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Arizona Democrats Wrong To Recall Rep. Catherine Miranda Wasting Tax Payer Dollars PDF Print E-mail
Written by DeeDee Garcia Blase Somos Independents/CRNLive.com   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:59


Allow this write-up to help serve and set a better standard for women who have to guard themselves against misogyny within the political department dominated by men running amuck.

For the record:  I do NOT agree with (D) Rep. Catherine Miranda’s endorsement of Republican candidate Doug Ducey who is running for Arizona Governor. Ducey has produced too much of an anti-immigrant sentiment while running for office during the 2014 Republican primary election.  His economic hypocrisy is sickening considering Cold Stone Ice Cream makes and continues to make millions of dollars from undocumented immigrants purchasing their ice cream.  It is absolutely hypocritical for Republicans like Ducey who claim to be for the free market enterprise system while supporting restrictionism and isolationism with his anti-immigrant messages.  It is clear Ducey does not support a pro growth economic strategy.

That said, (and I say this as a proud independent Arizona voter) I also believe it is hypocritical for Democrats to drag a woman through the mud for supporting a Republican when some of those same Democrats  supported Republican Jerry Lewis who ran against the ousted Sen. Russell Pearce the sponsor for  SB 1070.  Where is that same backlash against Miranda when (D) Leah Landrum Taylor endorsed Republican Reagan for Secretary of State 7 days ago?

Isn’t it the Arizona Democratic Party who prides themselves on Freedom of Speech?  To my knowledge, Catherine Miranda has never supported an anti-immigrant bill and I believe that should go along way with supporters of a recall against her, and/or groups like Citizens For Better Arizona (CBA) who make money from recalls.  In fact, Randy Parraz has history of making approximately 30% of the monies CBA  peddles for off the backs of our already poor Chicano / Latino communities.   The money generated from CBA’s failed Arpaio recall  lacked transparency in their most gross attempt when they claimed to have shredded signatures while begging for money to the last day even though they knew they could not collect enough signatures in that recall.  [In my view, the slap in the face towards women voters  was when CBA supported an unvetted Democratic candidate like Paul Penzone even though Penzone had a domestic violence record in his background.]

What I see is sheer male chauvinism going on in Arizona and I refuse to look the other way to this regard. Why is it okay for men like Randy Parraz and Chad Snow to give their blessing for Jerry Lewis who is a Republican? Do Chicanas and Latinas like Miranda have to receive CBA’s permission to exercise the freedom of expression Parraz and Snow use?

Let me be clear:  There are more women voters than male voters  in our Nation today.  More and more women are growing sick and tired of misogynist tactics and I for one saw a whole helluva lot of that take place when Hillary Clinton ran against President Obama within the Democratic Party, and I also saw male chauvinism within the Republican circles when Senator McCain chose Sarah Palin as a running mate, too.

The hypocrisy women voters have seen in both the Republican and Democratic circles is the reason why more and more of us are becoming independent voters.  Independent voters are now the largest voting bloc in Arizona and in my view, Democratic operatives like Steve Muratore are part of the problem.

According to Democratic blogger Steve Muratore:

The specter of recall already hangs over her head even before she is officially elected to the Arizona Senate. Catherine Miranda, the LD23 Democratic primary election winner — fresh off of selling her soul to the Republican Party followed by endorsing Scrooge McDucey and Michele Reagan — has now recorded a robocall with an endorsement for Jose Penalosa. Having previously run for the 7th District seat as a Republican, Penalosa is now an Independent competing against Democratic candidate Ruben Gallego to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Pastor.


So what if Catherine Miranda is not supporting the Greedy Ruben Gallego?  It was Ruben Gallego who basically dumped on the Arizona Black Brown Coalition anyway during the Reverend Warren Stewart race.   More importantly, Gallego received a significant amount of money from outside Arizona groups and is surrounded by ‘dark money‘ activities.

In my opinion, I see Arizona male politicians who are feeding into this sort of cronyism atmosphere with a goal to create some sort of power group ousting people who disagree with their dictatorship mentality. Therein lies the dangerous mistake these men are making because women have been coalescing stronger and stronger since 2008 elections as a result of the sharp increase relating to misogyny.  Ruben Gallego and Aaron Marquez had better settle their differences with Catherine Miranda withut feeding into a recall that will only cost and waste tax payer dollars.  I see disgusting hypocrisy within the Democratic circles in light of Miranda being pro life, and I refuse to allow these same Democratic operatives to get away with it when they promoted Ruben Gallego who was a former Chief of Staff for Michael Nowakowski — a well kown pro life Democrat.  Where were the pies in Gallego’s face for helping a pro life Democrat to the Nowakowski regard?

It would be a dangerous thing for Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) to support a recall against Catherine Miranda.  Independent voters want to spare Arizona tax payers the drama and wasted resources.  If the ADP supports a recall against Miranda, they will unleash Chicana “fem nazis” like never seen before in Arizona history.  Money would be better spent simply grooming a replacement for Catherine Miranda because what this whole debacle boils down to is Miranda pissing off the Latino good ol’ boy network.  If the Latino good ol’ boy network were so concerned about our gente and our community, why don’t they begin with the Phoenix Police Chief who is more responsible for putting away undocumented immigrants behind bars (moreso than Arpaio himself) or the lobbyists like Molera & Alvarez who profit from the private prison industry?  This would be a good start for these hypocrites.

Source: http://www.crnlive.com/CRNBlog/index.php/2014/10/arizona-democrats-wrong-to-recall-rep-catherine-miranda/

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:28
Suge Knight Shooting - Cops Identify Trigger Man, But Still Can't Bust Him PDF Print E-mail
Written by TMZ   
Monday, 13 October 2014 20:42
Suge Knight is one step closer to getting justice -- cops now believe they know who shot him 6 times on the Sunset strip ... but they still face a major hurdle to closing the case.
Law enforcement sources tell us they've reviewed security cameras and spoken to multiple witnesses of the August shooting at 1Oak, and while they're confident they've identified the suspect responsible for shooting Suge and 2 others -- they still don't have enough evidence to arrest the suspect.
As we told you .... it's been hard for investigators to get witnesses to open up -- par for the course after a Suge-involved shooting -- and that includes Suge. We're told L.A. County Sheriff's investigators are still looking for that golden witness to come forward so they can make the arrest.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/10/12/suge-knight-shooter-1oak-vma-investigation/#ixzz3G5htrbJ3
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 20:43
Revive Con Safos Magazine! Revive the Chicano Movement! CRNLiveBlog PDF Print E-mail
Written by DDBlase CRNLiveBlog   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 23:42

I believe Con Safos Magazine should be revived because it embraced pride in who Chicanos are and all the positives.

Here is a teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary film, “CON SAFOS: Reflections From Up On the Hill”. This trailer premiered at the DA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, honoring Filmmaker Jesus Salvador Trevino on Oct. 12, 2013. This documentary explores the impact, significance of the groundbreaking Chicano Con Safos magazine of the 60′s and 70′s.

Please click below image for teaser trailer.

~Click here to watch trailer~

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 23:35
Aretha Franklin CD of diva classics due Oct. 21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MESFIN FEKADU   
Sunday, 28 September 2014 19:36

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.

"Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics" will include songs such as Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia," Barbra Streisand's "People" and Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman."

The most contemporary track is a reworking of Adele's colossal hit "Rolling In the Deep," which is the first single off the album. It will be available digitally Monday, when the 72-year-old will also perform the song on "Late Night with David Letterman."

"Great Diva Classics" reunites Franklin with longtime collaborator Clive Davis.

"I mean, it is great," he said in an interview. "For her to do all these songs, it's very exciting."

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Andre 3000 are among the album's producers. Other songs covered by Franklin include the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On," Alicia Keys' "No One" and Dinah Washington's "Teach Me Tonight." The icon's version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" will incorporate some of Destiny Child's "Survivor."

The opening track is Etta James' signature song, "At Last," and Franklin closes the 10-track set with Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/aretha-franklin-cd-diva-classics-due-oct-21-110634564.html;_ylt=A0SO8yOF0ShUg2AAaRhXNyoA

Exclusive Afeni Shakur-Davis Interview - wwwThugLifeArmy.com PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert ID4503   
Sunday, 24 August 2008 21:49

This is Part Two of our ‘Exclusive’ web interview with Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of the late hip hop icon, poet, actor, and social activist Tupac Shakur (2Pac).

In the second part of the interview Afein Shakur-Davis goes into Pac’s Kids and the summer camps, the publishing of Tupac hip hop music, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, a normal day for Afeni Shakur-Davis and life on her organic farm. She also tells us her favorite Tupac (2Pac) tracks, music and the remains of Tupac’s ashes. We also ask what she would like Afeni Shakur-Davis’ Legacy to be. She also speaks to the young people and gives direction to them.

Most notably you will hear that she asks for help. Not for herself, she is a giving person, but help to finish the Center for the Arts. The Foundation and the Arts Center are dear to her and she needs help to finish them and preserve them for future generations.

This is a side of Afeni Shakur-Davis that is rarely seen or heard. She did the phone interview from her home and she was comfortable. She was in her element and it is obvious that she is most comfortable at home.

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Center for the Arts are not only part of hip hop’s Legacy and the Legacy of Tupac Shakur but they will become apart of Afeni Shakur-Davis’ Legacy as well. And it is time for everyone to step up and help her finish what she and the family have started.

Tupac touched the entire world, not only as a hip hop artist or a rap lyricist but as a person who recognized the wrongs in the world and he was not afraid to point them out; and the entire world should be interested in seeing the Center for the Arts finished and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation flourish.

The children are depending on all of us to help finish this project and support it so the magnificent work they do can not only go on, but can grow and produce the leaders of tomorrow. An investment in TASF or The Center for the Arts is an investment in our future.

We hope you enjoy this interview with Hip Hop’s most famous MOMMA, Afeni Shakur-Davis. But most of all we hope and pray that you will answer Afeni’s plea for help and respond with any donation you can afford to the Center for the Arts, so it can be finished.

To read a message from Afeni Shakur-Davis please visit - http://www.thuglifearmy.com/news/?id=4490

And please visit http://www.tasf.org to learn ways to donate to the Center for the Arts and or the Foundation.

Also please visit the only ‘Official’ Tupac web site on the net at http://www.2paclegacy.com

Below are both Part One and Part Two of the interview, so you can listen to it in it’s entirely.

Afeni Shakur-Davis Interview Part One

Afeni Shakur-Davis Interview Part Two

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:39
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