Monday, February 28, 2011

Hispanic civil rights leader banned from state Senate - East Valley Tribune: Immigration

Hispanic civil rights leader banned from state Senate - East Valley Tribune: Immigration

Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, confirmed Friday he told the Senate sergeant at arms to bar the leader of a group that was being "rowdy" while watching a committee hearing on a TV monitor in an overflow room. But Pearce said he did not learn until later that the person he banned was Reza.

Reza was arrested Thursday when he went to meet with Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix. When Reza refused to leave - even after Gallardo told police Reza was there to see him - he was charged with trespass.

Attorney Stephen Montoya said he is weighing legal action against Pearce and the Senate. He said even assuming Reza was the leader of the group that cheered and clapped during Tuesday's hearing, there is no legal right to permanently bar him from the government building.

"You can't ban someone because he's allegedly the leader of a disruptive group," Montoya said.

Pearce also told Capitol Media Services he is weighing whether to ban bullhorns and other amplifiers that have become commonplace at rallies on the lawn.

That, however, may have only limited effect: A spokesman for House Speaker Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, who controls the northern half of the lawn, said he would not impose such a limit.

"It is my duty to protect our members, staff and visiting public, and provide a safe, secure environment," the statement reads. "In the future, we will be much more vigilant over misconduct by anyone visiting this building."

Supporters rally for Planned Parenthood

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Temporary Gift Tax Change Could Save the Wealthy $68 Billion - DailyFinance

Temporary Gift Tax Change Could Save the Wealthy $68 Billion - DailyFinance

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Rabbis: Equality at stake in efforts vs. birthright citizenship

Rabbis: Equality at stake in efforts vs. birthright citizenship

We oppose state efforts to reinterpret the 14th Amendment in an attempt to eliminate birthright citizenship despite the clear text of this amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court rulings guaranteeing the fundamental principle, policy and right to U.S. citizenship to those born in the U.S. Eliminating birthright citizenship is an assault on our commitment to equality under law by creating a two-tiered society in our country in which some born in the U.S. will have fundamental rights and others will be denied these blessings.

We are motivated by our ethics and the moral imperatives of the Bible and the history of our people.

Furthermore, throughout our long history as Jews, we have often been the "Other," the stranger who has been discriminated against, oppressed and expelled. We cannot sit by while others are now the victims of what we have experienced in the past. We call on others of conscience to make your voices heard and speak out to prevent further divisiveness that afflicts our community and its soul.

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Los Angeles Times -- Los Angeles Elections -

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March 8 City Election: Ballot Overview

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L.A. County jails, phone scam: Public warned of phone scam being run from L.A. County jails

L.A. County jails, phone scam: Public warned of phone scam being run from L.A. County jails -

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is warning the public of a telephone scam being run from county jails by inmates.

In the scam, inmates charge collect calls to unsuspecting consumers through call forwarding, according to Deputy Robert Boese.

Here's how it works: A person receives a telephone call from a person claiming to work for a public safety agency or hospital. The caller will say that a relative of the recipient has been hurt in an accident or jailed, and then instruct him to call a phone number that starts with the prefix *72 for more information.

The prefix activates the victim's call-forwarding feature (if he is a subscriber). The victim's incoming calls are then forwarded to the phone number that was provided by the scammer — usually the number for a friend or relative of the inmate.

Cardinal Mahony: Cardinal Roger Mahony passes leadership of L.A. Archdiocese to Jose Gomez -

Cardinal Mahony: Cardinal Roger Mahony passes leadership of L.A. Archdiocese to Jose Gomez -

Cardinal Roger Mahony walked slowly across the sanctuary of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, leaning softly on his shepherd's staff as he completed one of his last public acts as archbishop of Los Angeles. Passing the altar on one side and his assembled bishops on the other, he finally reached the man who was taking over his position as head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese.

Mahony handed the crooked staff, known as a crosier, to Archbishop Jose Gomez, symbolizing one of the most ancient traditions of the church, the transfer of authority from one bishop to another.

Passengers contacted after woman with measles goes through 3 airports

Protesters stay in Wisconsin Capitol as defiant governor digs in -

Protesters stay in Wisconsin Capitol as defiant governor digs in -

Authorities had set a deadline earlier in the day of 4 p.m. CST for demonstrators to leave the building, saying it needed to be cleaned after roughly two weeks of protests.

While many people left, hundreds of others defied the order and remained inside. Some say they are willing to risk arrest in a conflict that has become a flash point in the nation's debate around labor unions

"We have the right to be here. This is the people's house. This is a house of labor. This is a house that Wisconsin built," Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, said from inside the Capitol.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Listeria Test Prompts Broccoli Product Recall

Listeria Test Prompts Broccoli Product Recall

A California company has recalled cooked and fresh products containing broccoli that were distributed to Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N' Save stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Taylor Farms Pacific announced the recall after a random test by agricultural officials was positive for Listeria monocytogenes. No illness has been reported in connection with the recalled products.

The affected products have "use by" dates of Feb. 7, 2011 to March 7, 2011.

The products include:

-- TFarms, Snack Pot Penne Alfredo 8/10.75 oz Tray
-- Raley's, Asian Pasta Toss 1/12 oz Tray
-- Signature Cafe, Veggie Pleaser 4/23 oz Tray
-- Raley's, Yellow Curry Chicken Rice Bowl 17 oz Tray
-- Signature Cafe, Veggie Pleaser 1/23 oz Tray
-- Raley's, Veggie Blend 4/12 oz
-- Raley's, Cheese Stuffed Shells W/Rustica Tomatoes Sauce 14 oz
-- TFarms, Snack Pot Pasta Primavera 8/12 oz Tray
-- Raley's, Grilled Chicken Breast W/Mashed Potatoes & Gravy 14 oz
-- Raley's, Vegetable 1/3(hash) Tray
-- Raley's, Broccoli Rice & Cheese 16 oz Tray
-- Raley's, Vegetable & Dip Pre-made Impulse 1/28 oz Tray
-- Raley's, Udon Pork Noodle Bowl 17 oz Tray
-- Signature Cafe, Mediterranean Snacker Tray 4/34 oz
-- Raley's, Udon Chicken Noodle Bowl 17 oz Tray
-- Signature Cafe, Mediterranean Snacker Tray 1/34 oz
-- Raley's, Family Grilled Chicken Penne Alfredo 37.5 oz Tray
-- Raley's Vegetable Catering Kit

Saturday, February 26, 2011

AZ senator involved in domestic dispute not arrested due to immunity | Phoenix News | Arizona News | | News Headlines - Top Stories

AZ senator involved in domestic dispute not arrested due to immunity | Phoenix News | Arizona News | | News Headlines - Top Stories

Looking for the IRS Site? It's Not

If you're starting to think about your taxes and searching online for the official site of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, make sure you don't click on by mistake.

The IRS, like many U.S. government sites, uses the ".gov" top-level domain name, and can be found at

But isn't affiliated with the government at all, despite the misleading "IRS Tax Center" title in the browser bar and tab. The banner headline on the homepage also suggests an official association: "US Tax Center – Tax Information You Can Trust."

So remember, if you're looking for the IRS, the official website is

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What Else is in Walker's Bill? | Center for Media and Democracy

What Else is in Walker's Bill? | Center for Media and Democracy

While most news coverage has focused on how Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill attacks the state’s 200,000 public sector workers (and by extension, the entire middle class), the law is increasingly recognized as an attack on the poor. It curtails (and perhaps eliminates) access to the Medicaid programs relied upon by 1.2 million Wisconsinites, limits access to public transportation, and hinders rural community access to broadband internet. The bill keeps the poor sick, stranded, and stupid.

Governor Walker and the GOP have said they will not balance the state’s alleged “budget deficit” by raising taxes and increasing revenue. Instead, they will focus on decreasing expenditures in a way that disproportionately impacts the poor and middle classes. At an event at Wisconsin Law School on February 24, former U.S. Solicitor of Labor and professor emeritus of law Carin Clauss said “we have to acknowledge that we are imposing what amounts to a de facto tax hike” on the poor.” She noted that “this bill will kick people off medicare, require increased payments into health and pension funds,” and “could hamstring mass public transport,” all of which decrease take-home pay and increase costs for poor- and middle- class

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AZ Lawmaker Says State's So Embarrassing, Her County May Secede

AZ Lawmaker Says State's So Embarrassing, Her County May Secede : It's All Politics : NPR

I pass this one along for your amusement.

After the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate passed a bill to let the state nullify any federal laws it didn't agree with (I know, I know. The senators did this despite the U.S. Constitution's "supremacy clause") a Democratic lawmaker said her county might need to secede for the sake of its dignity.

From the East Valley Tribune:
Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, said the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government only limited powers.

"This gives our body the ability to look at Obamacare and some other things that actually will throw this state into the Third World country that we don't want to be,'' she said. Klein said federal mandates are "actually bankrupting with some of the laws that are being passed that I would deem to say are unconstitutional.''
Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, chose not to try to block SB 1433 which has strong Republican support, including that of Senate President Russell Pearce. Instead, she sought to amend it to say that the moment this law takes effect, the Pima County Board of Supervisors "may act to have the county secede from the jurisdiction of this state.''

Aboud said Pima County residents really do want to remain part of Arizona.

"But we don't want to be part of this state that continues to embarrass Arizona,'' she said. "The point is, our business community is hurting because of the reactions brought upon by this body.''

Arizona Capitol Times » Blog Archive » Bill to kill Ariz. Medicaid system to get hearing

Arizona Capitol Times » Blog Archive » Bill to kill Ariz. Medicaid system to get hearing

The chairman of an Arizona Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on his bill to repeal the state’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

Republican Sen. Andy Biggs of Gilbert has included his repeal bill on a crowded agenda for what is expected to be a lengthy meeting Tuesday.

Biggs is among majority Republicans who bemoan the financial burden that the Medicaid program places on the state.

However, some of those same Republicans say it’s unrealistic to eliminate the entire program because Arizona would lose federal funding for people who would still need health care.

Gov. Jan Brewer has proposed suspending coverage for approximately 280,000 adults, The federal government says the state has leeway to drop 250,000 next fall when the program is up for routine renewal.

Arizona Capitol Times » Blog Archive » Commerce Authority: State pays, but has little say 

Arizona Capitol Times » Blog Archive » Commerce Authority: State pays, but has little say 

By Jeremy Duda

When the Arizona Department of Commerce becomes the Arizona Commerce Authority, the quasi-private agency will be free of much of the oversight and regulations that accompany being a fully public part of state government. The Commerce Authority will have leeway and latitude available to few, if any, state agencies. Its personnel will not be state employees.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Arizona lawmakers may not be done demonstrating their bigotry

Arizona lawmakers may not be done demonstrating their bigotry

Arizona xenophobes are determined to prove they are the most hateful bigots in the nation. They are also rightfully terrified of the demographic changes that will eventually make Arizona the next California.

Illegal immigrants would be barred from driving in the state, enrolling in school or receiving most public benefits. Their children would receive special birth certificates that would make clear that the state does not consider them Arizona citizens.

Some of the bills, like those restricting immigrants’ access to schooling and right to state citizenship, flout current federal law and are being put forward to draw legal challenges in hopes that the Supreme Court might rule in the state’s favor.

It's always interesting figuring out on what basis this Supreme Court will rule. In the meantime, Arizona lawmakers ought just to declare nullification so they can establish their own Alien and Sedition Act.

by Laurence Lewis for Daily Kos

Compton Unified responds to troubling report on their performance

TGIF...Ohh Ya ! Time to decompress and sharpen those claws 4 monday !

Russell Pearce teaching Senate Judiciary to heel, bow and fetch

Russell Pearce bringing Senate Judiciary to heel - Blog For Arizona

Over the last couple of weeks, Senate President Russell Pearce and his "associates" have been thoroughly embarrassed by the failure of his Sen. Ron Gould's anti-birthright citizenship and other anti-immigrant bills to pass the Senate's Judiciary Committee.

Given that the committee had eight members, that meant the best possible outcome for the measures was failure on a 4 - 4 tie vote. A measure needs five out of eight members to support it in order for it to go forward.

So he has now done the next best thing - he has simply added another, more pliable, member to the committee, bringing its membership count to nine.

Wednesday, he added Sen. Scott Bundgaard to the committee without removing anyone else.

By handling things in this manner, Pearce kept the number of votes necessary to pass a bill at "five" but also was able to add a fifth reliable vote to the committee. He also was able to bring the committee back under control without appearing to be vindictive (he may, in fact, *be* vindictive, but this doesn't make him *look* that way).

List Outs Illegal Immigrants in Utah

Why is Russell Pearce banning Latino activists from the State Capitol? - Three Sonorans

Why is Russell Pearce banning Latino activists from the State Capitol? - Three Sonorans

Yesterday the Tucson Citizen’s Carlos Galindo was at the senate building in Arizona, with no actions or protests going on, just in attendance following the latest, and he was approached by two DPS officers that told him “Russell Pearce has banned you from the senate building forever…”

Today Sal Reza from Puente went to the building today to get permits for an event. He was also told he is not allowed to be there.

Why is Russell Pearce banning these Latino activists from their government’s buildings, and is this even legal? One would think there a First Amendment issue at play here, and there is something wrong going on in Arizona.

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney: Acts of Outrage, Indifference and Arrogance

Rep. Carolyn Maloney: Acts of Outrage, Indifference and Arrogance

The current Republican attack on women's personal liberties, our access to reproductive health services and our right to lifesaving medical care is stunning in its scope, appalling in its indifference, and outrageous in its arrogance. Their proposals go way beyond anything in current law, significantly reducing access to family planning services and making abortion uninsurable. For years, anti-choice advocates succeeded in whittling away at reproductive freedoms, but the current three-pronged attack goes far beyond anything in existing law and is dangerous beyond measure.

Libya: Gaddafi's billions to be seized by Britain

Libya: Gaddafi's billions to be seized by Britain - Telegraph

The funds are expected to be seized within days. The Treasury is understood to have set up a unit to trace Col Gaddafi's assets in Britain, which are thought to include billions of dollars in bank accounts, commercial property and a £10 million mansion in London.

In total, the Libyan regime is said to have around £20 billion in liquid assets, mostly in London. These are expected to be frozen as part of an international effort to force the dictator from power.

Assembly Dems Yell "Shame" After Budget Vote

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lisa Fitzgerald, Wife Of Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, Gets Layoff Notice

Lisa Fitzgerald, Wife Of Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, Gets Layoff Notice

As the standoff between Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans over controversial legislation stripping public unions of collective bargaining rights continues, teachers are beginning to receive preliminary layoff notices, including the wife of state senate majority leader Scott Fitzergald (R).

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

Superintendent Jeremy Biehl says the school board decided Wednesday night to send preliminary layoff slips to all 34 members of the teaching staff, including librarians and counselors. Biehl says the action was taken because of the uncertainty of the state budget bill.
Lisa Fitzgerald works as a counselor in the Hustisford school district. Republican governor Scott Walker has threatened to layoff 1,500 state workers if Democrats who fled the state to avoid voting on the unions legislation don't return.

Toyota recalls 2.17 million vehicles

Toyota recalls 2.17 million vehicles in U.S. - CBS News

Toyota has now recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally to fix gas pedals and other safety problems since 2009. U.S. regulators said earlier this month that electronic flaws were not to blame for reports of sudden, unintended acceleration. The company paid the U.S. government a record $48.8 million in fines for its handling of three recalls.

The world's No. 1 auto company said more than half of the vehicles under recall were being added to a massive 2009 recall that fixed gas pedals getting trapped in the floor mat.

The Japanese automaker said it would add three models to the 2009 pedal entrapment recall: about 600,000 4Runner SUVs from the 2003-2009 model years; 761,000 RAV4 compact SUVs from the 2006-2010 model years; and 17,000 Lexus LX 570s from the 2008-2011 model years.

The recall also includes 372,000 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400H vehicles from the 2004 through early 2007 model years and 397,000 2004-2006 Toyota Highlander SUVs and hybrid versions to replace floor carpet covering and retention clips on the driver's side that could interfere with the accelerator pedal arm.

Toyota also recalled 20,000 2006 through early 2007 GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel drive vehicles to change the shape of a plastic pad embedded in the driver's side floor carpet that could cause pedal interference.

Jobs before they were president -

Jobs before they were president -

Everybody has to start somewhere. That includes all of the celebrities, billionaires, executives and CEOs of the world -- even U.S. presidents.

So where did they begin their careers? Read on to find out what 11 U.S. presidents did before landing in office.

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Prankster calls Wisconsin governor "truly delusional" -

Prankster calls Wisconsin governor "truly delusional" -

(Earlier post has Walker/Murphy conversation)

Oscar Nominations for Short Film (Animated)

Welcome to Arizona, we have no Mexicans and will no longer have poor people !

Brewer is right on rolling back AHCCCS - East Valley Tribune: Columnists

Gov. Jan Brewer is no stranger to lawsuits. It looks as is she may be facing another one. This time it won’t be from the federal government, but rather from Democratic state lawmakers who are up in arms over her attempt to drop the extended coverage to approximately 250,000 Arizonans who have been riding the health care gravy train, better known as AHCCCS.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona’s “Cadillac” health care program that has been providing free health care to low income Arizonans for years. AHCCCS, a Medicaid entitlement program, was extended a decade ago to cover over a quarter of a million state residents and this extension needs to be put out of our misery. The state of Arizona can’t afford it and the rest of us who pay for our own health care have had enough.

First, it comes down to economics. As a state, we are facing our fourth straight year of budget deficits. State lawmakers face an estimated $763 million shortfall this year and $1.15 billion on 2012. These deficits are unsustainable, and if we don’t make some tough decisions, will drive this state into financial ruin.

Opponents will criticize Gov. Brewer and other Republicans for being heartless and not caring for the poor. Quite the contrary. Arizona is one of six states that provides this most generous health care handout. It doesn’t come down to whether we want to continue this free health care extension. It comes down the fact that we can’t afford it.

By Michael Weinstein, guest commentary on East Valley Tribune

Senate panel votes to kill Medicaid program - East Valley Tribune: Arizona

Senate panel votes to kill Medicaid program - East Valley Tribune: Arizona

Saying the state can't count on future federal funds, a legislative panel voted Wednesday to make Arizona the first -- and only -- state to withdraw from the federal Medicaid program.

The plan, approved on an 8-5 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee, would abolish the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, this state's version of Medicaid, effective Oct. 1. In its place, SB 1519 would direct the Department of Health Services to set up a program to provide care for the needy.

But that definition of "needy'' would be far more narrow than it is now.

How narrow?

Current AHCCCS enrollment, in all its programs, now exceeds 1.3 million. But AHCCCS officials said that, with people coming into and leaving the system, it provided care to about 1.8 million Arizonans last year.

By contrast, the plan by Sen. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, would provide free care for only about 80,000.

Some of those not in that group would be able to stay. But it would cost them, with Biggs envisioning a system of premiums, deductibles and co-pays. And he said the state could penalize program participants who seek costly emergency room care for non-emergency situations.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oil hits $100 a barrel on unrest in OPEC's Libya

Oil hits $100 a barrel on unrest in OPEC's Libya - CBS News

Oil prices hit $100 per barrel Wednesday as forces loyal to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi clashed with protesters expanding their control over parts of that OPEC nation.

In afternoon trading benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up $3.48or 3.7 percent, at $98.90 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices climbed as high as $100 earlier in the day, hitting triple digits for the first time since Oct. 2, 2008. WTI has jumped 18 percent since Valentine's Day.

Koch Whore: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Part1

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In Budget Bill, a Dispute Over Border Security

In Budget Bill, a Dispute Over Border Security -

Preparing for the fight next week in Congress over federal spending legislation, Democratic leaders in the Senate said they will not support a bill with $60 billion in budget cuts that passed the Republican-led House on Saturday because it reduces funding for border security.

In a letter sent on Monday to House appropriations leaders, Senator Charles Schumer of New York and two other Democrats said the House bill would shrink the Border Patrol by 870 agents and cut $272 million in funds for surveillance systems to monitor the border with Mexico. They said those cuts would cancel gains from a bill adopted last August, with virtually unanimous bipartisan support, that increased border funding by $600 million, adding 1,000 new agents to the Border Patrol.

“This magnitude of reduction is simply dangerous,” wrote Mr. Schumer, who is chairman of the Senate judiciary subcommittee on immigration.

Net Neutrality

Dear Sonia,

By now you may have heard the news: Republicans in the House of Representatives voted last week to block the FCC from enforcing its new net neutrality regulations.

As I’ve said before, these regulations weren’t nearly good enough to ensure that the Internet remains free and open. But they were a step in the right direction. And by voting to eliminate them, House Republicans declared their willingness to let big corporations control the Internet.

We know what this could mean for American consumers -- less diversity of viewpoints, less access to independent content through services like Netflix, and higher prices for Internet service.

The good news is that the Senate still has a chance to stop this special interest power play. I’m working as hard as I can to build support for net neutrality in the Senate -- but I’m not the only one talking to my colleagues. These corporations have lobbyists of their own, lots of them, and they’re descending upon Capitol Hill en masse.

The only way we're going to save net neutrality is if ordinary Americans make their voices heard. I'll update you soon -- but for now, please forward this email to your friends and ask them to join our campaign by linking up with me on Twitter(@alfranken) or Facebook.

Thanks -- and stay tuned.

Gov. Walker Rejects Compromise as Wisconsin Union Protests Continue

Indiana lawmakers pass immigration curbs like Arizona

Indiana lawmakers pass immigration curbs like Arizona - U.S. news -

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona's tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state.

The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local police to ask a person stopped for infractions like traffic violations for proof of legal residency if the officer has a "reasonable suspicion" they may be in the country illegally.

Another provision would call for, with some exceptions, the use of English only in public meetings, on Web sites and in documents.

The bill still needs to be adopted by state's House of Representatives, where opponents say they will now turn.

The vote "was a key step in the legislative process," the bill's author Sen. Mike Delph said in a statement, adding that the bill will "send a clear message that Indiana will no longer be a sanctuary for people who are in our state and country illegally because of our federal government's failure to act on illegal immigration."

Drugs To Prevent Weak Bones Linked To Unusual Fractures In Women

Drugs To Prevent Weak Bones Linked To Unusual Fractures In Women : Shots - Health Blog : NPR

When a hip bone breaks because of osteoporosis, the fracture usually involves either the ball at the top of the femur or the narrow neck just below the ball. The unusual fractures that may be associated with certain osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates occur lower on the bone. Ironically, that's where the femur, the longest bone in the body, is usually strongest.

These unusual fractures can occur suddenly without any trauma, such as a fall. And they can be complex breaks that are difficult to fix and slow to heal.

In the study, published in current issue of JAMA, researchers looked at 716 of these fractures in more than 200,000 Ontario women who had taken bisphosphonates.

New Republic: Unions Aren't Walker's Only Target

New Republic: Unions Aren't Walker's Only Target : NPR

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal has gotten a lot of attention for what it would do to the state's public employee unions. And rightly so. If Walker gets his way, state workers will lose virtually all power to negotiate over compensation and the unions themselves will become far weaker. As Greg Sargent noted on Monday, a Walker victory would likely embolden Republican governors in other states, many of whom are planning their own assaults on public employees.

But that's not all Walker's budget proposal would do. It appears that Walker also wants to weaken the state's Medicaid program, known as Badgercare. And his proposed method for accomplishing this is eerily similar to his proposed method for emasculating the public employee unions. Rather than simply trying to reduce what the state government spends on Badgercare, Walker proposes to change the way the state government operates it, in a way that would allow him to change the program with virtually no legislative oversight.

You can read the full story in the progressive publication Cap Times. (One of its writers, Shawn Doherty, seems to be one of the very few people to have taken notice.) But here's the short and slightly simplified version, as best as I can determine based on media accounts and conversations with advocates in the state:....

AZ to deny kids education based on proof of status -Turning school administrators into de facto immigration enforcement agents (19)

AZ to deny kids education based on proof of status -Turning school administrators into de facto immigration enforcement agents (19)

SB1611, the latest political move by extremist Russel Pearce is not only deeply infuriating but deeply saddening - targeting the defenseless IS the next strategy in Pearce's machiavellian power grab - one that contravenes human decency - what else should we expect from this character? Is it time to strengthen our mobilization in Arizona?--- Axel Caballero

WASHINGTON -- The lawmaker behind Arizona's infamous bill cracking down on undocumented immigrants has introduced additional anti-immigrant legislation seemingly destined to ignite further controversy and legal challenges.

On Monday, Russell Pearce, Arizona state senate president and the author of SB1070, proposed a bill that would deny children of undocumented immigrants the right to attend K-12 public schools in the state. The measure would turn school administrators into de facto immigration enforcement agents by asking them to turn over families that did not provide citizenship or legal resident papers.

The bill, SB1611, seems bound for challenges over its constitutionality, as it runs up against the Supreme Court's 1982 decision in Plyler v. Doe, which explicitly prohibits states from discriminating against young students for their immigration status.

March 8 election: Arguments for and against directing more money to libraries via Measure L

March 8 election: Arguments for and against directing more money to libraries via Measure L | Opinion L.A. | Los Angeles Times

Among the many measures on the March 8 city election ballot, Measure L -- which would direct a higher percentage of property tax revenue to libraries -- seems closest to people’s hearts. Writing on our Facebook page, a reader reminded us of the wonderful Walter Cronkite quote: "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."

Compton parent trigger: School board rejects parents' petition

Compton parent trigger: School board rejects parents' petition -

After two months of controversy, the Compton school board Tuesday rejected a petition by parents aiming to use a groundbreaking state law to turn over their struggling elementary school to a charter operator.

Board members with the Compton Unified School District voted unanimously, 7-0, to return the petition to parents at McKinley Elementary , saying it failed to include information required by state regulations. District officials also found that parents cited the wrong education code section and failed to provide evidence that they had selected their desired charter operator, Celerity Educational Group, after a "rigorous review process" as required by state emergency regulations.

"The petition is materially non-qualifying and is being returned as insufficient," the board found.

The closely watched case represented the first test of a new law giving parents the power to petition for major reforms of low-performing schools, including shutting them down, changing staff and programs, and turning the campus over to a charter operator. Charters are independently run, publicly financed schools.

But the petition campaign was plagued by charges and countercharges of deceit, harassment and lies and created bitter campus divisions. The district drew fire — and a class-action lawsuit — for requiring parents to verify their signatures in person with photo identification. More than 60 parent supporters refused to participate in the process and won a temporary restraining order barring the district from continuing those requirements. It is unclear how the board's decision to reject the petition will affect that legal action.

TEDWomen speak out

TEDWomen speak out -

A number of the talks by speakers at TEDWomen have been featured by in its weekly series of TED Talks along with additional text by the speakers.

Among the talks are these:

Cynthia Breazeal, roboticist: Your new best friend may be a robot

Hanna Rosin, journalist: Are women leaving men behind?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: Empower women and girls

Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, former House Speaker: For women, a seat at the table

Tony Porter, A Call to Men: Why men act out against women

Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for The New Yorker: Cartooning has been my savior

Beverly and Dereck Joubert, conservationists and filmmakers: Are we seeing the last lions?

Look out !...Chicago has a new sheriff

Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral vote - CNN

Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won the Chicago mayoral election over five other challengers Tuesday, topping the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff vote, CNN projects.

With almost 75% of the vote counted, Emanuel had almost 55% of the vote, far outdistancing his rivals.

Former Chicago School Board head Gery Chico was in second place with 25%, while City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9% and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun had more than 8%. The other two candidates both had less than 2%.

"What makes this victory most gratifying is that it was built on votes from every corner of this city," he said, touching on an overall theme of unity. "It's easy to find differences, but we can never allow them to become divisions."

Sentencing due in hate crime killing of immigrant -

Sentencing due in hate crime killing of immigrant -

Two men convicted of a hate crime in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in a Pennsylvania federal court.

Derrick Donchak, of Shenandoah, and Brandon Piekarsky, of Shenandoah Heights, were found guilty in federal court in October of several charges, including hate crimes and depriving the victim Luis Ramirez of his civil rights.

The two had previously been acquitted of murder charges in state court and convicted of simple assault.

During the federal trial, witnesses testified that racist language was used before and during the attack and that Ramirez was kicked in the head repeatedly after he fell down. The defendants, they said, didn't want immigrants in their neighborhood and repeatedly ordered Ramirez to leave.

Guest One less illegal to deal with. Many, many more to go. See what happened to East LA since they started breeding like coakroaches. You people are fools.

Guest Just the Federal Government pandering to the minority population AGAIN! This illegal alien became a criminal when he entered the country!!!

gapeterson is sorta correct about two things. 1) These kids murdered someone, they shouldn't have a ton of extra charges added on because they were white and he was mexican. why should minorities get special protection under the law? 2) I understand the frustration about the selectivity of the law

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Scott Brown: I'm Not A Tea Party Member, 'I'm A Republican'

Scott Brown: I'm Not A Tea Party Member, 'I'm A Republican'

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the freshman legislator who won a special election in the blue state of Massachusetts thanks in part to widespread support from the Tea Party, said Tuesday that he doesn't consider himself a member of their ranks.

"I'm a Republican from Massachusetts," Brown told USA Today when asked if he identified with the Tea Party.

Sorry about the image....but, it's my favorite Scott Brown pic !

Obama to offer infrastructure finance for Brazil

President Barack Obama plans to offer new financing for joint infrastructure projects between U.S. and Brazilian companies when he visits Brazil next month, sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

The financing, which could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars or more annually, would allow U.S. companies to play a bigger role in Brazil's upcoming building boom as the country prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Sources in both governments said the proposal would also fund joint ventures to build infrastructure projects in other countries, mainly in Africa, where the United States and Brazil are both eager to limit the rising influence of Chinese companies.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: New campaign seeks funds as well as volunteers -

Big Brothers Big Sisters: New campaign seeks funds as well as volunteers -

At a Starbucks in South Los Angeles, 14-year-old Bill Kirkpatrick III sat down with his mentor, Joe Egender, to set goals for the coming year.

On the teen's to-do list for 2011: maintain a 3.0 or higher grade-point average, become a better role model for his 8-year-old brother, make it as a starter for the school basketball team and be "the flower that grew from concrete" — a reference to a poem by the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Since they were matched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles nearly six years ago, the pair have spent many weekends together, riding roller coasters, racing each other in go-karts, browsing in bookstores or sharing a booth at their favorite Inglewood diner, the Serving Spoon.

The demand for such matchups is growing. For the first time in its more than 100-year history

Polk Award: Times receives George Polk Award for coverage of Bell scandal -

Polk Award: Times receives George Polk Award for coverage of Bell scandal -

The Los Angeles Times has won a George Polk Award, one of journalism's top honors, for exposing officials' exorbitant salaries and financial misdeeds in the small working-class town of Bell.

Spearheaded by staff writers Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, coverage of the Bell scandal involved more than two dozen reporters and editors and led to criminal charges against eight current and former city officials, as well as millions of dollars in tax refunds to residents.

The Times' stories, which won for local reporting, also sparked legislative reform efforts aimed at public pay and pension abuses, including a bill that would require California's city, county and schools officials to disclose their compensation online.

ANONYMOUS - Truth or fiction

Monday, February 21, 2011

For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success

For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success : NPR

Self-control keeps us from eating a whole bag of chips or from running up the credit card. A new study says that self-control makes the difference between getting a good job or going to jail — and we learn it in preschool.

"Children who had the greatest self-control in primary school and preschool ages were most likely to have fewer health problems when they reached their 30s," says Terrie Moffitt, a professor of psychology at Duke University and King's College London.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: 'We're Broke' (1 of 2)

Pancake Week In Los Angeles

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Bust out the maple syrup: it's Pancake Week! To honor this special occasion, we've rounded up a list of LA eateries where you can celebrate. Whether you're heading out for brunch or eating breakfast for dinner, all of these places will be serving up some tasty pancakes for your celebratory pleasure. Feel free to let us know your favorite places to go for pancakes too!

What might happen if federal government shuts down again

What might happen if federal government shuts down again

Budget disagreements between Bill Clinton and Republicans prompted these incidents in 1995 and 1996, as federal agencies halted operations and stopped paying workers.

For more than 20 days, about 260,000 federal employees in the D.C. area stayed home, or reported for duty only to be sent packing hours later. Security guards roamed the halls forcing out workers who lingered, and some frustrated feds sought temporary jobs as bike messengers and servers at restaurants to pay holiday bills, according to Post reports from the time.

Agencies retroactively paid workers once the doors reopened, but many government contractors - paid separately by private employers - earned nothing during the shutdown. And congressional Democrats proposed last week that Obama and lawmakers also should not be paid during a shutdown.

Obama and congressional leaders must strike a deal by March 4 to keep the government running. Failure to pass a bill could cause an immediate stop to a wide range of federal services.

Quiz: Presidents Day

Quiz: Presidents Day -

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Tea Party activists join protests, favoring Wisconsin budget bill

Tea Party activists join protests, favoring Wisconsin budget bill - CNN

Tea Party activists supporting a bill that would slash collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public employees flocked to Madison on Saturday, bringing a new dimension to a budget battle that shows few signs of compromise.

"Wisconsin is ground zero," said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity. "I think it is going to determine largely whether the pampered nature of these public employees is finally reigned in."

"I have been informed that all state and local public employees -- including teachers -- have agreed to the financial aspects of Gov. Walker's request," said Sen. Jon Erpenbach, a Democrat. "This includes Walker's requested concessions on public employee health care and pension. In return they ask only that the provisions that deny their right to collectively bargain are removed. This will solve the budget challenge."

Why America's teachers are enraged -

Why America's teachers are enraged -

Teachers across the nation reacted with alarm when the leaders of the Central Falls district in Rhode Island threatened to fire the entire staff of the small town's only high school. What got their attention was that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President Obama thought this was a fine idea, even though no one at the high school had been evaluated.

The Obama administration's Race to the Top program intensified the demonizing of teachers, because it encouraged states to evaluate teachers in relation to student scores. There are many reasons why students do well or poorly on tests, and teachers felt they were being unfairly blamed when students got low scores, while the crucial role of families and the students themselves was overlooked.

Teachers' despair deepened last August when The Los Angeles Times rated 6,000 teachers in Los Angeles as effective or ineffective, based on their students' test scores, and posted these ratings online. Testing experts warn that such ratings are likely to be both inaccurate and unstable, but the Times stood by its analysis.

Now conservative governors and mayors want to abolish teachers' right to due process, their seniority, and -- in some states -- their collective bargaining rights. Right-to-work states do not have higher scores than states with strong unions. Actually, the states with the highest performance on national tests are Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, and New Hampshire, where teachers belong to unions that bargain collectively for their members.

Opinion: Reinvent unions, don't gut them....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Homeboy Industries pins hopes on chips and salsa -

Homeboy Industries pins hopes on chips and salsa -

The hottest-selling snack item at 256 Ralphs deli sections across Southern California in the first weeks of February wasn't pretzels, or cheese puffs, or pita or bagel crisps. According to the Compton-based supermarket chain, the No. 1 seller was Homeboy Industries' tortilla chips and salsa.

Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles nonprofit founded by Father Gregory Boyle to help former gang members and convicts turn their lives around, launched its line of chips and salsa at Ralphs last month as part of an effort to revive its hard-hit finances. The high hope is that they might be the start of Homeboy's version of Newman's Own — the company created by the late Paul Newman that transformed salad dressing into social enterprise.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

El sexo frecuente ayuda a mantener la juventud y ser más longevo - Salud - CNNMé

El sexo frecuente ayuda a mantener la juventud y ser más longevo - Salud - CNNMé

La mayoría de los beneficios más sorprendentes del sexo apenas están siendo explorados. Según las más recientes investigaciones, estar sano no sólo mejora tu vida sexual, sino que el sexo te ayuda a mantenerte saludable.

Protests Across Wisconsin

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House slashes $61B from budget -

House slashes $61B from budget -

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- House Republicans passed a stopgap funding bill Saturday that would avert a government shut down and derail many of President Barack Obama's initiatives.

The government would shut down March 4 without the funding bill, called a continuing resolution, which passed 235-189 after marathon legislative session that ended in the early hours Saturday morning.

The bill cuts $61 billion in spending from the current budget.

The bill carves a conservative take on government priorities, slashing $2.7 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency, cutting support for ethanol production and derailing funding for Obama's healthcare overhaul,Politico reported.

The bill also sets up a game of chicken between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the Democratic-led Senate. Before the bill passed, Boehner said, "The only people in this town rooting for a government shutdown are (Rep.) Nancy Pelosi and (Sen.) Harry Reid. There's not one Republican talking about government shutdown. Our goal is to cut spending because it will lead to a better environment for job creation in America," The Hill reported

Friday, February 18, 2011

Faith Leaders Concerned about Immigrant Patient Bill |

Faith Leaders Concerned about Immigrant Patient Bill |

A bill requiring doctors to report illegal immigrant patients has caused concern, not just in the medical community, but among Christians as well.

“When governments impose these unfair laws, they do so out of fear – a fear rooted in hatred and anger toward those who are perceived to be threats,” she explained.

You are now turning medical professionals into full-time INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) agents," said Arizona Sen. Steve Gallardo, speaking at a news conference Monday. "Doctors that should be working to help treat ill patients are now turning into ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents."

Advocates argue that the bill is instrumental in the fight against illegal immigration, which cost hospitals tens of millions in lost revenue due to illegal immigrants being treated in emergency rooms.

Though the state legislature threw out the bill on Monday, Guerrero feels that lawmakers should in the future make decisions based on compassion for the individual....

TGIF- Look out, it's friday, meow or is it purrr !

House Bans Funding For Planned Parenthood

House Bans Funding For Planned Parenthood

The House today voted to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood, meaning thousands of men and women will be without birth control, health screenings, and sexually transmitted infection treatments.

Wis. Lawmakers Flee to Block Anti-Union Bill

RADICAL RIGHT -- Radical States

RADICAL RIGHT -- Radical States

When President Obama took office amidst the worst recession in three generations, he immediately focused his energy on enacting a comprehensive plan to revive the nation's economy. Newly elected Republicans, however, have interpreted their temporary rise to power in an entirely different way. Where Obama saw an immediate need to grow the nation's economy, GOP leaders are seizing their moment to force longstanding GOP fantasies upon the people they govern. Several GOP-led states are pushing plans to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights. Twelve states are considering unconstitutional bills "nullifying" the Affordable Care Act. Arizona Republicans are lining up behind a plan to unconstitutionally strip citizenship from millions of Americans. New Hampshire Republicans have returned to the GOP's favorite pastime of denying gay Americans their constitutional rights. Given the opportunity to lead, far-right politicians have decided instead to ignore the nation's needs and pursue their own narrow, unpopular ideological vendettas.

The “Whiteout” of American Culture

The “Whiteout” of American Culture

Last Sunday night’s Grammy awards offered non-whites an increasingly rare opportunity to be seen on a mainstream national entertainment show. With the ten Oscar-nominated films whiter than those in 1940, and scripted network and cable television shows as white as the days before I Spy, it seems that African-American entertainers are only visible when singing or playing sports.

It’s even worse for Latinos. Despite steadily rising population numbers, Latinos are virtually invisible in mainstream movies and television.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wisconsin Protests: State Police Pursue Democratic Lawmakers Boycotting Vote

Wisconsin Protests: State Police Pursue Democratic Lawmakers Boycotting Vote

Wisconsin Democrats on Thursday fled the statehouse in an effort to prevent legislators from reaching a quorum and passing a bill put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R), which would cripple the collective bargaining rights of public unions.

Their flight further heightened the drama that has surrounded the Wisconsin statehouse this week. On Wednesday there were an estimated 30,000 peacefully rallying in front of the state capitol building, and on Thursday that number is expected to be even higher.

Madison public schools are closed for the second day running, as teachers call in sick and students walk out.

Democrats Turn 'Where Are The Jobs?' Chant On Republicans

Democrats Turn 'Where Are The Jobs?' Chant On Republicans

WASHINGTON — Republicans won sweeping victories last November by taunting Democrats with "Where are the jobs?" Democrats are now throwing those taunts back, saying it's Republicans who will knock thousands of Americans out of work with their demands for deep cuts in federal spending.

The attacks have caught Republicans at an awkward moment, as they shift their chief emphasis from creating jobs to reducing the size of the government and its deficits. They are finding it hard to claim they can do both at the same time.

Republicans say a smaller government eventually will spur private-sector job growth. Many economists challenge that claim, noting that the government helps pays for research, infrastructure, education and other programs that promote both public- and private-sector jobs. GOP leaders already acknowledge that thousands of government workers would lose their jobs in the short run under the $61 billion cost-cutting bill House Republicans are pushing this week.

Dem Rep Receives Threat Over NASCAR Proposal (DOCUMENT)

Dem Rep Receives Threat Over NASCAR Proposal (DOCUMENT) | TPMDC

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) alerted Capitol Police Thursday after a threatening fax arrived at her office attacking her proposal to strip Pentagon sponsorship from NASCAR teams.

McCollum's staff tells TPM this is the first time they've alerted the police about a threat made against here office since the health care debate.

"Yo, Slut Betty," the fax, which arrived at McCollum's DC office Thursday morning, reads. "Shut Your Phucking Pie Hole!"

The fax then goes on to say that "without exception, Marxists are enemies of the Constitution" and "Death To All Marxists, Foreign And Domestic!"

Read the threatening fax here. Warning: document contains extremely offensive language.

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers - COLORLINES

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers - COLORLINES

A Chicago-area hospital discharged a critically injured young Mexican national, Quelino Ojeda Jimenez, and without his approval, transported him to a hospital in his home state of Oaxaca, Mexico, right before Christmas. The 20-year-old Jimenez was working as a roofer last fall when he fell and sustained serious injuries that left him quadriplegic. Now in Oaxaca, the young man is not confident that the hospital he was transferred to has the needed resources to help him recover. According to an in-depth report by the Chicago Tribune, Jimenez is in a “hospital that is so resource-poor that it is reusing filters for the breathing machine needed to keep him alive.”

This case illustrates both the extent of dehumanization suffered by immigrants and the lack of accountability via our broken immigration and healthcare systems. The hospital says it tried to get private rehab institutions to take Jimenez, but they would not because of his status. That’s when hospital officials took matters into their own hands.

Armenian gang: Raids targeting Armenian Power gang net 74 fraud suspects

Armenian gang: Raids targeting Armenian Power gang net 74 fraud suspects -

U.S. prosecutors accused an Armenian organized crime gang of bilking victims out of an estimated $20 million in an audacious series of financial scams that included replacing the credit-card machines at more than a dozen 99 Cent-Only stores with their own scanners designed to steal customers' banking information.

The charges filed Wednesday against alleged members and associates of the Armenian Power gang included allegations of two kidnappings, theft of money from elderly bank customers, the smuggling of cellphones into state prisons, and trafficking in drugs and weapons. Seventy-four suspects were arrested in early-morning raids at about 90 locations throughout Southern California in an operation that involved nearly 1,000 local, state and federal law enforcement officials. Additional arrests were made in Miami and Denver.

Ecuadorean Villagers May Hold Secret to Longevity -

Ecuadorean Villagers May Hold Secret to Longevity -

A group of 99 villagers with Laron syndrome has been studied for 24 years by Dr. Jaime Guevara-Aguirre, an Ecuadorean physician and diabetes specialist.

As Dr. Guevara-Aguirre accumulated health data on his patients, he noticed a remarkable pattern: though cancer was frequent among people who did not have the Laron mutation, those who did have it almost never got cancer. And they never developed diabetes, even though many were obese, which often brings on the condition.

“I discovered the population in 1987,” Dr. Guevara-Aguirre said in an interview from Ecuador. “In 1994, I noticed these patients were not having cancer, compared with their relatives. People told me they are too few people to make any assumption. People said, ‘You have to wait 10 years,’ so I waited. No one believed me until I got to Valter Longo in

Valter D. Longo, a researcher on aging at the University of Southern California, saw the patients as providing an opportunity to explore in people the genetic mutations that researchers had found could make laboratory animals live much longer than usual.

The 41 Arizona Legislators Who Still Want to See Obama's Birth Certificate

The 41 Arizona Legislators Who Still Want to See Obama's Birth Certificate | The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch

FYI, below the cut is a list of the Arizona legislators who are sponsoring HB 2544, which will require the all of the following for presidental and vice-presidental candidates:

1. An original long form birth certificate that includes the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician and signatures of the witnesses in attendance.

2. A sworn statement attesting that the candidate has not held dual or multiple citizenship and that the candidate's allegiance is solely to the United States of America.

3. A sworn statement or form that identifies the candidate's places of residence in the United States for the preceding fourteen years.

C. If both the candidate and the national political party committee for that candidate fail to submit and swear to the documents prescribed in this section, the secretary of state shall not place that presidential candidate's name on the ballot in this state.

(click on link to view list of names)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Borders’ Bankruptcy Shakes the Publishing Industry

Borders’ Bankruptcy Shakes the Publishing Industry -

The troubles of Borders are rooted in a series of strategic missteps, executive turnover and a failure to understand the digital revolution — problems in many ways of Borders’ own making. But as those in the volatile industry digested the news that most saw coming, they were acutely aware of the bigger picture: that in a fast-evolving bookselling environment there is slim margin for error.

“The book retailing industry is very challenging right now,” said Michael Souers, an analyst for Standard & Poor’s. “We’ve had significant transformation. Bookstores have gradually been losing their prominence, and the U.S. market is oversaturated in terms of the number of retail stores. So that trend will likely continue as e-books gain more prevalence in the market.”

Honduran Immigrant Faces Deportation After Helping Her Sister Report Domestic Violence

Honduran Immigrant Faces Deportation After Helping Her Sister Report Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON -- An undocumented Florida woman who helped her sister report domestic violence now faces an order of deportation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even though her lawyers say she never should have been detected by ICE agents in the first place.

The woman, Rita Cote, 25, is married to a U.S. citizen and has four children, all of them citizens. She has no criminal record. But when police arrived to respond to the domestic-violence call on Feb. 16, 2009, law enforcement instead took Cote into custody, detained her for a week and handed her over to ICE.

ICE officials say their enforcement priorities first target illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes, but in practice, the agency more often rounds up those whose only crime is being in the country without documentation. The Obama administration has set a record for deportations of immigrants without a criminal record -- expelling more such people than those with a criminal record, although deportation of criminals has also increased.

Compare and Contrast: AT&T vs. Verizon in iPhone Plan Face-Off

Until recently, the iPhone was in its Model T era. You could customize it with different apps and cases, but any customer could get any iPhone so long as the data provider was AT&T.

No more. Now everyone has a choice -- AT&T, and as of last Thursday, Verizon. But which is the best? To find out, Compare and Contrast studied the phone companies' data plans, assessed their prices and looked at their customer service rankings. All information is current as of Feb. 9. Prices are subject to change.

Provider: AT&T
Phone prices for new customers: $49 for 8-gigabyte iPhone 3G version, one cent to $19 for used version; $199.99 for new 16-gigabyte iPhone 4 version, $49 for used version; $299 for new 32-gigabyte iPhone 4 version, $99 for used version.

Perk: AT&T boasts that only on its network can users surf the Web and talk on the phone at the same time.

Customer satisfaction: According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, AT&T mobility earned a score of 69 in 2010. That's below the average score of 72 for the industry, but up 3% from 2009.

Provider: Verizon
Phone prices for new customers: $199.99 for the 16-gigabyte iPhone 4 version, $299 for the 32-gigabyte iPhone 4 version. Both offers are for a two-year contract.
Data plan prices: $29.99 for an unlimited data package.
Perk: The fact that an alternative exists; AT&T has been widely criticized for network unreliability.

Customer satisfaction: The ACSI gave Verizon Wireless a 73 last year, right above the industry average customer satisfaction score of 72. That's a 1.4% decrease from 2009.

(click on link for full report)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pelosi Responds To Boehner's "So Be It"

AZ...Me tiene los huevos inchados !

Medical News: Arizona Mulls Checking Hospital Patients' Citizenship - in Public Health & Policy, Health Policy from MedPage Today

Arizona's state government is considering new legislation that would prevent hospitals from giving nonemergency treatment to suspected illegal immigrants.

Under Arizona Senate Bill 1405, nonemergency patients would have to show proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status before they could be admitted to hospitals in the state.

Patients without adequate documentation who need emergency care could still be treated, but hospital officials would be required to notify federal immigration officials after treatment was provided.

Hospitals would also have to notify the federal authorities about nonemergency patients denied care because of their lack of documentation.

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association condemned the bill, calling it "an undue burden" on hospitals as well as patients.

In a statement provided to MedPage Today, the group said the legislation "would result in a delayed hospital admissions process for all patients, including U.S. citizens."

Moreover, the group said, "all hospital patients would be required to carry documentation acceptable for citizenship verification, placing an undue burden on patients and possibly jeopardizing their care."

The Case For Not Ignoring Beck and Palin

The Case For Not Ignoring Beck and Palin | Media Matters for America

There's a reason so much ink, digital and actual, is spilled chronicling the foibles of Beck and Palin. Part of it has to do with their popularity -- for better or worse, they are the faces of today's right -- but it's also a question of what they represent. Beck and Palin straddle the divide between the mainstream and the fringe. They boast deep connections to the activist right and have media platforms from which their messages reach broader audiences. As such, they serve as a sort of conduit for extreme ideas and rhetoric to seep into the broader discourse.

Sheriff Joe Versus Rep. Giffords?

Sheriff Joe Versus Rep. Giffords?

It's too soon to crown anyone Arizona's next Senator -- but on the same day Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced his intent to run, a new poll of Grand Canyon state Republicans shows Sheriff Joe Arpaio leading the field to replace the retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

Arpaio has not announced his intention to run for the open Senate seat next year, though there's long been speculation that Arpaio -- an absolute rockstar among the anti-immigration set in the GOP -- is interested in higher office. His name has been mentioned among those that might run for Kyl's old seat, and it's certain he'd enter the race with significant financial support from his national allies.

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Peter has left a new comment on your post "California Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Takes Effec...":

Yes, somewhat ironically, ordinary bright cheap 100W light bulbs are
the first to go in most jurisdictions, not just California - given that low cost brightness
is such a problem with both CFLs and LEDs.

The unpublicised industrial politics behind the EU and US ban, with
documentation and copies of official communications:

Why supposed energy savings are not there anyway:
with US Dept of Energy references = Under 1% overall energy savings
from energy efficiency regulations on incandescent lights.

All lights have their advantages, and even if there were energy savings,
citizens pay for the electricity they use.
There is no energy or electricity shortage justifying a limitation on what
citizens can use,
and if there was a shortage of finite coal/oil/gas, the price rise
limits the use anyway - without legislation.
Emissions? Light bulbs don't give out CO2 gas -power plants might.
For any supposed energy supply/emissions problem - deal with the problem!

Egypt Protests: Hosni Mubarak Used Final 18 Days in Office to Protect His Fortune

Egypt Protests: Hosni Mubarak Used Final 18 Days in Office to Protect His Fortune

Newser) – It took protesters 18 days to oust Hosni Mubarak, and he used that time wisely, funneling his fortune into untraceable overseas accounts, according to Western intelligence sources. During his 30 years in power, Mubarak is said to have amassed anywhere between $4.8 billion and $64 billion, and demand is growing for the ex-president to be put on trial for corruption and stealing state wealth. “Half of the population lived in poverty, while Mubarak and those around him lived in heaven,” one protester tells the Telegraph.

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Ecuadoran Court Orders Chevron to Pay $17 Billion for Oil Pollution in Amazon

The oil giant Chevron has been ordered to pay more than $17 billion in fines and punitive damages in a long-running case over environmental contamination in Ecuador. Amazonian residents sued Texaco, which was then purchased by Chevron, for dumping billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into Ecuador’s rain forest since the 1970s. On Monday, an Ecuadorian judge ordered Chevron to pay an $8.6 billion fine and an equal amount in punitive damages.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Hospital Version Of SB 1070 Proposed

Hospital Version Of SB 1070 Proposed - Immigration News Story - KPHO Phoenix

PHOENIX -- A new bill making its way through Arizona's state legislature is drawing a lot of attention. It's Senate Bill 1405. Some call it the hospital version of SB 1070.

Anyone who has spent a day at Maricopa County Medical Center knows people from all walks of life are wheeled through the halls.

But if a new piece of legislation passes, some of those patients will be wheeled from the emergency room to immigration officials.

If SB 1405 passes, hospitals would be required to check a patient's citizenship status after administering any emergency medical care.

If the person isn't in the United States legally, the law would require they be turned over to immigration officials.

Those in favor of the bill said hospitals shouldn't be treating people in the country illegally.

Shawna Forde, Anti-Immigration Vigilante, Convicted Of Killing Nine-Year-Old Girl And Her Father In Arizona

WASHINGTON -- An Arizona anti-illegal immigration activist was convicted on Monday of killing two Latinos during a 2009 raid: nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, Raul Flores. The killer, Shawna Forde, is a member of the Minutemen, which patrols the southern border vigilante-style to detect illegal entry into the country.

Although the shootings were never classified as a hate crime, Latino groups argue the murders reflect growing anti-immigrant sentiment within the United States. The details are chilling: Forde and two others entered the Flores home, allegedly looking for a million-dollar drug stash that never materialized, and shot both of Brisenia Flores' parents before turning the gun on the child.

As her mother played dead, Brisenia Flores said, "Please don't shoot me," before being shot twice in the head.

President Obama Discusses the 2012 Budget

Immigration Court Backlog at Record High

The number of cases pending before Immigration courts reached a record high by the end of December, according to a new report.

By the end of last year, the number of cases awaiting resolution in Immigration courts was roughly 268,000, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a non-partisan research organization the operates out of Syracuse University.

The case backlog was 44 percent higher than it was in 2008

Conservative Inland Empire cities move to require E-Verify

Gary Winder of Stage Ranch Farm Management says Temecula Valley's wineries will be particularly hard-hit by the city's new E-Verify requirement. He depends on a crew of skilled farm workers to bring in the harvest and process the grapes, and he says locals "just won't do" that kind of work. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / February 14, 2011)

Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee and Norco require businesses to check workers' immigration status in the federal government database E-Verify. Critics say that will push more workers underground.

Out-of-work plumber Pablo Haro scoured the postings at a Murrieta jobs center for openings at local utilities, but he didn't expect any plumbing companies to be hiring.

The recession-ravaged Inland Empire is flooded with laid-off plumbers trying to scratch by, he said. That's why Haro is all for the rash of tough new laws cracking down on the hiring of illegal immigrants in this conservative, suburban valley.

"They're working for almost nothing; it's hard to compete with that," said Haro, who was born in Mexicali but became a U.S. citizen a decade ago. "Construction has crashed, so everyone is scrambling to get any job out there."

Stung by foreclosures and joblessness, politicians in Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee and Norco have been railing against illegal immigrants for taking jobs away from desperate citizens. In December, unemployment ranged from 9.7% in Murietta to 14.2% in Lake Elsinore.

Using a strategy first adopted in Arizona, the cities in January began requiring all businesses to check the legal status of new workers through E-Verify, a free online database run by the federal government that allows employers to determine the immigration status of their workers. Employers that refuse risk having their business licenses revoked.

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