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The Fight Over Sonia Sotomayor: Why Were So Few Hispanics on TV Debating the First Hispanic Supreme Court Nominee?

The Fight Over Sonia Sotomayor: Why Were So Few Hispanics on TV Debating the First Hispanic Supreme Court Nominee?

Commented Jun 3, 2009 at 17:05:49 in Politics

“I think you missed the point. I think you have no in"sight" into my racial or cultural sensitivity, seems silly of you to think that you might.

I didn't mention television, I'm talking about something much, much more important. I'm talking about the supreme court justices, and proposing why there isn't a "unified latino" support for her. That's it.

I fully agree that this nation certainly needs more perspectives, nothing I've written should let you feel otherwise.”
The Fight Over Sonia Sotomayor: Why Were So Few Hispanics on TV Debating the First Hispanic Supreme Court Nominee?

The Fight Over Sonia Sotomayor: Why Were So Few Hispanics on TV Debating the First Hispanic Supreme Court Nominee?

Commented Jun 3, 2009 at 15:06:49 in Politics

“I disagree with most of what is being presented here - I think Latinos fawning over a nominee because she is a Hispanic is ridiculous - probably why Mel Martinez didn't support her was because she doesn't support what he does. Similarly, when Justice Clarence Thomas was being presented, the preponderance of respected black leaders didn't go out of their way to associate themselves with his cause, because many didn't agree with him.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not disagreeing with her appointment, nor am I failing to object to commentary made by some of her detractors. I just don't see why I should come out and support her just because her and my parents both yelled at us in Spanish when we did something wrong as a kids. I support her for her positions and intelligence, and then on some less important level, I give her points for representing a growing portion of our American demographic quilt. There are plenty of Hispanic I would just as soon not see as the head of our judiciary branch.

Perhaps the difference, Eric, is the Hispanic population is more integrated in mainstream because many don't "look" different, and because of this assimilation it is harder unify as a "Hispanic/Latino Voice" given how many Hispanics there are in the US and how well spread they on both sides the ever polarizing political fence.

Just a thought, open to counter arguments.

*I'm a Colombian-American and grew up speaking Spanish at home.”

Pleneras on Jun 3, 2009 at 21:06:31

“"I'm a Colombian-American and grew up speaking Spanish at home." I rest my case. There you go people, the myth of Latinos supporting each other. This person is Colombian who is whining over a more than qualified PUERTO RICAN. Now if she were a Colombian I bet you he/she would be supporting his paisana even if the experience and credentials were less than impressive.”

vidian6 on Jun 3, 2009 at 15:50:01

“You missed his entire point! Your comment that "you don't need to hear two people yelling at each other in spanish on television", gives a great incite on your racial insensitivity. First of all it was stupid of you to assume that they would be yelling at each other in spanish. The problem is that they don't have any Latino representives on television to give theit point of view. We as a public have to be left with same cast of White males freely giving their points of view. If you want a fair conversation about her nomination how can you do this by only putting the white male view. To be honest I could do without Pat Buchanan and Bill O'Reilly yelling back and forth in English.”
Cheaper Oil Will Improve the Economy, but...

Cheaper Oil Will Improve the Economy, but...

Commented Jan 30, 2009 at 17:20:30 in Politics

“Thanks Patrick - ours is blog.cleantechies.com we had some good discussions about the same issue.
-Ian”
Cheaper Oil Will Improve the Economy, but...

Cheaper Oil Will Improve the Economy, but...

Commented Jan 29, 2009 at 19:00:43 in Politics

“I can't support your comments enough, the US is bleeding its patrimony just as it needs to be shoring up its ability to rely on economically and ecologically sustainably generated energy sources - the hope and prediction is that this investment will be a lasting stimulus for our economy.

I don't think we should look at the fuel surcharge as a "tax" but rather as a "fee" in order to get those that seem to forget that a "return on investment" requires an investment. What better way than by implementing a progressive fee that might just stimulate public transportation use and curb driving inefficient vehicles.

It reminds me of a strong critique that many "cleantechies" had to the Economist's article denouncing the value and the need for gov't suppor for a "green new deal" a few months ago.”

hp blogger Patrick Takahashi on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:23:01

“Thank you for your comments. Now, what will you be doing to make that crucial difference? Sometime this weekend I will publish my Epilogue from SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity (see box on the right) in my daily blog. Last time I tried, the http address was not permissible in this comment box, but you can find my blog address by tracking me in HuffPo. But let me try one more time, so my daily blog can be found at http://planetearthandhumanity.blogspot.com.”
Trash Talk

Trash Talk

Commented Dec 16, 2008 at 19:49:16 in Green

“Go Zem! Great points, and a great companies. Don't forget all the promising waste-to-energy companies out there as well; while I wouldn't automatically call trash a "renewable energy source" except that we keep producing trash.... so I suppose it is.
I think the Cradle To Cradle mantra should be taught at every level of our children's schooling - much as we feel ancient indigenous cultures taught their children to be frugal with mother Earth; it should cause kids pain to toss a plastic water bottle into the bin - when they could have taken a Nalgene bottle or reused an old water bottle from an earlier thirsty moment.”