Monday, February 16, 2009

"The President's Neck is Missing!"

There's a famous quotation from Benito Juárez, which he said after the French forces were sent packing in 1867: Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz, which means "Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace." It doesn't sound all that profound, but since Mexico had up to that point been operating on a "he who has the most guns wins" system, it was a pretty important declaration. It's even chiseled into the base of this enormous statue here in Queretaro. So we were pleased to discover this sign on the garage door of a house on the next street over, which updates the Juárez Doctrine to say that "Respect for the rights of others means don't block my driveway." Because, hey, stay classy!

We post this in honor of Presidents Day, when Americans join together and solemnly pledge not to pay a lot for this muffler. And speaking of cheapening the holiday, interested readers can tune in to the History Channel tonight at 9PM to learn the hideous tale of Abraham Lincoln's corpse. Word on the street is that it's a ghoulish, bizzare, gruesome, macabre, lurid, preposterous, unsavory freak-show approach at history -- clearly pandering to those who wouldn't sit through a musty documentary - a 19th-century version of "Weekend at Bernie's." In other words, must-see tee-vee.

For Mexican viewers, History Channel Español will be offering Biografía: Farrah Fawcett, El Ángel de América.

La vida de la hermosa tejana que llegó a ser el principal símbolo sexual de los Estados Unidos en la década de 1970 gracias a su papel en el éxito televisivo Los Ángeles de Charlie; pasó a la actuación seria en los años 80, pero vio derrumbarse su mundo en los 90, cuando se separó de Ryan O'Neal, posó con el torso desnudo para Playboy a los 50 años de edad, y sufrió una golpiza a manos de su nuevo novio.

Because, hey, stay classy!


chip said...

My review: The show is not just a crime, it's a sacrilege.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Best History lesson I ever had!


Burro Hall said...

You didn't know Farrah and Ryan O'Neal split up?