Former President Ronald Reagan discusses immigration reform, amnesty, and the plight of undocumented workers. ...And to think, those lunatics who want to close the borders and kick out everyone with darker skin than theirs and then turn around and hail like a god, a man who said with all the passion in his heart "I believe in Amnesty for those who﻿ have put down roots and who have lived here, even though sometime back, they may have entered illegally." How I wish the Republican party was half as like Reagan as they think they are. He'd be disgusted by them now. They'd call him a Democrat or Rhino. “Reagan, who raised taxes over and over again, and tripled the deficit. He couldn’t win this nomination of President on the conservative side in 2011-2012".
Candidates Ronald Reagan & George Bush-41 Discuss Illegal Immigration in 1980 Debate. The candidates are asked a question about the children of Illegal Immigrants attending public schools in 1980...and both give reasonable answers that the Tea Party Republicans would call un-patriotic and anti-conservative.
Meet Nppy! Nppy the Bear explains how NASA monitors climate change. NPP is the prototype of the next generation weather satellites, named JPSS. NPP has five instruments on board and will continue the legacy of existing weather satellites like Terra and Aqua. NPP will deliver critical data not only for weather forecasters but for scientists who are trying to understand how climate is changing over long periods of time.
40 years later and still dead on in sections. Billy Jack is a 1971 action film. It is the second, and highest grossing, in a series of motion pictures centering on a character of the same name, played by Tom Laughlin who also directed and co-wrote the script. Filming began in Prescott, Arizona, in fall 1969, but the movie was not completed until 1971. Directed by T. C. Frank Produced by Mary Rose Solti Starring Tom Laughlin Delores Taylor Distributed by Warner Bros. Release date May 1, 1971 More @ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066832/
Still with Spanish subtitles by Alanis Morissette, November 1999 Still / Aun Lyrics I am the harm which you inflict I am your brilliance and frustration I'm the nuclear bombs if they're to hit I'm your immaturaty and your indignance I am your misfits and your praised I am your doubt and your conviction I am your charity and your rape I am your grasping and expectation I see you averting your glances I see you cheering on the war I see you ignoring your children And I love you still And I love you still I am your joy and your regret I am your fury and your elation I am your yearning and your sweat I am your faithless and your religion I see you altering history I see you abusing the land I see you and your selective amnesia And I love you still And I love you still I am your tragedy and your fortune I am your crisis and delight I am your profits and your prophets I am your art, I am your bytes I am your death and your decisions I am your passion and your plights I am your sickness and convalescence I am your weapons and your light I see you holding your grudges I see you gunning them down I see you silencing your sisters And I love you still And I love you (still) I see you lie to your country I see you forcing them out I see you blaming each other And I love you still And I love you still More @ http://www.alanis.com/
Caution, graphic photos. May be emotionally disturbing to some viewers. This video stirs painful memories, but it is important that we never forget the innocent lives lost that horrific day. The Oklahoma City bombing was a bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19th, 1995. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6,and injured more than 680 people. Within 90 minutes of the explosion, Timothy McVeigh was stopped by Oklahoma State Trooper Charlie Hanger for driving without a license plate and arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Forensic evidence quickly linked McVeigh and Terry Nichols to the attack; Nichols was arrested, and within days both were charged. Michael and Lori Fortier were later identified as accomplices. McVeigh, an American militia movement sympathizer, had detonated an explosive-filled truck parked in front of the building. McVeigh's co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, had assisted in the bomb preparation. The group admitted to shared interests in extreme right-wing politics, opposition to any form of gun control, and support for the militia movement. McVeigh said he was motivated to carry out the attack by his hatred of the our democracy. He said he hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government. He denounced government agents as "fascist tyrants" and "storm troopers" and warned: "All you tyrannical people will swing in the wind one day for your treasonous actions against the Constitution of the United States." His rhetoric has been repeated in some right-wing circles ever since. McVeigh was convicted of 11 federal offenses and sentenced to death. His execution took place on June 11th, 2001 at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute. Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier were also convicted as conspirators in the plot. The bombing was the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address by President Clinton April 23rd, 1995 in Oklahoma City, OK Today our nation joins with you in grief. We mourn with you. We share your hope against hope that some may still survive. We thank all those who have worked so heroically to save lives and to solve this crime -- those here in Oklahoma and those who are all across this great land, and many who left their own lives to come here to work hand in hand with you. We pledge to do all we can to help you heal the injured, to rebuild this city, and to bring to justice those who did this evil. This terrible sin took the lives of our American family, innocent children in that building, only because their parents were trying to be good parents as well as good workers; citizens in the building going about their daily business; and many there who served the rest of us -- who worked to help the elderly and the disabled, who worked to support our farmers and our veterans, who worked to enforce our laws and to protect us. Let us say clearly, they served us well, and we are grateful. But for so many of you they were also neighbors and friends. You saw them at church or the PTA meetings, at the civic clubs, at the ball park. You know them in ways that all the rest of America could not. And to all the members of the families here present who have suffered loss, though we share your grief, your pain is unimaginable, and we know that. We cannot undo it. That is God's work. Our words seem small beside the loss you have endured. But I found a few I wanted to share today. I've received a lot of letters in these last terrible days. One stood out because it came from a young widow and a mother of three whose own husband was murdered with over 200 other Americans when Pan Am 103 was shot down. Here is what that woman said I should say to you today: The anger you feel is valid, but you must not allow yourselves to be consumed by it. The hurt you feel must not be allowed to turn into hate, but instead into the search for justice. The loss you feel must not paralyze your own lives. Instead, you must try to pay tribute to your loved ones by continuing to do all the things they left undone, thus ensuring they did not die in vain. Wise words from one who also knows. You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything. And you have certainly not lost America, for we will stand with you for as many tomorrows as it takes. If ever we needed evidence of that, I could only recall the words of Governor and Mrs. Keating: "If anybody thinks that Americans are mostly mean and selfish, they ought to come to Oklahoma. If anybody thinks Americans have lost the capacity for love and caring and courage, they ought to come to Oklahoma." To all my fellow Americans beyond this hall, I say, one thing we owe those who have sacrificed is the duty to purge ourselves of the dark forces which gave rise to this evil. They are forces that threaten our common peace, our freedom, our way of life. Let us teach our children that the God of comfort is also the God of righteousness: Those who trouble their own house will inherit the wind. Justice will prevail. Let us let our own children know that we will stand against the forces of fear. When there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it. In the face of death, let us honor life. As St. Paul admonished us, Let us "not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." --------- Let us remember the victims in our hearts, minds and prayers, for all time. God bless you and yours Please visit http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/
Has your life ever taken an unexpected detour? A preview of a new Independent Lens PBS documentary, "Sunshine." Director Karen Skloss reunites with her biological mother to tell a personal story about adoption, life as a single mother, while grappling with the definition of family. Young, pregnant, single and unprepared, Skloss struggles with the incredible ironies that history repeated itself and that efforts to protect family can sometimes do the most harm. SUNSHINE premieres May 4th, 2010 on Independent Lens, a weekly series airing on PBS. Hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal, the acclaimed series showcases powerful and innovative independent films. Presented by ITVS, Independent Lens is broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. For more info and to To see when it airs near you, go to http://to.pbs.org/dbzu75. or http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/sunshine
"Oh boy that's swell." Hi Neighbor! A 1934 Our Gang Comedy Short Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals was a series of American comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and the adventures they had together. According to Roach, the idea for Our Gang came to him in 1921. Our Gang notably stood out from other series of the time as it featured an integrated cast. The short films put boys, girls, whites and blacks together in a group as EQUALS, something that "broke new ground," according to film historian Leonard Maltin. The majority of the children were poor, and the Gang was often put at odds with snobbish "rich kids", officious adults and parents, and other such adversaries. The series truly outshines its many imitators as is applaude almost universally for including African-Americans and females in leading parts at a time when discrimination against both groups was commonplace. Such a thing had never been done before in cinema but was commonplace after the success of Our Gang. :) Op- For Tri-State audiences these comedy shorts must have seemed perhaps revolutionary given their recent history with race. See Indiana History 1920 to 1925. By the way Wikipedia is not a source for accurate history for this area or anywhere else. The Southern Democratic party switched to the Republican party a long time ago. If one studies the electoral maps one would note some interesting changes between 1860 and 1968. The party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt is NOT the GOP of today. But we digress, the political parties have switched sides and split many times in American history. Any way regardless of what parents may have thought of the show, American children from all classes could not get enough of Spanky and the Gang. MORE ON THE SERIES- Created by comedy producer Hal Roach, Our Gang was produced at the Roach studio starting in 1922 as a silent short subject series. Roach changed distributors from Pathé to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1927, went to sound in 1929 and continued production until 1938, when he sold the series to MGM. MGM in turn continued producing the comedies until 1944. A total of 220 shorts and one feature film, General Spanky, were eventually produced, featuring over forty-one child actors. In the mid-1950s, the 80 Roach-produced shorts with sound were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals, as MGM retained the rights to the Our Gang trademark. The success of the Rascals was based on the imitation of the world of the adult but at the same time they played a trick or shew a behavior which the adults wouldn't dare to do themselves. It is also astonishing that the children acted extremely natural in contrast to the child stars in the 30's with their pseudo adultness. The stories were made from simple pattern but affectionate. At this time real scripts didn't exist but rather there was a short outline of the main theme, gags and other ideas were developed only during the shot. The success of the serial wasn't due to a single person but was the result of a exemplary teamwork. :) * Hi'-Neighbor! is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 126th Our Gang short to be released and Meins' first series entry as director. While sailing their toy tugboat in a puddle outside their house, Wally and Spanky notice a moving van with a child-sized fire engine riding into the neighborhood. They quickly round up the rest of the gang, and follow the moving van to its destination. The fire truck's owner, a snobbish rich kid named Jerry, comes out to find a dozen strange children playing with his fire engine and shoos them all away, refusing to trade any sorts of collateral (pocket knives, gratitude) for even a ride. When Wally's girl Jane turns up, however, Jerry is quick to offer her a ride. Wally tries to dissuade Jane from riding with Jerry by telling her that the gang has a fire engine of its own, big enough to hold all of them. Jane agrees to a ride with Wally in his fire engine after she gets back from her ride with Jerry. Wally, Stymie, and the gang quickly begin building a makeshift fire engine of their own, "borrowing" wheels, hoses, plywood, and other raw materials from around the neighborhood. As the older kids work on the fire engine, little Spanky and Scotty find themselves forced out of the proceedings, and sit on the sidelines giving commentary on the building process. A classic sequence soon follows. NOTE* Notice the "NRA" on end credits. This does not stand for gun organization but rather for the National Recovery Administartion which administered the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 or National Recovery Act. This was President Franklin Roosevelt's program to help the country﻿ during the Great Depression. The goal of the National Recovery Act was to organize all industries into one giant effort. Codes of competition were created and industries agreed to certain practices recommended by Roosevelt's administration. Industries were also required to abide by new rules for maximum hours and minimum pay and to eliminate child labor. It was a voluntary program, and businesses that got on the bandwagon received a placard with a "Blue Eagle" on its face. Above the eagle was the inscription "NRA", and below the phrase "We Do Our Part." The "Blue Eagle" design was very popular and was often seen tattooed or painted on the bodies of patriots. In spite of the gradual success of the Public Works Administration, NIRA and other New Deal initiatives the NRA its self continued to lose the support of the public and Congressional sponsors. This was due to well funded campaign to see these initiatives fail. In the end the NIRA had succeeded only partially in accomplishing its goals and so with less than three weeks before NIRA's two-year expiration date, the Republican led Supreme Court unanimously declared it unconstitutional in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, 295 U.S. 495, 55 S. Ct. 837, 79 L. Ed. 1570 (1935). The Court held that the act impermissibly delegated legislative power to the NRA and that the application of the act to commerce within the state of New York exceeded the powers granted to the federal government under the Commerce Clasue of the U.S. Constitution. The Commerce Clause gives Congress the power to regulate commerce between states, but not within an individual state. In response to Schechter and to other decisions invalidating New Deal legislation, Roosevelt delivered a famous speech on May 31st, 1935, in which he criticized the Supreme Court for employing "the horse and buggy definition of interstate commerce." Subsequent New Deal legislation incorporated some elements of NIRA, most notably the labor provisions of Section 7 (a), and ultimately survived the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. See also Charles Evans Hughes Sr., WPA, National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act. Starring Wally Albright - Wally Matthew Beard - Stymie George McFarland - Spanky Tommy Bond - Tommy Scotty Beckett - Scotty Marvin Trin - Bubbles Donald Proffitt - Our Gang member Tommy Bupp - Our Gang member Pete The Pup - Petie Jerry Tucker - Jerry, the rich kid Jackie Lynn Taylor - Jane Bobbie Beard - Cotton Directed by Gus Meins Produced by Hal Roach Music by LeRoy Shield Cinematography Art Lloyd Editing by Louis McManus Distributed by MGM Release date March 3rd, 1934
Billy Jack Takes on the Town. A scene from the film Billy Jack, filmed in 1969 and released in 1971. Students have been beaten and mocked. Billy Jack steps into the Ice Cream parlor to confront the rich spoiled kid of the town and his gang. "Bernard, I want you to know... that I try. When Jean and the kids at the school tell me that I'm supposed to control my violent temper, and be passive and nonviolent like they are, I try. I really try. Though when I see this girl... of such a beautiful spirit... so degraded... and this boy... that I love... sprawled out by this big ape here... and this little girl, who is so special to us we call her "God's little gift of sunshine"... and I think of the number of years that she's going to have to carry in her memory... the savagery of this idiotic moment of yours... I just go BERSERK!" ------------------- "Billy Jack" is the second, and highest grossing, in a series of motion pictures centering on a fictional character of the same name, played by Tom Laughlin who also directed and co-wrote the script. Filming began in Prescott, Arizona, in fall 1969, but the movie was not completed until 1971. The film lacked distribution, so Laughlin took it to theatres himself in 1971. The film died at the box office in its initial run but took in more than $40 million (A Blockbuster at the time) in its 1973 re-release, which was supervised by Laughlin. Billy Jack is a "half-breed" American Cherokee Indian Green Beret Vietnam War veteran, hapkido master, and gunslinger. The character made his début in The Born Losers (1967), a so-called "biker film" about a motorcycle gang terrorizing a California town. In this second film, Billy Jack, must defend the hippie-themed Freedom School and its students from townspeople who do not understand or like the natives and counterculture students mixing. Although marketed as an action film, the story focuses on the plight of Native Americans during the civil rights movement. It attained a cult following among younger audiences due to its youth-oriented, anti-authority message combined with the then-novel martial arts fight scenes which predate the Bruce Lee/kung fu movie trend that soon followed. The centerpiece of the film features Billy Jack, enraged over the mistreatment of his Indian friends, fighting a gang of racist thugs using his hapkido karate-kicking technique. Billy Jack helped raise the level of awareness regarding the discrimination against Native Americans at that time. This is exemplified in a key scene where some Indian children from the school go into town for ice cream and are refused service and then abused and humiliated by Bernard Posner and his gang. This prompts a violent outburst by Billy in an elaborately staged fight sequence in which a professional hapkido expert substituted for Laughlin in the key "facekicking" scene shown here. The film's theme song, "One Tin Soldier" by Coven, became a Top 40 hit in 1971, and featured the chorus: Go ahead and hate your neighbor; go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of heaven; you can justify it in the end. There won't be any trumpets blowin' come the judgment day On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away -------------------------- Billy Jack: You know what I think I'm gonna do then? Just for the hell of it? Mr. Posner: Tell me. Billy Jack: I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face... [points to Posner's right cheek] Billy Jack: ...and you wanna know something? There's not a darn thing you're gonna be able to do about it. Mr. Posner: Really? Billy Jack: Really. :)
Haiti Earthquake. Aide et prieres pour les enfants de Dieu. The January 12th, 2010. Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake, the country's most severe earthquake in over 200 years. The epicenter of the quake was just outside the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Widespread damage resulted from the quake. The capital city was devastated. The Presidential Palace was badly damaged, with the second floor entirely collapsing onto the first floor; the Haitian Parliament building, UN mission headquarters and the National Cathedral were also destroyed. International aid flowed in but was hampered by damaged infrastructure: the main port was damaged beyond immediate use, the one local airport was of limited capacity and border crossings with the Dominincan Republic were distant and crowded. As many as one million Haitians were left homeless. The death toll from Haiti's devastating earthquake has risen to at least 230-thousand people as of mid-February. The number of dead in Haiti does not represent the bodies buried by private funeral homes and cemeteries, or bodies buried by family members. The Haitian government says an additional 300-thousand were injured. Haiti declared Friday February 12th, 2010 a day of mourning to mark one month since a massive earthquake devastated much of the capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding area. Four weeks after the quake, an estimated one million people remain displaced with the government acknowledging that it has no clear idea how to resettle them before the rainy season starts around April. "What the world needs now is love, sweet love It's the only thing that there's just too little of..". “My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake. We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti. May God bless the people of Haiti and those here in America and around the world working on their behalf.”-The 44th President of The United States of America, Barack Obama 1/12/2010 On January 19th, 2010 President Barack Obama tapped former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead private sector fund-raising efforts. For more log on to http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org/ "People around the world know the hardship you are going through and that we care deeply about your lives," President George W. Bush 1/20/2010 Following a heart procedure and exactly a month after the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left some 1.2 million homeless, President Clinton said there had been "a generous outpouring of support from donors all over the world." "In my capacity as UN Special Envoy for Haiti, I will continue to work with the Haitian government and people, international donors and multilateral organizations," Clinton said in a statement. He said the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and his own Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief Fund had secured "impressive" donations. "So far, we've allocated seven million dollars to organizations providing medical care, food, water, shelter, and education," he said, "and we will continue to provide assistance in the months and years to come." 2/12/2010 Please pray for Haiti and help in any way you can by calling 1-800 RedCross or Texting HAITI to 90999. http://newsroom.redcross.org/2010/01/12/disaster-alert-earthquake-in-haiti/ All taxpayers who make a monetary donation for Haiti relief before March 1st will be able to deduct the donation on their 2009 tax returns. Song-"What the World Needs Now Is Love"- Performed by Jackie DeShannon and written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, 1965.