Friday, March 09, 2007

Jessica Gonzalez, Literanista Stands With You!!!

From ACLU Email:

* Jessica Gonzales with picture of her daughters

Domestic Violence Victim Goes Before International Human Rights Commission to Sue U.S.


In a history-making human rights challenge against the United States, Jessica Gonzales, spoke out publicly last week in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Gonzales lost her three daughters after they were kidnapped by her estranged husband, and later killed in his standoff with Colorado police.

Her domestic violence protection claims were then rejected by the U.S. Supreme
Court. Gonzales, who was represented by the ACLU, is the first victim of
domestic violence to bring an individual complaint against the United States for
international human rights violations.

"I brought this petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights because I have exhausted all avenues in the United States and still there has been no justice for my little girls,”
said Gonzales. “Police must be required to enforce restraining orders or else
these orders are meaningless. We need to hold the U.S. government accountable."

Gonzales was living in Colorado when her three young daughters, Rebecca,
age 10, Katheryn, age eight and Leslie, age seven, were killed after local
police failed to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband.

The girls were abducted by their father and although Gonzales repeatedly called the
police, telling them of her fears for the safety of her daughters, the police
failed to respond. Several hours later, Gonzales’ husband drove to the police
station with a gun and opened fire. The police shot and killed him, and then
discovered the bodies of the three girls in the back of his pickup truck.

"In domestic violence cases such as Jessica’s, international bodies provide access to redress when the home country fails to act," said Steven Watt, an attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Program.

Gonzales filed a lawsuit against the police, but in June 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court found that she had no constitutional right to police enforcement of her restraining order.

To learn more about the Gonzales case, go to:
www.aclu.org/womensrights/violence/gonzalesvusa.html

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Homie Don't Play That!

Last night, this phrase just kept playing itself over and over in my head like a broken record. Homie Don't Play That! So here's a throwback to In Living Color, and the infamous words of one Homie Da Clown... * Yeah, I know it's not PC, but it's just comedy, people.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Blowing A Gasket


You know maybe it's the Sicilian blood in me, perhaps the Puerto Rican or maybe I was endowed with a fierce (read: deadly) combination of both. I hate to perpetuate stereotypes, but in this case - it's true. Mammajamma has a bad f'ng temper, the weird thing is that most of the time I'm so docile, passive, and sweet but certain things make my blood boil.

Which makes me think of the maxim "blowing a gasket," I tried to google its origin but had no luck, but itsn't it so delightfully visual, that expression? Well, I have to be careful that I don't ever get hypertension, I mean being Hispanic, what are the chances right? LOL! Anyway, sometimes I get so angry, I literally shake or see red, or get a pounding headache. Literally! Not good!

I really need to get back into yoga, and let no man tear me asunder from my peace. My talented older sis, who's a NYC teacher in an elementary school, tells me that she tells her students to "save the drama, for their mamma!" Love it! like seriously, take that sh*t elsewhere, it's not welcome here!

Anyway, on some good notes, I have to share:


Gabriel Garcia Marquez celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday and "told friends that he has begun writing his second volume of memoirs"--a happy contrast to his statement last year that he had "run out of gas" for writing. The report comes not from Marquez himself, but friend and collaborator Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza.


Read more here:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-marquez7mar07,1,6987302.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Monday, March 05, 2007

Before you find yourself, by yourself...



This is dedicated to those that erroneously think that the world can rest on one pair of shoulders. (& after my many years as a prof. and freelance copy editor, it's just damn funny!)

This is one of my favorite poems:

Alone

Lying, thinking

Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don't believe I'm wrong
That nobody,But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
There are some millionaires
With money they can't use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They've got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobodyNo, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Now if you listen closely
I'll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is sufferingA
nd I can hear the moan,
'Cause nobody,But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Maya Angelou

Friday, March 02, 2007

Smart Chic:




Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence



You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.

An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.

You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.

A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.



You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Some New Techie/literary stuff:

HarperCollins has released a “Browse Inside” widget that simply opens the Browse Inside feature in a new window (example), while the Random House widget is a bit more advanced: it lets you browse the pages of the book in the widget itself, and even pop out a large window so you can actually read the book as a slideshow.



Even better: they’ve provided an option to copy the widget without leaving the page you’re on, and a “buy” link to buy the book on the publisher’s site. There’s also a book search to find other Random House books. Rupert Murdoch may own HarperCollins and MySpace, but RandomHouse is outshining them when it comes to widgets.



Both services also launched online book searches this week, suggesting that they’re finally getting to grips with this whole Internet thing (who knows - maybe it’ll catch on? ). Other socially networked book services include GoodReads, Shelfari, LibraryThing and the Bebo
Bookstore
.



Via: Mashable.com
 
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