Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Smugglers’ Siege Engine Propels Pot

February 25, 2011

 Smugglers' Siege Engine Propels Pot

Chivalry may be dead, but the Middle Ages are alive on the Mexican Border. Federales found a catapult used by drug smugglers to propel pot over the border fence and into the Arizona desert.  Cops captured the catapult and cannabis but the flingers fled. Anybody missing from the Centro de Estudios Medievales at the Universidad de Sonora?

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Day of the Dead – El Día de los Muertos

November 1, 2010

  Day of the Dead - El Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) or All Souls Day is November 2st this year, a Tuesday. Here in Washington, DC the Mexican Cultural Institute (Instituto de México, 2829 16th Street, NW) has a traditional Altar de Muertos, which also commemorates the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.

The day is well-appreciated on the Web. Start with Carlos Miller and the staff of the Arizona Republic; for more detail, see Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead by Stanley Brandes.

 

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Illegal Aliens. They’re American.

October 6, 2010

Illegal Aliens.They're American.

Mexico has an illegal alien problem. Most of Mexico’s illegal aliens are from the United States.

But it’s not really a problem. Despite what you read in the Washington Times and hear from Tea Party hate mongers, illegal immigration is a civil offense in Mexico, not a criminal one.* People who cross the border illegally or over-stay their visas are told to pay a small fine and fill out their papers. No one in Mexico goes to jail for simple immigration violations, and no one is deported.

 More:

“Mexico’s illegal immigrants? Americans.” Meghan Collins Sullivan, GlobalPost.

 

*Fact: It’s also a civil offense in the U.S., but you wouldn’t know that from all the rhetoric, detention centers, and deportations.

 

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Mexico. Hear It Now.

September 15, 2010

Mexico. Hear It Now

It’s the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain. Can’t get away to celebrate the bicentenary? You can still experience the sounds of Mexico via the Fonoteca Nacional, the National Audio Archive.

More:

“Mexico celebrates its unique street sounds this week,” Chris Hawley, USA Today.

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Mexican Space Patrol

April 29, 2010

Mexican Space Patrol

Laura Martinez informs us that Mexico’s Cámara de Diputados officially approved AEXA, the Mexican Space Agency (Agencia Espacial Mexicanalast week. Supporters included two space contractors and former NASA astronaut José Moreno Hernández. Chewy Pulido provides an artist’s concept of the first Mexican spaceship.

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¡Salud!

May 5, 2009

¡Salud!

Today commemorates the invention of the margarita cocktail the defeat of French expeditionary forces led by Charles Ferdinand Latrille, Comte de Lorencez, by outnumbered Mexican forces under Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexico owed Napoleon III money, so the French invaded Vera Cruz and unsuccessfully tried to foreclose on the city of La Puebla de Los Ángeles.

May 5th is not an official holiday in Mexico because people there know that the French went on to capture Mexico City, install Austrian Archduke Maximilian as Emperor, and inflict the polka on their helpless conquered nation.  Many U.S. citizens celebrate Cinco de Mayo, though, perhaps because General Zaragoza was born in Texas.

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Flu Flight Fear!

April 29, 2009

Flu Flight Fear!

AirTran Flight 85 from Cancun radioed BWI airport last night. Two passengers were nauseous and feverish. Sick people returning from Mexico!

The flight landed and was met by emergency personnel, who whisked the men into isolation pending medical examination.

It was not Swine flu.

Diagnosis: drunk.

Our hypothesis: booze prevents Swine Flu.

Prescription: Ethanol (C2H5OH). Consult an adult beverage professional for details.

To your health! ¡Salud! A Votre Sante!  Lechyd da! Na zdrav! Egé szé gé re! Alla Salute!

 

Disclaimer:This blog post is not intended to substitute for the advice of qualified physicians, sommeliers, pharmacists, cocktail waitresses, or licensed health-care and hospitality professionals. Intoxicating beverages may have warning information and instructions on the packaging, which you should carefully read and follow. Contact your health care provider if you suspect you have a medical problem, and inform your host about spoiled fermented fluids or badly-mixed cocktails. The use of intoxicating beverages may not have been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and their use is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition.

Use of the term “hypothesis” does not apply to actual American healthcare practice, which is firmly anecdotal and non-scientific. U.S. medical and pharmaceutical decision making presupposes that pain and disease are primarily profit centers (official motto: “Everybody dies; above all, do no harm to stockholders”).

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