Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tax Tip: Deduct Your Pet | Taxes | Money/Investing | Mainstreet

Tax Tip: Deduct Your Pet Taxes Money/Investing Mainstreet

The tax court allowed a business to claim a $300 deduction for cat food used to attract wild cats in order to prevent snakes and rats from coming into the business’s scrap yard.
Similarly, a business owner may be able to deduct the cost of a guard dog. You can only deduct that portion of Fido’s total time devoted to 'guard-dog' duty. You can deduct expenses relating to the dog, but you cannot deduct the dog itself, although you can depreciate it over its expected lifespan as determined by a local breeder.

Arizona's illegal immigrants should have utilities cut, candidate says

Arizona's illegal immigrants should have utilities cut, candidate says

Many illegal immigrants could have a hard time getting power, water, natural-gas or phone service at their homes in Arizona if a political candidate gets his way.

Barry Wong, a Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that, if elected, he would require regulated utilities to check the immigration status of customers, a move he says would keep costs down for other customers.

Monday, June 28, 2010

House Dems, Citing Corruption, Block Reconstruction Funds For Afghanistan

House Dems, Citing Corruption, Block Reconstruction Funds For Afghanistan

"I do not intend to appropriate one more dime for assistance to Afghanistan until I have confidence that U.S. taxpayer money is not being abused to line the pockets of corrupt Afghan government officials, drug lords and terrorists," said Lowey.

Finally someone with balls !

ENERGY -- Jindal's Self-Righteous Indignation

ENERGY -- Jindal's Self-Righteous Indignation

While Jindal has been relentless in attacking the federal government for dragging its feet, he has delayed the deployment of National Guard troops, led a crusade to build artificial sand berms that most experts say won't work, and confused the planning of the spill response. Moreover, experts said his "antagonism could actually slow down that response."



There are two issues facing our nation--high unemployment and undocumented people in the workforce--that many Americans believe are related.
Missing from the debate on both issues is an honest recognition that the food we all eat - at home, in restaurants and workplace cafeterias (including those in the Capitol) - comes to us from the labor of undocumented farm workers.
Agriculture in the United States is dependent on an immigrant workforce. Three-quarters of all crop workers working in American agriculture were born outside the United States. According to government statistics, since the late 1990s, at least 50% of the crop workers have not been authorized to work legally in the United States.
We are a nation in denial about our food supply. As a result the UFW has initiated the "Take Our Jobs" campaign.
Farm workers are ready to welcome citizens and legal residents who wish to replace them in the field, we will use our knowledge and staff to help connect the unemployed with farm employers. Just fill out the form and continue on to the request for job application.
I want to be a farm worker:

First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:

** Job may include using hand tools such as knives, hoes, shovels, etc. Duties may include tilling the soil, transplanting, weeding, thinning, picking, cutting, sorting & packing of harvested produce. May set up & operate irrigation equip. Work is performed outside in all weather conditions (Summertime 90+ degree weather) & is physically demanding requiring workers to bend, stoop, lift & carry up to 50 lbs on a regular basis.

Copyright 2010 United Farm Workers • Privacy Policy

The Associated Press: Court will hear employer sanctions law challenge

The Associated Press: Court will hear employer sanctions law challenge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is entering the nation's charged debate over immigration, agreeing to hear a challenge from business and civil liberties groups to an Arizona law that cracks down on employers who hire undocumented workers.

The law is separate from the recently adopted Arizona immigration law that is intended to drive illegal immigrants out of Arizona and also is being challenged as unconstitutional.

In the case under high court review, the chamber and ACLU argued that Arizona and other states that have imposed similar laws are overstepping their authority. Only Congress, they said, may legislate about immigration.

Argument will take place in the court term that begins in October.

The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria, 09-115.

Another MALDEF Party !

MALDEF 2010 San Antonio Awards GalaFriday, September 17, 2010
The Westin Riverwalk420 West Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205
6:00 p.m. - Reception7:00 p.m. - Dinner & Awards Program
For event information, please contact Cynthia Gutierrez at 213-629-2512 213-629-2512 x114, or send us a message here.
For information on sponsorship opportunities for the MALDEF 2010 San Antonio Awards Gala, click here.
Price to attend
Co Chair.........................$20,000.00
Legal Chair....................$15,000.00
Patrons..........................$ 5,000.00
Sponsors........................$ 3,000.00
Friends & Non Profit...$ 1,500.00
Individual Tickets........$ 200.00

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The great immigration deception

The Obama administration is setting deportation records. Almost 300,000 illegal immigrants were deported in 2009, a record, and a 5 percent increase over 2008. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo last February lamented that deportations for 2010 would not reach the yearly quota of 400,000 unless strategies were changed. That President Obama is presiding over a deportation quota, and that his immigration enforcement service was trying to increase the pace of deportations, was a rude shock to many immigrant supporters of the president.

Obama's Department of Labor (DOL) has put in place new regulations that will make it more difficult for American farmers to temporarily hire foreign workers.

Obama's administration is also mulling increasing the fees for permanent residence cards by $75, applications for naturalization certificates by $140, and applications for status as a temporary resident by $420. These hikes would raise unsubstantial sums for the government but dash the hopes of many poor potential immigrants.

Obama is doing more to combat illegal immigration than any president in living history.
Immigration restrictionists ignore this. Yet deportations, raids and increasing regulations have characterized every major decision Obama has made on the immigration issue. Besides token support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and tepid criticism of SB 1070, Obama has not acted like an immigration-friendly president. It's time he changed course.

From The Detroit News:

Eight, Arizona PBS, is a member-supported service of Arizona State University

Eight, Arizona PBS, is a member-supported service of Arizona State University

Meet the Republican Candidates for Attorney General, in the state of Arizona.

Video: Tom Horne and Andrew Thomas.....a duel Arizona style !

Louisiana Wants U.S. Help, and Its Own Way -

Louisiana Wants U.S. Help, and Its Own Way -

NEW ORLEANS — For weeks, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has attacked BP and the Coast Guard for not having adequate plans and resources to battle the oil spill.

The state’s approach has also at times appeared divided: while some state officials work alongside the Coast Guard and BP every day, others, including the governor, have championed a go-it-alone approach.

Mr. Jindal, a Republican like all but one of the other gulf state governors, has been alone among them for his publicly critical stance toward the federal agencies in the response.

But experts said such antagonism could actually slow down that response.

Arizona's Brewer: Most illegal immigrants are 'drug mules'

Border Control and Customs
(CNN) -- A labor union representing nearly 20,000 border patrol agents and staff Friday disputed comments made by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that most illegal immigrants coming across the southern border are smuggling drugs.

Brewer initially made the comments earlier this month during a debate of Republican gubernatorial candidates. She repeated them Friday when asked by a reporter for the basis of the claim.

"Well, we all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now becoming drug mules," Brewer said. "They're coming across our borders in huge numbers. The drug cartels have taken control of the immigration.

"So they are criminals. They're breaking the law when they are trespassing and they're criminals when they pack the marijuana and the drugs on their backs."

Immigrant farm workers' challenge: Take our jobs

By JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press Writer Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press Writer – Thu Jun 24, 5:42 pm ET
SAN FRANCISCO – In a tongue-in-cheek call for immigration reform, farm workers are teaming up with comedian Stephen Colbert to challenge unemployed Americans: Come on, take our jobs.
Farm workers are tired of being blamed by politicians and anti-immigrant activists for taking work that should go to Americans and dragging down the economy, said Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers of America.
So the group is encouraging the unemployed — and any Washington pundits or anti-immigrant activists who want to join them — to apply for the some of thousands of agricultural jobs being posted with state agencies as harvest season begins.
All applicants need to do is fill out an online form under the banner "I want to be a farm worker" at, and experienced field hands will train them and connect them to farms.

Comment By: Manny Vivar

Dear Sonia,
Thanks for all the articles & updates you send me. They are always very informative and keep me up to date with what is happening among us Latinos. Below is my explanation to the true meaning of the term "illegal alien".

What is an "illegal alien"? This derogatory term is commonly used to describe immigrants who do not have Permanent Residence Status (better known as a "Green Card"), and who have not become U.S. citizens yet. Most would answer that an "illegal alien" is someone who has entered this country without getting prior permission to do so. But that answer is not entirely correct. Under current U.S. Immigration law, any Cuban immigrant who sets foot on dry land is allowed to stay under current "Wet Foot/Dry Foot" laws. This Cuban immigrant did NOT get prior permission to come here, yet is given a temporary work visa and allowed to become a resident alien after just 12 months. So even though he or she didn't apply for permission to enter the U.S., they are not "Illegal", because U.S. Immigration gave them documentation that allowed them to stay in this country legally. This provision of U.S. Immigration law came about because there are a large number of Cuban-American U.S. citizens concentrated in South Florida, whose vote is courted by elected officials in local, state, or Federal government.

So the definition of "illegal alien" has nothing to do with getting permission to enter this country. It is defined by whether U.S. Immigration has decided to give documents to any
immigrant already here. Therefore, any immigrant not given the appropriate paperwork to stay is actually an UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN, not an illegal one. The act of entering this country does not make them illegal. In our great nation that was created on the values of freedom and equality, every immigrant should be given the same opportunities, not just the ones with political influence.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dewey & LeBoeuf Wades Into the Arizona Mess « Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid - News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession

Dewey & LeBoeuf Wades Into the Arizona Mess « Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid - News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP filed a brief on behalf of the Government of Mexico in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in the case of Friendly House, et al. v. Michael B. Whiting, et al. supporting the lawsuit filed by a group of civil rights organizations challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s recent immigration statute, Senate Bill 1070 (SB 1070).

The Government of Mexico has taken the position, as amicus curiae, that SB 1070 should be declared unconstitutional and not take effect. It also underscored its duty to protect its national interest and to ensure that their ethnic origin is not used as a criterion for discriminatory treatment. It also noted the adverse impact which SB 1070 could have on U.S.-Mexico bi-lateral relations if it is not declared invalid by the Court.

Dewey and LeBoeuf is representing the Government of Mexico in this matter on a pro bono basis. The co-authors of the brief are Partner, Henry Solano, and Associates — Carla Gorniak and Christopher R. Clark. Additionally, associates Virginia Medina and Lucericia Messiah, as well as summer associates Joel Acevedo, Jomaire Crawford and Michael Mix assisted with the research and preparation of the brief.

So now which Biglaw firm wants to take Arizona’s side in this fight?

And is any firm willing to be on the Arizona side for free? more drama, go out and have some fun !

Robert Creamer: Evidence Arizona Immigration Law May Be Fatal Mistake for GOP

Robert Creamer: Evidence Arizona Immigration Law May Be Fatal Mistake for GOP

There is compelling new evidence that Republicans will rue the day that they allowed their virulent anti-immigrant wing to grab the controls of the Republican Party.

In fact, contrary to much of the pundit chatter, a drama is playing out this fall that may doom Republicans to permanent minority status in America.

The passage of the Arizona "papers, please" anti-immigration law has forced Republican politicians around the country into a political box canyon that does not offer an easy escape. For fear of offending the emergent Tea Party - and other anti-immigrant zealots in their own base -- they are precipitating a massive realignment of Latino voters nationwide.

Rupert Murdoch, Mayor Bloomberg Lobby For Immigration Reform, Path To 'Legal Status' For Illegal Immigrants

NEW YORK (AP)— Chief executives of several major corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Disney and News Corp., are joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg to form a coalition advocating for immigration reform – including a path to legal status for all undocumented immigrants now in the United States.
The group includes several other big-city mayors and calls itself the Partnership for a New American Economy. It seeks to reframe immigration reform as the solution to repairing and stimulating the economy.

Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., appeared together Thursday on Fox News to discuss the effort.

2.2M Cribs Recalled from 7 Manufacturers - The Early Show - CBS News

2.2M Cribs Recalled from 7 Manufacturers - The Early Show - CBS News

To see specific model numers, hazards, remedies and more, click on the company names below:

Child Craft (this firm is out of business)

Child Craft, again -- Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y.

Evenflo, of Miamisburg, Ohio

Jardine Enterprises, of Taipei, Taiwan

LaJobi, of Cranbury, N.J.

Million Dollar Baby, of Montebello, Calif.

Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP), of New London, Wis. - U.S. Predator Drones to Surveil Mexican Border - U.S. Predator Drones to Surveil Mexican Border

WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department will use unmanned surveillance aircraft and other technological upgrades in its ongoing effort to protect the southern border of the United States.

The department said Wednesday it has obtained Federal Aviation Administration permission to operate unmanned planes along the Texas border and throughout the Gulf Coast region. Customs and Border Protection will base a surveillance drone at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in Texas.

Homeland Security also said it is working with the Office of National Drug Control Policy on "Project Roadrunner," a license plate recognition system designed to seek out possible drug traffickers.

And the department is collaborating with the Justice Department to improve information sharing between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.

D.A. investigating why Bell council members get nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job -

D.A. investigating why Bell council members get nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job -

The district attorney's review of city records finds that each member in the working-class community of slightly less than 40,000 people gets $8,083 per month. A $400 monthly stipend was expected.

Unable to obtain insurance, Maywood announced this week it would lay off nearly all its employees, disband its Police Department and entrust all municipal operations to the neighboring city of Bell.

But Bell may have problems of its own. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday it is investigating why council members of the small, working-class city are paid nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job.

In a June 8 letter to Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, David Demerjian, who heads the district attorney's Public Integrity Division, said a review of city records showed that council members each received $8,083.25 per month.

California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs -

California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs -

Times review finds that in more than half of the state's casinos and gaming rooms, welfare recipients can get cash from state-issued EBT cards. Officials say they're moving to block such transactions.


California government: Schwarzenegger urges minimum wage for workers until budget deal is reached -

California government: Schwarzenegger urges minimum wage for workers until budget deal is reached -

The state controller says he will defy any order from Schwarzenegger to cut pay for 200,000 state employees if the new fiscal year, which starts July 1, begins without a budget accord.

Reporting from Sacramento — After enduring more than a year of unpaid monthly furlough days, state workers could see their pay cut to minimum wage until Sacramento strikes a budget accord this summer, according to a memo from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration sent Wednesday.Schwarzenegger is pushing for the pay cut as yet another overdue state spending plan looms. But the man charged with writing workers' paychecks, Controller John Chiang, said he would defy the order.

"I think that the governor's doing this for purely political purposes," said Dave Low, a lobbyist for the California School Employees Assn.

I say well ALL rough it !

Obama's choice of Petraeus a 'masterstroke' -

Obama's choice of Petraeus a 'masterstroke' -

CNN: What do you think of the president's decision?

Fareed Zakaria: This is a masterstroke. Petraeus needs no on-the-job training, knows the theater, and is beloved by the troops. He understands COIN [counter-insurgency strategy], literally wrote the book on it, and most important -- knows how to execute it. He has superb political skills and understands that a close working relationship with his civilian counterparts from the State Department, White House, and other agencies is not a bother but at the heart of the mission's success.

CNN: What was at stake in the controversy over Gen. McChrystal?

Zakaria: I think there is one issue which has really been focused on by the press, which is the insubordination of Gen. McChrystal and his lack of respect for the civilian chain of command in general and a few of the civilians in particular in this White House, including the vice president, the ambassador to Afghanistan, and that's an important issue but I think in most cases that was about personality clashes.
This is not like [Gen. Douglas] MacArthur, the historical analogy everyone makes. MacArthur basically publicly disagreed with Truman's policy and in order to assert the supremacy of his policy, President Truman decided to fire Gen. MacArthur. This is more a case of insubordination in terms of showing disrespect to civilian authority, which is serious but doesn't quite rise to that level.

The question I have, which in some ways is greater, is not whether Gen. McChrystal is guilty of insubordination but of incompetence.

Police: 'Not enough evidence' in accusations against Gore -

Police: 'Not enough evidence' in accusations against Gore -

(CNN) -- Oregon authorities said Wednesday that a woman accused former Vice President Al Gore of "unwanted sexual contact" in connection with a 2006 encounter, but no charges resulted because detectives could not substantiate her claim.

In a statement released to the media, the Portland Police Department said the allegation involved an encounter between Gore and a licensed massage therapist at a hotel on October 24, 2006.

"The detectives concluded that there was not enough evidence to support the allegations," Portland police spokeswoman Mary Wheat told CNN.

The woman came to police in January 2009 and "explained that she would like to give a statement ...The woman read from a prepared statement and detailed the events of October 24, 2006. She reported that she was repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual touching while in his (Gore's) presence," the police department's statement Wednesday said.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Petraeus Is Now Taking Control of a ‘Tougher Fight’ -

Petraeus Is Now Taking Control of a ‘Tougher Fight’ -

Now the burden falls to him, at perhaps the decisive moment in President Obama’s campaign to reverse the deteriorating situation on the ground here and regain the momentum in this nine-year-old war. In many ways, General Petraeus is being summoned to Afghanistan at a moment similar to the one he faced three years ago in Iraq, when the situation seemed hopeless to a growing number of Americans and their elected representatives as well.

But there is a crucial difference: In Iraq, General Petraeus was called in to reverse a failed strategy put in place by previous commanders. In Afghanistan, General Petraeus was instrumental in developing and executing the strategy in partnership with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who carried it out on the ground. Now General Petraeus will be directly responsible for its success or failure, risking the reputation he built in Iraq.

Viacom Loses To YouTube In Landmark Copyright Case

Viacom Loses To YouTube In Landmark Copyright Case

Viacom, the owner of popular cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, called Stanton's decision "fundamentally flawed" and vowed to appeal. That virtually ensures a legal brawl that already has dragged on for more than three years will spill into 2011 and perhaps beyond.

"Copyright protection is essential to the survival of creative industries," said Michael Fricklas, Viacom's general counsel. "It is and should be illegal for companies to build their businesses with creative material they have stolen from others."

The bitter battle revolves around Viacom's allegations that YouTube built itself into the Internet's most watched video site by milking unlicensed use of copyright-protected clips stolen from professionally produced show such as Viacom's "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show."

The pirated material came from the millions of people who have uploaded clips to YouTube since its 2005 inception. About 24 hours of new video is posted to YouTube every minute.

McChrystal's possible replacements - Jen DiMascio -

McChrystal's possible replacements - Jen DiMascio -

Ciao baby !

Judge Who Tossed Drilling Ban an Oil Investor - CBS News

Judge Who Tossed Drilling Ban an Oil Investor - CBS News

(CBS/AP) The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, reported owning less than $15,000 in stock in 2008 in Transocean Ltd., the company that owned the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Feldman's 2008 financial disclosure report - the most recent available - also showed investments in Ocean Energy, a Houston-based company, as well as Quicksilver Resources, Prospect Energy, Peabody Energy, Halliburton, Pengrowth Energy Trust, Atlas Energy Resources, Parker Drilling and others. Halliburton was also involved in the doomed Deepwater Horizon project.

He's one of many federal judges across the Gulf Coast region with money in oil and gas. Several have disqualified themselves from hearing spill-related lawsuits and others have sold their holdings so they can preside over some of the 200-plus cases.

Rolling Stone Author Michael Hastings: McChrystal Knew Comments Were On the Record - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Rolling Stone Author Michael Hastings: McChrystal Knew Comments Were On the Record - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Michael Hastings, the author of the Rolling Stone profile that has put the job of the top military general in Afghanistan in jeopardy, said in an interview with CNN Tuesday afternoon that "it was all very clear it was on the record."

"I had a tape recorder and a notepad in my hand most of the time," he said. Speaking from Kandahar, Hastings added that "there were parts that were off the record that I didn't use."

Hastings said he heard from Gen. Stanley McChrystal's team that there were "fear and concern about parts of the story" before it came out, and that he believed that McChrystal's risk-taking nature resulted in his taking the "calculated risk" of giving a Rolling Stone reporter such access to his inner circle.

Hastings said he was "completely taken aback" by some of the strong comments offered about members of the administration.

Mexico files court brief against Arizona immigration law -

Mexico files court brief against Arizona immigration law -

CNN) -- Mexico on Tuesday filed a brief in federal court in Arizona supporting a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a tough new immigration law, Mexico's foreign ministry said.

The lawsuit seeks to overturn SB 1070, a recently passed law due to go into effect late next month, which stipulates that police can ask the residency status of people being investigated for a crime.

Not a smart move.

Obama, Clinton vow to defend gay rights, adding 'it's not who we are as Americans' -

Obama, Clinton vow to defend gay rights, adding 'it's not who we are as Americans' -

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday, as the Obama administration moves to extend further benefits to gays working in the federal government.

"It's not right, it's not who we are as Americans, and we're going to put a stop to it," Obama told a raucous White House reception honoring Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

Your right Hillary, just take a look at 287g, SB1070, HB2281,NE-ordinance 5165.

Thanks Manny Vivar !

Manny Vivar commented on your link:

"Nebraska has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (4.9%, half the national average). The meat packing company in Fremont could not find enough workers in that small town (population of 25,000) so it actively recruited Hispanic workers, many of which are in this country LEGALLY! But town's Hispanic population went from 165 in 1990 to 2,060 now, which is scaring the racist living there who don't want to "lose" their town!"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

General McChrystal Resigns, Report | Newsolio

General McChrystal Resigns, Report Newsolio

WASHINGTON D.C- The top coalition and US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has tendered his resignation, reports said.


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General McChrystal's Rolling Stone Interview A 'Significant Mistake,' Gates Says

General McChrystal's Rolling Stone Interview A 'Significant Mistake,' Gates Says

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the top U.S. general in Afghanistan made "a significant mistake" and used poor judgment in remarks to a magazine reporter.

Gates says Gen. Stanley McChrystal has apologized to him. Gates also says he has recalled McChrystal to Washington to discuss the matter in person. That's on top of the White House summons that McChrystal appear there Wednesday.

Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium - Yahoo! News

Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium - Yahoo! News

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information.

MALDEF, NCLR, Chirla...Where are You ?????

Neb. Town Votes to Restrict Illegal Immigration. Where are all the Hispanic Organizations that CLAIM to be there, fighting for unjust Laws like Ordinance 5165 in Nebraska. What purpose do these organization serve? who do they represent?'s definitely not the Hispanic community.There are over 800 non-profit organizations, and yet as Latinos we are still at the mercy of angry voters and politicians pimping the anti-immigrant sentiment.

Judge may rule on deepwater drilling moratorium Tuesday -

Judge may rule on deepwater drilling moratorium Tuesday -

(CNN) -- A judge in New Orleans may rule Tuesday on whether to lift the federal government's moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman has said he will give his decision between early Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the six-month ban, which halts all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevents new permits from being issued.

Brian Collins, an attorney for the Justice Department, insisted Monday that the suspension is necessary while officials conduct a safety review after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

But a group of companies that provide boats and equipment to the offshore drilling industry filed a lawsuit claiming the government has no evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico. They want a court to declare the moratorium invalid and unenforceable.

White House summons US general to explain himself - Yahoo! News

White House summons US general to explain himself - Yahoo! News

Rolling Stone depicts McChrystal as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to persuade even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war.

Nebraska city votes to bar hiring illegal immigrants

Voters in a city in the US state of Nebraska have backed a ban on local businesses and landlords hiring or renting to illegal immigrants.

About 57% of voters supported the move, which is likely to be the subject of a court challenge.
The vote in Fremont is the result of a two-year fight by residents concerned by an influx of Hispanic workers.
Other states and cities want similar laws, saying the federal government has failed to tackle the problem.

US President Barack Obama has made immigration reform a priority, but has warned the task is being made harder by the actions of Arizona, Fremont and others.
The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had threatened to sue the city if the law were passed.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Who's Lying? White House Denies Kyl's Immigration Story - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Who's Lying? White House Denies Kyl's Immigration Story - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

It started last week when Republican Sen. Jon Kyl said at a town hall in Tempe, Ariz. that during a recent private meeting in the Oval Office the president said: "The problem is, if we secure the border, then you all won't have any reason to support 'comprehensive immigration reform.'" In other words, Kyl said, the president is holding border security hostage to comprehensive reform.

I asked Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton (subbing for Robert Gibbs) about it today at the briefing. "Kyl knows the president didn't say that," Burton said. He would not say exactly what it was the president DID say (Burton said he was not present at the meeting), and he deflected a question about whether Kyl lied.

Afterward Kyl's office said the senator is sticking to his guns.

White House Budget Chief Is Leaving -

White House Budget Chief Is Leaving -

WASHINGTON — Peter R. Orszag will leave his job as the White House budget director in July, according to someone familiar with his plans, making him perhaps the first official to leave the Obama cabinet and removing a major player from President Obama’s economic team.

Mr. Orszag, an economist who previously spent nearly two years as director of the Congressional Budget Office, somewhat reluctantly accepted Mr. Obama’s invitation to join the cabinet after the 2008 election and never planned to stay more than two years.

An unexpected result for some census takers: the wrath of irate Americans

An unexpected result for some census takers: the wrath of irate Americans

Since they began making follow-up house calls in early May, census takers have encountered vitriol, menace and flashes of violence. They have been shot at with pellet guns and hit by baseball bats. They have been confronted with pickaxes, crossbows and hammers. They've had lawn mowers pushed menacingly toward them and patio tables thrown their way. They have been nibbled by ducks, bitten by pit bulls and chased by packs of snarling dogs.

Some days, being cursed at seems part of the job description.

The Associated Press: Rapper Lil Wayne enters plea deal in Arizona case

The Associated Press: Rapper Lil Wayne enters plea deal in Arizona case

The charge stems from an incident in January 2008 in which his tour bus was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Dateland, 78 miles east of Yuma. Authorities say they found cocaine, Ecstasy and a handgun on the tour bus.

What no pink undies?

Strippers Reportedly File Oil Spill Compensation Claim; Pay Czar 'Dubious' [VIDEO]

Strippers Reportedly File Oil Spill Compensation Claim; Pay Czar 'Dubious' [VIDEO]

Countless people's livelihoods have suffered as a result of the Gulf oil spill: fishermen, drilling crews, oceanfront restaurateurs. And now...strippers? - White House Dismisses Emanuel Quitting Report as 'Ludicrous' - White House Dismisses Emanuel Quitting Report as 'Ludicrous'

The White House Monday dismissed as "ludicrous" a report that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel plans to leave his post after becoming frustrated with the Obama administration.

Citing Washington insiders, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph said Emanuel was fed up with the "idealism" of President Barack Obama's closest advisers and was concerned about burning out and losing touch with his three children due to the pressure of the job. - Nebraska City to Vote on Illegal Immigration Crackdown - Nebraska City to Vote on Illegal Immigration Crackdown

A man who helped write the Arizona law is helping to fight for the ordinance in Fremont, which has seen its Hispanic population surge in the past two decades. That increase is largely because they were recruited to work for the Fremont Beef and Hormel plants, and the city maintains an enviably low unemployment rate.

Nonetheless, residents worry that jobs are going to illegal immigrants who they fear could drain community resources.

Lapses Found in Oversight of Failsafe Device on Oil Rig -

Lapses Found in Oversight of Failsafe Device on Oil Rig -

On the night of April 20, minutes after an enormous blowout ripped through the Deepwater Horizon, the rig’s desperate crew pinned all hope on this last line of defense.

But the line did not hold.

Daily Kos: Obama Administration will sue to block hateful anti-immigrant law

Daily Kos: Obama Administration will sue to block hateful anti-immigrant law

Arizona Republicans claim that racially profiling brown people in farms and in restaurant kitchens will stop drug violence on the border. Or something stupid like that. Coherence hasn't been their strong suit.
Fact is, if these xenophobes really wanted to go after the drug gangs on the border, they'd go after the drug gangs on the border. Instead, SB 1070 was their best shot at making the lives of brown people miserable. Unfortunately for the xenophobes, the law looks unkindly at such efforts.

Their little fit of pique has already cost Arizona millions in lost convention business and tourism, it threatens the 2011 All-Star Game, it has made the state a national symbol of intolerance, and it has destroyed the Arizona GOP's ability to compete with their growing Latino population (not to mention other non-Anglo demographics). On top of all that, I wouldn't bet on the law ever being implemented.

In California, Prop 187 was locked up in the courts until the following (Latino voter-fueled) Democratic administration killed it. History will repeat itself in Arizona.

LAPD's new $74-million jail sits empty | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

LAPD's new $74-million jail sits empty L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

As far as jails go, the Los Angeles Police Department's gleaming new Metropolitan Detention Center is about as good as it gets.

Armed with more than $70 million in public funds, the department spared little expense four years ago when it started construction on the 172,000-square-foot, five-floor structure that is one of the largest of its kind.

It's wired with video cameras and has automated security doors and electronic fingerprinting stations. To better monitor inmates and cut down on overcrowding, the jail is divided into secure wings that are flooded with sunlight from skylights and kept cool by a centralized air conditioner. Sound-dampening panels even hang from the ceiling because studies show a quiet jail is a peaceful jail.
All that's missing are the inmates.

Arizona - pick on someone your own size

Arizona - pick on someone your own size
San Francisco Chronical-keith Aoki

When is enough too much?

First, there is the "ratchet" problem - how do you know when you've tightened the screws enough? If "showing your papers" isn't enough, if stripping U.S. citizenship from the children of immigrants born on U.S. soil isn't enough, what is? Placing land mines on the border? For a 100-foot perimeter? A mile? How about poisoned water set out to entice those making a grueling desert crossing? Border sniper towers, 24/7? Xenophobic entrepreneurs selling "immigrant hunting" licenses? When is enough too much?

Second is the "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face" problem. This is harder for anti-immigrant folks to grasp, because to them, undocumented immigrants are parasites eating away at Arizona's vitals and giving nothing back - they are a problem and the answer is exclusion. Exclude them by any means necessary - don't allow them to drive, find work, live, speak their mother language, form families or attend school.

From Arizona: Liz Canales’ story « Reform Immigration For America

From Arizona: Liz Canales’ story « Reform Immigration For America

My dad, a permanent U.S. resident at that time, and brother went back to El Salvador to visit their parents, who were ill. They had a great time. They were scheduled to come home at midnight on the eve of April Fool’s day. I didn’t go to the airport because I had school the next day. As I was getting ready the next morning, I ran to my parent’s bedroom to welcome my dad. Unfortunately, I found my mom in the bed crying, she looked at me and said, “He’s not coming home”. I was confused and thought that maybe it was a cruel April Fool’s joke but I was brought down to reality as she explained to me that my dad was taken to an immigration detention center pending deportation. You see, my dad had been accused of committing a crime in 1987. He was convicted and served his time of less than a year plus community service. He thought he had nothing to worry about when he went to El Salvador. He had his documentation and everything was going to be okay. But what he didn’t know was that under a new 1996 immigration law passed in Congress, an immigrant could be deported regardless of when the crime was committed, what type of crime was committed, and if time was served. In the wee hours of the morning my dad was handcuffed in front of my brother and taken away by agents leaving my brother alone, crying, and confused.

After 9 months, by the grace of God, our lawyer was able to get the original charges dropped, which was the only way that my dad could stay in the U.S. He came home to us two days before Christmas that year.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through.

Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term.

His abrasive style has rubbed some people the wrong way, while there has been frustration among Mr Obama's closest advisers that he failed to deliver a smooth ride for the president's legislative that his background promised.

There were sharp differences over health care reform, with Mr Emanuel arguing that public hostility about cost should have forced them into producing a scaled down package. Mr Obama and advisers including David Axelrod, the chief strategist, and Valerie Jarrett, a businesswoman and mentor from Chicago, decided to push through with grander legislation anyway.

One of Washington's more colourful characters, Mr Emanuel is the son of Jewish immigrants and was an accomplished ballet dancer at school. He served in the Israeli Defence Force in the 1991 Gulf War.


Cash-strapped municipalities urged to turn to inmate labor

Cash-strapped municipalities urged to turn to inmate labor

ARIZONA- They are inmates from the Arizona State Prison Complex-Douglas 10 miles away - supplemented by one city worker and a detention officer - and they say they savor the chance to get out of prison and do something productive every day.

"It's an opportunity to get out and do some physical labor," said Anthony Perez, a 40-year-old Mesa resident serving a five-year sentence on burglary and drug charges. "It allows me to keep my mind focused on my future once I get out of here."

Immigration law's broad wording has legal residents worried

Immigration law's broad wording has legal residents worried

Most of the talk concerns provisions in the law that make it a state crime to be in the country illegally, but the law also makes it a crime to stop your car in the road to hire a day laborer if it impedes traffic. It also makes it a crime to transport, harbor, conceal or shield an illegal immigrant if you do so while committing a separate criminal offense.

And while most Arizonans don't intend to commit a crime that would put them at risk of violating the law, many are confused enough by its wording that they worry they could unwittingly violate it. They are unsure whether a criminal offense means armed robbery and homicide or speeding and having tall weeds. They don't know what activities could be covered under "harboring" or "sheltering," and the law doesn't offer any examples. It also doesn't explain impeding traffic.

Those portions of the law are broad enough in scope to leave people questioning activities they never before would have given a second thought: Can you still hire a day laborer to help you build a front walkway? Should you stop serving food at the local homeless shelter? Is it OK to rent a house to someone who may be an illegal immigrant? Must you ensure that your landscaper or housekeeper is legal? Should you confirm the legal status of your son's friends before letting him drive them to school?

Virginia to Adopt Arizona Law? - wtvr

Virginia to Adopt Arizona Law? - wtvr

How would you feel if the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law came to Virginia? That law gives police the power to check the residency status of anyone who they have "reasonable suspicion" is an illegal immigrant.Now, Corey Stewart (R), Chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors says he'll spend the next year trying to convince our state lawmakers to pass a similar law.Stewart says three years ago his county enacted an ordinance similar to the Arizona law, and it works.

The Associated Press: Neb. town to vote on illegal immigration measure

The Associated Press: Neb. town to vote on illegal immigration measure

FREMONT, Neb. — Residents of the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont will decide this week whether to ban hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants.

Angered by the poor enforcement of federal laws to prevent illegal immigration that has seen an influx of Hispanic workers to the area, proponents have fought for two years to get the ordinance to the ballot.
If it is approved Monday, the ordinance will subject all renters to checks by city officials and impose fines on employers who don't verify the immigration status of their workers.

Whatever the outcome of the vote, emotions stirred by the issue among the community of 25,000 will not settle quickly.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Japan Has 'Priority' On Rights To Mine Afghanistan Mineral Deposits, Says Hamid Karzai

Japan Has 'Priority' On Rights To Mine Afghanistan Mineral Deposits, Says Hamid Karzai

Karzai made his proclamation during a five-day visit to Japan. Over that same time period, news reports surfaced that Afghanistan and Pakistan planned to negotiate with U.S.-NATO enemies, the U.N. reported that insurgent violence is surging, and Reuters tried to parse the Pentagon's mixed messages over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

During an appearance at Japan's International Institute for International Affairs, Karzai focused on his country's mineral deposits. He Pointed to Japan's status as Afghanistan's second-biggest donor, and reasoned that Japan should enjoy special access to Afghan resources with estimated values that range from $1-3 trillion dollars.

"Morally, Afghanistan should give access as a priority to those countries that have helped Afghanistan massively in the past few years," Karzai told the institute.

Costa Mesa's declaration on immigrants almost costs hotel a conference -

Costa Mesa's declaration on immigrants almost costs hotel a conference -

Group reportedly inquired about canceling its Hilton reservation, but backed down after learning it would still have to pay $10,000. Business leaders are frustrated at the potential loss of revenue.

A representative from the California State Employees Assn. Retirees Inc. called the hotel's reservation department last week and asked about the financial ramifications should the board yank its reservations for a two-day meeting there in mid-August, the sources said.

The group was told it would be "100% responsible" for the 25 rooms over four nights, at about $8,400, and at least $2,000 for the food and beverages, Fitzgerald said.

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Carly Fiorina gets mixed reactions from crowd at Juneteenth event -

Carly Fiorina gets mixed reactions from crowd at Juneteenth event -

After spending months trying to convince Republican audiences that she is conservative to her core, GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina abruptly shifted strategy Saturday, campaigning in heavily Democratic South Los Angeles at a Juneteenth celebration where she was both warmly received and shouted down as a "two-faced liar" and a "turncoat."

The nerve !

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Arizona Local News - Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe, Phoenix: Arizona - Brewer defends tax hike to business owners

Arizona Local News - Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe, Phoenix: Arizona - Brewer defends tax hike to business owners

"I am Jan Brewer who has changed everything about state government: its priorities, its spending habits, its size and its culture,'' she said.

What does she mean ?

Feliz dia del padre

"Fathers Day Movie Card" by White Wing Films

Tea Party Calls Chris Matthews Documentary A 'Left-Wing Hit Piece,' Urges Hardball Sponsors To Boycott

Tea Party Calls Chris Matthews Documentary A 'Left-Wing Hit Piece,' Urges Hardball Sponsors To Boycott

A coalition of Tea Party groups is taking aim at Chris Matthews and MSNBC in the aftermath of the network airing a new documentary, "The Rise of the New Right," this week, which the conservative activists charge is a "left-wing propaganda hit piece."

The MSNBC special premiered on the cable news channel Wednesday night, but even before its debut, host Chris Matthews signaled the program's provocative content by saying, "I think that the left will say this scares the heck out of me."

According to the National Tea Party Federation, "The Rise of the New Right" was a reflection of "journalism at its worse" and was produced with the intention to "demonize and misrepresent."

Utah Firing Squad Execution: Silent, Chilling - CBS News

Utah Firing Squad Execution: Silent, Chilling - CBS News

(AP) The explosive reports sent a volley of .30-caliber bullets from the five marksmen into the chest of Ronnie Lee Gardner. I was expecting to flinch but didn't as I watched his execution from the witness room. It was so quick that for a split-second I wondered if it had actually happened. There was no blood splattered across the white cinderblock wall at the Utah State Prison. No audible sounds from the condemned. I couldn't see his eyes. I never saw the guns and didn't hear the countdown to the trigger-pull.

At Home with South Carolina's Alvin Greene

Alvin Greene may be the only Democratic nominee in U.S. Senate election history to walk to his father's kitchen every time his telephone rings. And it rings every five minutes or so — supporters he'll never meet, television and radio bookers hoping to juice ratings and reporters trying to figure out what Greene means for South Carolina and America's troubled democracy. "I don't have caller ID," Greene tells a caller. He also doesn't own a cell phone or a computer.
As recently as Memorial Day, Alvin Greene was an unemployed 32-year-old, 13-year military veteran who had been involuntarily discharged from both the Army and the Air Force and was facing an obscenity charge for allegedly showing a teenage stranger online pornography in a college campus computer lab (Greene has denied comment, but he is fighting the charge). What he became after winning 59% of the vote in the June 8 Democratic primary is now in dispute. To Representative Jim Clyburn, the state's most powerful Democrat, Greene is a pod person of unknown origin — "someone's plant." To his older brother James Jr., Greene is nothing more than a loner with a dream of making good — "like someone coming up saying, 'I'm going to fly to the moon.' " To Vic Rawl, his well-funded opponent, Greene is the possible beneficiary of a historic voter-machine malfunction or, worse, a stolen

Pakistan Madrasahs Draw U.S. Students Despite Scrutiny - TIME

Pakistan Madrasahs Draw U.S. Students Despite Scrutiny - TIME

Mohammad Abdullah, a shy, skinny American in his early 20s with a wispy black beard and knitted white skullcap, is just a month from finishing an eight-year course in religious studies at a Karachi Islamic school, or madrasah. He plans another year of study before returning home to New York to teach Islam at a university or mosque, and the Pakistani American knows that he'll probably be taken for a terror threat. In fact, most of the 60 Americans studying at Karachi's Jamia Binoria (which historically has a higher enrollment of foreign students than other madrasahs in the city) declined to be interviewed, citing fears of being pegged by Homeland Security upon their return to the States. But Abdullah quietly insists he and his schoolmates shouldn't be stigmatized. "Not every university is considered the same. Just because of a few people you can't just say everyone is the same. Just because some students are radical doesn't mean we are." - Radical Islamist Group Is Returning to Chicago for Major Recruitment Drive - Radical Islamist Group Is Returning to Chicago for Major Recruitment Drive

They're back. A radical Islamist group critics say has links to Al Qaeda is gearing up to host its second annual U.S. recruiting event.

The group, Hizb ut-Tahrir America, which is committed to establishing a caliphate, or international Islamic empire, kicked up controversy in Chicago last year with its first U.S. conference, “Fall of Capitalism & Rise of Islam.”

Now the group is coming back to the Windy City with its second conference, “Emerging World Order.

Arizona Governor Vows to Fight Any Federal Lawsuit Over Immigration Law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expressed outrage Thursday over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments that the Obama administration will sue over Arizona's controversial immigration law -- and Brewer said she's ready for a fight.

Clinton said in an interview with a TV station in Ecuador that the Obama administration "will be bringing" suit against Arizona for its immigration law, though the Justice Department for weeks has said that the issue is still under review.

Swiss Clear UBS Path to Name U.S. Clients -

Swiss Clear UBS Path to Name U.S. Clients -

It is official: Switzerland is naming names.

After months of political wrangling, Switzerland's Parliament approved a law that will allow the Swiss government to turn over the names of thousands of alleged U.S. tax evaders to the Internal Revenue Service.

Under a deal struck last August between the IRS and Switzerland's largest bank by assets, UBS agreed to provide the IRS with the names of 4,450 Americans who held offshore accounts in Switzerland. The Justice Department had accused UBS of helping wealthy Americans evade taxes on as much as $20 billion of income.

Whitman launches ads on Spanish-language TV stations -

Whitman launches ads on Spanish-language TV stations -

Meg Whitman launched two ads on Spanish-language television stations Thursday, part of an effort to woo Latino voters turned off by the Republican gubernatorial nominee's tough talk about illegal immigration during the GOP primary.

One of the ads highlights Whitman's opposition to a controversial Arizona law that compels police to check the immigration status of those stopped on suspicion of a crime. It also says Whitman opposed Proposition 187, the 1994 California ballot measure that would have denied taxpayer-funded services to illegal immigrants. The other focuses on jobs and the economy.

But she did not broadcast those stances in tens of millions of dollars in ads in her primary battle against Steve Poizner, who made illegal immigration a central issue. Instead, Whitman's ads emphasized that she would be "tough as nails" on illegal immigrants, and condemned amnesty, sanctuary cities and some taxpayer benefits.

"Illegal immigrants are just that, illegal," she said in an ad that featured her campaign chairman, former Gov. Pete Wilson.

Despite heavy LAPD presence, violence breaks out after Lakers' victory

Crowds hurl bottles and other objects at police, smash marquees, jump on vehicles, break windows and light a small fire along Figueroa Street. At least one person is beaten unconscious.
Hundreds of officers in patrol cars, on foot and on horseback moved in to clear streets and break up the crowds. At least 12 people were arrested for crimes including public drunkenness, vandalism and inciting a riot.
One person was arrested for assault on a police officer, authorities said.Several dozen people rushed onto the 10 Freeway near Figueroa and Washington boulevards, disrupting traffic, the California Highway Patrol said.
WHY !!!

BP executive failed to answer questions, lawmakers say -

BP executive failed to answer questions, lawmakers say -

In his testimony Thursday, Hayward apologized for the April 20 explosion and continuing oil spill, but insisted that it was "too early" to reach conclusions about whether BP had cut corners on safety.

He repeatedly declined to speculate "on what may or may not have made a difference" in preventing the disaster until ongoing investigations are completed. Pressed for a direct answer on whether BP has made good on a commitment to safety that was pledged when he became CEO three years ago, Hayward would not give a clear yes-or-no answer.

What a joke, like they are going to admid to anything on national TV. A public charcter lynching is all this is !

Thursday, June 17, 2010

somos lo que vemos

Mexico may request extradition of US Border Patrol

Mexican Senator Luis Alberto Villarreal García of Guanajuato is leading an effort within the Mexican government to extradite the US Border Patrol agent that murdered 14 year old Sergio Adrian Hernández Guereca in Cd Juarez, Chihuahua. The teenager was in Mexican territory when the agent took aim and shot him in the head. A video has surfaced that shows the agent shot him in cold blood. At least three witnesses have now testified that Sergio Adrian Hernández Guereca was not throwing rocks as previously alleged by the border patrol.
There are now a number of other Mexican senators and congressmen that have joined Senator Garcia in the effort to have the Mexican Department of Justice and the Department of State draft the proper documentation to have the rogue border agent extradited for trial in the Mexican judicial system. President Felipe Calderon has made no comment on the extradition effort but has publicly condemned the killing.

Mexican legal experts have debated the extradition and most agree that under international law, Mexico can extradite the criminal just as the US often extradites Mexican citizens that commit an offense in the US. Sergio Adrian Hernández Guereca was in Mexico when the agent shot him.
Los Angeles, Alta California
June 16, 2010

BP chair: Sorry for 'small people' remark on Gulf - Yahoo! News

BP chair: Sorry for 'small people' remark on Gulf - Yahoo! News

VENICE, La. – BP's chairman has apologized for saying the company cares about the "small people" of the Gulf Coast hit by the oil disaster — a comment met with anger by those who say they are tired of the company's executives making insensitive remarks.

On Wednesday, Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters in Washington: "I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people." He later said he was sorry for speaking "clumsily."

Nothing got lost in translation....we undersood exactly what he meant ! - Iowa Congressman Makes No Apologies for His Comments About Obama Favoring Minorities - Iowa Congressman Makes No Apologies for His Comments About Obama Favoring Minorities

Iowa Rep. Steve King said he is performing a public service by accusing President Obama of favoring blacks over whites.

"I'm standing up against something that is or could become racism," King told on Wednesday.

The Iowa Republican said he didn't misspeak when he told a nationally syndicated radio show on Monday that President Obama favors blacks over whites. King told the G. Gordon Liddy show that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder repeatedly demonstrate an unjust preference toward minorities.

Donations in Support of Arizona's Immigration Law Near $20G

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's office has received nearly $20,000 in private donations to help the state mount a legal defense against lawsuits related to its tough new immigration law.
Nearly 440 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia have contributed to the fund. According to a list of donors provided to The Arizona Republic newspaper, the smallest contribution is $1 and the largest is $750.
Arizona's new immigration law is scheduled to take effect July 29. It requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

BP Halts Dividend, Agrees to $20 Billion Fund for Victims -

BP Halts Dividend, Agrees to $20 Billion Fund for Victims -

BP said it would pay another $100 million to a separate fund to help oil-industry workers sidelined by the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling.

The payments far exceed the letter of U.S. law, which caps economic liabilities in oil spills at just $75 million. BP agreed to waive that limit. In a pact hammered out in a four-hour White House bargaining session, BP agreed to "set aside" $20 billion in U.S. assets as a guarantee that it would make good on the promised $20 billion in cash by 2013.

Maywood to disband Police Department -

Maywood to disband Police Department -

The Maywood-Cudahy Police Department patrolled a gritty, two-square-mile area that includes Maywood and Cudahy, which has a population of about 70,000 — almost half of their residents undocumented — just south of Los Angeles. Until recently, the force appeared to function as a virtual refuge for misfit police officers. Although the city instituted numerous reforms under a year-old consent decree, officials said it was still too early to say whether the department had successfully turned itself around.

"It's hard to accept," Police Chief Frank Hauptmann said. "I really felt we made that turn … and to find that it ended this way makes it difficult for the members of the department and community members who supported the Police Department."

In April 2007, the California attorney general's office launched an investigation into the department after the Los Angeles Times reported that roughly a third of the department's officers had been forced out of previous police jobs or had brushes with the law.

LAPD ready for Lakers victory craziness

With a win, the Lakers clinch another NBA title. And that, police are all too aware, could set the stage for the looting and rioting by overzealous fans who have marred past celebrations. Police are less concerned about a Celtics victory. For whatever reason, they say, defeated fans at past sports events have shown far less interest in causing trouble.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck elaborated somewhat at an afternoon news conference Wednesday. Beck said "extraordinary measures will be in place," adding that the deployment would be "four or five times larger" than last year's response and include hundreds of patrol officers and specialized tactical units on foot, horse, bike and motorcycle.
"We will let the demeanor of the crowd determine how we react," Paysinger said. "For the vast majority of the people, they are here to have a good time; and for us to pre-determine the night as anything else is not a good idea. However, if there is a group that demonstrates any type of lawlessness, we are fully prepared to deal with them quickly and completely. These kinds of situations have a contagious quality to them and we cannot let it go."

Police: Officer under review after punching incident caught on camera -

Police: Officer under review after punching incident caught on camera -

"The officer did nothing wrong. We always will review incidents like this, that's how police officers learn," Sgt. Rich O'Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officer's Guild, told CNN. "I am confident that the review will show that the officer was totally justified. He was defending himself."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Opposing Views: New Jersey Sued For Denying Female Muslim Employees Headscarves

Opposing Views: New Jersey Sued For Denying Female Muslim Employees Headscarves

The Department filed a lawsuit today against Essex County, N.J., alleging that it discriminated against a Muslim corrections officer on the basis of her religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The suit alleges that the county refused to permit Yvette Beshier to wear a religiously mandated headscarf while working as a corrections officer.

Colorado Farmers Turn to Prisoners to Do Work of Illegal Immigrants - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News -

Colorado Farmers Turn to Prisoners to Do Work of Illegal Immigrants - Local News News Articles National News US News - JULY 20007

AVONDALE, Colo. — For generations, farmers in southern Colorado have depended on immigrant labor to work their fields.

But the new immigration laws in Colorado are some of the toughest in the nation, and now illegal immigrants are hesitant to come to the Centennial State.

Farmers say only half the normal number of migrant workers appeared this year, going instead to states like New Mexico and Arizona, where the laws are not so strict.

So the state came up with a plan to replace the illegal immigrants with workers from a different kind of home: inmates from colorado's overcrowded prison system.

The farmers pay the Department of Corrections $9.60 per hour per inmate, most of which goes toward paying for the guards, transportation and lunch. The inmates themselves earn $4 a day, which is nearly seven times the 60 cents a day they can earn in prison. And the money they earn will be waiting for them once they've finished serving their sentences.

Prisoners to Work Colorado Fields -

Prisoners to Work Colorado Fields -

Ever since Colorado passed tough immigration laws last year, farmers have worried that the immigrant laborers they depend on to plant and harvest their crops will not show up in the fields this season. So, a state legislator has proposed a novel idea: Send in the prisoners.

"Thousands of immigrants and their families have left Colorado in the past year," Julien Ross, coordinator of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, said. Some of those are legal immigrants who do not understand the law and fear they could be deported for just a speeding ticket or other minor offense, Tafoya said.

For the ladies !.....hump day unable to share today !

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gates y Slim lanzan proyecto para mejorar salud en México y Centroamérica - Yahoo! Noticias

Gates y Slim lanzan proyecto para mejorar salud en México y Centroamérica - Yahoo! Noticias

MÉXICO (AFP) - Los dos hombres más ricos del mundo, el mexicano Carlos Slim y el estadounidense Bill Gates, anunciaron el lunes su primer proyecto filantrópico conjunto en el que invertirán, con España, 150 millones de dólares para mejorar la salud de la población más pobre de Centroamérica y sur de México.

"Estoy muy emocionado de formar una sociedad con el Instituto Carlos Slim. Es realmente la primera sociedad que formamos pero estoy seguro de que no será la última", dijo en Ciudad de México Bill Gates, durante la presentación del proyecto a la que asistieron el presidente Felipe Calderón y la Infanta Cristina de España.

Se junto el agua y el aciete.

Congressman Assaults Student on Washington Sidewalk

Rep. Steve King, Raising Questions of Favoritism, Calls for Obama's Aunt to Testify About Being Granted Asylum - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Rep. Steve King, Raising Questions of Favoritism, Calls for Obama's Aunt to Testify About Being Granted Asylum - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Congressman Steve King, an Iowa Republican, today requested that President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, testify before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law in order to address "the public perception that favoritism played a role in the grant of asylum to Ms. Onyango."

In a letter to the chair of the subcommittee, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, King writes that "[i]n order to better determine whether favoritism played a role - especially because Ms. Onyango had been earlier turned down for asylum and ordered deported in 2004 before her nephew became president - the Subcommittee needs to hear from Ms. Onyango herself."

The subcommittee hearing is set to take place Thursday morning.

GOP Nominee Proposes Landmines For Mexico Border - CBS News

GOP Nominee Proposes Landmines For Mexico Border - CBS News

(AP) Mullins subsequently won the primary on June 1.
During the May 18 interview with KNMX radio in Las Vegas, N.M., Mullins said the U.S. could mine the border, install barbed wire and post signs directing would-be border jumpers to cross legally at designated checkpoints.

"We could put land mines along the border. I know it sounds crazy. We could put up signs in 23 different languages if necessary," Mullins says in the radio interview, where he also expressed concern that terrorists could carry a nuclear weapon across the Mexican border.

The Tribulations Of Alvin Greene Continue - Swampland -

The Tribulations Of Alvin Greene Continue - Swampland -

The coast is by no means clear for Greene to begin preparing his general election campaign. On Sunday, Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington announced plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over the lack of disclosure reports in Greene's campaign. (He has no apparent campaign organization to speak of.) In Charleston, meanwhile, his opponent in the Democratic primary, Vic Rawls, announced that he planned to file a protest to the election, which will be heard Thursday by the state Democratic Party. "The strange circumstances surrounding Tuesday's vote require a thorough investigation," Rawl declared. "For better or worse, the protest process is the only platform available for that investigation."

Rawl has been gathering anecdotal evidence of voter machine malfunction on election day, and he has acquired academic studies of the election that show the result was statistically unlikely, but by no means impossible. The electronic voting machines in South Carolina have a history of glitches, but no record to suggest that they could throw an election by as much as 30,000 votes, or 18 percent of the ballots cast, which was Greene's winning margin. It is not known if Greene will appear at the hearing Thursday. He said Monday that he considered himself the rightful victor and planned to stay in the running through November.

Harvard Student Eric Balderas, an Illegal Immigrant, Could Be Deported to Mexico

Harvard Student Eric Balderas, an Illegal Immigrant, Could Be Deported to Mexico

In 2008 alone, the United States deported 369,221 people to their home countries, many of them to Mexico. But Balderas' case is sure to be more high profile than most.

Already, Harvard administrators have expressed public support for Balderas to remain in the United Stated. The university is using his case to push for the adoption of the DREAM Act, federal legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the country illegally when they were younger than 16.

Armed pair held at Central Command base -

Armed pair held at Central Command base -

MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (CNN) -- All gates at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida will be open Tuesday after being temporarily closed after a heavily armed man and woman were taken into custody when they tried to enter the facility without authorization, an Air Force spokeswoman said.

They were stopped at a gate at the base that houses the headquarters for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan early Monday evening after they could not show proper identification, Senior Airman Katherine Holt said. A search of the vehicle after they were detained found military-style uniforms and gear and several "rifle-type" weapons, Holt said.

Monday, June 14, 2010

State must find way to bridge its ethnic divide

State must find way to bridge its ethnic divide

There is a resentment that comes from knowing that people who look like you have been denigrated and systematically dehumanized as the problem of illegal immigration became more about scoring political points than finding solutions.

The majority of Latinos polled by Univision said they think illegal immigrants help the country - something a number of economists have said over the years.

Yet law-enforcement, environmental, health and other costs of illegal immigration fall disproportionately on Arizona because this is the busiest sector for illegal border crossing.

This problem demands a comprehensive federal solution that secures the border, creates a pipeline for legal guest workers and allows the current illegal population to earn legal status. Congress has to do this.

Arizona's next target: Children of illegals |

Arizona's next target: Children of illegals

“Anchor babies” has become an increasingly used term in Arizona when referencing children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. Beyond its newfound popularity, it also may be setting the stage for Arizona’s next move in the state’s crackdown against illegal immigration.

Arizona Republicans will most likely introduce new legislation this fall that will deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona to illegal immigrants, defying the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment that states being born on U.S. soil makes you a U.S. citizen.

Arizona salivates at the idea of ridding themselves from ALL hispanics.....I wonder how hispanic sb1070 supporters feel now, their next. Where is MALDELF, LA RAZA, CHIRLA and the rest of those mooches ?