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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

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.