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ochodemayoOur Mexican friends have many misconceptions about today’s American celebration of El Ocho de Mayo. It is NOT the day the British burned the White House, for example, and it is NOT the day Gerry Rivers became Geraldo Rivera.

Help a hermano out with the Pocho Ocho Top Facts Mexicans Should Know about El Ocho de Mayo:

8. Best (Hellman’s in the East) Mayonnaise — El Jefe de Mayo — first introduced on this day in 1915.

7. Mayo West did not invent the life vest but she did flash her chichis to the sailors of the aircraft carrier USS Hooter on this day in 1942.

6. The Mayo Clinic — originally established to seek cures for La Cruda — opened its doors on this day in 1955. [Mas…]

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shirtmodel(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) Ruben Covarrubias astounded family and friends here Sunday night when he admitted that the history of Cinco de Mayo didn’t concern him and he’d always thought “May 5 was Mexican Independence Day, so like so what?!”

“I don’t care what it’s about, yo!” he told everyone within earshot of the backyard grill. “I just always celebrated it with MEChA and at school. Partay!”

Friends and family at the Covarrubias’ weekly carne asada were aghast. Some reconsidered whether they’d be driving back to El Sereno next week, multiple witness reported. [Mas…]

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I approach el Cinco de Mayo with excitement and ambivalence.

I learned the history of the Battle of Puebla as the son of proud Mexicans, who happened to be immigrants. The story goes: On the fifth of May 1862, a small Mexican army kicks French butt. Bueno.

My dad and grandmother worked at the Cinco de Mayo restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in a small L.A. harbor town. My association with the day is food, drink, familia, history, cultura. [Mas…]

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Federales clean up bodies after cartel Battle of Puebla

(PNS reporting from PUEBLA, MX) Federales have finished cleaning up the streets of this southeastern city after a three-day battle between area gangsters and a French gang left 83 locals and 462 gabachos dead, PNS has learned.

The  Marseilles gang (“La Eme”) — sent to collect a drug debt allegedly owed by the Puebla-based Ignacio Zaragosa clika (the “Zetas”) — was overwhelmed by the fierce Mexican gangbangers.

Faulty HUMINT (human intelligence) was also a factor.

Based on bogus tips from informants who called themselves “los mentirosos,” which La Eme interpreted as “mentors,” the frogs engaged the enemy at noon. La Eme expected the Zeta sentries to be taking siestas with their sombreros pulled so low they couldn’t see the advancing gunmen. And the close-by burros? The French plan relied on the overhwhelming odor of naturally estanky donkeys to mask the telltale scent of French breath-de-fromage.

But the Zetas were not asleep and those weren’t your mother’s burritos. [Mas…]

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askillegalPOCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the pregunta “What part of ‘illegal’ don’t Mexicans understand?” with his own question for pinches Know Nothing gabachos. [Mas…]

fridabedIn 1950, photographer Gisèle Freund began a two-week visit to Mexico – and stayed for two years.

In Mexico City, Freund hooked up with artistic power couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Her black-and-white photographs of the pair are now available in the newly published Frida Kahlo: The Gisèle Freund Photographs.
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Yo, New Yorkers! Don’t buy any gun, buy a ‘Gun With History’ (video)

by JOHN WILKES LEE HARVEY HUCKABEE March 19, 2015 Cultura
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There’s a new gun shop open in Manhattan where you don’t have to just settle for a newbie, inexperienced lethal weapon. The guns on sale here have a history!

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The San Patricio Batallón: The Irish heroes of Aztlan (music videos)

by Comic Saenz March 16, 2015 Cultura
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This corrido by Orange County Celtic-rock homies The Fenians tells the tragic story of the San Patricios, the St. Patrick’s Battalion. The unit of 200 mostly Catholic Irish immigrants deserted the United States Army and fought with the Mexican Army against the U.S.A. in the Mexican–American War. Scots-British post-punk The Wakes Band offer their version […]

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A Day in the Life of a Woman: Las Cafeteras: ‘Mujer Soy’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 16, 2015 Audio
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In Mujer Soy, by Las Cafeteras, we see a day in the real life of Maryann Aguirre, a woman from East Los Angeles. Happy Women’s History Month! (Remixed by YUKICITO.)

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La Cucaracha: What’s next for NBC’s Brian Williams? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz February 25, 2015 Cartoons
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Spanglish is no Juan E. Come Lately to California (audio)

by Andalé Mono February 19, 2015 Audio
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When Los Angeles was a still a little pueblo in the northern part of Mexico known as Alta California, Spanglish was born. Public Radio International’s Global Nation explains: …living in the a rancho just north of the pueblo was a young Scottish adventurer named Hugh Reid. In the 1830s he left the old world for […]

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What are America’s Pocho Ocho Top Brownest Jobs?

by Especial Correspondents January 27, 2015 Cultura
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The Atlantic analyzed the stats and guess what!? Some professions in the United Estates are positively teeming with white people — jobs like veterinarian, espeech sangwich pathologist and meelrye (chart excerpt, above). Hurm, we said, perhaps we can fabricate a similar list of America’s brownest jobs. “So let it be written, so let it be […]

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POCHO History 101: Public Enemy, Arizona, MLK Day (video)

by Soy Capitan January 16, 2015 Cultura
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In the final decade of the 20th Century Public Enemy‘s epic By the Time I Get to Arizona spotlighted the Hate State of Arizona’s failure to implement the Martin Luther King Day holiday. #blacklivesmatter

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America pauses for Ricky Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

by Comic Saenz January 16, 2015 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause Monday to remember the life and message of Ricky Martin Luther King Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever. Post offices and other public facilities will be closed, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day off and salsa picante and sweet potato pie […]

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La Cucaracha: Little-known immigration facts #2 (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz December 15, 2014 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON LITTLE-KNOWN IMMIGRATION FACTS:

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Sarah Silverman wishes you turkeys a Happy Thanksgiving (NSFW video)

by Barney Asada November 25, 2014 Cultura
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Sarah Silverman, everyone’s favorite potty-mouthed cutie, recalls the day when, as a six-year-old, she picked out a turkey at the neighboring farm…picked it out FOR SLAUGHTER. (Totally NSFW language.) Special guest star: Sarah’s NSFW dad Donald.  

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Pocho Ocho little-known factoids about the first Thanksgiving

by Especial Correspondents November 21, 2014 Cultura
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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here: 8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date 7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly 6. […]

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Salvadorans and Mexicans hate so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz November 20, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano steps back into the video limelight to ponder the question: Why do Mexicans (and Mexican-Americans) and Salvadorans (and Salvadoran-Americans) hate each other so much? Is it because Salvadoran horchata is better than Mexican horchata? And the fact that pupusas kick gorditas’ culinary nalgas? Or are they just following an age-old […]

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The Feathered Serpent’s tunnel is full of treasures (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés November 3, 2014 Cultura
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Mexican archeologists last week announced the discovery of three new treasure-filled tunnels in the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcoatl) under the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The underground passageway was first unearthed ten years ago beneath the site, just outside of Mexico, DF. Scientific American reports:

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The Chavez Ravine’s hardcore musical tour of ‘Los Angeles’ (video)

by MOON GUAC October 20, 2014 Cultura
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When you’re named after an infamous chapter in L.A. history, like the band The Chavez Ravine, your musical tour of the City of Angels would be pretty hard core too! ¡Mira Los Angeles! What’s the story on this band? Their Facebook esplains:

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