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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

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Famous Hispanics in the World and History

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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.

Famous Hispanics

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
Mayor’s Bond Campaign Message

Tuesday November 7th is Election Day, a great day of civic pride and esponsibility. This Election Day, when you exercise your right to vote, you can help shape the future of Baltimore City by voting YES on ballot questions A through H. A YES vote for each question will help to improve Baltimore City Public Schools, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, recreational activities, community development initiatives, an affordable housing program, economic development efforts, public building improvements, and cultural institutions. I am also pleased to share that questions A through H provide historic levels of funding to our rich African American cultural resources. Voting YES on questions A through H will help to provide $120 million over the next two years to fund significant capital improvements throughout the City of Baltimore. The goal has always been to make Baltimore a world class city and your YES vote will help us get there. These capital improvement funds and plans must also be linked to city-wide development plans and our City’s current built environment. To spearhead this effort, the City has set a course to move in a positive direction as outlined in the City’s new Comprehensive Master Plan “LIVE, EARN, PLAY, LEARN” … A Business Plan for a World-Class City. A YES vote for the 2006 bond issues is an easy way to demonstrate your support for the City’s plan to create a stronger and more vibrant Baltimore. Baltimore has a 30 year success record on bond issues and I BELIEVE we must continue to build on this tradition. Your vote is needed. This is our City and together we can make Baltimore the Greatest City in America! Vote YES on bond issue questions A through H on Election Day. Vote YES for Baltimore. [more]




El Trovador restaurant
Iraq War Casualties
Just so we remember
US and Coalition Iraq War casualties as of Oct. 29, 2006 -- Days: 1320 (see here)
Total US Military Dead
Avge. per day:



Total US Wounded
as of 10/25/06
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 655,000+
US Dead in Afghanistan

Other dead
Total Coalition dead
The unfeeling President by E.L. Doctorow
Dear Mr. President, a song by Pink
Is the US being transformed into a radical Republic?
omalleyO'Malley for Governor
Originally published October 29, 2006 by the Baltimore Sun
Putting aside the rhetorical excesses of what has been an extended, if not particularly inspiring, gubernatorial race, voters must choose between an incumbent with, at best, an uneven record and a challenger with a worthy agenda. Both men are intelligent, telegenic and ambitious. But we believe Martin O'Malley, who has performed well in the difficult role of big-city mayor, is the better choice to lead this state through the challenges that lie ahead.

VOTE Nov. 7
Y vote por:
-- Martin O'Malley y Anthony Brown para Gobernador y Vice Gobernador,
-- Ben Cardin para Senador,
-- Douglas Gansler para Fiscal (Attorney)General
-- Peter Franchot para Tesorero (Comptroller),
-- Jueces Rasin, Themelis y Williams,
y no se olviden de nuestros hispanos:
-- Alex Mooney para Senador
-- Ana Sol Gutiérrez, Víctor Ramírez, Luiz Simmons y Jocelyn Peña Melnick para Delegados.
-- Y los bonos para el desarrollo de la ciudad del A a la H (vean aquí en inglés)

Longtime Washington area physician and humanitarian, the late Dr. Luis M. Arbona, was honored in a posthumous dedication ceremony and luncheon at Reality House, in Laurel, MD for his tireless service to the community and for the treatment and relief of the suffering of addicted persons and their families.  Often described as "not of this planet," Dr. Arbona rose from humble beginnings in his native Puerto Rico to forge a distinguished career that took him from Mexico City to New York, Maryland and Washington, DC. [more]

Mayor’s Bond Campaign Message. Tuesday November 7th is Election Day, a great day of civic pride and esponsibility. This Election Day, when you exercise your right to vote, you can help shape the future of Baltimore City by voting YES on ballot questions A through H. [more]

tedU.N. Reality Check by Ted Turner. "I've been getting some questions lately about the value of the UN and about what I've learned since I donated one-third of my wealth to start the UN Foundation almost nine years ago. Here's the answer. The fact is that the UN works - for the world's poor, for peace, for progress and for human rights and justice. And we need it to go on working if we're going to deal with the serious and sometimes frightening challenges facing us in the 21st Century." [more]

Explicando el mundo a los niños

-- Papá, ¿por qué atacamos Iraq?
-- Porque tenían armas de destrucción masiva, hijo.
-- Pero los inspectores no las encontraron.
-- Porque los iraquíes las habían escondido.
-- ¿Y por eso los atacamos?
-- Si, las invasiones son mejor que las inspecciones.
-- Pero después de invadirlos no hemos encontrado ningún arma de destrucción masiva, ¿o no?
-- Eso es debido a que los iraquíes las escondieron muy bien.
-- ¿Para que quería Iraq todas esas armas de destrucción masiva?
-- Para usarlas en la guerra, tonto.
-- No lo entiendo. Si tenían esas armas para usarlas en la guerra, porqué no las usaron cuando los atacamos?
-- Probablemente porque no querían que nadie supiese que las tenían, por lo que decidieron morir en decenas de miles antes que defenderse.

Stem Cell research
is a central point in November 7th Election Day. See the ad by Michael J. Fox for the Ben Cardin campaign here [more]

larryHow did we go so wrong in Iraq?
Our correspondent Larry De Witt explores the issue with his characteristic analytical depth: " Among the many great obscenities of war, foremost is the treating of war flippantly. We now confront war as seen through the bombsights of a high-altitude airplane as it drops its bombs on some hapless Iraqi racing his car across a bridge we are in the process of destroying. War is now for most of us like scenes from some kind of inter-continental video game. This is pretty much how America has approached its war in Iraq--at least those without family members in the military." [more]

As the immigration debate rages in the halls of Congress and in streets across the country, it is helpful to review lessons from the past. [more]

clintonClinton in Baltimore. Nostalgia for Clinton's years in office was the theme. Cardin introduced him in a plaintive voice, saying, "Mr. President, we miss you in the White House. It's been a long six years." Democrats, went wild and cheered the whole democratic ticket: O'Malley/Brown, Cardin, Gansler and Peter Franchot. Retiring Senator Paul Sarbanes, Senator Mikulski and Congressman Elijah Cummings completed the picture.

Latin Opinion, un periódico hispano de Baltimore Endorsa a O'Malley/Brown: "La Comunidad Hispana/Latina de Baltimore al igual que en el resto de nuestro estado, le dio su absoluto respaldo al Alcalde de Baltimore y candidato a gobernador en Maryland Martin O’Malley, con el objetivo de eliminar los inaceptables insultos, por parte del actual gobernador republicano, quien recientemente reiteró que, para él, el multiculturalismo es basura. Estos comentarios han despertado un masivo interés, por parte de todos los latinos de Maryland, para ir a votar el día 7 de noviembre por Martin O’Malley y Anthony Brown para gobernador y vice-gobernador respectivamente" dijo el periódico omalleyque fué citado con la foto de arriba en la página de Internet de

Our correspondent Eric Goodman is interviewed on line. His novel Tracks "already has literary agents talking." [more]

Google just bought YouTube for 1.65 billion!!! See what this madness is all about [more]

euro-logoEuropa tiene un logotipo para celebrar sus 50 años de vida.
El nuevo logotipo se lucirá en los eventos organizados durante el próximo año, con motivo del 50 aniversario del Tratado de Roma, que estableció la Comunidad Económica Europea (CEE). Europa tiene ya 25 países mienbros y ha aceptado dos más para el 2007.

Hugo Medrano, Director of GALA Hispanic Theater, and Rebecca Read, given the Great Cross of the Order of Queen Isabella by the Spanish Government.
From the beginning, GALA had two primary goals: to bring Spanish and Latin American plays to the attention of Spanish-speaking people in Washington, DC; and to make the English-speaking public aware of the richness and variety of Hispanic theater. Through its diverse and innovative bilingual programming, the theater has fulfilled these goals year after year. GALA has become what many consider the country’s leading Spanish-language theater, winning a loyal following and scores of awards. [more]

Ben Bernanke
, Federal Reserve Board Chairman, said a more liberal immigration policy would ease some of the burden of a shrinking work force... " it would take annual flows close to 3.5 million immigrants, not today's 1 million, to adequately replace retiring baby boomers." [more]

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]

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]

Spain's Valencia: New and Improving [more]

Two 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]

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]

"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]
Madrid, destino europeo -- Spain's Ageless Beauties
¿Hispanos o Latinos?
Becas - Scholarships

Letters - Cartas

Coloquio encourages letters to the editor. Please email us your comments -- Coloquio acepta cartas al editor. Mándenos su email
Saludos:  Just wishing to provide a short report from the front lines in Maryland regarding Hispanics' status in our community.  I travel the State regularly, and provide  some comforting information about our community.  Hispanics are doing very well, and the future appears very bright!  1)  Employment:  Hispanics are opening businesses at a breakneck pace in MD, and becoming owners of "legacy wealth" companies on a daily basis.  Ownership creates jobs; creates family security; and, allows whole communities to prosper.  We are leading MD in new jobs...,  Check out the MDHCC & BHCC websites...,   2)  Education:  Hispanics are turning the tables on educational stagnation, and teaching their children the importance of a worthy higher education.  Are we perfect in this regard? No, but, within one generation, we will become one of the most educated communities in MD.  All we need is community support to obtain additional educational scholarships at Hopkins, UMBC, University of MD, Loyola, St. Mary's, etc. and info about college financing opportunities.  Check out the USHYEE website....,       3)  Housing:  Hispanics are better understanding the need for safe and clean housing environments, and have a tremendous desire for home ownership.  Opportunities for home owner financing and first time homeowner programs exist, and, it is our job to make the community aware of these opportunities.  We will integrate into everyone's communities and be leaders on the homefront -- with safety, cleanliness and community unity our mantras.  E-mail for further info.  This was a short, but important report on MD Hispanics.  Be proud of your community and progress!!  We meet for some Hispanic Dialogue on 10/28:  
  • Dialogue for Progress
    Saturday, October 28, 2006
    9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
    University of Maryland School of Social Work
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    Read More - Spanish
    Mauricio E. Barreiro, Esquire
    Chairman,  Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs
    Chairman, Baltimore County Humans Relations Commission
    15 East Chesapeake Avenue
    Towson, Maryland 21286
    410 494-0030
    fax 410 821-7740
    Amigos lectores,
    las elecciones están al doblar de la esquina. Ya contamos con treinta millones de Hispanos o latinoamericanos, somos un bloque formidable. Es nuestra responsabilidad VOTAR por los buenos y BOTAR a los malos. Verdades, mentiras y promesas nos asedian y es difícil hallar la verdad. Aquí va mi sugerencia; el presente gobernador que busca su reelección mostró sus colores cuando nos clasificó de multicultural “CRAP”. Palabra ausente de mis enciclopedias, pero en un Ingles-Francés diccionario me encontré que crap es “merde” en Francés. Tomen nota. En la misma época el Alcalde Martin O’Malley pronunció un bonito discurso en español. Lo escribió en Ingles, lo tradujo Lorena Beltrán y el se lo aprendió. El día de las elecciones recuerden amigos, no le den su voto a Robert L Ehrlich, Jr. porque nuestro voto es Crap, vamos a votar por O’Malley/Brown y decirle gracias amigos, ustedes nos Comprenden Junto con O’Malley vamos a votar por ese grupo selecto que el Coloquio apoya, porque ESTAN con NOSOTROS. Recuerden, Voten por los buenos y Boten a los malos
    Pepe Herrera.
    hola senor bustamante,
    i have tried this address in the past, hope it does not bounce back. just want to commend you on a most excellent site filled with so much informative matter. (i guess it helps that i agree with your take on things). also wanted to thank you for linking to, a small, non-commercial site that is grateful for all the visitors you send our way. wish that there were more people like you in MD/DC. i am planning a series on the people behind our featured links next year and hope you don't mind if i draw from some material about you and the site from please let me know if i can ever be of any assistance to you. thanks again, and take care! best regards,
    ed young (my mom's maiden name is roig!)
    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

  • Corresponsales

    Coloquio no se responsabiliza de las opiniones de nuestros corresponsales.
    Coloquio is not responsible for the opinion of our correspondents.

    Emilio LabradaEmilio Bernal Labrada, miembro de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, es autor de La prensa liEbre o Los crímenes del idioma.
    Pedidos a:

    Nuestro idioma de cada día


                Así se llamó una serie televisiva años atrás. Pero ahora la están interpretando, sin querer, nuestros amigos los presentadores noticieros, que ya no sólo sufren de Poca Visión, sino que están ultraperdidos en el vacío interestelar.
                Prueba de ello dieron cuando nos anunciaron que, puesto que era “tiempo de una pausa”, nos iban a contar seguidamente “lo que se perdieron los astronautas en el espacio”. Fíjense que dijeron “lo que SE perdieron”, que cambia todo el significado, puesto que nos da a entender que dejaron de disfrutar de algo, de tener alguna experiencia.
                Pero de nada de eso se trataba, porque cuando volvieron del “tiempo” de la pausa resultó que los astronautas no SE habían perdido nada, sino que, muy por el contrario, “SE LES habían perdido unas tuercas”. ¿No sería que esas tuercas se les habían perdido –escapándoseles de la mollera– a los mismos locutores que nos daban la tan enrevesada noticia?  Sinceramente lo creemos mucho más probable, pues ya no solamente absorben (y transmiten, irradian) toda suerte de anglómanos términos y giros, sino que tuercen y trastruecan la pobre sintaxis española sin el menor remordimiento.
                ¿Hablábamos de “tiempo”? Pues sí. Para ellos siempre es “tiempo” (“time”) de una pausa comercial, es “tiempo” (”time”) de que se haga tal o cual cosa, o es “tiempo” (“time”) de poner las cosas en regla, de aclararlas. (Menos el uso del idioma, claro, que sigue cada vez más turbio.) O sea, que estamos ante una verdadera tempestad de pausas y de momentos propicios para torcer y torturar al idioma español.
                Porque el tiempo, aunque genéricamente equivale al constante transcurso de las unidades en que solemos medirlo –minutos, días, meses, años, siglos–, es término que reservamos mayormente para épocas o largos períodos (en tiempos romanos, en tiempos del Descubrimiento),  para referirnos a la meteorología (buen tiempo, tiempo lluvioso), o bien a la estación del año (tiempo otoñal, tiempo de verano). Estamos en tiempos (años, lustros, decenios) modernos, pero lo de “tiempo de una pausa” (como momento o instante inicial) no nos convence mucho.
                O sea que la fórmula clásica del español se ha echado intempestivamente por la borda. Han pasado a mejor vida el “vamos a una pausa” y el “ya era hora” (no “ya era tiempo”) de implantar una reforma o medida. ¿Para qué, si podemos calcarlo todo del inglés?
                Para concluir, tal vez debiéramos hablar un poco de la lógica o, mejor dicho, de lo ilógico. Lo cual, también, no pocas veces se calca del inglés. Sobre todo si la noticia se origina en ese idioma o en un país donde lo hablan y el presentador se limita a traducir las palabras sin reflexionar acerca de su cordura de redacción.
                Caso curioso de esta naturaleza es una transmisión noticiera que  resumiremos así: “un hombre asesinó a su esposa antes de suicidarse”.  Bueno, menos mal que aclararon que fue “antes de suicidarse”, porque si hubiera sido después, el asesino tendría que haber sido un fantasma.
                ¿Qué tal si dijéramos: “un marido le dio muerte a su mujer y luego se suicidó”?
                ¿Esperamos mucho, acaso, de quienes nos brindan las noticias en español?  ¿O es que ya estamos tan acostumbrados al espanglés que si emplean el castellano de buena ley nos quedamos PERDIDOS EN EL ESPACIO, buscando esas escurridizas tuercas sueltas cuya cerebral falta nos confirma que es “tiempo” de una pausa en este proceso de SUICIDIO idiomático? 
                ¿O es que acaso nuestro español, como víctima, pierde su TIEMPO?


    ¡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

    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 visit Larry at



    How Did We Go So Wrong in Iraq?

    By Larry DeWitt
    October 12, 2006

    Doing Wrong While Doing Right

    My title question presupposes a couple of things.

    I am not concerned here to debate whether-in 2003-the war was or was not the right thing to do. I thought then it was the right thing to do, for the reason that it seemed to me morally right to liberate the Iraqi people from the tyranny under which they lived. I thought this even though Bush and Co. were pursuing the war for other reasons, and even though we were stuck with Bush and Co. to carry it out. I thought we could use the devil to do the Lord's work. In retrospect, this was not very smart of me. [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

    Y Dios creó la mujer

    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 6)

    (see part 5 here)

    By Eric D. Goodman

    The clunky laptop from his college days went with Joe to Afghanistan, a symbol of his time with Bi’nh and Wu. It was his most valued possession, his one hint that a normal world still existed. During leisure time, he would log on and visit the world he longed for: he read the headlines on the news websites and imagined Marge bellowing them out; he visited the gossip pages to gain some feeling of life outside the hard, uniformed men and women around him; and foremost, he emailed his friends and family — especially Bi’nh and Wu.
    You should not be in Afghanistan, Wu wrote in an email, his tone more militaristic than before. The Chinese Navy was rubbing off on him, Joe thought; Wu was submerged in Chinese military thought as surely as he was submerged beneath the ocean in the submarine he crewed. It was wrong to attack the entire nation to find one man and his band. It is the American way: bomb the disposables and think only of self.
    Joe keyed his response. The Taliban ran this country before we liberated the Afghani people. They did not cooperate with us. We gave them a choice, and they chose for us to strike. They harbored terrorists and were on the side of our enemy.
    Wu retorted. These words are shit from a mad cow. It is the American way, or no way to your mind. And when anyone disagrees with you, you destroy them. You disagree with me, so maybe you should cut my throat or throw bombs at my country?
    Of course not, Joe keyed back. You’re not harboring terrorists. We don’t attack those we disagree with, just those who help wage war against us. Joe considered. Over 3,000 people died on September 11. And they’ve said they’ll attack again. That’s why I’m here, why we’re here — to liberate the world from violent militants.
    Wu’s emails grew increasingly aggressive. You are the violent militants! You demolished a nation to prove your might to a few religious men, and still didn’t find the man you were looking for!
    Joe responded instantly. Over 3,000 people died and the terrorists are going to attack again! Can’t you get that? We’ve got to strike back. I’m fighting for justice, for democracy, to protect the world from terrorism!
    Then came an email from Wu that shocked Joe more than anything he’d seen in Afghanistan. Joe, you and your people are naïve. Since joining Chinese Navy, I’ve learned much. The Chinese military knows the truth. Al Queda had nothing to do with attacks on America. Bin Laden claimed responsibility, but he was not the mastermind. It was your own people. Your government arranged the attacks as a way to justify war and stimulate the American economy. And it won’t stop with Afghanistan.
    Joe was aghast. That’s wack, Wu! That’s crazy talk! I’m fighting for freedom!
    Wu remained steadfast. No, you are not fighting for freedom, you are fighting for the leaders of your country. They knew war would stimulate the ailing economy. They took a calculated risk. They attacked their own to achieve war, support from their people and popularity as strong leaders. I have lost my appreciation for America. I can no longer be your friend.  I am your enemy now.
    Joe became ill at the thought of losing a friend to such rot. Whoa, Wu! Lighten up! But Joe had received his final email from his old college buddy. Xing Wu had gone under, surrounded by more than frigid waters; he was surrounded by Chinese sailors, officers and propaganda.
    Even when the United States attacked Iraq months later, Joe — reading Internet headlines in dusty Afghanistan — still knew Wu’s conspiracy theory was unfounded. But it was eerie. Wu had predicted the United States would not stop with Afghanistan, and it hadn’t. With Afghanistan still crumbling around him, Joe felt uneasy reading that his nation was also waging a war against Iraq.

    TRACKS Hits Big at Baltimore Book Festival
    On October 1, Coloquio’s own fiction writer, Eric D. Goodman, read from TRACKS, his novel in stories, at the Baltimore Book Festival – the mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts.  The event was standing tent only and was even the subject of an article in The Examiner.  If you missed Eric’s reading, be sure to catch his next one.  Just visit Writeful, his weblog for writers and readers, at for information on upcoming events.



    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]


    It’s "The Evolution of Dance."

    This video, by YouTube’s tally, has been viewed 34,125,981 times, and counting. It’s the ultimate YouTube video, the most-viewed video of all time. Everyone who uses YouTube has at least tried to watch it. And yet, it’s a mediocre sketch, and it’s way too long, and it’s by no one famous. So why why why why why is it the apex of popularity on YouTube, for which Google paid $1.65 billion?

    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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