A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

sábado, outubro 11, 2003

Interesting shout-out in a blog called The Scope...

The LA Weekly, as I would expect, has been doing a great job in covering the recall. I've also been pleasently suprised with the OC Weekly's coverage. The OCW is a separate paper with its own voice, but usually more emphasis on namecalling rather than serious coverage, something that's starting to change.

Ah, the usual canard against the Rag--we're too juvenile and lack any sort of grounded argument in our articles. But if this person thinks we're getting better, good for him.

The blogger then excerpts my MEChA-Bustamante piece and another Rag article...


As for those hysterical cries of Bustamante's chicanismo radicalism, the OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano discusses just what MEChA does, and what it means for Bustamante and other Latino/a politicians:

Chapman administrators loved our dedication, holding us up as models of what others could aspire to. My fellow Mechistas went on to work for nonprofit organizations, scored consultant positions with the Democratic Party, became bankers, turned into psychologists, made it in Hollywood, interned at the Cato Institute, were hired by Chapman to recruit students—and this Mechista went on to graduate summa cum laude from UCLA. Not a single Mechista dropped out.

The academic portion of MEChA is always lost, however, in mainstream media depictions of the organization. To most non-Latinos at colleges and beyond, MEChA is that noisy Mexican club that protests every grievance imaginable and stages disruptive classroom walkouts, always waving the Mexican flag.

Elsewhere, Paul Brennan argues that forget Oui, the truly disturbing Arnold quotes come from US News:

Arnold, then as now, coyly avoids any substantive questions, though he does say some things that hint at what kind of governor he might be. "I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators, and things like that," he says, attempting to explain the boyhood roots of his ambition. "I was always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years or, like Jesus, for thousands of years." As for what this streak of megalomania means in practical terms, the article quotes Arnold as saying: "My relationship to power and authority is that I’m all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. . . . Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave."