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The love and support from the listeners of the Tony Bruno show continue on his Facebook page. Last Friday, Bruno got into a social media mess when he tweeted that San Francisco pitcher Ramón Martínez was an “illegal alien.”

First of all Los Angeles radio star Piolín supported Bruno over the weekend, since Bruno posted this on his Facebook page:

Thank you Piolin for the prayers and thoughts. My family and real friends keep me strong because they know who I am and what I am. Threatening my life or wishing bad things makes those of you who resort to this truly troubled.

Having Piloin endorse Bruno is huge, although we probably need to connect with Piolin later once this whole Bruno mess gets resolved. He will have some ‘splaining to do.

As for the story, tt appears that the Bruno loyalists really don’t care about the criticism. However, more and more posts denouncing Bruno’s comments are showing up as well. Looks like this story is just getting started. Here are some of the posts today from his Facebook page:

Love’ya Tony! U still the man! Im Mexican-American of legal resident parents! I’ve always been a loyal listener of your programs for 10 yrs. If Piolin is down with you, then its all good in the hood G! It’s not like everybody that has posted negative remarks on your Facebook page is innocent! It don’t matter who you are, we’ve all said things we regret. It just sucks that you are a radio icon, making u n easy target!

They are talkin about you on SportsCenter… LOVE YOU SO MUCH BRUNO!!! WE ARE BEHIND YOU 100%

Bruno has made it clear that he thinks beanballs are dirty baseball. Managers who order their underlings to enforce unwritten rules on the field while they are secure in the dugout are gutless/cowards. I’ll grant this could be excessive/vitriolic, but that’s the business pundits are in… trying to tease something a little more titillating out of the world of sports. Tony then went on to say that Bochy treats “his” middle relief like unscrupulous bosses treat their illegal aliens. Get it? It’s actually a defense of Ramirez that he’s stuck in the position where he has to do his manager’s dirty bidding. It’s a rip on Bochy… perhaps Bochy thinks that because Ramirez is Hispanic that he can be treated like an illegal alien. A biting hyperbolic rip, sure. Again, isn’t that what pundits do? The dumbing down of discourse is using “racist” when you don’t have an articulate response.

Tony, hello from 16th and Oregon. Listen, can’t excuse what you said. BUT, you are human. I think too many of us get lost in forgetting that thing called “being human”. It includes making mistakes, even stupid ones, and learning from/owning up to them. I applaud you for saying that you were wrong to anyone who will LISTEN (instead of pointing fingers from the perch of a high horse or throne in a glass house). Every single person who puts out a criticism should look in the mirror and if they ever said a derogatory comment (even in “private”), a JOKE that may be offensive, or thought something ill of another person; they should think before they type. Because the high and mighty need to look at themselves before throwing stones. God bless and good luck. Stay thirsty my friend.

People want you suspended or fired for something you said on twitter? These are the same idiots who complain when a waitress gets fired because she downtalks her job on facebook. Hypocrites. You shouldn’t have had to apologize, I’m sure half of these people were yelling at their TVs for the Phillies to “murder” the Giants. I guess racism is worse than the implication of physical harm.

Other comments were a bit more mixed:

Wanna see true racism… just read some of the comments posted on this wall.. The same person who called Tony a skin-headed racist, turned right around & called my black friend a ~N~.. Since when is being white make u right & free to say such horrible things with FULL ill-intent?? There are more latinos supporting Tony then u realize.. btw i’m married to a latin, so because i’m white, should i lynch Tony for his tweet? NOPE!!! I STAND BEHIND HIM, ALONG WITH MY HUSBAND!!!


What i’ve noticed thru-out this whole situation, is the people who are bashing tony for his remarks & his fans for supporting him, are 100x’s worse for using foul language & truly racists comments.. I don’t see any of u apologizing.. Ur words are premeditated, not a slip of the tweet during the heat of the moment.. Before any of the politically correct, self-righteous, angels judge, look into ur own mirrors & closets..


Time to shut this wall down Tony. Seriously, if anyone on your team is seeing this, stop the bleeding. The hate and ignorance flowing on this board is helping no one, and doing your cause some very real and serious harm. Catering to the strip club douchebags makes for entertaining radio for the less meatfisted out here, but now that they feel you have been wronged, they are rising up in a wall of senseless vitriol that will cause affiliates to drop you like Imus. It’s vacation time, Tony K. style.

So, for all this and for all that will very likely happen now (this story is not going away), we dedicate this song to you, Tony, for the following reasons: FOR BLOCKING US FROM YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE. Sad.

Hit it, Phil!

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Yes, we have readers. Most of them are respectful, even those who don’t agree with us.

And then you have pornstarbiker@gmail.com, who yesterday shared these nuggets of intellect (bad spelling errors included) with us yesterday.

Here you go. Yup, Latino hate is alive and well.

“when you say ‘undocumented’, you mean ILLEGAL right? Why don’t you quit sugar coating it. If you are here ILLEGALY, we don’t want you. Furhtermore, we don’t want the scum of Mexico-of whom Mexico doesn’t even want-plaguing our jails, our schools, our cities and our neighbohoods. There is a difference between descent hispanic people and these ILLEGAL criminal scum who are invading our country. I personally think these two young men should be given a medal for their patriatism. If an American were to sneak into Mehico illegaly, then they’d also be beaten or jailed, etc. ILLEGALS don’t deserve any special treatment, other than the kind that unfortunately landed these to bright and young AMERICAN males in prison. ILLEGALS undercut wages, rape our women, sell drugs, murder AMERICAN citezens, and here you are crying for some ILLEGAL lowlife. You make me sick.”

Thanks for your insightful analysis, pornstarbiker!

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When we posted the letter warning of a Latino “invasion” written by Glendale (AZ) Elementary School District substitute teacher Tony Hill and addressed to Arizona Republican Senate President Russell Pearce, many of our readers thought it was a hoax.

It’s not.

Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce

Several major news outlets confirmed that the leadership of the Glendale district have indeed Hill as the writer and will be investigation his allegations.

The Associated Press reports the following:

A metropolitan Phoenix school district has launched an inquiry into a substitute teacher who wrote a letter that portrayed Hispanic students in a harsh light and was read aloud last week at the Arizona Legislature during a debate on an immigration bill.

The Glendale Elementary School District said it has determined that some statements by teacher Tony Hill in his letter to Senate President Russell Pearce were inaccurate.

In the letter, Hill said a majority of the eighth-graders he had recently taught at a Glendale school had refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance and declared that Americans had stolen their land. Hill also wrote that while substitute teaching in the area, he came to believe that “most of the Hispanic students do not want to be educated but rather (want to) be gang members and gangsters.”

The letter quickly inflamed the immigration debate in Arizona. A Republican in the Legislature read the letter on the Senate floor during the immigration debate. Democrats expressed suspicion that it was a hoax that had no place in the public debate on immigration.

District spokesman Jim Cummings said all students questioned in the inquiry have said everyone stood for the pledge and that none said their land had been stolen. “What we are finding here — and what we believe — is that the statements that he made weren’t accurate,” Cummings said.

In the meantime, Pearce had distributed Hill’s letter to all his Republican colleagues in the Arizona Senate. During the debate of several anti-immigration bills on the Senate floor, one senator read Hill’s letter publicly.

Arizona Republican State Senator Lori Klein publicly read Tony Hill's on the floor of the Arizona Senate

According the AP, Pearce was unapologetic:

The letter was the subject of heated exchanges on the Senate floor Wednesday as Pearce refused to apologize.

“It’s read on the floor as factual,” said Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix, the Senate’s most outspoken critic of the letter.

Pearce said no one from the Senate owes an apology for reading the letter. “It was all verified,” Pearce said. “I’m disappointed that we assault and attack a teacher for speaking out.”

He said the letter wasn’t about Hispanics, but rather was about what went on in a classroom where students were disruptive.

In an interview after the debate, Republican Sen. Lori Klein, who read the letter aloud on the Senate floor last week, said she didn’t regret bringing to light a teacher’s experience, but that she doesn’t believe all Hispanic students want to be gang members.

As to whether she believes the school district’s findings thus far, Klein said, “I don’t think the district wants to be embarrassed,” Klein said.

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