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November 15, 2008, 04:00 AM
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A Former Marine In Texas Reports A Mexican Teacher Caught Moonlighting—As A Drug Dealer; etc.

From: Mary Leverett: (e-mail her)

Because she suffered from emotional trauma when an infant and had language difficulties, a friend's child was placed in a Spanish-speaking ESL class. I wrote to VDARE.COM about this situation in my February 16 letter.

In early October, the class's teacher was arrested for money laundering and drug trafficking!

According to the story, Montgomery County sheriff's deputies said 40-year-old Elena Ducoing, the first-grade teacher at Greenleaf Elementary School to whom I had earlier referred, was arrested Wednesday after a six-month investigation.[Teacher Accused Of Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering, Click2Houston.com, October 9, 2008]

She is suspected of laundering millions of dollars and trafficking marijuana, cocaine and meth.

Investigators said they seized several computers, ten pounds of marijuana, three grams of cocaine, a money-counting machine, $2,300 in cash and other items used to package and transport money and drugs.

Ducoing's story doesn't end there.

According to detectives Ducoing's husband, Roberto Munoz, has strong ties to one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, Los Zetas/Gulf Cartel. He was arrested last month.

Members of the Los Zetas/Gulf Cartel are believed to be responsible for numerous murders, kidnappings and other violent crimes in Mexico and in the United States.

Were any background checks performed on Ducoing, I wonder?

Or was it just full speed ahead in the name of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity?

This is what it has come to in Texas— hardened criminals posing as teachers have the fate of our children in their hands.

Leverett's opinion about fellow Marine General Peter Pace and his disingenuous immigration views is here. Previous letters she wrote about Mychal Bell and multiculturalism gone mad at the Denver Public Library are here and here.

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A Utah Reader Says The Troublemakers "Never Learn"

From: Elmer Singleton (e-mail him)

The agitators are loudly announcing that on the day after Barack Obama is sworn in, they will take to the streets to demand the amnesty that the he ill-advisedly promised them.[US Immigrants to March a Day After Obama Takes Over, AFP, November 12, 2008]

Troublemakers never learn.

In the first place, even if the ethnic identity groups do march, that can only help us. Remember that two years ago, in much more stable economic environment, alien demonstrations and rallies united Americans against amnesty.

Imagine what the public reaction today would be to rewarding law breakers would while Americans are losing their homes and jobs.

Obama, if he's as smart as he thinks he is, can easily skirt the entire issue before he so much as steps foot into the White House.

All he has to do is simply say that the first items on his agenda are resolving the financial crisis, stabilizing the stock market, helping people in foreclosure, saving the automakers and creating jobs.

If he wants to build himself an additional cushion, he can add to his list Iraq withdrawal, universal health care and energy independence.

"Everything else", Obama should then firmly state, has to wait.

Without even mentioning "immigration" or "comprehensive immigration reform," Obama could make it clear that it is a low priority issue.

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A New Jersey Reader See A David Dinkins-Like Career For Obama

From: Jim Rossi (e-mail him)

Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Bad Bush, Bad McCain, Bad Campaign= Wipeout!

George W. Bush's problems started from his first day.
 
What happened was that the Democrats never accepted Bush as president after the 2000 election fiasco. Then the media disgracefully subjected him to continuous ridicule in a manner that I can't remember being leveled at any previous president—and I can remember back to Dwight Eisenhower.
 
I hope I'm wrong but I suspect we will miss Bush in about a year, when, as Vice President-elect Joe Biden predicted, President Barack Obama is tested.
 
Guzzardi hit the nail on the head about the expectations swirling around Obama.
 
He's already created problems following his appointment of Rahm Emanuel chief of staff.
 
From Obama's perspective, Emanuel is a good choice because he's an excellent strategist. But naming Emanuel disappointed some of Obama's supporters.
 
Hispanics don't like Emanuel because he didn't press first term Congressmen to support "
comprehensive immigration reform", since most of them ran as immigration restrictionists.
 
Pro-Palestinians are put out because Emanuel is a hawk on Israel and a supporter of Bibi Netanyahu.
 
Republicans, who barely count, criticized Emanuel's appointment because he's divisive.
 
As Obama will soon find out, despite his raft of promises, you can't please everyone.
 
I expect Obama's career will end up similar to that of the former and first-time-ever African-American New York Mayor David Dinkins who promised to heal the city's racial divide.
 
But by the end of Dinkin's first and only term, he had alienated everyone.
 
As a consequence Dinkins, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid to Republican Rudy Giuliani despite the overwhelming predominance of Democratic voters throughout the city.

Rossi's previous letters about Hillary Clinton' 2012 prospects and the GOP's numerous political problems besides immigration are here and here.

Joe Guzzardi comments: About Bush's early relationship with the Democrats and the media, I'm not so sure. During the first months of Bush's administration there was a lot of happy talk about bipartisanship, especially as it related to "No Child Left Behind." Look at this picture of Teddy Kennedy and Bush—all smiles.

As for the press, Bush got a completely free ride on the Iraq War—hardly a single pressing question from any journalist. Early during the war, Bush's popularity was around 80 percent—largely the result of an adoring press.

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An Alaska Reader Defends Sarah Palin

From:  Ryan Kennedy (e-mail him)

Re: Today's Letter: An Alaska Reader Explains How Sarah Palin Can "Exact Her Revenge" On The GOP

Tom Sullivan wrote a silly letter about Sarah

There is no way she will appoint herself Senator.  After all, Palin rose to power fiercely criticizing former Gov. Frank Murkowski for appointing his daughter to the US senate.

Palin said as much on a recent local radio talk show:

The Palin plan is to get busy working as Alaska's governor, run for re-election in 2010 and then for president in 2012. 

We have four years to convince Palin about the Sailer strategy

Kennedy's column about Palin is here. His other articles and letters are archived here.

Joe Guzzardi comments: Sarah Palin is currently the world's most visible human being. Try turning on your television and not seeing her.

Our friend Ryan Kennedy wrote his letter before Palin hedged her bets (again!) by saying:

"My life is in God's hands. If he's got doors open for me, that I believe are in our state's best interest, the nation's best interest, I'm going to go through those doors."  [ Palin Won't Rule Out Senate Run, by Kyle Hokins, Anchorage Daily News, November 14, 2008]

My personal opinion: Palin should go for it! Appoint herself U.S. Senator followed a couple of years later by announcing her presidential candidacy. I don't care if she knows whether Africa is a continent or not. There is no possible way Palin, if elected, could do a worse job than anyone who has been the President for the last several decades.

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