Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recently released a report from her "community workgroup" that stresses the need for more agents, more technology and a baseline report on the current conditions so that the effectiveness of a permanent checkpoint can be measured. In response, Sector Chief David Aguilar said the agency would deploy sensors and cameras, as well as 11 agents on horseback to help the surrounding community.
A subcommittee on options expressed three concerns about the permanent checkpoint: (1) Permanent checkpoints have been in use in border communities for three decades, yet illegal immigration continues to increase. (2) Permanent checkpoints push illegal immigrants and smugglers into the surrounding communities. (3) The Border Patrol has never done any kind of study to determine whether the checkpoints are effective.
Steven Eye of Solar Culture, an art gallery and performance space on Toole Avenue, has already canceled his upcoming shows. Although Eye believes Solar Culture is safe, he can no longer guarantee it.
"It's a very sensitive issue," Eye says. "We need to own the building, and we need to raise the money to fix it to modern standards. We need a sympathetic architect and structural engineer to check out the building and see what we need to deal with."
TUSD is also awaiting a court decision that could end the district's desegration program--possibly along with the millions in special taxes that fund deseg.
The AG's letter states: "Unfortunately, alcoholic beverage manufacturers have taken advantage of the youth appeal of these drinks by engaging in aggressive marketing campaigns for pre-mixed alcoholic energy drinks. These campaigns claim that such beverages increase a person's stamina or energy level. However, they do not mention the potentially severe, adverse consequences of mixing caffeine or other stimulants and alcohol." Think about that the next time you order a Jâger bomb!
Goddard and company suggest that the feds investigate some of the advertising claims, such as Bud Extra's suggestion that the drink "is infused with more of everything you never knew to expect. It's flavored with ginseng, powered by caffeine and charmed with ... guarana? Some call this tropical fruit a magical herb; the Guarani tribe in Brazil believe it's a way to regain strength." Other slogans of concern: "Who's up for staying out all night"; "Say hello to an endless night of fun"; and, "You can sleep when you're 30."
Perhaps unaware that some of Gonzo's loudest critics were GOP senators, former Justice Department officials and former Bush-appointed U.S. attorneys, President Bush said Gonzales was the victim of Democratic attack politics. Bush told reporters: "After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales decided to resign his position, and I accept his decision. It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons."
Despite his appalling appearances in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee (where Republican Arlen Specter ended up so exasperated with Gonzo that he asked him at one point: "Do you really expect us to believe that?"), the outgoing AG retained the support of U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, who press-released: "As the highest ranking Hispanic ever to serve in the federal government, Alberto Gonzales should be commended for his achievements and service." Is that the soft bigotry of low expectations rearing its ugly head?