From the daily archives: Friday, May 4, 2012

There’s Too Much Trash Talking These Days With Politics As Usual The Theme

Those words, in effect, sum up the “campaigning that has been done so far in the Presidential election.
They clog the airways, fill the radio, hog the Internet and even spill to some extent into newspapers.
What’s fellow to do? The politicians start calling just after the sun comes up (so it seems) and don’t quit until well after it sets.
Now, you can believe this drivel if you want. Or you can try to find out what each party is going to do. Our elections have turned into months long smear campaigns with little substance and certainly nothing concrete that a candidate is going to do if he’s elected.  I suppose if you’re the under dog in this thing, then you’re going to want  to resort to some unusual things to make up ground. I have yet, however, to have a politician stumble on a major mistake that turned the tide of the election. What it comes down to is if you support the president’s programs or if you don’t.
But..that doesn’t fill much air time. You’ve got to have some pizzazz in there to create a controversy. Both sides have been doing this quite well and both sides are armed with enough cash to run a small country for a whole year.
We hope a lot more people than the election campaign people vote the opposite of this nonsense, and keep doing that until it stops. If not, the Polls will just keep bombarding us with it  until we’re ready to throw up. Is there any wonder why people are turned off by politics? We’re sure the country has lost out on some mighty good people who don’t want their names  dragged through the mud.
JUANITA SALAS HAS SIGNED ON WITH Denise Ducheny for her bid for Bob Filner’s seat in the U.S. Congress.
Filner is running for mayor of San Diego, leaving a vacancy in Congress.
Ducheny has the qualifications after serving  two terms in the State Senate for the Imperial Valley. She was always responsive to the needs of her district, which is what we can use in the House.
She has some tough primary competition, though, from Assemblyman Juan Vargas. Vargas ran unsuccessfully against Filner four years ago and is now back for another try. He also doesn’t mind throwing around some mud for his opponents to chew on.
The last two campaigns have gotten nasty. Look for the same to happen here before June.
Speaking of Juanita Salas., she has been a regular in Calexico at most of their functions and  was seen chatting with Vargas’  Rene Felix at the State of the City Speech in The Border City.
Calexico has a habit of drawing lots of politicians to its affairs. No pun intended, for that’s a dirty word around people in the public eye.
Daniel Romero made the speech this year, remembering his old friend and mentor Fernando “Nene” Torres. Torres was a wheeler-dealer of the first order  who spent as much time at City Hall as he did with his construction business. The speech didn’t seem the same without him.
HAS ANYBODY IN HOLTVILLE NOTICED THE large number of for rent signs around the business district?
Holtville  may be small but it has been good to those businesses which provide a good service. And lunch has always been a good service. Nana’s Cafe’ moved to a new location from Pine Avenue to the corner of Fifth and Palm. A brave move on their part considering the businesses which have occupied that space have all struggled.
Somebody needs to put a little sandwich shop back in the space where Nana’s was. It would do a good business on quick lunches and reasonably priced Mexican food. There are some positives, though.
The Taco Shop is back under the management of the Birger Clan with Missy Hernandez in charge these days, we’re told.
And the Barbara Worth’s new lounge – Caddies – serves food to hungry golfers and other patrons. The dining room isn’t open yet at the BWCC but they’ve made a lot of progress and had a full parking lot on Saturday for the events that were taking place there.
Look for more events at the “Jewel of the Desert” near Holtville.
Don’t forget the Mariachi Festival in Calexico either. Order  your tickets now and enjoy some of the finest Mariachis this side of the border. Spring is looking better all the time.



Hoover’s casket in U.S. Capitol J. Edgar Hoover’s body lies in state in the U.S. Capitol in 1972—an honor afforded to no other civil servant before or since. Hoover died 40 years ago this week. AP PhotoHe had led the FBI for nearly a half century and worked for eight different presidents, becoming practically an institution in his own right.

So when J. Edgar Hoover’s body was found by his housekeeper on the morning of May 2, 1972—40 years ago this week—the reaction was swift and far-reaching.

Later that day, President Richard Nixon called a press conference to announce the Director’s death, saying, “Every American, in my opinion, owes J. Edgar Hoover a great debt for building the FBI into the finest law enforcement organization in the entire world.” Nixon ordered that all flags at government buildings be flown at half-staff and spoke at Hoover’s funeral two days later.

J. Edgar Hoover
J. Edgar Hoover

Congress responded quickly as well, ordering Hoover’s body to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol—an honor afforded to no other civil servant before or since. The next day, as rain fell on Washington, thousands processed by his casket in the rotunda to pay their respects, and Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger eulogized the departed Director. Allies and admirers took to the floor of Congress to offer often effusive praise, and a new FBI building on Pennsylvania Avenue, halfway between the Capitol and the White House, was soon named in his honor.

At the same time, as the inevitable obituaries were written and TV specials aired, there was an undercurrent of reservation and some outright criticism. Hoover’s historic 48-year tenure in such a position of profound influence—and during a stretch of time when America was undergoing great social change—was bound to be marked by some mistakes and controversy. Fairly or unfairly, Hoover was criticized for his aggressive use of surveillance, his perceived reluctance to tackle civil rights crimes, his reputation for collecting and using information about U.S. leaders, and his seeming obsession with the threat of communism.

Both feared and beloved within his own organization, Hoover was clearly a complex and often confounding character. He joined the Department of Justice in 1917 at the tender age of 22 and quickly became a rising star. Hoover was tapped by the attorney general to head the Bureau in 1924, when it was a relatively unknown organization mired in political scandal. Hard-working, smart, and a superb bureaucrat, Hoover took a fledgling organization and molded it into an international leader in law enforcement and national security, one solidly grounded in professionalism and the techniques of modern science. As the Bureau put the trigger-happy gangsters of the 1930s out of business and outsmarted the spies and saboteurs of World War II, the FBI—and its newly christened “G-Men”—became a household name. Hoover rode that wave of fame, earning widespread acclaim as the nation’s top lawman.

The country’s honeymoon with Hoover would ultimately come to end, to some degree in the years before his passing and even more so after his death in the wake of greater scrutiny of the FBI and the growing distrust of government leaders that followed Watergate. Over the next several months, will explore various aspects of the directorship of J. Edgar Hoover through a series of stories and other materials, with the goal of shedding light on less well known or even caricatured areas of his actions and broadening the discussion on his complex and enduring legacy.

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