As if www.californiacoastline.org could have been put together by the use of a 35mm camera and a few hundred dollars.As if!
Friday, May 30, 2003
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Congressman's Tactic Upsets Mexican EnvoyHeh!
Mexican Ambassador Juan Jose Bremer rarely loses his cool, but Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), an ardent crusader against loosening of U.S.-Mexico immigration laws, had gone too far, in his view.
On Thursday, Tancredo displayed a three-foot-long poster depicting Mexican President Vicente Fox on a blown up version of what looked like a matricula consular -- an ID card that Mexico issues to Mexicans living abroad. Tancredo was seeking support for a resolution blocking the Treasury Department from allowing foreigners to use the matricula consular or similar documents to open bank accounts here. In a statement, he called the document "fraud prone" and said banks that do business with illegal immigrants place "profits ahead of citizenship and patriotism."
In a letter fired off to the legislator the next day, Bremer charged that the "publicity maneuver" poking fun at Fox constituted "an excess, which, deep down, confirms your campaign's lack of seriousness regarding this document as well as the inconsistency of your arguments."
Miguel Monterrubio, press secretary for the Mexican Embassy, explained that the matricula consular was created as a security measure to avoid the counterfeiting of Mexican identification cards and had "nothing to do with migrant status" regularization issues.
Saturday, May 24, 2003
Apparently the Congressman also used the image at a hearing in January, but I never heard about that one.
UPDATE: I found two articles (In Spanish) at the Mexico City Newspaper "Reforma". Links:
- Denver ABC Affiliate (AP Wire Story)
- Rocky Mountain News
"The governor feels that Representative Tancredo did not show the proper respect for President Fox and that the congressman's improper use of President Fox's picture was in extremely poor taste."
The prop displayed by Tancredo Thursday during a news conference in Washington, D.C., was a large poster of a mock consular ID card showing Fox's photo, listing his occupation as "el presidente" and the word "unknown" next to parents' citizenship.
Tancredo said there was nothing anti-Hispanic about the prop.
The dispute involves the growing use of the cards, which are issued by Mexican consulates to their citizens, whether they are legally or illegally in this country. Many banks and other businesses now recognize the cards for identification purposes.
- The Washington Post (!)
Showing ID on Capitol Hill
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo) has a novel way to promote his effort to crack down on foreign-issued ID cards: A poster made up to look like an ID card with a photo of Mexican President Vicente Fox. Occupation was listed as "El Presidente." The card said "unknown" on the line asking for parents' citizenship.
Tancredo, who has made stricter immigration enforcement a mission, used the poster at a news conference, where he announced the introduction of a bill to restrict the use of the Mexican government's consular matricula identification cards, the Associated Press reported. Used by Mexican citizens here for more than a century, the consular ID cards are used to open bank accounts, obtain driver's licenses, and enroll children in school. Anti-immigration groups say Mexico is using the card to circumvent U.S. law.
"We wanted to educate other members of Congress that a federal agency was accepting a foreign identification," Tancredo's press secretary, Lara Kennedy, said.
- And last, but not least, The New York Fucking Times
MEXICAN PRESIDENT ON POSTER Representative Tom Tancredo, Republican of Colorado, used an image of President Vincente Fox of Mexico as he called for a crackdown on foreign-issued identification cards. Mr. Tancredo used the image on a poster mockup of a card on Thursday at a news conference where he announced the introduction of a bill to restrict the use of the Mexican government's consular identification cards. "I call it anti-Hispanic," said Representative Ruben Hinojosa, Democrat of Texas. (AP)
(Translation of Mexico City Reforma articles about my image available here.
ONE LAST UPDATE:
- Being discussed in this bulletin board.
- Great quote in the SF Chronicle:
"There is nothing anti-Hispanic about having the picture of the Mexican president superimposed on a Mexican ID," Tancredo said in an interview after the news conference. "It's got nothing to do with race; it's got nothing to do with ethnicity whatsoever."
He asked what other kind of picture he should have used. "Somebody who looks like a Swede?" Tancredo asked.
Friday, May 23, 2003
When an egg is fertilised, it normally travels down the fallopian tube to the womb, where it implants and grows.So weird it's hard to believe that this story is true.
But sometimes, the embryo implants in the fallopian tube, a standard ectopic pregnancy.
In some cases - around one in 100,000 pregnancies - it falls out of the fallopian tube and can implant anywhere in the abdomen.
In extremely rare cases, such as this one, the embryo attaches itself to the liver, a very rich source of blood.
The baby is protected because it is within the placenta - but it does not have the usual protection of the womb - and is at more risk in the abdominal cavity.
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Pay for each S.F. supervisor to triple
Despite a historic deficit, panel orders salary increase to $112,320
"If they were regular city employees making overtime, they'd earn more than that."
It pays to be a school custodian. Just ask Martin Fogarty.
Fogarty pulled down $177,195 last year
Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson, wearing a red-and-blue Spider-Man mask, popped into a congressman's field office seeking an answer to a critical issue.
"How come Solvang doesn't have any fast-food restaurants?"
Jackson later was seen at a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut drive-through window in nearby Buellton.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
What a shameless shakedown. Officials see even childrens' games as potential sources of revenue, quashing kids games until the proper tribute is laid at their feet.
"It was our understanding that the use was for (Kelly's) friends and family, and from our observances, it appears that some organizations are using it," said David Favour, a city planning manager.Oh no, organized children were using the ballfield! Call out the National Guard!
Remember when this used to be a free country? Remember when U.S. citizens used to have the right to congregate peacefully on their own land without needing a permit?
Nope, neither do I.
"United 782 you're cleared to land on 23 Right and it's your turn to change a diaper."
Thursday, May 15, 2003
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
(And yes, I did instinctively break it before I noticed the artwork.)
Monday, May 12, 2003
Friday, May 09, 2003
Thursday, May 08, 2003
[Thanks to "Hank Hill" for the heads up.]
Ithaca is Gorges, In Rear-View Mirror A tribute to the most God-
forsaken little hell-hole in America
The only obvious difference between Ithaca and a bucket of scum is that a bucket of scum does not siphon off millions of dollars in taxpayers' money every year. Finding this entire area completely devoid of virtue, your writer feels the need to highlight the reasons for his glee at soon gettin' outta Dodge:
Ithaca, hidden in its secluded (and deluded) little corner of New York, is a world of idealism run amuck.
"This bill sets a standard of continuity, of balance, of fairness across the state," said House Speaker Moira Lyons, D-Stamford, following the vote. Lyons said a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars is more fair than another proposal that would have allowed cities and towns to set up their own bans.I am beginning to understand why the general opinion is that Speaker Moira Lyons is reportedly one of the dumbest people in Connecticut government. "More fair" to make sure that local control is taken away by the state government. "More fair" that all establishments are forced to do things the way you want them done Ms. Lyons. I think not.
Gov. John G. Rowland said he is not happy with the legislation, but said he would sign it into law.I swear this is what RINO Rowland says about every piece of shit legislation that crosses his desk from our Democrat dominated state house. Instead of standing up for what he truly believes in (which today wouldn't fill a thimble), Gov. Rowland says he will hold his nose and do the wrong thing.
What a schmuck.
He has the veto for a reason, yet he refuses to use it.
Gov. Rowland, show us Nutmeggers that there's more to you than slick hair, shiny teeth and the ability to remember the name of every person you've ever met. Make those bastards in the legislature override your veto.
At least once in a while.
[Note: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a smoker. I hold no financial interest in any tobacco companies.]
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
The site is dedicated to showcasing ludicrous job openings posted on the web that offer dramatically under market wages/salaries for jobs, primarily by employers looking for suckers.
Monday, May 05, 2003
Another thing that reporters at Miami, Knoxville, and Cleveland newspapers are conveniently ignoring is for the Dixie Chicks, protesters showing up might actually be good for them, drawing more publicity to their antics.
Sunday, May 04, 2003
Illinois Governor Rod "Gun Grabbing" Blagojevich is considering nationalizing the nine private casinos in his state.
I wonder if Blagojevich can even spell "limited government"?
For god's sake her husband ran the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, for a few days anyway, before getting fired for being too outspoken.
If I got popped for trespassing while protesting, do you think I could get sentenced to 40 hours of community service doing chores around my house?
Friday, May 02, 2003
"She has also filed a notice saying she plans to sue the school district in state court claiming the dispute has humiliated her. She said she would be asking for $200,000 in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages."
"Hornstine is classified as a disabled student and has taken a class load that doesn't include physical education and involves her spending part of her school day studying at home.
The two other Moorestown High School seniors with nearly perfect grades could not match her grade-point average, officials said, because classes like gym receive less weight in calculating the GPA."
"she plans to become a lawyer"
Like President Bush, the S-3B is tough, understated, versatile, and very competent. The S-3B is the aircraft equivalent to "walking softly and carrying a big stick". While not as flashy as some of the other aircraft that populate a carrier's flight deck it handles its many missions with silent strength. It can carry a wide range of munitions including anti-ship missles, torpedos, ground attack missles and bombs. Additionally, it supports its shipmate aircraft by providing air to air refueling using buddy refueling packs.
When I first heard that Bush was going to be landing on the Lincoln my first thought was that he would be flying as a passenger abord a regular C-2A COD flight, or perhaps in place of a crew member on an E-2.
I suspect, however, that the S-3B was chosen because it offered jet-reliability & speed as well as seating for more than just the President and a single pilot. On board for the flight was pilot Commander John "Skip" Lussier, President Bush, naval aviator Lt. Ryan Phillips, and an unnamed US Secret Service agent.
More tidbits on the CIC's carrier landing.
- National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice and White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer were also ferried out to the Lincoln on board S-3B's.
- Andy Card also arrived by S-3B. The plane carrying Mr. Card is shown here, flying in formation with Navy One.
- There's a nice feature about Commander Lussier, a Graduate of Marquette University, in today's Journal Sentinel.
- For his night abord the Lincoln, President Bush slept in Capt. Kendall Card's "in port" cabin, while Andy Card got the "in sea" cabin.
- The only other available choice for a multi-passenger, carrier landing capable jet is the EA-6B Prowler, a plane inextricably linked to the death of twenty people in Cavalese, Italy when the support wire for their cable car was cut by a Marine EA-6B.
Thursday, May 01, 2003
In President Bush's speech tonight he first brought up September 11th at 9:11:01 PM (EDT) and then switched topics to Afghanistan at 9:12 PM (EDT).
[Seconds supplied by my Timex-Motorola FlexTime internet messenger pager watch, which is pretty much dead on all the time.]