Dara Lind


Find Something Inside You

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 8:09 pm

All right, team. Spencer’s about to come back from the journo-front, so this is the end of the growing season for Jamelle’s and my little victory garden. Keeping the home fires burning is tough work, but I hope it’s been as rewarding for y’all as it has for me. If so, please do come visit [...]

But When I Kissed the Cop Down at 34th and Vine

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 2:55 pm

As I’ve mentioned in passing, most immigration violations aren’t generally handled in criminal court. If you’re caught illegally crossing one of the five (out of nine) “sectors” of the border where Operation Streamline is in effect, however, congratulations — you’ve just become an exception. Under Operation Streamline, anyone who crosses the border illegally is slapped [...]

Country House

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 1:36 pm

Ta-Nehisi on “anti-terrorism” signaling: I get the sense that very few of these people have ever been on the other side of law enforcement. It’s like they think the cops arrest you, and then promptly whisk you away to a country club, where you are served coq au vin, pecan pie and coffee. It’s silly. [...]

I Know This World Is Killing You

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 9:55 am

In the course of my border-violence-fearmongering smackdown yesterday (not to be confused with Jamelle’s border-violence-fearmongering smackdown yesterday) I was a little more blase about the actual violence on the Mexican side of the border than I ought to have been. After four years of drug wars, “the single most dangerous country in Latin America” is [...]

The Party’s Crashing Us

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 12:50 pm

Predictably, it warmed my heart to see this entry on Texts From Last Night: (312): I didn’t sleep with her. I’m boycotting arizona and she’s from phoenix. At the same time, though, I’m more than a little sad about it. I feel like one of my favorite guilty-pleasure websites has taken another step on the [...]

The Easy Call, The Called-Off Search

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 10:32 am

I’d like to give some heartfelt props to the anonymous government official who leaked details about the investigation into the murder of rancher Robert Krentz to the Arizona Daily Star — namely, that the prime suspect isn’t a random immigrant or drug lord crossing back into Mexico (as so many alleged) but someone in the [...]

Read My Routes

By: Monday May 3, 2010 3:19 pm

Everyone who lives or has lived in DC knows that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metro (subway) system is only a system in the most generous sense of the word. Track work on weekends is a given, adding 20-30 minute delays to most routes — and trains run pretty infrequently on weekends to begin [...]

Constant Vigilance!

By: Monday May 3, 2010 10:07 am

The bill the Arizona state legislature passed last week making a bunch of post facto revisions and clarifications to anti-immigrant bill SB 1070 is another piece of evidence for something I’ve been banging on about in private for a while: Vigilance is a better guiding principle than transparency. From a policy standpoint, I don’t think [...]

Smile Like You Mean It

By: Friday April 30, 2010 3:17 pm

The boyfriend and I came up to Baltimore to watch the last game of the Yankees-O’s series last night. I’m not sure I saw the Yanks live in 2009, and damn, it’s good to see them playing like champions again. A.J. was hitting the mid-90’s with his fastball 110 pitches in. Robby Cano crushed a [...]

It’s a Pretty Small Cause. You’ve Probably Never Heard of It.

By: Friday April 30, 2010 1:01 pm

You may have noticed that I sort of tiptoed around the term “Astroturfing” in yesterday’s post. I actually find it to be a really problematic term, and I’m glad it’s not being used quite as regularly as it was this time last year. We can all agree that groups that can’t get anyone to come [...]