Saturday, May 30, 2009

Silver Lining to Semler Mess

Right now, people all over the country are hearing about La Raza for the first time, because right wing liars are trying to make it sound like some sort of racist organization that Sonia Sotomayor belongs to. Tom Tancredo has dubbed it the Latino KKK.

Because of the whole Semler thing and La Raza's decision to move its convention to San Diego, Kansas Citians have all heard of La Raza and know that it is a respectable organization, and that her membership in it is praiseworthy, not a reason to condemn her.

For once, Kansas Citians have a more advanced awareness of racial issues than the rest of the country!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is listed as a member of the National Council of La Raza, a group that's promoted driver's licenses for illegal aliens, amnesty programs, and no immigration law enforcement by local and state police.

Let me see...a judge who belongs to a group that advocates violating/ignoring the law, has been nominated for a seat on the highest court and the right wing is somehow wrong for bringing it up.

I'm waiting to see Dan's Perez Hilton style defense video. --Screaming and crying "Just leave Sonya alone".

5/30/2009 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Sophia said...

Deportation is a civil, not criminal, action. The phrase "illegal alien" is misleading in that it suggests that being an undocumented immigrant is a crime - it is not. I don't support state and local police enforcing tort or contract law, why should we waste finite local resources enforcing immigration law? The police have far more important things to do with their time than worry about immigration.

5/30/2009 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Undocumented worker?" These people are not undocumented. They have documents. The problem is that those very documents say they ought to be living elsewhere.

When they either enter this country illegally or overstay their allotted time, they are committing a crime.

One can argue that this crime is not worth pursuing given other priorities. That is a matter worth arguing. One can argue that our laws ought to be changed to better serve the reality of immigration. But lets not try to spin our way out of it.

5/30/2009 11:58 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous - you know so little.

Sophia - you can have this one, or join me in ignoring the troll.

5/30/2009 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Sophia said...

OK. Give me an 18 USC that calls it a crime. I'm not an expert. I'm open to learning. I've never seen any evidence that a person in this country contrary to the rules is committing a crime. Help me out.


Of course he's a troll. But the lies he is spreading are commonly accepted. I dont care if he agrees with me, but I do consider it worth it to point out the truth.

5/30/2009 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Lance said...

First of all, the important stuff: Anonymous confuses Perez Hilton with Chris Crocker.

I think it is only a crime to reenter the U.S. without permission after having previously been deported.

Not that I support using imaginary lines on the Earth as justification to use force against others, but still...

What does La Raza mean in English?

5/30/2009 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

La Raza really is used for the people or the community and not "the race" as people continue to speculate on TV. I've heard so many bad things about this group and this phrase of the years until I actually retired in Mexico and realized that the term "la raza" is used as a community or people term-- for example when referring to neighbors, family members or friends. Actually, in Mexico, if you use "la raza" when referring to race of people, the people you are talking to will laugh and ask if you are referring to people as dogs because "la raza" is never used when referring to the race of humans/people, only when referring to breed of animals. Again, with humans/people it's a community term.

5/31/2009 1:53 AM  
Anonymous The Nixon Comment was accurate said...

Dan your support of Semler's bigotry is supremely disturbing to those of us who work with you on projects and boards.

Just thought you should know.

5/31/2009 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Title 8, Section 1325.

Improper entry by alien

(a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts.
Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

5/31/2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Board member -

Where have I supported Semler's bigotry? Please, pay more attention to what is being said before making such silly and reckless accusations.

5/31/2009 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Lance said...

Anon @ 1:53 thanks for the comments. I thought la gente was the word for "the people," la communidad meant "the community," el vecino for "neighbor" and el amigo for "friend".

If la raza isn't used to denote a human's "race," which spanish word is used?

6/01/2009 10:20 AM  

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