Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Governor Brown Halts Budget Negotiations

Trader Joe's Recalls Frozen Pizza


Trader Joe's Recalls Frozen Pizza: LAist

Trader Joe's issued a recall for its Pizza al Pollo Asado product after being alerted that it may contain trace amounts of wheat, which is not listed in the ingredient panel.

No adverse reactions have been reported, however anyone with a wheat allergy could be affected. Customers are welcome to bring back any and all Frozen Pizza Al Pollo Asado (sku 95811) to Trader Joe's for a full refund.

More than 130,000 units are affected by the recall nationally. The pizzas were produced by Completely Fresh Foods in Montebello between Jan. 27 and March 27.

Ventura County scam: Ventura County residents receive phony receipts by email that appear to be from county - latimes.com

Ventura County scam: Ventura County residents receive phony receipts by email that appear to be from county - latimes.com

The emails, traced to the Philippines, were sent to about 35,000 residents who paid property taxes or court fees by credit card. Authorities warn residents to be aware that other emails may arrive seeking personal financial information.

A hacker broke into Ventura County's computer system and emailed bogus county receipts to about 35,000 residents who used credit cards to pay their property taxes or court fees over the last several years, officials said Tuesday.

Ventura County residents started receiving the emails last weekend. They looked like receipts for payments dating back to 2007.

On Saturday night, computer experts found and fixed the flaw that made the system vulnerable,

California town calls in FBI to help investigate cross-burning


California town calls in FBI to help investigate cross-burning - CNN.com

First, an 11-foot wooden cross was stolen from Saint John's Lutheran Church in Arroyo Grande, California.

Then, weeks later, the cross was discovered set aflame in the middle of the night outside the bedroom window of a 19-year-old woman of mixed race.

Police Chief Steven Annibali told CNN Tuesday that a cross-burning is unheard of for his community of 17,000, and that only three hate crimes have been reported in his town the past 15 years, mostly for uttering slurs. That figure is the lowest for San Luis Obispo County, he said.

"The family is trying to go about daily business, but they have ongoing concerns about their security and the direction of the investigation," attorney Louis Koory told CNN on Tuesday.

"For example, if there are known racist elements in the community, it is not clear that the police are looking at these groups.

The police chief described his community as "one of the best secret places in California to be."

"It's not what I would describe as a heavily multicultural community. It's heavily white, but we do have a number of other cultures represented in the community," Annibali said.

What readers say about Obama, Libya - CNN.com

What readers say about Obama, Libya - CNN.com

Tuesday morning, thanks to CNN.com, I had a chance to write a column asking what you thought about President Barack Obama's speech Monday night on Libya and the future use of military force. Thousands of you responded, showing that many Americans long for a robust debate.

We cannot do justice to the many views expressed, but thought you might appreciate a rough summary. The piece posed three questions:

1. Do you believe the president made a compelling case for military intervention by the U.S. and its coalition partners?

2. Do you believe the president was clear about his goals and what should come next in Libya?

3. Did the president enunciate a new Obama doctrine about the uses of U.S. military power that you find appealing?

(click on link to view audience response)

High radiation levels found in seawater near Fukushima plant

Possible communications mix-up....Ya right !

Girl, 4, reunited with family after possible communications mix-up - CNN.com

Emily Ruiz, 4, flew first class from Guatemala to the United States on Wednesday for a tearful reunion with her mom, dad and younger brother.

Immigration officers treated her like royalty, said her attorney, David Sperling. After her plane landed in Florida, one officer called the girl the "princess of Miami," he said.

She was hugging her parents before too much longer.

"Mission accomplished," Sperling said on Twitter.

The royal treatment and happy ending came nearly three weeks after the girl, a U.S. citizen, was unable to re-enter the United States because of a possible communication mix-up.

Wis. Judge Puts Law on Hold Again, Warns Walker Administration Not to Defy the Court | The Progressive

Wis. Judge Puts Law on Hold Again, Warns Walker Administration Not to Defy the Court | The Progressive

The bill to deny public sector workers in Wisconsin most of their bargaining rights does not yet have the force of law.

So ruled Judge Maryann Sumi at the end of court on March 22 as she amended her temporary restraining order of March 18.

The amended order prohibits “any further implementation” of the bill “until any further order of the Court.” She said from the bench that she wanted to make her order “crystal clear.” She said her earlier order was “either misunderstood or ignored.”

In a stern statement from the bench just prior to adjourning, Judge Sumi warned Gov. Walker’s administration in no uncertain terms. “Those who sit in willful and open defiance of the court place not only themselves in peril,” she said. “They also jeopardize the financial and governmental interests of the state.”

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Arizona’s Undocumented Workforce: Part of The Solution, Not Part of The Problem - The Data Port

Arizona’s Undocumented Workforce: Part of The Solution, Not Part of The Problem - The Data Port

Arizona’s Unapologetic Liberal has published a useful link to a report from the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center titled “A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie”

The thrust of that report is that rather than fearing the effect of undocumented workers on our economy we should welcome their contributions. Here are some highlights from that report.

"Because undocumented workers earn about 18% less in wages than legal workers, a program that required undocumented workers to get on the right side of the law would close the income gap. This would increase labor income in Arizona by $5.6 billion, which would create a spike in demand for goods and services, which would produce a “virtuous cycle” of job growth and revenue. According to the report, legalizing Arizona’s undocumented workers would add 261,000 jobs and $1.68 billion in state tax revenue."

Ironic, isn’t it?

Meet the Arab leaders feeling the most pressure

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Despite near-Herculean efforts, Libyan rebels have not yet been able to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi's long-standing dictatorship, even with international intervention.

Yet in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, anti-government challenges are continuing full-force, inspired by the successful ouster of leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.

As the protests continue, take a look at the leaders feeling the most heat in the Arab world:

Click on link to view slideshow

For G.E., Billions in Profits, Zero in Taxes - NYTimes.com

For G.E., Billions in Profits, Zero in Taxes - NYTimes.com

When I read that G.E. had 975 employees in its tax department, I wished that I could have the use of just one of these employees for one hour.

It is outrageous that while on paper we have a top corporate tax rate of 35 percent, few if any corporations actually pay this rate.

When President Obama selected Jeffrey R. Immelt, G.E.’s chief executive, as chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, he said that Mr. Immelt “understands what it takes for America to compete in the global economy.” I trust that the president was unaware that one of the ways that G.E. competes is not to pay taxes.

If this article doesn’t wake Congress up to take some action to make the tax system fairer, nothing will.

MICHAEL in New York

Pettiness in Maine


Maine governor removes pro-union mural - CNN.com

Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage followed through with his decision to remove a mural depicting the history of the workers' movement from the state's labor department lobby, a spokeswoman said Monday.

"The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue," said LePage press secretary Adrienne Bennett in a prepared statement. "We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Was Ferraro a trailblazer or a novelty ?

As Michael Crowley pointed out in his reflection on the death of Geraldine Ferraro over the weekend, the first woman to appear on a major party presidential ticket inspired countless women of all political persuasions. As an 11-year-old candidate for student council president of my elementary school, I proudly wore a "Mondale-Ferraro" button along with my own campaign swag throughout the fall of 1984. It didn't do much for my chances in our Republican suburb, but every time I looked at that button, I swelled at the idea of a woman just a step away from the presidency

After reading this weekend that Ferraro appeared on four TIME covers in 1984 alone, I wondered whether that attention led to greater visibility for U.S. women in politics, as reflected by attention on the cover of this magazine. I looked through all of the covers from 1985 to the present, and what I found sadly didn't surprise me much.

In the twenty years following Ferraro's 1984 run, U.S. female politicians appeared on the cover of TIME a grand total of four times. That's right--while Ferraro was featured four times in one year, it took two decades for TIME to place the same number of American female politicians on the cover. And that's even using a broad definition of "politician." The four cover women? Three cabinet secretaries--Janet Reno, Madeline Albright, and Condoleezza Rice--and U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton. Not even the much-proclaimed 1992 as "The Year of the Woman," when five women were elected to the U.S. Senate, earned a cover.....

There's still a long way to go.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sneaky Bastards....Wisconsin union law published despite court order - BusinessWeek

Wisconsin union law published despite court order - BusinessWeek

It appears the explosive Wisconsin law stripping nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights could take effect as early as Saturday despite a court order that blocked its publication by the secretary of state.

That's because the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau has published the law instead. The action was noted on the Legislature's website Friday. Publishing a law allows it to take effect.

A judge last week issued a temporary restraining order blocking Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the collective bargaining measure amid court challenges.

But the Reference Bureau says it's required to publish every new law within 10 working days after it's signed. Gov. Scott Walker signed the measure March 11.

Walker's office says Friday that the administration will carry out the law as required.

Advocates seek to use census data to secure more of a voice for Hispanics - The Washington Post

Advocates seek to use census data to secure more of a voice for Hispanics - The Washington Post

Now, with figures showing that more than half the nation’s growth was driven by Hispanics, activists are poised to convert those numbers into political muscle.

The question is whether they will come close to their goal. Political boundaries will be redrawn in many cases by Republican-controlled statehouses that might be reluctant to maximize voting power for a Democratic-leaning ethnic group. And the fact that many Latinos are not citizens or do not regularly vote also could pose a challenge.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Arizona's priorities...what Mexico couldn't accomplish, Babeu will !

Senate committee Oks $5M to fight drug smugglers | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Arizona Immigration News

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Senate committee approved a bill that would give an Arizona county $5 million to fight drug smugglers.

The border security committee approved the measure 5-1 after a lengthy presentation from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Babeu told the committee that the money would go toward equipment that would help his deputies fight against drug smuggling, including ground-based radar and rifles.

The five Republicans on the committee approved the bill, with Democrat Steve Gallardo voting against it after committee chairwoman Sen. Sylvia Allen declined to allow him to discuss it.

Gallardo says he didn't feel comfortable giving $5 million to one county amid the state's budget crisis without lengthy discussion.

Sobriety & License Checkpoint in the Valley Tonight: LAist

Sobriety & License Checkpoint in the Valley Tonight: LAist

The LAPD is continuing to send the message to drivers across the city that drinking and driving has serious consequences. As part of their ongoing effort to educate the public, there will be at least one DUI checkpoint tonight, located on Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Devonshire Street and Chatsworth Street in Chatsworth, from 8 p.m to 2 a.m.

TGIF...Brace yourself Cali....we got a cold wet night, meow !

Farmers Don't Cotton to Strict State Immigration Bills - WSJ.com


Farmers Don't Cotton to Strict State Immigration Bills - WSJ.com

Farmers in states from Florida to Indiana are pressuring—and in some cases persuading—state politicians to rethink proposed legislation that would authorize crackdowns on illegal immigration. They argue that the legislation will drive Mexican workers out of their states, and that there aren't enough American workers willing to pick crops. They want legislation at the federal level, which wouldn't favor one state over another.

"Nobody wants illegal immigrants, but when you get down to the reality of the situation, farmers have to have workers to do the job," said Al Pearson, a peach and pecan farmer in Roberta. He said he hires only federally approved guest laborers to work his 3,600-acre farm, paying them $9.11 an hour plus benefits.

A Library Without Books? Newport Beach Considers Going Electronic: LAist

A Library Without Books? Newport Beach Considers Going Electronic: LAist

The Newport Beach Public Library could boldly go where most libraries have yet dared not go: Book-less. They are considering relocating the Balboa Branch to a section of the Marina Park Community Center, but leaving out the 35,000 items--comprised of books, DVDs, and other materials--and offering a librarian-free "electronic library" instead, according to the Daily Pilot.

Freaky ?

This year we're going to experience four unusual dates. 1/1/11, 1/11/11,
11/1/11 & 11/11/11,that's not all...Take the last two digits of the year
in which you were born,now add the age you will be this year, and the
result will be 111 for everyone...!!

This year October will have 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Saturdays.



(Thank you, Lisa =D)

Switch off lights to observe Earth Hour - The Times of India

Switch off lights to observe Earth Hour - The Times of India

VARANASI: People across the globe will switch off lights for an hour at 8:30 pm to mark the Earth Hour on Saturday. India also gets ready for participation in World Wide Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour - a global movement against climate Change.

"We will also switch off the lights to mark the Earth Hour. We would like to make an appeal to people in general to come together to save the environment and the Earth

An opportunity to go over and practice, an emergency family plan. Don't forget candles,flashlight and an old fashion phone =D
(धन्यवाद)

G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether - NYTimes.com

G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether - NYTimes.com

The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

That may be hard to fathom for the millions of American business owners and households now preparing their own returns, but low taxes are nothing new for G.E. The company has been cutting the percentage of its American profits paid to the Internal Revenue Service for years, resulting in a far lower rate than at most multinational companies.

The Struggle in Wisconsin

Rick Scott's Medicaid Overhaul to Benefit…Rick Scott? | Mother Jones

Rick Scott's Medicaid Overhaul to Benefit…Rick Scott? | Mother Jones

Scott and Florida Republicans are currently trying to enact a sweeping Medicaid reform bill that would give HMOs and other private health care companies unprecedented control over the government health care program for the poor. Among the companies that stand to benefit from the bill is Solantic, a chain of urgent-care clinics aimed at providing emergency services to walk-in customers. The Florida governor founded Solantic in 2001, only a few years after he resigned as the CEO of hospital giant Columbia/HCA amid a massive Medicare fraud scandal. In January, he transferred his $62 million stake in Solantic to his wife, Ann Scott, a homemaker involved in various charitable organizations.

Interesting view of an aryan outfitters | Mother Jones


Aryan Outfitters | Aryan Outfitters | Mother Jones

(Click on link to view full slide show w/audio)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Sharron Angle, Joe The Plumber, Joe Miller Unite for Anti-Obama Event


Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Sharron Angle, Joe The Plumber, Joe Miller Unite for Anti-Obama Event - Garance Franke-Ruta - Politics - The Atlantic

Looks like the circus is comming to town....you got the clowns the freaks and the sore losers =D

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Elizabeth Taylor's Funeral


Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Elizabeth Taylor's Funeral

Members of Westboro Baptist Church revealed plans on Wednesday to picket the funeral of Elizabeth Taylor, the silver screen legend who passed away this week at the age of 79.

The Twitter stream of Margie Phelps, legal adviser and de facto spokesperson for the small Kansas-based congregation, was littered on Wednesday with messages disparaging the late activist actress and revealing plans for Westboro to demonstrate at her forthcoming funeral.

"No RIP Elizabeth Taylor who spent her life in adultery and enabling proud fags. They cuss her in hell today. #Westboro will picket funeral!" one tweet read.

search for Westboro's bio on this site..Westboro Baptist church, who are these freaks.

Simoleon Sense » How To Have A Rational Discussion


Simoleon Sense » Blog Archive » Infographic: How To Have A Rational Discussion

Viral Hit: Denver the Guilty Dog

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fukushima Fifty: First pictures emerge from inside Japan's stricken nuclear power plant | Mail Online


Fukushima Fifty: First pictures emerge from inside Japan's stricken nuclear power plant | Mail Online

The darkness is broken only by the flashing torchlight of the heroes who stayed behind.
These first images of inside the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant reveal the terrifying conditions under which the brave men work to save their nation from full nuclear meltdown.
The Fukushima Fifty - an anonymous band of lower and mid-level managers - have battled around the clock to cool overheating reactors and spent fuel rods since the disaster on March 11.

Arizona businesses bring common sense to immigration debate

Businesses bring common sense to immigration debate - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, said studies on the economic effects of SB 1070 have ranged from $15 million to $150 million in losses for Arizona.

No matter how misguided those boycotts may be, they are real. Arizona companies that lose out on contracts to other states suffer and inevitably end up laying off workers and shrinking the taxpayer base in our state.

Pearce won't likely back down - "I stand on the side of citizens, not a bunch of businessmen that write me a letter," he said after Thursday's defeat - so don't be surprised to see the bills resurface.

For now, however, chalk one up for the businesses.

"It was really extraordinary," Hamer said, "to see the entire mainstream business community come out and say ‘We recognize the need to secure the border, we recognize the need for immigration reform at the federal level, but we don't need to continue to go it alone with statewide measures that won't do anything for border security but will weaken our economic security.'"

School district names teacher who wrote controversial letter to Arizona state senators

School district names teacher who wrote controversial letter to Arizona state senators



According to the Glendale Elementary School District, Tony Hill worked nine days as a substitute teacher in the district.

Hill details events that took place in an 8th grade Glendale classroom with "almost all Hispanic and a couple of Black children."

Think Like a Doctor (The Contest) - NYTimes.com

Think Like a Doctor (The Contest) - NYTimes.com

The Challenge: Can you solve a medical mystery involving a healthy child who is losing her hair?

For the past nine years, the Diagnosis column in The New York Times Magazine has presented hard-to-crack cases that were eventually resolved. Many readers have told me that they figured out the diagnoses before the answers were revealed. Often, these sleuths aren’t doctors, but just folks who simply enjoy a good mystery.

(Click on link to view medical challenge)

South Dakota requires 3-day wait before abortion

O'Grady: Why Obama Went to Brazil - WSJ.com

O'Grady: Why Obama Went to Brazil - WSJ.com

President Obama's trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador this week, while war rages in Libya, has been sharply criticized as proof of dangerous detachment from a world that badly needs U.S. leadership.

Yet there is a case to be made for going—to Brazil anyway. Arguably Santiago and San Salvador could have been postponed. Chile is already a stable ally and the stop in El Salvador, to mouth platitudes about hemispheric security while Central America is going up in narco-trafficking flames, only highlights the futility of the U.S. war on drugs.

Going to Brasilia to meet with Workers' Party President Dilma Rousseff on Saturday, on the other hand, was important......

Click on link to view full story =D

O.C. Now » Blog Archive » Newport council moves forward on banning leaf blowers

O.C. Now » Blog Archive » Newport council moves forward on banning leaf blowers

NEWPORT BEACH — Gardeners will no longer be able to use gas-powered leaf blowers in Newport Beach, once an ordinance the City Council approved Tuesday takes effect.

After the council members’ lengthy discussion and the failure of a motion to also ban electric blowers, the council voted 4 to 3 to force groundskeepers to use a more quiet method to collect leaves and debris.

“I hate blowers,” Councilman Rush Hill said. “They just drive us crazy in our house.”

California budget: GOP lawmakers threaten to withhold votes unless environmental rules are rewritten - latimes.com

California budget: GOP lawmakers threaten to withhold votes unless environmental rules are rewritten - latimes.com

The handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to provide crucial votes for Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan are threatening to withhold their support without a dramatic rewriting of state environmental law.

The demand, pushed in private talks with the governor, would curtail lawsuits against projects threatening ecological damage, grant waivers to big telecommunications companies and exempt many urban developments from environmental review.

The legislators have declined to share the details of their proposal publicly, but draft legislation to overhaul the law was obtained by The Times.

Click on link to read full story

Libya unrest: U.S. should not be intervening in Libya - latimes.com

Libya unrest: U.S. should not be intervening in Libya - latimes.com

No humanitarian appeal should ever be lightly dismissed, and indeed many Americans justifiably recall with deep regret the failure of the Clinton administration to intervene against the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when a few thousand lightly armed soldiers on the ground could have saved hundreds of thousands.

So why is Libya different? Why shouldn't the United States intervene there?

First, because it has oil and gas, and any U.S. military action will be seen by many people around the world as motivated exclusively by the urge to steal the country's resources.

Heart-attack risk spikes after sex, exercise


Heart-attack risk spikes after sex, exercise - CNN.com

(Health.com) -- Exercising or having sex just about triples a person's risk of heart attack in the hours immediately afterward, especially if the person does those activities infrequently, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor dies at age 79.... RIP


Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor dies at age 79 - The Washington Post

Elizabeth Taylor, a voluptuous violet-eyed actress who lived a life of luster and anguish and spent more than six decades as one of the world's most visible women for her two Academy Awards, eight marriages, ravaging illnesses and work in AIDS philanthropy, died Wednesday at age 79.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CNN's Nic Robertson Tears Into Fox News For Saying Libyans Used Him As Human Shield (VIDEO)

CNN's Nic Robertson Tears Into Fox News For Saying Libyans Used Him As Human Shield (VIDEO)

Arizona Legislators Pass Paranoid Abortion Bill


Arizona Legislators Pass Paranoid Abortion Bill

The Arizona Senate has passed a new bill limiting abortion rights, and, as this is the Arizona Senate we're talking about, you just know that it's not incoherent and vaguely paranoid at all!

The Senate has passed a measure that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion sought based on the sex or race of the fetus, despite ongoing debate over whether such a thing is occurring in Arizona.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Democrats call for Kansas lawmaker's resignation over immigrant 'joke' - CNN


Democrats call for Kansas lawmaker's resignation over immigrant 'joke' - CNN

Democratic lawmakers in Kansas are calling for the resignation of state Rep. Virgil Peck over a controversial remark he made earlier in the week, suggesting that unauthorized immigrants should be shot. Peck has said it was a joke.

"We must call upon Rep. Peck to resign his seat in the House of Representatives and allow someone who will respect the proper role of a state representative to take his place," House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Davis said Friday.

AT&T Plan To Buy T-Mobile: Good And Bad News For Consumers? : The Two-Way : NPR


AT&T Plan To Buy T-Mobile: Good And Bad News For Consumers? : The Two-Way : NPR

"Assuming the deal goes through, it brings mixed news for consumers, who should benefit from improved quality and coverage in high-speed mobile broadband service, according to Forrester Research analyst Charles Golvin.

" 'The bad news: the cost of that service won't come down nearly as fast as customers would like, since AT&T and Verizon Wireless combined would own nearly three out of every four wireless subscriptions in the U.S.,' Golvin wrote in an e-mail."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sarah Palin warns: 'China is preparing to launch a military offensive' | Mail Online


Sarah Palin warns: 'China is preparing to launch a military offensive' | Mail Online

Sarah Palin has arrived in Jerusalem today wearing a Star of David necklace as she expressed her solidarity with Israel.

Mrs Palin, who was John McCain's running mate in his failed 2008 campaign for President, rarely travels abroad and has been criticised for her weak foreign policy record.
She was ridiculed at the time after she said ‘you can actually see Russia from Alaska’ when she asked about her insights into Russian politics.

Although the trip is private, she is to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. Mrs Palin's office said they would discuss the 'key issues' facing his country.

California public records A guide to your rights as a citizen

California public records - Los Angeles Times

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Claremont anti-immigration protest: White supremacists, immigrant rights activists face off in Claremont


Claremont anti-immigration protest: White supremacists, immigrant rights activists face off in Claremont - latimes.com

About two dozen white supremacists took to the streets in Claremont on Saturday to protest what they view as an unbridled flow of illegal immigration into the region, including the small college town.

Their demonstration along Foothill Boulevard was interrupted by a counter-protest of more than 200 immigrant rights activists, who decried the group as racist.

The screaming confrontation appeared to be tense but nonviolent. Dozens of officers from several police agencies watched over both sides, but Claremont police could not be reached for comment on whether anyone was arrested.

Jeff Hall, southwest regional director of the National Socialist Movement, said his group was concerned about protecting U.S. borders.

But immigrant rights activist Ernesto Ayala, a member of the Brown Berets and La Raza Unida, said Hall and his fellow demonstrators had "backward and racist beliefs."

"We're not going to stand by and let them roll over people's rights," he said.

AT&T to Buy T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion | Epicenter | Wired.com


AT&T to Buy T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion | Epicenter | Wired.com

AT&T said on Sunday it would buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion, creating the largest wireless company in the United States from what were the nation’s second and fourth providers.

The combined entity would be about a third larger than the current No. 1, Verizon Wireless, and boast more than twice the subscribers as Sprint Nextel, the Wall Street Journal reported.

AT&T put up $25 billion and the rest in stock, according to the companies’ press release, which stated that the transaction would take about 12 months to close. Shares in the company closed at $26.21 on Friday.

If it passes regulatory and shareholder approval, the tie-up will consolidate the only two remaining GSM providers in the United States — AT&T acquired Cingular in 2007 after a complicated string of mergers among the former Baby Bells — and would likely improve available spectrum for both

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ignorance at it's best.

Utah's New Immigration Law

D.I.Y. Immigration Reform - NYTimes.com

Though Utah’s bill seeks to temper Arizona’s approach — it would, for example, require officers to check immigration status only when people are arrested for serious crimes — it is still too open to abuse.

Utah’s planned guest-worker program would issue permits to immigrants, even undocumented ones, allowing them to work in Utah after they pass a background check and pay a fine. This is magnanimous, practical and respectful of federal authority — it would go into effect only after Washington granted a waiver — but even so, it is troubling. Illegal immigrants cannot legally be hired, and it is hard to see how any state could carve out its own exception to that rule — or why the federal government would allow it. It should not.

Another new law allows the governor to enter into a pilot program with the Mexican state of Nuevo León to supply legal workers through existing federal guest-worker programs. Those programs are cumbersome and offer too few protections to workers. We certainly applaud efforts to streamline legal immigration. Utah will need to commit to defending the workers it recruits and to detect and root out employer abuse.

Utah’s legislators deserve credit for trying. But the country cannot have 50 separate immigration systems, 50 separate foreign policies, 50 states following, leading or stumbling around one another.

Friday, March 18, 2011

TGIF...This one is for The Fukushima 50



Strength be with you.

Japan's Fukushima 50: Volunteers Who Stay Behind at Crippled Plants

Japan's Fukushima 50: Volunteers Who Stay Behind at Crippled Plants - World News - ABC News Radio

TOKYO) -- They are the nameless brave men who are working as the last line of defense at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plants. They stayed behind while everyone else was sent nearly 15 miles away and radiation soars to menacing levels.

There are 200 of them and they work in shifts of 50, earning the nickname the Fukushima 50.

There is little information about who actually stayed behind, but nuclear experts say the skeleton crew is likely made up not of managers, but of technicians, men who have the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix pipes and unclog vents.

Potentially deadly doses of radiation surround them as they work, and their suits do little to prevent radiation from seeping into their bodies.

Time to act now Arizona: the 5 immigration bills are not dead until Monday! - Three Sonorans

Time to act now Arizona: the 5 immigration bills are not dead until Monday! - Three Sonorans

John Loredo, former House Minority Leader in Arizona, has informed me that the 5 anti-immigrant bills voted down today are not completely dead yet.

Russell Pearce can still change the vote on the bills to pass them, by Monday.
Every bill can be reconsidered one time by any member who voted on the prevailing side. The key to killing these bills is to reconsider it immediately and vote no on the motion. Because the bills weren’t reconsidered, they are technically still alive.

The deadline to reconsider is one session day after the vote. Pearce now has 3 days to whip up his votes, which you can bet is already happening.

The 5 immigration bills have been voted down BUT THEY ARE NOT DEAD.

Arizona lawmakers reject "birthright" immigration bills - Political Hotsheet - CBS News


Arizona lawmakers reject "birthright" immigration bills - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Republican lawmakers in Arizona intended to put their state at the forefront of a national debate this year over "birthright" citizenship laws, but the state Senate on Thursday rejected a whole series of conservative immigration bills.


Some Republicans joined Democrats in opposition to a set of "birthright bills" that would have stripped citizenship for children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants, the Arizona Republic reports.


The Arizona bills were part of a coordinated effort among Republican lawmakers in a handful of states to push the "birthright" issue at the state level and force a Supreme Court challenge.

Even though the measures failed, Republican state Senate President Russell Pearce suggested he would eventually pass the bills, accoring to the Huffington Post.


"It took me a while on 1070, too," Pearce said. "I introduced it in '05, '06, '07, '08, '09 and 2010 before we had a governor that would sign it. And we've become the envy of this nation with 25 states writing legislation modeled after 1070."

Scott Walker...Koch's houseboy, wants to be prez ?

Scott Walker Emerging Rising Star In Republican Eyes: Poll

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who signed sweeping curbs on public unions into law on March 11, may be emerging as a potential 2012 Republican presidential contender, according to a poll issued on Thursday.

The phone survey by Public Policy Polling of 642 registered voters on March 10-13 found that Walker's favorability among Republican voters was 55 percent positive and 11 percent negative, a spread of 44 points.

That pushed Walker ahead of other possible Republican contenders like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Rights Group Faults U.S. on Detained Immigrants - NYTimes.com

Rights Group Faults U.S. on Detained Immigrants - NYTimes.com

Immigration enforcement in the United States is plagued by unjust treatment of detainees, including inadequate access to lawyers and insufficient medical care, and by the excessive use of prison-style detention, the human rights arm of the Organization of American States said Thursday.

The group, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, issued those findings in a report that also took aim at a federal program that allows county and state law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws. The report said the government had failed to ensure that local police were not singling out people by race or detaining illegal immigrants on the pretext of investigating crimes.

The commission recommended that the federal government cancel the program, known as 287(g).

Why is NRA spurning Obama move?


Why is NRA spurning Obama move? - CNN.com

Two months after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, talking reasonably about gun policy remains a third rail in American politics.

That's despite this fact -- more than 2,400 Americans have died of gunshot wounds since the rampage in Tucson, Arizona. That is four times the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan last year, combined.

As Americans, we react forcefully to crisis and conflicts -- but we have a hard time focusing on more slow-moving problems, such as the daily blood drip-drip of gun violence.

This past weekend, President Obama wrote an op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star, in which he proposed strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and called for a depolarization of the gun policy debate. The administration signaled that it wanted to meet with the National Rifle Association.

The NRA's response was to flatly turn down any administration requests to meet. Its director, Wayne LaPierre, declared, "Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?"

State lawmaker issues apology for immigrant shooting 'joke'


State lawmaker issues apology for immigrant shooting 'joke' - CNN.com

Topeka, Kansas (CNN) -- A Kansas state lawmaker apologized in person Thursday for a controversial remark he made, suggesting that unauthorized immigrants should be shot.

"I'm Virgil Peck, and on Monday, I made an inappropriate comment," the Republican state representative told CNN in an on-camera statement Thursday. "For that, I'm sorry, and I apologize to anyone that I offended with my inappropriate comment. I'll be more careful with my words in the future."

On Monday, Peck made headlines when, during an appropriations committee meeting, he made a reference to an agricultural program that controls the state's feral hog population by shooting them from helicopters.

"Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem," Peck said.

He did not take any questions after his verbal statement to reporters. He was flanked by the three Hispanic Republican representatives serving in the state legislation.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day In Los Angeles#s252089&title=St_Patricks_Day

St. Patrick's Day In Los Angeles#s252089&title=St_Patricks_Day

If there's one thing we love here in America, it's celebrating any other culture's holidays that'll give us an excuse to drink. And no other celebration seems to embody this ethos more than St. Patrick's Day. Sure, the guy may have been a saint, but that doesn't mean you have to be. Find out where to go around LA (and OC) for some serious drinking, feasting, and partying on St. Patrick's Day. Erin go Bragh!

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LA becomes 7th city to alter impound practices | California Watch

LA becomes 7th city to alter impound practices | California Watch

Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department became the seventh California law enforcement agency in the past year to alter its policies to reduce the number of illegal immigrants’ cars taken at checkpoints.

Police Chief Charlie Beck told the Los Angeles Times that the agency’s checkpoint seizure policy had "stuck in my craw as one of the things we weren't doing the right way."

In fiscal year 2009, LAPD impounded more than 1,000 cars at the roadway operations, data from the state Office of Traffic Safety shows.

Going forward, at checkpoints LAPD officers are instructed to seize a vehicle only when it “cannot be released to a licensed driver” at the scene, according to an agency press release. Unlicensed drivers will have “a reasonable period of time” to find someone to legally remove their cars.

That is a significant shift from past practice.

Apple iTunes accepting Red Cross donations for Japan quake and tsunami relief | Technology | Los Angeles Times


Apple iTunes accepting Red Cross donations for Japan quake and tsunami relief | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Apple is accepting donations to the American Red Cross' Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund through its iTunes Store.

Donations can be made in amounts of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200. According to iTunes, 100% of donations go to the Red Cross.

"Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific," the iTunes listing says. "Your support will enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters."

Connect to the iTunes donation page.

O.C. jailers violated Muslim's right to wear head scarf, court rules

O.C. jailers violated Muslim's right to wear head scarf, court rules | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Orange County jailers violated the religious freedom of a Muslim woman when they forced her to remove her head scarf in a courthouse holding cell, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Souhair Khatib was placed in the Santa Ana courthouse holding facility for about eight hours in 2006 after the court revoked her probation for a misdemeanor welfare fraud conviction. She was released later the same day.

Khatib and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California sued Orange County in 2007, saying male officers at the detention facility humiliated her and caused her "extreme mental and emotional distress” by ordering her to remove her head scarf after she explained that her religious beliefs forbade her from taking it off.

A U.S. District Court had sided with the county and dismissed the case, saying a federal law protecting inmates’ religious practices does not apply to short-term holding facilities.

The 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to reinstate the lawsuit and said the law calls for the broad protection of religious exercise.

Radiation hot line open for concerned Californians; health officials reassert that there's no risk expected | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Radiation hot line open for concerned Californians; health officials reassert that there's no risk expected | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

California Department of Public Health officials have opened a phone hot line to address concerns about local radiation exposure in the aftermath of a crisis at a Japanese nuclear power complex damaged in last week's earthquake and tsunami.

The action came as health officials seek to calm fears about potential fallout as Japanese nuclear experts struggle to contain the aftermath of fires, explosions and nuclear fuel-rod exposure at the six-reactor Fukushima power complex, about 150 miles north of Tokyo.

“What we’re being told is that there is no threat to California at this time,” said Mike Sicilia, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health. “It’s a matter of distance. Dangerous radioactivity could not cross the 5,0000 miles of the Pacific without petering out.”

Anyone with concerns may contact the department's hotline in English and Spanish at
(916) 341-3947. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta also has made a line available to anyone with questions at (800)CDC-INFO.

Utah Immigration Law Signed By Governor Gary Herbert

Utah Immigration Law Signed By Governor Gary Herbert

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's governor on Tuesday signed a package of immigration laws including one that would allow a police crackdown on illegal immigrants similar to Arizona's attempt last year.

The laws, approved by Utah's Republican-controlled legislature earlier this month, also would attempt to create a guest worker program.

But immigration experts said the new Utah laws, except for enforcement, are more show than substance.

"The guest worker stuff is entirely meaningless. It is like a college creating a nuclear free zone. It's meaningless. A state cannot create a guest worker program," said Steven Camarota, research director of the pro-enforcement Center for Immigration Studies think-tank in Washington.

Analysts also are skeptical the package will influence policy in Washington, where Republicans who favor enforcement-only measures have control of the House of Representatives and a stronger hand in the Senate.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ThinkProgress » KS GOP State Rep. Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Pigs, Suggests Shooting Them From Helicopters

ThinkProgress » KS GOP State Rep. Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Pigs, Suggests Shooting Them From Helicopters

Today, during a Kansas state House Appropriations Committee hearing on state spending for controlling feral swine, GOP state Rep. Virgil Peck suggested that hunters could shoot undocumented immigrants like they do with pigs in order to control illegal immigration:

A legislator said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled — with hunters shooting from helicopters.

State Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, said he was just joking, but that his comment did reflect frustration with the problem of illegal immigration

Immigration Audit Takes Toll

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703363904576201192988972556.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Janitorial Firm Harvard Maintenance to Lose Over Half of Minnesota Work Force

The Obama administration has made employers the cornerstone of its immigration crackdown that began in 2009.

DeAnne Hilgers, an attorney who advises Minnesota companies, said the business community there was shocked by "what appears to be a surge in audits." She said 10 of her clients in the construction and restaurant industries were being investigated by ICE, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security. "These audits are of great consequence to their businesses" because they result in lost workers and thousands of dollars in fines, she said.

Last month, ICE said it was demanding that 1,000 companies across the country turn over their employment records for inspection.

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Nevada's Boom Ends In Record Number Of Empty Homes

Nevada's Boom Ends In Record Number Of Empty Homes

LAS VEGAS -- The promise of palm tree groves and low-priced real estate lured Alan and Katherine Ackerly across the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Nevada in 2004, where thousands of new houses beckoned brightly as any neon sign.

There were 167,564 empty houses in the state last year, according to newly released U.S. Census data, more than double the number in 2000. The number of vacant homes represents about one out of every seven houses across Nevada.

Startup Visa Bill Reintroduced: Could Boost U.S. Entrepreneurship

Vivek Wadhwa: Startup Visa Bill Reintroduced: Could Boost U.S. Entrepreneurship

The new legislation provides visas to the following groups under certain conditions:

1.Entrepreneurs living outside the U.S. -- if a U.S. investor agrees to financially sponsor their entrepreneurial venture with a minimum investment of100,000. Two years later, the startup must have created five new American jobs and either have raised over500,000 in financing or be generating more than500,000 in yearly revenue.

2.Workers on an H-1B visa, or graduates from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or computer science -- if they have an annual income of at least30,000 or assets of at least60,000 and have had a U.S. investor commit investment of at least20,000 in their venture. Two years later, the startup must have created three new American jobs and either have raised over100,000 in financing or be generating more than100,000 in yearly revenue.


3.Foreign entrepreneurs whose business has generated at least100,000 in sales from the U.S. Two years later, the startup must have created three new American jobs and either have raised over100,000 in financing or be generating more than100,000 in yearly revenue.

Agriculture Industry Pushes To Make Undercover Filming Of Farm Animal Abuse Illegal

Agriculture Industry Pushes To Make Undercover Filming Of Farm Animal Abuse Illegal

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Angered by repeated releases of secretly filmed videos claiming to show the mistreatment of farm animals, Iowa's agriculture industry is pushing legislation that would make it illegal for animal rights activists to produce and distribute such images.

Agriculture committees in the Iowa House and Senate have approved a bill that would prohibit such recordings and punish people who take agriculture jobs only to gain access to animals to record their treatment. Proposed penalties include fines of up to $7,500 and up to five years in prison.

"We feel the agribusiness industry should be trying to root out animal cruelty and expose it," Runkle said. "As a moral society, it is our obligation to prevent all cruelty to animals and it's difficult to end abuse when you can't expose it."

Staying Strong in the Face of Tragedy

Japan earthquake: A warning to Angelenos to prepare for the next Big One - latimes.com


Japan earthquake: A warning to Angelenos to prepare for the next Big One - latimes.com

As many of us watched the coverage of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Friday, we were staggered and horrified by the images of death and destruction. The magnitude 8.9 quake is the largest to hit Japan in more than 150 years and the seventh largest in recorded history. The tsunami produced even greater damage and loss of life. The final figures won't be known for many days, yet it seems clear that hundreds and possibly thousands of people are dead, injured or missing, and the economic toll will be in the millions. The quake will have a severe effect on the Japanese economy, the third largest in the world, and it is already having a global effect.

The Sendai quake is a warning and a reminder that we Angelenos live in earthquake country too.

It's not a question of whether we're due for a catastrophic quake, but when. Although California building codes are among the most stringent in the United States (thanks to what the 1933 Long Beach quake, which destroyed nearly all of our unreinforced masonry buildings), they don't begin to match the standards demanded in Japan.

State Senate passes DREAM Act

State Senate passes DREAM Act

ANNAPOLIS — A much-discussed and -debated plan to grant in-state college tuition to students who reside in Maryland but are not legally living in the United States moves forward this week after the Senate passed the measure Monday evening.
Following the vote, the bill's sponsor, Victor R. Ramirez (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly, was met by cheers from students and their families who have lobbied for the legislation in recent weeks. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates.

¿Quiénes son los hackers proWikileaks que están atacando sitios? - WikiLeaks: El fenómeno en la tecnología


¿Quiénes son los hackers proWikileaks que están atacando sitios? - WikiLeaks: El fenómeno en la tecnología - CNNMéxico.com

Anonymous se adjudicó la responsabilidad de deshabilitar e interrumpir los sitios de MasterCard, Visa, PayPal que ocurrieron la semana pasada, aunque todavía no se pronuncia sobre la caída de la página de Amazon.com en Europa este domingo. Los ataques siguieron al arresto del líder de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

“No tienes que estar en tu computadora. Todo lo que tienes que hacer es mandar a Anonymous un email que diga: Les autorizo a usar mi computadora, de la forma en que ustedes quieran”, y la gente de Anonymous enlazará tu computadora y la conectará con otras que hayan aceptado, y utilizará la fuerza colectiva (de las máquinas) para lanzar estos ataques”, dijo a CNN Gregg Housh, un activista de internet de 34 años con residencia en Boston.

El equipo de Anonymous existe desde mucho antes de la saga de WikiLeaks. En el pasado, lanzaron ataques a la Iglesia de la Cienciología, la Motion Picture Association of America (Asociación de la industria del cine) y la Recording Industry Association of America (Asociación de la industria de la música). Pero esos ataques fueron relativamente anónimos.

The Legislators: The Dirty Dozen | Southern Poverty Law Center

The Legislators: The Dirty Dozen | Southern Poverty Law Center

What follows are short profiles of a dozen of State Legislators for Legal Immigration's more outspoken members — men and women from Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Washington, four of whom hold leadership positions in their legislatures — whose radicalism gives a sense of just how far from the mainstream the group's goals really are. None of the 12 lawmakers replied to requests for comment for this report.

TIM BEARDEN, 43
Georgia House of Representatives
R-District 68
Villa Rica, Ga.

LEO BERMAN, 75
Texas House of Representatives
R-District 6
Tyler, Texas

JUDY BURGES, 67
Arizona House of Representatives
R-District 4
Skull Valley, Ariz.

SALLY KERN, 64
Oklahoma House of Representatives
R-District 84
Oklahoma City, Okla.

CHARLES KEY, 57
Oklahoma House of Representatives
R-District 90
Oklahoma City, Okla.

DARYL METCALFE, 48
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
R-District 12
Cranberry Township, Pa.

Click on link to view full list and political bio

NRA to President Obama: The Problem Isn’t Guns, it’s Law Enforcement, Media and the Mental Health System - Political Punch

NRA to President Obama: The Problem Isn’t Guns, it’s Law Enforcement, Media and the Mental Health System - Political Punch

The heads of the National Rifle Association wrote to President Obama Monday, taking issue with his op-ed in the Sunday Arizona Daily Star, in which he said that since the tragic shooting in Tucson perhaps another 2,000 Americans have been lost to gun violence.

The president pushed for states to provide better data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and suggested “an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers.”

The heads of the NRA responded to the president’s op-ed on gun issues, saying, “to focus a national dialogue on guns – and not criminals or mental health issues – misses the point entirely."

The problem is not gun laws, they say, bur rather lax law enforcement, a sensationalist media and deficiencies in the mental health system.

Raw Video: Protesters Greet Wisc. Governor

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thick-headed Arizonians !

'Sunshine Week' will begin under a cloud in Pearce's AZ

The state Senate president, Russell Pearce, is limiting press access to lawmakers before and after working sessions in the Senate chambers. He has also declared that the public is forbidden at any news conference held in a hearing room within the Senate building.

The irony of these recent decisions is not lost, especially next week, which is designated as "Sunshine Week" by the National Society of News Editors. It's the time each year where news organizations focus on access to public information, government transparency and the need to defend press (read: public) freedoms.

By limiting access of the press and the public to elected officials and to how the business of the state is being conducted Pearce and his supporters in this overreach are taking a dangerous step that should draw the attention of every Arizonan.

COMMENTS:
Ray M. (RMorris666)
Can you blame them? Look at how the creatures acted in WI. I would close the doors to keep the animals out as well! We are behind you Pearce! Keep up the great work! Same for you in WI!! Doing a great job for all America!

T C. (ThomC)
The real danger is the lying press. Why let them in they will only make up stuff that fits with their agenda. They can and do that sitting at their desks. Read the fallen star and you will fall over from their slant.

Jon L. (OVREZ)
So ... let's see ....

It's OK to promote and support chaos, death threats and mob rule as long as it supports the Liberal agenda and provides cannon-fodder for the ADS. Oh yeah, and its fellows among the MSM who assisted whipping those miscreants into a frenzy!

But let one conservative say, "Not in my house!", and suddenly the sky darkens? Please.

One word response - PREPOSTEROUS!

Immigration policy: States can't be allowed to go it alone - latimes.com


Immigration policy: States can't be allowed to go it alone - latimes.com

The flurry of proposals should serve as a wake-up call to Washington. Congress has failed in the last few years to provide a comprehensive solution to the nation's broken immigration system and instead has wasted time sparring over building bigger fences and funding stricter enforcement programs. The White House hasn't done much better. President Obama has spoken eloquently about the need to overhaul immigration but has offered little else.

Washington can't continue to abdicate its authority to the states. Lawmakers and the White House must begin the conversation and provide some legislative action.

AT&T will cap DSL and U-Verse internet, impose overage fees (update) -- Engadget


AT&T will cap DSL and U-Verse internet, impose overage fees (update) -- Engadget

Ladies and gentlemen, the days of unlimited broadband may be numbered in the United States, and we're not talking wireless this time -- AT&T says it will implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL customers and a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse high speed internet starting on May 2nd. AT&T will also charge overage fees of $10 for every additional 50GB of data, with two grace periods to start out -- in other words, the third month you go over the cap is when you'll get charged. DSLReports says it has confirmation from AT&T that these rates are legitimate, and that letters will go out to customers starting March 18th.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Consecuencias médicas de una fuga radioactiva - CNNMéxico.com

Consecuencias médicas de una fuga radioactiva - CNNMéxico.com

ThinkProgress » Missouri Legislature Poised To Repeal Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Referendum


ThinkProgress » Missouri Legislature Poised To Repeal Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Referendum

For years, Missouri earned the dubious distinction as the nation’s “puppy mill capital” because its lax humane regulations and enforcement allowed dog breeders to raise puppies at low costs in terrible, overcrowded conditions. Last fall, Missouri voters approved a referendum to finally solve this problem — the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act — which mandates regular veterinarian inspections of breeding facilities and ensures a basic level of treatment for dogs, such keeping temperatures between 45 and 85 degrees. Tea party groups stridently opposed the referendum, arguing it was “just another example of big government meddling in people’s lives.”

Video of Japan's Earthquake...high rise buildings

What's in Wisconsin's new law?

What's in Wisconsin's new law? - USATODAY.com

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that significantly reduces the collective bargaining powers of about 175,000 public employees who are union represented and work at the state, county and municipal levels. The law does not affect union-represented police and firefighters or the State Patrol.

-Pension contributions
-Health insurance contributions
-Pension changes for elected officials and appointees
-General fund impact
-Collective bargaining
-Quality Health Care Authority
-Child care labor relations
-University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Board and Authority
-University of Wisconsin faculty and academic staff
-Authorize Department of Health Services to restructure program
-Aging and Disability Resource Centers
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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Young Turks: Fun facts about the Wisconsin Recall.


The Young Turks: Fun facts about the Wisconsin Recall.

From ballotpedia:

Laws governing recall in Wisconsin say that an elected official must have served at least one year of the term for which he or she was most recently elected before he or she can be targeted for recall.

Scott Walker cannot face recall election until 2012.

Only 8 Republican Senators have served a year, and are vulnerable to recall.

Of the 8 vulnerable Republicans, four of these Senators come from solid Republican districts where they are very safe.

Six Senate Democrats are facing recall, and three come from vulnerable districts with a lot of Republican voters.

Republicans are focusing recall efforts on three Democrat Senators, and Democrats are focusing recall efforts on four Republican Senators.

Democrats need to flip three seats to take control of the Senate, but Republicans are countering to blunt the effort.

Japan disaster: How you can help

Japan disaster: How you can help - World Watch - CBS News

International relief agencies launched a variety of ways Friday for people make donations to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

Nearly 500 people were confirmed dead by the time dawn broke in the country Saturday morning in Sendai, the city closest to the earthquake's epicenter. Just under a thousand more people were injured, and police said nearly 600 people were unaccounted for after the magnitude-8.9 offshore quake set forth a 23-foot tsunami. The country has also been hit by more than 50 aftershocks with many above magnitude 6.0.

Here are ways viewers can help:(click on link to view how you can help)

TGIF....I gave up "mean" for lent, what about you =D

Pearce has become dictator of Senate


Pearce has become dictator of Senate

How far must things go before the voters of Arizona see the light? The Republican majority in the Legislature is riding roughshod over anyone and anything that stands in its way. Senate President Russell Pearce has taken on nearly dictatorial power as evidenced most recently by his banning the press from the Senate floor and citizen protesters from the legislative building. Add to that his unprincipled and absurd defense of Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard,and the picture becomes quite clear.

Pearce says and does what he wants because he is confident that the pre-programmed Republi-bots around him will simply fall into line and keep their mouths shut. Only the citizens of Arizona have the power to exert any kind of control on this situation. Pearce will continue to abuse his position in the Senate until the citizens of Arizona tell him he cannot. - Chuck Rinaldi, Mesa

Arizona's Undocumented Immigrants May Be Denied State-Tax Refunds - Fox News Latino

Arizona's Undocumented Immigrants May Be Denied State-Tax Refunds - Fox News Latino

Undocumented immigrants in Arizona might be unable to receive their state tax refunds if they cannot prove that the Social Security number that they have listed with their employers truly was issued to them.

This affects people like undocumented immigrants who apply to obtain a tax ID number, or ITIN, from the IRS.

The change does not affect in any way a taxpayer's refund from the federal government.
Forschino said he did not know what will happen to the refunds of people who cannot prove that their Social Security number belongs to them.

The Psychometer: Who Has Gone Too Far This Week? (PICTURE)


The Psychometer: Who Has Gone Too Far This Week? (PICTURE)

Fairness in granting asylum...we'll soon see.


Will Mexico's Runaway Sheriff Find Asylum in the U.S.? - TIME

When 20-year old criminology student Marisol Valles was sworn in as a police chief in the embattled Mexican state of Chihuahua in October, she became an instant celebrity as the bravest woman in Mexico. Pundits and media commentators cheered the slight, bespectacled, innocent-looking young mother who had the guts to stand up to the drug cartels. What made her especially valiant was the fact that her predecessor as police chief of the small farming town of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero had been kidnapped and beheaded. The new sheriff said she would not even carry a gun, but would focus instead on community policing to cure the murderous ills.

Now, five months later, Valles has hit world news again with more ominous headlines: she has become the latest Mexican to seek political asylum in the United States.

However, it remains to be seen how judges will decide these cases. Mexico's narco war has seen 35,000 drug-related killings in four years. In 2010, U.S. courts received 3,231 applications from Mexicans for political asylum — some related to the drug war, some to other issues of persecution. The judges only granted asylum to 49 of those people, less
than 2%.

LAPD DUI Checkpoints in South L.A., San Fernando Valley This Weekend - Los Angeles News - The Informer

LAPD DUI Checkpoints in South L.A., San Fernando Valley This Weekend - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Van Nuys Boulevard between Osborne and Nordhoff streets in lovely Panorama City.

Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Manchester Avenue between Broadway and Figueroa Street in South L.A.

(Click on link to view maps)

Interesting e-mail from townhall

As heard on the Sean Hannity show, Dick Morris is out with his latest book detailing how Americans can defeat Obama and the Democrats in 2012. It thoroughly explains how the States lead the way to Reform and with a subscription to Townhall Magazine, you can read all about it, for FREE!

According to the Common Cents blog, Revolt! describes how newly elected Republican Governors - impelled by their budget crises and empowered with GOP legislators - will accomplish sweeping changes in our politics. Now that the Republicans have taken the House, how can they use their majority to reverse Obama's Socialist agenda?

* Revolt! lays out a game plan for success. Morris and McGann explain how to use the debt limit and budget fights to force Obama to accept Republican policies while, at the same time, undermining his chances of victory in 2012.

* Obamacare? Morris and McGann explain how to block the IRS enforcement of the requirement that everyone buy health insurance and how to stop the Medicare cuts and Rationing.

* Republican Governors will destroy the political base of the Democratic Party by ending automatic dues deductions from paychecks by unions.

* Crippling Talk Radio and Taking Over the Internet? They explain how to prevent the FCC from blocking free speech in America.

* GOP Legislators will strip teachers of tenure, end seniority based pay, enact merit pay, and promote school choice - dramatically eroding the power of the teachers' unions. Collective bargaining reforms will free school boards and principles to run their schools and end union control.

* Cap and Trade? They offer a blueprint for how to cut off the EPA funding to stop it from imposing carbon taxes and regulation.

Walker talks via Fox....coward !

UK Army Dog May Have Died From Broken Heart


UK Army Dog May Have Died From Broken Heart - FoxNews.com

Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province on March 1 as he searched for explosives with Theo, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel mix. The dog suffered a fatal seizure hours later at a British army base, likely brought about by stress.

Military officials won't go so far as to say Theo died of a broken heart -- but that may not be far from the truth.

"I think we often underestimate the grieving process in dogs," said Elaine Pendlebury, a senior veterinarian with animal charity PDSA. "Some dogs react very severely to their partner's loss."

She said it was not uncommon for pets to respond to an owner's death by refusing food and becoming sick -- and the bond between working dogs and their handlers is especially close.