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The Death of Steve Jobs: In Memoriam

Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 19:58:05 in Technology

“I hear you. His influence was huge. He was not only a genius and the holder of over 300 patents, some of which are called iconic patents, he was a classic example of the American Dream. If you have a great idea, the drive to see it to fruition and then the inner compass to sense what people want, you can make it. You can be very successful. The interesting thing is that he also experienced failure and in some ways even that drove him. In fact, some of his most groundbreaking products were designed, produced and marketed after he found out he had pancreatic cancer. Even with that deadly diagnosis, he kept moving, he kept creating.”
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Latinos, Numbers and the Real World

Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 00:40:34 in Latino Voices

“Change is the mantra. It means building block by block, family by family, child by child. It's going to take time but we have to start today. There is no time to waste and there is no savior, no outside salvation. It will come from within ourselves, our community, our like-minded compatriots. We have to start now.”
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Latinos, Numbers and the Real World

Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 16:43:17 in Latino Voices

“I agree, Chon. I'd add that we also have to apply pressure at every level: local, state and national. Susan Sontag once said (and I paraphrase), "Do stuff. Be clenched...Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead." We just have to do the right stuff and push and push, be clenched and serious about our goals--education and citizenship (and voting).”

vasquezdannyele on Aug 18, 2011 at 21:17:33

“I agree that we have to stand strong and put pressure at every level. We also have to create pressure for our vendors to provide opportunities for Latinos. If they are taking their revenues from our community, they should at least hire Latinos. I know of a CPA firm based in downtown LA with about 100 employees. The CPA firm which is considered the oldest Hispanic CPA firm has no CPA Latinos working there, except for the owner who is Latino. Because the owner is Latino and supports a lot of politicians running for office, he gets most of his work from cities with high Latino constituency and has 90% of the non for profit organizations in southern California that service our communities. However, the work is not performed by Latinos as there are no Latino employees. Therefore, we need to look at our vendors' hiring policies to ensure that they are providing opportunities for the young Latinos coming out of college. I believe that Latino are not only living in the 1960 levels but are back to the status of the 1960's. We need to have another movement where we Latinos are going to stand together to bring education, political equality,and wealth for our families!”

Karen1 on Aug 17, 2011 at 02:51:06

“I think another thing people need to do is plan their families. If you have children in your late teens or early 20s you are almost guranteeing you and your family a lifetime of poverty. Women should spend their twenties getting an education, working and saving, and not start having children until age 30 at least.”
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When Undocumented Immigrants Raise U.S. Citizens

Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 16:15:56 in Politics

“Misanthropical: I don't have all the answers. The federal government doesn't have all the answers. All I'm saying is that the kids are citizens and they deserve to be treated as all citizens are treated, not better, not worse. Are we all responsible for what our parents did or didn't do? No really. These kids deserve better and I think in pragmatic terms it would be best to make sure they get an education and contribute to society rather than be allowed to just drift along the gutter of society and become an economic drag. We have to be smart about this given the convoluted circumstances. No one likes the situation as it is but we let's be practical and humane.”

Ed Baker on Jul 5, 2011 at 12:39:33

“We don't have enough money to educate or own children well. We don't have enough money to pay for health care for our own people.

If we allow this - more parents will send their kids here illegally - because we will be rewarding illegal behavior.

So - what about all the people who actually follow the rules? Are they just fools? Many wait decades and pay tens of thousands to get here. What about them? How is this fair to them?

The penalties for breaking into the US are simply not strong enough. It should be 50 years hard labor followed by deportation.”

WWYTA on Jul 1, 2011 at 12:18:37

“Unfortunately the "Great Society" has been a tragic failure and the time where we have to choose between our own and theirs is approaching. Watch the reports on the turmoil in Greece for a foreshadow of what we are facing.

When that time comes I am going to choose mine over theirs, and yes, even yours. You see that is the problem with the progressive agenda; It counts on all us going against our basic nature.”

Misanthropical on Jun 21, 2011 at 19:14:05

“If they are citizens they can either be left with family legally here, put up for adoption or leave with their parents and be allowed to come back at age 18 if they want.

We are suppose to be a country that everyone has to follow the law not just those we agree with. If some are allowed to break our laws then everyone should be able to break our laws.”
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When Undocumented Immigrants Raise U.S. Citizens

Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 16:11:19 in Politics

“Clearly, most of Mexico's rich don't care about their own people nor are they interested in really building an economic future for their country or their people. They are to blame as much as anyone for the immigration crisis. Mexico's been an oligarchy since the Spanish conquered the Aztecs. Of course, it's unfortunate that the problem has spilled over to our country. I'm just saying, if the kids are citizens they deserve the rights of citizens.”
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When Undocumented Immigrants Raise U.S. Citizens

Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 16:07:48 in Politics

“"Their culture" is interested in learning and education. The sad fact is that most of these Mexican immigrants come here ill-equipped to deal with the American educational system. In Mexico you only have to finish up to the 6th grade. That's unfortunate and most of the immigrants probably didn't even get that far. However, most do want "learning and education" for their kids but their own lack of education is a barrier. It's a little more nuanced than what you say.”
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When Undocumented Immigrants Raise U.S. Citizens

Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 20:38:07 in Politics

“Let's face it. The government is moving glacially on this issue. I don't think the law allowing undocumented immigrants to have babies on U.S. soil is going to be changed. And I also don't think that a humane path to citizenship is going to come any time soon. The whole thing is a mess. At the same time, most of these young citizens (and that's what they are until the law is changed) will contribute to the society, they will integrate and they will become taxpayers and voters. We can pretend they don't exist, but that's denial. We need to deal as best we can with what is a bad situation.”

KarenCC on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:59:30

“For something that is a major mess it only gets worse. Something needs to be done about it other than learning to just live with changing times.”
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When Undocumented Immigrants Raise U.S. Citizens

Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 13:52:15 in Politics

“I understand the frustration and anger. Yes, the parents broke the law. They are here illegally. No argument there. However, their children were born here and throughout past immigration waves in the 19th and early 20th centuries children were born to parents who would be considered illegal immigrants today. As citizens, these children are in for a rough ride. The political dynamic has changed. Their parents may well be deported. But the children are citizens and like past U.S.-born offspring of illegal immigrants whether from Europe, Asia or Latin America, these young fellow citizens have all rights of other American citizens. I still think that one element in this is the fact that most of these children are brown-skinned and Spanish surnamed. There's a racial and cultural aspect. We can't excuse the illegality of what their parents have done nor should we but we also can't pretend that there isn't a racial aspect to this as well.”

GardenTalk on Jun 2, 2011 at 16:51:37

“You say children of illegals ought to be treated as citizens. What exactly constitutes being treated as a citizen, providing the law is not being broken and is provided to a citizen?
The shadow, border, fringe lands of otherness is a psychological, human condition and not isolated to first generation immigrants or within legislative realm. Within immigrant groups, the drive to overcome and vanquish the feelings of not quite fitting in have also been, historically, incentive and a precedent for many individuals and groups to succeed, grow stronger and resilient in the face of many odds. It is the American story, to some degree and to a larger extent, Mother Nature's story too.”

frank day on Jun 2, 2011 at 14:56:17

“" I still think that one element in this is the fact that most of these children are brown-skin­ned and Spanish surnamed"

That is irrelevant. The fact that they are here illegally is totally relevant.

I hold no animosity towards illegal immigrants. I firmly believe that the employers are more to


A nation without borders is not a nation.

All illegals should be encouraged to self deport. This should be accomplished through tougher

laws and tougher enforcement against employing illegals.”
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When Undocumented Immigrants Raise U.S. Citizens

Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 21:44:16 in Politics

“The issue is very complex. Yes, the parents broke the law. That is a fact. The children were born here, and like many children throughout American history, they are citizens although their parents are not. As citizens they deserve to be treated like all other citizens regardless of their parents' status. The point is that we need to be creative to make sure that these children don't become collateral damage of the political and economic realities. Do we have politicians and policymakers deft enough to help us craft a soluton? That's the trillion-dollar question.”

TggerJen on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:24:08

“The children DO deserve to be treated like all other citizens, and that's a fact. However, the American people deserve to have their laws enforced and the parents who came here illegally deserve to be identified, located, and deported if they won't leave on their own. The children of the lawbreaking foreign nationals are going to pay a price for their parents' choices just as all children are impacted by their parents' decisions. The consequences for the parents' actions need to stay with the parents and not be shoved off on to the American people yet again.”
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ELAC's VPAM: A Game Changer for L.A. Art Scene

Commented May 29, 2011 at 16:13:24 in Los Angeles

“It's true. Twitchell is a joy to interview. He was also left out of the "Arts in the Streets" show at MOCA along with several other seminal L.A. artists such as Asco, etc.”
Depp's Reinvention of Tonto May Reframe Perceptions

Depp's Reinvention of Tonto May Reframe Perceptions

Commented May 29, 2011 at 16:11:10 in Entertainment

“Depp's point is simply to honestly re-frame the negative view of Native Americans. For hundreds of years most Americans have viewed Indians as mascots for sports teams, as names for weapons, second-class citizens, the noble savage, etc. but we've rarely acknowledged their humanity or their immense contributions. Depp's anger toward the idea of The Long Ranger telling Tonto what to do is simply looking at the truth: Native Americans are just as smart as anyone else and don't need to be told what to do or where to go by someone just because his race conquered theirs through relentless violence. There are many truths, many ways, not just one way that's better than all others. It's really about tolerance and acceptance.”
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Time to Leave Afghanistan

Commented May 4, 2011 at 23:13:03 in Politics

“For all the potential resources in the region, we are being stretched too thin. As far as I can see there is no end game or exit strategy. The astronomical costs of the war are throwing our federal budget out of balance and hurting our other important priorities. A public outcry will come. We are at the beginning of that period. It will take time and the draw down has be done with some careful thought but it's time.”

ewldest on May 5, 2011 at 01:15:34

“Absolutely agreed on the diagnosis. hope you are right on the prognosis.”
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The #Hashtag Generation: Young Latinos and America's Future

Commented Mar 8, 2011 at 14:15:05 in Media

“To thereisonlyoneparty: Yes, it would be great if we could all get along but due to unconscious motivations and unconscious bias, we don't usually along as well as we'd all like in a perfect world and some people blame Mexicans or immigrants or someone else for the problems we are all facing. I'm just trying to say that there is going to be this big group --young Latinos/Hispanics-- who will be carrying a lot of the load and they'll need training, education and support when they're growing up so they're contributors to society not just floating along at the bottom of the economic system. This is about everyone's self-interest. Older whites need roads, medical services, police and fire services and young Latinos/Hispanics need education. It's a fair exchange.”

Portal Educativo on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:59:44

“Beautiful reply Max.Thanks for the support.

Not to sound pushy but did I invite you to my website? It's my small contribution to the Hispanic education problem. Would love to feature you in our careers page. I am trying to show Hispanics different career paths and people who can inspire them to explore different options.


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The #Hashtag Generation: Young Latinos and America's Future

Commented Mar 5, 2011 at 17:13:22 in Media

“What we need here on this issue is a new frame and that frame is national security. The education of young Latinos is a national security issue. The reason being that our economic future depends on these young Latinos having the skills and training to run this economy, not just contribute to it. We need managers and leaders who can do a competent job as judged by global standards of competency and competitiveness.”

Enock Zamora on Mar 5, 2011 at 23:30:12

“There are many ways to frame it Max Benavidez, however, like, whom was Reagan's top senior advisor on education, tells of 'The Deliberate Dumming Down of America'. Our children are taught to memorize so called facts, and are not taught on their skills. Facts can be changed to suit a certain party and is dangerous to our children. You can understand my point, if you googled the 29th Canon. In other words, we need to fight to teach on our childrens talents, like, or all our schools will run roughshod and make our children just 'Another Brick In The Wall' before we can frame anything. Your point is well taken Max and blog more often!”
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Undocumented Immigration: A Moral Test for the U.S.

Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 00:19:06 in Politics

“Mexico is a plutocracy. It's ruled by the wealthy. In Mexico the law mandates that you only have to go to school until the 6th grade and most don't make it even that far. There's no opportunity. It's a failed dysfunctional state and half of it is run by narco gangs. People are desperate. And yes it's not our job to take care of those who come here but many pay taxes and for those who serve in the military and put their lives at risk so we can have the freedom to have this exchange, they deserve dignity. It's a complex situation with no easy answers. We should protect our borders but we also can't let 12 million people live in a limbo.”

Alitoo on Nov 23, 2010 at 13:21:23

“By the way, Mr. Benavidez, how many Mexicans does the U.S. take before it turns into Mexico? We're already well on our way. The U.S. no longer ranks among the top 20 "least corrupt" countries in the world according to Transparency International, the first time in the 15 years they've done the ranking. As Pres. Eisenhower noted, illegal immigration is associated with corruption at high levels. During the past decade we've seen the share of wealth held by the very wealthy increase, while wages and household incomes stagnated. Not so coincidentally, this same period saw record levels of legal and illegal immigration, with Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan saying we should have MORE in order to keep wages and salaries down. It worked. And if you read the surveys, you'll find that the political and economic elites are out of touch with what most Americans want or need. Sounds like a budding plutocracy to me.”

Alitoo on Nov 23, 2010 at 13:15:01

“Mr. Benavidez, just whose responsibility is it to make that change in Mexico? I say it's the responsibility of MEXICANS. The U.S. has fought a revolution for independence and a civil war to stop slavery, fought largely in the U.S. by Americans, or those who would become Americans, with some assistance from other countries. I can think of no one better to reform Mexico than Mexicans who were raised here, have been educated here, and who know what a democracy should be. If people want "dignity", they shouldn't make their first act in this country to break its laws. They shouldn't make their second, third, and fourth acts to break more laws, as many illegal aliens do. As for "paying taxes", sir, that simply means that an illegal alien has stolen a job from a citizen--jobs that citizens badly need these days. As far as military service goes, illegal aliens already in the military are able to legalize. What we do NOT need is a military made up of "mercenaries", which is what we'd get were we to offer legal status in return for service.”

MsGray on Nov 23, 2010 at 09:10:07

“I don't want them living in limbo, I want them back in Mexico fixing their own country. Don't they ever get tired of playing the victim? At what point won't we have to support them? I ask that because I don't see them doing anything to change their own country. Or is that up to us too? Maybe if people like you stopped patronizing them, and started advocating that they start protesting and demanding better treatment in their own country rather than ours, things might change. Just a thought.”