Friday, April 29, 2011

Drunk Driver Checkpoints Tonight, Saturday in Valley, South L.A. - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Drunk Driver Checkpoints Tonight, Saturday in Valley, South L.A. - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Here's where the cops are setting up checkpoints this weekend, including tonight:

-Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Ventura Boulevard and Columbus Avenue in Sherman Oaks.

-Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Florence Avenue between Main Street and Broadway in South L.A.

TGIF... This one is for Trump

A bigot's badge of honor...Know thy neighbor.

Brewer OKs Ariz. bill for tea party license plate Phoenix News Arizona News Phoenix News

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed three bills for 11 new special license plates, including one to commemorate the tea party.

Brewer acted on the license plate bills late Thursday.

The tea party plate would feature the ""Don't Tread On Me" slogan, rattlesnake emblem and yellow background of the historic Gadsden Flag that is a symbol of the movement.

Hackers claim to have stolen PSN credit card info

Hackers claim to have stolen PSN credit card info Security - CNET News

Security researchers say hackers claiming to have credit card information stolen from Sony's PlayStation Network last week are trying to sell that information on underground Internet forums, but the veracity of the claims could not be confirmed.

Republicans Not Quite Ready For The 2012 Rumble : NPR

Republicans Not Quite Ready For The 2012 Rumble : NPR

The 2012 campaign season is shaping up, and Obama is fresh off six fundraisers over a two-day visit to the West Coast. Republicans, on the other hand, are having trouble finding a front-runner of their own.


Sonia Vivar (svivar9087) wrote:
Our country's demands for whomever sits in the white house, is at an all time high. No one in the republican party wants the position, why should they, it much easier to criticize and speculate.

George Michie (GMichie) wrote:
I'm less concerned about the volume of money spent on political ads than I am about the poor quality of them. If we spent billions leading up to the presidential election on reasoned, informed, political discourse fact checked before airing we'd be better for it. Advertising aside, with talk radio, cable TV, and the internet, a person can go through the entire cycle without ever encountering a fact, or hearing an opposing perspective. Political hysteria will continue until we start listening to each other again.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Town Halls Spawn Main Street Movement Pushback On Republican Ideas

Allergan ordered to pay $212 million in Botox brain-injury lawsuit

Allergan ordered to pay $212 million in Botox brain-injury lawsuit -

Botox-maker Allergan Inc. was ordered by a federal court jury to pay $212 million to a Virginia man who alleged that use of the drug left him severely disabled.

The verdict awarded Douglas Ray, 67, $12 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages — the largest penalty ever in a Botox injury case.

Ray was injected with the drug in 2007 to treat hand tremors. He quickly fell ill with a fever and rash, said his lawyer, Ray Chester.

Ray suffered brain damage and now requires round-the-clock care, the lawyer said.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., alleged that Irvine-based Allergan failed to adequately warn Ray's doctor about the potential risks of Botox for off-label use.

Illegal immigration in Georgia: American-born demonstrators wash immigrants' feet -

Activist Anton Flores-Maisonet told the demonstrators — about 450 Latino immigrants, their children and their supporters — that most Georgians really didn't support the Arizona-style immigration bill the Legislature approved last week.

He was most likely wrong: In a poll taken in July, 68% supported such a bill. But no matter. Flores-Maisonet argued that the people on the other side of this debate were likely afraid. And that this group could combat that fear by demonstrating "a perfect love."

once again the illegals are suing the schools because of overcrowding, claiming dependants in mexico on taxes, why are they so trashy..we have to have illegals from Germany, Asia, Poland, China...why are don't they have a problem with learning the language, gang issues, I really only see demand for the it because the mex refuse to educate their children, want a better life, they come here illegally and can't grasp the comcept of education, family, birth control, ect...look at the mex communities and then vist a German, Asian, Polish, Italian community and the see the difference

Why did Father Molina need to advise his flock NOT to step on lawns and not litter ?
I might be thinking outside the box here ... I'f I'm trying to persuade others in regards to my plight wouldn't I go out of my way to show basic respect to others by keeping my kid's off others lawns,Understanding that just because Oranges are hanging over the fence doesn't mean you can take them... " They aren't mine and I need to ask before I assume, putting my trash in the proper place ... Sorry that would make me Tio Thomas and would mean I was brown nosing the gringos and assimilating .
Father Jaime I read " The Pearl " maybe you should start a book club and have your flock read it .

Mike G
Hey honey, there's a ten peso tip in it for ya if ya throw in a lil foot massage...oh but I'm a citizen..dangit..illegals keep getting preferential treatment.

Tornadoes: Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected.

Veteran tornado watchers saw Wednesday's mega-twisters coming.

But they were still staggered by the destruction that a massive storm system unleashed across the South and Southeast that leveled broad swaths of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and killed more than 280 people.

"I've been at this for a while, and I've never seen anything like this," said Chris Weiss, an associate professor of atmospheric science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Some of Wednesday's tornadoes could have traveled dozens, or perhaps even hundreds, of miles before eventually dissipating. Typical twisters survive only minutes. Based on early observations, a few of the twisters probably were more than a mile wide, Weiss said.

David Lazarus: With AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile, consumer and market benefits are an illusion -

David Lazarus: With AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile, consumer and market benefits are an illusion -

AT&T says that by adding about 34 million T-Mobile subscribers to AT&T's 96 million-strong customer base, this will "create new jobs and economic growth in the small towns and rural communities that need them most."

Moreover, the merger would "leave the wireless marketplace fiercely competitive" and "intensify broadband competition throughout the United States."

And as if that weren't enough, AT&T says "the transaction will promote America's global leadership in mobile broadband innovation."

There you have it: Good for consumers, good for competition, good for the country......

Click on link for full story

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Daily Kos: Boehner and Cantor on Obama's release of long form birth certificate

Daily Kos: Boehner and Cantor on Obama's release of long form birth certificate

Speaker of the House John Boehner went with a statement delivered by his spokesman:
This has long been a settled issue. The Speaker’s focus is on cutting spending, lowering gas prices, and creating American jobs.

Dignified. Above the fray. And completely full of shit given that the only thing the GOP has been focused on since taking power has been union-busting and abortion ... and passing spending cuts that don't really cut spending, and voting unanimously to keep taxpayer-funded subsidies for big oil.

As for job creation, if you count the $520 an hour lawyer Boehner hired to defend discrimination, the Republican controlled House has created exactly one job.

Of course both reactions are an effort to distance themselves from the birther movement that neither Boehner nor Cantor embraced—but one that they never denounced for being the race-based smear that it was. So they're looking to be above the birther nonsense without offending their birther base. Neat trick.

Georgia GOP State Senator Bill Cowsert Taunts:

Georgia GOP State Senator Bill Cowsert Taunts:

MONROE — Georgia businesses aren’t likely to see the same kind of boycotts that hit Arizona in the wake of a crackdown on illegal immigration, a state senator told local business leaders.

The Georgia legislature has passed a bill similar to one in Arizona that allows local law enforcement officials to detain someone who is in the country illegally. Gov. Nathan Deal has said he will sign it.

“I got asked that question by a radio commentator the other day, and I don’t see it,” state Sen. Bill Cowsert told members of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

“Who’s going to boycott us, illegal aliens? Are they going to turn themselves in and raise their hand that they’re opposed to it? I don’t see that hurting our businesses here.”

Cowsert, R-Athens, said the law would save Georgia money.

WHD News Release: US Labor Department announces protocols for certifying U visa applications [04/28/2011]

WHD News Release: US Labor Department announces protocols for certifying U visa applications [04/28/2011]

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced protocols to complete the portion of the U visa nonimmigrant status application requiring certification by a law enforcement agency that the applicant is a victim of a qualifying crime and willing to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of that crime. U visas, as they are known, are designed to help victims of qualifying criminal activities who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse. Individuals who receive U visas may remain in the United States for up to four years and may eventually apply for permanent residency. U visas are issued by U.S. Customs and Immigration Services.

“I am pleased that the department’s Wage and Hour Division has developed protocols and can begin completing U visa certifications for immigrants who are victims of crimes and willing to cooperate with law enforcement,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

For general information about federal wage laws, call the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at

Read this news release en Español.

HispanicTrending: Spanish-language laptops sell like hotcakes at South Florida BrandsMart USA stores

HispanicTrending: Spanish-language laptops sell like hotcakes at South Florida BrandsMart USA stores

Dell laptops designed for Spanish-language speakers are selling briskly for BrandsMart USA at the company’s South Florida stores, which makes plenty of sense given the area’s high numbers of Hispanic residents.

The Dell Inspiron M5030 sells for $498.88 at BrandsMart USA stores in West Palm Beach, Deerfield Beach, Sunrise and Miami and features a keyboard with keys labeled in Spanish and special characters like the ñ. In addition, it operates on Windows 7 – the Spanish version used by manufacturers in Latin American countries. And of course, the manual is in Spanish.

Chrome 11 wants to hear you speak | The Download Blog -

Chrome 11 wants to hear you speak The Download Blog -

The new feature, based in HTML5, requires a microphone icon embedded in the Web page. Click the icon and then speak into your computer's mike. The input records as text, and the browser automatically inserts the text into the available form field.

You can test this by going to Google Translate and clicking the microphone icon in the lower right corner of the text field. At the time of writing, the microphone and voice-to-HTML feature appears to work only with English.

While the feature is interesting to include in a browser, it's hardly a random decision on Google's part. By including a speech-to-text feature, the Chrome OS instantly provides a modicum of accessibility for users who have difficulty with keyboards. When the browser is the operating system, being able to speak to the computer and have the computer know how to interpret that speech is a quick way to ensure a broader appeal.

The Nation: Confronting Trump's Coded Racism : NPR

The Nation: Confronting Trump's Coded Racism : NPR

If there were any doubts about the racial animus driving Donald Trump's attacks on Barack Obama, the billionaire reality show star exposed himself with his latest conspiracy. On Monday night, Trump questioned how Obama could possibly have been admitted to Ivy League schools, since Trump "heard" Obama was a "terrible student.

" Trump told the AP that he was investigating the issue, whatever that means, just as he claims to have dispatched investigators to Hawaii in order to find the President's famous birth certificate.

"How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump said. "I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."

By charging that Obama was not admitted based on merit, Trump is suggesting that Obama was admitted because he is black.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa orders 42 furlough days for city workers who rejected labor deal -

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa orders 42 furlough days for city workers who rejected labor deal -

The deal with the coalition was supposed to save $69 million in the coming fiscal year. Villaraigosa had promised employees who made a series of concessions — including a 4% reduction in pay and the postponement of three previously negotiated raises — that they would be rewarded with an end to furloughs that the city has used to avoid employee layoffs.

Without concessions from those four groups, and the city facing a $457-million shortfall, Villaraigosa said he would demand eight and a half weeks of unpaid days off from those workers between now and June 2012.

"Employees who failed to ratify the agreement are once again subject to furloughs, and those furloughs start today," he said.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wisconsin Republican voting bill ‘morally repugnant,’ say Democrats | The Raw Story

Wisconsin Republican voting bill ‘morally repugnant,’ say Democrats The Raw Story

Voting legislation proposed by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin would disenfranchise the state's most vulnerable citizens and its young people, according to the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

Assembly Bill 7, drafted by Rep. Jeff Stone, would require voters to show a Wisconsin driver's license, a state-issued ID card, a military ID, a passport or a naturalization certificate. They would also have to provide both their current address and their previous address, and sign a poll book when they voted.

In addition, the bill would restrict many voters from using absentee ballots and end straight-ticket voting for anyone not in the military or overseas. Republicans claimed the bill is needed to help prevent voter fraud.

Robert Gibbs to Donald Trump: Where are the tax returns? - Jonathan Martin -

Robert Gibbs to Donald Trump: Where are the tax returns? - Jonathan Martin -

Former White House press secretary and Obama confidante Robert Gibbs is throwing down the gauntlet on Donald Trump.

"Donald Trump said he’d release his tax returns as soon as the president released his birth certificate, so the ball is in his court now and I know everybody is anxious to see his tax returns over the last 10 years," Gibbs told POLITICO.

Trump first floated the trade-off in an interview with ABC earlier this month.

"Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate," said the real estate mogul, whose wealth has long been a matter of dispute.

"I may tie my tax returns [to the birth certificate]. I’d love to give my tax returns."

At a Wednesday morning news conference in New Hampshire following the president’s release of his birth certificate, Trump repeatedly ignored questions about whether he'd fulfill his pledge.

Los Angeles Parking Tickets: Los Angeles Cracks Down On Unpaid Parking Ticket Offenders After Millions In Revenue Lost

Los Angeles Parking Tickets: Los Angeles Cracks Down On Unpaid Parking Ticket Offenders After Millions In Revenue Lost

If you've racked up several unpaid parking tickets in Los Angeles, city officials are coming after you more aggressively than before. An audit found that the city is missing out on at least $15 million in potential revenue because of scofflaws who fail to pay their fines.

City Controller Wendy Greuel said on Tuesday that 100,000 people in the city are responsible for 800,000 outstanding tickets. According to the audit, parking enforcement officers failed to take proper action on 73.5% of chronic offenders.

"We must send the message that these violations are unacceptable," Greuel said.

COWARDS...GOP Town Halls: Reps Forced To Screen Questions, Duck Out Of Meetings In Secret

The wave of town hall protests targeting House Republicans, and aided by labor and progressive groups, is forcing lawmakers to put restrictions on the forum’s traditionally open structure.

On Tuesday night, Rep. Allen West’s office (R-Fl.) reportedly screened questioners during his town hall event by requiring individuals to fill out index cards which were then vetted by his staff. This was, the Boward County Sun Sentinel noted, different from “his usual practice at previous town hall meetings, where West took questions from people who lined up at microphones.”

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BREAKING: White House releases Obama’s birth certificate – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs

BREAKING: White House releases Obama’s birth certificate – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs

The White House released President Obama's original birth certificate Wednesday.

The surprise release follows recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, that raised doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.

Obama's birth certificate [PDF]

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Obama criticizes new Georgia immigration law | Reuters

Obama criticizes new Georgia immigration law Reuters

Asked about the Georgia bill, Obama said: "It is a mistake for states to try to do this piecemeal. We can't have 50 different immigration laws around the country. Arizona tried this and a federal court already struck them down."

"The truth of the matter is that we've done more on enforcement than any previous administration. We have more border patrols. We have been engaging in serious crackdowns on employers who are hiring undocumented workers,"

School closures considered due to funding cuts, low enrollment

School closures considered due to funding cuts, low enrollment Phoenix News Arizona News Phoenix News

Demographer Rick Brammer studies Arizona school districts and says the economy has a lot to do with it.

“We’ve managed to lose 250,000 jobs or so over a 2 to 3-year period,” says Brammer. “Some of that fueled and exacerbated by Senate Bill 1070 and the outflow of some of the Hispanic population.”

While consolidating schools might be fiscally responsible, some parents wonder what will happen to the vacant schools. Allread says, “We do want to hold onto our assets because if enrollment increases we will want to expand again.”

The Anti Immigrant Mistake

Abused and Deported: Immigrant Women Face Double Disgrace

Pilar Marrero, from La Opinion once again delivers a powerful story that highlights precisely the complexity and dangers of our current immigration system. Many women like María Bolaños face a detrimental crossroad – live under domestic violence and abuse or get deported to a life in poverty, misery and in some cases danger.

State Immigration Laws - C-SPAN Video Library

State Immigration Laws - C-SPAN Video Library

State attorneys general and former U.S. immigration officials participated in a discussion on state immigration laws. This program was part of the eighth annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference.

Click on link to view video

Nissan is recalling nearly 196,000 vehicles in U.S. -

Nissan is recalling nearly 196,000 vehicles in U.S. -

CNN) -- Nissan North America has announced the recall of nearly 196,000 sport utility vehicles in the United States for corrosion problems that could damage steering and suspension systems.

The recall extends to the Nissan Pathfinder from 1997 to 2003, and the Infiniti QX4 from 1996 to 2004.

"In areas of the country in which heavy concentrations of road salt are used, a mixture of snow/water and salt ... may result in corrosion of the strut tower housing in some subject vehicles," the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website said.

"This may lead to grinding noises, increased steering effort, and possibly the steering column to break, resulting in the loss of steering control, which could result in a crash."

Most of the vehicles were sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Nissan will inspect the SUVs and repair the vehicles free of charge as needed.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Arpaio deputies faulted in ID-theft case

Arpaio deputies faulted in ID-theft case

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies violated the constitutional rights of two Hispanic men when they stopped and detained the men as part of a 2009 identity-theft investigation at a landscaping company, according to a federal judge's ruling Monday.

U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies had no reason to stop Julian and Julio Mora before dawn on Feb. 11, 2009, nor any reason to make a warrantless arrest when deputies detained the Moras for nearly three hours.

The only reason the arresting deputies had to detain the men, according to Campbell's ruling, was because Julian Mora told deputies that he worked at Handyman Maintenance Inc., where sheriff's deputies were searching for suspected identity thieves.

"It's the first test of their workplace raid policy, a plan they repeated many times," said Pochoda, who added that the ruling could serve as a deterrent. "It's a very important win."

Paul Ryan's Budget Becomes Bogeyman Uniting Progressives, Democrats

Paul Ryan's Budget Becomes Bogeyman Uniting Progressives, Democrats

The Republican Party’s endorsement of sharply conservative prescriptions to fix ailing state and federal budgets is threatening to reunite the progressive movement and heal its disillusionment with the Democratic Party.

Over the past week, an informal coalition of non-government groups has plotted ways to make town halls increasingly uncomfortable for Republican lawmakers -- a coordination that is more advanced then previously reported.

The linchpin has been the 2012 budget proposal of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.), which passed the House before the Easter recess.

Researcher: iPhone Location Data Already Used By Cops - BusinessWeek

Researcher: iPhone Location Data Already Used By Cops - BusinessWeek

Alex Levinson, 21, works at the Rochester Institute of Technology in western New York, and he has been studying forensic computing and working with Katana Forensics, which makes tools for interrogating iOS devices.

In a post on his blog, he explains that the existence of the location database—which tracks the cellphone towers your phone has connected to—has been public in security circles for some time.While it's not widely known, that's not the same as not being known at all.In fact, he has written and presented several papers on the subject and even contributed a chapter on the location data in a book that covers forensic analysis of the iPhone.

The Koch Brothers: American Oligarchs

Louisiana legislature considers 'birther' bill

Kansas resolution condemns state rep who suggested immigrants be shot - CNN

Kansas resolution condemns state rep who suggested immigrants be shot - CNN

Democratic leaders in Kansas' state legislature plan to introduce a resolution condemning a state representative for earlier suggesting that illegal immigrants be shot like feral hogs.

The resolution -- which was e-mailed Friday to CNN by Haley Pollock, a spokeswoman for Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis -- singles out Rep. Virgil Peck for comments he made March 14 during an appropriations committee hearing.

"Although Rep. Peck has the right to free speech ... that right does not include the advocacy of gratuitous, deadly violence against other human beings," the resolution states.

Seville, water: U.N. lawyer's scrutiny of tiny farm town's water has residents divided

Seville, water: U.N. lawyer's scrutiny of tiny farm town's water has residents divided -

Reporting from Seville, Calif.— On a chilly day in March, a U.N. human rights lawyer came to this tiny farm town to investigate unsafe drinking water — part of a world tour that also included Bangladesh and Namibia.

Advocates who had long been trying to call attention to Central California's increasingly tainted groundwater were elated. Ruben Tavarez, a school board member, was miffed."It makes it sound like Seville is a Third World country!" he said. "There's nothing wrong with the water. The pipes are just bad."

Texas redistricting: Latinos hope redrawn districts will give them a voice

Texas redistricting: Latinos hope redrawn districts will give them a voice -

The explosive growth of Latinos is obvious everywhere in Texas but among the state's elected officials — something Latinos hope will change as lawmakers redraw the state's congressional and legislative districts this spring.

"It would just give us a voice," said Tiffany Tellez, 21, who works as a technician in a hospital radiology unit. "A lot of people are afraid to speak up. We need someone to lean on and relate to, and to speak for us."

That presents a quandary for the Republican legislators who control the redistricting process. Latinos lean Democratic, and their growth threatens to eventually undermine the GOP's domination of Texas. But the federal Voting Rights Act prohibits legislators from diluting minority voting power as they draw congressional districts.

Political spending: Much corporate political spending stays hidden

Political spending: Much corporate political spending stays hidden -

Reporting from Washington— Despite mounting calls for greater transparency, only a few of the country's 75 leading energy, healthcare and financial services corporations fully disclose political spending, according to a review of company records and state and federal campaign finance reports.

While complying with legal requirements to report direct donations to candidates, the vast majority of these companies — many of which are seeking legislative favors from the new Congress — do not reveal information even to their shareholders about support for politically active trade associations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Groups such as the chamber, some of which spend millions of dollars on elections, are not required to reveal their financial supporters. And companies are not required to report their donations to those groups.

As campaign heats up, so does focus on 'birthers'

The renewed preoccupation with birtherism comes just as the 2012 presidential campaign becomes more engaged. Republican candidates are appealing to the party's more conservative activists, who naturally tend to have the harshest views of the Democratic president.

Surveys suggest that these voters are more likely to express doubts about the Obama's origins. A New York Times/CBS News survey shows that 57% of the registered voters contacted believed Obama was born in the United States. But among self-identified Republicans only a third believed that, while a plurality -- 45% -- believed he was born elsewhere.

California voters want public employees to shoulder more of the state's financial troubles, according to the Times/USC Dornsife poll

Times/USC Dornsife Poll: California voters want public employees to shoulder more of the state's financial troubles, according to the Times/USC Dornsife poll -

Seventy percent of respondents said they supported a cap on pensions for current and future public employees. Nearly as many, 68%, approved of raising the amount of money government workers should be required to contribute to their retirement. Increasing the age at which government employees may collect pensions was favored by 52%.

Although pension costs today account for just a fraction of the state budget, they are putting local governments under considerable financial strain, and analysts say effects on the state may not be far off.

Salmonella potential prompts cucumber recall - CNN

A North Carolina produce company has issued a recall for cucumbers because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

Raleigh-based L&M Companies, Inc. said it distributed 1,590 bulk cartons of the cucumbers in question between March 30 and April 7 to New York, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Nebraska Texas and Wyoming.

The recalled cartons are marked Nature's Delight and contain the Lot # PL-RID-002990 on the side of the carton. Only this one lot is being recalled.

Secure Communities, illegal immigration, deportation: Federal deportation program sweeps up noncriminals and low-level offenders

Secure Communities, illegal immigration, deportation: Federal deportation program sweeps up noncriminals and low-level offenders -

"I had called the police to help me," said Norma, 31, who asked that her last name not be used because she fears that speaking out may jeopardize her case. "I think it's unjust…. Even with a traffic ticket we can now be deported."

Under the program, fingerprints of all inmates booked into local jails and cross-checked with the FBI's criminal database are now forwarded by that agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be screened for immigration status. Officials said the new system would focus enforcement efforts on violent felons such as those convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping.

But Secure Communities is now mired in controversy. Recently released ICE data show that nearly half of those ensnared by the program have been noncriminals, like Norma, or those who committed misdemeanors.


Charles23 at 5:02 AM April 25, 2011
Good to see someone in the Governmnt doing their job for a change. Round them all up and ship them and their kids out.

alohajonny at 4:24 AM April 25, 2011
Illegal is illegal, so sorry. maybe if you got rid of a few million more you could recoup a few billion dollars.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Carlos Slim Helú....Ebenezer Scrooge

The Associated Press: Mexico agency confirms $1B fine for Slim's company

Mexico's antitrust agency confirmed Sunday that it levied a $1 billion (12 billion peso) fine against the Mexican cellphone subsidiary of tycoon Carlos Slim and ordered it to stop unfair practices.

The Federal Competition Commission said it found that Slim's Telcel business engages in "relative monopolistic practices" by overcharging competitors to connect calls to Telcel users.

The fine against Telcel is the maximum penalty possible — 10 percent of the company's assets because it is a repeat offender, the agency said in a statement. It gave Telcel 30 days to say how it will change its practices. Telcel also has 30 days to appeal.

Slim's telecom company, America Movil, revealed the fine April 15. It said it was studying all options for appeal.

A commission official said the fine is the largest ever levied by the 18-year-old watchdog agency and was made possible by a 2006 reform that raised fines for repeat offenders.

Michael Bloomberg: Birther Issue A 'Terrible Mistake' For Republicans

Michael Bloomberg: Birther Issue A 'Terrible Mistake' For Republicans

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that Republicans are making "a terrible mistake" in pushing the "birther issue" during an appearance on this weekend's edition of "Fox News Sunday."

Bloomberg said that "anybody can run for president if [he or she] is 35 and an American citizen," including Trump. He noted, however, that the billionaire is by no means the only one pushing the birther issue on the right side of the aisle. “There are a lot of roots that have glommed onto this," he said.

Bloomberg asserted that it's time for Republicans to address pressing policy issues that are important to Americans.

"We have immigration, we have the deficit, we have the economy," he said. "Those are the things that the public cares about."

Chief Villaseñor discusses President's forum on immigration refo - KGUN9 On Your Side, Tucson News, Weather & Sports

Chief Villaseñor discusses President's forum on immigration refo - KGUN9 On Your Side, Tucson News, Weather & Sports

Villaseñor said the "flavor" of the group was mostly pro-immigration, but the President emphasized a reasonable, bipartisan approach.

"I felt the part that was most telling was where he made the statement that it can't be perceived that there are freebies. When you violate existing immigration law, the American people will not stand for that," Villaseñor said.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Immigration debate: bill splits GOP Cuban-American base

Immigration debate: bill splits GOP Cuban-American base

MIAMI — An immigration bill recently introduced in the Florida Legislature is doing something to the Republican Party's Cuban exile base in South Florida that Democrats have had trouble accomplishing over the years.

It is turning some Cuban-Americans against each other.

Cuban-Americans and other Florida Hispanics are focusing more on the Senate bill because it is sponsored by one of their own: Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Kendall, a Cuban-American whose district is majority Hispanic.

"It is painful as a Republican, the party of Abraham Lincoln, to see the party recommend the violation of civil rights," said attorney Manny Fernandez of Miami, a member of the national Hispanic organization Somos Republicans (We Are Republicans). "It is especially painful that Sen. Flores would accept this in any way. She is betraying her community. If this law passes, she is going to have a battle on her hands."

In a letter to Somos Republicans, she wrote: "The legislation that I have proposed neither vilifies immigrants nor denies anyone due process. In fact, it puts all the onus on employers. As I have said many times, SB 2040 is a work in progress. Rather than criticize, I invite you to work on making it the best bill possible."

The anniversary of Cesar Chavez' April 23 passing.

Cesar believed that no matter how poor you were, no matter how educated, everybody has to come together to solve problems. He felt the solution for everything was that we all had to be working together, had to be unified. We must approach our challenges as a group, not just as individuals.

Friday, April 22, 2011

TGIF: Earthday...It's time we do more than just talk about it !

Let it start with you.... your children, neighbors, family and friends, will follow by example.
Create a chain reaction =D

Enrique Morones and Sheriff Joe Arpaio begin a dialogue -

Border Angels founder Enrique Morones sat with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Tuesday to discuss immigration policies and treatment of illegal immigrants in Phoenix.

The debate included some tense moments between the men, including when Morones asked Arpaio about various investigations into his operating procedures. the controversial Sheriff has become well known for his position on illegal immigration and for how he treats detainees. Arpaio created a female chain gang, made inmates wear pink underwear and placed inmates in tents outside.

Click on link to view video

Pearce amends financial reports tied to Fiesta Bowl trips

Pearce amends financial reports tied to Fiesta Bowl trips

Pearce altered his 2002-10 forms. Under the gifts section, they now read "Fiesta Bowl Committee" but don't provide additional details.

Pearce also said he wrote the bowl a check for $272 to cover game tickets he did not have "physical proof of payment for." His statement says he has copies of checks showing he paid for some game tickets received on those trips, and that he requested receipts and other information from the Fiesta Bowl but has not received any records.

Poll: Floridians support Arizona-style immigration crackdown

Poll: Floridians support Arizona-style immigration crackdown Florida Independent

Why are lawmakers pushing an immigration-enforcement measure that may draw a constitutional challenge, over the objections of business groups, immigrants and their advocates? One reason is that voters appear to support it, as a new poll by Suffolk University shows.

The poll finds that most Florida voters (52 percent) support an Arizona-style immigration crackdown, while 33 percent oppose the measure.

Whites and Republicans are the strongest supporters of the bill. Black voters oppose it more than two to one, making them one of the strongest centers of opposition. Hispanics and Democrats also oppose the measure. Independent voters support the measure by about the same margins as the population as a whole.

Team to probe oil market fraud, manipulation: Obama

"The Attorney General's putting together a team whose job it will be to root out any cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets that might affect gas prices - and that includes the role of traders and speculators. We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain," Obama said.

Daily Kos: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs budget suicide order

Daily Kos: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs budget suicide order

The crazy spreads. If an executive order from Republican Gov. Butch Otter forbidding state agencies in Idaho from accepting federal funds to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes constitutional muster, the state would have to opt out of Medicaid in 2014. More than 220,000 of Idaho's citizens depend on Medicaid. Unless the governor and GOP-dominated Legislature choose to drop these folks off where the grizzly bears roam, they will have to come up with the money to treat them.

That amounts to around $1 billion a year, 40 percent of the state's entire annual budget. One way to pay for it? Cut public school funding by 85 percent. Given their hatred for public education, maybe that approach would suit Idaho's elected Republicans just fine.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

El Medio ambiente

Mexico wants to sue U.S. gun makers

CBS News has learned that the Mexican Government has retained an American law firm to explore filing civil charges against U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors over the flood of guns crossing the border into Mexico.

Sources say Mexico's frustration with U.S. efforts to stop the flow of weapons has pushed them into this novel approach. The law firm is looking at charges that may include civil RICO. The contract was signed on November 2, 2010 by a representative of Mexico's Attorney General, at their Washington embassy.

According to sources, investigators will obtain makes and serial numbers of guns seized by Mexican authorities and trace them to their U.S. distributors and manufacturers.


Al Franken, Ed Markey Press Steve Jobs On iPhone Tracking

Freaked out that your iPhone may be tracking your every move? So are Senator Al Franken and Representative Ed Markey, who have called on Steve Jobs to explain the situation.
Researchers found that iPhones and iPads track and record users' locations by latitude and longitude, sometimes hundreds of times a day, for up to a year, storing the file in an unencrypted format on the device.

Pencil This In: Westwood LIVE's Block Party, 'Eating Our Words' Lit and Food Event and a Rodarte Art Talk

Pencil This In: Westwood LIVE's Block Party, 'Eating Our Words' Lit and Food Event and a Rodarte Art Talk : LAist

Westwood Village tries to enliven the third Thursdays of the month with Westwood LIVE—a celebration of community and culture. A number of bars and restaurants are participating, including the Napa Valley Grille. Buy a $10 ticket to enjoy unlimited bites of the restaurant’s seasonal cuisine and three drink tastings until 9 pm. Other participating organizations include: Palomino, Geffen Playhouse, The Glendon Bar and Kitchen.

What’s the Happiest Country in the World? Not the United States

What’s the Happiest Country in the World? Not the United States - TIME NewsFeed

Who's the happiest, pluckiest ‘em of all? Not the red, white and blue.

So without taking a peek, NewsFeed is going to put our money on a Scandinavian country. Oh, what do we have here? Denmark is indeed the most "thriving" country in the world, according to a Gallup survey. Sweden, Canada, Australia and Finland also all join to round out the top five on the list.

The top 10 countries, when it comes to well-being:
New Zealand

The land of the free and home of the brave comes in at 12th place, beating out Austria, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom.

Dodgers: Major League Baseball seizes control of Dodgers -

Dodgers: Major League Baseball seizes control of Dodgers -

Major League Baseball has moved to seize control of the Dodgers, a famed franchise that fans and much of the baseball world had come to see as crippled by an owner who does not appear to have enough money to operate the team.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint a trustee in the next few days to oversee "all business and day-to-day operations" of the ballclub.

The move was prompted by a number of issues surrounding the Dodgers, including owner Frank McCourt's recent receipt of $30-million personal loan to meet payroll and the parking-lot attack at Dodger Stadium on March 31 that left a San Francisco Giants fan in a coma, according to a league source.

Conservatives poke Obama's Facebook town hall -

Conservatives poke Obama's Facebook town hall -

In an early social media skirmish in the 2012 campaign, a conservative political group claims to have forced Facebook to temporarily shut down the event page for President Obama's online town hall meeting after steering hundreds of negative comments to the site.

According to a screen shot provided by the group, the deluge led to the page being listed at one point as "unavailable." A spokesman said it was down for 40 minutes, and that when it returned users could only post comments on the wall if they indicated they would "attend" the town hall first.

"We are only beginning to see the untapped power of this growing, formidable online army," Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, said in a statement.

The cyber-battle shows just how much the dynamics of campaigns are shifting in the social media era.

Border crossings: Plunge in illegal crossers leaves agents fighting boredom

Border crossings: Plunge in illegal crossers leaves agents fighting boredom -

Wild foot chases and dust-swirling car pursuits may be the adrenaline-pumping stuff of recruitment efforts, but agents on the U.S.-Mexico border these days have to deal with a more mundane occupational reality: the boredom of guarding a frontier where illegal crossings have dipped to record low levels.

Porous corridors along the 2,000-mile border do remain, mostly in the Tucson area, requiring constant vigilance. But beefed-up enforcement and the job-killing effects of the great recession have combined to reduce the flood of immigrants in many former hot spots to a trickle.

Apprehensions along the Southwest border overall dropped more than two-thirds from 2000 to 2010, from 1.6 million to 448,000, and almost every region has lonely posts where agents sit for hours staring at the barrier, watching the "fence rust" as some put it.

End-of-life planning eases suffering -

End-of-life planning eases suffering -

I'd thought, as an attorney, that legal documents would never scare me. But, this was no ordinary piece of paper. This was Daddy's DNR order.

A DNR, or do not resuscitate order, is a legal document that ensures that resuscitation efforts will not be attempted if someone suffers a cardiac or respiratory arrest. End-of-life, or advance care planning, is a subject that far too many families avoid discussing until it's too late.

My father's cancer battle culminated last July when he spent the last week of his life in the hospital. That time by my father's side was the hardest week of my life, but my mother and I were "lucky." Lucky, because we knew what my father's wishes were at the end of his life and we had a legal document in place that reflected his wishes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Florida bill an assault on voters’ rights, says ACLU

Florida bill an assault on voters’ rights, says ACLU The Raw Story

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley, would cut Florida’s early-voting period from two weeks to one, prevent anyone who has moved or changed a name from updating their information at the polls on Election Day and receiving a ballot, and place restrictions on third-party voter registration organizations, among other changes.

"Legislators have said this bill will ‘narrow the widows and tighten the controls’ of Florida’s elections," Danielle Prendergast, ACLU of Florida's Director of Public Policy, said. "While that’s accurate, it’s also sad that this Legislature views democracy as something that needs to be narrowed and controlled."

Statement by the Press Secretary on Journalists Killed or Wounded in Libya

Statement by the Press Secretary on Journalists Killed or Wounded in Libya The White House

We were saddened to learn of the death of film director and photographer Tim Hetherington while working in Misrata, and we are deeply concerned about the well being of other journalists who were wounded alongside him. Journalists across the globe risk their lives each day to keep us informed, demand accountability from world leaders, and give a voice to those who would not otherwise be heard. The Libyan government and all governments across the world must take steps to protect journalists doing this vital work. The United States will work to do everything possible to assist those who were injured in getting the care they need. Our thoughts are with these brave journalists and their loved ones.

Big Brothers: Thought Control at Koch

Big Brothers: Thought Control at Koch

On the eve of the November midterm elections, Koch Industries sent an urgent letter to most of its 50,000 employees advising them on whom to vote for and warning them about the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country should they choose to vote otherwise.

“Before Citizens United, federal election law allowed a company like Koch Industries to talk to officers and shareholders about whom to vote for, but not to talk with employees about whom to vote for,” explains Paul M. Secunda, associate professor of law at Marquette University. But according to Secunda, who recently wrote in The Yale Law Journal Online about the effects of Citizens United on political coercion in the workplace, the decision knocked down those regulations. “Now, companies like Koch Industries are free to send out newsletters persuading their employees how to vote. They can even intimidate their employees into voting for their candidates.” Secunda adds, “It’s a very troubling situation.”

U.S. Terror Alert System Gets Makeover

Tea Party needs to practice what it peaches

Tea Party needs to practice what it peaches ASU News The State Press Arizona State University

Last Friday, Tea Party members, joined by State Sen. Russell Pearce and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, held a rally at the state Capitol to hold legislators accountable.

Arpaio is notorious for his immigration raids and inhumane treatment of prisoners. He has fed his inmates spoiled food, and subjects them to extreme temperatures in his Tent City, a facility that resembles a concentration camp. Arpaio also is responsible for reinstating chain gangs in Arizona.

As if that isn’t unacceptable enough, Arpaio has recently been accused of inappropriately spending $99 million.

According to The New York Times, Arpaio spent the money, which was allocated for two Arizona jails, to pay for other law enforcement operations.

Arpaio is another official who needs to be held accountable. He continues to treat prisoners sadistically and show disregard for the law by inappropriately using taxpayer money. And last, but certainly not least, let’s demand accountability of Tea Party protesters themselves.

At the rally last Friday, Tea Party participants spewed hateful and racist statements at other protestors.
A clip on Channel 12 News showed a Tea Party participant yelling at a protester. “The United States has a higher standard of living than Mexico because it’s populated by white people,” he said.

DUIs in Ventura County could be tossed out |

DUIs in Ventura County could be tossed out

VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) -- Hundreds of drunken driving convictions in Ventura County could be tossed out because of defective breathalyzer machines.

According to the Ventura County Star, eight Alco-Sensor V breathalyzers showed erratic results in blood-alcohol tests taken between Jan. 20 and March 31.

So far, there's no word on how many people charged with DUIs were tested with the defective machines.
All law enforcement agencies in Ventura County have stopped using the devices, and the defective machines are being fixed.

In the meantime, the county is using an older model.

Michele Bachmann: Birther Talk 'Over'

New Arizona law prevents illegals from suing for money - KGUN9 On Your Side, Tucson News, Weather & Sports

New Arizona law prevents illegals from suing for money - KGUN9 On Your Side, Tucson News, Weather & Sports

Seven years ago, Barnett said he was just protecting his own back yard. He held 16 illegal immigrants against their will, on his sprawling Cochise County ranch. But, some of those illegal immigrants turned around and sued, and won. And, after a trial in 2009, Barnett was ordered to pay more than $70,000 dollars. The jury said Barnett acted illegally, something he disagrees with, "I wasn't unlawfully detaining anyone. I just had them sit there. They were on my property, and I called Border Patrol and the Border Patrol come and got them, like I always did," explained Barnett.

Two years after Barnett's case, Arizona voters passed a constitutional amendment preventing anyone in the U.S. illegally from collecting on a lawsuit. And, on Monday, Governor Jan Brewer signed a law making that amendment retroactive to 2004; the same year Barnett got in trouble.

Internet politics: Social media a defining force in presidential campaigns -

Internet politics: Social media a defining force in presidential campaigns -

Four years ago, Barack Obama kicked off his presidential campaign on the steps of Illinois' Old State Capitol, speaking in front of thousands of supporters and a throng of media. Earlier this month, when he formally announced his reelection campaign, he did so without public appearance, in an online video.

The shift in part represents the difference between the candidacies, from one starring an upstart challenger to one featuring an incumbent president. But it also underscores how dramatically social media have become a defining force in modern-day politics.

Where are the Latino Leaders ? ?

Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg at White House for immigration meeting -

How immigration reform figures into the 2011 legislative agenda is unclear, but the White House says Obama "remains deeply committed to fixing the broken immigration system."

"The question is going to be are we going to be able to find some Republicans who can partner with me and others to get this done once and for all instead of using this as a political football," Obama told a Dallas television station Monday in what was an occasionally-tense interview.

Here's the full list of attendees, as provided by the White House:

  • Leith Anderson, President, National Assn. of Evangelicals
  • Hon. Michael Bloomberg, City of New York
  • William J. Bratton, Former Police Chief, City of Los Angeles and City of New York
  • Hon. Julian Castro, Mayor, City of San Antonio  
  • Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary Homeland Security  
  • Gov. John Engler, President and CEO, Business Roundtable  
  • Hon. Eric Garcetti, City Council, President City of Los Angeles
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce  
  • Raymond Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department  
  • Mel Martinez, Former United States Senator/Chairman, Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean JP Morgan Chase
  • Greg Page, Chairman and CEO, Cargill  
  • Federico Pena, Former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy  
  • John Podesta, CEO, Center for American Progress  
  • Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police, City of Philadelphia/President, Major City Chiefs
  • Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former California Governor  
  • Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
  • John C. Wester, Bishop, Archdiocese of Salt Lake City


Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire In These States Next

Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire In These States Next

The federal Extended Benefits program, which provides up to 20 weeks of benefits for long-term unemployed who burn through both state benefits and federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation, expired this month in North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The next states where the program will expire are Alaska, Alabama and Kansas, according to Mike Evangelist of the National Employment Law Project. Analyzing state unemployment data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor, Evangelist predicts EB payments will stop in those states on May 14 unless local lawmakers take action. Payments will stop in June in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey

U.S Multinationals Increasingly Hiring Abroad, Firing At Home

U.S Multinationals Increasingly Hiring Abroad, Firing At Home

Large U.S. companies increasingly hire abroad and fire in America, according to new government data.

In the last decade, American multinational corporations, which together employ one-fifth of all U.S.
workers, decreased domestic employment by 2.9 million workers while adding 2.4 million jobs overseas, the Commerce Department reported on Monday.

In 2009, a devastating year for the global economy, U.S. multinational companies' worldwide employment shrunk by 4.1 percent to 31.3 million workers. But the cuts were much sharper at home than abroad.

Domestic employment by the same companies shrunk by 5.3 percent, leaving 21.1 million with jobs, while their overseas counterparts lost 1.5 percent of their workforce, with 10.3 million still employed.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Obama's facebook town hall

Have you RSVP'd for President Obama's Facebook town hall?

Tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. EDT (1:45 p.m. PDT) President Obama will hold an online town hall at Facebook's headquarters. RSVP and learn how you can participate in the event by visiting the White House’s Facebook page:

The theme of tomorrow's event is “Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity.” The President will connect with Americans across the country to discuss the tough choices we all must make to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path, while still investing in the innovation economy that makes America more competitive.

After the event, be sure to stay tuned for our Women and Technology panel with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and the Startup America panel with Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee.

President Obama recorded a video invitation to encourage you to join, which you can watch on the White House Facebook page.
If you aren't on Facebook and want to participate in the town hall without using that site, we've set up a special page on with all of the information and a form to submit questions:

If you are on Facebook and can't make the town hall tomorrow, take a moment to "like" the White House. It's a great way to stay current with what's happening in the Obama Administration. You'll find behind-the-scenes photos, videos and opportunities to chat with administration officials:

Unauthorized Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too | Immigration Policy Center

Unauthorized Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too Immigration Policy Center

Tax Day is an appropriate time to underscore the often-overlooked fact that unauthorized immigrants pay taxes. The unauthorized, like everyone else in the United States, pay sales taxes. They also pay property taxes—even if they rent. At least half of unauthorized immigrants pay income taxes. Add this all up and it amounts to billions in revenue to state and local governments. The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has estimated the state and local taxes paid in 2010 by households that are headed by unauthorized immigrants. These households may include members who are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. Collectively, these households paid $11.2 billion in state and local taxes. That included $1.2 billion in personal income taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $8.4 billion in sales taxes. The states receiving the most tax revenue from households headed by unauthorized immigrants were California ($2.7 billion), Texas ($1.6 billion), Florida ($806.8 million), New York ($662.4 million), and Illinois ($499.2 million) {See Figure 1 and Table 1}. These figures should be kept in mind as politicians and commentators continue with the seemingly endless debate over what to do with unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States.

Click on link to view supporting data.

A Spanish Earthday 2012

El medio ambiente y La naturaleza no conoce edad, postura social o etnicidad. Lo único que reconoce es el uso y abuso que le damos como cohabitantes.

Como humanos nos hemos postrado como dueños, siempre poniendo nuestras necesidades primero, sin pensar en mañana, o el impacto que pueda tener nuestro descuido.

Botamos la basura en la calle, porque la cuidad lo va a levantar. No reciclamos, porque no tenemos tiempo. Cortamos una flor de un jardín desconocido, porque nos gusto.

Año tras año, generación a generación, seguimos con nuestras vidas cotidianas, sin tomar un momento para dar gracias, por la belleza que nos propone la naturaleza y el aire puro que respiramos.

Pensemos en mañana y en el futuro que le dejamos a nuestros seres queridos, seamos el ejemplo y solución. Botemos la basura en su lugar, caminemos unos pasos mas para reciclar, y enseñemos a nuestros jóvenes apreciar la Belleza de una flor sin quitarle su bella vida.

La Solución para un mundo mejor, esta en nuestras manos.

Sonia Vivar

Israeli Intellectuals Press for Palestinian State -

Israeli Intellectuals Press for Palestinian State -

JERUSALEM — Dozens of Israel’s most honored intellectuals and artists have signed a declaration endorsing a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 lines and asserting that an end to Israel’s occupation “will liberate the two peoples and open the way to a lasting peace.”

The signatories plan to announce their position on Wednesday from the same spot in Tel Aviv where the Jewish state declared its independence in the spring of 1948. The page-long declaration is expected to be read there by Hanna Maron, one of the country’s best-known actresses and a past winner of the Israel Prize, the country’s most prestigious award granted yearly on Independence Day.

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Racist Obama Email: California NAACP Demands Apology From OC GOP Official

The California NAACP is demanding an apology from an Orange County GOP official who sent out an e-mail picturing President Barack Obama's face on the body of a baby chimpanzee.

In a statement Monday, the organization called on Marilyn Davenport to resign from the Orange County Republican Central Committee.

Several other black leaders were also holding a news conference to demand Davenport be thrown off the committee.

The message shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face superimposed on the young chimp.

The text reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."

Boehner Bucks Tradition, Punts on Capitol Cinco De Mayo Event

Boehner Bucks Tradition, Punts on Capitol Cinco De Mayo Event

Breaking with a bipartisan tradition kept by previous House speakers, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he is not putting on a Cinco de Mayo reception at the Capitol next month.

“We've told the Hispanic Caucus that they are welcome to host one this year,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. “The speaker won't personally be hosting it, but we are supportive of them having it.”

Steel wouldn’t say why Boehner isn’t hosting the event or if the Ohio Republican has other plans on May 5.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kan. gov. signs bill requiring photo ID at polls

Kan. gov. signs bill requiring photo ID at polls The Associated Press News Washington Examiner

Voters in Kansas will have to show photo identification to cast ballots under a law signed Monday by Gov. Sam Brownback, who predicted that the new requirement won't cause obstacles at the polls.

Brownback and many fellow Republicans see the measure as an important check on potential election fraud, but a state leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called the change "radical" and one that could leave some voters disenfranchised.

Brownback signed the legislation at a ceremony at the Statehouse with Secretary of State Kris Kobach, another Republican who pushed for the legislation.

BREAKING: Jan Brewer vetoes birther bill and firearms omnibus

BREAKING: Jan Brewer vetoes birther bill and firearms omnibus

The place: the Arizona State Capitol. State senator Steve Gallardo comes running out. “Jan Brewer vetoed the bills!”

The bills Gallardo is referring to are the “birther” bill, the butt of many jokes nationwide, and the firearms omnibus bill, which would allow guns on universities and in public buildings.

However, the senate and house both have a 2/3 veto-proof majority.

Will they override the veto? Do they have the votes?

McKinley Elementary: Compton Unified depriving poor children of better education

McKinley Elementary: Compton Unified depriving poor children of better education -

The struggle for equal educational opportunity is the great civil rights imperative of our time. It pits those who demand a decent education against an educational establishment that often blithely ignores them. The victims are overwhelmingly poor minorities, and the clash is nowhere more important than here in Los Angeles. Next week, I look forward to profiling some of the heroes of this struggle, the inspiring young women and men brought together by Teach for America; first, however, a look at the defenders of a corrupt status quo and the lengths to which they will resort to defend their position at the expense of poor children, most of them black or Latino.

This particular band of obstructionists is, in one sense, an unlikely group of civil rights villains: They are the members of the Compton Unified School District board, every one of whom is black. But they are rogues nonetheless, as witnessed by their stunning unwillingness to heed the call of parents who want nothing more than to improve the lives of their children.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shame on Orange County's Republican Party !

Obama email: Orange County Republican Party leader denounces Obama-chimpanzee email -

"I'm sorry if my email offended anyone, I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth," she wrote. "In no way did I even consider the fact he's half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn't particularly like, yet there was no 'cry' in the media about them." Reached at her home in Fullerton on Saturday, Davenport declined to comment. In an email to central committee colleagues, however, she described the controversy as "much to do about nothing" and vowed that she would not resign.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

CA Republican Circulates Racist E-mail Targeting Obama

ORANGE COUNTY (CBS) — KCAL9 received a tip about a racist email circulated to some Republican Party members depicting President Obama's parents as chimpanzees.

This week Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party circulated what some are calling hate e-mail to an unknown number of her fellow conservatives.

Written under the words, "Now you know why — No birth certificate!", is an Obama family portrait depicting his parents as chimpanzees. When asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport is quoted as saying, "Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn't think would be upset by it."

Tempers Flare With Tea Party Man, Russell Pearce Dodges the Fiesta Questions

The Tea Party People have certainly turned out to be a bunch of angry old people. Don’t believe me? Watch the video where this nut says, “Mexico is a F***ing @$%#!” Incredible.

Emotions continue to flare here in Arizona. It gets better….the Tea Party King of them all (Senator Russell Pearce who authored SB 1070′s anti-immigration law) was asked about the Fiesta bowl tickets and that financial scandal. He gets angry at the reporter when she asks him for the invoices.

Politicians are not supposed to receive these illegal Fiesta Bowl funds. What part of “illegal” does Russel Pearce not understand?

I’m so glad the Tea Party Movement is losing steam. I think it’s time for some Tequila. I’m getting tired of seeing all these angry old people on television.

Here is the direct link to the video

Repealing the 1099 Reporting Requirement: A Big Win for Small Business

Repealing the 1099 Reporting Requirement: A Big Win for Small Business The White House

Today, President Obama signed a law that removes the expanded “1099” reporting requirement from the Affordable Care Act. This is a big win for small businesses.

The SBA and President Obama supported repealing this provision, which would have required businesses to send 1099 forms for all purchases of goods and services over $600 annually.

With this bipartisan effort, we have removed a requirement that would have been an undue barrier to small business growth.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Announcing the 2011 Campus Progress/ Keynote Contest! - Campus Progress

Announcing the 2011 Campus Progress/ Keynote Contest! - Campus Progress

Today, Campus Progress and announced the 2011 National Keynote Contest -- a call for young people to speak their minds about racial and social justice for a chance to address over 1,000 young people at the 2011 Campus Progress National Conference, July 6 in Washington, DC.

To enter, contestants are asked to submit a 1-3 minute long video addressing the question:
“In your own life, how are you changing the rules of our race conversation, and creating real solutions for racial and social justice?”

For more information or to enter today, head on over to the contest homepage:

Katie is the Communications and Outreach Manager for Campus Progress.

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