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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Will the MSM Get This History Lesson?

Amy Ridenour administers a devastating left-right-left combination to the glass jaw of Baldemar Velasquez, head of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizing Committee, who told Time magazine that the cause of illegal aliens in this country has become a civil rights issue.

He also claimed Mexicans - not Americans - named Los Angeles, San Antonio and San Francisco and that "the whole West was part of Mexico" before 170 years ago.

Velasquez is not merely wrong, but totally wrong. Ridenour lays him out with the truth about the Europeans who in fact did name those cities and about which European nation owned the Western portion of the continental U.S. in the years before Mexico even existed and during the years between the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 and the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

As somebody famous has said, advocates for illegal aliens in this country are free to make whatever arguments they choose, but they are not free to choose - or invent - their facts.

Go here for Amy's full post. And let's see if any MSM outlet does what Time did not, which was report the facts now provided by Amy on her excellent blog.

NOTE TO AMY: I haven't forgotten our dialogue on Rep. Mike Pence's shield law proposal. I've just been a little preoccupied on the job front recently. You will be interested to know, however, that the proposal received only tepid applause from the assembled MSM crowd when Sen. Chris Dodd, D-CN, lauded the bill last night during a speech before The Week magazine's third annual awards banquet.