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Octubre - October 2006
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Restaurante Tio Pepe, Baltimore
O'Charlies bat
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Art - Videos

Health - Salud

Whites - 240m
Hispanics - 41.3m
Blacks - 39.2m
Asians - 14m
Native Americans - 4.4m
Native Islanders - 1m
(Totals do not equal population as people may belong to more than one group)
Source: US Census Bureau

Other Sites:

Famous Hispanics in the World and History

Los Toros


Club Andalucía

Semana Santa en Sevilla

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center

Instituto Cervantes

Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española

Baltimore Mayor's Hispanic Liaison Office

CASA de Maryland

Centro de la Comunidad

red Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Maryland Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Maryland Latino Coalition for Justice

Baltimore Hispanic Democratic Club

Maryland Hispanic Republicans

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

El Refranero Español: Quien se va sin que lo echen, vuelve sin que lo llamen.

Hernán Cortés
1485-1547), Conqueror, Spain

NEW WAY TO DO CAR JACKINGS (NOT A JOKE) submitted by Carlos Selvi

You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse . When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window.

So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the car jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what, ladies? I'll bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, our home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your wholeidentity are now compromised!


If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away, remove the paper later. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.

2 permanent job positions available @ Earth Security. One is for an experienced person and one for an entry level. I would describe them as this. "Helper... Install Surveillance and network systems. Pull cable, focus cameras, mount and install other electronic devices. Approx 7am to 5pm Mon-Frid. Full medical and dental benefits after 60 days and significant company paid pension money after 1.5 years. Hourly wage with 50% increase if over 40hrs worked in a week. The experienced person would have the same benefits, but make more per hour. Broken English is OK but must speak some. Must have no major criminal record and pass a drug test. Must have reliable transportation to the BWI airport area. Company vehicle provided for field work. 14 year old company with solid financial credentials I would like to have a resume first, but a phone call is ok... Our web-site gives a lot of info about the company. Yes there is room for rapid advancement. Thanks. Joe G Office 410-766-1993, cell 410-340-3714



US and Coalition Iraq War casualties as of Oct. 1, 2006 -- Days: 1291 (see here)
Total US Wounded
as of 9/27/06
Avge. per day:



See some of the horrible wounds of the war (Washington Post pictures)
Total U.S.
contractors dead
Who were the dead? See here
Total Coalition Dead
Avge. per day:
Iraqis dead
US Dead in Afghanistan

Other dead


Total Coalition dead
Dear Mr. President, a song by Pink
Is the US being transformed into a radical Republic?
US dead in Iraq go over 2,700 and the injured are 20,322. And no end in sight. See column at right.

Moreover, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks. Seems we are moving backwards. [more]

El Presidente de Venezuela Chávez, llama "diablo" a Bush en la ONU por sus pretensiones hegemónicas.
Chávez instó al mundo a alzarse contra las pretensiones hegemónicas estadounidenses que ponen en peligro la supervivencia del planeta. [sigue] Vea aquí el video de su presentación

Fells Point Corner Theater presents The Boys Nextdoor
a tale of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time which they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. and Sundays at 2:00 PM ADMISSION: $15 Seniors/Students $12 [more] See an excellent review here

GALA presenta Don Juan, Valor, Agravio y Mujer...
de Ana Caro, una dramaturga española del Siglo XVII en donde el legendario Don Juan  recibe una merecida lección por una mujer de armas tomar… September 28 - October 22, 2006. En español (English surtitles). Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 4 PM. GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th Street NW, at Park Road (Columbia Heights Metro) FOR TICKETS, CALL (202) 234-7174 OR (800) 494-TIXS or visit [sigue]

Outstanding jobs at the Housing Department in Baltimore
Ben Cardin is the Democratic candidate for the US Senate for Maryland. He defeated Kweisi Mfume a former colleague in the US House. Coloquio and the Baltimore Hispanic Democratic Club had endorsed Ben Cardin for his steady leadership and great legislative and political skills. Congratulations Mr. Cardin

Peter Franchot is the new Democratic candidate for Comptroller of Maryland.
Coloquio endorsed Mr. Franchot as did the Baltimore Hispanic Democratic Club as a much closer friend of the Hispanic community than the present Comptroller William Donald Schaefer. Goodbye, Mr. Schaefer, and thank you for a great political career. We will miss you but it was time for your replacement. Congratulations Mr. Franchot!

Hispanic Heritage Month started Septiembre 15th.
Read some fascinating US Census statistics about the fastest growing population in the US [more]

XVII Latin American Film Festival with participation of Spain and Portugal. September 20 through October 8 at the Silver Theater in Silver Spring. Don't miss this great opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month watching great cinema. [more]

Montaje artístico que representa cómo quedará la ciudad tras la construcción de las torres nuevas. La Zona Cero en Nueva York. Los últimos diseños completan los planes para el nuevo complejo que se levantará en el lugar donde se encontraban hasta 2001 las destruidas Torres Gemelas. En el centro del proyecto estará la Torre de la Libertad, que ya se encuentra en construcción. [sigue]

Join Local Hispanic Business Owners for a Reception Honoring Martin O’Malley, the Next Governor of Maryland on Monday, October 9, 2006 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Arcos Restaurant, 129 S. Broadway St. Baltimore, Maryland 21231. Host: $4,000 Sponsor: $1,000 Amigos: $250. RSVP for questions, please contact Gus West at 202-423-5500 or [more]

Keith Olberman has finally said what needed to be said for a long time now: "Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?"

U.S. deaths in Iraq, war on terror surpass 9/11 toll [more]

Fascist Appeasers
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
- W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

"Dissent and disagreement with government is the life's blood of human freedom" [more]

Spain's Valencia: New and Improving

TEATRO DE LA LUNA Y LA EMBAJADA ARGENTINA anuncian el Ciclo de Teatro para Niños [sigue]

The early history of what is now the United States was Spanish, not English, and our denial of this heritage is rooted in age-old stereotypes that still entangle today's immigration debate.
"The Hispanic world did not come to the United States," Carlos Fuentes observes. "The United States came to the Hispanic world. It is perhaps an act of poetic justice that now the Hispanic world should return." [more]

Department of Education Cuts Millions to Centers Benefiting Hispanic Students Nationwide.
“If these centers are forced to close their doors over 12,000 students will be left behind." LULAC is asking the community to call their U.S. Representatives and Senators and let them know that these important services for Latino youth are about to dry up

Baltimore Classical Guitar Society
Presents “Tangos” Eduardo Isaac, Guitar & Daniel Binelli, Bandoneon. Saturday October. 14th, 2006 at Friedberg Hall, Peabody Conservatory [more]

Just see here a good example of bigotry, and the fears being spread by the Republicans.
This is the racism and bigotry that we have to combat. Last week we saw the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committe do a bigoted ad. Now the National Republican Senatorial Committee led by Liddy Dole has really crossed the line. This blatantly racist ad is what they're doing to their fellow Republicans. We expect our Republican friends to demand the removal of this ad immediately[more]

¡VIVA EL CINE LATINO! A Maryland Celebration of Hispanic Culture through Film Sep 15 - Oct 15. [more]

Firman histórico acuerdo con la AFL-CIO para proteger a los jornaleros [sigue]

A display highlighting the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War and its writers in exile has been assembled using material from the José Luis S. Ponce de León Collection. In 2001, Dr. Ponce de León, Professor Emeritus of California State University, donated his collection to the Leonard Lief Library with the instrumental help of Professor Gerardo Piña-Rosales, of the Department of Languages and Literature and Daisy Dominguez, Reference Librarian at the Leonard Lief Library (Lehman College, City University of New York) who assembled the display. For further information contact Professor Piña-Rosales]

2 permanent job positions available
@ Earth Security. One is for an experienced person and one for an entry level [more]

High levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American worker
s, according to a new report. The Pew Hispanic Center analyzed immigration state by state using U.S. Census data, evaluating it against unemployment levels. No clear correlation between the two could be found. [more]

Road to Health
presents interactive health, wellness and fitness Expo pavilions on cooking and nutrition, fitness, beauty and wellness combined with seminars, medical screenings and referrals, live symposium discussions, celebrity guests, walk-a-thon, indoor and outdoor exercise activities, contests, and literature. A the Baltimore Convention Center, September 22nd-23rd, 2006 One West Pratt Street Baltimore [more]

Senator Martinez, who fled Cuba by boat as a young boy, embodies that spirit. "The people who come from the Caribbean and Latin America are not looking for welfare," he said. "They want to work, to start businesses. Their dream is to own their own home." And that is why they listened to Bush and the Republicans extol America as a land of opportunity. But...when they start saying that it's un-American to have ballots printed in Spanish, it sends a message that we're not wanted, not respected." [more]

"More than 11 million immigrants harvest our crops, tend our gardens, work in our restaurants and clean our houses"
"Some Americans believe we must find all these millions, round them up and send them back to the countries they came from. I don't know how you do that. And I don't know why you would want to." [more]

"One thing that strikes me about most of these illegal residents in my daily world is that they are almost ideal citizens.
If it were not for that little scofflaw business about crossing from one side of a dry river bed to another without permission, most people would say they are just the kind of people we need more of in America. " [more]

"Americans have heard from politicians for more than 200 years that immigration will cause the sky to fall. Yet each time it has only made us stronger". [more]

La emigración es un fenómeno natural
, el hombre siempre ha emigrado a donde hay alimentos, tierra y agua en abundancia. [sigue]

Intelligent Capitalism with a human face. Immigration issues are always ripe for demagoguery, particularly in an election year
. But the solution to the very real problems along the U.S.-Mexican border can be found, ironically, in that other part of the world that American demagogues love to ridicule: old Europe. [more]

The stunning architecture of Spain (from Slate magazine) [more]

See Coloquio's Restaurant guide for the Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia regions. As we develop the guide we will have more information on them including menus, prices and other niceties. [more]

Opportunity with the Baltimore Police Department for Police Cadets. [más]
More jobs with the City of Baltimore [más]

Letters - Cartas

Coloquio encourages letters to the editor. Please email us your comments -- Coloquio acepta cartas al editor. Mándenos su email

Dear Javier,
I am a Maryland voter and please do not speak for me in regards to what you think people are thinking...  Your comments regarding Governor Ehrilch and President Bush are so very, very old....  Our Governor has kept our taxes at a rate that "working families" can afford.  Our President has shown a backbone of steel regarding the terrorists war against us.  Our country is much safer with him in office and the 72% increase the utility companies say they must have are in order for them to stay in business.  They have been kept by law from raising their rates for years.  Are the utilities to operate at a loss??   Why do you not support making the federal tax rate reductions permanent?  Why are you against working families by making them pay higher taxes? Your rhetoric is very transparent and very old... People are not as stupid as you seem to think they are...  
Charles Barret
Editor's Note: We appreciate your measured and civilized tone, as opposed to the letter following this one. Nevertheless, a recent article by the New York Times explains the reality in clear terms: " With the economy beginning to slow, the current expansion has a chance to become the first sustained period of economic growth since World War II that fails to offer a prolonged increase in real wages for most workers (emphasis ours). That situation is adding to fears among Republicans that the economy will hurt vulnerable incumbents in this year’s midterm elections even though overall growth has been healthy for much of the last five years. The median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2 percent since 2003, after factoring in inflation. The drop has been especially notable, economists say, because productivity — the amount that an average worker produces in an hour and the basic wellspring of a nation’s living standards — has risen steadily over the same period. As a result, wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of the nation’s gross domestic product since the government began recording the data in 1947, while corporate profits have climbed to their highest share since the 1960’s (emphasis ours). UBS, the investment bank, recently described the current period as “the golden era of profitability.” [more] Working families cannot afford Bush's tax rates because they don't partake of them.
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Alan Banov
Dear Javier,
We met one evening about a year ago. I would love to introduce you to my staff and explain the various services we provide here at the Southeast CDC. I also wanted to express my appreciation of the excellent information you provide to the entire community in Coloquio. As an avid reader myself, I noticed that you list the various Latino service providers here within Baltimore City on the left side of your publication. I would be very grateful if you could add the Southeast CDC to this list. Among many other things, we offer full-time, one-on-one homeownership counseling and financial fitness training in both Spanish and English. To date, we are the only HUD-certified homeownership counseling center in the area (which includes Baltimore City and Baltimore County) that offers all of its services in both Spanish and English. Two of our three counselors, Luisa Meza and Ismael Quezada, are bi-lingual and bi-cultural and have specifically developed new programs for our rapidly growing Latino population. Each month, we offer two seminars (one in Spanish and the other in English) dealing with the ever-relevant topic of how to get and keep one's finances in order. Our next seminars will be held here (3700 Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown) at 5:30 on August 30th (English) and August 31st (Spanish). We also offer bi-lingual services to those individuals seeking to open their own businesses. All of our services are absolutely free of charge to the public. Please help us get the word out and do make some time to pay us a visit. I would love to show you around. Thanks and best wishes,
Marco F. Cocito-Monoc, Ph.D.
President and CEO Southeast Community Development Corporation
3700 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Tel: 410-342-3234, ext. 33
Fax: 410-342-6657
Muy estimado señor Bustamante,
un amigo y hermano hispano común, Hector Díaz de Maryland, me recomendó su página, la cual encuentro sumamente interesante e informativa. Somos parte del primer y único grupo de recreadores históricos en Puerto Rico; nuestros esfuerzos van dirigidos a la vida militar y civil durante el siglo 18 en Puerto Rico. Yo, como fundador y editor de la Gaceta El Artillero, le envio la primera edición de la misma con el propósito de que si es de su agrado y deseo la ponga usted en su página. Sin más y muy agradecido por su atención quedo de usted. Cordialmente,
Rev. Jose A. Pereda Maduro Ph.D


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Gerardo Piña-Rosales was born in Cádiz (Spain) and is a Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and Correspondent of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language of Madrid. He is the President of the Iberoamerican Poets and Writers Guild, and a member of the Board of the Spanish Foundation of the United States. He is the author of several books and is currently working on two novellae: From this Dark Room and The Love Letters of Mireya Candelaria.






Rima de Vallbona, nacida en San José de Costa Rica, se doctoró en Lenguas Modernas por el Middlebury College (Vermont) y desde 1964 hasta hoy ha formado parte del claustro de profesores de la Universidad de St. Thomas, en Houston. Pertenece —entre otras organizaciones profesionales— a la National Writers Association, a ALDEEU (Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en Estados Unidos), al Círculo de Cultura Panamericano. [sigue]


Emilio LabradaEmilio Bernal Labrada, miembro de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, es autor de La prensa liEbre o Los crímenes del idioma.
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Language, Our Daily Fiesta


¡Al fin! Un presentador ha caído en su propia trampa sin siquiera darse cuenta. Veamos.

Nos dijo uno de estos señores presentadores de Poca Visión que «una mujer podría terminar en la cárcel» debido a que una cámara automática la fotografió «en el acto» de cometer un delito.

Primero, ¿qué será lo que va a «terminar» esa señora? ¿Serán sus días (lo dudamos), sus actividades delictivas (bien estaría) o «sus planes sediciosos contra la lengua de Cervantes» (ojalá)? Porque si nos quiso decir que podría IR A PARAR a la cárcel, otra cosa sería. Ya que, en nuestro idioma, «terminar» no corresponde a lo que él nos quiso decir. Quisiéramos, eso sí, TERMINAR con esa mala costumbre de transliterar del inglés. Como en este caso ha sido la frase «end up», nos extraña que no haya dicho «terminar arriba».

Pero bueno, para quienes gusten de extranjerismos, «la piéce de resistance» –léase «el plato fuerte»– en este caso es «EN EL ACTO» (o sea, «caught in the act»), que en español no resiste semejante transliteración. «Hágalo en el acto», por ejemplo, es orden de cumplimiento inmediato. Y «en el acto de decirlo, lo cumplió» significa que quien hablaba de un hecho lo llevó a efecto en ese mismo momento. O sea, dicho y hecho.

O sea que hemos «fotografiado» al malhechor, al señor locutor de la Poca Visión, IN FRAGANTI, en el mismo ACTO de decir un disparate. Más bien, él mismo se ha «fotografiado» y, por cierto, de cuerpo entero. La frase se la pudo haber aplicado a sí mismo en el ACTO, o sea en el momento de pronunciarla.

Si vamos a copiar de otros idiomas, ¿por qué no acudimos a los casos tradicionales y ya establecidos? Ahí está nada menos que «in fraganti», que nos llega clásicamente del latín «in fraganti delicto», o sea «en flagrante delito»: sorprendido en el mismo momento de cometerlo. Lo cual nada tiene que ver con «acto» en el sentido en que pretenden usarlo.

Por cierto, ya que hablamos de «acto», también se copia falsamente del inglés con el sentido de «número», «representación teatral» o «porción de un espectáculo». No puede –mejor, no debe– usarse para expresiones de esta calaña: «su acto de magia me dejó boquiabierto». Porque ahí lo que va es «número» o «representación».

Pero sí nos dejó boquiabiertos lo de «TERMINAR en la cárcel» y sorprendidos muy EN EL ACTO (en seguida) al haberse captado IN FRAGANTI a sí mismo el locutor durante la comisión de su falta contra el idioma.

Si los delitos de lesa lengua fueran punibles, ¿cuántos presentadores no IRÍAN A PARAR a las galeras por irrespeto al idioma?

P.D. Ahora que ha llegado el importante día feriado llamado «Labor Day», vamos a tomarnos un breve descanso. Pero nos preguntamos por qué los señores presentadores le llaman «Día del Trabajo». Si así lo fuera, ¿no habría que trabajar? Creo, amigos, que es el «Día de los Trabajadores», que es harina de otro costal. ¿No les parece?


            Si los artífices de la noticia intentaban confundirnos más de lo que estábamos con las noticias del Oriente Medio, sin lugar a dudas lo han logrado. Nos dijeron que los israelíes han hecho “un despliegue de fuerzas que se amasan” para realizar un ataque.

            Muy bien. Pero como “desplegar” fuerzas –pese a todo lo que digan los diccionarios– equivale a desdoblar o abrir las filas de una tropa, entonces ¿cómo se van a amasar? ¿En qué quedamos, las filas se dispersan o se concentran?

            Señores, aquí lo que ha habido es ni más ni menos que una perfectísima contradicción, algo así como una «dispersión concentrada» o una «proximidad distanciada» –muy alejada, por cierto– de los principios lingüísticos de lo que debe ser la clara y precisa redacción noticiera.

            Lo más probable es que, en su versión inglesa, la noticia empleara el verbo «to deploy», cuyo equivalente –mucho mejor que el ambiguo «desplegar»– es preferiblemente «colocar», «despachar» o «emplazar», voces que de inmediato retratan claramente lo acontecido.

            Si, por el contrario, el verbo fuera «to display» lo más lógico sería dar como equivalente «mostrar», «exhibir», o «hacer ver».

            Pero sigamos desdoblando los pliegos anglómanos en que nos infiltran los falsos amigos que pululan entre las noticias ya no militares sino migratorias –aunque últimamente se combinan debido a la lamentable tendencia a militarizar la frontera sureña–. Bien quisiéramos, de más está decir, que se resolviera equitativamente tal problema por medios civiles, además de cívicos, civilizados y equitativos.

            Pero al efecto convendría reformar el lenguaje –al menos el español– en que se discute este tema. Nos dicen que “no deben vivir en este país quienes no pertenezcan a él”. Pero, ¿quién pertenece a quién?, ¿un país a sus ciudadanos o los ciudadanos a un país? Pues ni lo uno ni lo otro. Lo que ha pasado es que han traducido rectilíneamente el verbo “belong”, que en este caso no implica pertenencia, sino simplemente “derecho”.  La frase “those who don’t belong here” equivale a “quienes no tienen derecho a estar aquí”, que es muy diferente.

            Luego, nuestros amigos los “locutólogos” nos hablaron de que el congreso exige que el poder ejecutivo “gane el control de las fronteras” y que el presidente “reporte que las fronteras están seguras”.  Puras traducciones palabreras, es decir, palabra por palabra. El control de la frontera (singular, porque es una sola) no se gana ni se pierde. Diríase sencillamente que hace falta “CONTROLAR la frontera”. Y el presidente no “reporta” nada, sino que DA CUENTA o ASEGURA que HAY CONTROL de la frontera, que no tiene filtraciones.

            No contentos con todos estos dislates, afirman que a los indocumentados reincidentes les tocaría “una temporada de cárcel”. Lindo contrasentido, puesto que “temporada” es voz que implica “paseo”, “vacaciones” o “viaje de placer”, y tratándose de cárcel el término de cajón sería “condena” o “sentencia”. Pero a los locutólogos les pareció que “time in jail” era algo así como un tranquilo paseo por las galeras de castigo.

            O sea, todo perfectamente claro, pero al revés, viceversa y trastrocado.

            Si querían hacer un MUESTRARIO (que no DESPLIEGUE) de ambigüedades, tropiezos y confusión en una sola emisión noticiera, sin lugar a dudas se anotaron un golazo lingüístico. Eso sí que no es PERTINENTE (¡ojo: no “PERTENECIENTE”) a un noticiario sujeto al CONTROL de un buen redactor. 

Larry DeWitt is an historian and self-described political populist. Larry is a specialist in 20th century U.S. history and public policy. Born in the Southwestern U.S., he has lived in the East for the last 18 years. His commentaries on politics and society still retain the populist spirit of the rural West.
You can visite Larry at



The Burning Cedars of Lebanon

The current conflict in Lebanon is not a prelude to World War III, as Newt Gingrich rather stupidly suggested recently. Gingrich's ego is such that whenever he speaks he feels the need to scale his words to global and historic proportions, so that they better fit his sense of himself.

Rather, the current conflict is something in a sense more depressing than that. It is just another episode in a seemingly endless series of more-of-the-same. It is just the latest flare-up in a conflict that has been going on more or less continuously since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. The current conflict has its unique aspects to be sure; but it exhibits an all-too-familiar pattern.

Rather than just repeating the same old shibboleths, and taking the same sides, it might be time to step back and try something new. Perhaps we can see a way out of this fractured impasse, a way to free ourselves from the tyranny of more-of-the-same. [more]

Paco Mora es un romántico desfasado y, según él, también trasnochado. Siempre dijo que se encontraría más a gusto con un trabuco en la Sierra Morena al lado del bandolero JoséMaría "el Tempranillo" en el siglo XIX, que en el barrio griego de Baltimore en el que vive. Es por eso que, habiendo nacido muy tarde, algunos le llaman Paquito "el Tardecillo". Coloquio disfruta de sus vagarías por los terrenos fronterizos del lenguage.

por Paco Mora

Que hermosa eres, y cuan suave!
los contornos de tus muslos son como joyas
obra de mano de excelente maestro
tu ombligo, como una taza redonda
que no le falta bebida,
tu vientre, como montón de trigo
cercado de lirios,
tus dos pechos, como dos cabritos
mellizos de gama
y el olor de tu boca como de manzanas
y tu paladar como el buen vino..."

"La Biblia, del Cantar de los Cantares".

Dios o el diablo - que para el caso es igual -, hizo a la mujer hermosa para que su belleza sea comunicada y disfrutada. Anforas de licor fino son, pues, las féminas adorables aunque, eso sí, son poco o nada poéticas. Individualmente, hay excepciones admirables, (personalmente conozco a una que es la flor de la maravilla); pero el sexo en bloque es un poco "terre a terre". Los escritores, claro, necesitan poetizar a la mujer en conjunto. Todos, instintivamente la poetizamos, queriendo o sin querer. Es el impulso natural; pero no es la verdad. ¡Que cabeza la de la mujer!. El hombre romántico se forja un tipo de mujer que no comprueba nunca, lo cual yo pienso que es una suerte para él.

La vida afectiva del individuo, sus reacciones, su mundo psíquico es bien sabido que son pura química. El sentimiento viene más tarde. Todo lo demás, todo eso que se urde metiendo en danza el corazón, es una deformación de la realidad aderezada según la fantasía particular de cada uno. Lo cierto es que el mismo instinto es pura química. Razón de latitud y de glándulas de secreción. Un día vino Zola y sustituyó el eufemismo por la realidad, pero una realidad grande y tremenda. Todos los suspiros y todo el languidecer de los románticos huyeron como ratas por la alcantarilla. Acababa de inventarse el tremendismo.

La fuerza motriz de la humanidad - para qué dudarlo - es el sexo. Vuelve otra vez lo de la química. Lo cree así Freud, lo asegura Papini y se lo he oído muchas veces decir a uno y otra. Los grandes poetas parten de un principio erótico. Y en ese sentido se mueve la creación. El hombre da y la mujer recibe. Uno y otra son como las dos partes de un todo para un mismo objeto; la perpetuación de la especie que es un fenómeno natural o la improvisación del placer que es un fenómeno marginal y transitorio. Lo mismo necesita una mujer que un hombre, aunque lo necesite de distinta manera. El motor es el sexo. Un hombre es como esas embarcaciones con motor fuera de borda. El hombre lo lleva todo por fuera. El hombre necesita, por temperamento, que todo el mundo sepa que lo es. Lo necesita por temperamento y por química. Sin embargo en la mujer, el motor está por dentro. De la mujer se espera siempre que pronuncie la hora de la realidad. Es por definición la realidad. No concede nada a la fantasía, aunque también es la esperanza. Es, en cierto modo - y con permiso de las feministas, la tierra de sementera (del latín"seminis"). Ese es todo el truco. Lo que necesita es un poco de tiempo para demostrar a los hombres como administra la porquería que le dan, y como son capaces de gestar y devolver la maravilla de un hijo.

La mujer es llana y simplemente una pura invitación al amor. Su forma de moverse, la mirada, la voz, la sonrisa, todo el conjunto, en fin, de su persona. Su modo de ser y, sobre todo, de actuar; esa manera tan suya de seducir, y, una vez alcanzado el objetivo, disponer a su antojo de la felicidad o desgracia de su víctima. ¿Qué símbolo más expresivo que la propia Venus-Afrodita, nacida del sexo amputado de Urano al caer al mar, del contacto de la esperma con la espuma? Afrodita, esa deidad cuyo nacimiento consagra la escisión, la separación de lo alto y lo bajo, de vida intelectiva y vida sensitiva, de seso y sexo. Esto es que, en cada uno de nosotros, mente y sexo conforman dos áreas separadas, que ni siquiera coinciden conforme a la ley de las probabilidades, no menos mutilado el hombre que la mujer; ella y el no menos en contradicción consigo mismos que con los demás, cada uno en continua búsqueda de su complemento escindido, que nunca lo será con respecto al sexo a la vez que con respecto a la mente. Por cierto que la responsable de la mutilación no fue otra que Rea, la Tierra, esposa de Urano, y la costumbre ha continuado desde la época mitológica hasta nuestros días. De cuando encuando, alguna fémina temperamental de rompe y rasga le corta la herramienta al marido, y menos mal que no se la da al gato.

El hombre es el eterno buscador, capaz de morir por un ideal y hasta por una mujer. Una mujer a la que, pasado el tiempo, es capaz de engañar o de hacerla tan fértil que su presencia terminase enojándole. Y esa es la gran paradoja.

"Me arrodillo a tus ingles poderosas
y te descifro el secreto de los ángeles
y otra vez te convoco a ser dichosa
para que prolongues con tu vientre
mi antigua casta azul adormecida
donde abunda la gracia de los dioses".




Con El Regimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico Recreado, en San Juan

Por Hainess Egas

“¡Excelente!¡Perfecto!” Así describió al recreado Regimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico el Capitán de Navío D. Luis Cayetano y Garrido, del buque escuela Juan Sebastián de Elcano, de España. El Fijo y los guardiamarinas del Elcano participaron en una ceremonia en donde el gobierno español hizo entrega al regimiento puertorriqueño de una copia de la bandera de fortificación Española de l797. Esta bandera ondeará durante la recreación que escenificará el Fijo el próximo año del ataque inglés de 1797 a la isleta de San Juan. Recreadores de todas partes del mundo se darán cita en la ciudad, para tomar parte en este magno evento. [sigue]

Eric Goodman Eric D. Goodman is a professional writer and editor. He is winner of the Newsletter on Newsletter’s Gold Award for superior editing, two-time finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project founded by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, and three-time winner of National Novel Writing Month. Most recently, he received an Honorable Mention in The Baltimore Review’s Fiction competition. Eric’s work has been featured in such publications as "Travel Insights", On Stage Magazine and The Federal voice. Visit Eric’s literary weblog, Writeful, at

“Freedom” is a story from Eric’s novel in stories, Tracks




(Part 5)

(see part 4 here)

By Eric D. Goodman

Shortly after his visit with Bi’nh, Joe joined the Army. By the time he made it through basic training, the air strikes had ceased and the war in Afghanistan was over. That was just fine with him; he preferred the idea of being a peacekeeper to that of being an aggressor.

It was not what Joe had expected. Afghanistan in the aftermath of America’s attack was barren. The Taliban had been conquered, but the civilians of war-stricken cities and villages suffered. Joe and his brothers-in-arms kept the peace and watched over the efforts to rebuild.

Joe’s outfit never stayed long in one place. That was fine too. Just as well not to get to know these people very well, not to get to be friends, he thought. Some approached the American soldiers with smiling faces, with respect, praise and gratitude. They came with flowers, with gifts, with heartfelt thanks for freeing them. But there were the others too, and although the laughter and happiness of the friendly citizens were emotionally satisfying, the bullets and bombs of Afghanis who were unsatisfied with the uninvited, armed guests were more than emotionally dissatisfying; they were deadly.

One evening, as Joe and Manning slept, they were awakened by the sound of gunfire. A small group of Afghanis stood along the boarder of their camp. “Go home! Americans go home!” they demanded ferociously. Joe and Manning jumped up, guns in hand, but saw the situation was already under control.

McMurphey held his gun on the leader of the three dissidents. “Get out of here before things get ugly,” McMurphey demanded.

“You get out,” their leader echoed. They held their primitive guns at their sides. “ Afghanistan is not your state — it is ours!”

McMurphey lowered his gun. “Go on home to your families,” he said. A few other on-duty soldiers came to stand with him. But the primitive weapons of the enemy came back up and McMurphey had to put them down. Fire erupted. The four American soldiers, with their superior marksmanship and weaponry, took care of the Afghani rebels. When the fireworks ended, three bodies rest lifeless on the earth. McMurphey looked around and spotted Joe and Manning. “Since you guys are up,” he said, “we could use some help.”

During his first two months of peacekeeping, Joe had seen three friends fall and two others injured. Usually the stats are the other way around, more injuries than casualties. But there were a lot of contradictions, when he stopped to dwell on it. He was a peacekeeper, but he fought and killed. He was a liberator, but he seemed to oppress the natives of this land. The war was over, but the battles waged on with the citizen-soldiers of this country.

Sure, there are the ungrateful protesters, the rebels who want to take Afghanistan back to where it used to be, Joe wrote in an email to his parents. But for every one of them, there’s a nice old lady who thanks me for freeing her, a young man who’s shaved his beard for the first time, a beautiful woman who finally knows the feeling of public air on her bare face and arms. Not everyone wants us here, but we’re restoring freedom to these people. We’re really helping them. I just saw a new school finished this week. We’re providing emergency food, shelter and medical attention. We’re restoring basics, like electricity and water. We’re building roads and medical clinics and improving security. We’re building their nation into something better than it was before we freed them. And most importantly, we’re securing for them the gift of democracy.

As though God Himself wanted to validate the accuracy of his convictions, Joe’s next walk through the crumbled town disclosed a comforting sight. A young man, cleanly shaven, walked hand in hand with a pretty young woman, her smooth skin first touched by the sun, then touched by her man’s gentle hand. Joe watched as the couple stopped and faced one another. They kissed deeply, stirring him as he watched enviously. This is why I’m here. It was also why he longed to be back in Baltimore...

Invitation: See Coloquio’s Own Fiction Writer Live at the Baltimore Book Festival

Coloquio’s fiction writer, Eric D. Goodman, has been invited to read from his novel in stories, TRACKS, at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival — t he mid-Atlantic's premier celebration of the literary arts. Catch him at the City Lit Tent on October 1 at 11 a.m. No need to call Ticketmaster — the event is free. For more information about the reading and the Baltimore Book Festival, see Eric’s weblog,


por Fermín García Rodríguez, Sevillano


El Rock Rural (esto no tiene precio)

Aquí está la letra por si queréis seguir la música:

Opa, yo voy a hacer un corral,
pa echar gallinas,
y pa echar mininos,
Opa, yo voy a hacer un corral,
pa echar perdices
y echar pajarillos.
Opa yo voy a hacer un corral,
pa echar guarrillas y pa echar guarrillos.
Opa yo voy a hacer u corral,
pa echar una potra
ay con sus potrillos...
Yo te ayuo a arrancar la guzzi
yo te ayuo a pintar el land rover
yo te ayuo a sacar las papas
yo te ayuo a lo que haga "farta"...
pero que sepas que opa,
yo voy a hacer un corral,
pa echar gallinas,
y pa echar mininos,
opa yo voy a hacer un corral,
con tu "permizo" hago un corralillo
tengo las "maeras", y tengo los tablones
la chapas del tejao la he sacao de unos bidones
tengo las maneras y tengo las intenciones opaito
er domingo empiezo a ver si tengo cohone opa!!!
yo te ayuo a barrer los shumbos
te ayuo a quemar ramon
te ayuo a lo que haga "farta"
te ayuo te ayuo a to
pero que sepas que opa
yo voy a hacer un corral
pa echar gallinas
y pa echar mininos
opa yo voy a hacer un corral
pa la herramienta
y pa la motillo
opa yo voy a hacer un corral
pa echar coneja y echar conejillos
opa yo vo ya hacer un corral
en las afueras de Gibraltar el Chico
yo voy a hacer un corral
yo voy a hacer un corral...

Juan Manuel Pérez, español, gallego y bibliotecario, es investigador en la sección hispánica de la Biblioteca del Congreso en Washington. Autor de numerosas obras, "Manolo" como le conocen los amigos, es también coleccionista de armas de los Siglos XVIII y XIX. Por su excelente obra como autor y su labor en la comunidad hispana del área, como vicepresidente de la Casa de España de Baltimore, el Rey de España le concedió la Medalla de Isabel la Católica.

The Hispanic Role in America



1372 Basques arrived in Newfoundland.  
1492 Cristóbal Colón discovered America for Spain.  
1493 Colón introduced sugar cane in the New World.  
1494 January 6. Fray Bernardo Boil celebrated mass in Hispaniola, perhaps the first mass celebrated in America.  
June 7. Treaty of Tordesillas was signed between Spain and Portugal, which divided the newly discovered lands between the two countries. Under this treaty, Portugal claimed Brazil.  
1499 Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, Alonso de Ojeda, Americo Vespucci, Juan de la Cosa, Alonso Niño and Cristóbal Guerra were sent by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to explore new territories. They went along the coast of Brazil to the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida coast. They also reached the Chesapeake Bay. [more]


Great sleigh of hands by a Hispanic magician Nice!

Sergio Mendes: Mas que nada=Timeless
Music grows, blends with other musics and the world is more and more beautiful because of it.

Un paseíto por Sevilla Views of the most beautiful city in Spain (the world?) -- Más Sevilla

Curzo de andalú. Ojú, ezagerao! No tiene precio.

" target="_blank">Strange cars you never see

Honda Civic commercial -- All sounds produced by human voices!

See the creative art juices at work.

El juego de los estados Place the names on the maps

Fascinating quick change artists You've got to see this


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