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SaturdayDecember 18, 2010

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NARCO BLOG:  Did Mexican Army Allows Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ to Elude Capture AGAIN?

The Mexican Army allowed Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera to escape capture again. That is the news circulating around the world, thanks to different intelligence reports circulating this week from the security think tank Stratfor, located in Washington, D.C.

Based on information published in El Diario de Chihuahua, and other publications,  Stratfor realized that late Friday night sometime between December 10 and 11th,  Guzmán Loera could have escaped capture from the Mexican Army when a party was raided in Chihuahua.

Stratfor’s information bulletins, which are compromised of security analysts, politicians and journalists world wide, also report that “unofficial sources” indicated that since Chapo was in the vicinity the first on the scene were told to wait for backups before launching an attack.  During that waiting period, “Shorty” had escaped again.

The worst thing is that the group of armed forces that arrived first at the party where Chapo allegedly was had sufficient fire power to proceed with the operation that would have allowed the Army to recoup it poor standing with the U.S. government.  According to other sources the request to wait had more to do with who was going to get the credit for capturing one of the world’s most wanted fugitives than tactical reasons.  It remains to be seen when Mexican authorities will confirm this gaffe or when Strafor will release its security analysis on the matter. 

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BREAKING NEWS:“Don’t Ask- Don’t Tell” Repeal Passes Vote in Senate 63 Y-33N

“Don’t Ask- Don’t Tell” repeal makes it past cloture with final Senate vote scheduled for later this weekend.The military ban on gay people serving openly is set for certain repeal Saturday as the Senate voted 63-33 to end debate.

With six Republicans joining Democrats, the Senate approved cloture (cutting off debate) on the bill ending the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which requires gay members of the armed forces to hide their sexual orientation, The New York Times reported.

The Cloture vote requiring 60 votes was passed to officially move the bill to repeal DADT to be offered for a final vote.

Once cloture is reached a final vote on the bill to end DADT , requiring only 51 votes, could come as early as today. The final vote is scheduled for Saturday afternoon after the Republicans waived the right to delay the vote for 30 hours after cloture, talkingpointsmemo.com reported.

The House already passed its version of the standalone DADT repeal which means that if the Senate passes the repeal this weekend it will go straight to the president’s desk for likely signature.

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Hispanically Speaking News Statement on Defeat of the DREAM Act

After a heated debate on the Senate floor, the Senate today defeated passage of the DREAM Act. The vote today came 3 votes short of passage, with three Republicans supporting the measure.

Hispanically Speaking News expresses sincere disappointment in the Senators who voted against passage of the DREAM Act which would allow young people, brought to this country at a young age by their parents, to continue on with their education and receive conditional lawful permanent resident status.

“This is devastating,” said Maria S. Pesqueira, President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción.  “What we saw this morning was a failure of political courage.  It is so clear they rather criminalize innocent youth than to break party lines.

“We need to keep fighting as the dream was closer than ever. The DREAM ACT has been denied but the desire of students to contribute to this country has not.”

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill that would have provided a path to citizenship for youth who graduated from US high schools, show good moral character, arrived to the US before the age of 16, and completed at least 2 years of college or serve in the armed forces.  Every year, 65,000 students graduate from a U.S. high school without the realistic possibility of following their dreams.  These students grew up here and want to contribute to this country.

Senator Dick Durbin, the chief Sponsor of the DREAM Act for the past ten years gave a heartfelt speech on the Senate floor on behalf of the DREAM Act.

“These children’s lives hang in the balance. For them this vote can’t come too soon.  I am not just asking for a vote on the DREAM Act. I am asking for more. I am asking for an act of political courage. The cause of justice is worth the political risk.”

Hispanically Speaking News supports the DREAM Act because Latinas have the lowest level of formal education among women of all racial groups.  As a result, they face the greatest disadvantage regarding high skilled employment opportunities. Further, non-U.S. citizen adult Latinas have higher unemployment rates, lower education levels, lower average incomes, and are more occupationally concentrated than Latina U.S. citizens.

Congress must invest in common sense solutions to reform our broken immigration system.

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Dear Abby- 12/18/10- Girl Feels Like Hanging Up When Boy Calls to Hang Out

Dear Abby- 12/18/10- Girl  Feels Like Hanging Up When Boy Calls to Hang Out

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DEAR ABBY: I’m a senior in high school and I have a problem. I’m in a parasitic relationship. A boy at my school, “Dan,” believes himself to be my best friend. It is sad because everyone acts as if he is invisible. I noticed that he was an outcast and went out of my way to be kind to him. He latched onto me and now follows me around at school.
I have a boyfriend who is really concerned, but neither of us knows how to approach this. Dan calls me at home and always asks if we can hang out “as friends.” (I keep coming up with excuses to avoid it.) Dan is a nice guy, but this has been going on for two years and his attachment has only increased. I have no idea how to let him know our “friendship” has become too suffocating for me. Please help.—OVERWHELMED IN OHIO

DEAR OVERWHELMED: Because he has been excluded by everyone else at school, it’s not surprising that Dan is emotionally dependent on you. However, you have a boyfriend, your studies and a social life, and you need to explain that to Dan when he asks to “hang out.” Those aren’t excuses; they are facts. Say it kindly but firmly, and do not be defensive. If he persists, talk to a counselor at school.
In a few months high school will be over and Dan can move on and start building a life. Many successful adults weren’t popular in high school. Perhaps when he thinks back, Dan will remember you as the one bright spot in a miserable experience.

DEAR ABBY: When I was a little girl, my family’s idea of celebrating Christmas was opening some presents and renting a movie. I’m 15 now, and my parents barely acknowledge the holiday.
Last year on Christmas Day, my mother slept until after noon, then handed me $100. Dad did the same. I was grateful for the money, but a little hurt that they put no effort into buying gifts.
I am tired of trying to think up thoughtful gifts while all I get is a check handed to me without so much as a “Merry Christmas.” Would I sound ungrateful if I asked my parents to put a little more thought into celebrating the holidays this year?—NOT SO JOLLY CHRISTMAS

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Horoscope for Saturday December 18, 2010

Horoscope for Saturday December 18, 2010

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CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Christina Aguilera, 30; Katie Holmes, 32; Brad Pitt, 47; Steven Spielberg, 64

Happy Birthday: Travel, learning and getting to know your friends and neighbors better should be your goal. Greater interaction in your community will position you better for advancement. Rethink your strategy to determine if it still fits your lifestyle and the new goals you are setting. Self- and home-improvements will pay off. Your numbers are 4, 11, 21, 24, 33, 35, 45

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t let change throw you off your game. Listen to what’s being said but don’t take it to heart. Use your past experience to carry you through any problems you face. Your stamina and intuition are strong. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Share thoughts and be affectionate with the ones you love. Short trips or attending a social gathering will remind you what life is all about. The more you reveal about your feelings, the deeper your relationships with others will grow. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make a commitment to someone you care for. Get serious about taking care of your health and your finances. Thinking you must do something on too big a scale will stand in the way of your progress. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Plan for the future; there is plenty to consider. Don’t make an impulsive move. Weigh all the pros and cons and you will eventually come to the right decision. Love is on the rise. 4 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do your best to help others even if they aren’t appreciative. A problem at home will surface if you haven’t paid enough attention to your family or lover. Overspending, overindulging and overdoing will all be met with complaints. 2 stars

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BREAKING NEWS: DREAM Act Dies In The Senate 55N - 41Y

BREAKING NEWS: DREAM Act Dies In The Senate  55N - 41Y

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Starting at around 10:30 today the Senate took up a cloture vote on the DREAM Act. Cloture needs a supermajority of 60 senators to get passed, which stops debate on the bill and moves it into being considered for final passage.

The DREAM Act would provide legal status for illegal immigrants who serve in the military or earn college degrees. Although a simple majority (51) is required to pass the bill, it must first pass the cloture vote to terminate debate, which requires 58 votes with the 96 Senators voting this morning..

Today the Senate did not have the votes to move the bill to cloture- ultimately not allowing it to come up for vote.

Opponents, led by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, argue the bill amounts to amnesty.

“You’re not doing this to advance the issue. You’re doing it to advance your situation politically,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, who favors a comprehensive bill that overhauls the nation’s immigration laws.  Graham warned that the DREAM Act or any other immigration bill that grants a path to U.S. citizenship will not pass “until we see our borders secured.”

On Friday, Assistant Homeland Security Secretary John Morton said immigration officials will not immediately go after young people who are in the country illegally. He said the focus will be on immigrants who have committed crimes or are a threat to the public.

If the DREAM Act does not pass, Morton said, “We would handle the situation as we do now.”

The Dream Act will languish for another Congress to pass.

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How to Drink Less During the Holidays

Research shows that Hispanics are at particular risk of death and injury from alcohol related crashes

There seems to be a little bit more of everything during the holidays: more travel, more parties, more food, and certainly more alcoholic drinks.

The holidays shouldn’t be an excuse to drink excessively.

Drinking in excess is not only bad for your health as it can harm vital organs such as your liver, it can also be dangerous.

Every day, about 32 people in the United States die in alcohol-related car accidents.  Additionally, the risk of dying in an accident caused by a drunk driver is especially high in the Hispanic community, which has some of the highest mortality rates.
The following tips will help you keep your alcohol intake in check so that you can have a healthier—and safer—holiday season.

Set Personal Limits on Alcohol Consumption
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides a variety of resources related to alcohol consumption, including strategies for reducing your alcohol intake. Some of these strategies are:
• Set a limit on the number of drinks you plan to have at gatherings, parties, or throughout the holiday season. You can also establish days of the week when you will not have any drinks.
• Drink slowly to avoid becoming drunk, especially as this can lead to more drinking. One idea is to have no more than one drink per hour, or have water, soda or juice between alcoholic beverages.
• Avoid drinking on an empty stomach. Your body takes longer to absorb alcohol if you have food.
• Have a designated driver or have the phone number of a cab company in case you have too much to drink.

Serve or Drink Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Alcoholic beverages don’t have to be the focus of your holiday gatherings. If you are a host, consider serving non-alcoholic beverages, such as mineral water, juices, and flavored beverages.
You can also consider other measures:
• Serve a limited amount of alcoholic beverages or stop serving them after a certain time.
• Serve food that reduces the effects of alcohol, such as meat and cheese, which are high in protein and carbohydrates.
• Serve coffee and dessert before the end of the party.

Resist the Temptation to Drink
Controlling alcohol consumption can be difficult for some people, especially during holiday parties when everybody seems to be having a drink. But that doesn’t mean you have to have a drink too. If you are planning on cutting back, consider these tips:
• Limit the number of holiday parties you attend as it is likely that there will be alcohol. You can also try keeping your distance from individuals who drink too much; this will help you avoid the social pressure to drink.
• Learn to say no and have an answer ready in case someone offers you a drink, or insists that you have one.
• Share your self-imposed drink limits with your friends and family so that they can help you fight the temptation to drink.

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BREAKING NEWS:  WATCH NOW DREAM ACT DEBATE - DREAM Act Vote Set for 9:30 a.m. (CST)/10:30 a.m. (ET)

Watch the live DREAM Act procedural vote on C-Span video stream at 9:30 a.m. CST/10:30 a.m. ET. on the Senate Floor.  RIGHT NOW Republican Senator Jeff Sessions is speaking on the “illegality at the border” and the lack of border security as things the Senators should consider when voting for the DREAM Act.  He is equating the DREAM Act as allowing and permitting “illegality”.  For added measure he reminded Senator’s that the bill would also allow people (presumably students) from the Middle East to come here.WATCH NOW and click here. 

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UN Set to Investigate Origins of Cholera in Haiti and Urges for More Funding to Combat Outbreak

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the world for more funds to fight the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has already killed more than 2,400 people and infected nearly 110,000 others, 55,000 of whom had to be hospitalized.

At the same time, he announced the creation of an independent scientific panel to investigate the source of the outbreak amid widespread media reports that Nepalese peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are the likely source, with infected water spreading from their base into a nearby tributary of the Artibonite River.

“We need more funding,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York yesterday, noting that a $164 million appeal is only 21 per cent funded. “Haiti needs more doctors, nurses, medical supplies, and it needs them urgently… Our first priority continues to be saving lives.”

He said it was crucial to get the message “out, far and wide” that the disease can be managed through early treatment and some clear and simple steps, including washing hands with soap. Cholera is spread by contaminated food and water.

Turning to the controversial issue of the origins of the outbreak, Mr. Ban noted there were several theories, and not all reports reached the same conclusion.  MINUSTAH and the Government have conducted a number of tests, but all so far have been negative.  The panel will be completely independent and have full access to all UN premises and personnel, he stressed, adding that further details will be provided when it is finalized. “We want to make the best effort to get to the bottom of this and find answers that the people of Haiti deserve,” he said.

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Hours Before DREAM Act Vote:  Key Supporter Rep. Gutierrez DOESN’T See the Votes Needed

Hours before the DREAM Act is to go the Senate floor for a crucial and final vote, one of its leading proponents, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, doesn’t see the votes it needs to pass.

Gutierrez believes that a Republican filibuster will likely signal the end of the road for the proposed legislation.  A filibuster is a type of parliamentary procedure used to block a vote from happening by creating delay tactics such as asking that the entire bill be read or long Senate floor speeches. 

Once any one of those ‘delay’ tactics occurs 60 votes are needed to override it so that an actual vote can happen, once the vote happens a simple majority of 51 votes are needed.  The 60 votes to stop the filibuster is what DREAM Act advocates don’t appear to have.

Only two Republican Senator’s from the seven that originally supported the measure in 2007 are on board this time, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana and Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah.  The vote will occur later this morning.

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Inclusion Survey Finds Efforts to Attract and Retain Hispanic Employees has Improved

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 16 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico, released its 2010 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index Survey (HACR CII).

The survey was conducted to measure Hispanic inclusion strategies at all Fortune 100 and/or HACR corporate member companies, as they relate to employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance. 

Key Findings:

  The report reflects a majority of Hispanics tend to be in more non-exempt than exempt level positions. Efforts to attract and retain Hispanics have improved. The Hispanic attrition rate fell 15% as compared to other ethnic groups.

Procurement:  For Corporate America, the biggest opportunity is investing in Hispanic owned businesses. As the report details, Hispanic spend hovers at 1% of total diversity spend goals.

Philanthropy: The Center for Philanthropy reported that contributions given by corporations rose to an estimated $14.1 billion, up 5.5%. Nearly one-third of the respondents acknowledged a contribution of 5% or less as their Hispanic give in 2009.

Governance: The results of this year’s report showed that Hispanic representation on corporate boards remained relatively flat, with Hispanics holding approximately 5% of all open board seats.

For a complete copy of the HACR Corporate Inclusion Survey visit the HSN Library

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VIVA Las Vegas:  Senator John Ensign of Nevada the Focus of DREAM Act Students

The Republican Senator from Nevada, John Ensign, is getting a lot of attention and mail this week from Nevada students in support of the DREAM Act.  There are the 3,000 postcards that have been mailed to his Las Vegas office, there’s the on going demonstrations in front of the federal building, and then there’s the singing of a modified version of the ’12 Days of Christmas’ in front of the Senator’s office.

It goes something like this:  “On the fourth day of Christmas the senators gave to me / four teachers / three architects / two dog tags / and the DREAM Act to set me free.”  The organized and insistent group is made up of numerous Nevada pro-immigrant organizations and student groups like Si, Se Puede and Latinos en Accion. 

The groups are hoping to convince Senator Ensign and all other undecided Senators to vote for the DREAM ACT.  When the orchestrated activism started there was no set day for a Senate vote, now it has been slated for tomorrow morning. 

The DREAM Act if enacted would grant citizenship, under certain conditions, to undocumented students that are either in school or that have a college degree. 

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Venezuela Congress Grants Chavez Decree Powers

Venezuela Congress Grants Chavez Decree Powers

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The Venezuela Congress has granted President Hugo Chavez broader powers by allowing him to rule by decree. Rule by decree allows the ruler to arbitrarily create law, without approval by a legislative assembly.

Opponents have criticized the move as strategic to ward off the clout of the new congress, which is to be installed January 5, 2011. Opponents fear the move gives Chavez the ability to rule without consulting legislators, when new congress has a larger opposition bloc than the current one.

Chavez has defended the need for it so as to allow him to act more expeditiously with the deadly floods and landslide.

The decree powers approved on Friday will be in effect for 18 months.

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SaturdayDecember 18, 2010