La Cucaracha: Murrieta, CA is concerned for the kids (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 24, 2014 Cartoons
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In case you missed it, the “crisis manager” hired by Murrieta doesn’t much like my cartoons or my use of the Twitter hashtag #MurrietaHateCityUSA. Ken White, of the most excellent PopeHat blog has the story:

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‘How Tequila Is Made,’ ‘Maguey, Plant of 1000 Uses’ (videos)

by Gabacho Borracho July 24, 2014 Cultura
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Tequila — real tequila — can only be made from the blue agave. This short British documentary explains the process. But wait, there’s more. How about the 1952 Ralph Adams documentary Maguey: Plant of a Thousand Uses:

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The Champs rock ‘Tequila’ on American Bandstand

by Soy Capitan July 24, 2014 Cultura
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This clip from American Bandstand is so old everyone is in black and white, including a 20-something Dick Clark. Dick presents a gold record (1,000,000 45 RPM singles sold) and introduces The Champs and their hit Tequila. We featured the back story on this tune in our series Unsung Heroes of Hispanic History Month:

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The rise and fall of a Homies vending empire (NSFW video)

by E. Z. KOMM July 24, 2014 Cultura
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Danny Gonzalez’ East Los-styled cholos and hynas Homies toys were a big hit for a while in New York-based vending machines, and then not so much. [NSFW adult language.] VICE explains:

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La Cucaracha: Advice to militias guarding the border (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 23, 2014 Cartoons
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Jorge Ramos: Let’s treat child refugees like children (video)

by Comic Saenz July 23, 2014 El Now
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Jorge Ramos, of Univision and FUSION, says there is but one moral choice for America: We have to treat child refugees like the children they are — with love.

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Kid refugees: What would Jesus do? How about Jesús? (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA July 23, 2014 Cartoons
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: I ain’t gonna study war no more (music video)

by Soy Capitan July 23, 2014 Cultura
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The people who count things and make lists say there are over three dozen wars going on right now. Some “experts” insist this is inevitable, but others offer a different vision. One opposing point of view comes from a dead dude we know as Isaiah:

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Gov. Rick Perry orders troops to the border, Texans react (photo)

by Andalé Mono July 22, 2014 El Now
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As Texas Gov. Rick Perry mobilizes the National Guard to patrol the border and protect America from helpless fleeing single mothers and child refugees, his fellow Texans aren’t shy about sharing their love. PREVIOUSLY ON RICK PERRY:

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Kap G: Cops pull me over for no reason? ‘F– la policia’ (music video)

by MOON GUAC July 22, 2014 Cultura
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Kap G is just cruisin’ round town when the cops pull him over and jack him up and all his friends. There’s a song for that: F____ la policia. [NSFW adult language.]

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Small-town Oaxaca mayor marries crocodile princess for fish (video)

by Barney Asada July 22, 2014 Cultura
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Brides can often get a bit snappy on their big day – and one Mexican crocodile is no exception. She’s marrying the mayor of a Pacific coast fishing town in a traditional ceremony. The fishermen of the town of San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca, believe the crocodile is a princess, and a wedding ritual will bring […]

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Legend of Chicano Soul Greg Esparza: ’96 Tears’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM July 22, 2014 Cultura
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You know him from Cannibal and the Headhuters and Thee Midniters: Pochas y pochos, please welcome the singer who is a legend of Chicano Soul, Los Angeles homie Greg Esparza, with the ? and the Mysterians hit, 96 Tears! On Twitter he’s OverSoulMessage. PREVIOUSLY ON ? AND THE MYSTERIANS:

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Stephen Colbert: I pity the poor immigrants (video)

by Barney Asada July 21, 2014 El Now
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Whatever it is these poor kid refugees are fleeing — Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, El Diablo — Stephen Colbert pities them. But not too much.

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Kid immigrants have been arriving alone since Ellis Island

by Andalé Mono July 21, 2014 El Now
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In 1892, the first immigrant to enter the U.S. at the new Ellis Island immigration facility was an unaccompanied 15-year-old minor. Not only was she not greeted by howling racists, their faces distorted with unfathomable rage, but she got a certificate and a gold coin. Bill Moyers reports: An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person […]

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Por los que no se rajan — for those that don’t crack

by Yuppie Chicana July 21, 2014 El Now
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(Antigua, Guatemala — December 2000) I glanced up from my plate of rice, beans and perfectly grilled chicken breast. I was nauseous and weak from days of vomiting. Third-world cuisine always leaves me thinner than when I arrive. In hindsight, I’m not sure if it was the beautiful colors in the woman’s “huipil” or if […]

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A message from your local cable/internet provider (NSFW video)

by MO NAPOLI July 21, 2014 Cultura
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Your local cable and internet provider wants to make a few things clear. [NSFW language.]

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Scary kid immigrants from Japan: ‘Emoji Among Us’ (video)

by XAVIER MURRIETA July 18, 2014 Cultura
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They entered our God-Blessed America via smartphones and social media, and now these pint-sized Japanese are everywhere. Were these yellow-skinned child-like emo pictograms invited? Do they even have documents, bro?

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Cold war chills Rio Grande Valley town as raspa rebellion heats up

by THE VALLEY LEMON July 18, 2014 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EDINBURG, TX) Eddie’s Raspas, the sunny yellow shack out on Sprague, used to be the place to be on a scorching Valley afternoon. “People would come from all around and say, ‘Eddie, which of your five delicious flavors shall I have today?’” Eddie Cardenas recalled fondly. “It was great.” Until six weeks […]

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It’s the Super Civil Rights Bros. (toon)

by ALEX GARCIA DE AZTLAN July 18, 2014 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON SUPER MARIO BROS.:

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The Mexican Juligans twang a tribute to ‘Parral’ (music video)

by MOON GUAC July 18, 2014 Cultura
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Twangy Chilangos The Mexican Juligans name-check places all over the country in a rock en español music video inspired by classic cowboy movies. And they especially love Parral, Chihuahua.

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What if Latinos said the same kind of things Anglos say? (NSFW video)

by Moctezuma Cortés July 17, 2014 Cultura
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What if? [NSFW pinche adult language, guey!]

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Jon Stewart re kids on the border: ‘WTF is wrong with you?’ (video)

by Chauncey Gardner July 17, 2014 El Now
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Why the kidsplosion on the border? Jon Stewart has the sad, and then explains why haters gonna hate. Spoiler: They’re haters.

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Uncle Sam’s migracorrido ‘La Bestia (The Death Train)’ (music, lyrics)

by QUESO QUESEM July 17, 2014 Cultura
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From Central America comes this ballad that’s fast rising the Latin American charts. It’s all about the dangerous Death Train that Central American drug war refugees ride on their way across Mexico enroute to El Norte. In Spanish they call the train The Beast — La Bestia. And who is the man behind this music? It’s […]

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Brazil says goodbye to FIFA2014 (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA July 17, 2014 Cartoons
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