Monthly Archives: November 2008

Here’s Why There’s no Democracy in Cuba

It’s all George W. Bush’s fault. According to trusted news reports (which came out while we were stuffing ourselves with turkey and other non-vegetarian delicacies) Felipe E. Sixto (right), a former Bush aide, has been charged with theft from a … Continue reading

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Mexicans to the Rescue of U.S. Economy

Don’t believe everything you hear about Mexicans. Sure, we come here to steal your money, your job and your chics, but also –at least in the border towns– we are here to help. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mexicans … Continue reading

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Remembering our First ‘Indocumentados’

I don’t know about you, but I plan to celebrate Thanksgiving by honoring those who paved the way for our paisanos en el campo. (Oh, and by saying “paved” I didn’t mean to say “pavo.”) Happy Sansgivin! Image: Dry Bones

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Gringos Launch English-language Telenovela Featuring Univision-Size Boobs

A Bay Area’s news station, Kron, this week announced the launch of Hacienda Heights, a weekly telenovela that will premiere Dec. 3. The new show, say its creators, features an all Hispanic cast in an English-language soap opera. Per a … Continue reading

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Bush Pledges to Battle World Economic Crisis While Wearing a Poncho. Yes, Again

Don’t you just love it when useless politicians turn cute and dress up in “ethnic” garb that not even “ethnic people” really wear? Here’s Mr. Bush and other world leaders at this week’s APEC Summit in Lima. Well, at least … Continue reading

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Queen Sofía of Spain Wants you to Know She’s not Really into the Gay Thing

As if having a rubber-made version of the Infanta Leonor weren’t enough, Spaniards now have a yet more interesting way to amuse themselves. The Queen Up Close, the best-selling book by Spaniard writer Pilar Urbano, has given them a very … Continue reading

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Want to Beat the Crap out of an Immigrant? Make sure to Target the “Right” One

Hat tip to my friend Gabriel Sama for forwarding this CNN story about the $2.5 million awarded to a Kentucky teenager who was severely beaten by members of the Ku Kux Klan because they thought he was an illegal Latino … Continue reading

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You can Never Have Enough Hispanic Dolls

Just when you thought there were enough Latino-themed dolls out there, a new Hispanic babe known simply as Maru, has made her U.S. debut. But, unlike certain others and according to her creators, she has it no easy down here.  … Continue reading

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Spain’s Infanta Leonor Gets Own Rubber Doll. Looks Creepier than the Original

Move over, Barbie doll, here’s the newest, hottest toy for this holiday season: a 45-centimeter version of Spain’s 3-year-old Infanta Leonor (neé Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón Ortiz), which according to its creators has a “soft” body (“es … Continue reading

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We Missed Jenni Rivera on the Green Binder

Hours before the Latin Grammys kicked off in Houston, Texas, banda singer Jenni Rivera told Raúl de Molina in an interview that she wouldn’t be walking the green carpet that night, because we guess she didn’t want to be asked about her … Continue reading

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How did the Latin Recording Academy Miss This?

I know the Latin GRAMMY nominees have already been announced, but the judges will be well advised to consider the following as a last-minute entry at tonight’s show. This is none other than my favorite charolastra, Gael García Bernal. (¡Un … Continue reading

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The Latin Grammys’ Reading Challenge is Here!

I might be getting old, but after several failed attempts, I simply could not get past the first paragraph of the latest press release about this week’s Latin Grammy extravaganza. So I am hereby offering $5 pesos to those who … Continue reading

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Hairless Peruvian on its Way to the White House

Hispanics would do just about anything to get our people close to the circles of power. And that is exactly why Peru is offering to donate a very special puppy to the Obama family. The creature being offered for donation is the … Continue reading

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Need a Job? Just Say You’re Mexican!

The country’s job market has reached such levels of sophistication, that in order to get work, non-Mexicans are pretending to be, well, Mexicans. Such was the case of El Salvador-born Juan Carlos Rivera, who this week shared with the San … Continue reading

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HBO Ad Gives Spanish-language a Rabbit Punch

How many mistakes can you make in a 48-word print advertising? The answer is: Plenty. Check out this full-page ad taken from the December issue of People en Español. And pardon the quality of this photo (I still cannot afford … Continue reading

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