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US Justice Department Press Release of indictment against Gov. Acevedo Vila of Puerto Rico

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Governor of Puerto Rico and Twelve Others Indicted for Election Related Crimes

WASHINGTON – Puerto Rico Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and 12 associates in Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the Philadelphia-area have been charged in a 27-count indictment unsealed today and returned by a grand jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 24, 2008, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez of the District of Puerto Rico announced today.

The defendants face charges ranging from conspiracy, false statements, wire fraud, federal program fraud and tax crimes related to campaign financing for the governor’s 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 campaign for Resident Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and subsequent 2004 gubernatorial campaign.

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to defraud the United States and violate vari…

Lou Dobbs' Freudian Slip: Confirms suspicions of his racial attitude [video]

Veracifier's constant eye on the news just turned up another interesting nugget of Wisdom from Lou Dobbs, CNN's self-appointed immigration czar. Watch his Freudian slip as he almost blurts out the words "Cotton Picking" to describe Barack Obama and Condoleezza Rice who have both been speaking about race in the United States. Watch the video below:

Blogging from the darkness... Earth Hour in full effect

Sitting in my living room with only my laptop running, lighting the room with the glow from my screen. The laptop is running on its battery, is that cheating?

On my street it seems that about a third of the houses are turned off. Earth Hour, El Gran Apagon, is in full effect, even if its not exactly being embraced here in Orlando, Florida. Hope other cities are doing better.

Puerto Rico's Governor Acevedo Charged in Sealed Indictment by the Justice Department

Here is the AP/Times Tribune Report:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila is among several people named in a sealed indictment, officials said Thursday, as U.S. authorities made the first arrests in a long-running probe into his party's finances.

An Associated Press reporter saw at least five officials from the Popular Democratic Party as they were led in handcuffs into the U.S. federal building in San Juan.

An FBI spokesman declined to provide any details, saying there would be news conference later.

Acevedo has said previously that he was a focus of the grand jury probe but he was not among those seen in custody. His spokeswoman said he was still home sleeping at the time of the early morning arrests as far as she knew.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the indictment was still sealed, told The Associated Press that Acevedo was among several people named in the indictment.

A government official also said Acevedo would be charged …

Who is Bill Richardson? Only the most qualified former candidate for President

After endorsing Barack Obama, most American's asked themselves "Who the hell is Bill Richardson?". The answer is that he is the man (person) most qualified to be President of the United States, if only he were still running. For those still in a fog, here's Bill Richardson's resume/biography provided for your education and enlightenment. I have left the positives and negatives intact.

Lifted unedited from Wikipedia -

Bill Richardson (born William Blaine Richardson III on November 15, 1947) is the current Governor of New Mexico and was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. He has previously served as a U.S. Representative, Ambassador to the United Nations, and as the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He was chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention as well as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in 2005 and 2006, overseeing the Democrats' re-capturing of a majority of the country's governorsh…

I must go, PERO UN DIA VOLVERE

After eight months of living in San Juan, I was forced to leave once again. This decision did not come lightly and I stayed as long as I could, though I probably should have left earlier. Now I am back in Orlando, Florida, and I miss mi Viejo San Juan.

For those who have never left the island, and for those who have never returned after leaving, you may not be able to relate, but every word of so many songs now make so much more sense.

I believe we Puerto Ricans are the only ones in the world who sing about their country like we are singing to a lover, and leaving is nothing less than a heartbreak. So many have song about it, only now does it really make sense in my heart.

Here is a video made with pictures I took during the my last 8 months there, with music by Jose Feliciano.

In Solidarity with Emilio Navaira's family, friends, and fans

This past weekend we almost lost another of our shinning stars. Tejano singer and Grammy Award winner Emilio Navaira lies in a coma today awaiting brain surgery after his tour bus crashed. In 2003, Navaira won the Grammy for best Tejano album, for Acuerdate.

What Happened?

On Sunday morning Emilio Navaira and his band drove towards San Antonio from a saturday night gig in Houston, Texas. It was around 5:00 a.m. when the tour bus being driven by Navaira and carrying his band members and agent ran into the highway barriers dividing the east and west bound lanes.



Navaira's bass player Rick Vega is also still in the hospital suffering from abdominal injuries. All other passengers have been discharged from the hospital.

Outlook

Navaira will have to undergo brain surgery and while his doctors have expressed optimism, they warn that he may never fully recover and possibly suffer from severe memory loss.

We can only hope that his family, friends, and fans hold tight to each other and know …

Parking for Mitsubishi Monteros Only

Few people believed me when I told them that in some parts of San Juan there were parking spots reserved for Mitsubishi Montero SUVs. So I took a picture. This photo came from the parking garage at the Muñoz International Airport, it reads:

Area Reserved for
Monteros [model year] '92 to '97
ONLY
Violators will be fined

The explanation seems to be that given the popularity of the Montero (in Puerto Rico and in Latin America) a black market for parts developed, targeting specifically the Montero's computer box found easily under the passenger side dashboard. In an effort to stop these robberies "Montero-Only" parking, with surveillance cameras, became small trend in big San Juan parking garages.

(NOTE: Before anyone mentions it, yes I am aware the Muñoz International Airport is located in Carolina and not in San Juan, but its a distinction only people from Carolina seem to care about.)

Things I have learned in my 29 years on this planet

Last Tuesday I celebrated my 29th birthday. With most of my friends scattered across the U.S., I found myself fielding calls from lots of places from Florida to Massachusetts to California. One particular caller made it a point to remind me how close I am to the big three-oh and how close that was to the even bigger four-oh! After our parting insults ( I get to call her a bitch and she calls me a bastard ) I gave what she was saying some thought.

Of course, from her traditional-old-country-Mexican point of view, I should be married by now with 5 kids and a pregnant dog, but it's just not my style. Despite her disapproval of my bohemian lifestyle, I have led a pretty good 29 years considering it all and thought it good for memory's sake to take inventory of that and the lessons I have learned.

So here are 29 lessons I have learned in my 29 years of life:


Lesson #1 - Be passionate.
Above all else be passionate about everything you do. If you are not passionate about something y…

An interesting sign in San Juan

The sign reads "We sell belly dancing dresses in bulk"... I admit to not knowing much about belly dancing, but is there some huge demand for belly dancing dresses that I'm unaware of? Who is buying these in bulk? Should I stock up just in case they run out?

Hispanics and Barack Obama: Racism without shame

Much has been made about the lack of support for Barack Obama among U.S. Latinos and much has been left unsaid. Among the mainstream media, and the mainstream Hispanic media, the issue is barely debated and simply lumped into a generalized pro-Clinton attitude among Hispanics. This is bullshit and everyone within the Hispanic community knows this. Barack Obama is black. That's the issue. That has been the issue, but no one will say it.

For the uninitiated it may come as a surprise that there is a great amount of racism within the Hispanic community. Not only does it exist, it is rampant, blatant, and without shame. Hispanics are the last bastion of pure unadulterated racism and it is high time we were called out about it.

Let me break it down:

If we are to greatly generalize, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans tend to have better relations with black Americans than do Mexicans and Cubans, and typically the more traditional or oldest members especially if they are recent immigrant…