Monday June 18, 2012
Henry Cisneros fighting prostate cancer (San Antonio Express-News): “But these days, the former San Antonio mayor and U.S. housing secretary also talks a lot about RADs, or radiation absorbed dosages, speaking in the same energetic, enthusiastic tone, as if explaining a new pension fund in which his company is investing. It’s almost like he’s not talking about cancer. His cancer.”
Cocaine, Inc.: How A Mexican Drug Cartel Makes its Billions (New York Times Magazine): A pretty amazing insight into the Sinaloa cartel. It’s a definite longread, but it’s absolutely worth it. “It’s a curious rivalry between these two organizations, because their business models are really very different. The Zetas have diversified beyond drugs to extortion, kidnapping and human trafficking, blossoming into what officials call a ‘polycriminal organization.’ Sinaloa, by contrast, has mostly tended to stick to its core competence of trafficking. ”
“El Paso Times” to El Paso ISD trustees: Resign (TM Daily Post | Texas Monthly): “But anyone who picked up an El Paso Times on Sunday was reminded that the city’s problem isn’t misconceptions about safety in the border city, but rather, government corruption. As part of the fallout from the latest scandal, the newspaper published a rare front-page editorial calling for the resignation of five school board members. ”
Who is Marco Rubio? Life Story Revealed in Manuel Roig-Franzia’s Biography (The Daily Beast): “Like Bill Clinton, he is a young man in a hurry, accumulating power by leveraging personal relationships. And, as was once said of Nixon during his VP years with Ike, he is an old person’s idea of what a young person should be like. But rather than being a plastic young conservative who spends his youth fantasizing about coat-and-tie cocktails with William F. Buckley, Rubio is a relatable member of his generation. He does not listen to patriotic hymns on road trips, but rap, spitting along to the sounds of Snoop Dogg.”
Hats Off to the Soft Drink Industry for Giving Attention to Hispanics and Blacks (Ad Age): This was an interesting column, to say the least. The original column complimented marketers for recognizing the minority market and not ignoring it. The thing is, many marketers don’t give a damn where their money comes from. The only color they care about is green. Also, I learned about it from Gawker, which went after the original column’s author’s claims with their signature snark. It also caught my attention because of a conversation I had with our publisher, Gilberto Ocañas, last week about how companies market to Latinos. I appreciated Gawker noting the flaw in David Morse’s argument about Hispanics choosing sugary over diet drinks. Also, a disclosure: I’m a fat guy who consumes more sugary drinks than I should.
A Waiting Game for Homeowners Trying to Sell Short (NPR): How many of you have homes in financial paperwork hell trying to sell your homes or purchase one? “Banks are often accused of dragging their feet when a homeowner wants to sell for less than the balance on the mortgage. A lot of those “short sales” might be better dubbed “really long and drawn out” sales. New federal guidelines, though, could now push lenders to approve short sales faster.”
Playing a Video Game to Remember an Historic Day — Or to Forget It (Kotaku): I thought this was a pretty cool column, especially the sheer numbers to come out of people playing immediately after last month’s insane EPL final minutes (for the life of me, I can’t find the link, but I will and post it here). How many of you have tried to recreate something in the World Cup, Primera Division or the NFL via your video games? I know I have.
Lens on Immigration: ‘Adolescence Deported’ (CNN): This photo essay of a family broken apart when their mother was deported is interesting. There’s also some background on the family in words as well as an audio interview. An interesting stat from the copy. “Nearly 50,000 children had parents who were removed from the country during the first half of 2011, according to a report that Immigration and Customs Enforcement presented to Congress in March.”
Bill Richardson: Latino Presidential Candidate Coming Soon (Fox News Latino): The former governor of New Mexico passes along his insight into the next Latino presidential candidate, essentially saying a strong, viable candidacy is two or three election cycles away. During the interview, he cites San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. I notice he didn’t (at least in the transcript summary, he may have said it in the video) mention his successor, Susana Martinez.
Rising Republican Star (Latino USA): Don’t say I can’t segue. Latino USA has an audio profile of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and how she’s risen in the ranks of the Republican party and tried to deal with a contentious legislature in her state.
Is Hispanic the New Black? (Bloomberg): As a 2010 LatinoMetrics survey found, 30 percent of Hispanic voters considered racism to be a factor in anti-immigrant views. After calls for electric fences and the like in this year’s Republican presidential primary, it’s doubtful that number has declined. If Republicans opt for a continued stonewall on immigration, they risk alienating Hispanic voters for the long haul.
President Obama made a political decision on immigration. So what? (Washington Post): In the immediate aftermath of President Obama’s decision to stop deporting young illegal immigrants on Friday, Republicans stayed silent as they sought to calculate the right response — one that would walk the fine line between alienating their political base and sending (another) negative signal to the Hispanic community they badly need to court.
Spanish-Language Talk Show Icon Cristina Saralegui Gets Political, Endorses Obama In Campaign Ad (Media Bistro): One of the most famous faces ever to appear on Spanish-language TV is getting political. Journalist Cristina Saralegui, who for 21 years hosted “El Show de Cristina” on Univision, is endorsing President Obama in a new campaign commercial.
Is it time for the term ‘minority’ to be replaced? (Albany Times Union): Statistically, racial groups that have come to be known as minorities (African American, Latino, Asian, mixed race and others) are becoming less of a ‘minority’ in America. As this shift continues, should there be a new term to replace “minority”?
Obama’s immigration move wins support in battleground states (Los Angeles Times): President Obama’s decision to extend administrative relief to an estimated 800,000 young illegal immigrants has won favor with Latino voters in key battleground states, according to a new poll.
Arizona’s Immigration Law: Police Agencies Prepare for New Lawsuits (Fox News Latino): As the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration law, opponents of SB1070 are preparing to sue police departments on claims that officers racially profile, while supporters are set to sue police agencies for failure to enforce the law.