Saturday, November 05, 2011

Sábado Gigante

* One last post about Day of the Dead™. If there's one thing that's not in short supply in mexico, it's dead bodies. Bad news for most of the country, but good news for aspiring med students. Each year on Nov 1, students and teachers at Mexico's Universidad Panamericana hold a service to honor the anonymous cadavers they'll be learning from in the coming year, "promising that they will always be treated with dignity, respect and consideration...these cadavers that no one has claimed. Neither fathers, nor brothers. Nameless, orphaned bodies with stories nobody knows."

* Just what Baja needs, another mentally unstable gringo:

Former Minnesota Gov.  Jesse Ventura is so upset by the dismissal of his airport security lawsuit that he threatened Friday to apply for dual citizenship so he can spend more time in his beloved Mexico — or run for president of what he labeled "the Fascist States of America." ..."I will never stand for a national anthem again. I will turn my back and I will raise a fist," he said.
Because if you want to avoid insane airport security and the National Anthem, what better place to go than Mexico?

* "US Citizen Deaths in Mexico at 8-Year High!!!" Or, less hysterically, "US Citzen Deaths in All of Mexico Nearly Equal to Number of Homicides in Washington, DC."

* Some cool, non-hysterical homicide data here.

* Police in Juárez, having solved all other crimes, bring the smack down on some anti-crime protestors.

* Republican Congressman would rather not have a "Hispanic-speaking" district because, y'know, so many Hispanic-speakers are illegals.

* The Failed State of Arizona simply cannot do anything right. Ever.

* Jan Brewer, ever attentive to the will of We, the People. American democracy: cherish it.

* A parade of Tío Tomases.

* You can pre-order Gustavo "Ask a Mexican" Arellano's Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.

* CM Mayo translates Francisco Madero's "Spiritist Manual" into English. Madero was one freaky guy. (She's also reading and blogging about War and Peace, so we don't have to..)

* Free book download: Photographing the Mexican Revolution by John Mraz.

* Our idea of progressive education: Bullfighting is now part of the curriculum for public school students in Aguascalientes

* Via Tex[t]-Mex, an entire album of ambient noise from a cross-country Mexican train ride. It's strangely brilliant.

* If you ever need to bury a Limey in Mexico, Hidalgo seems to be the place to go.

* Courtesy of the Good Intentions Paving Co.: In 2006, 138,000 American horses were slaughtered, leading to an outright ban. Last year, 138,000 American horses were slaughtered [pdf], only now the ordeal includes an arduous trip to Mexico.

* Speaking of food, Mark Bittman makes tortilla soup.

* Food-on-TV Roundup: Martha Stewart in Mexico City; Rachel Ray in Oaxaca and San Miguel (shot by a good friend of ours); frequent Burro Hall commenter Steve, of Steve's Key Lime Pies, in Brooklyn.

* Also, frequent-commenter Rita is written up in the McAllen Monitor.

* Here's one reason people in Baja might think living in Mexico sucks. Of course, you can always escape to someplace nice.

* Another guide to Querétaro. We had to sue to keep them from putting us on the Map of the Stars Homes.

* This is what Spain's Defense Minister looks like.

* If, like us you missed Gothenburg, Sweden's "Querétaro Week," don't despair - you can catch Querétaro's "Gothenburg Week" next year.

* We think "El Chapo de Sinaloa" is a terrible name for a band for all the obvious reasons, but if you're in Revere next weekend, they're playing Wonderland.

* How the Chivas soccer team got its name.

* Worst Mexican soccer post-goal celebration ever.

 * Apparently, we're no longer the only white, Massachusetts-educated bloggers in central Mexico.

 * Scorpion snuff film:


* Bonus video, since 90 percent of you will wisely decline to watch the scorpion thing. The Village People on Mexico's "American Idol" rip-off "La Academia."



El Piolin said...

WTF !!! The Village People now hire young male dancers to take off their shirts...

Crazy Rita said...

I wisely passed on the video of the Village People since I've seen them live in concert. I wish I had passed on the scorpion eating. After watching that, I am now going to slab me up a side of armadillo.

Dave said...

Exactly why did I decide to watch the scorpion video? Really didn't need to be the 10%. Echh!

Burro Hall said...

I really couldn't have warned you more clearly, Dave...

Anonymous said...

American titanic resurrects, in Baja...

Charles Pergiel said...

The photo of the ocean liner reminded me of this.

Burro Hall said...

That's worse than the guy eating a live scorpion.

bicyclepirate said...

Thanks for the link to the Madero translation, can't believe someone took the time to translate that. Maybe if he spent less time talking to Benito Juarez from beyond the grave he would have noticed his govt was falling apart around him.