First, Mexicans from just over the border brought tamales to the fertile Mississippi Delta. African-Americans soon realized the Mexicans had a good thing going in these little, corn-husk-wrapped magical meat pies. And, sure enough, area whites realized the masa miracles weren’t just for people of color anymore. And that’s why Mississippi loves tamales. Yes, we know proper Spanish means it is one tamal, two tamales. But we’re not proper Spanish speakers, or proper anything, actually.

He crossed the river several times to find work in the United States — and got sent to jail or sent back. Now Zacatecas native Pedro Leyva is a citizen and a business owner of The Taco Shop in his adopted town of Oxford, Mississippi.

Link via pocho Profe Chastillez.

Mississippi? The chupacabras are strong in this one. W-LOX-TV reports.


Big Gay Al MadrigalDaily Show Senior Latino Correspondent and POCHO Migrant Editor — travels way down south to Dixie to get to the bottom of the heinous homophobia in America’s southern states. Once he gives up his preconceptions, it doesn’t take long for reality to give him a wink and ask for his phone number.


WJTV News Channel 12 writes:

(Leake County, MS) A hunter in Leake County killed a mysterious animal in a repurposed chicken-coop on Wednesday morning. Some people in the area say it could be the mythical Chupacabra.

The hairless creature was killed in Pigtown – a community in Lena, Mississippi. Armed with a .22, Matthew Harrell said he was “coon hunting” when he saw the glowing red eyes in the hay.

Continued at WJTV News Channel 12….

(PNS reporting from PDX) Area collector Reynaldo “Ronnie” Morales’ heart was broken Sunday night when a last-minute auction bid from an eBay “sniper” pushed the coveted September 1953 issue of Amazing Future Tales out of his grasp and into the arms of another.

The sniper killed Morale’s chances with a $37.83 winning bid.

Morales had bid $37.62, confident that his bid of $5 and an oddly-random number of pennies more than the highest posted bid was the combination that would win the auction for the rare issue, which featured the first and only installment of Chola Low Riders from Outer Space.

“I’m pissed, really pissed,” he told a friend Monday morning at the Mississippi Avenue Fresh Pot cafe, an independent shop that proudly serves coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

“I sat staring at the screen all Sunday watching those prices and almost missed the Super Bowl. Refresh, refresh, refresh, nada. I was sure it was mine.” [Mas…]

Mississippi: Rename Gulf of Mexico to ‘Gulf of America’

by Lalo Alcaraz February 10, 2012 El Now
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A Mississippi state lawmaker introduced legislation Tuesday that would rename the Gulf of Mexico the “Gulf of America.” According to state Rep. Stephen Holland’s bill, the name would apply only to his home state, much to the relief of embarrassed neighboring states. Ironically, Holland chose to rename this international body of water “Gulf of America,” […]