Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Undocumented Vote: More Pasadena Unified Cluelessness

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A contentious article recently ran in the Pasadena Star News (link), one that again reinforces the impression many have that certain political suzerainties within the Rose City Rump State really are incredibly out of touch. And the issue, at least in my opinion, isn't so much about undocumented or illegal aliens being allowed to vote in Pasadena Unified school board elections. I am sure there are those from both sides of the question who are deeply concerned about that, but to me it is all fairly irrelevant. There is a much bigger issue that needs to be discussed.

As we now know, one of the more stark revelations emerging from the recently enacted "redistricting process" is that just because the local school district has gerrymandered its voting subdistricts along ethnic lines does not mean that anyone from amongst those sheltered zones is more likely to vote.

If anything, voter turnout within most subdistricts has remained dismal at best. And while the stated purpose may have been to elect more Hispanic BOE members, so far the only such board candidate to actually get elected under this regimen is from the whitest subdistrict within the Pasadena Unified School District, Sierra Madre.

Let me ask you this. If you were an undocumented alien living in the PUSD region, would you really want to risk registering to vote in something as comparatively unimportant as a Board of Education election? Would this seem like a good trade-off to you in the Donald J. Trump era? A time when a president-elect and his racially hostile stooges rant incessantly about deporting millions of, you got it, undocumented aliens? Would you really want to take that chance?

Actual citizens of the United States do not bother to vote in Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education elections. How can those who would risk deportation and separation from their families by registering to vote in these elections be expected to take such a risk?

Unless this is some sort of an ICE funded voter honey trap, I cannot see why anyone would be advocating for such a thing. Do these people actually believe this would improve voter turnout, or elect new blood to the Board of Education? Are these folks so completely clueless that they would actually put the parents of so many of their students at risk?

The Star News article is titled "Pasadena group pushing to give voting rights to non-citizen PUSD parents" and can be accessed here (link). Here is a portion of it.


News Outlets Rethink Usage of the Term Alt-Right (New York Times link): When The Washington Post published a profile last week of Richard B. Spencer, a prominent leader of the so-called alt-right, readers were quick to respond. By Monday, the article had drawn more than 2,600 comments.

Many of them had a similar message. “Please, please stop referring to a white Christian supremacist movement as the ‘alt-right’ — a phrase that sounds like a subgenre of rock music,” one reader wrote.

Another was more pointed: “STOP CALLING THEM ‘ALT-RIGHT.’ THEY ARE RACISTS, WHITE SUPREMICISTS, NAZIS.”

With the election of Donald J. Trump — and his subsequent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, a former chairman of the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist — the term alt-right has emerged as a linguistic flash point.

Generally deployed by news organizations to describe a far-right, white nationalist movement known for its aggressive online expression, the term has attracted widespread criticism among those, particularly on the left, who say it euphemizes and legitimizes the ideologies of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and white supremacy.

Mod: The rest of this New York Times article will be available to you by clicking on the link above.


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32 comments:

  1. Trump was looking for any and all voters. The fact that he picked up such racists as the KKK, White Supremicists and Nazis plus the Alt-Right is an example of the general population so fed up with same oh business as usual that they voted Trump in hopes that he would make some changes to the business as usual platform. Trump has a chance to bring the people together. Can he do it is the big question?

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    1. Yes, the KKK and Nazis are not business as usual. But I am not sure how bringing in people like those is going to unite anyone. Of course, Trump is not really sane, nor could he manage to carry the popular vote over his unpopular democratic opponent, so who knows what is going to happen. I am afraid for this country.

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    2. I can't even believe that anyone would be naive enough to think Trump would unify people. Bullying and hate crimes are already up exponentially. I just read that the Trump voters in Kentucky are worried that their Medicare will disappear. Uh, yeah!

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  2. The PUSD has always said been an after thought. Not much has changed, just rush the kids through.
    The gerrymandering, turns out shows more "white" catagory. Armenias get peged under this. Many families fit the "illegal" status.

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  3. The "alt-right" group if voters, realize "they"are got it right, when it comes down to which candidate was the correct choice to repair this broken Country.
    These voters also relize that the alt-libs, FEEL the need to name call, that's just what "they" do. Helps them justify their FEELINGS.
    This is why the "adult"won and the "children" were put in time out.

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    1. Says the poster whose vacuous comment is filled with name calling and his/her feelings about things.

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    2. I can tell you were home-schooled in 'alt' syntax.

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    3. Might be a graduate of 4 Roses University.

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  4. TRUMP PICKS EL CHAPO TO RUN D.E.A.
    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-picks-el-chapo-to-run-d-e-a

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  5. We really need to hang in there. If the recount goes Hillary's way we can avoid this takeover of our country by Trump and his racist, sexist, homophobic, Nazi supporters.

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  6. Unbelievable.

    Trump considering Goldman Sachs president for top post

    President-elect Donald Trump is considering Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn for a senior administration job, possibly as director of the Office of Management and Budget, several sources close to situation said on Wednesday.

    People familiar with the matter say Cohn's meeting with Trump on Tuesday included talks about a potential job in the new administration, possibly to run OMB, a sprawling office that will handle much of Trump's budget policy after he takes office in January.

    Cohn, who is friendly with both Republicans and Democrats in Washington, is a longtime commodities trader who became Goldman's president and co-chief operating officer in 2006. He has long been the heir apparent to Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein. But with Blankfein showing no inclination to leave after battling cancer, Cohn may be looking to take on a new challenge. He is friendly with Trump's powerful son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

    Cohn would add yet another Goldman name to a roster already filled with former executives from the influential bank, including Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin and incoming top White House adviser Steve Bannon.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2016/11/trump-could-pick-goldman-sachs-president-231995

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  7. I would hope that the most qualified members of the Presidents team will be the most experienced members.
    I am looking forward for middle class tax reform, and jobs. Regulations need to go.

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    1. There's one born every minute.

      Trump would hike taxes for some in middle class
      http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/11/27/some-middle-class-trump-plan-would-mean-tax-increase/94427186/

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    2. Eric:

      Thoughtful commentary by you, and your premise that it is critically important with the election of a neo-fascist of a minority candidate for President through the rigged electoral collect system that lists of undocumented persons not be created so that ICE can be facilitated in preying on the undocumented. But there is also a false premise in your analysis -- i.e., the premise that a list of undocumented immigrants would be created by granting all resident PUSD parents the right to vote in Board of Education elections. Enfranchising all resident PUSD parents could be accomplished by a concurrent dual election system -- the regular election system for registered voters and a parallel system of voting at school sites for non-registered parents administered by PUSD. The parallel system run by PUSD would not need to create a list of undocumented immigrants, document immigrants or other unregistered parents. A list already exists of all PUSD parents. The function of registration is to insure that those who vote are qualified; PUSD already has a list of those who are qualified -- its list of parents and their addresses. And school sites regularly deal with parents, so school sites where the voting for non-registered resident parents would vote have better means to determine whether someone who shows up to vote is actually on the list. The only problem that the dual voting systems create would be double voting by parents who might want to vote both as registered voters and in the parallel PUSD_administered system. The double-voting problem can be easily dealt with by a rule that registered voters must vote in the regular election system and the PUSD election-administrator obtaining from the County Registrar of voters a list of all registered voters within PUSD's jurisdiction and crossing off the names of registered voters. That creates a list of all parents in the school district who are unregistered voters which includes both document and undocumented immigrants, but the number of unregistered citizens and documented immigrants so obscures the undocumented immigrants that it of practically no value to ICE even if ICE can get its sticky fingers on it. Dale Gronemeier dlg@dgronemeier.com (I can't figure out your profile options that would include my name and email, so this will be posted as "anonymous" but I inconsistently whow up as anonymous)

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    3. So voters in Pasadena can do so without registering?

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  8. Billionaires and multi Millionaires must know something. Growth of 3 to 4% sounds good to me. Public service at its best.

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    1. Like I said, there is one born every minute.

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    2. you must be too young or dumb to remember the great recession

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    3. but I thought you were against the 'elites'
      better go pray

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    4. Everything and everyone Trump ran against is now being brought into his administration. Even Goldman Sachs. And the stupid idiots who gave him their votes? Whoops! There goes the Medicare!

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  10. Trump's Treasury Pick Steven Mnuchin has Ties to Controversial Pasadena Bank
    http://patch.com/california/pasadena-ca/trumps-treasury-pick-steven-mnuchin-has-ties-controversial-pasadena-bank

    Indy Mac!

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  11. Like anyone really cares about the PUSD system.

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  13. Pasadena is an apartheid town. The rich go to private school, the poor to PUSD schools. The rich are white, the poor are not. Of course, Pasadena thinks it is a very kind and progressive place. Funny, that.

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  14. As someone put it regarding Trump's tweet on flag-burners: He says it, and: his supporters agree...are reassured they got the right guy. His haters....who are legion, go and burn even more flags, sending yet another reinforcement to Middle America that *the Left hates the country, hates Trump and hates them.*

    See how he sets up everyone using media?
    But Trump unsurprisingly topped this scary claim within 48 hours, in which he revealed, once again, he lacked basic knowledge of the U.S. Constitution:
    "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag—if they do, there must be consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" Conan read to Sanders, a proposal tweeted by Trump early Tuesday.

    Bernie Sanders Schools Conan O'Brien on Who Trump's Base Really Is
    Sanders says Trump is "delusional."

    http://www.alternet.org/human-rights/bernie-sanders-schools-conan-obrien-trump-tweet-target

    And now there's going to be 4 years of just hate, all in the name of fame and profit.
    #FlimflamMan

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  15. Look who's burning the Oval Office, the Constitution and congressional acts:

    http://luckovich.blog.ajc.com/2016/11/29/1130-mike-luckovich-flammable/

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    1. Trump is burning medicare.

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  16. “Maybe God did choose this bloated narcissist and compulsive liar and con man to be president, and maybe He will send a couple of Corinthians to light his pathway,” he wrote. “It does seem like the very thing God might do. Put an idiot in charge and cluster his clueless children around him and a coterie of old hacks and opportunists and thereby teach us haughty journalists a lesson. God made Balaam’s donkey open its mouth and say, ‘Quit hitting me, stupid.’ And if He could do that, He could make this moose a halfway decent president.”

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/donald-trump-garrison-keillor

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  17. Coping with Chaos in the White House, how a narcissist will use it (and us taxpayers!)

    https://medium.com/@nziehl/coping-with-chaos-in-the-white-house-697fa2ca3ddf#.aw8zrxaqe

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  18. 12:22pm. Watch re runs of the Fresh Prince of BelAir. Its apparent that you have a very narrow view of other individuals status and work ethics. Maybe you are house bound and don't get out much?

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  19. Can you look into the suicide that took place at PHS yesterday. He was a special Ed student who was unsupervised and district is covering it up

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