Friday, May 31, 2013

Arizona...Hate vs Reason

Recall effort against Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio fails - latimes.com

On Thursday, members of Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona -- who launched the recall effort against Arpaio -- failed to gather the necessary 335,000 valid voter signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline. The aim was to force a recall election.

Activists behind the recall effort would not say how many signatures they were short. Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for Better Arizona, only said the two groups had collected close to 300,000 signatures.

Arpaio, reelected in November, blasted the group in a prepared statement.

“After months of name calling, after the disparaging effigies and theatrics … this latest recall effort has failed,” Arpaio said. "This effort failed because the good people of Maricopa County, whom I'm honored to serve, rejected the wrongheaded idea of overturning an election."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

How Immigration Funds Healthcare for the Elderly

How Immigration Funds Healthcare for the Elderly - ABC News#.UaeEnORg8c9

If you're growing old and depending on Medicare, you have someone to thank for keeping the system afloat: Immigrants, including those who entered the country illegally.

A Harvard Medical School study published on Wednesday found that immigrants generated a $13.8 billion surplus in the Medicare system in 2009. That's means they put a lot more into the system than they took out.

Meanwhile, people born in the U.S. accounted for a $30.9 billion deficit.

The biggest reason immigrants are able to contribute more than their share is because they're more likely to be of working age and part of the labor force. Of all immigrants in the U.S., 80 percent are between the ages of 18-64, versus 59 percent of the U.S.-born population, according to 2010 census data.

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Jose Luis Pelaez/Getty Images
Immigrants pay more into Medicare than they use in services, according to a new study.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Judge Finds Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated Constitutional Rights of Latinos | Democracy Now!

Judge Finds Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated Constitutional Rights of Latinos | Democracy Now!

China’s Brutal One-Child Policy - NYTimes.com

China’s Brutal One-Child Policy - NYTimes.com

The news has ignited an angry online debate, with Internet users condemning the unequal application of a 1979 law that stipulates every couple may have just one child (or two for ethnic minorities and for rural couples whose first child is a girl). The truth is: for the rich, the law is a paper tiger, easily circumvented by paying a “social compensation fee” — a fine of 3 to 10 times a household’s annual income, set by each province’s family planning bureau, or by traveling to Hong Kong, Singapore or even America to give birth.
      
For the poor, however, the policy is a flesh-and-blood tiger with claws and fangs. In the countryside, where the need for extra hands to help in the fields and the deeply entrenched patriarchal desire for a male heir have created strong resistance to population control measures, the tiger has been merciless.
       
Village family-planning officers vigilantly chart the menstrual cycle and pelvic-exam results of every woman of childbearing age in their area. If a woman gets pregnant without permission and is unable to pay the often exorbitant fine for violating the policy, she risks being subjected to a forced abortion.
       
According to Chinese Health Ministry data released in March, 336 million abortions and 222 million sterilizations have been carried out since 1971. (Though the one-child policy was introduced in 1979, other, less-stringent family planning policies were in place before it.)

BBC News - China rescuers save baby lodged in sewage pipe

BBC News - China rescuers save baby lodged in sewage pipe

Residents of an apartment building in Jinhua city, Zhejiang province, called rescuers on Saturday after they heard the infant's cries.

Rescuers tried to pull the baby out of the pipe but failed and ended up sawing through a section of the pipe instead.

They took the pipe to hospital, where it was carefully pulled apart to release the infant.

The baby, thought to be just a few days old, was found inside a pipe 10cm (4 in) in diameter, the China Daily newspaper said.

Footage (click on link) from state television showed firefighters and doctors working together using pliers to cut the pipe apart to get to the baby.

The baby is now in stable condition, reports say.

Chinese hackers access major weapons systems: Washington Post | Reuters

Chinese hackers access major weapons systems: Washington Post | Reuters

The report did not specify the extent or time of the cyber-thefts or indicate if they involved computer networks of the U.S. government, contractors or subcontractors.

But the espionage would give China knowledge that could be exploited in a conflict, such as the ability to knock out communications and corrupting data, the Post said. It also could speed China's development of its defense technology.

In a report to Congress this month, the Pentagon said China was using espionage to modernize its military and its hacking was a serious concern. It said the U.S. government had been the target of hacking that appeared to be "attributable directly to the Chinese government and military."

China dismissed the report as groundless.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

California’s New Problem - Too Much Money - NYTimes.com

California’s New Problem - Too Much Money - NYTimes.com

The amount is a matter of debate, but by any measure significant: between $1.2 billion, projected by Gov. Jerry Brown, and $4.4 billion, the estimate of the Legislature’s independent financial analyst. The surplus comes barely three years after the state was facing a deficit of close to $60 billion.
       
At first glance, the situation should be welcome news in a state overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, who have spent much of their time slashing programs they support. After last November’s elections, the party has two-thirds majorities in the Assembly and the Senate, relegating Republicans almost completely to the sidelines.
      
Instead, the surplus has set off a debate about the durability of new revenues, and whether the money should be used to reverse some of the spending cuts or set aside to guard against the inevitable next economic downturn.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Immigrants’ IQ Lower, Wrote Coathor of Heritage Foundation Report

To the conservative Heritage Foundation, comprehensive immigration reform is an epic boondoggle. To wit, in a report released earlier this week, Heritage puts the cost of immigration reform at a whopping $6.3 trillion. That’s nearly half the size of the United States economy.

Not only does Heritage assume a world where every unauthorized immigrant becomes a citizen, but it assumes one where upward mobility has disappeared—every immigrant is taking more in benefits than paying in taxes—and one where there are no economic gains from legalizing and integrating immigrants.

In the push to understand why Heritage would make such assumptions, Dylan Matthews of The Washington Post discovered an important fact about one of the coauthors, Jason Richwine, a “senior policy analyst” at Heritage. Richwine earned his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University in 2009, with a dissertation titled “IQ and Immigration Policy.”

His thesis is straightforward and clearly stated in the abstract: “The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/09/immigrants-iq-lower-wrote-coathor-of-heritage-foundation-report.html?obref=obnetwork

Federal Judge Finds Violations of Rights by Sheriff Joe Arpaio - NYTimes.com

Federal Judge Finds Violations of Rights by Sheriff Joe Arpaio - NYTimes.com

PHOENIX — A federal judge ruled on Friday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies had violated the constitutional rights of Latinos by targeting them during raids and traffic stops here and throughout Maricopa County.

With his ruling, Judge G. Murray Snow of United States District Court delivered the most decisive defeat so far to Sheriff Arpaio, who has come to symbolize Arizona’s strict approach to immigration enforcement by making it the leading mission for many of the 800 deputies under his command at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The ruling prohibits the sheriff’s office from using “race or Latino ancestry” as a factor in deciding to stop any vehicle with Latino occupants, or as a factor in deciding whether they may be in the country without authorization.
      
It also prohibits deputies from reporting a vehicle’s Latino occupants to federal immigration authorities or detaining, holding or arresting them, unless there is more than just a “reasonable belief” that they are in the country illegally. To detain them, the ruling said, the deputies must also have reasonable suspicion that the occupants are violating the state’s human-trafficking and employment laws or committing other crimes.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Garcetti makes history as next L.A. mayor

Garcetti makes history as next L.A. mayor - CNN.com


Eric Garcetti won the Los Angeles mayoral race, and will become the city's first elected Jewish mayor.

Garcetti's mother is Jewish, and his father, Gil, the former district attorney whose office lost in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in the 1990s, is of Mexican and Italian descent.

"I always felt myself to be Jewish and Latino very comfortably," Garcetti told the Jewish Journal during the campaign. "Weekends were both filled with bowls of menudo and lots of bagels."

Monday, May 20, 2013

7 Foods That Boost Your Brainpower | Inc.com

7 Foods That Boost Your Brainpower | Inc.com

1. Salmon. This is one of the best brain foods out there. Salmon is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids that have been shown to enhance memory and cognition. Plus, Omega 3s have anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Shoot for three servings of wild Alaskan salmon a week.

2. Flax. This plant-based source of Omega 3 is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Not only does flax improve brain function, but it helps reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Flax also helps lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar, making it a great supplement to include in any diet. Sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to oatmeal or add a tablespoon of flax oil to smoothies or salad dressings.

3. Blueberries. These berries contain flavonoids--antioxidants that have been shown to help improve your ability to learn and enhance motor skills. Flavonoids also help prevent degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Add a cup to your morning oatmeal or to a smoothie. Or simply keep them on hand for a quick and healthy afternoon snack.

4. Nuts and seeds. This perfect afternoon snack is a good source of both Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which improve brain function. Plus, nuts contain vitamin E, which has been shown to help protect the brain from free-radical damage. Walnuts are best for brainpower. Cashews and sunflower seeds contain an amino acid that helps boost serotonin levels and alleviate stress.

5. Eggs. Eggs are a great source of choline, a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which helps you concentrate and recall information. Studies have shown that people with Alzheimer's have depleted amounts of this important neurotransmitter.

6. Dark green leafy vegetables. Kale, chard, spinach, and other dark green vegetables contain B-vitamins, including folic acid, which help shield your brain from the effects of aging. These veggies are also loaded in antioxidants that help protect against heart disease and cancer. Eat dark greens daily in salads or as a side dish.

7. Chocolate. This treat is rich in flavanol antioxidants that increase blood flow to the brain, helping to protect brain cells. But the percentage of cacao is important--the darker the chocolate, the better. Enjoy a small square of dark chocolate after lunch for an afternoon boost.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Microsoft Adds Google Chat Support to Outlook.com in Hopes of Winning Over Gmail Users - ABC News

Microsoft Adds Google Chat Support to Outlook.com in Hopes of Winning Over Gmail Users - ABC News

Microsoft is continuing its mission of getting Google users to switch to its products. And this time, it's not doing it with an aggressive advertisement or marketing campaign.

Microsoft announced today that it is adding Google Chat support to its Outlook.com email service. Users will be able to log in with their Google account, see their Google contact list on the right side of the e-mail window and start chatting with those contacts right from Outlook.com.

Microsoft introduced Outlook.com last July as a replacement for Hotmail.com. The email service has a number of unique features, including Sweep, which sweeps newsletters, daily deal or social media alert emails into their own folder.

Vermont close to becoming 4th state to allow doctors to help patients die - U.S. News

Vermont close to becoming 4th state to allow doctors to help patients die - U.S. News

Vermont is poised to become the fourth state to allow doctors to help terminally ill patients die.

A bill approved Monday night by the state House would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication. The Senate has already approved the bill. It goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin, a strong supporter.

Vermont would join Oregon, Washington and Montana. Oregon and Washington passed similar laws by popular vote, and a court order Montana made it legal there. Vermont would be the first to pass such a law through its legislature.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

NRA members should protest organization’s leadership | A Better Iowa

NRA members should protest organization’s leadership | A Better Iowa

As the gun rights advocates rhetoric continues, it seems they love to quote the second amendment and hold up the constitution as the Holy grail they use as a prop. Somehow the message that with rights come responsibilities seems to be missing from their equation. Just like having the right to vote, you also have the responsibility to be an informed voter. This means doing your research, reading the candidates’ positions on a variety of topics relevant to our nation, our state and our community. The same thing should be true for responsible gun ownership. With the right to bear arms, you must also bear the responsibility of owning a weapon that is lethal.

The accounts in recent days of guns getting into the hands of “babies” should sicken even the most ardent gun enthusiast. Loaded guns have no place in any household and especially not in one with young children or juveniles. This is not what was meant by the second amendment. It did not mean at all costs and without any kind of responsible behavior.
 
Often we hear of citizens who think their rights trump everyone else’s. This is simply not true. The National Rifle Association needs a reality check and should represent their members instead of the gun manufacturers. At their recent annual meeting in Houston, with the theme of “Stand and Fight” one need only think about the mindset of those ready and willing to do exactly that. This does not sound like people who wish to work together for the common good. This is more a call to arms.

Mayoral race 2013: Video interviews with Garcetti and Greuel - latimes.com



Mayoral race 2013: Video interviews with Garcetti and Greuel - latimes.com


5% rate hike OKd for Southern California Gas customers - latimes.com

5% rate hike OKd for Southern California Gas customers - latimes.com

Almost 21 million residential customers of Southern California Gas Co. will see their monthly bills increase by about 5%, or $1.94, now that state utility regulators have approved a four-year plan to guarantee revenue collected by the nation's largest natural gas distribution network.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday granted the unit of San Diego-based Sempra Energy a rate increase totaling $1.95 billion for 2012 through 2015.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

GOP Leaders Refuse to Name Obamacare Board Members | Goppers

GOP Leaders Refuse to Name Obamacare Board Members | Goppers

May 9, 2013
The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
We write to respond to your March 29, 2013 letter requesting that we submit the names of individuals to serve on the Individual Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which was created in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148). Because the law will give IPAB’s 15 unelected, unaccountable individuals the ability to deny seniors access to innovative care, we respectfully decline to recommend appointments.

As you know, we opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because we knew it would increase health costs, impose costly burdens on job creators, and raid Medicare to pay for a massive new entitlement. In order to allow supporters to claim that the law’s Medicare cuts would be realized in the future, it tasked IPAB with reducing payments to providers or eliminating payments for certain treatments and procedures altogether. These reduced payments will force providers to stop seeing Medicare patients, the same way an increased number of doctors have stopped taking Medicaid patients. This will lead to access problems, waiting lists and denied care for seniors.

The unfortunate result is that decisions which impact America’s seniors will be made in the absence of the democratic process, without the system of checks and balances that would normally apply to important matters of public policy. Yet your recent budget called for expanding IPAB by tasking it with making even larger cuts to Medicare than those called for in the health law, even though the trustees of the Medicare program have told us that IPAB’s provider cuts would be “difficult to achieve in practice,” because of the denied care that seniors would experience.

We believe Congress should repeal IPAB, just as we believe we ought to repeal the entire health care law. In its place, we should work in a bipartisan manner to develop the long-term structural changes that are needed to strengthen and protect Medicare for today’s seniors, their children, and their grandchildren. We hope establishing this board never becomes a reality, which is why full repeal of the Affordable Care Act remains our goal.

Sincerely,
John Boehner Mitch McConnell
Speaker of the House of Representatives Senate Republican Leader

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Greedy Bastards

Chief executive Biagio Chiarolanza said Benetton bought the shirts from a company called New Wave Style, which operated one of the several garment factories inside the Rana Plaza building. The collapse of the building in an industrial suburb of Dhaka last month took the lives of more than 800 people.

Chiarolanza, a 20-year Benetton veteran who became CEO in 2004, said his company plans to continue to use factories in Bangladesh to manufacture its wares, asserting that the welfare of workers in poor countries is best served by providing jobs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/08/benetton-bangladesh-factory-collapse_n_3237991.html?igoogle=1

Monday, May 6, 2013

WTF!....3D Guns

USCIS - Avoid Scams

USCIS - Avoid Scams


Are you getting the right immigration help?


Many people offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so. While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and may be considered an immigration services scam.

If you need help filing an application or petition with USCIS, be sure to seek assistance from the right place, and from people that are authorized to help. Going to the wrong place can:

  • Delay your application or petition
  • Cost you unnecessary fees
  • Possibly lead to removal proceedings

This site can help you avoid immigration services scams. Remember: Know the facts when it comes to immigration assistance, because the Wrong Help Can Hurt.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Soccer Referee Punched by Player in Utah Dies - ABC News

Soccer Referee Punched by Player in Utah Dies - ABC News

A 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma has died, police said.

Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following the assault last weekend, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said Saturday night.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.

Portillo's family said he had been attacked before, and Johanna Portillo said she and her sisters begged their father to stop refereeing because of the risk from angry players, but he continued because he loved soccer.


COMMENTS:
svivar9087- How sad....baby boomers wanted to spare their generation x (or whatever their refered to) children the hardship and struggle, that builds character.

Gave this generation whatever they wanted, without the benefit of earning it.  And now these misguided parents ask, what went wrong?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Meet The Man In Charge

New N.R.A. President Jim Porter - NYTimes.com

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel to Join NALEO Educational Fund and Local Partners at LA Mayoral Candidate Forum

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel to Join NALEO Educational Fund and Local Partners at LA Mayoral Candidate Forum

CONTACT
Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org
(202) 546-2536, ext. 12, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

Paula Valle Castanon, pvalle@naleo.org
(213) 747-7606 ext. 4414, (323) 253-6431 (cell)

NALEO Educational Fund and Local Partners Host Los Angeles
Mayoral Candidate Forum with Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel


With less than one month before the May 21 election, the mayoral candidates will discuss most pressing issues for the Latino community and all Los Angeles residents

Los Angeles, CA - The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund with Alliance for a Better Community, HOPE, MALDEF, NCLR and media partners ABC 7, La Opinion, and Telemundo 52 have joined together to host the Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Forum. Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel will hear from members of the Latino community on Saturday, May 4 at the Coconut Grove Auditorium at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools.

ABC 7 Reporter Carlos Granda will moderate the forum and La Opinion Reporter Pilar Marrero, Loyola Marymount University Professor Fernando Guerra and KNBC 4 Reporter Lolita Lopez will serve as panelists that will ask questions that highlight the diverse perspectives of Latino stakeholders on the City, its future, and what issues are most important for the candidates to address days before the
May 21 election.

Questions were shaped by community forums held in key regions of the city, including Boyle Heights, Northeast Los Angeles, Mid-City/Pico-Union, South Los Angeles, Northeast San Fernando Valley, and the Central San Fernando Valley that targeted this increasingly significant sector of the electorate. Latinos are poised to play a decisive role in the election this month, with the community accounting for half the population and one-third of all voters in Los Angeles.

The Forum is open to the organizations’ Los Angeles-based constituencies and members of the community at large.

What:
Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Forum

When and Where:

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Registration 9 A.M. – 10 A.M.
Forum: 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
Coconut Grove Auditorium
701 S. Catalina Street. Los Angeles, CA 90005

Media:
To schedule an interview or request more information, please contact Amanda Bosquez (abosquez@naleo.org; 202-546-2536) or Paula Valle Castanon (pvalle@naleo.org; 323-253-6431).

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rep Stella Tremblay....an elected moron !



Here's How the Rifle That Just Killed a 2-Year-Old Girl Is Marketed for Kids | Mother Jones

Here's How the Rifle That Just Killed a 2-Year-Old Girl Is Marketed for Kids | Mother Jones

 
On Tuesday, inside a rural Kentucky home, a five-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old sister. The boy had been playing with a .22 caliber single-shot Crickett rifle made and marketed for kids. The children's mother was reportedly outside the house when the shooting took place, and apparently didn't know that the gun contained a shell.

"Just one of those crazy accidents," said the Cumberland County coroner, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Clearly the issue of parental responsibility is at the center of this tragedy. But against the backdrop of the Newtown massacre and ongoing national debate over regulating firearms, it also points back to the big business of guns—including how the industry profits from products aimed at children.