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Bill “Memo” Nericcio, author, professor at San Diego State University and proprietor of the Tex[t]-Mex Gallery, explores pop culture to unearth fascinating tidbits of Mexicana-Americana. Memo just uncovered photos and videos (well sorta uncovered — a guy can fantasize!) sexy late 1950s-early-60s starlet Tucson-born Emily Cranz.

Memo writes:

Just fell into a labyrinth of Mexican cinema history built around Emily Cranz, born Emily Cranz Cantillano. Wikipedia’s stub-article is cut and pasted all over the internets, but not much more comes to the surface quickly.

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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews, Sara Inés Calderón (she’s @SaraChicaD on El Tuiter), explains how to deal with mansplaining. And that’s all we dare say because testosterone.

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On Passover (“Pesach” in Hebrew), los Judios eat “bitter herbs” to remember “the bitterness of slavery in Egypt.” In this video, Hebrew homeboys Jaquann and Luis start out with a sweeter herb and then have to satisfy their munchies with matzo balls. Passover continues through next week. [NSFW drugs and language.]

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American Jews — like most Americans — agree*. Mexican Coke tastes better than American Coke. Why? Because it’s made with real cane sugar. American Coca-Cola is sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS.) Like my Bubbeh (Abuelita) used to say, “Feh!”

But Mexican Coke also answers to a higher authority. Observant Ashkenazi Jews aren’t supposed to eat anything made with corn during the eight-day long Passover festival that begins Monday evening. Thus the imported soft drink — certified Kosher For Passover — has earned a place of honor at Passover Seder tables across Los United Estates. [Mas…]

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In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act which prohibits gender discrimination in wages. Back then, women made 59 cents on average for every dollar earned by men.

Fifty years later, women earn only 77 cents for every buck a guy gets, so the battle that Batgirl began is not over. [Mas…]

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mirobotPOCHO amigo Professor Gary Burnett just uploaded a brilliant set of photos he shot in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, where the 1994 Zapatista (EZLN) uprising was centered. The profe has a good eye for political and surreal street art. [Mas…]

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Don’t call me a ‘Mexican,’ America! Also, I’m not a ‘Latino’

by Comic Saenz March 24, 2014 Cultura
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It’s a phenomenon older than the United Estates of America. We’ve named it Looking Down On More Recent Immigrants Syndrome: In 1751, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, a North American colonial with British roots, disparaged “stupid” and “swarthy” recently-arrvied German immigrants, who, he wrote, were too dumb to learn English, and did we mention they were […]

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Sen. Ted Cruz hates avocados (allegedly) and Pocho Ocho other things

by Comic Saenz March 21, 2014 El Now
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Tea Partier Ted Cruz, the Canadian United States Senator (R-TX), hates avocados, the fruit of a tree native to Mexico and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. We just learned from a blog post that this Canuckian “public servant” allegedly confessed his shameful prejudice in […]

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BSAA airliner over Andes transmits ‘S T E N D E C’ in Morse, vanishes

by Comic Saenz March 20, 2014 Audio
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They called her Star Dust. The British South American Airways (BSAA) Avro Lancastrian airliner (registration G-AGWH) took off from Buenos Aires, Argentina enroute to Santiago, Chile on August 2, 1947. Star Dust’s final Morse code transmission to Santiago airport, S T E N D E C, was received by the control tower four minutes prior […]

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Dear Photoshop Experts: Can you turn the background black? (photos)

by PAPA ROTC March 19, 2014 Cultura
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It starts at PhotoshopRequest.com. An innocent netizen asks for help with a photo, like Danilo here, who writes in requesting the Photoshop experts insert a black background into a snapshot: req. help help guys i would like to turn black background this photo but i don’t how T-T pls anyone help me heres the picture […]

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Deja vu all over again: Where in the world is Argentina’s TC-48?

by ROD ESTERLING March 19, 2014 Doomsday Countdown
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The Argentinean Air Force Douglas DC4, TC-48, took off from Howard AFB in Panama on Nov. 3, 1965 with 68 on board — nine crewmembers and 59 cadets from the 31st class of the Military Aviation School. It was supposed to be their last training flight before graduation. The so-called “cadet flight” was never seen […]

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Chinga! Pizza Patron’s slangy ‘La Chingona’ ad scares the squares

by Comic Saenz March 17, 2014 Cultura
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The last time POCHO mentioned Pizza Patron was when they pissed people off by advertising free pepperoni pies on June 5, 2012 if you ordered en Español. Elise Roedenbeck covered the story and noted the Pocho Ocho other things you can get for speaking Spanish. Now the Dallas-based chain is back in the news with […]

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LatinoUSA w/ @SaraChicaD: Latinas in Tech, Live @ SXSW (audio)

by Comic Saenz March 14, 2014 Audio
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LatinoUSA writes: It can be hard for Latinos to break into the field of tech, they often lack social capital and funding. Tech writer Sara Inés Calderon (photo) and DIY Girls founder Luz Rivas join Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa for our live show in Austin to talk about these obstacles and why they believe […]

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Lalo Alcaraz: How to draw a cartoon character (video)

by Comic Saenz March 13, 2014 Cartoons
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POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz offers a quick lesson in creating and drawing your own cartoon character. PREVIOUSLY ON LALO DRAWS:

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Breaking: Malaysian jet mystery prompts terrorist alert

by Comic Saenz March 12, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from the EAST LOS ANGELES) Pocholandia security officials issued a terrorist alert this morning prompted by the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 over the Gulf of Thailand or the Strait of Malacca or wherever that shit happened, yo. “I am alerting you terrorist pendejos. Stay the hell out of East Los!“ said spokesman Gustavo […]

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Our quest for photos of cactus cakes and cupcakes

by MOSCA MEXICAN March 11, 2014 Cultura
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Alana Jones-Mann’s DIY: House Plant Cupcakes (photo) were the first to prick our interest when we saw them last week, so we went on a quest for more cactus cupcake photos. (Alana, by the way, is unsurpassed in capturing the true desaturated green-blue color nuances of actual cacti.) This succulent-looking delectable is on Craftsy.com via […]

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El Chapo Chronicles: Too many Guzmans confuse New Jersey Jews’ news

by Comic Saenz March 10, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from LAKEWOOD, NJ) The story was confusing for the few Ultra-Orthodox Jews who get their world news from The Lakewood Shopper, a free “penny saver” community weekly newspaper published here. The Shopper mistakenly included a photo (right) of actor Luis Guzman in a story about Mexico’s arrest of drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” […]

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Art ‘Chicano Soul’ Meza loves the ‘Lowriting’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz March 7, 2014 Audio
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POCHO’s favorite photographer — Art Meza AKA Chicano Soul — tells KCRW’s Lisa Napoli about his first book, Lowriting. Lowrider culture, the Echo Park native says, reflects pride in your heritage and pride in your community. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti likes his Art Meza photo of the iconic Sixth Street Bridge:

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