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Los Angeles Redistricting Discriminates Against Latinos, Activists Say

Los Angeles Redistricting Discriminates Against Latinos, Activists Say

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 23:53:39 in Latino Voices

“"because many Latinos cannot read... especially English."

But as Americans, both born here and naturalized, they should all speak, read, and write, english, as is required in the citizenship requirements.

My family, and so many of my neighbors families, did it. Why can't they?

Oh, I forgot, asking for "assimilation" is being "racist".”

Fred Berfel on Dec 1, 2013 at 14:58:20

“I am an immigrant and I absolutely agree! I had to take an English proficiency test (and civics, TB, background check, etc., etc.). All legal immigrants should! And all ILLEGALS should have their buts booted! Cheers!!”
Los Angeles Redistricting Discriminates Against Latinos, Activists Say

Los Angeles Redistricting Discriminates Against Latinos, Activists Say

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 23:49:46 in Latino Voices

“Just researched the Gutierrez district. Got the information form HIS OWN website. What an absolute embarrassment. This is nothing more than racial pandering.

Guess all people are NOT created equal. Especially if we have do things like this to get a certain "race" elected.

So much for being all just AMERICANS.”

Kurfco on Dec 1, 2013 at 15:59:55

“What's the next stop with this nonsense? Districts carved up for women? Stitch together halves of households? Districts for Lithuanians? Need to be really skinny and extend over a long, long distance. Districts for Hmongs, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese? Is there a size threshold to create a race or ethnic based district or does it just depend on who has the pull?”
Darren Curtis Sixth Man Charged In September's Mass Shooting In Chicago That Injured 3-Year-Old

Darren Curtis Sixth Man Charged In September's Mass Shooting In Chicago That Injured 3-Year-Old

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 13:58:58 in Chicago

“Does Chicago have stop and frisk? Might help? No one ever wants to hear about children getting hurt of killed in incidents like this.”
NYC's Appeal Of Stop-And-Frisk Ruling Could Be Dropped If De Blasio Elected Mayor

NYC's Appeal Of Stop-And-Frisk Ruling Could Be Dropped If De Blasio Elected Mayor

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 13:33:58 in New York

“No, not every one who lives there is a criminal.

But statistics would, and does, say that there are MORE criminals there. That's why it designated as a "high crime area". So, the "probability" of finding a criminal or an illegal gun would be higher in that area (as is proved by NYPD stats).

Do you find more gangs and guns in Riverdale or Bensonhurst?”
For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead

For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 15:18:32 in Politics

“Actually, I saw Conyers comment on CSPAN. But Chris O'donnell said he was absolutely correct. I even got a shiver up my leg.”
For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead

For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 15:16:56 in Politics

“And you have?  Almost 3,000 pages of legislation and over 40,000 pages of affiliated regulation, guidelines, and annotation.”
For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead

For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 14:54:23 in Politics

“A "good law"? If it's so good, why didn't my own congresswoman, Nita Lowey, (or others) even read the bill?

They couldn't even bother.....
“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Rep. John Conyers. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?””

Jeffers Dodge on Nov 2, 2013 at 15:47:50

“I guess I can count you as one of the people who says "Let's have a private sector solution to the healthcare crisis". To that I say "No. You had your chance". The private sector had 200 years to come up with a solution to the healthcare crisis and they refused to do it. President Obama was absolutely right to say to the insurance companies and hospitals "No. We will not give you more time to make healthcare more affordable. You had your chance!"”

TiaJo on Nov 2, 2013 at 15:07:06

“The bigger question is why haven't you read the legislation for yourself?”

dpooch on Nov 2, 2013 at 15:05:55

“Do you FOX MUCH. That is all Fox GOP talking points. Education is Fundamental.”
Illinois Undocumented Immigrants Can Start Application Process For Driver's Licenses On Nov. 12

Illinois Undocumented Immigrants Can Start Application Process For Driver's Licenses On Nov. 12

Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 18:57:44 in Chicago

“"Due to the potentially sensitive nature of this article, your comment may take longer to appear publicly."

REALLY???”
Illinois Undocumented Immigrants Can Start Application Process For Driver's Licenses On Nov. 12

Illinois Undocumented Immigrants Can Start Application Process For Driver's Licenses On Nov. 12

Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 18:56:54 in Chicago

“Well, after getting licenses, they will no longer me "undocumented"

and simply be "illegal aliens" as is the CORRECT legal term according to ICE.”

ready now2 on Oct 30, 2013 at 21:47:22

“ICE will do anything to keep all of them happy. They are not going to do anything to rock the boat. If ICE was going to do anything all they would have to do is go to Wisconsin where all are illegals.”
California's Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban Vetoed By Gov. Jerry Brown

California's Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban Vetoed By Gov. Jerry Brown

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 18:46:21 in Los Angeles

“Took you from the brink of disaster?

The CA state debt load as of Sept was 132 BILLION.

Total debt is 845 BILLION.

Could top 1.1 TRILLION by years end.

Let's not even discuss Stockton or LA.........”
Steve Pearce Tells Furloughed Workers To Take Out Loans To Pay Bills

Steve Pearce Tells Furloughed Workers To Take Out Loans To Pay Bills

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 13:20:22 in Politics

“"fair share"
How about a flat tax? Now that would be "fair". 
I pay 10% on what I make.
Bill Gates pays 10% of what he makes.
Who is contributing more?”

kkvtx on Oct 12, 2013 at 13:37:53

“agree...if everyone paid 10%...as long as there weren't loopholes for the wealthy...that would be fair.  I just think the 33% most middle class Americans pay is ridiculous.”
Steve Pearce Tells Furloughed Workers To Take Out Loans To Pay Bills

Steve Pearce Tells Furloughed Workers To Take Out Loans To Pay Bills

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 09:18:26 in Politics

“What's wrong with getting a job?

Improvise, adapt, and overcome, as my military friends say.

I have never been without at least one job since I was 14.

As a husband and father, if I was out of my main job, I would find another job, any job, to pay my bills and provide for my family. I've done it before myself. Some Americans will, others will not.”

CraigVale on Oct 12, 2013 at 09:50:25

“You know that might work for some folks but if there are only 10 jobs available and 100 applicants, what do you do with the 90 that remain in line. These folks were kicked out of their jobs, they didn't voluntarily walk off the premises. Do you not see the contradiction here?”
Steve Pearce Tells Furloughed Workers To Take Out Loans To Pay Bills

Steve Pearce Tells Furloughed Workers To Take Out Loans To Pay Bills

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 09:06:40 in Politics

“Isn't this what our government does EVERY day?

Don't we spend more as a nation then we take in by apx 25% every year?

This is what fiscal conservatives are trying to stop.

Why wouldn't ANY American want to stop the madness that is debt limit increases and an exponentially increasing national debt?”

Norma Mullet on Oct 12, 2013 at 09:42:42

“I still can't figure out that old "We are the richest Country in the World" crap...yet...somehow we are Government poor!..especially when it comes to Education, Healthcare, basic infrastructure, appropriately supporting our troops (not the military industrial complex and contractors ...and the continuous flow of obsolete military armament!)..They keep screaming "Lower Taxes"..yet if you add up all the "little" extraneous taxes tacked on by various States,Cities, Municipalities...there is absolutely no decreased taxes..Meanwhile Bridges and Roads crumble and basic services such as Fire/Police get hamstrung budgets!, the overall educational services to our children become increasingly sub-standard and we've been experiencing a significant rise in, once considered obsolete, diseases, food/water supply contamination and what appears to be a significant rise in Mental illness..just to name a few !”

eva19110 on Oct 12, 2013 at 09:35:07

“And who wouldn't want to stop the people who don't want lower income people to have healthcare, who want to take away a woman's right to choose, but worst of all want to eliminate most government programs which effect the most vulnerable Americans and still give corporate welfare and tax cuts to the uber rich.”

kkvtx on Oct 12, 2013 at 09:25:50

“You're right we do need to quit spending and get out of debt. However, there are so many facets of this situation that aren't being addressed. The biggest is that people like Steve aren't paying their fair share of taxes. They have the advantage of lawyers who find them loopholes to avoid paying the tax rate that the middle class pays. Large companies don't pay what they should be paying. The fact is that the middle class is shrinking, and we can't pay to keep up the country for them anymore. If we all paid our fair share to live in this great country, we wouldn't have this problem. As for our outrageous spending practices, we need to quit policing the world. We simply can't afford it. We can't afford the lavish insurance and other benefits that Congress gets. If the insurance coverage that Congress receives is good enough for them, it's good enough for the rest of the citizens of the USA. The people in Congress are not making decisions that benefit their constituents. Their decisions have to benefit them personally.”

larv1 on Oct 12, 2013 at 09:09:20

“How exactly is this manufactured Obamacare shutdown doing anything to help our country get it's fiscal house in order?????”
Operation Streamline Protest Stops Buses Carrying Immigrant Detainees

Operation Streamline Protest Stops Buses Carrying Immigrant Detainees

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 19:03:43 in Latino Voices

“So, following your logic, if an illegal snuck into your home instead of our country, they should be entitled to your food, health care, and a desk in your local school? 
But wait, don't you pay for those things through salary and taxes?
If you really feel that they are entitled to those things from the violation of federal and local law, please post your address so we can send them all your way.
I, for one, am tired of paying for law breakers.”

Shadowlandistan on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:21:20

“That's a ridiculous comparison. Our country is not a "home". You are taking immigration as a personal assault on you, which has been the classic sign of xenophobia from the beginning of time. You have an us vs. them attitude, which is always looked upon negatively throughout history. Let's fix the system, not blame the worker. ”
Operation Streamline Protest Stops Buses Carrying Immigrant Detainees

Operation Streamline Protest Stops Buses Carrying Immigrant Detainees

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 17:52:55 in Latino Voices

“"Immigrants who are here illegally don't receive any benefits "

LA county spent 650 million dollars last year on benefits for illegals because they had a child in the US.”

Shadowlandistan on Oct 11, 2013 at 17:55:47

“Exactly, the had a CHILD in the US. You want children to go hungry or without educations? That's not right. We can fix our immigration system, it DOES need fixing. However, this blood lust on the part of some who want to see people locked up, detained, interrogated, deported...it's sick. ”
Oklahoma Pipeline Explosion Sparks Large Fire, Prompting Evacuations (VIDEO)

Oklahoma Pipeline Explosion Sparks Large Fire, Prompting Evacuations (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 09:30:28 in Business

“2.6 million miles of NG pipelines in the lower 48. (thousands of miles of HazMat pipeline too) Accidents happen. Millions of cars on the road, 30 - 45 thousand people die every year on the roads.

This is not an "apples to oranges" comparison, this is a statistical comparison.”
A Guide To Student Loan Forgiveness And Repayment Options

A Guide To Student Loan Forgiveness And Repayment Options

Commented Sep 28, 2013 at 22:45:57 in College

“A "union conservative" is someone who believes in the union as a first line of defense against the abuses of management but at the same time as having the union "protect" the workers' jobs, it is also the union workers responsibility to earn that job by coming to work and giving 100% every day. 
We all know union workers who get the job and then turn into a POS after probation.

The name is also a representation of our fiscal and social beliefs. I would say that over 95% of my job is conservative or republican. Over 90% have more than one job. Over 50% are gun owners. 
As for our city, the only members of government on our side are the few Republicans and independents. The dems, including the mayor, vote against us at every turn.
We see first hand the disaster that is democratic leadership. New cars in the project parking lots, new flat panels and xbox in the apartments, everyone has a new smart phone, EBT cards used at costco, ect....
And yet no one wants to work and the vulcans say that everyone "owes" them just because of how they look on the outside.
I have been a unionized worker for almost 30 years. CWA, PBA, UFFA, but I have to say, I would rather fight harder for everything I EARNED that vote to give my earnings away to people who feel that they are ENTITLED to everything.”
A Guide To Student Loan Forgiveness And Repayment Options

A Guide To Student Loan Forgiveness And Repayment Options

Commented Sep 28, 2013 at 12:36:05 in College

“Could I do this with my mortgage or car loan? That would be great!

Oh, wait, I have self respect and a sense of personal accountability.

I choose to borrow money, no one forced it on me.

So, if these loans are "forgiven" who pays? The people riding in the wagon or the taxpayers who are pulling it?

From those according to their ability to those according to their needs? Really?

How long can this last?

Why would the poo post an article on how to avoid paying a debt you owed? How about arianna pays off the debt of all those who don't want to pay any more.....after all.....she is one of those rich 1%ers......”

Andy Manor on Sep 29, 2013 at 22:03:22

“And if you ever fall onto hard times you can file a petition with the bankruptcy court and have your mortgage and car loans discharged. You cannot do that with student loans, and it's quite tough to get a decent education without taking on any student loans.”

CHIPKEEPER on Sep 28, 2013 at 14:42:03

“wtf is union conservative?”
Steve King On Univision: What Happens To Undocumented Immigrants Isn't My Responsibility

Steve King On Univision: What Happens To Undocumented Immigrants Isn't My Responsibility

Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 09:18:35 in Politics

“"Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's"

We are a nation of laws. If a person breaks into your home, you expect the government to do something about it.

Yet, when someone breaks into your (our) country, you expect all of US to support it?

The "Christian" or moral thing to do would be to help these people either come here legally or help them get home safely and make THEIR OWN country better. After all, if all the "hard working" illegals have abandoned their won homelands.........who's left to make that place better?”
House Votes To Delay Obamacare Individual Mandate

House Votes To Delay Obamacare Individual Mandate

Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 07:16:41 in Politics

“""The GOP said that Obamacare would raise costs. WRONG, it has been proven to REDUCE costs and in NY and California rates are cut as much as 50%.""

REALLY? What part of New York are you talking about?

I am just North of NYC and my coverage was reduced AND my costs went up.
When I asked why, the answer was to plan for new government mandates.

Don't hand me your bull, I am living the truth of this disaster.”
Undocumented Immigrants Pay State, Local Taxes At Higher Rate Than The 1 Percent (INFOGRAPHIC)

Undocumented Immigrants Pay State, Local Taxes At Higher Rate Than The 1 Percent (INFOGRAPHIC)

Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 18:36:29 in Business

“Well, at the top of my county here in NY, the illegal who drove DWI in a pickup that belonged to his boss who hired him illegally, jumped the curb and crushed a mother and her daughter against a stone wall while they were walking to dance class. Killed them both. The bodies were crushed together, making it hard to tell where the mother ended and the child began.

DWI
Vehicular manslaughter

Not counting the crimes committed by the employer.”

Stanley Bonk on Jul 13, 2013 at 00:26:16

“And how many American citizens in that area committed the same crime? Bill O'Reilly talked about that incident a couple of dozen times. To hear him rant, the guy should have been hung, brought back to life and electrocuted and then brought back to life and burned at the sake, and then drawn and quartered. Are you sure you didn't just pick up the talking point from him and you know nothing about the incident at all?”

Suzanne Klump on Jul 12, 2013 at 18:55:33

“that is horrible and the illegal who did that should be punished and then deported. But your post made it seem like a general statement about illegals and that just isn't the case.”
Undocumented Worker Alleges Wage Theft, Ends Up In Deportation Proceedings

Undocumented Worker Alleges Wage Theft, Ends Up In Deportation Proceedings

Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 21:18:08 in Politics

“I speak two languages fluently and I was very proficient at international sign when I was younger. And you?
I work with lots of foreign born Americans who had time for learning English. Years ago I worked with a Yugoslavian who learned by watching American TV on his off time. They can do it if they have the desire. My parents did it, so did millions of others.”
Undocumented Worker Alleges Wage Theft, Ends Up In Deportation Proceedings

Undocumented Worker Alleges Wage Theft, Ends Up In Deportation Proceedings

Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 21:14:47 in Politics

“the American dream, as viewed by both sides of the isle, is to join society and make the best life for yourself and your family.”
Undocumented Worker Alleges Wage Theft, Ends Up In Deportation Proceedings

Undocumented Worker Alleges Wage Theft, Ends Up In Deportation Proceedings

Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 17:23:23 in Politics

“"This country is a country of laws," Vanegas, 26, told HuffPost through an interpreter. "Regardless of my status, I should have some protections based on the labor laws that have been violated."

That's right, this a country of laws and I should have some protections against people entering ILLEGALLY!

Give him his money, punish the employer, and send him home.

And the fact that he has been here more than THREE years and STILL can't speak English?

Guess he really DOESN'T want to assimilate and join the AMERICAN dream.”

Pizza Guy on Jul 9, 2013 at 18:40:32

“How many foreign languages do you speak?

Most working class people, especially illegals, don't have time to take language classes. They are too busy working.”

CinMI on Jul 9, 2013 at 17:53:07

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.
If the tables were turned and you were in his situation, tell us honestly that you would take the lowest wage job, do whatever you could for you and your family to survive, work unbelievable hours and learn the language. I don't think so.
Hilarious that you used "assimilate" as well.”

waukone on Jul 9, 2013 at 17:51:03

“If the business owners were punished no one would be hiring illegals and the problem would start to be solved.”

megandvc on Jul 9, 2013 at 17:40:28

“He owes us taxes, don't give him squat. Put him in jail till he has paid his debt. And he can share a cell with his employer.”

misterbone on Jul 9, 2013 at 17:34:33

“Not YOUR dream, anyway.”

Makulubaas on Jul 9, 2013 at 17:34:33

“Thank you. Very well put.

I can never understand what people don't seem to understand about the word ILLEGAL.”
7 Reasons The 'Border Surge' Is A Bad Idea

7 Reasons The 'Border Surge' Is A Bad Idea

Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 07:29:04 in Latino Voices

“If putting the military on the border and having a stricter border enforcement policy is a bad idea for US, then why has mexico been doing it for years?

And yet no comments on that fact here on the latino pages? Look at what happens to people who cross INTO mexico from the southern countries. It isn't pretty.

Anyone on here NOT from mexico who would like to share a story or two?”
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