‘Una América Construida Para Perdurar’

Discurso del Presidente Obama, sobre el Estado de la Unión ‘Una América Construida Para Perdurar’

Informe entregado por el Presidente Barack Obama el 24 de enero de 2012 ante Congreso, 3er discurso del Estado de la unión por el presidente Obama (hecho el Martes, 24 de Enero)

Señor Presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, Señor Vicepresidente, miembros del Congreso, distinguidos invitados y conciudadanos:


El mes pasado, visité la Base Aérea Andrews y les di la bienvenida a casa a algunas de nuestras últimas tropas que lucharon en Irak.  Juntos, ofrecimos un saludo final y con orgullo a la bandera bajo la cual pelearon más de un millón de nuestros compañeros  estadounidenses, y algunos miles dieron sus vidas.

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The Living Legend

Juan Marichal: The Living Legend          

On January 24, 2012, Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) held its 23rd Annual “Going to Bat for B.A.T.” Fundraising Dinner at the New York Marriot Marquis Hotel, in Times Square.  The event was to raise money to assist members of the baseball family who have fallen on hard times.  This year, B.A.T. is celebrating the 50th Anniversary season of the New York Mets. The event was attended by over 50 current and former players.  One of the former players to attend was Juan Marichal.

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TAXES – February 2012

Tax strategies in a tough economy

For most of us, income tax calculations don’t change much from year to year. But thanks to the roller coaster economy of the past few years, many people have undergone major life changes that can have a significant impact – good or bad – on their taxable income and how they should file taxes.

Even though April 17 (this year’s tax-filing deadline) is a ways off, it’s never too soon to start planning your strategy, particularly if you experienced financial hardships in 2011 that could affect your taxes. The IRS has a handy guide called “The What Ifs of an Economic Downturn” (search www.irs.gov) that reviews the tax impacts of different scenarios such as job loss, debt forgiveness or tapping a retirement fund.

Here’s a roundup of common economic challenges you may be facing and their possible tax implications:

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On any month of the year

In February, or September, or any month of the year:

For many years Colombia has celebrated the day of love and friendship in September. How nice it would be if each one of us celebrated it in some way every day. Cards, chocolate, stuffed animals and flowers would be optional. What if every day we’d purposely demonstrate our love in action: helping the old lady at the supermarket, bringing coffee to the school cross guard, or even sweeping or cleaning for our neighbor or love one. However, any of this must be done in love, not because we are earning points to go to heaven, but because it comes from the heart. Love is the purest and the most misunderstood feeling of all times. Love is more than words on a card or money spent on a gift. The Apostle Paul gave us a clear picture of what love is in his letter to the Corinthians. “…If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. So, no matter what I do, what I say and what I believe, I’m bankrupt without love.

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My Day with Angelo Dundee

I can’t recall the exact date in which I had the pleasure of meeting Angelo Dundee, but it was in the summer of 2001, in Miami. Mr. Dundee used to pronounce it Mi-a-muh, as many in his generation often do. In any case, we were both on our way to Jamaica (not together), when I spotted him at one of the concessions at the airport.

While I don’t consider myself to be either an autograph seeker nor someone who goes all gaga over celebrities, I did however, consider it providence to be alongside someone I revered so. After all, Mr. Dundee was the man in boxing. He is considered a legendary trainer, cut man, manager, and loyal devotee to boxing, having already been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Mi día con Angelo Dundee

No puedo recordar la fecha exacta en la que tuve el placer de conocer a Ángelo Dundee, pero fue en el verano del 2001, en Miami. El Sr. Dundee solía pronunciarlo Mi-a-muh, como muchos de su generación a menudo hacen. En cualquier caso, los dos estábamos de camino a Jamaica (no juntos), cuando lo vi en una de las concesiones en el aeropuerto.

Aunque yo no me considero ni un solicitante de autógrafos, ni alguien que va gaga sobre las celebridades, lo hice sin embargo, lo considero una providencia estar junto a alguien que venero. Después de todo, el Sr. Dundee era el hombre en el boxeo. Se le considera un entrenador legendario, el hombre de corte, gerente, y el devoto fiel al boxeo, que ya ha sido incluido en el Salón de la Fama del Boxeo Internacional en 1992.

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Mes de la Historia Afro-Americana

Como es bien sabido, febrero es el mes durante el cual se celebran los logros y las contribuciones que entregan a esta nación los ciudadanos afro-americanos. Esta celebración tiene sus orígenes en 1926, nace de la idea concebida por el Doctor Carter Woodson. Es de señalar que el padre del Doctor Woodson fue esclavo durante gran parte de su vida, pero con el tiempo se convirtió en un hombre libre. Durante su niñez el futuro Doctor Woodson trabajó en las minas de carbón de Kentucky, y posteriormente obtuvo un doctorado en la Universidad de Harvard. Una de las grandes preocupaciones del Doctor Woodson se relacionó con la abierta omisión en los libros de historia de los Estados Unidos de las contribuciones de la gente negra de este país, y al momento de ser mencionados, no se les atribuía el respeto merecido. El Doctor Woodson estableció en 1915 la Asociacion de Estudios De La Vida e Historia Afro-Americana, y posteriormente fundó una publicación de alto prestigio bajo el nombre de “Journal of Negro History”.

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