Politics, Football and Trump

What a difference a week makes, last Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, might have been the biggest protest in the NFL.  Players, coaches, and even owners protested.  They protested because the insensitive remarks made by President Trump Friday in Alabama.  There were also protests in baseball games and among basketball players. As usual, there were different reactions, those who dislike Trump were outraged but his supporters were gleeful.  And Facebook, Tweeter, and other social media sites lighted up like there was no tomorrow.  Many conversations have been held about players exercising their freedom of speech and disrespecting the national anthem or the flag. These were the exact remarks made by President Trump,“Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,” Out! He’s fired. He’s fired.”  Nonetheless, protests have started fading away as the President has taken on critics who are not happy with…

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The complex fight for immigration reform

Once it was known that the President had ended DACA, there were marches and rallies throughout the nation. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions took advantage of this press conference and spewed venom and screamed at top of his lungs outright lies about immigrants.  Yes, the usual venom used by nativists, i.e., “illegal aliens,” and “these immigrants take jobs from Americans.”  It truly was a mean-spirited press conference. He also mentioned legislation in Congress being supportive by anti-immigrant forces, the “RAISE Act,” a bill in the Senate that will cut legal immigration in half. Most rallies and marches solely centered on DACA and the dreamers.  I have always said that there was going to be a revolution in this country had this president attempted to kick out these productive immigrants who have contributed greatly to this nation. Indeed, it was clear that the majority of Americans support…

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Can Democrats Bring the White Voters Back Without Selling out?

I still vividly remember the analyses in the last year presidential elections. Pundits and editorial writers were writing obituaries on the Republican Party for heavily relying on old poor white voters. Now, the conversation about these very same “poor white voters” has radically made a 360-degree change. Yes, these pundits are now saying that Democrats are doomed and that they don’t have a chance to win the House of Representatives next year if they don’t bring these white voters back to the party. Latinos and African Americans are voting blocks that Democrats can not always count on. These two constituents don’t constantly vote and that has empowered the poor white working class voters who support the Republicans.There are 24 seats that Democrats need to win next year if they want to control the House of Representatives in Congress. Seven of these seats are here in…

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Commencement Speeches, What Would You Say ?

Graduation season rolled in again a couple of weeks ago.  It is that time of the year when you heard all these commencement speeches.  Speakers are supposed to encourage the new graduates to go out and defy the gods. I have always wondered how one prepares for these speeches and what makes one be qualified to give one. Graduates this year are facing immense challenges economically, politically, and socially.  Their democracy is on life support and the new “gig” economy doesn’t produce good paying jobs for them. It is all about surviving as opportunities are scarce for the new college graduates.  And socially, the country is divided in unending cultural wars. I have heard many commencement speeches throughout the years.  But, the best speeches I have heard were delivered by Steve Jobs and David Foster Wallace.  Both of them were given in 2005.  Steve…

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Herbalife Targeting Immigrants with its Pyramid Scheme !

I was researching for new documentaries a week ago and came across with this one, Betting on Zero,  aA documentary about Herbalife. I watched it. I knew that this company was being scrutinized for its business model, but I didn’t know they were preying on Latino immigrants. In light how this company is aggressively targeting humble immigrants, I was somewhat puzzled that Herbalife’s business and how its strategies have been under the radar of many major Spanish speaking news organization.  This documentary profiles a group of immigrants in Chicago who have been victimized by Herbalife’s ruthless marketing strategies.  These immigrants were easily deceived and lied to into recruiting their family members and close friends. Newspapers reported that 60% of the money that Herbalife makes come from Latinos in the US. I was shocked witnessing how Herbalife with such unethical business model has risen and done well….

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Immigrants and Trump’s First 100 Days as President

Although many minority communities have been in the crosshairs, I will venture to say that no other community has been more affected by Trump’s first one hundred days than immigrant communities throughout this nation.  Illegal Immigration was Trump’s  signature promise while he was campaigning for the White House.  He often talked about illegal immigration in vitriolic tones.  Okay, he used vitriol for most of his speeches. White working-class voters blamed illegal immigration for their woes.  Candidate Trump managed to successfully tapped into these voters’ dissatisfaction with this issue.  These voters believed that candidate Trump was going to stop or at least restrict illegal immigration.  Political pundits argued that this was the very reason as to why Trump was able to win the Industrial Midwest, a geographical area that had been controlled by Democrats for decades. It is not hyperbole or exaggeration, but immigrant communities have been…

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25 Years Ago, LA Went Up in Flames. Can It Happen Again?

In balance, 1992 was a great year.  We, voters, in the state of California sent two women to the US Senate, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Bill Clinton became our president by defeating George H. Bush; Spain held the awesome Summer Olympics in Barcelona; and unfortunately here in LA, riots broke out after the acquittal of four white police officers accused of beating black driver Rodney King after a high-speed pursuit. I have been reading articles and watched a couple of documentaries about the LA riots that took place 25 years ago.  Then I realized that this week, our City’s Mayor was going to give his annual State of the City Address. I thought it would be only fair to expect our Mayor Garcetti to give us an assessment of what happened that important day of April of 1992 when all this city’s institutions collapsed….

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Save the Republic-Defend the Truth !

In light of how our political leaders are currently dealing with the truth in our political dialogues, I looked up its definition.   The Webster’s dictionary defines “truth” as “Fidelity, Constancy,” “sincerity in action, character, and utterance.”  Many Americans see how the “truth” as they understand it, is being under attack by the current Trump’s administration.  This is neither hysteria nor hyperbole. Often we see the President and his subordinates talking to media organizations and making serious claims with no supporting evidence.  This administration is radically changing this country’s civic landscape.  Our public space has become a public entertainment space where everything is infantilized.  There is an utter disregard for evidence, truth, and civility. Anybody with some basic understanding of the structure of civil societies knows that for these societies to function they must be premised on the very simple conviction that a thing called “truth”…

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These women were warned, they were given an explanation and no, they didn’t persist, at least not this time

People who run elections in county government will make the final results available soon. “Provisional and late-arriving mail-in ballots are still to be counted.” Not sure if there is still hope but it is being reported that there are at least 13,000 ballots in this race that are uncounted.  The second place candidate Robert Lee Ahn leads third-place candidate, Maria Cabildo by almost 3,000 votes.  There might still be hope for this woman who finished third place.  That will surely be a nightmare for the establishment’s candidate if he has to battle it out with this woman who has a real progressive record of accomplishments. It is somewhat difficult to fathom what really happened Tuesday in the 34th Congressional District’s race. I am deeply disappointed because I really was looking forward to seeing a woman winning this thing.  Indeed.  I was stunned seeing many…

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High Crimes and Misdemeanors

It has not even been hundred days yet since President Trump was inaugurated and chaos appears to be the new order in Washington.  As Democrats see all the chaos that Trump constantly engages day in and day out,  they scream at top of their lungs “impeachment.” American are not only stressed but they are also pessimistic about their futures. Surely, Democrats and progressives who despise this man are constantly anxious about Trump’s executive orders, his tweets and his daily encounters with the media.  People are still puzzled as to how “a billionaire demagogue” managed to win the presidency even as he broke forty years of tradition with others before him in making his tax returns public. Tax returns give backgrounds of presidents’ wealth and they can be used to see if there is conflict of interest when presidents make decisions on behalf of the…

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