Wednesday, April 28, 2010

....Do I look illegal !?....

What does an illegal immigrant look like? …does he wear “huaraches”?... does he mow your lawn?.... is he brown? A lot of people are flabbergasted by the SB1070 turned law in Arizona by Gov. Jan Brewer. Pictured here.

Article 8 Section B states “WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS..UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON” In other words, part of the law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and police are to question people if there is a reason to “suspect” they’re illegally in the country. I call bullshit ! Who is trained to spot an illegal immigrant on the streets of Arizona?...I’m so peeved by the racial profiling this will cause. YOU KNOW they’re going to go after the people that look a little more humble, work construction, work gardening, clean your homes. What if I said I was one? What if I took my little cousins, who mind you are all blonde blue eyed Mexicans, to get ice cream and was stopped by the popo because I looked “suspicious”…ugh I would die. How distressing!

I had the opportunity to interview an Arizona resident and friend Nick about the new law. “Overall, I like the bill…it addresses some real problems that are rampant in AZ. It is harsher on human smugglers and day laborers in front of Home Depot who are impeding commerce...” said Nick. Great point...there are definitely some issues that AZ deals with that are not as prevalent in other states and a lot of people on both sides support the bill for those reasons.

Watch this video…particularly the moment when Gov Brewer was asked that same question I ask you.. “What does an illegal immigrant look like…does he look like me?” Her answer “I do not know”…then why are you passing a law that asks the police to look for them if you don’t know yourself?! The Gov. then proceeded to say that she assumes “there are people in Arizona that assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like”. Well while you are “assuming” I have to carry around my documents to prove I’m legal? Talk about a violation of my civil rights.

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Also, you KNOW this targets the Latino community. I doubt they’ll be stopping the blue eyed tall illegal Europeans, the Asians, etc etc. For those readers that don’t know what racial profiling is…according to Wikipedia it “is the inclusion of racial or ethnic characteristics in determining whether a person is considered likely to commit a particular type of crime or an illegal act or to behave in a predictable manner”. I asked Nick if he worried about racial profiling and he said… “I and a lot of others (including some pretty conservative republicans I know) have a problem within this bill is the language at the beginning that grants law enforcement the right to question anyone who looks reasonably suspicious as being illegal”. …I think we all harmonize on this point... “in AZ I think that basically equates to being brown because we are a border state and being an illegal immigrant is synonymous with being Mexican or of Hispanic origin and that is where the potential for racial profiling stems from”-Nick. I don’t think I could have put it better myself….enough said.

Unfortunately…this is a result of a problem that should be taken care of at the federal level…and according to President Obama it is a “misguided” solution. Agreed. Immigration is definitely a problem…and there is a need for change. Arizona is taking a stand and basically telling the federal government to do something about it. To read the bill in full --> SENATE BILL 1070

The entire country is finally listening and we can only hope that we move in the right direction.

Do something about it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

...a Housewife and a Creeper....

Spotted...Real Housewife of NYC in the big D! Alex McCord and hubby Simon van Kempen came to Dallas to promote their book "Litle Kids, Big City". There were about 20 of us there..and yours truly was taking notes to bring you the details. ..They basically read a few excerpts and then opened the floor for a Q&A....and ofcourse most of the questions were related to the reality show and not so much the book.
What is true vs what is fake? The conversations at the cocktail partys, the fashion shows, the dinners etc are all real..not scripted. She said that certain things are redone, such as phone calls. Also, when they sit in the chair to talk about scenes...a lot of the time it is done weeks after filming and the producers will ask the questions like "remember when she said this about you..." and they'll make up something to get a reaction out of them...they stir things up! She also ventured to say that she was almost 99% sure that the scene where Bethany found out she was preggers was fake/redone.

What is up with Jill? the nicest way possible...let us know that this season is showing Jills true colors! A little betch' jaja... In other words, she is not the nicest person and apparently doesn't get along too well with Alex.
The Countess...Spill it Alex! jaja umm soo it seems as though the Countess is the fakest person on the show! ..she also said that she believes LuAnn would be a lot happier if she was more true to herself.

It was a lot of fun to chat with them and we spent most of the time laughing..I had a great time. Their little rascals Francois and Johan were there as well. They also mentioned that there are 2 new of whom we've just met this past week. Also, this show was originally called "Manhattan Moms"...they had no idea it was going to turn into the Real Housewives of NYC.

After this little get together...I headed to Bishops Art District area to eat at BOLSA !...It is a Market/Cafe/Wine Bar.. their menu changes daily to bring you the freshest foods available. I absolutely loved this place...the food was great and the restuarant itself has an "eclectic, bohemian" feel. I MUST warn you about their drink...the "oak cliff creeper".. o.m.g. ..I had one of these and nothing else...well... 30 mins creeped up on me! jajaj def glad I didn't have two of those.. jaja Here are some pics I took....
PS... quote of the night "theres the foot fetish guy from the Bachelorette... watch yo' feet!" jajaja..after running into him at Bar Celine last night lol...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

..Mr. Photographer...

"Mr. Photographer...
Be sure to catch me from my
good side.. pick one.." jajaj

I'd like to indroduce to you one of the most talented, hip, artistic photographers in Dallas... DV Design & Photography ! UEs Bubble would like to give a much deserved spotlight to great local artists..which is why I bring you Dustin Vyers.

Dustin R. Vyers, born December 31, 1977, is an endowed Dallas photographer. This San Antonio native has been featured in Texas Christian Magazine, Dallas Asian, Dallas Voice... just to name a few. His work is not limited to photography...he is a professional graphic designer and a remarkable painter.

I think it is extremely important to feel comfortable with the person that is capturing a moment in your child's first Easter, cap & gown, or personal photos... and Dustin's lively personality gaurantees a relaxing, fun, comfortable photoshoot. I've had the priveledge to see DV Design & Photography in action both infront and behind the cameras... he works hard until he has the perfect shot. His clients range from toddlers, newly engaged couples, and other artists as well ..and although photoshoot ideas are always welcomed, Dustin is never short of clever thoughts! ....On a slightly less relevant note, he loves his coffee and although he may argue with me on this one..he's no pool shark! jajaj

Be sure to check out WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DVDESIGN for more info on Dustin and his work...I hope to see you on a spring/summer photoshoot soon!...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

..He Bangs!...He Bangs!...

"He walks like..he talks like..he talks like he walks...He Bangs! He Bangs!" jajaj...

WHO isn't talking about this these days? World famous singer Ricky Martin, formerly known as Enrique Martin Morales, has finally come out of the closet! I must preface this post by saying that I have nothing against gays.. I have a lot of gay friends and they're not too shabby! jaja This Puerto Rican pop singer was born on December 24, 1971...which means...that's right..he's almost 40 jaja! People have been speculating about his sexuality for years... and in all isn't our business!...Barbara Walters asked him 10 yrs ago why he wouldn't answer any questions about it and he replied with "I just don't feel like it"... Well things have changed since then..but why now? I have a nudge that something that is happening in Mexico right now is what pushed him a little to get the courage to come out.

Mexico City recently passed gay marriage..soo the next topic of interest is the gay adoption issue. Should gays be allowed to adopt? That was the question posed upon Mexican ranchera singer Paquita la del Barrio about a month prior to Ricky's coming out. The answer was simple..."No". The ranchera singer, who mind you was born in 1947, said that it is only right to have a father and a mother but not a father & father or mother & mother. Furthermore, she rather see the kids stay in an orphanage. I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions..however..if I was a public figure as she is, I wouldn't be making such strong statements! There has been an uproar in the country about her response and everyone is reacting. Paquita (whom I adore.. her music is sung by all)..has even gotten ill over the stressful pickle she got herself into.

OK so all of that is going on and then all of a sudden Ricky comes out with a Bang! jaja I told you he Bangs..he Bangs! In part of his statements he said "I am the father of tow beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with". wow I think he pretty much told her indirectly! jaja. So you tell think he was somewhat moved by her statements to come out at the precise moment? I think so =P Also, Paquita has since retracted her comments and claims she is "old school" and "ignorant"..etc. Despite all of her comments... which I don't totally agree with...I will still sing along to her rancheras for years to come because it's just her opinion.

As for Ricky....dude..when are you coming out with another cd?! Who doesn't love to shake their bom bom to his beats? I would pay anything to shake mine front row at one of his concerts. Gay or not..he is still a pop legend and a very talented artist. Nobody can take that away from him. I hope you enjoyed my 2 cents on this topic...... until then... I'm off to Live la Vida Loca!...