Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sometimes, you just gotta wonder. In today's LA Times, Rocky Delgadillo says that the wants to put all students in LAUSD in uniforms and shut down the "headquarters" of the ten worst gangs in the city. I'm not sure how he defines the term "headquarters" but in the accepted definition of that word, neighborhoods don't have headquarters. Not sure where he gets his information. Anybody out there have a clue what he's talking about? A public park? Somebody's back yard? Some guy's living room? Beats me. My feeling is that these are announcements made for public consumption addressed at the average citizen who doesn't know any better. It sounds reasonable in a press release but it's totally divorced from reality.


Anonymous said...

Ice Ice Baby Vanilla, Ice Ice Baby Vanilla
Ice Ice Baby Vanilla, Ice Ice Baby Vanilla

Yo man - Let's get out of here! Word to your mother!

Ice Ice Baby Too cold Too cold, Ice Ice Baby Too cold Too cold

Yo man - Let's get out of here! Word to your mother!

White Bread

Anonymous said...

I am sure one of your readers with a criminal background (i.e DQ) will be telling us the "gang headquartes" are the LAPD police stations.

White Bread aka
White Rice
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla Milkshake
Vanilla Ice

wallista tribune said...

Headquarters take many forms. Typically however they fall into the Tac, Main and Rear types.
The tac headquarters is a small collection of staff and communicators. Usually very mobile, they exist to allow the big homie shot caller to get forward in an operations and command the key parts of it from a position where he can see the ground and influence their immediate subordinates.
The main headquarters is far less mobile and is often involved in both the planning and execution of operations. There are a number of big time staff homies here from various barrio's to advise the generals and control the various aspects of planning or the conduct of discreet operations. A main headquarters will usually have a Chief of Staff who coordinates the staff effort.
The rear headquarters is some distance from the battle or front line in conventional operations, its function is to ensure the logistical support to front line Sur soldados, it does this by providing medical, material, equipment & combat supplies by Lincoln town cars to where they are most needed.

Anonymous said...

Lincoln town cars hahahahahahahaha FUNNY THEY DO DRIVE LINCOLNS!!!!

WET SHOES said...


StillNoScript said...

Wally, might I ask a second time, are there better solutions than those that are agreed upon by the majority of city council, that are legal and per the consitutional rights of any or all suspects?

Anonymous said...

The post with the mention of the Lincoln town car reminds me of a sketch on the show Saturday night live. Joe Pesci a mafia captain is at a car lot looking for a car to buy, and he see a Lincoln town car he likes. Then he asks his two body guards to get in the trunk to see if two bodies can fit in the trunk. That was back when that show was funny. In case you forgot who Joe Pesci is, below is a clip from the movie good-fellas to refresh your memory.

I have seen a lot of posts here about the black vs. brown tension being directed by EME shot callers. I have talked to many youngsters (14-17yrs) they just don’t like blacks because of blahhh………… They don’t like Koreans because blahhhhh………………, they don’t like whites because blahhhh…… The point I am trying to make most teenagers are really not that well educated about other races and do not even interact with other races. And just do things as a spur of the moment reaction and not some well planned assassination. Give a teenage boy a gun and alcohol and trouble is bound to happen.

I remember as a kid growing up as in San Antonio, Texas we called a slingshot a “Nig…Shooter”. I did not even know what the word “Nig…Shooter” meant until I moved to California (about age 12) and went to the store to buy a “Nig…Shooter”. The guy in the store had to explain that I could not say that word around black people. I also remember the race riots we had against black and whites just because……..The big difference is we fought mano a mano, we did not have all the guns in the streets we do today.

Mad Mexican

Anonymous said...

Since we recently started talking about great Mexicanos, and since we have been joined by some haters like White bread. I felt that I should post this article about the a great Soldado. I hope that this article helps them in dealing with there Xenophobia.

Jose M. Lopez, 94, a retired Army master sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for engaging in a series of "seemingly suicidal missions" during the Battle of the Bulge, died May 16 2005 at a daughter's home in San Antonio. He had cancer.

Sgt. Lopez was born in Mexico, orphaned when he was 8 and worked in a series of subsistence jobs. A short but sinewy man, he boxed lightweight for many years in his youth. After a series of seafaring misadventures -- he once was stranded at sea for weeks on a cargo boat with nothing to eat but a cache of bananas -- he enlisted in the Army during World War II.

He landed at Normandy a day after the June 6, 1944, invasion, and a bullet smacked into his ammunition belt, grazing his hip.

"I was really very, very afraid,'' he told journalist Bill Moyers for a television special in 1990. "I wanted to cry, and we saw other people laying wounded and screaming and everything, and there's nothing you could do. We could see them groaning in the water, and we had to just keep walking.''

At dawn on Dec. 17, 1944, he and his men were outside Krinkelt, Belgium, shortly after the start of the German offensive through the Ardennes known as the Battle of the Bulge.

Lugging a heavy machine gun, Sgt. Lopez climbed into a shallow, snow-covered hole that left everything above his waist exposed. He heard the rumbling of a tank, which he figured was American; an Allied soldier a few hundreds yards away had failed to signal him of approaching danger.

When he saw the German Tiger tank come into sight and the horde of German foot soldiers around it, he thought of dozens of his men just a few hundred yards away. Aiming at the soldiers around the tank, he killed 10 of them. That prompted the Tiger tank to fire rather recklessly in his direction. It took three shell blasts to knock Sgt. Lopez over, and he suffered a concussion.

He nevertheless repositioned himself to prevent enemy soldiers from outflanking him, resetting his gun and killing 25 more Germans.

Allowing time for his comrades to retreat to a safer position, he then dashed through the dense and protective forest and avoided contact with a cascade of enemy small-arms fire.

Eventually, the Americans fell back to Krinkelt and held out through the night. The Germans bypassed the town.

A few months later, Gen. James A. Van Fleet presented Sgt. Lopez with the Medal of Honor. The citation recognized the "seemingly suicidal missions in which he killed at least 100 of the enemy . . . [and which] were almost solely responsible for allowing Company K to avoid being enveloped, to withdraw successfully and to give other forces coming up in support time to build a line which repelled the enemy drive."

Jose Mendoza Lopez was born July 10, 1910. He never knew his exact birth town but was raised in Veracruz. His father was gone; his mother said he had drowned. She died of tuberculosis.

With other relatives dead or unable to support him, he made his way to Texas and settled in the Rio Grande Valley town of Mission. There, a family let him sleep in their shed and fed him.

His Medal of Honor citation lists Mission as his birthplace.

He spent time hooking rides on freight trains, and at 17 found himself in Atlanta. Standing 5 feet 5 inches and weighing 130 pounds, he nevertheless fought and pummeled a much bigger man.

A boxing manager who witnessed the beating trained the newly named "Kid Mendoza" and saw him through 52 victories and three losses.

Sgt. Lopez once said the greatest moment of his boxing career was meeting Babe Ruth, who attended one bout in Atlanta and shook hands with the contenders before the first bell.

In 1936, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine and held other maritime jobs.

After his World War II service, he fought in Korea until a ranking officer heard that a Medal of Honor recipient was in battle. He was ordered to the rear and spent months picking up bodies and registering them for burial.

He later was a recruiter, mowed lawns and plowed snow. He was placed in charge of a motor pool and oversaw large crews of maintenance personnel. He retired in 1973.

To maintain his physique, Sgt. Lopez jogged until age 88. He also saw a trainer three times a week, a regimen that ended three month ago as his illness worsened.

His wife of 62 years, Emilia Herrera Lopez, died in February 2004.

Survivors include five children, Candida "Marie" Pieratti of Mahopac, N.Y., Virginia Rogers of Ogden, Utah, Beatrice Pedraza of Lima, Peru, and John Lopez and Maggie Wickwire, both of San Antonio; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mis Respetos

Anonymous said...

Mad Mexican,
Some very good points and very true. You also get a lot of white and latino kids who act blacker then most black kids. A lot of these kids just know what they hear. A kid who worked for me at one time and has since become a good family friend used to always talk about how he hated all the white kids at his school yet several of his best friends were white. He automatically thought all white kids were rich. After pointing out to him that his family OWNED their house and that several of the white kids he was friends with lived in apartments and much crappy cars then his parents he started to see the bigger picture. I'd tell him sure a lot of white people are fucked up but treat people how they treat you. Are these kids assholes to you just because your Mexican or is it because you always have to talk shit about and too them? That just shows your insecurity I'd tell him. Also he'd spout off about chicano this and that but knew nothing about chicano history at all. He was totally into the whole black hip hop thing and knew every damn thing about Tupac and Biggy! As he got older and as I talked shit to him he started to see things differently, he now hates everyone, haha and still doesn't know shit about chicano history but he's getting closer to figuring it all out.


don quixote said...

Thanks for info on Medal of Honor recipient Jose Lopez, SV VBS, these guys despite all the shit thrown in thier direction sucked it up and did the right thing. People of Mexican Heritage are a complete asset to this country and always have been.
SHit they just don't believe in blowing your own horn and having someone kiss your ass for what is every human beings responsibility to the family and country (USA) we live in.
Couple of years back I went to the funeral of my wifes Uncle, a great and strong man who also grew up in poverty and rascism that was old LA. At his funeral the military played taps and his family had the Mariachi's sing "Soldado Razo", a very sad song about a Mexicano that was wrongly executed during the Mexican Revolution. The Military guys gave a speach about this uncles medal's and heroism and wounds he suffered in WW2 in the Aluetian Islands against the Japanese. Fuck everyone was crying cause this humble man never said shit about his War experience and never wanted his wife to talk about it either. He just felt he was doing his duty as a young Mexican American for his family and country.
That's why it's good to have people like yourself and others relate these story's to the world.
RIP JOSE M. LOPEZ, proud Mexican American

Anonymous said...

White Bread presents a biography on another Mexican-American positive role model
Who tells you the L.A. schools suck and L.A. gangs and crime are big problems. And he wants to hire more of those cops terrorizing the poor innocent criminals in L.A.

I HAVE TO CORRECT A POST WHICH SAID MAYOR V. WAS FIRST LATINO MAYOR. Mayor Villaraigosa is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since 1872.

Born Antonio Villar on January 23, 1953, and raised in the City Terrace neighborhood of
East Los Angeles, he is the oldest of four children raised by a single mother, Natalia
Delgado. Villaraigosa graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and attended
UCLA, where he received a B.A. degree in history. He is a graduate of the People’s
College of Law.
After law school, he served as a field representative/organizer with the United Teachers
Los Angeles (UTLA). In 1994, Villaraigosa was elected to the California State
Assembly; four years later, his colleagues elected him the first Assembly Speaker from
Los Angeles in 25 years. While Speaker, Villaraigosa oversaw passage of landmark state
legislation including the modernization of public schools, the toughest assault weapons
ban in the country, the largest urban neighborhoods parks initiative in America, and the
“Healthy Families” program that provides healthcare for over a half a million California
He ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 2001 and narrowly lost the election. He then was
appointed a distinguished fellow at UCLA and USC, where he co-authored “After
Sprawl” a policy blueprint for addressing the issues facing many urban centers.
In 2003, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, 14th District During his tenure
on the City Council, he championed many of the issues he is addressing today as Mayor
and is widely credited with resolving the MTA transit strike, creating the largest passive
park on the Eastside of Los Angeles, and protecting funding for the arts.
Mayor Villaraigosa has earned a reputation as a national leader for his bold programs to
address education, public safety, transportation and other issues facing Los Angeles. He
was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report, has been
featured on the cover of Newsweek and named one of the 25 most influential Latinos by
Time Magazine.

Frustrated with the performance of Los Angeles' schools, the Mayor proposed an historic
reform plan for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The guiding
principle behind the Mayor’s plan, is that to successfully improve student achievement,
raise the graduation rate and close achievement gaps, the LAUSD must be fundamentally
reformed. A new governance structure will be the vehicle for achieving that fundamental
reform by bringing in new leadership, creating greater accountability, empowering
educators and parents, and giving local leaders a voice in their local schools.

Protecting the citizens of Los Angeles is a chief priority of the Mayor’s administration.
As the centerpiece of his first budget, the Mayor developed and funded the hiring of
1,000 additional police officers over 5 years, which will bring the number of LAPD
officers to over 10,000 for the first time ever. He also created and expanded the Gang Reduction Program and secured an additional $80.6 million in Homeland Security funding for the Los Angeles – Long Beach area.

Mis Respetos

Anonymous said...


You've said a mouthfull. But as they say, the politicians are now DJs.

Anonymous said...

When I was in full blown addiction, gangbanging, and just running amok, my chante was known as "headquarters". What it generally amounted to was that anytime day or night you could come by my house and find something jumping off, whether it was getting loaded, planning a job, or rounding up the troops for whatever reason. When homeboys got out from doing some time they would stop by the ponderosa and check in even before they went to see there moms. Yea my house got raided by the policias and shot at muchos times but hey it was "headquarters" and that was part of "La vida Loca". If I was busted one of my brothers, nephews or neices would be there holding up the flag. We were the last of the mohicans still living in the hood. After I got clean and my bro finally sold that old house things kind of got better for the "normal" people in the neighborhood that were just trying to survive by working and earning a living. Today if you cruised down the hood, its nothing like it used to be, and I'm not saying that it got better cause we moved and "headquarters" got sold and torn down, but sometimes just removing a few bad elements makes a big difference.

El Montero

Anonymous said...

Speaking of uniforms, Superman had one of the best, but let me field a question fellow Wallista's, why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Anonymous said...

To those who think the gang culture is not passed on from famila. I think El Montero was telling you this with the words.
"If I was busted one of my brothers, nephews or neices would be there holding up the flag."

Everybody has a "headquarters" in their barrio, that is going to take a lot work to get rid of every one.

(I' don't duck flying guns)

mil cerveza's said...

Janice Hahn should resign from the clowncil and go work in a bakery. Janice Hahn is a bonehead. What did they say, that Jimmy (brother)got Kenny's (father) brains and Janice got his personality? Hay yay, yay - otra Bohemia maestro!

ps. all those involved in the beef jerky/slim jims diarie's keep up the funny work!

louie from the westside said...

We Don't Need No Stinkin' National ID Card, no stinkin uniforms, no stinkin badges, no stinkin rules, no stinkin fourth branch of the government, no stinkin dark energy, no stinkin due process, no stinkin
moderators, no stinkin Target stores, no stinkin permits or nothin! What we need is more "smooth as silk Kessler bottles pal!" and a couple of AM/PM cheese doggies, an hurry it up.. cause i'm gonna pee on the bus bench...

Anonymous said...

I for one and I dont think anyone else is diputing the fact that being from the Barrio is a family tradition, my mother was born in the Barrio in 1928 and never moved out. She was no gangster-mom or loca, she didnt drink or smoke, heck I only heard her curse 2 times in 26 years, but ask her where she was from and she would proudly tell you. But that was a whole different era they were hardworking first generation Mexican/americans whom back in them days werent allowed in certain places, there is a sign in the museo de los barrios that used to be posted up in some establishments around here that reads, NO DOGS, NIGGERS, OR MEXICANS! So why wouldnt our people stay in there homesteads, ranchos, campos, barrios, or whatever you wanted to call the place that they worked at, lived at, and were comfortable at. Places like that is where alot of the war heroes that were written about in previous post came from. So our parents and neighbors taught us to be proud of where we came from, But us 2nd and 3rd generation homies took it to a different level not only were we proud of being from the barrio but we tattooed it all over our bodys, and we were willing to die and kill for the barrio and the homies whom we grew up with and knew from childhood. I'm not saying its right but thats the way it was. But now these youngsters are not from the "barrio" anymore they have no roots there. They dont trust each other because they dont know each other. Although a few are the kids of some "OG" homies. We as older batos from the hood have to break the chain, and lead by example, being positive role models, being responsible, I beleive it all starts at home.

El Montero

busted and disgusted said...

Gangs that ought to be on the City's Top Ten Gang list would have to include the following although in no particular order.

the SEU -service employee gang
the Teamsters
the LAC parking "crew" -meter maids
the Caltrans do nothing's -"lets get under a tree and pop a cold one"
the California Highway Patrol -"let's bust that working stiff going home after a 12 hour shift for having a non-working tail light"
and finaly all the dam divorce attorney's, make them my number one.
Wally, you run a nice ship.

Anonymous said...

To Busted and Disgusted,

You list has one error.
The LAC parking Crew - meter maids
are the only ones on your list making money for the city. Those damn meter maids are earning their pay in just a few minutes of work. If you are parked in a no parking zone (4:00-6-00pm). The meter maids are there at 4:02pm writing the ticket. The meter maids are making the city millions of dollars every year. Every other employee of the city is wasting taxpayers money but not the meter maids. Even though I hate them they do earn their keep.


Anonymous said...

Federal officials said Tuesday they arrested more than 750 illegal immigrants over the past week in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in what they described as one of the biggest such sweeps in U.S. history.

Weapons of Mass Destruction!!!!
Tijuana Police Re-armed -- With Slingshots.

Anonymous said...

El Montero
Amen, you've made some excelent points!

A lot of kids now days have no respect and no roots. Nowdays it's much easier to shoot someone you don't like as opposed to having to go mano a mano and possibly get your assed kicked. Half of them don't even have to know how to fight, why bother when you can blast someone.

The respect that you had for your parents isn't always there in today's kids, a lot of them don't respect anyone including themselves.

To anyone who thinks that some gang members are generational you have no clue at all, there are many family's in California and probably the whole southwest who's family's have been part of a gang for 40 plus years.

It's no different then the skinhead kid who's old man was a 1% Biker.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said ......To anyone who thinks that some gang members are generational you have no clue at all, there are many family's in California and probably the whole southwest who's family's have been part of a gang for 40 plus years.

What are you trying to say?
"Generational "means the older gang member keeps passing on the gang life from older family to younger family.

ELA Chicano said...

Sat 1/20/07 - NOT JUST NAT'L NEWS - The Mexican Maffia connection

Anon said,

Hey Wallistas I heard Black Dan (WF/EME)drew his last breath recently, anyone hear any chisme on that?

Does anyone have any info?

ELA Chicano

retired meter maid said...

Parking-ticket rage targets the messenger
San Francisco officials are pushing to equip officers with Mace and cameras to stem the rise of attacks by motorists.
SAN FRANCISCO — James Hudson moves warily through this car-choked city, looking over his shoulder, bracing for the next tense face-off or retaliatory attack.

He's one of 350 often-harried civilian officers who perform what many motorists consider an outright act of war: He hands out parking tickets.

Especially in the congested Financial District, summons writers like Hudson are often considered urban predators, loathed for lurking shark-like on bicycles or in street buggies, employing such stealth tactics as chalk-marking tires and wielding prewritten tickets.

As a result, officers now deal with the sidewalk version of freeway ferocity: parking-ticket rage.

In 11 years on the job, Hudson has been cursed, had his foot run over, been shot with a pellet gun and had his knee whacked by marauding drivers. Colleagues have been spit on and assaulted, one with a baseball bat.

For Hudson, such violence comes with the job: "Some people don't know how to control their anger."

But officials are fighting back. After a rise in attacks, the city is pushing stronger protection for officers, such as requiring all parking-control vehicles to be equipped with Mace and cameras.

A bill being introduced in Sacramento would also make it a felony to strike any parking control officer in the state. Currently, penalties range from fines to community service.

"It's a public safety issue," said Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who is sponsoring the bill. "Nobody takes a traffic ticket with a smile."

Assaults on parking control officers in San Francisco rose from 17 in 2005 to 28 last year. During one week last November, four parking officers were attacked. Two of them were hospitalized.

A male officer was repeatedly punched and his car window broken. A female officer suffered a concussion and dislocated shoulder.

A 30-year-old suspect in the latter attack faces three felony counts. A judge raised her bail from $70,000 to $100,000.

Parking problems have sparked violence between motorists as well. In September, a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in an altercation over a parking spot.

In Los Angeles, the number of attacks against the city's 668 parking officers has also risen slightly, with 33 in the last fiscal year ending June 30.

"Thirty-five years ago, when I was writing parking tickets, which cost two bucks apiece back then, irate motorists either questioned my heritage or my intelligence," said Jimmy Price, chief of parking enforcement and traffic control in Los Angeles.

"Now our officers face shootings, robbery, carjackings and physical assaults where a motorist had either a closed fist or a weapon. People have been hurt, with a lot of work time lost."

The Los Angeles City Council soon will consider a proposal similar to the state's to stiffen penalties for violence against parking officers.

San Francisco has 365,000 registered vehicles and 320,000 on-street parking spots, supplemented by 280,000 spots in public and private garages and off-street lots. The daily influx of 35,000 commuters can make snagging an on-street parking space in a busy area a frustrating roll of the dice.

Still, Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris has a warning for ticketed drivers: Keep your cool.

"People can't go turning their rage on a parking control officer who is simply doing his or her job," she said. "If you want to fight a ticket, go to Traffic Court. Don't beat up the officer. If you do, we're going to prosecute."
Like many of her colleagues, the 28-year-old officer injured in November said she rarely eats in restaurants without wearing a jacket to cover her uniform. After the attack on her, dozens of parking control officers rallied to demand better protection.

"Nine out of 10 people we meet on our jobs are angry," said the officer, who asked not to be identified. "People have quit, the abuse is so bad."

Lawanna Preston, staff director of Local 790 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents Bay Area parking control officers, said that in seven years as a Berkeley parking officer, she was harassed by doctors, lawyers and college students.

"People see you as an opportunity to sound off about the system," she said. "They're mad about the ticket, but it's also about how the government is always ripping them off."

In San Francisco, the 1.9 million citations issued last year generated $50 million — the third-highest revenue source behind the airport and port districts, Preston said. Yet the parking officers make only $40,000 a year.

"They generate lots of money, but they don't get paid that much," she said. "The money is not going into their pocket."

Hudson, 46, takes the verbal abuse with a Zen-like calm. One recent morning, he chose not to ticket a motorist who had double-parked on a busy street while dashing into a store to buy coffee. Instead, he gave the man a verbal warning.

The motorist drove off, telling Hudson to "get a real job."

"He gave me a few cuss words," Hudson said, shrugging.

His beat takes him past industrial garages and worn storefronts south of Market Street. Dressed in a blue sweater jacket, pants and badge, he carries — along with his Mace — a hand-held computer and a mini-printer that enable him to write a summons in less than a minute.

On most shifts, he issues 80 or more tickets.

Sometimes he walks. Sometimes he rides a hybrid bike or city-issued scooter. But one part of his job stays the same: insults from motorists.

In a one-hour span recently, Hudson wrote half a dozen tickets. But he also gave a few warnings — such as the one to the window washers who parked their truck at a meter whose gauge had been obscured with gray paint.

Later, he called for a car parked in a loading zone to be towed. Then he spied a car already sporting a ticket on its windshield. After a check, Hudson saw that that car had not been moved in the 90 minutes since the first ticket was written. So he issued a second $50 expired-meter summons.

"This is not a punishment," he said. "It's a learning curve."

Nearby, he spied a van parked on the sidewalk. Hudson tried to locate the driver, calling into an apartment building nearby. Then he wrote the vehicle a $100 citation.

Within moments, plumber Jeremy Baldwin, 36, emerged from the building, walking toward his van with a dazed look.

He admitted that he was a repeat scofflaw, one year collecting $7,000 in tickets. He said he rarely buys a vehicle worth more than $1,000 because so many have been towed for nonpayment of fines.

"Hey," he said, "if I'm an idiot, I'm an idiot."

Baldwin stuffed the ticket into his shirt pocket. The fine, which would be taken out of his check, meant he would not make any money that day.

"It's a total wash, all my hard work," he sighed.

But Baldwin wasn't the type to blame the messenger.

"No hard feelings," he called out to Hudson. "You're just doing your job."

Anonymous said...

For those who enjoy reading about the Mexican Mafia

The convictions of 11 defendants affiliated with the Mexican Mafia on Rico charges was apealled.
Wow what a surprise, I am innocent really I am innocent. (lol)

see court documents$file/9750468.pdf?openelement

Anonymous said...

In the appeal mentioned above...why does the infamous Pee Wee from the Avenues have a public defender? You'd think them highland parkers would have a carwash or something to get homie a real lawyer after all he's done for them ridding the neighboorhood of undesirables

Anonymous said...

Orale my "Hatsters" is a commentary I came across here in the San Diego Union Tribune about a Latino Presidential Hopeful. Please read on. Alrato. -Jose 619:

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had a hint of boyish excitement in his voice, as if he had just done something grand. He had. In fact, as announcements go, they don't come any grander. Richardson and I spoke Sunday morning, just a couple of hours after he announced – on ABC News' “This Week” – that he was setting up a presidential exploratory committee.

He is out to become the first Hispanic president of the United States, and he's the first Hispanic to make a serious run at the office.

For my parents' generation of Mexican-Americans – who attended segregated schools, were paddled for speaking Spanish, were discouraged from going to college and were denied jobs and promotions – this is a day that many thought they'd never live to see. And it's worth savoring.

Trying to gauge support for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, pollsters and pundits have spent months asking: Is the country ready for a woman or an African-American to be president? How 20th century. What good is it to be the nation's largest minority if political observers and the media still act as if they didn't get the memo?

OK, I'll ask the question: Is America ready for a Hispanic president? The governor thinks so. It's not that he believes anyone should vote for him just because he is Hispanic. He thinks people should vote for the most qualified person. And the way he sees it, that person happens to be Hispanic.

Richardson said on television that he won't “run as a Hispanic candidate” but as an American who is “proud to be Hispanic.” But is that even possible when so many Americans are at each other's throats over immigration, language and assimilation?

The candidate doesn't see an obstacle but an opportunity. “I can bring people together,” he told me.

The governor acknowledged the immigration issue is the great unknown and that he isn't sure whether it would help or hurt his chances. The answer, he said, could depend on whether Republicans use it as a “wedge issue.” If that happens, he said, the tactic would “backfire on them again” as it did during the congressional debate over immigration last year.

The way Richardson sees it, the crowded field of 2008 presidential hopefuls breaks down into those who talk versus those who do, those who divide versus those who heal. The nation's only Hispanic governor pitches himself as the best of both worlds – a leader who puts actions before words and who can heal a divided country. He insists that it's his experience – as a member of Congress, U.N. ambassador, U.S. energy secretary and governor of New Mexico – that makes him the best choice.

“If you look at some of the major challenges facing the country,” he said, “I've already done some of those things.” Among those things, the two-term governor says, are cutting taxes, creating jobs, improving education and expanding health care. Add in a thick foreign policy portfolio that includes serving as an envoy to Sudan and North Korea and orchestrating humanitarian efforts in bleak corners such as Darfur. Richardson also loves the game of politics and he's good at it. He's likable and bright and charismatic. And he'll need all those gifts and more.

A CNN poll of registered Democratic voters found just 2 percent inclined to vote for Richardson, leaving him far behind Clinton, Obama and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Speaking of Obama, I asked Richardson if he felt any sort of kinship with the Illinois senator, given that they each come from bicultural backgrounds. Obama has an American mother and African father. Richardson has an American father and a Mexican mother.

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said, intrigued by the comparison. Both men are out to make history and yet each enjoys a crossover appeal that goes far beyond the confines of his racial or ethnic group.

Personally, I'd like to see Richardson tap into what Obama has discovered – this discontent that many Americans feel with politics as usual, red states and blue states, polarization, agendas dictated by the extremes and so on.

A lot of people are tired of that nonsense. Obama sees it because he has fresh eyes, having only been on the national stage for a short time. Could it be that the longer you stay in politics, the less likely you are to see its imperfections?

Bill Richardson has been on stage much longer. Hopefully, the experience hasn't hurt his vision.


Gava Joe said...

I'm sorry, there's no way in hell I'm gonna get behind one of these "early rumblers". To my way of watching all this posturing and jostling for a place in line just deters from what these folks need to be doing----running the everyday workings of this country!!It seems as though the players have moved right from the mid-term elections into a campaign surge for the Big Chair, but us plebes and our needs get left dangling out in the wind..I'm older than most of you guys and regret that I've gotten jaded and ca'nt rally or cheer for any of these early perps..Sure DO enjoy your entries though, and appreciate your enthusiasm. But I promise that at least til Nov 2007 I plan to pursue my interest in La Eme.. This was good reading - thanks Anonymous!!

see court documents$file/9750468.pdf?openelement

4:09 PM

don quixote said...

Gava Joe, are you kidding us Wallistas or have you succumbed to the crystal meth habit so rampant in places like Kansas where every single or double wide, besides being a sacrifice to the tornado gods is a suspect meth lab.
No bonafide grifo could possibly concentrate long enough to type in the painfully long fucking address you have given us. I tried for about 2 minutes and my head swelled up and was on the verge of exploding.
This kind of diabolical ploy was used on the Iraqis in Abu Greb? and is on the list of banned torture techniques with the Geneva Covention.
Pinchi gringo salado!

archie bunker said...

When did it become acceptable in this country for a man to go from being a rugged, plaid-wearing, beef jerky eating badass to a well-groomed, "metrosexual" girly-boy like Ben Affleck? Affleck recently agreed to be a spokesman for L'Oreal, with L'Oreal quoted as saying "Ben embodies a new generation of men who show their strength in their personality but are not afraid to care for their appearance." Afraid of taking care of their appearances? It's not that we're afraid you assholes, it's that we don't menstruate. What next? Men getting hormone injections so they can breast feed?

"Ben embodies a new generation of men who show their strength in their personality but are not afraid to breast feed their children."
Is it okay that I don't have a sense of style? Is it okay for me to scratch myself? I'm hairy. I like wearing plaid and I don't want to be told how to dress by some dude with a "queer eye." Is that okay with you sissies, or would you like me to package my balls and neatly carry them in a purse? For crying out loud. You're turning us into a nation of pussies.

That's why I wrote this tribute to real men, the kind of men who perpetuate our species, don't know what conditioner is used for, and don't apologize for not wearing makeup.


archie bunker said...

Gregory Peck is a man's man, the kind of man you read about in the bible. A man who came from a time when beating your woman was not only socially acceptable, but encouraged (not that I'm saying spousal abuse is right, I'm just saying that sometimes she deserves it). Well someone mentioned jerky, but I'll bet none of you knew that French pirates used the thinly-populated island of Hispaniola, hunting wild cattle and preparing a sort of sun-dried beef jerky on a “boucan” (hence “boucaniers” or “buccaneers.”) Myself I have been eating pickled pigs feet, salted and dried venison, and salami all day today and the wife has kicked me out for stinkin up the house so I am in my garage burping away listening to my polka music.

don quixote said...

Presidential candidate and NM Gov.
Bill Richardson in a press conference today in Santa Fe, NM said that the criticism of his tactics while he was Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration,and while dealing with the scandal at Los Alamos National Labs,is now shown to have been misdirected and premature.
The scandal and controversy surrounded the incarceration of Chinese born nuclear weapons scientist "Wen Ho Lee" who was held incommunicado and without being formally charged with a crime for 9 months. Lee who claimed he was chained to a wall and tortured was eventually released and never charged with a crime.
Wen Ho Lee was suspected of stealing top secret information about nuclear weapons research he was involved in developing at the Los Alamos Labs in NM. A number of computor disks with secret information were discovered to be missing from the research area he was in charge of and a subsequent search of Lee's home turned up some of the disks.
It has been rumored that Lee was involved in the developement of a nuclear powered killer satellite that could destroy other satellite's in orbit and could also be programed to destroy any object on the earth's surface with a radioactive and poisonious lazer like beam.
Gov Richardson, in his press conference voiced his opinion that he was correct in his suspicions about Wen Ho Lee, who has since returned to his native China, and proof of this was last weeks launching of a killer satellite by China that has already destroyed a satellite in space, and also through interpretation of the Chinese characters on the space craft, listing the poisonous ingredients on the plastic wrap of the long narrow round craft that translates to "Slim Jim" aka "The Doomsday Machine.
Richarson for President!

Anonymous said...

Just another week in the Inland Empire.

$ 150.00 will get you killed by a gangster.

Gang member (i.e. “Warrior”) sought in Highland slaying of 24 year old woman.

Teenager (i.e. “Warrior”) to be tried as adult

Damn those “poor” gang members always have money to buy guns.

More gang members sentenced, Arnold maybe Wal-Mart can build you a Super jail.

Q&A gang expert Wes McBride speaks. But why does he say there was a time when there were NO drugs?

Gangs moving out to San Bernardino County, I guess they like the hot desert climate.
(Hey Los Angeles keep your trash on your side of the fence !!!)

Local gangs unaffected (Those damn Los Angeles roaches keep coming out at night)

Way East Of L.A. resident

carmine said...

I have played golf all my life, and I have caddied for the Dali Lama, so after carrying for him I said..."so Dali Lama? How about giving me a little something"... you know, a little monetary blessing for the help? The Dali Lama said... "you, mother f_____, will receive the Dali Lama's blessing after your death".

Anonymous said...

see court documents$file/9750468.pdf?openelement

"" will tell you were they're all at now and how to contact them

if Black Dan is Dan Barela, then he died in prison at the age of 68 which is probably natural causes...thats my guess anyways...i got that from the bop

Anonymous said...

Delgadillo just got the 1st one!
What took them so long, for years
anybody in the H.P. neighborhood
know about Drew street, the Police
station is just in their backyard, I they also know we have lost a generation to drugs and gangs in that street.

I hope they cant get the rest of the drug dealers in that street, and they are not all gang members, all they have to do is the call Immigration on them.

Anonymous said...

To those InTheHat readers (Gava Joe, Don Quixote) who are so enamored by the EME prisoners use the web-site below to locate you idols from the EME locked up in the federal prison system.

And if you want to meet other friends there are lots of convict pen-pal websites.

Don Q. I found your Myspace account it is firme.

Latin Lover

Gava Joe said...

DQ said, along with slammin Kansas- Again!! Incidently the count of meth labs in the Heartland is way down. Users agree the best crystal meth comes from trailer house labs below the border!!

No bonafide grifo could possibly concentrate long enough to type in the painfully long fucking address you have given us.$file/9750468.pdf?openelement

Incidently you do'nt need to type out the whole thing - you just need to right-click "copy and paste" up in your browser box..
Page 39 Comps for Dummies

Anonymous said...

whitebread aka latinlover aka hater is poluttin the the board with no real input, just hate givem the boot wally.

Gava Joe said...

Even in a repressed, tranquilized society where people in the know work at keeping polite and in character in order to peruse their interests and gain knowledge an asshole is bound to surface. Welcome aboard Latin Lover. I'm sure we've met before.. I personally have no interest in establishing correspondence with inmates, but I see you have a long and impressive list of access sites. Outstanding!

Anonymous said...

whitebread aka latinlover aka hater is poluttin the the board with no real input, just hate givem the boot wally.

He's a cop or a fed stirring up shit on here. He's got way too much time on his hands to be anything else and he has all the links to sites that they monitor wasting our tax dollars. But then again, who knows, he may run across dangerous terrorists on here.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said ………….
“whitebread aka latinlover aka hater is poluttin the the board with no real input, just hate givem the boot wally. “

Who is the "Hater" now, I guess I will be blamed / credited for any post which does not say police are criminals and gangs are great.

Well here is a story about Rocky D. first house he has targeted. See Wally don’t be “hating” on Rocky Delgadillo.,1,4312631.story

Way to go Rocky D. I may drive by the place on the way home and take some pictures for Wally’s readers. That is if I do not get banned from this blog. I hope my first amendment rights don’t get violated. A previous poster is right there is a police station very close by on San Fernando road.

White Bread

Anonymous said...

A judge today found most of the youths guilty of committing a hate crime for beating three white women in Long Beach on Halloween night, ending a racially charged trial muddled with conflicting testimony and allegations of witness intimidation.

One defendant, 12, was, in effect, acquitted of any involvement in the incident that roiled the racially mixed port city of nearly half a million people.,0,5679693.story?coll=la-home-headlines

I guess the judge did not believe the mothers whose good kids would never do this. Does any mother think her kid is guilty?

White Bread

Anonymous said...

"He's a cop or a fed stirring up shit on here. He's got way too much time on his hands to be anything else and he has all the links to sites that they monitor wasting our tax dollars. But then again, who knows, he may run across dangerous terrorists on here."

Let us start some new conspiracy theories on who really posts on this blog. The DEA, ATF, INS-ICE, Homeland-Security, FBI, LAPD, District Attorney.

Fedex & UPS spy

Just asking... said...

Is Adolph "Champ" Reynoso still alive??

Is he still in good standing?

wise guy said...

Yes Adolph "Champ" Reynoso is still alive and "standing good".
A Certificate of Good Standing (also known as a "Certificate of Existence" or "Certificate of Status") is a certificate issued by the CDC. A Certificate of Good Standing attests to an emero's admission to "practice" and current status of good standing before the "Big Homies" board. "Good Standing" indicates that the carnal is not currently in the hat.

Anonymous said...

Scientist Develops Caffeinated Doughnuts...

DURHAM. N.C. (AP) - That cup of coffee just not getting it done anymore? How about a Buzz Donut or a Buzzed Bagel? That's what Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has come up with. Bohannon says he's developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee.

While the product is not on the market yet, Bohannon has approached some heavyweight companies, including Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, and the LAPD and LASD about carrying it.

Anonymous said...

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A drunk man who tried to climb over a freight train stopped at a downtown crossing ended up going for a ride when the train took off. The 23-year-old man called 911 from his cell phone early Friday when the train reached the Casselton area west of Fargo because he was cold and wanted off, said Cass County Deputy Sheriff Shawn Getz.

Dispatchers called BNSF Railway, which alerted the train conductor.

"A few miles west of Casselton they were able to stop the train and (the man) got off," Getz said.

Authorities said the man did not require any medical treatment, and the railroad did not press charges. The man was taken to a detox center, Getz said.

Anonymous said...

My casting for Wally's book, quick to be made into film would have to included these imortals all in their prime,
Anthony Quinn
Cesar Romero
Pedro Armendariz
Gilbert Roland
Victor Mature
Robert Mitchum
and of course Allan Hale as the "skipper".

Wally said...

Pedro Armendariz? Brilliant! Three Godfathers, the Turkish spy master in From Russia With Love. That guy could deliver. Any time. Anywhere. And Gilbert Roland? Also brilliant. Who can forget his lines from The Racers with Kirk Douglas? "I spit in your crankcase." Anon, you know your actors.