Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sábado Gigante

* The editorial board decided to change the name of our lazy weekend link roundup after the interns insited that, rather than being hasty, it actually takes more time to assemble than a regular post. Also, regarding regular posts: our complaint box has been overflowing recently - not with the usual whining about the quality of the posts, but rather about the quantity, or lack thereof. We would remind everyone that dissatisfied readers may apply for a refund in person at our Guadalajara offices every weekday between noon and 2:30. And of course we promise to work the interns even harder in the future.


* Drug use in the US is up 8.7%, to its highest levels in a decade. Drug-related killings in Mexico reached 8,000 for the year today. It would be uncharitable to connect those two statistics, of course. It's never America's fault.

* Jimi Hendrix choked on his own vomit 40 years ago today. Despite the ridiculous tragicomic manner of his death, he was not at all Mexican.

* The southern state of Chiapas is building a wall along the border to help keep out undocumented immigrants passing through Mexico to the US. Mexicans: doing the jobs Americans won't.

* One of the major attractions of the Mexico City bicentennial festivities was an enormous sculpture called "The Colossus." We didn't even realize the Neverland estate auction had taken place.

* Corona is named the 85th-best brand in the world, despite not even being the 85th-best beer in Mexico.

* Speaking of beer in Mexico...

* Mexico's head of Immigration resigns in disgrace - though, sadly, not because of her agency's ineptitude in renewing gringos' residency visas.

* An attempt to strip some of the legend and romance out of the Hidalgo story.

* And, in bad Google Translation, the state of Querétaro is distributing a free booklet about the Corregidora, whose claim to fame is exactly one thing, and yet it manages to get that one thing wrong. They've also hung banners around town with biographic information on various Independence movement figures, such as Leona Vicario, whose date of birth is listed as 1717, which is off by a mere 62 years. Viva!

* Thirty years ago, the Failed State of Arizona decided to experiment with the metric system. Not surprisingly, being Arizona, it failed.

* One week to go until Miss Mexico 2010. This year, they appear to have added a karaoke phase to the competition.

* 100 Years of Mexican Beauties [pdf].

* If you had to image the anti-immigrant crowd's worst nightmare, it would probably be Robot Mexicans!

* On the other hand, we all know how astounded Mexicans are by machinery:

2 comments:

La Victima Del Machete said...

* Drug use in the US is up 8.7%, to its highest levels in a decade. Drug-related killings in Mexico reached 8,000 for the year today. It would be uncharitable to connect those two statistics, of course. It's never America's fault.

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Those damn gringos have been smuggling their Machetes into Mexico!!!!

"Proceso is reporting that of eight of the nine (we had initially reported seven) judicial police reported missing since yesterday in the limits of Guerrero state in Mexico were found executed.

Neri authorities found the remains of six people that had been killed, four of them were dismembered. "


http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/09/two-police-dead-7-missing-in-guerrero.html

http://www.proceso.com.mx/rv/modHome/detalleExclusiva/83497

Burro Hall said...

No, the machetes belong to the Mexicans. What we send them is guns and money.