“But Obamacare is a free market solution to the healthcare problem in this country!
I agree the US is the best country in the world, but that doesn't mean it is perfect. Look up how our current healthcare system fares when compared to other developed nations. There is a lot of room for improvement.”
“The government is not taking over the whole healthcare system. It is just giving consumers more leverage by creating 'groups' consumers can join. It is setting standards for minimum coverage and subsidizing those who cannot afford the full amount of their premiums. And you know what? Insurance companies love Obamacare! Because it means millions of new customers.
I cannot understand how a smart, successful individual can be so irrational when it comes to healthcare policy. When confronted will practical details of the law, he agrees they make sense. But he opposes the law as a whole based on what? Ideology?
Maybe he thinks if all capitalists were as 'good and conscious' as he is, Obamacare would not be necessary. Wake up, dude! Most capitalists are not.”
“Barlovento is a predominantly black region of Venezuela. Chavez's statement about Obama and Barlovento is racist and disgusting. If anything, it should elicit sympathy towards Obama.
If the head of the German neo-nazis endorsed Romney, I wouldn't hold that against him.
The designers of this ad are making the same mistake the EPA employee made: Offending Latinos by messing with issues whose implications they don't fully understand.”
“I'm lost with the page numbering differences between the paper book and my Nook. I assume we are covering Abelard, the patriarch of the De León family.
This is definitely a political book. Cleverly disguised as "... only a story, no solid evidence, the kind of s**t only a nerd would love.", it accurately depicts what happens to a country and its people during and after 36 years of dictatorial rule. The crucial role of the 'good' citizens who do nothing, hoping to stay unnoticed. The lasting damage: "Ten million Trujillos is all we are."
Of course, there is more than this political stuff; we get to see how the family fukú started, and later on there may be a way to put a stop to it.”
“My outlook from this interview was actually hopeful and optimistic: We are all in a journey towards wisdom. While we may start off from the misconceptions of our culture, we are supposed to rise above them and become better people. Improving our attitude towards women is just one facet of that growth.”
“Act nicely? As in 'know your place and don't act uppity?'”
Stephen Stafford on Sep 5, 2012 at 15:55:45
“If such is your mindset, go with that.
Where I am, manners and decency are never considered uppity. Perhaps you hail from a coarser environment.
As far as knowing your place, for once such would be appropriate. Their place is not to be causing a ruckus, especially at an allies convention. As they failed to exercise commons sense on many levels, they need to be gone.”
“Ahead of this afternoon's discussion, I think we should keep in mind a few points:
- The relationship between a Latino mother and her teenage daughter is as complicated as everywhere else, only with much more love, guilt, and drama involved.
- For Latino parents, raising kids in this country presents a big challenge: They can't use the same strategies as in their original country, because children quickly learn that "things are different around here." Here children have more rights, and parents are supposed to play fair, while the kids break the rules all the time. For Lola's mom, every dirty trick is fair game in the war with her daughter. Unfortunately for her, the balance of power tilts further in Lola's favor due to Beli's increasing physical weakness.
- When Beli was a teenager, the usual teenage feelings of being trapped and wanting more freedom, were magnified by the pervasive climate of repression from the dictatorship. If you misbehave, not only you get grounded; you may get killed or "disappeared." Try to imagine your teenage years under a repressive government that spies on your private life.”
hp blogger Annemarie Dooling on Sep 12, 2012 at 09:53:51
“We're bringing this up during the video chat today. Great point about the cultural parenting differences. It's a very valid argument.”
“I didn't mean to imply that it always works out for them. It's just the way they choose to cope, to make the best of an awful situation. Besides, sometimes the brutality comes from political repression and strikes at men and women alike.
Later in the book we find out what the wife of one of our heroines' lover is capable of.”
“The women in this book share a view of 'feminism' that may be baffling to some, but it is not unheard of in other cultures. It boils down to this: They teach their sons to be tough and 'macho,' and their daughters to be even tougher than the boys.
They don't fight male dominance, because they know they can take it. Contrary to surface appearances, they hold the real power. They are defiant, not defeated.
I'm not arguing for or against this point of view; I'm just saying this is the way my grandmothers saw the world in terms of male vs. female.”
techie4ever on Aug 31, 2012 at 11:58:17
“Great insight! I see evidence of this with the characters just as I've seen it in real life. Oscar and Lola's mom seems to offer them tough love. I laughed when Oscar asked his mom if he's ugly and she replied, "Well, jiho, you certainly don't take after me." I can think of several loving members of my own family who would be that blunt. If you ask, you need to be tough enough to hear the truth. Similarly, I think the mom's treatment of Lola is motivated by her desire to make Lola strong. I disagree, however, that the women hold the real power because there are too many examples in the book where male dominance crosses the line and violence enters the picture. I'm still struggling a lot with brutality being a trait of a "real man."”
I am borrowing from previous comments. Thanks to this discussion group, my understanding of this book has deepened. I was aware of the Shakespeare/ The Tempest connection, but the similarities with "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" had escaped me.
I love the matter-of-fact description of magical circumstances, and even more the transcendental discussion on the nature of magic, dreams and storytelling towards the end of the book.
It is funny how Victorian England and rural Latin America can share a taste for a parallel magical world where touching ice for the first time is more magical than seeing the ghosts of your ancestors every day.