Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Obama Not Muslim: The Roots of Americans’ Cockamamie Beliefs - The Daily Beast

Obama Not Muslim: The Roots of Americans’ Cockamamie Beliefs - The Daily Beast

How is it possible that a fifth of this country believes Obama is Muslim, without any evidence? Tunku Varadarajan on other cockamamie American beliefs—and why so many cling to them.

I have just returned from London, which I pronounce to be a saner city, by far, than New York. And the one question I was asked repeatedly—by friends, by cabbies, even by complete strangers seated next to me at a cricket match—was how on earth a fifth of all Americans could maintain, in the absence of any respectable evidence to support their belief, that Barack Obama is Muslim. (The Pew poll that uncovered this fevered, adamant state of mind made quite a splash in Britain, where the natives rather enjoy feeling superior to Americans.)

Ditto...having spent many years overseas, my emails from friends I've left behind, all close with some potshot at the USA.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fiestas Patrias planners: Entertainers hard to find

Fiestas Patrias planners: Entertainers hard to find

Organizers of the Valley's single Fiestas Patrias celebration in Phoenix are struggling to find notable entertainers to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence.

In years past, Spanish-language media and other businesses that cater to Hispanics sponsored competing patriotic celebrations in Avondale, Glendale, Phoenix and Mesa featuring food, dancing and performances by popular regional Mexican artists and groups.

But the slumping economy coupled with Arizona's tough new immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, means fewer entertainers are willing to perform at Valley venues and events, including the Fiestas Patrias.

"There is a movement on behalf of many, many Hispanic entertainers to boycott Arizona," said Gilbert's Juan Elias of Elias Entertainment. "Our company normally produces eight or 10 concerts in the Phoenix area on a yearly basis. And we haven't done anything this year."

For the 11th year, Bashas'-owned grocery chain Food City is partnering with the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix for the free patriotic event.

"I think because it's coming from the Mexican consul, and it's the 200 year anniversary, they're willing to come to Phoenix," said Gonzalez. "Our media partners are using their influence to get people willing to play, and not make a political statement."

Phoenix police investigate homicide after man found dead in SUV | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Phoenix News

Phoenix police investigate homicide after man found dead in SUV Phoenix News Arizona News azfamily.com Phoenix News

PHOENIX -- Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead inside a vehicle in Phoenix on Monday.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump, a Hispanic male was found dead behind the wheel of a Chevrolet SUV near 12th Street and Campbell Avenue.

Police do not have any suspects at this time.

The victim has not been identified.

Mexican massacre survivor returned to Ecuador, officials say - CNN.com

Mexican massacre survivor returned to Ecuador, officials say - CNN.com

Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) -- The sole survivor in last week's massacre of 72 Central and South American migrants in northern Mexico has been released from a hospital and returned to his native Ecuador, Mexican officials said Monday.

Shameful !

Dr. King's March on Washington vs. Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally

Saturday, August 28, 2010

IRS Seeks New Issues for the Industry Issue Resolution Program

IRS Seeks New Issues for the Industry Issue Resolution Program

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging business taxpayers, associations and other interested parties to submit to the Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) program tax issues for resolution involving a controversy, a dispute or an unnecessary burden on business taxpayers.

The objective of the IIR program is to resolve business tax issues common to significant numbers of taxpayers through new and improved guidance. In past years, issues have been submitted by associations and others representing both small and large business taxpayers, resulting in tax guidance that helps thousands of taxpayers.

Steele, Republicans May Be Split on Immigration Reform | The Afro-American Newspapers | Your Community. Your History. Your News.

Steele, Republicans May Be Split on Immigration Reform The Afro-American Newspapers Your Community. Your History. Your News.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele once again talked his way into the news this week with comments on Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Steele, speaking to Spanish-language television network Univision, said the views of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer don’t necessarily represent his view or those of all Republicans.

“The actions of one state’s governor [are] not a reflection of an entire country, nor … a reflection of an entire political party," Steele said. “The governor and the people of Arizona made a decision that they thought was in their best interest, and that’s the beauty of a republic, that’s who we are.”

Hillarious !

ICE: 370 illegal immigrants arrested in 10 states - CNN.com

ICE: 370 illegal immigrants arrested in 10 states - CNN.com

(CNN) -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested nearly 400 illegal immigrants -- including 347 with prior criminal convictions -- over a three-day operation throughout the Midwest, the agency announced Friday.

The arrests in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska were part of the agency's "Cross Check" operations that began in 2009 and are being held across the country.

"We are doing more than ever to prevent people from coming here illegally and we're doing more than ever to focus on those criminal aliens who are threatening our public safety," said Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman for ICE's Chicago, Illinois, office.

Of the 370 people arrested this week, more than half of them had prior convictions for serious violent crimes such as armed robbery, drug trafficking and aggravated assault.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Arpaio campaign fined for illegal mailers targeting Romley - East Valley Tribune - Arizona Local News

Arpaio campaign fined for illegal mailers targeting Romley - East Valley Tribune - Arizona Local News

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 2012 re-election campaign committee will be fined for sending out mailers deemed illegal by the county election department's finance committee because they sought the defeat of Interim Maricopa County Rick Romley.

The order also says the committee does not qualify as an independent expenditure group under state law because Arpaio has expressly been authorized to raise and spend money on behalf of Montgomery's campaign. Nor did the committee, the Re-Elect Joe Arpaio 2012 Committee, receive written certification to be a campaign committee from the Arizona Secretary of State as Arpaio publicly campaigned for office during a non-election year for his job.

Random Musings: Jan Brewer admits that SB1070 is bad for Arizona...

Random Musings: Jan Brewer admits that SB1070 is bad for Arizona...

...but instead of using her words to do it, she's using our money.

From ABC15's website -
The state hopes a public relations agency can convince people to travel to Arizona despite concerns they might have about the state’s immigration law.

The Arizona Governor’s Task Force on Tourism and Economic Vitality hired HMA Public Relations to come up with a campaign to help tackle any negative backlash caused by Senate Bill 1070.

TGIF !

Want to be class president? Not if you're black, in one Miss. school


If you’re black and a student at one public middle school in Mississippi, you can’t run for president – only whites need apply.


Nettleton Middle School in Nettleton, Miss., has segregated its elected class positions by race, according to a memo sent home with children at the school last week that was obtained by NBC News.

Pakistani Taliban Hint at Attacks on Aid Workers - ABC News

Pakistani Taliban Hint at Attacks on Aid Workers - ABC News

The Taliban hinted they may launch attacks against foreigners helping Pakistan respond to the worst floods in the country's history, saying their presence was "unacceptable." The U.N. said it would not be deterred by violent threats.

The militant group has attacked aid workers in the country before, and an outbreak of violence could complicate a relief effort that has already struggled to reach the 8 million people who are in need of emergency assistance.

Glenn Beck: Fox Host Channels American Fear, Anger - TIME

Glenn Beck: Fox Host Channels American Fear, Anger - TIME

Beck is 45, tireless, funny, self-deprecating, a recovering alcoholic, a convert to Mormonism, a libertarian and living with ADHD. He is a gifted storyteller with a knack for stitching seemingly unrelated data points into possible conspiracies — if he believed in conspiracies, which he doesn't, necessarily; he's just asking questions. He's just sayin'.

No one has a better feeling for this mood, and no one exploits it as well, as Beck. He is the hottest thing in the political-rant racket, left or right. A gifted entrepreneur of angst in a white-hot market. A man with his ear uniquely tuned to the precise frequency at which anger, suspicion and the fear that no one's listening all converge. On that frequency, Frankowski explained, "the thing I hear most is, People are scared."

FOXNews.com - Arizona Files Legal Brief Hitting Back at Federal Ruling Against State's Immigration Law

FOXNews.com - Arizona Files Legal Brief Hitting Back at Federal Ruling Against State's Immigration Law

PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer's lawyers
on Thursday filed the first brief in their appeal of a ruling that put the most controversial elements of Arizona's new immigration law on hold.

The governor says the federal ruling blocking portions of Arizona's controversial immigration law "has caused irreparable harm" to the state's residents.

The governor's office says Bolton abused her discretion by applying the wrong legal standards and basing her ruling on the federal government's speculation that it would be harmed by Arizona's law. Brewer says the judge ignored key provisions of federal law that allow states to enforce immigration law.

"The decision to suspend portions of SB 1070 has caused irreparable harm to the safety and well-being of Arizona's citizens who continue to suffer every day that the federal government refuses to do its job," Brewer said in a written statement.

Parents, do you know what these texts mean? - CNN.com

Parents, do you know what these texts mean? - CNN.com

Jones created noslang.com in 2005, and as more readers have submitted terms related to drugs and sex, what started out as a fun little lexicon of innocuous shortcuts has become a valuable educational tool for parents to learn about what their children are up to.

In his online dictionary, there are thousands of slang terms related to drugs and sex (there are 88 drug shortcuts beginning with the letter "a" alone). "A- boot," for example, means someone is under the influence of drugs, "cu46" means "see you for sex," and "gnoc" means "get naked on cam," meaning a webcam.

"Whether you're a parent, teacher, law enforcement officer or simply a concerned friend -- it's important to stay up to date on the latest drug-related slang terms," Jones writes on the website.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Justice Department Gives Second Ultimatum in Sheriff Arpaio Investigation - Political Punch

Justice Department Gives Second Ultimatum in Sheriff Arpaio Investigation - Political Punch

The Department has been investigating the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for alleged civil rights violations. Officials set the deadline following a meeting Tuesday with Arpaio’s attorneys in Washington.

“If we do not receive clear and specific agreement for all of the [requests], we will conclude that completion cannot be achieved by voluntary means,” Judy Preston, acting chief of the agency’s Special Litigation Section, wrote to Sheriff’s Office attorney Robert Driscoll.

America’s Brand New Police State: The Effects of a New Immigration Law on Arizona’s Struggling Economy « The Stanford Progressive

America’s Brand New Police State: The Effects of a New Immigration Law on Arizona’s Struggling Economy « The Stanford Progressive

The first and perhaps most obvious effect of the law is an exodus of undocumented immigrants. Is this a bad thing for the Arizonan economy? Some will say “no”: less undocumented immigrants means less competition for jobs and higher wages for unskilled labor. This is absolutely true in the short-run. George Borias and Lawrence Katz of Harvard University estimate that “illegal immigration caused a 3.6 percent reduction in the wages of non-high school graduates in the U.S. during 1980-2000″ . However, the influx of workers into these low-skilled jobs via illegal immigration greatly benefits the middle and upper classes in the U.S., who get cheaper goods without the drawback on increased job competition. According to the New York Times, the study originally cited a wage decrease of 8.2%, but shaved that number down as other factors were taken into account.

The second major economic argument of those who support SB1070 is that removing illegal immigrants frees the state of liabilities in health, education, and other social services. Again, this is a valid argument in the short-run. In their first years of work, undocumented immigrants do not pay as much into taxes as they use in services, not because of their undocumented status but because they are low wage and thus fit into a low tax bracket. It is a common misconception that illegal immigrants use more social services than citizens. In fact, studies have shown that the average immigrant costs the government less than half of the money spent on full citizens in social services. Another major misconception is that these immigrants do not pay taxes. Aside from sales taxes, two-thirds of undocumented immigrants pay payroll taxes, Social Security taxes, and Medicare taxes. Yet, without a social security number, undocumented immigrants are not eligible to receive Social Security nor Medicare benefits, and thus add a subsidy of about $1.5 billion to Medicare and about $7 billion to Social Security every year (that’s about 10% of Social Security’s current surplus). These workers can file taxes with the IRS using an Individual Tax Identification Number rather than a Social Security number. The mechanism was invented in 1996 to allow foreigners who need to file U.S. taxes the ability to do so, although most individuals with ITIN numbers are probably undocumented immigrants. The IRS does not share this information with other government agencies, and issued 1.5 million ITINs in 2006. Between 1996 and 2003, the IRS received $50 billion in tax payments through this method. Thus, as workers gain skills and their children become educated in the U.S., their family begins to pay positive dividends to the U.S. government.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

AZ - Election Results

AZ - Election Results

Florida Election Watch

Florida Election Watch

Welcome to the Florida Division of Elections' Florida Election Watch, a resource for citizens to track contests across the State of Florida. Select any race to view its details or select your county to view the contests in your county.

Dave Zirin: Enrique Morones: The Man Who Would Move the Game

Dave Zirin: Enrique Morones: The Man Who Would Move the Game


Enrique Morones has been at the heart of the movement to move the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game from the state of Arizona. As much as anyone in the United States, he is uniquely positioned to provide leadership on the connection between baseball and the rights of immigrants. For six years, Morones worked for the San Diego Padres as a Vice President in charge of connecting the franchise to the Latino community, Major League Baseball's first Department of Hispanic Marketing. In addition, Morones is the founder of Border Angels, an organization that leaves blankets, food and water on the rough desert terrain to provide tools of survival for people crossing the border.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm Voting Democrat

I'm Voting Republican - You'll Get What You Deserve

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'Religious' tolerance?

The privileges of being classed as religion should be withdrawn from Islam.

If Hitler had claimed that 'Mein Kampf' was dictated by God, would we be forced to tolerate the Nazi Party as a religion? Islam is first and foremost a mind-destroying, totalitarian political ideology that spreads through the Body Politic like a virus.

Winston Churchill gave the correct diagnosis over a century ago, when he compared Islam to a contagious virus or meme - 'as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog' http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/islam-murder-meme-and-rabies-of.html

Consequently, Islam should be reclassified from 'RELIGION' to 'PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM' - a virulent contagious mental illness. It could then be contained by the methods used to prevent the spread of typhoid and other lethal epidemics: enforced exclusion and quarantine of carriers, eradication of foci of infection, immunization of the susceptible population etc.

pr_081910b.html/AP Orders Staff to Stop Using Phrase 'Ground Zero Mosque'

pr_081910b.html

Aug. 19, 2010

Colleagues,
Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington:

1. We should continue to avoid the phrase "ground zero mosque" or "mosque at ground zero" on all platforms. (We’ve very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it’s “near” ground zero, or two blocks away.

WE WILL CHANGE OUR SLUG ON THIS STORY LATER TODAY from “BC-Ground Zero Mosque” to “BC-NYC Mosque.”

Election 2010: State Republican Party looks to turn the page - latimes.com

Election 2010: State Republican Party looks to turn the page - latimes.com

Reporting from San Diego — Energized by the most diverse state ticket in their party's history, California Republicans are stepping up their outreach to Latinos and other minorities, hoping to repair their image and grow their ranks. But as they gathered for their semiannual convention over the weekend, GOP leaders and the party faithful clashed over immigration, illustrating, in an unexpected way, the party's key campaign theme: Party of the future versus party of the past.

Demographics demand it. Latinos, in particular, are a potent political force, representing 21% of the electorate, compared with 10% two decades ago. In 2008, they made up 18% of general-election voters. And although Latinos have been trending Democratic, Republicans see an opportunity to regain ground because many Latinos share some of the core values of the party, such as social conservatism, and are small-business owners.

Hmm !

Elderly and disabled immigrants may lose financial aid - latimes.com

Elderly and disabled immigrants may lose financial aid - latimes.com

Some of the poorest elderly and disabled people admitted to this country on humanitarian grounds will lose their cash assistance in October unless they have naturalization applications pending, federal officials say.

Letters have been sent to 3,800 recipients of Supplemental Security Income, including some in California, warning them that their eligibility for the federal program could end Sept. 30, said Lowell Kepke, a spokesman for the Social Security

The refugees, asylees and other humanitarian immigrants are admitted to the U.S. because they have been victims of war, persecution or other disasters in their home countries.

Ali, who lives alone in San Diego, was granted asylum from Ethiopia in 2001 and applied for a green card the next year. He waited six years to get it and can't apply for citizenship until 2011. Two weeks ago, he received a letter warning him that his only income, $845 a month in cash assistance, would soon be cut off.

"When I lose it, I don't know what will happen," said Ali, who asked that his full name not be published, because he feared it would endanger family members in Ethiopia. "I am 79 years old, so I can't work."

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duytan7401
My grandma was from Vietnam 20 years ago, she was born in 1920, now she is 90 years old, laying bed hopelessly. She can't walk, talk, or perform other functions that normal people would easily do. I hope she would die sooner but she keeps living that way. Now you people tell us we need her to pass US citizenship exam? Oh, come on.......please give us a break.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

State apologizes for mistreatment of Italian residents during WWII - latimes.com

State apologizes for mistreatment of Italian residents during WWII - latimes.com

Legislature passes resolution expressing 'deepest regret' for the wartime internment, curfews, confiscations and other indignities that thousands of Italian and Italian American families faced.

When Mike Maiorana was a boy during World War II, his family was like a lot of others in his Monterey neighborhood.

In 1942, his mother was declared an "enemy alien," along with 600,000 other Italians and half a million Germans and Japanese who weren't U.S. citizens. More than once, men in suits searched the Maiorana house for guns, flashlights, cameras, shortwave radios — anything that could be used to signal the enemy.

Like 10,000 others up and down the California coast, the family was suddenly forced to uproot. At their new place in Salinas, they had to be home by 8 p.m. or face arrest. And when the government seized fishing boats for the war effort, Maiorana's dad, a naturalized U.S. citizen, saw his livelihood go down the drain.

Imam behind controversial New York Islamic center speaks - CNN.com

Imam behind controversial New York Islamic center speaks - CNN.com

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- The imam behind the controversial mosque and Islamic center near New York City's ground zero said Sunday that he hopes the project will develop "an Islamic approach that allows for harmony and understanding among all religions and other ideas."

"If we look at the American Declaration of Independence, we see that it speaks of principles that comply with Islam," Rauf said, according to Bahraini Al Wasat editor-in-chief Mansoor Al Jamri. "The U.S. Constitution protects our rights and what exists in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution is much better than what is found in many Islamic countries."

Rubio Avoids Some Tea Party Tactics in Florida Race - NYTimes.com

Rubio Avoids Some Tea Party Tactics in Florida Race - NYTimes.com

The Florida primary on Tuesday was once going to be Mr. Rubio’s chance to dispatch his main Republican opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist. But Mr. Crist bolted the party four months ago rather than face Mr. Rubio in the primary and is running as an independent in a three-way race.

Now, facing intense competition for the moderate Republicans and independents who could be the keys to victory in one of the nation’s most evenly divided states, Mr. Rubio is trying to show that he is more than just an insurgent protest candidate — and he is breaking with some Tea Party orthodoxy in the process.

Mr. Rubio spends less and less time trying to tap into the discontent that has been at the forefront of the midterm elections. A wiser course for Republicans, he said, is offering an alternative, not simply being the angry opposition.

Friday, August 20, 2010

TGIF...Time to enjoy the hot sun !

Intel to Buy McAfee for $7.68B - CBS News

Intel to Buy McAfee for $7.68B - CBS News

AP) Chip maker Intel Corp. said Thursday it is buying computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion, or $48 per share. The per-share price represents a 60 percent premium over McAfee's Wednesday close of $29.93. McAfee shares surged 58 percent after the deal was announced Thursday to hit $47.42 in premarket trading. Intel shares slipped 2.5 percent to $19.11. Intel, which is based in Santa Clara, Calif., said the deal highlights "that security is now a fundamental component of online computing."

Norton where are you?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Best Steakhouses In Los Angeles



Today is National Filet Mignon Day, and to help you celebrate we've rounded up the best 15 steakhouses in Los Angeles.

Muslims in Manhattan say they need a place to pray | Reuters

Muslims in Manhattan say they need a place to pray | Reuters

Critics contend the center is insensitive to the families of the nearly 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001, when al Qaeda hijackers crashed planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

Some Muslims say they understand why people might be upset and support an attempt by Governor David Paterson to move the project to a less emotionally-charged location.

"We need mosques, but anywhere but Ground Zero. It's going to be a problem all the time," said Sheikh Hossein, 42, an immigrant from Bangladesh.

"We want to pray peacefully. I don't want to pray and fight somebody else over the location. If this mosque is built here, every time there is terrorism, they are going to blame us," he said.

Others like Madaha say relocation would be an insult. "If they move it, to me, it's a slap on religion," he said.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: How to Win the Clash of Civilizations - WSJ.com

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: How to Win the Clash of Civilizations - WSJ.com

What do the controversies around the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, the eviction of American missionaries from Morocco earlier this year, the minaret ban in Switzerland last year, and the recent burka ban in France have in common? All four are framed in the Western media as issues of religious tolerance. But that is not their essence. Fundamentally, they are all symptoms of what the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington called the "Clash of Civilizations," particularly the clash between Islam and the West.

Egg recall expands; several California stores affected | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Egg recall expands; several California stores affected | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

According to the FDA, the potentially contaminated eggs were found to have been packaged under 13 brands, including the store brands of Albertsons, Ralphs and Safeway's Lucerne Foods; the store brand of Midwestern and Virginia grocery chain Farm Fresh; and the Boomsma's, Dutch Farms, Hillandale, Kemps, Lund, Mountain Dairy, Shoreland, Sunshine and Trafficanda brands.

Disney restaurant hostess sues for permission to wear hijab - latimes.com

Disney restaurant hostess sues for permission to wear hijab - latimes.com

A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a Disney-owned restaurant filed a discrimination complaint against the entertainment giant Wednesday, saying they have repeatedly sent her home without pay for refusing to remove her headscarf at work.

Imane Boudlal said she has worked as a hostess at Storyteller's Café in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for two years and began wearing her hijab Sunday but was told she would have to remove it or take a job working out of public view.

Last U.S. combat convoy has left Iraq - CNN.com

Last U.S. combat convoy has left Iraq - CNN.com

Mosul, Iraq (CNN) -- The last U.S. brigade combat team in Iraq has left the country, a move that helps U.S. President Barack Obama reach his goal of 50,000 troops in the country by September 1.

Their departure leaves about 56,000 U.S. troops in the country, according to the U.S. military.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Is Immigration and Islamic Center Debate Alienating Hispanic and Muslim Voters? - ABC News

Is Immigration and Islamic Center Debate Alienating Hispanic and Muslim Voters? - ABC News

The increasing flaps over the proposed Islamic center in New York and immigration raise the question of whether the Republican party is alienating two voter bases that the Bush administration went to great lengths to woo.

"This is not the party of Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush," Hasan, who considers himself a lifelong Republican, told ABC News. "W. Bush condoned that Islam was a religion of peace. Ronald Reagan was someone who supported amnesty (for illegal immigrants). Both men supported opportunities for minorities, for Muslims, for Latinos."

Huntington Beach to charge fees if out-of-town drivers cause accidents - latimes.com

Huntington Beach to charge fees if out-of-town drivers cause accidents - latimes.com

Visiting Huntington Beach? Drive carefully or you could pay.

A law approved this week will charge out-of-towners who are responsible for car accidents for the costs of sending firefighters to the scene.

The ordinance is meant to help pay for responses to car accidents, which spike during the summer, when tourists and visitors flock to the beach city. Out-of-towners cause an estimated 300 traffic accidents each year. City officials say fees that could total several thousand dollars per accident will help defray costs as the city cuts $3.1 million from its budget.

City of Bell lent officials nearly $900,000 - latimes.com

City of Bell lent officials nearly $900,000 - latimes.com

The documents show that Bell's former assistant city manager, Angela Spaccia, received two loans of at least $100,000 each and that council members Oscar Hernandez and Luis Artiga received $20,000 loans. Rizzo, whose huge salary sparked a scandal that forced him and other city officials to step down, received two loans for $80,000 each, city officials said.

Why it's important to get involved !....take the kids !

Blagojevich found guilty on single count in corruption trial - CNN.com

Blagojevich found guilty on single count in corruption trial - CNN.com

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Tuesday of making false statements to the FBI, but escaped convictions on 23 other counts in a trial that is seen as at least a partial victory for Blagojevich.

Hilarious !

Dr. Laura Schlessinger Quits Radio After N-Word Flap - ABC News

Dr. Laura Schlessinger Quits Radio After N-Word Flap - ABC News

"The reason is, I want to regain my First Amendment rights," she said. "I want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I'm sort of done with that."

A nastier Dr Laura !....O-M-G

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

City of Bell salaries: Elected officials and voters, not public employees, are to blame - latimes.com

City of Bell salaries: Elected officials and voters, not public employees, are to blame - latimes.com

Bell's scandal over high salaries for its top officials did not arise because too many regulations and statutes exist. It came about because of lack of interest among the city's residents, combined with little news coverage, allowed the culprits to do their work in the shadows. If regulations and statutes were involved in any way, it was not their existence, but the failure to observe them, that contributed to the problem.

Husbands Who Earn Less Than Wives Are More Likely To Cheat : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR

Husbands Who Earn Less Than Wives Are More Likely To Cheat : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR

Men who are financially dependent on their wives and live-in girlfriends are five times more likely to cheat than those who made the same amount of money, according to a study that looked at trends in infidelity.

Munsch says that each relationship is still unique, and infidelity remains a relatively uncommon occurrence. About 7 percent of men and 3 percent of women cheated in the study's six-year period.

Well, matters of the heart rarely adhere to hard-boiled logic. When a man makes less than his female partner, the discrepancy can challenge "the traditional notion of men as breadwinners," Munsch writes in her analysis of the results.

Karzai's order on private security companies raising questions - CNN.com

Karzai's order on private security companies raising questions - CNN.com

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan president Hamid Karzai will issue an order demanding all private security companies in Afghanistan cease operation within four months, his spokesman announced Monday. That order is expected Tuesday morning.

The spokesman gave no further details and his announcement is raising questions among Afghanistan's international community which heavily relies on private security companies.

Privately, however, a U.S. official with knowledge of the issue but who did not want to speak on the record because of the sensitivity of the issue tells CNN that, based on the Afghan president's spokesman's statement, "it's not at all clear what's being announced."

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Council pay in Vernon, Inglewood and Compton are high, but Bell is still No. 1 - latimes.com

Council pay in Vernon, Inglewood and Compton are high, but Bell is still No. 1 - latimes.com

City council members in Vernon, Compton and Inglewood receive significantly higher compensation than most of their counterparts in Los Angeles County, according to a Los Angeles Times review of salary figures.

In Inglewood, the mayor — a full-time position that has been vacant since former Mayor Roosevelt Dorn pleaded guilty to a public corruption charge in January — makes $111,300 a year. Council members are paid $61,884 a year.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Obama backs controversial New York mosque project | Reuters

Obama backs controversial New York mosque project | Reuters

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.

Obama can speak out in behalf of some immigrants, and be silent on others. Votes and contributions, is what it's all about !

Friday, August 13, 2010

TGIF...Time 2 exhale !

Obama Signs $600 Million Border Security Bill

Obama Signs $600 Million Border Security Bill

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill directing $600 million more to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a modest election-year victory that underscores his failure so far to deliver an overhaul of immigration law.

The new law will pay for the hiring of 1,000 more Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. It provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones. The Justice Department gets more money to help catch drug dealers and human traffickers.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dozens arrested in largest round-up of its kind in Ariz. history

Democrats and Immigration - Swampland - TIME.com

Democrats and Immigration - Swampland - TIME.com

This time.com story I have out today grew from conversation after conversation on the Hill with Democratic aides who were flabbergasted at the Obama Administration's focus on immigration reform. "Like a dog with a bone -- a bad bone," one aide said to me. "It's just crazy - it makes no sense," said another. Most of them fretted about what it would meanfor the midterms to take on the Arizona law -- largely popular in the West -- while pushing for immigration reform at a time when all anyone wants to talk about is the economy.

Controversial Arizona sheriff greeted by jeers, cheers in San Diego - latimes.com

Controversial Arizona sheriff greeted by jeers, cheers in San Diego - latimes.com

The tough-on-crime jokes drew laughs, but turned ugly at one point. When Arpaio asked the audience a rhetorical question about what to do with immigrants who crossed the border, one woman answered: "Shoot 'em."

The remark drew some laughs, and a rebuke from Arpaio. "Not shoot them," he said.

Such reactions from Arpaio supporters don't surprise critics, who accuse the sheriff of tactics and rhetoric that encourage extremist views. The protesters said such attitudes aren't welcome in California.

Comments:

pyrostevo
at 5:37 AM August 11, 2010
every single alien "BROKE THE LAW!" Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. They allow the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care, the invaders break numerous laws,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture & standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btj6IeOFkis&feature=player_embedded
http://immigrationcounters.com/
http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp
http://www.immigrationshumancost.org/
http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty580.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KcwIy_fQuU&feature=player_embedded
Every single Non-representing representative, up to and including obama and holder need to be IMPEACHED! for not upholding the oath of office that they swore to uphold and defend the Constitution! If these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a Moot point!

People like Pyro scare me...hate has taken over !

Cirque du Soleil returning to the Grove for one day only



As if Cirque du Soleil needed more visibility in this world, the Grove in Los Angeles will host a special day featuring performances from Cirque's Las Vegas productions -- "Mystère," "O," "CRISS ANGEL Believe," "Viva ELVIS," "KÀ" and "Zumanity."

The free event will take place Aug. 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Grove with activities for children. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be 30-minute performances from the aforementioned shows and an hour-long performance from the Criss Angel show.


There also will be a chance for the public to meet Cirque du Soleil cast members in the afternoon.

Last year, Cirque du Soleil put on a similar free show at the Grove as part of its 25th anniversary season.

Constitutional amendments and citizenship rights - latimes.com

Constitutional amendments and citizenship rights - latimes.com

It's like clockwork. Whenever conservatives propose a constitutional amendment, progressives suddenly rediscover the delicate gears of the constitution and the horrible dangers of "tinkering" or "tampering" with its precision craftsmanship. Consider the sudden brouhaha over the idea of revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship (which would make us more like Europe, by the way). Here's Angela Kelley of the liberal Center for American Progress on Sen. Lindsey Graham, who started the amendment chatter: "He's not one to tamper with the Constitution, so I'm surprised he would even suggest this."


Don't you just hate an election year ?

Bell salary scandal: Bond rating firm downgrades city's bonds to junk status - latimes.com

Bell salary scandal: Bond rating firm downgrades city's bonds to junk status - latimes.com

"It's adding insult to injury," said Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. "First, folks in [Bell's] upper management were making outrageous salaries and pulling in outrageous benefits. Now taxpayers will have to pay more money when the city wants to go to market to sell bonds. They've already been shafted by city leaders down there; now they're taking another hit in terms of higher borrowing costs."

Bell's credit problems are the latest dose of bad news for residents of the working-class city of about 39,000 since The Times revealed last month that Rizzo was making nearly $800,000 a year. The newspaper has since reported his total compensation was more than $1.5 million and that other top officials, who also have resigned, were making as much as $845,000a year.

U.S. to send imam in ground zero debate to Middle East - CNN.com

U.S. to send imam in ground zero debate to Middle East - CNN.com

(CNN) -- Some lawmakers have urged the State Department to rethink plans to sponsor the imam behind a controversial mosque on a trip to the Middle East.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is at the center of efforts to build a mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York. He is going to the Middle East on a trip funded by the State Department.

Crowley said the imam's trip would take him to Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. His previous trips under the government program were in 2007 to Bahrain, the UAE, Qatar and Morocco, and earlier this year to Egypt.

The trip is one of about 1,200 similar programs of sending experts overseas, Crowley said.


What a waste...what's our message "Do as we say, not as we do" What can one man do, to repair the image people read in the newspaper, on the net or the old fashion way via your television. Anti-Obama pics,racist posters, Arizona, and now a challenge to our constitution.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Immigration agency working to fix visa denials to artists, others - latimes.com

Immigration agency working to fix visa denials to artists, others - latimes.com

The nation's immigration chief has launched a effort to quell the outcry from Hollywood and the performing arts community about a spike in visa denials, processing delays and requests for evidence to support their petitions to bring in leading foreign artists for U.S. performances.

In the last year, immigration attorneys across the nation have loudly complained about mounting roadblocks for performance visas from the California service center, which processes petitions for so-called O and P visas for artists and researchers of extraordinary ability.

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles had to cancel scheduled performances last year of an Argentine music group because California immigration officials challenged whether its fusion of Jewish klezmer music and tango met the requirement to be "culturally unique."

COMMENTS:

Julio Childers:
Good, there are too many foreign artist that are already allowed in and take away funds for American artists. Are we as a society so inept that that feel they have to bring outsiders to make us what "more worldly". If anybody wants to see these groups then travel to their natural setting and enjoy them where you can see the world.

Drug cartels: Bogeymen in Arizona law - CNN.com

Drug cartels: Bogeymen in Arizona law - CNN.com

Jay Heiler, a top-notch political and public affairs consultant and a familiar fixture in Arizona Republican circles. Heiler served as chief of staff to former Gov. Fife Symington in the 1990s and counsels Gov. Jan Brewer today.

He's a vocal defender of the state's new immigration law, Senate Bill 1070. What I wanted to know is whether that's because he really believes in the measure or whether he's just being a good soldier for the state GOP, given that just about every prominent Republican official in the state backs the law.

It's pretty obvious that cynical politicians -- all of whom happen to be Republicans -- are exaggerating the fear factor to cover up what they recognize as some of the more unseemly motives of SB 1070 supporters.

Although Heiler doesn't deny that some of the folks who have rallied around the law are motivated by anxiety over changing demographics, he wouldn't admit that this has anything to do with race and ethnicity.

Monday, August 9, 2010

GOP To Introduce Lame-Duck Prohibition Resolution, Citing Browner's Remarks On Energy Bill

GOP To Introduce Lame-Duck Prohibition Resolution, Citing Browner's Remarks On Energy Bill



House Republicans are going forward with plans to introduce a resolution on Tuesday to prohibit the House of Representatives from assembling during the two-month period following the November elections.

A GOP leadership aide confirmed to the Huffington Post that the resolution, authored by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for the purposes of preventing Democrats from passing legislative items during the lame-duck session, would be introduced before the House passes additional Medicaid and teacher funding. The aide argued that comments on Sunday by Carol Browner, the White House's top energy and environmental adviser, suggesting that energy legislation could be considered during the so-called lame duck period, proved that the resolution was pertinent.

WikiLeaks head steps out of the shadows - CNN.com

WikiLeaks head steps out of the shadows - CNN.com

TED Global is an annual conference hosted by the nonprofit organization TED, named after the three subjects it first began discussing in the 1980s: technology, entertainment and design. It has expanded its scope in the years since and its website now hosts more than 700 talks on a wide range of topics.

Learn more about speakers at the TED Global conference

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Is Brewer's Immigration Stance Bad for Business? - Newsweek

Is Brewer's Immigration Stance Bad for Business? - Newsweek

From a purely political standpoint, Brewer’s actions make sense. Arizona’s business groups may be getting clobbered, but her political fortunes are soaring. Her approval rating jumped after she signed the immigration measure. What makes her rise all the more fascinating is that she didn’t seek out the immigration issue; it was thrust upon her, by Pearce and other proponents of the bill. As soon as she cast her lot with them—and earned rebukes from the Obama administration—she became an instant hero of the right. Conservative Web sites have begun mulling her 2012 presidential prospects. Limbaugh has lavished praise on her. And Sarah Palin has said that Brewer “has the cojones that our president does not.” Given her newfound stardom, dozens of Republican candidates across the country are vying for her endorsement, according to her campaign manager, Doug Cole (she has chosen to back three so far).

Friday, August 6, 2010

City Council Votes To Give New Los Angeles Businesses Tax Exemptions For Two Years - Los Angeles News - The Informer

City Council Votes To Give New Los Angeles Businesses Tax Exemptions For Two Years - Los Angeles News - The Informer


​The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted on Friday to give tax breaks to new businesses that open in Los Angeles.

The businesses will qualify for the "Business Tax Holiday" exemption only if they gross less than $500,000 a year. The exemption will only last until the end of 2012.

TGIF....enjoy !

azcentral.com blogs - Linda Valdez - Valdez - SB 1070's ugly harvest

azcentral.com blogs - Linda Valdez - Valdez - SB 1070's ugly harvest

In case you have been asleep, what’s changed is the arrival of SB 1070 on the world stage – and all the ugly, breathless rhetoric that surrounds it.

Along with it came neo-Nazis on patrol along the border. A White supremacy group donating money to the state’s defense of 1070 fund. And promises of more punitive anti-immigrant measures to come in the next legislative session.

Community, political and religious leaders who know this is wrong should be speaking up daily. Loudly. They should be challenging those who are using illegal immigration as a grand wedge to try and win elections. They should be yelling that this house is on fire.

But the silence is profound and prolonged.

The Root: Dear Wyclef, Please Don't Run! : NPR

The Root: Dear Wyclef, Please Don't Run! : NPR

Marjorie Valbrun is a Haitian-American journalist.

Dear Wyclef,
It pains me to have to tell you this — especially in public. Particularly because it goes to the heart of someplace and something we both care deeply about. But I have to, because as much as I love you, I love Haiti more — so much so that I'm unwilling to put her fate in your hands.
So here goes. Wyclef you're making a big mistake. Running for president of Haiti is a bad idea. Bad for you and bad for Haiti.

Yes, over the years, your words and deeds on behalf of our beloved little island have been commendable. You've inspired legions of young Haitian people both here and back home. You've done the Lord's work with a zealot's commitment and a salesman's enthusiasm. We love you for it, we really do.

Now, more than ever, Haiti needs a highly educated and experienced technocrat who understands the intricacies of governing and diplomacy. Someone who can wage a successful civic education campaign and get different sectors of civil society all working on the same page and tamp down the country's cyclical social unrest. Someone who knows how to get things done and knows how to build schools, hospitals and neighborhoods, as well as sewer systems, electric grids and roads. Someone who can feed the people and give them jobs. Someone schooled in international affairs and who will be respected by the international community. Someone who can rebuild Haiti and ultimately restore its dignity.

Frankly, Wyclef, that someone is not you.

As The Drug War Rages On, Will Mexico Surrender? : NPR

As The Drug War Rages On, Will Mexico Surrender? : NPR

Mexico is in the midst of its most violent confrontation with drug traffickers, with an estimated 28,000 people killed since President Felipe Calderon declared war on drug cartels soon after he took office in late 2006.

But drug trafficking has long gone on in Mexico, and for many decades operated under the eye of the government, according to analysts. Mexico changing politics has, in effect, changed the way drug cartels operate.

A little drug history.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Oh My !...Breaking News

BREAKING: CHRISTINA ROMER LEAVING WHITE HOUSE, NOT PLEASED WITH LARRY SUMMERS - "Christina Romer, chairwoman of Pres. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, has decided to resign, according to a source familiar with her plans. Romer, an economics professor at the University of California (Berkeley) before taking the key admin post, did not respond to repeated calls to her office. 'She has been frustrated,' a source with insight into the WH economics team said. 'She doesn't feel that she has a direct line to the president. She would be giving different advice than Larry Summers [director of the National Economic Council], who does have a direct line to the president.'"

ELENA KAGAN AS ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT - Even though her habit of ordering the bald eagle on rye at Katz's Deli before taking the 1 train to Harvard Law where she ruthlessly promotes sharia law and abducts military recruiters to flush out her softball team's outfield on orders from an Israeli judge -- about whom she has a work-in-progress tribute collage that she updates with Bill Clinton during their weekly bingo night meet-ups at Cambridge's hottest LGBT bar, The Unfurled Lotus -- is well-documented, the Senate this afternoon confirmed Elena Kagan 63 to 37 as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Stay with us in the coming days and weeks for all your End Days news, complete with that refreshing HuffPost Hill attitude you've come to know and love. You had a great run, America.

Landmark: the Supreme Court will, for the first time, have three female justices.

FROM: Huffpost Hill

Chris Matthews Nails It | The LA Progressive

Chris Matthews Nails It The LA Progressive

Once upon a time people this - ”ill informed” shall we say? - were to be found mostly on the fringes of the American political scene. Not even in the days of old Joe McCarthy did it get this strange – not on such a national level anyway. Back in the good ol’ days, the type of behavior we are witnessing today was pretty much restricted to KKK rallies in the deep south and the editorial offices of the Wall Street Journal. A half a century ago political extremism hadn’t yet gone mainstream. It has now. In fact it’s ready for prime time! For this we can all thank the nice people at FOX Noise.

It was Rupert Murdoch’s “News Group” that promoted this movement from their inception. Murdoch himself has denied this accusation over and over again, but the videotapes are there - and video doesn’t lie - unless, of course, it’s a taped replay of a typical Sean Hannity program. The Plutocracy, with FOX as its propaganda arm, has brilliantly managed to convince a huge segment of the American public – a lot of whom could barely be qualified as middle class – that the problem with this country is all those damned, bleeding heart Liberals. The question needs to be put to them: “Where were you assholes when George W. Bush was driving this nation into the economic ditch?”

Why the GOP’s Bizarre Attack on the 14th Amendment | The LA Progressive

Why the GOP’s Bizarre Attack on the 14th Amendment The LA Progressive

Recently, the Republican Party has been rallying around a new effort to potentially repeal provisions of the 14th amendment which automatically grant citizenship to those born in the U.S. Despite the media attention the GOP is generating, few reporters have reminded their audiences of one major procedural hurdle involved: getting two-thirds of Congress and three-fourths of the states to support an amendment to repeal part of the Constitution.

Obama Likeness Used As Darts Target At Carnival

Obama Likeness Used As Darts Target At Carnival

Irvin Good Jr. pulled the target-shooting game after receiving a complaint from a Massachusetts woman attending a fair in Roseto, about 65 miles north of Philadelphia. Good said Wednesday his company, Hellertown-based Goodtime Amusements, won't offer the game again.

"It was just a big, big mistake in judgment, and I feel sorry about it," he told The Associated Press. "I can't take it back, but I can try to make it better."

The game, dubbed "Alien Attack," featured a large painted image of a black man wearing a belt buckle with the presidential seal and holding a scroll labeled "Health Bill." Players could win prizes such as stuffed animals by hitting targets on the image's head and heart

Best Sushi In Los Angeles

Best Sushi In Los Angeles

In some parts of Los Angeles, there's a Japanese restaurant on every block, but how are you supposed to know who's got the freshest fish and best omakase? Here's Huffington Post's guide to the Top 10 sushi restaurants in Los Angeles so you'll know how to separate the wheat from the chaff -- or the sashimi from the scales, as it were.

FOXNews.com - McDonnell Pursues Deal to Give Virginia Troopers Immigration Enforcement Power

FOXNews.com - McDonnell Pursues Deal to Give Virginia Troopers Immigration Enforcement Power

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is pursuing a deal with federal officials that would allow state troopers to enforce immigration law

, effectively expanding statewide a program that a handful of Virginia counties have implemented.
The move comes as state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion saying state police officers can check the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest.

"He just feels there's been a breakdown at the federal government to enforce our ... immigration laws
and protect our borders. This is just trying to make sure that Virginians are kept safe," McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson told FoxNews.com.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Prop. 8 Overturned - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Prop. 8 Overturned - Los Angeles News - The Informer


​Breaking. Updates coming:

CNN announced that Prop. 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, has been overturned by the U.S. Ninth Circuit court of appeals.

It's widely expected that the decision will be appealed, however, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued this statement following Wednesday's ruling:
Today, the sun shines a little brighter on the Golden State. A federal judge has affirmed what a majority of Californians know to be true: that love does not discriminate and that marriage is a civil right, not a privilege reserved for a select class of citizens. The decision handed down today in Perry v. Schwarzenegger reaffirms the notion that separate is never equal.

Maricopa County's 'Bull Conner' Wreaks Havoc on the U.S. Constitution and Arizona's Economy -- SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Maricopa County's 'Bull Conner' Wreaks Havoc on the U.S. Constitution and Arizona's Economy -- SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio misses no opportunity to justify his "immigration crime" sweeps and rant about how undocumented immigrants are burdening public services, and bankrupting Arizona's economy. Sheriff Joe "Bull" Arpaio is factually wrong and need look only into the mirror to see the cause of Arizona's current $4.5 billion deficit and the damage being done to the states' struggling economy.

Most Arizona small businesses are suffering in the wake of Arpaio's anti-Latino campaign of fear and intimidation. Latino legal residents, and the undocumented, who currently make up nearly 30% of Arizona's population are moving out of the state in record numbers. As a result Arizona is witnessing almost no customers in its grocery and retail stores, restaurants and hotels throughout the state. An epidemic of "For Lease" and "Going Out of Business" signs plague storefronts throughout the state's cities and towns. Many out-of-state companies have stopped doing business in Arizona – not because of political ideology – but because they want to avoid being associated with the anti-Latino bias of Sheriff Arpaio. The decline in business meetings and conventions in Arizona since April has negatively impacted 200,000 hospitality industry employees and their families.

The reality is that Arpaio's disrespect for human dignity in the name of cracking down on "illegal immigrants" not only drives a wedge between law enforcement and the Latino community; but sinks his own state's economy into an even deeper hole.

Missouri voters say no to mandatory health insurance - CNN.com

Missouri voters say no to mandatory health insurance - CNN.com

Missouri's Proposition C allowed voters to decide if residents should be allowed to opt out of mandatory health insurance, a key part of the administration's health care plan.

The measure succeeded handily, winning by a three-to-one margin to allow residents to opt out.
Ahead of the vote, Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he expected the proposition to pass because of an anticipated heavier Republican turnout. However, he also expects a court challenge.

Some states have already passed similar legislation, but this was the first test at the ballot box.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

America's Most Stolen Cars: Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-250, Infiniti G37, Dodge Charger Top List - ABC News

America's Most Stolen Cars: Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-250, Infiniti G37, Dodge Charger Top List - ABC News

If you drive a Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-250 pickup, Infiniti G37 or Dodge Charger you might want to park in a well-lit area and double check that your doors are locked.

California law enforcement agencies team up to prevent thefts of classic cars.
Those four vehicles top an annual list of new cars most likely to be stolen.

Virginia Wades Into National Immigration Debate - CBS News

Virginia Wades Into National Immigration Debate - CBS News

Virginia joined the national debate over immigration Monday when Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II issued a legal opinion that authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by police officers for any reason. Previously, law enforcement officers in Virginia were required to investigate the legal status only of those who were arrested and jailed.

Ground Zero Mosque -- NYC Landmarks Commission Clears Way for Islamic Center - WSJ.com

Ground Zero Mosque -- NYC Landmarks Commission Clears Way for Islamic Center - WSJ.com

The New York City Landmarks Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to deny landmark designation to the site of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, paving the way for the controversial community center and worship space to rise two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

WHY THERE ?

Father Of Internet Imam Plans To Sue CIA : NPR

Father Of Internet Imam Plans To Sue CIA : NPR

The father of the Internet's most famous radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, is planning to sue the U.S. government for including his son on a CIA target list.

NPR has learned Nasser al-Awlaki hired the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights to file a lawsuit that would seek to remove his American-born son from what the CIA calls its "capture or kill" list. The lawsuit, which has not yet been filed, will mark the first time there has been a legal challenge to the CIA's target list.

Anwar al-Awlaki is thought to be a senior operative for al-Qaida's arm in Yemen, and he has been linked to both the Fort Hood shootings and an attempted bombing on a U.S. airliner on Christmas day. NPR reported last week that Awlaki's father had been in contact with U.S. attorneys to file the lawsuit.

L.A. County's highest property taxes are in its poorest cities - latimes.com

L.A. County's highest property taxes are in its poorest cities - latimes.com

Struggling to balance their budgets with meager tax bases, some of Los Angeles County's poorest cities charge their residents the highest property tax rates.

Working-class cities such as Compton, San Fernando, Maywood, Huntington Park and Inglewood have among the highest property tax rates, while several upper-class cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay have among the lowest rates, records from the L.A. County auditor-controller show.

McConnell Open to 14th-Amendment Review - The Daily Beast

McConnell Open to 14th-Amendment Review - The Daily Beast


Could this soon be part of the Republican platform? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has joined other members of his caucus in calling for Congress “to take a look at” reviewing the 14th amendment so that children of illegal immigrants born in the United States are not automatically given citizenship. “I haven’t made a final decision about it, but that’s something that we clearly need to look at,” he said. “Regardless of how you feel about the various aspects of immigration reform, I don’t think anybody thinks that’s something they’re comfortable with.” Jon Kyl and Lindsey Graham have called for changing the amendment in the Senate, while in the House Republican congressmen have drafted legislation that would deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

COMMENTS:

Velociryx
**Fingers and toes crossed** Oh please, oh please let it become part of the Republican platform...THAT would be awesome.


MadCharles
Vel/Pluto I guess you're local hospitals doesn't have Maria buses dropping off full bus loads of pregnant Mexicans at the emergency room. Too bad. You'd love you're taxes paying for these instead of putting the money into classrooms. Besides, you're clueless to all the support this change would carry from at least 70% of America and probably 100% of the legal immigrants that waited in line

Arpaio's office investigating alleged threat - CNN.com

Arpaio's office investigating alleged threat - CNN.com

(CNN) -- The office of a controversial Arizona sheriff is investigating an alleged threat against the lawman it says came in the form of a text message from a throwaway cell phone in Mexico, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lisa Allen said that the FBI is assisting in the probe of the threat against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But FBI Special Agent Manuel Johnson, a spokesman for the bureau's Phoenix office, said that he knows of no FBI investigation, although, he said, they were aware of it. Johnson said the bureau would pitch in if Arpaio's office requested their assistance.


It's a little hard to take this man serious !

Senator Graham Steps Out of the Closet on Birthright Citizenship


You can be a "champion" for immigration reform and still loathe "anchor babies."
Once the Senate Republican champion for a "comprehensive immigration reform" bill, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has come out in support of overturning the 14th amendment provisions that provide birthright citizenship for children born in the United States.
"I may introduce a constitutional amendment that changes the rules if you have a child here," Graham said during an interview with Fox News, which probably sent Fox News viewers into a wild frenzy.
The statement to Fox News came as a response to a federal judge prohibiting key components of Arizona's anti-immigrant law. As a result of the ruling, right-wingers are coming out of the closet with threats of violence and more novel (read: stupid) ideas on how to limit immigration from those "illegal Mexicans."

A useful comment from Regal25

Reg825 has left a new comment on your post "Arizona's SB 1070 is racist to the core New, Nex...":

If it talks like a Nazi, acts like a Nazi, and in fact calls itself “Nazi”, are we then safe to assume that it IS “Nazi”?

When you hear about the horrible acts that are being committed in the name of “immigration enforcement”, it is hard to not compare what Arizona is doing to Nazi and/or white supremacist ideology. When you hear about how actual neo-Nazis are literally out hunting down immigrants, it’s hard not to call it “Nazi”. When you hear about how white supremacist nationalists are behind the legal defense fund in support of SB 1070, it’s hard not to call it “Nazi.” When you see cases where racial profiling has led to such barbaric acts such as the time when a pregnant woman was forced to give birth cuffed by the wrists and ankles, it’s hard not to use the word “Nazi” … and again, when you find out that SB 1070 was written by and introduced to the Arizona legislature by people that are proud to identify themselves as “Nazis”, it’s hard not to use the word “Nazi”.

More on this here:
http://www.economicrefugee.net/arizona-why-the-nazi-comparisons/

I get a lot of hate mail, suggesting I relocate to Mexico. Sometimes I get a friendly Letter
Thanks Regal 25

Monday, August 2, 2010

Arizona's SB 1070 is racist to the core | New, Next, Now! | IrishCentral

Arizona's SB 1070 is racist to the core New, Next, Now! IrishCentral

And have you actually seen the comments written by so many of the state's own citizens in their online forums? To hear most of them tell it the undocumented have come to America to 'take our jobs, kill our citizens and rape our women.'

Dehumanizing much?

At a Republican County forum recently, in tune with the tenor of the times, primary candidate for Congress Pat Bertroche suggested that we microchip 'illegals.'

Bertroche said, referring to undocumented immigrants who are detained and deported, 'I actually support microchipping them. I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?'

And worst of all it’s no secret that the anti-immigrant movement in the United States has long and deep connections to white nationalist individuals and organizations.

White supremacist political parties have made (and have advertised) a donation they made to the fund Brewer set in to prepare for the defense of SB 1070.

Stormfront.org, the biggest white nationalist web forum online, has also called for donations to the SB 1070 defense fund. 'Money where you mouth is time,' they state.

Jan, you might want to take a look at your most ardent supporters. Why? Because money talks, and here's what it's saying - SB 1070 is racist to the core.

Democracia-Ahora: Represent. Register. Vote.

Democracia-Ahora: Represent. Register. Vote.

Let's excersise our right to vote ! Ya no podemos quedarnos callados !

Just click fill out, print and Mail !!!

Arizona was once tolerant of illegal immigrants. What happened? - latimes.com

Arizona was once tolerant of illegal immigrants. What happened? - latimes.com

"The perfect storm occurred," said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. "There was a combination of demographic changes, the introduction of a criminal element that didn't used to be here and the drop in the economy, which has put everyone on edge.

"Now just about every prominent Republican here, including Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, backs SB 1070 and opposes legalization for illegal immigrants. Mexican governors refuse to set foot on Arizona soil. SB 1070 author Russell Pearce, a lawmaker formerly dismissed by many as an extremist, is poised to become president of the state Senate.

"The anger is palpable and measurable by candidates for office," said Stan Barnes, a former Republican state senator and veteran lobbyist. "Anyone who wants to hold elected office here will first be questioned on it."