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- I have a passion to inform - I love being involved in my community - Driven by the fact that I grew up in a largely Latino neighborhood that continues to be faced with many issues that deplete the quality of life for its residents - My favorite colors are blue, black and brown - I'm a proud Banana Slug and Tojan - I don't like donuts - I love cheese - I'm more of a beer girl - I love to love

Monday, October 4, 2010

La Llorana Comes to Hollywood & Soldiers Who Killed & Kept Afghan Body Parts As Souvenirs Go To Court

10) The Latina legend, La Llorana, will be at Universal Studios Hollywood this Halloween season. Even though they’re many versions to her story the most popular one is, after killing herself, the tormented spirit of the woman wandered the earth, crying out for her dead children.
This year she’ll be at Halloween Horror Nights (Sept. 24-Oct. 31) in an attempt to connect with Southern California's sizable Latino population, reported the L.A. Times.

9) The Social Network, based on the creation of Facebook and controversy surrounding CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a total of $23 million gross opening weekend. There’s already Oscar buzz about the film.

I saw it and I thought it was great. By far one of the best films I’ve seen this year. I recommend you watch if you haven’t yet.

8) The L.A. Times launched an interactive Homicide Report that tracks crime across more than 200 neighborghoods in L.A. County. Currently you can get in debt information about aggravated assaults & homicides in your area. In the future the L.A. Times plans to add a tool to assess overall volume of violence in your area. Pretty cool, check it out!


7) Studies show that it might not matter which college you decide to attend depending on your career goals, reported The Wall Street Journal last Monday. Based on the survey college reputation may matter more for job-seekers who majored in fields like engineering and accounting than in fields, such as history.

Not to discourage anyone from going to college but this might make it easier for people who are having a hard time deciding which college to attend. Just go to a school that best fits you & your goals. I think every university has something unique to offer.

6) Andrew Gallo, 23, faces 50 years to life in state prison at his scheduled sentencing on Dec. 10 for killing Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends in a drunken-driving crash.

Gallo’s attorney, Jacqueline Goodman, said Gallo would appeal.
"I think it's tragic," she told reporters. "I think there's been a miscarriage of justice." She stated before that her client did not intend to kill anyone.

Poor guy, I have some sympathy for him. He just made some wrong choices.

5) Another star we loose to drugs. Comic Gregory C. Giraldo, best known for participation in the incredibly brutal but hilarious comedy central roast, died on Wednesday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. at the age of 44, according to the New York Times.

Giraldo had been in the hospital since last Saturday night after he was found unconscious in his hotel room in New Brunswick. The New Brunswick police reported that he had suffered from a drug overdose. His family has declined to release the cause of death.

Check him out in one if his most recent interviews. R.I.P.

4) While in southern California we’re burning up with this heat wave in Oaxaca, Mexico a storm-churned mud hit a remote village as residents slept. Mexico landslide feared large number of deaths, but there was relief Wednesday when officials said there were no confirmed deaths - contrary to initial reports of as many as 1,000 reported The Christian Science Monitor.

Oaxaca and Mexico's Interior Ministry called a press conference, where it was stated that there were no confirmed deaths and 11 missing.

3) First Reggie the alligator now there’s thousands of snakes at Machado Lake in Harbor City Park, best known by south bay locals as “El Parque de los Patos.” Scientists estimate about 3,000 snakes are living at the lake, abc news reported last week. The snakes aren't poisonous, but they do bite. Experts believe their owners dumped the snakes at the lake. The snakes are illegal to have as pets.

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2) The first public hearing for the five soldiers who gunned down Afghan civilians for sport was last Monday. Jeremy Morlock, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska, faces a court-martial on murder charges. Morlock is accused of being the right-hand man of sergeant Calvin Gibbs, who has been described as the ringleader of the slayings.

Morlock, is accused of directing troops on how to handle the killings & prosecutors said he and some of the soldiers kept fingers and other body parts as souvenirs and were photographed posing with Afghan corpses.

The L.A. Times reported that murder charges have been filed against Morlock, Gibbs and three other soldiers. If convicted, they could face the death penalty. All have denied the charges.

1) This week’s talk was the crazy weather! Monday was the hottest day in L.A. since 1877. The National Weather Service's thermometer downtown reached 113 degrees and then stopped working.

Long Beach also tied an all-time record of 111. Other cities that didn’t break records but were burning hot were Burbank (110), Woodland Hills (111), Oxnard (100), El Cajon (109) and Indio (109).

Then later during the week there were thunder & light showers. Global warming is definitely making an effect or the weather is just crazy.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Rich Are Getting Richer & the Poor Are Getting Poorer

The Business Insider released data showing how the middle class is gradually disappearing in America.

Why is this happening? According to The Business Insider it is due to globalism, and "free trade" that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects.

What is globalism? Globalism can have at least two different and opposing meanings. One meaning is the attitude or policy of placing the interests of the entire world above those of individual nations. Another is viewing the entire world as a proper sphere for one nation to project political influence. In this case, basically the U.S. imposes their political beliefs & business interest around the world for individual interest without any barriers interfering. Globalism seeks to undermine the economic and political prosperity of developing nations by making them dependent on First World corporations for profit and stability. Sounds familiar? Some people view it as a modern form of colonization.

It turns out that eventually in a "global economy" middle class American workers would compete for jobs with people on the other side of the world where there is no minimum wage. As a lot of you might already know, many global corporations make billions of dollars by exploiting third world labor workers, while middle class American workers struggle to survive & make a decent living in a shifting economy.

Below see some shocking statistics provided by The Business Reader which proves this phenomenon :

• 83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.

• 61 percent of Americans "always or usually" live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.

• 66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.

• 36 percent of Americans say that they don't contribute anything to retirement savings.

• A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.

• 24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.

• Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.

• Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.

• For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.

• In 1950, the ratio of the average executive's paycheck to the average worker's paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.

• As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.

• The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

• Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.

• In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector.

• The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America's corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.

• In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.

• More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.

• or the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.

• This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.

• Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 - the highest rate in 20 years.

• Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.

• The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.

Check out these sites to finf more info about globalism and groups that oppose it





Sunday, May 2, 2010

Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies & Teachers with Accents in Schools

1)L.A.’s May Day immigration rally is the nation’s largest! Yey! Me along with over 60,000 people gathered this Saturday to show our support for an immigration reform and united against Arizona law SB1070.

It was an awesome experience being around thousands of people not afraid of fighting for their rights and wanting to be heard. We as people have the right to demonstrate our stands on laws that affect us like the one in Arizona.

2) Obama takes immigration reform off agenda because lawmakers may lack the "appetite" to take on immigration while many of them are up for re-election, the AP informed.

Obama are you serious?! A lot of us feel betrayed. Considering that a big population of the immigration community is Latino, politicians always use the tactic of saying they are for an immigration reform to gain the Latino vote. Now that elections are near and it’s a hot topic, it’s not in their interest? How convenient.

3) Arizona Gov., Jan Brewer, not only passed controversial & discriminatory law SB1070, she also banned ethnic studies and teachers with accents from Arizona schools.

What in the world is Gov. Jan Brewer thinking. Doesn’t she realize this is a violation of human rights? If we look back at history and think about the horrific events like the Holocaust & the genocide in Rwanda it all began with laws like these.

4) As many of you already know, there is huge oil spill in the gulf of Mexico that is threatening the life of our marine life which is a billion dollar industry endangering production, shipping and refining of oil and natural gas in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

5) The L.A. Times reported Sunday that N.Y. police are searching for suspect in Times Square for car bomb. A man was seen walking away from the scene acting in a 'furtive manner,' the police chief says. Officials agree the incident is a form of terrorism.

6) Again in 2010 L.A. is named the country's worst for ozone by the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2010 report, released Wednesday. The ranking is worrisome for the city's residents because inhaling ozone is akin to "getting a sunburn on your airways," says Dr. Norman H. Edelman, the ALA's chief medical officer.

7) The AP reported this week that New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census.

What is going on people? There are only 10 questions. PLEASE fill them out and send to be counted. This will also help determine how much money we received to better our state, and we are in desperate need of help.

8) This week Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, 76, was extradited to Paris from the United States early today and faces 10 years in jail for the crimes he committed in the European country. Reportedly, the former Panamanian president laundered $25 million in cocaine profits through various major French banks and purchased three lavish Paris apartments using drug money.

9) Laura Garza’s body was found after missing over a year ago. DNA tests confirmed that bones—originally discovered by ATV riders on April 11th in an out-of-the-way mining area of Mount Cobb, PA— were definitely those of the 25-year old Texan who was an aspiring dancer.
"This certainly moves our case forward," concurred New York State Police Lt. Pierce Gallagher. "It's certainly easier to prove a homicide when you have a body."

10) On Sunday, “Money” Mayweather defeated “Sugar” Shane Mosley after a 12-round fight. Floyd Mayweather was reluctant to confirm a “mega fight” against Manny Pacquiao, the fight everyone really wants to see.
“If Pacquiao is the blood test, we can make the fight. If not, we will not have a fight. If Pacquiao wants to fight, it is difficult to find. Do not go around challenging fighters,” he said.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Top Worst & Best Reasons To Visit Mexico

10) I hate to drive in the bad roads. A lot of improvements have been made on the streets and lights, but more still needs to be done.

9) I do love how you can basically buy anything while waiting at the border. People are selling everything from puppies to newspaper.

8) I absolutely dread waiting to cross the border back to the U.S. The wait is about an hour on a good day. On holiday weekends the wait could take up to more than two hours.

7) I always enjoy how inexpensive everything is. I went to the movies with my cousins, and we saw “Alicia en el Pais de las Maravillas,” Alice in Wonderland, in 3D for six bucks! The popcorn was like 3 bucks and they have kettle corn!

6) I love the drive. The scenery is breathtaking. Driving by the coast and breathing the fresh air makes me appreciate Mother Nature.

5) The tasty beer. Of course Mexican beer taste way better in Mexico, and they also sell other beers that are not sold in the U.S. like Corona Familiar, which is the best!

4) I could never get enough of the delicious food. The tacos with hand made tortillas are my favorite. I love the fruit with powder chile and lime. Mexican fruit is so much sweeter.

3) It’s always heartbreaking witnessing the poverty. When kids are hustling in the streets selling gum or juggling, it’s impossible to not notice it. But it amazes me how everyone is so good spirited and hard working.

2) I hate feeling paranoid about possibly getting assaulted or kidnapped. I’m sure everyone knows there’s been a lot of killings and kidnaps in Mexico. Thousands of people have been killed due to the drug war. Most of all the killings involved people who were associated with the drug lords but innocent people were also murdered. This is a very sad and scary situation that’s existed in Mexico for years. I pray it gets resolved soon.


1) The number one thing I love is spending time with family in Mexico. I don’t get to see them often so when I do I really cherish it. It’s worth even risking my life for family, even though I never feel like I’m risking anything. Regardless Mexico is my roots and I feel right at home when I’m there.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Top Artist I'm Listening To

10) Lady Gaga has everyone going crazy over her. The wild fashion, her crazy lyrics, the fun dancing beats; it’s all addicting. I can’t get enough of her.

9) I was so happy to hear Ludacris was coming out with a new album. When I first heard “How Low “ on the radio I liked it right of way. To me Ludacris is the true king of the south, not T.I. as he claims. Battle of the Sexes is hitting stores, March 9, 2010.

8) Grizzly Bear is a Brooklyn-based folk rock band that I can’t wait to see at Coachella this year. Veckatimest is their third full-length album, released on May 26, 2009 on Warp. The album reached #8 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Their hit “Two Weeks,” which I’m sure you’ve heard on the Volkswagon commercial, has a great video and the song is just one of those jams that takes you to music bliss.

7) Dirty Heads are originally from Huntington Beach, CA. They’re a rock, raggae, hip hop band with similar sounds to Sublime. Actually they’re friends with former Sublime member, Rome Ramirez, who’s featured in my favorite song, “Lay Me Down.” This song is so catchy, I just want to sing it all day, it's awesome!

If you’re a Sublime fan you will definitely enjoy Dirty Heads. Bummer I couldn't go watch them at the Bob Marley Festival this year.

6) Black Eyed Peas just came out with hit after hit this pass year. I've always liked them but unlike other albums I can basically sing along to every song in The E.N.D. Will.i.am is a music genius.

5) Major Lazer is a British collaborative musical project from DJ/Producers Diplo and Switch. Every time I hear “Pon Do Floor” I want to get up and dance. When I’m at the gym I’m listening to their songs, pumping me up. This is another group I’m super excited about watching at Coachella.

4) I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like Kings of Leon. If there is someone out there who doesn’t like them, let me know. I love this band. I never skip any of their songs when I hear them on the radio even if it’s the 100th time it’s played that day.

3) I’ve always loved Alicia Keys since her first single “Fallin” came out. It seems like every album she releases is always better and better. Right now I LOVE the “Put It In a Love Song” featuring, my all time favorite Diva, Beyonce. Her new, The Element of Freedom, already got raging reviews.

She’s touring right now, and will come to L.A. in April. If anyone wants to take me I’m available. ;)

2) David Guetta is my favorite right now. I can listen to all his songs all day and not get tired of the French DJ. My top song is “When Love Takes Over” featuring, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland, which won a Grammy in 2009. Not only did he come out with a great album but he also helped the Black Eyed Peas success with their chart-breaking album, The E.N.D.

I can’t wait to see him at Coachella this year!

1) I’m a Beyonce lover. She’s the top artist I’m listening to. Actually she’s one of the top singers I’ve listened to for the pass 10 years since she came out. She’s an amazing performer and a talented singer. I can’t say there’s one song I don’t like of hers since she came out with Destiny’s Child. I love some of her pro strong women lyrics and fun beats. When she’s on TV I stop all I’m doing just to watch her breathtaking performances.

And I still haven’t had the privileged to see her in concert. For sure I’m at her next tour.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Is Hugo Chavez Right, Did The U.S. Have Something To Do With Haiti Earthquake?

10) Last Monday a NYC middle school 12-year-old student, Alexa Gonzalez, was arrested for writing, "Lex was here 2/1/10" on her desk. She also wrote "I love my friends Abby and Faith," the NY Daily News reports. And even though the scribbles could have been erased, she was still arrested. The girl’s mother, Moraima Tamacho, says her daughter was released several hours after she was taken in handcuffs to a police station. Education department spokesman David Cantor served as the voice of reason and said the incident shouldn't have happened, and that common sense should prevail. As a punishment, Gonzales has been sentenced to eight hours of community service, a book report and an essay on what she’s learned from the experience.

This is just ridiculous, some police need to grow up and relax with the power trips. Shouldn't they be occupied making sure Americans aren't attacked by Al Qaeda, like the CIA predicted?

9)This year’s annual Young Hollywood issue by Vanity Fair has upset many readers who claim that every woman on its new cover is extremely thin and very, very white, unless Vanity Fair considers a redhead as diverse. Stars who made the cut include Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Evan Rachel Wood, and Anna Kendrick.

Why weren't actors such as Zoe Saldana who was featured in both Avatar and Star Trek, and also Gabby Sidibe who received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Precious in the list?

8)There’s word that Al Qaeda can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday. The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terror contacts, CIA Director Leon Panetta said. Al Qaeda is also inspiring homegrown extremists to trigger violence on their own, Panetta added.

Well if the CIA knows about these possible attacks, can’t the U.S. government do something? Apparently not, I guess we all just have to hope we don’t get hit by a terrorist attack.

7)Study reveals that more people are getting drunk since the recession hit, but people began to drink cheaper brands. They also drank more at home and less in pricier bars and restaurants to save money. Industry growth slowed in 2009, with the amount of liquor sold by suppliers up 1.4 percent. That's the smallest increase since 2001 and below the 10-year average of 2.6 percent.

It seemed like people were going for the really cheap stuff like Popov vodka that can go less than $10, which increased in sales. Meanwhile, the most expensive brands, priced roughly $30 or more for a 750 ml bottle (think Grey Goose, owned by Bacardi), fell the most, tumbling 5.1 percent.

Wow I remember drinking Popov in college, well I kind of remember. That's some really cheap stuff!

6) One of my favorite actors, Gael Garcia Bernal, has some baby momma drama! According to Tv y Novelas Bernal, 31, is not only splitting from his on-again, off-again girlfriend Dolores Fonzi, 31, but also demanding a DNA test to find out whether or not the couple's baby, Lazaro (born Jan. 8, 2009), is actually his. Apperantly Argentinean actress has returned to her homeland with no intention of reuniting with Bernal back in Europe. Rumors are that around the time that Gael hooked up with Fonzi she was also dating Luis Ortega, son of the singer Palito Ortega, but Bernal believed her when she insisted that the child she was carrying was his. However, sources close to the actor told People.com this is all untrue.

I really hope it's not true. This is devastating, I wish the best for both.

5) Cuban fashion designer, Narciso Rodriguez is the first to partner with Ebay to launch an affordable high-end fashion line. Launch starts February 15th. Beginning in the Spring 2010, shoppers can buy any of the line's items at affordable fixed prices, ranging from $75 to $350. "The goal was to dress many women of all ages, of all shapes and sizes," said Rodriguez Clients include Michelle Obama, Rachel Weisz, Julianna Margulies, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker.

4) For anyone who missed the UFC fight Saturday, the 46-year-old Couture dismantled his 45-year-old opponent Mark "The Hammer" Coleman, turning a matchup of two Hall of Fame fighters into a one-sided beatdown. To see for yourself check out the video if you missed the fight.
Randy Couture vs Mark Coleman UFC 109 Relentless

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3) Not everyone spent their Sunday watching Super Bowl. The Colombian-born astronaut George Zamka spent it in space. Zamka was the pilot of the ship Endeavor in one of the last trips to the International Space Station as NASA closes the final chapter of its ferries this year.

According to NASA, the shuttle Endeavor blasted off on STS-130 mission from Cape Canaveral on the morning of Feb. 7, the day of the Super Bowl. Its launch will not only be the last that NASA made at night, but the first of five missions that will halt the program in September that the space agency launched 36 years ago, when the commander was still a child at the age of 12. The trip to the International Space Station last 13 days and will aim to bring the connection module "Tranquility" as well as a number of instruments to be used in the space laboratory for robotics research.

2) Super Bowl underdogs the New Orleans, Saints defeated the Indianapolis, Colts with a 31-17 victory. This year’s mardi gras celebration is definitely starting early this year. Everybody was waiting for Reggie Bush to propose to Kim Kardashin, but didn’t happen. Unfortunately I missed the national anthem sung by country super star Carrie Underwood, and I also missed half time. I consumed most of the time eating and drinking this year. Tomorrow I start my diet again. Congratulations Saints! Well deserved.

1) In one of my previous ATT blogs I mentioned Venezuelan President’s, Hugo Chavez, accusation of U.S. causing Haiti’s earthquake. After looking into his argument I found that he actually had an explanation for this. Chavez blames the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance purposes (such as missile detection).

The most outstanding instrument at the HAARP Station is the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a high power transmitter facility operating in the high frequency range. This instrument is so powerful, capable of causing weather changes and even causing an enormous earthquake. Check out these videos to get more detailed information.

Do you think its possible HAARP had something with Haiti’s earthquake or is it a conspiracy?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Mad TV Came Up with IPad Idea First & 1,100 year old Mayan Tomb Discovered

10) Action film actor Jean-Claude Van Damme said he wants to fight a professional kickboxing match against former Olympian Somluck Kamsing in Macau as the capper to a proposed reality show. "[It's] dangerous but life is short," said Van Damme. "I want to prove to young people and even to mature people that a man can go into some very strong physical effort and training, and also be a movie star." Good for you Van Damme, even though he does like he’s aged a little, I would definitely tune in to watch him fight.

9) The list of best actors was also released this week with Clint Eastwood being at the top of the list. In second place is my favorite actor, Johnny Depp and in third Denzel Washington. I’m surprised my other favorite actor didn’t even make it to the list, Leonardo Dicaprio, maybe next year. Below are the top 10 actors of the year.

1. Clint Eastwood
2. Johnny Depp
3. Denzel Washington
4. Sandra Bullock
5. Tom Hanks
6. George Clooney
7. John Wayne
8. Meryl Streep
9. Morgan Freeman
10. Julia Roberts

8) The Associated Press reported that a study released last Tuesday led by the California Immigrant Policy Center showed that Latino and Asian immigrant men in California are more likely to be employed than their U.S.-born counterparts. The report stated 12 percent of Latino and Asian immigrants were self-employed versus 8 percent of non-immigrant Latinos and Asians. This is a surprise, for some reason I assumed the opposite. I would think to be tougher for non- citizens to find work, but obviously not.

7) Great-Grandaughters, Fernanda and Isabel Calles Carranza, of Mexican revolutionaries pose nude for the February issue of Playboy in honor of the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. They are great-granddaughters of the brother of revolutionary leader Plutarco Elias Calles, former president of Mexico, and a cousin of Venustiano Carranza (1859-1920), who also served as head of state at one point. Calles is widely acknowledged as the architect of Mexico’s 1917 constitution, while Carranza played a major role in the development of many of the country's key 20th century institutions.

It's kind of complex to understand how them posing nude honors the 100 year anniversary of the Mexican revolution. But I'm not a Playboy hater, I actually think some of their content is interesting. I'm just glad these girls are not related to Emiliano Zapata or Pancho Villa because I don't think they would want their relatives to honor the revolution's anniversary in this manner.

6) In Callao, Peru a doctor amputates a wrong foot of a 86 year-old patient and then had to cut other foot also. Jorge Villanueva had been suffering from an ulcer on his right foot since early January and an amputation was diagnosed. Villanueva’s daughter, Carme Villanueva, was the person who discovered that her father’s wrong foot was cut off. Health Minister Oscar Ugarte said, "Without a doubt this should be punishable. ... It is a sad situation, and we have asked for an investigation."

5) Beyonce Knowles, Lady Gaga and 20-year old Taylor Swift managed to win most of the awards at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. The performances were great, my favorites were Pink, Beyonce & best of all the 3D tribute performance for Michael Jackson performed by Celine Dion, Usher, Carrie Underwood, & Jennifer Hudson. Even though I didn’t have the 3D glasses and it looked blurry at times, I still enjoyed the performance and the song is beautiful. I love it!

Here’s the performance if you missed it.

4) Apple reveals the IPad but don’t confuse it for the Mad TV IPad, which claims to come up with the name first. Apple just released information about the IPad which is like a big IPhone but better. The iPad is a touch-screen tablet that allows users to browse the Web, use e-mail, play music and games, store photos and watch videos, television and movies. Virtually every app in the Apple App Store is available, scaled to fit to a bigger screen. Like its cousin The Kindle, the Apple device will allow users to read books thanks to an iTunes-like service called iBooks.

The Mad TV IPad, described in one of their skits a couple of weeks back, is a device only made for woman. I’ll let your imagination answer where you think this device goes. Mad TV thought of the “IPad” but their device is quite different the name was all a coincidence. Obviously there were no women in the room when APPLE thought of the name.

Check out the Mad TV skit and the Apple IPad video.

3) America’s Paraguayan soccer player, Salvador Cabañas, speaks this weekend after being shot in the head last week at a bar in Mexico City. Doctors at Angeles del Pedregal Hospital said on Saturday they had lowered Cabañas' sedation level. Dr. Ernesto Martinez said Cabañas had spoken with and recognized family members and officials from his Mexico City club, America. "There are still many risks - infection, bleeding - but the situation is very favourable. We're happy. He speaks perfectly, even speaking Guarani to doctors from Paraguay and his family," Dr. Martinez said.

Martinez said Cabañas has no memory of what happened. He said despite the good news on Saturday, it was too early to say if he might come out of intensive care. He said it was impossible to know if Cabanas would be able to play again. This is a very sad.

2) Archeologist finds a 1,100 year old Mayan tomb was discovered last week, Latina.com reported. Archaeologist Juan Yadeun said the tomb, and ceramics from another culture found in it, may reveal who occupied the Maya site of Tonina in southern Chiapas state after the culture's Classic period began fading. Many experts have pointed to internal warfare between Mayan city states, or environmental degradation, as possible causes of the Maya's downfall starting around A.D. 820. Scientists are hoping that clues found within the tomb may help explain the mysterious disappearance of one of Mexico's most advanced ancient civilizations. To read more visit http://latina.com/lifestyle/news-politics/1100-year-old-mayan-tomb-discovered

1)The State of The Union speech given by President Obama on Wednesday Jan. 27th was the highlight of the week. The address focused mainly on proposals for job creation and federal deficit reduction. Other topics he also talked about were health care reform, clean energy, education, childhood obesity (headed by the First Lady, Michelle Obama), immigration reform, among other things. I think the speech was good, Obama is a great speaker, but actions speak louder than words. Of course, Obama is not a God, it’s a team effort that needs to be made between the people and the government to create a better country.

Here’s the State of the Union speech just in case you missed it.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sonia Sotomayor Will Have Her Own Superhero Comicbook & Hugo Chavez Blames the U.S. for Hitting Haiti With an "Earthquake Weapon"

10) SAG Awards were this weekend. Mo’Nique won again for her breathtaking performance in “Precious.” Below is the list of all the winners.

As for the fashion Mariah Carey looked a lot classier at this award show in comparison to the Golden Globes last week.

My favorite dress was Kate Hudson’s. I love backless dresses they are very sexy and can be classy depending on the style.

The worst dressed was Justin Timberlake. His suit looks like he got it at the Goodwill.

Full List of 2010 SAG Awards Winners

Mo'Nique, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, for "Precious"

Christoph Waltz, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, for "Inglourious Basterds".

Julianna Margulies, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, for "The Good Wife".

Michael C. Hall, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, for "Dexter".

Drew Barrymore, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, for "Grey Gardens".

Kevin Bacon, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, for "Taking Chance".

Alec Baldwin, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, for "30 Rock".

Tina Fey, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, for "30 Rock".

"Glee" for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a comedy.

9) This week Hugo Chavez is on a role he blamed the U.S. for hitting Haiti with an “Earthquake Weapon” and removed RCTV, an anti-Chavez channel, from the air early Sunday for opposing new government regulations forcing it to televise some of the socialist leader's speeches after it did not show the president's speech Saturday to a rally of supporters. Venezuelan pollster and analyst Luis Vicente Leon said the message is clear: "The government is willing to do everything to destroy its adversaries."

It is very sad that there is no freedom of speech in Venezuela, a basic right that no one should be denied. Chavez is the main reason why a lot of Venezuelan’s are leaving their country and migrating to neighboring countries. He is on a true power trip he needs to take a chill-pill.

8) California border inspectors found 708 pounds of marijuana hidden under fish container, the Associated Press reported. An officer at the Otay Mesa border crossing ordered the truck driver aside Thursday night to put the cargo under X-rays. Authorities said they found 29 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden beneath the fish and a layer of ice. The driver was a 34-year-old man from Ensenada, Mexico, whose name was not released. He was booked into a downtown San Diego jail for investigation of drug smuggling.

7) Cuba performs state-sponsored sex changes. The Cuban government has begun to cover the procedure by their universal health care system, Mariela Castro (President Raul Castro’s daughter), told The Washington Post on Tuesday’s fifth Cuban Conference on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy. She did not say how many procedures have been performed since the ban’s lift in 2008 or the costs of the operations, she said “less than half” of the 30 patients approved have had the sex change. To read more on this interesting story visit http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/health/cuba-performs-state-sponsored-sex-changes

6) Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, and their daughter Meghan posed for photos endorsing pro-gay marriage in California. Cindy McCain contacted NOH8 and offered to pose for the photo endorsement, the Web site said. John McCain’s office said that Arizona senator respects the views of his family members even though John McCain backed an Arizona ballot measure passed by voters in 2008 that defined marriage as between one man and one woman only.
Good for Cindy. I’m glad she’s not afraid of expressing her own opinions, considering that her husband is a big politician. Politician wives need to inform the public that they have their own political views and that being married to a politician doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing with everything their husbands stand for.

5) This week the big talk was definitely the weather. It was unusual in California to have so much rain especially this time of the year. It was nice for a change but it did cause a lot of damage. Hundreds of evacuees were allowed Friday to return to their foothill homes as SoCal’s week of lightning, vicious downpours and tornadoes dissipated into occasional thunderstorms. About 200 of some 2,000 homes throughout Los Angeles County remained under evacuation orders. Seal Beach was even hit by a tornado! Thankfully this weekend we had a break but this week more storms are anticipated to hit SoCal again. Everybody be safe and try to stay dry.

Watch this video of car that was flipped by tornado.

4) Bluewater Productions will release a comic book in April 2010 based on Sotomayor's inspirational success to the Supreme Court, Latina.com reported. It will be part of the company's Female Force series, which will also feature Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton among other high-profile women. I'll definitely be checking it out.

Below is the Bluewater Productions synopsis of the upcoming comic book:

The Supremes have a new member! Meet the latest justice to don the black robes of America's highest court. Sonia Sotomayor rose from humble beginnings in a Bronx housing project to become only the third woman and the first Latina to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Relive her historic journey in a comic book biography that's ripped from today's headlines.

3) The players starting in next month's All-Star game in Dallas was released. The starters in the East are Orlando's Dwight Howard(notes) at center, Cleveland's LeBron James(notes) (this year's leading vote-getter with 2,549,693 votes) and Boston's Kevin Garnett(notes) at forward and Miami's Dwyane Wade(notes) and Iverson in the backcourt.
The starters in the West are Phoenix's Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) at center, Denver's Carmelo Anthony(notes) and San Antonio's Tim Duncan(notes) at forward and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant(notes) and Nash at guard. Many were shocked that Iverson was chosen. I can’t wait to see this game, all I have to say is that the west is the best.

2) "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon event raised $57 million and still counting.
The two-hour telethon aired Friday night on the major networks and dozens of other channels, including MTV, Bravo, and PBS, and was also streamed live online. Stars like George Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, Beyonce, Shakira, Rihanna, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and more used their presence to encourage donations for Haiti, following the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people. This is great, I really hope the money is put to good use, Haiti needs a lot of help.

Check out a video of some of the performances.

1) My top choice this week was Coachella 2010. This year it will be on April 16-18. The lineup was released Tuesday morning on KROQ. Headlining this year is Jay Z on Friday, Muse on Saturday, and Gorillaz on Friday. Many very cool artists will also be performing such as MGMT, Calle 13, David Guetta, Major Lazor, Tiesto just to name a few. To see the entire lineup visit http://www.coachella.com/. You can also get information on tickets, hotel/camping, carpooling and anything else that has to do with Coachella on their website. I’ll be attending all three days, I hope to see you all there!