Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Feliz Navidad and Thank You =D



Que dios los bendiga and enjoy the company of those you love.

From my family to yours...Merry Xmas



Sonia Vivar
Spanglish Today

Gunman in Firefighter Ambush Left Chilling Note - NYTimes.com

Gunman in Firefighter Ambush Left Chilling Note - NYTimes.com

The gunman, identified as William Spengler, 62, left behind a chilling typewritten note recovered by investigators, Gerald L. Pickering, the police chief in Webster, told reporters on Tuesday. Chief Pickering, who described the writing as rambling, read just a portion of the note: “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best – killing people.”
      
Chief Pickering also said that it was likely that the gunman used a semi-automatic rifle, one of three weapons recovered from the shooting scene, to kill the firefighters. He identifed the semi-automatic as a .223 Bushmaster rifle, the same weapon used in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 – Pew Global Attitudes Project

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 – Pew Global Attitudes Project

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Fiscal Cliff: Conservatives Against Taxes Unwilling To Bend

Fiscal Cliff: Conservatives Against Taxes Unwilling To Bend
In the city where a protest over tax policy sparked a revolution, modern day tea party activists are cheering the recent Republican revolt in Washington that embarrassed House Speaker John Boehner and pushed the country closer to a "fiscal cliff" that forces tax increases and massive spending cuts on virtually every American.

"I want conservatives to stay strong," says Christine Morabito, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. "Sometimes things have to get a lot worse before they get better."

Anti-tax conservatives from every corner of the nation echo her sentiment.

In more than a dozen interviews with The Associated Press, activists said they would rather fall off the cliff than agree to a compromise that includes tax increases for any Americans, no matter how high their income. They dismiss economists' warnings that the automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 could trigger a fresh recession, and they overlook the fact that most people would see their taxes increase if President Barack Obama and Boehner, R-Ohio, fail to reach a year-end agreement.

David Paul: The Absolutist Politics of Norquist and LaPierre Will Destroy the Republican Party

David Paul: The Absolutist Politics of Norquist and LaPierre Will Destroy the Republican Party
National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre really out-did himself this week. Speaking in response to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, LaPierre concluded that armed guards in the schools were the answer. Like those old time liberals he so disdains, LaPierre's solution to mass murder in schools was to throw money at the problem, demanding that Congress "appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation."

In the days leading up to LaPierre's public statement, the NRA announced that it was "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." As it turns out, LaPierre offered nothing meaningful in his statement, and the only contributions were those that he demanded come from Congress --which is to say from the rest of us. On the issues of assault weapons or background checks, LaPierre would give no ground. And where might the money come from? No doubt from other federal education dollars. Perhaps we could divert National Science Foundation funding for science and mathematics education to pay for armed school guards.

Better that he had kept his mouth shut.

In one week, the two major planks of the Republican Party have demonstrated later stages of rot. Even more than its anti-abortion stance, the Republican Party is bound to its anti-tax pledge and pro-gun commitments. And those two political shibboleths are enforced by the organizational and political skills of the two men who are their public personae: Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist and LaPierre.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

New York Post, New York Daily News Slam NRA's Wayne LaPierre

New York Post, New York Daily News Slam NRA's Wayne LaPierre
The New York Post and the New York Daily News tore into the National Rifle Association on Saturday for the gun lobby's bizarre press conference held in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.

On Friday, the gun lobby broke its silence to comment on the Connecticut school shooting, which took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults. In a widely-panned public appearance, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre blamed gun violence on everything from video games to the media, and advocated placing an armed officer in every school in America.

Responses ranged from disgust to disbelief.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School
The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that "the next Adam Lanza," the man responsible for last week's mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.

He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

Friday, December 21, 2012

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School
The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that "the next Adam Lanza," the man responsible for last week's mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.

He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thai Noodle House Restaurant In Hot Water After Racist Sandy Hook Shooting Comments

Thai Noodle House Restaurant In Hot Water After Racist Sandy Hook Shooting Comments
"I'm failing to give a damn about the CT shooting," wrote the Thailand-born Nimibutr on Friday. "I don't care if a bunch of white kids got killed. F**k Post-Racial bullshit. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at the school on Gaza, everybody was too busy jerking off. Why should i care about people who dont give a damn about me? Personal responsibility, right?"

After the racially-charged comments were met with harsh criticism, the owner/chef attempted to explain.
“I am no fool to just feel and just believe the hypocrisy in our society the way everyone told me how to," he later posted on Facebook, according to the SFGate. "Lots of people are mad at me for the thing I said. Some called with threat of violence. I laughed at the internet tough guys, but I reported to the police. I am educated and believe in my rights of the Freedom of Speech.”

Later adding, "If you don't like me or my opinions, I suggest you to unfriend me and f**k off.

Amazon Staffing Agency Fights Jobless Claims As CEO Todd Bavol Enjoys Beach House

Amazon Staffing Agency Fights Jobless Claims As CEO Todd Bavol Enjoys Beach House
The company responsible for staffing a Pennsylvania Amazon warehouse is fighting to keep some former workers from getting their unemployment benefits, but that hasn't stopped the company's CEO from enjoying a few of the finer things in life.

Integrity Staffing Solutions, a temporary staffing agency hired by Amazon to hire workers for its Lehigh Valley, Pa., warehouse, is involved in hundreds of unemployment claims appeal hearings per year, more than most Pennsylvania employers, according to a report from The Morning Call.

It's not rare to challenge former workers’ unemployment claims, especially during the recession, when more employers began fighting their former employees’ ability to collect their jobless benefits, according to The Washington Post. Businesses save money when they’re able to block jobless claims because their jobless insurance rates are based on how much their workers collect in unemployment claims.

NRA Responds To Sandy Hook Massacre

NRA Responds To Sandy Hook Massacre
In early 2011, following the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that nearly killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre said the debate about how to prevent future gun massacres should focus on preventing the mentally ill from acquiring weapons.

“It shouldn’t be a dialogue about guns; it really should be a dialogue about dangerous people,” LaPierre told The New York Times. But at the time, the NRA was unwilling to have any dialogue at all with the Obama White House, a decision LaPierre justified to the Times by saying, “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?”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

News Outlets Send Letter To Romney Campaign Contesting Expenses

News Outlets Send Letter To Romney Campaign Contesting Expenses
To: Romney For President campaign
From: Members of the Romney press corps

To Whom It May Concern:

We’ve dealt with numerous campaigns over the past decades and understand that we pay a premium to travel with a candidate. But recent invoices from your campaign have raised serious questions about the charges you have forwarded to us for travel with Mitt Romney.

We are not quibbling over charter flights or hotel bills. We are focused on what appear to be exorbitant charges for food, filing centers/holds and ground transportation.

Some examples: $745 per person charged for a vice presidential debate viewing party on Oct. 11; $812 charged for a meal and a hold on Oct. 18; $461 for a meal and hold the next day; $345 for food and hold Oct. 30.

These costs far exceed typical expenses on the campaign trail. Also, it was clear to all present that the campaign’s paid staff frequently consumed the food and drinks ostensibly produced for the media. Were any of the costs of these events charged to the campaign itself, to cover the care and feeding of its staff? We would like to see how exactly the costs were determined for any specific event above $200, including the amounts you were charged and to whom you in turn assessed charges.

We have similar concerns about ground transportation costs, which at times exceeded $1,000 a day and were far higher per capita than what the campaign charged during the primaries--despite the larger numbers of reporters, photographers and television crews travelling and dividing the costs. One news organization contacted two of the bus agencies used by the campaign; it was clear from their reporting that the costs you charged us far outdistanced what you paid for the transportation.

In order to travel with the candidate, reporters were required to agree to costs in advance without knowing specifically what those costs would be. The trade-off in any such agreement is that the campaign will not exceed the normal bounds of propriety in charging news organizations. In this case, that is seriously in question.

Some of our organizations have alerted American Express that we are contesting these charges. We look forward to your response.

Monday, December 17, 2012

I am Adam Lanza's Mother - The Blue Review | The Blue Review

I am Adam Lanza's Mother - The Blue Review | The Blue Review

I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.

*worth clicking on link to view story

Anonymous Targets Westboro Baptist Church After Newtown Vigil Protest Threat

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newtown shooting: now is the time for gun law debate in America - Telegraph

Newtown shooting: now is the time for gun law debate in America - Telegraph


We will never take the risk out of life and we will never stop shootings entirely, just as we will never take way the right to gun ownership. But we can take responsible steps to minimise the risks if we start to answer some tough questions.

Why does driving a car require a test to get a license but owning a gun requires none? Do semi-automatic weapons need to be so prevalent to respect the Second Amendment?

Is limiting the purchase of ammunition the equivalent of restricting gun rights? And what more can we do to screen mentally ill young men and make it more difficult for them to get their hands on guns?

This is a time of sorrow and soul searching. After each of these mass shootings we are told it is not time to have a debate about gun violence in our country. But if not now, when?

We cannot look at this senseless slaughter of children and pretend that we honour their memory by remaining silent and refusing to confront reality.

Connecticut elementary school shooting Pictures - CBS News

 
Our prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy

Thursday, December 13, 2012

KING Grover Norquist: GOP Will Keep Obama On 'Short Leash,' Leave Him To 'Blow Up Small Countries'

Grover Norquist: GOP Will Keep Obama On 'Short Leash,' Leave Him To 'Blow Up Small Countries'
“Obama will be on a very short leash, fiscally speaking, over the next four years,” Norquist said. “He's not going to have any fun at all; he may just have to go blow up small countries he can’t pronounce because it won't be any fun to be here, because he won't be able to spend the kind of cash he was hoping to.”

Norquist said that Republicans would be willing to use the threat of the sequester -- large spending cuts paired with tax hikes scheduled to kick in if a deal to avert the fiscal cliff isn't met by the end of the year -- to leverage Democrats, whom he said were fearful of that possibility. Norquist also claimed that GOP lawmakers would utilize continuing resolutions, or temporary appropriations bills used in the absence of an official budget, in order to chip away at spending.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Corporate America


5 Republicans who matter on immigration - Seung Min Kim - POLITICO.com

5 Republicans who matter on immigration - Seung Min Kim - POLITICO.com
They lack the stature of the Big Three Republicans in the immigration reform debate: Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

But just below that senatorial trio, there’s another group of lesser-known GOP lawmakers expected to play an outsize role — both within the party and negotiating with Democrats — as Congress delves into an issue that could consume much of its bandwidth next year.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/5-republicans-who-matter-to-immigration-84875.html#ixzz2ErA5z5sS

Soledad O'Brien Grills Jeff Sessions Over Cutting Food Stamps-CNN


http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/12/11/exp-point-jeff-sessions.cnn

Asian Americans reach high-water mark in Congress - latimes.com

Asian Americans reach high-water mark in Congress - latimes.com
"The thrill of being elected to higher office comes with a responsibility to represent the least of us," he said. "I feel a real need to work toward equality and dignity for all people."

Takano, 51, born and raised in Riverside, is the first openly gay Asian American elected to Congress and part of the new wave of Asian politicians savoring election day success.

Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is the first American Samoan in Congress, Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) will be the first Asian American woman in the U.S. Senate, and Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Grace Meng become the first Asian Americans to represent Illinois and New York, respectively, in Congress.

With Dr. Ami Bera's victory over GOP veteran Dan Lungren in California's 7th District, there will be a dozen Asian Americans in Congress when they are sworn in Jan. 3, a high-water mark, forming the largest caucus of Asian American and Pacific Islander members in any single congressional session, according to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

Monday, December 10, 2012

RIP: Jenni Rivera was a rare voice

An Appreciation: Jenni Rivera was a rare voice - latimes.com
Rivera's gifts as a singer propelled her from her beginnings in the late 1990s to a level of acclaim that led many to know her quite simply as Jenni. That life was apparently cut short when the plane carrying her crashed on its way to Toluca, Mexico, after a concert in Monterrey. Authorities said there were no survivors. She was 43.

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rivera captured through her music stories about a life that straddled worlds and spoke to a fan base that bought an estimated 1.1 million albums in America and many more worldwide. Though she first gained fame through her banda music — the regional Mexican style that features as its main push overwhelming brass instrumentation and lyrically documents experiences from life — as her popularity grew she recorded in Mexican musical subgenres including the Latin pop, accordion-centric norteño and the renegade, drug-culture-infused narcocorridos.

Hers was a voice that immediately stood out in contemporary banda music for a simple reason: It wasn't a man's voice.

By busting into the boys' club and delivering experiences, rebuttals and celebrations from a woman's perspective, she drew the attention of a whole gender of listeners no doubt tired of their husbands

Friday, December 7, 2012

TGIF: SORRY !...but you need a good laugh =D

Los Angeles freeway toll lanes - latimes.com

Los Angeles freeway toll lanes - latimes.com
The Metro ExpressLanes project is designed to improve travel times by expanding and enhancing transit options along the Harbor Freeway and the San Bernardino Freeway. The project aims to increase the capacity of the 110 and the 10 by opening the carpool lanes to solo drivers willing to pay a toll. (The 10 ExpressLanes are to open early next year.)

The project converts 11 miles of high occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes on the 110 (between Adams Boulevard and the 91 Freeway) and 14 miles of HOV lanes on the 10 (between Alameda Street and the 605) into high occupancy toll, or HOT, lanes. Because the ExpressLanes electronically assesses tolls for solo drivers, all vehicles must have a FasTrak® transponder.

November 24-30 | Cartoons of the Week: November 24–30 | TIME.com

November 24-30 | Cartoons of the Week: November 24–30 | TIME.com

The New Border: Illegal Immigration's Shifting Frontier

The New Border: Illegal Immigration's Shifting Frontier
"Profound shifts in economics, demographics and crime are transforming immigration patterns and causing upheaval in Central and North America. After decades in which Mexicans dominated illegal immigration to the United States, the overall number of immigrants has dropped and the profile has changed. Although Mexicans remain the largest group, U.S.-bound migrants today are increasingly likely to be young Central Americans fleeing violence as well as poverty, or migrants from remote locales such as India and Africa who pay top smuggling fees. ... Smuggling is a major industry. Last year, Mexican authorities in Chiapas discovered two tractor-trailers carrying a total of 500 Central Americans, Indians and Chinese who had just crossed the Guatemalan border. Smuggling fees for immigrants from Asia and Africa depend on factors such as the length and risk of the trip and use of fraudulent documents. Chinese migrants pay as much as $65,000 and Indians about $25,000, according to U.S. border enforcement officials. If they cannot afford to pay upfront, clients borrow from family and associates or work off debts through indentured labor upon arrival in the United States. The revenue from such valuable human cargo buys allies in government." - Sebastian Rotella, Dec. 6, 2012.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CORRUPTION: Tale of Two Corruptos: Brazil and Mexico on Different Transparency Paths

There is an increasingly heated debate today about Latin America’s two titans: Does Brazil receive too many kudos and does Mexico receive too much criticism? For all the ugly press Mexico’s murderous drug war gets, Brazil’s homicide rate is actually higher. Global media fawn over Brazil’s economic boom, but the World Bank finds Mexico a much easier place to do business; it earns more in manufacturing exports and is enrolling a higher number of engineering students.

But Transparency International this week offers another potential reminder of why Brazil has realized more development, and two times more average economic growth, than Mexico has so far in the so-called Century of the Americas. Bottom line: business and bureaucracy might be easier in Mexico, but in Brazil they’re actually cleaner. Transparency, the Berlin-based corruption watchdog, issued its annual Corruption Perceptions Index this week—and despite Brazil’s long reputation for sleaze, it places 9th among the 26 Latin American and Caribbean countries on the 176-nation Index (the lower ranking being the less corrupt) compared to Mexico’s 16th-place finish. Among all nations, Brazil is No. 69; Mexico is No. 105.

(MORE: TIME’s exclusive interview with the new Mexican President.)



Read more: http://world.time.com/2012/12/06/tale-of-two-corruptos-brazil-and-mexico-on-different-transparency-paths/#ixzz2EKP0J7tQ

Meet the Grover Norquist of the immigration debate — MSNBC

Meet the Grover Norquist of the immigration debate — MSNBC
Washington has been filled with optimistic talk that Republicans will finally moderate their stance on immigration, making comprehensive reform possible.

But just as the GOP’s anti-tax enforcers are making it hard to come up with a compromise on how to avoid the fiscal cliff, so too is the party’s hard-line anti-immigration faction likely to stand in the way of any deal to fix our broken immigration system.

That means it’s worth getting to know the Grover Norquist of the anti-immigration lobby.

Roy Beck may not have a pledge, but he does have Numbers USA—an influential lobbying and grassroots group with 1.3 million members, which focuses on limiting and reducing the numbers of immigrants in the country.

Reforming Our Tax System, Reducing Our Deficit | Center for American Progress

Reforming Our Tax System, Reducing Our Deficit | Center for American Progress

Walmart Refused to Pay for Safety Upgrades at Bangladesh Garment Factory in 2011

Walmart Refused to Pay for Safety Upgrades at Bangladesh Garment Factory in 2011
During a 2011 meeting, Walmart refused to pay suppliers to help them upgrade safety conditions at their Bangladesh garment factories.

A fire at a Bangladesh garment factory, which made clothes for Walmart and Sears, killed more than 100 people last month, reports Bloomberg News.

According to the International Labor Rights Forum, a Washington-based advocacy group, more than 700 Bangladesh garment workers have died since 2005.

At the April 2011 meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, retailers (including Walmart) discussed a memorandum that would require them to pay Bangladesh factories enough money to cover costs of safety improvements.

However, Sridevi Kalavakolanu, a Walmart director of ethical sourcing, said that Walmart wouldn’t share the cost, in a report of the meeting minutes obtained by Bloomberg News.

Penn State Sorority, Chi Omega, Causes Outrage with Racist Mexican-Themed Picture

Penn State Sorority, Chi Omega, Causes Outrage with Racist Mexican-Themed Picture

A photo of Penn State Chi Omega sorority members wearing ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches -- during a Mexican-themed sorority party -- has surfaced and caused outrage at Penn State, reports the Daily Mail.

In the picture, apparently taken around Halloween, some of the women held cardboard signs that read: "Will Mow Lawn For Weed + Beer" and "I Don’t Cut Grass, I Smoke It."

OnwardState.com reports that Penn State’s Greek Life director Dr. Roy Baker, along with other school leaders, have been discussing possible punishments for the sorority.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Were #1 alright !...Rep. Fleming’s Restaurant Refused To Serve Muslim Couple

Rep. John Fleming’s Restaurant Refused To Serve Muslim Couple | TPMMuckraker
Mohammad Husain and his wife were looking for a bite to eat and a nice place to relax when they stopped in last month at a Shreveport, La. sandwich shop owned by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA).
But that visit soon turned turbulent, Husain told TPM recently, when he found himself locked out of the Subway franchise and his wife locked inside with an employee telling them they were not welcome there because they were Muslim.

“I never have felt this kind of open discrimination,” Husain said in an interview on Friday. “I’m sure there’s people that do discriminate. They have their own prejudices. That’s human nature. But for somebody to openly at a public place to show that open hatred and openly discriminate upon a religion, I think this should not be allowed.”

“She asked me point blank ‘Are you Muslim?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m Muslim,’ She said ‘We can’t serve you’ and locked the door from inside when my wife was still inside the store,” Husain said.
The situation quickly escalated and Husain ended up calling 911. So did a Subway employee. At some point before police arrived, however Husain said the employee unlocked the door and let his wife leave but also made it clear they should take their business elsewhere.

An officer with the Shreveport Police Department arrived after that. Both Husain and a department spokesman said the officer initially patted Husain down to check for weapons. But spokesman Cpl. Marcus Hines said the officer eventually determined the situation was much ado about nothing. Department records show the officer didn’t even file a report.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Twins Fighting In Womb Video



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/twins-fighting-in-womb-video_n_2219407.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Holy tweet! The Pope comes to Twitter with @pontifex

Holy tweet! The Pope comes to Twitter with @pontifex | Internet & Media - CNET News

Pope Benedict XVI will make his way to Twitter on December 12, the Vatican announced today.
The Pope will start tweeting on December 12 under the username, "@pontifex," the Vatican has confirmed. Speaking to Reuters in an interview posted today, Greg Burke, senior media advisor to the Vatican, said that the name means "pope," as well as "bridge builder."

Comments:

WTFisgoingon: A progressive move and a perfect tool to share reasons why the church must ALSO update some of it's ideas and messages !

Sunday, December 2, 2012

David Horsey -- Top of the Ticket political cartoons for the Los Angeles Times - latimes.com

David Horsey -- Top of the Ticket political cartoons for the Los Angeles Times - latimes.com

La historia del tequila en México



http://mexico.cnn.com/videos/2012/12/02/la-historia-del-tequila-en-mexico

Gangs prey on migrants crossing into Mexico


http://aje.me/Uj1kcS

Ya, ya, ya....Norquist promises second coming of Tea Party

Norquist promises second coming of Tea Party — MSNBC
Grover Norquist insisted that reports of his tax pledge’s death have been greatly exaggerated and warned GOP lawmakers that President Obama’s proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff is not serious.

“This is a massive collection of spending increases and tax increases,” Norquist said on Sunday’s Meet the Press of the proposal presented to Congress by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week.

“Republicans want to continue the Bush tax cuts, and the extenders and the AMT [Alternative Minimum Tax] package, it’s the president who’s threatening to raise taxes if he stamps his feet and doesn’t get his way,” he said.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Network =D

Border Action Network invites you to join us Thursday December 20th, at 5:30PM for our Open House. We want to take this opportunity to share with you our new offices, staff and exciting plans for the future. BAN truly wants to be a “network” and hope you will be part of it, as an individual or an organization that supports human rights for all. Our office is located at 435 E. 9th Street (rear entrance) in Tucson (view Google Map).

Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare

Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare
Labor and health care experts portrayed Walmart’s decision to exclude workers from its medical plans as an attempt to limit costs while taking advantage of the national health care reform known as Obamacare. Among the key features of Obamacare is an expansion of Medicaid, the taxpayer-financed health insurance program for poor people. Many of the Walmart workers who might be dropped from the company’s health care plans earn so little that they would qualify for the expanded Medicaid program, these experts said.

“Walmart is effectively shifting the costs of paying for its employees onto the federal government with this new plan, which is one of the problems with the way the law is structured,” said Ken Jacobs, chairman of the Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

For Walmart, this latest policy represents a step back in time. Almost seven years ago, as Walmart confronted public criticism that its employees couldn't afford its benefits, the company announced with much fanfare that it would expand health coverage for part-time workers.

But last year, the company eliminated coverage for some part-time workers -- those new hires working 24 hours a week or less. Now, Walmart is going further.

Have you worked at Walmart? The Huffington Post wants to know about your experience. Send us an email here.

Friday, November 30, 2012

WTF !...Christian Slater's Vote Rejected In Florida (PHOTO)

Christian Slater's Vote Rejected In Florida (PHOTO)

"Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?"

When actor Christian Slater uttered those words as Hard Harry in the 1990 film "Pump Up the Volume," he had no idea that 22 years later he would live them in real life.

Slater's ballot for the 2012 General Election was rejected by the Miami-Dade County canvassing board, proving that not even the rich and famous were saved from Florida's trainwreck voting headache.

And not only was his ballot thrown aside but the canvassing board managed to call him by the wrong name, addressing him instead as Christina D. Slater.

Friday Slater tweeted a photo of the rejection letter with the comment, "Hilarious! I really tried! 5 hours in line" before removing the tweet from his verified Twitter account.

Click on link 2 view photo =D

Lawsuit seeks to overturn Ariz. Gov. Brewer's immigration order - Washington Times

Lawsuit seeks to overturn Ariz. Gov. Brewer's immigration order - Washington Times
The lawsuit alleges that the state has classified young adult immigrants as not having permission to be in the U.S. and asks a federal judge to declare the governor’s executive order unconstitutional because it is in conflict with federal law and denies licenses without valid justification.

“Arizona’s creation of its own immigration classification impermissibly intrudes on the federal government’s exclusive authority to regulate immigration,” the lawsuit states.

Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Michael B. Keegan: Dear Fellow White Men

Michael B. Keegan: Dear Fellow White Men

Dear Fellow White Men:

C'mon guys, I keep thinking that you're going to get it. You can't still be holding on to that nostalgia for the 1950s when separate was equal, everyone was heterosexual and nice girls didn't work. I'm not talking to all of you. Just the ones in the party that runs the House of Representatives. Looking at the newly-announced Republican House committee chairs -- all of them very, very white men -- I'm wondering why this hasn't sunk in at all?

I hoped the sea of white faces at the Republican convention was something maybe out of your control.

Paul Szep: The Daily Szep -- Poor Grover

Awwww...The heartwarming photo of a New York cop helping a homeless man - The Week

The heartwarming photo of a New York cop helping a homeless man - The Week
 
 
There are good cops, there are bad cops, and then there are cops that remind you what it really means to be a public servant. On Nov. 14, NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo spotted a homeless man wandering around Times Square barefoot, his feet covered in blisters. DePrimo went to a shoe store, purchased a pair of leather boots, and brought them back for the man to wear. "I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you," he said. Armed with a smartphone camera, Arizona tourist Jennifer Foster captured the moment when DePrimo knelt down next to the man to help him put the shoes on, and the photo has gone viral, with almost 320,000 Facebook "likes" as of Thursday morning. DePrimo told The New York Times that he didn't catch the homeless man's name, but "he was the most polite gentleman I had met." He says he's kept the receipt from his purchase in his pocket to remind him "that sometimes people have it worse."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

House GOP Committee Chairs Will All Be White Men In Next Congress

House GOP Committee Chairs Will All Be White Men In Next Congress

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they're all white men.

There isn't a single woman or minority included in the mix of 19 House committee chairs announced Tuesday -- a stark reality for a party desperate to appeal to women and minorities after both groups overwhelmingly rejected Republicans just weeks ago in the presidential election.

23 Defining Moments in Immigration Policy History - ABC News

23 Defining Moments in Immigration Policy History - ABC News

Ever wondered how we ended up with this cobbled-together immigration system?
Drawing on a mix of sources, including Guarding the Golden Door, here are the 23 defining moments in immigration policy history that helped create the system we know today:

Click on link to view defining moments...BUT ! they forgot one:

The Border | 1953 Operation Wetback

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Walmart Admits Bangladesh Factory Was Making Clothing For Retailer Before Fire

Walmart Admits Bangladesh Factory Was Making Clothing For Retailer Before Fire

The garment factory in Bangladesh where a weekend fire killed at least 112 people had been making clothes for Wal-Mart without the giant U.S. retailer's knowledge, Wal-Mart said.

Wal-Mart said the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory was no longer authorized to produce merchandise for Wal-Mart but that a supplier subcontracted work to it "in direct violation of our policies."

"Today, we have terminated the relationship with that supplier," America's biggest retailer said in a statement Monday. "The fact that this occurred is extremely troubling to us, and we will continue to work across the apparel industry to improve fire safety education and training in Bangladesh."

Filibuster Reform Opposed By Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader

Filibuster Reform Opposed By Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned senators Monday to oppose the growing momentum for dramatic reform of the filibuster, saying, "It may be the most important thing you ever do."

Use of the filibuster to stall legislation -- when the minority party refuses to end debate on a bill unless 60 senators vote to do so -- has escalated in recent years, rising from a rarity to the norm. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been signaling his readiness to curb the tactic, often noting that he has faced 385 filibusters during his leadership while Lyndon Johnson had to deal with only one when he ran the Senate.

'Fix The Debt' CEOs Underfund Employee Retirement, Demand Cuts For Elderly

'Fix The Debt' CEOs Underfund Employee Retirement, Demand Cuts For Elderly
As the debate heats up over whether to cut Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid in order to maintain federal spending and corporate tax breaks, companies with well-compensated CEOs who preside over underfunded employee pension funds invite a new round of questions about the motives, and methods, of the CEOs pressuring Congress and the White House to cut programs for the middle class.

The companies in arrears on their pension funds include defense giant Boeing, which paid CEO Jim McNerney $23 million last year; Honeywell, where CEO Dave Cote earned more than $55 million in compensation in 2011; and AT&T, which docked CEO Randall Stephenson's pay by $2 million last year after he orchestrated a failed takeover of T-Mobile. The $2 million penalty meant that Stephenson made only $22 million total that year, as opposed to the $24 million he would otherwise have been paid.

Boeing, Honeywell, and AT&T represent just three of the dozen companies who are cited in the IPS report as having CEOs with individual retirement assets totaling more than $20 million each, despite the fact that their companies have underfunded pension funds for their employees.

If each of these 12 CEOs were to convert his retirement accounts into annuities at age 65, the report shows each would receive a monthly check for at least $110,000 for life. By contrast, the average montly Social Security payment was $1,237 in October. Still, the CEOs argue that Social Security benefits are too generous.

Player Haters !

New cry from some Obama foes: It’s time to secede | McClatchy
In the three weeks since President Barack Obama’s re-election victory, his most ardent foes – nearly 1 million people from all 50 states – have signed online petitions to take their opposition to the extreme: seceding from the United States.
          
They’re doing it on the White House’s “We the People” website, taking advantage of a pledge to review any petition that gains at least 25,000 signatures.

Texas was far ahead of the pack with 117,373 digital signatures on its petition by midday Monday.
“Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union,” the petition states.
 


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Monday, November 26, 2012

November 12–23 | Cartoons of the Week: November 17–23 | TIME.com

Why do we outsource.......greed, no oversight and no responsibility

Bangladesh clothing factory fire comes amid preparations to mourn other deaths - CNN.com
 
As Bangladesh prepared to mourn the deaths of more than 100 clothing factory workers, firefighters battled a blaze at another apparel factory near Dhaka on Monday.
 
Police and witnesses said the new fire, at a 10-story clothing factory in the suburb of Uttara, began Monday morning, and firefighters took about four hours to bring it under control.
 
 
Police reported 110 deaths in the fire at Tazreen Fashion at Ashulia. All the bodies were handed over to relatives, except for 59 charred ones that will be buried under government supervision after DNA samples are extracted.
 
The country has around 4,500 garment factories that make clothes for brands including Tesco, Wal-Mart, JC Penney, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Kohl's and Carrefour. The sector earned $19 billion in the financial year that ended in June 2012.
 
The state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha recently reported that fires kill about 6,000 people every year in Bangladesh.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

L-Tryptophan: Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

L-Tryptophan: Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?
Every year at Thanksgiving, most of us engage in an annual rite of passage: stuffing ourselves mercilessly with turkey, cranberry sauce, and pie. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday. But inevitably, in that hour between feeling so full you think you'll explode and gearing up for round two with the leftovers, your relatives can find you conked out on the couch.

Along comes Aunt Mildred with her armchair scientific explanation. You're tired, she tells you, because the turkey you just ate is laden with L-tryptophan. Tryptophan, she says, makes you tired.
So is your aunt right? Is the turkey really what's to blame for Thanksgiving sleepiness? The experts helped WebMD sort out the facts.

What is L-Tryptophan?

L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid. The body can't make it, so diet must supply tryptophan. Amino acids are building blocks of proteins. Foods rich in tryptophan include, you guessed it, turkey. Tryptophan is also found in other poultry, meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs.

Happy Thanksgiving From My Family To Yours =D


Orange County...our mini Arizona

Black family reports hate crimes in Yorba Linda - latimes.com
It had been an ugly, racially tinged pattern since the Inglewood police officer, his wife — a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy — and their two children had moved into the Yorba Linda neighborhood in 2011.

Rocks were thrown through their windows, car tires were slashed, and racial taunts were shouted by passing motorists. One day, their 6-year-old son came home from school asking why his classmates said they couldn't play with him because he was black.

Fed up, the family fled the city a few weeks ago and moved out of the county to Corona, said the father, who asked that his name not be used out of fear for his safety. His wife reported the incidents to the Orange County Human Relations Commission, which tracks hate crimes in county.

In response, the commission said it intends to share the story with local politicians and conduct so-called listening sessions to gauge the experience of African Americans in Orange County.

"It just illustrates that even amid our really wonderful community, life is different for some people," said Rusty Kennedy, the executive director of the commission.

Monday, November 19, 2012

10 Ways to Deal with Conservative Relatives During the Holidays | Care2 Causes



While Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to reconnect with your relatives, if you’re like me, a lefty, who comes from a conservative family, this reunion can also be a source of great stress. This year is no exception; just weeks after a Presidential election, the likelihood of a political conversation is greater than ever. Here are 10 ways to deal with your conservative relatives during the holidays:
1. Remember That Your Side Won.......click on link to view the rest of them =D

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rubio's DreamAct

GOP Senator Working on Dream Act Alternative, Called ‘Achieve Act’ - By Katrina Trinko - The Corner - National Review Online

A source passes along this proposal of a DREAM Act alternative, called the “Achieve Act,” from a Republican senator. A few key points: eligible non-legal immigrants would have to get a college degree of some sort or serve for four years in the military. They would then get a four-year work visa. After that, they would be able to apply for a permanent visa. Eligible young adults would have had to be 14 or younger when they arrived in this country, and be no older than 28 (or in some circumstances) 32. The details of the Achieve Act right now:
W-1 Status: Those with a W-1 nonimmigrant visa would attend school to earn a bachelor’s, associate’s, vocational/technical, or advanced degree, or serve in the U.S. military for 4 years, while here on a W-1 nonimmigrant visa. A W-1 visa holder would have 6 years to get a degree; individuals in school could work while earning the degree.


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APRENDAN !....Italian police block white supremacist website

Italian police block white supremacist website
ROME (AP) — Italian police have blocked access to a white supremacist website and arrested four people for allegedly inciting racial hatred and spreading anti-Semitism.

Authorities on Friday blocked Stormfront, a white supremacist website based in the United States, and shut down its Italian-language forum.

They also confiscated knives, batons and baseball bats as well neo-Nazi and Fascist propaganda, including pamphlets and banners emblazoned with swastikas, in searches of properties mostly in northeastern Italy.

Prosecutors in Rome launched the investigation after the group published blacklists of religious leaders, politicians, journalists and judges citing their support of immigrants. They also published lists of prominent Jewish citizens.

Dear Secessionists: We’ll See Your Petition and Raise You | TIME.com

Dear Secessionists: We’ll See Your Petition and Raise You | TIME.com
One of the many great things thing about America’s grand experiment in democracy is that people are free to object to it. In the nine days since Nov. 6, more than 500,000 signatures from residents of all 50 states have appeared on petitions demanding the right to secede from the union in light of President Obama’s reelection.

Most of the requests, hosted on the White House’s ”We The People” online petition website, ask that the President “peacefully grant the state of ______ [Maine, Texas, Wisconsin, etc.] to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” Some even quote the Declaration of Independence to support their argument.

Another great thing about America, however, is that people are free to make fun of each other — particularly of those citizens who appear to have skipped the fourth grade class when their teachers began the chapter on the Civil War. A series of anti-secessionist counter-petitions have sprung up on We The People, some with thousands of signatures, expressing support for the Union or demanding punishment for the would-be secessionists.


Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/15/petition-to-secede-obama-reelection/#ixzz2CP3W5HfJ

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mitt Romney: Obama Won With 'Gifts' To Blacks, Hispanics, Young Voters



Tell California's Senators: No Amnesty for Illegal Aliens - svivar9087@gmail.com - Gmail

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Tell California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein:
No Amnesty for Illegal Aliens!
President Obama no longer has to worry about re-election. Now, he says he's free to pursue "comprehensive immigration reform." But what he means is an amnesty that would flood the nation with millions of new job-seekers. Stop this illegal-alien amnesty.
 
The talking heads in Washington are trying to sell the American people a falsehood. They say Obama's win proves that Congress simply must cave in and pass an amnesty. Don't believe it:
The toughest proponents of enforcing and improving immigration laws were nearly all re-elected. In fact, the House and Senate both have more tough enforcers now than before the election. And President Obama got nine million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008.
 
The danger, though, is that many panicky lawmakers may be stampeded into going along with an amnesty. They'll ignore the fact that there are still eight million fewer full-time jobs than there were four years ago. And they'll ignore the weak economic growth will barely make a dent in the unemployment rate in the coming years.
 
They may even try to do it during the lame-duck session of Congress. Already, Republican Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are signaling that they are willing to work on a deal. You need to tell them, "No illegal-alien amnesty!"
 
Don't let Congress ignore the plight of the American worker. We can win this battle. We beat back the big illegal-alien amnesty in 2007, when no one believed we could. And so many of the senators who pushed for amnesty are gone. But we have to stop the stampede.
Send Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein this urgent fax, letting them know that you won't believe any lame excuses for rewarding illegal aliens with American jobs.
 
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Dear Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein,
Recent comments made by Congressional Leaders and reports from the press worry me greatly. It seems that the recent election has energized Congress' willingness to pass a mass amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens. There should be no rush to take our nation down a path with such irrevocable consequences.
First, there are 20 million Americans who can't find a full-time job, and allowing 12 million illegal aliens to join the legal work force would only make things worse. Congress needs to take actions that put unemployed Americans back to work, not take actions that make things even more difficult.
Second, Congress passed an amnesty in 1986 and all it did was create more illegal immigration. Illegal immigration can't be solved by simply passing amnesties. Instead, Congress needs to put in place sensible legislation that would end illegal immigration once and for all by ending the magnets that encourage people to come to the U.S. illegally.
Don't let the narrow results from one election cause any rash decisions. If the sudden interest in immigration reform is about bettering the lives of legal immigrants or making the United States a stronger nation, amnesty should not be the answer.
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Election a call for purple politics - CNN.com

Election a call for purple politics - CNN.com

Obama won the election with a 16-point margin among moderate voters. Republican Senate candidates who represented the ideological extremes of their party -- Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin, specifically -- were soundly rejected even in states that voted for Mitt Romney by double digits. Polarizing voices such as Rep. Allen West were also retired from Congress. The hate and hyper-partisanship that has disfigured our civic debates in recent years was decisively defeated in this election.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The White Establishment Is Gone. What Comes Next? | TIME.com

The White Establishment Is Gone. What Comes Next? | TIME.com

In the week since Election Day we’ve heard a lot about the waning of the white majority. Bill O’Reilly kicked it off even before the race had been called, declaring on Fox News that “the white establishment is now the minority.” Maureen Dowd argued a few days later that the “white male patriarchy” was in a “delusional death spiral.” Conservatives have been fretful about being painted into a demographic corner, and liberals gleeful about their diverse winning coalition.

On the face of it, reports of the white establishment’s demise seem quite premature. Most people of color remain acutely aware of the whiteness of privilege and the privilege of whiteness. Just look at Congress, the Fed, or the Joint Chiefs. Or think of the power brokers in your own town: the partners at the big law firms, the attending physicians at the best hospitals. You’ll see that the white establishment remains very much in the majority.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thousands of undocumented workers pay Maryland state taxes - Baltimore Sun

Thousands of undocumented workers pay Maryland state taxes - Baltimore Sun

In 2001, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan estimated that undocumented immigrants paid about $70 billion annually in taxes and received about $43 billion in government services — a net benefit to American taxpayers that smashed one of the common nativist myths.

In 2005, The New York Times reported that undocumented workers contributed about $7 billion to the Social Security Administration. While ITINs are available, so are many phony Social Security numbers. With them, undocumented workers pay billions into the SSA and Medicare systems, though the many workers who leave, either of their own will or through deportation, never will collect retirement or health benefits.

By 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of upwards of $240 billion from "unauthorized immigrants." Two years ago, Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the SSA, told The Washington Post: "If we had not had other-than-legal immigrants in the country over the past, then these numbers suggest that we would have entered persistent shortfall of tax revenue to cover [payouts] starting [in] 2009."

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Talks Will Likely Target Medicare, Social Security, Programs For The Poor

Fiscal Cliff Talks Will Likely Target Medicare, Social Security, Programs For The Poor
WASHINGTON -- After bailing out a global financial crisis, enacting a series of major tax cuts for the wealthy and waging two unpaid-for wars, the U.S. government is some $16 trillion in debt. Now, in exchange for paying off a bit of that debt by returning some of the tax rates to their previous levels, Democrats have offered, in a series of high-profile negotiations, to slash trillions in spending, much of it hitting the elderly, the poor and the middle class. This process of transferring wealth up the economic ladder is known in Washington as a "grand bargain."

With the election over, Democrats and Republicans will soon be back at the negotiating table, driven there by the so-called "fiscal cliff" -- the moment in January 2013 when the Bush-era tax cuts expire and automatic cuts to defense and social programs take effect.

In order to avoid this scenario, President Barack Obama is proposing a grand bargain that would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years, relying on a 3-to-1 mix of spending cuts and revenue increases.

Republicans, meanwhile, have rejected including new taxes, but are open to negotiations. What exactly will be on the table when the two sides sit down?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Jeep Recall: Chrysler Recalls 919,000 SUVs To Fix Airbag Problem

Jeep Recall: Chrysler Recalls 919,000 SUVs To Fix Airbag Problem
DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs worldwide because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them.

The recall affects Grand Cherokees from the 2002 through 2004 model years and Libertys from model years 2002 and 2003, according to documents posted Friday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, will install an electrical filter free of charge to fix the problem. The company will begin notifying owners of the recall in January.

Amy Goodman

BBC News - In pictures: Obama and Romney through the years

 
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Here we go again !


WTF ! is wrong w/Arizona.......Joe Arpaio, reelected - latimes.com

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, illegal immigration hardliner, reelected - latimes.com
Voters in Arizona’s Maricopa County have reelected Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the face of Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law.

With 82% of the county’s precincts reporting, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” in America won a sixth term convincingly with 53% of the vote.

Arpaio, 80, is best known for vigorously cracking down on illegal immigrants in his county — moves that won him admirers in and outside Arizona but also created a fissure dividing Latinos and law enforcement.

He was one of the state’s most vocal supporters of SB 1070, which requires law enforcement officers to check the papers of anyone they suspect is an illegal immigrant.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Immigration reformers see Obama win, Hispanic turnout as 'game-changer' - The Hill

Immigration reformers see Obama win, Hispanic turnout as 'game-changer' - The Hill
Conservatives in Congress have successfully killed efforts to pass immigration reforms over the last decade — even when a GOP president proposed them. But Obama's dominance over Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters, advocates say, will force Republicans to accept some version of reform or risk losing national elections into the foreseeable future.

"The Republican Party has to decide: Do they want to take this issue off the table? Or do they want to be a whites-only party that will make it impossible to compete?"

Latino vote 2012: Opposition to immigration doesn’t explain Romney’s crushing defeat. - Slate Magazine

Latino vote 2012: Opposition to immigration doesn’t explain Romney’s crushing defeat. - Slate Magazine


White people are still very important to Democratic Party politics, providing 56 percent of Barack Obama’s vote Tuesday night. But Obama’s 39 percent of the non-Hispanic white vote is less than Michael Dukakis got, and a major party’s lowest share in history. It didn’t matter because the other ethnic groups grew as a share of an electorate and Obama won an overwhelming percentage of their votes. Key to this, of course, was the growth of the Latino vote, which has more than tripled its share of the national electorate over the past quarter century. According to exit polls 10 percent of 2012 votes came from self-identified Hispanics, and they delivered a crushing 71-27 percent edge for Obama over Mitt Romney.

The Latino vote was especially crucial in Colorado, which has in the past decade become a liberal bastion that sends two Democratic senators to Washington, has a Democratic governor, and has twice delivered its electoral votes to Obama. Fourteen percent of the state’s voters are Latino, and 75 percent of them went for Obama. In Nevada, it was 18 percent and 70 percent. In New Mexico, the 36 percent Latino electorate seems to have put the state out of reach for Republicans. More ominously for the GOP, the Latino population continues to both grow and grow more Democratic.

For The Prez =D

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Florida Early Voting Fiasco: Voters Wait For Hours At Polls As Rick Scott Refuses To Budge

Florida Early Voting Fiasco: Voters Wait For Hours At Polls As Rick Scott Refuses To Budge
"People are getting out to vote. That's what's very good," said Scott.

People are getting out to vote -- but many of them are having to wait in line for three or four hours to do so. One contributor to DailyKos claimed it took 9 hours to vote. In Miami-Dade on Saturday, people who had gotten in line by 7:00 p.m. were allowed to vote; the last person wasn't checked in until 1 a.m., meaning it took some individuals six hours to cast a ballot.

"We're looking at an election meltdown that is eerily similar to 2000, minus the hanging chads," said Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida.

Miami-Dade attempted to deal with the problem on Sunday by allowing voters to cast absentee ballots in person between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. However, after just two hours, the Miami-Dade elections department shut down the location after too many people showed up. People outside the locked doors were reportedly screaming, "We want to vote!"

And if getting turned away from the polls weren't enough of an indignity, some of those 180 people ended up getting their cars towed from the parking lot across the street, according to a Miami Herald reporter.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Swedish Town Paying Unemployed Youth To Move To Norway

Swedish Town Paying Unemployed Youth To Move To Norway

What if the U.S. started paying its unemployed citizens to get jobs in Canada? Far-fetched as it sounds, one Swedish town is more or less doing just that.

In an aim to cope with an unemployment rate of more than 25 percent, the town of Soderhamn, in conjunction with Sweden's national employment office, is paying young unemployed Swedes to look for jobs in neighboring Norway, according to the Daily Telegraph. The “Job Journey” program offers job-hunting guidance and pays for a one month stay at a youth hostel in Oslo. So far, about 100 young Swedes have taken the government up on its offer.

Swedes are not the only ones going to Norway for jobs though. The Norwegian unemployment rate is 2.8 percent and an estimated 25,000 jobs were available as of last January, according to the United Nations Regional Information Centre For Western Europe. The number of Greek, Spanish, and Italian immigrants to Norway is growing steadily, with Norway being described as “the promised land” for unemployed Europeans.

WTF !....Comcast Demanded Cable Box Back In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy, Victim Claims

Comcast Demanded Cable Box Back In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy, Victim Claims

Your house may be in danger of exploding, but that apparently would not stop Comcast from asking for its cable box back.

Blogger Seth Clifford, writes that even though his parents' home in Mantoloking, NJ survived Hurricane Sandy, the house is still at risk of being destroyed due to a ruptured gas main on their street that is releasing fumes into the air. According to Clifford, shifting winds could cause the "entire area could ignite."

Despite the precarious circumstances, Comcast told Clifford's parents that if they didn’t return the company's equipment, they would be charged. .