Itâ€™s the pre-dawn, a light snow is falling, Iâ€™m all caffeinated and I have to be at work soon. No time to put it all together, so I throw out the things that wake me up early.
Iâ€™m wondering about the half dozen people who picketed Michelle Obamaâ€™s campaign appearance at CCRI this week with signs that said, â€˜Stop Illegal Immigrationâ€™. Were they with the man who held the Ron Paul sign?
Iâ€™m thinking of a post I want to start called, â€˜Why Donâ€™t They Just Learn English?â€™ I see some of my elderly clients struggle, and partly succeed, or give up and accept a kind of segregation. Itâ€™s definitely harder when a person is old. Add a stroke, or trauma, and sometimes itâ€™s not possible. But just throwing it out as a question, what are the barriers? Have any of our readers learned English as a second language? Want to comment?
A friend wrote a letter to the ProJo in defense of immigrants and received hate mail at his home.
We the taxpayers are funding a Great Wall of Texas. When Pres. George Bush first took office it actually looked like he was going to talk with Pres. Vincente Fox of Mexico and address the problem of the joblessness that drives people over the border in the first place. After Pres. Fox refused to join the â€˜Coalition of the Willingâ€™ things got frosty. Wouldnâ€™t it be cheaper, and saner, for our next president to re-open communications and build a legal temporary worker system that is safe and open? Also, I’m worried about the Canadians. They’re so quiet. They must be up to something.
Lani Guinierâ€™s remarks about â€˜demonizingâ€™ those we disagree with have a synchronicity with a number of articles about the revival of exorcism in the Catholic Church. Whatâ€™s up with this? As an ex-Catholic, and a former Pentecostal, I could tell a few stories about exorcism. Been there, done that. Is this all part of a new wave of xenophobia? Has WWII taught us nothing?
Finally, for no particular reason, a heartwarming story, sort of…
Walter Adler was touched that Hassan Askari jumped to his aid while a group of thugs allegedly pummeled and taunted him and his three friends. So Adler has invited his new friend over to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
The two new pals – Adler, 23, with a broken nose and a fat lip, and Askari, 20, with two black eyes – broke bread together and laughed off the bruises the night after the fisticuffs.
“A random Muslim guy jumped in and helped a Jewish guy on Hanukkah – that’s a miracle,” said Adler, an honors student at Hunter College.
“He’s basically a hero. Hassan jumped in to help us.”
It all began when Adler, his girlfriend, Maria Parsheva, and two other pals boarded the subway at Canal Street bound for Brooklyn and someone in another group wished them “Merry Christmas.”
Adler and his pal Angelica Krischanovich responded: “Happy Hanukkah.”
Apparently, those were fighting words.
“They just came at us so fast. The first thing that came into my mind was, ‘Yeah, this is going to be violent,’ ” said Parsheva, 20.
Ten people were arrested in the underground attack on Friday night – including two men who have been arrested for race crimes before.
I saw a patient this week. She came here from Russia, she struggles with English, but she managed to say these words, â€œThank you, America.â€? Crazy as we all are, Iâ€™d rather live here than anywhere else in the world.