Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sábado Gigante

* The idea that Latinos might actually vote seems to be one of the right-wing's biggest nightmares, so we should probably give props to these guys for dispensing with the code words and euphemisms and producing an ad that simply orders brown-skinned people to sit it out on election day. We were about to commend them for their honesty, but of course, being Republicans, they felt a chickenshit need to hide behind a bogus front group. Meanwhile, Teabagger pin-up girl Sharron Angle offers up some straight talk about The Messicans. And Failed State of Arizona wingnut Ruth McClung wants to you know that her (Mexican-American) opponent looks really, really Messican.

* It's enough to make us wish there were a Virtual Border Fence to help keep the craziness from spilling over from the north. In fact, there is! But like everything in Arizona, you can smell the failure all the way down on our side of the Sierra.

The result, after an investment of more than $1 billion, may be a system with only 53 miles of unreliable coverage along the nearly 2,000-mile border.

...Boeing has charged the department more than $850 million since the project began in 2006.

* Anyway, it's all too late: Obama has allowed the White (WHITE!) House to become fully Messicanized! (And because all roads lead to Burro Hall: Those mariachis are involved in this production which, though not mentioned in the article, was written by our neighbor who recently moved away and left behind the king-sized bed yr. humble correspondent now sleeps in. Burro Hall/Leader of Free World: two degrees of separation.)

* Everyone's writing about Marisol Valles Garcia, the 20-year-old college girl appointed top cop in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, near Juárez, one of the most dangerous towns in Mexico, but we won't because we're sure she's thinking "I wish people would stop calling attention to me and publishing my photograph." But for comparison's sake, the state's beauty queen, Pamela Olivas Chaparro, is 23.

* The La Reata, the comely, masked sidekick of the alcoholic clown Brozo on the morning talk show El Mananero is on the cover of the Bicenetennial issue of Mexican Playboy, which gives us an chance to mention that a popular morning talk show here is hosted by an alcoholic clown with a masked nude model sidekick.

* Our street continues to be used for cheesecake photo shoots.

* "Browntits" would make an excellent strip club name here, but this Guanajuato brownie company beat us to it.

* Friedrich Katz died last week. His book on Pancho Villa is one of the most intimidating doorstops we've ever seen, but people we trust say it's excellent, so maybe now's the time.

* Our editorial board has come out firmly opposed to breast cancer, but we still think turning everything pink on Breast Cancer Awareness Month is just infantilizing.

* Of course, Querétaro is the kind of place where the illumination of the aqueduct counts as a serious complaint. A gringa blogger in Reynosa reminds us that the expat experience elsewhere can be a little more...intense.

* The Chilean miner story really has moved past the feel-good stage, hasn't it?

* Pulque doesn't go down very easy, but giving it the wine cooler treatment is just wrong. On the other hand, Carly Fiorina should lay off the tequila.

* Has Obama failed to reduce hostility towards obnoxious Americans abroad? Around these parts, most certainly.

* Speaking of these parts, an entire site devoted to old pix of Querétaro.

* The architectural style we call narco-colonial.

* Do-it-yourself Dead of the Dead sugar skulls!

* Mimestock: Three Days of Peace & Quiet.

* ConquistaDora the Explorer.

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