Category Archives: Aztlán

siempre en mi mente

Soné contigo. De nuevo. Tú eres la Catedral y serás eternamente eso, al escribir esto siento miedo. Eres la madre de mis retoños. Y me da miedo decidir el futuro contigo en mano. En vida y muerte. Sin embargo, voy … Continue reading

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The road least traveled

So it begins, one step that leads to a thousand miles. I can’t even remember when I took the first step. Yet after more than several million steps I cannot remember how it all started. I guess I can go … Continue reading

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Al final del día

Lo más importante es poder salir del día sin odiar a nadie, sin raspaduras. Llegar a la cama, sin pena ni gloria y poder dormirte de saber haberla logrado. La esencia de uno la libró; no se lleva uno ningún … Continue reading

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A cemetery

English has for the most part been a force to reckon with. As I look back at this site, I realize that this language has been a harbinger and a cleavage that tears apart me. I chose to ignore this … Continue reading

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Pamba

En una conversación de barrio con mis antiguos compas del terre allá en Tijuas baja califas salió a luz una vieja palabra de esas de la juventud. Amenacé a alguien con darle una buena pamba. En mis tiempos, o sea … Continue reading

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Multi-Kulti

Esto del multiculturalismo en los altiplanicies de Suecia como que va a cuentagotas. O quizá sea así en todas partes del mundo en donde las poblaciones entre más chicas más resistentes son al influjo de lo “ajeno”. La gente es … Continue reading

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traqueo23

Los ríos de la ira desembocan con furia silenciosamente con un sigilo multi simultaneo terra atrae el desemboque string theory what not y en castellano decimos por todos lados para simplificar una emoción a la vez . terra hemonos, todos … Continue reading

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Maquinitas

Recuerdo con cierta aprensión el día que me mandaron a comprar un kilo de tortillas con 2 dos coras. Una cora en Tijuana equivale a 25 centavos americanos de los EEUU. Así que eran dos monedas de esas. Me causa … Continue reading

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Encapsulated

Xicanismo suffers from cultural encapsulation. Most Xicano figures are so immersed in a minority role that they can’t lift their heads to see that they are being studied by nit just ourselves but by a host of international guest who … Continue reading

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will we ever

Reading the latest stats from the U.S. Census Bureau which I was prompted to do by the feedline @TheAtlantic churns out on its twitter feed I realize that Chicanos don’t exist in that database by any definition. Then again I … Continue reading

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Constraints

I tend to adopt an attitude towards language that it’s nearly pristine in its stipulations since I exact a nativists view on language that cannot possibly meet the standards I want. That is, I want what it is said in … Continue reading

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killjoy

Bad little voice bad little boys sing a llulaby that kisses me bye-bye Kill me softly with my own locally grown bad feelings murder my ego because it wants to feel me good Little hell constructed comments that eat me … Continue reading

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Quinto comment II

In relation to the Fifth Comment: Here in Sweden, Swedes can’t see beyond my ethnic look or what their eyes tell them I am. A brown person. So the idea of an American has also been hijacked by color lines. … Continue reading

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Malplaced Autoctono II

Y es por eso que me pregunto cómo es que viven los güeros en México. Y es que los mexicanos que vivimos en el extranjero damos cuenta de varias cosas que la élite de México no quisiera que nosotros supiéremos … Continue reading

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La identidad tijuanense

Esta versión pronto aparecerá en el San Diego Reader en inglés también. A pesar del hecho de que el crimen acosa la vida cotidiana, y aunque usted no lo crea, no está uno acostumbrado ni al crimen ni a cadáveres pues, … Continue reading

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Jovita Gonzáles 8th comment

In A Scotch Paisano in Old Los Angeles1 a seldom researched area is taken to task, namely, that of assimilation of Anglos in what is a predominantly Spanish-Mexican dominated territory era. Anglos converted to Catholicism and abade by Hispanic customs. … Continue reading

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Jovita Gonzáles 7th comment

Carmen Fought has done a remarkable job by giving us a structured form of ChE. I haven’t read Chicano English in Context through and through though but I have stopped in certain passages where my eyes have noticed the value … Continue reading

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Beware of camping Latinos

Forest Service warns Coloradans: Beware of camping Latinos By John Tomasic 8/28/09 6:41 PM In a presentation on recent discoveries of major marijuana-cultivation operations in Colorado, the U.S. Forest Service said it suspected an international cartel was behind the state’s … Continue reading

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Jovita Gonzáles 6th comment

By mistake I wrote Dew of the Thorn and once realizing my mistake I came upon a significance for the title of the book. I realized that dew is one of those things that is reminiscent of a new start. … Continue reading

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Jovita Gonzáles Fifth comment

I have fallen in love with page 150 of Dew on the Thorn by Jovita Gonzáles1. It’s a chapter entitled The New Leader and it’s about the second Fernando of the Olivares family, born 1871. He is a half gringo … Continue reading

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Jovita Gonzáles Comment 3

In Dew on the Thorn by Jovita Gonzáles1 the color of races play a significant role, gringos have blue eyes and servants are dark. Yet more interesting is the fact that the Caste system plays a role in the late … Continue reading

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Jovita Gonzáles Comment 2

In Dew on the Thorn by Jovita Gonzáles1, the Anglo plays a rather significant roll not because we are not familiar with the eternal binomial in Chicano narrative between gringos and Chicanos but because it is an early ground we … Continue reading

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comment 1

I have come to realize that Chicano narrative has fitted quite nicely into American folklore because it is a vision. Chicanos in general all share a vision of what it was and what it might become. That is why Aztlán … Continue reading

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Letters

Hopefully it will not be long from now that I can retake my writing. It has been a long time since I really wrote. It’s not until this morning that my preoccupation with writing was what was being a hurdle … Continue reading

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El Año en Spitzberg I El Año en Spitzberg II I carry in my head the voices I heard through the earphones. A free mp3 download that infiltrated my veins. I can associate. I can relate. I can feel the … Continue reading

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planning forsaken pleasures

Supposedly carved into the Delphi temple were three phrases: γνωθι σεαυτόν (gnothi seauton = “know thyself”) and μηδέν άγαν (meden agan = “nothing in excess”), and Εγγύα πάρα δ’ατη (eggua para d’atē = “make a pledge and mischief is nigh”) … Continue reading

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Chicano academics

The theocracy of la raza are beyond the streets they study. Something happens to chicano academics that makes them distance themselves from the very culture they purport to examine. I don’t get that. In colloquial language they sell out. For … Continue reading

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love is a pain

I wonder how aztec and maya loving chicanos will react to this. Specially La Voz de Aztlán. My, my indeed. Moctezuma was gay. He loved to gorgle the mayonesa; le gustaba el arroz con popote. Well, you get the picture. … Continue reading

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Ni modo

lo confieso, fui victima del turismo. Pero ni cómo evitarlo, mis abuelos tenían un puesto de artesanías en plena Ave. Revolución, tuvieron que sucumbir, a mis costas:

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Bamba

Gracia. Ordet Gracia. The word Gracia has never adquiered, in the English language, the significance Ritchie Valens gave it. Gracia. He knew. We knew. You know. I Knew- I know. And so it was.

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Amén

Stolen at mouse point from Tijuana/Beirut: We come from a long line of wanderers. We believe that ideas must travel. We carry information with us across highlands, over mountains. We collect along the way as we skim oceans and dip … Continue reading

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ambigüo

Nothing brings me more joy to my hearts delight then when I confuse people about my ethnicity. I just love it. I will give an example of said ventures of mine that tickles my belly silly. I recently came across … Continue reading

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dying to know you

The curious thing about dying is not that you are dying but the agony of knowing you are going to die. Even more so when one considers how random death is, for God’s sake, I could die writing, as we … Continue reading

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fraidy cat

For all intents and purposes am a shit little fraidy cat when it comes to religion. Last night I dreamt I saw the universe riddled with letters and numbers. This would on other occasions be a rich source of inspiration … Continue reading

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The whip

Every since I started my English studies my white professors usually tend to lash their structure whip at my writing. Here in Sweden, both at Stockholm University and Karlstad University I have come across the critique that my writing is … Continue reading

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Charlie: real stories del Dandy del Sur

Aquí en este blog y en el otro hemos hecho alarde de la negligencia que existe en la cultura tijuanense por nuestro lado anglo. En otras partes hemos escrito raudales por ese lado gringo nuestro. Atreverze a cruzar la línea, … Continue reading

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state of chicano research in Sweden

Update: For those of you that know Swedish Eva Zetterman has placed on the web a little bit on art and media related to chicanos: Att skapa ett vi – gatukonst i Kalifornien She has also done it in English, … Continue reading

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Absolut Aztlán

Absolut Vodka pays homage to Aztlán, although not without ruffling some white feathers, off course. And then they say tin hat folk are nuts.

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liberty of the press?

Boy, one can’t really go by all the propaganda that spews out from the internet. Worst of all is that I use mostly official mouthspeaks as a news source. Dang, do they tend to be lopsided; everything to fit their … Continue reading

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Love

LAND, © 2008/Roberto Romero-Molina. San Diego-Tijuana Border (aerial view) with phrase scaled to desired dimensions of intervention. The approximate dimensions of the intervention are 1.8 x 7km. and spans from Border Field State Park and Playas de Tijuana in the … Continue reading

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Imported Cerveza

This morning I am drawn to a particular memory that I cherish very much. It is its poignancy that made it last in my neurons. The event in question took place last year, 2007, during the month of July. I … Continue reading

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religious kerfuffle

I believe I just shook the living lights and faith foundations out of a European or Scandinavian as they prefer themselves to be known. I don’t normally like to engage in this sort of intellectual bouts with any human being … Continue reading

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Haven’t just

I seem to recall Bartleby, that old Melville character that so baffles many of us in this so called modern world, whenever I cherish the idea of entertaining thoughts on Chicanismo. I feel am so way beyond that that the … Continue reading

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U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

I don’t think many mexicans care much about the aid but rather care about were that aid will end up. Many mexicans in my generation have known for years about the crookedness in the upper echelons of our society so … Continue reading

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Pollock decrying foul like a hole in my head

Uterus fighting the bean stalk Wonder Bra Part 1 whilst the Easter Bunny seeketh ancient ritual to pen a trite old fashion. A seahorse is thus seen a far … yeah.

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Just do it ese

I believe that Chicanos in general ought to stay clear out of politics. And if they must they should not use chicanismo as a tool to said enterprise. Chicanismo ought to be as American as American Pie. For example, no … Continue reading

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Politically uncorrect: I’m an unaffiliated Xicano

“Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in” Michael Corleone in The Godfather III. According to Carlota Cardenas quoted by Alicia Gaspar de Alba in the book that reviews the CARA Exhibition named “Chicano Art” … Continue reading

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Back of the Sagrario Matropolitano

Backside of the Sagrario Metropolitano in Mexico City, DF. This parish church, quite independent of the Cathedral, adjoins it on the east. Built to the design of Lorenzo Rodriguez and consecrated in 1768, the Sagrario Metropolitano is one of the … Continue reading

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God People

I am a spiritual being as much as the next José. I have read many words and thoughts which spring forth out of this fountain of faith. Both current thought to early greek notions of the Great Beyond. By far … Continue reading

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Omar Pimienta

We have a very nice snippet of a side of Aztlán we seldom get to hear. Yes, there are countless of stories about how we came to be in Aztlán but very seldom is there any picture or specific location … Continue reading

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Fantastically Pontius Pilatus

Been sort of following the fuss that a candid outburst by Jessica Alba has created. I first read it here and then occasionally peek here for any further reactions to it. I don’t think Jessica Alba realizes how much rooted … Continue reading

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Useless

With the English Only debate raging across the states of the US and a personal conclusion along the linguistic lines of learning a new language there is much to be said regards the topic at hand. English Only is one … Continue reading

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Stuff

Ready made blogs seem to make it easier for a lot of bloggers. Gone are the days when the blog masses seemed to spend as much on the blog as they spent writing on their blog. I suppose there was … Continue reading

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Ask a Mexican in the Swedish press

Click on image to enlarge. I could scarcely believe my lying eyes when I landed on the article. ¡Ask a Mexican! By Gustavo Arellano in the Swedish press. I have known of this column since the blogsphere presented it to … Continue reading

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Ok

thou sayeth I ain’th a Xicano in every stop in your language thou ain’t sayeth thou What is then one to do with the language wiring which spreadeth itself like a posin ivy down my spiral spine. Thou aren’th born … Continue reading

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pelt

None feeleth the goose bumps as they arise e my brown skin as I hear the tunes cheer for America the blessed one whilst mi head gets stoned for questioneing the status quo

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everytime you go away

Qué lástima que hayan deshecho el coso taurino. Para que vean que los hijos de la prepa Lázaro Cárdenas ningún poder ostentan ante el centralismo que odiamos los verdaderos nativos de Tj, no, para nada. Los dueños del coso taurino … Continue reading

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The little migra in every US Xicano

I have always had trouble believing am a Xicano. No matter that the evidence points to the fact that I am just that. This has become even more apparent for me here in Europe. the Nordic corner, isolated from Aztlán. … Continue reading

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Cactus-eating moth threatens favorite Mexican food

Híjole, we must be the only race in the world that is consumed by itself. By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A moth with a big appetite that once chomped its way through huge swaths of cacti in … Continue reading

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Gloria Anzaldua has the word

“Before the Chicano and the undocumented worker and the Mexican from the other side can come together, before the Chicano can have unity with Native Americans and other groups, we need to know the history of their struggle and they … Continue reading

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State of the Xicano blogsphere

Well, it seems that the gorge of buddy making in the so called blogostitlán is done and over with. Many of the bloggers that started out as a chain like minded club barely write anymore or stand out as islands … Continue reading

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Tijuas blurb at Technorati

I recently put this WTF blurb over at technorati. Tijuana has for the past several years been a constant source of talk. If it’s not politics, police, music or arts Tijuana is doing what it tends to do best, get … Continue reading

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the traitor to mexican democracy in Aztlán

I hope la Raza de LA, Aztlán proper, receives this jerk like he deserves it, like the traitor he is to mexican democracy! For more info where this non-democratic friendly fiend you can click here. Want to send your letter … Continue reading

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Pic

I found this pic over at flickr. Viva la raza.

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Iron-ías Walls

Firm Contracted to Build Fence on US-Mexico Border is Fined for Hiring Illegal Workers One of the firms working on the US-Mexico Border Fence has been fined $5 million for hiring illegal immigrants. This controversy was ironically predicted by comedians … Continue reading

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dotting decades

what this decade needs foremost is a Richie Valens

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palabras

Never in the course of humanity has there been a better time to be a Xicano ese. Prouder can’t One be.

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Black legend strikes again

Tagging México in Technorati can really give a jolt to ones self-steem. Really. A throw back to the days of the Black Legend. Jíjole.

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poema II

lyrics here

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neo that ese

One must understand the vortex Xicanismo eyes everyday If the aztecs counted 52 for every end Xicanos can hope for less in one generation. Renewal is in door We face an existancial crisis every 30 years like a blood transfusion … Continue reading

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From Zeta, a Tijuana based weekly

“Los mexicanos ricos en los malls en La Jolla (California) o El Paso (Texas), tienen poco en común con los migrantes que pizcan fresas, empacan pollos o trabajan en los swap shops; los recién llegados desconocen el mundo del chicano de la segunda, tercera o cuarta generación”, dice el activista de YANO (Youth And Non Military). Continue reading

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The Illusion of Inclusion?

(The sorry state of politics in the Chicano community) By: Herman Baca, President Committee on Chicano Rights The 2006 elections are over! President George Bush and his Republicans party have righteously lost mainly because of voter’s opposition to the war … Continue reading

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Música

I like to be organized yet when it comes to music I fail to find any pleasure in this otherwise mundane chore. I feel bothered by t hings that are not straight. This is part of this little knack in … Continue reading

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uncanny intra muros

I liked the following political cartoon by T. Sifuentes P. I did so because it typifies to the dot the inmigration problem between US and México. On the one side we see Uncle Sam leaning against a wall that our … Continue reading

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heal cotidianos

I just asked Logovo to send me some pills. Mind you I just want them for the looks. There is something about having the medicine in my house that is comforting. I guess that one can go on about nostalgia … Continue reading

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pauperrimos indemocrático

My God. I think that I have been more consistent in my efforts to diary here more than previous failed attempts. I spent nearly a whole year without doing any effort to write and here I am. I believe that … Continue reading

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logorrhea

I can’t recall what Shakespeare play was it that I noticed a small flaw, it was in the chain of command somewhere. I noticed it and my teacher just remarked that there are always flaws somewhere. This brought to memory … Continue reading

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one for the road

In the age of the blog, Stream of consciousness will revolutionize neurosis in ways only television can understand … Yesterday, my closest friend ever said the unthinkable, he said, I hate Hitler. I couldn’t believe my ears. He said, upon … Continue reading

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ajar

Necesito unas cachetadas guajoloteras diría mi tío. Y es que gracias a quién soy no me ando preguntando tiro por viaje quién soy sino que tengo fundaciones fuertes sobre mi misma persona. Y es por eso que la realidad me … Continue reading

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Tlatzaccan Cauhtemoctzintli Itenahuatil

As a tijuanense xicano I generally resist any aztec or maya ideological interference in my world vision, or cosmovisión, as gachupines are kin to name the latter. This because my desert culture in itself has been oppressed by the latter; … Continue reading

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digestion of media noise gives me the blues

As an Agonist reader, I am often appalled by what is churned out via the newswire. Not appalled because the news make it to the front pages [or blog chatter] but rather by what I consider deterioration of that America … Continue reading

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of Xicano boicotts and other matters

Reading the blog of the year, Sendero del Peje, I found this post on their site: Ya empieza a chillar la Kimberly por su relacion con el racista hijoeputa James Sensenbrenner. En www.kimberlyclark.com sacaron esta nota: “Kimberley-Clark is a publicly … Continue reading

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Nihilism

Finally, I think I pretty much got rid of all the readers that I accumulated over the years. Intrinsic nihilism what not. Well, not entirely, I am afraid that I have to be more honest in my rudeness. Fact of … Continue reading

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Heads are Arolling

Well, well, well. What do we have here. The past two weeks have been rather interesting for mexican politics, so to judge. The moral head of the Catholic church in México, Norberto Rivera, has been tied to a pedophile. This … Continue reading

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O’

Drropy eyes burped the last gas yet the beer calls yet Tired am not wish I had more time . Though the clock insists ’tis struck

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frigging stoked

I am so frigging stoked, dang ese, this is HUGE. De Suecia, come mensajes de personas that just can’t do without their weekly TEZOZOMOC CHISME! Pues Julio Martinez de yonderlesit.org (de Suecia), Tezzy hasn’t forgotten all his cuates, not only … Continue reading

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frigging stoked

I am so frigging stoked, dang ese, this is HUGE. De Suecia, come mensajes de personas that just can’t do without their weekly TEZOZOMOC CHISME! Pues Julio Martínez de yonderliesit.org (de Suecia), Tezzy hasn’t forgotten all his cuates, not only … Continue reading

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Que vivan los muertos de la guerra

Listen: Los ABCs ¡Qué vivan los muertos! Sing Along Download the song! Los ABCs: is a five-minute Xicano docu-animation cataloguing the real-life testimony of skeletons who have returned to tell their stories of life and death at war. Do you … Continue reading

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Odd in a kind of freakish way

Pre-destination. I recall this worm in my belly. It used to be that I felt predestined to be a writer and it often permeated a great deal of my everyday life more oft than not in my love affairs. This … Continue reading

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de agentes secretos

RIP Agent 007s unlikely alter ego – Sir Peter Smithers He was a secret agent, diploment and scholar, but few knew of Sir Peter Smithers’ most exotice role: the likely model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond – reports The Canberra … Continue reading

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patriarchism strikes again

Reading this sent revulsions of all sorts down my spine. The most famous record of slave life, Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative,” rendered vividly the vile mix of lust and domination practiced by slave owners. This is a bunch of poo in … Continue reading

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Mexican elections 2006

Well, let’s git to the knilly willy of the ninny lilly. Elections in México, el suspenso is killing me. I wrote in my spanish blog that Calderón was already a winner, ooops, it’s a cultural thing would say this guy … Continue reading

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The Secret Politicians

Wish the Kos gang would have been around the turn of the 19th century, heck, what am I saying, just a few decades ago. History here. I have never liked the terms latino nor hispanic though I advocate latino more … Continue reading

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Mexican elections

Alright, alright already ese! So I’ve been recycling news yet there are less folk out there concentrating on the mexican elections than there are concentrating on it. Erhm, did that make sense? Either way, these elections matter. Lots. Beyond lots. … Continue reading

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William Lamport

Pinches Irish, there’s always something to learn outta them … The backgrounds to Mexico’s struggle against Spain for its independence have been argued to have taken root as early as 1650, when an Irishman, William Lamport, attempted to revolt against … Continue reading

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Julio Sueco’s daily recommendation

From our own Richard Rodriguez ( de reciente acá se está haciendo muy relevante el compa que todos antes odiaban; everybody in the past little Xicano hate object seems to be becoming more and more relevant in American discourse, at … Continue reading

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Inglés Xicano

I can’t help notice the noise that the right wingnuts make regards Aztlán and Chicanos and the whole culture clash enchilada. Specially English. I still have a few problems with English. I grew up never feeling that English was part … Continue reading

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Southwest, norteño Xicano

Some of the Xicanos in what can, & only can, be deemed as a loose confedaration of goodie-two-shoes Xican@s bloggers who can’t seem to make up their mind about nothing, have sent me an email whereby I get accused of … Continue reading

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Dios mio, they speak spanish in California?

Dios mio, I didn’t know California was a spanish word either! Could someone tell the Israeli friendly newsoutlet called Reuters, yes, I know, I am on the fringe of being called antisemitic, never mind am only 39 and really have … Continue reading

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Technorati: the Aztlán tag

Dragging it through the mud for personal gain. I mean what else can be said of those that are insanely obsessesed with the idea that Xicanos are helt bent in returning Aztlán to México. It be suicidal, I have argued, … Continue reading

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To Michelle Malkin con illegal amor

Heck, let’s ruffle some feathers over at Michelle no ethics Malkin:Foto originally uploaded by Juan Manuel. Kiss, kiss darling.

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Cartoons

My fellow citizen Lalo Alcaráz, je, no, am not being biased but he does seem to subscribes to the same idea I have about xicanos not being immigrants, as pictured here: Here is another one by Sergio Hernández that I … Continue reading

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C-ya esa!

Must … refrain… from, Garh! I can’t yes! yes! Yes! Michelle Malkin is about to bite the dust. Daily Kos, thou art now forgiven.

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Correcciones due

Yes Sean, we knew the moment we read the phrase pinche gringos written across this post that your position was loud and clear. Thank you for stopping by this Xicano nordic corner and we’ll keep reading your posts and keep … Continue reading

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Febrero 1989

Recuerdos de un inicio de exilio. Dios, las vergüenzas por las que uno tiene que pasar. Mis amigos de Redwood City. Urgh, como odiaba esa ciudad, la soledad me abrumaba y no tenía ‘amigos’.Yo soy el de las gafas. Tenía … Continue reading

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footnote 101

La posición incierta del pocho, entendido como el norteamericano de padres mexicanos, fue registrada por Manuel Gamio, en Mexican Immigration to the United Sates, y The Mexican Immigrant, his Life-Story, the University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1930 y 1931. El … Continue reading

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pocho tijuanense ¿y qué ese?

Ok, am’onna get it off my chest porque sino its gonna be eating my conciencia like a rat eats rockfeller cheese and I ain’t taking blue cheese if you know what I mean. En el periódico Frontera, sección Mosaico, se … Continue reading

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BROWN KINGDOM

Two rather interesting posts out of Brown Kingdom: Why is it that you hear mexicans refer to the “whole” United States as LOS?? and To be Chicano means to have learned of respect, to have practiced understanding, and to have … Continue reading

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Joto power ese!

I know some in Aztlán, our own extreme right, despise the idea of homosexualism or marimachas, as forming a part of Aztlán though am not persuaded by any of their arguments. I find the whole marica/marimacha culture rather intriguing not … Continue reading

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Daily Kos

The weird and odd thinker at Daily Kos [too asimilado for my taste] had nothing to add to the immmigration issue and the mass protests that ensued thereby. So much for crashing the gates. There is a thing that assimilated … Continue reading

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Know your history

1970 – Diana vs. State Board of Education of California – Spanish speaking children were placed in classes for children with mental retardation on the basis of individual intelligence tests that were considered culturally biased.

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poema

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La civilización pocha en México

Julio de la Fuente La civilización pocha en México Acta Anthropolígica (1948): IV. 437-459 Como otros contactos, éste ha creado un tipo de personalidad, sujeto, y agente de cambios a la vez, un hombre marginal, asentado desigualmente en ambas civilizaciones. … Continue reading

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cotidiene

I stood in shock and speechless at the very image that was unfolding like a motion picture right before my eyes. I understood the power of cultural shocks, the power of cultural encounters and the power of feeling superior right … Continue reading

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Xicano: Militant Califas Xicano

Some rather interesting blogs are beginning to surface, for example, Xicano Militant Califas Xicano. This guy is giving out the word on other aspects of xicanismo, streetwise. He has been at it for a year now and the writ stuff … Continue reading

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2

Ok, two rather odd issues are coalescing today though with a very intriguing geographic location in common: Texas. First things first. I was reading some of Daily Texican’s posts today and I was reminded of a very old sting I … Continue reading

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one last time

I must confess that when I think of this blog its death is my wish. I want to do away with it yet somehow, it remains. This is due because all my ideas are channeled throught the spanish blog and … Continue reading

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Hindsight

I realize that reading Octavio Paz was a bad taste of Castor Oil. I remember clearly refusing to read anything of him after I read El Laberinto de la Soledad. I was extremely offended by the chapter : Pachucos y … Continue reading

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Know thyself

Mi pecho grita por dentro la falta de ganas o el saciamento de algo muy bueno tornado malísimo. El vacio de afuera me llena la mirada de nada. No hay humor. Es tiempo de reflexión. Andar solo, pensar. Caminar por … Continue reading

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Chican@s and Wikipedia

Oh no you didn’t. Boy do I have bones to pick here. I shall be dishing out more than I bargained for but one can’t overstate the deliciousness of the subject. Right now I am about to do serious deconstructing … Continue reading

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to each its own

People don’t inmediately associate the word each with one. But it is, in essence, a synonym of One. Ain’t that crazy? Am not a on demand writer. I hate writing on demand. I just don’t have the gusto for it. … Continue reading

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not afraid ese! How Chicago is spelled with an X

Wow. There is a Xicagoblogsphere. Gotta love that X. Bloggeros Xicagoenses. Gone are the days when our good friend, now proud mother of one, http://www.injust-spring.com/ was a loner on the Chicago blogsphere denoting herself as Xicana. Now they are 12 … Continue reading

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the dumbing of America

I have been in Europe long, really long. Though most scandinavians would wonder that thing about Europe. In fact, most scandinavians, were one to trust my infallible judgement, seem not to consider themselves all that European. I notice this when … Continue reading

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Adj New Year

Oh, this is just damn dandy, hilarious and outrages. Another year, as if. You know that saying about a hole and a head, you get the drift. Am on my second day of it and am already feeling old and … Continue reading

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La comercialización de la Causa?

Pocho extraordinary and a real spanglish speaker and writer at that, (Recycled) Cholo Knows …, has in his blog directed us to an abomination of sorts. No entiendo. What is it gonna take to convince the commercial aspect of the … Continue reading

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metalinguistic privacy

I have come to realize that monolinguals and bilinguals aproach language in various manners. Monolinguals just don’t feel the sting of language as much as we bilinguals do. Language hurts. Bilinguals feel language and we are more sensitive to it. … Continue reading

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Extreme Casual

Alright, I’ll spill the frijoles de la olla. I have always desired to look more gentlemanly like. You know, GQ like. Tux, cigarr, style and all that. Sometimes I feel I was born into it, damn if I don’t feel … Continue reading

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killjoy

To the legions of my reader fans who await not a minute before I clamp down the keyword with whatever oozez down my brain, I say no x-mas to you. Alas! I am desillusioned with the lot of humanity so … Continue reading

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Dang ese

Damn, I just had my time confiscated by gringos. I was reading over at the Agonist chunky bits of wisdom that, alas! goes unheeded by most and, as Dr. House points out, the White House ain’t so cause of the … Continue reading

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La imaginación colonizada parte I

Know thyself* La imaginación colonizada se refiere a la imaginación que recurre al bagaje cultural de otro país para poder hablar del de uno mismo. Por eso, muchos tijuanenses de mi generación comprendemos más el humor de los EEUU que … Continue reading

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the reinvention of zero

Para cuando me acordé de él y su Mezzotint ya habían pasado varias imágenes en my mind. Estaba buscando un nombre para ponerle a la barrita de messenger que pide hacerlo: el mio lo pide en sueco, klicka här för … Continue reading

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Ralph Waldo Emerson: voz de Aztlán

Me causó sorpresa ver que BR sabe de Ralph Waldo Emerson. Me sorprendió porque no sé si sabe que Ralph Waldo Emerson es un héroe Xicano. Ralph Waldo Emerson se opusó a la guerra contra México y es uno de … Continue reading

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yupi!

I got my first anti-aztlán comment in like eons or shoud I say first one at all? Come to pappa baby, let me see you walk … I think that this “Aztlan” bull-s**t needs to end NOW! The Government claims … Continue reading

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good reads

Can you see a smile in my face? It’s right here, next to my dimple … Tijuana is a city that goes above “violent & chaotic”. Is volatile like the souls that utilize it as a springboard to jump accross … Continue reading

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Tijuana is Aztlán too

Dios mio, like finding the Holy Grail: LV: The problem is very deep here. And I hope that in this interplay, as we get cultural exchanges and we get more aware, that Mexico will begin to see it’s own reflection … Continue reading

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The query at hand is what is a Xican@? I readily admit that this frase in itself is a rather ambiguos one at that. I may apoligize for that at some time in the future, though that future escapes las … Continue reading

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I shall defend thee, gente Xicana

I usually don’t mingle my Spanish and English though am known by my most fervent reader, editor, proofreader, slacker, güevón, patron (that is, me) to occasionally indulge in doing so. So far I have managed to mesh the prime philosophy … Continue reading

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help, I can’t figure out a title for this post

The good xente over at la bloga have a good discussion going on. Not because the comments of the offices at Yonder Lies It received an answer but because it is clear to the xente del más allá, who for … Continue reading

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Tejaztlán

I’ve seen Califas. Writing Califas in a piece of paper or anywhere else, your left buttock, for example, means that Aztlán is not too far from you. Usually the address is Califas, Aztlán. I suppose that Tejas would be the … Continue reading

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Tifton: my kind of heroes

TIFTON — Saddened by the killings of six Mexican immigrants in his town, Mayor Paul Johnson flew their country’s flag outside his City Hall in their honor. Foreign flags weren’t a first for the south Georgia city — Canadian flags … Continue reading

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del color de la tierra need not apply

Leyendo y releyendo la noticia que atrajo la atención, más bien, los sueños húmedos de buti mexicanos y mexicanos. Señores, damas, he aquí el racismo latente de los mexicanos: La boda de Genoveva y Cayetano es, sin duda, la segunda … Continue reading

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Correle, pero si ya

I got a hold of this post on Shovelware. Go read it, it’s full of godies from the San Diego-Tijuana border area, my area. And more text related theories on Xicanismo, links and what not. It’s an update, I know, … Continue reading

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untitled yu-7

Writing in blogs has given me a distaste for much of what I deem cultural ideologies. For me, this means the one that says we are descendents of spaniards and aztecs. I now laugh when I hear people in my … Continue reading

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Holy crap!

Alma Lopez has a blog! I’ll be damned homes! …

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The ultra rich hitman

El fact of the matter es que el mundo is just ripe enough para algo. Qué algo no sé. Mas el sistema que cunde por el mundo doesn’t necessarily apply to the structures that govern us. Governments try to play … Continue reading

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Nipon object #4

Only once it stood there a japanese wooden artifact T’was I who saw it the most staring at it endlessly I cried laughter and tears of joy rolled I stared at it on and on sliding through its curves one … Continue reading

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Así piensa mi xente

Luis Valdez: “Somos como extras” Los chicanos ante Hollywood Columba Vértiz Luis Valdez y Edward James Olmos, acaso los dos más grandes creadores del cine y el teatro en California, Estados Unidos, cuentan a Proceso la reticencia de “la Meca … Continue reading

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Our heroes are your criminals

Como todo buen hispano, de Pancho Villa hasta Reis Tijerina, Filiberto Ojeda Ríos has died under the güero gun. The language to disseminate the news is awful. The most humane headline can be found at the above link. The rest … Continue reading

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La Jade

Go read a mi conciudadana Jade at Te darìa mi vida pero la estoy usando… Her acculturation just rips my guts apart pero that’s what the process indicates. Para empezar, I`m in a new school in the US. I studied … Continue reading

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He descubierto que el Mezcal no sirve para las actividades mentales. Es una bebida bruta. Si tomo whisky eso ayuda, no sé porque, ni me pregunten porqué. Sólo sé que Mezcal no sirve para disfrutar un rato la computadora. Or … Continue reading

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Smell it like it is: Sabotage

The president’s office said Thursday that all available evidence suggested bad weather led to a helicopter crash that killed Public Safety Secretary Ramón Martín Huerta, Federal Preventive Police Commissioner Tomás Valencia, five other passengers and a crew of two. The … Continue reading

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¡Gracias Aztlán!

Ok, first and foremost my deepest apoligies to Pachuco, who surprisilingly enough, agrees with me that returning territories to proper México contravenes the very fabric of the Xicano ens But señot Martínez, what are you apoligizing for? Sí, that is … Continue reading

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for those not in the know

Ana Castillo is blogging, seemingly, full time. Viva Chicago ese! While you are at it go watch a video that my conciudadano Ilich Sabotage made. It’s a fictional account of middle class drug dealers in Tijuana, it’s just as if … Continue reading

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a world wide vision

It did good to distant myself from my Xicanismo. I realize that writing the stuff that I would normally write in spanish in english will be of little appeal to the english blogsphere. There isn’t any interest yet in mixing … Continue reading

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How Federico Campbell is so dead wrong

One of the characteristics of the 70 year PRI reign in México was its alliances with the cultural elite. If the neocons of the Bush clan in the beginning began to blame the malaise that affected American society on Hollywood … Continue reading

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Elena, Mexican Representative at large

Vaya. I received with great astonishment the news that Elena is running for representative for Mexicans in her corner of the world. I know of no other person better suited for the job than her. I have been an avid … Continue reading

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The real face of Katrina

Leonard Thomas, de 23 años, muestra su congoja luego de que policías allanaron la vivienda en la que permanecía junto con su familia, en Nueva Orleáns. Algunas personas denunciaron que se habían metido ilegalmente en la casa, pero fueron liberados … Continue reading

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La tercera raza

First of all I would like to thank all who dare venture a click to see what is happening here in this blog. As what can be seen by the dates that appear here and there on the blog it … Continue reading

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El colmo de los colmos

Got one of those spam mails today: High quality Replica. Now, how in the hell can a replica be of high quality to begin with? It’s a fucking replica for crying outloud ese!

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la mal historia or how jocks have more fun

La codiciada bandera de El Alamo is the story of the La Jornada Article. A newspaper well known for its leftist tendencies and the like. I dunno who they are doing a favor with this headline and story. To top … Continue reading

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Loreria Chicana’s new red hot look

I wantcha to stop in your tracks right now and head on to lotería chicana‘s new site. I mean wow! Frazer from Seinfield style. I was blown away ese. If you are still reading this then you are not where … Continue reading

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Un año más con ustedes

Well I just renewed my webbhotel again. Ever notice that webbhotel gives that prostitute feel to it? Either way, am on for another year at the offices. Though I must confess that last year wasn’t a good one for the … Continue reading

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1999

Rheinland-Pfalz (Capital: Mainz) I was finally able to retrieve from my surrounndings for a week. During week one of the year (1999) I took a very much sought after trip which had languished back in time for sometime now. I … Continue reading

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Chavéz Ravine

Meanwhile back at the yonderliesit.org offices … -m’ijo, pass me some of that coffee made out of those coffee beans Marquitos from Chiapas sent me. -Marquitos? sent me!! a ver, a ver, what’s pasando here pop’s, creo que he sent … Continue reading

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un 4 de Julio como hoy

I have a swedish-mexican mojado xicana daughter born in Califas. I myself am a mojado, a xicano wetback. Today the star spangled gave me goosebumps when I heard it sound its majestic noise. Am I entitled to celebrate it? I … Continue reading

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Feeling the heat yet?

Ay güey! Nunca pensé que the day would come. One of the darling conversations that so closely unite us Xicanos is Mexican racism. Nothing would give that cup of chocolate more flavour than tearing apart the thin veil of racism … Continue reading

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What I like about Sandra Dionisi’s painting is that it both reflects a snake and a scorpion at the same time in her work. Que viva la reconquista!

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Requiered reading ese

“La Malinche.” Slave, interpreter, secretary, mistress, mother of the first “Mexican.” her very name still stirs up controversy. Associate Professor of History R. Douglas Cope teaches Mexican and colonial Latin American history. He is the author of The Limits of … Continue reading

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Los cristianos esos …

Not lon ago yet in eon years blogwise, Elena my buddy, pal, amiga, compa, friend and all that wondered about Spreading God’s Love. I even added my two centavos to the issue. Today I find two of my favorite blogs … Continue reading

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Orwell’s 1984

No sé si se deba a que estoy en Europa. Pero francamente las noticias que me llegan de Aztlán están pero que si lo dejan a uno con la piel de puercospin. Los EEUU se están volviendo un estado policíaco, … Continue reading

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lilly white red

I remember rather clearly how the cherry tree blossomed after a long winters rest … extra extra : nordic sea winds sweep swedish highlands though caressing blow kissed the white lilly petals … it was the time of dispersement the … Continue reading

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Sin Palabras

Just when you thought it couldn’t become more obvious … The future in a video game … http://www.aztlanrpg.net/

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Aztlán my land: where art thou headed?

Reading this article am inspired to write the following I have stated numerous times that the idea of returning the Southwest to México (a preposterous idea if there ever was one) would be detrimental to our culture, the pachuc@, chol@, … Continue reading

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Retazos

I do not understand how is it that the devil hasn’t made a move yet. The circumstances are ripe for him or her or whatever that christian concoction is, to do so. Devil, where the fuck are you motherfucker? Òrale, … Continue reading

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Órale ese …

I saw this pic over at DDBlase. It is the small gestures that make you gush with pride: TECHNICAL DETAILS Issue: Cinco de Mayo Denomination & Type of Issue : 32-cent Commemorative Format: Self-adhesive Pane of 20 (one design) Series: … Continue reading

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Mayhem on the media

I subscribe to google alerts. I receive news of la raza whenever the words Chicano, Chicana, Xicano and Xicana blip on the radar of the internet galaxy. So far they have been all American newspapers. That’s one, second, a few … Continue reading

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Barrio Maya 13 II

Es curioso cómo es que llegan las historias al barrio. Llegan como las mañanas, silenciosas como la misma rutina. A mi ya me da miedo mi barrio, pero ellos me miran como aquel que pudo salir del barrio y que … Continue reading

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Guerrero Xican@

Me dan risa algunos de mis compatriotas mexicanos que radican en la frontera, bola de pendejos, si es que se me permite hablar con toda franqueza, y agréguenle estúpidos a mi vituperio ahí, si es que me hacen el favor … Continue reading

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George Yepes

George Yepes was born in Tijuana, Mexico in 1956 and was raised in East Los Angeles’ City Terrace neighborhood. Yepes, known as one of the painters from the Chicano Mural Movement of the late 1970s, was a principal member of … Continue reading

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cholos, pachucos y unas memorias

En Tijuana siempre ha habido una moda xicana peculiar a nosotros. Hay y ha habido pachucos. Los pachucos no solo se dieron en Los Angeles. El territorio de Aztlán, guste o no guste, abarca hasta Tijuana. No me atrevo a … Continue reading

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Peregrinos de Aztlán

Well I’ve been slacking. I was forced upon a swath the size of the Congress Library of work to do, and what did I do today? Slack, that’s right ese! so yeah, and my own personal protestant guilt tormentor from … Continue reading

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Allá ya no es México

Allá ya no es México Herr PGBeas dice: jueves, septiembre 23, 2004 conversaciones filosóficas 2 Hace tres meses viajamos a tocar lejos de aquí y nos encontramos en un festival en dónde habían invitado a varios músicos y grupos mexicanos … Continue reading

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Future issues facing the Xican@ culture

I see three pressing issues that the Xican@ must face soon, or in the near future. 1.- Not all Xican@s have spanish or derive pride in the ideology which infuses nationalistic hues in the mexican soul; some are very resistant … Continue reading

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Xicanos y Xicanas de Tijuana unite!

Muchos son incapaces de comprender el nivel de multiculturalidad que existe en Tijuana. Por ejemplo, a muchos se les dificulta comprender que soy un Xicano de Tijuana, no comprenden cómo es que yo puedo afirmarlo, ni comprenden tampoco cómo es … Continue reading

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Spanish and Xicanismo

Spanish has always been a problem in Aztlán. Though am second guessing this problem is slowly turning a leaf in the collective concious in as much as Native Americans are more and more preferring to be addressed as that or … Continue reading

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Barrio Warriors

Hablando de Aztlán de nuevo, las contiendas electorales en California y los EEUU al parecer, cada vez más y más utilizan esta ideología para aplastar las aspiraciones de los Xicanos allá en el otro saite. Durante la contienda a la … Continue reading

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Barrio Warriors

I haven’t the slightest idea who came up with such a catchy name but let me tell you, it ain’t good. It is supposed to resonate in the mind of the gringo and it probably will. I can imagine some … Continue reading

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Aztlán es Tijuana también

Curiosamente Aztlán les causa pavor a ciertos mexicanofilos, más la idea de que Aztlán es Tijuana también. La idea se a manifestado en varias ocasiones y los que suelen expresar estas ideas de Aztlán o son crecidos en Tijuana de … Continue reading

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Xicanos as latinos

Whether Xicanismo likes it or not there is a latino force outhere to be reckoned with and it must embrace it. I say this because I have just been listening to Pepito for the past two days, an SF based … Continue reading

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Mexicanos de Segunda Mano

Forma y Fondo pusó unas fotos típicas y reveladoras sobre mi ciudad. Tijuana, he descubierto de reciente, no es la mexicana que se dice ser. Nosotros no podemos ser mexicanos como lo pinta el Estado, como lo ha venido pintando … Continue reading

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Predeterminación

Ayer estuve en Dinamarca. Y me hizo caer en cuenta de un proceso mental que de hace rato me tiene zumbando los oidos con sus ideas locas. Resulta que yo creo en la predeterminación, un concepto que mi Xicanismo ha … Continue reading

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tjxicano

Leyendo a mis contrincantes sobre el significado que Aztlán, Chicanos, pochos, Xicanos y Mexican-Americans tiene en nuestra ciudad fronteriza sobresale, aparte de su rechazo bajo premisas que dejaron ver su desprecio hacía esta cultura que brinda un puente entre México … Continue reading

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It rains in the plains of Sweden

Well I can officially kiss the suntan I adquiered during my sojourn in México adios. Its been raining cats and dogs in Sweden for 6 weeks in a row now and that means I will probably miss not only the … Continue reading

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Tijuana Pocho ¿so qué?

Nuestros amigos en la blogesfera, HB, Burgues y el autor de Bukonica con acento en la o y todo, han expresado un sentimiento que bien saben ha causado fricción, amén que nuestro compa allá en Desde La Frontera nos confirma … Continue reading

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When thoughts dawn upon one

Remember my post unscathed and alive whereby i related a blogsphere incident regards Tijuana identity? What i failed to take into account and just dawned upon me to tell my Xicana/o readership (is one allowed to use indiscriminately the suffix … Continue reading

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Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun

The good offices of Aztecpoet.com were kind enough to send me via internet Luis A. López recent book titled Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun, innercircle publishing 2004. I must confess that if poetry has the quality to speak to the … Continue reading

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On Reies Lopez Tijerina & Reuters

I often find it amazing how America Gringa refuses to acknowledge some of its own history, twist it and bedmake it to sleep with the Other in its own house. I suppose it is easier for Gringo USA to see … Continue reading

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That Pocho thang again

I am ocassionally given to the reading of books which I, more often than not, peruse more than finish when the need arises to let time pass by in an adequate manner. So whenever I find myself answering the calls … Continue reading

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unscathed and alive

The sad truth is that I might be the only one advocating Aztlán in Tijuana, but like in the movie, if you call them they will come. You think there is resistance to America still in Aztlán? truth be told … Continue reading

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Magonista por life

Recuerda muy bien sus lecciones de historia, como las dos naciones partieron líneas políticas a sangre y fuego, mas prefería la historia local de su ciudad, porque se le hacía más relevante ver las fotos aquellas que casi parecian daguerrotypes … Continue reading

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