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La frase del mes: La afición del R.Madrid es falsa. Los auténticos madrileños no deseamos que gane el Real Madrid la liga. Lo deseará la afición madridista compuesta por todos aquellos lamentables seguidores que no son de los equipos de su tierra por sentir vergüenza. Así de falsa es la afición del R.Madrid.

The Political Career of Bill Richardson



William Cole
for Baltimore City Council
11th District

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

Other Sites:

Academia Norteamericana
de la Lengua Española

Famous Hispanics in the World and History

Los Toros


Club Andalucía

Semana Santa en Sevilla

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center

Instituto Cervantes

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

Latino Providers Network

Maryland Hispanic Republicans

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

El Refranero Español: Agua que no has de beber, déjala correr

Famous Hispanics

Mario Vargas Llosa
1936-), Writer, Perú

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.

Health - Salud

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...S.T.R.
Just a reminder that we can help someone if we recognize what is happening. Time is important!
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...S.T.R. 

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and that she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food.  While she appeared a bit shaken up, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital and, at 6:00 pm, she passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would be alive today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this...
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

                                            RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: 

S* Ask the individual to SMILE. (If the smile is lopsided, a stroke is likely to have occurred.)

T* Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE 
(If the speech is slurred, a stroke is likely to have occurred.) Coherently: (for example) It is sunny out today. 
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she cannot raise one arm,  a stroke is likely to have occurred.)

*NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other,
that is also an indication of a stroke. 
If he or she has trouble with  ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately !!  and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist estimates that if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people;  you can bet that at least one life will be saved.





Andrew Sullivan

El Trovador restaurant
Iraq War Casualties
Just so we remember
US and Coalition Iraq War casualties as of June 9, 2007 -- Days: 1541 (see here)
Total US Military Dead
Avge. per day:



Total US Wounded
as of 5/30/07
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?

Bienvenidos a nuestro ClubSuInversión. Nos complace tenerlo con nosotros para descubrir juntos un sinnúmero de oportunidades y recursos para invertir. Cuando tome la decisión de tener la membresía de ClubSuInversión, será una de las elecciones más valiosas para lograr los objetivos financieros que Ud. tanto ha buscado.

Our catoonist selected the caption for its last cartoon from 16 responses he got to his challenge. See the winner below

What is it that sets the Irish apart? It must be their Basque heritage.
That, and the awful truth that there's barely any difference between them and the English. All those centuries of fighting and religion and malarkey and stiff upper lips, and now it turns out that there's little that's Anglo-Saxon about the English and even less that's Celtic about the land of St. Patrick.

GALA Teatro Hispan presenta "Latido Negro" una fusión de música, cultura y tradición, del 7 de Junio al 1 de Julio. [sigue]

What we need now is a comprehensive immigration reform
that unites families, provides for a future flow of workers to meet our economic needs, provides an earned path to legalization for workers already in this country, and generally treats all individuals in a fair, humane way.  [more]

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]

Una vuelta por el mundo. Fotos increíbles y fabulosas

Stephanie Núñez, of Puerto Rican origin, from Bowie, MD is theValedictorian (#1) among the 1,400 graduating class at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Congratulations to another outstanding Hispanic student with a great future. [more]

Bill Richardson opposes the Senate bill on immigration because it is not compassionate.
He is the first major Democrat to call explicitly for defeat of the bill in its current form. Mr. Richardson said he had to speak out against what he suggested was an anti-immigrant fervor, be it from television news hosts like Lou Dobbs or Republican candidates for president. [more]

The Embassy of Spain presents a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaty by Felipe González
Former President of  Spain 1982 to 1996Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) from 1974 to 1997 Vice President of the Socialist International from 1978 until 1999. On Wednesday June 6th 2007, 6pm Gaston Hall, Georgetown University.

How Spain Thrives on Immigration. Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is driving a Spanish economic and social revival. Here is a good lesson on immigration for the US. [more]

Hotel execs press for immigration reform.
Sumitted by Rudy Arredondo. Marriott is one of several hotel chains that claim to collectively employ more than 331,000 people, many of whom are foreign-born. Photo by AP Frustrated by slow progress in overhauling federal immigration law, the top executives of some of the nation's largest hotel chains have urged President Bush and key members of Congress to push for a breakthrough. "We have to get the leadership in the House and Senate together on this," said J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of the Marriott hotel chain. "They have got to get this fixed." Marriott and five other CEOs have sent a letter to the president, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Marriott said he has already spoken with Gutierrez and will be contacting more congressional leaders this week. "We could not operate our hotels without workers from other countries," the executives said in their letter. "It is time ... to pass legislation that will achieve a true solution to our broken immigration system." In addition to Marriott, the letter was signed by the heads of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, the InterContinental Hotels Group, the Global Hyatt Corp., Loews Hotels and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. Collectively, the hotel chains employ more than 331,000 people, many of whom are foreign-born, according to the letter. The hotel heads fear that if Congress fails to act, states and municipalities will instead enact a patchwork of immigration laws. On Saturday, the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch narrowly passed a town ordinance prohibiting landlords from renting to most illegal immigrants, reported to be the first of its kind in the nation. "We can't manage 150 different laws, and neither can anybody else," Marriott said. "We need to have comprehensive reform." Marriott said he feared the contentious issue of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States is "taking all the oxygen out of the air" and could "derail the whole debate." Several conservative Republican senators have indicated they would not support a bill that includes amnesty. Marriott, though, said he "absolutely" supports a path to citizenship for the illegal immigrants. "There is no way we can deport 12 million people out of this country," he said.

More than eight million green-card holders -- that is, legal permanent residents -- are eligible to become U.S. citizens
, and the majority are immigrants of Latin American origin, according to U.S. government data. That's how we solve immigrations problems and change the political picture in the US. Univision is doin something about it. [more]

A magnificent view of the Earth from satellites. An incredible set of pictures you will find amazing. [more]

Attend the Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium this summer. July 19 -21, 2007 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County [more] Asiste al Simposio que se va a llevar a cabo este verano del 2007 en la Universidad de Maryland en el Condado de Baltimore [sigue]

The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV. After passage of civil rights acts in 1964 and 1965, Martin Luther King began challenging the nation's fundamental priorities. He maintained that civil rights laws were empty without "human rights" - including economic rights. For people too poor to eat at a restaurant or afford a decent home, King said, anti-discrimination laws were hollow. [more]

La Gramática Española puesta al día con la participación de las 22 Academias Nacionales de la Lengua Española.
La Gramática ha sido elaborada por la Real Academia Española (RAE) y las otras 21 Academias de la Lengua durante nueve años de intensos trabajos y hoy se ha escenificado ese consenso: una a una han ido dando su aprobación a esta obra, en la que se plasma el tronco común que une a los hablantes de los diferentes países y las particularidades de cada área lingüística. [sigue]

The "war on terror", says Zbigniew Brzezinski, has created a culture of fear in America
. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. [more]

Business Development Manager opening at the City's Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises.
Excelent opportunity for the right person. Call Carla Nelson, Director at 410-396-3898 [more]

Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico is the first Hispanic running for President of the United States.
Not only he has a chance to win; he has a good chance. His resume is by far the best of the group running for President and that includes Hillary, Barack, Edwards and the others. Bill is a Governor and has been Secretary of Commerce and Ambassador to the United Nations [more]

Immigrants are less likely to go to prison than U.S.-born residents of the same ethnic group and they boost pay for natives [more]

La mayoría de los europeos elegiría España como primer destino para ir a trabajar, según el sondeo que publica Financial Times
-- Spain tops destination list for EU migrants [more]

With a 3.8% economic growth in 2006, Spain has now become the 8th largest economy in the world [more]

Eric GoodmanColoquio’s own fiction writer, Eric D. Goodman, is featured in the latest issue of Writers Weekly
-- the highest circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.  In his article, "From Hermit to Hero,” Eric shares advice with writers and encourages them to get involved with the local literary scene.  Read the success story, "From Hermit to Hero," in the current issue of Writers Weekly! 

El Castillo de San Gerónimo ha sido celoso guardián y protagonista de la historia militar de Puerto Rico por más de 400 años.
Hoy, el Fortín se rinde lentamente al embate de las olas que lo vieron triunfar en tantas ocasiones. Salvémoslo [sigue]

Spectacular pictures of the Universe by NASA's Hubble Space telescope [more]

See and hear one of the best speeches in the history of the world: Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" [more]

Nuestro corresponsal Paco Mora divaga de nuevo por esos andurriales,
esta vez despotricando contra el amarillo (¿o son las rubias?) [sigue]

Fantastic business opportunities for the Maryland area.
Ft. Meade will disperse $731,000,000 in contracts for on-base facilities. Ft. Meade will be creating a Business Development Office in the near future. The Baltimore District of the Army Corps of Engineers can be accessed through their website or by phone at (410) 962-3495.[more]

immigration Our Founding Illegals [more] (Submitted by Rudy Arredondo)

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

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]

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

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

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Coloquio encourages letters to the editor. Please email us your comments -- Coloquio acepta cartas al editor. Mándenos su email
I am a board member of Coral Cantigas, the only area choir that specializes in performing music from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. I just want to let you know that Coral Cantigas will be having a concert on June 10 which aims to discover Latin American Jewish composers and their music, and the centuries-old relationship between the Jewish and Latin American cultures.  Please let the Hispanic-Jewish Dialogue Committee know about this. Below is the concert info. Thanks! 
Germán Gómez
A joint performance with Zemer Chai, Washington's Jewish Community Chorus,
featuring Ramón Tasat, Argentinean Cantor and Tenor
Sun, June 10, 2007, at 7 PM. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20814

A Don Javier Bustamante y su nietecito
Mi buen amigo Javier
Abuelo, te felicito
Porque vino un angelito
Como un regalo del cielo
Tiene el bebé aire sencillo
Una sonrisa esbozada
Y la mejilla rosada
De querubín de Murillo
Preciso llegar al fin
Felicita a sus papás
Y tu en mi nombre le das
Un besito al querubín
Pepe Herrera
President Bush has mentioned and constantly repeats that we have 13 million undocumented immigrants. We have heard that number so often that we have lost the idea of the real meaning of the “13 million”. That number represents about 15 % of the Mexican population. Also, for the sake of comparison, the inhabitants of the Cities like New York and Los Angeles, the most populous cities of the United States, put together, are only 12 million people!
We have two obvious questions. First, why is the most populous Spanish speaking country with about 109 million people, that ranks among the highest in economic growth and foreign investment is at the present time in such a financial quagmire? Why its promising young people go to the United States, and live at the bottom of the American Society in order to help their families and their country?
The most plausible explanation seems to be that up to the year 1980 the Mexican economy was flourishing and big loans were made with the expectation of a bright future. Then, the price of oil, the main source of revenue in Mexico reached bottom and the economy of Mexico was in shambles. Loans could not be paid, more loans with a high interest rate were used up to keep going, but neither loans from the bank or from the United States were able to stop the  tide. Also, foreign investors, who had put their money in shares, not in the Mexican ground, at the first sign of financial trouble sold the shares and left.
The second question is: How it is possible that the immigrants  came and established themselves as a subgroup in the United States? And what we can do with the 13 million of undocumented? The Hispanic immigrants had a terrible way of life in their own country. They have been willing to put their lives in jeopardy, come to this country speaking no English. With no job and with no contacts they could not survive.
They have been taken advantage in both environments. In Mexico they were paid about one or two dollars per day. The Unites States was their promised land offering them a better salary (not good, but better) and few dollars to be sent to their families in Mexico, (about 20 billion a year!). Their low salary expectations and hard working habits make them a real bargain for businesses and even for suburban homeowners who needed a tree trimmed, grass cut or any other menial job. All of the Americans who were, or are exploiting then with a job are doing something illegal, and they know it, but it is profitable to save a lot of dollars using the undocumented fellows. No social security, no minimum wage, no vacations, no other benefits and  NO complaints.
Let me clarify that I love Mexico; I feel the pain of their families leaving their country to help their relatives and to live in what we consider a very low way of life. They know however, that they get an opportunity to help their families with a monthly dollar and making a willing contribution  to their country. Their yearly  dollar remittance  represents the second source of income for  Mexico, just behind the profits from the oil.
The truth is that for business convenience or for lack of vision we have allowed the immigration problem to snowball to the 13 million immigrants. For such a magnitude,  two thousand miles of fence, amnesty or demonstrations are not going to solve it.
Diplomacy and wisdom at the highest level will be necessary to help both countries, Mexico and the United States. Unfortunately, the American Senate, as a whole, is not sensitive to the real problem, because the immigration has not had the same effect in California as in Maine. The ridiculous and cruel salary of one dollar per day should not exist in Mexico, and if it does, the poor people will keep going through the dessert, and the  heat, breaking fences, looking for a piece of  bread to eat and a dollar to send home.
We also have a bigger problem in the horizon that we should not forget.  One hundred and eighty frour years ago the Monroe doctrine was operative. “America for the Americans”. Every small  Latin country folded under the pressure of the American colossus. For example, in Cuba, the dictator Batista was in power until he was told to go away by Mr. Smith, the American Consul. Nobody could imagine that Fidel Castro, the then head of the  rebels could stay for too long. However he was inaugurated as “president” Dec 2, of 1972 and he became   the leader of the opposition to the United States in Latin America.
It took 23 years for Castro to have a friend and allied in Chavez from Venezuela, but in the last five years, parallel to our unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq we have had Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Nicaragua and Ecuador electing left leaning, or open anti-American  presidents. Those countries are now a block. They help each other. Finally, this year in Mexico, while Calderón a center right candidate won, the results of the elections were dangerously close. We should not allow Mexico to fall into that block, but  the 2000 miles fence and the pending regulations are not helping.
Pepe Herrera
Hola Javier:
Te felicito...estás cumpliendo tus metas y estás recibiendo todo tipo de merecidos reconocimientos. Gracias por preocuparte de nuestra gustaría tenerte en el programa algun día, hablando de cómo podemos animar y reconocer a nuestra juventud.
Dra. Isabel Gómez-Bassols
Can Immigration Reform Pass this year? After a dramatic and emotional year last year, immigration reform legislation screeched to a halt in Congress when the House of Representatives and the Senate couldn’t agree on a bill.  This year, the pressure is even greater for both houses to put together a workable Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, but time is running short.  If Congress can’t pass a bill by the middle of this summer, we won’t see Comprehensive Immigration Reform until 2009, at the earliest.
What should be included in a good comprehensive reform bill? With so many different bills, it’s difficult to keep track of them all and recognize a good one when you see it.  As they’re getting ready to draft THEIR version of an immigration bill, we’re telling our Senators that a good bill will include a couple of very important points:
  1.        The DREAM Act, so that talented high school students are able to adjust their legal status by attending college
  2.        Earned Legalization for the 12 million immigrants who are already here, without artificial tiers or impossible penalties that would divide families
  3.        Worker Protections for both immigrant and native born workers.  Any new visa program should assign temporary visas to WORKERS, not EMPLOYERS
  4.        Protect the Family visa system and reduce the Visa Backlog, to ensure that families can be reunited as quickly and safely as possible.

How can you help?

The Baltimore community will be meeting with Senator Cardin THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th to share these priorities with him.  He and his colleagues are writing legislation RIGHT NOW, and he needs to hear from us what this legislation should include.  Join us for an interfaith community meeting with Senator Cardin this Wednesday, May 9th at 7 pm in Our Lady of Pompei Church, at 229 S Conkling Street.  A copy of the flyer is attached; please forward this message and the flyer to your networks.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at or give us a call at 410 732-7777.

Si podemos!

Liz--Elizabeth Alex
Lead Organizer/Manager
CASA of Maryland
2224 E Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 732-7777
Gabriel García Márquez ha viajado hasta Cuba para celebrar en la isla sus 80 años, cumplidos el 6 de marzo. Apareció por sorpresa y tiene la esperanza de poder ver a s u amigo Fidel Castro, quien convalece desde el pasado julio de una complicada operación intestinal. «No lo veo (a Fidel) hace tiempo por su enfermedad, que estoy seguro ya sale de eso"», aseguró el premio Nobel de Literatura el viernes durante un acto cultural en La Habana. 'Gabo' no pudo reunirse con Castro cuando visitó el país para los actos del 2 de diciembre por el 80º aniversario del líder cubano. La amistad entre ambos se remonta a los primeros años del triunfo de la revolución cubana, cuando el autor de 'Cien años de soledad' era «sólo un periodista» que se ofreció para colaborar con la recién creada agencia Prensa Latina.
Entonces ya era García Márquez el principal novelista latinoamericano y pasaba largas temporadas en La Habana, donde compartía noches y madrugadas conversando con Fidel, o días soleados pescando en las aguas caribeñas. «No es que yo viva en Cuba, es que viajo tanto aquí que parece que estoy permanentemente», dijo el viernes.
Según Castro, 'Gabo' fue el «culpable» de su «adicción a los 'bestsellers' de consumo rápido, como método de purificación contra los documentos oficiales». El ex presidente de Colombia Adolfo López Michelsen, presentado por su compatriota al mandatario cubano en 1984, confirmó después que el novelista «recomienda libros» que luego Fidel comenta «uno por uno». Eran «libros de lectura agradable, apropiados para acompañar el descanso de un estadista», dijo. Las celebraciones por la onomástica de García Márquez, iniciadas el lunes con una tertulia en el Festival Internacional de Cine de la ciudad colombiana de Cartagena de Indias, han marcado el comienzo de una serie de conmemoraciones importantes para el escritor. Este año se cumplirán también los 60 de la publicación de su primer cuento, 'La tercera r esignación', los 40 de la publicación de 'Cien años de soledad' y los 25 de su Premio Nobel de Literatura.
Cuba se ha sumado los festejos con el ciclo de cine 'Gabriel García Márquez en el séptimo arte', programado la semana pasada por la Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, impulsada por él hace 20 años.
Pepe Herrera
I was speaking to one of Senator Bobby Zirkin’s staff members about the “Instate Tuition Bill” and was informed that that the Senator and others on the staff had been offended by some of the comments that those opposing the Bill were making in their  phone calls and emails to the Senator's office.  One of the comments that was made by someone purporting to be a constituent of the Senator’s was: “what part of the word illegal don’t you idiots understand.”  This was, according to the staff member, one of the mildest and least offensives of the remarks.  The staff person went on to describe that some comments would curl your soul.  Needless to say the staff and Senator were highly offended and sympathetic to Latinos that endured such attacks.
The reason I share this conversation with you is that it dawned on me that we need to start collecting some of the most extreme and negative of these comments, which I assume numbers in the hundreds –if not thousands, and begin to preserve them and share them with others – not for the purpose of embarrassing the senders, although they should be embarrassed; but to expose the underbelly of hate and intolerance that still exist in our society towards immigrants.  Truth and sunshine are our allies and the greatest disinfectant in moving our platform forward.
The Civil Rights movement of the 60s had its symbols, old municipal and public signs from southern states which were placed in restaurants, rest rooms and water fountains that intoned the message: “No Colored,”  “White Only,” “Colored Fountain,” shackles and binding used for slaves, etc.  Such powerful symbols and other items were and are the tangible reminders of hate and intolerance; and as ugly as they are, they were preserved for current and future generations to see and remember.
Our movement needs symbols too, for symbols not only energize and mobilize our community but it also have the same effect on fair minded Americans who do not want to associate themselves with the hate that such messages represent.
Having said this, I propose that our Latino legislators in Annapolis (Latino Caucus) Ana Sol Gutierrez, Joseline Peña, and Victor Ramirez contact their colleagues in the Senate and House of Delegates and request example of some of the hate mail or phone messages that they have received for historic preservation.  I’m not talking about those comments, where out of principle some object to instate tuition and other benefits going to immigrants, but those comments that “curl the souls” of fair-minded people and makes them stop and think.  
Since Anglo legislators may have some hesitation based on privacy concerns and communications with constituents, I suggest we guarantee that we will not reveal the names or identities of the senders or better yet that the comments forwarded to us do not include identifying information.  What we are interested in is the raw expression of emotion itself, where reason is blinded by hate.
At a minimum, Ana,  Joceline, and Victor alone should have such comments on file but I suspect the real unadulterated hardcore stuff is really sent to our non-Hispanic legislative allies.
Once collected, I would be willing to compile and bind such comments for distribution and prosperity. has agreed to post such comments under the heading:  “The Face of Intolerance.”   I have not yet spoken to Casa Maryland but if they were so inclined we would coordinate our efforts with them. 
Please let me know what you think.   
Gilberto de Jesus
Siento notificarte que mi mamacita Maria Delia falleció  el 25 de Febrero. Tenia  más de  107 años de edad. Tendremos una celebración a su memoria el 31 de Marzo en Abingdon, Md. en la iglesia San Francisco de Sales. Ojalá te viéramos. Abrazos y gracias por tu muy apreciado interes en sus obras y funciones.
Alonso Gómez
I am a board member of Coral Cantigas, the only area choir that specializes in performing music from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. I just want to let you know that Coral Cantigas will be having a concert on June 10 which aims to discover Latin American Jewish composers and their music, and the centuries-old relationship between the Jewish and Latin American cultures.  Please let the Hispanic-Jewish Dialogue Committee know about this. Below is the concert info. Thanks!
A joint performance with Zemer Chai, Washington's Jewish Community Chorus, featuring Ramón Tasat, Argentinean Cantor and Tenor Sun, June 10, 2007, at 7 PM. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church 6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20814
Germán Gómez

Hello Javier,
It is very unfortunate that raids like this occur. (The writer is referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid on the 7-Eleven at Broadway, in Baltimore, point of congregation of many undocumented workers looking for jobs). This can only make our job and our outreach mission even more difficult than it is already!!! It is essential that we stress that there is a great difference between local police and the federal authorities. We have a responsibility to safeguard our communities, our neighborhoods, our schools, and everything that connects us in everyday life... To do this, it is imperative that we have good relations with everyone residing in the community, that there is cooperation and communication so that crime is reported and solved. We must push ahead and make this clear to advocate groups, community leaders, churches and everyone who will listen. I'll see soon, Take care,
Detective Carlos Selvi
Domestic Violence Coordinator (DVC)
Hispanic-Latino Liaison Hispanic-Latino Outreach Office
Baltimore County Police Department Community Resources Team (C.R.T.)
Public Safety Building
700 E. Joppa Road Towson, Maryland 21286
Office: 410-887-5901
En Español: 410-887-2319
En Español: 410-887-3605
Pager: 410-899-3096
Office e-mail:
Hello Javier,
How're ya goin'? (as they say in Aussie!) I read the Coloquio articles re: the definitions of Hispanic, Latino, etc. Very interesting. However, I'm on the side of those few who said that there certainly are more important things about which to be concerned! But this reminded me of something: A couple of weeks ago I saw a patient's "Face sheet" from their chart at a local convalescent hospital. Under "race" it stated, "White, not Hispanic". I was puzzled (and bothered) by this, so I wrote to the director of the place and asked him what it meant. He hasn't replied. By the way, I also read the letter from the un-named person who sent you the chain letter about the Holocaust. I thought it was being unfair to a lot of people by saying, "the German, Polish, and Russian peoples looking the other way". That's quite a generalization! ---
Cheers, ---
Arnold ("humano", por favor)
from San Francisco
I sincerely appreciate your invite but... I must say that I do not patronize any "institution" that foments the "latino" slogan as is. I prefer to patronize those with the more politically correct "HISPANIC' slogan. If you make that change....some day... then you will have my full support and the one from from many, many other(s) in the "Hispanic Community." I believe that someone has a high regard for the large & popular communities from California. In this part of the world our population is comprised of more educated, sophisticated individuals & as such they prefer to be named as Hispanics...just a thought in case someone needs a bit of awareness.
P.S. Hmmmm!
I see on the right side several announcements about "Spanish Language"... I wonder why... you wouldn't call it "latino language" instead... can't see any consistency!....Doesn't make any sense!

EDITOR'S NOTE: We agree with you. See this article.
Javier: I would appreciate if you included the Latino Providers Network in your paper. We have been around since 1992 and are an organization made up of 45 - 50 individuals and agencies which provide service to the Latino community. Thank you,
Ileana Luciani

Querido Javier;
Un gran saludo a ti y a todos los lectores del Coloquio. Aquí les envío algo que acabo de encontrar y que suena muy interesante; resulta que la Internet tiene un santo patrón y que es el español San Isidoro de Sevilla (¿560?-636). Este arzobispo de Sevilla, entre otras cosas, recopiló toda la sabiduría de su época en la enciclopedia que denominó “Etimologías”, en la cual incluyó todas las obras que aún existían en sus tiempos, de los sabios clásicos griegos y romanos.  La cuantiosa obra y su rescate de los clásicos fue una importante influencia para el advenimiento de la Edad de Oro del Islam, al traducirla los Musulmanes durante su ocupación por siete siglos de España, edad de oro que a su vez daría impulso al Renacimiento en Europa por medio del cual el continente emergió de lo que se conoce como la Edad Oscura. Así que vemos como el trabajo dedicado de un individuo, puede tener una influencia mayor aún insospechada para ellos mismos.  En algún lugar leí un proverbio que decía; ¡Si no puedes ser como la fuente de luz que alumbra en la oscuridad, se al menos como aquello que la refleja! Y, verdaderamente que este fue y es, actualmente San Isidoro de Sevilla, Santo Patrón de la Internet. Aquí incluyo un artículo en ingles en donde me enteré de estos hechos.
Hector Diaz


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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

              GRAVES «CONDICIONES MÉDICAS»                    

Nos comentan en las noticias de las «condiciones médicas» que se presentan en ciertos casos.
                ¿Qué será eso de «las CONDICIONES médicas»?, nos preguntamos. ¿Será el quirófano, las medicinas, los medios e instalaciones para curar? Nada de eso.
                Descubrimos, aunque mentira parezca, que nos hablan: 1) del ESTADO DE SALUD de una persona y, a veces, 2) ¡de una dolencia o afección! El otro día, por ejemplo, oímos un comentario sobre «las condiciones médicas preexistentes» de un paciente.  Siguiéndole la pista a la curiosa frase, hallamos su origen en el inglés «pre-existing medical conditions».
                O sea, se referían a las dolencias o afecciones de que padecía el paciente desde antes. Muy bien por «preexistentes», pero es lo único más o menos correcto en este caso (podríamos decir también «padecimientos o dolencias ya presentes»). En cuanto al adjetivo, «médicas», se justificaría solo en una frase como, por ejemplo, «padecimientos que exigen atención médica». Porque lo que es «condición médica», lo siento pero es pura jerigonza que responde a una simple transliteración.
                Para más señas, también nos hablan con sobrada frecuencia de pacientes en «condición seria», abusando igualmente del fácil pero engañoso recurso de transliterar las palabras una por una. O sea, se trata de un abuso «inCONDICIONAL». En lo que se llama buen español lo correcto es «ESTADO GRAVE». Y si nos dicen que el herido está en «condición crítica», pues tampoco estamos en «condiciones» de aceptar semejante atentado, ya que corresponde a «estado gravísimo».  Grave de veras, gravísimo, por cierto, es el ESTADO del español cuando no estamos en CONDICIONES de dar equivalentes no anglicados.
                Aunque no soy experto en traducción médica (ahí sí que se justifica el uso), comentaré otro fallo frecuente en la materia, en casos que pudieran llegar a ser, créase o no, de vida o muerte.
                –¡Rápido! ¡El paciente está en agonía!, grita el socorrista.
                Los médicos de la sala de urgencias (mejor que «emergencias») preparan el quirófano para tratar de salvarle la vida, puesto que el hombre estaría agonizando. Pero resulta que, al cabo de un par de horas, el paciente, que había sufrido una punzante herida (dolorosa, sí, pero nada grave) en el tórax, sale caminando del hospital, tan campante como si nada. 
                ¿Qué pasó? Pues nada, que el socorrista tradujo «agony» del inglés al pie de la letra, siendo el caso que en ese idioma significa simplemente un dolor muy intenso. En cambio, en español, indica la proximidad de la muerte. (El inglés concuerda con nuestro significado únicamente en la frase «death agony».)
                Tendremos que preguntarnos si el español estará AGONIZANDO en español o solo en inglés. Esperemos que sea esto último, que es mucho menos GRAVE y al menos ofrece buenas posibilidades de recuperación de los golpes anglófilos, por dolorosos que sean.



No, no hablamos del ajedrez, aunque al caso viene. En el uso del «como» hay mucha comida y poca nutrición o, digamos, mucho «como» y poco «nutre».  Lo que jaqueca pudiera dar, ciertamente.
                Por ejemplo, oímos en las noticias que «se refieren a los indocumentados como atrevidos». Bueno, sí que son «atrevidos» porque si no, no estarían aquí. Pero lo que sí nos atrevemos a decir es que la expresión es un calco perfecto del inglés: «they refer to undocumented aliens as…».
                Lo siento, pero no «como»  de este pastel, puesto que no está hecho conforme al gusto nuestro. De ninguna manera. Para que tuviera sabor castellano, habría que decirlo de otra manera: «califican a los indocumentados de…».
                Otro ejemplo frecuente es de este tipo: «describen a los políticos como mentirosos».  Ejem, ¿y desde cuando equivale un adjetivo a una descripción? No responde a la lógica que una descripción sea univerbal, puesto que ya deja de serlo. Otra vez, la solución: «califican a los políticos de mentirosos». (Y la verdad sea dicha: mientras más político, politiquero, más mentiroso.)
                Otro uso del «como» que no «como» es este: «fue elegido como presidente», o «como» director, o «como» cualquier otra cosa. Creo que estamos «comiendo» demasiado del dulce que nos ofrece la famosa pastelería anglicista.
                Si Fulano fue elegido «como» presidente, es que, en su condición de tal, lo eligieron para un cargo diferente y adicional: digamos, para dirigir una comisión. Si no, digamos sencillamente que resultó «elegido presidente». Por cierto que, si el elegido aún no ha tomado posesión, se le llama «presidente electo».  Y, por favor, evitemos eso de «se refería a él como [por ejemplo] “profesor”» (puro inglés «referred to him as…»), cuando para eso tenemos «lo llamaba».
                Pasemos a otra categoría de cargos… y descargos, pero no descargas. El otro día nos abofetearon –todavía me duele la cara del descaro con que me la aplaudieron– con esta joyita: «aún está preso el sheik Mohammed, sospechoso del ataque a las Torres Gemelas».
                Amigos, esto no tiene perdón de Dios. ¿Mohamed (en español va con una eme, por favor) es SOSPECHOSO (¡¿?!) del ataque a las Torres Gemelas neoyorquinas? ¡NO PUEDE SER.! Lo veo y no lo creo. ¿Acaso no es el ACUSADO, el CULPABLE, el CRIMINAL autor de ese infame atentado? Además, para colmo, el señor Mohamed ha CONFESADO haber sido él quien dirigió esa barbarie contra los inocentes que allí se ganaban el pan de cada día.
                Por otra parte, cabe advertir que la voz «sheik» es perfectamente traducible. En nuestro idioma, el equivalente es “jeque”, de donde viene la voz «jaque» usada en el ajedrez y otros juegos. Y no es cosa de juego, amigos, que este pobre periodista propinador de tal bofetada al español, haya puesto en JAQUE su propio (des)prestigio como profesional de la noticia.
                Así que, como al principio decíamos, «pongamos en JAQUE al “como”»... y démoslo a quienes delinquen contra nuestra población y ofenden a nuestro idioma.  Es lo menos que se merecen.



            En Medellín, ciudad de la eterna primavera, sesionó a fines de marzo el XIII Congreso de Academias de la Lengua Española, clausurado con la presencia de SS.MM. los Reyes de España, así como del Presidente de Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.
    Asistieron a esta reunión las veintidós academias del mundo hispánico     –es decir, la Real Academia Española, las 19 academias hispanoamericanas, la Academia Norteamericana y la Academia Filipina—. En estos congresos, cada cuatrienio, las academias estrechan lazos y se ponen de acuerdo sobre distintos aspectos de la unidad, la defensa y la promoción del idioma.
   Dato interesante que se ha destacado en esta reunión es que si bien el español es la segunda lengua mundial en cuanto al número de hablantes--que suman ya más de 400 millones–, en realidad su importancia cultural, su alcance mundial y su difusión cultural la colocan cada vez más cerca del primer lugar en el planeta.
   Aunque este cónclave se ha dedicado mayormente a la presentación de la Nueva Gramática, recién editada por la Asociación de Academias, así como a cuestiones reglamentarias de dicha entidad, se han presentado múltiples ponencias sobre diversos temas lexicográficos, literarios, y gramaticales, además de una cuestión que interesa mucho a los hispanohablantes de EE.UU.
Nos referimos al omnipresente problema de los anglicismos, tema sobre el cual disertó el Director de la Academia Norteamericana don Odón Betanzos Palacios. Su detallada e interesante ponencia, titulada “Los anglicismos innecesarios en nuestra lengua, el gran reto”, destacó la importancia de rechazar las voces que tienen válidos equivalentes en español, a la vez que aceptar las que de veras son útiles y necesarias. Otros miembros de la Academia Norteamericana, entre ellos don Gerardo Piña Rosales, don Nicolás Toscano Liria y el autor de estas líneas participaron activamente en las sesiones. Figuraron en especial los dos primeros con sus ponencias “Escritores españoles en Estados Unidos” (Piña Rosales) y “España en Norteamérica, primeros asuntos” (Toscano Liria).
El Director de la RAE y Presidente de la Asociación de Academias, don Víctor García de la Concha, muy acertado en la dirección de las sesiones, señaló una serie de actividades y obras que se están desenvolviendo, incluso un Diccionario de Americanismos y la actualización del Diccionario de la Real Academia (DRAE). Aprovechóse igualmente esta oportunidad para presentar una importante obra lexicográfica, el Diccionario Esencial de la Lengua Española, que viene a ser una versión compendiada, manual y más asequible del DRAE.
Todo esto se ha hecho en el marco de recepciones, festejos y actos públicos organizados con todo colorido y eficiencia por la ciudad de Medellín, que se ha engalanado para la ocasión, así como por el Departamento de Antioquia, el Gobierno de Colombia y la entidad sede del congreso, la muy prestigiosa Academia Colombiana.   
De esta reunión puede y debe decirse que ha sido un señero éxito de carácter panhispánico, que redundará en mayor unidad y comunicación entre todos los países del mundo que hablan nuestro idioma y respiran nuestra cultura.

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

La palabra escrita

Escribir no está de moda, y no debe extrañarnos. Desde que allá en la antigua Mesopotamia, el pueblo sumerio inventó la escritura cuneiforme (del latín "cunei" que significa cuna), hasta los modernos dígitos por computadora, han transcurrido unos siete mil años. Muy poco tiempo. Nada. Una gota de agua en el océano si tenemos en cuenta que el ser humano lleva varios millones de años poblando el planeta. Hay quienes dicen que hay otros métodos más eficaces, que no tienen tiempo para perder escribiendo, que nada puede ser igual al teléfono, que el fax y la computadora son dos de los mejores inventos. Mentira. Lo cierto es que todo eso no son más que excusas, argumentos expuestos de prisa por un mundo que vuela porque ya no sabe ni correr; porque la verdad es que las palabras escritas son demasiado peligrosas.

Expliquémonos: ¿Hay algo más incómodo que releer una carta que, tiempos atrás, alguien nos escribió? No es demasiado triste hurgar en lo que ya no existe? No es incluso aberrante desentrañar ese viejo baúl de los recuerdos que solo queda en un pedazo de papel? Imaginemos una noche de domingo, sofocante y húmeda, una de esas noches en que la ciudad es como una botella de vino medio vacía que nos tienta a quedarnos en casa, y allá entre el aburrimiento y la televisión, nos incita a remover cajones buscando no sabemos qué. De repente, en cualquier cajón, aparecen las palabras que un día escribimos. Esas que la memoria ha borrado, porque a menudo el olvido es el más sabio consejero. Entonces todo se dibuja otra vez, aunque a menudo no nos gusta, y nos vemos sin reconocernos. Exactamente igual que a esas personas a las que quisimos un día y que cuando las volvemos a ver, al cabo del tiempo, nos parecen casi unas desconocidas.

La noche es la gran reveladora de secretos, cuanto más oscuro es el ambiente al otro lado de la ventana, más claro se ve el interior de uno. Hay silencio en la calle y tumulto en el alma. Todos los recuerdos, todos los temores,  todos los sueños, se agolpan en la conciencia pidiendo derecho de prioridad. Es notable como el paso del tiempo va desnudando a la gente, revelándola tal cual es, sin mascara de ninguna clase. Una suerte de trágico "strip tease", que va despojando a los actores de sus prendas de relumbrón, y los exhibe mucho mas auténticos al llegar al final del camino. A unos más que a otros, porque todo lo que no sea humildad, sobra en el equipaje del ser humano.

Las cartas son una presencia inoportuna, las que un día escribimos y ruedan por ahí, quien sabe en que remoto paradero, a punto de aparecer en cualquier ocasión, como una amenaza a la vuelta de la esquina, sobre todo para los que escribimos lo que pensamos. Nadie debía de escribir las cosas que piensa, sino las que quiere hacer creer a los demás. Ya Maquiavelo decía que "en las reglas del arte de la política esta el decir a cada uno lo que quiere escuchar".   Sabido es que la buena educación consiste en decir las cosas que pueden agradar y en callar las que pueden desagradar. Si yo hubiese podido seguir tan sabios preceptos, otro gallo me hubiese cantado en la vida, y me hubiese ahorrado unos cuantos palos. De esos palos que te dejan medio ido; antes al contrario, cuando he sentido ganas de gritar lo he hecho sin importarme un pito las consecuencias. Jamás me ha inhibido el temor al ridículo o al que dirán. Pienso como el gran poeta francés de que "hay que ser siempre fiel a si mismo". Después de todo, los convencionalismos sociales son una cosa abstracta y una persona es una cosa concreta" En último caso uno es como lo han hecho las circunstancias, y a todos se nos va a llevar el diablo el día menos pensado.

Amarga un poco el pensar que hay personas que piensan que la literatura es como tocar la chirimía que, bien mirado, no hace daño a nadie. Hoy por hoy la sociedad está dominada por las masas, no por los filósofos y prefiere el entretenimiento al pensamiento, ignorando que la literatura constituye la memoria colectiva de los hombres, es el almacén que contiene la más universal colección de experiencias y pensamientos. Todo se guarda en ella, lo soportado y lo aceptado, nuestros anhelos y nuestras frustraciones, lo intentado y llorado durante milenios ha encontrado en ella alguna forma de expresión.

Como la literatura se ha hecho casi exclusivamente por los hombres, la mujer en las obras literarias tiene carácter de premio. Todas las figuras de mujer en la literatura antigua son la hembra con sus atractivos. Helena, Venus......... En los escritores modernos la mujer no es nunca lo que es en realidad, sino lo que el autor ha soñado de ella. En Dickens son ángeles o demonios, en Stendahl, seres caprichosos y llenos de curiosidad; para Poe son sombras poéticas e ideales y para Cela las mujeres son para ser gustadas.

No creo que sea posible lograr grandes cambios en la sociedad a través de la literatura, y sin embargo se sigue escribiendo con la esperanza de que nuestro esfuerzo en conjunto logre alguna vez alcanzar cambios, aunque sean muy pequeños, hacia lo deseado.

Aunque el que vive de esperanzas, muere desesperado.

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 11)
(See part 10 here)

Joe and Bi’nh washed the dishes together. It was nice to do something domestic with the woman he loved. To live such an uncomplicated life — school, cooking, dishes — appealed to him. They sat on the loveseat with a couple of Sam Adams in glasses, Galloway blowing traditional Japanese music through a flute on the classical station. He felt her through her silk covering until she took his roaming hand in hers. “Tell me about it.”

“About what?”

She probed his eyes. “It must be terrible over there.”

“Oh, that.” He lost his mood, slouching back in the soft cushion and grasping for words.
She scanned his face for signs of emotion. “War is bad enough, but to know you’re fighting an unjust war . . . .”

Emotions came, but not those she expected. “What?” he asked. “Oh, not you too!”

“No, I’m not with Wu. Obviously, his story’s far-fetched. But it is obvious that our government is using September 11 as an excuse to wage unnecessary war.”

“Bullshit!” Joe sat up. “I’m fighting a war against terrorism! I’m fighting for the freedom of these people! We’re liberating them!”

“Joe, I know you’re doing what you have to do as a soldier. But these wars are not being fought for the right reasons. There’s no connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden or September 11. All made up. And no weapons of mass destruction have been found.”

“Bullshit!” Joe’s autopilot response fired. “There are weapons of mass destruction and we’ll find them! And there’s proof of communication between Saddam and Osama.”

“Sure.” Bi’nh laughed. “They’re probably in a cave right now, playing poker, smoking cigars.”

Joe laughed, but the tension remained. “It’s all part of the war on terrorism, to keep us safe, to keep the world safe.” He took a drink. “There’s evidence they communicated.”

“Maybe they did,” Bi’nh allowed. “Dan Rather talked with Saddam too — he did it right on national TV. But we’re not going to war with CBS, are we?”

“What about all the bad things Saddam’s done to his people? All the atrocities?”

“What about the worse atrocities we ignore — Rwanda, Sudan?”

“We’re fighting for democracy,” Joe said. “Spreading democracy — that’s what this is all about.”

Bi’nh sipped her beer. “Joe, if we really believed in democracy,” she began in a careful voice, “wouldn’t we bow to the wishes of the United Nations? ‘You’re either with us or against us’ is not democracy — it’s bullying the rest of the world into doing it our way. On a world scale, it’s tyranny. Democracy would be giving all nations an equal vote in the matter. We like to claim democracy as our goal, but we don’t give a damn about democracy, not really. America’s not fighting for freedom. America’s fighting for what it’s always fought for — its own interests. Maintaining its place as the superpower over the rest of the world. Inside, America may be a democracy. But really, we’re the tyrants, above the rest of the world; we believe in a global dictatorship.”

Joe gulped his beer to the end. “Doing what the UN wants instead of fighting for what’s right?” He stood, carried his empty glass to the kitchen area and refilled it. “I’m afraid I can’t agree with that. The UN can growl, but they don’t have any bite. You can’t just threaten a country to ‘disarm or else’ and then not bring down the hammer when it doesn’t.”

“Just because we’ve got the might doesn’t mean we should ignore the rest of the world!” Intensity rose in Bi’nh’s voice along with its pitch. “We have a responsibility to practice the democracy we preach on a world scale — not to just pretend we’re the leaders of the world and go it alone.”

 Joe came back to the loveseat, though it felt more like a war zone. “We are the leaders of the world, and we’ve got to do what’s right.”

“Don’t you think every nation wants to do what’s right? The difference is our definition. For America, it’s always been might is right — well, once the colonies were freed from the might of the British.”

Joe took a drink of his fresh beer. They sat in silence for a moment, the tension settling slowly, like dust after a desert battle.

Joe tried to keep his voice calm, but there was an edge to it. “Bi’nh, I was there. I know what I’m talking about. You get your information second-hand, from the news, or third-hand, from friends who saw the news. I was there. Sure, there’s bad stuff. But there’s good stuff too. New schools, new medical facilities, new roads; there’s food, water and shelter for the people who need it. We’re building them back up to something better than they were.”

“You see the details but not the big picture,” Bi’nh said. “This’ll be another Viet Nam, you know. Fighting for our precious democracy at the cost of another nation.”

“Hey, my dad fought in Viet Nam! Watched his friends die, just like me! My dad put it all on the line for your country!”

“My country?” She slammed her glass down on the end table. “I’m an American!”

“You know what I mean. Your people. My dad fought for their freedom!”

She took a deep breath. A quiver had edged into her voice. “Joe, I respect your dad and everyone who fights for their country. I really do. But just because the soldiers are honorable doesn’t mean the politicians sending them to fight are.”

Even in her thin, silk robe, she was a convincing debater. Joe didn’t agree with her. But looking at her excited movement, her expressive face, her waving hands, the crunching of her toes into the carpet, he found her quite agreeable. “Maybe we should liberate ourselves from this subject,” he said, forcing a smile.

Hers came naturally. She allowed her hands to be taken into his and the tension melted away. “Good idea,” she agreed.

Joe grinned suggestively. “Maybe America should occupy Viet Nam again?”
She frowned at him the way she might frown at a mischievous child. “Let’s stop talking about war and start thinking about love.”

He knew she meant it in a broader sense, on a global scale. But it registered as an intimate suggestion. For the moment, her love washed the residue of war from his thick skin.


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GALERIA por Hainess Egas

La Zarzuela “BOHEMIOS”
Música de: Amadeo Vives
Letra de: G. Perrín, M. Palacios
Montaje: Teatro de la Luna .
Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia
“Bohemios” es, simplemente, un espectáculo magnífico. Con esta producción conjunta de “Teatro de la Luna” y el “Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia”, la prolífica compañía hispana añade un logro más al sinnúmero de éxitos que desde hace años ha venido ofreciéndonos. Mario Marcel, fundador de “La Luna” es el director escénico de “Bohemios”. La pieza nos presenta, de forma muy cómica y amena, las peripecias de un par de hambrientos autores de zarzuela que buscan su gran oportunidad, y las de una cantante lírica, también desconocida, que busca lo mismo. Todo esto matizado por los enredos causados por un charlatán de esos que “lo saben todo y conocen a todo el mundo” y por las esperanzas de un padre frustrado y las de un par de enamoradas del protagonista. Marcel hace un trabajo magistral al enfrentarse al reto de que la mayoría de los integrantes del elenco, siendo cantantes líricos, ni hablan español ni son actores. …”Tuvimos que empezar de cero”… nos manifestó Marcel. ”Oh, que difícil”… más aún cuando la pieza se montó solamente en cuatro semanas. Las pequeñas distracciones causadas por esto, sin embargo, no evitaron que todos disfrutáramos y celebráramos las ocurrencias y situaciones de los personajes.

John Edward Niles, director del “Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia”, dirige la parte musical de “Bohemios”. Con su experta dirección, las selecciones líricas y partituras musicales nos envuelven hermosamente en el ambiente de la obra. Completan el cuadro, las muy bien logradas; escenografía, el vestuario, y el diseño de luces. Recomendamos ampliamente, a todos los que deseen pasar un buen y ameno rato, que no se pierdan este espectáculo de la zarzuela “Bohemios”. La obra ha estado en cartelera desde fines de febrero en cartelera y continuará hasta el domingo 4 de Marzo. Para mayor información, favor de llamar al “Teatro de la Luna” al 703-548-3092 o visitar la página web de la compañía


por Fermín García Rodríguez, Sevillano y Pili Gonzalez, también Sevillana

Leelo de arriba a abajo y luego de abajo a arriba

En nuestro partido político cumplimos con lo que prometemos.
Sólo los imbéciles pueden creer que
no lucharemos contra la corrupción.
Porque si hay algo seguro para nosotros es que
la honestidad y la transparencia son fundamentales
para alcanzar nuestros ideales.
Demostraremos que es una gran estupidez creer que
las mafias seguirán formando parte del gobierno
como en otros tiempos.
Aseguramos sin resquicio de duda que
la justicia social será el fin principal de nuestro mandato.
Pese a eso, todavía hay gente estúpida que piensa que
se pueda seguir gobernando con las artimañas de la vieja política.
Cuando asumamos el poder, haremos lo imposible para que
se acaben las situaciones privilegiadas y el tráfico de influencias.
No permitiremos de ningún modo que
nuestros niños tengan una formación insuficiente.
Cumpliremos nuestros propósitos aunque
los recursos económicos se hayan agotado.
Ejerceremos el poder hasta que
comprendan desde ahora que
Somos  la "nueva política".

Ahora léelo del revés, empezando por la última frase y subiendo línea a línea


¡Basta ya! ¡Fuera Papá Noel y vivan los Reyes Magos!
Estos tres venerables ancianos que llevan dos mil años con su PYME, atendiendo únicamente al mercado hispano y sin intención de expandirse, están sufriendo una agresión que amenaza con destruirlos.
Todos los años por estas fechas sufrimos una agresión globalizadora en forma de tipo gordo y barbudo con un ridículo gorro... una manipulación de las mentes de los niños de España y del resto del universo.
Ese adefesio carente del más mínimo sentido de la elegancia y del ridículo, con aspecto de dipsómano avejentado y multi-reincidente en el allanamiento de morada, es un invento de la multinacional más multinacional de todas multinacionales, Coca-Cola. En los años 30, cogieron al San Nicolás de la tradición Nórdica, que se vestía de obispo o de duende zarrapastroso, y lo metieron a presión en un atuendo con los colores corporativos (rojo y blanco ,  nótese que son los mismos colores del Sevilla f.c. ).  

 Desde entonces, generaciones de tiernos infantes de medio mundo han sido machacadas por la publicidad, alienándose hasta tal punto que piensan que ese mamarracho representa todo lo bueno del ser humano. Los Reyes Magos, en cambio:
- Son un símbolo de la multirracialidad y nunca han causado problemas de inmigración.
- Los Reyes Magos son súper-mega-fashion total. Su elegancia no ha pasado de moda en dos milenios.
- Si no existiesen los Reyes Magos, las vacaciones se acabarían el 1 de enero (muy importante).
- Los Reyes Magos son ecológicos, utilizan vehículos de tracción animal que con su estiércol contribuyen a fertilizar el suelo patrio (nada de trineos, bichos volando y gilipolleces que no existen...)
- Los Reyes Magos generan mogollón de puestos de trabajo entre pajecillos, carteros reales y la gente que va en la cabalgata.
- De Papá Noel puede hacer cualquier mamarracho que se aburra, pero para hacer de Reyes Magos se necesitan al menos tres.
- Los Reyes Magos fomentan la industria del calzado y educan a los niños a que las botas se deben limpiar al menos una vez al año. En cambio, Papá Noel exige que se deje un calcetín, prenda proclive a acumular mugre e indecorosos "tomates".
- Los Reyes Magos planifican su trabajo y lo hacen discretamente, sin buscar protagonismo, sin colgarse de balcones y sin bajar por chimeneas llenándote de porquería todo el salón.
- Papá Noel vive en el Polo Norte y por eso es un amargado. Los Magos son de Oriente, cuna de la civilización de una elegancia no decadente.
- Los Reyes Magos tuvieron un papel destacado y protagonista en la Navidad. Papá Noel es un trepa oportunista que trata de aprovecharse del negocio y que no participó EN NADA de la Navidad.
- Los Reyes Magos son de los pocos que mantienen en pie la minería del carbón en Asturias. No han cambiado los saquitos de carbón dulce por gas natural ni por bombillitas horteras.
- Papá Noel es un zoquete que no respeta los sentimientos de los pobres renos y les atiza. En cambio, no hay ningún caso documentado de maltratofísico de los Reyes Magos hacia sus camellos.
- Los Reyes Magos son agradecidos, siempre se zampan lo que les dejamos en el plato.
- Sin los Reyes Magos no se habría inventado el Roscón de Reyes.
- Finalmente, Papá Noel se pasa la vida diciendo "hó- hó-hó"....risa forzada y sin sentido. Señal inequívoca de estupidez.

1. Bush: End of an Error
2. That's OK, I Wasn't Using My Civil Liberties Anyway
3. Let's Fix Democracy in this Country First
4. If You Want a Nation Ruled By Religion, Move to Iran
5. Bush. Like a Rock. Only Dumber.
6. If You Can Read This, You're Not Our President
7. Of Course It Hurts: You're Getting Screwed by an Elephant
8. Hey, Bush Supporters: Embarrassed Yet?
9. George Bush: Creating the Terrorists Our Kids Will Have to Fight
10. Impeachment: It's Not Just for Blowjobs Anymore
11. America: One Nation, Under Surveillance
12. They Call Him "W" So He Can Spell It
13. Whose God Do You Kill For?
14. Jail to the Chief
15. No, Seriously, Why Did We Invade Iraq?
16. Bush: God's Way of Proving Intelligent Design is Full Of Crap
17. Bad President! No Banana.
18. We Need a President Who's Fluent In At Least One Language
19. We're Making Enemies Faster Than We Can Kill Them
20. Is It Vietnam Yet?
21. Bush Doesn't Care About White People, Either
22. Where Are We Going? And Why Are We In This Handbasket?
23. You Elected Him. You Deserve Him.
24. Dubya, Your Dad Shoulda Pulled Out, Too
25. When Bush Took Office, Gas Was $1.46
26. Pray For Impeachment
27. The Republican Party: Our Bridge to the 11th Century
28. What Part of "Bush Lied" Don't You Understand?
29. One Nation Under Clod
30. 2004: Embarrassed 2005: Horrified 2006: Terrified
31. Bush Never Exhaled
32. At Least Nixon Resigned


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]


Una vuelta por el mundo. Fotos increíbles y fabulosas

One of the best speeches in the history of the world: Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963

One of the greatest songs written in recent years: Leonard Cohen's "Democracy," from his astonishing album, "The Future." Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for discover it to us from You Tube. (Click on the photo twice and wait for awhile. It's a big file but worth waiting for. Also click on the word " Democracy" and read the lyrics while you listen. Also worthwile)

Spanish bell making in Saladaña, Spain

La Plena. La música de Puerto Rico interpretada por Los Hijos e Plena. (Archivo muy grande que tarda mucho en descargar) Christos' "Gates" exhibition at Central Park in 2005, as photographed by Trisha Dawn Coggins. Watch the Flash presentation here

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

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

"With a batallion like this one in Iraq the war would have ended long time ago" .
Seleccionada de 16 colaboraciones. Remitente: Edith Fernandez de Puerto Rico

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