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Mar 1

Another Real Cost of the Unions

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Feb 11

These People Have the Same One Vote As You and I

Many people wonder how Obama could have been elected as President given some of the outrageous things that were made public prior to the election. Well the answer can clearly be seen in the following video.

Too many people are incredibly ignorant, lacking in intelligence, knowledge and in the desire to learn or be informed. This includes some of the most basic information.

Unfortunately, these same individuals are voters and carry the same one vote (though sometimes more for Democrat candidates) that you and I have. They can be easily influenced and swayed by slogans, slick campaign ads, visuals and the empty, baseless rhetoric. It is these uneducated and uninformed that vote tyrants and authoritarian rulers into power.

These are the same individuals that we must try to educate and inform about the realities regarding Obama, Congress, and the far left news media if we are going to have greater success in saving our great nation.

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Jan 4

The Pillars of Liberal Ideology Have Been Abject Failures For Far Too Long

For more than 50 years, liberals have aggressively supported major government programs, legislation and ideologies that have unsurprisingly failed to produce the results they expected or wanted though they vehemently deny such outcomes. More accurately, they have been abject failures with far reaching and long lasting impacts.

Still they persist, staunchly supported by their media lapdogs, and attack those armed with data and better alternatives. They can’t seem to acknowledge the disaster their policies have caused.

In the following editorial, Larry Elder succinctly and lucidly reviews these domestic policies which have been unequivocally disastrous. These include taxes, welfare, education, affirmative action, minimum wage hikes and Obamacare.

What Do Liberals Have To Show For 50 Years Of Horrible Policies?
Larry Elder    12/23/2010

For the past 50 years, the Democrats — and many Republicans who should know better — have been wrong about virtually every major domestic policy issue. Let's review some of them:

• Taxes. The bipartisan extension of the Bush tax cuts represents the latest triumph over the "soak the rich because trickledown doesn't work" leftists.

President Ronald Reagan sharply reduced the top marginal tax rates from 70% to 28%, doubling the Treasury's tax revenue.
President George H.W. Bush raised the income tax rate, as did his successor. But President George W. Bush lowered them to the current 35%.

President Barack Obama repeatedly called the current rate unfair, harmful to the country and a reward to those who "didn't need" the cuts and "didn't ask for" them.

If true, he and his party ditched their moral obligation to oppose the extension. But they didn't, because none of it is true.

Democratic icon John F. Kennedy, who reduced the top marginal rate from more than 90% to 70%, said, "A rising tide lifts all the boats." He was right — and most of the Democratic Party knows it.

• Welfare for the "underclass." When President Lyndon Johnson launched his "War on Poverty," the poverty rate was trending down. When he offered money and benefits to unmarried women, the rate started flat-lining. Women married the government, allowing men to abandon their moral and financial responsibilities.

The percentage of children born outside of marriage — to young, disproportionately uneducated and disproportionately brown and black women — exploded. In 1996, over the objections of many on the left, welfare was reformed. Time limits were imposed, and women no longer received additional benefits if they had more children. The welfare rolls declined. Ten years later, the New York Times wrote: "When the 1996 law was passed ... liberal advocacy groups ... predicted that it would increase child poverty, hunger and homelessness. The predictions were not fulfilled."

• Education. The federal government's increasing involvement with education — what is properly a state and local function — has been costly and ineffective at best, and counterproductive at worst. Title I, a program begun 45 years ago to close the performance gap between urban and suburban schools, burns through more than $15 billion a year, and the performance gap has widened. The feds spend $80 billion a year on K-12 education, as if money is the answer. States like Utah and Iowa spend much less money per student compared with districts like those in New York City and Washington, D.C., with much better results.

Where parents have choices — where the money follows the student rather than the other way around — the students perform better, with higher parental satisfaction. But the teachers' unions and the Democratic Party continue to resist true competition among public, private and parochial schools.

• Gun control. Violent crime occurs disproportionately in urban areas — where Democrats in charge impose the most draconian gun control laws.

Over the objection of those who warn of a "return to the Wild West," 34 states passed laws allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons. Not one state has repealed its law. Professor John Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime," says: "There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate: As more people obtain permits, there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect, the murder rate declines by 3%, rape by 2% and robberies by over 2%."

• "Affirmative action." Race-based preferences have been a disaster for college admissions. Students admitted with lesser credentials are more likely to drop out. Had their credentials matched their schools, they would have been far more likely to graduate and thus enter the job market at a more productive level.

Preferences in government hiring and contracting have led to widespread, costly and morale-draining "reverse discrimination" lawsuits. Where preferences have been put to the ballot, voters — even in liberal states like California — have voted against them.

• Minimum wage hikes. Almost all economists agree that minimum wage laws contribute to unemployment among the low-skilled — the very group the "compassionate party" claims to care about.

Economist Walter Williams, 74, in his new autobiography, "Up From the Projects," describes the many low-skilled jobs he took as a teenager. "By today's standards," he wrote, "my youthful employment opportunities might be seen as extraordinary.

That was not the case in the 1940s and 1950s. In fact, as I've reported in some of my research, teenage unemployment among blacks was slightly lower than among whites, and black teens were more active in the labor force as well. All of my classmates, friends and acquaintances who wanted to work found jobs of one sort or another."

• ObamaCare. This ghastly government-directed scheme will inevitably lead to rationing and lower-quality care — all without "bending the cost curve" down as Obama promised.

Any party can have a bad half-century. Merry Christmas.

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/557701/201012231806/What-Do-Liberals-Have-To-Show-For-50-Years-Of-Horrible-Policies-.aspx



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Oct 17

Democrat Legislation Has Appropriated and Corrupted the Student Loan Program

In their aim to expand the federal government and its reach, Obama and Congressional Democrats have appropriated and corrupted the student loan business. The result is incentivizing of students who have loans to become public employees while penalizing those who want to enter the private sector.

And once again, the American taxpayer is screwed!

The Republicans need to address this problem if they take control of the House this November.

Got student loans? Feds make an offer you can’t refuse
J.P. Freire    Associate Commentary Editor  10/14/10

Worried about how to pay off that student debt? Head on over to the closest government agency, and you too can score loan forgiveness after ten years of “public service.” Does that sound too good to be true? Well, Paul Winfree tells us that politicians voted to make these dreams (or nightmares) a reality:

… While hashing out the bill that reconciled differences between the House and Senate versions of health reform, lawmakers tossed in another overhaul as well. They completely remade the student loan industry.

As a result, college students will pay more for their school loans … unless they go to work for the government.

How will they pay more? The legislation allows graduates whose monthly loan payments exceed 10 percent of their monthly income to extend their repayment period by 10 years or more beyond the norm. Sure, you can stretch out your payments across 20 years, but the cost will increase because of interest.

But that’s only if you’re a sap who insists on working for the private sector. If you go to the public sector, you can say that you’re just going to pay off your obligation over 20 years, and after 10 years, have the debt “forgiven.” (Why the scare quotes? Because when you don’t have someone paying back their taxpayer-funded debt, it means — SURPRISE! — that taxpayers hold the bag, in addition to the massive, unsustainable defined-benefit pension plans we highlightallthetime.)

It’s highly unlikely that private employers will be able to pony up a compensation package more attractive than what the public service wife has even without this incredible student loan premium. Recent studies show that government compensation levels are 12- to 40 percent than those of the private sector.

Worse, it spreads a contagion called governmentitis — the desire to remain in a government job rather than contribute to the actual economy simply because the taxpayer-funded benefits are too sweet to pass up.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/got-student-loans-feds-make-an-offer-you-cant-refuse-104988654.html

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Oct 2

Harvard University Forbids ROTC On Campus But Actively Recruits Illegal Aliens For Admission

In just another example of the far left liberal scourge that has infected our "best" institutions of higher education, Harvard University will not allow the ROTC on campus but will go out of its way to recruit illegal aliens for admission.

It is examples like this which are used, overtly or subliminally, to attempt to indoctrinate our children to the perverted dogma of liberal "theology" and therefore assist in the radical transformation of America.

Brown criticizes Harvard leader on ROTC policy
Matt Viser    Boston Globe Staff    September 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — Senator Scott Brown chastised Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust yesterday for not allowing ROTC programs back on campus while she lobbies for illegal immigrants who want to attend college, saying Harvard and its leader have their priorities “upside down.’’

“I am extremely disappointed to learn of Harvard University’s decision to continue to ban ROTC from its campus,’’ the Massachusetts Republican said in a statement. “It is incomprehensible to me that Harvard does not allow ROTC to use its facilities, but welcomes students who are in this country illegally.’’

The comments, which he reiterated in a brief interview, constitute a rare broadside from one of the state’s highest-profile politicians, targeting its most prominent university.

Faust, in an interview Wednesday with Globe reporters and editors, said that Harvard would welcome the military training program back onto campus only when the “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy against openly gay and lesbian service members is repealed.

She has also been a vocal supporter of an effort to grant legal status to young immigrants if they meet certain conditions, including two years in college or the military. That stance, too, drew Brown’s fire.

“Harvard has its priorities upside down,’’ Brown said. “They should embrace young people who want to serve their country, rather than promoting a plan that provides amnesty to students who are in this country illegally.’’

A Harvard spokesman stood by the university’s position on the “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ repeal.

“President Faust has said many times that she very much looks forward to the day when the opportunity to pursue military service will be available to all our students who have the ability and the desire to serve,’’ said John Longbrake, an assistant vice president at Harvard.

The university expelled the ROTC program from campus in 1969 amid protests against the Vietnam War. Faust told the Globe this week that the only reason it is still barred is “entirely linked to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ’’ — a policy that Faust calls discriminatory.

Harvard students still can participate in ROTC, with the university’s support, by joining a program at MIT. Faust has publicly supported ROTC graduates by attending commissioning ceremonies and other events.

Brown’s comments also reflect his opposition to a pathway to citizenship for youths in the country illegally, an effort known as the Dream Act. That position places him at odds with much of the state’s higher education community.

Faust — along with the leaders of Tufts, Boston University, Northeastern, MIT, Boston College, UMass-Boston, and the University of Massachusetts — sent a letter this week to Brown and Senator John F. Kerry urging them to vote for the Dream Act. Faust also came to Washington last week to advocate for the bill, bringing an immigrant Harvard student who was detained in June for being in the United States illegally from Mexico.

Brown calls the plan “amnesty’’ and its supporters politically motivated.

“They’re welcome to come up here and lobby,’’ Brown said in a brief interview yesterday. “Just like everybody else — they want to lobby on “don’t ask don’t tell,’’ they want to lobby about the Dream Act, that’s great.

Come on up,’’ he said. “But to hold our men and women, the students who want to participate in ROTC, hostage because of those beliefs is wrong.’’

Brown, a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, has sought to carve out a record on military issues and he sits on the key committees of Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security. He served in the ROTC program at Northeastern University, while he was a student at Tufts.

Earlier this year in the Armed Services Committee, he voted against a repeal of “don’t ask’’ when it was inserted into a comprehensive defense policy bill. On Tuesday, he voted to back a filibuster preventing action on that overall defense bill. The delay was a setback for gay-rights advocates.

He has previously taken criticism from those advocates for his opposition to gay marriage and for once saying it was “not normal’’ for former state senator Cheryl Jacques and her partner to have children, a comment for which he apologized.

The “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy also came up earlier this year when Brown met with Elena Kagan, who enforced a limit on the work of military recruiters when she was dean of Harvard Law School. Brown said he was satisfied with Kagan’s explanation, but later voted against her nomination as Supreme Court justice because he said she didn’t have enough judicial experience.

Kerry has also opposed the barring of ROTC programs on such campuses as Harvard’s, although he also supports both repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ and approving the Dream Act.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid had been pushing to attach the Dream Act to the defense policy bill. That effort, too, was stymied this week by the Republican filibuster.

One political analyst said Brown’s statement could be an effort to stir up his base and to reframe an anti-immigration message that has taken hold in some parts of the Bay State and across the country.

“It combines being rough on immigrants . . . and bashing elites,’’ said Maurice Cunningham, a UMass-Boston political science professor. “There’s two things he gets out of it . . . and they both have some appeal.’’

Faust’s comments were also targeted on the campaign trail in the Bay State.

“University officials apparently have no problem opening Harvard Yard to people who break our laws by residing in the United States illegally while they attend school,’’ said Jeff Perry, the Republican nominee for the 10th Congressional District. “However, those same university officials find it unacceptable to support our men and women in uniform as they close Harvard’s campus to students who will fight to protect American’s freedoms.’’

Republican gubernatorial Charles D. Baker, a 1979 Harvard graduate, also criticized his alma mater.

“It’s a bad message to send to the ROTC, to people who serve in our armed services, that somehow they’re not welcome on any campus,’’ Baker said outside the State House, where he was holding a press conference on illegal immigration. “It’s too bad that Harvard doesn’t have ROTC on its campus.’’

Michael Levenson of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Matt Viser can be reached at maviser@globe.com

http://www.thefoxnation.com/scott-brown/2010/09/24/harvard-welcomes-illegals-bans-rotc

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Sep 15

The Three R’s In Education According to Obama

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Jul 9

Ignorance of the Masses Can Be Fatal to Our Democracy

Just prior to July 4th, talk show host Jay Leno asked numerous Americans basic questions regarding the founding of America and our independence which used to be and should be covered in every grade school student’s education. What he discovered which should come as no surprise to many, is the profound ignorance of the average American regarding simple questions regarding their country.

Such widespread lack of knowledge is how countries are transformed into dictatorships and citizens lose their rights and freedoms.

And how Obama got elected.

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Jun 10

N.J. Governor Chris Christie Refreshingly Protecting Taxpayers and Willing to Take On Unions and Special Interests

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doesn’t pull any punches in his speeches. In his staunch support for the citizens/taxpayers of the state, he is not afraid to take on anyone, including unions and organizations, in his efforts to cut taxes, improve education, eradicate corruption and pernicious influences, etc. He exudes unwavering probity, righteousness, and commitment in his “mission”.

This is quite refreshing in a politician.

Governor Chris Christie gives remarks regarding teachers and the teachers Union, the NJEA during a Town Hall Meeting in Robbinsville, NJ.

Christie explained that his fight is not against teachers. It is against the NJEA. Christie cited this stat: a teacher who is in the union, pays $730 a year to join. If a teacher doesn’t want to join the union, they pay 85% of the $730 per year, to not join. Christie said:

“It’s like the Hotel California. You can check in anytime, but you can never leave.”

That money raises $130 million a year to pay for lobbyists, to stare down the legislature. They also spend the money, as well as tax payer money from NJ residents from property taxes and other taxes to buy ads attacking the governor.

Christie compares the NJEA to the school bully. Said other governors run scared of the bully. While the parents and tax payers are the ones bleeding on the ground from all the money they pay to the NJEA. But Christie said he’s not running scared instead he said:

“You punch them, I punch you.”

http://www.thefoxnation.com/gov-chris-christie/2010/06/04/classic-christie-you-punch-them-i-punch-you

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May 17

Arizona Passes Law That Abolishes Divisive Ethnic Studies Classes In Grade Schools

Public schools should not be teaching racial preferences or emphasizing specific cultures to the exclusion of others particularly at the primary school level. Even worse, the taxpayer shouldn’t be subsidizing this.

Despite the hollow arguments that such courses serve to create pride and a semblance of self-worth for disadvantaged minorities, what they actually do is engender animosity, entitlement and resentment. They directly and indirectly foment divisiveness and not unity or amity.

Quintessential examples of these at different levels include Black (or Afro-American) or women’s studies. You see the results of these, conjure up images and recall stories of the Henry Jacksons (the Harvard professor of Black Studies involved in the Cambridge, Mass. police incident in which he and Obama wantonly and recklessly claimed racism), Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, “radical” elements of NOW, etc.

What Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the States’ school chief, Tom Horne, have legislated is unequivocally correct, responsible and appropriate. The state is at the vanguard of a movement back to sensibility, fairness, true equality and adherence to the law.

These are conservative values which the majority of Americans can understand and do agree with.

Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studies
By JONATHAN J. COOPER   May 12, 2010

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.

State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district's Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people.

Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said.

"It's just like the old South, and it's long past time that we prohibited it," Horne said.

Brewer's signature on the bill Tuesday comes less than a month after she signed the nation's toughest crackdown on illegal immigration - a move that ignited international backlash amid charges the measure would encourage racial profiling of Hispanics. The governor has said profiling will not be tolerated.

The measure signed Tuesday prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group.

The Tucson Unified School District program offers specialized courses in African-American, Mexican-American and Native-American studies that focus on history and literature and include information about the influence of a particular ethnic group.

For example, in the Mexican-American Studies program, an American history course explores the role of Hispanics in the Vietnam War, and a literature course emphasizes Latino authors.

Horne, a Republican running for attorney general, said the program promotes "ethnic chauvinism" and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race. He's been trying to restrict it ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta told students in 2006 that "Republicans hate Latinos."

District officials said the program doesn't promote resentment, and they believe it would comply with the new law.
The measure doesn't prohibit classes that teach about the history of a particular ethnic group, as long as the course is open to all students and doesn't promote ethnic solidarity or resentment.

About 1,500 students at six high schools are enrolled in the Tucson district's program. Elementary and middle school students also are exposed to the ethnic studies curriculum. The district is 56 percent Hispanic, with nearly 31,000 Latino students.

Sean Arce, director of the district's Mexican-American Studies program, said last month that students perform better in school if they see in the curriculum people who look like them.

"It's a highly engaging program that we have, and it's unfortunate that the state Legislature would go so far as to censor these classes," he said.

Six UN human rights experts released a statement earlier Tuesday saying all people have the right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage, they said.

Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman didn't directly address the UN criticism, but said Brewer supports the bill's goal.
"The governor believes ... public school students should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people," Senseman said.

Arce could not immediately be reached after Brewer signed the bill late Tuesday.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ARIZONA_ETHNIC_STUDIES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2010-05-11-23-50-27

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May 13

Administration of Chicago Area High School Unilaterally Cancels Girls Varsity Basketball Team’s Trip To Arizona Over Its Immigration Laws

Without going into great detail, the school administration of a wealthy suburb on the north side of Chicago has canceled a girls varsity basketball team’s trip to Arizona that had been scheduled for later this year. There was no doubt that this was a political statement and maneuver against Arizona’s immigration law. It appears that this was a unilateral decision by Highland Park High School’s assistant superintendent and the school board as parents and students were caught off guard.

The girls worked diligently to raise money for the trip which was to be the culmination of its successful year in which it won its first championship in 26 years. To then pull the rug out from underneath these dedicated, hardworking and talented girls who just want to play basketball by an obviously liberal school administration is at best irresponsible, pathetic and misguided.

What do their actions teach these girls?

Nothing positive!

That it is justified to break the law as these illegals have done?

That the law applies only to certain individuals and not others (legal white immigrants but not illegal Hispanic ones)?

That some should have more rights than others because of some perceived disadvantage?

That it is justified to force American citizens to pay tens of billions of dollars per year for healthcare, education, legal costs, prisons, grants, etc. of these law breakers just because their life in Mexico (or elsewhere) is not ideal?

This action is part of a liberal extortion campaign against Arizona and those who are defending their rights and upholding the law. It also seems to champion indolence, welfare and immorality over industriousness and integrity which these girls displayed. The superintendent and other school officials in this case should either resign immediately or be fired. They are teaching these children perverted values and had no right doing so unilaterally.

Of course, we wouldn’t even be discussing this issue if Congress and Obama had not abdicated their Constitutional responsibility to make sure our borders were secure. Making this situation even more egregious is Obama’s taunting of Arizona and his usage of incendiary comments which is emboldening violent acts, racism against whites, anti-American sentiment, and vitriolic rhetoric by the illegal aliens, Mexicans living legally in America and far left liberals. All of this can teach our children the wrong lesson which can haunt us again in the future.

This situation in the Chicago area is one more example of Obama’s pernicious, divisive influence on our country and way of life and why he needs to be impeached.

Highland Park basketball team trip to Arizona scrapped
Administrators cite safety concerns; parents say move sounds like a protest
Jeff Long, Tribune reporter    May 12, 2010

Reveling in its first conference championship in 26 years, the Highland Park High School girls varsity basketball team has been selling cookies for months to raise funds for a tournament in Arizona. But those hoop dreams were dashed when players learned they couldn't go because of that state's new crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Safety concerns partly fueled the decision, but the trip also "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values," said District 113 Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson. That explanation, though, smacks of political protest to parents upset by the decision.

The news, which was broken to the team Monday by coach Jolie Bechtel, comes as critics of Arizona's controversial law call on professional athletes and others to boycott the state.

Last month a New York congressman asked Major League Baseball to pull next year's All-Star Game from Phoenix, and protesters recently picketed Wrigley Field when the Arizona Diamondbacks played the Cubs.

But tossing a high school team into the heated debate has left parents and players baffled and angry.

"Why are we mixing politics and a basketball tournament?" said Michael Evans, whose daughter Lauren is a junior on the team. "It's outrageous that they're doing this under the guise of safety."

Lauren Evans said she thought the concern was probably that one of the players could get stopped and questioned.

"It shouldn't be a problem," she said. "I don't think it makes much sense. We shouldn't be a threat. We just want to play basketball."

District 113 Superintendent George Fornero declined comment, saying it "wasn't just my decision." He referred calls to Hebson.

Hebson said Arizona is off-limits because of uncertainty about how the new law will be enforced. Signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last month, it makes it a crime to be in the country illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork.

Hebson said the turmoil is no place for students of Highland Park High School, which also draws from Highwood.

"We would want to ensure that all of our students had the opportunity to be included and be safe and be able to enjoy the experience," Hebson said of the tournament, which will be played in December. "We wouldn't necessarily be able to guarantee that."

Asked if there are undocumented players on the team, or if anyone associated with the team is in the country illegally, Hebson said she did not know.

Parents and players interviewed said they knew of no one who fits that description.

The high school's Web site boasts of a "relatively diverse" student population of 80 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian and 2 percent African-American.

"Many of the parents feel that this should be resolved in the judicial court, not the basketball court," said Cynde Munzer, whose daughter, Lena, is a freshman on the team.

"I disagree personally with the Arizona legislation, but I also feel strongly about young women's rights," Munzer said. "They don't want to get involved in politics."

Subrina Collier, whose daughter Briana is a junior on the team, said even if someone were worried about presenting immigration papers in Arizona, it should be a personal decision to stay away. She called the administration decision a misplaced political statement.

The school district is looking for another tournament for the Giants, officials said.

The girls basketball team at Mundelein High School was in Scottsdale, Ariz., in December for the tournament hosted by Desert Mountain High School, said coach Brian Evans.

Evans called Desert Mountain High School "unbelievably hospitable" during his team's trip. Officials there declined comment about Highland Park's decision not to participate.

Meanwhile, other Chicago-area organizations continue to wrestle with their involvement in Arizona.

Local immigrants' rights activists delivered a letter Tuesday to the Chicago-based American Bar Association that urged the group to cancel a conference slated for this week in Arizona.

At Highland Park, basketball player Marguerite Biagi, a junior, said she disagrees with the law but still wants to visit Arizona.

"It's ultimately the state's decision, no matter what I think," she said. "Not playing basketball in Arizona is not going to change anything."

Tribune reporters Cynthia Dizikes, Dan Simmons, Oscar Avila and Lisa Black contributed.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northnorthwest/ct-met-arizona-trip-canceled-20100512,0,7753920.story

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