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Head Games and Hard Truths


Michelle Obama's Pointless Visit to Mexico City

Mrs. Obama, I’m a wife as well.So while you are President Barack Obama’s wife, I get that you are your own individual.But here’s my question: Not for nothing, but what the hell was the point of your visit to Mexico?I mean, sure, you danced with some public school kids.You said, “Si se puede.”You visited a university or two.And you stayed within the confines of Mexico City. For those of you that don’t know, Mexico City is certainly not a microcosm of the rest of the country....more

Indefinite Leave to Remain

You can read my earlier posts, relating to planning for my first child at http://leilalacrosse.livejournal.com/ ...more

Congratulations on getting your indefinite leave to remain in the UK - a long and tedious ...more

Good Bye Super

There was a constant flurry of activity during the last few days of our life in Korea. Mom was feverishly sorting through every item we had accumulated as a family and the keepsakes she acquired from her life before a husband and four kids. Whatever she decided to take for our new life in the United States had to fit in one of the large, multicolor plastic bags or the five over-sized suitcases. Everything else we had to leave behind, including our dogs Super and her pup Gome. ...more

Is Lou Dobbs Running for Office? Watch the man holding the trial balloons.

Former CNN anchorman Lou Dobbs has been publicly musing about the possibility of running for high office - perhaps the Senate seat currently held by New Jersey's Bob Menendez; perhaps the White House. It's not the first time his name has been floated as a candidate, but this time, I think he might be serious, because he's got one of the most powerful PR strategists in the industry shaping his message. If you want to understand what Dobbs might be up to, keep your eyes on Robert Dilenschneider....more

US Takes Step to Offer Political Asylum to Victims of Domestic Violence

For almost 15 years, Rody Alvarado Peña fought to stay in the United States. She fled here seeking asylum after suffering from horrific abuse at the hands of her husband. To save her life, she had to leave her two children with her parents. Her hope was that once she established herself in the US, they could join her. Instead, she found herself caught in a legal debate over whether domestic violence is a legitimate claim for asylum seekers. On October 30, 2009, The New York Times reported that the Obama administration recommended that Ms. Alvarado be granted asylum. ...more

Soledad O'Brien, Lou Dobbs, CNN and "Latino in America"

This week, CNN's Soledad O'Brien will anchor "Latino in America," the latest installment of her multi-year in-depth reports on America's multicultural identity. According to Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik, it's some of her best work: ...more

We can agree to disagree about whether Mr. Martin looked "as if he was going to beat someone ...more

Bollywood star's airport row kicks off security, culture debate

I had planned to skip this entirely. It simply wasn't worth a post. But the headlines in India took days to change, and then, the Americans picked it up. ...more

Snigdha, I feel something else must have happened, because he seemed really upset. Maybe it ...more

Bigotry is not an American value

By Caroline Fan Now more than ever, we need a rational and respectful dialogue about how to fix our country’s broken immigration system. But comments like Texas Representative Betty Brown’s recent assertion that legal Chinese American immigrants should adopt Anglophone names that are “easier for Americans to deal with” represents precisely the kind of divisive rhetoric that will keep us from such a levelheaded debate. ...more