Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sábado Gigante

* Another beautiful week here in paradise! The heat wave has gotten so bad that the countryside is literally burning up; child labor is on the rise; the place is filling up with tourists ; and gay marriage is still illegal despite the fact that there are now fewer females than males, and at least 30,000 of those females are anorexic. The fact that the suicide rate is holding steady at a mere seven per month is what's passing for good news these days.

* This past week we were forced by a snowstorm to overcome our fear of airplanes maintained by Mexicans, and flew into Mexico City for the first time on Aeromexico. Having gotten used to shelling out $7 a pop (credit cards only!) for tiny nips of vodka on Continental, we were amused to see that Aeromexico's free all-you-can-drink beverage service involved a cart fully-loaded with real 750ml bottles of top-shelf alcohol, which clanked loudly during turbulence.

* "Just as every cop is a criminal / And all the sinners saints..."

* Malcolm Beith contemplates the failed state right on our border.

* Everyone's having a good laugh at the Failed State of Arizona's new official state gun, but we'd also note that at the same time, Governess Brewer signed a bill permitting "a mentally ill person who was prohibited from possessing a firearm and has been rehabilitated to petition the court to have their right to own a firearm restored." Because how much damage could an insane Arizonan with a gun really do?

* "Politicians say the U.S.-Mexico border is the most dangerous it’s ever been, but Border Patrol agents in the field disagree." Please. What do they know?

* Manifest Destiny: Once the mightiest nation on Earth, the United States appears much smaller than it used to be, and will likely continue shrinking as the failed "Texas Miracle" has created an opportunity for well-to-do Mexicans to buy the state back piece by piece.

* Speaking of Texas, it seems its official state armadillo, the armadillo, is busy spreading leprosy throughout the American south... though it was a lot more fun to blame Mexicans for this.

* The MargaDita. Just in time for 5 de Mayo.

* The San Francisco Chronicle relies on some unconventional methodology to to declare Querétaro, which really is one of the safest places in Mexico, one of The Safest Places in Mexico.

* Republican Presidential Candidates In The News: Gringos in Baja lose millions in a real-estate swindle to Donald Trump. It's a shame, really. If there's one place in Mexico we can see Trump fitting in, it's Baja.

* Meanwhile, John Bolton exposes the drug violence in Mexico for what it really is: the cat's paw of Obama ambitious and heretofore entirely secret plan to roll back the Second Amendment. And if you can't trust John Bolton on weapons issues, who can you trust?

* Cartoonish nativists can't stop boo-hoo-hooing as a cartoon superhero renounces his US citizenship - albeit one who arrived in the US illegally in the first place.

* We finally figured out what happened to the perro's namesake street urchin: he's been automated out of a job.

* Nothing worse than leaving Mexico to escape the drug war, only to be hanged for suspicion of drug trafficking.

* Mexican congress-critters have been issued brand new iPads to help improve productivity. And it works. In the old days, they used to have to sneak out to the theater if they wanted to watch a Cantinflas movie during work hours.

* The Ballad of Jaime "Badass" Rodriguez Calderon. (We hope to find a link to the actual song soon.)

* Another Mexican turned away at a border for no particularly good reason, and yet we're cool with it.

* Comedy's Not Pretty: Diario de Querétaro tries its hand at satirical headline-writing with a story about five perros who burned to death when their owner's house burned down. Stay classy, amigos!

* Via Tex[t]-Mex, the gorgeous Album Pintoresco de la Republica Mexicana.

* The shirt worn by La Malinche will go on display at the National Anthropology Museum next month, though Mexicans will probably prefer to look at better-quality American clothing.

* This video clip is exactly what Mexico sounds like all day long - and what it would look like, if it were populated entirely by hot babes in bikinis. Which it is not.


Anonymous said...

Great Big Saturday post..loved dueling tits moment!!

Anonymous said...


This video would actually be interesting if they ripped-off the bikins.

Anonymous said...

Querétaro, 27 Abr 11.- De acuerdo a información del Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) durante el mes enero del presenta año se registraron 77 suicidios en el Estado, 50% de ellos en la capital queretana, indicó el Director del Consejo Municipal Contra las Adicciones, Aitor Juarista Mendoza, todos ellos de jóvenes en edad productiva, de 15 a 35 años de edad.

Burro Hall said...

De acuerdo con la información que proporcionó el encargado de las adicciones del municipio del estado, Aitor Juaristi Mendoza, en donde señalaba que tan sólo en el mes de enero hubo 77 suicidios; la Procuraduría General de Justicia dio a conocer que la cifra está por demás inflada y que tan sólo en todo el año van 28 casos en todo el estado.

Al respecto, la directora de Servicios Periciales de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado, María de Lourdes Landeros Arteaga, señaló que en cifras objetivas derivadas de las investigaciones formales por parte del Ministerio Público, esto en relación con los cadáveres que han ingresado al Servicio Médico Forense (Semefo) por la causa de suicidio se tiene contabilizados hasta el momento 28.