Julianne Moore vs. Sarah Palin: It Is Uncanny

Julianne Moore's portrayal of Sarah Palin in HBO's GAME CHANGE was spot on. Uncanny. See the video below and compare it for yourself.

Kind of creepy.

Caption Time: What Is Rick “Senador puertorriqueño” Santorum Saying to Luis Fortuño?

It is Friday night, Puerto Rican politics this week have been SURREAL. So let's take a break a have a little fun. This week Rick Santorum called him "Senador puertorriqueño" at a San Juan town hall event just hours after he said that if Puerto Rico wanted to become a state, it would need to make English its primary language (even though Puerto Rico's official languages are Spanish and English.) So if you could caption the following photo where Senador puertorriqueño is meeting Republican Governor Luis Fortuño (a Romney guy… for now), what would you say? Best caption wins something! We don't know what it is yet.

Fortuño Ignores Romney’s English Only Positions, Discusses Immigration Problem and Status Instead

On a day when Mitt Romney issued An Open Letter to Puerto Ricans in both languages, pro-statehood and Republican Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuño appeared on CNN with Soledad O'Brien to discuss Romney's positions.

Fortuño, who publicly endorsed Romney in Florida last month, but then privately met with Rick Santorum in San Juan this week, deflected a very direct question by O'Brien about Romney's English Only positions, which are similar to that of Santorum's.

Instead, the Puerto Rican governor discussed the growing illegal immigration problem in the Caribbean (a problem), Romney's belief in jobs for Puerto Rico (we want our handouts too!), Romney's support for Puerto Rico's upcoming plebiscite vote on political status and "winning the hearts and minds" of Latino voters. In other words, except for the Caribbean immigration issue, an alternative Fortuño universe.

Co-Founder of Invisible Children Arrested for Public Drunkenness and Masturbation

NBC San Diego reported today that Jason Russell, a co-founder of Invisible Children, the non-profit organization that sparked an Internet phenomenon with #Kony2012, was arrested and detained by San Diego Police for "being drunk in public and masturbation."

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/jason-russell-san-diego-invisible-children-kony-2012-142970255.html

This is the report:

Jason Russell, 33,  was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something, according to Lt. Andra Brown. He was detained at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road.

Brown said Russell was acting very strange.

Police said they received several calls yesterday at 11:30 a.m. of a man in various stages of undress, running through traffic and screaming. Police described him as "in his underwear."

Several people attempted to calm him down and when officers arrived they said he was cooperative.

"He was no problem for the police department however, during the evaluation we learned that we probably needed to take care of him," said Brown at a press conference. "So officers detained him and transferred him to a local medical facility for further evaluation and treatment."

According to NBC San Diego, Invisivible Children's CEO issued the following statement:

“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday. Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time.”

And tonight TMZ posted a video of what Russell was doing. Are you kidding us?

KSU Guard Ángel Rodríguez Tells CNN That He Has “Moved On” From March Madness “Green Card” Chant

Today, CNN reported that Kansas State guard Ángel Rodríguez, a Puerto-Rican born American citizen, has accepted the apology from Southern Mississippi's president regarding the "Where's your green card?" chants directed at him yesterday in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

"I heard it. I don't pay attention to that nonsense, especially because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, so we don't need no type of papers," Rodriguez said Friday. "Their athletic director and personnel from their school came to apologize, and I accepted it."

Rodriguez said he realized that there are "ignorant people, and I know that is not how they want to represent their university."

"I've moved on already," he said. "I have a game to focus on."

Mitt Romney Sends An Open Letter to the People of Puerto Rico

Two days before the GOP Primary will be held in Puerto Rico, Mitt Romney and his campaign have released an Open Letter to the People of Puerto Rico. We are running the open letter in both English and Spanish, since it is an open letter. English version comes from TIME and Spanish version comes from EL VOCERO.

An Open Letter to the People of Puerto Rico

This Sunday, the Republican race for the presidency comes to Puerto Rico. Voters will have a chance to choose an alternative to Barack Obama. Residents of the island have special reasons for wanting to bid him farewell.

For one thing, in Luis Fortuño, Puerto Rico finally has a Governor who understands how to repair what is ailing the island’s economy. His low tax and good government policies would have a strong chance to have a greater impact than they are having were not Barack Obama’s policies blocking the way. From the out-of-control and wasteful spending of the ill named “economic stimulus” bill to “green” investments using taxpayer dollars in companies like the now-bankrupt Solyndra, Barack Obama’s policies have given us the most anemic economic recovery since the Great Depression. Things don’t have to be this way.

Governor Fortuño understands what I understand from my long experience working in the private sector: The most critical thing to get the economy rolling again is for government to get out of the way. We need lower taxes and to eliminate unnecessary regulations. We need to make our government simpler, smaller, and smarter. Every job created on the island is another American job added to our nation’s economic comeback.

As president, I would begin by reversing the policies set by Washington that are having a negative impact on the economy of Puerto Rico and strangling the economy of the country at large. The only way to begin this recovery is to remove Barack Obama from office and replace him with someone who understands how jobs are created and how they are lost.

I’ve spent most of my life turning around failing companies and helping to start new ones which created new jobs. It’s time to think seriously about eliminating the obstacles to economic growth in Puerto Rico and in the United States as a whole. If I am elected President, that will be my goal.

I also will work to settle the Island’s 113-year political status question. Around the world, the United States has helped plant the seeds of democracy. Meanwhile, close to four million American citizens in Puerto Rico do not enjoy the same rights and privileges of democracy as their other fellow citizens. It is time to close the book on one of the great unresolved questions of American democracy. As president, I will provide the leadership and resources necessary to ensure that this century-old question gets resolved. That is my solemn pledge.

Sincerely,

Mitt Romney

Carta Abierta al Pueblo de Puerto Rico

Este domingo la contienda republicana por la presidencia llega a Puerto Rico. Los votantes tendrán la oportunidad de escoger una alternativa a Barack Obama. Y los residentes de la Isla tienen razones especiales para decirle adiós.

Por una parte, Puerto Rico finalmente tiene en Luis Fortuño a un Gobernador que entiende cómo arreglar los problemas que aquejan la economía de la Isla. Sus políticas de responsabilidad gubernamental y menos impuestos tendrían una gran oportunidad de tener más impacto del que ya han tenido si no fuera porque las políticas de Barack Obama lo impiden. Desde los gastos descontrolados y el despilfarro de la mal llamada “ley de estímulo económico”, a las inversiones “verdes” con fondos del contribuyente a la compañía Solyndra en bancarrota, las políticas de Barack Obama nos han llevado a la recuperación más anémica desde la Gran Depresión. Las cosas no tienen por qué ser así.

El Gobernador Fortuño entiende lo mismo que yo he aprendido de mi larga experiencia trabajando en el sector privado: Lo más importante es que vamos a poner la economía en marcha otra vez para que el gobierno deje de ser un obstáculo. Necesitamos rebajar impuestos y eliminar las regulaciones innecesarias. Necesitamos hacer que nuestro gobierno sea más simple, más reducido y más eficaz. Cada empleo creado en la Isla es otro empleo americano que aportamos a la recuperación de nuestra economía nacional.

Como Presidente, comenzaré por revertir las políticas establecidas en Washington que están impactando negativamente la economía de Puerto Rico y estrangulando la economía de toda la nación. La única forma de empezar esta recuperación es quitar a Barack Obama de la presidencia y reemplazarlo con alguien que entienda cómo crear empleos y cómo no perderlos.

He pasado la mayor parte de mi vida levantando compañías que estaban fracasando y ayudando a crear nuevas compañías para crear nuevos empleos. Es hora de pensar seriamente en eliminar los obstáculos al crecimiento económico en Puerto Rico y en todos los Estados Unidos. Si soy electo Presidente, esa será mi meta.

También trabajaré para solucionar el estatus político de la Isla que se ha extendido por 113 años. Los Estados Unidos han ayudado a plantar las semillas de la democracia alrededor del mundo. Mientras tanto, cerca de cuatro millones de ciudadanos americanos no disfrutan de los mismos derechos y privilegios de la democracia que sus conciudadanos. Es hora de poner fin a uno de los grandes temas pendientes sin resolver de la democracia americana. Como presidente proveeré el liderazgo y los recursos necesarios para garantizar que este tema centenario se resuelva. Esa es mi promesa solemne.

Sinceramente,

Mitt Romney

Is Blazers’ Kaleb Canales the NBA’s First Mexican American Head Coach? We Think So

Now THIS is a cool story. Well, not for Blazers ex-coach Nate McMillan, who was let go yesterday by the team, but for Kaleb Canales, who was named interim coach. And we think he is the first Mexican American to lead an NBA team. We did research it, but the only nugget we found was Mark Aguirre, who is half-Mexican and was only an assistant coach for the Knicks. Dick Versace was the first head coach of Puerto Rican descent.

Canales, a native of Laredo, Texas is the NBA's first head coach of Mexican American descent. What is even cooler? Canales started his career with the Blazers as an unpaid intern. He is now a head coach. From video intern in 2004 to assistant coach in 2008 and now coach in 2012.

 

Credit: http://www.katu.com/sports/83702232.html

This video from local Portland news talks more about the 31-year-old Canales.

The report continues:

“This has always been my dream so I’ve kind of worked for it and been very, very fortunate along the way to be able to be here,” said Canales who was promoted to assistant coach in 2009. “So when I told people that I was going to be here, they looked at me like I was crazy.”

Crazy, because Canales is not a former NBA player and his father is not a former NBA head coach. Nope, he got to the big time by starting his coaching career in high school at 22 and then coached college ball at 24. At 25 he landed a video internship with the Blazers and some say he hasn’t slept since.

“My rookie year I caught him sleeping on the couch,” said all-star guard Brandon Roy. “I was like, ‘You didn’t go home last night?’ And he’s like, ‘Naw.’ So he’s definitely like the hardest working dude.”

As one of the few Mexican Americans in the NBA, Canales takes his status as a role model seriously, especially in the state of Texas where he returns every summer to run a basketball clinic in his hometown of Laredo.

“They can’t be afraid to dream. You know, I was their age and I was dreaming and hopefully they can look at me and say, ‘You know, it can be done,’” he said.

Colbert on Santorum and Puerto Rico Visit: “It Takes Serious Cojones”

You go, Colbert. The following line last night when Colbert covered Rick Santorum's English-only comments about Puerto Rico summed it up perfectly (about 1:35 into video clip):

"Folks, folks, it takes serious cojones to go to Puerto Rico and tell them to stop saying cojones."

We will give Colbert a pass about delgados.