Sunday, September 9, 2012

When I fell out of Love with the Grand Old Party

Ok, so the election is a pretty big deal and since I have trouble trying to remember things (thanks to MS) I thought I would do a little look back at why I'm no longer a republican. Modern day Cubans in America (I'm not trying to do a book report here people, looking from 1960's onward) have mostly consisted of Republicans, don't ask me why that is, is it a grudge against Kennedy? (my guess is yes) is it that the GOP Candidate likes to schmooze the Cuban american constituency with promises regarding Cuba that they won't keep? definitely . Well I'm not here to debate that, I started out like any cuban son (born here) I accepted my parents indoctrination that the GOP candidate was what we wanted. At my first presidential election that I could vote in Bob Dole (R) was running against Bill Clinton. I was still shaky in what I believed. Since I was turned against Democrats I wasn't going to vote for Clinton and since Bob Dole seemed like an out of touch Old man (made that conclusion on my own, SNL didn't help me) So I ended up voting for Ralph Nader (green) because I knew that he wasn't going to win (talk about throwing a vote away). Fast forward to 2000, I turned to George W, not so much because of his party but because he proclaimed his faith (I am a Non-Denominational christian) and I believed (blindly) that he would be basing his decisions in a like manner,      in 2004 I fell for the Kerry doesn't have it bullshit that GW fed America to win again. I didn't start hating GW  because of Pop-Culture I started questioning him as a President when the issue of the Dubai World ports  came about. Based on Bush's lack of concern on Who or How the ports of America should be defended and run I began to question all the other things that I'd been hearing, I'd been on the fence for a while but after this point I knew that I definitely didn't agree with this fool because the issue of the ports seemed like a poor decision not based on safety but one based on profit.

In 2008 I weighed my decision carefully, (again I didn't base it on SNL) I based my choice on Hope and although President Obama doesn't walk on water I believe that he is doing a good job at protecting my interests as a citizen of this great country. I take all of this quite personally because I spend a lot of time hearing people gripe and insult the president (both online and on my fathers Cuban talk radio shows)  Being diagnosed in 2010 with Multiple Sclerosis Health care is a very real and very big issue that especially concerns me, that and Laws regarding women (both health care wise and The Lilly Ledbetter Act) So in 2012 it's not a contest, I will be voting for Barack Obama for a second term.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Big Girls Bounce Review

In "Big Girl Bounce"  Lulu Dean takes you on a very funny trip through her mind. Dean a proud Big Girl shares from the heart and makes you laugh while doing so. It's a quick read but definitely a fun one.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cemetery Club Review

Through Library thing I was asked to provide my opinion on an ARC of Cemetery Club by JG Faherty, I'm not to familiar with Mr. Faherty's work so I gave it a try. The author writes in a style similar to King in that he exposes you to his characters warts and all. The story centers around four friends who share a secret that has one of them institutionalized, another so haunted by his nightmares he becomes an inconsolable drunk, another is moved away by his parents (no doubt to take him away from his hooligan friends) and the other, a poor girl from the bad side of town. Finds her solace in a man she steadily grows to hate. Twenty years go by and the friends come together to save the town from disaster and needless death. I really don't want to reveal any more than that. 

All that being said, I have to say that I that I loved every bit of this book,  I can easily see this in movie form. Mr. Faherty gets you so involved in the characters struggles, it turns into a real page turner to make sure no harm has come to the main characters