From: Elizabeth Theiss (e-mail her)
I found the perfect place to fly my brand new "Come and Take It" flag.
Most of the people at the event were young and gullible freshmen from University of Houston ready to be brainwashed.
The stormy weather and "Fox-like" secrecy kept many protesters away.
Nonetheless, we got to hang out with Houston Chronicle reporters although we couldn`t influence its editorial stance praising Fox even though the former Mexican president charged Americans opposed to illegal immigration as "racists and xenophobes." [Mexico`s ex, Editorial, Houston Chronicle, October 22, 2007]
My daughter and I really wanted to see ourselves grace the Chronicle front page. So I wore an ICE hat while my daughter carried a 4X4 poster of a nursing mom who had a Mexican flag on the baby`s forehead and the U.S. flag on her breast that read: "STOP SUCKING AMERICA!"
At least Fox saw our true Texas spirit before he stole out of town.
Theiss is a former bilingual instructor who taught for the Houston Independent School District
From: Robert Murray, Ph.D. (e-mail him)
Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column: The Bad, The Worse and The Worst—Going, Going And Gone
At a 2006 Townhall meeting that Craig sponsored, I asked him directly: "Would you please explain the Security and Prosperity Partnership and what it is all about?"
Craig avoided answering by saying he was not familiar with the SPP. In other words he knew, but did not want to say anything lest he let the cat out of the bag.
We in Idaho are embarrassed that Craig has been a champion for illegal alien amnesty. In my dealings with him, I have found Craig to be more hard-headed than an anvil. He simply doesn`t get the message that the people of Idaho, except a few bleeding hearts and some agricultural types who benefit, do not want Ag JOBS or other guest worker programs that provide citizenship.
For most of his Senatorial career, Craig has tried to get one version of Ag Jobs or another passed —by hook or crook, by stealth, by lies, by any means available. His latest effort to include Ag Jobs in this summer`s Comprehensive Immigration Reform was successful but luckily the bill failed on the Senate floor
Craig is a pawn of the Bush administration and the corporate thugs who control the administration.
The word around Idaho is that Craig changed his mind about retiring when he learned his pension would increase by $5,000 if he stayed until the end of his term.
That`s chump change for him but Craig will always do what is best for Craig.
Idahoans won`t miss Craig when he`s gone—or any of the others on Guzzardi`s list.
Murray, born in Washington D.C., is a grandchild of legal immigrants from Sweden, Scotland, and Germany. He grew up in pre-smog California, attended Forestry School at the University of Montana (BSF and MSF) and earned a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology at Washington State University.
From: Pat Kittle (e-mail him)
One of the tracks from Fogerty`s new CD "Revival" is titled "Gunslinger"
Here are the lyrics:
out across this town
Kinda makes me wonder how
All the things that made us great
got left so far behind
used to be a peaceful place
decent folks, hardworkin` ways
Now they hide behind locked doors
afraid to speak their mind
think we need a gunslinger
Somebody tough to tame this town
I think we need a gunslinger
There`ll be justice all around
"Someone let the fences go
Wild eyed bunch moved in, you know
Shootin` up the street
Shoutin` everybody down
"Wrecked the paper
Closed the school
Tired old judge got roughed up too
No one left to make a stand
They whisper what`s the use"
The words are wide open to interpretation. In a recent interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Fogerty gave no clue that he is referring to illegal immigration. [Q & A with John Fogerty, Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News, September 28, 2007]
But while no one should take the "gunslinger" analogy literally, Fogerty`s references to letting the "fences go," "shoutin` everybody down," no one left to "make a stand" and people who whisper "what`s the use" and are "afraid to speak their mind" are crystal clear to me.
Kittle lives in Santa Cruz where he works to protect redwood country by promoting sustainable immigration.
From: Brian Gordon: (e-mail him)
Re: Sunnye Ann Rosasco`s Letter: A CT Catholic Reader Faces A Choice: Her Church Or Her Country
I am a traditional American Catholic who unreservedly believes the whole magisterium of the Catholic Church.
The disconnect between our Catholic faith and the current Catholic-in-name-only hierarchy lies not in some defect with the Catholic religion as it has been taught in the last two millennia.
Instead, the problem is the corruption brought into the Church by some very un-Catholic types who wormed their way into the top positions while more qualified individuals abstained from political advancement through a sense of false humility.
That, sadly, has turned out to be a gross dereliction of duty.
The fruit of this was the Second Vatican Council that has become the touchstone of the "new" Catholicism, which in reality is in no way true Catholicism but rather a false religion of man concerned with social justice and helping the oppressed.
In other words, liberalism.
To Catholics struggling to find ways to deal with those in the Church who pander to illegal aliens and insist that Jesus would frown on immigration control, I suggest they refer to this passage from the Bible:
"Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber." (John 10:1)
Gordon is a student who has earned a Bachelor`s Degree in music and a Master`s Degree in Chemistry
From: Neil F. Dunn
Ms. Rosasco might be willing to "throw out the baby with the bath water".
I fear that she is not separating the Mystical Body of Christ with all its revealed dogmatic truths from the political and sociological positions held by most if not all of the American Catholic hierarchy and the National Council of Catholic Bishops.
With today`s Catholic support of illegal immigration, we have a situation for which direct action is called—namely, withholding contributions to the Sunday basket and telling the priest at the door as to why you refuse to contribute.
It is equally important to get relatives, friends, and others who support you to do the same.
While Catholics like Rosasco and I have an obligation under Canon Law to financially support our Church, we have absolutely no obligation to further ecclesiastical corruption.
Send Dunn mail c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Brian Welch (e-mail him)
Re: James Fulford`s Blog: Schwarzenegger Signs Immigrant Profiteer Protection Bill
Whether or not Democratic California Assemblyman Charles M. Calderon likes it, when the federal government won`t enforce immigration law, it`s up to the states to intervene.
And if the states refuse, localities must. The suggestion that it`s something "only the federal government can do" is as ludicrous as it is ignorant. The pro-immigration law enforcement actions of Hazelton, PA, Farmer`s Branch, TX, and other cities are akin to the local police responding to a bank robbery – also a federal crime.
I call it "civil defense."
Welch`s previous letter about Texas Governor Rick Perry is here.
From: Richard Minor: (e-mail him)
Re: Chuck Baldwin`s Column: Can A Christian Pray To Allah?
I would like to correct one egregious error that Baldwin, along with other journalists, makes.
"Allah" is simply the Arabic word for "God", regardless of how ancient Meccans may have applied it.
It is related linguistically to the Hebrew "El" as well as the Aramaic "Eli", the name uttered by Christ on the cross.
Christian Arabs use "Allah" to mean God.
I have personal knowledge of this, as a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, one of the Eastern Orthodox churches of Lebanese/Syrian origin.
Arabic is still used liturgically, in part, and every Sunday I hear the name of Allah in formula with the Arabic words for "Father", "Son" and "Holy Spirit".
Other considerations of Islam aside, to state that "Allah" is the name of a pagan deity borders on blasphemy and definitely falls within the bounds of ignorance.
Minor is an attorney and former Merchant Marine officer.
From: Steve Funk (e-mail him)
Re: Pat Buchanan`s Column: Apocalypse Now?
Although I have a lot of respect for Pat Buchanan, I think he misses the issues on global warming and the closely related problem of oil depletion.
The U.S. should take action to reduce our use of fossil fuel and thereby protect our national sovereignty.
The first thing a conservative might propose to reduce fossil fuel consumption is to stabilize our population by reducing immigration.
Next would be to reduce the regulatory barriers to carbon neutral power sources such as wind farms, biomass plants, geothermal plants, and nuclear.
Third, if an adult wants to be able to buy a car that gets 50 miles to the gallon but does not meet US safety standards, let him do it. The most flimsy car manufactured today is much safer than the alternative of a motorcycle, which is unregulated.
Fourth, a serious increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and gas taxes might be seen as oppressive by some, but will tend to reduce the need for us to engage in the oil wars that are draining this country of its wealth and strength.
Whether or not we enter into the Kyoto Protocol is not the issue. It is a non-binding statement of intent. Canada signed it, but is not letting it get in the way of developing its oil reserves.
We should implement conservation measures that are clearly in our national interest.
Funk is retired and lives in northern California.