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A Setback for the (Perceived) Standard Bearer of Trying to Grow the GOP

21 Aug

So much of politics is based on perception.  In regards to race relations, the perception is that the Democrats are more color-conscious in their policies while Republicans are more color-blind in theirs; I know that this is an over simplification of each political party, but that’s the general consensus.  When you consider just the lens of race in politics, those who are ethnic minorities generally support the Democrats more than Republicans, thus it seems that Democrats will then support them in legislation.

Because of those overriding perceptions, I think that what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was doing when speaking to Howard University (Slate), a Historically Black College, and at the University of California, Berkeley, ( a bastion of liberal politics, was Continue reading

Opinion: Comment on Parliamentary Procedure

11 Apr

Update: This post has been updated to reflect the Daily Bruin’s acceptance of my letter since the original post.

As an alumnus of UCLA and an alumnus of their undergraduate student government, the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC), I have strong feelings about how the USAC Council works.  I also believe that you are only a good leader if you care about what happens to your organization, whether or not you’re in it, which includes after you leave it (which is why I happily gave information regarding the organization in the Daily Bruin’s editorial).  I submitted something to UCLA’s newspaper, the Daily Bruin, regarding the way they’ve been handling their organization.  However, I am glad that someone else, a current student, had the same feelings and their submission was accepted instead.  (I think you’ll agree with me that their submission was so much better.)  My submission is 1st and Mr. Ian Cocroft’s, an undergraduate student working within the Office of the General Representative 1, follows: Continue reading

Long Shots: Olympics and Politics

16 Feb

My definition of a long shot: Any person, idea, or movement which has nearly every obstacle ahead of them imagined to complete a goal, yet still goes after it and completes it or some other unintentional and/or unstated goal.  I’ve started thinking about these ‘long shots’ because of the Sochi 2014 Olympics currently going on.

Of course, there is the Jamaican bobsled team made (more) famous by the movie Cool Runnings.  The fictionalized movie was based on the real 1988 4-man Jamaican bobsled team in Calgary, Canada.  The team during these Olympics in Russia, however, was decided to just be a 2-man team due to the increased costs of 4 people.  Even then, right before the Olympics, they still needed more than $30,000 for a lot of related costs; however, they not only reached that, but received almost $50,000 more than they needed which helped with some upgrades to the bobsled.

Jamaican Bobsled Team Qualifies for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics


I was excited to see, because of my Filipino heritage, the only athlete from the Philippines to compete in these Winter Olympics, Michael Christian Martinez.  He is the first Filipino Winter Olympian since the country sent “an Alpine skier to the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France” (New York Times) and the first figure skater.  I really don’t know that much about him, but I’m just glad that he got the funding from his family and the government because winter sports are extremely expensive and it’s just a shame that more people are not able to at least try it out due to costs.  And he didn’t do too bad, he got 19th place, so not bad at all.

EVERYTHING ON THE LINE. With little government support, the family of Michael Christian Martinez's family mortgaged their home to send him to Sochi. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP


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Sanity Hiatus until the End of December

5 Dec

I know that I haven’t posted in the past month, but these past few weeks of graduate school have been non-stop work and the next 2.5 weeks will be the same, PLUS end-of-semester projects and finals.  Wish me luck everyone.  Oh yea, already starting the job applications so think job acceptance too!  See you all in a bit.


2 Oct

I will just touch upon some aspects of the (partial) federal government shutdown in just this 1 post because in approximately 10 days when I blog again, I hope I am not writing about it again.  Usually I try not to blog about the #1 thing in politics, but this shutdown has been building for weeks and is dominating the headlines in such a way that there’s no way to avoid it.  I’d like to thank POLITICO for their in-depth coverage of all the facts and drama coming out of DC, because I still don’t know how they’re able to stand the hypocrisy, ridiculousness, and histrionics that occur on a constant basis.

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Higher Education Loans, not Costs, Fallacy

20 Aug

I have been fortunate to be one of those students in higher education, in both undergraduate and now graduate school, who will not have loans to pay back when I graduate because of a variety of reasons.  With the increasing costs to higher education which is now a nearly mandatory thing to get ahead in life, I feel for those that struggle with the skyrocketing tuition.  I had a variety of jobs, in addition to the major help of my parents, so that the costs incurred during my studies would be comparatively low.

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Running and Staying Fit

3 Aug
NaivePolitico and Letters from Angela

NaivePolitico and Letters from Angela

I would like to give a shout out to my best of friends msangelaa for encouraging me to run without ever actually telling me to run.

Back when we were at UCLA, Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: USAC proposal creates gridlock, not oversight

8 Jul

Below is a submission to my alma mater’s (UCLA) newspaper, the Daily Bruin, of a student government position that I held the last 16 months of my undergraduate career.  I felt so strongly about proposed changes to it that I had to speak my mind about the matter.  I know most who read this won’t understand what I’m talking about, but it was incredibly invigorating to have the power of the pen, and hopefully I can parlay that into the future. Continue reading

Remembering History

12 Jun

We have been inundated over the past month with various scandals that have come to light in the U.S..  Whether you like the Obama administration or not, at least we live in a time when information is much easier to get to scrutinize a government which should be held accountable to the people. Continue reading

Los Angeles Municipal Election (May 2013)

21 May
Seal of Los Angeles, California. On March 27, ...

Seal of Los Angeles, California. On March 27, 1905 Ordinance 10,834 authorized and described the City Seal still being used today (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As someone who loves politics, especially on the local level, I feel that I’m going to be disappointed with the turnout of the election being held today, May 21, 2013.  I was a resident of the city for 3 years, and I voted while I resided there, whether it was for the presidential or municipal level.  I knew that voters in my age group (18-21) were horribly underrepresented on the city level (and it turns out that although there was the highest turnout from UCLA for the presidential election in 2008, turnout from those living on “The Hill” was less than 1%).  I was extremely embarrassed to be part of a school that exemplified the highest virtues of academics, professionalism, and activism, but not in regards to our civic duties of voting. Continue reading

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