Comedian Greg Giraldo died today at the age of 44, five days after he was hospitalized for an overdose. Greg had been hospitalized in New Brunswick, New Jersey after he overdosed on prescription pills last weekend. A source said the overdose was not a suicide attempt. Giraldo was best known for his celebrity roast appearances. He had also been a judge on “Last Comic Standing.”
A source close to Greg tells us, “Greg passed away today at the hospital in New Brunswick as a result of an accidental overdose. His family was by his side.” We’re told plans are being made for a public memorial service. Giraldo was born and raised in Queens, New York. He is the oldest son of immigrant parents from Colombia and Spain.
Albertin Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz, better known as Aroldis Chapman has broken the record. The 22-year-old Cincinnati Reds left-hander made history Friday night, throwing the fastest pitch recorded in a major league game, a 105-mph fastball.
Ardolis Chapman’s 25 pitches on Friday night (each registering 100 mph or faster, including his record-breaking 105 mph heater) must have been a blur to Padres batters.
The blazing pitch pushed a white-hot pennant race to the back burner. Yes, the San Diego Padres won the game 4-3 to pull ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the National League wild-card race.
The 105-mph pitch was inside for a ball and evened the count at 2-2. Gwynn had fouled off the previous two pitches and fouled off the next before striking out. He ought to be pleased with his effort, forcing Chapman to make seven pitches, the slowest of which was 102 mph.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he intends to put together a volunteer vigilante force to hunt undocumented persons. The announcement came by way of press release and is one long advocated for by Arpaio supporter and open neo-Nazi J.T. Ready.
According the the press release, “The Sheriff will soon implement his plan to commission a volunteer armed posse force outfitted with appropriate hardware and gear to assist in the enforcement of illegal immigration and human smuggling laws.”
Assuming Sheriff Arpaio is good on his word, and given his zeal for law enforcement targeted at Latinos there’s no reason to doubt him, this armed posse will be up and running alongside the U.S. Border Guard–another armed vigilante group patrolling the U.S./Mexico border. Ready’s the force behind this group, which operates principally out of Pinal and Maricopa Counties.
These kinds of groups are not new to this country–we used to call them lynch mobs. Historically they enforced anti-miscengation laws and other Jim Crow-era laws that were born of fear and hatred of another visibly-different minority. They served no purpose other than to terrorize a particular group of people then, and they serve no other purpose now.
Arpaio is playing an interesting game of chicken here with state and federal authorities. He’s already being sued for failing to cooperate with the grand jury that is investigating Arpaio for civil rights violations. His past actions have alienated many others in law enforcement who are trying to keep ties with the immigrant communities as part of a comprehensive policing strategy.
And now he’s decided to start freelancing. It’s a move that takes him dangerously close to lawlessness and one that, given his ties to racist groups within the extreme right, should make many in the right stop and take notice and ask if this is the person they want as a spokesman in their fight against illegal immigration.
Despite the obvious disconnect in employing armed vigilantes for “legitimate law enforcement” purposes, Arpaio’s chumminess with racists at best creates a PR nightmare for those on the right who are really trying to sell SB 1070 as anything other than grounded in racial malice.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says illegal immigrants do essential work in the U.S. and he has firsthand knowledge of that — because they fix his house.
Powell, a moderate Republican, urged his party Sunday to support immigration generally because it is “what’s keeping this country’s lifeblood moving forward.”
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said a path to legal status should be offered to illegal immigrants because they “are doing things we need done in this country.”
He added: “They’re all over my house, doing things whenever I call for repairs, and I’m sure you’ve seen them at your house. We’ve got to find a way to bring these people out of the darkness and give them some kind of status.”
Powell did not say whether he’s hired illegal immigrants directly or they showed up with contractors.
Powell was President George W. Bush’s first-term secretary of state and the nation’s top military officer in the presidency of Bush’s father and in the early months of the Clinton administration. Despite his Republican standing — he was once considered a formidable prospect for the GOP presidential or vice presidential nominations but stayed out of contention — he endorsed Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
In lamenting the party’s rightward drift Sunday, he said Republicans must not become anti-immigration and spoke in support of legislation that would give certain children of illegal immigrants a way to become citizens if they pursue a college education or military service.
May 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM ET – If you grew up watching Wheel of Fortune, then you probably remember TV personality Vanna White. But what you may not know is that the letter-turner is Latina. White was born Vanna Marie Rosich, daughter of Miguel Angel Rosich. After her Puerto Rican father left the family, Vanna eventually took the name of her stepfather, Herbert Stackley White Jr.
Get out your Mexican flags: September 16 is the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence Day. But put away your guacamole hat. It’s not that holiday. Let us explain.
Mexican Independence Day has serious roots. It marks the day in 1810 when the Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called for the people of Mexico to rise up against Spanish rule, which led to a 10-year war to break with the monarchy. We of the former British colonies can certainly relate.
The day is marked Hidalgo-style with the ringing of church bells and “el grito,” the cry of independence, in town squares across the country. Celebrations will be kicked off by President Felipe Calderon shouting “Viva Mexico” around midnight at the Zocalo in Mexico City, one of the largest public plazas in the world. Next up will be a parade attended by a crowd of two million. To keep the peace, 14,000 police officers will also be in attendance. The government is hoping that a $40 million public party will keep the focus on Mexico’s past glory, not its present misery: Drug wars, a sinking economy, and a sagging tourism industry.
But you’ll notice it’s September. In America, aside from parades like the one held in East Los Angeles this weekend, the big day in Mexico is not noticed in the U.S. We like to get excited about Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, known to many as the day of margaritas and merrymaking
September 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM ET – A Miami Cuban charged with first-degree attempted murder went “Scarface” on a Judge after he discovered that he would have to celebrate the Jewish New Year locked up. Juan Rodriguez had appeared in a Miami-Date courtroom, where he found that he wouldn’t be released prior to Rosh Hashanah. Rodriguez, who explained that he was a Jew, threatened to kill Circuit Court Judge Beatrice Butchko.
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September 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM EST – Everyone’s favorite 4’9″ self-described “Guidette” from The Jersey Shore had been getting heat from Italian organizations for reinforcing stereotypes. The catch is that Snooki isn’t Italian. Nicole Polizzi was born in Santiago, Chile, eventually adopted by Italian-American parents.
Initially, Snooki wasn’t quick to own up to being of Chilean descent. But in her book “Confessions of a Guidette,” she makes it clear that she is indeed from Chile. But because she spent virtually her entire life in America, the pint-sized party girl never learned to speak Spanish.
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Classy move by Ron. He could have donated cash instead, but by auctioning off his championship ring, he brings more awareness to mental health issues.
The fact that Ron Artest(notes) is promoting mental health in schools today is amazing in its own right. Considering Artest went from throwing medicine in the garbage to being a government-approved mental-health spokesman in a matter of years, he knows as well as anybody the effectiveness of seeking out help. If that were the end of Artest’s foray into mental-health awareness, that would be more than enough.
But since that was only the first graph of a blog post, that’s not the end of the story. And really, since it’s Ron Artest, there should be no surprise that there’s more. Here’s the latest development, which just might be more surprising than Artest’s school speaking adventure. From NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper:
Artest finally won a title in June after 11 regular seasons of trying … and now he’s planning to sell the championship ring as a fundraiser to put more psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in schools.
“I’m never going to put it on,” he said.
Artest plans to soon announce details of what he hopes will become a worldwide auction, and he takes possession of the jewelry in an Oct. 26 pre-game ceremony before the Lakers open against the Rockets. It’s an incredible gesture. But it’s even more meaningful as a statement.
“You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important.”
Awesome? Awesome. No one was happier to win last year’s title than Ron Artest, so to see him give up something that obviously means the world to him