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¡COMO MEXICO NO HAY DOS! The "Real Mexico" from transvestite wrestlers to machete-wielding naked farmers. History, culture, politics, economics, news and the general weirdness that usually floats down from the north.

Last Build Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:25:27 +0000


Eppur se mueve… or the Primate directiverichmx2

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:24:30 +0000

It’s official.  Norberto Rivera, Primate of Mexico  is finally going.  He is, to no one’s surprise, being replaced by Carlos Aguilar Retes, Bishop of Tlalnepantla , who only received his red hat 14 months ago.  Aguilar’s surprise elevation was widely seen as a sign of Pope Francis’ dissatisfaction with Rivera’s elitist style and his too-chummy […](image)

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Plato, Bertrand Russell, Pablo Escobar, Jesus, and AMLOrichmx2

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:54:53 +0000

Mexican political commentators just love to splash around their erudition. Defending AMLO’s remarks about possibly considering an amnesty for those involved in the narcotics export trade, Federico Arreola ( manages to drag in Plato, Karl Popper, and Bertrand Russell to build his defense of the Morena candidate. You can read the whole thing here, but […](image)

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 06:32:34 +0000

866,593 valid signatures are required for an independent presidential candidacy.  Jamie Rodriguez, “El Bronco”… the wealthy businessman and long time PRI politician, who won the governorship in Nuevo Leon in 2015 running as an independent, is so far the closest to garnering 866,593 petition signatures among the five people seeking to be included on the […](image)

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More of the same, but less corruptionrichmx2

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 21:53:05 +0000

That’s what the one “official” presidential candidate — José Antonio Meade for the PRI — is promising.  Widely touted as “Mr. Clean”, mostly for not being the member of any political party (he served in the PANista Calderón Administration as well as the present PRI one), Meade had been, until last week, Secretary of the […](image)

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Go forth and sin no morerichmx2

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 06:18:42 +0000

Ballsy! Speaking in Quechultenango Guerrero — a stronghold of the “Los Ardillos” cartel — MORENA president Andrés Manuel López Obrador,  did not rule out the possibility of offering amnesty to cartel leaders as a means to ending violence and guaranteeing  peace in the country. Although speaking in a community where no one from his own party […](image)

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A coup in Mexico?richmx2

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:54:59 +0000

While we knew this was coming, after years of “regularizing” the site of soldiers in the streets (at least in some places, like Mazatlan, where I lived for several years) and the constant propaganda turned out to discredit all opposition, from dissident unions to blaming all social unrest on “drug cartels” or other organized crime […](image)

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False prophets … for fun and profit?richmx2

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:32:05 +0000

(via El Diario, 22 November 2017): Crime or not?  Just weird. Social networks and signs outside Catholic churches are warning of false priests and bishops serving the Diocese of SanJuan Teotihuacán. “Some people who practice some celebrations and rites of the Catholic Church, are not appointed ministers,” said Rafael Mendoza, a parish priest in Acuexcomac. […](image)

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What’s up with NAFTA?richmx2

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:12:05 +0000

Apparently, not a lot. Mexican (and Canadian) proposals are being shunted aside, although so far, negotiators have avoided getting bogged down in politics. EU deja sin respuesta propuestas mexicanas sobre TLCAN (Susana González G., La Jornada, 20 November 2017)… my translation The United States has not responded, and has been unwilling to respond to counter-proposals […](image)

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!richmx2

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:26:10 +0000

Pancho Villa and Pascual Orozco at the Elite Confectionary (211 Mesa Street, El Paso, Texas), in May 1911. The two were still allies at the time in the battle for Juarez. Madero had ordered the two to hold off on attacking Juarez, but the two comandantes had gone ahead anyway, directing the battle from the […](image)

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Cuarenta y uno ( y uno más)richmx2

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:59:11 +0000

I either knew, or forgot,that yesterday was the anniversary of the “Baile de los cuarenta y uno”… the 41 Dance of 18 November 1901.  This was the raid on a drag ball (about half the men were in women’s clothing), that ended with the men … who were mostly from prominent Mexican City families… were […](image)

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Is this what it’s said to be?richmx2

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:39:20 +0000

This is a 1914 photo of Victoriano Huerta, sitting in the back of a car.  But I’m not sure, as has been claimed, that he’s smoking a joint. Filed under: Uncategorized(image)

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La Raza and racerichmx2

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:57:29 +0000

Officially, since Independence, Mexico has done everything it can to erase the differences between “race” in favor of creating “la raza” — the people.  But, with ethnic identity movements gaining momentum in recent years, there is more awareness by people of their own “race”… for good or ill.  I tend to think the recent interest […](image)

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