29 August, 2008


Here comes Gustav... I just hope it is not anything like Katrina. Once IS enough.

For now we have made some preparations (food, water, gas) and have a Plan A and a Plan B. We will spend Saturday making sure the patio furniture is secure and tidying up.

At the moment it is not known where Gustav is heading exactly. The range for the possible landfall is too wide at the moment as the eye of Gustav is too far away from the U.S. Once it goes over Cuba and reaches the Gulf of Mexico, it will be more clear where the hurricane will make landfall.

We'll make a decision then and we'll keep you posted.

27 August, 2008

More on the ICE raid in Laurel, MS

News reports keep coming in. Yes, just about 600 people were arrested. About 8 have made their first appearance in Federal Court on charges of "identity theft".

In my humble opinion, this raid is just a "band-aid" on the problem --or like we say in Mexico, is trying to cover the sun with just one finger. Now I ask, why is it that Bush's administration waited until 6 months before the elections to begin conducting raids on plants that allegedly hired workers without work permits??? PR.

Until the companies are heavily fined, some employers will continue to hire illegal workers. E-Verify or not. The red tape to obtain work permits from Immigration is unbelievable, expensive and it takes forever to get them processed. Before reforming all the immigration laws, the government should hire more people to process the applications of those who filed in a timely fashion. Once the backlog is cleared, then check, review and, if necessary, modify or reform the procedures.

Some of the reverberation:
* children have been absent from school, some may not return.
* local businesses have just lost about 1,800 customers (600 detained who lived with at least two other people).
* Hispanics still in the area have not shown up to work --whether a restaurant, a store or a chicken plant.
* Some of Laurel's Mexican restaurants have been closed this week, employees fear a "visit" from ICE.

25 August, 2008

Mixed Feelings

I'm in New Orleans teaching this week. Today was the first day of the training. Before 11 AM I received a text message from a friend.

There is an ICE raid at Howard Industries in Laurel

Laurel is 30 miles from where I live. The text messages keep coming, I called the office during breaks to get updates. While waiting for more detailed information, I remember what happened in Pottsville, IA., an ICE raid with express trails and deportations.

I get back to the hotel and get on the Internet to get more information. Not too many reports about it outside the local TV station and two local newspapers. I began reading the mini articles. There is not a lot of information. ICE came, closed off the premises of the plant and the corporate offices complex, checked records and proceeded to detain/arrest those who did not have authorizations to work in the U.S.

There is not a lot of information available so the news reports are very short and brief. What disturbed me were the comments of the public to the news. Some show a lot of hatred towards the Hispanics in the area, and foreigners in general. It made me feel bad. I live in this town! It had never dawn on me that people in the area had such thoughts and feelings. It made me feel not welcomed.

I feel bad for those people who got arrested, but I feel worse for their families. My friend's sister works for the local school system and said children were pulled out of school in the middle of the day by their parents or relatives. Some said they were leaving the area. Those children, whose parents were arrested and have no relatives, are now in the care of the DHS or other such organizations. Many children will be left behind in the U.S. while their parents are sent back to their countries.

Tonight I found that the news had made the major news agencies and newspapers. Here is one.

Nota bene:

I agree that you need to obtain the proper authorization and documentation to go to another country, especially if you plan to live and work there. However, the U. S. does not make this process easy nor expeditious...


(Tues Aug 26)

Yesterday's reports said that they had detained about 350 people. ICE released information on Tuesday saying that they detained closer to 600 people. Some women were outfitted with an electronic monitoring device to go take care of their young children.

The local school district reported that about half of their Hispanic students did not show up for school on Tuesday.

Source A.P.

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03 August, 2008


[El juego, no el grupo musical]

Cuando era niña era un juego muy popular en el colegio. No se necesitan computadoras, programas especiales de computación, equipos especiales ni nada por el estilo. Una hoja de papel y lápiz son suficientes.

La hoja tiene marcado los puntos o esquinas de cada cuadro. En el colegio usábamos hojas de cuadrícula para marcar las equinas más fácilmente. Los jugadores van tomando turnos para añadir una línea horizontal o vertical entre dos puntos aún no unidos. Quien completa el cuarto lado de un cuadro escribe su inicial dentro del cuadro y juega nuevamente. El juego termina cuando ya no se pueden agregar más líneas. Quien tenga más cuadros con sus iniciales gana. Un par de personas o varias pueden jugar a la vez. Si son muchas personas entonces se necesita una hoja con muchos puntos para hacerlo interesante y que dure.

Aún se puede jugar Timbiriche. Si uno no tiene con quien jugar, el Internet ofrece varios sitios donde se puede jugar contra una computadora. Aquí tienen un enlace. http://www.athey-educational.co.uk/games/game5/game5.htm


Según Wikipedia "En Estados Unidos se conoce como "dots and boxes" (puntos y cuadros) y en Argentina y España es conocido como "el juego de los cuadraditos". Una versión similar se juega en Ecuador y se le denomina "galleta". En Panamá es conocido como "Pollito". En Guatemala se le conoce como "Totito Chino". En Uruguay se le conoce como "ceritos"."