June 2013


“All that our republic has stood for is about to be destroyed”

Mario Obledo, founding member/former nat’l director of Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), former CA Sect’y Health/Welfare on Tom Leykis radio talk show (Hear the quote here)

“We’re going to take over all the political institutions in California. In five years the Hispanics are going to be the majority population of this state.” Caller: “You also made the statement that California is going to become a Hispanic state and if anyone doesn’t like it they should leave – did you say that?” Obledo: “I did. They ought to go back to Europe.”

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YARNELL, AZ – Nineteen firefighters have died fighting a wildfire in northern Arizona, according to officials.

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Yesterday, millions of Americans received an important email (subject line: “This is important”) from no less a personage than the vice president of the United States. Here it is:

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McALLEN — A federal jury in Oregon convicted a local urologist and his wife Thursday of laundering $1.8 million to Iran, violating U.S. sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation, court records say.

Dr. Hossein Lahiji and his wife, attorney Najmeh Vahid Lahiji, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit money laundering during a federal trial that ended Thursday in a Portland, Ore., federal courtroom.

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As-salamu alaykum.

The tradition Muslim greeting, meaning peace be upon you, was uttered many times at the Islamic Center of Boulder on Saturday–by followers of Islam and non-followers alike–as the center held an open house event titled “Getting to Know Your Muslim Neighbors.”

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Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted on Sunday that despite contrary statements from Speaker John Boehner, the House will vote on the Senate bill.

“In fact, I believe that by the end of this year, the House will pass the Senate bill,” Schumer said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed the prospects of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and elaborated on her remarks about Clinton’s strong presidential prospects.

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There’s no evidence that he wrote anything obscene. His messages could be easily erased. And they don’t seem to have upset many, if any, people.

But in San Diego, 40-year-old Jeffrey Olson is on trial for expressing his opinions on sidewalks outside three Bank of America branches. He’s charged with 13 counts of vandalism. Jury deliberations began Friday, our colleagues at KPBS say. If convicted on all counts, they add, he faces up to 13 years in prison.

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Newark police Detective Hector Rodriguez retired from the city police department with a disability pension on April 1.

By April 29 he was back on the public payroll as the Newark Housing Authority’s director of security.

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