Saturday, October 01, 2011

Sábado Gigante

* Rafael Hernandez was a Mexican firefighter who mas visiting New York on September 11, 2001. He dashed into the towers and helped carry a pregnant woman down from the 28th floor. He stayed for the cleanup, and later became an advocate for immigrants who, like himself, had fallen ill with respiratory ailments. Last Sunday he died in his home in Queens at age 49. "Colombian immigrant Maria del Rosario Prada sang at the wake. Before working near ground zero, she had been a soprano, but she said the dust had taken a toll on her vocal cords. 'He told me: "Sing for me when I go,"' she said. 'And that's what I'm going to do.'"

* We'd just like to point out that it's October 1, and stores around here have been selling Christmas decorations for several weeks now.

* A lot of crazy shit has come out of modern interpretations of Mayan culture - not least of which is the notion that the world will be ending 14 months from now. So we're not terribly surprised to see a new documentary coming out that purports to reveal how the Mayans were visited by space aliens. But while "the world will end in 2012" is not, as far as we're aware, the official position of the Mexican government (though you'd never know it by the way they're running the country right now), "close encounters of the Mayan kind" apparently is an officially-endorsed reading of history:

Luis Augusto Garcia Rosado, the minister of tourism for the Mexican state of Campeche, said new evidence has emerged "of contact between the Mayans and extraterrestrials, supported by translations of certain codices, which the government has kept secure in underground vaults for some time." He also spoke, in a phone conversation, of "landing pads in the jungle that are 3,000 years old."

* Presumed Guilty wins a well-deserved Emmy for investigative reporting. "Could this change Mexican Justice? this paper asks. Isn't that sweet?

* Congratulation, Mexican zygotes, on kinda sorta achieving full citizenship, at least in about half the Mexican states (including Querétaro). Tough shit for you ladies who thought you had some control over your own bodies! And a bonus shout out to Presidente Calderón, who has committed more extrajudicial killings than probably any Mexican leader before him, including Porfirio Diaz and Santa Ana, for publicly declaring that life is Constitutionally protected from the moment of conception. How does a guy with such big balls only have three babies?

* Packs of hungry, naked Mexicans flock to the Failed State of Arizona.

* The Mexican Interior Ministry is shocked - shocked! - to learn there was gambling going on in the casino where 52 people burned to death. Round up the usual suspects!

* We hate the idea of ever winding up in a Mexican prison, so it's comforting to know that Mexican drug lords think US prisons suck worse.

* Survivors of the Acteal Massacre sue ex-president Zedillo, presumably because he's a Yale man, not a Harvard man.

* The Voice of Mexico wrestles with the issue of publishing gory drug war images.

* News from Texas: Alleged war criminal Barry McCaffrey just pooped out a new report on the horrible, horrible spillover of violence from Mexico into Texas, notwithstanding the oft-reported fact that the Texas border is one of the safest regions in the country. (Though El Paso may be getting more dangerous: recently a bunch of guns purchased in the Failed State is Arizona under the ATF's disastrous "Fast & Furious" sting operation turned up in El Paso, creating a truly awkward situation whereby Texans have to pretend to be outraged by the presence of firearms.

* Also, this Google Maps error probably probably explains McCaffrey's confusion.

* Alberto Gonzales: Hispanic Heritage Month - A Season of Miracles. Just because a boy is the son of immigrants, it doesn't mean he can't grow up to shred the US Constitution someday.

* Mexico comes up with an ingenious way to reduce the divorce rate - just make marriage temporary. Really, it's just so obvious.

* Anthropologists discover footprints in Mexico "that could be between 4,500 and 23,000 years old." Is it just us, or is this just dazzlingly imprecise?

* Turns out, though, they they loved to eat Mexican.

* Mexico releases 1930 census data, which is for some reason really good news for Edward James Olmos.

* Former Presidente Vicente Fox makes his American political attack ad debut this week, as Mitt Romney makes the case that anything a Mexican approves of must be evil. It's probably worth pointing out that Romney's family hails from Mexico. Or not. Why bother, really?

* Colbert has the right take on it, of course:

* Why building an enormous mega city on a dried up lake bed is a bad idea.

* Why building a border fence with enormous gaps in it is a bad idea.

* Mexico (surprise!) just broke its own world record for Largest Taco (or, more accurately, largest number of tacos laid together side-by-side and erroneously calling itself a single taco), but can't afford to register the record, which apparently costs over $30,000. Paging Carlos Slim...

* The Week in Cheesecake: The lesser Simpson sister is in Cabo San Lucas, as are Nicole Richie's "new boobs." (We believe her dad sang our prom theme.) Also, this is a way more common sight on the streets of Querétaro than you'd expect. And next weekend will probably be worse.

* Miss Bala looks pretty terrific.

* The Year of Mexico In France seems to be back on track. To Cross the Face of the Moon had its Paris debut last week, and lucha libre came to Biarritz.

* Friend-o-the-blog Alexis White has her first photography show in San Miguel tomorrow. The first person to mention Burro Hall gets 50% off any print. Of course, if you prefer your pictures less in-focus and well-composed, there's an exhibit of blind photographers in Mexico City.

* We were unaware that Tim Johnson, the Mexico bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, has had a blog for almost a year now. Check it out.

* Five Mexican-Food Empires Started By Americans Ripping Off Unnamed Mexicans.

* Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in Mexico, 1995:

1 comment:

Charles Pergiel said...

Re: Mayans and E.T. Wasn't this proven in the last Indiana Jones movie?