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March 19, 2008
More Nickelodiousness from Linda Ellerbee
Linda Ellerbee, a hard-left propagandist who specializes in brainwashing impressionable rug rats via Nickelodeon, has turned her attention to Mexico's illegal colonization of the Southwest, as reported by a sympathetic NY Daily News:
Paola is 13. Her sister, Vanessa, is 14. Their brother, Nahum, is 17. They live in a comfortable house in Roswell, N.M.
One morning, they heard a commotion downstairs and found agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) putting their father in handcuffs — the first step toward deporting both parents to their native Mexico.
This story is one of several Linda Ellerbee uses Sunday night in a "Nick News" special to illuminate a troubling consequence of our ongoing response to the complex issue of immigration.
Since the stormtroopers came for their parents, the poor teens have had to live alone, because Mom and Dad were sent packing back to their own country, and apparently didn't care to bring their children along. Quite the sob story! But…
Ellerbee starts the show by stressing that she's not taking sides in the larger immigration debate, just reminding us of its impact on children.
Nickelodious has touched on Southwestern issues before by denouncing the heroes who defended the Alamo. A teenage Hispanic girl was used as a mouthpiece to tell the kids:
The battle for the Alamo is often remembered as a rebellion of a small group of brave Texas farmers fighting against the Mexican army. What you may not know is that at the time, Texas was part of Mexico.
By the early 1800s, a lot of people living in San Antonio were farmers who brought their slaves with them. In 1829, Mexico abolished slavery and what followed was years of conflict between farmers who wanted to keep their slaves and Mexican authorities. This conflict led up to the battle for the Alamo.
If the next generation remembers the Alamo at all, it will be with shame instead of pride — if Linda Ellerbee and the rest of the leftist kooks running this execrable network have their way.
Posted by Van Helsing at March 19, 2008 11:20 AM
Interesting take there - the Texas Revolution was about slavery! According to that bastion of right-wing thought, Wikipedia:
"Animosity between the Mexican government and the American settlers in Texas (who were called Texians) began with the Siete Leyes of 1835, when Mexican President and General Antonio López de Santa Anna Pérez de Lebrón abolished the Constitution of 1824 and proclaimed a new anti-federalist constitution in its place. Unrest soon followed throughout all of Mexico, and war began in Texas on October 1, 1835, with the Battle of Gonzales."
That's right, the Constitution of 1824 - NOT slavery!
Take it from me - I was there!
Posted by: Sam Houston at March 19, 2008 11:44 AM
Mexico hadn't been around too long when Texas decided they wanted no part in it. It's not as if Mexico was an established country with established borders and a well defined national identity. The article simply states that "Texas was part of Mexico at the time" as if it had always been that way and it still should be now.
Anyway, playing around with revisionist history is dangerous business, and a it's sure sign of "agendas" at work.
And when it comes to intentionally manipulating history to influence youngsters, Linda "I don't wanna grow up" Ellerbee is in some really bad company. I won't bother naming names.
Posted by: forest at March 19, 2008 11:48 AM
Also from Wikipedia:
"Santa Anna, a long-time liberal, announced that he supported the Conservative Party, and assumed control of Mexico on 29 April 1834. He asked the legislature for the Siete Leyes (Seven Laws), which passed on 15 December 1835, then declared martial law, and started to put down the revolts which had broken out in several states, first capturing 3000 soldiers in a two-hour battle against Zacatecan militia, led by Francisco García on 12 May 1835, then moving on to begin a 13-day siege of the Alamo in San Antonio de Béxar in Coahuila y Tejas, ending on 6 March with the death of all but two dozen surviving women and children, as well as Jim Bowie's slave Sam and Lt. Colonel Travis' slave Joe, all of whom were released after the battle. Santa Anna's right wing defeated a second Texican force near Goliad, while Santa Anna then proceeded to march on San Jacinto."
That's right - fighting occurred in Zacatecas before it did in Texas!
By the way, I guess y'all know what happened at San Jacinto, and I also guess you know who led the victors!
Posted by: Sam Houston at March 19, 2008 11:52 AM
Is she a lesbo?
Posted by: Kristy at March 19, 2008 12:28 PM
The Wikipedia entry on Linda Ellerbee refers to "...Ellerbee and her life and business partner Rolfe Tessem..." - not sure if Rolfe is male or female.
Frm the same wikipedia article:
"Nick News with Linda Ellerbee received controversy on June 18, 2003 called My family is different, which featured kids and parents from same-sex households, along with openly lesbian parent Rosie O'Donnell, who talked about some of the discrimination they go through. It featured kids from more conservative households who are against equal treatment for same-sex households, including conservative comentator Jerry Falwell."
Posted by: Texan at March 19, 2008 12:52 PM
That's assuming that the kiddies are sitting in rapt attention during these non-kid sit com moments, rather than being yelled at by their moms to do their homework, picking up a jump rope, or rootling in the fridge for more high nutrition snacks. Nickelodeon definitely has an agenda, as does PBS, with which I don't agree. But only the childless would assume that young children who have a choice in the matter, and will otherwise run a mile when anything resembling "education" is put in front of them, suddenly begin taking notes because Linda Ellerbee appears.
Watchful parents can and do counter a lot of this rubbish, as well. I'm bothered more by what kids learn in school, than by what's on the tube. TV can be turned off.
Posted by: avalon at March 19, 2008 12:55 PM
What is so endearing about this washed-up old carpet-muncher that makes Nickelodeon want to foist her left-wing revisionist history on their viewers? I liked Nick a lot better when they were showing "Ren and Stimpy" and sliming contestants on "Double Dare". Nickelodeous, indeed. And so it goes...
Posted by: bustoff at March 19, 2008 4:41 PM
Sorry, little teenage Hispanic girl, but you've got the story completely wrong (a little Historical Revisionism, which the Left excels at, to put it mildly). In fact, you're totally full of crap, little girl (wonder if Ellerbee fed her this garbage to spew back out?).
No need to go into it here ("Sam Houston" has done a fine job of relating the basic truths), but take it from a native Texan and a long-time student of the Texas Revolution: you don't have the foggiest idea whereof you speak, little (unnamed) tennage Hispanic girl . . .
Posted by: jc14 at March 19, 2008 5:10 PM
Ugh. It's so sad that a network which was once a staple part of my childhood (I was lucky enough to have been a kid during the 90's, when Nick was in its Golden Age), has rotted down so much, both by a lack of talent and creativity on the part of the new shows' writers and creators, and by libtards running the network who care more about pushing their agenda and exploiting their young viewers as much as possible than they do about providing good, quality entertainment. It's truly become "Nickelodeous."
Fortunately, at least a few seasons of some of Nick's wonderful older shows can still be found, eiher on DVD (i.e. "Ren and Stimpy," and a couple seasons of the excellent "Adventures of Pete and Pete,"), or on Youtube (i.e. the awesome "Are You Afraid of the Dark?", and "Space Cases," which was one of Nick's last really good shows).
Sadly, another awesome kids' channel, Cartoon Network, appears to now be approaching the same downward piral Nickelodeon suffered.
Posted by: Adam at March 20, 2008 6:08 AM
While I'm on a tear, let us reflect on the words of William Barret Travis, while he was holed up in the Alamo:
February 24, 1836, during Santa Anna's siege of the Alamo, Travis wrote a letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World":
Fellow citizens and compatriots;
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country.
Victory or Death.
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
Posted by: Sam Houston at March 20, 2008 8:30 AM
Thank you for posting that letter, Sam Houston.
Posted by: KHarn at March 20, 2008 11:29 AM
You're welcome, KHam. I host an annual party at my home, saluting the Battle of San Jacinto. I always have a prominent speaker, followed by a reading of Travis' letter. This year the speaker is a recently-returned US Ambassador, and the reading will be done by a US Congressman.
Posted by: Sam Houston at March 20, 2008 1:21 PM
Sam Houston, wasn't the battle of San Jacinto where the "Texas Rangers" cemented their awesome reputation? I find US History fastenating and believe that Texas has never had a shortage of brave men. All I'm really familiar with is the number of Civil War generals and officers that "cut their warrior teeth" during the Mexican War, which included one Albert Sidney Johnston, a Texan and one of the best Generals the South had. Sadly, he died at Shiloah and I don't believe the South was ever able to equal him in the Western Theatre. He is one of my personal favorites.
Posted by: HoosierArmyMom at March 20, 2008 2:13 PM
According to the Handbook of Texas Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/met4.html:
"In fact, during the battle of San Jacinto qv on April 21, they were on "escort" duty, much to their chagrin."
You can also read quite a bit about the history of the Rangers at http://www.texasranger.org/history/rangerHistory.htm.
Also, a terrific book about the Rangers in the 20th Century is "One Ranger" by Joaquin Jackson.
Posted by: Sam Houston at March 29, 2008 9:45 AM
Thank you, that will make for some interesting reading. Texas Rangers are a huge part of our American history and those early Rangers were the best of the best when it came to courage under fire.
Posted by: HoosierArmyMom at March 29, 2008 10:13 AM