Interview with a blogger – Fausta (part three)

March 21, 2007

This is part three of my interview with Fausta, if you haven’t read part 1 or part 2 please do so before continuing on.

“realize that Chavez himself has declared himself a Communist and is an enemy of our country. As such, we should stop purchasing CITGO gas”

LC: What should the people of the United States do concerning Hugo Chavez?
FW: The first thing we can do is realize that Chavez himself has declared himself a Communist and is an enemy of our country. As such, we should stop purchasing CITGO gas, which is owned by PDVSA. Another thing we can do is to become better informed about what the differences are among the countries in latin America.

LC: You mean not all of us are Mexican?
FW: (Laughing out Loud) As I’ve said at times,” Hispanics don’t exist outside the USA”. What I mean by “Hispanics don’t exist outside the USA is, outside the USA we’re Puerto Rican, Mexican,Chilean, etc, not “Hispanic”. So by strengthening ties and commerce between the countries in Latin America trying to become more democratic and prosperous, we wil benefit the USA and Latin America. In order for Communist revolutions to exist, there has to be poverty and upheaval. THAT would be the way to defeat people like Chavez.

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“illegal immigration is that it undermines the immigrants themselves by preserving a mindset that ignores and defies the law.”

LC: Which brings me to illegal immigration, I’m kind of on the fence here. I see how both views are actually beneficial to the United States, politically, defensively. Push me off the fence, convince me, what’s your position on immigration, legal or illegal?
FW: Illegal immigration is obviously a huge problem – particularly in times of terrorism. However, the greatest problem that I see with illegal immigration is that it undermines the immigrants themselves by preserving a mindset that ignores and defies the law. American society used to routinely provide the means for teaching immigrants what it is to be an American, through schools, civic organizations, churches and charities and that doesn’t happen anymore. I see this as a critical problem in today’s society. While the problem of thousands of people daily coming into the country can not be ignored, the bigger problem is how to create more Americans.

LC: What do you think we ought to do about immigration from Latin America? What’s the solution since we don’t want to put ourselves at risk, but at the same time, we can’t allow these countries to drop further into poverty. Can we do both at the same time?

“I don’t think direct foreign aid is the way to improve conditions in the long term.”

FW: I don’t have one answer; on the one hand, the porous borders present a security risk, on the other hand, the immigrants that are here aren’t about to go away. The reason I’m so preachy about abolishing farm subsidies and agricultural tarriffs is because that would help the countries where the immigrants originate to improve their living conditions. I don’t think direct foreign aid is the way to improve conditions in the long term. Whatever we do, we should give serious thought and take action towards creating more Americans of the immigrants that are already here.

LC: Let’s change the subject, who are some of your favorite blogs?
FW: Captain’s Quarters, Belmont Club, No Pasaran, The Anchoress, Babalu, Dr Sanity, Little Green Footballs, American Digest, SigmundCarlandAlfred, so many blogs, so little time!!

LC: I know, that’s why I always ask, it gives people an opportunity to find new blogs. Fausta, thank you so much and I look forward to reading more of your blog.
FW: Thank you Jeffery! It was my pleasure.

NA FEA TRV US Santa Monica Tips

AP Worldstream December 12, 2002 | The Associated Press 00-00-0000 If You Go … @ GETTING THERE: Santa Monica is at the western terminus of Route 66 and the crossroads of the Pacific Coast Highway and the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10). It’s about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is served by most major airlines, and 13 miles (21 kilometers) from downtown LA. Several shuttle companies provide transportation between the airport and Santa Monica for about $12-$14 each way. Taxi service is available for about $25- $35 each way.

The Santa Monica Municipal Airport, with a mile-long (nearly 2-kilometer- long) runway, is one of the major general aviation airports in the country. Phone (310) 390-7606.

The Amtrak train terminal, Union Station, is in downtown Los Angeles, as is the Greyhound Bus Station. For more information about train service, visit www.amtrak.com. For bus service information, visit www.greyhound.com.

___ GETTING AROUND: Public transportation within the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica is provided by the Santa Monica Blue Bus (310-451- 5444 or www.bigbluebus.com/bus), The Metropolitan Transit Authority www.mta.net) and the Tide Shuttle. web site santa monica zip code

The Tide Shuttle operates year-round between selected local hotels and attractions for 25 cents (10 cents for seniors and people with disabilities) within Santa Monica. The Shuttle runs a loop from Main Street to the Third Street Promenade every 15 minutes.

___ SIGHTSEEING: Organized tours of nearby attractions, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Hollywood and the Getty Center are available from most Santa Monica hotels. Check with the hotels for tour schedules, rates and booking information.

___ DINING: With more than 400 restaurants, many of them staffed by world- class chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Michael McCarty, who helped invent “California Cuisine,” Santa Monica offers epicurean adventure limited only by the ceiling on one’s credit cards. But, if you’re strapped, you can always pick up veggies and fruit at one of the four farmers’ markets held in the city each week.

___ LODGING: Starting at the top end are the two old grande dames of oceanfront hotels, now under the same ownership, the four-star Shutters on the Beach and the next-door Casa Del Mara, which recently underwent a $60 million sprucing up. Double rooms go for $350 to $500 a night, but there are deals to be had in the slower months.

A new addition to the lineup is the 170-room Viceroy, “sporting true British style with a cosmopolitan spirit.” Expect to pay $305 a night and up.

One of the more interesting places is the recently renovated Hotel Oceana overlooking the Pacific on Ocean Ave, where all 63 rooms are suites. Rates start at $200 and up, but that buys you Mediterranean- style luxury with lots of space and a kitchenette.

There are rooms to be had under $100 a night at chains such as Travelodge and Days Inn.

___ WHEN TO COME: Temperatures are moderate year-round, high and low temperatures averaging 64F-50F (17C-10C) in December and January and 72F-63F (22C- 17C) in July and August.

___ WHAT TO WEAR: A local tourism brochure suggests dressing “casual chic, ” which it describes as “comfortable clothes worn with a sense of style and confidence.” Even at the city’s most elegant restaurants, jackets and ties are optional. Don’t forget shorts, a swimsuit, and walking shoes because Santa Monica is a “pedestrian’s paradise.” But bring along a jacket, a sweater or sweatshirt because even in the summer the breeze off the ocean is cool after the sun goes down. this web site santa monica zip code

___ INFORMATION: The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Web site is: www.santamonica.com.

The bureau’s 2002-2003 Official Visitors Guide, free for the asking, is a 94-page magazine that offers “an inside line on hot haunts, alfresco shopping, sybarite sojurns, historical highlights and all that edible in this urban seaside village.” The Santa Monica Visitor Center at 1400 Ocean Ave. in Palisades Park can be reached by phone at (310) 393-7593.

This summer a new visitor center opened at the Santa Monica Place shopping mall with a multilingual staff, instant hotel reservation services and interactive computer displays featuring transportation, hotels and restaurants and attractions. The address is 395 Santa Monica Place, 203, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

The Associated Press

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