February 28, 2009
February 25, 2009
My friend Carlos reported live from the Oscars this past weekend in Hollywood for a local channel.
Here is a link to see his photos from the Oscars:
Have as much fun watching them as I did.
February 24, 2009
Congrats to all those Senators who championed Mrs. Solis's nomination. Of course, we need to acknowledge President Obama for having nominated her in the first place. And to all supporters out there who believe that Rep. Solis's nomination is just one more symbol representing the change in the political class of this nation we all been waiting for.
To know more about our new secretary of labor, please see her profile on wikipedia:
I dug up this video from the campaign trail months. Senator Obama is being interviewed by Carlos Lopez from CNN en Español. Questions range from the ambivalance of the Latino vote going to him to relations with Latin American countries.
February 23, 2009
A Milestone for Justice for Latinos
FEBRUARY 23, 2009 - Tonight, the epic battle of one of the greatest legal achievements of the 20th century will be depicted on PBS. "A Class Apart" tells the story of the groundbreaking Hernandez v. Texas case, starting in Edna, Texas and going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954. Argued weeks before the internationally famous Brown v. Board of Education case but much less known, the unanimous Hernandez decision by the U.S. Supreme Court established that Mexican Americans in Texas, while previously (and arguably) treated as "white" under the law were in reality segregated as a class apart from the white mainstream and subject to discrimination, mistreatment and disregard by Texas law, society, governmental institutions and custom.
February 22, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 20, 2009
Rick Santelli (Reporter from CNBC), came out ranting about the housing plan designed by the administration to help people save their homes all over America. Most experts out there, who understand thoroughly the issue, will tell you this whole financial debacle started with the housing market, and it will end there; stabilization of the housing market is a must.
I understand people’s frustration with government’s failure to resolve financial matters in a free market based economy, especially as complex as ours. However, the market is melting down and, alone, won’t cure itself. Even, despite the help of the TARP funds provided by the last administration last fall— which we still don’t know where it all ended up except the fact, that Wall Street execs got paid huge bonuses with it—still has not properly stabilize the financial markets.
Now given Mr. Santelli’s rant about how to save the economy, I can’t help ask myself, where was your citizenship concern when the last administration devoted billions of dollars to bail out Wall Street investment bankers? And finding afterwards, the fact of that much of this money was spent on paying bonuses to executives! Where is your sense of frustration about this, Mr. Santelli? What is your proposed solution: To let the market fix it? You know, that sounds like a very familiar rhetoric from someone else we used to call our president, and a candidate who was running for the presidency a few months ago.
I’m not buying into your supposed citizen’s concern on how to spend tax payer’s money. You are an intelligent person; you of all people should not be required to be educated on the issue! As you should know, the solution is complex and requires a multifaceted approach to the crisis. Stabilization of the housing market is vital to economic recovery. Oh yes, you have the right to be indignant about irresponsible borrowers and should even be more indignant about greedy/fraud investment bankers (Which you fail to mention), but that still is not going to solve the problem. Your proposed solution only demonstrates you have a short memory and obsolete ideas.
Now, families all across America ( I’m sure he’s gotta have somebody in his neighborhood that is under water) may or may not save their homes, but at least this plan is available to them, and aims to prevent further decline in housing values. Moreover, it will prevent millions of people from going homeless. It is more costly to this society if we allow them to go homeless. It is now their turn to get a life saver instead of Wall Street, and we should strive toward this, along with the Wall Street bail out; give this economy some solid footing to recovery from Wall Street to Main Street. It makes one wonder whether you ever think about these millions of families who are at the brink of homelessness because of being duped by irresponsible/greedy brokers? I doubt it.
Screaming from the top of your lungs from a trading floor about government spending to help millions of American homes, does not give you much credibility. It only exacerbates the problem and accurately depicts how inadequate Wall Street thinking alone represents. On the contrary, it underscores how much needed reform it requires. Your rhetoric should be seen as irresponsible, as an insult to Americans, and as hypocritical—to say the least.
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February 19, 2009
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release February 19, 2009
President Barack Obama Announces Key White House Posts
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, President Barack Obama announced the following White House posts: Adolfo Carrion, White House Director of Urban Affairs and Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs.
President Barack Obama said, "I look forward to working with these talented leaders to bring long overdue attention to the urban areas where 80 percent of the American people live and work. Vibrant cities spawn innovation, economic growth, and cultural enrichment; the Urban Affairs office will focus on wise investments and development in our urban areas that will create employment and housing opportunities and make our country more competitive, prosperous, and strong."
President Obama and Vice President Biden created the White House Office of Urban Affairs to develop a strategy for metropolitan America and to ensure that all federal dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs. The Director of Urban Affairs will report directly to the president and coordinate all federal urban programs.
The following announcements were made today:
Adolfo Carrion, White House Director of Urban Affairs- Carrion has served two terms as Bronx Borough President and one term as the President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). As Bronx Borough President, Carrion oversaw the creation of 40,000 new units of housing in seven years, 50 new schools, $7 billion in capital and infrastructure expenditures, and over $400 million in new parks and parkland renovation. Prior to his service as Bronx Borough President, Carrion represented the 14th City Council District on the New York City Council and also served as an urban planner at the NYC Department of City Planning and a teacher in the New York City Public Schools. Carrion received his bachelors in World Religions and Philosophy from King's College in 1985 and his Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College in 1990.
February 18, 2009
Thanks to this Jerk and many like him on Wall Street, the most vulnerable in our society are going through hell.
Minimum this criminal and others like him should not only get jail term, but should pay back all the $ they stole from legitimate investors.
I'm quoting the Message just as it was sent out to the group of "Facebook Owns You":
"OFFICIAL RESPONSE FROM FB SPOKESPERSON BARRY SCHNITT:
I hope you don’t think your participation in this discussion was a waste of time. Honestly, your questions were very helpful to us in arriving at what we believe is the right decision. Also, I think your questions will continue to be useful as we’re crafting a new Terms.Again, thanks for the fruitful discussion and a special thanks to Anne Katherine and Julius for setting up this feedback forum. We hope you’ll all join our “Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” ( http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=69048030774 ) group and continue discussing these issues there."
So there it is. People have spoken and Facebook went back to the old TOS for the meantime. However, if I were you, I'd keep an eye on this, 'cause you never know they'll try pull another fast one like this again in the future.
February 17, 2009
This particular post deviates from my usual posts, but I think is important you know what’s happening with Facebook as I write this piece.
According to bloggers and consumer groups out there, Facebook now reserves the right to use your content, even after you disabled your account, OMG! The owner denied this claim, but can you believe them? Especially the way it was done! Check out the following link so you can find out more about the discussion: http://consumerist.com/tag/terms-of-service/,
Also, you can read Facebook’s new TOS so you can see it for yourself:
Furthermore, arm yourself and read their Privacy Settings Policy if you haven’t done it yet:
I’m no Einstein, but I think they’re up to no good, and it may be that the reason they decided to change their TOS, is to obtain more authority over your content. They didn’t before but now they can with this modification. Therefore, I’ve signed up to the following Protest group: “Facebook Owns You,” to show my discontent to this change. I suggest you join them as well to pressure the company to go back to the older version of the TOS.
Many people predict that the company will give into to public pressure to restore to the old terms given the bad publicity this news is having. I hope they do!
February 16, 2009
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February 13, 2009
Inaugural Gala Election 2009 Soledad O'Brien, Jennifer Lopez, Hilda Solis et al - by Mariela Rosario
I saw this today, and thought I share it with you. Could people get behind this? or is it just another crazy idea out there...
February 12, 2009
You can't do this Man... After all the hard work of lobbying for the job and then you go and blow it! CMON... You begged for this job.
Everyone thinks is over the Census, but I think this action was done deliberately to embarrass the President. No Love for you Mr. GOP!
Was it the economic recession that hit him that bad...?
I doubt it-- it's too bad to see such a great actor disappear into the night without a good explanation. God help him.
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February 11, 2009
I have a good friend from graduate school, who I admire 'cause he is one of those few people I know, that is so fortunate to do what he likes for living working for an NGO in Mexico. (Is that a right assessment Pete?)
However, it's so interesting right after this soccer game, unfortunately I didn’t watch, to see his post show up on his Facebook status, and I quote: "Puts it better, what has ur futbol done for you lately?" I think he should’ve put it better in Spanish since he lives in Mexico so people there can understand his perspective. I’m not saying they don’t speak English, but saying it in Spanish would resonate better with them: “Qué ha hecho el futbol por ustedes últimamente?” would’ve been a better post. I believe I do understand Pete’s perspective when he asks this.
I like both countries dearly and I'm sure he does too, since he lives there. I've traveled extensively in both countries, and I feel I know Mexico as well as I do the U.S. I have no formal ties to Mexico only those beautiful relationships I've developed with friends over the years. Having traveled so much through Latin America, I totally understand the passion that Futbol brings out in people there and all over the region. It's so symbolic, like a jewel of pride if your country beats any other country in region, and especially the U.S. So one can add salt to the wound or something like that… but I’m telling you: It feels good to many, when the U.S. loses in soccer to any country in the region.
So this comment makes me ponder (And I'm sure to many Latino/as living in the U.S. too of Mexican origin) who have lived long enough in the U.S. to see both sides of the coin—what does this futbol rivalry symbolically really means to both people? If it means anything at all to the ‘Gringos,’ since they don’t really follow futbol as much as the Mexicans do. What a simple game really means in the minds of people here and there? Whether Mexico or the U.S. wins? Does winning or losing in soccer add or take away to a long lasting history between its people?
I wish that if the people of the U.S. had the same passion over futbol as Mexican people do, they would extrapolate such sentiment and show it but in a positive way on other issues toward the Mexican people. To be able to see each other eye to eye on certain issues that are more important than futbol. I’m not saying that both nations do not see eye to eye on many issues at the intergovernmental level. But I feel that this old 20th century rivalry mentality is old and inapplicable to today’s reality. This rivalry symbolically expressed through futbol especially of the Mexican people is no longer relevant. (I think it only applies to the Mexican side in this context).
We’re so integrated today by culture, business, and technology that this old rivalry mentality doesn’t apply anymore, whether in futbol or other issues. How great could we both be, if our futbol was not just another game of rivalry, but rather a game of comradeship to bring our people closer on those issues we do not see eye to eye. I don’t know if I’m just missing totally the point here (And you can tell me if I am on my blog) but I still can’t help react to Pete’s comment on whether behind this reaction still lies a 20th century mentality? And it’s not just, who wins the soccer game… but in reality on many other issues.
So to echo my good friend Pete’s sentiment, I take the liberty to translate his comment, “Qué ha hecho el futbol por ustedes últimamente?” and better ask this question in a different way, "What have you done for your Mexican neighbor lately?" to people in this country.
Julio Osegueda, a young college student in Floridad, asked President Obama, about improving Julio's benefits at his current job.
Tons of Americans find themselves asking themselves the same question right now, however, Julio was lucky enough to be able to ask this question in person to the President.
Kudos to Julio!
February 10, 2009
I came across this. Now this is funny! It's alway good to have humor after the last two posts.
This was five months ago, when the last administration came out to the rescue of financial institutions in the U.S.
February 09, 2009
Do you think this particular Stimulus will be enough to get this economy going? Or do you think that a few months from now, the democrats will come back again asking for another stimulus?
The Senate projects tomorrow the final vote on the stimulus. I think the majority of Americans don't care anymore how much it is, but how soon this $ is going to impact peoples' real lives.
See ya tomorrow.
Gutierrez Announces Five-Week, Fourteen-City Tour to Document Urgency for Immigration Reform in 2009
Gutierrez Announces Five-Week, Fourteen-City Tour to Document Urgency for Immigration Reform in 2009
Media Contact: Rebecca Dreilinger (202) 225-8203FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Washington DC) Today, U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) announced that he will spearhead a five-week national tour—visiting 14 U.S. cities—to document the harm caused to citizens across our nation in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform.
In an unprecedented nationwide campaign, Gutierrez has partnered with local communities and churches to hold rallies for thousands of U.S. citizens whose families have been or risk being torn apart by our broken immigration system. Many members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are also holding similar events in their districts.
"As a nation —as citizens— we cannot wait any longer for fair and just immigration reform," said Rep. Gutierrez. "Across America, parents and children, husbands and wives are being torn apart by a system that values quotas over family values and which undermines our economic security in a time of crisis. It is for this reason that U.S. citizens in each of these 13 cities are joining this campaign and standing up for real, lasting change."
When & Where:
February 27, Providence, RI
February 28, Atlanta, GA
March 1, Albuquerque, NM
March 7, Houston, TX
March 8, Phoenix, AZ
March 13 McAllen, TX
March 14, Dallas, TX
March 15, El Paso, TX
March 21, Chicago, IL
March 22, Milwaukee, WI
March 28, Tampa, FL
March 28, Orlando, FL
March 29, Miami, FL
April 4, Philadelphia, PA
Already nearly 40 evangelical church leaders, representing nearly 20,000 parishioners, have joined Rep. Gutierrez to demonstrate the vast numbers of American families—from all political backgrounds—who demand change from a legal system that undermines family values. U.S. citizens whose families have been affected will be available at each event to share their specific stories with press
February 08, 2009
Click on the link below:
February 07, 2009
February 06, 2009
This Package is DONE!
The Senate has tonight negotiated a final $780 billion dollars package(Republicans say is $1.1 trillion) economic stimulus. It was decreased by $39 billion from the original amount passed by the House. Some say, democrats agreed to concede some cuts in education from the original version and accommodate other things (Tax cuts) to gain republican support.
Now this bill will go into conference (the last phase) where details will be worked out by leaders from each party behind doors. Today’s final negotiation on the stimulus package puts an end on the legislative saga that has been taking center stage in Washington since it was publicly announce the cost of the original stimulus.
Next week, lawmakers will be watching carefully for the Treasury Secretary (Geithner) as he announces details of how to spend the remaining half (Roughly $300 billion) of TARP funds, remember, this was the first stimulus passed back in September to alleviate the economy. As you know, much of the first half went to the private capital sector(Corporate America).
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Well, famous Hollywood actor, Val Kilmer, you must remember him from blockbusters like Batman and Heat, is pondering on the idea to run for Governor of New Mexico, according to Washington DC media pundits. Well, I don’t know much about NM politics, all I know is: Governor is a great Mexican American who ran to be president; then nominated to be our next secretary of commerce; and then we all know where that ended up…
Anyway, I guess Hollywood is trying to make a political comeback with one of their own this week. Yeap! I don’t know if you paid attention but Hollywood filmmakers were beat bad by Detroit auto-makers over hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits during the stimulus debate earlier this week. But it is not like a surprise that a Hollywood actor would want to run for the governorship of his state. After all, remember, one of the most popular public figures of this country came from Hollywood; ended up defeating the Soviet Union; introduced Reagan-economics; and became one of the most popular presidents ever in the history of the Republic.
I love it when I see this type of news pop up in the political media class during times of a world financial mess, can you ever go wrong with one more actor in the political class of this country? I think not.
February 05, 2009
I thought I share this with you. Very interesting discussions took place at the World Economic Forum. This one in particular focuses on the policy reasonings behind the financial collapse of global markets.
February 04, 2009
Help yourself to a good laugh by clicking below:
The report: http://otrans.3cdn.net/45593e8ecbd339d074_l3m6bt1te.pdf
The Fact Sheet (Identify your state): http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/White_House_Releases_Additional_State1.pdf
I hear he's the best at what he does. Hopefully he can bring the morale up at DOJ and start actually enforcing the laws on the books.
Buena Suerte Señor U.S. Attorney General.
February 03, 2009
Everyone knows the economy is been tanking for awhile, and could even get worse (God forbid it doesn’t) if the federal government doesn’t create some kind of fiscal stimulus to stimulate consumer spending, and therefore the economy.
Now, everyone argues and speculates on what is in it?(Whatever fits you best) moreover, whether the stimulus is going to revive the economy; being an independent thinker, I’ve researched for myself the topic (I’m sure you have too, and I welcome you to share on this blog to empower more people to know where your tax dollars are going). Please share with us (If you care at all) as I’m sharing with you the following links:
A break down of Aid to States:
February 02, 2009
But he didn't say how many more weeks of Recession we have left.... that's what I want to know.
Check the following site if you care to know more about it:
Here is the official site of Mr. Punxsutawney Phil if you care to know more about him: http://www.groundhog.org/info/
If you'd like to see the Official website of the Superbowl Champions, click below:
February 01, 2009
Dear Cardinal Fans:
I dedicate this Queen video to all you Cardinal fans out there.
I'm sure President Obama would be Happy!
Thanks for Visiting
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