Hispanic Panic: George Adams' Film Panic Nation Begins Week Long Run in Phoenix

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Panic Nation opens at Cinema Latino tonight

George Adams' documentary Panic Nation, which begins a week-long run at Phoenix's Cinema Latino today, is really two films: one an overview of the United States' schizophrenic mindset when it comes to Mexican immigration; the other, a detailed examination of Oklahoma's version of SB 1070 -- HB 1804 -- which was signed into law back in 2007.

The 2-in-1 package accounts, in part, for its length of nearly two hours, but it's worth wading through this ambitious and somewhat flawed film if only for its depiction of Oklahoma's experience with nativist hate, which closely mirrors our own.

The Okies have their own wacko anti-immigrant fringe under the banner of I.R.O.N., Immigration Reform for Oklahoma Now. And they've got a version of Arizona's state Senator Russell Pearce in Oklahoma state Representative Randy Terrill.

I.R.O.N. intimidates legislators, and the legislators -- save for the brave defiance of Republican state Rep. Shane Jett -- mostly roll over for Terrill and the haters. The bill is passed, signed by the governor, and Latinos begin an exodus from the state.

Sound familiar? Oh, and guess who helped write the law? The hate group FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and its legal arm IRLI, the Immigration Reform Law Institute. They're the folks who also authored SB 1070.

The Oklahoma material is the most intriguing part of the documentary, which also features interviews with comedian Carlos Mencia, former HUD director Henry Cisneros, and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, who has some of the film's best lines.

"We're a country of immigrants," he says at one point. "It says so in the brochure. But we really don't like immigrants. Hispanics shouldn't take it personally."

I also dug his commentary on Sand Land.

"People in Arizona have no room to complain about illegal immigration," he notes, "when they all but recruited illegal immigrants to come to Arizona to help grow that desert wasteland into what it became -- a thriving metropolis."

Navarrette's supposed to be at Cinema Latino tonight for a panel discussion to precede the 7 p.m. show. You can get all the details at Panic Nation's Facebook page. Cinema Latino is located at 7611 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix. You can eyeball a map and movie times, here.


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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Guest
Guest

Obama, never ran a lemonade stand. He is a clueless, leftist, community organizer that has never been responsible for meeting a payrole to keep his business alive. God, what have Americans come to? If California isn't a stark demonstration of what illegal immigration can do to a society of law and order, then nothing will convince clueless people on the left. I don't know, maybe their goal is to ruin America like Castro ruined Cuba. Che T-shirts, anyone?

Steven
Steven

"Obama, never ran a lemonade stand. He is a clueless, leftist, community organizer that has never been responsible for meeting a payrole to keep his business alive. God, what have Americans come to? If California isn't a stark demonstration of what illegal immigration can do to a society of law and order, then nothing will convince clueless people on the left. I don't know, maybe their goal is to ruin America like Castro ruined Cuba. Che T-shirts, anyone?"

You sir, ma'am, it{bot}, are an idiot. Where were you when Reagan's tax cuts and deregulation started screwing this country over? Or when the Savings and Loan scandal happened? Or what about when Bush got us into 2 trillion dollar wars and signed the 'Patriot' Act into effect? And finally, what happened when $2.6 trillion dollars disappeared from the Pentagon?

Ah, I don't know............maybe you hard rightists really are out to destroy this country.Pat Buchanan or George Lincoln Rockwell tees, anyone?

Guest
Guest

Illegal immigration is against U.S. Immigration law--YOU MORONS.

Rule of Law
Rule of Law

What is Obama’s Pay Czar’s Pay ????

He was hired by the Obama administration to slash executive compensation at companies bailed out by the federal government. But now he’s involved in a salary controversy of his own. In a Washington corruption chronicles classic, the Obama administration can’t even shoot straight on the pay of its pay czar!I’m speaking of Kenneth Feinberg, President Obama’s "Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation."

The Treasury Department indicating that Feinberg received a $120,830 annual salary.

When Barry (Sorento) Obama appointed Washington lawyer Feinberg “Pay Czar” in 2009, the press reported that he would perform his duties pro bono. Dozens of mainstream media stories confirmed that Feinberg, founder and managing partner of the Washington, D.C., firm Feinberg, Rozen, LLP, would not receive a salary to set pay limits for more than two dozen executives at companies receiving government bailouts.

Looks like Barry continues to FUCK America.

Obama admin has more Czars currently than communist Russia and China have ever had, combined.

Smells like Marxism, taste like shit socialism. IMPEACH THE BASTARD !!!!!!!!

Jenna
Jenna

Blah......blah......blah.......blah

Tina
Tina

Oh lordy, is there any place that F.A.I.R. hasn't been, selling its wares to ripe, hate mongering politicians? Last I heard was that most of Oklahoma's law was trashed by the Tenth Circuit, but it sounds like the hate and fear cymbals are still clanging there. Today we read that Hazelton, Pa's immigration laws were trashed by the Third Circuit, another unconstitutonal job by written by F.A.I.R. Hazelton has been in the courts for FOUR years and has cost that city millions in attorney's fees. How many losses in the courts must there be (the losses are mounting) before people realize that F.A.I.R. is not working in their best interests, but for their own white-supremacy, against ALL immigration, agenda?

Truth08
Truth08

Not to forget, it cost the City of Hazelton, its own economic downfall, as well. Sales tax revenues, vacated properties, ghost town-like atmosphere,etc. All for what?

Just so the wing-nuts could get rid of the 'others'?

FB had a movie link to 9500 liberty no to long ago. That one at least, looked as though, they got it before, it ruined the town economy.

Regards,Truth

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