Jorge Ramos Interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio Gets Testy and Intense

UnivsionNews posted a teaser of what will surely be a very intense and heated interview this Sunday on Al Punto. Here is a video clip (in English) where Jorge Ramos interviews Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In this segment, Arpaio says that he will reveal more information about President Obama's birth certificate on March 1 and tells Ramos that "Latinos love me." It gets heated as you can see.

Memo to Romney Campaign: Fire the Genius Who Organized the Ford Field Event

Politics is all perception. You can have all the ideas and platforms in the world, but a successful campaign is all about images. And this week in Michigan, the Mitt Romney campaign messed up. Badly.

The idea was to have Romney speak at Ford Field in Detroit. Ford Field's seating capacity is about 65,000 people. Romney spoke at Ford Field to about 1,500 people. Hell, a flipping MLS soccer game could attract more people.

Talk about playing to an empty room. In your own home state, too. No wonder the following doctored image from a Think Progress post has gone viral today. Oops.



Latino GOP Groups Produce a Significant Rift Due to Immigration Stance

Blogging attracts like-minded folks just as much as dissenting foes. It is part of the game, and in my own experience, the criticism I have received (of any kind) is always better than indifference. Yes, I have been criticized by Latinos from all sides with much of the criticism and/or disagreement ending up in a mutual respect. After all, the ultimate goal is to find a voice within our community and make a statement. However, there are those whose attacks on each other are solely based on partisan politics, even when ranking within the same party. Such is the case of Bob Quasius and Rev. Howard Dotson when it comes to immigration.

Mr. Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe con Leche Republicans (CCLR), a website "dedicated to making America and the GOP a friendly place for immigrants". Recently he has been attacked by Rev. Howard Dotson who stated in his article "Step Aside, Latinas and Latinos can Lead Themselves!  " that Quasius' group is "a Republican Latino advocacy group that hedged his bets on whether Gov. Romney is anti-immigrant " .  

We reached out to Bob Quasius to go on record about his opinion on Dotson's support for Somos Republican's ("SR") and their statement "we will not align with Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans any longer, except when there are clear mutual interests', also on the account of differing immigration SR stated that  "Mexican Americans no longer consider themselves represented within the party by Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans."

Quasius: "CCLR has never defined itself as a Latino Republican organization. We are a Republican group that supports immigration reform and immigrants. You can find this in our mission statement and guiding principles. I also blogged about this several weeks ago (read Defining Cafe Con Leche Republicans).CCLR has never endorsed Mitt Romney either and we have been critical of Mitt Romney for his ties to Chris Kobach and harsh immigration positionWe have formally endorsed Newt Gingrich, though we took exception to some of his immigration positions."

"Howard Dotson is a friend of Shirl Mora James, co-president of the Tequila Party (along with DeeDee Blase). I worked with Shirl and Howard last year to defeat Nebraska anti-immigrant legislation. I don’t know his motivation for attacking CCLR, but needless to say I’m disappointed. He apparently didn’t bother to check his facts, and I’m not sure whether he even wrote this hit piece himself."

Rev. Dotson, ended his article by stating that "Latinas and Latinos will lead themselves" but then goes on to endorse an organization that publicly promotes segregation within Latinos, in this case Latinos within the GOP that do not share the same view on immigration. Thus, I call it like I see it. The more divisions we have the less successful we would be. This is true regardless of the political affiliations we have.

Somos Republicans and the Tequila Party were founded by DeeDee Blase. 

So @TIME Goofed on One Pic of Its Latino “Yo Decido” Cover and Quickly Apologized

This week Time magazine rocked it with a YO DECIDO cover. The Latino online world responded positively, given that very little mainstream coverage is being given to the obvious fact that the US Latino demographic is a key swing bloc for the 2012 election.

Our friends at OC Links (whom we love) posted the following story: Magazine Cover Depicts The 'Faces of the Latino Vote'–With a Non-Latino Face. The story got picked up by NBC LatinoNew York Magazine and others in the blogosphere.

In the end, one of the images on the cover was that of someone who was half-Asian and half-Caucasian. Here is what Time said:

Over the course of three days TIME photographed 151 people for the current cover. We took steps to ensure that everyone self-identified as Latino, that they are registered voters and that they would be willing to answer our questions. If there was a misunderstanding with one of our subjects, we apologize. 

So, TIME screwed up, and realized their error. Good for them for responding quickly. We still love the cover and what it represents. YO DECIDO says it all to us. And we are a Rainbow. Latinos will welcome anyone! Now if Time actually had an Afro-Latino face on the cover, they would totally get it.

Nonetheless, like our Twitter buddy @JesusGonzalez tweeted to us, be careful the next time, TIME.

Pujols Objects to Angels Ad That Calls Him “El Hombre”

Yesterday ESPN Los Angeles ran a very interesting story about Angels slugger Albert Pujols, who is objecting to his team's marketing campaign. The issue? The Angels are promoting Pujols as "EL HOMBRE" and Pujols says that such a label is insulting and disrespectful to Stan "The Man" Musial, the Cardinals legend.

As ESPN Los Angeles reports:

"Like I say, I haven't talked to them, but I prefer not to use [El Hombre]," Pujols said Wednesday.

It's an emotional issue for Pujols because he became acquainted with 90-year-old Musial in his 11 seasons playing in St. Louis. In 2010, Pujols asked St. Louis media and fans not to call him "El Hombre."

"I still have the same respect for him as I had, not just for what he's done in baseball but for what he did for his country," Pujols said. "That's something you have to appreciate."

The report continues:

Angels vice president for communications Tim Mead said the signs featuring "El Hombre" represent 20 of the 70 Angels billboards in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.

"We're more aware of his feelings about that now, but I don't think his feelings are directed at our marketing campaign," Mead said. "He hasn't approached us with anything and it's been explained to him [that] it's one prong of our campaign, not its full-fledged focus."

Our take? Kudos to Pujols. Although we would suggest to the Angels that EL HOMBRE is such a stale label in Spanish that really makes no sense. Call Pujols EL JEFE or something like that. That is why BIG PAPI works for David Ortiz. EL HOMBRE is like EN FUEGO—bad Spanish translations that make no connection

PS Thank you, Hispanic Tips, for your tweet about this.