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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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Baltimore Mayor's Hispanic Liaison Office

CASA de Maryland

Centro de la Comunidad

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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





Andrew Sullivan




El Trovador restaurant
Iraq War Casualties
Just so we remember
US and Coalition Iraq War casualties as of Nov. 27, 2006 -- Days: 1348 (see here)
Total US Military Dead
Avge. per day:



Total US Wounded
as of 11/15/06
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
Democracy, a song by Leonard Cohen sang by Don Henley
Is the US being transformed into a radical Republic?
And the war goes on. And McCain and other Republicans want to send more troops to Iraq. And others want to invade Iran and Syria. Watch this movie. It is very revealing.

Robert Ehrlich must be wondering where all the Republicans went.
It looks like a lot of them stayed home this election. The big question is why? Carmen Camacho tells us in this Baltimore Examiner editorial [more]

Javier Bustamante es nombrado Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española en Nueva York. Coloquio se enorgullece así de tener ya tres colaboradores de tan prestigiosa Academia: Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Emilio Bernal Labrada y Javier Bustamante [sigue]

Eric GoodmanGoodman Published in The Washington Post.
Eric D. Goodman, Coloquio's own fiction writer, has been published in The Washington Post. An excerpt from his novel-in-progress, Dead Ends, was published in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post. Visit Writeful for more information. [more] Or see "Soon to be Famous First Lines" in The Washington Post. [more]

anuncian la realización de la séptima edición del MARATON DE LA POESIA DE NIÑOS Y JOVENES del área metropolitana, diciembre 5 y 6 [sigue]

El baile del Club Puerto Rico, brillante como siempre, reunió a más de 1.000 personas en la Fountain Bleu de Glen Burnie en noviembre. [sigue]

Maryland Governor-elect Martin O'Malley names Hispanics Gustavo Torres and Veronica Cool to his transition commitee. Baltimore Mayor-designee Sheila Dixon names Hispanics Hector Torres, Elliot Morales, Nico Ramos and Javier Bustamante to her transition commitee. Congratulations to all. The community is in good hands.

Minority Business Roun Table Luncheon & Congressional Briefing featuring GERALDO RIVERA - December 5, 2006 [more]

Beautiful video of Van Gogh's paintings with a song to the Dutch painter by Don McNeal [more] English and Spanish titles

World Welcomes Shift in U.S. Politics:
The electoral rebuke for President Bush and the resignation of his defense secretary, both deeply unpopular away from American shores over the Iraq war, was celebrated throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. [more]

immigrationHispanics said ''adiós'' to President Bush's Republican Party in Tuesday's midterm elections,
voting in much greater numbers than expected for Democratic candidates in an apparent rejection of the ruling party's efforts to blame much of the nation's problems on undocumented migrants. [more]

Congressional Internship
Eight-week Capitol Hill internship from June to August, all expenses paid: travel, housing, $2,000 stipend.  Learn first-hand about our nation's legislative making process. Deadline: January 31, 2007

Listen to
"Democracy" one of the greatest songs written in recent years, by Leonard Cohen's [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]

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] Following the publication of my new essay on Iraq I received some unusual feedback from various of my liberal readers. The responses fell into two groups, both of which troubled me. One group took issue with what they saw as serious flaws in the essay. Most of these criticisms were based on what seemed to be misreadings of my argument. Other of my liberal readers—whom I expected to take issue with central aspects of my position—pronounced themselves well satisfied with everything I had to say. Clearly, I had done a poor job of communicating. [more]

immigrationAs 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]

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

immigrationBen 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]

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]

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

immigrationIntelligent 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] and new projects for Seville [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 -- Explore Seville
¿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

Quisiera enviar mi más efusiva enhorabuena a nuestro vecino del foro, Javier Bustamante, por ser elegido nuevo Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE), correspondiente de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española (RAE). Dicho nombramiento se efectuó el pasado 17 de noviembre durante el transcurso de una reunión de la Junta Directiva de la ANLE. Entre otros muchos logros realizados, Javier es el fundador de la revista Coloquio (, una de las publicaciones más importantes en el ciberespacio que promueve tanto la lengua como las culturas hispanas. ¡A partir de ahora, he de tener mucho más cuidado de no meter la pezuña cuando escribo en castellano!
Javier, un fuerte abrazo.
spain in the usa
Congratulations on this new honor. I am most appreciative of your friendship and support in our local endeavors. Happy Turkey...
Dear Javier:
Congratulations!!  A happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  More soon. 
Lynn Siguenza
President MCHRC
Hola Javier,
Felicitaciones por la nominación con el señor O'Malley y como miembro del NASL. Bien merecido!!! Gracias por enviarme estas notas de información. Tambien Happy Thanksgiving, 
Elizabeth Ortega-Lohmeyer

Congratulations on your appointment to the Mayor's transition team. Adelante!
Loretta J. Garcia
Attorney at Law
Savit & Szymkowicz, LLP
7315 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 601 North Tower
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Tel. 301-951-9191
Fax: 301-718-7788
Web site:
General Law Practice in MD
and DC
Hola Javier,
I hope you can find a place for this promo on Coloquio. Feel free to edit if necessary. There will be a flamenco show in the Great Room at Jordan's Steakhouse 8085 Main St., Ellicott City, MD 21043 on Thursday 16 November during a Tapas Wine Dinner. The group will consist of Richard Marlow, guitar, Sara Jerez, dancer, and Juan David Delgado, guitar, with sets at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm. The dinner starts at 6:30 pm and will feature appetizers and seven tapas courses with matched Spanish wines introduced by the Robert Parker Wine Personality of 2005, Patrick Mata. Tickets are $125 per person, including tax and tip. Start the holiday season with a bang. Call 410-461-9776 for reservations.
Ken McNaughton
I dont like democrats they support gay
Querido Javier,
quiero felicitarte por la labor brillante que has realizado convirtiéndote con El Coloquio, en un centro poderoso de ayuda a los hispanos y a los inmigrantes, que a su vez se traduce en una excelente labor social para todos los habitantes de Maryland. Yo he estado ausente porque problemas del corazón han limitado mis actividades. Espero vivir algunos años más y poder tener tiempo de recitar en tu Club Andalucía, Un Castellano Leal (el primer romance) y Al Dos de Mayo. Si me quedo por el camino, sabes que me considero tu amigo, que se te admira y que espero que me dediques un buen editorial.
Un abrazo,
Pepe Herrera


The Prince George's County Coalition of Concerned Leaders' (Former County Executive Wayne Curry, former Chief of Staff to the Governor, Major Riddick, Developer, Mr. Ronald Lipscomb, who built the Ernest Everett Just Middle School, President of the Black Chamber of Commerce and a local businessman, Mr. Michael Little, local businessman, Mr. Clayton Duhaney, five Council Members: Council Member David Harrington (District 5),  immediate past Council Chairman Samuel H. Dean and Mrs. Donna J. Dean, (District 6), Vice Chair Camille Exum (District 7), former Council Chairman Tony Knotts (District 8) and Council Member Marilyn Bland (District 9)), endorsement was not for Republican Michael Steele, but for African-American, native Prince Georgian Michael Steele, who we believe will be inclusive and responsive to our concerns.
As one supporter noted and we affirm: You took a bold step and seized the opportunity to put an intelligent black Prince Georgian in the U. S. Senate, regardless of party affiliation.  These opportunities are few and far between and may not come along again for a while. And, this was not an opportunity afforded African-American Democrats by the Party to which we have been loyal since 1932 - a 74-year period of time. Notwithstanding the endorsement of Lt. Governor Steele, we are Democrats and will continue to support the Democratic Party. We plan to remain Democrats, but the Democratic Party must change.  
Had it not been for the fact that 22 percent of Prince Georgians (some of whom had to be crossovers from the Democratic Party) voted for Lt. Governor Steele, the first black candidate elected to statewide office when he became Lieutenant Governor in 2002, we would not have this opportunity.  There are insufficient numbers of Republicans in Maryland for him to have won the State based solely on their vote. Be assured that when some Republican voters go into the booth this time to vote for the U. S. Senator from Maryland, they will cross over and  vote for candidate, Congressman Ben Cardin so that an African-American will not be elected to represent them in that high office.
Has a precedence been set by the Coalition’s endorsement of a Republican?  No. Only a short four years ago, did not Candidate for Governor Kathleen Kennedy dismiss not only Prince Georgians but also African-Americans to select a Republican from southern Maryland as her choice for her Lt. Governor?
Prior to 1932, most if not all, African-Americans were Republican. In 1932, African-Americans believed that President Franklin Roosevelt would do more for them during the time of the depression than the Republicans and turned to the Democratic Party for assistance. Thus, for 74 years the majority of African-Americans in Prince George's County and nationwide has been Democrats. During that time, there has never been an African-American elected to the U. S. Senate from the State of Maryland.
The African-American Democrats in Prince George's County are not consulted for recommendations as to which candidates should be placed on the ticket for any office. When Senator Paul Sarbanes announced his retirement, we were basically told by Congressman Steny Hoyer, who had Congressman Ben Cardin attend many functions attended by African-Americans, maybe not in words initially but certainly by association, here is your candidate to replace Senator Sarbanes.
No one consulted African-Americans in Prince George's County as to who we wanted to have represent us.  Former Congressman Kwasi Mfume received 70% of the vote in Prince George's County.  Had the Party supported and assisted him with raising funds, the results could have been different.  Yet, the Party supported Congressman Ben Cardin so he won State-wide. Mr. Mfume embraced Mr. Cardin after he lost to him in the primary, but he warned Democrats that this year's ticket looks more like one from 1956 than 2006, referring to the lack of diversity among the candidates.
To say there is a lack of diversity on the State-wide Democratic Party ticket is a gross understatement. Delegate Anthony Brown is the only black State-wide candidate on the slate. Two black Democrats were knocked off in the primary election: former National NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, candidate for U. S. Senator, and Mr. Stuart Sims, who ran for Attorney General. Mr.  Sims (whom the Party did not support and help to fund) lost to State Prosecutor Douglas Gansler (Montgomery County), whom the Party endorsed.  One Hispanic-American, Council Member Tom Perez (Montgomery County), was disqualified for the Attorney General race prior to the primary due to a legal interpretation.
History supports the fact that the only way that African-Americans have made major progress in the struggle for equality and civil rights in this country is through the creation of tension, struggles and direct actions. What tensions, struggles and direct actions have brought us where we are today?
1. The civil-rights movement of the 1950s and the early 1960s arose to combat racist laws, racist institutions, and racist practices wherever they existed.  Based on those actions these changes occurred:
a. 1954 -- U.S. Supreme Court declares school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of
Education of Topeka ruling.
b. 1964 -- Mrs. Rosa Parks created tension by not moving to the back of the bus in  Alabama and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King led the bus boycott which resulted in the Congress passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 declaring discrimination based on race illegal.
 c.1965 –The Selma-to-Montgomery March and all the related tensions for voting rights resulted in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965  --the best possible redress of grievances.
2. Remember that Congressman Albert Wynn did not obtain his Congressional seat due to the benevolence of the Party, but only through the agitation of Blacks demanding a Congressional seat. 
3. The tension created by the Prince George’s County Coalition of Concerned Leader’s endorsement on the Maryland Democratic Party is intended to bring about change with  the demand that the Democratic Party become sensitive to the need to recognize, respect and include Prince Georgians in the democratic process.  The key value of the democratic process is based on the belief in the integrity and rights of all people, while promoting ideals of equal participation and access for individuals and groups, civil and political rights, citizenship, and democratic decision making in all aspects of life, including public and private life. The citizens of Prince George’s County are not active participants in the Party’s democratic process.
Think about it!
It is not that God allowed us to awaken on Monday, October 30, and decide to endorse Lt. Governor Steele for U. S. Senate.
Our action resulted from the inaction of the many Democratic leaders and the candidates themselves to commit to being inclusive prior to election.
We started our conversations over two years ago with some of them.  We interviewed Mayor O’Malley, Delegate Anthony Brown, Congressman Ben Cardin, Lt. Gov. Steele and other candidate for State-wide offices.
Over a year ago, we presented our demands to Party Chairman Terry Lierman requesting that he set up a meeting with the Democratic Party leaders and explore moving the Party’s headquarters from Annapolis to Prince George’s County.
We never heard another word after the meeting about our grievances. Our group was told basically either in words or deeds, wait until after the election before we can make any commitments.
However, two weeks ago we were told by a high level State Senator that Mr. Stuart Simms who the Party did not endorse nor support for the office of Attorney General (Party endorsed Mr. Douglas Gansler) would be a part of the Governor’s cabinet and that Delegate Anthony Brown (as Lt. Governor) would be a “partner”
What part of the democratic process made those decisions when we were being told to wait?
What part of the democratic process, as defined above, results in:
1.The absence of Racial and Geographical Diversity in the top four Statewide positions in the Democratic Party, if elected on November “no Afro-Americans, no females, and no Prince Georgians?  If elected,  the top four  most powerful Statewide positions will be white males who do not reside in Prince George’s County:
a. Governor - Martin O’Malley, lives in Baltimore now, but was born in Montgomery County.
b. Attorney General - Douglas Gansler, Montgomery County.
c. Comptroller - Peter Franchot - Montgomery County.
e. U. S. Senate - Ben Cardin, Baltimore.
2. What part of the democratic process will not entertain an Afro-American being appointed to at least one of the top three major decision-making positions that approve funding and contracts for all of the State
projects such as schools, public safety, etc. which impact the lives of Prince Georgians:
a. The Secretary of Transportation who controls all contracts for highways and transportation for the State - white male, not from Prince George’s County.
b. The Secretary of Education - white female “ not from Prince George’s,controls the public school system since we are a Charter State.
c. The Treasurer,  white female, Montgomery County, who is the third member of the Board of Public Works along with the Governor and the Comptroller?

The bold step that we took is really not about Michael Steele, who, if elected, will be the first African-American U. S. Senator from the State of Maryland “ an historical accomplishment.”
It is primarily about creating the historical tension that has been necessary to bring about major change in our long-standing fight for equality.
We are demanding that the Democratic Party in Maryland address our concerns as African-Americans in an inclusive way, as an equal partner at the decision-making table.
Our frustrations at being ignored and being asked to wait to have a seat at the table are over. We have waited for 74 years and we will wait no longer.
One constituent stated: It is an unprecedented event and future generations will ask who were these leaders who had much to lose (in the eyes of man) who stood up to a party, to history and to complacency and said enough is enough.
Today's event caused me to remember King's poignant reflection about what the word "Wait!" meant to the ears and hearts of the disenfranchised south. God bless these mighty warriors of Prince George's County.
Finally, as the father of Black History, Dr. Carter G. Woodson states, “History shows that it does not matter who is in power those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.”
Thank you - and be blessed indeed!
Samuel H. and Donna J. Dean

Dear Readers:
If you believe in the American way of life for faith, family, community, spirituality, and the opportunity America offers you and yours to become whatever you wish in life and enjoy independence, VOTE REPUBLICAN on November 7th. We believe in helping those who need help to help themselves so they can also help others. God Bless.
Lynn Siguenza
This election is critical.  The candidates are very different.  For example, The Washington Post today reports that Governor Erlich criticized Mayor O'Malley for saying the undocumented immigrantes should be able to obtain driver's licenses. 
Ken Weiss
This totally unsolicited email message comes to you all - because I'm on a mission.  Please bear with me.......... Though this is just a "mid-term" election - it is a very important one. Both the House and the Senate could turn over to the Democratic party with this election, and the Maryland Senate race is a very close call. Whichever party wins a majority in either the House or the Senate will control legislation the next few years.  The majority party chooses which legislation gets action - gets called up for a vote, and which legislation goes on the back burner never to be heard from again. The Senate majority leader personally decides what is going to come to the floor of the Senate. This is why we saw such issues as the Terry Schiavo case, Constitutional marriage amendment, and the so-called immigration bill (really a non-immigration bill) come up under Mr. Frist, when serious issues like minimum wage, health care, education improvement etc. are not even brought up. This is not just a question of how many Democrats vs Republicans will be around next session - so that a bill you care about may or may not pass.  It is much bigger than that. The majority party not only gets more votes, but they decide what gets voted on and what doesn't.  The majority party controls the chairmanship of the committees - the committees control the hearings and reports that influence Congress.  The majority party can even decide how many staff people Senators get, who gets better offices and furniture, etc.  It's amazing the power they have.  The Republican majority was even able to exclude Democrats from special "closed-door" hearings in the House. I guess you get my drift - please vote - and while you're at it - please vote Democrat And for those of you who are as upset as I am about Iraq – if nothing else let’s get rid of the party that brought us that debacle. AND PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON
Dear Javier,  
I had sponsored Luis Borunda's U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur's Education Winter Extravaganza earlier this past year and I also received a $5000 pledged donation for his USHYEE organization this month. Since Hispanics don't always sit on the same side of the political isle, but we do generally co-support each other. I was going to ask if you would consider sending the attached documents to your electronic distribution list with the following short brief or do short press release with links to the documents on The Baltimore Marketing Association is holding their 37th Annual Business Awards Dinner to honor the March Family on December 7th.  This years Speaker is Dr. Claud Anderson on the topic of Powernomics and proceeds will benefit students at our Historically Black Colleges & Universities.  This year's Dinner Committee Chairperson is Paulette Pettit-Austrich of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  To learn more about the BMA, Sponsor the Dinner, and Purchase Tickets.  You may download the following forms:  
About BMA.pdf 
Ad Contract.pdf
Sponsorship Contract.pdf 
This also benefits Luis Borunda as he makes the Signs for the Dinner.  I know he is a republican like me, but he is also Hispanic like you.  Would appreciate if you would give consideration.  thanks and good luck next week with your recommended candidates.  
Louis F. Haber II, President
Distribution Postal Co., Inc.
6200 Frankford Ave
Baltimore MD 21206 USA
Dear Members of the Press: I was shocked and dismayed to see Mrs. Watson s ad in today’s edition of The View. I, along with others, received the attached e-mail from Chris Merdon earlier today. I am forwarding it to you because I believe the fabrication and misrepresentation in the ad needs to be publicly refuted.I honored by, and appreciate, the support I enjoy from a broad array of Republican, Independent, and Democratic voters in the 1st Council District. I confident that they won't be fooled by this attempt to manipulate the facts and believe that Mrs. Watson should issue a public apology to the voters of the 1st Council District as well as to me and Chris Merdon.
Tony Salazar
Committee to Elect Tony Salazar
P.O. Box 6572
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Fax - 410-465-7121
Authorized by Doni Ernst, Treasurer
From: []
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 11:45 AM
Subject: The View Newspaper Advertisement
It has come to my attention that Courtney Watson placed an advertisement in The View newspaper stating that I think she would be a great County Council person.  I want to make it absolutely clear that I never said the statement and did not give her permission to use my name or any quote in the advertisement. 
I have a phone call into Courtney asking for an explanation.
Chris Merdon
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
    Read More - English
    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 señor 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
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    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


    Como estamos en época electoral, vienen al caso estas viñetas.

    Nos dice un presentador noticiero cuyo nombre vamos a omitir para no abochornarlo.
    ” ¿Qué posibilidades matemáticas ILEGALES hay de cambios en el resultado de una votación?”

    ¿Qué? ¿Es posible recurrir a medios ILEGALES de manipular el escrutinio de votos? Claro, y desde hace milenios. Pero, vamos, que se diga así, abiertamente,  para que lo oigan millones de televidentes, como si nada fuera, es harina de otro costal.

    Pues sí, señores, así lo dijo. Pero adivinen qué: lo que quiso decir fue todo lo contrario: “Qué posibilidades matemáticas Y LEGALES…” No se percató de que al hablar de corrido  pareció decir ILEGALES”, lo cual es prácticamente imperdonable en un señor que es un presunto profesional de la noticia.

                Por otra parte, para qué recalcar que tenían que ser LEGALES las posibilidades, cuando todo el mundo sabe que no se pueden usar (supuestamente) medios que no lo sean. ¿No bastaba decir que se buscaban “posibilidades matemáticas”?

                Luego nos habló de que había que cargar las boletas de votación en un “VAN”. Bueno, no sé si VAN o no VAN esas boletas a buen destino en semejante vehículo, que en español se llama CAMIONETA o FURGONETA.

                Un poco más adelante nos comentó que tales vehículos tendrían que pasar por PUNTOS DE CHEQUEO (calco de “check points”), para fines de seguridad.  No sé qué  clase de “chequeo” será, puesto que eso es lo que hacen –como dijimos recientemente– los médicos al examinarnos. La manía anglo ha llegado al punto de que ya “chequeo” figura en el Diccionario como voz aceptable con el significado de “reconocimiento médico general” (aunque está poniendo en “jaque” –nuestra versión de “check” en el ajedrez– a las demás acepciones)..

                Pero, hasta ahora, esos dichosos lugares en que se detiene el tránsito vehicular o individual se siguen denominando en nuestro idioma “PUNTOS DE CONTROL”.

                Nos explicaron, muy amablemente, que “contrario a la creencia popular” (copia literal de “contrary to popular belief”), los resultados electorales pueden no corresponder a las encuestas hechas previamente a base de la intención del voto. Gracias, pero A DIFERENCIA de lo que piensan ustedes los presentadores noticieros, la cosa es así: “AL REVÉS de lo que popularmente se cree”, o en todo caso “CONTRARIAMENTE a lo que se suele pensar”.

                Por último comentó que habría que ver el efecto que tendría “el aumento de la EMIGRACION en los resultados de la elección”. Creo que NO: que lo que puede tener más impacto en unos comicios es el aumento de la INmigración, o sea la población migratoria que se ha venido a radicar en el país (y no la que se ha ido). 

                Me pregunto si habrá posibilidades LEGALES (¡O ILEGALES?) de poner a ese “LOCOTOR” en una FURGONETA y pasarlo aunque sea de contrabando por los  PUNTOS DE CONTROL para que EMIGRE y así deje de llevarle LA CONTRA al buen español que aquí procuramos rescatar.


                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]

    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



    Freedom(Part 7)

    See Part 6 here

    By Eric D. Goodman

    McMurphey wasn’t going to vote. Joe, Manning and McMurphey sat together in the scorching noon-day sun after lunch. Joe came straight out and asked, knowing the absentee ballots were on their way.
    McMurphey answered simply enough. “I ain’t got the right to vote. I don’t know the issues well enough.”
    Manning blew out a cloud of cigarette smoke. “Shit, man, you’re out here saying we’re fighting for people’s rights and you won’t even give yourself the right to vote?”
    Manning’s smoke to McMurphey was like blood to a shark. He lit his own cigarette. “That’s right. How can I vote in one of the most important elections of my lifetime?”
    “With conviction,” Manning answered.
    Joe said, “I plan to vote, but I haven’t decided who for yet. I mean, the bickering back and forth between the candidates isn’t enough to decide. And the liberal press is owned by the conservative businesses, so who’re you gonna believe?”
    Manning smoked his cigarette down to the filter. “Well you gotta vote, one way or another. We’re all out here killing and dying for our nation’s agenda. We’ve earned the right to help define it.”
    McMurphey’s cigarette butt followed Manning’s into the ash can. “Doesn’t matter whether we vote or who for anyway. We’re here now doing our part. That’s what matters in the end.”
    Manning drank warm water from his bottle. “There you go again.”
    Joe took the middle road. “I guess it’s important to vote, but no matter who wins, we’ll still be here awhile, working to make a better way of life for these people, and to keep our country and the rest of the world safe.”
    Manning fixed his gaze on Joe. “Maybe we’re fighting for freedom, but is our government?”
    Joe peered at him. “Look, I can’t answer for the government, but I can answer for myself. And you can bet that’ll be on my mind when I cast my vote.”
    Manning laughed loudly. “Man, they got you both brainwashed.”

    McMurphey smiled. “We’re all influenced by something. Might as well be on the right side.”

    Don’t be a McMurphey.  Get out and VOTE on November 7



    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]


    Driving in Bolivia. A frightening experience of driving in the mountains

    Beautiful video of Van Gogh's paintings with a song to the Dutch painter by Don McNeal [more] English and Spanish subtitles

    Muestras increíbles del franquismo en España . Esto no tiene precio

    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 hand 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

    "And what's going to happen with those UFOs?"
    "Don't worry when we finish the wall we'll put a roof over the US"

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