Sara Alina

Voice, humility and maturity all at once.


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The Cover "Controversy"

A few days ago, if you were getting your daily dose of entertainment industry gossip through one of the many social media outlets, you might have heard about the “Mindy Kaling cover controversy”…well, at least according to the media, it was a “controversy”. Elle magazine had done a “Women in TV” issue, which included four notable leading ladies: Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler, and Allison Williams. Each girls cover photo turned out beautiful, except you can say that one stands out differently from the rest. Kaling’s cover photo was the only one in black and white, and it was the only one that portrayed just the face. Immediately people, and when I say people, I mean mostly the media, jumped to the assumption that ELLE magazine did this due to Kaling’s rather curvy body type, and also because of her Indian decent. In one sense it is understandable that people would have these assumptions. The mainstream media is known for promoting a certain body type and image. Yet, when Mindy Kaling was confronted about her photo, she had no problem with it at all, saying that ELLE made her feel glamorous and cool. ELLE also denied the accusations. I guess it all really depends on how you want to interpret the cover. In my opinion it was the attention seeking media that turned the cover into a controversy. I think Mindy Kaling is beautiful, and I admire her many talents. She also looks fierce on her cover.

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- Love Sara Alina

Regarding Sarah Palin . . .

On Where Pianos Roam

Okay.  So after I did my weekly "Early on a Sunday Morning" post earlier today, which, this week, was just a rumination about the current presidential election race, I decided to take some time to get better acquainted with Sarah Palin--Senator McCain's celebrated choice as his Vice-Presidential running mate. I logged on to youtube and typed "Sarah Palin" with an open mind thinking I'll at least just be able to gather up more facts about where she stands and her political experience. Well, the first thing that popped up was this .  .  . [youtube=] Honestly, I was appalled.  In that interview with Katie Couric, she displayed an utter lack of coherence.  WTF?  It's not as if Katie was aggressively interrogating and bullying her.  She just asked some very basic questions.  Nothing distinct, or even anything that makes sense, came out of her mouth.   I later watched her interview with Charles Gibson and found much of the same. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I am honestly just appalled.  At this point, she does not display the wherewithal and does not appear to have the knowledge base to know what to do if she were ever President of the United States. Mind you, I am not a political analyst or some learned expert on governance.  I'm just trying to make sense of everything and understand these candidates as well as possible. I also came across a very interesting letter from a housewife and resident of the town that Palin used to be mayor of.  You can read the letter by clicking HERE. Finally, last night Saturday Night Live opened it's show with a parody of the above-mentioned Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin.  It is utterly hilarious.  The scary thing is that it seemed more like a reenactment than a parody.  Amy Poehler as Katie Couric was understated and purely brilliant.  Tina Fey is dead-on as Sarah Palin.  To watch this, click HERE. All I can say now is that I CANNOT wait to see the debate between Governor Palin and Senator Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, this coming week.  It will be quite a spectacle. For now, Sarah Palin actually makes me cringe.  I can't get myself to watch an entire interview with her. I just start to feel embarrassed for her.  Would it be a crime if she were to just say, "I don't know."?  In the interview with ABC's Charles Gibson, he asked her to share her thoughts on the Bush doctrine.  It was clear that she did not know what that was, but she just kept going and going and going.  Digging a deeper, abysmal hole for herself. Again, I am appalled and still cringing.  I am hoping for a better future for us all then what this displays. -g PS--I generally like to keep my political thoughts private, but well, these are just things I feel I need to share.  Our lives and our country will be under the care of these people.  We owe it to ourselves to at least be informed.  I encourage you to do your own research, ask your own questions, be discerning.  If you disagree with what I say, then power to you.  Just know that our lives and the lives of our children (my adorable nephews and niece included) will be affected.  Be vigilant, seriously.

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