Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pepe's Way or the Highway

We've been away for a few months slaving for The Man, but left the state of Querétaro in what we believed to be the capable hands of Governor José "Pepe" Calzada. And how did he repay our confidence? By eliminating 2-for-1 happy hour at the cafe where the Burro Hall staff holds its evening editorial meetings. Why? Fuck you, that's why. Pepe don' hafta 'splain nuthin'. Fortunately, having spent the summer in The Land of the Eight Dollar Draft Beer, paying the full two bucks here won't kill us; we just resent the rule-by-fiat. (This comes on the heels of his decision to ban outdoor musicians outside the same cafe - though not at the more politically-connected places across the street, whose soul-destroying brand of live Muzak will be the subject of an upcoming video series here.)

Having put to rest the menace of 14-peso Coronas, his government is turning its efforts toward human trafficking and child labor abuse, using a series of artistic photos around town to draw attention to the admirable anti-trafficking campaign, Corazón Azul.

Unfortunately, the poster child of this campaign is our perro's namesake street urchin, a seven-year-old child who can often be seen laboring right outside the governor's office. Presumably, Hizzoner will deal with this by arbitrarily banning unlicensed musicians from playing within 500 feet of a government building.

We're heading out now to our regular Sunday night happy hour at an undisclosed location.

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