Barbara Coe dies; Far Right Wing Mourns “Patriot”


TheLiberalOC has confirmed that Barbara Coe, the head of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), has passed away of cancer this past Saturday.  Notes from friends and supporters mourn the loss of “a patriot.”

Coe ranks up there as one of the more “colorful” political figures from the far right wing of the OC political spectrum.  It’s our policy not to speak ill of the dead, but we have to wonder what Coe’s interactions with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates will be like. Or perhaps there’s a different conservation happening in another part of the spiritual realm.

She founded the CCIR was founded in 1994 and served as the organization’s leader.  She was also a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens which stood against everything from gay rights, interracial marriage, integration and Latino immigration.  The organization was a a co-sponsor of the controversial 1994 Prop 187 that called for a halt to public services for undocumented immigrants; while the measure passed, the federal court overturned it as unconstitutional.

In a way, her organization is partially responsible for the creation of this blog when Republican Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen sent letters to immigrant voters on what looked like CCIR letterhead warning them that if they voted, they could be deported.  Coe condemned the letter. TheLiberalOC was created by Mike Lawson to expose voters to Nguyen’s tactics.

With the rise of the Tea Party and the election of Barack Obama to president, Coe’s focus seemed to go from Latinos to Muslims.  She opposed the construction of mosques on the grounds that all Muslims were somehow terrorists.

There are tons of posts about her on OC Weekly’s Navel Gazing site.  While we disagree with virtually everything she stood for politically, we’re certain her family and friends feel her loss.

Photo courtesy of OC Weekly.

Don’t worry Orange County. We still have Orly Taitz, Dana Rohrabacher, Jim Righeimer, Jeff Lalloway, John Moorlach, and on and on….

  32 comments for “Barbara Coe dies; Far Right Wing Mourns “Patriot”

  1. DeSouza
    September 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Leave it to you libs to make something out of a patriot’s death. Bull____ you don’t “speak ill of the dead”.

    • September 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      please point out anything I wrote about her that is untrue or unkind

  2. jose s.
    September 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    She was a horrible person who thankfully took her hate with her when she left this world patriot my arse. Hey cheminowski why dont you do an update on tan? I think it would be damn interesting.

    • September 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      we don’t have a blogger here named cheminowski. I don’t think he’s interested in Tan Nguyen either

  3. Robert Lauten
    September 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    History of Proposition 187
    Prop 187 was passed by the voters on Nov. 8, 1994 to deny public benefits to illegal aliens in California.
    The next day several lawsuits were filed in California state court (Mexican-American Legal Defense/Education Fund (MALDEF), League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), ACLU, and others.
    On Nov. 11, 1994 a “temporary restraining order (TRO)” was issued by Federal Judge Matthew Byrne (it was filed in Federal Judge Marianna Pfaelzer’s court, but she was out (vacation?), so Byrne did the TRO.
    An answer was filed by Attorney General Dan Lungren in state court.

    Judge Pfaelzer came back and issued a permanent injunction pending trial. Her rationale was essentially a case in Texas in the 1980’s (Plyler v. Doe). Texas tried to deny public education to illegal aliens. The Supreme Court ruled for the illegals, based on two pillars:
    1) there were supposedly not enough illegal aliens students in Texas public schools to be a financial burden to Texas, and
    2) Congress was contemplating an amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S. (that occurred in 1986), and illegal alien students who were to be made legal would not be educated. Neither of those conditions existed in 1994.

    The cases were consolidated into Judge Pfaelzer’s court in 1995.
    There were hearings, filings, hearings, filings …

    In 1996 California (Att’y Gen. Dan Lungren) said that Prop 187 was not in conflict with federal law.
    In September 1996 federal immigration law was enacted, and in 1997 Lungren asked Judge Pfaelzer for a summary dismissal. (The 1996 federal law included Sec. 133 – that local law enforcement can cooperate with the INS)
    Judge Pfaelzer said NO to summary dismissal and ruled for plaintiffs; Lungren said he’ll appeal.
    Lungren appealed in 9th District Circuit Court in late 1997. FOR SIX MONTHS LUNGREN TOOK NO ACTION – IT SAT THERE. HE SHOULD HAVE MOVED THE CASE ALONG!

    Then came the gubernatorial campaign of 1998, and Gray Davis was elected in November. The appeal process was still sitting silently in court because Lungren had not moved it along.
    Davis was elected. The plaintiffs requested “mediation” in the 9th District Court, the court agreed to “mediation”.

    We know what happened then – Davis (who vehemently opposed Prop 187) “represented” FOR Prop 187. Neither the proponent of Prop 187 nor anyone else who co-sponsored Prop 187 was allowed in the bogus “mediation”.
    Governor Davis refused to allow the appeal to proceed and dropped the appeal, essentially KILLING PROP 187 against the will of the voters. This after having promised to support the appeal during his campaign.

    Even the most vocal plaintiffs against Prop 187 said they were afraid that if it went to the U.S. Supreme Court it would be held to be constitutional, reversing Plyler v. Doe.

  4. Evelyn Miller
    September 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Barbara was not a “horrible person”. She believed that a country without a border is not a country. And leave it to the LiberalOC to get it wrong again. Barbara was not against Latino immigration. She was opposed to ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

  5. Evelyn Miller
    September 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Barbara Coe was not a “horrible person”. She believed that a country should have secure borders. Listen up, Liberal OC. There is not such thing as an “illegal immigrant”. An immigrant is a person who has been admitted to our country by the federal government. An illegal is an “illegal alien”. An “undocumented worker” is an illegal aliens. Barbara was not opposed to Latino immigration. She was opposed to illegal immigration. Please get it right. She was opposed to Muslims who want to establish Sharia Law. If Liberal OC is opposed to everything she stood for, then you are for open borders and our tax dollars going to millions of people who have violated our immigration laws. If you call those of us who loved Barbara “right wing extremists”, then I am proud to be one. She had a fierce love for her country.

    • September 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      People are not illegal. Even AP no longer uses the phrase “illegal alien.” Do you still use the phrase “negro” to describe someone who’s African-American? What Muslim wants to establish Sharia Law in the US? That’s like the Westboro Bapist Church being selected to speak for all Christians.

      How do you feel about employers who hire those undocumented workers knowingly, pay them sub-standard wages, submit them to harsh working conditions, all because you’d never pay more than $2 a pound for nectarines? Maybe we should fine the hell out of those tax dodgers and cheats?

      I’m sure Barbara loved her country; can you explain what that has to do with being a member of a group that opposes interracial marriage? Or racial integration? Did she support separate drinking fountains?

  6. September 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    So Barbara Coe arrives at what she thinks is the Pearly Gates of Heaven. Only to be greeted by a Gustavo Arellano look-alike who asks her for her proof of citizenship.

    She has no proof however, since a birth certificate is not one of those things you can take with you when you die.

    This is hell, not heaven, Gustavo tells her. Now go to the back of the line and start over, he says, so we can do this again and again for eternity.

    Some might paraphrase Bette Davis on the news of Barbara Coe’s passing: “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Barbara Coe is dead. Good.

  7. Publius
    September 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Once again Dan reveals his own ignorance and lazy researching in his writing. This blog was not created by Mike Lawson in response to Tan Nguyen’s letter, as claimed above. It was started in April 2006, months before the infamous letter.
    If Dan chooses to make an incorrect claim without even clicking through to the archives on this very site, how can you trust his research on any other topic?

  8. September 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Actually Publius, it is you who should do some research. Mike’s second post was on the topic of Tan Nguyen’s signs.

    This was rather easy to research by going to the archives section of this blog. You could also have found it by typing in a Google search [Mike Lawson Tan Nguyen Signs].

    • September 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      what Chris said

    • September 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      That said, yes, Dan did get the timeline a bit mixed up. These things happen when you try to recall events more than seven years old. To quote Mike from one of his podcasts,

      In April of 2006 Mike Lawson stopped working for the Garden Grove Journal, where he covered local city council meetings and politics, to focus on his work for a nonprofit literacy project. To quote Mike from one of his podcasts [ ] “This change kind of left a big empty place in my heart, after some contemplation, and a little encouragement by my friend Mikey, I decided to start a political blog. A blog that would cover local political issues, but since I’m an incredible liberal – just to the left of Lenin – it would have a liberal leaning.”

      Dan and I joined Mike on TheLiberalOC in late May, early June 2006. At that point the Tan Nguyen sign stories were taking off. Hence, Dan’s recollection regarding the influence those had on the blog in its early days.

      • September 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        Mike founded the blog based on the bad tactics of Tan Nguyen; the letter with the letterhead was what really called attention to the blog. And I started in July, Chris. So yes, Mike founded the blog in response to Tan’s race against Loretta Sanchez and the Letter from Tan really helped the blog take off. I should have been more clear.

  9. jose s.
    September 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Evelyn miller, coe was a hateful woman who tried to hide her racism behind her “patriotism” but it always showed itself loud and clear she was a hardcore bigot who was just dumb enough to not see it herself if you’re a friend of hers you just might be one too.

  10. Robert Lauten
    September 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm
  11. Marconi Darwin
    September 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

    One of those rare times when one cancer takes out another cancer. I am sure it was sad for the family of Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr to have been put in prison.

  12. Evelyn Miller
    September 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

    People who are illegally present in our country are illegal aliens. That is the legal term, no matter what the AP wants to say, no matter what newspapers or Time Magazine calls them. No, I do not use the term “negro”, never did. I do not use the term “African-American”, either. I believe, like Teddy Roosevelt, that we have no use for hyphenated Americans. We are Americans. As for Sharia Law, take a look below at the links Lauten provided. Sharia Law is already practiced in many parts of Europe, especially in England and France. Try Dearborn, Michigan in our own country. I am very opposed to employers who hire illegal aliens on the cheap. I personally know people who have lost their livelihood in the construction industry because illegal aliens have hired out on the cheap for dry wall, roofing, etc. It’s a violation of federal law to hire people who are not authorized to work in this country. We should have mandatory E-Verify to make sure that people who work here are authorized to do so. Federal law requires that employers who hire illegal aliens are to do jail time and be fined for each occasion. Do you realize how many hospitals in California have been forced to close because people here illegally use the emergency rooms for their trips to the doctor? Do you know about the huge percentage of illegal aliens in our prisons for felony convictions? Do you care about your country at all? Federal law prohibits HARBORING illegal aliens, and landlords who rent to them knowingly are in violation of the law. Do you believe in the rule of law at all? Maybe you are in favor of total amnesty, then there would be nor more illegal aliens. Yes, we should fine the hell out of tax dodgers and cheats who hire on the cheap. I never heard Barbara Coe say anything about interracial marriage. Separate drinking fountains? You write like a pathetic dunce who has nothing real to say.

  13. September 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Gee, Dan, you forgot my favorite Tea Baggers, Deb Pauley and Tim Donnelly.

    It’s a shame that we have all taken to labeling everyone who is a bit left or right, an extremist. Aside from the more colorful people on both sides of the aisle, most of us just want to live the American Dream and are fearful of the unknown. Immigration, illegal and otherwise, has to be dealt with. While I don’t join my libertarian friends in calling for open borders, I do recognize the fact that we need better policies in place to deal with those who are here and to better secure our borders, if that is what we want. And, while Miller is right about hiring non-citizens who have no legal status in the country (is that PC enough for everyone?), it starts with employers who hire and fire them with impunity. Takes me back to the Triangle Shirt Factory days.

    Rest in Peace, Barbara Coe. As with most of us, you believed in what you thought was right. Who are we to judge?

  14. September 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Jose, either call him Dan, or use copy and paste!

  15. September 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Haha, I bet my HB neighbor went to her grave thinking I was some nice young fellow who played America the Beautiful on guitar at her events, since she would never read a horrible blog that wouldn’t just tell her what she thinks already, and so would have not read all my writing about her. IN order to avoid Dan’s dread “Blog-Whoring,” google “Drunk at the CCIR Potluck” or “Barbara Coe’s Racist Troupe Leaves Westminster Empty-Handed” or “Arpaio Doggerel” or “Penderias de May Day.” I had fun with the clueless old hag…

    • September 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Geez Vern, if you need to increase traffic to your blog, use more photos of strippers

  16. jose s.
    September 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    You clamp it chez vern! Anyway, there is a cheminowski blogging here he’s just a big baby. And plenty of people would like to know about tan like what was prison like? is he still a communist ?did he share a cell with any beaners? did he drop the soap in there ? theres a lot of unanswered questions that im sure would make for good reading .

    • September 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      “Beaners?” Pretty offensive term, so shame on you. Just how do you propose we learn if Tan dropped the soap. Its not like that activity is a public record.

  17. jose s.
    September 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Cheminowski you should know by now i have no shame. And why the hell not do an update on tan im sure theres lots of people who would be interested in that. You can ask mike lawson to do that it would be interesting for sure. Hopefully tan wont threaten him again.

  18. September 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Wow, Vern. Guitar AND piano? Unwed to hire you for one of my soires’.

  19. September 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Sounds like fun, Jeff, I’m sure you can figure out how to contact me if you want. You seem like a nice guy, but you shouldn’t be too nice to people like Barbara Coe. She was a “trembling fireplug of malice” and a “self-contained manufacturer of her own mad facts” who was all about nothing but hate and fear.

    • September 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

      “self-contained manufacturer of her own mad facts….replace the word “her” with “him” and I can think of more than one blogger that fits that bill.

  20. jose s.
    September 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Yes he’s out and he’s more than just a footnote prevatt he was a huge part of this blogs history.

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