Spanglish Version of “Georgia on My Mind” Is Catchy –and Will Hopefully Help Flip Georgia

Georgia on My Mind’s Spanglish version will make you get up dance –and hopefully vote.

The East Los Angeles-band Las Cafeteras has partnered with the New Georgia Project to create a Spanglish version of the iconic song “Georgia on My Mind” to support Black and Hispanic participation in the Georgia US Senate Runoffs.

“We re-imagined the song as a cumbia w/trap elements to build bridges among the changing demographics in the South,” said Las Cafeteras on their YouTube channel. According to NBC, the The Latino electorate in Georgia is relatively young, and many are U.S.-born children of immigrants. Latinos are about 380,000 out of the 7.5 million eligible voters in Georgia overall, per the Pew Research Center.

The runoff elections, which will take place January 5, are very important as they will determine if Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate.

The catchy song was launched with a video directed by Roberto Escamilla Garduno and Giovanni Solis. It tells a story of all those who are looking to Georgia, travelling to the state “to amplify the voices of the people organizing to #FinishTheFight

WATCH. DANCE. VOTE. HELP FLIP GEORGIA:

Via: NBC

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How I Ended up in Twitter Jail

YOU are not crying. I am crying…

Ok I didn’t see *this* coming.

On the morning of Dec. 15, as I opened up my email account, I saw a message from Twitter with the following Subject: Your Twitter account has been locked.

My first reaction was –of course– W T F? ¿Qué chingaos hice? and started going through several possible scenarios.

Was it because of my multiple tweets mocking President Trump for having retweeting me once? Or perhaps, someone really important at the New York Times finally blew the whistle on my ongoing critique of their peas-in-guacamole recipe? (Let alone my Twitter bio.) Or…was it a collective denunciation by all those people whom I asked to DELETE THEIR ACCOUNT for not knowing how to eat tamales or make enchiladas?

Well, it was none of that.

What it was, according to Twitter, was punishment for having violated the Twitter Rules, specifically for “Violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm.”

Self harm? Me? Tweeting about… self harm? Promoting or encouraging suicide? Perhaps, I thought, they misread something I tweeted about ham, not harm. But then I kept scrolling to find the offending tweet, which was not even an original tweet but a response to someone else’s retweet.

Here’s what happened.

On December 13, Montana legislator and former congressional candidate Tom Winter, tweeted his outrage about a piece of news that made a lot of people very angry (me included.)

I do not follow Winter on Twitter, but my buddy @dcbigjohn does, and this is why I saw the tweet to begin with. My response was brief and as you can see below, it was SUPPOSED TO BE IRONIC.

I guess the Twitter algorithm (assuming it was an algorithm and not a bunch of weird MAGA bots) doesn’t understand irony and doesn’t understand that in all the years I’ve spent on Twitter I have never (not once) promoted or encouraged self-harm. Heck, I’ve even been warning people about avocado hand like forever!

I guess I will remain in Twitter jail until Twitter decides to read up and weigh my appeal. In the meantime, the president of the United States continues to tweet unsubstantiated allegations of fraud and tons of misleading information to millions of people, while my beloved followers will have to live without my very important posts (VIPs) about tacos, tamales, enchiladas and other extremely important virus-related musings.

On the bright side, it has been moving to know there is a massive movement to bring me back: Thank you Le Chanclé for start stirring the pot, and to all of my friends showing concern.

I’m totally fine, so fine I’ll even starting happy hour earlier than usual. I hope to see y’all soon on Twitter.

In the meantime…

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Medical Marketing in Mexico Be Like…

“It’s not the cold; your member is just small”

Today in our always popular section Mexicans, How Can Anyone not Like us? I give you Dr. Ricardo Madrigal, whose urology clinic specializes in non-surgical penis enlargements and fixing other virile malfunctions. Judging from Dr. Madrigal’s marketing tactics, he’s not the one to beat around the bush when it comes to promoting his services.

“IT’S NOT THE COLD; THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS!” reads a recent billboard in Mexico captured by a Reddit user.

In addition to huge signs along local highways Dr. Madrigal is also very active on Facebook, where you can find tons of other incredible Christmas promotions.

Just in time for the holidays. Yay!

Via: Dr. Ricardo Madrigal on Facebook

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CVS y más, the ‘Hispanic CVS,’ Expands to New York, New Jersey. Still, no Tacos in Sight

A couple of years ago, Austin, TX correspondent, Sara Inés Calderón, spotted this on Stassney & S Congress Avenue, so this blogger had to go dig deeper into the meaning of “y más.”

And do I have news for y’all! According to an inexplicably long press release:

CVS “truly understands that Hispanic customers are looking for a more personalized shopping experience where they can find their favorite brands at competitive prices, convenient services, and a higher level of customer service in an envirorment [SIC] where they feel at home.”

They even have their own Website and this week opened a bunch of new outlets in New Jersey and New York.

Besides several typos, I couldn’t find a mention of tacos in this whole thing, so I’m NOT interested.

NEXT!

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Tortas, Tacos and Trajineras to Encourage Mexico City Migrants to Vote in 2021

‘A chilanga without a voting document is like a al pastor taco without pineapple’

Mexican electoral authorities are calling on chilangos (as Mexico City residents are known) living abroad to take part in the 2010 election and vote for a “Diputación migrante.” What this basically means is that migrants hailing from the city capital will be able to cast a vote for representation at the Mexico City Congress.

And what better way to convince chilangos to take part than using some of the things that make our heart beat the hardest? Tacos al pastor; tortas de tamal and trajineras.

As Mexico’s Electoral Institute (INE) inform us on a dedicated Website, being a chilango without a voting document is equivalent to really dull things: Like a taco al pastor without pineapple; a guajolota (torta of tamal) without bolillo or a trajinera without a name.

This blogger better go sign up for this thing ASAP.

‘A chilango without a voting document is like a guajolota without bolillo.’

Hat tip: Chilango Le Chanclé

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Pinball Machines: The Latest Victims of COVID-19 in Mexico

Reddit user IranRoman in Guanajuato, Mexico, captured this image showing two unsuspecting victims of COVID-19: Retro arcade games.

The sign literally says “Out of order because COVID-19,” which in Spanish sounds like they are not working because they “got” the virus, and not that they’re not available because of the virus.

Regardless, this is yet one more excuse for this blogger to exclaim… Mexicans: How can anyone not like us?

Photo Via Reddit

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Just Say ‘Gracias’ and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Gracias, Jesús

This blogger will be taking some time off to embark on a food and drink rampage spiritual retreat to plan for the year ahead and thank my paisanos for all the hard work and for enduring stuff like thisthis and this on a daily basis.

Also, I wanted you to know I’m officially kicking off the Guajolote-Reyes marathon, which runs from Thursday Nov. 26 and all the güey through January 6, 2021.

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RIP Diego Maradona

Football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, multiple media reported on Wednesday, November 25.

This blogger was hoping the reports were false but at the time of this writing it looked like it had been confirmed. There is not much to say right now, except he was quite the character and among this blogger’s favorite moments was when he called Donal Trump “El Peluca” and snapped at him for not giving him a U.S. visa.

Maradona was so beloved in his native Argentina that there is even a “Maradonian Church,” with it’s own version of The Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary.

This post would be updated as anecdotes (and of course memes) start to trickle in. In the meantime, Buen Viaje, D10s!

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Old El Paso Launches ‘Tortilla Pockets’ for People who Know Nothing about Tortillas –or Tacos

Remember Old El Paso?

Well, the General Mills’ owned brand is back in the news, now with the launch of “Tortilla Pockets Kits,” because apparently their target consumers are too dumb to eat a regular taco made with real tortillas.

Tortilla Pockets, say their creators, “are sealed at the bottom to offer a mess-free solution at mealtimes and are ideal for a quick bite on the go.” And, no, this is not a joke. They’re already on sale in England and Australia.

Oh and “food” writers and editors seem to totally dig them!

“Eating tacos is a precarious business. After years of practise, few of us have perfected the fine art of filling a taco and getting it into our mouths without losing half of it to the floor,” writes Erina Starkey, a restaurant and news editor in Australia, which -granted- is not really known for its Mexican gastronomy. “The nifty pocket design provides a perfect cup for filling up with mince, cheese and salad so you never have to worry about dry-cleaning those salsa stains again.”

¡Ay, Erina!

Via: Delicious.com.au / Hat tip: Lone Star Vegan

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YOU GUYS! The Concha AirPods Case Is Here…

I’m in LOVE

…and I’m buying it as we speak, because what else is there to do in these times of crisis, pandemic and uncertainty?

Via: Etsy.com

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¡Dios Mío! There is a Latino Cards Against Humanity

I don’t know who needs to hear this but Fitz Games has launched a party game targetting Latinos (or, as they like to call them now, the Latinx community.)

Called ¡Dios Mío! the game comes on the heels of other creations targetting specific groups, including “The Queer Agenda,” for the LGBTQ community and “The Chosen One,” for Jewish people.

According to Fitz Games, “¡Dios Mio!” is “a Latino Cards Against Humanity,” specifically designed with Latinx people in mind. It includes 420 cards, which are fully bilingual, and a series of additional packs to make your game more “picante.” Among said additions? Cuban, Puertorriqueña and Sucias.

¿Sucias? I I have one thing to say: ¡Ay Dios Mío!

Via: Hola magazine

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The Coronavirus Corrido Is Here and it Was Inevitable

Mexican duet Alan y Roberto dedicate latest creation to a pesky virus.

It took Alan y Roberto (a Mexican duet) barely two hours to write a corrrido dedicated to the coronavirus, but the song is on its way to become a YouTube hit.

“I told him we are going to make a theme for them [Latinos impacted by COVID-19]… give them encouragement, hope and a positive message. Because the truth is something that many people are going through”, Alan Meza, told Univision Arizona.

“We have never had to experience something like this, really,” added Roberto Meza. “I know that there was a lot of fear, a lot of uncertainty on the part of the people and the truth was that was our mission, to carry that message.”

As is mostly the case with corridos, the tune is monotonous and kind of generic but what seals the deal are the lyrics. Always. Here’s a taste

Everyone was very scared, because of the coronavirus

We ran out of toilet paper, rice and even beans

Water is also becoming scarce

But fear not, it will all be over soon

Stoers, restaurants, schools and bars have closed their doors

But better be safe and be alert…

¡Ajúa!

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Biden Beats Trump and this Is the Tabloid Cover for the Ages

I’ve spent many, MANY, years on this blog trying to explain “Latin things” or “Mexican things” to a mostly monolingual, crowd and I believe I’ve been pretty good at it.

Until now.

The above cover by a Mexican tabloid perfectly captured (prematurely, mind you)  what happened on November 7, 2020, when the presidential election was finally called for Joe Biden, making Trump one of the few incumbents to lose a bid for reelection (thank God!) It also makes it harder to explain, so I will let the wonderful people from Urban Dictionary to take it from here.

Thanks, perro!

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Elon Musk Launches Teslaquila, a Tesla-branded Tequila, Because 2020 Is not Ridiculous Enough

As if I needed another reason to despise Elon Musk, the annoying mogul has officially launched Teslaquila, a Tesla-branded liquor that can be yours for “only” $250.

The first time I heard of Teslaquila was back in April 2018, because it was supposed to be an April Fool’s Day joke about the automaker filing for bankruptcy. But Musk being Musk this thing is here now, making it yet one more hideous 2020 surprise.

Via: Tesla.com

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Why I’ll Never Get a Job in Mexico

This fine Mexican salon is hiring a stylist who won’t show up hungover at work –and I’m running out of options, here!

Photo via Reddit

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