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Not exactly slacking off, but…

18 December 2007

I’m on deadline to finish the final edits on my book — and have been under the weather as well. I’m not digesting much of anything right now, let alone these three issues that have caught my attention:


UNFAIR advantage: Xicanopwr has written extensively on John Tanton for his own site. Heidi Heidi Beirich of the Intelligence Report provides a detailed look at Tanton and “FAIR”, reprinted in Alternet .

Founded by Tanton in 1979, FAIR has long been marked by anti-Latino and anti-Catholic attitudes. It has mixed this bigotry with a fondness for eugenics, the idea of breeding better humans discredited by its Nazi associations. It has accepted $1.2 million from an infamous, racist eugenics foundation. It has employed officials in key positions who are also members of white supremacist groups. Recently, it has promoted racist conspiracy theories about Mexico’s secret designs on the American Southwest and an alternative theory alleging secret plans to merge the United States, Mexico and Canada. Just last February, FAIR President Dan Stein sought “advice” from the leaders of a racist Belgian political party.

Abusos y costumres: I’ve always been at a loss to explain the dichotomy between what we call “liberals” support for the “usos y costumbres” clause in the Mexican Constitution and the anti-liberal reality of a clause that makes all citizens equal before the law, except those who have to do what the community expects them to do. Citius64 agrees with conservative columnist Sergio Sarmiento, who writes about Eufrosina Cruz. Cruz won an election as a municipal presidenta, but under her community’s “usos y costumbres,” the voters cannot pick the candidate of their choice. Only a man can be a leader in that community — something of a contradiction in a nation that has recognized sexual equality before the law for quite some time now.


Mexican standoff: If I was writing on this outrage (but I haven’t), I might want to give a little history lesson about the start of the Mexican-American War. But since I didn’t write about it, Nezua had first crack at it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pjgoober permalink
    18 December 2007 6:52 pm

    Ball bearing’s fired from sling shots are far more lethal than pepper spray and tear gas. Also, what is up with the mexican police taking hours or never to respond to these attacks on the border patrol?

  2. 18 December 2007 6:59 pm

    i hear you richard, on the rio grande situation.

    you’ll have to excuse señor jpgoober. he tends to ask the same questions over and over, in different places, seeking the same results. i think his seemingly curious query is most probably a humble request for a history lesson after all.

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