You've been warned…
After a long period of serious contemplation, I have decided that I don't like people. I'm all for humanity—just not the vessel, if you know what I mean.
I say they are the worst and I'm grading on a curve. This conclusion excludes the top three species from my list: snake handlers, people who dress like Neo from the Matrix and hairless cats. (Well, all cats.)
Then I read Diana Ponce's story and a new curve was established. Here's her picture:
Ok, the caption for this photo could be anything—limitless joke potential.
But truth is stranger than fiction. This woman is actually fasting.
Uh-huh—poodle here is on a hunger strike. Read on…
"Diana Ponce talks on a phone in the yard of her San Pablo home Wednesday, the fifth day of a hunger strike to protest the gathering of armed volunteers, the Minuteman Project, at the Arizona-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States." Hunger strike protests anti-immigrant vigilantes, San Francisco Chronicle 4/21/05, Chronicle photo by John O'HaraJust like Gandhi, Ms. Ponce is squatting in her front yard—with a television, no less—and refusing to eat as a mark of protest against the Minuteman Project in Arizona.
(Toss in the gaggle of ACLU volunteers busted on film doping up their self-righteous minds and the Arizona border must look like a three-ring circus…or a Woodstock revival).
According to the CC Times' Shirley Dang
"Earlier this month, Ponce read a newspaper account of the Minuteman Project, a loose band of armed volunteers gathered in Arizona this month to catch illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border."
"President Bush has called them vigilantes, but the administration has taken no action."
The Contra Costa Times described Ms. Ponce's condition as "delirious" by the fourth night of fasting.
Additionally, note the fence-strung banners that read "Tenemos Que Unirnos" or "we have to unite."
Diana isn't alone—her husband visits in the morning and after work.
During the long days, she grips a pink teddy bear and plays with her pit bull. (A pit bull!…didn't see that one coming!)
Interestingly enough, she is also a diabetic. So engaging in a form of protest that excludes food was an interesting pick.
Ponce also offered the Contra Costa Times this explanation for the hunger strike:hostile take-over by illegal aliens who hail from places like Michoacan?
Explaining the front yard setting, she said something that sounded unbelievably close to rational.
"And I figured the government can't get involved if it's my own property," she said.
Goodness gracious, the lady is on to something. Ponce is of the opinion that government interference should be limited by private property rights.
But she wants the government to interfere in Arizona…
Would it extend far enough to cover the private property rights of an entire nation?
If so, I just happen to have one in mind.
More to the point, she is guided by the same system of beliefs shared by most pro-immigration enthusiasts:
Bryanna Bevens [email her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff for a member of the California State Assembly.