Funkhouser continues to take spanking over Parks Board Appointment
Today, the Star reports that the outgoing Parks Board members that Mayor Funkhouser badmouthed are talking back . . . Sandra Aust seemed to have the best statement:
Outgoing board President Sandra Aust said the park commission is made up of “dedicated citizens who have chosen to build bridges with others from every walk of life.”And here's another assertion I'd like to clear up for the local media:
She listed accomplishments of the past eight years, which included going from about 20 partnerships with the private sector to more than 100, adding 11 parks, planting 10,000 trees and implementing a park inspection program.
“I want to talk for a minute about what this commission is not,” Aust said. “It is not a place for partisan, personal or political gain. It is not a place to bring personal or biased agendas. It is not a place for divisiveness or parochial gamesmanship. It is not a place for pitting neighborhood against neighborhood, neighbor against neighbor or place against place.”
Aust also aimed her comments at another Funkhouser assertion, that the reason the park board was set up semi-independently of City Hall is that the city’s elites wanted it to be free from the influence of regular people.
“This commission is chartered the way that it is for a good reason,” Aust said. “Make no mistake about it. There is a very important reason why this commission operates independently, and it’s because our citizens mandated it and recently reaffirmed it in the new charter. They like the way it is.”
The Minutemen are not "a group that strongly opposes illegal immigration and most immigration reform."
The Minutemen ARE, IN FACT, a HATE GROUP.
Here's a bit of evidence from the World's most accurate encyclopedia according to the scholar and gentleman Byron Crawford (who isn't that crazy about illegals either, but who is?):
The Minuteman Project and it's chapters have been identified as a nativist extremist and hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Anti-Defamation League has claimed that the Minuteman Project maintains connections with Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.Here's an even better depiction of the organization from the CS Monitor:
The project has generated controversy and former Mexican President Vicente Fox has criticized the group. United States President George W. Bush, has expressed dislike for "vigilante" border projects. 
Mr. Bush has labeled the Minutemen a vigilante group, and several border watchdog groups say it has increased fear, tension and misunderstanding at the border. "Adding vigilantes to the high tension that now exists at the border with smugglers and you create a potentially dangerous mix," says Erica Dahl-Bredine, who works on the Mexican side of the border for Catholic Relief Services in Tucson, Ariz.One more just for good measure from the ADL, who demonstrate how the Minutemen and other border vigilante groups are attracting Neo-Nazi types:
ADL Says Armed Anti-Immigration Groups in Arizona Share Ties to White SupremacistsNow, there's no denying that Frances Semler is a member of the Minutemen, so the question is clear:
Update (April 2005): Extremist groups along the Arizona-Mexico border continue to use radical tactics, including armed vigilante action, to promote an extreme anti-immigrant agenda. In addition to openly inviting people to "patrol" the borders using weapons and surveillance technology, new groups have formed and activity has expanded. Several members belonging to vigilante groups have been arrested on weapons charges and white supremacist and anti-governments groups continue to express interest.
Does Funkhouser stand with a member of a hate group? And is he even willing to recognize how the appointment of this hate group member is a direct affront to the entire Latino Community in Kansas City (whom TKC speaks for)?
If Ms. Semler wants to step down from the group, that's another story, but so far she hasn't mentioned any such thing.
They're bunkered down over at the Funkhouser camp and as usual don't want any community involvement that isn't "Pro-Funk" so I'm not counting on them stepping up to remedy the situation.
What I'd like to see is even more Latinos speak out on this issue. I'm working on something to that effect that just might debut in the next few days (or not).
One last thing, I usually don't address (or participate in) the comments but it's hard to believe that folks out there are silly enough to compare this stupid blog to elected officials or the activities of a small cadre of hate mongers who sit around all day and dream about shooting Mexicans. I know you so many of you don't believe it but this blog isn't a conspiracy or my attempt to take over the world through "reverse racism" or even a good promotional tool . . . It really just is a place to make lame attempts at humor . . . They jokes are in bad taste, on my best days I'm offensive but I've never held a gun on anyone, never had any say in how your taxes are spent and never garnered national media attention . . . This is blog is (bad) entertainment.
So, stop taking yourself (and me) so seriously Heidi.