April 10th, 2006

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Holy Day Monday Protests

After leaving work today,
I saw the largest public gathering in front of the federal courthouse on Broward Boulevard.
In contrast to most of the tie-dye antiwar protesters, these individuals appeared to have manners.
The issue was immigration and the protesters wrote friendly signs saying things like,
"Immigrants work hard!" and "Immigrants help America!"

Given my 30 plus years of South Florida experiences,
I have to agree with these protesters,
most immigrants are hard workers and their stories are inspirational. In 1906, my grandfather arrived in Ellis Island and so many of his grandchildren earned degrees in higher education before the end of the 20th century.

Yet, I wonder what these protesting individuals really want.
Easier ways to file paperwork for citizenship?
Fast track the immigration process?
Who or what is funding these community gatherings?
There is no shortcut to success, so I am not certain what these protesters are hoping to accomplish.

Within the last two years,
I have seen two women, one from France and one from Peru, go on and earn their American Citizenship.
Professionally and educationally,
these two individuals are living the American Dream in ways that their country of origin did not have the resources to provide. These two women did not take shortcuts, but earned their citizenship step by step and over many years. America is a better country today because Bene and Patty live here.

When Congress convenes the Monday after Easter,
may our elected officials reform the immigration process
while preserving the ideals of the United States of America.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Happy birthday Cheeta!!!

Cheeta,
Tarzan's costar from MGM and RKO Radio Pictures,
turned 74 today.

Cheeta turned 74 on April 9th, 2005 and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest chimpanzee. He's 4 foot tall and 142 pounds. He starred in 12 Tarzan movies during the '30's and 40's. Dan Westfall adopted Cheeta in 1992 from his uncle Tony Gentry, an animal trainer who worked in Hollywood and obtained Cheeta from Africa in the 1930s.

Cheeta now spends his days socializing with other primates and his caregivers. Being diabetic, Cheeta's staple diet consists of fresh fruit, vegetables, and monkey chow.

The sanctuary's primates are provided with a variety of activities to stimulate their intellect and curiosity. One of the activities is painting, which allows chimpanzees toJohnny Weissmuller and Cheeta in Tarzan mimic their innate behavior of inventing and using tools.

For more information, please visit Cheeta's home page:
http://www.cheetathechimp.org/index.html