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What a gringo-card costs

4 May 2015

I’ve posted on this before, but being a permanent resident (and on my way to just getting naturalized), I don’t pay much attention to the costs of temporary residency.  From a post on Mexconnect, I got this:

…my total fees for the 3year RT [three year temporary residency… which can then be turned over into a permanent resident certificate] were MXN $7154.00. This price included $1,000 pesos for my lawyer, and $6154.00 for the Mexican Government including the fee for change of address. In today’s USD that would be about 476.00…

The price for APPLYING for a Green Card in the US is $1,078 (in today’s USD, this would be… $1,078), and the lawyers’ fees would run somewhere upwards of several thousand more on top of that.

Adios, la India María

2 May 2015

Maria Elena Velasco, QEPD.

The comedian’s “la India María” was one of the most brilliant characters in Mexican film… creating the classic “country bumpkin”: the innocent rural “Indian” who outwits and triumphs over the elites and sophisticates through her natural goodness and tenaciousness.  While there are those who saw her character as perpetuating a stereotype, it was by using the stereotype and stock situations that she gently, and effectively skewered our class and racial assumptions about Mexico, laughing with, and not at, the absurdity and sometimes surrealism of a country where contemporary values and customs co-exist with the traditional and timeless.


From one of my favorites, the “haunted house” parody  “El Miedo No Anda En Burro”:



Never mind!

30 April 2015

It looks now as if Mexico City will not become Mexico City.  That is, while the Senate voted to allow for constitutional changes that would give the Federal District autonomy in its elections and budget, the Chamber of Deputies killed the bill, probably out of concern by the PRI and PVEM (the fake “Green” Party) that neither would win any elections here every again.  Not that they do now.



Politics, the Mexican way…

30 April 2015


Wannabe independent candidate for the Federal Chamber of Delegates Rafaela Romo Orozco was denied a place on the ballot for refusing to file her campaign expenditures report with the National Elections Institute (INE).   I guess that makes her like Jesus, right?




Say goodbye to “Distrito Federal”…

30 April 2015

… and hello to “Ciudad de México” … whatever the name, like Maldita Vencindad called it “un grande circo”:




Baltimore, Chilpancingo … and…Bagdad, or Karma quotations

28 April 2015

In Baltimore, it was the spinal fracture that broke the camel’s back.  Here, the people have endured much more:

Reuters/Emiliano Torres

Reuters/Emiliano Torres

Yesterday, as Baltimore restaged the intifada, protesters in Mexico, in Chilpancingo, the capital of the state of Guerrero, rammed a flaming truck into the glass-fronted congressional building, and set fire to at least six other vehicles. They had taken to the streets to mark the seven-month anniversary of the disappearances of the 43 students, who have come to represent the hundreds of thousands of dead as a result of US-Mexico’s drug, immigration, and trade policies (a number of the relatives of the disappeared are currently in New York, where they are appealing to the United Nations to end Washington’s so-called Merida Initiative, or Plan Mexico, which sends billions of dollars to Mexico to supposedly fight drugs but which the relatives of the 43 say goes to “suppress dissent”).  [Greg Grandin in The Nation, 28 April 2015]

Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It should have been perfectly obvious, though in the US (and here) it’s only when it happens to some other repressive society:


… while no one condones looting, on the other hand one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression and people who’ve had members of their family killed by that regime, for them to be taking their feelings out on that regime

[Donald Rumsfeld, justifying looting in Bagdad, 4/11/2003]

Which of the two above had anywhere near the destructive power of this event?

Which of the two above had anywhere near the destructive power of this event?


Tlatelolco’s mole-men headed for Nepal

28 April 2015


25 members of the Brigada de Rescate Topos Tlatelolco…the “mole-men” of Mexico … are on their way to Kathmandu. As always, these volunteers who… in the spirit of those skinny teenagers, construction workers, bureaucrats, doctors, housewives, office workers and others who risked their own lives after the 17 September 1985 earthquake tht brought down high-rises in their own neighborhood to find survivors and recover the dead… are willing to go at a moments notice, to the assistance of victims of natural disasters anywhere in the world.

The Topos are probably the most respected (and experienced) outfit of this kind in the world.

You know the drill: donations in any currency, via paypal:  Brigada de Rescate Topos Tlatelolco


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