Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Speak English only- if only they could spell

Check out the spelling of conference on the banner. It reminds me of this guy.

The TL and the CV ran stories last week about Alcalde de Hazleton Lou Barletta being invited to speak at Pat Buchanan's anti-immigrant gabfest along with some of the heavy hitters of the lunatic fringe such as Phyllis Schlafly, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, anti-affirmative action leader Ward Connerly, former Congressmen John Hostettler and Tom Tancredo. There were no follow up stories

According to the TL he tried to distance himself from some of the nuts... Barletta said he doesn’t agree with some of the beliefs or stances some other speakers will share but he’s there to talk about a topic that he feels strongly about.

One of the speakers at the conference was "best-selling anti-immigration author Peter Brimelow."

From Think Progress:

Peter Brimelow, one of the panelists to the event, is the editor of Vdare.com. He has written extensively against immigration and has long advocated that the GOP must “appeal to its base: white Americans.” Brimelow has defended accusations that he writes and publishes white supremacist material by declaring his content to be merely “white nationalist.”

Brimelow also urged the attendees of the Buchanan conference to attack affirmative action in an effort to attract the votes of "young whites" and "yellow people." After claiming it would be "suicidal" for any "white man" to vote for Obama, Brimelow contended that immigrants should not be eligible for affirmative action because "they weren’t slaves to this country, they’ve never been discriminated against."

They have the audio.

Buchanan and Brimelow also mocked Judge Sotomayor's efforts to improve her English while sitting under that banner. Maybe Mayor Lou should check out the guest list before he goes to another hatefest like this one.


Anonymous said...

A bit OT but,..
I was wondering who sits on the Luzerne County Arena Board of Directors. I tried to search on the web but could not find anything.

Could you provide a list??


Austin said...

I cannot believe that there is such a forum for racism. I don't even know where to begin. Didn't Ken Blackwell speak at the Tea Party event in Hazleton a few months ago?

Big Dan said...

How come no one's talking about the millions Barletta cost the Hazleton taxpayers on his "5 minutes of fame" walk? If he beat Kanjorski, he would've said: "SEE YA!" to the Hazleton taxpayers, left holding the bag.

Dan Cheek said...

Remember how Barletta, during the Congressional campaign, swore up and down that he was not a racist? And that he only opposed illegal immigration?

I guess he figured the best way to prove he wasn't a xenophobic racist would be to go speak at event sponsored and attended by xenophobic racists.

Keep this in mind the next time Barletta decides to run for higher office.

Anonymous said...

Pat Buchanan is not a racists at all, Tancredo probably is. Buchanan was right about immigration, he was right about the economy going down the tubes, he was right about NAFTA, and he was right about Iraq,

I will take his side anyday

JediMaster9780 said...

Buchanan is a racist. Please note his following statements.

On defending Apartheid:

"white rule of a black majority is inherently wrong. Where did we get
that idea? The Founding Fathers did not believe this." (syndicated column, 2/7/90.

Buchanan called for closing the U.S. Justice Department's Office of
Special Investigations, which prosecuted Nazi war criminals, because it was
"running down 70-year-old camp guards." (New York Times, 4/21/87

He wrote in his book ate of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, the following statement.

" Only whites have the appropriate “genetic endowments” to keep America from collapsing."

He also made comments supportive of David Duke.

He is a racist and quite possibly a white supremacist.

Barry said...

The line between right wing and extremist, racist, wacko, etc... is a very fine line and it is easy to slip a little too far over the line.
Best wishes,
Barry O'Connell

Anonymous said...

Lou will alway be popular among the scared and hating group. Unfortunately there are many here. Even after he finishes the financial ruin of Hazelton, the great unwashed will still flock to him.