December 17, 2005

Voces de la Frontera Contact Information

If you would like to contact Voces de la Frontera, their email is vocesdelafrontera@sbcglobal.net . By phone 414-643-1621. I am contacting them for comment.

Who is Voces de la Frontera

As reported earlier members of Voces de la Frontera violated the home of State Senator Cathy Stepp last night shouting and attempting to intimidate her into signing driver license legislation for illegal immigrants.

I took the following from their website:

Description of Agency/Activities: Voces de la Frontera is a low-wage and immigrant worker's center that opened in Nov. 2001. The center was created to respond to the immediate problems low-wage immigrant workers face. The center provides a legal clinic where workers can obtain free legal advice about labor and civil rights, as well as ongoing English language and citizenship classes. The agency provides classes to train workers and other immigrants about discrimination, OSHA regulations, labor laws, worker's compensation, legalization and work visas, and more day-to-day topics such as how to obtain a driver's license, how to buy a house, and how to fill out taxes and open bank accounts. Ongoing campaigns include legalization and access to higher education for immigrant students.

Notice any trend there? All kinds of training on how to get government cash and sue people, nothing on job training or English language courses or fitting into society.

But wait there is more.

According to a US Newswire release from 10-29-04 , Voces de la Frontera registered some 5,100 Latino and African American voters in low income areas. At the same time the group was critical of Republican efforts to confirm fraudulent activity in regards to voter registrations, taking the leftist line that such efforts were only going towards voter suppression.

Can you seriously tell me a group so exercised about getting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants took any effort at all to see that the persons they were registering to vote were legally able to do so? I seriously doubt it.

Bur wait there is more.

The infromation I took was from a Marquette website where students go to do service learning. So Marquette is at least minimally supporting this group as a viable community agency worthy of volunteer work. Additionally Marquette students are recruited there to assist in get out the vote efforts. Students from Political Science 118 ONLY: Can work as a group or individually, researching current elected officials and candidates to find out their stand on certain issues, their personal backgrounds, who their financial contributors are, and other relevant information. Students will compile this information into Legislative Information Sheets, which are distributed throughout the neighborhood to educate voters. Spanish skills are helpful, but not necessary, because they would like to have the information sheets in both Spanish and English. This placement involves primarily weekend hours. I am certain these information sheets were not strictly informational, containing no partisan slant.

There could not possibly be more, but there is.

There were allegations from a watchdog group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), that said Voces de la Frontera volunteers in Racine and Milwaukee registered fraudulent voters. Milwaukee DA Mcann refused to do anything about it (typical) saying he could not prove the identity of the registrars. He did issue the following warning to anyone else testing the system, "Anyone who tries to test the system from now on will be criminally prosecuted no matter who they claim they are working for or what they're testing,"

And we also have this little dittie from Wis Politics, AN INVESTIGATION OF VOCES DE LA FRONTERA IS ALSO UNDERWAY IN RACINE COUNTY. APPROXIMATELY 3 WEEKS AGO THE U.S. ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN CONTACTED THE RACINE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE. THE U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE INDICATED THAT INFORMATION HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM SUSAN TULLY, OF THE FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM (F.A.I.R.), THAT TWO F.A.I.R. MEMBERS HAD POSED AS PERSONS NOT ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AND THEY HAD REGISTERED AS VOTERS THRU VOCES DE LA FRONTERA IN RACINE AND MILWAUKEE. THE TAPE OF THIS MEETING HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY A COURT-CERTIFIED SPANISH INTERPRETER AT THE REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE. BASED ON THAT REVIEW, THERE IS NO CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT A CRIME WAS COMMITTED. IT IS DIFFICULT YO HEAR AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING SAID ON THE TAPE, AND A TRANSCRIPT HAS NOT YET BEEN PRODUCED. F.A.I.R. HAS INDICATED IN THE PAST THAT THEY WOULD TURN OVER A TRANSCRIPT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE AND MAKE THE F.A.I.R MEMBERS WHO POSED AS ILLEGAL ALIENS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS, BUT TO DATE THAT HAS NOT OCCURRED. AT THIS TIME TWO MEMBERS OF F.A.I.R. HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO MAKE POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF THE REGISTRATION DEPUTY THEY CLAIM TOOK THEIR FALSE REGISTRATION FORMS. FURTHER, LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM THE ALLEGATIONS OF SUSAN TULLY THAT THE PERSON WHO ACTED AS A REGISTRATION DEPUTY ON THE TAPE IN RACINE WAS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AND THE ACTUAL REGISTRATION FORMS ARE NOT SIGNED BY REGISTRATION DEPUTY THAT F.A.I.R. ALLEGES COMMITTED THE FRAUD. (Sorry about the caps)

There is so much more, but this gives us an idea of who it is that is now taking to harassing Senators in their homes. This is a group that will go to any length to further their agenda. That agenda, giving illegal immigrants the full rights of citizens or legal immigrants. A key message to you folks, ILLEGAL is not a good thing. This country was founded on legal immigration, you get ahead in America by playing by the rules and working hard. Voces de la Frontera, seems to have little interest in doing that.

Advocacy Group Harasses Senator Stepp at HOME

Breaking News, these guys are out of control. All the more reason why this legislation must me stopped.



Stepp Will Pursue Charges

Leaders of a Hispanic activist group known as Voces de la Frontera believe that in America, it is better to storm the home of an elected official and yell in their windows after dark to intimidate someone rather than to run for office to change policy. On the evening of Friday, December 16th, a group of people advocating the issuing of drivers’ licenses to non-citizens appeared outside my windows yelling and attempting to intimidate me to vote against Assembly Bill 69. Law enforcement was notified and the group disbanded. This group justifies their actions by claiming they have not had their phone call returned when in reality all constituent calls are returned until callers become belligerent or profane.

This group doesn’t care that the rights of citizens in Wisconsin would be taken away by the federal government when their licenses are turned down as adequate proof of i.d. everywhere else in the country unless Wisconsin changes their license requirements. Right now, Wisconsin is one of the only states dangling the carrot of a driver’s license to anyone who will break into our country illegally.

Opponents of the bill, like the leadership of Voces de la Frontera, threaten that if they don’t get their way illegal aliens will respond by driving without a license anyway. If the legislature responds to threats like this, should we then issue pilots’ licenses to illegal aliens who threaten that they’ll fly a plane without one? They also argue that the bill will punish Hispanics more than it will deter Middle Eastern terrorists, even though the requirements will be the same for everyone—whether they’re from Mexico, England or Syria.

I have been fortunate to be welcomed into our Hispanic community since taking office. Many Hispanic Community Leaders have educated me and garnered my support on issues uniquely affecting them. I am thankful for their guidance and it has been a privilege to work with and on behalf of them. However, driver’s licenses are privileges for people who obey the law. Anyone here illegally is, by definition, not obeying the law. Like it or not, the driver’s license has become a person’s ticket to legitimacy in America.

When I took the oath of office, I swore to uphold the laws of our state and our country. I will side with the legal citizens and taxpayers of Wisconsin with my vote of support for the bill.

December 16, 2005

Patriot Act

So Senator Feingold got his way today and killed the Patriot Act.

Congratulations Senator, today you weakened our intelligence efforts against terrorism, you made us all more vulnerable. I hope you do not have the blood of Americans killed by terrorists in the future on your hands.

I brought up Able Daner twice previously, and twice no one really cared. (except Scott who went balistic with the mention of the word Clinton). What we had in Able Danger were terrorist activities identified that could not be shared due to the Gorelic wall. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Feingold that wall will now be back up.

The Patriot Act has helped to keep us safe, and now Senator Feingold has put us back to pre 9-11 rules. Disgusting.

Call to action r.e. Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants.

I got a note from one of our State Senators today. They are asking for public imput in regards to the pending legislation in regards to Driver's License / Illegal Immigrant bill pending before the State Senate. The Illegal lobby (hard to believe there is a lobby for illegal activity) is motivated on this one and applying great pressure on this issue. The Senator I heard from (a usually solid conservative) is leaning towards approving this legislation. Why? Most likely because everyone they are hearing from is in favor.

So agree or oppose let your voice be heard.

You did it on the gas tax, now we need to do it on this issue. Reach out to your Senator and let your voice be heard on this issue.

Look up the contact information for your Senator here.

Friday Haiku

We tried this once before to mixed results, but here we go again. Share your Friday Haiku (5,7,5)

This one is for Bil who complained this week about a lack of posts.

Bil, not enough posts?
I will try and do better.
Start your own blog pal.

On the Iraqi elections.

December Fifteen
Seventy percent turnout
We could learn something.

On Christmas

A Merry Christmas
Oops someone is offended
Where is my lawyer?

On the snow.

Pretty white flakes fall
Covering like a blanket.
Ouch my aching back.

You get the idea, share your own.

The Real Debate Lexicon


We have been attracting some new readers of late, and I thought the timing was correct to put out something I have been thinking about for some time, the Real Debate Wisconsin Lexicon.

This will be a fluid document.

  1. The Noid. Not the beloved Dominos Pizza mascot, but our Governor, Jim Doyle. This nickname comes from Doyles refusal of signing photo ID legislation, no ID, or Noid.
  2. Spendocrat. A bi-partisan label in reference to any elected official who wastes money on stupid spending.
  3. Leftie. Someone of the more liberal persuasion.
  4. Rightie. Someone of the more conservative persuasion.
  5. Supernintendo. Dr Tom Hicks of the Racine Unified School District. By the way did you know if you call the Supernintendo by anything other than Dr. he takes great offense? A little hung up on your label Tom. Sorry, Doc.
  6. JT. The Racine Journal Times. My local paper, these guys are truly out of their mind in their bias. Trust me on this, they are way left of he Milwaukee paper. Today's big issue for discussion, what if we wake up years from now and discover Bush was right? Come now JT did it not even cross your mind that he is right? One sided journalism at its best.
  7. The Partisan Paper. The New York Times. This was born of the Air America, Gloria Wise Boys and Girls club scandal. While The Partisan Paper did some 46 puff pieces on Air America, they completely ignore anything that would be harmful to their buddies on the left side of the radio dial.
  8. Err America. Air America, see above. I wrote and wroter about Air America, no one cared. My issues dealth more with the way they do business rather than their positions.
  9. The Blog Father. Charlie Sykes.
  10. Scott. Blogger Scott D Feldstein. Scott and I became acquainted when we were both up for the MKE online Blog of the week and we eeked out a 2 vote victory over Scott. Since then we have developed this love hate relationship. He makes us nuts but we value his imput.
  11. Cyber Dad. My most valued occasional poster. I have learned more about living life in the correct manner from Cyber Dad than from anyone else I have ever encountered. If everyone had ethics like him, we would be in a much better world. Love Ya Dad.
  12. Primal Scream. Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean. Enough said.
  13. Editor Rob. Rob Golub, web editor of the previously mentioned Racine Journal times. Sometimes Rob drives me nuts as he posts things just for hit factor. I reckon he is a hit whore just like me. We admire Rob though and he posts whatever I send to him (even though he has been known to edit my posts).
  14. The Rabble Rouser. Brian Dey of the Racine Unified School District. Mr. I do not accept the status quo. We love Brian, I wish more of Racine would listen to him.
  15. Cindy. Cindy Sheehan. Our preferred candidate for the Democratic party in '08.
  16. RDW. Um Real Debate Wisconsin.

Pelosi Hails Democrats' Diverse War Stances

By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 16, 2005; A23

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.

Pelosi said Democrats will produce an issue agenda for the 2006 elections but it will not include a position on Iraq. There is consensus within the party that President Bush has mismanaged the war and that a new course is needed, but House Democrats should be free to take individual positions, she sad.

"There is no one Democratic voice . . . and there is no one Democratic position," Pelosi said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.

The RDW translatatron says, we can not agree so we will choose to ignore the issue entirely. However, we will agree that Bush sucks.

December 15, 2005

What you most likely do not know about the Chvala extra 3 months.

Most likely the majority of us missed this. We heard the Chvala folks went and begged the judge telling them what a great guy Chuck is and how he should be spared jail time. What was not as widely played was the Chvala defense team asked for the judge to recuse himself on the Monday.

Not a smart thing to do when you plead guilty, to accuse the judge of less than impartial behavior. That is just the kind of thing that will get you an extra 3 months.

Louisiana Politics.

Kudos to Jenna for pointing this out in the Carnival. To her credit, it was the only place I saw this reported.

Apparently Lousiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has apparently waved her magic wand and put off the New Orlean's Mayoral election from the planned date of February 4th. The reasoning, well things are just in too much chaos to hold an election.

I don't buy it. New Orleans is going ahead with Mardis Gras as planned on the 28th of the same month. Not only that but they are adding two additional days.

If they can throw a party that big and increase it at the same time by 1/3, surely they can put on a Mayoral primary.

I said time and again the local, state and federal authorities blew the whole Katrina thing. Could it be the local and state types are putting things off to give themselves more time to pose for holy pictures and take in big fat government checks? It would seem so.

This stinks, this is outrageous and elections should be held on time as scheduled. Iraq managed to hold their elections today without a hitch, surely Louisiana could do the same. That is if they had the political will to do so. Somehow I think the last person Ray Negin wants to face right now is a voter.

Worst Interview Ever

This may be the funniest thing I have ever seen.

December 14, 2005

Carnival of the Badger Version Ho Ho Ho


Twas 10 days before Christmas and all through Cheese-land
The Bloggers were typing, with one or two hands.

The subjects were varied from Xoff and from Jed
From Lefties and Righties who should be in bed.

With Belle in her Feathers and Jib in his cap
GbFan set up with a kegger to tap.

This cheesy idea of attempting to rhyme
And using some soundbites to have a good time.

Was born of warm wishes from this house to yours
To share our opinions and slaughter some words.

Well all of a sudden a crashing was heard
A Christmas Carnival from our house to yours.

So to all of you Cheesers, as the saying goes
This Christmas Carnival I hope heals your woes.

Merry Christmas.

We’ll start the Carnival with Steve who is having a tropical Christmas. Topic of conversation around Steve’s table, is Madisonian Lunacy.

Dad’s traditional role is cussing under the tree from being up until 4 in the morning trying to figure out where the two missing pieces go. Our Dad29 is hoping for something from Smith & Wessonunder his tree.

The clown prince of the Cheddarsphere, Mr. Tom McMahon has figured out Jim Doyle’s Christmas card list. Nice gift.

Adding to the Kringlesphere we have fellow Racinian the Texas Hold ‘Em Blogger. Peter rings his Christmas Bell twice this week, once in French and again in Nyuk Nyuk land.

Aaron submitted something about the Patriot Act. Scrooge. I’ll pick this for Aaron. After last week he is lucky he did not get a lump of coal

We at RDW are happy to give you this post from Brent, Milwaukee’s Layton Park Blogger

Elliot looks at things somewhat differently from where he sits. Elliot is having issues with the language of NPR.

Brian at Boots and Sabers is getting into the Christmas spirit, he is Making a list and Checking it Twice. Nice title Brian, but it appears you want to send Wisconsin’s Junior Senator a really bad fruitcake.

Robola has his gift list all done. To John Gard, a rainbow. Merry Christmas John.

In case you are one of those people who are way ahead of the curve and have an extra hour or two, Shana has performed a public service and reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia. Thanks Shana, you may have saved me from this.

From Sean at The American Mind we get the following dittie that really makes you wonder.

Earning the Grinch award we have Paul at the Electric Company, Paul thinks the War on Christmas is a bunch of hooey.

Ben has Santa hat on and is pontificating Democratic position papers. This post’s target free college.

Tee Bee found a post-worthy thought, Watson come here I need you.

James, you know he of the library and pub, provides a public service to the newly elected.
Marcus sends warm wishes to Tookie Willaims upon his assumption of room temperature.

From the Badger Blogger, this on how silly the Milwaukee Common Council looks.

From Mr Eggs Over Hard, not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 posts live blogging the Packer game.

Mike from the Spring City Chronicle asks a question about bringing back Wisconsin’s death penalty. This one will have to bypass the Governor’s desk completely.

Mike is weighing the benefits cost of altering marriage.

Jay chimes in on the same subject this week, he calls it the Hate Ammendment

Grumps from The Happy Circumstance reports in that Christmas is safe for another year! I am happy to hear that all these serious topics were getting on my nerves.

From Jenna, you know Right off the Shore, some political outrage Louisiana style.

At this point let me throw out a candy cane of hits to your blogs. Hosting the carnival is a lot of fun, and does generate new readers to your site. If you would like to host drop Nick an email badgercarnival-at-gmail-dot-com. Next week the carnival takes a sharp left turn going over to Sadie Says. So come on and volunteer, as far as I know the News Years edition is up for grabs, end of year lists, predictions come on folks juicy stuff there.

Do not make me do it again or I may write more horrible poetry!

Speaking of Sadie Says, the topic Du Jour, Bill O'Liely.

From your humble host, something light.

Well that is it so far, if there are any late posts I shall pass them along. In the interim find a warm spot by the fire, have some cookies and sing along.

Merry Christmas.

Doyle on the gas tax.

The following statement was released today from Governor Doyle on the repeal of gas tax indexing.

Gov. Jim Doyle will consider signing legislation to end Wisconsin's automatic, annual increase in the gas tax so long as he can find a way to ensure it will not impact the safety of the state's road system, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Translation: He will veto the legislation on a Friday, most likely the 23rd. Merry Christmas.

The people spoke, the newsies didn't

Well last night the Assembly passed the repeal of the automatic increase on gas tax, not surprisingly the newsies dropped the ball.

In looking around for coverage on this bill I found something odd. In the Racine Journal Times, no coverage. In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it was mentioned but within a story on the passage of concealed carry legislation. The Capital Times actually carried the repeal story. The Green Bay Press Gazette took a pass.

On the face of this it would appear the newsies are ignoring this story, most likely as they see this as some revolt of talk radio zombies, the LaCrosse Tribune said as much already.

Here is the thing, talk radio can not influence people to do something they do not already care about. Yes, it can act as a catalyst but that call to action would be ignored if it dealt with something listeners did not care about.

My guess is the newsies are jealous of this result as while their circulation is in decline the power of talk radio, and blogs, is on the increase.

The next big question, will the Noid sign the thing?

December 13, 2005

Phony Freeze Proof.

Our pal Patrick, the Badger Blogger, got his tax bill. A 10.1% increase, lucky guy.

I am dreading the day I get my little love note from Racine.

Check out the comments on his post, there is an interesting post from Chris Kleismet of citizens for a responsible government.

Please let us know how big your increases are. The truth about the Doyle phony freeze is in the mail.

Here is a little reminder straight from the horse's mouth, "Beyond cutting taxes, we must do something to stop rising local property taxes. We need to resolve the tension between schools and the property taxpayers that pay the bills. At the same time, we all want the children in our state to get the best education possible. We want a property tax freeze, but not if it comes at the expense of our kids and their futures. Because of the progress we’ve made in being fiscally responsible and being more efficient, and because the economy is improving, we are in position to have a responsible property tax freeze – one that protects our kids and our taxpayers."

I wonder how our more left leaning readers will feel about their property tax increases?

UPDATE: Doyle is out again today touting how low his tax freeze is keeping property taxes, feel beter Patrick?

December 12, 2005

Sowa for Congress?????

We spent some time and a considerable amount of effort trying to get 1st Congressional District Candidate Justin Sowa to answer a few questions after announcing his bid to unseat Paul Ryan. Condidate Sowa ignored our repeated requests for comments.

We know he was reading though because when we pointed a little context issue between here and hear the error was quickly fixed on his website.

Having heard little from the candidate of late we took a little visit to the Sowa for Congress website today.

His last blog entry was 10-30 convicting Tom Delay on indictment day. (typical)

In looking at coming events we find _____________________________________.
Nuthin.

For someone running against a popular seat holder like Paul Ryan we are wondering why the Sowa campaign has gotten so quiet.

I'll send Sowa for Congress an email asking if he is still running.

I do not expect any answer though.

A Tookie Question.

Mrs RealDebate posed an interesting question to me this morning in regards to Tookie. A former cell-mate was quoted after asking the Tookster why he killed someone, the response, "because he was white".

Now first of all hearsay from a cellmate, I do not put much credibility in that, however, if that was even an allegation of a white prisoner saying he killed someone because they were black would we be having this debate at all?

Somehow I doubt it.