Monthly Archives: May 2010

Memorial Day 2010 Remember Fallen Heros

Remembering the men and women who died in Service for America, Your deaths are not in vain. May God  Rest  Your Soul. Thank You America’s Hero’s, You are not forgotten!!!

Opposing Immigration Rallies in Phoenix

Thousands of supporters and opponents of the Arizona Immigration Reform bill officially known as Senate Bill 1070  came to Phoenix protest or support the bill. Tens of thousands march on the streets of Central Arizona on Saturday in opposition. They march toward the state capitol.

These protesters waved signs and carried American Flags. Officers from the Phoenix Police Department kept an eye on protester who were non-violent.

Supporters of the bill gather at a Arizona State University Tempe Diablo Stadium in to stand with Governor Jan Brewer Saturday evening.

Critics of the new law puts a new burden on police and targets Latinos:

Luis Jimenez, a 33 year old college professor who lives is South Hadley,MA said the law will force police officers to spend much of their time on immigration violations instead of patrolling neighborhoods or dealing with violent crime.

The law also makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally or to impede traffic while hiring day laborers, regardless of the worker’s immigration status.

“You’re saying to the co” ‘Go pick up that day laborer. Don’t worry about the guy committing crime,'” said Jimenez, a naturalized citizen Mexico who grew up in Phoenix.

Alfonso Martinez,  a 38 year old Phoenix carpenter and father of three children who are American Citizen says he has been living in the US illegally for 21 years has been waiting for legal status.

“If they stop me and they find my status, who’s going to feed my kids? Who’s going to keep working hard for them? he said, keeping a careful eye on his six  year old  girl in a stroller. Their 13 year old son walked ahead of them.

Supporters see the law a battle like Alamo during the Texas war of Independence in late 1830’s.

“Arizona, we feel, is America’s Alamo in the fight against illegal and dangerous entry into the United States,” said Gina Loudon of St. Louis,MO; who organized the buycott.

“Our border guards and ll of Arizona law enforcement are the endermanned, under-gunned, taxed-to-the-limit front-line defenders trying to hold back the invasion,” She said.

American Power blog shows  a different view of the immigration march from the socialist and radicals the AP and other media didn’t show. Here’s a sneak peek:

Radicall call Maricopa Country Sherrif Joe Arpaio a Terrorist wearing KKK robes and burining a cross.

On a poster Radicals call Maricopa Country Sherriff Joe Arpaio a Terrorist wearing KKK robes and burning a cross for supporting SB 1070.

AP via My Way News

Special Thanks to Jim Hoft/ Gateway Pundit.

Greece is Advised to Drop the Euro and Return to a Weakend Drachma

A controversial recommendation by British Economists to help the Euro and Greece is shaking up Europe. From The Times of London:

THE Greek government has been advised by British economists to leave the euro and default on its €300 billion (£255 billion) debt to save its economy.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), a London-based consultancy, has warned Greek ministers they will be unable to escape their debt trap without devaluing their own currency to boost exports. The only way this can happen is if Greece returns to its own currency.

The head of the Centre for Economics and Business Research is call for Greece to leave the Euro return to a devalued Drachma:

Speaking from Athens yesterday, Doug McWilliams, chief executive of the CEBR, said: “Leaving the euro would mean the new currency will fall by a minimum of 15%. But as the national debt is valued in euros, this would raise the debt from its current level of 120% of GDP to 140% overnight.

“So part of the package of leaving the euro must be to convert the debt into the new domestic currency unilaterally.”

Mc Williams say this may lead the end of the euro as other nation may follow Greece:

McWilliams called the move “virtually inevitable” and said other members may follow.

“The only question is the timing,” he said. “The other issue is the extent of contagion. Spain would probably be forced to follow suit, and probably Portugal and Italy, though the Italian debt position is less serious.

“Could this be the last weekend of the single currency? Quite possibly, yes.”

Times of London

Heat Wave in India Kills Hundreds

India is melting through record-breaking heat wave. Hundreds have died throughout the country due to heat stroke, and  dehydration. From The Guardian:

Record temperatures in northern India have claimed hundreds of lives in what is believed to be the hottest summer in the country since records began in the late 1800s.

The death toll is expected to rise with experts forecasting temperatures approaching 50C (122F) in coming weeks. More than 100 people are reported to have died in the state of Gujarat where the mercury topped at 48.5C last week. At least 90 died in Maharashtra, 35 in Rajasthan and 34 in Bihar.

Hospitals in Gujarat have been receiving around 300 people a day suffering from food poisoning and heat stroke, ministers said. Officials admit the figures are only a fraction of the total as most of the casualties are found in remote rural villages.

Humans are not the only creatures affected by the heat. Plants and Animals are impacted:

Wildlife and livestock has also suffered with voluntary organisations in Gujarat reporting the deaths of bats and crows and dozens of peacocks reported dead at a forest reserve in Uttar Pradesh.

“Because of the heat, lakes and other water bodies have been reduced to parched land, making dehydration common in such birds,” said Neeraj Srivastava, a wildlife campaigner.

Heat wave comes when India is recovering from serious drought in 2009:

After a drought last year, India’s farmers are now impatient for the arrival of the monsoon, which irrigates 60% of India’s fields. National meteorologists have forecast “normal” rains for this year, a relief in a country where prices of basic foodstuffs have rocketed in recent months due to growing shortages and structural problems with agriculture.

Forecasters have predicted that the south-west monsoon could arrive over the southern state of Kerala as early as today, but it is unlikely to reach the parched north before the end of June.

The Guardian has more.

New Homes Sales Plunges in May in Phoenix and Las Vegas

New Homes sales in May have fallen of a cliff  after the government tax credit programs expired. A survey of new home sales in Las Vegas and Phoenix have dropped. The survey by MetroStudy a real estate research firm in Houston,TX.

The study found sales in Las Vegas dipped more than 10%:

Signed contracts in Metrostudy’s Las Vegas subdivisions dropped 12 percent for the week ended May 24 from a year earlier. They climbed 220 percent in the last week of April, an indication of buyer interest in capturing the tax credit before it ended, Metrostudy said.

Las Vegas had the highest rate of foreclosure filings in the U.S. last year, with 12 percent of households receiving a notice, according to RealtyTrac.

Sales in Phoenix,AZ  crashed and burned to nearly 50%:

In Phoenix, contracts in the subdivisions surveyed by Metrostudy fell almost 49 percent for the week ended May 24 from the same period a year earlier, Hunter said.

San Diego new homes sales also fell:

Would-be buyers canceled about 40 percent of new home contracts in San Diego in May, up from 10 percent in April, the company said. Data on new signings in that city weren’t immediately available.

Bloomberg News has the rest of the story.

Gary Coleman Star of Diff’rent Strokes Dies

Gary Coleman star of the late 1970’s- early 1980’s tv situation-comedy “Diff’rent Strokes” is has died. Coleman was hospitalized in Provo, UT earlier this week after suffering a brain hemorrhage when the actor turned spokesman to fall and injured his head and was in a coma:

Gary Coleman, who by age 11 had skyrocketed to become TV’s brightest star but as an adult could never quite land on solid footing, has died after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42.

Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, where he had been in a coma.

“He was removed from life support; soon thereafter, he passed quickly and peacefully,” his manager John Alcantar says. “By Gary’s bedside were his wife and other close family members.”

The actor suffered an intracranial hemorrhage at his Utah home on Wednesday night. On Thursday, he was “conscious and lucid,” the hospital says in a statement, “but by early afternoon that same day, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened.”

Coleman like his fellow child co-stars Todd Bridges who played Coleman’s Willis Jackson-Drummond and Dana Plato who play  Kimberly Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes” struggle in life after the eight year of the NBC to ABC network series:

As Arnold Jackson, the plucky Harlem boy adopted into a wealthy white household on Diff’rent Strokes from 1978-86 – with his much-mimicked catchphrase of, “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” – Coleman was pulling down as much as $100,000 per episode, though it was later reported that three-quarters of the money ended up being shelled out to his parents, advisers, lawyers and the IRS.

As has been chronicled, the three children on the series grew up into troubled lives. Dana Plato, 34, died of a drug overdose in 1999. (Plato’s son, Tyler Lambert, never came to terms with his mother’s death, and committed suicide on May 6, 2010. He was 25.)

The show’s Willis, actor Todd Bridges, now 45, was first arrested in 1994 after allegedly ramming someone’s car during an argument, He also has owned up to serious drug habit, which he struggled to beat.

By 1999, Coleman also faced troubles of his own. Long gone from Diff’rent Strokes, he had gone broke. His string of misadventures and humiliations included a bitter lawsuit that fractured his family, reports of erratic behavior (his father claimed Gary tried to run him over with a car during an argument in 1986) and a stint in 1998 as a security guard on a movie set.

All told, Coleman had amassed and lost an estimated $18 million fortune. Although he argued that his parents had a huge role in dissipating his wealth, he makes no apologies for having spent like a star. “I have lifestyle requirements,” he said at the time. “Photos, meetings, lunches, dinners, facial care, tooth care. It requires an exorbitant amount of money.”

Coleman’s life plagued with health issues:

At the pinnacle of his fame in 1979 PEOPLE reported that Coleman had grown up in Zion, Ill., north of Chicago, with nephritis, a potentially fatal kidney defect.

He underwent two transplants before the age of 14. At one stage in his life, he underwent dialysis four times a day in order to survive.

“The reason I survived is that I had a kidney that wouldn’t give up,” he once said. “Now I got a Greek kidney donated from a kid who was hit by a car.”

n recent months, Coleman suffered a series of medical problems. He had been admitted to hospitals three times this year: in January, for reasons that were not disclosed; in February, when he suffered a seizure on the set of TV’s The Insider; and again on May 26.

Coleman’s parents attribute Gary Coleman’s sucess to God-given talents in overcoming his health issues:

“His talent,” said his mother, Sue, “may be God’s way of compensating him for what he’s been through, and the fact that he’ll never have the physical size of other boys.”

Coleman’s father, Willie, worked for a pharmaceutical company near Chicago, where Gary started modeling at age 5 after he wrote a brazen pitch letter to Montgomery Ward. (He could read at 3½.)

That led to commercials for McDonald’s and Hallmark cards before producer Norman Lear cast him in a pilot remake of The Little Rascals, which didn’t get picked up, en route to Diff’rent Strokes.

Coleman found love late in life and was later Married at age of 40:

At times, there appeared to be turnarounds in his fortunes. In February 2008 – at the age of 40 – Coleman married for the first time. He’d met his bride, Shannon Price, on a movie set the previous August. She was 22.

Coleman admitted that Price was the first woman in his life. “I never got the opportunity to be romantic or feel romantic with anyone,” he said. “I wasn’t saving myself, she just happened to be the one.

Their relationship, they both admitted, was often rocky. “We may go a week and not speak to each other,” he said, while she claimed, “He lets his anger conquer him sometimes … He throws things around, and sometimes he throws it in my direction.” Still, they remained together, and Price survives him.

Coleman’s agent released a statement:

“Thanks to everyone for their well wishing and support during this tragic time,” his manager says. “Now that Gary has passed, we know he will be missed because of all the love and support shown in the past couple of days. Gary is now at peace and his memory will be kept in the hearts of those who were entertained by him throughout the years.”

People Magazine

Sestak Scandal Update: President Bill Clinton Made Offer

On Friday the scandal involving Rep. Joe Sestak took a new turn this time staring the former President of the United States Bill Clinton. From the Washington Post:

Party leaders and campaign operatives — on nearly a daily basis — approach challenger candidates seeking to disrupt the established political order with a simple message: Get out or else.

And so, the report this morning that former President Bill Clinton was tasked by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to make such an approach to Rep. Joe Sestak — allegedly offering him an unpaid advisory role on an intelligence board in exchange for getting him to drop his primary bid against Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) — would not normally raise much of a stir in official Washington.

That the story has become a major controversy, a regular fixture on cable news chat shows and a momentum-killer for Sestak following his come-from behind victory against Specter in last week’s Pennsylvania primary is evidence of how the White House mishandled the controversy, according to conversations with several high-level Democratic strategists.

“How do you make something out of nothing?,” asked one such operative who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about the matter. “By acting guilty when you’re innocent.”

Another senior party official said that the White House “has a lot of egg on their face” and described the events as a “PR nightmare”.

Sestak problems started in an interview with Philadelphia Newsman Larry Kane :Voice of Reason

The unfolding of events since Sestak told a local television host — albeit obliquely — in February that he had received a job offer from the White House speaks to one of the oldest political adages about the presidency: stonewalling almost never works.

The White House did not do it’s self any favors by stonewalling:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was repeatedly asked in the intervening months about Sestak’s allegation but deflected comment. As the story became a bigger deal in the wake of Sestak’s primary victory, the statements out of the White House grew more and more opaque — as Gibbs insisted over the weekend that “nothing inappropriate happened” but refusing to engage in the more basic “what happened question.”

The matter reached a head during President Obama’s press conference yesterday when, asked by Fox News Channel’s Major Garrett about the details of the Sestak job offer, the President said only: “I can assure the public that nothing improper took place. But as I said, there will be a response shortly on that issue.”

Republican smelled red meat in the white house answer:

Republicans gleefully highlighted every incident of the White House’s practiced silence on the matter, using the Sestak allegation to undermine one of the pillars of the Obama brand: transparency and accountability.

“This issue goes to the heart of Obama’s claims to have a different kind of White House and that he would usher in a new era of transparency and accountability,” Republican National Committee communications director Doug Heye told the Fix earlier this week.

Chris Cillizza The Washington Post has the rest of the story.

Antioch California May File for Bankruptcy

Another California city may file for bankruptcy: Antioch. The San Francisco exurb 45 miles northeast is in financial dire straits.Reuters:

Antioch’s leaders earlier this month said bankruptcy could be an option for the cash-strapped city of roughly 100,000 on the eastern fringe of the San Francisco Bay area.

Antioch’s fiscal woes are standard issue for local governments in California: weak revenue from retail sales and property taxes is forcing spending cuts, layoffs and furloughs.

Cost cutting measures won’t help:

But cost-cutting measures may not be enough to keep Antioch’s books balanced, so its city council is openly discussing bankruptcy.

“We just want to alert people to the possibility,” Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Mary Helen Rocha said.

Read The whole thing.

Obama: Answer on Sestak Scandal Coming Soon

President Obama says an answer on the Sestak Scandal is forthcoming. The president made his remarks during his first presidential pres conference on Thursday. The scandal involving Representative Joe Sestak(D-PA) in his primary fight against outgoing US Senator Arlen Specter(D-PA); the allegation of a job offer in the administration so Specter would compete against former Congressman Pat Toomey(R-PA) Fox News:

President Obama said Thursday that the White House is preparing to issue a formal explanation regarding the allegation that it offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job to drop out of the Democratic primary race against Sen. Arlen Specter.

The president, addressing the matter in public for the first time since the Pennsylvania congressman leveled the claim in February, said the statement should answer questions about the claim and insisted “nothing improper” happened.

“There will be an official response shortly on the Sestak matter,” Obama said, when asked about the issue by Fox News at the president’s press conference. “I mean shortly — I don’t mean weeks or months. … I can assure the public that nothing improper took place.”

Sestak wins eventually the primary over Specter.

Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell Issa(R-CA) is demanding answers:

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has been leading the charge for more details on the allegation, said he hopes Obama’s pending response “will detail what conversations were had with Congressman Sestak.”

“If what the president said is true and nothing ‘improper’ took place, Adm. Sestak’s credibility will be called into significant question,” Issa said in a statement. “If the president’s response is insufficient or contradicted, the situation will only escalate.”

Fox News

Finally Obama to Hold a Press Confrence on Thursday!

After 333 day President Barack Obama has decided to grace us  with us his  presence by holding a press conference and will  answer questions Thursday. It comes after complaints by the White House press corp  angered  with the president  for not answering questions. From Yahoo News via AFP:

President Barack Obama will hold a press conference on Thursday at which he is expected to announce stringent new offshore oil regulations, as political pressure mounts amid the Gulf disaster.

Obama will take “multiple” questions from reporters in the East Room of the White House, an official said. The media appearance will take place a day before the president’s next visit to the Gulf of Mexico on Friday.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had previously said that Obama would Thursday take questions after receiving a report from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on the future of offshore drilling.