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Nov. 13, 2012

David Letterman on Republicans and the Latino vote

     David Letterman: "Republicans still will not admit that they underestimated the power of the Hispanic vote. As a matter of fact, Latinos are calling this 'Cinco Deny-o.' "
     Letterman also showed Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan wearing a Mexican charro hat and changing his first name to Pablo.

July 12, 2012

Jay Leno on Mexican vote buying allegations

"In Mexico, the loser of their presidential election has now accused the winner of election fraud. He says the winner bought millions of votes, to which Mitt Romney said, 'You can do that? What am I traveling around the country for?' "

July 5, 2012

Catón on "López Obrador to challenge the election results"

I didn't expect anything else
That's what I predicted
If the truth must be told,
His Amorous Republic never existed.

The original, and far better, Spanish (PDF).

May 2012

Jay Leno on California is so broke ...

"California is so broke that people from Tijuana are coming here now to watch donkey shows."

"Officials in Colombia are reporting cases involving a new drug. The drug is called devil's breath. They say it robs people of memory and free will. We have that; it's called tequila."

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Catón on "Plutarco Elías Calles appearing with a beard in a Hollywood film"

plutarco elias callesemperor maximilianAnother goof in the U.S. film tableau
discovered by a movie maven.
The next thing you know
Maximilian will be clean-shaven.

Photos: President Calles, left, Emperor Maximilian, right.

Caton's original, and far better, Spanish verse (PDF).
ruben blades as callesThe movie, called "For Greater Glory" in the U.S. and "Cristiada" in Mexico, has Panamanian singer Rubén Blades as Calles. Set in the 1920s, it also features Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole and Eduardo Verastegui.

Jay Leno on the Pew Hispanic Center report on Mexicans returning to Mexico

"Well, in a stunning announcement, the Pew Hispanic Center says that the net migration flows from Mexico to the United States have stopped after 40 years. In fact, after 6 million illegal immigrants came here, the flow has now reversed, there are more people going back. Do you know what that means? By the year 2015, women in Beverly Hills might actually have to raise their own children. It's shocking, shocking."
Story on the Pew Hispanic Center report.
Update, April 26: "For the first time in decades, the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico has gone down. Do you know what that means? The lettuce you're now eating may have been picked by a guy named Trevor." (From April 25 "Tonight Show")


Monday, April 23, 2012

Catón on "AMLO uses commercial flights"

Skilled in this area I am not,
But I will say this without disdain:
In López Obrador's six-year campaign
Perhaps he has spent a lot.

The original, and far better, Spanish.
Story on what aircraft presidential candidates are using.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Catón on "Education is bad in Mexico"

To understand this, one must know that the political party formed by national teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo is called the New Alliance Party, also known as Panal.

Education is bad: Reading, math and science,
Say experts who have erudition.
They also say, with conviction,
"The proof is in the New Alliance."
The original, and far better, Spanish (PDF).

Monday, April 16, 2012

Catón on report that children are not reading

That's the least of the curse
I was told by a reader
What is far worse
is that teachers don't read either

The original, and far better, Spanish (PDF).

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Catón on "Peña Nieto keeps his lead ..."

This news doesn't make me spin
His team doesn't seem to scare
The PRI front-runner will win
If he doesn't attend another book fair!

The original, and far better, Spanish (PDF)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Catón on "Mexico prepares for the Olympics"

In Mexico, unfortunately,
according to the stats
there are too few athletes
and far too many bureaucrats

The original, and far better, Spanish (PDF)

March 19, 2012

Jay Leno on deportations

"The Department of Homeland Security has deported 397,000 illegal immigrants last year. And listen to this, they are threatening to deport them again this year."

March 16, 2012

Jay Leno on Mitt Romney and illegal immigrants

"He is so rich that his illegal immigrants even have illegal immigrants working for them."

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Catón on López Obrador's love of baseball

The Mexican humor columnist Catón writes:

"López Obrador likes baseball."
Andrés Manuel has been saying it forever,
Baseball's the sport he likes to tout.
What he doesn't like, however,
is when they say "The mighty AMLO has struck out."

The original, and far better, Spanish (PDF).
Update, March 8: López Obrador playing baseball in an Oakland A's uniform. Frontera (PDF).

Wednesday, Feb. 29

David Letterman incorrectly mitt romneydavid lettermansays Mitt Romney was born in Mexico, also makes illegal immigrant joke

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Jay Leno on the new U.S. travel warning for Mexico:

"Well the U.S. has expanded travel warnings to Mexico to almost half the country now. In fact, American tourists are pretty nervous. In fact, they say Americans walking around Mexico are almost as nervous as Mexicans walking around Arizona."

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012

Catón on Mexican bridge being world's tallest

The Mexican humorist Catón :
"...México has the tallest bridge in the world..."

And so that they won't bring charges against us,
but in the realm of bridges
we are the most competent:
We also make them long ."

The original, and far better, Spanish.

Catón is making reference to the cable-stayed Baluarte bridge in Sinaloa state on the new Mazatlán-Durango superhighway, but also using a play on the word bridges, which in Mexico also refers to Mexicans' propensity to extend a holiday into the weekend before or after it. That has been a factor in reducing Mexican productivity. Mexican teachers are infamous for taking the days in between off. Governments have in recent years been moving the days holidays are observed contiguous to the weekend to reduce "puentes," or bridges.
The 3,688-foot-long Baluarte bridge in Sinaloa state has a maximum drop of 1,321 feet from the deck to the bottom of the gorge below. The bridge was dedicated by President Felipe Calderón on Jan. 5: Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Previous story on the bridge in MexicoPerspective.

Jay Leno on Friday night also joked about the bridge on NBC's "The Tonight Show," saying: "And Mexico has just completed construction of a bridge that is one of the world's highest. In fact, it clears the fence along our border by a good 50 feet."



Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Zombies take over Tijuana streets

Picture page, in Frontera (PDF). Front page, Frontera (PDF)

Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

Leno keeps joking about Mexico

jay lenoHis humor informs about current events and Mexican history,
although some might say he has tunnel vision

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Sept. 8, 2011

Calderón hits deadly jackpot on humor magazine cover

El Chamuco also does feature on Mexganistán

chamuco coverThe latest edition of El Chamuco deals with the issue of casinos, and its cover has President Felipe Calderón hitting a jackpot on a slot machine: Unfortunately, though, the jackpot is of three skulls, in reference to the 52 killed in the Casino Royale arson massacre in Monterrey in August.

The magazine also has an article called ''Mexganistán,'' which makes comparisons between Mexico and Afghanistan. It talks of Mexganistán's main tribes, the prishtunes (represented by PRI Sen. Manlio Fabio Beltrones wearing a turban) and the panushtunes (represented by PAN politician Diego Fernández de Cevallos, also wearing a turban and the long flowing beard he was pictured wearing when he was released after a ransom was paid to his kidnappers last year.) The magazine also referred to the perreshtunes, which it said were divided in innumerable subtribes. (The main tribal groups in Afghanistan are the Pashtuns and the Tajiks.) The story notes that Mexganistán is extremely violent and grows plants that can be made into illicit drugs for sale in other countries, just as occurs in Afghanistan and Mexico. It also had a photo of new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, who just left his deputy ambassador post in Afghanistan. It (jokingly) called the new ambassador the "son of the audacious John Wayne." (Tony Wayne was sworn in this week: Story in El Mexicano).

Aug. 31, 2011

Mexicans in Antarctica?

Jay Leno: "Scientists say they have found strong evidence that Texas and Antarctica were once joined together.

"In fact, early Mexicans used to go through Texas to sneak into Antarctica."

(The joke got a hearty laugh from the studio audience).
National Geographic on the Texas-Antarctica link.

Aug. 28, 2011

genie  bra infomercialViewers miss Tijuana Xolos goal due to
8 1/2-minute-long Genie Bra commercial
on KZSD Azteca America Channel 15

Station left viewers hanging See story

Aug. 3, 2011

'The (U.S.) economy is so bad ...'

jay lenoJay Leno on the "Tonight Show" Tuesday: "The (U.S.) economy is so bad that nobody snuck in from Mexico today."

From Monday: "According to Mexican government, the unemployment rate is so low, 4.9%, illegal immigrants in the U.S. are now moving back to Mexico to escape our 9.4% unemployment. See, Obama is a genius, he has now solved our illegal immigration problem....

"I'll tell you how bad it is. Now Mexico is thinking about building a wall."

Why Mexico's unemployment statistics are misleading
Story Leno's item appears to have based on.

July 18, 2011

Columnist has daily date with "Miss Alud"

The humor columnist Catón wrote about someone he has a date with every day who also does not happen to be his wife: Miss Alud.

Miss Alud could be literally translated as Miss Landslide or Miss Avalanche. But Catón, 73, pointed out that he actually was referring to "Mi Salud" — My Health. Catón, also known as Armando Fuentes Aguirre, said his date consists of walking with Miss Alud for half an hour at 6 a.m. He lives in Saltillo in Coahuila state.
Catón's column.

July 15, 2011

Tijuana prohibits tossing gum on the street,
so someone sticks gum on sign instead
sign prohibiting throwing away gum

gum and tijuana sign










One wonders what would have happened to the perpetrator in Singapore....
This sign was on Avenida Revolución south of Sanborns.

Story about the gum-tossing prohibition. Jump page. (The El Mexicano story, which ran days after the above photo was published, has a photo of the same sign, but does not note that the sign has gum stuck on it.)


June 30, 2011:

Humor magazine pokes fun at Hank Rhon

The Mexican humor magazine El Chamuco, in its June 27 edition, had a page authored by El Fer titled: "7 other accusations Hank Rhon could face:"

Background: Caliente racetrack operator and former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, whom a federal judge released June 14 on charges of possessing an illegal arsenal of hank el chamucoweapons and whom a state judge released later the same day from house arrest in a murder case, has a large family and a private zoo. He has been accused (although not in court) of allegedly laundering money for drug cartels; this has not been proven. In 1988, his bodyguards killed a journalist for the weekly newspaper Zeta. Hank is the son of one of Mexico's most famous politicians, former Mexico state governor and former Mexico City Mayor Carlos Hank González. Hank Rhon is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which held the presidency from 1929 to 2000, and may win it back next year.

The Seven Accusations (can be seen at El Fer's website):

1. For having an arsenal, but of children and contributing to overpopulation. (Hank has 19 children; five are from his wife's previous marriage, however)
2. For mistreating animals (that is, making the military and the Attorney General's Office look ridiculous)
3. Because his football team, the Xoloitzcuintles of Tijuana, made it to the first division of soccer *
4. For using the Caliente racetrack as a laundry.
5. For misogyny. It is known that he has taken advantage of a lady named Justice on various occasions.
6. For promoting practices injurious to health and morality when he drinks his tequila with tiger penises. Hank is known to drink tequila steeped with lion and tiger penises.
7. For being the prodigal son of that autocratic party that massacred students and disappeared opponents and threatens to return to Los Pinos (the Mexican White House). This item refers to the 1968 Tlaltelolco massacre and disappearances of political opponents, which reached their apex in the 1970s. **

* It is not clear why this is funny, although some might not find any of these funny; El Fer's humor is his own and does not represent MexicoPerspective. Perhaps El Fer was rooting for the León or Irapuato soccer teams the Xolos beat on their way to making it to the first division, or perhaps he is a fan of Necaxa, the Aguascalientes team sent down when the Xolos moved up? El Fer, also known as Fernando de Anda, says he was born in 1977 in Chilangotitlán (Mexico City), was spoiled or raised badly in the arid hills and exotic bars of Tijuana and then was tropicalized in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz state. He also draws for Excelsior.

** It is not clear why this is funny either.

Previous mention of El Chamuco

brozoJune 28, 2011

Construction error, or divine justice?

Brozo the clown tweets: brozoxmiswebs

"The new home for the (Mexican) Senate cost $3 million. There are leaks, there aren't bathrooms and it reeks of sewage. Was this a construction error or divine justice?"


June 15, 2011

Xolos name change?

xolos logoarsenal logoJaime Flores Martínez writes in his Cicuta (Hemlock) column that some fans of the Xolos soccer team are upset that the club sponsored by Jorge Hank Rhon's Grupo Caliente might have its named changed to "Arsenal of Tijuana."
Cicuta column in El Mexicano

June 14, 2011

A politician who is armed is a ...

Former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon's father, former Mexico City Mayor and Mexico state Gov. Carlos Hank González, was famous for having said: "A politician who is poor is a poor politician." That phrase from a man who became wealthy after becoming a politician came in many ways to symbolize the Institutional Revolutionary Party. After Hank Rhon was recently detained on suspicion of possessing illegal weapons, the Democratic Revolution Party candidate for Mexico state governor, Alejandro Encinas, had this to say: "Now we've gone from 'A politician who is poor is a poor politician' to 'A politician who is armed is a poor politician.' "
Universal story
Jorge Hank developments

June 11, 2011

Slapstick humor at the Jorge Hank rallyjorge hank bumper sticker

What is so funny about this bumper sticker? Nothing, really, except for that someone at the Tijuana rally to support Jorge Hank Rhon after his arrest on suspicion of possessing illegal arms put it on my jorge hank rally bumper stickersback, where many must have laughed at me ("Se rieron de mí") until a good soul decided to tell me about it and removed it.

It was believed, however, that the bumper stickers at right were not stuck on these two women without their knowledge.

May 18, 2011

Jay Leno on why immigrant women were trying to come to the U.S.

Jay Leno: "Mexican authorities today pulled over two huge tractor-trailers at the U.S. border and a search of the trucks found over 500 immigrants stuffed inside — all of them housekeepers hoping to have a baby with Arnold (Schwarzenegger)."

April 20, 2011

FBI T-shirt in Tijuana

Seen: T-shirt on a woman at the Plaza Río shopping center in Tijuana that said FBI, and then explained:
Bella e

March 18, 2011

Cartoon about Mexican foreign minister and U.S. drones

Frontera has a good cartoon of Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa wearing a serape and huaraches in front of a cactus while U.S. drones fly overhead on anti-narcotics flights.

from Zeta's issue of March 11, 2011

Obama or the pope?

President Felipe Calderón is asked by a journalist: "You recently met with the pope and with President Barack Obama. Which meeting did you enjoy more?"

Calderón answers: "The meeting with the pope, because I only had to kiss his ring."

Driving in Tijuana:

Luis Alonso Pérez writes in Zeta: "To drive in Tijuana without falling into a big pothole has become a test of the ability of border drivers in recent weeks."

Hmm, maybe that is not so funny. Frontera's story about potholes on Monday, March 14, 2011.

And on March 16, the new PRI government in Tijuana ran an ad showing a big pothole, saying this was the legacy the previous PAN government had left it. What was really funny about that was that the photo of the pothole was taken in Guadalajara.

Can López Obrador run for president again?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the former Mexico City mayor who lost the 2006 presidential election by a razor-thin margin to Felipe Calderón, challenged the results and proclaimed himself the legitimately elected president of Mexico in a ceremony in which he was draped with a presidential sash.

As a result, jokes Trans-Border Institute Director David Shirk, "López Obrador can't run for president in 2012, because there is no re-election in Mexico."

López Obrador was in Tijuana on Monday, March 7, to meet with the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional López Obrador 2012 in the Masonic Lodge in the downtown area.

Freedom of Expresión
or Freedom of Presión?

Freedom of Expression
or Freedom of Pressure?

The cartoonists' magazine El Chamuco is irreverent, has politics way to the left and probably too elchamuco221much nudity. But it often hits the nail on the head when it comes to Mexican humor. Its Feb. 21, 2001 issue was a case in point. Much of the issue was devoted to Freedom of Expression (Libertad de Expresión) in the wake of Carmen Aristegui's firing from MVS Radio after she asked President Felipe Calderón to address longstanding rumors that he drank too much. (After a great hue and cry, and charges that Calderón was behind the firing, she was rehired.) Both are featured on the cover and the president also is featured on the back cover, passed out with a spilled drink in front of a wall bearing the logo "Beber Mejor," (Drink Better), a play off the government program "Vivir Mejor," (Live Better.) El Chamuco's editorial on the Aristegui issue.

libertad de presionOne section of the magazine by the cartoonist Rapé turned the phrase "Libertad de Expresión" (Freedom of Expression) essentially into "Libertad de Presión" (Freedom of Pressure) by partially fading out the letters "ex," and also showed a caricature of a journalist interviewing a man with a gun for a head.

After a period of time, back issues of the magazine can be read online. Perhaps it is to be commended that telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim, named by Forbes as the the richest men in the world, sells the magazine in the book and magazine section of his Sanborn's restaurant/store chain, despite the beating he often takes in the pages of El Chamuco.

Cambio de Aceite y Tu Nap

Sign seen at the intersection of the Vía Rápida Poniente and Lázaro Cárdenas in Tijuana:

"Cambio de Aceite y Tu Nap"

(Oil Change and Tune-up)