Hispanics to boycott.

UPDATE: This WSB-TV story appears on the Drudge Report’s front page. The story claims 800,000 Hispanics will take part in the “Day for Latino Dignity.”

According to the Gainesville Times, Gainesville’s rather large Hispanic population will protest SB 529 tomorrow:

The way Miguel Rodriguez sees it, the Gainesville-Hall County area may not fully appreciate the economic impact of its local Hispanic community.

Rodriguez, a serviceman for Que Buena FM in Gainesville, said Wednesday the radio station has been broadcasting details of a boycott that encourages Spanish-speaking residents to not spend money Friday in Hall County.

“This is to show how much money the Hispanic community spends every weekend,” he said. “We want the community to see how much they would miss if we leave.”

The radio station is calling for a boycott in protest of Senate Bill 529, to which a state House committee made a last-minute change on Wednesday, adding a 5 percent surcharge on wire transfers from illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile President-in-Waiting Hillary Clinton says the GOP wants to throw Jesus in jail:

Accusing Republicans of betraying family values, Senator Clinton said a House immigration bill would turn “probably even Jesus himself” into a criminal.


  1. HJ Bailey says:

    Let them protest. Once again, maybe all of the illegals will be there and the House and Senate will pass a bill, ordering law enforcement to arrest all of the illegals and deport them while they are gathered in one pass.

    Once again, thank you Senator Rogers for standing up for the law and taking a stand that everyone else has been afraid to confront. I am for legal immigration, but illegal immigration must end! I vote Senator Rogers as one of the best elected officials in the country!

  2. jacewalden says:

    Hey guys, Senator Rogers is under a lot of pressure right now. A picture of his house and a map of how to get to it was put in a hispanic newspaper. He has already recieved plenty of harassment calls to date.
    I just hope we are able to keep Senator Rogers around as an elected official and I hope that this harassment doesn’t go any further into his personal life than it already has.
    Hey, thank God we’re passing the castle doctrine…he may need it. šŸ˜‰

  3. Bacon says:

    This is an excerpt of an email that was ditributed today at a local Fulton middle school.

    To update you all on an unfolding drama and clarify an announcement that will be made this afternoon: many of our Hispanic students and their parents are being affected by the pending GA legislation regarding ā€œillegal aliens

  4. jacewalden says:

    Bacon, Two Questions:

    (1)Can you tell me what School that was?

    (2)Was the e-mail just distributed to School Staff?

    If you have that, send it to [email protected]

    I really doubt though that the principal can do anything about the illegal alien problem though–Hell, the Federal Government can’t do anything about it. It’s kind of like the State of Georgia…our state government CANNOT deport illegal aliens. Only INS can. We can’t send them to Alabama (although that might be a fate worse than death).
    Stories like this make me pity the illegals sometimes. Those kids were just following their parents–and now, these illegal lobbying groups are using the people they supposedly “support” as pawns to push their agenda. Very sad situation. We just have to keep in mind though, we’re a nation of immigrants, BUT we are first a nation of laws.

  5. spaceygracey says:

    Whoever is circulating those Spanish-language flyers is a (guerilla) marketing PR king/queen in the making. If I could generate half as much press for my organization, I might actually get promoted.

    And even I am growing weary of the RR vs. CC party. Just going way too late into the evening if you know what I mean.

  6. atlantaman says:

    I’m getting a little sick of the Illegals and their “we contribute to the economy through buying stuff” line.

    Well don’t we all? Nobody ever congratulates me for contributing to the economy for buying a 6 pack of Budweiswer. I’m sure if I was convicted of income tax evasion folks wouldn’t be rushing to my defense by stating, “But he contributes to the economy when he buys a bunch of crap” or “He pays a lot of sales tax”

  7. atlantaman says:

    In order to make the boycott fair hopefully they’ll be boycotting the schools, hospitals, and medical centers as well.

  8. John Konop says:

    As many of you may know I have been on panels with Chip talking about immigration reform. I was on a panel yesterday at Grady hospital. I make this point all the time when I am speak.Ceasar Chavez testified before Congress in 1979 that immigration policy was being used to drive wages down. The first Minuteman project was run by Ceasar Chavez brother Manuel. In 1969 Walter Mondale, MLK successor Robert Abernathy and the Chavez brothers had a demonstration to block the boarders. I challenge Hillary to call the above group racist. Both Republicans and Democrats have used the race card instead of having a legitimate argument against immigration reform

  9. atlantaman says:

    Well I guess it would be nice to receive a little acknowledgement regarding my contribution to the economy. Perhaps the Republican legislature could require all cashiers to take a basic economics course before being licensed by the state. It should fit nicely with the Georgia Legislature’s theme of less local control, more regulation, and a generally higher involvement by government in our day-to-day lives.

  10. John Konop says:

    Congress has put us in a position in which we need illegal immigrants to compete with communist China on a race to the bottom.We should outsource Congress!

  11. atlantaman says:

    This boycott was a joke. Do you really think the average Georgian was affected by it whatsoever?

    I was probably inconvienced more then most Georgians because I tried to eat Mexican for lunch and the restaurant was closed, so I had to drive 1/2 a mile to the Dairy Queen. So other then being denied my right to chips, jalapeno dip, and sizzling faijtas it really didn’t have that big of an effect on my life.

    These one day boycotts never make much sense. The folks doing the boycotting just buy more stuff (such as gas, milk, food, etc) the day before and the day after so at the end of the week it all washes out. They probably ended up buying more stuff yesterday in preparation for their day-off party on Friday.

    Had the Kroger and Publix been given more advanced notice they could have had a Boycott sale on Thursday with specials on beer, hotdogs, beef, chips, etc.. It could have been just like the day before the 4th of July.

  12. John Konop says:


    I do think we have problems within certain sectors like farming and service , that are at a unhealthy level of co-dependency on cheap illegal immigrants.Also if you shop at a Wal-Mart , need help desk assistance,or RD work we are co-dependent on Countries like communist
    China. Due to this crazy system we are feeling cracks in the economy with falling wages. I am not sure if you read this today.

    New Home Sales Down by Most in 9 Years
    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer 2 hours, 20 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON – Sales of new homes plunged by the largest amount in nearly nine years in February while the median price of a new home dropped for the fourth straight month, providing fresh evidence that the nation’s once-booming housing market is cooling .Commerce Department reported that sales of new single-family homes dropped by 10.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 1.08 million homes. It was the second straight monthly decline and was much bigger than the small 2 percent dip that Wall Street was expecting.

    The drop in new home sales followed news Thursday that sales of previously owned homes actually rose by a stronger-than-expected 5.2 percent last month following five straight monthly declines. Analysts said the trend in both reports pointed to a slowing housing market after five record-setting years.

    The slowdown in sales was putting pressure on prices. The median price of a new home sold last month dropped to $230,400, down by 1.6 percent from January and off 2.9 percent from February 2005. The median is the mid-point where half the homes sold for more and half for less.

    In other economic news, orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose by 2.6 percent last month, the biggest gain since November, reflected a surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of the volatile transportation sector, orders actually fell by 1.3 percent, but economists said the underlying trend for manufacturing remained strong.

    The 10.5 percent drop in new home sales in February followed a 5.3 percent decline in January and was the biggest drop since a similar 10.5 percent fall in April 1997.

    Sales of new homes have fallen in four of the past five months with the sales rate of 1.08 million units the slowest pace since May 2003.

    While sales of both new and existing homes climbed to new all-time highs in 2005, the fifth consecutive annual records, analysts believe sales will decline this year as the housing boom slows under the impact of rising mortgage rates.

    By sector of the country, sales fell by the largest amount last month in the West, a drop of 29.4 percent. Sales were also down in the South, dropping 6.4 percent. Sales rose in the Northeast by 12.7 percent while sales in the Midwest were up by 5.2 percent.

    The slowdown in sales pushed the inventory of unsold homes up to a record of 548,000 at the end of February. At the February sales pace it would take 6.3 months to sell all of the homes on the market, up from 5.3 months in January.

    Analysts believe that the growing backlog of unsold homes will start to put more pressure on home sellers to reduce prices in the months ahead.

    Economists still believe that housing is likely to see a moderate slowdown this year rather than anything as severe as the bursting of the speculative bubble in stock prices at the beginning of this decade. That decline was severe enough, wiping out trillions of dollars in wealth, that it helped pushed the economy into a recession.

    The report on orders for durable goods showed that the strength came from a 52.5 percent surge in demand for commercial aircraft, a rebound after a 70.1 percent drop in January aircraft orders.

    Excluding transportation, orders fell by 1.3 percent last month, the weakest showing in this category since last July. But analysts noted that this drop followed strong gains in the non-transportation area in the previous two months, a good signal for future growth.

    “The bottom line here is that industry is doing well,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics.

    While total transportation orders rose by 13.4 percent, that reflected the 52.5 percent rise in civilian aircraft. Demand for military aircraft fell by 16.7 percent.

    Orders for motor vehicles dropped by 3.3 percent in February after a 3.2 percent decline in January. American automakers have been struggling with increased foreign competition and sagging demand for sport utility vehicles in the face of rising gasoline prices.

    General Motors Corp. earlier this week announced one of the largest buyouts in corporate history in an effort to cut costs by trimming payrolls.

    The 2.6 percent increase in overall orders was the biggest gain since a 5.3 percent rise last November. It left total orders at $215.8 billion last month, an increase of $4.99 billion.

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