This is a fairly famous photo. The girl in green lost seven family members in this Kabul Bombing, one being her seven-year-old brother. When I see this, I wonder what terrorists try to acheive. I wonder why it’s necessary to kill a seven year old… A mother… A little girl’s family? They were no one important, but still those more than 80 people died. Why do immigrants, old men, young girls, children, have to die due to fascist ideals, or anarchismal, or terroristic. When I see this girl, I can imagine her screaming the same thing I’m asking. Why? Why do we have to kill and die? What does this do, except hurt innocent people?
If any of my readers have heard of Eva Longoria, than you might have heard of her show Devious Maids. While Longoria herself does not act in the show, it has a great cast including soap star, Susan Lucci. Ever since I was a little girl, I have idolized Eva Longoria. I remember being up past my bedtime, watching Desperate Houswives with my mom. When I saw Eva acting on that show, being completely outrageous and hilarious, I thought to myself, I could be her one day. When I was younger the only Latina role models I really had we’re my Babysitter and Dora the Explorer. Eva Longoria became the person I wanted to be when I grew up, because if she could do it, so could I.
Growing up in the south has never been easy for someone who is racially different. By elementary school, kids were already being taught that “Mexican illegal immigrants [were] lazy and taking jobs,” (how those two things work together I will never understand) and that if you were brown, or spoke with an accent, you must be Mexican. By middle school, kids started asking me if I was an illegal immigrant, or if my dad was; of course, back then I didn’t really know what that meant so I would always reply “How could he be? The Dominican Republic is an island… There’s no other way to get here from there.” Back then kids already knew racial jokes, but they knew that if they made jokes about black people, they would be considered racist, so they made a lot of Mexican jokes instead. The one about a Texan screaming “for the Alamo” and throwing a Mexican out. The one about the American kicking a Mexican out of a taxi saying “I have too many of these in my country”. Saying Mexico never wins the Olympics because everyone who can run jump and swim is in the US. And “Mexican fist bump” where you “jump over the border”. I’m not Mexican, but these jokes still hurt, and they make me very sad and disappointed. Partly because to most of these kids, all countries that speak Spanish are Mexico, and partially because they teach children to hate and disrespect at such an early age.
Now I’m in high school. Some teachers tried to encourage the kids to not have cliques, to go outside they’re social boundaries. They don’t see why Asians sit with Asians and Latinos sit with Latinos. It’s never been because we don’t like white kids. It’s because they used to not like us. Most of us established our circle of friends in elementary school and middle school, and that’s when the separation began. Now we sit with who we are comfortable with. We sit where we know someone wont ask us if we can speak English, or assume we got an A on a math test, or are going for a soccer or basketball or track team.
Over the summer, I read The Help by Kathrine Stockette. I found, upon returning to my school after being in California all summer, that a lot of my classmates either hadn’t heard of it, or didn’t know it was a book. A lot of people made posters for it, for their summer assignment, and it saddened me when you could tell they just saw the movie. Throughout reading The Help, I truly did laugh, cry and yell in public. I was moved and it touched my heart, mainly because I could relate to many of the points in the book. Being the girl who isn’t always asked out, being an intellectual in a community that doesn’t want, let alone appreciate it. Mainly, as I read every chapter which dealt with the topic of segregation in the 60s, I sat there and asked myself, “why do people say we’ve improved”?
Steering away from the Latino issue, it surprised me to find out that just in the year 2000, people were screaming the N word at an African American quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. I know the southern states can be slower than most on civil rights and equality issues, but this truly shocked me. Some people have heard of Lindsey Davis, who had an 11 hour filibuster, trying to keep a bill on abortion from being passed by governor Rick Perry, who went on to openly slander Mrs. Davis’ home life. I’m not a PolySci major, so I’m not going to act like an expert, but I do admire Mrs. Davis for the way she stood up for her cause. All these things made me keep thinking… The women’s rights issue still isn’t completely solved. Everyone who saw the Treyvon Martin case knows that that wasn’t fair or just for the African American community. Stop and Search in New York, SB 1070 on Arizona, The Defense of Marriage Act (which was finally repealed, took you long enough), we aren’t that much better. We don’t have any Home Health Sanitation Initiatives, like the one mentioned in The Help, or separate drinking fountains and schools, but we still have direct laws targeting people.
I started this off by mentioning Devious Maids. I can say I love this show. It has humor, intrigue, and to me, it is The Help of today. Many times throughout the series the topic comes up about how much these employers really care about their maids. The maids discussed, “if we died would they even care? Sure they might go to our funerals, shed a tear or two, but would they really care?” And they ended it with ‘it depends on how good the maid they replaced us with is’. One of the employers tries to sell his maids out for prostitution, and when she is killed his wife’s only response is “who’s going to clean?”, and while some characters do really care for their maids and treat them like friends (in their own way), most of America that can afford help does not.
Yes, you can argue that it would be the same for any race of made. When someone works for you, they work for you. However I’ve noticed that people always seem to assume, the gardeners and maids are Mexican. Assume that they don’t speak English and listen to bad Mariachi music. Even in big industries like the MLB, when you compared two even players, for example Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. Back when they were both on the Rangers, they were basically the same as far as stats went, so it always made me curious that Hamilton, who wasn’t performing well and had a recurring problem with alcohol, got paid twice as much. My friend worked at a car wash for a while and up until now, they were paying him below minimum wage, just because they could take advantage of him like that.
My point is the problem isn’t solved in America, it’s just pushed under the rug. Yes, nowadays, kids know that you can’t make black jokes, but that’s all they know. Most of their parents still raise them with other stereotypes. I’m glad that now students can get scholarships for being African American, or Asian, or Latino, buti wish we could live Ina place where those labels didn’t exist. Where missionaries stop going to the Dominican Republic, they believe in God they’re just a third world country. Of course they probably don’t think about the kids without safe water while they have margaritas at their resort. I don’t want a kid to feel free to say to me, “could you turn that musico off? I already heard it on my gardener’s lawn mower this morning.” I want us to be in a place where my little cousins don’t have to be ashamed of a great tan. A place where people can be themselves no matter what the color of their skin. I know right about now, anyone who’s reading this is thinking that I am just preaching a kumbiya, but you wouldn’t like it if you could be a doctor, a lawyer, the person to cure cancer and still people look at you, surprised you can be successful, surprised you aren’t on drugs, surprised that you are a normal human being like them.
It seems like the newest craze sweeping the world is Auto-Tuning. Not like the traditional T-Pain version, this auto tune refers to the automobile. More and more popular songs have been re- filmed and been modified with choreography.
One of the most recent songs to Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”
This can be considered the original Auto-Tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” by the Harvard Baseball Team
This has spurred many competitive “Harvard vs.” videos with another popular one by the SMU Girls Swim Team which has been taken down
This one is a personal favorite of mine, being a big fan of UCSB with UCSC right on my college top 5 plus, being a California girl, nothing can hold me down when Katy Perry’s “California Girls” featuring Snoop Dogg comes on.
Keep your eyes open for the next Auto-Tuning trend
We had a discussion yesterday about technology, weather it helps us or hurts us. We looked to the Disney movie Wall-E, how those futuristic humans were fat and stayed indoors, relying on technology, revolving around technology. Its really not so black and white, we are more lazy and we dont go outside; however, we still break world records, we still have models and size zeros. Then we discused how kids think differently now, they can pick up on technology very quickly, like iPhones and such, but they have a severe lack of creativity and imagination, with this comes a lack of leadership.
The latter is my main foucus. I find that there are a lot of children who have no drive, no ambition for life or to acheive, they will just do the bare minimum, finding the easy way out. They don’t lead and they don’t work. My aunt teaches at a middle school and can find it in the graduating class of 2017-18. We came to the conclusion that it was some kind of Post-9/11 form of parenting.
Many people may not know about Al Jazeera. If you do know it, good for you, way to be well informed or at least being like me and watching 60 minutes with Anderson Cooper before googling it. For those of you who don’t know, you should.
No, it is not a terrorist organization. People really have to stop assuming such things just because they hear something that sounds of Southwest Asain decent. Al Jazeera is the most incredible thing you’ve never heard of. It is a news network from Qatar that keeps their viewers informed. During the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, people would be watching this! They stream their own reporters and BBC and they hide nothing! I for one, got hooked on BBC while in the Baltic because it was the only news station in English. I was a very shocked American when I found that they had information on the Aurora shooting at the same time CNN did.
I don’t remember if I’ve ranted about U.S. media coverage before, but I just hate that I know more about the world in a minute of scrolling through my BBC app on the bus than I do after watching the news for an hour. Instead of hearing about the young journal writer who was shot by the Taliban, our news station decided to show a video of a mother dancing as she sent her kids to the school bus. I guess I shouldn’t blame them considering only real narcissists around here have even heard about that girl in the first place. As the year went on I stared to relax thinking, Well, they probably don’t do it purposefully, they aren’t forcing us to be in the dark or anything, people might just freak out and want to remain ignorant and they just want to keep viewers… Well that seemed fine until I heard the name Al Jazeera pop up.
Apparently, Al Jazeera has bought an American channel, in which they will show their news show. I was thinking Well this will be nice! Some uncensored news, a global different viewpoint, no right and left stuff. This will be good... Obviously a certain cable package did not share my views. I can’t remember but I’m fairly sure it was Time Warner Cable who dropped the channel altogether. No matter what package, you can’t get this with TWC. That was indeed a huge disappointment for me, and definitely a statement for most of United States Media… Sadly.
Here is a clip from the Al Jazeera online site discussing the topic of their buying a U.S. station.
And this is a wonderful segment on an incredible, free health care, tax-free nation of Qatar. Completely unbelievable and very, noble if that’s the right word, a really cool idea, I have to wonder how they figured out the Rubix Cube on this. That was a joke if it didn’t translate into written text well.
Well, I haven’t posted in a while but this intrigued me very much. I always knew there was a reason why I could watch CNN but not Mr. Morgan… The first few minutes basically sums that up.
What I love in situations like this is that Piers is like a cat in a corner. He just starts swinging and scratching when he is feeling threatened; however he doesn’t really seem to think it through. Frankly, bravo to his guest. This isn’t his show but he certainly stood his ground and backed up what he was saying without making himself look totally ignorant, sorry I can’t say the same for the host. For Morgan this is almost embarrassing. Just goes to show, there are some people who you can trip up and others who know what they are saying and can keep a head calm enough to explain to you that you are babbling and in all honesty making no kind of sense.
I understand that Piers Morgan has many fans whom I might be offending, this is only one persons opinion based on one clip I saw. But, think about the fact that, as a reporter, you never know who is watching or when they see it. This is a horrible way to be presented and I feel very bad that this is my first impression of him, but it should be a little reminder to treat every night and day like a first impression.
No, I don’t watch Piers Morgan, but in my opinion, if you want to watch something very thorough that keeps you up to date on everything business, global, and political, check out Fareed Zakaria. An awesome show, definitely worth watching even if its only once. I watch him with my grandmother when it’s on and it really gets us thinking.
I flipped to catch 60 minutes tonight and what do I find? For 23 years, a man was born and raised in a concentration camp. The infamous Camp 14 is located a few miles from Pyongyang and is used to hold political prisoners. It doesn’t only hold politicians, but their family members as well. Children go to school and are taught the ways of the camp. This man who escaped said “If you escape, you are shot. If you plan to escape, you are shot.” Sound familiar? This story immediately made me think of Eli Wiesel’s recollection of Auschwitz in WWII. I thought that the world had moved on from those dark times but apparently I was wrong. In this camp, the boy who escaped had been tortured so brutally that his arms are no longer straight. He witnessed a young girl get beaten for hoarding corn. Even his own parents may not have really loved each other. Their marriage was arranged for good behavior. They didn’t even see each other unless it was a reward. The man couldn’t even identify the word love when asked by Anderson Cooper on CBS’ 60 Minutes. I still don’t know how he escaped but I do know that he is the first person to be born there and escape. He is a third generation of that camp. When I describe this to people, the thoughts that come up are slavery, Nazis, all sorts of horrible things. For me I think the worst thing is not being able to comprehend love. That’s just so alien to me. I hope the best for him, many people who have met him say that he is very kind.
Sorry I can’t get the 60 Minutes link at this time but please look for it, the interview is amazing
The Victorias Secret ‘Black Friday’ sale has seen some black eyes: This year during Victorias Secret’s annual Black Friday sale, fights broke out across the country, with many malls having to call police to the spot, girls and men alike were seen throwing punches for yoga pants. Local and National news has been flooded with homemade videos of people fighting each other for these sale prices at various stores. Two women started fighting over a video game at Walmart, while two men took their fighting outside of the Victoria’s Secret where they were shopping. Crowds grew and ripped open bags with products in them at another Walmart and it doesn’t get any kinder from there. Last year many people died at Black Friday sales, especially in Walmart, being trampled by other people. The United States are known worldwide for our ‘Black Friday’ when Americans go hostile for great bargains; however, on the scene, this particular sale can be more scary than satisfying as people wait for days, run and, yes, even fight for items that are usually gone by the time you get there. Nowadays, mega-stores, like Walmart, Best Buy, and Kohl’s train their employees to be prepared for these rough crowds. ‘Black Friday’ may become more safe in years to come by losing popularity: in the U.S. this year,the total sales from the infamous Friday have actually gone down, while more people waited for what is now called ‘Cyber Monday’, a day where stores or online shopping sites like Amazon have limited inventory but incredible online sales, adding to the discount most stores already give their customers online. In the end it’s still ironic that we go through all this trouble mere minutes after being thankful for what we already have.
So the big ticket on everyone’s mind, the show we’re all dying to see the end of. The United States Presidential election. With tons of outrageous supporters, screaming at each other, fighting the battle themselves. “I WANT ROMNEY!” “I WANT OBAMA!” So my question is, why?
A lot of things that I have heard are not related to what they stand for, or more what they’re trying to do. Many people simply say they don’t want a ‘dang Democrat’ in office. In fact that is one I’ve heard a lot. It’s not just from Republicans, no, plenty of Democrats diss Republicans for no real reason other than the fact that they are Republican. Of course by definition I could not tell you what either stands for. I believe that the Democratic Party stands for the white collar business men of wall street or CEOs (I’m sure my definition has been a bit influenced by my surroundings, this is just what I grew up with) while the Republican Party stands for the blue collar hard workers. The ranch hands versus the city boys. Then there are liberals, which have been associated with support for gay marriage and less government (which if I recall correctly was a republican idea), and conservative, which wants tighter border control, less taxes, and no gay marriage.
But don’t Republicans want less government control…yet they want the government to control their borders? And of course Romney said that thing about the 47% who “mooch” off the government (the veterans, homeless, and children) and feel entitled to things like healthcare, food, etc. I find that funny simply because that seems like something a republican would support…of course we shouldn’t be so hard on Romney, the poor man doesn’t even know three flavors of Ramen Noodles, unlike most college students.
Democrats aren’t too great but everyone is kind of trashing Obama for not doing anything– How could he with the Republicans who wouldn’t let him do anything?
I won’t even say anything about women’s rights or abortion because no one seems to care what women actually want. I can’t follow it for the life of me.
Gun control…yeah no one will touch that one will they? Was Colorado not a reminder! People can buy any weapon off the streets, when I was in high school my friend went to a convention and a woman was fully prepared to sell her a swoard…my cousin currently owns one. I would love to go to Six Flags and not go through a metal detector because I shouldn’t worry that anyone besides a police officer would have a gun. In some places you can buy a gun without registering it. You can buy as many as you want. You don’t need a background check. A lot of people carry them on themselves. This is ALL totally safe right. Please at least make it so that its harder to get a gun! And you wonder why there are so many terrorist threats? Its because they make it so easy to become a danger to those around you. I remember reading the Pearl by John Steinbeck…in it a man found a pearl which he thought he could use to save his sick son, the pearl ends up getting them attacked and eventually SPOILER ALERT kills his son. I can see someone in Chicago (for example) buying a gun to protect his family or a young boy using it fir protection to and from school…but one day you get caught with it or it goes off…the pearl causes more harm than good. That power to take someone’s life is not ment for anyone.
So who do I want for President? That’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves based on what I’ve previously referred to. A stranger question to ask for some people…Who would be better for this country? For this question I like to look at foreign policy, which lets face it, Mitt Romney has not showed promise. He sorta went and talked political deals with other countries when he wasn’t even president. I like that Obama has pretty much kept us OFF the map for countries like Iran or Afghanistan.
Speaking of targets, think hypotheticaly if Mitt Romney was elected…THE LAME DUCK. Two months where Obama can’t do anything cause he’s leaving, and Mitt can’t do anything cause he’s not in office. During this time we are at the mercy of other countries… Economy wise and target wise. Do we want that now?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, this is just mine. You can listen, you can think I’m crazy, this is just what I think. I may be wrong but I only seek knowledge and the truth. Thanks for helping me out.
It does deeply sadden me to see the middle east in the state it is in now. The have been fighting this war for thousands of years and continue to slowly tear each other apart.
Lately, I have seen on the news that there has been a series of bombings and retaliations throughout Syria. I don’t think I know the full story but I am researching it now.
To my knowledge, there is a number of refugees in Syria trying to get out and the United Nations is having trouble accommodating them all. These people are leaving their homes and all they know, all of their possessions, to live in a tent. Is anyone thinking of these citizens at this point. Where will these people go. I can only imagine sitting there, wondering if my home, if the building I worked in, if my child’s school has fallen at the hands of a bomb.
One of my professors believes something big will happen in the middle east in the next few weeks or months. He claims the U.S. presidential election will affect Iran’s decisions on what to do to Israel. What a small world we have. Now, he explained his theory through conditional or hypothetical statements. If Obama goes back into office, maybe nothing will happen, much will stay the same or whatever plans they have in motion will continue. If mitt Romney goes into office, watch out. He wants to change all our foreign policy in the middle east for one thing, but before that can even happen we go through the “lame duck.” Then they can do whatever they want basically. So not only are we lame duck, were sitting ducks.
I’m not gonna sit here and scream “peace in the middle east” like an ignorant hippie. I know that it’s highly unlikely. Still, can’t they tone it down. Too many people are being killed and in standards of recovery the hole is just being dug deeper. I for one would love to visit one of these countries. They have a rich history and wonderful cultures full of light and art and music. I’m sure I’m not the only one. But it’s not safe, especially for Americans. Their tourism is a small concern, but as a diplomat I couldn’t imagine doing business with them let alone helping them in terms of Oil or Natural Gas! They are barely staying afloat.
One thing above all else that angers me is that I have no idea what is going on. I have to subscribe to BBC World News to even hear about Syria. I used to think CNN was our BBC but more and more the news is not keeping us informed. I hear stories from the days that newspapers could take down countries or if a room of people would scream at you for trying to switch from the news station. Now, newspapers are gone, the news only gives stories that won’t alarm the public. I feel like a child being kept in the dark. I hear about the Qatar news station, Al Jazeera, and think “Gosh they’re lucky.” They have access to news that lets them know what is happening in the world. That news station started rebellions against injustice. What do we have? A viral video about a mom dancing at a bus stop. We have almost become laughable.
I don’t expect anyone to agree with my opinions, they are just mine. I hope soon things could at least quiet down.