You might hear the news about Tan Nguyen's story (a Vietnamese immigrant running for US Congress got stuck with a scandal of issuing an "intimidating letter" to Spanish constituency), especially reported on TV and US main stream media. If you did hear the story, you were probably informed only what the US liberal media want you to see and hear. This is similar to how Vietnam war was distorted, portrayed, and misled. So far the story has been reported unfairly with political innuendoes to fit in with political-correct fashion and demagoguery agenda of local parties.
Today thanks to internet, you can seek an alternate news source. vnafmamn.com is one of them heheheh...Enjoy the exclusive photos & cartoons!
THE PROS AND CONS OF TAN NGUYEN
RETURN OF TAN NGUYEN (2010)
IN DEFENSE OF TAN NGUYEN
By Al Barger
"There has been no crime committed, so why is there a criminal investigation three weeks prior to a very important election?" -Tan D Nguyen.
Pointing out that illegal residents are committing a criminal offense if they vote illegally is itself a "hate crime," according to Governor Schwarzenegger. Nguyen's campaign headquarters, his home and a staffer's home were searched by California Department of Justice investigators.
I'm about half a dozen kinds of disgusted over the caterwauling over the Tan Nguyen "anti-immigrant" letter. I'm not sure which is worse, but I'm probably more disgusted by the pure dishonest cowardice of the Republicans than the typical opportunistic race baiting by the Democrats.
Tan Nguyen (a naturalized citizen immigrated from Vietnam) is the 2006 Republican candidate for US House of Representatives running in California's 47th district against the incumbent Democrat Loretta Sanchez. A few days ago, a letter went out in Spanish to approximately 14,000 people in the district from Nguyen's campaign stating that voting by illegal immigrants is a crime for which they could face arrest.
Immediately, everyone in the vicinity went nuts, declaring Nguyen unfit for office and demanding that he quit the race. Of course, you expect this kind of nonsense from the opposition party and their tools in the press, but he's been hit even harder by Republicans. The county party has officially and publicly called for his withdrawal, and Governor Schwarzenegger says "I think it was one of the worst letters that anyone could send out and I think those kind of tactics (are) illegal. It is a hate crime and I think that anyone who knew (about it), if he knew, has to resign immediately."
On top of which, various police forces are investigating this supposed "hate crime." According to Associated Press reporter Peter Prengaman, "Complaints about the letters this week prompted a state probe, and a spokesman for California's attorney general said investigators had been questioning people in Orange County. U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Cynthia Magnuson said the department's civil rights division was investigating in coordination with the state attorney general's office."
Nguyen is accused of hate crimes and violations of the Voting Rights Act and of killing Palestinian children to use their blood in baking cookies. No wait- that's the Hebrews. I think the Vietnamese eat dogs, or is that just the Koreans? I get confused.
But Nguyen is seriously being treated as a pariah and under criminal investigation primarily because he (or his office staff on his behalf) sent out a letter that said in Spanish that "if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time."
But what he said there is absolutely legally correct and proper. There have been numerous likely sounding stories of Democrat operatives actively recruiting illegal Mexican immigrants to vote. There's been big opposition by Democrats in other places besides California to any idea of simply requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, exactly because it would discourage their minions from hussling non-eligible people into voting booths.
Further, it is suspected that exactly such voting was how Ms Sanchez skinned ol' B1 Bob Dornan out of this seat in the first place, back in 1996. Considering that this has been a tacit Democrat tactic, it's only reasonable that the Republican candidate give people a general notice that such things are illegal - because they are.
Now, there's one point of reasonable contention against the English translation of the statement: immigrants who are naturalized citizens have every right to vote. A Nguyen lawyer suggests that this is an issue of the translation of the word "emigrado," and who is or isn't covered by that word. But the point of the Nguyen operatives clearly is not to intimidate eligible voters, but the far more numerous ineligible residents. But being exquisitely sensitive, you might argue over the exact parsing of that. Perhaps a Spanish linguist could argue the finer points of that one specific word.
In any case, it's just plain demagoguery for Democrats to label stating facts as "racism" much less as something specifically illegal. I doubt Mr Nguyen cares about their ethnic background, he's just opposed to vote fraud being committed against him.
For my part, as a Libertarian I tend to at least want to favor open borders. I don't like the Minutemen group, and I don't know how much I would agree with Tan Nguyen on a lot of issues. A brother Blogcritic makes a seemingly pretty strong general argument against Nguyen as a mere political opportunist.
Particularly though, he seems to be somewhat anti-immigration. Even recognizing that there are legitimate issues about massive undocumented Mexican immigration causing some strains on the US social fabric, you have to be sympathetic to folks mostly just trying to make an honest living- whether it's nominally "legal" or not.
But voting is something else. If you're not even supposed to be here, don't compound it with voting fraud. Look, if you're not a citizen and don't even know the language, what legitimate business have you got to be voting? How would they even begin to have a clue what they were voting for? There are way too many people voting as it is.
Of course, the most likely scenario is not that a bunch of Mexican illegals would take initiative to do such things, but rather that they would get roped into it by Democrat get out the vote efforts. Hey there Juan, all you need to know is to pull the lever with the big "D" for "Democrat."
But then to try to mark the opposition candidate as a racist and criminal disgrace for simply pointing out that this is illegal is moral pretension of a particularly dishonest order. Perhaps you'd like to argue that illegal residents should be allowed to vote. You can bring that proposal before the elected legislature, and see how much popular support you can garner for your beliefs. Change the law. I might even would vote for that.
But the most distasteful part of this little passion play has been the absolute moral cowardice of the Republicans. The county party has asked for Nguyen's resignation as a candidate, and Governor Schwarzenegger and the GOP state chair have renounced him. They have to know better than this nonsense, but they're so afraid of being called "racists" that they'd stab their own candidate in the back.
Indeed, they all immediately rushed to out-denounce him over top of the Democrats and media. Oh, their plaintive cries of tender racial piety! It's a particularly gutless girly-man move for the great fearless Governator Ahnold to be calling this letter a "hate crime."
In all of this disgrace though, I have to give some credit to Tan Nguyen himself for re-instating the campaign worker specifically responsible for the controversial letter. He initially fired her from his staff, saying that he had not approved that letter. But in the midst of this demagoguery, he gave the letter another look and decided that there was nothing wrong with it, and asked her to come back. That's easily the most honorable act of this cheap drama.
JEREMIAH WRIGHT'S CURSE
The hostess for an Italian afternoon T.V. talk show and...the hostess for an American afternoon T.V. talk show
I am so trilled and fascinated...! This model is so much greater than the VNAF models, VIVA ITALIA!
MODEL AIRCRAFT FOR A NOBLE CAUSE
Some guys built model aircraft just for fun, but a few would do it for an extra reason: to promote a just cause. Tom Cleave is one of the latters. Read his response when someone challenged his Dauntless as "the most successful dive bomber of the World War II":
"...When I reviewed the SBD-2 kit here recently, I called the Dauntless 'the most successful dive bomber of the war.' A correspondent challenged me privately, pointing to the achievements of Rudel and the Stuka. I now reply: the Stuka was built and used to promote the disaster known as Nazism, and Rudel was a moron who spent his entire life believing in the evil that was Adolf Hitler. The Dauntless won the decisive battles in the Pacific, which led directly to the destruction of fascism. Dick Best dedicated his life to his country and believed with all his heart in our highest ideals, and helped save us twice in our hour of need, at considerable risk to himself both times. In my book, the Dauntless is the greatest dive-bomber because of the ends it both served and created, and Dick Best was truly aptly named..."
I would like to point out some similarity. The Dauntless was the predecessor of Skyraider that has been successfully used in Vietnam war against the RED EVIL (communism) just like the Dauntless fighting against NAZI EVIL (fascism). To known more about the Dauntless aircraft, clik on this link TOM CLEAVE'S DAUNTLESS
(Link sent by Yankee-Caribou)
HIGHEST BRIDGE OF THE WORLD
The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 meters high and the overall height will be an impressive 336 meters, making this the highest bridge in the world.
(Sent by Lois Carroll)
MEMORIAL AIR SHOW IN NEW YORK
(Sent by Jamie)
CLICK ON THE THUMBNAIL PIC FOR AN AMAZING SLIDE SHOW
(Sent by Peter Nguyen)
A TEST OF FOAM FIREFIGHTING SYSTEM
A foam firefighting system has been tested at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Someone said the test has been gone awry! The others claimed the test was a successful one as anticipated. Your intelligence decide! But I had fun just by looking at those "wonderland" photos.
(Sent by Peter Nguyen)
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THE FINAL INSPECTION
The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you ? Have you always turned the other cheek ? To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you soldier, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell."