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Boycotting Arizona

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 5, 2010

On this Cinco de Mayo, the fine folk of have a message for us:

Dear friends,

Major League Baseball players and coaches are speaking out strongly against Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. The MLB is more than 25% Latino, and they don’t want to play ball in a state where they and their Latino fans are subject to racial profiling.

These players need our support. Will you join me in demanding that Major League Baseball move the 2011 All-Star Game — now scheduled for Phoenix — as long as racial profiling is legal there?

The All-Star Game represents one of the highest-profile events every season in baseball — second only to the World Series. As much as $60 million will be spent in the host region during All-Star Game weekend.

MLB is already feeling the pressure, and if they pull the game from Phoenix, it would send a powerful message that extremism and discrimination will cost Arizona.

Please sign the letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, and ask your family and friends to do the same:

You know what to do.

Posted in civil rights, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Hispanic issues, immigration, Mexico | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

The New Media Reality

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 19, 2009

Emptywheel points out that the Obama administration is acknowledging the power of Latino voters in a way that is really ticking off the people at FOX News: Instead of appearing on FOX News Sunday, he’s appearing on Univision’s Al Punto program.

Of course, as Emptywheel mentions, the Usual Republican Suspects (especially the Southern ones) are screeching in protest over this. But simple demographics outweighs all of their racially-tinged hissy kabuki:

As such, it seems to me, it ought to focus some attention on Al Punto’s role in the Sunday line-up. And, as it turns out, the White House can justify blowing off Fox for Univision not just to reach out to Latinos rather than white racists. According to Univision’s corporate communications, Al Punto (531,000) does better than FNS (417,000) in the all-important 18-49 demographic (and has done so for the last 10 months), and it often beats CBS’ Face the Nation in that demo as well.

It’s not just on Sunday mornings that Univision is making FOX sweat, either. In this article on Univision’s new president Cesar Conde, it’s stated that Univision came in second — just after FOX — during prime time in the television ratings for July among U.S. among the very desirable 18 to 34-year-old demographic.

Posted in Fox Noise, Hispanic issues, media, President Obama | 2 Comments »

Some People Need To Get A Grip

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 17, 2008

This reaction to Patti Solis Doyle’s long-expected hooking up with Team Obama just cracks me up:

A Clinton insider told CQ: “Translated subtitles aren’t necessary. There is no other way to interpret this other than ‘[Expletive] you.'”

Yeah, yeah, so this is inside-baseball stuff, right? Not really. If PSD is Obama’s czarina of Vice Presidential Nominee, then guess who probably isn’t going to get the nod? Uh-huh. And some of Hillary’s peeps are p.o’d. Like San Francisco’s own Susie Tompkins Buell. She told the Washington

“It’s a slap in the face,” Buell said. “Why would they put somebody that was so clearly ineffective in such a position? It’s a message. We get it.”

She said it was a “calculated decision” by the Obama team to “send a message that she [Clinton] is not being considered for the ticket.”

Guess what, Susie? It’s Not About You.

As responsible adults have known for some time, Patti Solis Doyle has been a long-time friend of top Obama staffers David Axelrod and David Plouffe. She’s known them longer than she’s known Hillary Clinton.

What’s more, the scuttlebutt for some time has been that Solis Doyle, who was the Clinton team’s chief outreach person for Hispanics, was made the scapegoat for the blunders of far more powerful people, people such as Mark Penn. (This belief was further heightened by a suspicion among many Hispanics that Hillary waited until after most of the states with heavy Hispanic populations had finished their primaries before dumping their highest-profile Hispanic staffer.) Key Hispanic politicians were angered by the scapegoating, enough to cause a few high-profile early Latino defections to Obama.

This may bode ill for Hillary’s 2012 Senate chances, if some of her high-profile backers keep trashing Solis Doyle.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hispanic issues, hissy kabuki, WTF? | 1 Comment »

Obama: Losing The Anti-Brown-Skin Vote (as if he ever had it to begin with)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 14, 2008

It’s with a note of heavy sadness that I have been alerted to the devastating scandal that will keep Barack Obama from getting the hardcore inbred white-supremacist vote.

This communication was received from Dave Bertrand of those doughty warriors against brown immigrants from Mexico, the Minutemen:

Subject: FW: Che Guevara Flags in Obama’s Houston Office
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:16:59 -0700

The dead communist leader that Fidel finally sent to a South American country for a coup that failed miserably, Che is the ‘Hero’ of the illegal alien immigration movement and their promoters. Che Guevera was a thug that did Fidel Castro’s dirty work. Che Guevera is seen on t-shirts and posters in most every immigration march in our country and apparently the ‘Hero’ of illegal aliens that demand a pathway to citizenship without actually earning it. They believe the Obama hsyeria is their ‘coup’ on American citizens.

The links below are very true of what is happening in (two) Obama offices in the Houston area.

I’m just outside of Houston, and the local talk radio shows are appalled at what Obama promoters are blatantly displaying for all of America to see. Socialism is just around the corner….

Dave Bertrand
Border Issues Consultant
Counter-Terrorism Instructor (HWW)

This solemn warning was echoed in the pages of Investors’ Business Daily, which is published by William J. O’Neil, and it still stands despite the efforts of the evil Commies running Media Matters to debunk it:

Summary: Investor’s Business Daily asserted in an editorial that Barack Obama “permit[ed] the display of a huge Cuban flag at one of his offices, emblazoned with a mass murderer’s mug” — a reference to Che Guevara. In fact, the office in question is run and funded by Obama volunteers and is not sanctioned by the official Obama campaign. The editorial further claimed that Obama “dismiss[ed] … his Senate colleagues who wear lapel flags as ‘hypocrites.’ ” But a review of the Nexis database found no evidence that Obama has ever described any of his fellow members of Congress as “hypocrites” for wearing U.S. flag lapel pins.

And of course the evil dirty Commies at Media Matters, along with their fellow traveler Keith Olbermann, had just last month tried to tag as ‘racist’ the fine upstanding white supremacists at IBD:

Investor’s Business Daily earned runner-up in Olbermann’s “Worst Person” for “blatantly untrue, wildly racist” Obama editorial (1/17/2008)
Investor’s Business Daily: “Would Obama put African tribal or family interests ahead of U.S. interests?” (1/16/2008)

So sad, that Barack Obama is being attacked by purveyors of the Dolchstoßlegende and other people who would never vote for him in a million years anyway.

Posted in anti-truth, Barack Obama, capitalism as cancer, distractions, eedjits, GOP/Media Complex, Hispanic issues, hypocrites, immigration, racism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans | 3 Comments »

This Is Interesting

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 19, 2007

When the RNC made Mel Martinez their chair less than a year ago, the scuttlebutt was that it was so that he’d be the guy they could blame for when the Republicans tanked horrifically in ’08.

Looks like Mel Martinez doesn’t want to play that game:

Mel Martinez, the public face of the Republican National Committee as its general chairman, announced Friday he was stepping down from his post after serving only 10 months.

Aside from being scapegoat material, he pulled double duty as the token Hispanic in an alleged ‘leadership’ role, though his actual role was as window dressing:

Martinez has shared the chairmanship with Mike Duncan, a longtime RNC official who has been responsible for the party’s day-to-day operations. Republican officials say with Martinez’ departure, the RNC will return to a traditional leadership structure with a single chairman.

President Bush named Martinez, a prominent Hispanic who previously served in the Cabinet, as general chairman last November.

He had been reluctant to assume the role and did so only after repeated White House overtures. When he accepted the job, he had indicated to friends that he anticipated serving only about a year in the post.

The first-term senator was brought on to be the face of the party, focusing on fundraising, outreach and travel to promote the GOP agenda.

Posted in 2008, Hispanic issues, Republicans | Comments Off on This Is Interesting

Arizona GOP Rat-Bleeps Hispanic Voters

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 15, 2007

Words flipping fail me.

These guys get the Donald Segretti Award for scumminess.

Posted in 2008, Hispanic issues, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

Born In America, Jailed While Hispanic

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 4, 2007

This is insane:

Alicia Rodriguez, a Mansfield resident who was born in Dallas, shows her birth record.

A native Texan spent the night in the Arlington Jail, missed her children’s first day of school and feared being deported after authorities mistook her for an illegal immigrant.

Alicia Rodriguez, an accountant and mother of three, has the same name and date of birth as a woman deported to Mexico three times.

“I was told I was waiting for an [immigration] officer or Border Patrol officer to interview me and then move me to another location. It was very scary,” the Mansfield woman said

Arlington and federal immigration officials say they made a mistake and apologized.

“This is very unusual,” Arlington police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour said “We’re not aware of this having happened before. We do realize that this is unfortunate, and we do regret that we made an error.”

Gilfour said police overlooked fingerprints that would have shown Rodriguez was not the illegal immigrant.

Of course, this isn’t the first time ever that something like this has happened.  It isn’t even the first time this year:

Earlier this year, authorities wrongly deported U.S. citizen Pedro Guzman, a developmentally disabled man from California. It took his family three months to find him.

More on Pedro Guzman’s case can be found here.   As was said in June over at And We Shall March:

Guzman, a Southern California native, was abandoned in a place where he knows absolutely no one, with no money and without cognitive ability to get himself back to his home. As of right now our government won’t even formally ask Mexican officials to search the morgues. That’s how little care is extended for someone who is not a missing white girl.

There are no circumstances in which government officials may deport a U.S. citizen.

That doesn’t mean they won’t try.

Posted in Hispanic issues, immigration, Mexico, racism, WTF? | 12 Comments »

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