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ranchosWhen 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 the new — Mexico. And in his adopted home he was rechristened with an additional Spanish name, Perfecto Hugo Reid. Reid would eventually settle down on a ranch in southern California near the San Gabriel mission in what’s now Arcadia, a suburb of Los Angeles, where he married a local woman, Doña Victoria.

Robert Train has been obsessed with Hugo Reid’s backstory for the last few years. Train is a professor of Spanish at Sonoma State University. We met recently at the Huntington Library archives in Pasadena, to read Reid’s extremely yellowed letters.

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Either a giant horse or a UFO/OVNI shaped like a giant horse appeared suddenly over Mexico’s Colima volcano last week.

“WTF is going on?” asked Britain’s Daily Mail:

  • Collecting samples for your home planet?
  • Dark UFO resembling a flying horse is caught on film hovering by erupting Mexican volcano
  • Object was spotted close to volcano Colima located in western Mexico
  • Appeared to have two legs and came into view out of nowhere
  • Witness said it looked like a ‘horse’ with a ‘very large body’
  • Authorities said it is most likely a drone – they are currently investigating

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Auf Deutschland, thrill-seekers experience authentic pre-Columbian Mexico with every Talocan thrill ride at Phantasialand, the gigantor theme park in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia. [Beer and wurst slightly wurstier east of the Seine. Fire and water included. Earth and wind available at extra charge. Ask your cartel liason about extra-judicial disappearances and Aztec sacrifices.]


If you’re going to upload a Mexican volcano webcam video of Colima exploding on January 21, be sure to add tension and release with a dramatic soundtrack featuring orchestral string and horn sections.

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A nine-year-old niña with dirty-blonde hair and commando pants wins the Quebradita competition in Quebradita, a Mexican analog to Square Dancing. She enters with her 26-year-old partner at 0:35, at least according to video uploader rubicon_cube.

narcobandKids these days know they have options and they want to make smart choices — and not only kids in the United Estates.

These are the Pocho Ocho top questions wannabe gangsters ask before joining a Mexican cartel:

8. Will beheading be on the final exam?

7. Soy vegetariano — is heart-eating mandatory?

6. Do I need to supply my own botas picudas? [Mas…]


That awkward moment when you review footage of a January 6 encounter between gangsters and Federales in Michoacan and you notice a spherical, metallic OVNI/UFO hovering overhead.


Hitting a piñata until the goodies fall out is hard work, but somebody’s got to do it. Los Sesame Street Muppets wish you a Happy New Year!

Weird ‘crop circles’ mark Mexican field on Christmas (videos)

by ZORRO MULDER December 30, 2014 El Now
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Barley fields in Texcoco, northeast of Mexico DF, were marked with strange sprawling “crop circles” on Christmas Eve. Euronews outlet Ruptly described the discovery and name checked “chupakabra” in the headline:

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Popocatépetl volcano explodes 3 times in 24 hours (videos)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 29, 2014 El Now
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Mexico City’s volcano next door, Popocatépetl, erupted three times Sunday. (Note: You are not losing your hearing. This webcam video is silent. You’re welcome.) Milenio.com reports: El volcán Popocatépetl presentó en las últimas 24 horas, tres explosiones que generaron columnas de más de 800 kilómetros sobre el cráter, una de ellas, la mañana de este […]

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Uncle Sam, financier of Mexican ‘war on drugs,’ looks away (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA December 17, 2014 Cultura
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Grand OM: ‘FOR THOSE’ who protested, for those they arrested (video)

by MOON GUAC December 12, 2014 Audio
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This song and video is FOR THOSE, for those 43 kids who were “disappeared” in Mexico. It was filmed at their college, Rural Normal School Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero. Participants in the project, organized by graphic artists Grand OM, were musicians Lengualerta (México), Wally Warning (Aruba-Alemania), Ana Sol (Argentina), Dj Saeg (México) and Eduardo Morris (Argentina-Suiza). […]

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When Los Doyers give out jerseys, Mexicans be like… (toon)

by GALAC TICO December 11, 2014 Cartoons
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Magic mushroom tea time in San Jose Pacifico, Oaxaca, Mexico (videos)

by Andalé Mono December 2, 2014 Cultura
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In San Jose Pacifico, Oaxaca, Mexico, you can take tea and see. Magic mushroom tea, that is; psilocybin. [NSFW adult language and (legal) drug use.]

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A jade stone Zapotec Aztec Mayan skull whistle sounds like this (video)

by EDUARDO BURRO December 1, 2014 Cultura
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Musician Xavier Quijas Yxayotl blows a “death whistle” made from jade stone (Silvato de la Muerte hecho en Jade). A death whistle? Huh? Via the Oregon Flute store:

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Mex indy rockers Reacta hear ‘The Sound of Drums’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM November 24, 2014 Cultura
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Mexican electro-pop band Reacta — hometown Aguascalientes, Mexico — hears The Sound of Drums, en Ingles. We have no idea what the video is about. Do you?

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Mexican government sees no 43, hears no 43, speaks…. (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA November 19, 2014 Cartoons
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UFO/OVNI buzzes nuclear power plant in Veracruz, Mexico (video)

by ZORRO MULDER November 18, 2014 El Now
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An Unidentified Flying Object/Objeto Volador No Identificado flew over a nuclear power plant in Veracruz, Mexico two weeks ago. It was not the first time. Why are they here? What do they want? Let’s ask the Inquistor:

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Breaking: U.S. perverted peaceful Mexi-Drone robot plan

by Comic Saenz November 17, 2014 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from LOS ANGELES) Newly-uncovered video confirms allegations that the U.S. Government stole and perverted POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz’s 1998 plan to use remote-controlled robots (now called drones) for peaceful purposes. The short informational piece, which Alcaraz made for the United States Department of Labor, aired only once — on local access cable TV […]

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La MIGRA uses drones to patrol 50% of the Mexico border (video)

by Lucida Grandé November 14, 2014 El Now
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Nearly half the US-Mexican border is now patrolled by Border Patrol Predator B2 drones, according to the Associated Press, and the government plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.

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NSFW Music Video: ‘Ya me canse (I’ve had enough)’

by Soy Capitan November 13, 2014 El Now
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“La democracia jamas puede aspirar a existir en una sociedad donde el gobierno no es igual al pueblo.” [Some images may disturb people who are afraid to look at what is going on in Mexico.] Video by Guy Montag. Music from Molotov: Dame El Poder.

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His Royal Highness Prince Charles busts a move in Mexico (video)

by Barney Asada November 7, 2014 Cultura
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Heir to the British throne His Royal Highness Prince Charles joined a group of dancers Wednesday in the picturesque Mexican coastal town of Campeche. El Chaz danced the Sarao Campechano dance, twirling his handkerchief above his head. PREVIOUSLY ON BRITISH PRINCES:

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#TodosSomosAyotzinapa: We (43) are all Ayotzinapa (video)

by Andalé Mono November 6, 2014 El Now
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“Estamos indignados,” 43 different people say. “We are indignant!” Los nayaritas estamos indignados ante los sucesos de violencia y represión ocurridos en Ayotzinapa Guerrero.

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Search for 43 missing students continues in Guerrero, MX (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA November 5, 2014 Cartoons
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