Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
All that talk earlier this year about the GOP rebranding and learning its lesson from the 2012 election by reaching out to Latino voters was just that — talk. Actions speak louder than words. And today, the Tea-Publican Congress voted to deport the DREAMers. House Republicans Booed As They Vote To Deport DREAMers:
To a chorus of boos from the gallery, House Republicans voted 224-201 on Thursday to approve an amendment that defunds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The amendment, from Rep. Steve King (R-IA), undercuts the flexibility that allows the Department of Homeland Security to halt deporting DREAMers and instead focus on people convicted of crimes.
After the vote, the House Hispanic Caucus tweeted,”House Republicans just voted to treat DREAMers and undocumented spouses of service members in the same way as violent criminals.” Only six Republicans voted against the measure.
King, a virulently anti-immigrant [nativist] congressman, has already announced his intention to undermine any immigration reform effort. When Republicans last held a vote on a similar King amendment, it passed 238-175, with four Republicans voting against it.
But this time, the vote occurred at exactly the same time the House means to march forward on an immigration reform bill that would give DREAMers permanent legal status.
This afternoon, the White House press office slammed the “extreme amendment”: This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans. It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals. It’s wrong. It’s not who we are. And it will not become law.
MY VIEW OF THE NEWS
- Graduation ceremonies
- Sexual assaults in the Military
- Sandy Hook Moms on Mother’s Day
There were a lot of face book postings and emails about many individuals graduating and there proud family and friends. Given all that has happened this spring I would like to share two graduation events with you.
AVIVA ROSE-AVILA GRADUATES FROM DARDEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.
This was an exciting event that turned into a mini family reunion with many family and friends gathering for four days of fun and celebration. There was lot to do and many tours to take including a tour of the campus, Monticello home of Thomas Jefferson who also was the founder of the University of Virginia, and then tours to a winery and a beer brewery. And there was much food and laughter. And there was amazing singing by my young Sean and Torie.
Aviva received the Masters in Business and we all got to sit outside in the courtyard of the Darden School of Business and celebrate Aviva. It was a most wonderful moment. She looked so beautiful and happy.
A day earlier there was a general graduation ceremony for the University where Steven Colbert spoke, and it was held in doors due to rain. Warren and Sally Rose went along with their daughter Torie since we had only three tickets. And they had great seats near the front.
LENO RECIEVES ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD AT PALOMAR COLLEGE GRADUATION CEREMONY.
Palomar honored leno who was a student form 1963-66 at this community college when it had about 3,000 students and only a couple of hand full of Latino students. Now it has almost 30,000 students, (about 30% are Latino mostly of Mexican heritage) plus three additional campus centers around northern San Diego County. Leno’s sister Tencha Avila Friedenberg had received this honor some years earlier.
Leno was also able to speak at the Palomar Foundations scholarship evening when they presented over 300 scholarships and his comments seemed to strike a chord with the students and others.
On graduation day May 24th there were over 550 graduates, on the football field where 3,000 seats were filled with many others standing around the edges of the seated area.
Leno’s sisters Tencha and Roberta were in attendance and help Leno to get properly robed for the event. Also there were longtime friends, Elana Zilberg and Sharonfaith Horton (the wife of deceased Lincoln Horton who was Leno’s debate partner).
Leno gave recognition in the graduation program booklet to Lincoln and all he had done for Leno and in the end gave the award to Sharonfaith.
The talk by Leno was motivational and fun and got the audience to cheer and laugh. Afterwards Leno went out and introduced himself to students and family members.
The college gave Leno his cap and gown and will be sending him a Comet’s football helmet since Leno red-shirted for the Comet’s football team his freshman year.
Sexual Assaults and Nuclear Missiles by Robert Reich
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog 09 May 13
After years of repeated reports of sexual assaults – and years of promises to prevent them, and then years of studies and commissions to find the best way of doing so – a Defense Department study released Tuesday estimates that some 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in the last fiscal year, up from about 19,000 the year before.
Moreover, it turns out the Air Force lieutenant colonel in charge of preventing sexual assault has been arrested for … sexual assault. According to the police report, a drunken Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski allegedly approached a woman in a parking lot in Arlington, Va. Sunday night, and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.
Why has it been so difficult for the Air Force or the Defense Department to remedy this problem?
Speaking of which, the Air Force has just removed from duty seventeen launch officers at the Minot nuclear missile base in North Dakota – one of three bases responsible for controlling, and, if necessary, launching, strategic nuclear missiles – for violating weapons safety rules. The base commander characterized their negligence as “rot.”
One officer was found to have intentionally broken a safety rule that could have compromised the secret codes enabling missiles to be launched.
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley points to the removal of the seventeen as evidence that the Air Force has strengthened its oversight of the nuclear force. And he explains that members of the launch crew are usually relatively junior officers with limited service experience.
Further steps will be taken to prevent one of our missiles from accidentally causing a nuclear holocaust. But I hope the Air Force does a better job remedying this problem than its done preventing sexual assaults.
MOTHERS DAY MESSAGE FROM SANDY HOOK MOMS
No parent wants to lose their children to violence and it is most tragic when many of our politicos side with the NRA instead of taking positive steps to diminish violence. I hope that you will take a moment to read this article. This article that came out for Mother’s Day should be a message for every day.
THE MINI GARDEN PLOTS OF LENO
I am spending more time with my plants and not having the success I wanted. Today I harvested my first Tomato. And by the end of this week I will have my first Jalapeno. And in two weeks I hope to have some zucchinis and cucumbers. My chili plants just aren’t doing as well as I would like. Today I added two more Jalapeno plants (put in another planter box) a tomato plant and some more cilantro.
With the extra sun that we are getting is a challenge to my plants and I saw my first sun burn on a visiting friend of Gustavo who is rooming with me now.
Enjoy this summer and do something good for yourself
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