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Dual Education: A Personal Journey

By: jaango Sunday May 18, 2014 3:34 am

A Personal Journey for Revisiting the Now Shattered Pandora’s Box

By way of background and from many years ago, after my discharge from the military, I joined the Chicano Movement in Denver, Colorado, and by my participation in the establishment of Escuela Tlatelolco (Aztec origin),  a dual language school for teaching primary school students, and for learning English in the morning, and in the afternoon, learning Spanish.  And all done for the benefit of their children’s future and at the behest of these well-engaged parents! 

Subsequently and into this political storm, I encountered the FBI’s surveillance program, which eventually came to be known as COINTELPRO, and thusly, “my file.”  At the time, I had no inkling that future brain research would eventually demonstrate that “learning a dual language in the primary school years would lead to a greater accomplishment in math and science.”  Obviously, I was well ahead of the “educational” times.

AYet, in today’s times, here in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, educators as well as decision-makers have grasped this “unassailable fact” and are now on a career for addressing ‘smart’ education, which is being done in the following manner when it comes to Dual Education.

  1. Spanish—Biltmore Preparatory Academy—Creighton Elementary School District.
  2. Spanish—Clarendon Elementary School—Osborn.
  3. Mandarin—Coronado Elementary—Higley Unified.
  4. Mandarin—Desert Sage Elementary—Deer Valley Unified.
  5. Spanish—Desert Willow Elementary—Cave Creek Unified.
  6. Spanish—Encanto Elementary—Osborn.
  7. Mandarin—Gavilan Peak Elementary—Deer Valley Unified.
  8. Spanish—Gilbert Elementary—Gilbert Unified.
  9. Spanish—Herrera Elementary—Phoenix Elementary.
  10. Spanish—Keller Elementary—Mesa Public Schools.
  11. Spanish—Kyrene de los Lagos, Kyrene.
  12. Spanish—Kyrene de los Ninos—Kyrene.
  13. Spanish—Madison Heights—Madison.
  14. Spanish—Mohave Middle School—Scottsdale Unified.
  15. Spanish—Pueblo Elementary—Scottsdale Unified.
  16. Spanish—Sandpiper Elementary—Paradise Valley Unified.
  17. Spanish—Santa Fe Elementary—Peoria Unified.
  18. Spanish—Sonoran Trail Middle School, Cave Creek Unified.
  19. Mandarin—Tarwater Elementary—Chandler Unified.
  20. Spanish—Valley View Elementaqry—Roosevelt Elementary.
  21. Mandarin—Whispering Wind Academy—Paradise Valley Unified.

In closing, when the First Lady gave her Commencement Speech to the graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kansas, earlier this week, Brown v Board of Education was effectively addressed where educational segregation, continues apace.  As such, this “segregation” can be effectively and “offensively” addressed via “dual education” schools, and unfortunately, the First Lady did not address this “offensive” Program.



The Casket Makers’ Economy

By: jaango Monday May 12, 2014 8:45 am

The Stellar Economist, Pick-the-kitty, is Wrong Again

It’s quite interesting and charming, that the economists or the “leading lights” of intellectualism in our White Democracy, is flaunting its ‘rigor’ for convincing me that “class” is the underpinning for Inequality.  Of course my Indigenous Economic Manifesto is considered thoroughly irrelevant and cavalierly dismissed, but which is not going to disappear in the next 30 years. 

To wit, the obvious and inherent “conscience clause” is always first and foremost readily available for application in today’s virtually bankrupt White Democracy and where the Unassailable Fact accrues to no consequential appreciation.  As such, come this November and December, the conservative Republicans and the Conservative Democrats, will corral the requisite votes in both Chambers of Congress, along with the Oval Office, to pass legislation that will achieve our national debt total of an approximate $27 trillion.  And needless to say but I will, this debt was easily acquired since Jimmy Carter left the Oval Office in early January of 1980, and followed by five conservative presidential administrations of “big spenders.” And simultaneously, one-third of the middle class has amply disappeared and is now “safel” while ensconced in the Poverty Class and despite the thundering espousals among the conservatives for their Meme and Manners that “You’re On Your Own (the YOYO Agenda).”

Now, “What did the stellar economist  Pick-the-Kitty, get wrong again?”

And Since I am a Baby Boomer, and we will be dying-off in large measure within in the next 30 years, and the arriving Brown Democracy will “kick butt,” the Stellar Economist Pick-the-Kitty should have titled his latest book as the “Casket Maker’s Economy.”


Los Marijuanados & Arthritis

By: jaango Saturday May 10, 2014 10:30 am

Here at the MyFDL, I have followed and read, diligently, Jon Walker with his particularized zeal and zest for addressing the Battle of Marijuana and all that this entails.  Therefore, my Kudos and Congrats to Jon for his hard work.
Further, my interest is marijuana has always been two-fold.  At present, the University of Arizona, Tucson, will be conducting research, both in leaf and vapor form and done in order to measure the impact on military vets that comes from  PSTD.

Eventually, the medical research industry will get around to applying their proverbial skill set and where marijuana mixed with water will create a liquid form that can be directly applied to the skin and which addresses the pain that comes from arthritis.  As such, this ‘indigenous’ Patent has existed for millennia, but never “covered” under any federal laws that enables the medical industry to make a few extra bucks.  And this particularized tangent,  I don’t get any “royalties” from  Taco Bell, either.

But “this” time will soon arrive, and lucky for the non-indigenous person.  And if you currently suffer from arthritis, be so advised that I am not a medical  doctor, but I am practical person when it comes the acculturation and assimilation of the Multiplicity or of our Indigenous Variety.

Republicans Are Caught With Their Pants Down

By: jaango Saturday April 26, 2014 7:27 am


Republicans are caught with their pants down

Within this past week’s national obsession that is now focused on Nevada’s Cliven Bundy, doing a take down on Bundy and his Patriot buddies, is just too easy to pass up. 
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However, I prefer to spend my time writing about this political nonsense, and starting from a much neglected direction.  Take, for example, the following and as provided by our local and statewide conservative newspaper here in Arizona.

“…A handful of lawmakers started work afire with the Bundy Ranch fever.  Several Republicans traveled to Nevada, where rancher Cliven Bundy has been in a standoff with federal officials over his two-decade old practice of not paying his grazing fees.

“Representative David Livingston, who tweeted photos of himself at a pro-Bundy news conference, returned to the House a changed man, or so he told fellow lawmakers, ‘We do not have the power’ he said, complaining about the state’s inability to control land within its borders.

“But Representative Albert Hale reminded lawmakers who really owns much of the Western land.  Hale, a member of the Navajo Nation, concluded a floor speech by noting that he was in Tuba City on the same day Livingston and Co. were in Nevada.  ‘Thanks for trying to get my land back,’ Hale said, looking at Livingston, as lawmakers burst into laughter.”

And from this standpoint of an indigenous person, need more be said?


 Note:  Originally posted on the web site for the Chicano Veterans Organization


NSA & The Clueless

By: jaango Sunday March 23, 2014 11:10 am

NSA & The Clueless  

History, from the perspective of the Native Americans here in the Sonoran Desert, does “inform” when the Majority refuse to recognize our erstwhile history.

And from bobbozebell.net, Bell, the consummate historian writes of the parable “Named By Their Enemies.”

“The Spanish asked the Zunis who those renegades were who were running off with all their horses and a Zuni said, ‘Enemies,” which sounded to the Spaniards like ‘Apache.’ When the Navajos were asked who built the abandoned pueblos, they said, ‘ancient enemies,’ which ended up as ‘Anasazis.’ When the Pima were asked who their neighbors were, they said, as a joke, the ‘bean eaters,’ which became the ‘Papago.’ The Pima got their handle when they repeatedly answered, ‘I don’t know’ to the Europeans who were questioning them. By this standard, Anglos should be called Clueless.”

And on this past Saturday, over at the well-known website of Firedoglake.com, their august Book Salon was hosted by Kevin Gosztola, a national security reporter of ever-increasing renown and where the author, Luke Harding, of his book and titled, “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” was competently and aggressively discussed by those with considerable familiarity on the subject area of  National Security.

And for those of us military vets and who ascribe to the mantra for “to inform and to educate,” serious subject areas are a regular occurrence at this Book Salon. With time permitting, check out the Book Salon and have some fun by participating.

Note:  Originally posted on the web site of the Chicano Veterans Organization.



The Latest Public Opinion Polling on Chicano Voting Behavior

By: jaango Wednesday March 5, 2014 7:44 pm

The Latest Public Opinion Polling on Chicano Voting Behavior


One of my joys in writing a regular column on business/politics for the Chicano Veterans Organization over these many years, is that I have the opportunity to express my views in a variety of political venues, as well. Therefore, a public opinion poll that is focused on the voting behavior of Latinos in Arizona seems quite appropriate, and given that the off-year election of this November, will reaffirm this “status quo.” Or, maybe not?

However, my only critique of any public opinion poll on this subject area, never, and I mean “never” is that the history of the Democratic Party, is virtually ignored, thusly, best expressed when the following is considered. To wit, in their book of 1991 and titled, “The Democratic Façade,” authors Daniel Hellinger and Dennis Judd had this to say:

“The financial edge enjoyed by corporations, conservatives, and Republicans has a qualitative dimensions not readily grasped from a superficial analysis of the data on contributions. Corporate capital has managed to organize itself in such a way as to maximize its influence on critical pressure points in the system. Business PAC’s have effectively targeted members of key congressional committees and sub-comittees vital to their particular interests. A good example is the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In 1982, labor PACs contributed the sizable sum of $665, 757 to members of this Committee. However, the combined PAC contributions solely from energy companies ($468,820) and from the real estate and construction industry ($223,223) surpassed total labor contributions. Additional contributions to committee members from PACs linked to banking and finance and corporations involved in food, automobiles, communications, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical, insurance, aerospace, and other firms together matched the labor contributions a second time over. The situation was similar for other key committees, such as the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, where business PACs accounted for 68% ($11 million) of all PAC contributions made to committee members in1984.

“The need to attract more corporate PAC contributions has strengthened the hand of Democratic leaders who seek to cure the party’s ill by loosening its ties to minorities, the unions, and the working class and poor. Stung by their loss of the presidency and the control of the Senate in 1980, the Democrats decided to seek corporate PAC contributions aggressively. Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Calif.) persuaded big Democratic financiers to contribute to the party’s congressional fund and at the same time helped the Democrats organize more effectively to solicit corporate PAC donations. Both major parties and politicians within each party established “clubs” to facilitate interaction between wealth contributors and politicians. (Richard Gephardt’s “Democratic Leadership Council” is an example.) Major Party figures gave speeches and held conferences for such clubs, but Coelho indicated that political education was hardly the driving motivations for joining. “Access. Access,” he told columnist Elizabeth Drew, “that’s the name of the game. They meet with the leadership and with the chairmen of the committees. We don’t sell legislation: we sell the opportunity to be heard.””

Therefore, and over these many years, Latinos have adapted to these changing political behaviors and which has reaffirmed the notional of the age-old mantra for the “vendidos” of political persuasion and which is applicable and amply “re-invented” when another and prevalent notional is understood for the criticality that is in “protecting the community.”

Of course, another seminal critique when viewing political opinion polls and which tendentiously excludes the Native American communities, given that the majority of Native Americans are urban dwellers in these metropolitan locations. As such, in Arizona, the majority of these populations of the 17 tribal societies, are easily identifying as living in our urban locations and subsequently return to the Rez on most weekends with a preponderance of “citified” good s and services found and located in the wallet or purse.

Now, to this latest Poll and done from the confines of the State of Washington and as applicable to Chicanos here in the Sonoran Desert.

For our astute readers, this, the latest public opinion poll, identifies Immigration Reform as the first and foremost issue that is of importance to any Spanish-speaking person and to a salient community-wide political issue. Not so, of course, given that in the prior presidential cycle, the “agenda” consisted of: 1)Jobs, 2)More Jobs, 3) Education, and 4) Immigration Reform. But this poll, is, indeed correct in one of its conclusions, and that being that Latinos are failing to tap their voting potential, given that Latinos do not match the Anglo Standard of 72% registered and 64% voting while among Latinos, 52% were registered and 40% voted. And yet, every public opinion poll conducted since time immemorial in Arizona, has achieved this almost identical conclusion. As such, an always un-concretized “potential.”

And to more “subtlety and nuance” found in Latino Decision’s poll and done for the America’s Voice, an immigrant rights and advocacy organization, is the following:

1. Latino voters in Arizona place a higher priority on immigration reform than Latinos in the rest of the country.

2. Arizona Latinos are more likely to vote to support their community than a political party.

3. Arizona Latinos say they are more likely than their counterparts in other states to reward Republicans who support immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Additional notes include that today’s Arizona Latino population is at 30% and in 2050 will achieve or constitute a 44% of the total population. Moreover, the median age of Latinos is at 27 years-of-age, while the median age of Anglos is at 45 years-of-age. Unfortunately, no attention was given to the influx of those souls moving to Arizona from throughout the United States, even though two out of three persons return to their state of origin and done within the first year of arrival.

And yet, the “status quo” demonstrates the following:

In last year’s election cycle, Democratic Congresswoman Anne Kirkpatrick was returned to Congress due to the Native American and Chicano voters, despite this District being a Republican voter-majority district. Also, Congresswoman Kyrstin Sinema was elected due to Native American and Chicano voters despite this District being a Republican voter-majority district. Further, Democratic Congressman Ron Barber was elected due to Native American and Chicano voters despite this District being a Republican voter-majority district.

Consequently, in the final analysis, will the Democratic PACs and their attendant political operatives come to realize that wasting monies on ‘messaging’ via communications outlets such as television ads, be re-directed into numerous voter registration drives as well as GOTV efforts, and done in order to “move the votes” in a progressive direction, become the new “status quo”?

Not likely and which hasn’t occurred for the most part, since 1984. And given today’s political exigencies in our white Democracy, tax rates will continued to be reduced benefiting the wealthy, but the YOYO or the “you’re on your own” economics will never happen when “protecting the community” is employed, writ large, as a political Offense Mechanism.

Consequently, in the final analysis, will the Democratic PACs and their attendant political operatives come to realize that wasting monies on ‘messaging’ via communications outlets such as television ads, be re-directed into numerous voter registration drives as well as GOTV efforts, and done in order to “move the votes” in a progressive direction, become the new “status quo”? Not likely and which hasn’t occurred for the most part, since 1984.

And given today’s political exigencies in our white Democracy, tax rates will continued to be reduced benefiting the wealthy, but the YOYO or the “you’re on your own” economics will never happen when “protecting the community” is employed, writ large, as a political Offense Mechanism.

Now, on to the next public opinion poll–soon to arrive over the transom, and at the behest of the NSA! on to the next public opinion poll–soon to arrive over the transom, and at the behest of the NSA!


“Voters can suppress the suppressors”

By: jaango Tuesday February 18, 2014 9:35 am

“Voters can suppress the suppressors”

Back in June of 2011 and after the SCOTUS rendered their decisions regarding the elimination of one of Arizona’s citizen initiatives and which governed public financing campaign laws and followed by their establishment of Citizens United as the now Public Law, we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization, called for the public resignations of Roberts, Kennedy, Alito, Scalia and Thomas.  We, continue to call for their resignations, yet again, given the consistent and the constant ‘smoldering embers’ among Republican officials here in Arizona. As such, these embers have grown into a full-fledged fire predicated on blatant political animosity.

And one among the many of my favorite writers and columnists is E.J. Montini, of the Arizona Republic newspaper here in Phoenix, and he starts his regular column on the “Voters can suppress the suppressors” and which can be located in the Valley and State section or Page 2, and dated today, February 18, 2014, as well as found on the website of azcentral.com.  

As such, he goes on to demonstrate that the Republican-led legislature and in the Senate Chamber, has the requisite 19 votes necessary for approval on the referendum of Senate Concurrent  Resolution 1003, and if approved by voters in November, will be  added to the Arizona Constitution.  If approved, all voter-centric citizen initiatives will have to come before the voters every 8 years and for “re-approved” in order to remain germane to public law.  Long story short, the Republican leaders went out and hired a cabal of smart and savvy election lawyers, and this was the best they could come up with and done in order to :circumvent” the voters without perpetuating the ongoing stink and ugly smell of and for any political taint.

And now to the short history!  In the waning hours of last year’s legislative session, the Republicans approved and the Governor signed legislation on a two-pronged approach to the future.  Thus, third party candidates would undergo a sizable increase in voter signatures to acquire ballot status.  Moreover, signed and sealed mail-in ballots could not be collected by political operatives and delivered to election officials. Sadly, no one in the Republican Party can support an “only a mail-in ballot system.”  And from this HB 2305, this firestorm escalated.  Shortly after the vote was taken, the Chairman of the Libertarian Party had this to say:  “It’s unbelievable.  It’s bizarre. These people (Republican legislators) don’t seem to understand that to win by exclusion isn’t to win. It’s to cheat.  It’s a lack of moral character

Since then, a large swath of community organizations came together and created the Protect Your Right to Vote and went on to spend thousands of hours, and thereby acquiring well over 100,000 signatures.  This effort culminated on putting another citizen initiative onto the ballot for this November’s voter consideration

In closing, the Republican “dagger to the heart” at the voter is that all citizen-initiatives will be jeopardized. And more so, when the voters have, over all these past years, approved citizen initiatives that include medicinal marijuana, clean elections law, our Independent Redistricting Commission, and just as important, First Things First which enhances our children’s educational successes– from expanding health care and to greater financial funding for education.



Ahhh, the GOP’s Immigration Principles*

By: jaango Friday January 31, 2014 3:03 pm

Obviously, the Republicans in the House, have now “outed” themselves for being thoroughly against any sensible Comprehensive Immigration Reform effort, and with the full understanding that any future Republican administration owes nothing to Latino and Asian American voters.  Now, that’s American politics in its most thorough-going effort that contradicts the GOP’s “reaching out to Chicano military vets” and as advocated by Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry.  But will these Principles satisfy the “base”?

Of course it will, knowing that this year’s off-year election cycle requires that the GOP must wholeheartedly animate the Republican voter, otherwise their self-perceived “wave election” in November will collapse inward from lack of enthusiasm, despite their considerable financial investment in getting voters to the ballot box.

Consequently, Romney’s “self-deportation” remains intact even though the higher deportations numbers have been increasing, and therefore, ignoring reality, is just another guise and where “tricking the base” will become notable given the level of rhetoric being utilized and as in the underscored vitriol for “amnesty.”

And sad to say, these Republicans aren’t listening to their fellow stalwart Hispanic Republicans and which means that Hispanic Republicans will have to open the door, as well as roll up the windows in order to let the stink waft itself out of these Republican rooms.

* Originally posted on the web site of the Chicano Veterans Organization