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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mexican, Latino, Hispanic -- All the Same?
Florida "Latinos" vote for Romney
Fox News Latino -- January 31   
Romney Grabs Florida Latino Vote, Immigration Not Major Issue
Romney makes bid for Latino vote (Washington Post)
    Despite being labeled as an anti-immigrant candidate and losing out on the endorsement of key Latino groups, Mitt Romney was able to pull out a handy win during Tuesday's GOP primary in Florida and even took the majority of the Hispanic vote in the state.
    A majority of Latinos in Florida backed Romney, a sharp improvement over his 2008 showing of 14 percent among Hispanic voters. He improved even more among Cuban voters, climbing from 9 percent in 2008 to nearly 6 in 10, the Associated Press reported.
    One issue that Romney battled with during his campaigning in Florida was immigration. His vocal opposition to the DREAM Act, the proposed legislation that would legalize the status of people brought to the country as minors and were either attending college or enlisted in the military, brought on the scorn of immigration rights activists even after he eased his stance to say he would consider a bill for undocumented immigrants in the military.
    Adding to this is the former Massachusetts governor's support of Kris Kobach, the controversial Kansas Secretary of State and one of the architects of the nation's tough immigration laws including Arizona's SB1070, which didn't sit well among many Latinos.
Ethnic Solidarity: Myth and Reality
..."What's interesting here is the tendency within the U.S. mainstream to group Hispanics together as a single group which runs afoul of the ethnic / country / culture specific way Hispanics are seen throughout Latin America and how, within the U.S., they often see themselves."

Washington Examiner     sc  
Gallup state numbers predict huge Obama loss   
Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215...

'No Fifth Amendment theater' in tomorrow's Holder hearing   
"There will be no Fifth Amendment Theater tomorrow of the Phoenix US Attorneys being forced to say their 'I-don't-wannas' in front of the cameras," Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars files in an exclusive report today from Washington, DC. -- "There will be only one panel of one --- Eric Holder. This is viewed by many who have been following the investigation as a serious mistake..."

Fox News   
Family of murdered Border Patrol agent files $25M suit against ATF 
The family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a $25 million wrongful death suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- claiming Terry was killed with AK-47s that were knowingly sold under the Fast and Furious gunrunning probe to a straw purchaser for drug cartels. -- In a 65-page complaint, attorneys for the family claim ATF "wrongdoing" in Fast and Furious...

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers   Disturbing photos      
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border   
Authorities say a Border Patrol agent fired at rock-throwers early Monday while breaking up a drug-smuggling incident at the border fence in Nogales, possibly injuring at least one person in the process. -- The incident occurred at approximately 7:15 a.m. at a spot below the Hudgins Street turnaround on the east side of Nogales...

Associated Press  
Ron Paul proves to be abysmal on illegal immigration   
Ron Paul says he favors a compassionate immigration policy that doesn't rely on "barbed wire fences and guns on the border." -- Paul discussed immigration Wednesday at a Hispanic event in Las Vegas. The Texas congressman plans several days of campaigning in Nevada before the state's GOP caucuses on Saturday. -- Paul said immigrants have been unfairly blamed for the bad economy...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner         sc     
Could Eric Holder go to jail over 'Fast and Furious?'   
On Tuesday, frustrated House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) threatened to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if he did not turn over documents detailing the Justice Department's notorious 'Fast and Furious' program. -- Holder has thus far, refused to fully comply with the Committee's subpoenas, and according to Issa has tried to "obstruct our investigation..."

Insurance Journal  
Farm interests press Kansas Ag Secretary for waiver to hire illegals
Facing pressure from large dairies and feedlots desperate for workers, Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman is seeking a federal waiver that would allow companies to hire illegal [aliens]. -- Rodman has met several times with officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about launching a pilot program that would place employers and illegal [aliens]s in a special state-organized network...

Zero Hedge   
Report: Real unemployment rate is 10%   
What do the NAR, Consumer Confidence and CBO forecasts have in common? If you said, "they are all completely worthless" you are absolutely correct. Alas, the market needs to "trade" off numbers, which is why the just released CBO numbers apparently are important... And the fact that the CBO predicted negative $2.5 trillion in net debt by 2011 back in 2011 is largely ignored. Anyway, here are some of the highlights.

The State Column  
Rick Santorum secures endorsement from Tom Tancredo   
Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, has reportedly secured an endorsement from former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo. -- The failed gubernatorial and presidential candidate is a tea party favorite, and is widely seen as a key leader in the state of Colorado. Mr. Santorum was campaigning in Colorado on Wednesday ahead of next week’s Republican caucuses there, in hopes of... [Related item]

Gary North -- LewRockwell.com   
Ben Bernanke: The official counterfeiter   
Back in 1969, a Disney cartoonist sat down at his story board and produced a booklet that the Disney organization never saw: The Official Counterfeiter. It was a presentation of fractional reserve banking and the role of the Federal Reserve System. -- His name was Vic Lockman. As far as I know, he was the first cartoonist ever to do a booklet based on the Austrian theory of the business cycle...

USA Today   
Homeownership rates fall to 66% as downturn nears a bottom 
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the nation's homeownership rate fell to 66% in the fourth quarter, continuing a seven-year drop from a fourth-quarter peak of 69.2% in 2004. -- At the same time, U.S. home prices fell 1.3% in November from October and were 3.7% below 2010 levels, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index indicates...

Thomas Sowell -- LewRockwell.com   
Getting nowhere, very fast   
California has a huge state debt and Washington has a huge national debt. But that does not discourage either Governor Jerry Brown or President Barack Obama from wanting to launch a very costly high-speed rail system. -- Most of us might be a little skittish about spending money if we were teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. But the beauty of politics is that it is all other people's money...

NBC New York   
Bad economy forces welfare agency hiring spree   
New York -- Economic woes have forced at least one city agency into a hiring spree -- adding more workers to process the demand for food stamps and other assistance. -- The Human Resources Administration added more than 100 workers last July and plans to hire another 100 to serve the burgeoning number of New Yorkers applying for food stamps and rent assistance at their offices, according to the Daily News.

Agence France-Presse   
Mexican youths forced to work for drug gangs   
Young Mexicans are being abducted from poor towns and villages and forced to work for drug gangs, rights groups say, alleging the authorities are failing to do anything to stem the problem. -- Stories of young people disappearing, as if swallowed up by the earth, are spreading in parts of Mexico gripped by drug violence which has left some 50,000 dead, according to media counts, in the past five years.

KPNX-TV -- Phoenix   
Video: Why Arizona matters   
Related Story: Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback. -- Romney, talking unity like a nominee, said he was ready to take the Republican helm and "lead this party and our nation."... Read More

Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch        sc     
Virginia Democrats upset about voter ID plan   
A bill to require voters without proper identification to cast provisional ballots is poised to pass the House of Delegates today after advancing on a 66-28 vote Tuesday following passionate debate and a protest at the state Capitol that drew nearly 300 people. -- Similar bills also narrowly passed the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee on Tuesday, sending them to the Senate floor...

The Dustin Inman Society -- Marietta, Ga.   
Keep illegal aliens out of Georgia's public university seats   
You are losing influence under the Gold Dome because of a weak, former Democrat, Republican committee chairman and the fact that the crazies sent in more calls and e-mails than Americans did - and sent more people to the meeting. -- If you don't want to take the time to help with defending Georgia from the invasion of illegal aliens, please stop reading here. If you have children, read to the end for how to help protect them...

London Daily Mail  
Illegals continue to trash southwest deserts   
Picking her way into the desert brush, Raquel Martinez gathered scores of plastic water bottles tossed in an Arizona desert valley near the Mexico border, often by migrants making a risky trek into the United States across increasingly remote terrain. -- 'We need more bags... there's so much trash,' said Ms Martinez, one of scores of volunteers helping clean up the dry bed of the Santa Cruz River...

Congressional Budget Office reports another $1 trillion deficit
For the fourth year in a row, Washington faces a $1 trillion-plus deficit and just servicing the nation's debt will soon cost as much as paying for Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled. -- Those were two grim predictions in a 147-page report from the Congressional Budget Office, which Tuesday stepped into the 2012 campaign like some stern Aunt Cassandra...

Cronkite News Service   
Senate judiciary chairman won't take up bill to repeal SB 1070
Phoenix -- Calling the measure a "political ploy" and contrary to the wishes of most Arizonans, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday he won't hear a Democratic senator's bill to repeal SB 1070. --"He wanted the opportunity to have a rally on the lawn," Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, said of the bill's author, Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix...

WWLP -- Springfield / Holyoke, Mass
Poll: 67% think illegal immigration harms state    
Holyoke -- The controversial issue of illegal immigration is taking center stage in Massachusetts with the release of a new poll. -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform reports that 67 percent of people polled believe illegal immigration is harming the state. -- The same percentage oppose allowing illegal immigrants to attend state universities on government subsidies...

Associated Press   
Big Sis voices support for DREAM Act amnesty scheme    
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the nation's immigration laws need an overhaul. -- In her second annual Address on the State of the Nation's Homeland Security, Napolitano said they're 'sorely outdated and in need of revision.' -- Asked by an audience member at the National Press Club what she sees as most in need of change, Napolitano said she couldn't narrow it down...

It's Revealed: DOJ suggested gun-running   
February 2nd is fast approaching for Attorney General Eric Holder, who is set to appear before the House Oversight Committee for questioning on Fast and Furious. -- This will put him in the hot seat in front of Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and other congressional members like Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who have been steady on Holder's trail since details of Fast and Furious became public...

Fox News Latino   
Obama regime sees landslide victory among Latino voters   
As Republican presidential candidates battle for the Latino vote in Florida, President Barack Obama's campaign released a memo predicting that he would win the Hispanic support by something verging on a record margin. -- In a memo to reporters Monday, Obama for America said Republicans have "sealed the political fate of their party with the Hispanic electorate" because of their "extreme rhetoric on immigration."

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