The DNC has flooded my (and possibly your) inbox with sequestration facts since Friday afternoon. And if you're like most people you're either looking up from your meal of Top Ramen inside your cardboard box going "huh" or you've been dreading this day ever since you learned you would be directly affected by the $85 billion harsh cuts coming from this bullshit poison pill, crafted by Congress years ago, only to finally come to roost last Friday.
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Women! Can you have it all? (No.) Immigrants! Will you be racially profiled in Arizona? (Probably.) Book lovers! Is former Twilight fan fiction Fifty Shades of Grey terrible? (YES.) All this and more as The Snob pops in to the "Beauty Shop" segment on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Michel was out today, so Viviana Hurtado (who I'm often on with on the Beauty Shop) was guest hosting. She was great! Joining myself and Viviana were PJ Media editor Bridget Johnson and Deepa Iyer of South Asian Americans Leading Together.
Check out the audio after the jump.
I'm back ... on NPR's "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin this Wednesday. We'll be talking about the recent Supreme Court decision on Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law, women "not" being able to have it all and that horrible Fifty Shades of Grey book that's oh-so-popular. I'll post the audio of the chatfest when it goes live later today online. Check your local NPR listings for Tell Me More.
When the DREAM Act died in Congress many feared of what would come of the thousands of children, many now adults, who unwittingly were not citizens when their parents brought them illegally to the United States. Many, not knowing their status until their mid-to-late teens, found pathways to careers and college closed as they lived in constant fear of deportation from the only home they've ever known. Circumventing Congress, the Obama Administration announced Friday they would stop deporting certain younger illegal immigrants who fit a specific criteria: those who were brought here at age 16 or younger; are presently age 30 or younger; have no criminal record; have been in the US for at least five continuative years; and have either a GED, a U.S. high school diploma or have served in the military.
This week on PBS' "To The Contrary" with Bonnie Erbe, The Snob returned to the roundtable to discuss a new video calling on Syria's First Lady, Asma al-Assad, to put pressure on her husband to stop the crackdown, murdering human rights protesters in Syria. I was joined on the panel by University of Texas fellow Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, conservative commentator Tara Setmayer, the Independent Women's Forum Senior Fellow Nicole Kurokawa Neily and NUMBERS USA's Rosemary Jenks. Also discussed: immigration and the government's E-verify system and how women are becoming more ambitious about their careers (while men are becoming less so), according to a new study.
Check out the video after the jump.
Cuban American Senator and rumored potential Mitt Romney running mate Marco Rubio found himself in the clutches of "birthers" this week, who claim Rubio's family immigration story doesn't make sense. Their accusation is, that Rubio -- who has repeatedly stated his parents came to America after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba -- isn't a "Natural Born Citizen." Hence, he's ineligible for higher office. Unlike with the birther's case against President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii to an American mother hence (duh) making him American, Rubio's "status" as a natural born citizen is up for (mis) interpretation: "Rubio was born in 1971 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, his office said, but his parents did not become citizens until 1975."
Wow. So that was quick? Seems like just last week Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was going to make sweet love to America in a gentle rainfall and we were all going to have "good hair babies" in the form of untaxed and unregulated corporations, but NOPE. Nope. Nope-ity nope. It wasn't meant to be. Rick Perry screwed that up by doing what a-many handsome face before has done. By opening its mouth and continuing to talk.
It's not good enough to look like a tough-talkin' hombre. You actually have to speak eloquently when saying moronic, contradictory things to appeal to an ever-more extreme base.
Anger in Oakland over the Oscar Grant verdict only slightly overshadowed by ESPN dedicating an hour to LeBron James reciting the lyrics of the Will Smith summer jam, "Miami." (You can bet there's a "party in the city where the heat is on" tonight!) Also, the government sues the state of Arizona and your children may grow up in a world never knowing what the hell a "Radio Shack" is.