Especial Correspondents

I’ve never understood antisemitism.

As a Mexican-American man with little exposure to Jewish people up until college, that hate always seemed like one group of white people discriminating another group of white people for no good reason.

I never understood why if our country went to war against the Nazis in World War II, we would have Americans that would act like the enemy.

We are supposed to be the heroes, not the villains. [Mas…]


Remember that Latinx Trump supporter who told us to be scared, because if Hillary were elected there would be taco trucks on every corner? This vendido:

 

Dude was right, and here are the Pocho Ocho Top Reasons Why:

8. I’ll be forced into a perpetual cycle of “How many tacos can I eat in one sitting?”

7. Increased likelihood I’m ordering after a white guy who speaks better Spanish than me (shot-out Mormon missionaries, I see tu’).

6. In the first week, I’ll lose three fingers from frostbite after digging out my Mexican Coke from under the avalanche of shaved ice.

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DATELINE GLENOAKS PARK, GLENDALE, CA, SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018:

Gracie Pinzón de Hernández writes on Facebook:

I thought I would share this with you guys… this woman almost got away with robbing us from the joy of celebrating 4 years of life for our little one. We planned and saved to give him the kind of party we never had. My husband and I thought we would never be parents so birthdays are a big deal. I almost didn’t post this but decided that I needed to. [Mas…]

From #PueblaYork to #OaxaCalifornia

I live in NYC, and I have to admit, it had been a long time since I spent time in L.A., close to a decade.

In 2008, I visited my tía abuela who lived in Orange County. She drove me up to L.A. to see Olvera Street and a quick drive through Boyle Heights. It’s been a decade since then, and this summer I had a few days and a rental car, so I saw some things. I had some taco literacy work to do, but more than that, I wanted to learn more about the gente, to visit some places that have been mythologized for me, a Chicano from rural Arizona.

Califas, as I heard y’all refer to yourselves, I had come to get to know you better. [Mas…]

I won’t sit back and watch our culture waste away to the wimps weaned on participation trophies, and its more pernicious forbearer, the birthday cake.

Participation trophies are rightly the object of widespread scorn. [Mas…]

(PNS reporting from URRIALBA) Randy and Candy Wiggins (photo) plunged to their deaths Tuesday afternoon when the couple’s parachute failed to deploy during a skydive that was intended to reveal the gender of their child to be.

The Billings, Montana couple traveled to Costa Rica this week to leap from 12,000 feet above this rural mountain town in hopes of performing “the most epic gender reveal EVER,” Candy wrote on her Facebook page hours before the accident. [Mas…]

Mexico dumps futbol, switches to curling after sad Club America loss

by EL PEJIBAYE STAFF April 12, 2018 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MEXICO CITY)  Mexico is throwing in the towel — and picking up a broom — after Club America’s humiliating defeat to Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final Tuesday night.  The loss signaled the death of the country’s storied soccer tradition. After the 4-2 aggregate defeat, club officials for the Mexico […]

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Reports: NAFTA negotiations extended until end of time

by EL PEJIBAYE STAFF April 11, 2018 El Now
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, DC) NAFTA negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico will likely only conclude when mankind ceases to exist or if extraterrestrial raids breed unity among humans that leads to the dissolution of international borders, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the trilateral talks.

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Pocho Ocho Most Important Terms and Conditions for Dealing With Me

by CARLOS AGUILAR April 5, 2018 Cultura
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I’m not a hard guy to get along with, as long as you adhere to the Pocho Ocho Most Important Terms and Conditions for Dealing With Me: 8. Don’t call me amigo; it’s the first sign we’re not friends 7. Friends don’t let friends… put lettuce in their burritos 6. Every time you microwave a […]

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Mex Prez candidate AMLO says luchadores will protect U.S. border

by EL PEJIBAYE STAFF April 5, 2018 El Now

(PNS reporting from NOGALES) Mexico Presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) will deploy the country’s finest and fiercest lucha libre fighters to the northern border should U.S. President Donald Trump carry out his pledge to militarize the nations’ shared international boundary, the candidate known as AMLO said in a press conference on Wednesday.

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Costa Rican host family evicts gringo for flushing toilet paper

by El Pejibaye Staff April 4, 2018 El Now
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(PNS reporting from SAN PEDRO, COSTA RICA) Study abroad student Caleb Kostopoulos was kicked out of his temporary home in the Costa Rican capital of San José last night when his host family discovered he’d flushed toilet paper down the commode instead of putting it in the bathroom trashcan as instructed, the 20-year old Temple […]

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Let’s get real – canned menudo is way better than your abuela’s

by Carlos Aguilar March 30, 2018 Cultura
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I’d rather eat canned menudo than whatever is cooking in your kitchen. I said it and I don’t regret it. The reasons are simple and clear; here are four:

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Women’s History Video: To shave or not to shave is ‘A Prickly Subject’

by LA PELUDA March 26, 2018 Cultura
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A Prickly Subject is a poetic account of a woman who is grappling with the decision of whether or not she should embrace her body hair in public. [Video by Helen Plumb.]

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Prudential courts Latinos with nonsense ‘Spanish’ #hashtag

by LAURA MARTINEZ March 22, 2018 Cultura
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I can only imagine what went on at the marketing pitch meeting for the above Tweet: — Prudential Executive 1: We need to connect with Spanish-speaking latinos *and* let them know we can help them be prepared and get financially fit. – Prudential Executive 2: Yeah, but the Prudential brand has to be prominent, and […]

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What are the Pocho Ocho Top Ways to tell that Spring has finally esprung?

by Especial Correspondents March 20, 2018 Cultura
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Spring begins today as we mark the Vernal Equinox. But if you’re not looking at a calendar, how would you know? Here are the Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Tell that Spring has Sprung: 8. Chipotle Mexican Grill introduces Fresh Seasonal Virus Menu 7. KKK members buy new tiki torches, don short-sleeved sheets, and start […]

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This is true story of my fight to earn the right to be Smiley #1

by Dr. Alvaro Huerta March 12, 2018 Cultura
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My mother, Carmen, often sent me to La Paloma Market, while my brother Salomon watched I Love Lucy re-runs. We lived in East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project, where I had to be selective about the routes I took. Since I feared the barking dogs along the alley, I always took a shortcut through […]

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I smoked weed before it was legal: 1 Chicano, BD (before dispensaries)

by John Edward Rangel March 5, 2018 Cultura
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Smoking cannabis became a regular form of medication for me when I was 15 years old. That was in 1977. Back then the U.S.A. was still reeling from the Vietnam War, Watergate and something the media referred to as “The Generation Gap” (we called it arguing with our parents). These were trying, confusing times (much […]

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POCHO HISTORY 101: ‘Americanizing’ Mexicans by changing their diet

by SHMUEL GONZALES February 22, 2018 Cultura

Is what you eat political? Do you accept the claim that your food choices determine your social order in this world? And do you accept that conforming to white American norms in eating is important in transforming people of color into better citizens? Will assimilating ones food choices make people of color less prone to […]

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Pocho Ocho top things Latinos are giving up for Lent

by Especial Correspondents February 15, 2018 Cultura
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During Lent, according to Wikipedia, “many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence.” Here are the Pocho Ocho Top luxuries Latinos are giving up for Lent: 8. Theatrical trailers for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure 7. Speaking respectfully to creditors 6. Exploitation of conchas, especially pink […]

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Pocho Ocho top activists’ pickup lines for Valentine’s Day 2018

by Especial Correspondents February 14, 2018 Cultura
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Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day. Is there a way for the politically active pocha or pocho, Chicano, Chicana, Chican@ and/or Latinx to get lucky AND make the world a better place? Yes, there is, in our list of the Pocho Ocho Top Activist Pickup Lines you can use for Valentine’s Day: 8. […]

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A love story for Valentine’s Day: Amor Mio

by Janie Isidoro February 13, 2018 Cultura

Yes, I’ll admit it. I have had six Coronas too many. I’m at the moment where everything is hilarious and I love everyone. I hug random people and tell them how great life is. I hug my brother and tell him how much I love him and hate him for reading my diary when I […]

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Pocha’s Guide to CDMX: Where to go, how to get robbed, what to eat

by Tanya Zelaya February 2, 2018 Cultura
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Last Sunday night my dad picked me up at the San Diego Airport after my nine-hour, one stop in Houston, flight from Mexico City, and my uncle called over the Bluetooth and started chatting about his recent visit to my city of residence. “At first I was afraid to be walking around el Centro, but […]

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Hey, Democrats: Don’t make a deal on the shithole border wall!

by Dr. Alvaro Huerta January 29, 2018 El Now
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If Democratic leaders make a deal with President Donald J. Trump on his shithole border wall, they will secure his re-election in 2020. Eight years of a disastrous Trump administration is not acceptable! Neither the United States nor the world can survive eight years of the “Racist-in-Chief” and “Hustler-in-Chief.” It appears that Counsel Robert Mueller’s […]

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They call this a quesadilla in NYC? Unclear on the concept! (photo)

by LAURA MARTINEZ January 25, 2018 Cultura
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Sure, whatever you say, Westside Market 🙄 pic.twitter.com/t0TmWzVNLC — Laura Martínez ®️ (@miblogestublog) January 24, 2018 [Editor’s Note: We found Westside Market’s website. It features cheese, unlike these “quesadillas”. Go figure.]

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