related to the deaths of dozens of immigrant detainees. Filed in US District Court in Washington D.C., the lawsuit requests that the court order DHS to carry out a reasonable records search and speed up the processing of documents. The ACLU’s legal action arises from alleged government abuses connected to the deaths of immigrants held in various detention facilities in the United States. The deaths were reportedly due to medical neglect.

Landslide GI Bill Victory in the Senate
A New GI Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans is One Step Away from Being Law
In a historic vote, the Senate voted 92-6 in favor of a World War II-style GI Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ group, has been championing the bill for more than a year and applauds this groundbreaking development.


Nearly $4 million awarded to support the pastoral needs of the Church in Latin America
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved in June an additional $1.57 million in grants to 105 pastoral projects in 21 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean for a total of $4 million in the first half of this year.

Obispos Estadoundidenses Otorgan 4 Millones de Dólares Para Ayuda a Proyectos Pastorales de la Iglesia en Latinoamérica
El Subcomité sobre la Iglesia en Latinoamérica de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) aprobó en junio la cantidad adicional de 1.57 millones de dólares en ayudas a proyectos pastorales en veintiún países de América Latina y el Caribe. Con esta cantidad se habrán adjudicado cerca de cuatro millones de dólares en lo que va del año para este propósito.

Foreclosure process reform bill makes it out of Assembly, on to governor
Legislation that would reform the foreclosure process in California for the benefit of homeowners trying to hold on to their homes passed the Assembly with bi-partisan support and the two-thirds majority required for it to pass.

Associate Degrees To Be Offered at ECC
For the first time, students will be able to complete San Diego Community College District Associate Degree programs at the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC).

Cazador de Palabras
Marco A. Romero
Te cuelgas a la espalda el arco y el carcaj y, sin prevenir a nadie, te vas por los caminos a cazar palabras. Regresas por la tarde con un racimo de esdrújulas, emocionado porque vas a escribir tu primer artículo para el periódico de la localidad.

Método Alternativo Para Adelgazar
Marco A. Romero
Si usted no duerme bien por culpa de la hipoteca y, por añadidura, es cliente cautivo de la televisión nocturna, seguramente estará al tanto de esos anuncios sobre prodigiosos métodos de adelgazamiento que garantizan a la mujer un cuerpo de modelo y al hombre una figura de gobernador californiano, y todo en menos de 30 días, por $29.95 más gastos de envío y una dosis adicional si llama en los próximos 10 minutos y paga con tarjeta de crédito.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Como disfrutar de unas vacaciones sanas y seguras
Para usted las vacaciones pueden significar, más que un descanso –lo son en raras ocasiones – un simple cambio de actividad; pero para sus hijos son un tiempo encantado de aventuras y desenfados que no olvidarán jamás.

Sun & Safety: Have Fun, Avoid Burns
Easy-to-Follow Advice from UC San Diego Medical Center Experts
School’s out. Summer’s in full swing. And celebrations are underway! The staff at the UC San Diego Medical Center would like to remind the community of some simple but helpful precautions.


OBITUARY
Cristina Paredes deja importante legado en San Ysidro
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La presencia de Doña Cristina Paredes era tan importante para la comunidad de San Ysidro, que un mes después de su muerte aún le continúan dedicando misas en la iglesia católica local.

OBITUARY
Cristina Paredes leaves important legacy in San Ysidro
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Doña Cristina Paredes was such an important member of the San Ysidro community, that a month after her death people are still dedicating Mass in her honor at the local Catholic Church.




Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


Commentary:
Put the “Independence” Back in Independence Day
Jefferson and Washington fought a war for the principle of independence, meaning the moral right of an individual to live his own life as he sees fit.
By Michael S. Berliner
America’s cities and towns will be filled with parades, fireworks, and barbecues in celebration of the Fourth of July, the 232nd birthday of America. But one hopes that the speeches will contain fewer bromides and more attention to exactly what is being celebrated. The Fourth of July is Independence Day, but America’s leaders and intellectuals have been trying to move us further and further away from the meaning of Independence Day, away from the philosophy that created this country.

Commentary:
Eating American on the Fourth of July
By Rinku Sen
On this Fourth of July, I will be eating hot dogs. While I was trying to fit in as an Indian immigrant child throughout the 1970’s, they represented the quintessential American food. I begged my mother to let me have them for dinner every night instead of chicken curry and rice. She nixed the hotdogs but sometimes allowed spaghetti and meatballs — straight from a can. Hotdogs were “invented” by German immigrants serving their traditional sausages in the hustling streets of the new world, and spaghetti, everyone knows, came from Italy. If I had been celebrating Independence Day 150 years ago, however, neither would have been on the menu. In those days, Germans and Italians weren’t considered Americans, or even white. When they fought over the most lucrative street corner for food vendors in the 1880’s, the press reported these incidents as “race riots.”

Comentario:
Comiendo a lo Americano el Cuatro de Julio
Por Rinku Sen
Este Cuatro de Julio, voy a comer hotdogs. Mientras que estaba tratando de pertenecer como un niño inmigrante Indio a través de los años 1970, que representaban la quintaesencia comida Americana. Le rogué a mi madre que me dejara comerlos para la cena cada noche en vez de pollo con curry y arroz. Ella me negó los hotdogs pero a veces permitía espaguetis y albondigas directamente de la lata. Los hotdogs fueron “inventados” por los inmigrantes Alemanes sirviendo sus tradicionales salchichas en las bulliciosas calles del nuevo mundo, y espaguetis, todos saben, vienen de Italia. Si estuviera celebrando el Día de la Independencia hace 150 años atrás, ninguna de las dos cosas estarían en el menú. En esos días, los Alemanes y los Italianos no eran considerados Americanos ó ni siquiera blancos. Cuando se peleaban por las esquinas más lucrativas para vender comida en los años 1880, la prensa reportaba estos incidents como “disturbios racistas.”

Commentary:
Rising Gas Prices and the Transition to Energy Independence
By Congressman Bob Filner
“America is addicted to oil.”

Comentario:
Los límites del fútbol
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La Eurocopa tuvo un final sorprendente. Para los descendientes de “Don Quijote y Sancho Panza”, la victoria de su selección de futbol sobre el equipo de “Albert Einstein y Karl Marx” fue un festín de alegría. Alguno que otro fanático español terminó en mismísimo sarcófago del dictador Francisco Franco, tras horas de bebida y parrandas sin límites.



Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


First Person:
El Chiropractor
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I injured my shoulder playing basketball with my sons and their Homies. Despite the real threat of injury we obstinately persevered, while informed by a library of ‘Don’t do its’ from my wife, and lucid others from my demographic.

Lots to do on 4th of July!
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
This 4th of July, residents of the South Bay will most likely have to go north if they want to see spectacular fireworks.

¡Mucho que hacer este 4 de julio!
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Este 4 de julio, los residentes del Sur del Condado lo más seguro es que tendrán que irse hacía el norte para ver espectaculares fuegos artificiales.

Radio Program on Baja California to tell it as it really is
The barrage of sensationalized and often rehashed bad news media reports and most days anti-Mexico onslaught voiced by far right radio and TV talk shows has provided a distorted view of the real Baja California. “The Baja Connection with Patrick Osio,” a one hour radio program, will change that.


Reseña:
Fantásticas Manos Mágicas en Extraordinaria Velada Romántica de Piano y Canto
“Los Pianistas Rigoberto Macías y Nicarlo Armenta y la voz de Maximino Melchor”
Por: Paco Zavala
El piano es uno de los instrumentos musicales más maravilloso que existen y aunando una excelente ejecución, lo es más indudablemente.El pasado sábado 28 de junio, tuvimos la agradable oportunidad de disfrutar de excelentes ejecuciones pianísticas que prodigaron los virtuosos del piano, los maestros Rigoberto Macías y Nicarlo Armenta, complementando esta maravillosa velada musical la extraordinaria ejecución vocal que realizó el joven tenor Maximino Melchor. El evento se realizó en la amplia sala de la residencia de la familia Macías Peraza, enclavada en el Fracc. Santa Anita en la ciudad de Tijuana.

Gran Premier Mundial de la Obra Teatral “Wait a Minute, Men!”
“En español ¡Espérense Un Minuto, Hombre! De Michael Mufson y Carlos von Son”
Por: Paco Zavala
La sala teatral de Palomar College “Howard Brubeck Theatre”, encenderá sus luces los próximos días viernes 11, sábado 12 y domingo 13 de julio, para realizar las representaciones de la obra “Wait a Minute, Men!”, la que traducida al español lo entendemos como: ¡Espérense Un Minuto, Hombre!, obra escrita por Michael Mufson y Carlos von Son.

Trazan Primera Yarda en Campo Universitario
TIJUANA — El ala defensiva de los Cargadores de San Diego fue el invitado de honor en un momento histórico para el fútbol americano de Baja California, cuando fue colocado el primer rollo de pasto sintético en el campo universitario adyacente al Centro de Alto Rendimiento.

Clavadistas Bajacalifornianos Traen Importantes Resultados Del Lee Brennan Invitational
LAGUNA NIGUEL — Con una brillante participación en las categorías de novatos, además de alcanzar el podio e importantes reconocimientos dentro de las categorías “Junior Olympic”, los jóvenes clavadistas cumpliero de manera satisfactoria en el “Lee Brennan Memorial Invitational”.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, What’s In The Future For Bullfighting In Tijuana?
First, came the destruction of Plaza El Toreo de Tijuana, just a few months before it could have been legally proclaimed a national historical monument that the bulldozers could not be allowed to touch.


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