And baby, I will survive all the heartbreak love inspires

Pull me in tighter, pull me in tighter, yeah.

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I've been following this blog:

It's pretty funny and filled with my own personal annoyances of ECHs (short for educated chicano). It's almost as if i were writing that blog, except more grammatically correct and much more witty.

I dont even identify as a "chicana" i have many issues with that word. also, im half salvadoran and not as politically active as that term would define it.

anyway, this post reminded me a lot of something...

you can click if you're interested, it's pretty funny. but the thing it reminded me of was a halloween costume of a friend of a friend--basically someone i knew through a friend but didnt really know personally (thank god or she would have heard it from me). anyway this person is non-chicana and decided it would be cool to dress up as a chola. i know i know, many ppl hate it when i get all offended over every little thing. but come on, thats mad disrespect to me and the community im from. this person is not even remotely from these parts, has no idea what she's even talking about. i partially blame gwen stefani for propagating these kinds of images as "cool."

Super intersting article, well worth the read
Thanks, marcelita for sharing! my quick reaction to this in a few bullet points:

- i dont think i will ever regret studying what i loved. liberal arts FTW!
- i don't want to ever sound elitist about holding a degree, but i definitely think it has helped me become a better person, to think more critically and look at things as a whole rather than one sided. tho my political views are skewed way to the left, i do take into account the other side but i just wholeheartedly tend to disagree with that side and end up on the "left" all over again.
- the most interesting point of this article IMO is the part in bold (below) where it talks about the celebration of lack of education through folks like palin and bush and how having a prestigious education/being an intellectual like obama is seen as a threat. here's the thing about that, palin and bush are already privileged individuals sans a degree. personally, i don't have a family business to take over or family wealthy to fall back on if i didnt have a degree. it's not an option for some of us.

Learning by Degrees
by Rebecca Mead June 7, 2010

A member of the Class of 2010—who this season dons synthetic cap and gown, listens to the inspirational words of David Souter (Harvard), Anderson Cooper (Tulane), or Lisa Kudrow (Vassar), and collects a diploma—need not be a statistics major to know that the odds of stepping into a satisfying job, or, indeed, any job, are lower now than might have been imagined four long years ago, when the first posters were hung on a dorm-room wall, and having a .edu e-mail address was still a novelty. Statistically speaking, however, having an expertise in statistics may help in getting a job: according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, graduates with math skills are more likely than their peers in other majors to find themselves promptly and gainfully employed.

The safest of all degrees to be acquiring this year is in accounting: forty-six per cent of graduates in that discipline have already been offered jobs. Business majors are similarly placed: forty-four per cent will have barely a moment to breathe before undergoing the transformation from student to suit. Engineers of all stripes—chemical, computer, electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental—have also fared relatively well since the onset of the recession: they dominate a ranking, issued by, of the disciplines that produce the best-earning graduates. Particular congratulations are due to aerospace engineers, who top the list, with a starting salary of just under sixty thousand dollars—a figure that, if it is not exactly stratospheric, is twenty-five thousand dollars higher than the average starting salary of a graduate in that other science of the heavens, theology.

Economics majors aren’t doing badly, either: their starting salary averages about fifty thousand a year, rising to a mid-career median of a hundred and one thousand. Special note should be taken of the fact that if you have an economics degree you can, eventually, make a living proposing that other people shouldn’t bother going to college. This, at least, is the approach of Professor Richard K. Vedder, of Ohio University, who is the founder of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. According to the Times, eight out of the ten job categories that will add the most employees during the next decade—including home-health aide, customer-service representative, and store clerk—can be performed by someone without a college degree. “Professor Vedder likes to ask why fifteen percent of mail carriers have bachelor’s degrees,” the paper reported.

The argument put forth by Professor Vedder (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is, naturally, economic: of those overly schooled mail carriers, he said, “Some of them could have bought a house for what they spent on their education.” Another economist, Professor Robert I. Lerman, of American University (Ph.D., M.I.T.), told the Times that high schools, rather than readying all students for college, should focus on the acquisition of skills appropriate to the workplace. According to the Times, these include the ability to “solve problems and make decisions,” “resolve conflict and negotiate,” “coöperate with others,” and “listen actively.”

It may be news that the academy is making a case for the superfluity of the academy, but skepticism about the value of college, and of collegians, is hardly novel. Within the sphere of business, a certain romance attaches to the figure of the successful college dropout, like Steve Jobs, who was enrolled at Reed for only a semester, or Bill Gates, who started at Harvard in 1973 but didn’t get his degree until it was granted, honorarily, thirty-four years later. On the political stage, too, having spent excessive hours in seminar rooms and libraries is widely regarded as a liability. Vide Peggy Noonan’s celebration, during the 2004 Presidential campaign, of George W. Bush’s lack of cerebration. “He’s not an intellectual,” Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “Intellectuals start all the trouble in the world.”

The candidates’ education, or the insufficiency thereof, came up again during the most recent Presidential election. Sarah Palin told Katie Couric that she was “not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents get them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world”—even though Palin evidently considered college important enough to have tried out five different ones within three years. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s degrees from prestigious universities were, to his critics, evidence of his unfitness for office. “The last thing we need are more pointy-headed intellectuals running the government,” the political scientist Charles Murray (B.A., Harvard; Ph.D., M.I.T.) said during the closing months of the campaign. As President, Obama has rightly noted that too many Americans are already skipping college or dropping out, even without economists having advised them to do so; within weeks of the Inauguration, he pledged to increase the national graduation rate, which is significantly lower than that of many other developed nations, including Canada, Japan, and Korea.

The skip-college advocates’ contention—that, with the economic downturn, a college degree may not be the best investment—has its appeal. Given the high cost of attending college in the United States, the question of whether a student is getting his or her money’s worth tends to loom large with whoever is paying the tuition fees and the meal-plan bills. Even so, one needn’t necessarily be a liberal-arts graduate to regard as distinctly and speciously utilitarian the idea that higher education is, above all, a route to economic advancement. Unaddressed in that calculus is any question of what else an education might be for: to nurture critical thought; to expose individuals to the signal accomplishments of humankind; to develop in them an ability not just to listen actively but to respond intelligently.

All these are habits of mind that are useful for an engaged citizenry, and from which a letter carrier, no less than a college professor, might derive a sense of self-worth. For who’s to say in what direction a letter carrier’s thoughts might, or should, turn, regardless of the job’s demands? Consider Stephen Law, a professor of philosophy at the University of London, who started his working life delivering mail for the British postal service, began reading works of philosophy in his spare time, decided that he’d like to know more, and went on to study the discipline at City University, in London, and at Oxford University. (A philosophy graduate in the Class of 2010, by the way, stands to earn an average starting salary of forty thousand dollars a year, rising to a lifetime median of seventy-six thousand. Not exactly statistician money, but something to think about.) Indeed, if even a professionally oriented college degree is no longer a guarantee of easily found employment, an argument might be made in favor of a student’s pursuing an education that is less, rather than more, pragmatic. (More theology, less accounting.) That way, regardless of each graduate’s ultimate path, all might be qualified to be carriers of arts and letters, of which the nation can never have too many.

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Of course, someone would come out and say some BS like this:

GOPer: I Support Deporting American Citizens Whose Parents Are Illegal Immigrants

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wants to start deporting American citizens.

Not all American citizens, mind you. Just the natural-born American citizens that are the children of illegal immigrants.

At a tea party rally in Ramona in San Diego County over the weekend, Hunter fielded a question about the issue.

"Would you support deportation of natural born American citizens that are the children of illegal aliens?" a man in the audience asked.

"I would have to, yes," Hunter said.

He continued:

You can look and say, 'You're a mean guy. That's a mean thing to do. That's not a humanitarian thing to do.' We simply cannot afford what we're doing right now.

"We just can't afford it anymore," Hunter said. "That's it. And we're not being mean. We're just saying it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen. It's within our souls."

Hunter's office did not immediately return TPM's phone call seeking comment.

Hunter also said he thinks Arizona's controversial new immigration law "is a fantastic starting point."

Watch (the relevant question comes just after the 2-minute mark):

Late Update: I just got off the phone with Joe Kasper, Hunter's spokesperson. He didn't really back down from the basics of Hunter's statement, but did offer some more context.

"By no means was that the message, that yeah, let's start rounding people up," Kasper said. Hunter does not want to start "tracking kids down and deporting them," Kasper said.

What he does want, Kasper said, is to do away with the citizenship rights for children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States. In fact, Hunter is one of more than 90 House Republicans who are cosponsoring a bill that would do just that.

Now, can someone please tell me why I should root for the "home" team in the next world cup? I know it's a bit irrelevant here, but i've been criticized for being "unpatriotic" by NOT supporting the US in soccer before. Okay, first of all that assumption is wrong. In the Olympics I do root for the US. In soccer I don't because we really don't love soccer in the states as much as pretty much every other country. We don't love the sport as some of the other countries who live and breathe the sport. I honestly think were not as deserving. Anyway, things like this article also make me not want to be patriotic to a country who doesn't feel like i belong here. i wonder what kind of numbers who is using to come up with this stuff? I can't help but feel that it's more fueled by xenophobia than anything else.


love this man!

Arizona passes strict illegal immigration act
Oh, you know I have to comment on this!

(that was my disclaimer, btw)

the link to the article:,0,4677282.story

and on to a few thoughts

"The bill directs police to determine the immigration status of noncriminals if there is a 'reasonable suspicion' they are undocumented"

- K. What is reasonable suspicion? That is such an arbitrary measure of anything. I mean a child predator has certain tendencies, a thief acts in a suspicious manner, and a murderer or psycho path can have some attributes/traits that pin them as such. But what makes an undocumented person suspiciously undocumented? HMMMM? I wonder...

- As if we need another reason to be afraid of the police. As someone who lives in the hood I see first hand every day how my cousin gets pulled over multiple times because he looks "suspicious." Looking suspicious in the hood usually means you are driving a nice car, youre a young dude, and are brown/black. Sorry officer, no matter how many times you pull him over that is indeed his car and yes he has a good job to be able to afford the payments on it.

-this point goes along with the one above, we really dont need another reason to be afraid of the police. Can you imagine how many more crimes will go unreported? Crimes like domestic abuse, child abuse, theft, crimes that really matter!

I dont wanna get all riled up regarding this, but I do want to add one more thing.
At the bottom of the article, a certain Jeff Davis left a comment that caught my attention.
He says, "There's nothing wrong with illegal immigrants as long as they use no services paid for with public monies (health, education or welfare services) and pay all federal, state, and local taxes on wages earned above or below the counter. So, I ask myself, rhetorically, what is the problem?"

He also commented earlier and said, "There's really nothing wrong with illegal immigrants as long as they (and their families) don't use any tax-payer paid services such as public health or schools, and pay federal, state, and local taxes on money earned. We can't continue supporting those that take but don't give."

I bolded the line that made me laugh a little. I laugh because it's so freakin ironic! He wants undocumented folks to pay taxes and fund these public health services and schools BUT NOT be able to use them. So Mr. Davis who is supporting who in your perfect scenario? And I beg to differ about taking and not giving.

let's go party, work that body.
i totally became i huge fan of 2ne1 after this performance (prob cause GD & YB are in it!)

i really like the different languages in the intro. the one i recognized instantly was CL's french "on y va faire la fête"

at least i know im not losing my french yet! too bad that's gonna get replaced with another language soon.

i think i decided on my immediate future plans. tba!

also, all entries are being converted to "friends only" and will remain that way for now until my computer disintegrates.

my current guilty pleasure:
So I went to Europe and missed out (more like chose to SKIP OUT) on all the DJ/Techno/Tektonic movement and instead picked up a KPOP obsession.

I recently commented to my future co-worker/Hugh's friend that all I've been bumping in my car was K-pop. Her response was "we'll take my car!" haha. She asked me if it was all techno and shizz? And I was like "NO!" and showed her some BigBang.

So on to my current jam:

banana sluggin'
with less than a month to go before graduation, i am reassuring myself by looking at other successful ucsc alum. it makes me think that maybe just maybe things will be okay. im not looking for that sort of success i really just want a good job that makes me happy.

also, to share a little banana slug pride i leave you with the lonely island videos & the trailer to Sin Nombre which was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. only 2 of the dudes from the lonely island came to sc and i think the other went to berkeley but still theyre making it big!

catchiest club beat ever:

I went sailing yesterday and me and trina kept singing this haha & i <3 tpain's verse:

and Sin Nombre:

so it looks like i am going to have to revert to friends only again. i mean i dont mind if certain people read this, like hugh, cause he'll tell me.

anyway hugh gets me hooked on all sorts of songs.

so catchy!

and the acoustic version!

mmk. should be writing a paper.

reason number 23948392842 why my boyfriend is cooler than yours!


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