Saturday, September 23, 2017

CSU BAKERSFIELD DACA EVENT ... A FREE LEGAL CLINIC (Tuesday, September 26)

At 6 pm this Tuesday evening (September 26), California State University Bakersfield will host a free legal clinic for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students and workers. If you know a DACA student-worker let them know that this will be an information session they don't want to miss.


Participating defense and immigration attorneys will include H.A. Sala, Vanessa Sanchez, Win Eaton, and Edyta-Christina G. Grant. Assemblyman Rudy Salas will also be there to share information, and discuss what's happening in Sacramento that's tied into DACA.

The event is free, and is co-sponsored by H.A. Sala Attorney at Law, Sanchez Immigration Law, Immigration in America: Law Offices of Edyta-Christina G. Grant, Eaton & Associates, the Law Offices of David A. Torres & Associates, and California State University Bakersfield's Office of the President, Associated Students Inc., the Department of Political Science, the Center for Social Justice, the Department of Modern Languages, and Ethnic Studies.



For those of you who want additional information about DACA, I have a link to Win Eaton's KGET 17 News' interview where he discusses what DACA students need to be doing over the next six months, which you can access by clicking here.

- Mark

Friday, September 22, 2017

KIM JONG UN & DONALD TRUMP ... SCARY AND SCARIER


I'm going to say it, again. Watching Donald Trump is like watching a toddler walking around with a loaded gun. And you can't take the gun away.

Moving it up a level, watching Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un trade personal insults is like watching, well, it's kind of like watching this ...




The real problem is that these two might actually drag the rest of us into their personality disorder tantrums, which is real scary ... and scarier.


- Mark

Thursday, September 21, 2017

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BEER & WITCHES

With Oktoberfest and Halloween around the corner, below is a History Channel short story explaining how beer and witches are tied together ...


In the FYI category, you would probably be justified claiming that this clip helps us understand how the term "witches brew" came about.

- Mark

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

THE FOLLY OF MORE U.S. DEFENSE SPENDING ... IT DOESN'T MAKE US ANY SAFER


The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly to increase military spending by $80 billion, even though Donald Trump asked for a $54 billion dollar increase. Not only does our total spending for the year (almost $700 billion) match what we were spending at the height of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, but it exceeds the spending of our next 10 rivals, put together.

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Share of global military spending, for the top 15 countries (and the rest).

Here's another fun fact. The $80 billion increase, if spent on higher education, would be enough to make public colleges and universities tuition free.

One more fun fact. The spending doesn't make us any safer and might even, according to Ronald Reagan's under Secretary of Defense, Lawrence J. Korb, make us less safe

- Mark

Monday, September 18, 2017

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel ...


... because we do have an impact on our environment, on many levels, even if you don't want to see it or acknowledge it.


- Mark 

SCIENCE, ACCORDING TO NEIL deGRASSE TYSON ... "AN EXERCISE IN FINDING WHAT IS TRUE"


Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why science is important in politics, and why it's even more important for understanding American history ...


- Mark

Thursday, September 14, 2017

TRUMP'S "GO, DOG. GO!" ECONOMICS ... a.k.a. Trickle Down Economics, Again.



For those of you who can't remember the children's classic, or who are unfamiliar with the reference, this should help ...



- Mark 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FAN MAIL ... LETTER OF THE YEAR


Over the years I've received numerous letters, emails, and phone messages at the university. While many are congratulatory, many others tell me how wrong I am about the things I've written or said in the media. While the correspondence is usually only 1-3 lines, the language is often colorful, and makes me chuckle. I almost always never respond, for reasons I'm sure most of you understand.

The letter below, however, needs to be shared because it illustrates what we're increasingly up against in Trump's America.

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7 September 2917

Prof Martinez,

Read your debate with Rep McCarthy regarding Latino illegal aliens. Why you justify the act of lawbreakers is a puzzle.  Does the Mexican government permit illegal aliens to enter and remain in Mexico? On the contrary. I understand that they are quite harsh with them.

So what's this really all about. RACISM that's what!  You want more of your fellow Mexicans in America so that they have more political clout; never mind that they drag down America and turn it into a crime infested Mexico. Oh yes Prof Martinez. Your Mexicans have the same degenerate demographic profile as Blacks in America; namely low education goals, resulting in high levels of poverty and crime and that is why, once rich California now majority Latino, is rapidly sinking into the primitive Latino swamp!

I am an aerospace engineer. Where are your Latino aerospace engineers?? Instead you pursue totally worthless programs such as, political science, psychology, Mexican-American studies etc. Just what do they contribute to the wealth and quality of life in America? You take these "basket weaving" time and money wasting courses because they are not mentally challenging. If your Mexicans were contributors to American productivity they might be more welcomed but not at their current behavior. They are of no redeeming value to anyone but instead are an economic and financial drain on America! And don't use the excuse about the need for Mexican farm workers. American famers can mechanize as farmers have done in Europe. Even grapes are harvested by machines. It is extremely rare to find stoop labor in European fields.

My solution to keeping illegals out of America along the border is to establish a Free Fire Zone, as we did in Vietnam, all along the Mexican side of the border and border crashing will cease the instant that an illegal is killed or wounded!


Dr. **** *******
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How does one even begin to contend with such unvarnished hatred for those who are different, and yet a part of the Union?

America is better than this. At least we're supposed to be.

- Mark