links for 2011-02-24

  • "Much of the chatter on the lefty blogs and immigrant rights networks in the weeks of the trial has been dominated by bitter confusion about the lack of media coverage the case got. As Gabe wrote last week, the tragic deaths of two 9-year-old Arizona girls received very different public responses. It may be that the country is not interested in the scary lessons that Brisenia Flores’ murder offers about the real life consequences of the national discourse surrounding immigrants."
  • "America is not a poor country. The public has just been hypnotized into believing that the richest and most creative nation on Earth has only two choices in this crisis: massive austerity (as championed by the Tea Party/Republicans) or SEMI-massive austerity (as meekly offered by too many DC Democrats). It is ridiculous.

    "Fortunately, the people in Wisconsin know that. So they are fighting courageously. Their efforts could blossom into a compelling, national force for the good — offering a powerful alternative to those false choices."

  • "What does it take to be President of the United States of America? What are the necessary skills, education, experience, world view, demeanor and presence/charisma that make one a viable President? What is the right mix of everything?

    "This thought has been on my mind ever since the election of Barak Obama as our 44th President. I must admit that I was skeptical about seeing an AA male or female holding this office in my lifetime in spite of the advances (we as a country) have made. All is not perfect in Oz, but I move forward."

  • "I'm hesitant to trot out my dating history here, because this is a broader issue that everyone should care about. You should be offended by Davies' cavalier, exoticizing attitude, no matter your race or whom you've slept with. But the heart of my discomfort with the book, the reason I've been pulling it out and showing it to friends and exclaiming, 'Can you believe this?'is that, as a white woman who has dated and slept with people of various races, I don't in any way want to be thought of as being like Davies."