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by Walter Brasch
May 9, 2010
My father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol. He had thick black hair and naturally dark skin, and the Patrol thought he was a Mexican brazenly trying to sneak back into the country by claiming to be married to the black-haired, blue-eyed, light-skinned woman he claimed was his wife.
If my father were still alive, and chose to drive into Arizona or to walk on the streets of any of its cities or towns, he probably would be stopped and asked to provide identification. Naturally, he wouldn’t be carrying a U.S-issued visa or Mexican-issued passport, since he was an American citizen. He probably wouldn’t even be carrying his birth certificate, since he would have assumed he was traveling within the United States, and there was no need to carry it. He would probably have a Social Security card and his California-issued ID card—he didn’t have a driver’s license because he was blind in his left eye—but both of those could easily have been forged.
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May 08, 2010 — Please watch how we are making the babies of Afghanistan more militarized and violent than their country already is today
A US backed Afghanistan defense advertising campaign has pictures of cute Afghan babies
by Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
May 9, 2010
WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
Major General Smedley Butler
For this Mother’s Day, I am not going to write about Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day proclamation and how Mother’s Day is a “Day for Peace.”
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“Power concedes nothing without a demand.”
— Fredrick Douglas
May 08, 2010 — Talk by Ralph Nader, founder of Public Citizen and author of “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” given May 7, 2010 at Town Hall Seattle.