Monday, October 18, 2010

Obama’s War, Obama a lot like those Chilean miners, Rescued Miners’ Secrecy Pact Erodes in Spotlight, Cheating Chilean miner has a second mistress, Rescued Chilean Miner Gets Offer From Extramarital Affair Website, Majority Latino cities most corrupt in LA County, Police Move to Stop Citizens From Videotaping Them

Obama’s War - The American Spectator

Afghanistan is often called the "graveyard of empires." It is also Barack Obama's Achilles' heel. He has nobody to blame but himself.

Afghanistan has little strategic value and the war is one of choice rather than necessity. Now, at the end of a wasteful and frustrating decade, our objective is to end the fighting and leave a measure of stability behind. But clarifying even this simple goal seems more than the Obama administration can handle.

Reid: Obama a lot like those Chilean miners - Hot Air

Rescued Miners’ Secrecy Pact Erodes in Spotlight

Saying they had signed a pact not to reveal details about their ordeal, the miners have said little since Wednesday’s rescue. But many have made clear that the bidding had begun for their personal accounts, reflecting the complexity behind a feel-good story of hope and perseverance that was always encumbered by the economic challenges faced by Chile’s miners.

On Saturday, in an area of squatter homes in the Juan Pablo Segundo slum of Copiapó, a city about an hour from the mine, reporters milled in front of the home of Carlos Mamani, 24, a Bolivian.

Verónica Quispe, his wife, said they were charging for interviews, even with reporters from Bolivia, where Mr. Mamani is considered a national hero. She said they were traveling there this week to discuss a job offer Mr. Mamani received from President Evo Morales.

“We’re poor — look at the place we live,” Ms. Quispe said, squinting under the desert sun. “You live off our stories, so why can’t we make money from this opportunity to feed our children?”

Miners have asked for as little as $40 and upward of $25,000 for interviews. Some media outlets have offered to fly miners to Japan, Germany or Italy for exclusives. Some reporters who spent weeks living in Camp Hope, the tent village that sprang up when families gravitated to the site, exchanged letters with miners underground and were asked for large sums for interviews once the miners were out.
What I said earlier today... not there yet but....

How much y’all want to be that within a year these dudes are going to be fighting and suing each other over book rights and movie deals and talk show appearances.

Cheating Chilean miner has a second mistress

The rescued Chilean miner dubbed the "Casanova Nurse" after his wife and girlfriend came to blows over him reportedly has a second mistress.

Yonni Barrios, who was the 21st miner out of 33 to be rescued last week, was welcomed on the surface by his mistress, Susana Valenzuela, after his wife of 28 years, Marta Salinas, refused to greet him.

But Ms Valenzuela claimed her 50-year-old boyfriend was also seeing a 25-year-old woman, Rosa Esther, who tried to visit him at the hospital. He was taken there for treatment after spending 69 days trapped underground.


Report: Rescued Chilean Miner Gets Offer From Extramarital Affair Website
One of the Chilean miners rescued last week has reportedly gotten a big-money offer from a notorious website that caters to people looking for extramarital affairs.
Fox News reports Yonni Barrios has a 100-thousand-dollar proposal from the website Ashley Madison to be the service's Spanish-speaking spokesman.
As Barrios was awaiting rescue deep in the mine, news surfaced that the miner had both a wife and a girlfriend.
The wife declined to meet Barrios after his rescue, but his mistress was on hand for an emotional reunion.
The proposed contract requires Barrios to remain married to his current wife and to make a variety of appearances on behalf of the website, which has as its motto, "Life is short.
Have an affair."


Majority Latino cities most corrupt in LA County

A shocking confession by the LA Times. Voter fraud and corruption are the highest in immigrant communities. In other words, central American immigrants are simply bring central American style corruption to American politics.

Earlier this year, angry trash haulers helped mount a recall of two City Council members in Montebello who had voted to award an exclusive waste-hauling contract to a rival company.

Tens of thousands of dollars were spent. Dozens of complaints alleging harassment were filed with police during the campaign. But for all the furor, fewer than 10% of the city’s voting-age population showed up to cast ballots.

The pattern is a familiar one in the small, scandal-plagued cities of southeast Los Angeles County. Whether in Montebello, Bell, Lynwood or almost any of their heavily immigrant, mostly Latino neighboring cities, elections are frequent, intensely fought and decided by tiny fractions of the population. The combination, experts say, contributes to chronic political unrest and opens the way to repeated incidents of corruption.

A Times analysis of voting records found that elections in these cities were more likely to have extremely low turnout than those elsewhere in Los Angeles County.

At the same time, these communities are hotbeds for politicking and electioneering. Even as the vast majority sits on the sidelines, a few political players engage in a frenzy of electoral activities, a merry-go-round of special elections and recalls that sweep many of the same faces — or members of the same families — in and out of office.

These elections are often swiftly followed by allegations of voting fraud, which are investigated by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Of the roughly 160 complaints clearly identified as involving elections in Los Angeles County’s 88 cities in the last decade, roughly one-third involved a dozen southeast cities.

“The danger here is that you have a small group running everything for their own benefit, rather than for the public good,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. “The democracy isn’t very healthy…. Low turnout is an invitation to misconduct.”

Over the last decade, officials in Bell Gardens, Pico Rivera, South Gate, City of Commerce, Lynwood, Vernon, Compton and Huntington Park have been charged with or convicted of crimes such as election fraud and public corruption.

Police Move to Stop Citizens From Videotaping Them
The Rodney King beating. The Oscar Grant slaying. What do these events have in common? They were videotaped. When you take huge, racially polarizing stories such as these into account, it's pretty obvious why police officers don't want to be taped when they make arrests. But as more and more cell phones and digital cameras come equipped with video recorders, it's becoming harder and harder for police officers to do their jobs without being 100 percent sure they're not being watched. Or taped. But they are fighting back with bans. In Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts, for instance, videotaping cops is prohibited if it gets in the way of police activity. But citizens, and even one African-American former police officer, Diop Kamau, who has seen how brutal his fellow officers can be, are fighting back just as hard to keep police officers honest. "Video is making victims more credible," Kamau said. "If Rodney King would have tried to tell his story without video, nobody would have believed it."

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