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  • My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata

    La Bloga
    Rene Colato Lainez
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.    Age Range: 7 - 11 years   Grade Level: 1 - 6   Hardcover: 40 pages   Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press (May 5, 2015)   Language: English   ISBN-10:1935955918   ISBN-13: 978-1935955917A bilingual story of family and traditional wisdom: Tata teaches grandson Aaron natural remedies through healing neighbors and family."This charming little book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from the native traditions of the American Southwest. A…
  • The monster in the mountains

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Not everyone has access to The New Yorker magazine (my budget only goes so far, and I’ve run out of free access), so here is the URL for the”Monster In The Mountain“.  A copy is at Borderlands Beat (here).   The most important thing in this video, I think, is the reminder that this is not a “war on drugs” but a war on the poor.  And, left unsaid in the seven minute video, a war designed to keep the poor in poverty.  It was no mistake that the victims are the educated, the would-be educated, who threaten the “corruption and impunity” that are the…
  • Being divorced is great

    Chicana on the Edge
    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    During my protracted spinsterhood (didn't marry til I was 41), I did a lot of online dating. Being single-never-married felt like a benefit, or at least a neutral quality, when I was in my late 20s and early 30s, but that changed. By the end of my 30s, being never-married became a liability, a sign that I wasn't capable of committing to a relationship, a red flag that I was probably really bad as a partner. I remember talking to one potential first date on the phone when I was about 38. After learning that I'd never been married, he asked if I'd lived with anyone or been engaged. The answer…
  • Drive-by Karaoke

    CHANFLES!
    EL CHAVO!
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:53 pm
    It’s always good to roll down your windows to hear some of the nice sounds of Lincoln Heights. I guess this is another karaoke option?
  • crazy eyes

    Elenamary
    elenamary
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    A few months ago I was walking my lovely puppy (yes, puppy, he is 8 months old now). When I ran into a neighbor with his puppy of about the same age. The pups played as pups do, and as they did the man began to ask intrusive questions/hit on me and when he asked me “Why is a pretty woman like you single?”  I looked at him straight on and made my eyes as big and weird as possible and I said “Because I am CRAZY.  Motherfucking crazy.” Then I left with my puppy. Today in the mail I got a sex offender notification for said neighbor.  According to public records he…
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  • My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata

    Rene Colato Lainez
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.    Age Range: 7 - 11 years   Grade Level: 1 - 6   Hardcover: 40 pages   Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press (May 5, 2015)   Language: English   ISBN-10:1935955918   ISBN-13: 978-1935955917A bilingual story of family and traditional wisdom: Tata teaches grandson Aaron natural remedies through healing neighbors and family."This charming little book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from the native traditions of the American Southwest. A…
  • Guest Columnist: Alma Luz Villanueva Interviews Anita Endrezze

    msedano
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Alma Luz VillanuevaIn the late 90s I traveled to Sonora, Mexico, to research my family landscape. I wanted to get a feel for the desert and the ocean near Guaymas, San Carlos, and Cuidad Obregon. I took a bus and noticed how the drivers personalized their vehicles, including taxis. The deer is a symbol you’ll find all over Sonora because it is a Yaqui symbol. The Yaqui Deer Dancers are famous. In this painting I hid a deer head...see if you can find it...and added a pelican because they flew over the beach of Bacochibampo, or the Bay of Sea Snakes, in Yaqui. I also added a dog because I saw…
  • Manuel Luis Martinez’s novel “Los Duros” selected as finalist for Texas Institute of Letters Best Book of 2014

    Daniel Olivas
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    We here at La Bloga take special pleasure when a writer we cover receives an honor for her or his literary achievements. So, when I found out that Manuel Luis Martinez’s novel Los Duros was selected as a finalistfor the Texas Institute of Letters Best Book of 2014, I smiled. Last year, I ran an interview with Martinez about his wonderful book. In honor of this news, I’ve decided to “reprint” that interview for today’s post. Here it is:Three questions for Manuel Luis Martinez regarding his novel, Los DurosManuel Luis Martinez is a writer and Professor of American and Chicano…
  • Unwoven: Poems by Erika Garza-Johnson

    Olga Garcia Echeverria
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
     Guest Blog by Veronica SandovalErika Garza-JohnsonCross-eyed chachalacas in the haze of a Texas morning, pushing past toothless abuelas, shadow puppets, and dead butterflies--this is the place where La Llorona and Allen Ginsberg converse next to piñatas and saints, this is the borderland of Anzaldúa, this place of in-between and ambiguity, this place called home. Unwoven, a collection of poems by Erika Garza-Johnson, is published by FlowerSong Books, an imprint of VAO Publishing, and contains 84 poems by one of the most original Rio Grande Valley voices. With prose, free verse, list,…
  • From Taos, with almost no battery left

    Contributing Bloguistas:
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    I'm in Taos, NM, somewhat overwhelmed, a little sapped and on a computer that's nearly out of battery.By the acequia, across the river from property once owned by Donald Rumsfeld, the birds seem to know the tyrant has left. A couple of wrens play some sexual game, a hawk searches for breakfast, maybe; the beavers are somewhere else doing whatever.Yesterday I read to a few classes of elementary kids--Hispanos, as they call themselves, and to Pueblo tribe kids. The topic was ending racism, the atmosphere was warm and the faces were brightly brown.I'm resting. It's Friday, but there's no cerveza…
 
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  • The monster in the mountains

    richmx2
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Not everyone has access to The New Yorker magazine (my budget only goes so far, and I’ve run out of free access), so here is the URL for the”Monster In The Mountain“.  A copy is at Borderlands Beat (here).   The most important thing in this video, I think, is the reminder that this is not a “war on drugs” but a war on the poor.  And, left unsaid in the seven minute video, a war designed to keep the poor in poverty.  It was no mistake that the victims are the educated, the would-be educated, who threaten the “corruption and impunity” that are the…
  • The Border Patrol… and the birth of Baja California cuisine

    richmx2
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Via KQED:  “California Foodways”: If you ask people in the city of Mexicali, Mexico, about their most notable regional cuisine, they won’t say street tacos or mole. They’ll say Chinese food. There are as many as 200 Chinese restaurants in the city. North of the border, in Imperial County, the population is mostly Latino, but Chinese restaurants are packed. There are dishes in this region you won’t find anywhere else, and a history behind them that goes back more than 130 years. […] There’s a specific reason for all of this, according to Professor Robert Chao Romero.
  • Any day is a good day for a walk

    richmx2
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    The Public Security Secretariat for the Federal District released statistics the other day (Jornada, 27 de Marzo de 2015) on the popularity of one of the capital’s more favored forms of social activity.  From April 2014 through March of this year, more than four million people turned out for various demonstrations.  The actual number of demonstrations recorded by District Public Security was 9,168, or slightly over 25 per day.  Filed under: Ciudad de México, Manifestaciones
  • WWORT? The “Alliance For Prosperity”

    richmx2
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    What would Oscar Romero think? Whether one considers Romero a saint, or merely a patriot who died trying to save his country from further suffering and violence, somehow I don’t think he’d look down on El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with anything but sadness. And, as a Catholic Bishop, he might have a few choice words (some rather less than saintly) for Catholic layman Joe Biden. Biden has been the point man on selling, both in the United States and to the Central American nations, the “Alliance for Prosperity” or “Partnership for Growth”… a…
  • As it happens: committing journalism

    richmx2
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    The “real Mexico” of journalists, courtesy of Carlos Léon Palacio, a free-lance reporter (and editor of an you-tube video news site, “Pensar Ético”): What Léon was covering was a protest by Chontel Mayan women who have been staging a hunger strike in Villahermosa, Tabasco, seeking promised support from the state’s governor, for assistance in purchasing farm machinery. The women, and campesinos were trying to deliver a petition to the Governor and to meet with him face-to-face. Léon was trying to do his job. On the other side of the Republic, the farm…
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    Chicana on the Edge

  • Being divorced is great

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    During my protracted spinsterhood (didn't marry til I was 41), I did a lot of online dating. Being single-never-married felt like a benefit, or at least a neutral quality, when I was in my late 20s and early 30s, but that changed. By the end of my 30s, being never-married became a liability, a sign that I wasn't capable of committing to a relationship, a red flag that I was probably really bad as a partner. I remember talking to one potential first date on the phone when I was about 38. After learning that I'd never been married, he asked if I'd lived with anyone or been engaged. The answer…
  • 12-step programs are not great

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    The April 2015 issue of The Atlantic has an article called The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. In the article Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink - And How They Can Regain Control, discusses the ways that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) falls short of helping people control their drinking. Her article asserts that it's past time to consider more medical approaches to treating alcohol abuse besides AA's outdated methods.This blog post won't be about that, athough I'm sure it's true. Glaser's article made me think about how I haven't had very good experiences with…
  • The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Last night I watched one of Robin Williams' last movies: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. I don't know when he finished the movie, but it was released in May 2014 and came out on video-on-demand (VOD) in July 2014, weeks before Williams' suicide. I can only find bad reviews of the movie, but I enjoyed it. Critics said Williams' character's anger seemed energetic, but unconvincing. Because these reviews were written while Williams was still alive, they pulled no punches and called the movie predictable and maudlin. And because Williams was alive when they were writing, critics were also unable to…
  • Trying to eat well to avoid pain

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    My progress towards a cramp-free life seems to have slowed. The cramps I suffered during my last 28-day cycle were better than others since I stopped taking the pill last summer, but things still got pretty bad in the first 24 hours of my period last weekend. Right in step with much of the rest of Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I began throwing up on Saturday night and didn’t stop until late Sunday morning. Oh yeah: I got the nausea of St. Patrick’s Day drunk-bingeing without any of the fun.I suspect the problem is that I’ve plateau-ed on how much I can abstain from sugar,…
  • Nyctophilia

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Nyctophilia is the love of nighttime or darkness and I am a big nyctophiliac. It’s nighttime now and I sit in a dim living room, lit only by the pinkish glow of two Himalayan salt lamps and, of course, my laptop screen. Although I prefer rooms that are bright with natural light during the day, I dislike turning on lights after sunset. I believe that if the sun is down, then it’s time for us to mostly be in darkness, with our focus turned towards bedtime. When I was married, my husband learned that if he entered a room I was in and had to turn on a light so he could see, he should turn…
 
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    CHANFLES!

  • Drive-by Karaoke

    EL CHAVO!
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:53 pm
    It’s always good to roll down your windows to hear some of the nice sounds of Lincoln Heights. I guess this is another karaoke option?
  • “Uhh, I Don’t Know”

    EL CHAVO!
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    And with that timeless line our hero slacker begins his job interview. The rest of this song is even better. I had to share it as it’s hard to find now, even though it used to be online. Yeah, it’s old. Maybe new to you. Still speaks to me, haha! Sleepin’, drinkin’, smokin’ and tokin’. Lurkin’, overtin’, not workin’… Grrr! Gettin’ fired from my job Seems unavoidable. The robot race Is unemployable. If I’m not late You know I’m absent. I’m the poster boy For sexual harassment. My only food From W. I. C.. I got…
  • First World Problems

    EL CHAVO!
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
  • Huevos Rancheros: Loteria Grill – Downtown

    EL CHAVO!
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:58 pm
    I’ve reviewed the Huevos Rancheros from Loteria Grill before, way back in 2008, mostly because I was so far from my usual areas of eating interest that I had to explore the local terrain. I wasn’t planning to dabble in double dipping with this outlet of Jimmy Shaw’s growing collection of eateries but I did find myself here on a day I was craving a savory meal that resonated with my palate. Awwfugit, I have my camera, I’ll make it an adventure. Does absence makes the heart grow fonder? This place is not that easy to find, I would not recommend you consider it a…
  • No Quitarme La Botella

    EL CHAVO!
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    Remember when I used to post music on this page? So many years ago. But then I sorta stopped, not sure why, maybe to give this online landing a structure of sorts and not bother people with my personal preferences. The stupidity of that only becomes clear when you type it out. It might make sense tomorrow. I drove by this spot recently, it reminded me of being at the actual Alhambra in Granada and how badly this community has lived up to the original. As far as I can tell, there is nothing of majesty to be found in our So. Cal Alhambra. Nothing to mesmerize you with a sense of wonder and awe,…
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  • crazy eyes

    elenamary
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    A few months ago I was walking my lovely puppy (yes, puppy, he is 8 months old now). When I ran into a neighbor with his puppy of about the same age. The pups played as pups do, and as they did the man began to ask intrusive questions/hit on me and when he asked me “Why is a pretty woman like you single?”  I looked at him straight on and made my eyes as big and weird as possible and I said “Because I am CRAZY.  Motherfucking crazy.” Then I left with my puppy. Today in the mail I got a sex offender notification for said neighbor.  According to public records he…
  • competitions

    elenamary
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    It has been awhile since I posted and this is mostly so I can keep slight track of what I’ve been doing (I was much better about blogging and keeping a nice spreadsheet of my meets/times before—I’ll need to get back on that for 2015). OSU 4 miler OSU 4 Miler  Sept. 21 2014:    Lordy, this race was difficult.  Not because of the distance or weather but because I did it with one of my students.  She was not used to running and it became more of a Fartlek training where she would sprint as hard as she could for about 20 seconds then come to a dead stop, wait until she…
  • strong women

    elenamary
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I went on two dates with two different men this week, and the best part was after the second date I got to home to a bag of trail mix and to the documentary Strong! (I’ll include it below and hope you’ll watch). I am on the far right. These are a couple of the lovely strong ladies I train with Date #1 let me know that he was more attracted to petite women, and women whiter than me. Date #2 explained that he didn’t like women with lots of muscles.  It is just “too much muscles for a woman”.  He used my gym girlfriends as examples of unattractive. I came home…
  • always lube

    elenamary
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    they looked worse a few days ago ;-) Always lube. More importantly for me, always lube the boobs. I need to remember that. A couple weeks ago I did a sprint triathlon and chaffed a tad in the boobs and thought “man, I should’ve lubed”. This past Sunday I did an olympic distance triathlon (a longer distance), I didn’t lube.  I remember thinking, “meh, it will be okay”. It wasn’t okay I chafed the hell out of my boobs this time. When I saw my doctor Monday, she asked during the breast exam if my partner had done that to me or if I’d done it to…
  • gender differences

    elenamary
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I’ve 226 draft emails …they are mostly thoughts, or experiences, things I needed to jot down to remember in the future.  Accidentally, just opened this email gem and it made me smile: I overheard Lonnie tell Quincy that he couldn’t tell or ask him if he had been working out nor that he had lost any weight. I was shocked by their interaction and then Quincy responded “What? I’m not a woman.  I don’t need lied too”.  The two began to explain that men could be more honest more straight forward, it was more clear cut even when asking about working out.
 
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    ¿Chicano y que?

  • Roberto Rodriguez, PhD – Write in Candidacy for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Chair-elect 2015

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    It’s not that I am declaring my write-in candidacy, but rather, this is at least the second time I’ve been nominated, but have been deemed to be ineligible by the NACCS board and its leadership. As a result, I have chosen to contest those rulings via the only recourse available: a write-in candidacy for Chair-elect for 2015. The following reasons are why I accepted the nomination from Josie Mendez-Negrete, past NACCS chair and professor at UTSA.I have been committed to Raza Studies virtually since its beginnings. I was a member of MEChA since high school (1969-1972) and a member of…
  • Another Documentary Photography Exhibition

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Just finished installing a photography exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library. The 31 black and white photos will be up until April 30, 2015. You are invited to a reception the evening of April 14. I look forward to seeing you.Click photo to enlargeA very short video
  • Banal or Brilliant: Photographing Wichita Falls and Surrounding Communities

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Jesús Manuel Mena GarzaLike my tastes in food and fashion, I prefer tried and true formulas. A simple meal and a basic pair of jeans works for me. When I look through my camera lens I want to capture the glorious details of the everyday. The simple is more elegant and less fussy than the pretentious.Since I shoot a lot of everyday scenes I ask myself, at what point does the banal become esoteric or artistic? When I see my final edited photograph I posit,  did I produce a glorified snapshot or something more valuable?So at what point does a simple photograph transform into fine art?
  • Documenting the Legacy of César Estrada Chávez Exhibition

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
  • A Chicano Photographer's Journey Video

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:09 pm
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    South Texas Chisme

  • Gone Fishing!

    CouldBeTrue
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Will return in late April
  • Monitor/Texas Tribune headline calls out Cruz for hypocrisy

    CouldBeTrue
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    'Cruz heavy on border rhetoric, light on trips'Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is well known for his fiery rhetoric around border security and his staunch support of tightening immigration laws — messages he’s spreading across Iowa and New Hampshire as he considers a presidential bid.Despite those calling cards, the state’s first Hispanic U.S. senator has only made three trips to communities along the Texas-Mexico border since taking office more than two years ago, his staff confirms. By comparison, Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the state’s senior senator, has made 13 trips to the border…
  • TPA blog roundup time!

    CouldBeTrue
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    The Texas Progressive Alliance is still full from celebrating Pi Day as it brings you this week's roundup.Off the Kuff reports on the last (we hope) special legislative election of the year.Libby Shaw writing for Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos is both outraged and embarrassed by the 47 GOP U.S. Senator saboteurs. The Snow Made Them Do It.CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is terrified that private entities are controlling are access to water. Oligarchy is the Republican way.From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. The GOP in Texas used to be for local control, now they're not. Why is that?
  • Oligarchs control Texas water plan

    CouldBeTrue
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Of course, they do. Profits over people. That's the republican way.That changed in 2013 when lawmakers — with Texas voters’ approval — put $2 billion from the state’s savings account toward actually building some of the projects. That also put a spotlight on the Texas Water Development Board, a once-obscure agency charged with state water planning.But the water plan’s new prominence is also highlighting how involved private engineering and consulting firms are in deciding what the state needs. The state water board paid such firms a total of $13.7 million for their work in putting…
  • Weslaco City Commissioners get probation for open meetings violation

    CouldBeTrue
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    That is interesting.At least some semblance of finality in the Weslaco city commissioners’ Texas Open Meetings Act case was achieved Thursday when the elected officials accused of violating the act agreed to enter a pretrial diversion program.The decision came at a pretrial hearing held inside Judge Bobby Flores’ 139th state District Court, where the defendants — former Commissioner Joe Martinez and ex-Mayor Pro Tem John Cuellar, together with current Commissioners David Fox, Lupe Rivera and Jerry Tafolla — agreed to the conditions of the program for one year. After which time, the…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • ESPN’s Hugo Balta Views Sports as Universal Language

    Latina Lista
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    By Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews.com Regardless of income, ethnicity or skin color, sports fans speak a universal language. So says Hugo Balta, senior director of multicultural content at ESPN. The wide world of sports is a unifying force, and Balta sees it as his mission to involve a growing, multicultural audience for the global sports network. Working at the “worldwide leader in sports” is the perfect marriage of Balta’s professional and personal interests: developing and producing news and sports-related content and educating and informing an increasingly diverse audience. The…
  • Anglo bilingual rapper unites his passions for music and bilingualism in Bilingual Nation U.S.A.

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    By Kristal Bivona Language Magazine GueroLoco wears many hats: he’s an award-winning hip-hop en español artist, an activist for immigrant rights and language rights, and an inspirational speaker for students and teachers. He united his passions for music and for bilingualism in his project Bilingual Nation U.S.A., which he started with his high school Spanish teacher. This year, he and Bilingual Nation U.S.A. are in the running for four Chicago Music Awards, and he will be hosting the fifth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee. Language Magazine caught up with GueroLoco to find out what…
  • Crowdfunder: Creating a mural to bridge the gap between Puerto Ricans in New York and on the island

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: RAICES… A MURAL IN PUERTO RICO Three artists from New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico, a trio with Puerto Rican ROOTS are on a mission to use the language of visual arts to bring community together and bridge the gap between the Puerto Ricans in New York and on the Island. Using art to document, preserve, educate, and bring awareness strengthens and empowers its people. “Without my Roots, there is no story”/” Sin Mis Raices, No Hay Historia” is a design created by the artist Mia Roman a NuyoRican born in Brooklyn NY from Puerto Rican…
  • Farmworker Uprising Shakes Baja California

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Frontera NorteSur BAJA, CA — Farmworker leaders, farm employers and Mexican government officials have initiated talks aimed at resolving a massive labor conflict connected to the U.S. food industry that’s rocking the border state of Baja California. Long-simmering labor grievances exploded into the open March 17 when thousands of farmworkers blockaded the Trans-Peninsula Highway between the agro-export region of the San Quintin Valley and the coastal city of Ensenada, a popular destination of U.S. tourists. Led by the independent Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for…
  • Peru’s beautiful and ancient Vilavilani cave paintings left unprotected

    Latina Lista
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week A cave containing some of southern Peru’s most beautiful, ancient paintings is unprotected and hardly known by the public. The Vilavilani cave, located in the Palca district of the region of Tacna in southern Peru houses cave paintings dating back to approximately 7,000 B.C. Archaeologist Jesus Gordillo told El Comercio that, although scientific analysis has not dated the paintings, the symbols, style, and medium provide answers to their epoch. Gordillo claims that “we could be talking about paintings taking back 7,000 years B.C., since they have very…
 
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    Hasta Los Gatos Quieren Zapatos

  • Stephen King says it best

    reenee
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Stephen King does have a way with words. His response to Indiana's new anti-gay law was short, sweet and quite colorful:"Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration act is gay discrimination, pure and simple. You can frost a dog turd, but it's still a dog turd."Speaking of turds, the shit hit the fan after Governor Mike Pence signed the poisoned Religious Freedom Restoration Act, potentially legalizing discrimination against the LGBT community in the Hoosier State.The fact that this new law allows individuals and/or companies to cite religious freedom if sued for discrimination is the…
  • Here is something new...

    LeeSee
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Apparently Sony has yearly Photograph awards.Who knew?Sony on Tuesday announced the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards' Mobile Phone category, and we're impressed.  Mobile is just one of many categories in the competition. Others include Professional, Open and Youth. There were more than 96,000 entries across the Youth, Open and Mobile categories. Mobile alone saw 10,200 photo submissions, and winners in the category were chosen by an online vote from a shortlist of 20 photos. The entry that won first place got 6,718 votes, Sony says.Wow.My phone photos look…
  • We're shocked, SHOCKED!

    reenee
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Indiana passes a law called "religious freedom" to protect the tight-ass faction from having to do business with gays, or anyone who clearly doesn't look like them and then they're "shocked, confused and completely caught off-guard" by the backlash?Frankly, I'm shocked that they're shocked.GOP leaders there told reporters that they had not expected criticism calling the measure anti-gay.During a press conference, Indiana's House Speaker Brian Bosma said, "I don't think anyone anticipated that the characterization of the bill would be, this denies to services to a specific class to Hoosiers.
  • Fair enough..

    LeeSee
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    ..this creates a very awkward situation.
  • Not all disagreements are worthy of going to court

    reenee
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Apparently, three students at Live Oak High School in the town of Morgan Hill showed up at school wearing tee shirts emblazoned with the U.S. flag  at an event celebrating the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo in 2010. School officials were not amused.First thing to say is that this so-called holiday does not get the celebration in Mexico that it gets here. No one would ever really know about it were it not for the marketing push by beer companies to sell Mexican beer and other corporations to sell Mexican-themed merchandise.Cities with large Latino populations woke up to the fact that…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Review: I've got a bad feeling about Princess Leia's comic book series

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    When I learned that Princess Leia was getting a comic book series, it made sense. Women-led comic books are all the rage, especially given the ass kicking that "Thor (2014)" has been doing in sales. But after two issues, I am quite disappointed. "Princess Leia" picks up at the end of the "A New Hope" when Leia presents Luke & Han with medals.SPOILERS BELOW....The issue that Leia must contend with in this series is what to do after the destruction of Alderaan. Not just personally, but as the Princess of Alderaan. And here's where I feel the plot goes off track...The idea that the Empire is…
  • The Power to Offend: Why Dan Bernstein Says What He Says

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The latest case of foot-in-mouth disease, Chicago sports radio personality, Dan Bernstein.Wednesday night, Bernstein took to Twitter to question the ability of a woman sports reporter's abilities. He woke up the next morning with a Twitter hangover. But unlike the young man who called Mo'ne Davis a slut, so far Bernstein has gotten off scott-free. The Chicago Tribune reports that "Bernstein admitted on air he didn't realize he was in the middle of a blazing social media firestorm until he woke up Thursday morning. Only then did it hit him that making Twitter comments about a woman sports…
  • #365FeministSelfie NW Retreat is in the books...

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    I really did not think that picture would actually take place.Over a year ago when I launched #365FeministSelfie, I did not think so many people would participate. Then when they did and started to talk about organizing a retreat? Shut the front door! No way. People are going to travel to meet people they met via selfies? Well over the weekend we did.  It wasn't a ton of people and in fact, it was the perfect number of people for the first, beta #365Feministselfie Retreat. I am so terrible at names, it was seriously perfect for me. You would think after seeing each other for over a year,…
  • First Woman to Head MLB Doctors Group

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a sports fan, I have always been intrigued as to why women dominate the medical field, but not sports medicine. You rarely think of them until you see your quarterback get knocked down or someone slides into second base and catches their cleat on the base. This is why I perked up when I learned that Dr. Kathleen Weber is poised to become the first woman to lead the Major League Baseball (MLB) Team Physicians Association in 2016. She is the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.This was an important interview for me…
  • Catching up with Thor, Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel (Spoilers)

    13 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The last time you checked in on your blogging goddess, she had finished the first issue of the new Thor, the first two issues of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and a bunch of the new Ms. Marvel. Today she picked up the latest issues bringing us up to Thor #5, Ms. Marvel #11, and SCF Wonder Woman #6. And how are they? SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!THOR: We are still learning about the new Thor. The mystery woman is still hiding behind the mask, but we do learn that she cares about the original Thor. When he comes back from the dead (you knew he wasn't really dead!), she is relived. And while he…
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  • With video – Discovery Familia airs bakery entrepreneur series

    Elena del Valle
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Buddy Valastro, host of Bakery Boss - click to enlargeVideo, photo: Discovery FamiliaInterested in capturing the attention of women between 18 and 49 years of age Discovery Familia will air 13 one hour episodes, dubbed into Spanish, of Bakery Boss Mondays at 10 p.m. E/P starting March 30, 2015. The series, new to Discovery Familia, stars Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) as he visits bakeries on the verge of bankruptcy around the country. Scroll down to watch a short video promotional clip in Spanish.The show, produced by High Noon Entertainment, first aired in English on TLC in the United States in…
  • Podcast with Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, lead author, Your Bones, about how too many phosphates are killing us

    Elena del Valle
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, lead author, Your Bones Photo: Lara Pizzorno, MDiv A podcast interview with Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, lead author, Your Bones, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses how too many phosphates are killing us with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast. A member of the American Medical Writers Association for more than 25 years, Lara is the editor of Longevity Medicine Review, and senior medical editor for Salugenecists, Inc., and Integrative Medicine Advisors, LLC. She…
  • Car sales specialist discusses his search engine ideas

    Elena del Valle
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Win the Game of GoogleopolyPhotos: Wiley, Bryan Taylor Johnson Sean V. Bradley, CSP has made a career in automotive sales. When it comes to online sales he believes Google is king, dominating 67.5 percent of the market. He also believes it is essential to appear among the top ten results or the first page of results on Google. Because, he says, only five percent of people look at results beyond the first page, not being on that page is like not appearing at all. He is convinced he has discovered search engine optimization techniques that will lead readers of his book Win the Game of…
  • B2B executives discuss big data marketing issues

    Elena del Valle
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Big Data-Driven Busines Photos: Wiley Marketers Russell Glass and Sean Callahan are big data fans. They believe big data “is changing and should change the way business functions.” They are convinced the benefits of data gathering and analysis are available to companies of all sizes and that every company is relying on them.Sean Callahan, co-author, The Big Data Driven Business In The Big Data-Driven Business: How to Use Big Data to Win Customers, Beat Competitors, and Boost Profits (Wiley, $30), a 214-page hardcover book published this year, they discuss the marketing advantages they…
  • Executive discusses new ways to connect with customers

    Elena del Valle
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Igniting Customer ConnectionsPhotos: WileyAndrew Frawley, president, Epsilon, has 30 years of marketing experience. He is convinced the old methods of marketing are behind us. He seeks to establish an emotional connection with customers and engage with them in “effective ways that achieve impressive repeatable results.” Toward that goal he commissioned proprietary research.The findings lead to what he calls Return on Experience x Engagement or ROE 2, an approach to produce profitable customer connections and measure marketing results. In Igniting Customer Connections: Fire Up Your…
 
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  • Cristela Race Theory

    Hector A. Chavana, Jr. (Tlacaelel)
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Wish I had time to blog I’d do one on the show cristela. Some of the stuff they show is powerful commentary on our own colonization and our mindset. One show talked about the tendency of people in our community who think they are superior when they date whites. The other show illustrated not only tokenism but how minorities are used in court as window dressing to oppose claims of discrimination. It was all talked about very casually and comedic ally. I think these topics are useful even if there was a void of criticism and reflection about these topics. Saw my camarada Anastacio…
  • In Re Rodriguez 81 F. 337 Distrct Court W.D. Texas

    Hector A. Chavana, Jr. (Tlacaelel)
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This case is cited as one that deal with voting rights in Texas, according to the Texas State Historical Association. I think the racial and historical understanding of our history is confused liberally racist, you know that kind of racism where they say, “you’re not like the rest of them.” Case decided May 3, 1897. At the May term, 1896, of this court, Ricardo Rodriguez, a citizen of Mexico, filed an application, in due form, by which he sought to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. Two affidavits, embodying the essential requisites prescribed by the…
  • From Law School Learnig

    Hector A. Chavana, Jr. (Tlacaelel)
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Went over Johnson v M’intosh today. “Brilliant” Chief Justice Marshall: natives can’t claim title to land because they did not discover it. Share and Enjoy:
  • Nemontemi

    Hector A. Chavana, Jr. (Tlacaelel)
    19 May 2014 | 9:14 am
    The new understanding of the xiuhpoalli is that there was a leap year after all, rather than the quarter day adjustment that many of us had heard of. How did the calendar account for the over compensation of the additional day, since a year is actually slightly less tham 365.25 days? It is actually 365.24 days, meaning that the addition of a day every four years is actually an overcompensation of about 14 minutes.  I guess this question applies even assuming the quarter day adjustment were correct (as opposed to the leap year). The same over compensation applies regardless of whatever method…
  • The Three Factors

    Hector A. Chavana, Jr. (Tlacaelel)
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:22 am
    I often listen to Michael Berry who is on the fringes of the conservative talk show hosts. One of the distinguishing factors about his content is that he loudly criticizes the culture of “the welfare class” and mocks, and even demonizes those people who look at collective solutions to problems. He goes way beyond a policy analysis an actually has a female character who does “black voice,” who is played by a white man. He often stereotypes those people who he calls “illegal” immigrants. Anyway, you get the flavor of his show. Today, he was exploring a theory…
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