Thursday, September 30, 2010

Downey man charged in Ponzi scheme - Press-Telegram

Downey man charged in Ponzi scheme - Press-Telegram

LOS ANGELES - A Downey man was charged with operating a Ponzi scheme that conned about $11 million from hundreds of victims and a mortgage scam that preyed on Latino homeowners, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Juan Rangel, 46, who is already in federal prison awaiting sentencing for a 2009 conviction for bribing a bank manager at Bank of America, was charged in a 16-count indictment returned last week by a Los Angeles federal grand jury.

The indictment alleges that Rangel and his Commerce-based company, Financial Plus Investments, recruited new investors through Spanish-language newspapers, magazines, radio spots and infomercials.

Republicans Press for Rangel, Waters Trials Before November Elections - Swampland - TIME.com

Republicans Press for Rangel, Waters Trials Before November Elections - Swampland - TIME.com

From the letter:
Members of the Committee have repeatedly expressed their willingness and desire to move forward with public trials of these matters and have repeatedly made themselves available to the Chairwoman for October settings. In past Congresses, Committee Members have returned to Washington during a recess in an effort to conclude pressing Ethics matters.

Representative Rangel and Representative Waters have publicly – and rightfully - demanded the setting of their respective trials prior to the November election to ensure swift and fair resolution of their matters. In our opinion, Representatives Rangel and Waters deserve the opportunity to publicly and timely address the charges against them.

The possibility that the House Majority Leader may call to adjourn a week early provides additional opportunities to schedule uninterrupted public meetings in the month of October, when Members are not conducting legislative business.

The Chairwoman has repeatedly refused to set either the Rangel or Waters trial before the November election. While we regret that the Committee has not worked together in a bipartisan fashion to ensure the transparent and fair resolution of these matters to date, we look forward to working with the Chairwoman in a bipartisan manner to accomplish this - and other important unfinished Committee business - in the coming weeks.

News in Ecuador | By Ecuador Channel

News in Ecuador By Ecuador Channel

Unrest in Ecuador Prompts State of Emergency - New York Times
FOXNewsUnrest in Ecuador Prompts State of EmergencyNew York TimesCARACAS, Venezuela — Ecuador's government declared a state of emergency on Thursday after protests by hundreds of police officers and ...Ecuador's president attacked by policeThe GuardianEcuador Declares State of Emergency.

Tribes contribute nearly $78 million to state - KSWT: Local News, Weather, Sports Yuma, AZ El Centro Imperial Valley, CA |

Tribes contribute nearly $78 million to state - KSWT: Local News, Weather, Sports Yuma, AZ El Centro Imperial Valley, CA

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Gaming says tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund are nearly $78 million for fiscal year 2010. This is a decrease of 9.9% in tribal contributions from state fiscal year 2009.

Arizona Department of Gaming Director Mark Brnovich says the tribal gaming money is a significant source of funding for valuable programs.

State education gets $382.2 million, trauma and emergency services, $19.3 million, the Arizona Department of Gaming $8 million, tourism, $5.4 million and problem gambling treatment and prevention $1.5 million.

KTAR.com - Number of Hispanic-owned businesses is up

KTAR.com - Number of Hispanic-owned businesses is up


PHOENIX - What you might believe about the Latino community might not reflect reality.
Despite tough times, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses was up 44 percent to $2.3 million in a Census Bureau report.

The number doubled to well-over 52,000 between 2002 to 2007. Annual sales for Arizona Hispanic businesses were up nearly 90 percent to over $8 billion.

"Our business community is growing - even in a recession - is that there is a strong entrepreneurial spirit within the Latino community and a strong work ethic," says James Garcia with Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

COMMENTS:

Robert S
are paying taxes on the money they collect from sales taxes. Are these the same people that came to this country thru the back door without papers.

Chrismintexas
More power to them. It is the illegal alien invader cockroaches that need to go!!!! And go they will.

Iamtiredofit
to find out how many of these businesses received government (our money) funding to start these due to their ethnicity

Report: Social Security Pumps $12.9 Billion Into Arizona's Economy Each Year | Arizona Progress ACTION

Report: Social Security Pumps $12.9 Billion Into Arizona's Economy Each Year Arizona Progress ACTION

According to a new report, Social Security pays out $12.9 billion dollars to almost 1 million Arizona residents each year. The report, “Social Security Works for Arizona” says that 1 out of 6 Arizona residents receive Social Security.

Over 10,000 Arizonans signed a petition asking Members of Congress to oppose, reject, and vote against any legislation that would eliminate the government-guaranteed benefits of the Social Security and Medicare programs. Local retirees across the state delivered the petition to Arizona’s congressional delegation on Tuesday. In addition to the petition, the delegation promised not to vote for any measure that would cut Social Security benefits or raise the retirement age.

ksl.com - Lawmakers return from immigration trip concerned about economy

ksl.com - Lawmakers return from immigration trip concerned about economy

SALT LAKE CITY -- More than a dozen Utah lawmakers are back from a "fact finding" trip to Arizona. They traveled south to learn more about the implementation of S.B. 1070, even though much of it is still stalled in the courts.

KSL spoke with lawmakers -- Republican Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and Democratic Sen. Luz Robles -- about what Utah could learn.

The Utah officials returned from a their trip to Arizona this week with the understanding that a strict immigration law could possibly hurt Utah's economy.

Five candidates vie for Inglewood's four-year mayoral term


Talking through his campaign manager, Luis Arevalo, Soto said he was running to change what has been happening in the city and unite the African-American and Latino communities for positive change.

Inglewood has been run by a handful of people and their friends.  I wouldn't complain, IF, they did their jobs without the attitude and or favoritism....Llego La Hora, to bring in some new blood, fresh ideas and an open  door policy, to ALL of it's proud tax paying residents.

Thousands Line Up For Free Mortgage Help « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

Thousands Line Up For Free Mortgage Help « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

A nonprofit group called the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is offering the chance to restructure their home loans at lower rates.

An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event that began Thursday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

First Read - Obama plugs Jon Stewart rally

First Read - Obama plugs Jon Stewart rally

Ali Weinberg writes: During his remarks at a town hall in Richmond today, President Obama gave a plug for a rally planned by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, called the "Campaign to Restore Sanity," contrasting the the tone of the spoof news show with that of its "purposely provocative" cable counterparts.

"What happens is these cable shows and talk show hosts, a lot of them figure out that, 'The more controversial I can be, and I'm calling Obama this name or that name and saying he wasn't born in this country, that will get me attention," the president said.

Part of the challenge of combating purposely provocative shows, Obama added, is creating a way to remind Americans that the country is not as polarized as cable shows would sometimes make it seem.

"Use Jon Stewart, the host of the Daily Show," Obama said. "Apparently he's going to host a rally called something like, 'Americans Who Favor a Return to Sanity or something like that."

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FOXNews.com - Tea Party Movement Emerges as Major Force

FOXNews.com - Tea Party Movement Emerges as Major Force

The Tea Party has emerged as a potent force in American politics and a center of gravity within the Republican Party, with a large majority of Republicans showing an affinity for the movement that has repeatedly bucked the GOP leadership this year, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.
In the survey, 71% of Republicans described themselves as Tea Party supporters, saying they had a favorable image of the movement or hoped tea- party candidates would do well in the Nov. 2 elections.

It's amazing how much a vote is worth nowadays. The Teaparty is strong and appealing because they vote, and nothing else they say or do, matters......Did you register to vote ?

Los Angeles County child welfare official alleges warrantless search - latimes.com

Los Angeles County child welfare official alleges warrantless search - latimes.com

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services officials have continued to search for individuals they believe shared confidential information about child deaths with The Times, according to a senior official who alleged that her personal belongings underwent a warrantless search.

Director Trish Ploehn said that "because this incident is being investigated, we are limited in terms of specifics we can provide. However, we strongly deny the allegations being made and believe that the investigation will show that no actions by DCFS staff were in violation of any individual's rights."

Darlene McDade-White, the department's lead internal affairs investigator, said she drew suspicion when she filed a whistle-blower claim along with another DCFS official. Her complaint alleged that the department falsified child death reports to eliminate mention of case management errors that contributed to the fatalities.

Colbert's reminder: Immigration a moral issue - CNN.com

Colbert's reminder: Immigration a moral issue - CNN.com

Comedian Stephen Colbert used his signature humor last week to focus the nation's attention on a very serious issue: the treatment of the hardworking people who produce our nation's food supply.

Some members of Congress complained that Colbert's testimony before the House Immigration Subcommittee was undignified; others took issue with his invocation of Christian values.

Colbert's deadpan humor may have been slightly irreverent, but he did the country a service by highlighting congressional inaction on immigration reform and pointedly referencing the issue's moral dimension. Responding to a question from California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu about his interest in migrant workers, Colbert became uncharacteristically serious , even invoking the words of Jesus, who said that "whatsoever you did for the least of my brothers, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40).

COMMENTS:
Anonymouse1
The only reason farmers can't find American workers to do the jobs is that Americans won't do it for slaves' wages, no benefits, and in slaves' conditions. Pay fair wages, provide benefits, and provide reasonable conditions and Americans will flock to fill these jobs. Claiming there aren't Americans... more

9thLife
Everyone rallying behind Mr. Colbert seems to be glossing over a major fact of the issue. The same way government has overlooked the core of this crisis all along. It is the lack of appropriate wages that are at the heart of this problem. Thwarting laws that require minimum wages to be paid out for ... more

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spanish-language ad blames Republicans for immigration failure – Hispanosphere – Orlando Sentinel

Spanish-language ad blames Republicans for immigration failure – Hispanosphere – Orlando Sentinel

Immigrant, voting rights and workers advocacy groups announced today a Spanish-language radio ad campaign blaming Republicans for the defeat of the immigration bill that would have helped an estimated 2 million young immigrants to become legalized.

The ad campaign, supported by the Service Employees International Union, the Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign and immigration-advocacy group America’s Voice, will represent an ad buy of more than $300,000 across several radio markets “where Latino voters will play a decisive role in contested races this November and in 2012.”

The ads will be heard in Orlando and Miami radio stations in Florida as well as in Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Houston and McAllen in Texas. The organizers did not specify how their advertising costs would be split across those markets.

Artist Depicts Assassination Of Bush, The Queen In New Brazil Exhibition (PHOTOS)




Bill To Tax Firms That Export Jobs Fails In Senate

Bill To Tax Firms That Export Jobs Fails In Senate

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday blocked tax legislation that would have punished U.S. firms that export jobs. But the political symbolism of trying to save American jobs, not passing a bill, was the Democrats' closing argument on the economy in the waning weeks of the congressional elections.

Republicans complained that the vote used a serious subject – economic recovery – to score points with voters five weeks before the balloting in which all 435 House seats, 37 Senate seats and the Democratic majority are on the line. The bill in question, Republicans said, would make U.S. companies less competitive.

Marco Rubio Airs Spanish-Language Ad, Despite Promoting English-Only Policies

Marco Rubio Airs Spanish-Language Ad, Despite Promoting English-Only Policies

Florida's GOP Senate nominee Marco Rubio, "looking to solidify his robust support among Hispanic voters," is out with his first Spanish-language ad, despite the fact that he has repeatedly advocated English-only policies.

In the new ad, called "Padres," Rubio "talks about his parents' sacrifices and the importance of protecting the American dream by changing the direction Washington is taking our country." Politico reports that the ad will run in Florida markets that have heavy Hispanic populations.

The script of the ad:
"My parents came to this great country and worked very hard. They made many sacrifices so I could live the American dream. For that I will be eternally grateful. Unfortunately that dream is threatened by the actions of some politicians in Washington."

" I'm Marco Rubio and I approve this message because I will work so that our children and grandchildren have the opportunity to live out their dreams."

Obama: Fox News Has A Point Of View That 'Is Ultimately Destructive' For America

Obama: Fox News Has A Point Of View That 'Is Ultimately Destructive' For America

In the interview, which was released Tuesday, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner asked Obama, "What do you think of Fox News? Do you think it's a good institution for America and for democracy?"

Obama's response:
Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press. We've got a tradition in this country of a press that oftentimes is opinionated. The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition -- it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It's a point of view that I disagree with. It's a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it's been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it's that Fox is very successful.

Divine Ignorance: America's Religious IQ Lacking - CBS News

Divine Ignorance: America's Religious IQ Lacking - CBS News

AP) A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn't know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ. More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.

Understanding The Latest Health Care Changes : NPR

Understanding The Latest Health Care Changes : NPR

In this hour, NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner on what's changed, how insurance companies are responding, what's next and the continuing political debate.

click on link: To listen, to the story on NPR.

Disneyland bends on employee wearing hijab, Muslim rights group says - latimes.com

Disneyland bends on employee wearing hijab, Muslim rights group says - latimes.com

The group intervened, and after a week Disney agreed to accommodate the woman in her original position as a vacation planner, it said.

Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland Resort, said the employee is being allowed to wear a fitted blue head scarf with a beret-style hat over it.

Vacation planners are costumed employees, whose outfits include an optional baseball-style cap. Unlike other employees, the worker in question will not have the option to take off her hat while wearing the scarf-type covering, Brown said. Vacation planners sell tickets in a box office.

"Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a long history of accommodating a variety of religious requests from cast members of all faiths with more than 200 accommodations made over the last three years," Brown said. "And this instance was no different."

The American-Islamic group has received other complaints over the years from Muslim women who said they have been denied "front-stage jobs" with Disney because of their hijabs.

A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a Disney-owned restaurant filed a discrimination complaint earlier this year, saying that she had repeatedly been sent home without pay for refusing to remove her head scarf at work.

COMMENTS:

smrgn14 at 9:03 AM September 28, 2010
these muslims are nuts..they set up mosque in houses so they get tax breaks, they kill over cartoons, they kill over the koran and yet they burn the Bible, the kill Christians in the middle east..please these are not a peaceful people..look at what is going on in NY and they refuse to say who and where they get financing for all these mosques

Assimulated at 7:19 PM September 27, 2010
At first I was going to agree with everyone here and side with Disney. Companies should be able to tell their employees what to wear but Disney states that their employees are all characters. I remembered that Disney made money off of Aladin. They made millions and are still making money. If memory serves me correctly, Princess Jasmine hijab. If you have characters that wear the exact same thing that you are banning then what exactly are you doing. Disney is very happy to take your money on their terms and step on the American ideal of religious freedom when it suits them. Unless you are a Native American, you are a descendent of an immigrant who wanted a piece of the American dream. why do you step on someone else's American dream when they use our laws to favor something you do not agree to.

Joseph Montemarano at 6:15 PM September 27, 2010
Here's the job. Here's the uniform. Oh, you don't like the uniform? GO WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE!

L.A.'s hottest day ever How hot was it? The National Weather Service's thermometer downtown reached 113 degrees for the first time since records began being kept in 1877 — and then stopped working. The record highs follow a summer of record lows. - Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s hottest day ever How hot was it? The National Weather Service's thermometer downtown reached 113 degrees for the first time since records began being kept in 1877 — and then stopped working. The record highs follow a summer of record lows. - Los Angeles Times

Monday's records culminate a heat wave than began Saturday. The heat was produced by a muscular ridge of high pressure that anchored itself over Southern California. Those conditions combined with weak offshore winds that grew hotter as they pushed from the desert toward the coast. As a result, it was hotter in places like downtown, West Hollywood and Santa Monica than in some typically broiling inland areas.

Stephen Colbert's got sway - CNN.com

Stephen Colbert's got sway - CNN.com

If George Orwell and Lucille Ball had a love child, his name would be Stephen Colbert.

It's sharp political humor and a canny critique of American culture, language and iconography. And it's helped the comic emerge as this nation's court jester, licensed by the youthful cable TV audience to speak truth to power.

Such is Colbert's power and influence that he has been invited to testify before Congress today on the issue of illegal immigration -- and to testify in character. It's as if the Congress of the Eisenhower years invited Harpo Marx to offer testimony by beeping his bicycle horn.

Colbert has long been on to something important about the nature of our political discourse at the beginning of a new postmodern millennium: that ideology has become the lens through which Americans found their particular truth, let the evidence be damned.

Mystery surrounds N. Korea's next possible leader - CNN.com

Mystery surrounds N. Korea's next possible leader - CNN.com

On Monday, Kim's youngest son, Kim Jong Un, was promoted to the rank of general, a sign of the transitioning of power to the next generation that was nevertheless buried in the last paragraph of an article by state-run media.

That kind of mystery surrounds the man who is widely expected to become the secretive communist nation's next leader.

"They don't release the information, so no one can know," said Kang Cheol-hwan, a North Korea defector and activist. "When he was little, he studied in Bern (Switzerland), in a school for the elite. He got an international education."

In January 2009, South Korean intelligence reportedly intercepted a message circulated around North Korean embassies globally, stating that Kim Jong Un was being prepared for succession. Since then, there has been no further confirmation from any North Korean official source.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Obama hopes GOP will 'come to senses' on DREAM Act after Nov. - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Obama hopes GOP will 'come to senses' on DREAM Act after Nov. - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Accusing Republicans of killing the DREAM Act for political ends, President Obama this weekend vowed to renew the fight for passage after November's midterms.

"My hope is that after the election maybe some of the Republicans who previously had supported these measures will come back and come to their senses and recognize that this is the right thing to do," Obama said Saturday in an interview with Univision, a Spanish-language station, from the White House Rose Garden. "And I’m going to push very hard to see if we can get it done."

Obama reminds me, of a nice guy I dated...he would always ASK, what I wanted for special holidays or my b-day....crushing the element of surprise and highlighting the lack of interest.

Disney, Muslim Worker OK Hijab Compromise « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

Disney, Muslim Worker OK Hijab Compromise « CBS Los Angeles- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA

ANAHEIM (CBS/AP) — Facing two separate cases of workers suing the company over its ban on religious head covering, Disney has decided to allow a Muslim employee at its Orange County park to wear a specially designed headscarf after initially objecting to her religious head covering.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says Monday that 22-year-old Noor Abdallah was told she couldn’t wear the hijab while working as a vacation planner at a Disneyland ResortEsplanade ticket booth. She declined to take another job away from the public.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the park worked with Abdallah to design a covering to match her costume and meet her religious needs. She’s been wearing a blue scarf topped with a beret since early this month.

Brown says the case is separate from that of another Muslim Disney worker who refused to accept a costume headpiece and filed a federal discrimination complaint.

Fact Sheet: Immigrants and the Military | Research Library

Fact Sheet: Immigrants and the Military Research Library

Fact Sheet: Immigrants and the Military

Published by: America's Voice Education Fund

September 20, 2010 Download PDF
Immigrants have a proud tradition of serving in the military. Right now there are thousands of men and women in uniform who weren’t born in the United States, yet they are willing to sacrifice everything for our country. The Department of Defense understands the importance of the foreign-born to our fighting forces – one of the reasons it supports the DREAM Act.

California Heat Wave: Red Flag Warning Issued

LOS ANGELES -- A red flag warning has been issued for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as Southern California continues to sizzle in an early Autumn heat wave that's bringing triple-digit temperatures to the region.

Don't forget your PETS !

North Korea leader Kim's son named general: report | Reuters

North Korea leader Kim's son named general: report Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son, Jong-un, has been given the rank of general, the country's official media said on Tuesday in the first mention of the young son who is considered heir to the dynastic state.
Leader Kim, who is believed to be in deteriorating health, also named his sister, Kyong-hui, general in appointments, KCNA news agency said.

Jong-un, thought to be born in 1983 or 1984 and educated in Switzerland, is the youngest of Kim's three known sons and had never been mentioned in the secretive North's official media.

North Korea's ruling Workers' Party of Korea has called a rare meeting on Tuesday in a move analysts had expected would signal the start of the succession process of the leader's son.

U.S. Works To Make Internet Wiretaps Easier

U.S. Works To Make Internet Wiretaps Easier

WASHINGTON — Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday.

The newspaper said the White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype.

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Tea Party Candidates: A Guidebook for 2010 Elections - ABC News

Tea Party Candidates: A Guidebook for 2010 Elections - ABC News

ABC News has compiled a comprehensive guidebook to all the Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial candidates and where they stand on key issues.

Sharron Angle, Nevada- Tom Emmer, Minnesota-Ken Buck, Colorado- Nikki Haley, South Carolina
Jim DeMint, South Carolina- Paul LePage, Maine-Ron Johnson, Wisconsin- Dan Maes, Colorado
Mike Lee, Utah- Carl Paladino, New York-Joe Miller, Alaska- Rick Perry, Texas-Christine O'Donnell, Delaware- Rep. Joe Wilson, SC- Rand Paul, Kentucky- Allen West, Florida-Dino Rossi, Washington Jackie Walorski, Indiana-Marco Rubio, Florida- Glen Urquhart, Delaware-Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania
Scott Tipton, Colorado-Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota- Tim Scott-Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee- Rep. Tom Price,GA- Renee Ellmers, North Carolina- Jesse Kelly, AZ-Michael Grimm, New York- Vicky Hartzler, MO-Adam Kinzinger, Illinois- Star Parker, CA-Charles Lollar, Maryland
Rep. Tom McClintock, California-Rep. Walt Minnick (D), Idaho-Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana

US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan - ABC News

US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan - ABC News

Dressed in a t-shirt and Army shorts, a 22-year-old corporal from Wasilla, Alaska casually describes on a video tape made by military investigators how his unit's "crazy" sergeant randomly chose three unarmed, innocent victims to be murdered in Afghanistan.

FOXNews.com - Arizona Sheriff Agrees to Meet With Billboard Owner Over 'Offensive' Image

FOXNews.com - Arizona Sheriff Agrees to Meet With Billboard Owner Over 'Offensive' Image

Pierson, who described the photo as a "beautiful, holy image of a wonderful and radiant family," added that he also posted the billboard because he wanted to show that millions of illegal immigrants are not in the U.S. to do harm.

"Most immigrant families are in the country to make a better life and to maybe raise a family, certainly contribute to the community," Pierson said, adding that he hopes the dialogue would change so as to "balance the clear need to get the bad guys and get them out of our society but also to pay attention to the human dignity of individuals and families who have come here seeking a better life as many of our forebearers did."

But Babeu said the effort to depict him as racist not only is inaccurate, the photo is of an El Salvadoran family that is in the country legally.

Babeu said that border patrol officers have apprehended hundreds of people from countries that are listed as state sponsors of terrorism. He added that by casting a racial pall over the border security issue is to do a disservice to national security and law enforcement

And the shit keeps comming !

Karzai Brother Being Investigated For Corruption : The Two-Way : NPR

Karzai Brother Being Investigated For Corruption : The Two-Way : NPR

The Karzai regime in Afghanistan has been accused of endemic corruption at every level. The corruption has hurt the legitimacy of the Afghan government, but it is so pervasive, that the US is hesitant to go after it full bore, worrying that might destroy the government they've done so much to create.

And the Karzai family has not hesitated to use their connection to President Karzai to get money from the US.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

9500 Liberty - Part 1

As L.S.S.I. Takes Over Libraries, Patrons Can’t Keep Quiet - NYTimes.com

As L.S.S.I. Takes Over Libraries, Patrons Can’t Keep Quiet - NYTimes.com

A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, growing into the country’s fifth-largest library system.

“A lot of libraries are atrocious,” Mr. Pezzanite said. “Their policies are all about job security. That’s why the profession is nervous about us. You can go to a library for 35 years and never have to do anything and then have your retirement. We’re not running our company that way. You come to us, you’re going to have to work.”

John Boehner Twice Refuses To Say Whether He'd Ban Earmarks As House Speaker

John Boehner Twice Refuses To Say Whether He'd Ban Earmarks As House Speaker

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) illustrated just how thorny the issue is for the party when he refused on two occasions to say whether he would put an end to earmark spending if he became Speaker of the House after the midterm elections.

"Today, we have a moratorium on earmarks. I can tell you that if Republicans win the majority in November, it will not be business as usual here in Congress," Boehner said.

Host Chris Wallace, clearly unconvinced by the response, asked again.

"It will not be business as usual here in Washington, D.C.," said Boehner. "It will not be. It will not be business as usual."

Steny Hoyer: Stephen Colbert's Testimony To Congress Was 'An Embarrassment For Mr. Colbert'

Steny Hoyer: Stephen Colbert's Testimony To Congress Was 'An Embarrassment For Mr. Colbert'

"I think his testimony was not appropriate," said Hoyer, during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." "I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House."

Committee chair John Conyers (D-Mich) asked Colbert to leave the room. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), meanwhile, said she thought the performance was "great" and "appropriate."

"He's an American, right?" said Pelosi. "He came before the committee. He has a point of view. He can bring attention to an important issue like immigration. I think it's great."

"Fox News Sunday," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) twice attacked Democrats for calling a comedian to Congress at a time when they should be passing jobs bills.


PLAYER HATERS !

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

This week, Christine O'Donnell appeared on a national news show to announce that she wouldn't be appearing on any more national news shows. Sarah Palin surprised no one by telling Fox News she would run for president in 2012 "if nobody else wanted to step up." (Her problem is that even her base doesn't see her as Oval Office material: she came in fifth in the Values Voter Summit straw poll.) Also not surprising anyone: Senate Democrats, who, fearing GOP attack ads, decided to put off a vote on extending tax cuts until after the midterms. In better economic news, Larry Summers announced he'll be stepping down as director of the White House National Economic Council. I've always felt Summers was the wrong man for these troubled times -- a brilliant mind with toxic ideas.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

How The L.A. Times Broke The Bell Corruption Story : NPR

How The L.A. Times Broke The Bell Corruption Story : NPR

Tripping Over The Story
Few of these developments would have happened without the aggressive and unrelenting work of Vives, who worked his way up from copy boy, and his colleague Jeff Gottlieb, 56, an experienced reporter and editor.

They make a classic pair -– part Woodward and Bernstein, part Mutt and Jeff. But the scandal almost escaped their attention.

Vives tripped over the story in June -- the neighboring city of Maywood was so strapped for cash it wanted Bell to take over city services, like policing. But his colleague Gottlieb learned of an investigation into pay for Bell's city council members. Their attention swung to Bell and they demanded public documents.

"Literally every day, I'm calling the city clerk," Gottlieb said. "I'm telling her, 'Listen, are we getting the documents? I really don't want to sue you, but we will, and when we go to court, and we win, because we will, we'll ask the judge to make you pay our legal bills, because that's what the [public records] statute says.'"

The city manager, Robert Rizzo, finally relented, but they had to meet him at a conference room near a city park for kids. That was weird enough -- but nine city officials and lawyers showed up.
"Pretty quickly, I ask Bob Rizzo, 'How much money do you make?'" Gottlieb said. "He coughed out, '$700,000.'" I wasn’t sure I was hearing him correctly."

Rizzo's proposed bail deal rejected by judge | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Rizzo's proposed bail deal rejected by judge L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

On Tuesday, prosecutors argued that neither Rizzo nor seven other current or former Bell city leaders could not use money they alleged had been gathered illegally to post bail.
On Friday, Rizzo’s attorney, James Spertus, proposed putting up a combination of cash and real estate from friends and relatives.

Obama administration seeks to dismiss al-Awlaki lawsuit - CNN.com

Obama administration seeks to dismiss al-Awlaki lawsuit - CNN.com

But the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights -- which filed suit in August on behalf of the father, Nasser al-Awlaki -- said in a joint statement that the "idea that courts should have no role whatsoever in determining the criteria by which the executive branch can kill its own citizens is unacceptable in a democracy. In matters of life and death, no executive should have a blank check."

Anwar al-Awlaki has been linked to al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen where he is believed to be in hiding.
U.S. officials say Anwar al-Awlaki helped recruit Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines trans-Atlantic flight as it landed in Detroit on Christmas Day.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Officials: Sheriff Joe's Office Charged Luxury Trips To County, Misused Up To $80 Million | TPMMuckraker

Officials: Sheriff Joe's Office Charged Luxury Trips To County, Misused Up To $80 Million TPMMuckraker

Excerpts of the reports, obtained by TPMMuckraker, show officials from Arpaio's office made trips to Orlando, D.C., Honduras, Tempe, Belize, Alaska and Puerto Rico on the county's dime and racked up other questionable expenses, like $741 at Sardella's Pizza and Wings. The county was also charged $350 for a hotel room upgrade for one official's spouse. One employee went on multiple extradition trips without submitting receipts for the $62,750 he or she spent -- including $1,341 on Disney World Yacht Club Resort food and entertainment.

Others expenses charged to the county, according to the report, include $1,684 for a portable generator for parade lights on an army tank; $635 at Buca di Beppo when members of the Honduran National Police were in town; and $500 on a carriage ride.

Billboard causes stir in southern Arizona, what do YOU think?


PINAL COUNTY, AZ - A billboard placed on a property in southern Arizona is causing a stir and has the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responding.


The billboard, reportedly placed on a man and woman's Oracle property, shows what might appear to be a family of four on the left. To the right is the statement, “This is our most serious public safety issue and a national security threat to America.”

The billboard shows, “Paul Babeu Pinal County Sheriff’ underneath the quote.

C-SPAN Video Player - New GOP Agenda: Cut “Out of Control” Spending, Reduce Scope of Government

C-SPAN Video Player - New GOP Agenda: Cut “Out of Control” Spending, Reduce Scope of Government

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and other GOP House leaders issued their new “Pledge to America” during a press conference held in Sterling, VA this morning. (see video) »

Similac Infant Formula Recalled by the Millions - CBS News

Similac Infant Formula Recalled by the Millions - CBS News

(AP) Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts. The voluntary action affects up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.

The company has set up a website and consumer hotline at (800) 986-8850. Consumers can enter the lot number on their containers online to determine if they are subject to the recall. The products should be returned to Abbott for a full refund.

New health care changes are only the beginning - CNN.com

New health care changes are only the beginning - CNN.com

Here are six provisions that could affect you immediately if you purchase a new plan starting Thursday. For people who already have an existing health care plan, these changes will take effect during open enrollment if you are covered through your employer, or when your current policy renews if you purchased a plan on the individual market.

Young people can remain on parents' insurance until age 26

No discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions

No dropping people from coverage when they get sick

No lifetime limits on coverage

New plans must offer free preventive care

Expanded ability to appeal decisions made by the health plan

"Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text) - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

"Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text) - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Jobs:
- Stop job-killing tax hikes
- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income
- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.
Cutting Spending:
- Repeal and Replace health care
- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Reforming Congress:
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote
Defense:
- Provide resources to troops
- Fund missile defense
- Enforce sanctions in Iran

Shaun Jacob Halper: The GOP's Pledge to America

Shaun Jacob Halper: The GOP's Pledge to America

The GOP's Pledge to America:
1. We pledge to serve the rich.
2. We pledge to blame the poor for being poor.
3. We pledge to defend the right of the Religious Right to destroy the separation of church and state.
4. We pledge to expand the world's addiction to oil and help big business destroy the health of our planet.
5. We pledge to destroy health care reform to ensure that big business continues to profit off the sick.
6. We pledge to cut funding for public institutions that do not serve the rich.
7. We pledge to tolerate homophobia, racism, and islamophobia.
8. We pledge to demonize smart people as un-American elitists (unless they are Republican) and to teach pseudoscience.
9. We pledge to define any opposition to our foreign policy ideas as treason.
10. We pledge to pretend to care about America when we really only care about ourselves. And if we fail to win, we pledge to force a sixty-vote supermajority on every bill, making America as ungovernable as possible.

Republicans to unveil their 'Pledge to America' as midterm election races heat up across the country

Republicans to unveil their 'Pledge to America' as midterm election races heat up across the country

Republicans on the campaign trail to retake Congress have a new roadmap.

The GOP will unveil its plan to fix the country Thursday, in a document titled "Pledge to America."
The 21-page manifesto gathers familiar talking points for Republicans, such as cutting taxes and slashing government spending.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

WHY !


I know times are tough and sometimes we must make tough decisions, but PLEASE make it a humane one !

Paris Offers Water With Bubbles, but No Bottles - NYTimes.com

Paris Offers Water With Bubbles, but No Bottles - NYTimes.com

PARIS — In the latest in a series of unusual efforts to make Paris green, the city is now offering residents free sparkling water to try to wean Parisians not from red wine, but from overconsumption of plastic bottles.

The new water fountain is part of an operation “aimed at promoting tap water in a country where we invest a lot to preserve its quality,” Mr. Burguière added.

The fountain is connected to the public water system and uses six taps to provide both sparkling and flat water.

The idea was conceived in Italy and grew very popular there, Mr. Burguière said.


The world dabs in innovating ideas...and we here in the US, are occupied with hate.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

O'Donnell- The Media Is Trying To 'Paint Me As An Extremist'.mov

Bell officials arrested as prosecutors are set to file criminal charges [Updated] | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Bell officials arrested as prosecutors are set to file criminal charges [Updated] L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

At least eight city of Bell officials were arrested Tuesday morning, a source said, as L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley prepared to announce criminal charges in the municipal salary scandal.

[Updated at 10 a.m.: Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, whose high salary sparked the outrage that led to the investigations of the city, was among those arrested in the sweep. No details have been released, but a source not authorized to speak publicly about the case said that Rizzo; former Assistant City

Manager Angela Spaccia; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; Councilmembers Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal; and former Councilmembers George Cole and Victor Bello were among those arrested.]

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mexico Paper Cuts Drug-War Coverage - TIME

Mexico Paper Cuts Drug-War Coverage - TIME

In a front-page editorial Sunday, El Diario de Juarez asked drug cartels warring in this city across from El Paso, Texas, to say what they want from the newspaper, so it can continue its work without further death, injury or intimidation of its staff. "Leaders of the different organizations that are fighting for control of Ciudad Juarez: The loss of two reporters from this publishing house in less than two years represents an irreparable sorrow for all of us who work here, and, in particular, for their families," the editorial said. "We ask you to explain what you want from us, what we should try to publish or not publish, so we know what to expect."

Crab meat products recalled after potentially dangerous bacteria found - CNN.com

Crab meat products recalled after potentially dangerous bacteria found - CNN.com

An Oregon seafood company is recalling packaged crab meat products after testing revealed some products contained bacteria that could cause serious or fatal infections.

Hallmark Fisheries, based in Charleston, Oregon, is recalling crab meat sold under brand names Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International and Yaquina Bay.

Recalled products come in 5-pound cans, 1-pound vacuum packs, 1-pound plastic tubs and 8-ounce plastic tubs, according to a company press release.

The meat was distributed in California, Nevada and Oregon, mainly to food service companies.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Inner-GOP sniping increases in wake of Tea Party successes


Washington (CNN) -- Tea Party euphoria confronted reality Sunday, with Delaware Senate primary winner Christine O'Donnell backing out of scheduled talk show appearances amid talk of possible civil war among Republicans over the conservative movement.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski accused the Tea Party Express of infusing money and lies into her Republican primary to swing it against her.

Now waging a write-in campaign to retain her seat, against the wishes of mainstream Republicans, Murkowski told CNN that fellow party members were inciting inner-GOP conflict.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Election Road Trip, Day 12: Palin Paling - Swampland - TIME.com - StumbleUpon

Election Road Trip, Day 12: Palin Paling - Swampland - TIME.com - StumbleUpon

"What's the big deal?" Victoria said after we listened to Mama Grizzly. "She sounds like a PTA president." And it was true. I expected, at the very least, to be entertained by Sarah Palin--she has been known to give a good speech--but last night's performance was weird and underwhelming, especially given an atmosphere dripping with presidentiality. Iowa. Two years out. A large crowd, itching to be blown away.

But no. There seemed no purpose to Palin's speech, unless the point was to lacerate members of the media and Republican establishment (like Karl Rove) who have been slagging Palin 2.0 surrogate Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. There was also no fun to it: Palin seemed testy, her delivery rushed. There was also not much of substance. There were constant repeated paeans to patriots (definition: people who agree with her), the military (definition: people who are out there for the right of journalists to lie--really, she said this) and the constitution, about which she seems profoundly ill-informed. She said several times that Republicans were going to provide Constitutional solutions to America's problems--as if the Obama Administration were providing unconstitutional remedies. (It's not enough to merely disagree with the President; you have to make him sound unAmerican in Palin's twisted little world.)

Friday, September 17, 2010

TGIF -- Thank God It´s Friday!

Robotripping and More: Telltale Signs for Parents - ABC News

Robotripping and More: Telltale Signs for Parents - ABC News

Parents' worries never stop. But sometimes, Mom and Dad need reminders that seemingly innocuous items -- cough syrup bottles, cans of computer keyboard cleaners, even incense made from herbs and spices, can provide clues that their children are toying with danger.

Kids Financial Lessons - What Kids Should Know About Money At 9, 13, 18 and 23 - TIME

Kids Financial Lessons - What Kids Should Know About Money At 9, 13, 18 and 23 - TIME

A child occasionally blowing a week's worth of allowance on ringtones or a month's worth on designer jeans may seem like a harmless rite of passage. If the child is really young, you might even think it's cute — and to be fair, such behavior may be both harmless and cute if parents use these kinds of moments as teaching opportunities.

'Rally to Restore Sanity': Jon Stewart on His March on Washington - Speakeasy - WSJ

'Rally to Restore Sanity': Jon Stewart on His March on Washington - Speakeasy - WSJ

Hot on the heels of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, comedian and TV host Jon Stewart plans his own Washington, D.C. event. The host of “The Daily Show” says he’s staging a “Rally to Restore Sanity” on Oct. 30–the day before Halloween. In addition, his Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert will hold an opposing rally at the same time, titled the “March to Keep Fear Alive.” The whole thing, of course, is a sendup of the recent pair of Washington marches led by Beck and Al Sharpton.

(INGLEWOOD) Investigation: State Sen. Roderick Wright indicted on charges of voter fraud and perjury - latimes.com

Investigation: State Sen. Roderick Wright indicted on charges of voter fraud and perjury - latimes.com

A Los Angeles County grand jury on Thursday unsealed an eight-count felony indictment against state Sen. Roderick Wright (D- Inglewood), accusing him of filing a false declaration of candidacy, voter fraud and perjury beginning in 2007, when he changed his voter registration to run for the Legislature.

Wright listed as his residence a home in the district he wanted to represent, but county authorities allege that he did not live there as required by state law.

The indictment also alleges that Wright fraudulently voted in five elections in 2008 and 2009.

Pass the DREAM Act - CNN.com

Pass the DREAM Act - CNN.com

It isn't what restrictionists call "amnesty" -- what the rest of us, who can think beyond sound bites, understand to be earned legal status for illegal immigrants. That concept gets the headlines, but it's not the one splitting allies down the middle in the immigration reform community.

That distinction goes to the DREAM Act, a bill that was first proposed back in 2007 but now seems headed to a vote in the Senate next week, thanks to a better-late-than-never push from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, and it's the brainchild of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. The bill targets young people who are in the country illegally, offering them "conditional permanent residency" if they arrived before they were 16 and if they attend college or serve in the military.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

NFL: Be respectful to women reporters - CNN.com

NFL: Be respectful to women reporters - CNN.com

The memo cites the NFL's Media Relations Playbook, which states that "by law, women must be granted the same rights to perform their jobs as men. Please remember that women reporters are professionals and should be treated as such."

Among other things, the playbook stresses that "it is important to you and this organization that you present yourself to the media in a manner and style in which you yourself would like to be received and treated."

Shame on the Hispanic media for thinking, that their exploitation of women, is widely accepted !

Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce Discusses Illegal Immigration, SB 1070, And Elections (Interview)

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MESA, Arizona — On Tuesday, Aug. 24, The Latin America News Dispatch sat down with Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce to discuss the controversial immigration law, SB1070, of which he was the lead author.

Some of the arguments Calderón made in Congress — the U.S. being the largest market in the world for drugs, the drug war in Mexico being fought with American guns — were in regards to the U.S.’s role in Mexico’s challenges. How do you respond to these claims?
It’s just like saying because I have a car in my driveway I play a role in autotheft; it’s stupid. Control his crime problem? Yeah, he’s got a crime problem down there — but he’s exporting it. He’s exporting it and we’re importing it. Most the guns don’t come from America; most of them are illegal guns, and have been. These myths have to stop. They have a problem down there; he can’t blame other countries as they even export their problems to America.

What is your perspective on the broader relationship between the U.S. and Mexico?
We embrace immigration. What we don’t support is law breaking. When I go to Mexico, I follow their rules and their laws, and they have a right to expect that. I expect the same in return. They have not been our friend, they are a corrupt nation, about to be destroyed by the cartels and the lawlessness down there. 22,000 homicides in the last three years along that border, 3 to 500 beheadings … They have produced and handed out pamphlets on how to break into America and get free stuff. They have no respect for our laws. That’s not a good neighbor. That’s why you have fences between neighbors.

One of the main criticisms, both politically and legally, is that by enforcing laws similar to 1070, you inevitably are participating in racial profiling — which of course you knew was coming. As a primary author of the bill, how would you answer that accusation?
Of course, you know, I don’t expect some of these folks to have a high IQ or pay attention to reality. They have an agenda, that agenda is the name-call and the fear mongering because they know the public’s on our side. They know the public is sick and tired of ignoring the laws that are broken in this land. We’re a nation of laws. That’s what a republic is about.

SOURCE:Latin American News Dispatch

Espuelas:Votar es Todo.mov

Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army

Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Un Grito....Felicidades a Mexico

Hot Air » GOP moans about losing chance to take control of Senate with Castle defeat

Hot Air » GOP moans about losing chance to take control of Senate with Castle defeat

Christine O’Donnell’s surprise victory in the Delaware Senate GOP primary Tuesday left Republicans in conflict, senior party officials openly fretting that the Senate is now out of reach and Democrats overjoyed that the opposition has handed them a late and desperately needed chance to reframe the national argument about the 2010 elections.

Aside from the political implications of the upset, the outcome prompted a round of deep Republican soul-searching about what it said about their party when a political pillar in Delaware like Rep. Mike Castle, a respected lawmaker who was considered a shoo-in for the Senate seat, could not even come within six points of defeating the controversial and still largely unknown O’Donnell.

In the wake of Tuesday’s results, a state that would have almost certainly been a pick-up for the GOP is now likely to stay with the Democrats, making it more difficult for Republicans to win the 10 seats necessary to take back control of the Senate.

“We were looking at 8 to 9 seats in the Senate, we are now looking at 7 to 8 in my opinion,” said a visibly-unhappy Karl Rove on Fox News after the race was called for O’Donnell Tuesday night. “This is not a race we’re going to be able to win.”

“This makes the road much steeper for Republicans to win back the Senate because this was a seat they had counted on,” said former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), a former House campaign committee chairman.

GOP created its own monster in Tea Party - CNN.com

GOP created its own monster in Tea Party - CNN.com

As the White House and Democrats chalked up success after success, their poll numbers sank. Independent voters ran away scared. Republican voters were just furious. And GOP congressional leaders basked in the brilliant simplicity and effectiveness of their newfound anti-government message. In fact, they honed it -- and harped on it -- at every opportunity. The storyline almost seemed too easy, just too good to be true.

As it turns out, it was.

Why? Because out of this angry, anti-government stew came a new broth, with plenty of disdain for all. And, lo and behold, the Tea Party renegades didn't look to Republicans as their saviors; they created their own. Sarah Palin went along for the ride claiming, of course, to be the movement's Mama Mentor. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina has made a special point of endorsing Tea Partiers against Senate incumbents, which makes him really popular back at the clubhouse. And former House GOP poobah Dick Armey even runs a Tea Party group, railing against his former colleagues.
And, lo and behold, the Tea Party renegades didn't look to Republicans as their saviors; they created their own

It is fratricide of the highest order. And it has been a sight to behold, as the uprising spawned several ugly GOP primaries, defeating enough Senate incumbents and serious candidates, such as Castle of Delaware, to all but guarantee the GOP can't win back the Senate.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Man born at Ben Taub returns after he's wrongly deported | Immigration | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Man born at Ben Taub returns after he's wrongly deported Immigration Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Nearly three months after U.S. immigration officials dumped Luis Alberto Delgado in Mexico despite his insistence that he is a U.S. citizen, the 19-year-old was permitted to re-enter the country last weekend with the U.S. government's blessing.

Delgado said U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents cleared him to return to the United States on Friday, roughly 85 days after he was detained by immigration officials and pressured to sign papers that cleared the way for his removal to Mexico.

Steven Cribby, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, declined to comment on Delgado's case.

On Monday in Houston, Delgado said he was pondering a lawsuit against the U.S. government, calling his case "an injustice."

U.S. Border Patrol agents detained Delgado after a traffic stop in South Texas on June 17 and held him for eight hours, questioning him about his citizenship.

Delgado said he gave immigration agents a copy of his birth certificate showing he was born at Houston's Ben Taub Hospital, a state of Texas identification card and a Social Security card.

Comments:

Chris71 wrote:

This guy only considers himself a citizen when it is convenient. He is NOT. In his heart he is a Mexican and will always be. United States CITIZENS who are PROUD to be here learn the language. It seems immigrants from ALL OVER the world want to be here and learn English except those that come from south of the border.

illogical_logic wrote:

Hey Luis, if you want people to believe that you are a US citizen, act like one and learn to speak English. Now you want to sue the government so you can live like a king in Mexico for the rest of your life? My advise to you Luis, figure out if you want to be an American or a Mexican and if you want to be an American, learn English and speak it, find a job and pay taxes like the rest of us American's.

Funny...during my travels thru Europe and other countries,  "SPEAK ENGLISH" demands, where heard every time I ran into someone from the states.

Sainz: Others Balked at Jets' Behavior, Not Me


Ines Sainz, a former Miss Spain and Miss Universe contestant, was on the sidelines during practice last Saturday when Jet players and coaches appeared to throw footballs in her direction.


Later, as she waited in the locker room to conduct an interview with quarterback Mark Sanchez, she was, she says, reportedly the target of catcalls and rude comments. She tweeted in Spanish: "I'm so uncomfortable! I'm in the Jets locker room waiting for Mark Sanchez and trying not to look around me."

Ay mi gente...always hiring women based on looks instead of intelligence

Insurance Companies To Remove Benefit Caps : NPR

Insurance Companies To Remove Benefit Caps : NPR

On Sept. 23, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to place a lifetime limit on the benefits they pay out. For the vast majority of people with health insurance, the caps have been nothing to worry about. But lifting the limits is one of several changes taking place next week as a result of the new health care overhaul law.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Senate GOP Committed To Block Tax Increase For The Rich

Senate GOP Committed To Block Tax Increase For The Rich

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) announced on Monday that he has the commitments from everyone in his caucus to oppose a package of tax cut extensions that fail to continue the current rates for the wealthy as well. Truth be told, the Kentucky Republican didn't even need all those commitments. Earlier in the day, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) joined other moderate Senate Democrats in announcing his opposition to any form of tax increases, giving Republicans more than enough votes to sustain a filibuster.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

How do you change the U.S. Constitution?

Constitutional amendments are rare because the process is difficult. Ratification requires two-thirds majority votes in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and the approval of three-fourths of the state legislatures.


Two-thirds of state legislatures also can call a constitutional convention, but that has never happened. Three-fourths of the states would have to ratify any proposed amendments that emerged.

There are 27 amendments, including the original 10 that make up the Bill of Rights. The 27th Amendment, which relates to congressional pay, was ratified in 1992. However, it had been pending before the states since 1789. More recently, Congress has given the states time limits, often seven years, to ratify proposed constitutional amendments. Prior to the 27th Amendment, the Constitution hadn't been revised since 1971 when the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18 in federal and state elections.

14th Amendment faces challenge from immigration hardliners

14th Amendment faces challenge from immigration hardliners

For years, Arizona lawmakers have targeted illegal immigrants. In their next session, legislators will focus on the children of illegal immigrants.

Two prominent lawmakers want to change the way those children are granted citizenship.

The pair plan to introduce legislation that targets the children, possibly by adding notation on their state birth certificates that would identify them as children of illegal immigrants.

Such legislation, the lawmakers hope, could trigger a review of the Supreme Court's interpretation of the 14th Amendment, which now grants citizenship to anyone born inside the U.S.

State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, sponsored Senate Bill 1070, the controversial immigration law that passed this spring.

The details of their new effort have not been made final, but the two say the coming legislative session is the right time to focus on citizenship and further slow the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States.

To make that happen, Kavanagh said he and Pearce are focusing on making a change in state law or procedure to spur lawsuits that would end up before the high court.

Sarah Palin & Glenn Beck: "I'd like to announce that in 2012, we will both be..."

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Florida Terrorist Adnan Shukrijumah's Mother Defends Her Son; Claims al Qaeda Is Only Trying to Wake Up U.S. - ABC News

Florida Terrorist Adnan Shukrijumah's Mother Defends Her Son; Claims al Qaeda Is Only Trying to Wake Up U.S. - ABC News

The Florida mother of one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, Adnan Shukrijumah, says her son is a "good boy" and that al Qaeda attacks are justified as a "wake-up" to America for its failure to respect God.

"The intention is to alarm America," she said, "to recognize that America has forgot about God Almighty and he is the one in rule and control."

Shukrijumah's mother said she is not bothered if her son is part of al Qaeda because it is a "force for good."

Shukrijumah's mother, 49, who still lives in the Broward County city of Miramar, says she has not seen or heard from her son since he left the United States but is confident he is being falsely accused by the FBI.

As a Latina I find these stories, veeery inter-esting.

Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

The story of how one lone idiot, pimping an 18th-century brand of community terrorism, held the media hostage and forced some of this nation's most powerful people to their knees to fitfully beg an end to his wackdoodlery is an extraordinary one. It's a modern media retelling of Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying", in which a gang of Islamaphobes, cast in the role of Addie Bundren, bamboozle the media into carrying their coffin full of malevolence on a journey of pure debasement.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hispanic children need quality programs on Spanish-language TV – Hispanosphere – Orlando Sentinel

Hispanic children need quality programs on Spanish-language TV – Hispanosphere – Orlando Sentinel

Television plays an important role in the cultural experience of the modern child. Whether we like it or not, TV is one of the first windows through which youth can explore the world.

This is why it is important to have Spanish-language television programming in Hispanic households, especially in those with small children, where parents can readily influence which channel their children watch.

The issue isn’t just about exposure to Spanish-language programming, but about exposure to quality children’s programming. For example, all of us know the value of a program like Sesame Street, which has kept children entertained for 30 years. Unfortunately, not all programs are like Sesame Street. The majority of channels available in Spanish meet only the legal limit, transmitting three hours a week of educational programming for children.

On average, the Hispanic household consumes more than 30 hours a week of television, that is to say, the equivalent of more than a day. Does this figure appear high to you? It is. Now, imagine that only three of these hours are educational Spanish programming. The problem is obvious.

Pastor Cancels Koran Burning and Plans to Meet Imam - NYTimes.com

Pastor Cancels Koran Burning and Plans to Meet Imam - NYTimes.com

“The Imam committed to meet with us but did not commit to moving the mosque yet,” he said. Those sentiments were echoed by the statement issued by the imam.

"I am glad that Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Qurans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones," the statement said. "I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony."

The Obama administration worked furiously on Thursday to stop Mr. Jones from his planned burning of the Koran, culminating in a call from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to Mr. Jones Thursday afternoon.

Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day - Orange County News - Navel Gazing

Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day - Orange County News - Navel Gazing

Headline: Report: Illegal Population to Soar if Birthright Citizenship Repealed

Comment by WRESTLER76: So basically anyone that came over with Christopher Columbus and after him are illegals and none of there descendents have a right to be here, only native americans ... so i agree, lets start with whitey and go from there....

Comment by GETSOME0321: You should learn proper grammar before you start slinging insults around. It's blatantly obvious you're an uneducated Mexican.

Comment by JBOB1960: and where in his comments does it say that he's from Mexico....this blog is so full of bigots.

Comment by SWEDE1942: It's long been a fact that many bring their pregnant wives across for just that purpose of citizenship for the child so the parents have an excellent chance of remaining in the U.S. Many others work on impregnating their wives here for that purpose. Unfortunately most of the children will wind up stuck in the barrios such as Santa Ana since the parents want nothing to do with America except remain here creating another little Tijuana.

Comment by THINKITOUT: Just like the untouchable caste in India. You are permanently marked as unclean at birth - no escape. Can you imagine that there are people who want to see that in America?

Comment by LIBERALSSUCK: yup I sure do. I want to see it.... in my eyes and a lot of other peoples eyes they are not citizens and I as well as many others will continue to treat them just as if they are illegal scum just like their parents

Comment by MMIKE714: If their great grandparents snuck in illegally....send them back. If people are so "proud" of their country, why don't they live there? They wave the flag...brag about what state their family came from with bumper stickers....doesn't make sense. Our prisons and schools are overflowing with children and adults whose parents committed a felony coming here. Then they want all their food, housing etc. for free. THEY KNOW EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK.

Comment by LEFTOCBEHIND: Wow....good to know I can always come here for a bracing shot of xenophobia.

United States Losing Competitive Edge: World Economic Forum Report | Fast Company

United States Losing Competitive Edge: World Economic Forum Report Fast Company

The United States has fallen from second to fourth place in The World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Global Competitiveness Report for 2010-2011. Switzerland seized the top spot, followed by Sweden, then Singapore. Germany came in 5th. The report indicates that deficits, debt, and loss of faith in public institutions torpedoed the U.S.'s ranking. The rankings take into consideration 12 factors, "institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labour market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication, and innovation," and give a snapshot of how competitive national economies are, according to the press release.

Hot Air Headlines » Pakistani ambassador to Glenn Beck: Please help stop the Koran-burning

Hot Air Headlines » Pakistani ambassador to Glenn Beck: Please help stop the Koran-burning

“I think it would help if Mr. Glenn Beck came out against it, and said that people of faith do not burn the books of people of other faith,” Husain Haqqani told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

What will Beck do ?.....Play God or sit there and dare him.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

SSRN-Separation, Deportation, Termination by Marcia Yablon-Zug

SSRN-Separation, Deportation, Termination by Marcia Yablon-Zug

Abstract: Parents have a constitutional right to the care and control of their children but this right is coming into mounting conflict with concerns about the best interests of children and the fitness of their immigrant, particularly undocumented immigrant, parents. Increasingly, states are removing the children of undocumented immigrant parents and then terminating their parental rights. Such terminations represent a significant, but largely unnoticed, change in the law. There is no Supreme Court case or Congressional Act heralding this development. This is an unofficial change that comes directly from the child welfare agencies and family courts and their shifting conception of what justifies the termination of parental rights.

Under established case law, courts may not terminate the rights of fit parents. However, this formerly settled law is being replaced with a new set of rules. In the context of undocumented immigrant families, fitness is no longer an obstacle to the termination of parental rights. Increasingly, when courts and agencies believe that termination is in a child’s best interest, they will find that a parent’s undocumented status alone is sufficient to demonstrate unfitness. Then, having essentially eliminated the fitness requirement, courts and agencies are able to base termination of parental rights solely upon a best interest of the child analysis.

This article explores this increasing phenomenon and explains why it is occurring and why no one has noticed.

Ay Juanita !

Activist raises profile of Bell's Lebanese community - latimes.com

Activist raises profile of Bell's Lebanese community - latimes.com

A Lebanese man in an overwhelmingly Latino city, Ali Saleh has emerged as a leader of a reform-minded group called the Bell Assn. to Stop the Abuse, or BASTA — "enough" in Spanish.

Protesters, LAPD clash as chief defends shooting - latimes.com

Protesters, LAPD clash as chief defends shooting - latimes.com

"Why couldn't they have shot him in the leg or somewhere else instead of killing him? He was drunk, but he was never a violent person."

We've got to change our evil ways, this type of thinking is killing us!

Imam: We are proceeding with NYC Islamic center - CNN.com

Imam: We are proceeding with NYC Islamic center - CNN.com

"We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House. More important, we are doing so with the support of the downtown community, government at all levels and leaders from across the religious spectrum, who will be our partners. I am convinced that it is the right thing to do for many reasons,"

"I am very sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of 9/11, as are my fellow leaders of many faiths. We will accordingly seek the support of those families, and the support of our vibrant neighborhood, as we consider the ultimate plans for the community center. Our objective has always been to make this a center for unification and healing."

"This is a political thing that all came up in two months -- and it's going to go away on November 4th,"

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Obama Will Not Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts to Wealthy - NYTimes.com

Obama Will Not Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts to Wealthy - NYTimes.com

Mr. Obama’s opposition to allowing the high-end tax cuts to remain in place for even another year or two would be the signal many Congressional Democrats have been awaiting as they prepare for a showdown with Republicans on the issue and ends speculation that the White House might be open to an extension.

Busting a move ?

Mosque under construction in Phoenix vandalized | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Featured Videos

Mosque under construction in Phoenix vandalized Phoenix News Arizona News azfamily.com Featured Videos

For weeks there has been heated debate over a proposed mosque at Ground Zero and Frank Camacho reports those flaring emotions may be spilling over in the Valley.

Hmm, closed to comments, is this the vocal Arizona ?

AMAZING !

Pastor weighing plans to burn Qurans amid U.S. warnings - CNN.com

Pastor weighing plans to burn Qurans amid U.S. warnings - CNN.com

(CNN) -- The pastor of a Florida church planning to burn Qurans told CNN Tuesday while the congregation plans to go through with the action to protest the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States by al Qaeda, the church is "weighing" its intentions.

Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, Florida, who was interviewed on CNN's "American Morning, said the congregation is taking seriously the warning from the U.S. military that the act could cause problems for American troops.

"We have firmly made up our mind, but at the same time, we are definitely praying about it," said Jones said.

When hate dominates, common sense !

Muslims Fear Losing Gains Amid Protests Over Center - NYTimes.com

Muslims Fear Losing Gains Amid Protests Over Center - NYTimes.com

“We worry: Will we ever be really completely accepted in American society?” said Dr. Ferhan Asghar, an orthopedic spine surgeon in Cincinnati and the father of two young girls. “In no other country could we have such freedoms — that’s why so many Muslims choose to make this country their own. But we do wonder whether it will get to the point where people don’t want Muslims here anymore.”

They liken their situation to that of other scapegoats in American history: Irish Roman Catholics before the nativist riots in the 1800s, the Japanese before they were put in internment camps during World War II.


Another minority group fighting hate. The diffrence !......

G.O.P. Recruits Street People to Run on Green Ticket in Arizona - NYTimes.com

G.O.P. Recruits Street People to Run on Green Ticket in Arizona - NYTimes.com

Mr. Pearcy, 20, is running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees public utilities, railroad safety and securities regulation. Although Mr. Pearcy says he is taking his first run for public office seriously, the political establishment here views him as nothing more than a political dirty trick.

Mr. Pearcy and other drifters and homeless people were recruited onto the Green Party ballot by a Republican political operative who freely admits that their candidacies may siphon some support from the Democrats. Arizona’s Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint with local, state and federal prosecutors in an effort to have the candidates removed from the ballot, and the Green Party has urged its supporters to steer clear of the rogue candidates.

This is going to be an INTERESTING 8 weeks !