Thursday, February 28, 2013

Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks? - Molly Ball - The Atlantic

Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks? - Molly Ball - The Atlantic

Disagreement over the trigger is the largest current discrepancy between the Senate and White House versions of immigration reform. It could cause the whole thing to fall apart. Yet the idea -- expressed by both sides -- that the border needs more security may be the biggest myth of the immigration debate, according to Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

The problem for the immigration debate is that those who claim we need more border security are rarely called upon to prove it. No one has proposed a set of concrete standards; rather, some are calling for a subjective evaluation to be made by border-state governors, some of whom have political incentives to exaggerate the threat -- and track records of doing so.



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WTF !.....Sheriff Joe Arpaio says, budget concerns will result in inmates paying for meals

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says rising food costs, budget concerns will result in inmates paying for meals

"Everybody else has to pay for food, why should they [inmates] get freebies," said Arpaio.
Arpaio confirmed to ABC15 that beginning in March, he is planning to charge each inmate $1 per day for the cost of their meals.

Arpaio explained there are a couple different ways to collect the money, starting with the moment someone is booked into the facility.

"They're coming to jail and they have money in their pocket, that's going to be the first priority," said Arpaio.

According to Arpaio, the other way to collect will be from jail accounts. As money is placed in an inmate's account by family and friends that money would be subjected to the $1 a day fee.

"We're going to make sure we use that money before they [inmates] go to the canteen to buy some chocolate bars," Arpaio explained.


Rep. Keith Ellison to Hannity: ‘You are the worst excuse for a journalist’

Rep. Keith Ellison to Hannity: ‘You are the worst excuse for a journalist’

Sunday, February 24, 2013

How Mexico Got Back in the Game - NYTimes.com

How Mexico Got Back in the Game - NYTimes.com

IN India, people ask you about China, and, in China, people ask you about India: Which country will become the more dominant economic power in the 21st century? I now have the answer: Mexico.
      
Impossible, you say? Well, yes, Mexico with only about 110 million people could never rival China or India in total economic clout. But here’s what I’ve learned from this visit to Mexico’s industrial/innovation center in Monterrey. Everything you’ve read about Mexico is true: drug cartels, crime syndicates, government corruption and weak rule of law hobble the nation. But that’s half the story. The reality is that Mexico today is more like a crazy blend of the movies “No Country for Old Men” and “The Social Network.”
 
Something happened here. It’s as if Mexicans subconsciously decided that their drug-related violence is a condition to be lived with and combated but not something to define them any longer. Mexico has signed 44 free trade agreements — more than any country in the world — which, according to The Financial Times, is more than twice as many as China and four times more than Brazil. Mexico has also greatly increased the number of engineers and skilled laborers graduating from its schools. Put all that together with massive cheap natural gas finds, and rising wage and transportation costs in China, and it is no surprise that Mexico now is taking manufacturing market share back from Asia and attracting more global investment than ever in autos, aerospace and household goods.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New toll lanes open on 10 Freeway - latimes.com



New toll lanes open on 10 Freeway - latimes.com

Los Angeles County's venture into toll roads advanced early Saturday with the opening of 14 miles of express lanes on the San Bernardino Freeway — the second project of its type to begin operation in the region since November.

At 12:01 a.m., the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority allowed drivers to travel the 10 Freeway's new high occupancy toll lanes — so-called HOT lanes — between Interstate 605 in El Monte and Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Motorists interested in the express lanes must open a FasTrak account with the MTA and make a $40 deposit to obtain a transponder, an electronic device that automatically bills their accounts whenever the lanes are used. Drivers can adjust the transponder to show how many people are in the vehicle, so the charges can be adjusted. Information is available online at metroexpresslanes.net.


ANGRY ! White Folk =D

China Admits to 'Cancer Villages' (VIDEO)

China Admits to 'Cancer Villages' (VIDEO)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Think You Can Beat the Immigration Maze? | Mother Jones

Think You Can Beat the Immigration Maze? | Mother Jones

"back of the line" question: How do you keep people who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas from jumping in front of folks who have taken the legitimate route?

The thing is, the back-of-the-line concept doesn't really apply here, because there is no single line—there are a lot of them, and most are frightfully slow. Depending on where you're from, what you do, and whom you're related to, your wait can range from a couple of years to interminable. Think you can find your way through America's bureaucratic and political immigration labyrinth? Take this interactive for a spin: click on link to take quiz....try it =D

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Google Glass testers wanted: Get your application in today - The Washington Post

Google Glass testers wanted: Get your application in today - The Washington Post



Want to try Google Glass? Then it’s your lucky day. Google announced Wednesday that it’s opening up the testing program for its wearable high-tech specs to anyone, provided you can impress the company with an application and have $1,500 to spare.

The company said that it’s opening up its explorer program, which had been mainly aimed at developers, to “bold, creative” people who have strong ideas about how they want to use the new technology. According to the contest rules, Google will extend invitations to the top 8,000 applicants with the highest scores

Chinese cyberspies have hacked most Washington institutions, experts say - The Washington Post

Chinese cyberspies have hacked most Washington institutions, experts say - The Washington Post

The rising wave of cyber-espionage has produced diplomatic backlash and talk of action against the Chinese, who have steadfastly denied involvement in hacking campaigns. A strategy paper released by the Obama administration Wednesday outlined new efforts to fight the theft of trade secrets.

Cyberspying against what could be called the “information industry” differs from hacks against traditional economic targets such as Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola and Apple, whose computer systems contain valuable intellectual property that could assist Chinese industrial or military capabilities.

Instead, journalists, lawyers and human rights workers often have access to political actors whose communications could offer insight to Chinese intelligence services eager to understand how Washington works. Hackers often are searching for the unseen forces that might explain how the administration approaches an issue, experts say, with many Chinese officials presuming that reports by think tanks or news organizations are secretly the work of government officials — much as they would be in Beijing.

Immigration Reform in Arizona ?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ted Cruz Runs Counter to the Senate’s Courtly Ways - NYTimes.com

Ted Cruz Runs Counter to the Senate’s Courtly Ways - NYTimes.com

Mr. Cruz was among the 22 senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, among the 34 who voted against raising the debt ceiling, among the 19 who tried to cut off military sales to Egypt, among the 36 who opposed a relief package for the regions hit by Hurricane Sandy, and among the three senators who voted against Mr. Kerry’s confirmation.
      
“I was compelled to vote no on Senator Kerry’s nomination because of his longstanding less-than-vigorous defense of U.S. national security issues,” said Mr. Cruz, who also questioned the commitment of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hagel to the armed forces, though both served in Vietnam. Mr. Cruz has no record of military service.

Fascinating video tracks a real Chinese hacker in action

Fascinating video tracks a real Chinese hacker in action



Banned Mexican American Studies Program Profiled By PBS In New Documentary (VIDEO)

Banned Mexican American Studies Program Profiled By PBS In New Documentary (VIDEO)

Watch 2/15/2013: Banned in Arizona on PBS. See more from Need To Know.

OC Sheriff Not Scared About Budding White-Power Gang in San Clemente, Even While Freaking Out About Mexican Ones - Orange County - News - Navel Gazing

OC Sheriff Not Scared About Budding White-Power Gang in San Clemente, Even While Freaking Out About Mexican Ones - Orange County - News - Navel Gazing

If you ever want to talk about the racial double standards that continue to plague Orange County to this day, just check out how county law enforcement deals with gangs in South County.

For years, the Sheriff's Department, district attorney's office and the few police forces down there have applied for grants, issued gang injunctions, and generally cracked down on Latino gangs from Lake Forest down to San Clemente. Can't have anything ruin South County's self-designated reputation as our paradise, right?

But white-power gangs? Meh.

Back in the 1990s, there was a white gang based in Mission Viejo whose name escapes me right now (but I'm sure one of our faithful skinhead readers will remember) involved in assaults, robberies, and general racial mayhem--but law enforcement officials treated them with kid gloves. Today, the San Clemente Boys are a growing menace in--where else?--San Clemente, acknowledged by the sheriff's department as being involved in a growing amount of crime and adhering to a white-power ideology. But instead of sending in the Guns of Navarone, like law-enforcement officials in North County and the Huntington Beach-Costa Mesa area have done for years against the neo-Nazis out there, the sheriffs will let the Boys be boys.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

America's Most Controversial Pols…and Their MoJo Covers | Mother Jones

America's Most Controversial Pols…and Their MoJo Covers | Mother Jones

Report: China military involved in U.S. hacking

Report: China military involved in U.S. hacking
Hackers at a secretive unit of the Chinese military have stolen huge amounts of data from 115 companies and organizations in the U.S. since at least 2006, a U.S. computer security firm said in a research report released online Tuesday.

The details made public by Mandiant Corp. add weight to arguments that Chinese authorities are increasingly targeting foreign firms, institutions and government agencies. Beijing denies such charges and says China too is a victim of cyberattacks.

Ted Cruz, the G.O.P.’s Nasty Newcomer - NYTimes.com

Ted Cruz, the G.O.P.’s Nasty Newcomer - NYTimes.com

Ted Cruz, a Republican freshman in the Senate who has been front and center in his party’s effort to squash Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense, has a problem. He’s an ornery, swaggering piece of work. Just six weeks since his arrival on Capitol Hill, he’s already known for his naysaying, his nit-picking and his itch to upbraid lawmakers who are vastly senior to him, who have sacrificed more than he has and who deserve a measure of respect, or at least an iota of courtesy. Courtesy isn’t Cruz’s métier. Grandstanding and browbeating are.
      
He sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and during its final meeting on Tuesday about Hagel’s nomination, he made such nefarious and hectoring insinuations about Hagel’s possible corruption by foreign influences that McCain, who’d gleefully raked Hagel over the coals himself, more or less told Cruz to cool it. It was an unforgettable moment, and one that Republicans shouldn’t soon forget, because Cruz, 42, isn’t simply the latest overeager beaver to start gnawing his way through the halls of Congress. He’s a prime illustration of what plagues the Republican Party and holds it back.

How to Pull Off a $67 Million Airport Diamond Heist in Three Minutes - Global - The Atlantic Wire

How to Pull Off a $67 Million Airport Diamond Heist in Three Minutes - Global - The Atlantic Wire

Eight masked and armed thieves pulled off a daring robbery at Brussels Airport in Belgium on Tuesday, stealing as much as $67 million worth of diamonds in a matter of minutes without firing a shot. Police say the robbers busted a hole in a security fence at the airport then sped across the tarmac in two vehicles to a waiting passenger plane that had already been loaded with the precious cargo. It took just three minutes for them get into the cargo hold and clean out the goods, then speed back the same way they came in. (Police later found a burned out van not far from the airport.) Despite being heavily armed and temporarily taking over a plane full of waiting passengers, the robbers didn't fire a single gunshot and no one was harmed.

LA Mayor Race 2013: Meet The Competing Candidates (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

LA Mayor Race 2013: Meet The Competing Candidates (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Sheriff Joe’s posse

Sheriff Joe’s posse invades Guadalupe - Salon.com
The MCSO holds posse recruitment sessions on the third Wednesday of every month at its training facility in South Phoenix, just west of the animal shelter. I sat through the first recruitment session of 2013, joining more than 40 aspiring possemen who arrived early, many with completed applications in hand. We gathered in a tidy auditorium adorned with black-and-white portraits of the Maricopa County sheriffs of yesteryear, dating back to its founding in 1871. We were greeted by Deputy Tom Hughes, a quick-witted, flat-topped military vet who supervises recruitment and background checks for the posse program. A quick scan of the assembled: six people of color, four women, two men in camouflage, two men in Vietnam veteran hats, too many buzz cuts to count without looking suspicious.

The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. sharp with a DVD to pump us up. Sheriff Joe materialized on the overhead screen, jabbing his meaty index finger at the camera as he told us how proud he was of his posse. A star-shaped badge swept across the screen, setting up a Winston Churchill quote about service. Star-swoosh to sepia-toned photographs of the original mounted posse from Arizona’s territorial days. Star-swoosh to a montage of 21st century possemen, romping around on four-wheelers to a bitchin’ electric guitar soundtrack. Then we get up close and personal with the posse as they assist on traffic stops, transport sullen brown people, round up deadbeats, practice hand to hand combat in the mat room, whack the shit out of a dummy with a baton, peek around the most dangerous corner of an imaginary crime scene, blast human-shaped silhouettes with semi-automatic rifles, and more thrills so intense that just watching could make you thirsty for a beer. The film concludes with crosscuts to each of the featured possemen who stare right at the viewer, asking the question on everyone’s mind: “Are you ready?”

Major donor to GOP helping L.A. mayoral candidate Kevin James - latimes.com

Major donor to GOP helping L.A. mayoral candidate Kevin James - latimes.com

Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James crossed paths just once.

It was an intimate cocktail fundraiser for James in the tony Montecito enclave near Santa Barbara, where Simmons owns a weekend retreat and counts Oprah Winfrey among his neighbors. Simmons, one of the top donors to Republican "super PACs" in 2012, turned to the candidate and asked, "What on Earth can you do to save L.A.?"

His contributions made it possible for a super PAC known as Better Way LA, created by GOP ad man Fred Davis, to buy half a million dollars of TV ad time last week promoting James, the only Republican in the race.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Marco Rubio Rejects Obama Immigration Reform Plan: 'Dead On Arrival'

Marco Rubio Rejects Obama Immigration Reform Plan: 'Dead On Arrival'

“It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress," the statement begins, before going on to call the bill "half-baked and seriously flawed" and declaring that "if actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress."

Specifically, Rubio's statement criticizes the Obama bill for not being tough enough on border security and for failing to reward "those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally" over "those who broke our immigration laws."

Until recently, Rubio has not shown much interest in immigration reform. But in the last few months he has cast himself as a leader on the issue, seen as a crucial one for Republicans after their poor showing with Latinos in the 2012 elections. He has won over many conservatives with his own plan, which calls for tighter border and workplace security measures, as well as a long path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

COMMENTS:

dutchess2: Forever the waterboy.

svivar9087:Every interview I've seen with those who knew Markito, back in the day, always say "he always did what he was told"....my point is that Markito needs to "bust a move" think & speak 4 himself .

Until then the only message Markito conveys is.... I'm Thirsty !

Friday, February 15, 2013

Effort to change immigration law sparks internal battle within GOP - The Washington Post

Effort to change immigration law sparks internal battle within GOP - The Washington Post

Much of the party’s sharp language on immigration during the election campaign, which Republican strategists blamed for alienating Hispanics, was drawn from the research and rhetoric of the groups advocating tougher measures to discourage illegal immigration.

Now, Republicans pushing the party to rethink its approach to the issue are accusing those groups — Numbers USA, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) — of masquerading as conservative. Critics say the groups and some of their supporters are pressing an un­or­tho­dox agenda of strict population control that also has included backing for abortion, sterilization and other policies at odds with conservative ideology.

Hannity: Unprecedented filibuster of Hagel is ‘a big win’ for Republicans | The Raw Story

Hannity: Unprecedented filibuster of Hagel is ‘a big win’ for Republicans | The Raw Story


Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday congratulated Republicans for successfully using a filibuster to temporarily block a president’s nominee for secretary of defense — former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) — for the first time in the history of the U.S. Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said Republicans should feel “shame” for the unprecedented obstruction, but Hannity called the outcome a “major win for the GOP.”

“Republicans say it is premature to close the debate over the nominee and say that before that any confirmation vote will take place, they want answers from Hagel and the White House about what exactly President Obama was doing the night of the Benghazi terror attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans,” Hannity noted on Thursday.

Raw Story (http://s.tt/1zPn8)

Hundreds Injured in Blast as Meteor Falls in Russia - ABC News

Hundreds Injured in Blast as Meteor Falls in Russia - ABC News


Thursday, February 14, 2013

The increasingly ridiculous Hagel opposition - Salon.com

The increasingly ridiculous Hagel opposition - Salon.com

Sen. Graham and his best friend John McCain have been blocking the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, because they want to know whether President Obama called the president of Libya the night of the Benghazi attack. While that’s not a very good reason to filibuster a Cabinet nominee, it is at least “a reason.” The White House has complied, giving Graham and McCain what they want. Graham’s response: Now he is just going to pointlessly delay the Hagel vote, because it will make him feel good. As always, with Lindsey Graham, being a senator is all about feelings.

Happy V day...May you get EXTRA lucky tonight =D

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Petty !

Ted Nugent Headed To State Of The Union As Guest Of Texas Congressman Steve Stockman
A Texas GOP congressman who has floated the possibility of impeaching President Barack Obama announced Monday that controversial rocker Ted Nugent would be his guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who claimed earlier this year that he'd be willing to file articles of impeachment over Obama's gun control push, addressed the development in a statement, stressing that Nugent would be available for media interviews after Obama's speech.

"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," the congressman said. "After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."

Monday, February 11, 2013

Marco Rubio: The Rest of the Story | TIME.com

Marco Rubio: The Rest of the Story | TIME.com
I’ve gotten a lot of interesting feedback about my Marco Rubio cover story, most of it about stuff that wasn’t in the story. I heard from “birthers” upset that I didn’t question Rubio’s eligibility for the presidency, which I guess proves that some kooks are capable of intellectual consistency. I heard from Florida Democrats upset that I didn’t delve into Rubio’s awkward history of personal finance; it just seemed small-bore to me, even his mini-scandal involving personal expenses on a political credit card. And some readers asked why I didn’t mention that back when Rubio was a hopeless Senate candidate polling 30 points behind then-Governor Charlie Crist, I wrote a story explaining why he was going to win anyway.......


Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/02/11/marco-rubio-the-rest-of-the-story/#ixzz2KbcPHKwi

Hmmm...Rubio’s first GOP bilingual State of the Union response gives Spanish-language media equal footing

Rubio’s first GOP bilingual State of the Union response gives Spanish-language media equal footing

When Marco Rubio strides to the podium on February 12 to give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, he will be the first Latino to do so for the Republican party and the first Republican to give a bilingual speech. In the past, a Spanish-speaking language member is chosen to give the response for Spanish-language media.

Spanish-language media will receive an embargoed copy of the speech and be able to air it at the same time the English-language networks air Rubio’s response.

The gestures are seen by many as overt outreach to the Hispanic community, which was largely turned off by the Republican party in the 2012 election, and overwhelmingly supported Obama.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Authorities Announce $1 Million Reward for Dorner | TIME.com

Authorities Announce $1 Million Reward for Dorner | TIME.com

 Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday put up a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings.

Read more: http://nation.time.com/2013/02/10/mountain-hunt-for-ex-lapd-cop-enters-fourth-day/#ixzz2KYrPTIbj

Read the 2013 Annual Letter from Bill Gates

In previous annual letters, I’ve focused on the power of innovation to reduce hunger, poverty, and disease. But any innovation—whether it’s a new vaccine or an improved seed—can’t have an impact unless it reaches the people who will benefit from it.

That’s why in this year’s letter I discuss how innovations in measurement are critical to finding new, effective ways to deliver these tools and services to the people who need them most.

You can read my letter at billsletter.com.

Together, we can create a world in which all people have the chance to lead a healthy and productive life. Thank you for taking the time to learn more.                       

Senator vows to delay Obama's nominees over Libya

Senator vows to delay Obama's nominees over Libya

A leading Republican senator is threatening to hold up Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees to lead the Defense Department and the CIA until the White House provides more answers about the deadly Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.

Sen. Lindsey Graham is angered by what he calls White House "stonewalling" about the attack that killed four Americans, including the ambassador.

Graham tells CBS he'll hold up Senate action on the nominations of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and John Brennan as CIA director until he gets what he wants.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Will Not Compromise on Immigration Reform | TIME.com

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Will Not Compromise on Immigration Reform | TIME.com

Now the 46-year-old lawyer, educated at Harvard, Oxford and Yale, is pursuing a lawsuit in his spare time on behalf of 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who are challenging the Obama Administration’s authority to allow children of unlawful immigrants to remain in the country by Executive Order. A U.S. district court in Texas recently ruled that the suit can move forward; a hearing on the merits of the challenge is expected to be held by mid-March.


Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/02/07/on-immigration-conservative-mastermind-kris-kobach-is-not-backing-down/#ixzz2KH5vdgqf

'Intimacy 2.0' Dress Turns Transparent When You Get Sexually Aroused (PHOTOS)

'Intimacy 2.0' Dress Turns Transparent When You Get Sexually Aroused (PHOTOS)

WhoTF.... is Gayle Trotter: The Woman Who Called Gun Control Sexist - The Daily Beast

Gayle Trotter: The Woman Who Called Gun Control Sexist - The Daily Beast
....she was being hailed as a hero by some—conservative blogger Michelle Malkin tweeted, “Stand tall, Gayle Trotter. We appreciate your strong 2nd. amendment voice”—and as a nut job by others. Trotter “is now officially the most insane gun advocate in America,” wrote blogger Michael Edward Kelly. The New York Times called her testimony “dangerous.”

The 41-year-old is a mother of six and a partner in the law firm she and her father built. She has written for a few blogs, including the now defunct Christian-themed Evangel. She’s a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, a nonprofit research group whose mission is to “expand the conservative coalition.” The IWF has been criticized for taking positions that go against women’s interests, with The New York Times calling it a “right-wing public policy group that provides pseudofeminist support for extreme positions that are in fact dangerous for women.”

Marco Rubio: Immigrant Son | TIME.com

Marco Rubio: Immigrant Son | TIME.com

That’s why on the morning of Dec. 21, she called her youngest son, Marco Antonio Rubio, the 41-year-old Senator from Florida and great Hispanic hope of the Republican Party—or, as she calls him, Tony. She got his voice mail. “Tony, some loving advice from the person who cares for you most in the world,” she said in Spanish. “Don’t mess with the immigrants, my son. Please, don’t mess with them.” She reminded him that undocumented Americans—los pobrecitos, she called them, the poor things—work hard and get treated horribly. “They’re human beings just like us, and they came for the same reasons we came. To work. To improve their lives. So please, don’t mess with them.”


Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/02/07/immigrant-son/#ixzz2KECYQia2

California legislation would require gun owners to buy liability insurance

California legislation would require gun owners to buy liability insurance
Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D- Los Angeles) in California would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover any damages that may be caused by the weapon.

“I believe the true cost of purchasing a gun is not reflected in the price,” Gomez told NBC Latino. “How do you reflect the true cost? It’s not about just buying the gun and the bullets but the societal costs if there is an accident.”

If passed, Gomez hopes insurance would encourage gun owners to be safer and reduce their costs if they have a trigger lock, safe box or took classes on gun safety.

But opponents of the legislation say it’s yet another effort to introduce government regulation on guns when none is needed and view it as a violation of the right to bear arms.

Noticia - ¿Que podemos esperar de una reforma migratoria?

Noticia - ¿Que podemos esperar de una reforma migratoria?
La última vez que el país vio una reforma significativa en su sistema migratorio fue en el año de 1986, cuando se aprobó la Reforma Migratoria y Acta de Control (IRCA, por sus siglas en inglés), por medio de la cual alrededor de tres millones de inmigrantes lograron legalizar su estatus migratorio.

La nueva reforma, vista desde los ojos del Presidente Obama, ofrecería un camino a la ciudadanía para los inmigrantes que no tengan un record criminal, pasen chequeos de seguridad y de antecedentes penales, paguen sus impuestos y una penalidad por entrar o quedarse en el país sin permiso, y aprendan inglés. Estos inmigrantes estarían de “últimos en la fila” para adquirir un estatus legal en el país.

La reforma también seguiría los preceptos de seguridad y control que hasta el momento han caracterizado al gobierno de Obama, durante el cual se ha deportado una cifra record de 1,5 millones de inmigrantes. Los inmigrantes con antecedentes criminales seguirían siendo prioridad a la hora de realizar deportaciones y el programa E-Verify, mediante el cual los empleadores pueden corroborar si un posible empleado cuenta con permiso para trabajar en los Estados Unidos, sería implementado de forma obligatoria, imponiendo castigos significativos a aquellos empleadores que contraten a inmigrantes ...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The New and Improved ‘God Made a Farmer’ Ads - COLORLINES

The New and Improved ‘God Made a Farmer’ Ads - COLORLINES

Marco Rubio...A GOP Token ?

State of the Union: Marco Rubio to Deliver Republican Response - ABC News

Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will deliver the Republican response to the president’s State of the Union address on February 12th.

The address will be delivered in both English and Spanish, a first, according to a joint statement issued by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Rubio, son of Cuban immigrants and a rising star in the Republican party, is one of the bipartisan “gang of 8″ U.S. senators pushing a new immigration reform bill.

“Marco Rubio is one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders.

The white South’s last defeat - Salon.com

The white South’s last defeat - Salon.com

The white Southern narrative — at least in the dominant Southern conservative version — is one of defeat after defeat. First the attempt of white Southerners to create a new nation in which they can be the majority was defeated by the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Doomed to be a perpetual minority in a continental American nation-state, white Southerners managed for a century to create their own state-within-a-state, in which they could collectively lord it over the other major group in the region, African-Americans. But Southern apartheid was shattered by the second defeat, the Civil Rights revolution, which like the Civil War and Reconstruction was symbolized by the dispatching of federal troops to the South. The American patriotism of the white Southerner is therefore deeply problematic. Some opt for jingoistic hyper-Americanism (the lady protesteth too much, methinks) while a shrinking but significant minority prefer the Stars and Bars to the Stars and Stripes......

It is clear from the map that most self-described unhyphenated “Americans” are, in fact, whites of British descent — many if not most of them descendants of the Scots-Irish diaspora that emigrated from Ulster to the British colonies in the 1700s. The point is that many white Southerners do not think of themselves as having any “ethnicity” at all. Others — German-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Chinese-Americans — are hyphenated Americans. White Southerners tend to see themselves as “pure” Americans, “real” Americans, “normal” Americans. Long after Mayflower descendants were submerged by waves of European migration in New England, large regions of the white South remain the last places in the country where local majorities can trace their family ancestry back to before 1776 in British America.....

But it is difficult, if not impossible, for many white Southerners to disentangle regional culture (Southern) from race (white) and ethnicity (British Protestant). The historical memory of white Southerners is not of ethnic coexistence and melting-pot pluralism but of ethnic homogeneity and racial privilege. Small wonder that going from the status of local Herrenvolk to local minority in only a generation or two is causing much of the white South to freak out.....

Arizona ‘English only’ document plan touted

Arizona ‘English only’ document plan touted

The debate over providing government documents only in English is re-emerging at the Arizona Legislature, a controversial topic many thought had been resolved seven years ago with a successful ballot measure.

The House Government Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 2283, which would forbid state agencies from mailing out certain documents in any language but English. It still needs a vote of the full House before moving on. But critics already warn it could violate the federal Civil Rights Act.

Sponsor Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, who has introduced several anti-illegal-immigration measures this year and in previous years, said this bill is about saving money. He also said it reinforces Proposition 103, passed by voters in 2006 to make English the state’s official language and require that all “official government actions” be conducted in English. Even with its passage, many state documents continue to be printed in Spanish and other languages.

Arizona is among 28 states with laws declaring English their official language.

Postal Service Plans to End Saturday Delivery - NYTimes.com

Postal Service Plans to End Saturday Delivery - NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — The Postal Service is expected to announce on Wednesday morning that it will stop delivering letters and other mail on Saturdays, but continue to handle packages, a move the financially struggling agency said would save about $2 billion annually as it looks for ways to cut cost.       

The agency has long sought Congressional approval to end mail delivery on Saturdays. But Congress, which continues to work on legislation to reform the agency, has resisted. It is unclear how the agency will be able to end the six-day delivery of mail without Congressional approval.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Border Folly: The Heated, Hazy Politics of Arizona’s Immigration Battle | Vanity Fair

Border Folly: The Heated, Hazy Politics of Arizona’s Immigration Battle | Vanity Fair
From Governor Jan Brewer to Sheriff Joe Arpaio to a Tea Party–dominated state legislature, no state deserves the tag “Kookocracy” as much as Arizona, and in Arizona there’s no bigger issue than immigration and border security. As immigration reform takes center stage in Washington, one man in Arizona is caught in the middle.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Ciao andThank You Hillary....see ya in 2016 =D


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What fuels the love for guns in the US? - Inside Story Americas - Al Jazeera English

What fuels the love for guns in the US? - Inside Story Americas - Al Jazeera English
There are nearly 300 million firearms in the US - which is almost as many guns as there are people. It is, in fact, the most heavily armed country per capita in the world.

But since 20 children were shot and killed in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, the call for tougher gun control laws has been louder than it has been for decades.

Those calls have also prompted many to go out and buy more guns. Stores across the country have recorded a massive increase in sales, as gun owners fear regulations could infringe on their right to bear arms.

In a country where the right to bear arms is enshrined in the constitution, the debate over gun control is highly divisive.

Gun owners say they are being unfairly vilified, while gun control advocates say assault rifles have no place on the streets.

In this first episode of our Inside Story Americas special series, Guns, Culture and Crime in the US
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