Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Jeanine Cummins "American Dirt" first trip to Mexico, Mexican border - Hilarious lies! - by Mary Cummins (NO RELATION!)

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Below is from a Q & E with Cummins from January 14, 2020. I hope this is just more lying otherwise this is really pathetic. For anyone who has ever driven from San Diego to the border at any time you can tell this is a story. I've been going there since I was a newborn up to just a few years ago. The first time I remember driving over the border I was seven in 1972. There have always been many HUGE signs saying you are approaching the border for miles before you get there even back in 1972.

Tijuana is 20 miles south of San Diego. You take the 805 to the 5 and hit the border check point. You would have to drive a long way around the check point to find an open place with no auto blocks to just drive across accidentally. A sane person would have parked on the US side then walked to the border over the bridge. There's parking there for this purpose. When she saw Mexicans selling chicle, pinatas she should have realized she was in Mexico.

Bookselling This Week: Where did the idea for this book come from?

"Jeanine Cummins: The first moment I felt like I should write about this happened many, many years ago, when my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, and I were vacationing in California. We had taken the week to drive the Pacific Coast Highway and our last stop was San Diego, and one day I drove down to the border by myself. My husband was an undocumented immigrant and I didn’t want him anywhere near the border, but I wanted to go and just see it. And I accidentally drove into Mexico, which you could still do then. It was pre-9/11 and the border was not militarized the way it is now.

I’d been to Mexico before, but I’d never been to the border. I was so shocked by what I saw there. There were so many young men with only one leg. There were young kids trying to sell gum or hats or piñatas or whatever touristy stuff they had to sell. I had no money because as soon as I got there, I got pulled over by the policía and they took it all. The fine print on my rental agreement said I couldn’t have the car I was driving in Mexico, and the officer said he would impound the car and I would have to wait in jail for a few days to talk to the judge. I was 21 or 22 (that would be 1995 before she met her husband when she was still in college in Maryland), and I was terrified. I said I couldn’t go to prison (soooo dramatic! that's not how it works), and he said, well, maybe there’s another way. You can pay a fine. And I said, how much is the fine? And he said, how much you got?

I gave him all my money, and then I waited five hours in line to get through U.S. Customs and Border Protection to get back into the United States. After crossing accidentally in seven seconds (HUGE lie). So, I was sitting at the border for many, many hours, just observing all these young kids, and I must have seen five for six young men with only one leg. And I didn’t understand what I was looking at. When I got home to New York, I started researching. I came across “La Bestia,” and I came to understand that these were men from Central America and southern Mexico who had, in all likelihood, ridden the train to the border and had fallen off at some point and been maimed. I came to understand how common this was, that it’s happening every single day. In the effort to just reach the U.S. border, never mind cross it, people are being killed and maimed daily. It’s commonplace. And I was like, why don’t I know about this? Why don’t people in the U.S. know this story?

I never stopped thinking about that, and for many years, I felt an enormous reluctance to write about it. I felt, very clearly, that it just wasn’t my story to tell. And even when I started thinking about writing about the border, I resisted writing from a migrant’s point of view for a long time. But if I really wanted to get into it, then the correct thing to do was to tell the story of the people who were suffering."

Cummins previously wrote a book about the potato famine. She was asked why she wrote that book. She replied "people starved during the potato famine. Not many people know about this. I have to educate people about this." Everyone knows about the potato famine. It's part of history class. This woman needs to go back to bar tending.

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The below pic is 1970 at the border. There were still signs on the freeway saying you're going to Mexico. There is no way you just accidentally drive over.

1970 at Mexico border San Diego. Huge signs even back then. You don't accidentally drive across the border. You'd have to be blind or drunk to do that. 


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Review of Jeanine Cummins book "American Dirt," - by Mary Cummins - NO RELATION

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Finished the book "American Dirt." The weak plot is so implausible that my eyes could not stop rolling. But, it was the "Author's Note" at the end that made me almost throw my iPhone out the window (I read the book on iPhone as an epub).

The white author said she has so very, very much in common with this book and it's main characters. The book is about poor, brown, undocumented immigrants fleeing poverty, murder, gang violence in Mexico and Central America to come to the US. 100% white wealthy author Jeanine Cummins (no relation) said her husband was an undocumented immigrant just like the main character in her book so she understands their plight. She had a fear of him being deported once when they were pulled over during a regular traffic stop. Based on this traffic stop she said "so you could say I have a dog in the fight" for undocumented immigrants. She forgets to mention that her husband is a white professional Irishman with money in Maryland who flew here and merely over stayed a visa. He didn't walk 2,000 miles, get raped, assaulted, robbed, raped again, robbed again and murdered.

Cummins goes on to say that "she personally" suffered trauma in her life just like the main characters of her book when "her cousins" were raped, assaulted and then murdered after being pushed off a bridge while out of state. She forgets that the lone survivor admitted he was never pushed off the bridge. She lied about the main element of a book she wrote about her cousins' experience in order to sell more books. She went on to say their experience caused "her" life trauma which made her identify with the main character in her book who had 16 of her closest family members brutally murdered by the head of a Mexican drug cartel. The book characters were also raped, robbed, raped again, robbed again, assaulted...

Cummins continued by saying in the author's note that she also identifies with immigrants in her book because one of her grandmothers was born in Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Cummins stated her Puerto Rican grandmother wasn't received well in the US because of her skin tone and hair. Her very wealthy university educated grandmother was white white with stick straight hair. WTF? That would be like me saying I understand the suffering of poor black children dying of tropical diseases in Africa because I have experienced similar things. Nope.

I see why there are so many very negative reviews of this book. I'll write a regular review tomorrow after I finish some work. I just had to get that "Author's Note" rant off my chest. This woman has a lot of nerve. Even after all the well deserved attacks she just has Oprah's book recommendation pinned to the top of her FB page. That is all that matters to her, money or should I say dinero.

I'll post a review of the full book later. I just had to rant about the author's ridiculous note first.

Below is from a Q & E with Cummins. What a dum dum dum. I hope this is just more lying otherwise this is really pathetic. For anyone who has ever driven from San Diego to the border at any time you can tell this is a story. I've been going there since I was a newborn up to just a few years ago.

Tijuana is 20 miles south of San Diego. You take the 805 to the 5 and hit the border check point which takes a while to get through. You would have to drive a long way around the check point to find an open place to just drive across accidentally. A sane person would have parked on the US side then walked to the border. There's parking there for this purpose. When she saw Mexicans selling Mexican shit she should have realized she was in Mexico. Cummins lies so much about being Puerto Rican, her father is Puerto Rican, her brother was thrown off the bridge...that it's hard to believe a word she says. "Everyone was hopping around on only one leg in Mexico. Everyone!"

Bookselling This Week: Where did the idea for this book come from?

"Jeanine Cummins: The first moment I felt like I should write about this happened many, many years ago, when my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, and I were vacationing in California. We had taken the week to drive the Pacific Coast Highway and our last stop was San Diego, and one day I drove down to the border by myself. My husband was an undocumented immigrant and I didn’t want him anywhere near the border, but I wanted to go and just see it. And I accidentally drove into Mexico, which you could still do then. It was pre-9/11 and the border was not militarized the way it is now.

I’d been to Mexico before, but I’d never been to the border. I was so shocked by what I saw there. There were so many young men with only one leg. There were young kids trying to sell gum or hats or piñatas or whatever touristy stuff they had to sell. I had no money because as soon as I got there, I got pulled over by the policía and they took it all. The fine print on my rental agreement said I couldn’t have the car I was driving in Mexico, and the officer said he would impound the car and I would have to wait in jail for a few days to talk to the judge. I was 21 or 22 (that would be 1995 before she met her husband when she was still in college in Maryland), and I was terrified. I said I couldn’t go to prison (soooo dramatic! that's not how it works), and he said, well, maybe there’s another way. You can pay a fine. And I said, how much is the fine? And he said, how much you got?

I gave him all my money, and then I waited five hours in line to get through U.S. Customs and Border Protection to get back into the United States. After crossing accidentally in seven seconds (HUGE lie). So, I was sitting at the border for many, many hours, just observing all these young kids, and I must have seen five for six young men with only one leg. And I didn’t understand what I was looking at. When I got home to New York, I started researching. I came across “La Bestia,” and I came to understand that these were men from Central America and southern Mexico who had, in all likelihood, ridden the train to the border and had fallen off at some point and been maimed. I came to understand how common this was, that it’s happening every single day. In the effort to just reach the U.S. border, never mind cross it, people are being killed and maimed daily. It’s commonplace. And I was like, why don’t I know about this? Why don’t people in the U.S. know this story?

I never stopped thinking about that, and for many years, I felt an enormous reluctance to write about it. I felt, very clearly, that it just wasn’t my story to tell. And even when I started thinking about writing about the border, I resisted writing from a migrant’s point of view for a long time. But if I really wanted to get into it, then the correct thing to do was to tell the story of the people who were suffering."

Cummins previously wrote a book about the potato famine. She was asked why she wrote the book. She replied "people starved during the potato famine. Not many people know about this. I have to educate them." Everyone knows about the potato famine. It's part of history class.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

What is The One 100,000 sf home by Nile Niami at 944 Airole Way, Bel Air, California 90077? By Mary Cummins

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The property goes by a few addresses. They are main address is 944 N Airole Way and then 937 N Stradella Road and 951 N Stradella Road. The parcel map below shows the property outlined in red. It's zoned LARE20 which is the city of Los Angeles residential estate. It's approximately 166,828 sf or 3.8 acres. It last sold 12/2012 for $28,000,000. It's had repeat lis pendens on it for mechanic liens i.e., unpaid contractors. It's had loans on the property up to $82,000,000. I think one reason the owner throws around the crazy price is to get media coverage and to get insane loans on the property. It's listed as vacant land so I don't think there is an occupancy permit. Sounds like the guy needs to sell it now. Whoever buys it will have to pay property tax in the amount of 1 1/4% of value per year. The original value is the sale price. 

The owner is Nile Niami born February 1968 in Los Angeles County, California, Crestlloyd LLC 8981 W Sunset Blvd #303, West Hollywood, CA 90069. I see a Nameer N Niami born 25 Feb 1968 with mother's maiden name Larkin. He also goes by Nile and Neil. His father is Hazim Mohammed Niami born 1932 in Baghdad, Iraq, a civil engineer who designed the Cinerama Dome. His parents divorced when he was six.

The APN of the property is 4369-026-021/020. I see soils and geological permits denied in 2017 and 2018. One was finalized very recently for grading.

I just found permits You have to search by legal description tract 22727 lots 1, 2, 3 and use APNs 4369-026-014/017/002. I think he's trying to obfuscate the property identification so people can't tell it's not as large as he's said it is and it has no occupancy permit. This is very common with these mega-mansions. It makes it difficult to evaluate unless you're an appraiser.

2014 they demolished existing home. 2014 permit to build new one story accessory building. 2017 permit to build new guard house. 2017 permit to build basement for servants. I see five almost dormitory like bedrooms, see below. Generally developers add a basement to be allowed to build more. They generally turn basement into another living level by digging out the sides so it's open. This is how sneaky developers can build more than legally allowed or approved. They can't include the basement area as a living area.

I see they will build two stories over a basement with five car garage. It says 333' x 333' floor area 44,440 sf, total floor area 73,934 sf. Still not 100,000 sf. Residential floor area is 44,440 sf. Again, not 100,000 sf. See below for how they measure the building. It's misleading.

They have to install on site fire hydrant. It looks like they can build max residential living 48,291 sf.

Below is the basic permit so people can read it for themselves.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BtiJ8xcmEXd2oQixNNEE51qoJKvVGm5e/view?usp=sharing

There is a $82,500,000 construction loan with Hankey Capital LLC, a $30,188,235 other loan with Yogi Securities Holdings. With no occupancy permit this will be difficult to sell at the moment. He will have to sell it for a bit less than $500,000,000. 

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy
If you want to find docs in Los Angeles building and safety you need to search the APN. I see permits only for proposed site stabilization in response to an order to comply due to over steep lot. They have to install soil nails, anchors to hold in place netting for soils and engineering. Nile Niami signed this in 2014 saying he's an owner, builder. There are two permit application numbers 19020-10000-01428 and 19030-10000-03130. I see a 2018 permit for a new entry gate. See below for documents submitted by the owner. These are public documents. I did not hack their plans. I don't see any building permits for a home. I used all three addresses and the APN. Maybe there's a reason why we only see computer graphic drawings of this home. Per building and safety it doesn't yet exist. I think he just built the retaining walls and put in some landscaping. He can say it has 1,000,000 sf because it doesn't matter as I see no home permits.

Here are a few more ID numbers, names.  Parcel ID # PIN # is 144B149 302, APN 4369-026-021, county map red # MB 623-81/83, legal is tr 22727 lot 2. There is a permit for a retaining wall. That's all I see.

Below are the people working on the project:
David R Salter License C69911
Joshua Rafael Feffer License EG2138
Steven Jeffrey Cox License C48940

If you look at the pics the developer provides to media and others, they are mainly computer generated images. They aren't photos. That's because the property is far from ready to be shown. It's not even finished. Below are some recent satellite image pics from Google Pro Earth. Click to see larger. The slope of the land is over steep over 2:1 ratio so they had to reinforce the site. The reason for the slope is so they could build as much as possible.

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The site is in an earthquake induced landslide zone, hillside ordinance, hillside grading. Thomas Guide map TG592A6 for you old folks.

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy

The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy
Below is the plan for the basement.
The One, Nile Niami 944 Airole Way Los Angeles CA 90077 bel air, holmby hills, mary cummins, real estate, real estate appraiser, california, mega mansion, $500,000,000 price, crazy
 Below is the plan for the main house. Seems there was a home, pool and tennis court on the property originally. He didn't tear it all down.

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A map to the home is below. Address is approximately 944 Airole Way, Los Angeles, California 90077. The owner is Nile Niami. You can click "directions" below to get directions.



Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Who is Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell family, ancestry, DNA from Los Angeles, California? by Mary Cummins

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Billie Eilish won multiple Grammy's last night setting records. She won because she is extremely talented. She also comes from a long line of very successful and talented writers, educators, singers, musicians and song writers. I'll explore her family tree starting with the paternal side then the maternal side going all the way back to her great great grandparents from Ireland, Switzerland, England, Canada, Germany, France and even a little farther back to the 17th century. The actual tree goes a few generations beyond the image above.

*I won't be sharing full birth dates of live people. I won't share anything that isn't already public information. I won't be sharing home addresses even if they are public information.

Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell was born in Los Angeles County, California December 2001. Her family lived/lives in East Los Angeles. Billie's brother is Finneas O'Connell born July 1997. The name "Eilish" is a form of "Elizabeth." Just a side note almost every single person in her family tree has blue eyes going back six generations. I can't really tell much after that except from draft notices for the wars.

Paternal side

Billie's father is Patrick O'Connell born January 1957 in Westport, Connecticut. He attended Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut along with his brothers. He's most well known for his acting roles in works such as The West Wing, Iron Man, and Baskets. He acted in Life Inside Out alongside his wife and son. He also voiced the role of Claus Hugo Strandberg in the video game Hitman. Both O'Connell families in the tree are of course from Ireland. Holland and Murphy families are from Ireland as well.

Paternal grandparents

James Bernard O'Connell 1923-2014
Billie's grandfather was James Bernard O'Connell born May 7, 1923 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and died October 1, 2014 in Darien, Connecticut. James Bernard graduated from Cambridge High School and Harvard University. He studied engineering but was also on the Glee Club and Crew squad. He married his first wife also a writer Jean Stone. He had his three sons with Jean Stone. Below is his obituary,

"O'CONNELL--James B., of Darien, CT, died October 1 at Stamford Hospital. Born May 7, 1923, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the eighth of nine children of William H. O'Connell and Catherine T. O'Connell. He was a writer, editor, executive, singer and world traveler. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Beatrix W. O'Connell; son James W. O'Connell; son Andrew O'Connell and daughter-in-law Sharon A. Levine and their daughters Molly O'Connell and Jenny O'Connell; son Patrick M. O'Connell and daughter-in-law Maggie Baird and their son Finneas O'Connell and daughter Billie O'Connell; stepson Timothy B. Yarrow and his wife Elizabeth Raven Walters and their daughter Camille Yarrow and son Garrett Yarrow; stepdaughter Suzanne E. Yarrow and her son Andrew Yarrow-Escaladas; and brother Paul E. O'Connell. His first marriage was to Jean S. O'Connell, who died in 1975. He was a 1944 graduate of Harvard, served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in China, edited several magazines in New York, and was an executive at IBM for 27 years, serving as director of public affairs. He lived in Westport, CT, from 1954 through 1978."

After James O'Connell's first wife Jean Stone died in 1975 he remarried Beatrix Weyland Yarrow. Bearix's husband Timothy Bernard Yarrow died in a car accident in Connecticut the same year that Jean Stone died in 1975.

Billie's paternal grandmother was Jean Stone September 15, 1922 - July 6, 1975 born in New York, died in Connecticut. She was also a well known writer. Below is her obituary,

Jean Stone 1922 - 1975
"Jean O'Connell Dies: Writer And Ex-Editor - WESTPORT- Mrs. Jean Stone O'Connell, 52, author and former editor, wife of James B O'Connell, of 17 Buena Vlsia drive, died Saturday in Yale New Haven hospital. A memorial service will take place Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. In the unitarian church Westport. The Charles H. Lewis funeral home, 210 East Stale street, is in charge of arrangements. Born in Staten Island, Mrs O'Connell grew up in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., and was a westport resident for 21 years. She graduated from Wellesley college, where she edited the Wellesley News, and subsequently worked on the editorial staff of Woman's Home Companion, Collier's, and McCal's. She later wrote short stores for McCall's, Laddies' Home Journal and Today's Woman, and recently completed "The Doll House Caper," a mystery-fantasy novel, to be published next year by Thomas W. Crowell. In Westport, Mrs. O'Connell active in the Intercommunily camp, serving two terms as board chairman and in other capacities. She also wrote the text for a book about the camp, entitled "Another Kind of Summer." In addition, she worked for the American Red Cross blood program in Westport, and for the PTA. Survivors, in addition to her husband, include, three sons, James O'Connell, Andrew O'Connell, and Patrick O'Connell of Westport; a brother, Mead W. Stone, Jr., of New York city; a sister, Mrs. C. R. Bell of Roslyn, Long Island, and her parents, Mead W. and Lillie Stone, of Garden City, N.Y."

Paternal great and great great grandparents

Billie's first set of paternal great grandparents were William H O'Connell and Catherine B O'Connell not related except by marriage. William was born June 17, 1877 in Lisbealad, County Cork, Ireland, died November 22, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a union truck driver for Standard Oil Company transporting oil. His parents were William O'Connell and Margaret Holland both from Ireland.

Catherine also an O'Connell but not closely related was born October 10, 1881 in Ireland. She died January 26, 1926 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Together they had nine children. Catherine's parents were Denis O'Connell and Margaret Murphy both from Ireland.

Mead Wilmer Stone 1893-1982
The second set of paternal great grandparents were Mead Stone and Lillie Seemann. Mead Wilmer Stone born March 5, 1893 in New Brighton, Staton Island, New York died July 13, 1962 in Garden City, New York. Mead Stone graduated from Staten Island Academy and then Cornell University in 1915 with a degree in mechanical engineering. His nickname in college was "Pebbles" "Peb." He was a member of a fraternity and was on the cross country team. He was a farm engineer who sold tractor implements. His parents Medad Elisha Stone 1864-1946 and Emma Sterling Bones 1865-1957 are included in the book North America Family Histories 1500-2000.

Lillie Charlotte Seeman born July 3, 1894 in New York and died December 1976 in New York. Her father Frederick Carl Seeman 1857-1914 was born in Zurich, Switzerland. Her mother Elise Charlotte Garbe 1865-1950 was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Seeman, Garbe families are from Germany.


Maternal side

Maggie Barbara May Baird O'Connell
Billie Eilish's mother is Maggie May (real name Barbara May) Baird born March 1959 in Colorado. Maggie graduated from Fruita Monument High School in Colorado in 1977 and the University of Utah. Barbara was in high school plays "South Pacific," "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Adam and Eve." She was in Homecoming, was a cheerleader and received a drama scholarship to college. In college she majored in dance and acting. Maggie is a successful soap star, actor, voice over artist, singer, song writer, musician, dancer and even modeled. She has her own wiki page for more specifics. In 1983 she married actor Ronald Harold Siebert in Colorado while they both were living in New York. Maggie co-wrote and acted in the movie "Life Inside Out" with her son Finneas. The movie won quite a few awards.  She was a major member of the Groundlings theater, also taught acting and is a song writer. Maggie has two brothers, Brian Norton Baird b. 1956, a US Representative, and Bruce R. Baird b. 1955, an attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah. I posted a few more pics of mom below. She looks just like Billie at the same age.

Maternal grandparents

Billie's maternal grandparents are William "Bill" Norton Baird born January 12 1927 in Orange, New Jersey and died February 20, 2001 in Fruita, Colorado. Finneas really looks like his grandpa Bill at a similar age. Below pic is 1949 at the age of 22 in college. Below is William "Bill" Baird's obituary,


William Norton Baird 1927 - 2001 pic is 1949 
"January 12, 1927 - February 20, 2001 Bill Baird was born Jan. 12, 1927 in Orange, New Jersey. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1949 and his M.A. in 1959. He received an Ed. S. Degree from Western State College in 1969. Bill was a teacher and principal in District 51 from 1956 until he retired in 1989. He was principal of Bookcliff Junior High School from 1969-1981. He married Edith Shaw in 1954. She died in 1987. They had three children, Bruce, an attorney in Salt Lake City, Brian, a U.S. representative from Washington State and Maggie an actress in Los Angeles. There are three grandchildren, Cole and Brice Baird of Salt Lake City and Finneas OConnell of Los Angeles. In 1990, Bill married Thelma Blekeberg. She survives along with five siblings. Bill was active in civic affairs serving as a leader of numerous organizations including the Mesa County United Way, the Mesa Valley Education Association, the Mesa County Democratic Central Committee and the Grand Valley Anglers. He served on the Fruita City Council for several years and was mayor of Fruita for three years. He served three years on the Mesa County Planning Commission. He ran for the state legislature three times unsuccessfully. Bill was deeply interested in public affairs as shown by his many activities and his numerous letters in The Daily Sentinel. He also wrote a column for the Colorado Statesman. He loved fly-fishing and fought a long and mostly losing battle with various golf courses. A funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, February 25, 2001 at Fruita United Methodist Church. Those who wish to remember Bill may send contributions to the Fruita United Methodist Church." Transcription by Mary Cummins. ''

Billie's maternal grandmother was Edith May Shawn born June 19, 1930 in Toronto, Canada and died November 2, 1987 in Fruita, Colorado quickly of a heart attack. Billie's mother Maggie stated she went vegan for health reasons initially because she saw her mother die young of a heart attack. Below is her obituary,

"Edith S. Baird June 19, 1930 Nov 2, 1987 Memorial services for Edith S. Baird will be at 4 p m Thursday at Fruita Methodist Church, with Mike Bergman officiating. Cremation was held. Mrs Baird, a resident of Fruita since 1956, died Monday at the St Marys Hospital emergency room after a brief illness. She was 57. She was born June 19, 1930, at Toronto, Ontario, to Gilbert and Edith Wood Shaw. She spent her childhood in Virginia and attended Fairfax High School. She married William N Baird April 24, 1954, in Albuquerque, N.M. Mr. Baird, a teacher, survives. The couple moved to Fruita from New Mexico. She previously was married to Tony Bradley. He died in 1952. Mrs. Baird had owned and operated Edie's Fashions and Bridals for three years in the 1970s until its sale. She also operated the Ice Cream 'N Parlor in Clifton in the early 1980s, and for the past three years had owned and operated a day-care center in Fruita. She enjoyed her family, gardening, playing bridge and helping others. Mrs. Baird was a member of Fruita Methodist Church. Other survivors include a daughter, Maggie Baird of New York City; two sons, Bruce R. Baird of Salt Lake City and Brian N. Baird of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Gloria Nicholson of Falls Church, Va.; and three brothers, Edward Shaw of Stafford, Va., James Shaw of Orlando, Fla, and Robert Shaw of Virginia. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Maternal great and great great grandparents

Billie's first set of great grandparents were Collier Whittemore Baird and Dorothy Grace Norton. Collier was born October 3, 1888 in New Jersey, died March 1977 in New York. He's traveled to England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, Japan, China, Java, Egypt, Spain, Straits Settlements, Hong Kong, Indian, Ceylon, Summatra... in 1913 by boat in the import/export rubber business which was Baird Rubber Trading. He attended Yale College in Connecticut 1908. He's listed as a stock broker and statistician. His obituary is below,

Collier Whittemore Baird 1888-1977
"Collier Baird, Former Resident. SARANAC LAKE, NY. - Collier W. Baird, 88, of Glenwood Road, died Tuesday March 1 at his home in Saranac Lake. Born in East Orange, N.J., Mr. Baird graduated from Newark (N.J.) Academy and Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School. He served with New Jersey Troop A on the Mexican border. He was a principal with the Baird Rubber and Trading Company, New York City, until his retirement in 1945. Mr. Baird moved to Basking Ridge, N.J. with his late wife, Dorothy Norton Baird, and started Two Brooks Farm, a Guernsey breeding farm. He was active in the New Jersey Guernsey Breeders Association and the American Guernsey Cattle Association. In 1951, the couple moved to Saranac Lake, where he became an active member of the Rotary Club, St. Luke's Church, the Boy Scouts, and other civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cuprak Baird; one brother, William Torrey of South Orange, N.J.; three sons, Collier W. Baird Jr. of Far Hills, N.J., John T. Baird of Glastonbury, Conn., and William N. Baird of Grand Junction, Colo.; three daughters, Mrs. William P. Person of Dover, Mass., Dr. Dorothy Leib of New London, Conn., Miss Louise Baird of Vineland, NJ.; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Private funeral services were held at the Fortune Funeral Home and St. Luke's Church."

The Baird family is from Ireland.

Dorothy Grace Norton was born May 27, 1894 in Austin, Illinois and died July 15, 1968 in Saranac Lake, New York.

The second set of great grandparents were  Gilbert Henry Shaw and Edith May Wood. Gilbert Henry Shaw was born November 22, 1889 in Hagersville, Canada and died July 29, 1964 in Falls Church Virginia. He was a butcher and died of heart disease. His parents were Consider Sidney Shaw born December 20, 1854 in Walpole, Canada and died February 13, 1911 in Haldimand, Canada; and Martha Ann Duxbury born December 29, 1860 in York, Ontario and died 1947 in Hagersville, Canada.

Edith May Wood was born June 26, 1903 in Brookville, Pennsylvania and died August 2, 1982 in Fruita, Colorado. Her obituary below,

“Shaw, Edith M.  On Monday, August 2, 1982, at Commonwealth Doctors Hospital, beloved mother of Edward M., Robert J., James M. Shaw, Gloria Nicholson and Edith Baird; sister of Mildred Trent.  She also is survived by 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren…”

Edith Wood's parents were Stephen Cox Wood Sr. born December 28, 1873 in Selston, England and died September 22, 1927 in Arlington, Virginia in an explosion in an acetylene plant. His obituary below,

"Unfortunate Family. Stephen C. Wood, residing near Dunn Loring, died from the injuries he received Thursday last when the gas making plant at South Washington, Virginia, exploded. His funeral took place early in the week The family of the deceased seem marked for serious accidents. About two years ago W.A. Wood, a son of the deceased, was badly burned by the explosion of a lamp. His oldest son was killed in an accident and a daughter was in an automobile wreck and never recovered from her injuries."

Wood's wife Bessie Alice Roof was born December 16, 1877 and died January 30, 1956. The Wood and Roof families are from England.

Billie Eilish comes from a long line of successful writers, singers, actors and musicians. I will be adding photos and more information within the next day or so. Below is the normal view of the family tree to great grandparents of Billie Eilish. The tree I have goes back four more generations which is how I know where the families originated.

Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell family tree wide normal view to only great grandparents. Click to see larger or download.


More pics of mom.

Barbara Maggie Mae Baird O'Connell 1977

Barbara Maggie Mae Baird O'Connell 1975

Barbara May Maggie Baird 1977 Colorado
Barbara Maggie May Baird 1979 on left modeling

Barbara Maggie May Baird second from right, cheerleader
Barbara Maggie May Baird 1977 Colorado high school cheerleader


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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Who is Jeanine Cummins' family, Puerto Rican grandmother Maria Quixano. White? Latinx? - American Dirt - by Mary Cummins (no relation)

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UPDATES BELOW ORIGINAL ARTICLE. I'm reading the book and reviewing it now. This is the most implausible plot I have ever read in my life. It reads like the author wrote her own porn. The lead character Lydia is a pretty, smart young woman who loves books. The head of the Mexican cartel Javier is a smart well read man who also loves books (ha ha ha ha ha!). Javier is in love with Lydia because of her love of books. Javier kills Lydia's entire extended family at a quinceañera because Lydia doesn't want to be his book club friend anymore when she finds out he's the head of the cartel. WTF or as Jeanine would say como el effo? I'd like to file a personal injury case because I seriously injured my eyes from all the eye rolling at this story line. Seriously, como?! Don't worry. My book review way below is not a spoiler. (Update - As I've read more it turns out that is not the full reason why Javier kill's Lydia's family. The real reason is even more unbelievable).

ORIGINAL: By now many people have heard about Jeanine Cummins' book "American Dirt." The book is a highly fictionalized story about a woman and her son fleeing violence in Mexico to come to America. Cummins (no relation) claims she is "Latinx." FYI real Latinos hate the term "Latinx." Cummins stated in the book cover “I wished someone slightly browner than me would write it." Being Mexican or a Central American immigrant is not mainly about skin color. Also, white is not any shade of brown.

Cummins has claimed in her current book tour that she is "Latinx" because she has a Puerto Rican grandmother. She later stated she is a "Puerto Rican." Oddly enough during a book tour for her previous book she stated "I am white," "in every practical way, my family is mostly white." This article explores Cummins' "brownness," her whiteness as it relates to her family, her experience and her book "American Dirt." I'll start with her family tree then pick back up with the main part of the article.

I will not be posting anything that is not publicly available data which anyone can find. I see no evidence she was born in Spain on a US military base but I will give her the benefit of the doubt. Jeanine Christen Cummins was born December 1974.

Cummins parents, Eugene Joseph Cummins Jr and Marily Kay Matthews married November 1969 in St. Louis, Missouri. Cummins has an older brother, Thomas P Cummins, who was born November 1971 in Los Angeles, California. Cummins also has a younger sister, Kathleen "Kathy" born July 1976.

Cummins stated that her father is Puerto Rican, "my father died a week before the 2016 presidential election. He was Puerto Rican." Her father is not, was not Puerto Rican.

Cummins graduated from Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1992. After Cummins completed college at Towson University in 1996 Cummins went to work as a bartender in Belfast, Ireland for allegedly two years. If her roots were so deep in Puerto Rico, why not work as a bartender in Puerto Rico? At least she wouldn't need a work visa in PR.

Cummins has written two books about Ireland and the Irish. In the preface of one book she literally said "very few people in the US know about the potato famine in Ireland." That's why she wrote a book about it. WTF?! Everyone learned about that in school. Cummins also claimed that she worked for a book publisher in NY for ten years after graduating from college. That doesn't jive with her Ireland bartender story. Difficult to know what is real and what is fiction.

Paternal family Cummins

Cummins stated her father "identifies" as "Puerto Rican." Cummins' father Eugene Joseph Cummins Jr (1945-2016) was was born in Jefferson City, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri at Rolla in Rolla, Missouri class of 1968. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering. Most men in her family on both sides are civil engineers. Immediately after college Eugene Cummins entered the Navy. He was a Navy Lt in Vietnam working as a swift boat commander. He was awarded the Vietnamese Service medal and the Vietnamese Medal of Valor and the Bronze Star. He was also a communications officer on the U.S.S. Hanson.

Paternal Grandparents

Cummins paternal grandfather was Eugene Joseph Cummins Sr. (1919-1997) born in Webster Groves, Missouri. Below is his obituary,

Eugene J. Cummins, 77; Was Tractor Firm Sales Executive. Eugene J. "Gene" Cummins, a retired sales executive for the John Fabick Tractor Co., died Jan. 28, 1997, after a stroke at his home in Clearwater, Fla. He was 77. Mr. Cummins had been the assistant general sales manager and pipeline manager for Fabick Tractor, based in Fenton. For more than 43 years, he handled international sales for Fabick. He worked on many projects, including the Trans-Alpine, Trans-Alaska and Saudi pipelines. He served as a commander in the Navy in World War II and in the Korean War. He specialized in defending harbors against submarines. He served in the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean and along the West Coast. Mr. Cummins was a founding member of the International Pipeline Contractors Association. Former President Ronald Reagan honored him for his achievements in export and American trade. Mr. Cummins was born in Webster Groves and attended the Vincentian Seminaries in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Perryville, Mo. Before his death, he was active in the Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, Fla., where he was an Eucharistic minister, lector and lay spiritual guide. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Manchester. His body was cremated. Among the survivors are his wife of 52 years, Maria Cummins; three sons, Eugene J. "Gene" Cummins Jr. of Gaithersburg, Md., Ric Cummins of Lawrence, Kan., and Kevin Cummins of Manchester; five daughters, Virginia Kerry of Spanish Lake, Lisa Thess of Wentzville, Patti Southerland of Spring Lake, Utah, Sheila Oliveri of Clayton and Jacquie Sweet of Harris-burg, Mo.; a sister, Sister Roberta Cummins of Normandy; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

While grandfather Cummins was posted in the military in Puerto Rico he met his future wife the Puerto Rican paternal grandmother Maria de los Angeles Victoria Quixano y Alvarez Torres (1921-2007) . This is where the "Quixano" name comes from in her book. There are pics of some of these people in the family tree image above. Below is Maria Quixano.

Jeanine Cummin's Puerto Rican grandmother Maria Quixano, Maria de los Angeles Victoria Quixano y Alvarez, born 1921 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, wife of Eugene Joseph Cummins, brown, american dirt, book, author


A quick lesson in Spanish names. Most common old timey first name for females in Spanish is "Maria" including mine. The last name is more difficult. The "first" last name is the main last name of the father, in this case "Quixano." The "second" last name is the main last name of the mother, in this case "Alvarez." The other "middle" names are nods to other relatives and god parents. My Mexican grandmother's baptism name i.e. "María Luisa Trinidad Enriqueta Margarita Rivera Baz" has enough names to open a large law firm. Her father was Rivera. Mother was Trinidad Baz. God parent was Enriqueta. She was called Maria Luisa Rivera.

Maria Quixano's family is very wealthy living in a very large home in the nicest part of the capital of San Juan, Puerto Rico with multiple live in servants on Calle Americo Salas in Santurce. They work in government in the Treasury Department and in finance. They are also university educated civil engineers and accountants. On top of this they are more recent white descendants of the Spanish European colonists of Puerto Rico. They are not "brown." The census docs say "blanco" i.e. white. For Cummins to claim this gives her some brown points is beyond insulting. White is the opposite of brown in Puerto Rico. The Spanish colonists killed and enslaved the native inhabitants of Puerto Rico and what is now Mexico. It's like a prison guard saying he knows what it's like to be a prisoner. Nope.

Maria Quixano graduated from Sacred Heart University in San Juan which is the oldest and largest private University in Puerto Rico. She and her family regularly flew to New York and other parts of the United States ever since she was a very young child. Her relatives live in New York and Florida. Her father lived at the Punta Borinquen Golf and Country Club in Puerto Rico which was initially built by the US Military and was a favorite of President Eisenhower.

Maria Quixano had two siblings, Ricardo Quixano 1922-1991 who died in Florida and Rafael 1926-1992 who died in Puerto Rico.

Eugene Cummins Sr married Maria Quixano April 10, 1944 in Jefferson City, Missouri. They had eight children, i.e. Jacquie, Kevin, Lisa, Patti, Virginia, Richard, Sheila and Eugene.  I don't see any Spanish names. They wiped the Spanish, Latinx right out of the family. A child's name is his/her identity. The family does not identify as Puerto Rican, Spanish or Latinx.

I wasn't going to mention the writer's children's names but she mentions them in the book. A hint, they are not Spanish names. They are incredibly Irish names i.e.  Aoife and Clodagh. What's even more disgusting is the book has a few child rape scenes. The author states that the Latino under age girls in question are paraphrased "just too pretty for their own good." She acts as if they deserved to be raped because they are too pretty. Did she think the girls should have fugged it up a little to keep from getting raped? She talks about how sexy and desirable the underage girls are. She has two young girls similar ages. That is just gross!

Paternal great-grandparents

I will be brief with the great grandparents which are first Robert Patrick Cummins (1883-1964) and Virginia Shepherd (1884-1925) both from Missouri. Robert Cummins attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in Mine Engineering. He was a civil engineer who worked for the railroad. He was the past President of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Robert Cummins married Virginia Shepherd September 4, 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. Together they had the following children, Katherine, Virginia, Robert and Eugene J Cummins Sr. She died from septicemia from acute appendicitis. Her obituary,

"Mrs. Virginia M. Cummins Dies. Mrs. Virginia M. Cummins, wife of Robert P. Cummins, office engineer of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway, died yesterday at her residence. 811 East Big Ben Avenue. Mrs. Cummins, who was 41 years old, was operated upon for acute appendicitis last Sunday. She is survived by her husband and four children, two sons and two daughters." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Apr 19, 1925. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Robert Cummins then married Katherine Tiffin who died in 1983. Robert's father was from Ireland.

The second set of paternal great-grandparents are Ricardo Quixano (1886-1968) and Rafaela Alvarez Torres (1894-1996) in Puerto Rico. Ricardo Quixano was an engineer who worked for the Puerto Rico railroad. He also worked in finance for the Treasury Dept of Puerto Rico. Rafaela was a housewife. Their parents, grandparents originally came from Spain. They are listed as "blanco" on all census docs. I traced them back to the 17th century in Spain. Some had stopovers in Cuba, Dominican Republic or Venezuela but they are all wealthy, politically connected white Euro Spanish.

 Maternal family Matthews

Cummins' mother Marilyn Kay Matthews was born 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to nursing school, probably was a nurse and is a house wife. I haven't found much more info about her as of yet.

Maternal Grandparents

Marilyn Matthews' parents were Arthur Florenz Matthias "Matthews" (1908-2009) and Julia Pauline "Polly" Furley (1910-2012). Her father's original last name was "Matthias" which is German. They didn't change the name until after two generations in the US.

Arthur Matthews was an aeronautical engineer and the project development engineer for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation of St Louis. He invented a hinge which he patented. He was a graduate of Washington University and of the Chicago Art Institute. He was formerly a power plant designer with Curtiss-Wright. He worked on the XF-88B. His wife was Pauline Julia Furley. His children were Marilyn Kay, Arthur Florenz Jr (1938-1999), Robert Cummins and Thomas Steven Matthew (1945-1946). Arthur also directed a musical band.

Pauline Furley Matthew graduated from McComb High School Class of 1928 in McComb, Mississippi. Pauline and Arthur were married in St. Louis December 2, 1936.

Maternal great-grandparents

Arthur Matthews' parents were Florenz Mauritz Matthias (1872-1922) and Helen Matilda Olsen (1874-1945). His siblings were Robert Harry, Olive Leona, Harold Kanneth, Carlton Thomas, Gladys Verona and Helen Mary Matthews. Florenz Matthias was a painter and paper hangar. He was also involved in local politics. Arthur's parents were both born in Germany.

Helen Olsen was born in Norway as were her parents. She was a housewife.

Pauline Furley's parents were Thomas L Furley (1878-1945) and Julia Pauline McMahon (1879-1955). Thomas was a prominent insurance and general business man. Julia McMahon was a housewife.

Below is the basic wide version of the family tree to great grandparents only. Not everyone is in this tree because I didn't want it to get too wide. Click to see larger. If you zoom in, you can clearly see all the names and dates. You may have to download it first depending upon your browser.

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Continuation of original article


I just checked out Jeanine's Facebook page and found her research for the book. She went to Tijuana and San Diego in 2015. There's a pic of her in Chicano park and in a Tijuana souvenir shop. She visited Border Angels and an orphanage. Her actual trip was July 15, 2015, maybe a couple of days. That was her in person research.

Cummins' claim that she is "Latinx" and somehow a shade of "brown" are clearly false. She definitely doesn't speak Spanish, neither Mexican/Spain Spanish or Spanglish. Her family is not from Mexico or a South American country. No one in the family is a recent immigrant or poor or had to cross into the US without money on top of "La Bestia." Most people who cross the border take the bus to the border. Most people who successfully cross the border do it with a travel visa on a plane like her ex-undocumented Irish husband Joseph "Joe" E Kennedy a photographer for the Baltimore Sun. The character she imagines in her book would never exist in the real world. Below is the plot summary,

"The protagonist of American Dirt is Lydia Quixano Perez. She lives a comfortable life in Acapulco, Mexico with her journalist husband, Sebastian, and her son, Luca. Lydia runs a bookstore and one day befriends a charming customer, Javier, who appears to have similar interests in books. But, Javier is the kingpin of a drug cartel. Sebastian publishes a profile exposing Javier's crimes. Javier then orders the slaughter of Sebastian and his family. Forced to flee Mexico, Lydia and Luca became two of the countless immigrants from Latin America who are forced to embark on a dangerous journey to the United States."

Sorry but drug cartels aren't charming well spoken individuals who frequent quaint book stores. I doubt Joaquín Guzmán frequented book stores or even left his compound for fear of being murdered by rival cartels or captured by the Mexican police or FBI. Guzman ended up being nabbed because he stupidly met with someone in the media which is why he's now in prison.

I also highly doubt that any Mexican journalist would write a tell all about a local Mexican cartel leader in his/her own name with their address. No Mexican is that dumb. Americans don't even do that and it's safer here in the U.S.

Someone just reminded me that in the movie "Desperado" Salma Hayek as Carolina owns a bookstore. The drug cartel leader Bucho paid to build her bookstore as another front for his drug-dealing. Later the drug leader turns on her and burns down her book store so she must run for her life. Reviews of the movie said that plot was severely lacking.

So it appears Cummins saw the movie Desperado, went to Tijuana and San Diego for two days of in person "research" and read a few books written by real Mexicans with experience. That is the depth of her "five years of research" for this book.

Recently in response to the outrage about her book Cummins stated "I am also Puerto Rican" ( https://www.npr.org/2020/01/24/799164276/american-dirt-author-jeanine-cummins-answers-vocal-critics ). She was not born in Puerto Rico. She did not grow up there. Her Puerto Rican grandmother did not raise her. She doesn't even speak the language. I wonder if she's ever even been to Puerto Rico.

Cummins went on to state in the same article linked above "Yeah. And that (Puerto Rican) was the ethnicity and culture of my father." Excuse me?! Her father has an American name as do all his siblings and children. He identifies as Irish. Her father's father was stationed in Puerto Rico in the military. That doesn't make the son Puerto Rican. The cover image on his Facebook remembrance page is a pic of himself and Ireland, not Puerto Rico.

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Cummins stated that La Bestia tren is a "high speed train." La Bestia travels at 30-45 kph or 18-27 mph. That's no high speed train. High speed trains travel at 190–220 mph. La Bestia travels at about 1/10th the speed. I know the book is fiction but math is math, facts are facts. I'm sure if I had a copy of the book I could really pick apart the blatant lies and inaccuracies.

More falsehoods. Cummins here did not include the author of a famous quote which she used in her book. The quote is "tambien de este lado hay suenos," i.e. also on this side there are dreams, by accion poetica.

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Below are a few pics clueless Cummins posted on her public Facebook page. I'm part Mexican and even I don't post pics of myself with Frida Khalo style flowers in my hair. My Mexican relatives would laugh at me. Besides, Frida was half German and Euro mixed. Frida only wore the Mexican costume as part of her "look." It was the rage in Mexico at the time for socialites to dress in Mexican styled clothing ala La Contessa and other Euro Mexi actors. It was a costume. Cummins claims to have taken this flower headdress from her out of focus child's school project.


This selfie she took in Buenos Aires, Argentina she titled "la frontera salvaje" i.e. "the wild border." She just stumbled upon some old barbed wire used to contain cattle so they don't end up on the highway getting lost or causing car accidents. I dare her to cross the border into or out of Mexico without proper credentials. I once surfed in Mexico and got too close to some military lookout and they raised AK-15's or whatever at me. I paddled the hell away. I didn't take a selfie.


Jeanine posted this pic a few times. It's a Cummins Engine's shirt in green. She is not from that family. She got a green one because she identifies as Irish. She posts it a few times and people talk about how Irish she looks and she says "thank you!"



I absolutely agree with the comments by Los Angeles Times writer Esmeralda Bermudez. The main character is a cartoon that doesn't exist in the real world. It is trauma porn and horrible Mexican stereotypes. Cummins states she was trying to "upend the stereotypes" but she only reinforced them with this insulting, degrading book.

Cummins finishes up the most recent interview about the book's backlash by stating "All I can do is write the book that I believe in. And I did that." That shows you just how incredibly far away Cummins is from the subject matter. She is beyond clueless. Her book has done more harm that good to the image of Mexicans and immigrants.

The response from Oprah and other book reviewers makes me realize that popular books are not always good books. Getting a good review doesn't mean the writer knows the subject matter or can even write for that matter. I only read a few free pages here and there and the writing was atrocious. I'm not even a published writer unless you count newspaper articles and how to manuals. No one should ever buy or read this book.

**Cummins cancelled the rest of her book tour. She cites her safety but I don't think that was it. Many people I know in Los Angeles wrote to the places where she was doing a book signing. They requested it be cancelled because of the nasty, negative stereotypes of Mexicans, Latinos, Central Americans, immigrants in general and anyone with half a brain and a conscious. One book store in Los Angeles said they cancelled it two days ago. If the event was going to happen, people were going to protest. This book was really insulting even to people with basic Spanish.

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*Post note. I just realized that Jeanine Cummins doesn't seem to care about the truth. In her factual book "A Rip in Heaven" she claims her two cousins and brother were pushed off a bridge, see blurb below from the author. The crime happened in 1991 and the book came out in 2004. Her brother quickly stated he lied about being pushed off the bridge long before she wrote the book. Witnesses including her father, police experts said it was not true in 1991. The police said he would have died like the two girls. Witnesses also noted he was dry and clean besides found very close to the bridge. Jeanine also said the experience was very traumatic for her brother. Then why write a book about it, go on book tours, talk about it on TV? Money.

I just found out a few more things about her first book "A Rip In Heaven." Cummins had been in the book industry for a while in sales. She really wanted to be a writer but couldn't get a contract. She finally pitched the story of her white cousins being gang raped and murdered by black men to her boss. Her boss said yes because the story was originally very big in the news. The publisher just said her brother had to be the main writer. Cummins' brother Tom didn't want to write a book about his horrible ordeal. He didn't want to even think about it again. Cummins pushed her brother into doing it telling him she would do all the work and promotion which she did. She later said that her brother wanted to do it originally but then backed out of doing anything later. I wouldn't doubt that if another family member were raped and murdered today that Cummins would probably instantly pitch to sell that book idea to Oprah et al.

UPDATE: I found a copy of the book online and am now reading the book so I can write a real review. I won't post any spoilers.

I had no idea she starts it off with "For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high-speed train." La Bestia goes 18-27 mph. High speed trains go 190-220 mph. That's 1/10th the rate of speed of a high speed train. Mexico doesn't have a high speed train. No one can leap onto the roof of a moving high-speed train. I wish the main character had tried that because the book would have been over in less than a second.

The intro also says "For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg." Has this woman ever seen or held a machete? I sure have. A machete is a long knife used as a short sword or to clear brush. The blade is 12-18" long. Below is a pic with a sheath attached to a guy's leg. One, it'd be difficult to walk, sit with a machete in a sheath on your leg. Two, if you don't use a sheath expect to slice yourself to ribbons. Three, machetes don't stop the bullets of AK-47's she mentions in Chapter one. And most importantly four, machetes are illegal to carry in Mexico as weapons. One Google search and she could have realized how dumb it would be to carry a machete attached to your leg. Dios mio!

Okay, just read the part about the "machete" in the book. Cummins clearly thinks "machete" just means "knife" in Spanish :-D In the book she said she bought a small "machete" with a "retractable blade." There is no machete with a retractable blade. Knives as weapons aren't legal in Mexico especially retractable blades. Utility knives would be legal but can't be concealed. Why didn't this woman at least Google some of these terms?



Cummins dedicates this book to her ex-undocumented Irish husband Joe who flew to the US and over stayed a visa. I'm sure he can relate to the struggle of undocumented immigrants coming to America on La Bestia with no money.

I found a copy of "American Dirt" online and have been reading it so I can write an article about it. It's definitely not a "page turner" like the reviews said. I'd be happy if the head of the Mexican cartel Javier would just kill the lead character Lydia already so the book would be over. I do feel a little sorry for her imaginary son Luca but for other reasons. The book reads like it's the writer's own fantasy porn. She's a pretty, smart young woman who loves books and the head of the cartel, a smart well read man (ha ha ha ha ha!), is in love with her because of her love of books. He kills her family because she doesn't want to be his book club friend anymore. This plot is so implausible and it moves along so slowly, awkwardly that I don't believe the people who reviewed the book ever read it. Keep in mind the author used to be in book sales before she started writing. Maybe she just pulled in a ton of favors with these reviews. I feel like she had a wager with book friends, "I bet you a margarita that I can write a shitty book but get a lot of reviews and Oprah's stamp of approval just with my book contacts!"

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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