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Latino KKK: Brown Beret Says “This is America–Go back to Europe”   Leave a comment

Hi All!

My goodness, so much has been happening since I last updated my blog that I’m not sure where to start, but I’m going to go ahead and start with this video that I meant to post a few days ago but I was speechless to make comment on it.

Well, I guess the video speaks for itself.  This most likely will not make it into mainstream liberal media, much the way the new black panther video went. 

This is jus the most lunatic, insane thing I have ever seen or heard in my entire life.  These people are REALLY out of touch with reality!

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Maricopa County California Sheriff Launches 16th Illegal Immigrant Sweep in Desert   Leave a comment

Now this is how it’s SUPPOSED to be done!

Brave Maricopa County, CA and Sheriff Arpaio!!!!!!!!  My hat goes off to you!!!!!

Here’s the article:

Arpaio launches 16th immigration sweep in desert

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:29 pm |

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office launched its 16th crime and immigration sweep Thursday in a stretch of desert in the southwestern portion of the county.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the one-day sweep was prompted by reports of many drug and immigrant smugglers moving through the Vekol Valley.

Since early 2008, Arpaio has launched patrols that seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders, such as people accused of human smuggling.

Critics say officers racially profile Latinos in the patrols. Arpaio denies the allegations, saying people pulled over in the sweeps are approached because deputies have probable cause to believe they committed crimes.

California town of Temecula Approves Strict Employment Law to Prevent Illegal’s Working   Leave a comment

Woohoo!  Wow!  This was pretty close to where we lived in CA.  And OMG did they need it! 

I was always convinced that San Diego County as a whole was a ‘Sanctuary City/County’ but apparently hat is NOT the case! 

You know, it really speaks volumes that the Federal Government can’t control employers and keep them from hiring illegals, but it is quite possible for cities and towns to do so.  Perhaps this should be brought up in the Arizona court case.  Cities and towns would be much easier to control such FEDERAL LAWS ALREADY IN PLACE BUT ARE IGNORED, and I wish Temecula luck! 

All I can say is . . . it’s about time!

TEMECULA: Council approves employment law

Meeting preceded by rallies on both sides of immigration debate

By CRAIG SHULTZ – cshultz@californian.com | Posted: July 13, 2010 10:42 pm |

A small number of immigrant rights advocates and a much larger crowd of anti-illegal immigration activists rallied Tuesday in the parking lot outside Temecula City Hall, a few hours before the City Council was to vote on an ordinance that would require businesses to guarantee that their employees are legally entitled to live and work in the United States.

If the ordinance is approved, employers who want a business license in the city would be required to use E-Verify, a federal online database that allows them to verify the status of their newly hired workers.

An estimated 100 supporters of the Arizona law staked their claim on one side of the parking lot while about dozen or so others gathered across the way to show their support for immigrants’ rights.

The rallies and the council’s consideration of the E-Verify ordinance comes about two weeks before the controversial Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, is scheduled to be enacted.

After July 29, law enforcement officers in Arizona will be required, during the course of a lawful contact with a person, to determine whether he or she is in the country illegally if the officer has “reasonable suspicion” that the person is an illegal immigrant and if the check is “practicable.”

Some of the people at the rally made their way inside council chambers to attend the meeting.

More than two dozen people addressed the council, with the majority speaking in favor of the ordinance.

Due to the large number of speakers, the council had not even begun to discuss the ordinance by The Californian’s deadline.

During the meeting, the council was encouraged to pass a resolution supporting the Arizona law, an action already taken by the cities of Lake Elsinore and Hemet.

City Manager Shawn Nelson said the city is not considering such a resolution, however.

Jennaya Dunlap, from Rapid Response Network, an Inland Empire immigration assistance hotline that sponsored the rally Tuesday that denounced SB 1070, asked the council not to bow to pressure to take a stand in favor of the Arizona law.

“It’s pitting neighbor against neighbor in the community without bringing a solution,” she said. “I think it is unwise to take a step that can fan flames of racial division.”

The Arizona law and E-Verify are part of a bigger picture regarding immigration, Dunlap said.

She said the issues are causing tension in local communities.

“The fear that we’re seeing in Lake Elsinore is eerily similar to Arizona,” Dunlap said.

Siblings Eduardo Galicia-Mendoza, 10, and Alicia Galicia-Mendoza, 8, of Lake Elsinore tearfully told of fears that their stepfather, who is in the country illegally, will be deported.

“We are so afraid of going out together because of police and immigration officials,” said their mother, Laura Mendoza.

 

Then they shouldn’t have come.  Period.

“The big problem is the immigration law, the way it is,” Dunlap said after the rally. “It doesn’t allow people to come in legally. They don’t allow families to stay together.”

 

Then how do other immigrants from other countries do it?  If you are denied citizenship then deal with it and stay at home.  That means you are not welcome.

Proponents of the Arizona law and E-Verify carried American flags and signs reading such things as “E-Verify Everyone” and “Viva 1070” and urging the federal government to protect the border.

“When we saw they were holding a counterprotest and news conference, we didn’t want just one side to get out,” said Ted Wegener, a rally organizer. “We’re here to show our support for the council and support for Arizona.”

Stella Stajcar said she came from Oceanside to show support for her fellow Tea Party members.

While she said she supports the Arizona law, Stajcar added that she doesn’t believe that a similar law is necessary in California.

“We have a better situation than Arizona,” Stajcar said. “We do have a fence. I’d like the entire country to have border protection. Once we have the border secured, then we can really talk about the issue.”

 

I wonder if this person knows that CA has MILLIONS OF MORE illegal immigrants than Arizona.  But she’s right—Arizona does have it worse because their border is not only unprotected, but is a focal point for criminal drug cartel terrorist militia’s.

Refusal of Basic Care–aka Passive Euthanasia–Causes Death at SF Hospital   Leave a comment

Wow, has it already begun on a smaller level?  I assume this man was on Medicare of some sort, being that he lived alone and because of his advanced age, but it doesn’t say in the article or the video specifically.   

It’s disgusting.  Absolutely disgusting.  Is this what we are going to have to look forward to in the Obamacare future?  This was fairly recent and after the Obamacare bill was passed.  What is frightening is that this takes place in San Fransisco–in CALIFORNIA where euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are still illegal.  What the hospital called ‘comfort care’ is a euphemism used in the states of Washington and Oregon to where euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are legalized and the term ‘comfort care’ MEANS euthanasia or assisted suicide. 

The fact that the nurse stated that she ‘can’t’ help this man who was suffering after having his water and food taken from him is very telling.  Why couldn’t she help?  Who told her she couldn’t help?  If she was not directed from a higher authority to let this man die, then as a nurse, why didn’t she assist him when it was apparent that he was getting better.  Why this man?  And what makes this even more upsetting is that the hospital states that the laws (I assume HIPPA) prevent them from discussing this issue or even admitting that this man was a patient at their hospital.   

I wonder if this is something we should be expecting in the Obamacare future?  This form of passive euthanasia is disgusting.  Obama is so busy trying to defend illegal immigrants by suing Arizona, and yet he allows this injustice to happen without a single word mentioned.  In fact, this is the first time I’ve heard of it and this occurred in June.    

I hope this family sues that hospital and that this is brought out into the open because this is wrong on so many levels I can’t even BEGIN to know where to start!

Anyway, check it out for yourself.  There is a very good video imbedded in the article via the link. 

Family alleges failure of care at SF hospital   

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A family from Boston says their loved one died at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco after staff broke their own code of ethics and refused to provide basic care.The members of the Murray family were home in Boston on Thursday, May 6 when an urgent call came from St. Mary’s in San Francisco — their Uncle Don had suffered a stroke. On their visit to the city just last month, the 90-year-old had seemed alive and active.”He was very inquisitive, always wanting to learn new things,” Don’s nephew Don Murray said.     

“Sharp as a tack, interested in everything, he kept his brain going,” his grand-niece Tegan Murray said.   

“We dropped everything and took a plane that night,” his niece-in-law Jean Murray said.One of Don Holley’s old neighbors in the Richmond District was acting as his durable power of attorney. A doctor told her the prognosis was not good and she agreed that Don should receive what is called “comfort care,” meant for patients near death. They placed him on a morphine drip and cut off all nutrition and hydration. Without water, the doctor said Don would be dead in two days.But, there was something wrong. When the Murrays arrived that Friday, Don appeared to be improving.”It looked as if he hadn’t had a stroke; we’d been told his mouth would be sagging a little bit to the left, but it didn’t look that way,” Jean Murray said.”And he said, ‘Hi,’ like that, he was obviously very thrilled to know that we were there,” Don Murray said.”I could tell in his voice he knew we were there and it really meant something to him that we were there, and I said, ‘Squeeze my hand,’ he squeezed my hand, I said, ‘Squeeze it harder,’ and he lifted his hand in the air squeezing my hand,” Tegan Murray said.The Murrays scrambled to tell anyone who would listen — why take Don’s life by cutting off his water when it looked like he was recovering from the stroke?The answer — the family would have to take their case to the hospital ethics committee.”And we were told that couldn’t happen until Monday, and I said, ‘I don’t think he has until Monday.’ We had no other recourse,” Don’s grand-niece Tara Murray said.The Murrays were left with the impossibly painful role of watching Don slowly die — not from the stroke or any disease or injury — but from water being withheld.Anita Silvers chairs the philosophy department at San Francisco State University. She is also on the ethics committee at San Francisco General Hospital. She questions taking such extreme measures with a patient who had suffered a stroke just four days before.”Lots of people have strokes and lots of people have very, very serious strokes and recover; he might not have recovered fully, but the standard is not that you have to recover fully,” she said.Silvers also points out that St. Mary’s is a Catholic hospital, supposedly governed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and their “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services.” Directive 58 states, “There is an obligation to provide patients with food and water…This obligation extends to patients in chronic and presumably irreversible conditions (for example, the persistent vegetative state).”Don Holley was not that bad off.”Catholic hospitals have an obligation to provide hydration and nutrition because it’s not a treatment, it’s an obligation that we all have to each other, to support life and each other,” Silvers said.That Friday evening, without water, but with oxygen being administered, Don developed a severe nose bleed.”There was blood dripping down his face and blood pooling in the back of his throat,” Tegan Murray said.The nurses began to use suction to clear his throat so he could breathe.”Proper suctioning would make him be able to fall asleep calmly or to communicate or to be comfortable,” Tara Murray said.That routine continued for the next day. The Murrays say Don’s vital signs remained strong, until 4 p.m. Saturday, when a shift change brought a new nurse.”She came in and didn’t seem to want to suction him,” Tegan Murray said.The Murrays watched the new nurse fail to clear Don’s throat of blood.”And she pulled back and I said, ‘Why aren’t you doing something?’ And she said, ‘I can’t,'” Jean Murray said.The nurse would not let Don’s great-niece suction him. Tegan Murray had experience back home with an aunt and the nurse on the previous shift had allowed her to work on Don.But, the nurse on duty tucked the suction equipment in a drawer, turned off the machine and left the room.As the minutes ticked by, Don showed more and more stress.”And I did raise my voice, I started saying, ‘Do something, he’s dying, this is unethical, what are we supposed to do, call 911 in a hospital,'” Tara Murray said.The family yelled and pleaded. Finally, the nurse returned and handed the suction device to Tegan Murray. It was too late.”I was crying and suctioning at the same time, and he was lifeless,” Tegan Murray said. “They still seemed unconcerned. It didn’t faze them.”The nurse in question has 17 years of experience and no record of discipline with the state. When the I-Team reached her by phone, she said, “[She was] very deeply sorry. I did what I could. I did my best as a nurse.””The four of us were there pleading for help, he was desperately looking at us and at the nurse for help, she held the equipment that would have saved him in her hands, the equipment was hooked up, it was working and she didn’t do it,” Tegan Murray said.  The Murrays have filed a complaint with the state Department of Public Health.St. Mary’s president and CEO Anna Cheung refused to be interviewed, even though the family was willing to sign a release permitting the hospital to discuss the case. Cheung’s public relations staff issued a statement saying, “Privacy laws prohibit us from confirming or denying if the person in question was a patient at St. Mary’s Medical Center.” They would not address the decision to withhold water from Don Holley or the way he died.”Yeah, I’m angry, I’m upset my uncle died that way, his last moments of his life, he was tortured,” Don Murray said.”It doesn’t matter if you’re a one-day-old baby or an elderly person, or dying or living, I think everybody should be treated with respect and get the basic care that should be provided for them and not to die a suffering death if it’s not necessary, and it certainly wasn’t necessary here,” Tara Murray said.  Legal experts tell the I-Team the hospital is supposed to follow the directions of the person acting as power of attorney unless there is evidence the patient’s condition is improving. At that point, the hospital has a duty to re-evaluate the case.   

(Copyright ©2010 KGO-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)   

Covered up American Flag Mural Restored!   Leave a comment

Excellent!  Covered up flag mural in CA has been restored!

I’m glad that was taken care of before the 4th.  I don’t think these men were the original artists, but I’m glad they stepped up! 

My hats off to you!

Covered-up flag mural near Calif. freeway restored

The Associated Press

Posted: 07/05/2010 07:05:26 PM PDT

Updated: 07/05/2010 07:05:27 PM PDT
SUNOL, Calif.—The American flag mural painted on concrete siding above Northern California freeway, then painted over by order of state officials, was returned to its former glory just in time for 4th of July.The 35-foot long flag had been painted above Interstate 680 in Sunol, in clear view of commuters, by three men after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Last month Caltrans officials determined it was on state property and ordered it covered with gray paint, igniting a public furor. Two days later, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized to the artists for the officials’ decision.

On Saturday, two men decided to restore the mural. Steve Giordano and Jim Gallagher said they thought it was rude of Caltrans officials to cover up the flag right before the 4th of July.

California’s Computer System to Old To Comply with Pay Cut   Leave a comment

In a twist of irony in the California pay cuts, apparently the system is too old for the controller to comply.  And what IS it with mentioning Arnold’s movies over and over and over again every time he’s mentioned in the news.  Okay–it was cute he first two times when he first got elected, but it’s getting kind of old now.  He really is NOT a Terminator, nor is he a spy (that we know of), nor is he an action hero.  He’s a governor that can’t govern his own state.  End of story.  True he made movies back in the day, but that’s not who he is anymore.  He is a governor and he should be treated like a governor.  Whenever media makes light of his past movie rolls it makes him sound so inept for his position over a state. 

But, I guess, if he should BE in that kind of position, California is the perfect state for it.  Both of them are already considered a lost cause to the rest of the country.  At least, that’s how I’ve seen it, BEING a former CA resident and all.

I hope this postpones the pay cuts for them, but who knows. 

Old technology stymies Calif. gov’s pay-cut order

Controller says too hard to restate paychecks to minimum wage

by CATHY BUSSEWITZ
updated 7/3/2010 11:01:24 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the technology of the future, feared by humans. As governor, he’s being foiled by the technology of the past.

For the second time in two years, Schwarzenegger has ordered most state workers’ pay cut to the federal minimum wage because lawmakers missed their deadline to fix the state’s $19 billion budget deficit. The Legislature’s failure to act has left the state without a spending plan as the new fiscal year begins.

A state appellate court ruled in Schwarzenegger’s favor Friday, but the state controller, who issues state paychecks, says he can’t comply. One reason given by Controller John Chiang, a Democrat elected in 2006: The state’s computer system can’t handle the technological challenge of restating paychecks to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

Chiang cited Friday’s ruling by the 3rd District Court of Appeals, which said “unfeasibility” would excuse him from complying with Schwarzenegger’s minimum wage order. He said a fix to the state’s computerized payroll system won’t be ready until October 2012.

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 state workers remain in limbo about the size of their July paychecks while Chiang asks the court for guidance on how to proceed. If wages are indeed cut to $7.25 an hour, employees will be reimbursed once a budget is signed.

At least one expert said the outdated nature of the payroll system should not be an excuse for failing to comply with the governor’s directive.

John Harrigan, who served as a division chief for the state’s payroll services from 1980 to 2006, said upgrading the system would be complicated, time-consuming and expensive, but it could be done.

“It’s not something that you can take lightly and do overnight,” said Harrigan, who also served as chief deputy controller from 2000 to 2002. “You have all the collective bargaining for civil servants and (state universities) that have to be taken into consideration. … It’s very complicated. It would take considerable effort.”

The state’s payroll system was designed more than 60 years ago and was last revamped in 1970, Hallye Jordan, state controller’s office spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

A report by the nonpartisan legislative analyst’s office said an overhaul of the state’s computerized payroll system was proposed by the controller’s office in 2004. A year later, the Legislature approved $130 million for the effort, called the 21st Century Project.

Work to complete the project has been postponed by the controller’s office repeatedly over the past several years, said Lynelle Jolley, spokeswoman for the governor’s Department of Personnel Administration.

“They had various setbacks that only they can explain,” she said.

Harrigan said he was involved with the 21st Century Project when it was conceived in the late 1990s. He said the state fired the vendor executing the project in 2008 because the company went bankrupt.

As the project dragged on, the state has had fewer experts on hand who could thoroughly understand the programming languages used to design the system.

“There’s been a knowledge loss with people retiring,” Harrigan said.

Even so, he said changing the system to pay state workers the federal minimum wage could be accomplished by the programmers currently on staff.

Implementing the minimum wage change would take six to nine months, in part because the Legislature would have to pass a bill to modify the computer system or collect additional data, said Nick Dedier, former chief information officer for the state Department of Justice.

Asked if the administration agreed that the payroll system could not handle the change, Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear cited the 2009 lower court ruling in the governor’s favor. In part, it said the controller’s office “has not made a sufficient factual showing of impossibility …”

The state’s chief information officer declined to take a position when asked whether it would be technically possible for the controller to follow the order. In an e-mail, spokesman Bill Maile said the office is ready to help the controller comply with the order if asked.

LOL I’m not sure why I’m even following this development.  And, I’m not sure why the news is either.  I mean, I don’t think when Harrisburg refused to pay state employees last year due to the budget not being passed that it made the mainstream news, and I don’t see much about other states having these issues, even though I know they are.  Only California.  Or is it just me?

Court Rules that California State Worker Paycut is Acceptable   1 comment

Wow.  This article is just so sad for those people.  I’ve already mentioned this earlier today, so this is kind of a follow up.  Kudos to the State Controller who is sticking up for them and not agreeing to process the paycuts!  I wonder if it’s the same guy who refused to stop cutting state employees checks last time California had a budget crisis. 

Court: Schwarzenegger can cut workers’ pay

Sides with Calif. governor in attempt to impose minimum wage

by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, JUDY LIN
updated 7/2/2010 6:12:00 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A state appellate court on Friday sided with the Schwarzenegger administration in its attempt to temporarily impose the federal minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers.

It was not immediately clear how the ruling would affect Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order a day earlier to pay 200,000 state workers the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour as the state wrestles with a budget crisis.

The state controller, who cuts state paychecks, has refused to comply with the order. The office declined to comment because it is still reviewing the ruling.

Friday’s ruling affirms a lower-court decision in favor of the administration in a lawsuit filed two years ago after the governor’s first attempt to impose the minimum wage.

The latest ruling from the California 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento concludes that state Controller John Chiang cannot ignore the minimum wage order from the state Department of Personnel Administration.

It says “the DPA has the authority to direct the controller to defer salary payments in excess of federally mandated minimum wages when appropriations for the salaries are lacking due to a budget impasse.”

But Chiang said in a news release that he interpreted the court ruling to mean that his office would not have to comply with the executive order if it was practically infeasible to do so.

“I will move quickly to ask the courts to definitively resolve the issue of whether our current payroll system is capable of complying with the minimum wage order in a way that protects taxpayers from billions of dollars in fines and penalties,” Chiang said in the statement.

The Republican governor issued the order this week on the first day of the new fiscal year because the state remains without a budget, as lawmakers remain far apart on ways to close California’s $19 billion deficit.

Lynelle Jolley, spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger’s personnel department, said the ruling means the controller’s office must follow the minimum wage order.

“This underscores the fact that everyone loses when we have a budget impasse. Every day the Legislature fails to deliver a budget costs the state $50 million,” Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said.

Workers will receive full back pay once a budget is passed. In the meantime, state employees such as Rhonda Smith say they will be hurting. They are just ending more than a year of three-day-a-month furloughs that cut their pay by 14 percent.

“It’s a little scary,” said Smith, 39, who joined the Department of Water Resources three weeks ago. “I’ve got bills, rent, insurance, a car. I like to have groceries at home. I don’t know what this is going to do.”

She said the believed the governor was using state workers as pawns in trying to negotiate a budget deal.

“If I wanted a minimum-wage job, I wouldn’t have gone to school and gotten the training. I would have gotten a job at Subway or some place else,” Smith said.

Representatives of several state employee unions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Schwarzenegger’s minimum wage order will not affect all of California’s 250,000 government employees. The 37,000 state workers represented by unions that recently negotiated new contracts with the administration will continue to receive their full pay. The contracts, including one with California Highway Patrol officers, contain pay cuts and pension reforms.

Salaried managers who are not paid on an hourly basis would see their pay cut to $455 a week. Doctors and lawyers who work for the state will not be paid at all until a budget is signed because minimum wage laws do not apply to those professions.

Schwarzenegger is pushing for minimum wage based on a 2003 California Supreme Court ruling. In White vs. Davis, the court held that state employees do not have the right to their full salaries if a state budget has not been enacted. At the same time, the state cannot ignore federal wage laws.

It really makes sense to at least pay state workers affected by the budget crisis that really ISN’T their fault minimum wage until the politicians can come to an agreement.  That’s more than I can say for PA (ahem!) and at least they are going to get some back pay in addition to the minimum wage.  I still do not agree that they are suffering because of the budget impasse, but seriously folks–at least it’s SOMETHING!

What irks me though is the unions!  I’m not sure if I have a fully developed argument against unions, but I generally don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about them.  To me, they have always seemed like sleezy, lobbying bullies.  It’s kind of sad how those employees who choose not to sully themselves in a union are suffering while those who have gone into a union are riding high through this mess.