Wow, writing this made me realize that we really have accomplished alot and made me grateful for the wonderful team we have here at VL. It made me grateful for all the friends and supporters we have in the blogmundo, and it made me hopeful for the next year.
Now that Bush is finally leaving the Oval Office, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales decided that he wants to set the record straight by writing a book (or maybe he just wants a job).
Alberto Gonzales, who has kept a low profile since resigning as attorney general nearly 16 months ago, said he is writing a book to set the record straight about his controversial tenure as a senior official in the Bush administration.
“I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror,” he added.
Problem is, there isn’t even a publisher for the book.
He said he is writing it if only “for my sons, so at least they know the story.”
So I was over browsing my one of my fav Latina bloggers, Bianca Laureano, and was pleased to see that her latest post deals with the top sex toys she’s tried this year. Bianca pays attention to small things, like cost (she reviews toys ranging from $5 to $70), how things fit and cleanliness/smell.
She also includes awesome videos like the following–videos that detail all the different amazing parts of a vagina. This may be embarrassing for a lot of Latinas to view–but I think it’s vital for *everybody* to view, whatever gender you identify as. How on earth can a person bring pleasure to something they know nothing about?
I’m trying to get my children to care about important things, pero this morning, Viacom was successful in working my 11 year up about Time Warner Cable getting rid of Viacom stations like MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.
Apparently Viacom and Time Warner Cable have been negotiating over fees for months, and haven’t been able to reach a deal. Viacom said it wants an increase of somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 cents per month, per subscriber across all channels, including Nickelodeon, VH1 and MTV.
So this morning, as my older daughter watches Spongebob Squarepants, a little scrolling message informs her that Time Warner is evil is going to take her cartoons away. Mind you, we don’t have Time Warner Cable, but her grandmother does.
Spain announced last week the opportunity for mass nationalization of the grandchildren of Spanish citizens who were forced to flee to Cuba during the Spanish Civil War, and the response from Cubans fitting this description has been overwhelming.
Cuban cardiologist Norberto Díaz Reyes will be a Spaniard in 15 days. And he hopes to be in the “madre patria” in less than 3 months. “I always wanted to return to my grandparents’ country. I would like to live and work in Spain for many years”, he says, with a smile wider than the Havana harbor. Norberto, 38, was the first person in his country to take advantage of the so-called “Grandchildren Law”, part of the “Historial Memory Law”, which, starting yesterday and lasting for two years, will let some 150,000 Cuban descendents of emigrants and exiles, obtain Spanish citizenship.
150,000 may not sound like a lot, but that’s only a fraction of what the Spanish government is expecting. In looking at data, it appears that there should be a lot more people on their way to the Spanish consulate in Havana: in just the first third of the last century, over one million Spaniards had emigrated to Cuba. Another piece of data is that in 1905 there were over 100,000 Spaniards from Galicia — just one region of Spain – living on the island. These numbers point to a possible avalanche of petitions for citizenship, and the Spanish consulate has hired an extra 35 people just to deal with all of them.
El País reports that some people waiting in line (for days, some for weeks and months)could care less about living in Spain; what they want is a European passport so they can get to Miami.
“Jewtinos”, people of Latino and Jewish origin, aren’t a huge demographic for marketers, and therefore the door is left wide open for those looking to cater to customers wanting specialized products that represent this ethnicity and/or faith combination. Enter Adriana Lopez, founder of the new clothing line Jewtina, who is making clothes that reflect Latino Jewish culture.
“I’m very proud to be Jewish and also to be Latina, but I never found anything anywhere that allowed me to express both of these sentiments,” Lopez told EFE. Born in Los Angeles, the fruit of a marriage between a Colombian father and a Mexican mother, both of Jewish descent, Lopez said she felt the need to creat something that would distinguish people like her.
“I always joked, telling people that I was Jewtina, and one day my husband, who’s Cuban, told me I should register the brand and I did, said the 35 year-old businesswoman.
Adriana sees opportunity in this market, not only in the U.S. but also throughout Latin America, in countries with sizable Jewish populations, such as Argentina and Brasil.
Do you see here how many of the arguments people are using about why this monstrous attack is justified (Israel was pushed into, Israel was defending itself, what would the U.S. do in similar circumstances, you can’t blame the U.S. for this violence, etc) are all lines that have shown up in comments lately? Or on blog posts? Or are repeated chronically through mainstream news sources?
Who are we going to preference in who we listen to here? Joe Scarborough, or a National Security Adviser?
Once wanna-be VP’s Sarah Palin’s hija, Bristol Palin, gave birth this week and named the boy Tripp. With two “p”s so no one confuses the child with a vacation or falling over something. How creative of them.