Archive for March, 2011

36-year-old Man Charged With Possession Of 28 Pounds Of Marijuana In Racine County

Pot worth $52,500 hidden in side door panels and back seat compartment of vehicle

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 30, 2011

Racine – On Wednesday, Manuel Moreno, 36, of Milwaukee was charged in Racine County with possession of 28 pounds (2500 grams) of marijuana with intent to deliver, street valued at $52,500, driving without a driver’s license and no proof of insurance, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint states, Racine Deputy Sheriff Jeff Chiapete made a traffic stop near 8 Mile Rd. and I-94 after checking the registration of a Civic Honda and found that the owner of the vehicle had no driver’s license.
Deputy Chiapete was doing a routine check on vehicles travelling along I-94 by computing license plate numbers to check information on vehicles, according to the Sheriff’s Department. He then pulled over the Civic Honda and the driver, Moreno got out of the vehicle. The deputy ordered him back into the car.
When Deputy Chiapete got close to the Honda, he noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Moreno was taken into custody. He was heading northbound on I-94 at about 9:45 a.m. when he was stopped, the complaint states.
The Civic Honda was towed to a sheriff’s substation where investigators later discovered packages of marijuana hidden on the side door panels and in the back seat compartment. Moreno had $1,000 in cash, which was confiscated along with the marijuana.
Moreno unable to post $50,501 cash bail remained at the Racine County jail, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

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Mexican Mayor From García Municipality Escapes Second Attempt On His Life

Mayor Jaime Rodríguez Calderón targetted by drug cartels

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 30, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico – On Tuesday, Mayor Jaime Rodríguez Calderón during a televised interview acknowledege a second attempt on his life. Rodríguez Calderón said, that a group of 40 men in ten vehicles engaged in a gun battle against his own bodyguards late Tuesday night. He said, that he was scared and pissed off at the same time, calling the suspects cowards and drug dealers who are trying to poison his community and the 70,000 school children in public schools.
Rodríguez Calderón was travelling in several vehicles along Abraham Lincoln Avenue in the Municipality of García in the outskirts of Monterrey when ten other vehicles intercepted Rodríguez’ vehicle and a body guard escort of eight in another vehicle. Two of his bodyguards were injured, including Rodríguez Calderón. No suspects were reported killed.
Rodríguez Calderón said, he had just left a late afternoon grand opening of a soccer field for students in the Valle neighborhood in Lincoln Avenue and was heading back to García when the attack occurred. He noticed that ten vehicles were following them after the event and began to fire upon the escort vehicles. His escorts were pinned down in a gun battle, when he ordered his driver to return and was able to help repell the attack. Rodríguez Calderón managed to get his injured men into his SUV to protect them from gun fire.
His escorts had about six high caliber weapons and were running out of ammunition. The gun battle lasted about 20 minutes, according to Rodríguez Calderón.
He had requested the government for heavier caliber weapons, but was denied by the military. With the few guns that the escorts had, Rodríguez Calderón said, his escorts managed to repell the attack. He is planning to armed his bodyguards with heavier weapons with or without permission of the government.
He has been fighting and keeping the drug cartels from trying to sell drugs in public schools and believes he was targetted for doing the right thing. He vowed to continue to fight the criminal element in García and to keep drugs away from the 70,000 school children in the community.
Rodríguez Calderón recognized his bodyguards as heroes who are helping to keep children and his city safe and out of drugs. He requested aid to help fight the drug cartels from the state governor, Federal Police and the military.
On Wednesday, Mayor Rodríguez Calderón announced that an agreement between Nuevo Leon state authorities and the Mexican federal military has been reached. The military will take over security at García and they will also provide protection for the mayor.
The mayor said, most of the García police force had been replaced or fired and there were few men who wanted the job because of the danger involved.
With the new added military security, Mayor Rodríguez Calderón is confident García Municipality will strive and eventually become a safe place to live.
The municipality of García is growing socially and economically, according to Rodríguez Calderón.
In February 25, Rodríguez Calderón had his first attempt against his life and bodyguards were able to repell the attack and killed four suspects.

News Spanish video of interview with Mayor Rodríguez Calderón at  http://bit.ly/heLraS

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Judge Reaffirms Restraining Order For State Officials To Stop Implementation Of Union Busting Act 10

Governor Scott Walker and the Department of Administration will abide by Judge Sumi’s order to stop implementation of the union busting Act 10.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 30, 2011

Madison – On Tuesday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi reaffirmed a temperary restraining order issued to Doug La Follette, Secretary of State to stop the publication of Act 10 known as the Governor Scott Walker’s (R) union busting bill. The bill eliminates collective bargaining rights for most state employees.
Last Friday, the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) posted the bill on its website after being advised to do so by Majority Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and Governor Walker wanted the bill published, so the state Department of Administration (DOA) could begin to implement the bill. The DOA began to increase state employees payments to their pensions and health care benefits, but kept from taking unions dues.
Judge Sumi said, her March 18th restraining order was ignored and misunderstood, but ordered everyone involved to stop implementation of the bill until the case gets resolved. Those parties found violating the court order would be in contempt and could face penalties ending with costly court sanctions. “Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear,” Judge Sumi said.
The Act 10 law was not published as state statues dictate and the website publication of the law by LRB is invalid, according to Judge Sumi. On Wednesday, Governor Walker and the Department of Administration confirmed that they will abide by Judge Sumi’s order to stop implementation of the union busting Act 10.
The state attorney in court had argued that in 1943, the State Supreme Court ruled that a lower court could not interfere with legislation until it was publish and enacted setting a precedent. But the Supreme Court didn’t address, if such legislation could be challenged when open meetings law was violated making the legislation moot.
The state legislature is not exempt from failing to following open meetings law when dealing with legislation that would impact and affect the public interest without a 24 hour notice allowing public participation, according to state law.
On March 9, a joint legislative committee gave a two hour notice to separate Senate Bill 11, which eliminates collective bargaining from Walker’s budget repair bill.
Governor Walker signed the bill into law two days later and the Secretary of State had ten days to publish it in the Wisconsin State Journal to make it legal.
Judge Sumi allowed La Follette to remove the state department of justice from representing the Secretary of State due to conflicts. Sumi ordered Governor Walker to appoint another attorney to represent La Follette.
The case will continue on Friday, Sumi hasn’t ruled yet if the joint legislature violated the open meeting law. She criticized legislators for not meeting again and giving a 24 hour notice to pass the bill and for wasting taxpayers funds in a court challenge. Governor Walker and the Republican controlled legislature believes they followed the law and will prevail in court.
Democrats believe otherwise and criticized the Republicans for illegally passing Act 10 and for pushing the Legislative Reference Bureau to illegally publish the bill without authority of La Follette. La Follette had previously sent a letter to the bureau to cancelled publication until further notice due to pending litigation.

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Illinois Governor Halts Spread Of ICE Secure Communities Program In State

Newly elected Chicago Mayor Emanuel to continue Chicago’s sanctuary ordinance for undocumented immigrants.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 29, 2011

Chicago – On Sunday, the New York Times reported that last spring Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials had pressured officials in Chicago and Cook County to implement the Secure Communities program. Both Chicago and Cook County officials refused citing a sanctuary ordinance prohibiting officials from getting involved in enforcement of immigration laws.
E-mails from ICE released through the Freedom of Information Act to National Day Laborer Organizing Network, an immigrant rights organization revealed the controversial tactics used by ICE and the mass deportations of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. The ICE e-mails showed that Chicago and Cook County were seen as testing areas to see, if they could be exempted from joining Secure Communities. In an e-mail, Brian Hale, spokesperson for ICE says, the agency doesn’t need permission from state or local officials to implement Secure Communities.
On the contrary, the program is offered by ICE as a voluntary program, which signs agreements with state police agencies and then tries to enroll county sheriff’s and city police departments into the program. The county sheriff’s then share fingerprinting data of suspected undocumented immigrants held on criminal cases and convicted criminals with Homeland Security and ICE. The program is supposed to only target undocumented criminals for their removal. according to the ICE website.
Data released through February 2011 by ICE indicated that the agency processed 32 percent of undocumented immigrants for deportation without criminal convictions through Secure Communities from 26 of 102 Illinois counties using the program.
Nationally, 28 percent of those deported through the program had no criminal convictions, according to ICE.
In November, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Office issued an order for the state police to stop enrolling counties and implementing the program, pending a review of how the program was being implemented and carried out. The Illinois State Police joined the program in November 2009.
Newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) will adhere to Chicago’s sanctuary ordinance, the New York Times reported.

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Hispanics Pulling Their Money From M&I And Closing Bank Accounts To Protest Bank Employees Support For Governor Walker

At least 70 Latinos have confirmed that they have closed their bank accounts from M&I bank in boycott

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 27, 2011

Milwaukee – On Sunday for the second time, Voces de la Frontera has gathered hundreds of people in the wake of a proposed illegal immigration enforcement bill by WI State Representative Donald Pridemore (R-Hartford). Voces is supporting the M&I Bank boycott as well and will close their actual account within a week, said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces.
About fifteen local Hispanic businesses have signed up in support of Voces to continue organizing people, businesses, labor unions and the clergy.
Voces will announce through a press release by Monday, its confirmation that letters opposing Pridemore’s immigration bill were sent to state legislators, and that businesses, labor groups and the clergy’s support to stand against Pridemore’s immigration bill. Members of the Milwaukee Police have signed a letter in support of driving permits for undocumented immigrants, according to Primitivo Torres from Voces Action.
Chris Abele, candidate for Milwaukee County Executive says, he won’t run the county as former Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has done. Abele confirmed he opposes an anti-immigrant enforcement bill in Wisconsin and supports in-state tuition for undocumented students attending state universities and colleges. Governor Scott Walker’s two year budget eliminates in-state tuition.
Candidate For Judge, Pedro Colón and former South side 8th Assembly State Representative said, the clergy, Voces and community activists had worked for ten years to get in-state tuition and within 9 months of its passage by former Governor Jim Doyle (D), the current Governor Walker (R) is proposing its elimination.
State Senate Democrat Chris Larson told the audience, that it has been amazing to watch the Hispanic community rise up and challenge Pridemore’s bill and we’re not going down without a fight. Other areas in the nation, people will look into what Voces and the community will do to challenge an anti-immigrant bill. Larson said, “We don’t stand alone, we stand together,” this is what democracy looks like. This fight continues against anyone who is targeting low income people, unions and immigrants with anti-immigration bills and we will recall Governor Walker, Larson said. He received a standing ovation by hundreds of Latinos at the meeting before speaking.
Another community meeting will be held at the St. Adalbert Catholic Church basement, 1900 W. Becher St. for next Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Voces invited for attendees of the meeting to attend the scheduled April 11 budget hearing at the Wisconsin State Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Rodriguez “Chuco, El Perron de la Mañana” Nails It Hard To La Gran D Radio For Firing Him During Adult Comedy Show In Milwaukee

It was a hilarious night to laugh at the Tropical Night Club with “Nelly” impersonating Paquita la del Barrio and Chucho El Perron de la Mañana targets former employer La Gran D radio during comedy session.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 27, 2011

Milwaukee – On Saturday, Nelly (Leonel Silva) impersonating Paquita la del Barrio (meaning, Franny from the neighborhood) began the night with songs focusing and taking a stance against the Mexican sexist male culture and teasing men in the audience for the way they treat women. She is well known to bash men in general and for telling it like it is due her past relationship with men.
Nelly imitating Paquita told the crowd at the Tropical Night Club, 700 block of S. 5th St. that “men are only good for one thing only, when they bring money home. Most of the time, men just jump in bed with their women and don’t even get to finish what they started, leaving the women hungry for more. As time moves on, men begin to lose their appeal, they grow old fast, get huge bellies and sleep most of the time.” Of course, the women in the club bursted in laughter while the men took it in stride.
The following comedy segment began with Jesus Rodirguez who is originally from Jalostotitlan, Jalisco, Mexico and is known as Chucho, El Perron de la Mañana on a national syndicated radio program transmitted by Ke-Buena Network owned by Rodriguez. Rodriguez airs his show daily from Portland, Oregon to 11 radio stations around the U.S. and abroad. Rodriguez confirmed that two other radio stations are negotiating to also transmit la Ke-Buena show.
He made his adult humor presentation at the Tropical Night Club. He actually targetted his former employer, the West Allis La Gran D 104.7 FM Radio station and its manager Ana. He told the crowd that he had been fired by Ana and he didn’t care if he got sued for telling like it is. Rodriguez said, La Gran D screwed up and today I’m have a nationally syndicated radio program, which is also transmitted from Milwaukee’s WJTI 1460 AM Radio La Nueva Ritmo. I can say that this morning “in a rating scale of radio listeners from 1 to 5, La Nueva Ritmo has reached up to 5.2 surpassing and leaving its radio business competitor La Gran D on the bottom of the scale…and that’s what I wanted to accomplish. So, they can go to hell (explicit).” The comedy show was co-sponsored by La Nueva Ritmo.
Most of Rodriguez’ show included pure vulgarities in Spanish which left some people who were targeted embarrassed and others almost falling off their seats. This type of entertainment isn’t for everyone, but for those who seek some type of extreme entertainment to tickle their funny bone, well Rodriguez is the one to listen too at adult comedy shows. Rodriguez “Chucho El Perron de la Mañana” is funny though. But I wouldn’t take any children to a show.

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Union Busting Law Gets Published Without Authority Of Wisconsin Secretary Of State

Dane County judge had ordered the Wisconsin Secretary of State not to publish law until case gets resolved and ordered otherwise.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 25, 2011

Madison – On Friday, the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau published the controversal union busting bill Senate bill 11, which Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi had placed a temperary restraining order to keep it from getting published. The law was challenged by the Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D) claiming that Republicans from both the Senate and State Representatives violated the open meetings law when they met in an emergency joint legislative conference. They separated the bill from Governor Scott Walker’s (R) budget repair bill and passed it within a two hour notice. DA Ozanne and Democrats claimed that the open meetings law requires 24 hour notice before a meeting.
On March 18, Doug La Follette (D), Secretary of State sent a letter to the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) director Steve Miller to remove the law from their publication schedule until further notice and a new date is provided to publish it, because of a restraining order not to publish the bill. La Follette confirmed the union busting law can’t take effect until his office authorizes publication and a case is pending to determine, if it was passed legally. State law requires the Secretary of State to publish a law to make it official in the Wisconsin State Journal. Once the bill is published, the day after it becomes law.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that, “Bureau director Steve Miller said the action doesn’t mean the law takes effect Saturday. He says that won’t actually happen until Secretary of State Doug La Follette orders the law published in a newspaper, and a judge ordered last week that La Follette not do anything.”
The LRB published the union busting bill at 3:15 p.m. on Friday and Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) told AP that he went to the Miller at the LRB with the idea to publish it, according to AP. The LRB in the last decade hasn’t published a bill without notice and the authority of the Secretary of State to do so.
Senator Alberta Darling (R) says, the LRB has a right to publish it and the law will become law on Saturday. Senator Chris Larson (D) on the contrary says, the Secretary of State has the sole authority to publish a law and it only shows to what lenghts Republicans are willing to go in order to bypass legal procedures.
State Representative Peter Barca (D) has requested for the LRB to release all emails and correspondence leading up to their publication of the bill concerning key Republican legislators, including Senator Fitzgerald.
Most likely, the Dane County Court union busting bill case won’t be resolve until August and an appeal by either party could send it to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, which would further delay implementation of the bill ending most union collective bargaining rights for most state employees.

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