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La Raza is part of Mexico's cherished doctrines celebrated with its own day.
By Patrick Osio, Jr.
On October the 12th Mexico celebrates El Dia de la Raza, a day celebrated in
the U.S. as (Christopher) Columbus Day and as of late, Native American Day on
the second Monday of October. El Dia de la Raza is the same holiday, but
always on October 12 as the day in 1492 when Columbus landed on the Bahamas,
opening our world as we know it today for eventual conquest, exploration and
colonization. Recently the words La Raza have come under scrutiny, misunderstanding
and suspicion of intended use by a number of sectors in the US.
By Michael G. Santos
No one wants to serve time in prison, but over 2,000,000 people live inside
these caged communities. I know something about these people. I have been
incarcerated myself since 1987, when I was 23. Now I have passed 17 consecutive
Fall seasons behind these fences, and during that time I have learned something
about the people around me. For one thing, I have learned that the way
prisoners think plays a huge role in whether they will succeed or fail upon their
The Recall Fallout
By Gary Mendoza
Tuesday's election was a political watershed in California's political
history comparable to the passage of Prop. 13. While the ultimate success of the
recall effort will be measured by Governor-elect Schwarzenegger's ability to turn
California around, it is not too early to identify some of the winners and
losers in the initial victory of this grass roots revolt.
Living in the Land of Conan
By Steven J. Ybarra, JD
Today, California has a new governor and an old Lt. Governor. In the movie
Conan the Barbarian the job of Conan was to crush the enemy etc, etc. Well,
Arnold has done his job again. He crushed the Democrats like a bug… The blame game
began just after the polls closed. I thought the recall was going to be
closer. Gut instinct said that Democrats would see through the fluff of Arnold's
campaign and go for rejection of the deal. But, even I make mistakes. The only
thing I did predict was that Davis would get fired.
A Vast Right-Wing Frustration
By Carl J. Luna
Many Democrat opposed to the California recall have seen and continue see it
as just another attempt to grab power by ultra-conservative Republicans
unwilling to abide by popular will and established political practices - a "Vast
Right-Wing Conspiracy." T'were that it was only that simple. The VRWC is said to
have begun with all those attacks on the Clinton administration-- allegation
after allegation being hurled like so much manure against the national barn
until finally a tawdry sex-scandal stuck, launching impeachment. The VRWC has
expanded to include the Florida election debacle, Texas redistricting shenanigans
and the Dump Davis coup.
Viva Recalls, Viva Arnold!
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
October 7th, 2003, shall go down in American political history as
INDEPENDENCE DAY for the Mexican American voter…Facts: On October 7th, almost half of
California's Mexican Americans voted to recall Democratic Governor Gray Davis.
Barely half of them voted for "paisano" Democrat Cruz Bustamante to replace
Governor Davis…Shocked by these results, Democrats, labor leaders and the Los
Angeles Times newsroom and editorial board are panicking about their political
place in the California political universe.
Supporting Illegal Immigration?
By Domenico Maceri
Reacting to one of my many articles, a reader railed against illegal
immigration. Yet, he admitted that "we can use the cheap labor." He could not have
afforded to build his new house with unionized American workers…The reader was
honest. Many Americans, however, can't see beyond the "criminal" act perpetrated
by undocumented workers…Of course, it would be nice if the estimated several
million undocumented workers living in the US had come with the proper papers.
But they did not. Yet, they stayed, with the collaboration of the companies
hiring them. Without jobs, they would not be here.
Racial profiling is nothing more than discrimination by another name.
By Erika Robles
Throughout the years, the topic of Racial Profiling has brought a lot of
controversy. Some observers allege that racial profiling doesn't exist; others
dismiss such complaints about it as the exaggeration of hypersensitive
minorities. On the other hand, President George W. Bush reported in his address to
Congress that he'd asked Attorney General John Ashcroft "to develop specific
recommendations to end racial profiling. It's wrong and we'll end it in America."
Climbing the Ladder of Success: Latinos
By Manuel Hernandez
(sic)… President George W. Bush recently recognized the contribution of
Latinos to the United States:…"You know, this nation is blessed by the talents and
the hard work of Hispanic Americans, and we're really blessed by the values of
familia y fe that strengthen our nation on a daily basis. It is fitting we
honor Hispanic Americans in our country. It's part of our country -- an
incredibly important part of our country. I also think it's fitting that the way to
honor Hispanic Americans is to revel in the vitality of the Hispanic culture
that was displayed today. The music that honors the roots, the rhythm, the life
of the Latino. You know, this nation is blessed by the talents and the hard
work of Hispanic Americans, and we're really blessed by the values of familia y
fe that strengthen our nation on a daily basis."
Mexico's strange new contempt for the U.S.
By Fernando Oaxaca
Last month the Mexican Foreign Minister said to us, "Got terrorism problems?
You¹re on your own! Want a new Iraq U.N. resolution? Don¹t count on our vote
in the Security Council! You don't like Fidel Castro? That's too bad. We like
him, again; in fact, we¹re rebuilding our links with him. We don't get all this
human rights stuff you Yankees worry about." And the Mexican press said on
October 8, "Your new California Governor, Arnold, is a racist. Pete Wilson is
advising him and we¹re ready to raise hell if that womanizing bodybuilder
mistreats our countrymen as they keep California's economy alive!"
COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS
It's a Bloody Shame
By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
Based on a one-year study of 682 women, thousands of years of human evolution
are being discarded like dirty diapers…A contraceptive pill to suppress
women's periods is being touted as another achievement in messing with Mother
Nature. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the November release of
Seasonale, which reduces women's menses from 13 to four times a year. For
years, some doctors have told women they can skip a period by ignoring the seven
days of placebos in their birth control packet.
A Mexican's Perspective
Luciano Pavaroti in Mexicali's centennial concert.
By Carlos Luken
Mexico's youngest capital city is celebrating its first hundred-year birthday
and it's doing it in very grand style. Mexicali, Baja California's capital a
city as many of Mexico's northern cities founded totally by immigrants a
century ago and represents the finest of the pioneering spirit, has been
celebrating its hundredth anniversary since March 14th when the new centennial babies
were delivered into this world and officially welcomed in the morning hours by
Mayor Jaime Diaz and his wife who awarded them with special centennial birth
certificates, ceremonial diplomas and gifts ranging from baby food, carriages to
scholarships that were enthusiastically donated unselfishly by many community
business and individuals..
From Inside Mexico
New Voice in Politics
By Richard Baldwin
We are beginning to hear and see more from our Carlos Slim, Mexico's (and
Latin America's) richest man. He is, of course, known for his financial empire
with the crown jewel of Telmex, our biggest telephone enterprise and with
banking, retail, real estate and who knows what else, with revenues topping $20
billion USD yearly. And also as the employer of 200,000 people. And while I have
had differences with some of his pricing policies in Telmex (and their habit of
saying, "the number is not existent" when you should get a busy signal), I
recognize that the man knows how to make a buck or two. But what is most
interesting is what the formerly reclusive Slim has been saying in public lately.
The Magic in the Written Word
By Ricardo V. Castañón
Archeology says, that in one of the famous Magic Rolls from Tebas, in the one
now in Leyden, it is written:..."There is no stronger Magic, than that in
Symbols..."…It seems that in those days, the scribers, who were also priests and
magicians, conjured tremendous amounts of mental energy into their writings.
They condensed as much meaning as possible into as smaller a symbol they could
produce. They also did this in a way where it could only be interpreted by
others having the same level of knowledge. In fact, they believed that in this
practice along with ceremonies, sacrifices, and oral prayer, they were actually
establishing a means of communication with their gods.
Should Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger be compared?
By Roberto Lovato
By blasting open California's political process, Arnold Schwarzenegger also
terminated the legacy left by the man he and many others identify as his
political father: Ronald Reagan…While comparisons between the two actors turned
politicians make some sense, such parallels limit our ability to comprehend the
profound changes to the political process embodied by the candidacy of the
former Mr. Universe. The differences say as much about the individuals as they do
about the dynamic relationship between media and politics.
Actor just plays a Republican
By Cynthia Tucker
Editorial Page Editor
Atlanta Journal Constitution Claiming that Arnold Schwarzenegger's broad
appeal gives a fresh edge to the GOP, Republican politicians across the country
are celebrating the action hero's strong win in California. The state is a
Democratic stronghold, but Schwarzenegger drew many Democratic voters -- including
substantial numbers of Latinos -- into his muscular fold. These days, the GOP
needs a little good news. President Bush's poll ratings are sinking like a
stone as voters gripe about the jobless recovery and recoil at the $87 billion
bill the president has submitted for Iraq. Then there's that pesky investigation
of a serious national security leak, which points to high-ranking
Democrats Spin Out of Control
By Byron York
To hear Democrats tell it, the voters who overwhelmingly chose to recall
California Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday were sending a strong and unmistakable
warning - to George W. Bush…In California, Washington, and across the country
Wednesday, Democrats struggled to portray the recall of Davis as the result of
voter anger against the president, and not as a repudiation of a particularly
unpopular Democratic governor.
Democratic debacle may finally have broken GOP's cycle of defeat
By Robert D. Novak
Arnold Schwarzenegger's landslide victory in the California recall, an
election treated as a ludicrous aberration by the bipartisan political
establishment, could exert overriding political significance nationally…California
instantly is in question as a solid electoral anchor of Democratic presidential
strength. Without California, chances of defeating George W. Bush next year are nil.
Short of that transforming development, the tawdry performance by Democrats
in the brief recall campaign creates anxiety among thoughtful party loyalists
outside California who looked askance at tactics used in the country's most
California Democrats Regroup - After the big loss on Tuesday, California
Democrats have to decide if they want to work with Arnold, or try to duke it out
with the Terminator.
By Bill Whalen
Here's an unlikely recall winner: George Schwartzman. The San Diego
businessman ran as an independent on Tuesday's ballot, wanting to ban cookies and soda
pop from public school vending machines (child obesity is, ahem, a growing
concern in California). What makes Schwartzman notable? He finished ninth in the
race to replace Gray Davis--undoubtedly because the first six letters of his
last name coincide with that of the governor-elect's. Let us give thanks that
Tom Arnold and Arnold Ziffel sat this one out.
San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: Why license bill is worth saving
Even more unpopular than Gov. Gray Davis himself is the law he recently
signed to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses…The California
Constitution requires Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger "to see the law is faithfully
executed." Yet he is vowing to repeal the driver's license legislation. We urge
him to rethink his position….However unpopular, we still think it makes sense
to allow immigrants to get a driver's license. Rather than throwing out the
law in a pique of post- recall fervor, "mend it, don't end it" would be a
Le Figaro (famous French newspaper), Paris, Editorial on the California
You shouldn't mock Arnold Schwarzenegger; what California invents, America
adopts and Europe ends up imitating…You can laugh at the "Terminator," running
for governor of America's most populous state, stomping through his speeches
with the strongest Teutonic accent since Henry Kissinger. ...
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