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SaturdayFebruary 26, 2011

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STUDY:  Culture Must Drive Conversation Between Marketers and Latina Moms

BabyCenter(R), the #1 pregnancy and parenting online destination worldwide, has released the results of a comprehensive study about Latina moms. The Hispanic Moms Acculturation study, part of the 21st Century Mom(TM) Insight Series, offers key insights into the influence of acculturation on moms’ behaviors and preferences related to shopping, mealtime, media consumption, and more.

With one in four babies born in this country being Hispanic, and Hispanics representing 55% of the population growth in the United States, this study sheds new light on the behaviors of Latina moms as they go through the acculturation process and integrate elements of American culture with those of their own heritage.
Shopping: Hispanic Moms Are Brand Loyal and Love to Shop With Their Families

Across all levels of acculturation, Latina moms are much more likely to purchase brand-name. Additionally, Latina moms are much more likely than the general population to purchase global heritage brands that resonate emotionally.

Mealtime: An Important Way of Connecting to Culture at Every Acculturation Level

Regardless of acculturation, dinnertime is one of the best ways for Hispanic moms to connect their family to their culture. 36% of Hispanic moms vs. 15% of non-Hispanic moms say dinner is the best time of the day, 41% maintain Hispanic food as part of their daily diet, and 57% cook from scratch vs. 11% for the non-Hispanic moms. )

Media Consumption: Culture Drives the Conversation Between Brands and Latina Moms

Although highly acculturated Hispanic moms (either native-born or bilingual) don’t consume much media in Spanish, they respond better to advertising in Spanish.

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Beauty Queen Battle Continues Over Miss San Antonio Crown (VIDEO)

Beauty Queen Battle Continues Over Miss San Antonio Crown (VIDEO)

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A Texas beauty queen who accused pageant organizers of harassing her about her weight lost her crown for a second time Wednesday, when a judge denied her efforts to temporarily forbid a new Miss San Antonio from taking her place.

Attorneys for Domonique Ramirez say the 17-year-old isn’t giving up and will now take her case to a Texas jury.

Pageant organizers, wasted no time crowning Ashley Dixon as Miss San Antonio _ placing the tiara on her while the former runner-up sat in the gallery of the courtroom.

“The judge’s decision today speaks for itself,” said Linda Woods, president of the Miss Bexar County organization, which runs the Miss San Antonio pageant.

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Catholic Bishop: “Immoral Social Situation” in Mexico after Another Local Priest Murdered

Last week in the evening, in the parish community of Mecapala, a community of about 5,000 inhabitants, in the Mexican state of Puebla, Father Santos Sánchez Hernández was found dead in the rectory.

According to Bishop of Tuxpan, Bishop Juan Navarro Castellanos, everything points to the probability that someone entered the priest’s quarters, probably to steal, and once he was discovered, he attacked the priest with a machete, gravely injuring him and then finally killing him.

The case is under investigation, says the Bishop’s message. Fr Santos, 43 years old, had arrived at the parish in June, 2010.

Bishop Navarro Castellanos condemned the climate of violence and insecurity, observing that

“This comes as a reflection on the corruption, the shame and the immoral social situation of the institutions which create ethical and social disorder, which confuse people, creating situations and attitudes which lead to violations of human rights and to violence.”

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Believes He’s in Danger, Wants 6-Ft Security Fence Built Around Him

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Believes He’s in Danger, Wants 6-Ft Security Fence Built Around Him

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We aren’t sure if it is what is going on in Wisconsin or the recent shooting of AZ Rep. Gabby Giffords but the Mayor to the largest city in the U.S. is afraid and wants to built a 6-ft fence around his official residence.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants the city to change its rules and allow a 6 ft fence around the official mayoral house, the Getty House, in Windsor Square.  The current code only allows for a 42 inch fence not a 72 inch fence.

His detractors say he doesn’t need it and that there are no viable security issues presently.  Thus far Villaraigosa has had to face displeased constituents who stage protests and sit-ins on the lawn, everyone from the city librarians to union employees. We wonder, if maybe everything that is going on in Wisconsin has him thinking.

The Mayor justifies his request as a budget conscious effort since his 24-hour security detail would be eliminated and security cameras would be in place on the fence. 

Anti-immigrants blogs are having a field day with the request criticizing the Mayor:  “Villaraigosa finally understands the need for a fence, but only around his home!”  Villaraigosa is very pro-immigrant and has supported the boycott of Arizona after the passage of SB 1070 and is the son of a Mexican immigrant. 

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Guatemala Trying to Ward off Drug Cartel Members Fleeing South

Guatemala Trying to Ward off Drug Cartel Members Fleeing South

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Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has needed to deploy hundreds of army troops to combat drug cartels fleeing Mexico and invading Guatemala, specifically Los Zetas. Colom has gone so far as to declare a state of siege in Alta Verapaz, allowing police to make arrests and search homes without a warrant.

“If we put our military against the military of the drug traffickers, we’ll simply have thousands of deaths,” said Sandino Asturias, a security expert at the Guatemala Studies Center, a think tank in the capital of Guatemala City.

Asturias said he favors the use of wiretaps and other intelligence over brute force.

Guatemalan officials are trying to prevent the violence that has plagued Mexico the last five years.

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NARCO BLOG: 26 Grenades Found in Garbage Can in Center of Mazatlan

NARCO BLOG: 26 Grenades Found in Garbage Can in Center of Mazatlan

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The Municipal Police of Mazatlan have reported they discovered 26 grenades that were hidden inside a garbage can, right in the center of Mazatlan, Sinaloa.

Reports indicate that the grenades were found by a scavenger, who reported that they were hidden in a bag and placed inside the garbage can.

The man planned to take the grenades, but the soldiers immediately prevented that and confiscated the grenades.

The explosive devices were seized by members of the Secretariat of Public Security.

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One of Puerto Rico’s Top State Legislators Tests Positive for Cocaine During Mandatory Testing

Puerto Rico’s House Speaker, Jenniffer Gonzalez, decided at the beginning of the year that all state legislators should submit to mandatory drug testing and much to everyone’s embarrassment the House Majority Whip, Rolando Crespo tested positive.

Crespo did not dispute the results but categorized the incident as isolated.  “I accept that I failed.  I am human and I ask the citizens of Puerto Rico for forgiveness,” he stated.  Crespo has since stepped down as Majority Whip but remains as president of the Rules and Calendar Committee.  He has been in office for seven years.

As a result of the positive cocaine indication the Puerto Rican House ethics committee will have to look into the matter. Governor Luis Fortuno has asked that he resign instead of submitting his fate to the ethics committee and putting the citizens of Puerto through this. 

Read more at Miami Herald →

Effort to Defeat Anti-Immigrant Bill 287(g) in Iowa

Effort to Defeat Anti-Immigrant Bill 287(g) in Iowa

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Somos Republicans Call to Action…

There are two proposed laws pending in the Iowa legislature, to give police power to enforce immigration laws in every Iowa County, allow any public employee to share information with ICE, and prohibit sanctuary cities.

287(g) is a federal program that trains and empowers state and local police to enforce immigration laws. 287(g) has been problem plagued from the beginning, with widespread complaints about racial profiling, lack of accountability for some police who abuse our civil rights, and mismanagement. We do not want 287(g) in Iowa.

Immigration enforcement requires intensive training, and most public employees do not have the training to identify undocumented immigrants. Information sharing opens the door to racial profiling. Does anyone really believe a bus driver can identify undocumented immigrant children riding his bus?

Iowa City is considering a plan to limit involvement of police in immigration enforcement, to ensure that undocumented immigrants who are crime witnesses or victims will cooperate with police. Iowa City’s proposed policy does not prohibit police from reporting undocumented immigrants who are actually arrested and jailed. This law would prohibit Iowa City from implementing this policy.

Here are links to these bills:
Iowa House, HF27
Iowa Senate, SF102

How to defeat these bills:

Senate bill, SF102: E-Mail the subcommittee members and ask them to kill the bill. Here are their e-mail addresses. Call them too! If you’re from Iowa be sure to mention that in your e-mail/phone call!
Jack Hatch e-mail: jack.hatch@legis.state.ia.us phone: 515-243-4675
Dick Deardon e-mail: dick.dearden@legis.state.ia.us phone: 515-262-1203
Kent Sorenson e-mail: kent.sorenson@legis.state.ia.us phone: 515-962-2192 (Kent Sorenson is the author of this bill so be sure tell him about experiences with racial profiling, etc.).


Message:
SF102 is a not the solution for Iowa. The ICE inspector general studied the 287(g) program recently and found numerous severe problems. This program will result in racial profiling in Iowa, and result in a climate of hate and fear that has become so common in states like Arizona. Most public employees do not have the training or knowledge to recognize undocumented immigrants, and I especially do not want school employees causing fear in the immigrant community. Iowa City is considering a sensible policy to encourage crime victims and witnesses who may be undocumented to help police in their investigations, while still investigating immigration status of criminals in jail. I think this is a good idea but SF102 would prohibit this type of policy.
SF102 would also deny health insurance to financially needy undocumented immigrant mothers of unborn children. Prenatal care is extremely important to ensure health infants, and the cost of prenatal care is a tiny fraction of the cost of caring for a premature baby and ongoing health problems that often result from premature births. Lack of health care for pregnant mothers also encourages abortion. If you are truly pro-life, then you believe life starts at conception, and should not hold a child accountable for the mother’s actions. Babies are precious gifts from God.
287(g) and the other parts of this bill are not the right solution for Iowa. Please kill this bill!

yours truly,

(your name)

(if you live in Iowa, it is recommended you list city/state, and if you’re willing to talk with them your phone number too)

HF27: E-Mail the subcommittee members and ask them to kill the bill. Here are their e-mail addresses. Call them too! If you’re from Iowa be sure to mention that in your e-mail/phone call!

Glenn Massie e-mail: Glen.Massie@legis.state.ia.us phone: 515-281-3221
David Tjepkes e-mail: david.tjepkes@legis.state.ia.us phone: 515-352-3573
Beth Wessel-Kroeschell e-mail: beth.wessel-kroeschell@legis.state.ia.us phone: (515) 281-3221 or (515) 292-2904

Message: HF27 is not the right solution for Iowa. The ICE inspector general studied the 287(g) program and found numerous severe problems. This program will result in racial profiling in Iowa, and result in a climate of hate and fear that has become so common in states like Arizona. Most public employees do not have the training or knowledge to recognize undocumented immigrants, and I especially do not want school employees causing fear in the immigrant community. Iowa City is considering a sensible policy to encourage crime victims and witnesses who may be undocumented to help police in their investigations, while still investigating immigration status of criminals in jail. I think this is a good idea but HF27 would prohibit this type of policy.
287(g) and the other parts of this bill are not the right solution for Iowa. Please kill this bill!

yours truly,

(your name)

(if you live in Iowa, it is recommended you list city/state, and if you’re willing to talk with them your phone number too)

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Tea Party Favorite Michele Bachmann Visits Mexico & Colombia, Was it Wow or More DUH?

Minnesota Republican U.S. Rep. and Tea Party leader, Michele Bachmann appears to be trying to enhance her “I want to be a President” resume by executing a foreign policy trip to Mexico and Colombia.

Bachmann, who is rumored to be considering a run for President in 2012, is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.  She is often criticized for her lack of knowledge on foreign affairs, well actually she is criticized for her lack of knowledge on many things.

Bachman has been bashed for calling the Obamas “anti-American” to stating that “not all cultures are equal” and for playing lose and fast with facts.  What did she actually learn about Mexico and Colombia is unknown or whether she will retain any of it. 

We hope she didn’t offer these Latin American allies lessons on our Constitution like she does to house members since she doesn’t know when slavery ended.

This was the first trip of the Intelligence Committee, where four other members beside Bachmann participated in.  While in Colombia the group met with President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.  In Mexico the group was updated on the drug cartel problem and general security issues between the countries.

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Spain Prepares for Oil Scarcity and Higher Fuel Prices by Reducing Its National Speed Limit

The Spanish government has decided to reduce the speed limit on its national highways from 120 km per hour to 110 km per hour due to the crisis in the Middle East and the effect it will have on oil supply and pricing.

Libya ships 9% of its oil exports to Spain and Repsol, the Spanish oil company, has had to shut down its Libyan operations in light of the upheaval in the country.  On top of the supply issues there is pricing, currently crude is trading at $100 a barrel and is expected to climb in price.

Effective March 7th all speed limits will be reduced as an energy-saving measure that will reduce gas consumption by 15% in the country.  In addition the country is providing incentives for commuters to use public transportation by cutting train ticket prices by 5%. 

Read more at Financial Times →

Brazilian Judge Blocks Construction of Huge Dam in Amazon (VIDEO)

Brazilian Judge Blocks Construction of Huge Dam in Amazon (VIDEO)

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A Brazilian judge has blocked plans to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest because of environmental concerns.

Federal judge Ronaldo Desterro said environmental requirements to build the Belo Monte dam had not been met and also barred the national development bank from funding the project.

Environmentalists and local indigenous groups have been protesting the project saying it will harm the world’s largest tropical rainforest and displace tens of thousands of people. There have been several previous injunctions blocking the project but they have all been overturned.

President Dilma Rousseff’s government says the Belo Monte dam is critical for the development of the countries energy infrastructure. It will create jobs and provide electricity to 23 million homes.

Celebrities such as the singer Sting and film director James Cameron have joined environmentalists in their campaign against the project.

They say the 6km dam will threaten the survival of a number of indigenous groups and could make some 50,000 people homeless, as 500 sq km of land would be flooded.


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Numerous U.S. Agencies Target Mexican Drug Cartel Operating in U.S., 676 Arrested

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – along with federal, state and local law enforcement officials from across the country – joined forces this week in a series of coordinated strikes against Mexican drug cartels and their associates. These unified, intelligence driven efforts are part of an ongoing and increasingly aggressive effort to degrade and ultimately eliminate the infrastructure and capabilities of the cartels.

During the coordinated operation across the United States, ICE and its law enforcement partners arrested 676 people and seized more than $12 million in U.S. currency, 467 kilos of cocaine, 21 pounds of heroin, 64 pounds of meth and nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana, 282 weapons and 94 vehicles.

“ICE stands shoulder to shoulder with our U.S. law enforcement partners presenting a unified front and aggressively pushing back against these violent cartels,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Through our continued coordination and cooperation with Mexican law enforcement, ICE agents and officers will strike at the very heart of these organizations by seizing the drugs, guns and money that fuel their criminal enterprises.”

Last week, ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was killed and ICE Special Agent Victor Avila was wounded during an attack in Mexico, serving as a stark reminder of the risks confronted by the men and women who serve to protect our communities from transnational criminal organizations.

These joint operations included hundreds of law enforcement agencies including ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), DEA, FBI, ATF, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (including the Border Patrol), U.S. Marshals Service, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country.

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Center for Puerto Rico Equality & Advancement (CPREA) Compares Gutierrez to Castro

Center for Puerto Rico Equality & Advancement (CPREA) Compares Gutierrez to Castro

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Statement from:
Rafael Rodriguez
President and Founder
Center for Puerto Rico Equality & Advancement (CPREA)


Here we go again, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) with his rants. It is incomprehensible that a United States Representative from the floor of the People’s House would declare his support for a group of students who are illegally seeking to obstruct the education of fellow students at a state university (the University of Puerto Rico). In so doing, Gutiérrez is joining the likes of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, who are also actively supporting the anarchical, far left political agenda of the student protestors.

In addition, Mr. Gutiérrez is also calling for independence of Puerto Rico, a United States territory, and requesting that the American citizens residing in Puerto Rico relinquish their U.S. citizenship. Clearly, Mr. Gutiérrez does not believe that Puerto Rico’s U.S. citizens deserve to enjoy equality with U.S. citizens in the other 50 states. It is truly baffling that while Congressman Gutiérrez tirelessly advocates for the rights of illegal aliens, he does not advocate for the equal rights of his fellow citizens residing in Puerto Rico.

Congressman Gutiérrez, however, was correct when he stated that in Puerto Rico there is a “dictatorship.” There is in fact a dictatorship in Puerto Rico. The true dictatorship controlling Puerto Rico is the U.S. Congress and Senate which enact and impose laws and taxes on Puerto Rico and dispose of Social Security and Medicaid benefits to Puerto Ricans as they see fit without any vote from any representative of Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress or Senate. That is a true dictatorship! It is called oligarchic dictatorship. Congressman Gutiérrez should focus on eliminating this true dictatorship from Puerto Rico by helping the statehood movement, instead of making remarks to Congress that are false and damaging to Puerto Rico.

Congressman Gutiérrez is a paradoxical obstructionist who stands, in effect, against the equality of fellow U.S. citizens. On the House floor he exhorts the Government of Puerto Rico not to stand in the way of democracy, when that is exactly what he is doing when he opposes the right of the U.S citizens of Puerto Rico to full equality and the process to achieve it. It is said or assumed that he is a representative of influence within the Puerto Rican community. Well, he is a representative of a minor constituency in Illinois’ 4th district with a minimal amount of Puerto Ricans; he is a U.S. mainland born citizen of Puerto Rican parents who enjoys total citizenship equality and privileges.

It is the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, who is the sole elected Congressman who legally represents – to the extent possible under territorial status – the 3.8 million U.S. citizens residing in Puerto Rico.

Congressman Gutiérrez, and perhaps other Hispanic leaders who oppose equality and statehood for Puerto Rico, do so because they fear losing influence in the Hispanic Congressional Caucus. Mr. Gutiérrez has a perfect right to speak his mind, however, a fine line must be drawn. We who believe in equality must take a stand against such rants and say we’ve had more than enough of this 21st century form of apartheid. The chains of colonialism must be broken.

The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico should be given a true and equal representation in the U.S. Congress and Senate. The time has come to stand for dignity, justice, and equality.

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25 Lions Flown from Bolivia to Colorado in Animal Rescue (VIDEO)

25 Lions Flown from Bolivia to Colorado in Animal Rescue (VIDEO)

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After Bolivia Bans the use of wild and domesticated animals in circus acts, an animal rights group finds 25 lions a new home in a Colorado Sanctuary.

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New Late-Night Show ‘Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro’ Debuts on Telemundo 3/5, Bringing Top Latino Talent

New Late-Night Show ‘Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro’ Debuts on Telemundo 3/5, Bringing Top Latino Talent

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A sizzling new late-night show, Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro, makes its premiere on New York’s Telemundo 47 on Saturday night, March 5 at 12:30 a.m. ET. Comedian and professional clown Lorenzo Parro hosts the fast-paced program, featuring visits from celebrity guests, live musical performances and fresh comedy sketches. Talent slated for the March 5 premiere include actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), star player of the New York Red Bulls Rafa Marquez and acclaimed singer-songwriter Ximena Sarinana as the evening’s musical guest.

The March 12 lineup includes UFC champion Frank Shamrock and musical guest Beto Cuevas.

“We created ‘Tu Nite’ to showcase top Latino talent through the excitement of a late-night format,” says Parro. “We know there’s an eager audience for these guests, for this comedy and for our honest take on Latino life in the U.S.”

Additional first season guests include award winning actor Alfred Molina, actress Penelope Menchaca, Caso Cerrado Judge Ana Maria Polo, celebrity stylist Kathy Kopp, and musical talent including Cucu Diamantes, The Gipsy Kings, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jenni Rivera and Jorge Villamizar.

Award-winning performer Lorenzo Parro hails from Spain, where he began his career as a professional clown performing with the Bordini Circus in Spain for three years. After studying drama at the Cristina Rota School in Madrid, he relocated to New York where he worked with theater legend John Strasberg. Parro has appeared on stage in Art, The Servants, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, among others. Film credits include Piedras, Ocaso, Soldiers in the Shadow and Come Home, Raquel.

Lorenzo Parro, Campbell McLaren, Adolfo Velasquez, Federico Mejer and Roberto Alcazar serve as executive producers for the series, which is produced for Telemundo by Bordinni Brothers Productions, EO Integration and Cornelia Street Productions.

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Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Changing Birthright Citizenship

Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Changing Birthright Citizenship

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57% of Americans oppose changing the 14th amendment that grants US citizenship to anyone born on American Soil, whereas 39% favor changing the amendment. ImageAccording to a new Pew Research Center Poll, Americans favor strong measures to fight illegal immigration but not a constitutional change.

The Poll also asked people for their priorities in dealing with illegal immigration. The highest number of participants says equal emphasis should be given to strengthening the border and immigration laws as well as creating a path for illegal immigrants already here.

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SaturdayFebruary 26, 2011