May 2011


El Paso Times

A teacher at a South-Central El Paso school remains in Mexican custody this morning on allegations that she tried to transport more than 100 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.

Isela Martinez Amaya, 35, was arrested by Mexican federal officers early Thursday after they found 110 pounds of marijuana in her car on the Mexican side of the Stanton Street bridge.

Martinez Amaya is also known as “Ana” at La Fe Preparatory School where she teaches fourth grade. Estela Reyes, a spokeswoman for La Fe, said Martinez Amaya has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the Mexican investigation.

Reyes declined further comment.

Mexican media outlets reported over the weekend that Martinez Amaya and her family live in Juárez.

She teaches in El Paso on a special work visa.

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La Fe Preparatory School is 100% Mexican student enrollment with all eligible for free food.  La Fe is a dual language school (Spanish and English with Spanish being the primary language taught, however, in order to get government funding they must teach some English) 90% of the students are ‘Limited English’ proficient (This is the politically correct way of saying that they can’t read, write, speak, and understand English) 

Younger Mexican students and teachers cheer on (in Spanish) the older students ready to take their TAKS test (and fail) at La Fe.

SACRAMENTO — The last group you’d think would sway Republican voters is a public employee labor union.

But David Kieffer, the political director of the Service Employees International Union, thinks he has the tools and the approach to persuade GOP voters to support its highest political priority: extending the current level of sales, income and auto taxes to help close the state’s $10 billion deficit.

It is a multimillion-dollar experiment for the SEIU, the largest public employee union in California, with 700,000 members. Kieffer has targeted 10 Republican legislators’ districts with TV, radio and newspaper ads, fliers and billboards over the past two weeks. The TV and radio campaign has reached 2.6 million viewers and listeners in five markets: Sacramento, Fresno, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. Continue Reading

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SEIU

Obama and SEIU

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate businessman John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, a White House official said Tuesday. Bryson’s appointment brings another private sector player into an administration that has been making a concerted effort to improve its relationship with the business community.  Continue Reading

Amid the controversial illegal-immigration measures that failed to win enough legislative support this year, one smaller bill did pass.

Starting July 20, state and local government entities no longer can recognize photo-ID cards issued by foreign consulates. The cards often are the sole form of photo identification for individuals living in another country who do not have a passport or a local driver’s license.

Some state lawmakers have been trying to pass the law for years as part of a larger push to keep illegal immigrants out of Arizona. They say the ID cards are too easy to fraudulently attain and give the inaccurate impression that all cardholders are in the country legally. Continue Reading

PHOENIX – Active military personnel and their families are getting into the Arizona Science Center for free this summer.

The museum is partnering up with the National Endowment for the Arts , Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums across the U.S. for the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to all active duty service members and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Continue Reading

Washington (CNSNews.com) – A former combat officer and military chaplain says this Memorial Day leaves him concerned about military chaplains, who currently face the threat of a military that is rushing headlong to introduce homosexuality and same-sex marriage into the armed services — and an administration that is ignoring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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We are beginning to see the contours of the upcoming 2012 reelection campaign of Barack Obama. Whether always officially sanctioned or not, Obama’s campaign will focus on three general themes: a) the 2008 meltdown of the economy on Bush’s watch; b) conservative heartlessness in gutting cherished entitlement programs; and c) racial bias behind any criticism of Barack Obama.

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Memorial Day is an emotionally complex holiday, mixing sadness at the loss and suffering of so many Americans, appreciation for the selfless and patriotic sacrifices made through the generations, and pride and gratitude that we have a country worth the devotion that has been lavished on it by so many.

The day can be a melancholy business at the Thornberry household because my wife’s father, a member of the West Point class of 1934, did not survive World War II. I have my own honorable discharge. But my job in the U.S. Navy during the early days of the Vietnam war was to help keep the Viet Cong out of the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic. Hardly onerous duty compared to what so many of my age-mates had to endure, many of whom paid the ultimate price.

More seriously, my shipmates on the destroyer USS Conyngham and I were taking time out of our lives to help keep the commie hordes to the east from overrunning Western Europe. Continue Reading

By Thomas Sowell

One of the painfully revealing episodes in Barack Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father” describes his early experience listening to a sermon by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Among the things said in that sermon was that “white folks’ greed runs a world in need.” Obama was literally moved to tears by that sermon.

This sermon may have been like a revelation to Barack Obama but its explanation of economic and other differences was among the oldest– and most factually discredited– explanations of such difference among all sorts of peoples in all sorts of places. Yet it is an explanation that has long been politically seductive, in countries around the world.

What could be more emotionally satisfying than seeing others who have done better in the world as the villains responsible for your not having done as well? It is the ideal political explanation, from the standpoint of mass appeal, whether or not it makes any sense otherwise.

That has been the politically preferred explanation for economic differences between the Malay majority and the more prosperous Chinese minority in Malaysia, or between the Gentile majority and the Jewish minority in various countries in Europe between the two World Wars.

At various other times and places, it has been the preferred explanation for the economic differences between the Sinhalese and the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, the Africans and the Lebanese in Sierra Leone, the Czechs and the Germans in Bohemia and numerous other groups in countries around the world.

The idea that the rich have gotten rich by making the poor poor has been an ideological theme that has played well in Third World countries, to explain why they lag so far behind the West.

None of this was original with Jeremiah Wright. All he added was his own colorful gutter style of expressing it, which so captivated the man who is now President of the United States.

There is obviously something there with very deep emotional appeal. Moreover, because nothing is easier to find than sins among human beings, there will never be a lack of evil deeds to make that explanation seem plausible.

Because the Western culture has been ascendant in the world in recent centuries, the image of rich white people and poor non-white people has made a deep impression, whether in theories of racial superiority– which were big among “progressives” in the early 20th century– or in theories of exploitation among “progressives” later on.

The business of memorializing our war dead done, President Obama headed out to the Fort Belvoir golf course today, finding his way onto the links for the ninth weekend in a row. Continue Reading

Barack Obama has played golf 70 times (Photo: AFP)

Nile Gardiner: Barack Obama’s decision to play golf on Memorial Day was disrespectful and hardly presidential

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