Sunday, October 31, 2010

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?

What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?

What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?

In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That's a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush's last year in office and President Obama's second year.

In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration's final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit -- there's a long way to go, but we're in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.

On Bush's final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.

Sarah Palin's words of wisdom

Election 2010: In Inglewood, five want to be mayor -

Election 2010: In Inglewood, five want to be mayor -

Five candidates are seeking the mayor's job at a precarious time for Inglewood. Tabor's predecessor, Roosevelt Dorn, resigned in January as he faced charges of public corruption, and the city has a nearly $18-million budget deficit.

Longtime City Councilwoman Judy Dunlap, former Santa Monica Police Chief James T. Butts and local businessmen Joseph A. Soto and Mike Stevens are challenging Tabor.

The candidates are singing a similar tune: Inglewood is in dire straits. And each one — whether coming from the City Council, business or elsewhere — says he or she has the wherewithal to right the ship.

"Someone needs to step up to the plate," Soto said, adding that that's where he comes in.

As a long time resident and former Inglewood business owner, I can honestly say that most of our choices for local officials make me cringe. Our candidates offer nothing new nor any solutions to it's residents concerns, or city problems. What I see in Butts, Dunlap and Tabor is the non ending power play and favoritism. What we need is new blood, someone not tainted by corruption and greed.

My vote for Mayor, will be Joseph Soto. Why?'s my vote and message to Inglewood, that as residents, we are tiered of back room deals and exclusion.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Extremist Tea Party has no class | New, Next, Now! | IrishCentral

Extremist Tea Party has no class New, Next, Now! IrishCentral

As voting day approaches the reality of what a Tea Party victory might mean for America seems to be having a sobering effect on poll after poll, which sees the race tightening.

Last night, Sarah Palin weighed in to tell conservatives not to get too cocky just yet. Message: we don't have this in the bag.

She has reason to be cautious. Obviously the Tea Party political positions are extreme, but now voters are becoming aware they're the most extreme to have played out in a national election cycle in decades. For example:Ohio Republican House of Representatives candidate Rich Iott glorifies Nazi S.S. officers atrocities by engaging in reenactments of them with his buddies at the weekend. Like most people I was amazed to hear that some Americans pursue such pastimes.

Did Gov. Jan Brewer choose pesos over principles? | New, Next, Now! | IrishCentral

Did Gov. Jan Brewer choose pesos over principles? New, Next, Now! IrishCentral

Private corporations that own prisons were closely involved in the writing and passage of Arizona’s SB-1070 immigration law, according to a report heard on National Public Radio this week (NPR).

Back in July Jan Brewer, the state governor, justified the adoption of the shockingly anti-immigrant bill by saying that "law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded."But it turns out that it may have been bucks, and not beheadings, that drove the bill. At the very least NPR's report is strongly questioning the governors motives.

38,000 more bottles of Lipitor recalled over odor complaints -

38,000 more bottles of Lipitor recalled over odor complaints -

Pfizer is recalling an additional 38,000 bottles of the cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor after reports of an odor linked to the packaging bottles, the drug company said in a statement.

The recall will affect Lipitor 40 mg tablets (atorvastatin calcium) distributed in the United States. The company said the bottles were supplied by a third-party manufacturer.

Earlier this year, Pfizer recalled of more than 190,000 bottles of Lipitor due to similar odor-related complaints.

Friday, October 29, 2010

TGIF...Pour me a tequila !

Angle-Backers' Flyer To Retirees: 'Your Lifespan' Depends On Voting Against Reid | TPMDC

Angle-Backers' Flyer To Retirees: 'Your Lifespan' Depends On Voting Against Reid TPMDC

Wow, the rhetoric among Republican Sharron Angle's supporters is getting really intense in the home stretch of the Nevada Senate race. As Jon Ralston reports, a group of Angle-backers put together a flyer and distributed it throughout the Sun City Summerlin retirement community -- apparently coming from a board member of the community association -- that resurrected the "death panels" smear to warn that a vote for Democrat Harry Reid could kill these elderly voters.

"Your Lifespanwill depend on what you do onNovember 2, 2010Harry Reid voted for and pushed through the $1.1 trillion government-run healthcare takeover that has "Benefit Panels" for our seniors. These panels will decide if you get needed medical treatment, in part based on age, even if your doctor says it is medically necessary in order to save your life. If the panel decides no...that means your life will not be saved, just like in Canada, England, France, Denmark, etc. Do you want Harry Reid's government bureaucrats to make these life and death decisions for you and your family?"

Sheriff Joe Joins Anti-Voter Fraud Crusade | TPMMuckraker

Sheriff Joe Joins Anti-Voter Fraud Crusade TPMMuckraker

Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently wrote an e-mail to supporters asking them to "join me today and help me STOP ILLEGALS FROM STEALING THIS ELECTION!"

Arpaio, the controversial Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, has railed against illegal immigration, but is under investigation by the Justice Department due to allegations that his anti-illegal immigration techniques are discriminatory.

"Nothing is more important in protecting the United States today than protecting the sanctity of our votes. Sadly, we are not just fighting criminals from other nations," Arpaio writes. "We are fighting our own president and very determined individuals in America who want to disenfranchise U.S. Citizens of their votes."

click on e-mail link to view letter.

Political ads: Fear and loathing on immigration -

Political ads: Fear and loathing on immigration -

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle says in a campaign ad that Democratic incumbent Harry Reid is the "best friend an illegal alien ever had." According to her, he tolerates illegal people "sneaking" across the border and receiving "illegal Social Security benefits."

One Democratic commercial isn't much better. Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho has a spot accusing his opponent, Raul Labrador, of helping illegal immigrants stay in the United States and running a website offering advice on how to seek amnesty.

Not to be outdone, Delaware GOP candidate Christine O'Donnell calls for "closing the border." She argues we need to stop illegal border crossings before any other legislative action is taken on immigration.

These and other appeals heard on the campaign trail this year are inflammatory and move the immigration issue in the wrong direction. They are based on erroneous assumptions and misguided arguments. These claims play to popular fears and emotions rather than reasoned debate over the controversy.

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How to stop the Web's live sports pirates -

How to stop the Web's live sports pirates -

Log onto popular video streaming websites on a Sunday during football season and you can usually find several channels showing decent-quality live feeds of the games.
This has kicked off a frenzied game of Whack-A-Mole for sports leagues bent on eliminating the pirated video feeds.

These rogue video streams could ramp up considerably in the next week during the World Series -- especially since New York area customers of Cablevision Systems don't have a way to watch those games at home because of an ongoing quarrel between that company and News Corp's Fox.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

You've got the power !...VOTE

Facebook (16) | Message From UFW President Arturo S Rodriguez

Facebook (16) Message From UFW President Arturo S Rodriguez

I joined dozens of farm workers and supporters, including California Democratic Party Chair John Burton, in forming a human billboard line Thursday morning at San Francisco City Hall, urging Latino voters to turn out on Nov. 2 to make Jerry Brown the state’s next governor and return Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate. It's part of a two-week statewide UFW drive to reach 100,000 voters. Other events were held in Oxnard, Coachella and Central Valley cities. As governor from 1975 to 1982, Jerry Brown helped Cesar Chavez and the UFW win California's pioneering 1975 law granting farm workers the right to organize, abolished the back-breaking short-handled hoe, brought farm workers unemployment insurance and named an unprecedented number of Latinos to high public office. Senator Boxer has been a strong advocate for the UFW's bipartisan AgJobs immigration reform bill. So make sure you vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Arturo S. Rodriguez, President
United Farm Workers

El día de hoy me uní a docenas de campesinos y partidarios, incluyendo al Presidente del Partido Democrata de California, en la formación de una línea humana frente al Ayuntamiento de la ciudad de San Francisco, con el objeto de motivar a los Latinos a votar el 2 de Noviembre por Jerry Brown para Gobernador de California y para re-elegir a Barbara Boxer como representante en el Senado de los Estados Unitos. Esto fué parte de la campaña de dos semanas de la UFW para contactar a 100,000 votantes. Otros eventos se llevaron a cabo en Oxnard, Coachella y en el Valle Central. Como Gobernador de California de 1975 a 1982, Jerry Brown ayudó a César Chávez y a la UFW a ganar una ley en 1975 concediéndoles a los campesinos el derecho de pertenecer a la Union, abolió el use del azadón cortito, otorgó a los campesinos seguro de desempleo y nombró un número sin precedente de Latinos a altos puestos públicos. La Senadora Boxer ha sido una firme defensora de la ley que la UFW ha promovido conocida como AgJobs y que es apoyada por ambos partidos. Así que asegúrense de votar el Martes 2 de Noviembre.

Arturo S. Rodriguez, Presidente
Union de Campesinos

t r u t h o u t | Arizona Republicans Continue Support for Unconstitutional Citizenship Measures

t r u t h o u t Arizona Republicans Continue Support for Unconstitutional Citizenship Measures

Arizona Republican Russell Pearce, architect of the infamous SB 1070, is getting the old team back together for another effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from his state - Pearce plans to introduce a bill for a state law that would strip US-born citizens of undocumented immigrants of their citizenship.

In an email obtained by the Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO, Pearce wrote that he plans to "push for an Arizona bill that would refuse to accept or issue a birth certificate that recognizes the citizenship of those born to illegal aliens, unless one parent is a citizen."

Along with Pearce's restriction on birthright citizenship, he also plans to put forward another legislative proposal - to find a way to require undocumented immigrants to pay for their own public education. Pearce, working with attorney Kris Korbach, said he will propose the bill when the legislative session begins in January.

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070 - COLORLINES

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070 - COLORLINES

According to NPR, Corrections Corporation of America and a set of other prison groups have explicitly identified immigrant detention as a key part of their growth plan. With this in mind, ALEC helped to craft the bill, which would result in a massive increase in immigrant detention.

Sullivan reports:
According to Corrections Corporation of America reports reviewed by NPR, executives believe immigrant detention is their next big market. Last year, they wrote that they expect to bring in “a significant portion of our revenues” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that detains illegal immigrants.
In the conference room, the group decided they would turn the immigration idea into a model bill. They discussed and debated language. Then, they voted on it.

“There were no ‘no’ votes,” Pearce said. “I never had one person speak up in objection to this model legislation.”

The bill was sent out of that Hyatt conference room and back to Arizona.

Did prison economics help muscle through Arizona’s immigration law? | 89.3 KPCC

Did prison economics help muscle through Arizona’s immigration law? 89.3 KPCC

State Sen. Russell Pearce was instrumental in drafting SB-1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law, which gave police new immigration enforcement powers. While the constitutionality of the law is being decided in the courts, NPR spent the last few months looking at another aspect: who backed the bill and how did it first get created? They found that private prison contractors, such as the Corrections Corporation of America, saw an opportunity to increase profits and were instrumental in drafting and pushing through the bill. Lots of companies lobby for things that increase profits. But when it comes to legislation intended to incarcerate people, does that cross a line?

Nissan recalls more than 2.1 million vehicles worldwide -

Nissan recalls more than 2.1 million vehicles worldwide -

Nissan is recalling more than 2.1 million vehicles worldwide over engine problems, the automaker said Thursday.

The Japanese automaker said the problem may cause the engine to stall. In extreme cases, a stalled engine cannot be restarted.

No related injuries or accidents have been reported, Nissan said.

The recalled vehicles were sold in China, England, Japan, Spain, Taiwan and the United States. All the affected models were built between 2003 to 2006.

In the United States, six models have been affected. They are Armada, Frontier, Pathfinder, Titan, Xterra and Infiniti QX56.

In Japan, the models affected include Cube, Lafesta, March, Note, Serena, Sylphy, Tiida, Tiida-Latio and Winglord.

Other countries use different model names, which Nissan did not immediately provide.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wells Fargo admits mistakes in thousands of foreclosures - The Daily Breeze

Wells Fargo admits mistakes in thousands of foreclosures - The Daily Breeze

Wells Fargo admitted Wednesday it made mistakes in the paperwork for thousands of foreclosure cases and promised to fix them.

The San Francisco-based bank said it plans to refile documents in 55,000 of the cases by mid-November. The company said not all those cases included errors but didn't say how many thousands did.

More Behar on Sharron Angle: I can’t believe this bitch sent me flowers

More Behar on Sharron Angle: I can’t believe this bitch sent me flowers

In response to Joy Behar’s vicious remarks on The View, the Angle campaign sent a lovely flower arrangement with a note enclosed.

“Joy, Raised $150,000 online yesterday. Thanks for your help. Sincerely, Sharron Angle”

Baby worship extended !!!!! This shocked me honestly.

Al Reynolds, Tea Party Candidate For Illinois Senate, Says Black Men Prefer Drug Dealing To Education

Al Reynolds, Tea Party Candidate For Illinois Senate, Says Black Men Prefer Drug Dealing To Education

Republican Party leaders in central Illinois are calling on their own candidate for state senate to step down following racist remarks he made at a candidate's forum last week.

Al Reynolds, who is considered the Tea Party candidate in Illinois' 52nd District, has been unavailable to the media since saying that African American men preferred dealing drugs to going to college, because it is "easier."

Companies Hoarding $1 Trillion In Cash

Companies Hoarding $1 Trillion In Cash

The hoard totals about $1 trillion for U.S. companies, Reuters reports, citing data from Moody's. For non-financial companies, the total is about $943 billion as of the middle of 2010, compared to $775 billion at the end of 2008, Moody's said.

Even though revenue decreased in the second quarter, corporate profits in the S&P 500 were up 38 percent from the same period last year, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month. Thanks to massive cost-cutting strategies, such as firing employees, it was corporate America's sixth highest quarterly profit ever.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: the Voices of Reason and Truthiness

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: the Voices of Reason and Truthiness

Out of late-night comedy, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have emerged as potent voices of social commentary in a media landscape where reasonable discourse is often overshadowed by partisanship and sound bites. In an effort to appeal to moderates, the two fake-news anchors will co-host rallies in Washington D.C. on October 30, 2010, with Stewart hosting the "Rally to Restore Sanity" and Colbert to host the "March to Keep Fear Alive," concurrently at the National Mall.

Can’t Keep a Bad Idea Down -

Can’t Keep a Bad Idea Down -

“The committee’s conclusion is that ‘in spite of the efforts of both those in government and the private sector, the outlook for America to compete for quality jobs has further deteriorated over the past five years.’ ”

But I thought: “We’re number 1!”

“Here is a little dose of reality about where we actually rank today,” says Vest: sixth in global innovation-based competitiveness, but 40th in rate of change over the last decade; 11th among industrialized nations in the fraction of 25- to 34-year-olds who have graduated from high school; 16th in college completion rate; 22nd in broadband Internet access; 24th in life expectancy at birth; 27th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving degrees in science or engineering; 48th in quality of K-12 math and science education; and 29th in the number of mobile phones per 100 people.

“This is not a pretty picture, and it cannot be wished away,” said Vest. The study recommended a series of steps — some that President Obama has already initiated, some that still need Congress’s support — designed to increase America’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 science and mathematics education, to reinforce long-term basic research, and to create the right tax and policy incentives so we can develop, recruit and retain the best and brightest students, scientists and engineers in the world. The goal is to make America the premier place to innovate and invest in innovation to create high-paying jobs.

Nestor Kirchner, Ex-Argentine President, Is Dead at 60 -

Nestor Kirchner, Ex-Argentine President, Is Dead at 60 -

Mr. Kirchner, 60, had complained of the flu a day earlier and had chest pains early Wednesday, according to Argentine news media. He was pronounced dead a little after 9 a.m. at a hospital in the southern Argentine town of El Calafate, in Santa Cruz Province.

Today is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot in California | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Today is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot in California L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

In Los Angeles County, voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot by going to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website and submitting an application no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday night.

L.A. County voters can also vote early through Nov. 2 by traveling to the Registrar-Recorder’s third-floor office at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk, where people can vote Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More questions on absentee ballots can be directed to (562) 466-1323 (562) 466-1323.

Orange County voters must submit a request for an absentee ballot by filling out the form before 5 p.m. Early in-person voting is also available at the Orange County Registrar of Voters between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the workweek before the election and on Saturday at 1300 S. Grand Avenue, Building C, in Santa Ana. Questions? Call (714) 567-7600 (714) 567-7600.

Riverside County must receive absentee ballot requests from voters by 5 p.m. today. They can print out a request form and fax it to (951) 486-7272 (951) 486-7272. Those who want to vote early in person may do so at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Questions? Call (951) 486-7200 (951) 486-7200.

San Bernardino County voters can fill out a request form and fax it in by 5 p.m. today at (909) 386-8388 (909) 386-8388. Early in-person voting is underway at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 777 East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino. Questions? Call (909) 387-8300 (909) 387-8300.

In Ventura County, voters can fill out a request form and fax it to (805) 648-9200 (805) 648-9200 by 5 p.m. today. Early in-person voting is underway at the County Clerk and Recorder's office at 800 S. Victoria Avenue in Ventura from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions? Call (805) 654-2781 (805) 654-2781.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Brewers new ad: Arizonans for Prosperity Ad: Arizona Stands Up to Tourists and Boycotters

Court Voids Arizona Law on Voter Proof of Citizenship - BusinessWeek

Court Voids Arizona Law on Voter Proof of Citizenship - BusinessWeek

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote was struck down by a federal appeals court, which said it conflicts with the National Voter Registration Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco today invalidated parts of Arizona’s Proposition 200, a 2004 voter- approved initiative on registration for state and federal elections. The court didn’t disturb a requirement that voters show identification at the polls.

A three-judge panel of the court said the proof-of- citizenship requirement conflicted with the intent of the federal law aiming to increase voter registration by streamlining the process with a single form and removing state- imposed obstacles to registration.

La mala calificación en corrupción es para todo el país - CNNMé

La mala calificación en corrupción es para todo el país - CNNMé

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (CNNMéxico) — La baja posición obtenida por México en el Índice de Percepción de Corrupción (IPC) 2010 dada a conocer este martes es "una calificación de conjunto del país", explicó el director de Transparencia Mexicana, Eduardo Bohórquez, a CNNMéxico.

México fue calificado con 3.1 sobre una base de 10 (cero es muy corrupto y 10 libre de corrupción), por el organismo no gubernamental Transparencia Internacional (TI). Esa cifra ubica al país en el lugar número 98 entre otras 178 naciones, es decir, nueve lugares más abajo que el año pasado. El gobierno de México reaccionó, y aseguró que respetaba estos resultados.

California State Controller's Office : Search Local Government Salaries and Compensation

California State Controller's Office : Search Local Government Salaries and Compensation

Welcome to the Controller's new database of California city and county salaries and other compensation for all job classifications, as reported to the Controller's Office by the individual cities and counties.

A list of those cities and counties that have thus far failed to file salary and compensation reports as directed by the Controller -- or that have filed incomplete or otherwise noncompliant reports -- can be accessed through the second link below. No information from a noncomplying city or county will be found in the salary and compensation search database.

Both the database and the list of the noncompliant local governments will be updated periodically as new information is provided to the Controller's office.

In the interest of providing this information as quickly as possible, the Controller's office presents this project as only the first phase in its effort to make salary and wage data more accessible. We are working to add more search and sort capabilities that will become available as the website develops.

This is the first phase of the Controller's statewide government salaries and compensation public database project. We welcome your suggestions for future additions, and other improvements, using our
website e-mail submission form.

Search California city and county salaries and compensation

List of noncompliant cities and counties
(current as of October 21, 2010)

Murrieta warns sex offenders not to interact with children on Halloween -

Murrieta warns sex offenders not to interact with children on Halloween -

For a third year, Murrieta police have mailed letters to child sex offenders suggesting that they leave their porch light off on Halloween and post a sign stating that they are not giving out candy.

Something to think about....all u parents out there.

My Election - Election Center 2010 - Elections & Politics from

My Election - Election Center 2010 - Elections & Politics from

Who's on your ballot?
What issues affect your area?
How can you register?

Here's your one-stop shop for your election.

The Plum Line - Sharron Angle's closing argument: It's us against them

The Plum Line - Sharron Angle's closing argument: It's us against them

Greg already wrote about Sharron Angle's latest TV ad bashing Harry Reid over illegal immigration, but I'm going to post some images from all of her immigration-related spots, because they clearly establish her closing argument:

Harry Reid wants to take money away from hard-working, economically-distressed whites and give it to marauding Latino gang-bangers.

These images do more than establish her clear penchant for race-bating. They tell a very specific story to the voters Angle is trying to reach.

I've posted shots...Check out entire story w/images.

Chris Matthews and Jimmy Carter to Tea Partiers: Don't You Poor Fools Know You're Just Tools of the Rich?

Chris Matthews and Jimmy Carter to Tea Partiers: Don't You Poor Fools Know You're Just Tools of the Rich?

Chris Matthews, on Monday's Hardball, invited on his old boss, former President Jimmy Carter, to commiserate about the rise of the Tea Party as the two condescendingly praised the movement at first, with Matthews admitting "they're not all crazies, they're regular people" but then went on to ridicule them as dupes of the rich.

After Matthews asked if the Tea Partiers realized that "they're being backed by big corporations and all this conservative money at the top," Carter responded that they had no idea that they were "suborned" by those "who don't give a darn about low-class working people" like them

Visit original post for full interview

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sharron Angle Ad

Vote 2010 Election: Could Hispanic Voters Make the Difference in Toss-Up States? - ABC News

Vote 2010 Election: Could Hispanic Voters Make the Difference in Toss-Up States? - ABC News

More Latinos today identify with the Democratic Party than a decade ago. In 2008, they voted overwhelmingly for candidate Barack Obama, who earned 67 percent of their votes compared to 31 percent for Sen. John McCain.

They turned out in record numbers in 2008, with more than 85 percent of all Latino registered voters going to the polls, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

Democrats are hoping for a similar surge this year.

That support could be crucial for Democrats in states with a large Hispanic population and where candidates are tied in tight political battles such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada and Texas.

There are several House seats for play in Arizona, Texas and Florida where Hispanics could tip the balance, leading both parties to court them extensively.

Will we step up to the plate, and VOTE ?....a vote accomplishes more than marching in the streets !

Los Angeles Times -- Voter Guide -

Los Angeles Times -- Voter Guide -

Jerry Brown
California attorney generalwebsite:
Brown, 72, served as governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and has served as the state's attorney general since 2007. Brown has also served as California secretary of state (1971 to 1975), the state Democratic Party chairman (1989 to 1991), and mayor of Oakland (1998 to 2006). Brown promises honesty in the budget process, no tax increases unless approved by voters, and a return of authority and decision-making to cities, counties and local schools.
Times coverage:
» Brown's long political past cuts both ways
» PolitiCal: Follow Jerry Brown

Meg Whitman
Former EBay CEOwebsite:
Whitman, 54, served as president and chief executive of EBay from 1998 to 2008. She also held executive positions at Procter & Gamble, Hasbro, Stride Rite, Disney and Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD). Whitman promises to create at least 2 million private-sector jobs by 2015, cut at least $15 billion from the state budget, and improve education by returning control of schools to parents, principals and teachers; and expanding charters.
Times coverage:

Barbara Boxer
U.S. senatorwebsite:
Boxer, 69, is seeking her fourth term as senator. She says her single goal is "to get California back on track" by creating jobs and improving the lives of Californians. She says she has contributed to the Obama administration's efforts to increase jobs. She has been a lifelong advocate for environmental policies, and has worked to protect threatened parts of California. She chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, strongly backed the recently approved healthcare bill, would extend Bush-era tax cuts for 98% of earners, and supports an assault-weapons ban.
Times coverage:
» Boxer still quick to take the gloves off
» PolitiCal: Follow Barbara Boxer

Carly Fiorina
Former Hewlett-Packard CEOwebsite:
Fiorina, 56, served as president and chief executive of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She was also a senior executive at AT&T and its 1996 spinoff, Lucent Technologies, from 1980 to 1999. She is the only woman to have headed a Fortune 20 company. She promises to encourage economic growth and job creation with lower taxes and less regulation. She is against abortion and gay marriage. She wants to repeal and replace healthcare reform, and bring relief to Central Valley farmers by overturning water regulations protecting the Delta smelt. She wants to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open.

Lieutenant governor
Gavin Newsom
San Francisco mayorwebsite:
Newsom, 42, was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003 and reelected in 2007. He was also appointed to the San Francisco city/county Board of Supervisors in 1997, elected supervisor in 1998, and reelected in 2000 and 2002. He plans to conserve California's natural resources and he opposes expansion of offshore oil drilling. He plans to keep the state's open spaces accessible, support the state's global warming law, and push for more state money for higher education and the reduction of student fees.
Times coverage:
» Newsom attacks Maldonado in first paid ad
» PolitiCal: Follow Gavin Newsom

Abel Maldonado
Lt. governor (appointed)website: abelmaldonado2010
Maldonado, 43, serves as California’s lieutenant governor. He plans to maximize the office's role in creating and retaining jobs through the Economic Development Commission; use university board positions to reinforce the role of higher education as centers of innovation for economic development; use the lieutenant governor’s seat on the State Lands Commission to enhance development of new and alternative energy facilities; and improve the state’s response to emergencies.

Attorney general
Kamala D. Harris
San Francisco district attorneywebsite:
Harris, 45, is a two-term San Francisco district attorney who previously worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County. She is running on a "smart on crime" platform, vowing to pursue white-collar and violent crime as well as to support greenhouse-gas regulations. If elected, she would be the first woman and the first person of color to hold the office.
Times coverage:
» Kamala Harris is a different kind of prosecutor
» PolitiCal: Follow Kamala Harris

Steve Cooley
L.A. County district attorneywebsite:
Cooley, 63, joined the Los Angeles County district attorney's office in 1973, becoming the elected district attorney in 2000. Cooley founded the county's public integrity unit, which prosecutes wrongdoing among government officials. His platform includes expanding the use of DNA for solving crime, defending the death penalty and prosecuting Medi-Cal fraud.

Secretary of state
Debra Bowen
California secretary of statewebsite:
Bowen, who is seeking reelection, took office after serving in the state Assembly and Senate. She has promised to improve the integrity of the elections process and make government more accessible to residents. Bowen, 54, has been examining the accuracy of voting systems in California.
Times coverage:
» PolitiCal: Follow Democrat candidates
» Times coverage: Debra Bowen

Damon Dunn
Former NFL playerwebsite:
A Stanford University graduate and former professional football player who owns a real estate business, Dunn is 34. He is campaigning on a promise to increase voter registration, make it easier for people to vote, and crack down on fraud in elections by requiring voters to show identification at the polls.

John Chiang
California controllerwebsite:
Chiang, 48, is finishing his first term as controller. Previously, he was an elected member of the State Board of Equalization. His priorities have been to upgrade the technology in the controller's office, return unclaimed property to state residents, and manage California's cash supply to ensure that bills are paid. Chiang oversaw the issuance of billions of dollars in IOUs that the state sent out last year, when lawmakers and the governor were unable to agree on action to address a cash shortage.
Times coverage:
» Chiang accuses governor of 'political tricks'
» PolitiCal: Follow John Chiang

Tony Strickland
California senatorwebsite:
Strickland has represented the Conejo Valley as both a state assemblyman and senator. The 40-year-old fiscal conservative and anti-tax crusader has been highly critical of Chiang's tenure as controller. Strickland says he would focus on more aggressively auditing state spending and "maximizing dollars" that the state collects in taxes. He would also use the controller's seat on the State Lands Commission to push for approval of offshore oil drilling near Santa Barbara.

Bill Lockyer
California treasurerwebsite:
First elected in 1973, Lockyer, 69, is California's most veteran state official. A former assemblyman, state Senate leader and two-term attorney general, he is running for reelection. He touts his record promoting green investment, pressuring lawmakers to adopt a balanced budget and pushing to lower interest rates that the state pays to Wall Street.
Times coverage:
» Lockyer calls for annual reports on public officials' pay
» PolitiCal: Follow Bill Lockyer

Mimi Walters
California senatorwebsite:
Walters, 48, is a former investment banker and Laguna Niguel City Council member. She was elected to the state Assembly in 2004 and ascended to the state Senate in 2008. She led an unsuccessful 2006 campaign to curb governments' eminent domain powers. If elected treasurer, Walters has vowed to limit borrowing and shrink the state debt.

Insurance commissioner
Dave Jones
California assemblymanWebsite:
Jones, 48, a three-term legislator, is an advocate for comprehensive healthcare reform. He has promised that his first priority would be making sure insurance companies don't take advantage of their customers. He has also promised to prevent companies from rescinding coverage when people get sick and to hold public hearings on major decisions. Before his election to the Assembly, Jones served on the Sacramento City Council and was a Legal Aid attorney.
Times coverage:
» Healthcare reform raises the stakes
» PolitiCal: Follow the Insurance Commissioner race

Mike Villines
California assemblymanwebsite:
Villines, 43, is a former Republican leader in the state Assembly who barely survived a close primary in June against a virtual unknown. He has promised to foster competition among insurance companies to help keep rates low, crack down on insurance fraud and hold the line on workers' compensation costs. Villines served three terms in the Assembly and, before being elected to the Legislature, was an aide to former Gov. Pete Wilson.

Superintendent of public instruction
Tom Torlakson
California assemblymanwebsite:
Torlakson, 61, a former teacher, emphasizes political skills honed during a long tenure in the state Legislature. He aligns seamlessly with the California Teachers Assn., his most monied supporter, on policy positions. He's reluctant to tie standardized test data to teacher evaluations, wants more accountability measures on charter schools and opposed the state's Race to the Top federal grant application, saying it mandated unproven reforms.

Larry Aceves
A longtime Democrat who re-registered as an independent, Aceves, 66, rose gradually through the ranks from bilingual teacher to superintendent of two small San Jose-area school systems from 1991 until 2006. He also headed the Assn. of California School Administrators, which has heavily backed his campaign. He emphasizes a comparatively nonpolitical, administrative background and has policy positions similar to Torlakson's.

Advocacy organizations:

» Marijuana legalization bill approved by key committee
Proposition 19 would make use of marijuana legal under California law, although it would remain illegal under federal law. Supporters say regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana would help raise money for cash-strapped local governments and save tens of millions of dollars per year on the costs of jailing and supervising marijuana offenders. Opponents say legalization would increase the number of teenagers and young adults who abuse the drug. As with alcohol, the legal age for buying marijuana would be 21, and it would still be illegal to drive under the influence.

Proposition 20: Congressional redistricting
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 20
Proposition 20 would remove from the Legislature the power to draw congressional districts, transferring it to an independent 14-member commission that is already set to redraw lines for state legislative districts next year. The commission has five Democrats, five Republicans and four members registered with neither party. District lines must be approved by nine members, including three Democrats, three Republicans and three from neither party. The goal of the measure's promoters is to eliminate gerrymandering -- the practice of creating politically safe districts.
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 21
Proposition 21 would charge Californians a new annual $18 fee for each car they register. The surcharge would be used to pay for upkeep of state parks and wildlife conservation programs. Vehicles subject to the fee would receive free admission and parking at all state parks. The measure would generate at least $250 million more for state parks and wildlife conservation, according to the nonpartisan legislative analyst's office.
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 22
Proposition 22 would prohibit the state from taking funds from local governments and other local agencies, including regional transportation improvement projects. The measure, championed by the League of California Cities and other local government groups, would also bar the state from delaying the distribution of tax revenue owed to local governments, even during a budget crisis. The California Teachers Assn. and other labor groups oppose the measure, saying it would force cuts in education and other state services.
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 23
Proposition 23 would suspend implementation of the state's landmark global warming law until unemployment in California drops to 5.5% or below for a full year, a rare occurrence in California. Backers of the measure include large oil companies, which stand to lose financially from the state's push toward less polluting sources of energy. Environmentalists and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger oppose the measure, which they say would set back efforts to curb greenhouse gases in California and elsewhere and undermine growth of the state's green sector.
Proposition 24: Business taxes
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 24
Proposition 24 would repeal about $1.3 billion in annual corporate tax breaks scheduled to begin taking effect this year. The tax breaks were approved as part of the state budget in 2008 and 2009. The campaign is funded by organized labor groups that argue the state cannot afford the tax breaks during the budget crisis.
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 25
Proposition 25 would allow the Legislature to pass state budgets with a simple majority rather than the two-thirds vote now required. It would not apply to tax increases, which would still require a two-thirds majority. The proposal would also penalize state lawmakers if they failed to pass a budget by June 15, causing them to forfeit their salaries and expenses for every day they fail to settle on a spending plan.
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 26
Proposition 26 would require a two-thirds vote, rather than the simple majority now required, for the Legislature to pass or raise certain fees for government programs. The measure would also prohibit local governments from raising some taxes without two-thirds voter approval. The head of the California Chamber of Commerce says the measure closes a loophole to protect consumers, but environmentalists say the measure is the work of big businesses that want to make it harder for government to charge them for the cost of protecting the environment and public health.
» Opinion L.A.: Follow Prop. 27
Proposition 27 would eliminate the independent commission that voters authorized to redraw state legislative boundaries and return that authority to the Legislature. Populations of districts for the same office would be equalized. Voters would have the power to reject district maps approved by the Legislature.

Third party candidates
Chelene Nightingale, American Independent
Laura Wells, Green
Dale F. Ogden, Libertarian
Carlos Alvarez, Peace and Freedom
U.S. Senate
Edward C. Noonan, American Independent
Duane Roberts, Green
Gail K. Lightfoot, Libertarian
Marsha Feinland, Peace and Freedom
Lieutenant governor
Jim King, American Independent
James "Jimi" Castillo, Green
Pamela J. Brown, Libertarian
C.T. Weber, Peace and Freedom
Attorney general
Diane Beall Templin, American Independent
Peter Allen, Green
Timothy J. Hannan, Libertarian
Robert J. Evans, Peace and Freedom
Secretary of state
Merton D. Short, American Independent
Ann Menasche, Green
Christina Tobin, Libertarian
Marylou Cabral, Peace and Freedom
Lawrence G. Beliz, American Independent
Ross D. Frankel, Green
Andrew "Andy" Favor, Libertarian
Karen Martinez, Peace and Freedom
Robert Lauten, American Independent
Charles "Kit" Crittenden, Green
Edward M. Teyssier, Libertarian
Debra L. Reiger, Peace and Freedom
Insurance commissioner
Clay Pedersen, American Independent
William Balderston, Green
Richard S. Bronstein, Libertarian
Dina Josephine Padilla, Peace and Freedom

Afghan president got cash from Iran -

Afghan president got cash from Iran -

Karzai told CNN on Monday that the United States is and has been aware of Iran's financial contributions.

He also said that the United States gives bags of money.

"The United States is doing the same thing," he said. "They are providing cash to some of our offices."
The president said Iran "asked for good relations in return and for lots of other things in return."

"The cash payments are done by various friendly countries to help the president's office and to help dispense assistance in various ways to the employees around here, to people outside, and this is transparent and this is something that I have discussed," Karzai said.

"Even when we were at Camp David [Maryland] with President [George W.] Bush, this is nothing hidden."
"We are grateful to Iran for the help that they are giving and to those receiving that help under my instruction," he said.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

History of Weed

Rubio For Senate TV Ad: "Dream"

Christine O'Donnell: I'm You

TV Ad: Sharron Angle Wouldn't Fight for Nevada Jobs

The Tea Party vs. Harry Reid

Political Ads Increasingly Negative

Illegal Immigration Commercial

How can we trust Jan Brewer?

Failure Fiorina vs Boxer

Outsourcing Boxer vs Fiorina

Political Attack Ads 2010-Parody

New Republican Ad 2010

Welcome to Nevada, Mr. President

Chinese Professor-Parody

Chinese Professor from Campus Progress Action on Vimeo.

Chinese Professor Political Ad

Friday, October 22, 2010

Join Me Sunday to Meet Voters - Espuelas Blog post - Spurs Debate

Join Me Sunday to Meet Voters - Espuelas Blog post - Spurs Debate

Join Me Sunday to Meet Voters

It's time to knock on doors and talk to our neighbors about the importance of voting this coming November 2nd.

I am joining our friend Phu, candidate for Representative of the California 68th Assembly District, on a walk through Costa Mesa to meet voters. I am asking you to come help us reach as many people as possible this coming Sunday. People power will make all the difference.

The stakes are high. Phu's victory is critical to the future of California. His vision of national unity, common purpose and effort connects directly with what California needs to get out of our deep recession.

Many people throughout California are working as hard as possible to elect Phu – will you join us?

Sunday, October 24th
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phu Campaign Office
16151 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA

Lunch Provided!

TGIF...Time 2 shake it off.....Brazilian style

Grab a coupon book: Wall Street drives food prices up - News, Weather and Sports for Albany, Valdosta and Thomasville. Leading the way for South Georgia. |

Grab a coupon book: Wall Street drives food prices up - News, Weather and Sports for Albany, Valdosta and Thomasville. Leading the way for South Georgia.

NEW YORK, NY (CNN) - Wall Street is driving up the prices of food, so you may want to start clipping coupons to save where you can.

Over the past few months, Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts, and Millstone raised their coffee prices by an average of 9 percent. Starbucks also raised prices on its "labor-intensive" drinks, which include lattes and frappuccinos.

And the rising costs don't stop with coffee. The sticker price on Sara Lee's bread and deli meat is also going up, and General Mills will be raising prices on some of its cereals and baked goods in the coming months.

All of the companies blamed higher commodity costs, or the cost of the raw materials that go into the finished food product. For example, coffee is trading at a 13-year high, up about 40 percent over last year.
It's a similar story with corn, which is also up 40 percent. Corn is used in everything from soda to cereal and animal feed to ethanol.

There are fears that corn and coffee crops will be smaller, so investors are sending prices up as a way to hedge against inflation.

Web-speak 101 for Parents: How to Decode Teen Text Online Slang - ABC News

Web-speak 101 for Parents: How to Decode Teen Text Online Slang - ABC News

Teens and 'tweens are more sophisticated than ever in camouflaging their text messages -- even creating text languages of their own that most parents can't crack.

So, you've seen a bit of "webspeak" on your kid's phone or computer, but don't know what it means?

There are several websites that can help you decode the secret language your teens might be using online.

On these websites, you'll find acronym and phrase dictionaries, translators and tips on how to navigate the waters of learning internet slang.

Click HERE to visit Anne Pleshette Murphy's parenting website.
Slang Decoding Tools


Teen Chat Decoder:

Making Ignorance Chic -

Making Ignorance Chic -

now another famous beauty with glowing skin and a powerful current, Sarah Palin, has made ignorance fashionable.

You struggle to name Supreme Court cases, newspapers you read and even founding fathers you admire? No problem. You endorse a candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate seat who is the nominee in West Virginia? Oh, well.

At least you’re not one of those “spineless” elites with an Ivy League education, like President Obama, who can’t feel anything. It’s news to Christine O’Donnell that the Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. It’s news to Joe Miller, whose guards handcuffed a journalist, and to Carl Paladino, who threatened The New York Post’s Fred Dicker, that the First Amendment exists, even in Tea Party Land.

Michele Bachmann calls Smoot-Hawley Hoot-Smalley.

Sharron Angle sank to new lows of obliviousness when she told a classroom of Hispanic kids in Las Vegas: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.”

As Palin tweeted in July about her own special language adding examples from W. and Obama: “ ‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”

On Saturday, at a G.O.P. rally in Anaheim, Calif., Palin mockingly noted that you won’t find her invoking Mao or Saul Alinsky. She says she believes in American exceptionalism. But when it comes to the people running the country, exceptionalism is suspect; leaders should be — as Palin, O’Donnell and Angle keep saying — just like you.

U.S. Offers Pakistan Army $2 Billion Aid Package -

U.S. Offers Pakistan Army $2 Billion Aid Package -

The new aid package, totaling $2 billion, is meant to replace one that expired Oct. 1. It would complement $7.5 billion in aid that the United States has already pledged to Pakistan for civilian projects, some have which have been directed toward helping the nation recover from the damaging floods.

Healthcare, insurance, Affordable Care Act: Making healthcare reform work -

Healthcare, insurance, Affordable Care Act: Making healthcare reform work -

Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan.

They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big premium increases and pointing the finger at the federal healthcare overhaul. Some insurers are refusing to sell individual policies for children because of rules requiring them to take all comers, not just those in perfect health. They are lobbying on Capitol Hill and in statehouses to undermine or eliminate the law's provisions.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius answered insurers' scare tactics by saying she would have "zero tolerance" for such behavior, but the administration's response so far has been limited to words.

It's time the president uses his clout and fights back.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hispanic voters may decide tight Nevada Senate race | Reuters

Hispanic voters may decide tight Nevada Senate race Reuters

Now, with the U.S. congressional elections nearing on November 2, her group feels powerful.

"The Latino vote has never been more important in Nevada," Arguello-Kline said of the bloc that could hold the key to one of the West's top Senate races.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the biggest target for Republicans in the country, is locked in a dead heat with conservative rival Sharron Angle in Nevada.

TIME: New CPR Guidelines

NPR Fires Juan Williams

Audit: Bell administrators used low-income housing funds to boost their pay -

Audit: Bell administrators used low-income housing funds to boost their pay -

Bell's former Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo and two other top officials got a portion of their lucrative compensation by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fund that was supposed to be used to provide housing for low-income residents, according to a state audit released Wednesday.

The audit of the Bell Community Redevelopment Agency also found that the city wrongly spent about $180,000 of the affordable housing funds on cellphones, car washes, car batteries and landscaping while City Council members — charged with overseeing the agency's budget — failed to provide "any meaningful oversight."

"Public money dedicated to increasing affordable housing and maintaining local roads were instead used as a self-indulgent slush fund to pay for excessive salaries, perks and other unlawful expenses," said state Controller John Chiang, whose office prepared the report.

Terror suspect pleads guilty in threat against 'South Park' creators -

Terror suspect pleads guilty in threat against 'South Park' creators -

An American-born man accused of posting an online attack against the creators of the animated TV series "South Park" due to a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to providing material support to terrorists and other charges.

Under the agreement announced in federal court, Zachary Chesser, 20, also pleaded guilty to charges of communicating threats and soliciting crimes of violence.

NPR analyst fired over Muslim comment -

NPR analyst fired over Muslim comment -

National Public Radio said it terminated the contract of a news analyst after he said on a Fox News show that he gets nervous when he sees people with Muslim garb on planes.

Juan Williams had worked at NPR for a long time, but his other job as an analyst on the "largely conservative and often contentious prime time talk shows of Fox News has long been a sore point with NPR News executives."

I've never been a Williams fan, but I think this is wrong...we can openly pound other ethnic groups, even threaten to strip them of there citizenship, but we walk on egg shells when it comes to our Muslim brothers.

I was having dinner at a restaurant with some friends...when a Muslim women walked in with a backpack on her back. The busy restaurant went completely could her a pin drop. My point is that many feel like Williams, is it wrong ?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Opposing Views: Woman, 20, New Police Chief of Violent Mexican Town

Opposing Views: Woman, 20, New Police Chief of Violent Mexican Town

The Mexican town of Guadalupe Distrito Bravo had a problem -- no one wanted to be police chief. And with good reason; the town is plagued by drug violence and murders. But up stepped perhaps the bravest young woman you'll ever meet.

20-year-old criminology student Marisol Valles Garcia has been named the chief of police of Guadalupe. It is one of the most dangerous municipalities in Mexico's violence-wracked northern state of Chihuahua.

Valles Garcia has a tough task ahead of her. At least eight people were murdered in the town last week alone. The former mayor was assassinated in June, and local police are routinely kidnapped and murdered.

Two bodyguards have been assigned to protect Valles Garcia. While hit men for the cartels have been more than able to penetrate much tighter security details, killing mayors and police chiefs throughout northern Mexico, she says she isn't afraid.

Valles Garcia said the cartels should not fear her because it is not her job to fight drug trafficking. She said during her swearing-in ceremony that that is the responsibility of other government agencies.

She said her 12-member police force would focus on preventative programs for schools and neigh

Court in UAE says beating wife, child OK if no marks are left -

Court in UAE says beating wife, child OK if no marks are left -

A court in the United Arab Emirates says a man is permitted under Islamic law to physically discipline his wife and children as long as he leaves no marks and has tried other methods of punishment, the country's top court ruled.

The ruling came in the case of a man who slapped his wife and slapped and kicked his 23-year-old daughter, the document said.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DN! GOP-Linked Group Urges Latinos Not to Vote in Nov. Election

Mario Solis-Marich: Suppression of the Empire -- Robert Deposada's Adventure

Mario Solis-Marich: Suppression of the Empire -- Robert Deposada's Adventure

Robert Deposada has sold out his community. Deposada, a GOP operative from the failed Bush Presidency, crossed a critical line this week by developing and placing ads urging Latino voters to stay home and not vote during this important election cycle. The ads are not only despicable in purpose but they are abhorrent in execution. Not since La Malinche, the infamous traitor in Mexican history who used a combination of her language skills and let's say "bedside manner" to help conquer the Aztecs, has there been such a blatant and cynical transaction as the one between consultant Deposada and the GOP.

Deposada and his cohorts are from the family tree of George Bush and other politicians who are devoted to securing power not through action and empowerment but by trickery.

Screw this bastard !...Vote

Who's funding attack ads? It's a secret -

Who's funding attack ads? It's a secret -

This election season, special interests are sneaking around trying to influence voters by funding the attack ads you see on TV. With the help of a recent court ruling, they can do it all anonymously. It's hard not to think it's because they have something to be ashamed of.

In January, the Supreme Court gave corporations, unions and special interest groups the power to influence elections in an unlimited and anonymous way. In an unprecedented move, the court, the same majority who decried an activist court when they were nominees, legislated from the bench and overturned years of previous case law, striking down longstanding limitations on campaign spending from special interests in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

The best Internet Explorer security add-ons | Workers' Edge - CNET News

The best Internet Explorer security add-ons Workers' Edge - CNET News

Big things are brewing in the browser industry, which is good news for all Web denizens, regardless of your browser preference. At the same time, your current browser can probably be made safer through the proper application of the right security add-ons.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 'Politicians should be thanking me' - Nevada Wonk - Las Vegas Sun

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 'Politicians should be thanking me' - Nevada Wonk - Las Vegas Sun

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio thinks Nevada owes him some gratitude.

The self-appointed "toughest sheriff in America" maintains that his immigration policies - seen by many as racist - have kept thousands of illegal immigrants out of the Silver State. He boasts that 2,000 illegal alien drug smugglers, many on their way to Nevada, have been arrested in his Maricopa County jurisdiction since Arizona's human smuggling law took effect.

"The politicians should be thanking me, but they don't," Arpaio told the Sun today. "I'm the one guy who knows where the border is and is cracking down on illegal immigration."

Arpaio will visit Las Vegas on Tuesday to speak to Tea Party supporters and stump for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle. Arpaio lived in Vegas for six months in 1957 working as a police officer.
Arpaio has never met Angle, who speaks of him often and advocates that every state have a sheriff like him, but he has endorsed her.

"I like the fact that she's a fighter," Arpaio said. "I anticipate she'll be elected, which shows you the mood of the country."

ThinkProgress » Univision Accepts $80,000 To Air GOP Group’s Ads That Tell Latinos Not To Vote

ThinkProgress » Univision Accepts $80,000 To Air GOP Group’s Ads That Tell Latinos Not To Vote

The big question is: Why is Univision even airing this ad? Obviously, Univision is a private company, not a public interest organization. It is free to air the ads of whomever it wants. However, it seems odd that the network would accept $80,000 to air a message that isn’t just fundamentally at odds with its own self-professed mantra, but also directly contradicts the goals of a campaign it has already invested significant resources in.

Rated #1 network, Salinas and her likes...patting themselves on their OWN backs, for a great and tedious job they do, for "The Community".....What a joke !

Tylenol product recalled after complaints of moldy odor

The maker of Benadryl and Tylenol has added another popular over-the-counter drug to its growing list of recalled products.

The latest recall affects Tylenol 8-hour caplets 50 count, sold in the United States and Puerto Rico. The lot number is BCM155.

Complaints of a musty or moldy odor led to the recall, McNeil Consumer Healthcare said. The odor, the company believes, is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole.

McNeil said the "risk of adverse medical events is remote."

Proposition 19, a measure to legalize marijuana

María Elena Salinas prefiere seguir cuestionando la autoridad - AOL Noticias

María Elena Salinas prefiere seguir cuestionando la autoridad - AOL Noticias

"la gran responsabilidad de mantener informados a un gran número de hispanos en estados unidos."

"Nos llaman a la prensa el cuarto poder porque podemos tener cierta influencia en la opinión pública y podemos hacer una diferencia; así es que prefiero quedarme del lado de los que cuestionan a la autoridad", acotó.

“La gran responsabilidad de mantener informados a un gran número de Hispanos en Estados Unidos”….what a joke ! mas bien lo único que hace univision es mantenernos en la ignorancia y explotando a nuestras jovencitas, a que inspiren a ser un instrumento sexual.

Felicidades Doña, gran trabajo y creatividad en producir la variedad de programas que su cadena ofrece…..porquería que en el 21st Century , nos esta dañando, no ayudando.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Voter Registration Drive-By Locations « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

Voter Registration Drive-By Locations « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

LOS ANGELES (CBS2) — Tonight is the last night to register to vote, and there are 10 drive-by locations where you can register in L.A. County. Registration Locations are open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.

Compton DMV2111 S. Santa Fe AvenueCompton, CA, 90221
Bell Gardens DMV6801 Garfield Blvd. Bell Gardens, CA, 90201
Pasadena DMV49 S. Rosemead Ave. Pasadena, CA, 91107
San Pedro DMV1511 N. Gaffey St. San Pedro, CA, 90731
Lincoln Park DMV3529 N. Mission Rd. Los Angeles, CA, 90031
West Covina DMV800 S. Glendora Ave. West Covina, CA, 91790
Glendale City Hall City Hall613 E. Broadway Blvd. Glendale, CA, 91206
Pomona City Hall City Hall505 S. Garey Ave. Pomona, CA, 91766
West Hollywood City Hall City Hall8300 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA, 90069
El Centro Del Pueblo Community Organization1157 Lemoyne St. Los Angeles, CA, 90026
NALEO Educational Fund Community Organization1122 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90015

Karma... The Clock is Ticking

From the Team That Brought You Arizona’s SB 1070… « The Washington Independent

From the Team That Brought You Arizona’s SB 1070… « The Washington Independent

It seems unlikely the bill will go anywhere, given that legal scholars say it blatantly violates the 14th Amendment. But Pearce, who has been discussing anti-birthright citizenship since June, has moved forward anyway and plans to introduce it in January during the next legislative session. Kobach shot down the Arizona Republic’s request for details on the bill: “We aren’t announcing anything yet, as the drafting is not complete,” he said in an email.

A move to end automatic citizenship may have some support on the national level, where numerous Republicans have come out against “birth tourism” and “anchor babies.” But a repeal of the 14th Amendment that grants native-born citizenship would need far more support to succeed: Constitutional amendments must be approved by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and at least 38 states.

Pearce’s bill would instead remove citizenship at the state level, which legal experts say is directly in conflict with the Constitution. (Kobach, interestingly, is a constitutional law professor.) Last time Justice Department officials felt Arizona was preempting their authority on immigration matters, they sued the state to stop it. If the state were to pass Pearce and Kobach’s bill, it seems likely another lawsuit would result.