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Grieving mother says immigration status is not “irrelevant”

August 22, 2007

Juan Felix Salinas via Houston Chronicle 

Juan Felix Salinas

H/T to Michelle Malkin

Someone alert Geraldo Rivera!  Come to think of it, you probably won’t see him reporting on this story, since it doesn’t likely fit his agenda.

Felinda Williams, a mother who lost her daughter, son-in-law and two year old grandson to a criminal alien who was driving drunk is convinced they would be alive today, if our immigration system worked.  Via the Houston Chronicle.

Tenisha and S.J. Williams and their son Xavier

Felinda Williams couldn’t make herself go to court on a recent morning, couldn’t bring herself to look at the man accused of driving drunk and killing her daughter, her son-in-law and her 2-year-old grandson.

She knows few details of the Aug. 11 crash in Houston that killed the newlyweds and the little boy nicknamed “Peanut Butter.” She does know that her daughter didn’t die on impact. The young woman, according to reports, felt the flames and begged helpless bystanders to pull her free.

The grieving woman knows two things about Juan Felix Salinas, the man charged in connection with their deaths: She knows his name, and she knows he was in the U.S. illegally, out on bail after an earlier arrest.

“He’s been through the courts and the jail before, and nobody caught it,” Williams said. “If they’d caught it, he would have been in jail or deported, and then he wouldn’t have been out there on the streets, and my babies would still be alive.”

Is Juan Felix Salinas an isolated case?  Not by any stretch of the imagination.

In the past year, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Police Department officials said they have increased their cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. But despite recent efforts, not all illegal immigrants who come into contact with law enforcement in Houston are referred to immigration authorities, which has frustrated some victims’ advocates and proponents of stricter immigration controls.

Salinas, 41, was arrested in Jacinto City after allegedly shaking his wife violently on March 31. He escaped the attention of immigration officials by posting a “non-arrest” bond at the Harris County Jail, which some victim advocates have called a loophole for illegal immigrants.

As Michelle says, “Repeat after me: Sovereign Nation or Sanctuary Nation–It’s your choice.

Officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office ask each inmate during the intake process about nationality and citizenship, said Sgt. D.M. Mackey.

More than 4,606 inmates admitted to being illegal immigrants and had their cases referred to ICE from August 2006 through August 2007, Mackey said. In the previous 18 months, the sheriff’s office had identified 1,940 illegal immigrants in the jail.

Andy Kahan, director of the Mayor’s Crime Victim’s Office, questioned why local authorities don’t refer all cases involving suspected illegal immigrants to ICE.“We can’t expect ICE and federal officials to act if we don’t give them all of the information to act on,” he said. “If we don’t give them the tools to make a decision, we reap what we sow.”

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The TNR shuffle

August 22, 2007

H/T to Brennan at The American Pundit.

Well, The New Republic has finally said something about the Scott Thomas Beauchamp debacle.  But, don’t get your hopes up.  They aren’t confessing their failings.  

Nope.  Instead, Jonathan Chait, a senior editor at TNR, decided to come out taking shots at Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard for one of his editorials on 7/30/07, “They Don’t Really Support the Troops.”

Two progressive magazines have taken complementary approaches in this effort. In its July 30 issue, the Nation has a 24-page article based on interviews with 50 Iraq veterans. The piece allegedly reveals “disturbing patterns of behavior by American troops in Iraq”–indeed, it claims that the war has “led many troops to declare an open war on all Iraqis.” Needless to say, the anecdotal evidence in the article comes nowhere close to supporting this claim. There are a few instances of out-of-control behavior, some routine fog-of-war and brutality-of-war incidents, and much that is simply trivial. The picture is unpleasant, as one would expect–but it comes nowhere close to living up to the authors’ billing: “The war the vets described is a dark and even depraved enterprise.”

Since the Nation has held this view of every American war (except when we were fighting side-by-side with Stalin’s Soviet Union), and loves nothing more than accounts of American war crimes, its story is no surprise. At least they interviewed real soldiers on the record. The New Republic, in its July 23 issue, takes a different tack. Its slander of American soldiers appears to be fiction presented as fact, behind a convenient screen of anonymity.   more… 

And, how does TNR, via Chait, respond?  I suppose it is all in how he wraps up his diatribe (emphasis mine)…

Kristol’s good standing in the Washington establishment depends on the wink-and-nod awareness that he’s too smart to believe his own agitprop. Perhaps so. But, in the end, a fake thug is not much better than the real thing.

I know the irony can’t be lost on readers that Chait has the audacity to speak of “a fake thug” after the discredited Scottie Beauchamp by whom TNR was duped.

Hello!  Jonathan?  Do you care to finally confess to the fact that you were duped by Beauchamp?

My previous posts on TNR and Scottie are here, here, here, here, here and here.

How to dupe The New Republic…

August 20, 2007

Scott Thomas Beauchamp via Gateway Pundit Elspeth Reeve from her time at the Missouri School of Journalism? Franklin Foer  by Taisie Berkely via HarperCollins

Scott Beauchamp – Elspeth Reeve – Franklin Foer

H/T to Brennan at The American Pundit. 

Richard Miniter at Pajamas Media has the scoop on how Scott Thomas Beauchamp took TNR for a ride.  

An insider-turned-whistleblower and the fabricator’s former fiancée, as well as other sources, have spoken to PajamasMedia.com—providing a plethora of new details that raise new questions.

Those questions include: Did the fabricator’s wife, Elspeth Reeve, fact-check her husband’s articles? Did her staff position make other fact-checkers go easy on him? Why didn’t Reeve’s knowledge of Beauchamp’s character and history make her skeptical of his work? (Remember the old journalist saw: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”) Did Foer’s friendship with Beauchamp affect the fact-checkers or provoke Foer to defend him in the face of mounting evidence? And, why was the whistle-blower the only New Republic staffer to be fired? Finally, what does the magazine intend to do to ensure that it does not get fooled again?   more…

Come to think of it, since Franklin Foer still refuses to own up to the debacle that is so clear to everyone but most of his TNR staff and him, I guess you could say that Scottie is still taking them for a ride.

Richard’s article at Pajamas Media is kind of long but it is full of interesting details that I am sure many readers will find interesting.

So many questions, so few answers.  Hello, Franklin?  Any response for us on how you can get duped so easily and so many times?  Or, is refusing to admit that it happened to you going to be the plan going forward still?

VOJ prior posts on Scott Thomas Beauchamp are here, here, here, here, here and here.

Others posting on this:  Michelle Malkin /

No more sanctuary for Elvira Arellano, at least for now.

August 19, 2007

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UPDATE:  H/T to Brennan at The American Pundit.  The Mexican Senate is displeased with the U.S. enforcing our immigrations laws.  I’m not surprised either, Brennan.

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UPDATE:  Tammy Bruce is curious as to when we will see mom held accountable for her child abuse/neglect.  Maybe once she gets done basking in the spotlight

And, while we are at it, if the Mexican senate loves Elvira Arellano so much, why don’t they just keep her there, instead of wanting to get her back here?

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UPDATE:  Michelle Malkin will be on The O’Reilly Factor at 8:00pm (EST) tonight to discuss the Elvira Arellano case, as well as sanctuary cities and crime.  It will be the usual three, Michelle, O’Reilly, and Powers.  Well, the Factor might be worth watching again tonight.

*NoteIs it just me or does anyone else seem to think the Fox may be grooming Michelle for her own show?  O’Reilly had said some time back that he didn’t know how much longer he would want to do the show.  The Malkin Factor.  Not a bad ring to it.  But, she might want something more original.

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UPDATE:  Even the poll on the Los Angeles Times site to see if people believe Arellano should have been deported is overwhelmingly in favor of her deportation. 

Here are the results at 6:12pm (EST), when I cast my vote (Can you guess which way I voted?):

Your Vote

What do you think of the case of Elvira Arellano? The illegal immigrant from Mexico was deported late Sunday. Should she have been deported?

70.5%
Yes. She broke the law.

(822 responses)

21.8%
No. She should not be separated from her son.

(254 responses)

7.7%
Doesn’t matter. This feels like a publicity stunt.

(90 responses)

1166 total responses

Well, they damned sure can’t say that the LAT is some right-leaning media outlet and their crazed readers who hate immigrants.  I think those results are just a hoot! 

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UPDATE:  H/T to Michelle Malkin

Laura Ingraham had Geraldo Rivera on to blather about the Elvira Arellano arrest and deportation.  Audio is here for that exchange.

There is one interesting tidbit you might get from the segment, if nothing else.  Geraldo said he “invented” covering MS-13 gangs. 

Now we have Geraldo with MS-13 and Al Gore with the internet.  What’s next?

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UPDATE:  A Chicago Tribune poll shows an overwhelming majority of respondents thought Elvira Arellano should have been arrested and deported.  The same goes for churches sheltering illegal aliens.

Now, where is that “outrage” to which the earlier video report alluded?  Anyone?

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UPDATE:  You’ll have to forgive me, if I don’t see the “outrage” that they talk about in this video report on Arellano’s arrest and deportation. 

The only “outrage” I am hearing in my area is why it took ICE so long to do something, while Arellano thumbed her nose at U.S. law and got away with it.

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UPDATE:  Say “cheese!”, Elvira.  Now comes her booking photo.

Elvira Arellano's booking photo 

Is there anyone out there interested in starting a pool on how long it will be, before Elvira Arellano turns back up in the U.S.?

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H/T to Brennan at The American Pundit.

Yes.  Elvira Arellano has been arrested, after brazenly leaving her longtime hideout in a Chicago-area church to travel to Los Angeles, CA for one of her speaking engagements.

An illegal Mexican immigrant who sought refuge inside a Chicago church for a year was arrested in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon after taking her campaign on the road.

Elvira Arellano was arrested about 4:15 p.m. Chicago time by law enforcement officials after leaving Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in downtown Los Angeles, said Emma Lozano, an adviser who was there during the arrest.

After talking to news media inside the church, Arellano and her supporters got into their van to head north to San Jose, where she was scheduled to speak at another church, Lozano said. Moments after they got in the van, an unmarked vehicle stopped them. 

At this point is where Antonio Olivo, the Chicago Tribune staff writer, decides to inject his drama with a little creative license.

The driver of Arellano’s van, Roberto Lopez, poked his head out of the van because he wanted to see why they were being blocked. Several other unmarked vehicles surrounded their van.

Agents came out of all the cars screaming at the top of their lungs for her to get out, Lozano said. Her 8-year-old son, Saul, started to cry, and Arellano said to everyone in the car, “Calm down. Don’t have any fear. They can’t hurt me.”

Well, that almost sounded like the Gestapo had decended upon poor little Elvira and her cohorts, didn’t it?   Now, it was time for Antonio to show Elvira as the one being in charge.

Then she turned to the people who were about to arrest her and she said, “You’re going to have to give me a minute with my son,” Lozano said. She spent time with her son in the car, and then surrendered.

According to the article, ICE has Arellano in custody and is preparing to return her to Mexico on the original deportation order issued in 1997.  I am curious to see if they bungle this one.

As Michelle Malkin points out, “Keep an eye on ICE.”

How long will it take Elvira Arellano to sneak back into the U.S. for a third time, do you think?  Her eight year old son is still in the U.S. and Arellano is just across the border in Tiajuana.  Plus, she already had plans to make the pilgrimage to Washington D.C. in September.  Wouldn’t that be the icing on the cake for Chertoff and ICE to see her pop in in D.C.?  What will you do then, Mr. Chertoff?

If the U.S. Census Bureau had its way, Arellano never would have been deported at this time, I guess.

Interestingly enough, Arellano wasn’t too popular with other illegal aliens, because her shenanigans were perceived to be bringing too much attention to illegal immigration for their comfort.  Read the full Chicago Tribune article.

Bear in mind, as Allahpundit points out, “sanctuary” is not recognized by American law but, rather, is an archaic common law concept.

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Others posting on this topic:  JamieWearingFool / Allahpundit / Narcissistic view on News/Politics / University Update / Don Surber / Unpartisan.com / Bill’s Bites / Gateway Pundit / Amy Ridenour / Independent Conservative / Captain’s Quarters / MAIA / Free Republic /

The MSM scorecard

August 17, 2007

Randall Hoven at The American Thinker has begun “a scorecard to keep track of all the fallen journalists, journalistic mistakes and major and minor screw-ups in the media”.   

Well, that should keep him busy keeping it update, huh?

It falls in line, somewhat, with what I was reading at The American Pundit earlier, where I posted a couple of comments with links to previous stories, like:Penelope Trunk at the Huffington Post was so bold as to let us know that journalists have their own version of “the truth”.

I also noted the “highly contrived” article at Newsweek by Sharon Begley that prompted an immediate rebuttal from a Newsweek editor, Robert Samuelson, because of the validity of the story on global warming.

And, I mentioned how the MSM blames bloggers and the internet for journalists’ failed writing and research skills, down to something as simple as proper spelling.

People just tuning in in recent weeks may have thought Scott Thomas Beauchamp and The New Republic were just an isolated occurrence.  But, that is far from the way things are.

Is it just me or is Geraldo’s blathering nauseating?

August 17, 2007

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UPDATE:  By the way, I have gotten tired of hearing Geraldo whine about how he “broke the story” of the murders on his show the other night, before anyone else was reporting on it.  Is that going to be his claim to fame?   Sorry.  I had to get that off my chest too.

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While doing my evening viewing of the Fox News Channel the past few days, I have been obliged to endure Geraldo Rivera on The O’Reilly FactorHannity & Colmes and, now, Fox & Friends

Here he is on The O’Reilly Factor the other night.

He lost his cool with Sean Hannity the other night, when trying to spin the case on the charges leveled against Jose Carranza, an illegal alien, and was fronted out by Sean for trying to brush that aspect aside as a trivial point.  Here he is in an excerpt from Hannity & Colmes, when Sean got him so incited.

I thought Geraldo was going to burst a blood vessel.   

It was almost comical, if it were not for it being so damned annoying, that Geraldo, like so many of his Leftnut buddies, wishes to turn a blind eye to the problems that illegal immigration levies upon our society.

Michelle Malkin appeared on Fox & Friends yesterday with Kelly, Gretchen and Greg to discuss the gangland-style Newark, NJ murders and sanctuary city practices of Newark.

This morning, Geraldo showed up on Fox & Friends with Kelly, Gretchen and Brian to try and counter Michelle’s appearance yesterday on that show, where she was demonstrating the insanity in this having been a 100% preventable crime.  Geraldo was having none of that.

It’s probably better for him that he doesn’t try to go head-to-head with Michelle on the issues.  He doesn’t usually tend to come out too well on those situations.  As Bryan notes:

Geraldo resorted to emotional arguments throughout, and cited statistics without ever noting the source of those stats, and many of his stats aren’t even right. And he had to ignore some obvious things — such as the inherent criminality of illegal immigrants — to get anywhere near making a substantive point. Instead of making real points, he just kept ranting about “Pablo” and injecting race into the debate, and then accusing Michelle of injecting race when she clearly hadn’t.

Had Carranza been deported, in all likelihood, the three youths in Neward that were executed gangland style may well still be alive today.  But, he was not and they are not. 

At the very least, this predator could have been held without bail, pending a deportation hearing on his illegal immigration status, after being charged with raping a child, he would not have been out to commit the murders.

But, that doesn’t play well with Geraldo’s spin, so we should brush over it, as he sees it.  What a nimrod. 

I think Geraldo is full of the “bullcrapMichelle noted in her post and on television.  He doesn’t want to be reminded of all the other horrific crimes being perpetrated by criminal aliens in the U.S., like I have posted on here and here, just for recent examples.

By all means, when it comes to illegal aliens, especially criminal illegal aliens,…

Deport Them Now.

Is Hillary’s cleavage really news?

August 15, 2007

via The Washington Post

Come one, folks.  Is it really news that Hillary Clinton has breasts?  Robyn Givhan at the Washington Post seems to think so.

Now, if the story were broken that she had male genitalia, that might be news. 

Anyhow, Ann Althouse muses some more on Hillary and cleavage, if you’re up to it. (no pun intended…well, maybe a little)

WaPo is even blogging on Hillary’s bosom.  The recent Hillary Clinton fundraising letter is right in that it is “grossly inappropriate.”  It was so gross to me that the one photo of Hillary Clinton and her cleavage was enough to leave my lunch feeling less-than-settled. 

Anyone have a Tums?  Anyone?

Let’s get back to real news.  Let’s hear about Hillary’s socialist healthcare or her more recent venture for billions of dollars to have the government bail out homeowners who over-extend themselves with a socialist housing plan.  Let’s hear about what Hillary is hiding.  Let’s hear about her groveling to the leftwing nutroots and getting booed at the YearlyKos. 

There are too many boobs in government to worry about writing on Hillary’s cleavage or any other candidate’s.  There goes my lunch again.  I may never get these disturbing visions of Hillary and her cleavage out of my mind.  Thanks, guys. :-/

Shhh! Don’t mention that Manuel De Jesus Gonzalez-Geronimo is an “illegal alien”.

August 15, 2007

News of Manuel De Jesus Gonzalez-Geronimo and the horrific accident that took the lives of constructin workers on U.S. Route 29 in Maryland is being reported  on the local and national levels.  But, what seems to not be reported in many cases is that Mr. Gonzalez-Geronimo, by his own admission, is an illegal alien that has been in the U.S. for seven years.

But, surely, there is no agenda for leaving that small tidbit out of the news articles, right?

MSNBC doesn’t even hint at his immigration status.  Same goes for the Washington Post.  An area station, NBC4, in Maryland isn’t any better on their coverage.  It’s not just NBC.  An ABC station is neglecting to report the whole story too.  WABL, another NBC station, is the same.  The Gazette in Maryland, doesn’t mention the immigration status either. 

Now, WTOP, give you the full details, including the illegal immigration status.  The Baltimore Sun gives us a little bit on the illegal immigration status but to them he is an “undocumented worker from Guatemala”, not illegal alien.  But, they do go on to refer to “illegal aliens” in a subsequent sentence. 

Were it not for a few media outlets and the blogosphere reporting the full details, no one would ever know that another illegal alien has taken lives that an American wouldn’t.

I didn’t even find anything on the Fox News Channel.  Maybe, they have it on-air but not on the site yet.  Dunno.  It might pop up on there later.

NewsMax is silent on the story too. 

So, like Brennan at The American Pundit says, “Anyone up for any open borders rap?

Or, better yet, maybe someone would like to strut with Elvira Arellano, the illegal immigrant planning to come out of hiding in a church for ten years, to protest in an immigration march in a few days, as Michelle Malkin reports.

Yeah.  We get to hear politicians, like Rudy, talk about how they are going to secure the borders.  Of course, he continued the sanctuary city policy in New York as mayor and now wants us to believe he is going to do something about illegal aliens.  Maybe I am too skeptical.  I won’t believe it, until I see it.

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Others posting on deaths resulting from illegal aliens:  HotAir / Right Voices / Four Pointer / Thunder Run / dpgi v.3 / Common Sense Journal / No More Spin / Beau Sams / Political Party Poop / La Shawn Barber /

Newsweek Editor: Our Warming Story Contrived

August 13, 2007

Photo by David Berkwitz via HarperCollins 

Via NewsMax.

A contributing editor at Newsweek magazine, Robert J. Samuelson, has sharply criticized his own publication for what he calls a “highly contrived” cover story about the global warming threat and the “denial machine” that seeks to debunk it.

In this week’s issue of Newsweek, Samuelson writes: “As we debate it, journalists should resist the temptation to portray global warming as a morality tale – as Newsweek did – in which anyone who questions its gravity or proposed solutions may be ridiculed as a fool, a crank or an industry stooge.”

He also writes: “Unfortunately, self-righteous indignation can undermine good journalism. Last week’s Newsweek cover story on global warming is a sobering reminder. It’s an object lesson of how viewing the world as ‘good guys vs. bad guys’ can lead to a vast oversimplification of a messy story.”    more… 

As the article notes, Marc Morano, communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said a Senate report is scheduled to be released in the fall that will feature hundreds of scientists “who have spoken out recently against [Al] Gore, the U.N., and the media-driven climate ‘consensus.’”

Sharon Begley’s article, “The Truth About Denial“, is here

Newsweek Cover - 8/13/07 issue 

Just for the record, anything that starts off with Barbara Boxer in the opening sentence can’t be good.

Robert J. Samuelson’s rebuttal can be found here

Oooops!  What a screw up, if your own editors feel compelled to run a rebuttal in the following issue.

Noel Sheppard at News Busters weighs in on the Begley article. 

Manmade global warming alarmism took a disgraceful turn for the worse this weekend when Newsweek published a lengthy cover-story repeatedly calling skeptics “deniers” that are funded by oil companies and other industries with a vested interest in obfuscating the truth.

In fact, the piece several times suggested that publishing articles skeptical of man’s role in climate change is akin to misleading Americans about the dangers of smoking.

Despicably titled “Global-Warming Deniers: A Well-Funded Machine,” the article painted a picture of an evil cabal whose goal is to thwart science at the detriment of the environment and the benefit of their wallets.   more…

Tailrank has a roundup from around the blogosphere on the Begley story. 

And, of course, Sharon Begley now has her own blog over at Newsweek.  So much for editorial critique there, huh?

Others posting on this topic:  JammieWearingFool / Liberal Values / Villainous Company / Amy Ridenour / Pat Dollard / American Conservative Daily /

John, just what all do you consider a “charity”?

August 13, 2007

John “Pretty Boy” Edwards is one of those gifts that just seems to keep on giving. 

Politico reports that Edwards might have been having a problem with the whole truth and nothing but the truth, when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “Every dime of the money they gave to me has gone to charity.”  Maybe he should have defined “charity” for Wolf and the viewing audience?

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards recently defended taking a lucrative book contract from a publisher controlled by Rupert Murdoch — whose News Corp. empire Edwards has sharply criticized — by insisting that “every dime” of his $500,000 advance went to charity.

Left unmentioned by Edwards, however, was that Murdoch’s HarperCollins paid portions of a $300,000 expense budget for the book to Edwards’s daughter and to a senior political aide, Jonathan Prince.

The sums paid to Cate Edwards and Prince, who are listed as co-authors on the little-noticed 2006 coffee table book, “Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives,” have not been made public, but were confirmed by two sources with first-hand knowledge of the book deal.

These and other details of the deal that have spilled out in recent weeks demonstrate both the complexity of Edwards’ transformation into an anti-corporate crusader, and of Murdoch’s double role as a corporate titan and political player.    more…

Michelle Malkin weighs in on the “silly pony” and even offers up a cool PhotoShop of Edwards’ book giving it a more appropriate title.

Neocon News has a good title rewrite for Edwards, along with the cover change.

Others posting on this topic:  Rhymes with RightJammieWearingFool /