Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sábado Gigante

* Posting has been light owing to a labor dispute with the interns and a shortage of what the Mexicans call "joie de vivre" among the editorial staff. Readers who feel short-changed are invited to start their own blogs, which we will link to until productivity increases here.



* Aliens, get it? We liked this movie when it was called District 9.

* Black-on-brown assaults in New York...
Recorded by a store's surveillance camera, the assault was the first of 11 suspected anti-Hispanic bias attacks in a Staten Island neighborhood, re-igniting years-old tensions between blacks and Hispanics in New York City's most remote borough.

...and in Querétaro:
One man died and at least three were hurt in an attack by a swarm of Africanized honey bees, often called “killer bees,” in the central city of Queretaro, Mexican newspapers said Tuesday...The municipality of Queretaro has now received 382 reports of bee attacks and swarms so far this year.
* Until the flooding put it in the news every day, we never noticed how much Pakistan and Querétaro look alike.

* Queretano high society makes it into the pages of Quien Magazine.

* Meanwhile, the hometown paper cruises the Ruta Independencia 2010, and deems Querétaro worthy of a passing reference to its bus terminal.

* Local beer!

* Jesus, you blink around here and suddenly gays are considered real human beings in Mexico. Marriage, adoption...we predict that by year's end they'll be able to serve (openly) as priests.

* This city has the best, most-expensively illuminated aqueduct in the country. And the worst public hospitals. But don't let us tell you how to spend your money.

* Speaking of big spenders, it's nice to see Carlos Slim taking the money he overcharges us for shitty internet service and buying a little pied a terre in New York with it.

* Mexico City's bullring will hold an enormous boxing match in honor of the Bicentennial...just like America did.

* Querétaro is assembling a time capsule to be opened in 50 years. Let us know which picture of the perro you think we should give them.

* Miss Mexico makes the semifinals at Miss Universe. Miss Burro Hall disqualified for political reasons.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Latino gangs murdering innocent blacks has been happening in the Los Angeles area for years.

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"Racial hatred blamed in girl's slaying in Harbor Gateway area
As the trial in the 2006 death of 14-year-old Cheryl Green opens, prosecutors describe an atmosphere of racial hatred between Latinos and blacks. Green was African American, her accused killer Latino.
It was a world in which intimidating and killing blacks was a "full-time enterprise" for powerful Latino gangs, and walls covered in graffiti with racial epithets made it abundantly clear that blacks were not welcome in the area, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gretchen Ford told jurors."


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-harbor-gateway-killing-20100812,0,839397.story

Anonymous said...

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/05/federal-authorities-on-thursday-unveiled-a-sweeping-racketeering-indictment-accusing-a-south-los-angeles-county-street-gang-o.html

Federal authorities today unveiled a sweeping racketeering indictment accusing a southern Los Angeles County street gang of a litany of crimes, including killing a sheriff’s deputy and committing hate crimes against African Americans in order to rid them from their turf.

The indictment, along with several related ones, charges more than 100 members of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang with murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and witness intimidation. U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O'Brien, speaking at a news conference this morning, touted it as the “largest gang takedown in United States history.”


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http://losangeles.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel09/la011209usa.htm

"Ten members and associates of Florencia 13 (F13), a street gang involved in narcotics distribution and shootings of African-Americans, were convicted today on a host of federal criminal charges, including racketeering and narcotics distribution.

The 10 defendants were found guilty today after a 3½-month trial. They are among 102 defendants named in four F13-related indictments that were returned by a federal grand jury in the fall of 2007. The investigation into F13, which was called Operation Joker’s Wild, led to the largest gang takedown in American history, with 96 of the 102 defendants being taken into custody. Seventy-six of the defendants have now been convicted, either at trial or as the result of guilty pleas, with the remaining defendants pending trial."

ckg said...

In that photo from Quién magazine you can see half of Roy, a Peace Corps volunteer living in town, and in the Mexican informal sense, my brother-in-law. Has there been a photo with worse composition or lighting? Looks like the opening of a ceramics show at La Casa del Atrio art gallery, oh, which I now see is mentioned in a caption above.

ckg said...

No surprise, but looks like journalism at the WSJ includes swallowing the BS that Slim "built" a communications empire rather than bought it on the cheap from the government via a corrupt president, Salinas.

Fish wrap.