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US POPULATION GROUPS
Whites - 240m
Hispanics - 41.3m
Blacks - 39.2m
Asians - 14m
Native Americans - 4.4m
Native Islanders - 1m
(Totals do not equal population as people may belong to more than one group)
Source: US Census Bureau
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Famous Hispanics in the World and History
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Baltimore Mayor's Hispanic Liaison Office

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Latino Providers Network
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Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

El Refranero Español:
A mucho vino, poco tino

Food for Thought
by Joan Bryan

-- Pray, verb. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single confessedly unworthy petitioner. -Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)


-- Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
-Murray Edelman, professor, author (1919-2001)


-- A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. -Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)

Famous Hispanics

Mario Vargas Llosa
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1936-), Writer, Perú

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. 

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
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.


WHAT FOODS DO FOR YOU

submitted by Joan Bryan, Coloquio's Health Correspondent

Apple

·       Protects your heart
·       Prevents constipation
·       Blocks diarrhea
·       Improves lung capacity
·       Cushions joints

Apricot

·       Combats cancer
·       Controls blood pressure
·       Saves your eyesight
·       Shields against Alzheimer's
·       Slows aging process

Artichoke

·       Aids digestion
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Protects your heart
·       Stabilizes blood sugar
·       Guards against liver disease

Avocado

·       Battles diabetes
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Helps stops strokes
·       Controls blood pressure
·       Smoothes skin

Banana

·       Protects your heart
·       Quiets a cough
·       Strengthens bones
·       Controls blood pressure
·       Blocks diarrhea

Bean/Lentil

·       Prevents constipation
·       Helps hemorrhoids
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Combats cancer
·       Stabilizes blood sugar

Beet

·       Controls blood pressure
·       Combats cancer
·       Strengthens bones
·       Protects your heart
·       Aids weight loss

Blueberry

·       Combats cancer
·       Protects your heart
·       Stabilizes blood sugar
·       Boosts memory
·       Prevents constipation

Broccoli

·       Strengthens bones
·       Saves eyesight
·       Combats cancer
·       Protects your heart
·       Controls blood pressure

Cabbage

·       Combats cancer
·       Prevents constipation
·       Promotes weight loss
·       Protects your heart
·       Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe

·       Saves eyesight
·       Controls blood pressure
·       Combats cancer
·       Supports immune system

Carrot

·       Saves eyesight
·       Protects your heart
·       Prevents constipation
·       Combats cancer
·       Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower

·       Protects against Prostate Cancer
·       Combats Breast Cancer
·       Strengthens bones
·       Banishes bruises
·       Guards against heart disease

Cherry

·       Protects your heart
·       Combats Cancer
·       Ends insomnia
·       Slows aging process
·       Shields against Alzheimer's

Chestnut

·       Promotes weight loss
·       Protects your heart
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Combats Cancer
·       Controls blood pressure
 

Chili pepper

·       Aids digestion
·       Soothes sore throat
·       Combats Cancer
·       Boosts immune system

Fig

·       Promotes weight loss
·       Helps stops strokes
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Controls blood pressure

Fish

·       Protects your heart
·       Boosts memory
·       Protects your heart
·       Combats cancer
·       Supports immune syste
 

Flax

·       Aids digestion
·       Battles diabetes
·       Protects your heart
·       Improves mental health
·       Boosts immune system

Garlic

·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Controls blood pressure
·       Kills bacteria
·       Fights fungus

Grapefruit

·       Protects against heart attacks
·       Suppresses appetite
·       Helps stops strokes
·       Combats prostate cancer
·       Lowers cholesterol

Grape

·       Saves eyesight
·       Conquers kidney stones
·       Combats cancer
·       Enhances blood flow
·       Protects your heart

Green tea

·       Combats cancer
·       Protects your heart
·       Helps stops strokes
·       Promotes Weight loss
·       Kills bacteria

Honey

·       Heals wounds
·       Aids digestion
·       Guards against ulcers
·       Increases energy
·       Fights allergies

Lemon

·       Combats cancer
·       Protects your heart
·       Controls blood pressure
·       Smoothes skin
·       Stops scurvy

Lime

·       Combats cancer
·       Protects your heart
·       Controls blood pressure
·       Smoothes skin
·       Stops scurvy

Mango

·       Combats cancer
·       Boosts memory
·       Regulates thyroid
·       Aids digestion
·       Shields from Alzheimer's

Mushroom

·       Controls blood pressure
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Kills bacteria
·       Combats cancer
·       Strengthens bones

Oats

·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Combats cancer
·       Battles diabetes
·       Prevents constipation
·       Smoothes skin

Olive oil

·       Protects your heart
·       Promotes Weight loss
·       Combats cancer
·       Battles diabetes
·       Smoothes skin

Onion

·       Reduce risk of heart attack
·       Combats cancer
·       Kills bacteria
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Fights fungus

Orange

·       Supports immune systems
·       Combats cancer
·       Protects your heart
·       Straightens respiration

Peach

·       Prevents constipation
·       Combats cancer
·       Helps stops strokes
·       Aids digestion
·       Helps hemorrhoids

Peanut

·       Protects against heart disease
·       Promotes Weight loss
·       Combats Prostate Cancer
·       Lowers cholesterol

Pineapple

·       Strengthens bones
·       Relieves colds
·       Aids digestion
·       Blocks diarrhea

Prune

·       Prevents constipation
·       Boosts memory
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Protects against heart disease

Rice

·       Protects your heart
·       Battles diabetes
·       Conquers kidney stones
·       Combats cancer
·       Helps stops strokes

Strawberry

·       Combats cancer
·       Protects your heart
·       Boosts memory
·       Calms stress

Sweet potato

·       Saves your eyesight
·       Lifts mood
·       Combats cancer
·       Strengthens bones

Tomato

·       Protects prostate
·       Combats cancer
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Protects your heart

Walnut

·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Combats cancer
·       Boosts memory
·       Lifts mood
·       Protects against heart disease

Water

·       Promotes Weight loss
·       Conquers kidney stones
·       Smoothes skin

Watermelon

·       Protects prostate
·       Promotes weight loss
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Controls blood pressure
 

Wheat bran

·       Combats Colon Cancer
·       Prevents constipation
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Helps stops strokes
·       Improves digestion

Wheat germ

·       Combats Colon Cancer
·       Prevents constipation
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Helps stops strokes
·       Improves digestion

Yogurt

·       Guards against ulcers
·       Strengthens bones
·       Lowers cholesterol
·       Supports immune system
·       Aids digestion


WE MUST DRINK WATER:
We are made mostly of water

·       Blood is 83% water
·       Muscles are 75% water
·       The brain is 74% water
·       Bone is 22% water

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger! If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Even mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. 

Water is a natural appetite suppressant. One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters studied at the University of Washington. 
 
Preliminary research indicates that 8 to10 8-ounce glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. 
 
Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.  A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on computer screens or printed pages. 
 
Water removes toxins and waste products from your body. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and bladder cancer by 50%. 


BOOKS



Social Security: A Documentary History (published by Congressional Quarterly Press) contains excerpts from over 170 documents tracing the history of Social Security from its creation in 1935 to the debates of the present day. Filled with primary source documents, this unique reference traces the history of Social Security in an easy-to-follow chronological fashion that highlights the major moments and events in the program’s development. Headnotes introduce and provide comments for the documents, which include congressional testimonies, government reports, presidential speeches, and rare archival evidence. The documents are preceded by a summary essay which tells the story of Social Security in an accessible single narrative.

The co-editors of the work–Larry DeWitt, the public historian at the U.S. Social Security Administration, Daniel Béland of the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary in Canada, and Edward D. Berkowitz of the Department of History at George Washington University–are recognized subject matter experts on Social Security’s history and this work will serve as a standard reference source for many years to come.

The volume is available now, directly from the Congressional Quarterly Press or through Amazon.com.

BLOGS
Tertulia
Scribblingfoxes
Andrew Sullivan Bloggingheads.tv

El Trovador restaurant
Iraq War Casualties
Just so we remember
US and Coalition Iraq War casualties as of June, 26, 2008 -- Days: 1925 (see here)
Total US Military Dead
Avge. per day:

4,113



2.3

Total US Wounded
as of 4/30/08
Avge. per day:

29,978



17

See some of the horrible wounds of the war (Washington Post pictures)
Total U.S.
contractors dead

432

Who were the dead? See here
Total Coalition Dead
Avge. per day:

4,388
2.33

Iraqis dead 1.3million
US Dead in Afghanistan
Wounded

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?
The Maryland Office of New Americans, an arm of the MD Department of Human Resources, publishes the MONA newsletter with great articles, videos and other items. In its June 30 edition, MONA shows a video about how the United States has just witnessed a bitter debate about the role of immigrants in our society. Lost in the policy discussion of deportation, amnesty, and the 700-mile fence are the voices of the immigrants them-selves. See the video here Don't miss it!

Hispanics in Baltimore have formed the "Amigos de Obama" group to help with the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. Many are now joining the effort.
[more]

Incorporating immigration policy into national security strategy, the administration treats immigrants as security threats and criminals. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has unleashed a national dragnet that is hunting down "fugitive aliens." DHS has 75 Fugitive Operations Teams that are mounting raids across the country. But only a small number of these arrested fugitives are actual criminals, and some of the immigrants that are handcuffed and shackled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents. Enough! The integrity of immigration policy needs to be restored, and the first step should be to extricate immigration policy from the corrupting influence of Homeland Security, which regards immigration as a national security problem rather than the complex socioeconomic issue that it is.[more]

The Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs meets in Frederick and finds the problems created by the enforcement program known as 287(g) which has allowed Sheriff Jenkins of Frederick county to become a true terror to the Hispanic community. [more] After many statements and presentations, several heart felt presentations by members of the community moved the audience alternatively to tears, outrage, fear, and a sense of disappointment that such injustices can happen in our country. Read some comments from members of the audience, commissioners, and others [more] . Good news! The House Appropriations Committee has voted to strip the 287g program which allowed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to train local police to identify illegal aliens both on the streets and in prison. Now, call your Senator and ask him/her to do the same.

La Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, invitada de honor a la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP). [sigue]

Foto: Daniel Troconis
GALA Hispanic Theater presenta su magnífica nueva obra Agustín Lara: Boleros & Blues, de Gabriel García y dirigida por Abel López.
En su sede del Teatro Tívoli en Washington DC. Desde el 11 hasta el 29 de junio. Vengan a oir las canciones más famosas e inolvidables de la Hispanidad, del compositor mexicano más famoso del mundo. Canciones de amor como "Solamente una vez", "Imposible", "Veracruz", "María Bonita", "Mujer" y tantas otras, del llamado "Flaco de Oro. Agustín Lara  fue uno de los compositores más prolíficos de Latinoamérica. Compuso más de 600 selecciones musicales utilizando las más variadas influencias tanto de México como internacionales del momento, del otro lado del Atlántico. Sus boleros y baladas son conocidas en todo el mundo y han sido grabadas en varios idiomas. [sigue]


Magnífica serie de discusiones televisadas en You Tube sobre "El Futuro del Español en los Estados Unidos", con los profesores Gerardo Piña, Jorge Covarrubias y Leticia Molinero, director y miembros, respectivamente de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. [sigue]

Angelo Solera, well known Hispanic activist from Baltimore, has written a fascinating book on his 400 mile pilgrimage journey to Santiago de Compostela in 2005.
"I did not write this book. I simply held the pen and pushed the tabs on my computer, listening through my soul and writing the message coming from within, trying to create what, for a long time seemed like "un sueño", a dream, an impossible and unrealistic dream." [more]

"We are Workers, not Criminals!" In the big immigrant marches that swept the country on May Day in 2006 and 2007, one sign said it all: "We are Workers, not Criminals!" Often it was held in the calloused hands of men and women, who looked as though they'd just come from working in a factory, cleaning an office building or picking grapes.
  The sign stated an obvious truth. Millions of people have come to this country to work, not to break its laws. Some have come with visas, and others without them. But they are all contributors to the society they've found here, not people who mean it harm. [more]

Do you need help around the house this summer? Does your boat need a wash and wax?
You provide the materials and they provide the workers. Go and pick up the workers you need at CASA de Maryland on 224 E. Fayetter St. in Baltimore or call 410-732-2694 [more]

If you ask Hispanics young and old, what national figure has most inspired them, chances are they will say Cesar Chavez.
To mark what would have been Chavez's 81st birthday on March 31, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus, as well as members of Congress unaffiliated with either, devoted time to praise Chavez in the halls of government. In an outrageous move, however, Senate Republicans blocked a resolution recognizing Chavez's life and work. [more]


Leaders are made, not born.
 Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Read an excerpt from Lee Iacocca's new book. Fascinating. [more]

Don't make cops squeal on undocumented workers. Cities that took a hands-off approach saw crime drop. [more]

El Club Andalucia en la Feria de Sevilla en Washington DC. La XVIII! Todos disfrutaron aunque llovió una barbaridad. Nuestro Cónsul Alvaro de Salas apareció también para darnos ánimos. [sigue]

Cantabria, una de las regiones más bellas, agrestes, marinas y desarrolladas de España
, presentada aquí en todo su esplendor que abarca desde las eras más antiguas hasta nuestros tiempos modernos [sigue]

Two Baltimore County families that have been ripped apart by our broken immigration system. Many of you know families like these – they are all too common. [more]

Governor O'Malley has selected his Commission on Hispanic Affairs for the State of Maryland.
Many counties and the city are represented. The Commissioners are: Maria Welch, (Baltimore County) Chair - Elizabeth Bellavance, (Wicomico Co.) - Javier Bustamante (Baltimore City) - Richard Cook (Baltimore Co.) - Veronica Cool (Baltimore Co.) - Marian Cordier (Montgomery Co.) -- Christina Diaz-Malone (Howard Co.) -- Lydia Espinosa Crafton (Frederick Co.) -- Ricardo Flores (Montgomery Co.) -- Colonel Roberto Hylton (Prince George's Co.) -- Elizabeth Ysla Leight (Ann Arundel Co.) -- Hector Manzano (Baltimore City) -- Ricardo Martinez (Frederick Co.) -- Jessy Mejia (Prince George's Co.) -- Luisa Montero-Diaz (Prince Goerge's Co.) -- Sonia Mora (Montgomery Co.) -- Carmen Ortiz Larsen (Montgomery Co.) -- Arelis Perez (Prince George's Co.) -- Maria Pinto Johnson (Hardford Co.) -- Nicolas Ramos (Baltimore Co.) -- Lea Ybarra (Baltimore Co.). Ruby Stemmle from Prince George's Co. will be the Executive Director.

Rogelio GómezLa cara humana de la inmigración se pierde a veces entre el odio, el veneno y la xenofobia más espantosa.
Nuestro corresponsal Rogelio Gómez nos enseña esa cara humana. [sigue]

Los tesoros de la Biblioteca Nacional de España ya se pueden consultar en Internet. La institución pone un pie en Internet con la Biblioteca Digital Hispánica.
Consulte y descargue, sin coste alguno, de unas 10.000 obras entre manuscritos, libros impresos del siglo XV al XIX, grabados, dibujos, mapas, fotografías y carteles. [sigue]


Maravillosa explicación del proceso de inmunización sanguíneo de nuestro cuerpo, gracias al periódico El Mundo de Madrid [sigue]

HELL EXPLAINED BY A CHEMISTRY STUDENT
. Can't miss this one. It's wonderful. [more]


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.
[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]


The stunning architecture of Spain (from Slate magazine) [more] and new projects for Seville [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
Sr. Bustamante, 
Mi nombre es Raúl Fernández. Recientemente descubrí en Internet su excelente revista y solamente quería comunicarle que he disfrutado mucho leyéndola. Siendo sevillano, también me ha gustado mucho ver esa bonita foto de la torre del oro en portada.Yo publico una página infantil para publicaciones hispanas, llamada Página Junior (www.paginajunior.com) y quería darle las gracias porque he encontrado en Coloquio algunas ideas muy interesantes sobre las que escribir para mis (pequeños) lectores. Por cierto, tambien he ojeado su blog y estoy de acuerdo con que Bill Moyers es un "national treasure". Un cordial saludo. Raúl Fernández
Raul Fernandez
www.paginajunior.com
Email: raul.fernandez@paginajunior.com

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Friends, I'm happy to announce the formation of the Baltimore group "Amigos de Obama" to help with the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. We will be raising funds, gathering friends, publizicing information and helping the Hispanic community (both in English and Spanish) to get Barack Obama elected. It's high time we make our presence felt in the political life of this country in a massive way. Hispanics are here to stay. We have been helping this country become what it is, and in the process, we have achieved great strides to have more and more of us succeed in our society. But in the last few years bigotry has raised its ugly head and we are the brunt of all attacks on immigrants, documented or not. We must change that and Obama is the only one who can help us change this poisonous atmosphere.  But the advantages will not just be for us. The whole American society will benefit from a more humanitarian approach to its problems. Please join Nico Ramos, Rafael Regales, and so many others in bringing about the goal of electing Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States.  email us at javierbustamante@comcast.net or  nicolas.nicoinc@verizon.net or rregales@comcast.net  We will follow up with information on developments, events, fund raisers, get togethers, etc. Thanks for helping the community.
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Me alegra anunciar la formación del grupo de Baltimore "Amigos de Obama" que va a ayudar a la elección de Barack Obama como Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América. Vamos a recaudar fondos, reunir amigos, publicitar información y ayudar a la comunidad hispana (en inglés y español) a elegir a Barack Obama. Ya es hora que hagamos sentir nuestra presencia en cantidades masivas, en la vida política de este país. Los hispanos estamos aquí y nos vamos a quedar. Hemos estado ayudando a este país a ser lo que es y, de paso, hemos alcanzado grandes logros para que muchos de nosotros llegáramos a tener éxito en esta sociedad. Pero en estos últimos años la discriminación ha aumentado y nos hemos convertido en el blanco de todos los ataques a inmigrantes, tanto documentados como no. Debemos cambiar esto y Obama es el único que nos ayudará a cambiar esta atmósfera tan envenenada. Pero las ventajas no serán solo para nuestra comunidad. Toda la socieda americana se beneficiará de una atmósfera más humanitaria de resolver sus problemas. Unanse a Nico Ramos, Rafael Regales y tantos otros a obtener nuestra meta de elegir a Barack Obama como el próximo Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América. Comuníquense con nosotros a  javierbustamante@comcast.net or  nicolas.nicoinc@verizon.net or rregales@comcast.net Les seguiremos informando sobre los que vaya pasando, los próximos eventos, recaudación de fondos, reuniones, etc. Gracias por ayudar a la comunidad.
Javier Bustamante
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The Folly of English-only ordinances -   Frederick Gazette, June 19, 2008
To listen to some of our elected officials talk, the English language is under siege in Frederick County.
Swarms of immigrants are descending upon our seats of government, demanding we spend our hard-earned tax dollars communicating with them in their native tongue.
They want us to print bus schedules in Korean, Russian, Farsi, and of course, Spanish, so they can tool around town like the rest of us.
They want us to fill our libraries with books written in Japanese, French and even Hungarian, so they’ll have something to read while they wait for the bus.
They want us to pass laws written in Arabic, Bulgarian and Somali, so they’ll know where we have placed the line we expect them to toe.
The next thing you know, we are going to have to print our election ballots in Klingon.
But thank goodness our elected officials are taking action to make English our official language, and preventing such atrocities from happening within our beloved county.
Even though the Frederick Board of County Commissioners failed to pass a resolution with teeth — two months ago it passed a resolution proclaiming English as the county’s official and primary language, but required the government to do nothing — our municipal leaders are stepping up.
The Town of Walkersville made English its official language and will not pay to translate town documents nor for a translator. The Town of Thurmont has introduced a similar proposal to follow suit.
Are Frederick County’s 10 other municipalities far behind?
We certainly hope not. Declaring English our official language is akin to an Eskimo declaring snow cold. We understand the attempts by some of the elected officials in our county and towns to do something about illegal immigration, but such resolutions are a waste of time.
We see such declarations as a manifestation of their frustration with federal officials who have failed to adopt a workable immigration policy that makes sense.
They are lashing out in any way they can against what they see as a threat to our way of life.
Illegal immigrants broke the law coming here, and if we can’t stop them, we are going to make their lives here uncomfortable, the thinking seems to go.
They are filling up our emergency rooms for their primary health care and using up government resources (most notably schools) without contributing their fair share to the coffers, the thinking continues.
The reality, though, is that they do contribute to our coffers, at least as much as any American citizen who buys merchandise in the store and pays rent.
Every time anyone — including illegal immigrants — buys something in a store, they pay 6 percent state sales tax.
Every time anyone — including illegal immigrants — pays rent, part of that check goes to pay the property tax bill, so they pay the tax indirectly.
Local government should concentrate on matters over which it has direct responsibility — schools, roads, zoning, solid waste.
The list goes on.
Passing meaningless resolutions declaring English our officials language only diverts our attention from more pressing matters.

Submitted by Lydia Espinosa Crafton
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I received the Coloquio.com message from Prof. Bustamante and had some thoughts.  As with most cowardly acts, ABSOLUTE EXPOSURE to the light of day is the most important deterrent.  People must know what is going on in Frederick County and they must be moved to action.  Immediate public exposure is the only cure for bullies.  Exposure to the community at large, and to the leaders in the Establishment, has to be the way to stop, minimize and prevent the abuse of the Hispanic community.  Anecdotes of abuse; photos of abuse; stories of abuse; must be shared -- over and over and sent to the following type of people with a strong request for assistance for their community.  We all know that those that pick on helpless people are cobardes; desgraciados; and H_________.  We all know this and must fight against it.  Send letters and further info to:

1) Local, middle size big and small Law Firms:   Ask them for pro bono assistance and monitoring of police action against the Hispanic community.  Miles & Stockbridge, the biggest firm in Frederick, and my old firm, will no doubt help you.  I haven't asked, but this is THEIR COMMUNITY ALSO. Call or write attorney Tom Lunch for assistance, as he has run for Mayor of Frederick and seems to have the interests of the town in his heart.  Why wouldn't he help the Hispanic community?  I can assure you that the pro bono content of law firms, as it relates to the Hispanic community in Frederick, is nil or zero. It is time for them to help in order to earn the big fees they charge everyone else.      

2)  Newspapers:  Ask newspapers to cover the indifference to human rights and the destruction of Hispanic families in Frederick.  Do not let anyone forget that the Human Dignity shown to the vulnerable is the human dignity that God will show you and your family -- when you reach the pearly gates.

3)  Local Companies/Industries hiring Hispanics:  Call and write them all and ask for their assistance.  No one should be permitted to hire our people at cut rate prices, only to abandon them when it comes time to protect them.  The exploitation of Hispanics, in one way or another, by employers, politicians, and the police should be stopped because these people are no different than coyotes, killing and hurting the vulnerable -- one day at a time. 

4)  Politicians: Write them every day.  Set up freedom parades around their houses; businesses; and churches.  

Hey, Slavery and the like stood around for a number of year because everyone cried and didn't lift a finger to do anything.  Don't be that sort of a person -a sabe mucho, hace nada (a do nothing).  DO SOMETHING NOW TO HELP, and don't act like this stuff pertains to someone else. THIS IS YOUR MAMI, PAPI AND HIJOS GETING WALLOPED...,

ok, someone has pissed off the Colombian...., and, although I can't quote Emerson, I can quote Sun Tzu...,  WAR IS AN ART FORM; LEARN THE ART OF WAR!!  PAIN IS MOMENTARY..., ENJOY THE HURT!

Mauricio Barreiro
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Hola Javier,
Why not do an article, or eve a feature on Pablo and Flavia Fontana from Argentina. They are what's now the it couple in the happening scene of Argentine tango here in the DC area. They are virtually history in the making. If you don't believe me, ask Robert Duvall. They just did a local tv show for channel 24 in Baltimore. Pablo is one of the only authentic street/salon tango dancers in this country. These two,(he and his wife) have an extremely riveting story. We are just lucky enough to be in the right place and time to observe this "history in the making". Please do an article at the very least, on them. People around here just don't know who they have in there midst.
I would be glad to give you any contact information if you are interested.
Sincerely,
Inga Ingles
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Javier,
If this plan works so well why don't we all boycott, Citgo or Shell or BP? Why do we want to harm the companies in which so many Americans have invested their savings?
Saludos
Tony
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Sir,
First of all, do not buy from Exxon/Mobil EVER: they're the biggest of the corporate criminals. Second, we should worry more about the price per trip, or per week, if you wish, than worry about the price per gallon. What do I care, in the end, how much exactly it is per gallon? If the price per gallon doubles, but I buy a car that uses half for the same distance, I still pay the same for the trip. So we should instead focus on only purchasing vehicles cheap on gas. That way we 'hurt' the oil companies A LOT MORE! And in the end save a lot more too, for the car companies will finally wisen up and stop producing gas guzzlers, and make many more and better and stingier engined cars. The technology is here. We're just not focussing on it. Then we should re-think our consumption by combining trips as much as possible. We'll save gas, save time, stress, wear-and-tear on the car, use our body better, and the oil companies will moan and whine about having much less sales. We'll have cleaner air, and less consumption of valued resources, meaning less transport of them too, meaning cleaner air, less consumption etc etc etc. These are ideas that are strange to most Americans, but second nature to Europeans. In Europe, gas is now $9 per gallon. Europeans travel (and do so in usually in better conditions than Americans, on average better highways, higher speeds, more alert traffic, safer cars) and spend about equal the money than Americans, on a per week basis. They spend less time in their car (healthier), and spend more time at the dinner table (healthier too)... Personally, I only go to the Exxon/Mobil to use their restroom!
Greetings,
Teye
teye@teye.com
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Neil, 
This is from the Baltimore's premier Hispanic professional online community.  I was hoping you would pass this on through Baltimore's premier Black professional online community.  To make a long story short, the below basically says that don't buy gas days to boycott oil prices don't work.  So instead, you pick one or two of the largest oil companies like Exxon Mobil and just don't buy gas from them.  That makes it Exxon Mobil's personal problem and that's how you send Oil back down to below $2 a gallon.  This sounds like an excellent strategy.  I'm not a civil rights expert, but this does sound like the tactic used during the Montgomery Alabama bus boycotts to end seating segregation.  Maybe a lesson in civil rights history can be applied to fighting out of control gasoline prices.  
Louis F. Haber Jr.
louishaber@distpost.com
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Sir,
THIS IS NOT THE 'DON'T BUY' GAS FOR ONE DAY, BUT IT  WILL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN GET GAS BACK DOWN TO $1.30 PER GALLON. 

This was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive.  It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton.  If you are tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this summer, take time to read this please. 
  
Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea.
This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day"  campaign that was going around last April or May! It's worth your consideration.  Join the resistance!!!!

I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by this summer and it might go higher!!  Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action.  

The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. 
 
It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea has come up with a plan that can Really work.  Please read on and join with us! 

By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $2.00 is super cheap.  Me too!  It is currently $3.49 for regular unleaded in my town, Seattle.
 
Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 - $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace..not sellers. 
  
With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. 
  
The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas!  And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. 
  
How?  Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. 
  
But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war. 
  
Here's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. 
 
If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices.   If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. 
  
But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers.  It's really simple to do!  Now, don't wimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!! 
  
I am sending this note to 30 people.  If each of us send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ...  and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers .
If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! 
  
If it goes one level further, you guessed it.....  THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!! 
  
Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people.  That's all! 
  
(If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people....  Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician.  But I am.  sso, trust me on this one. 
 
How long would all that take?  If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLI ON people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! 
  
I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you! 
Acting together we can make a difference. 
  
If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.  I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $2.00 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK. 
   
                                  Keep it going

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Good morning Don Javier:
The bricks for the Martí monument are ordered and in production. I hope to have them by the end of April. The agreed legends of the pavers follow: If there is any mistake, please let me know. If your brick is OK, no answer is necessary
* Kurt Schmoke Mayor 1987 - 1999
* Sheila Dixon Baltimore Mayor 2008
* K. Kotarba C.H.A.P. Director
* Javier Bustamante Coloquio.com
* M. Boluda Presidente Círculo Cubano de MD
Have a nice day
Un abrazo,
Pepe Herrera
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Education Based Latino Outreach offers Spanish classes in an effort to bridge the cultural divide
EBLO offers Spanish classes for beginner and intermediate speakers interested in increasing their conversational skills and learning more about the Hispanic culture.  Most of their students want to learn Spanish because it is a widely popular language and is often used in their workplace. Their Spanish class instructor showcases the Hispanic culture each week by providing students with an opportunity to sample various kinds of food and listen to different types of music.  Students are encouraged to practice with native speakers.  Spanish classes are offered in the fall and in the spring on Tuesday nights from 7:00pm until 8:30pm for 10 weeks.  The Spring Spanish classes will began February 26, 2008.  Please Contact Elizabeth Ramos at (410) 563-3160 for more information.
The cost for the Spanish class is $120.00 for ten weeks, each class is for one hour and a half.  So that is only about $12 a session, a great deal

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Javier,
I have moved my office to a new location in Towson and am actively seeking Hispanic clients. My Spanish speaking secretary has left my employ and I need any help you can provide to replace her with a receptionist who speaks Spanish.
Thanks,
Ed MacVaugh & LeCompte, Attorneys at Law
1424 E. Joppa Rd., Ste 100 Towson, MD 21286
410-296-6410
410-828-5555
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Javier,
Congrats on your appointment to the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
I hope to see more Hispanics appointed to other commissions under this Administration.
Suerte,
Carmen Camacho
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Friends,
In case you didn’t see it, the Baltimore Sun, the front page highlights two Baltimore County families that have been ripped apart by our broken immigration system.  Many of you know families like these – they are all too common.  The link to the article is below.   
In response to this touching, painful story, there ar already a whole list of hateful anti-immigrant "comments" on the sun website - please feel free to jump in and add some rationality or heart to the public dialogue if you wish. Also, if you wish to write a letter to the editor of the Baltimore sun, expressing your solidarity with these families and calling on our presidential candidates to reform the broken immigration system and make these families whole, you can write to: letters@baltsun.com.
Thank you for all you do, and for your support of immigrant families.
Sincerely,
Liz Alex
CASA of Maryland
The complete article can be viewed here
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Hola Javier;
Me llamo Alma y trabajo para la comunidad, mayormente inmigrante en Columbia MD. Gracias por enviar información que mantiene en contacto a nuestra familia hispana. Nos gustaría saber de eventos organizados para poder asistir y estar en comunicación. Podría mandar información a mi compañera Maria Mejia:mmejia@fcsm.org y a mi supervisora Judy Templempeton: jtempleton@fcsmd.org.
Alma Leibowitz
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Don Javier,
hace varios años Beltrán Navarro me hizo la historia del Spanish Town, cuyo nombre, según me dijo, tuvo su origen a principios del pasado siglo, por la gran cantidad de barcos Españoles que venían a Baltimore con frecuencia. También me dijo que esa era la parte de los muelles favorita de los marineros españoles en el puerto... Cuando hicimos el monumento de Martí, vistamos quince lugares y varios de ellos estaban cerca de los muelles, casi en el centro del Spanish Town. Prevaleció sin embardo la idea de colocarlo donde está, al otro lado de la calle Fayette, sirviendo actualmente de centinela y límite al Spanish Town. Finalmente, me agrada ver que nuestro viejo amigo L.Queral se ha sumando a tu esfuerzo de mantener nuestro histórico Spanish Town con el nombre que le pertenece.
Un abrazo,
Pepe Herrera
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Javier:
Gracias por oponerte al cambio de nombre de Spanish Town. Es absurdo ponerle otro nombre cuando lo que carateriza dicha area es precisamente  la población hispana que allí existe.  Cuenta conmigo para cualquier ayuda en este respecto.  Un abrazo
Nota: Creo como tú que hay un juego político en tratar de cambiar el nombre. Hay que movilizar a toda la comunidad.
Luis Queral

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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: emiliolabrada@msn.com

Nuestro idioma de cada día

 

«PUBLICIDAD ACCIDENTADA»  
                                                                                               
                No sé qué pasará por la cabeza de los expertos publicitarios que conciben las campañas presuntamente hechas en español —pero casi siempre, en realidad, en espanglés—, destinadas a fortalecer la pública imagen de la empresa patrocinadora.
Pero sí sé que si no están en manos de competentes psiquiatras o de simples lingüistas capaces de inteligible redacción, o de ambos, será porque Dios es grande.
La televisión nos brinda un aviso con el incoherente espectáculo de hombres, mujeres y niños que deambulan, conversan o juegan tranquilamente en medio de una transitada supercarretera (digital superchería, claro está), en escenas tan absurdas como superfluas.
Pero, encima, lo acompañan de una macarrónica narración concebida en un idioma totalmente ajeno (adivinen cuál). Nos dicen, por ejemplo, que «en el camino no sólo hay conductores… hay personas». Pregunta: ¿y los conductores que son: mascotas? ¿No será que hay «OTRAS personas», que hay «pasajeros», «peatones» o «circunstantes»? Luego agregan que «a esas personas hay que respetarlas como TAL». Gracias, ¿pero qué pasó con «tales» (el plural que corresponde)?
Con todo esto, amigos, pretenden promover ciertas pólizas de seguro vehicular. Pólizas que, por cierto, no inspiran mucha confianza al ver la manera en que, aun en la artificiosa falsedumbre del videomundo digital, ponen en mortífero peligro la vida de inocentes mortales enmarañados en las fauces del impertérrito y raudo tránsito vial.
Pasando a la publicidad automovilística en sí, la prensa escrita está plagada de inexplicables sinsentidos.
                Un anuncio promueve autos que tienen su «sistema de info-entretenimiento multimedia». ¿No será «sistema multimediático de información y entretenimiento»?
                Otro caso: imágenes de un bello descapotable, con el siguiente texto: «techo duro retraíble». Nada, dos errores en tres palabras: en español, «techo metálico» quedaría más preciso y elegante; además, «retraíble» no corresponde, puesto que para eso tenemos «retráctil» y «plegable». ¿¡Carecerán de un simple diccionario bilingüe!?
                Un aviso vehicular nos sale con este misterioso titular de seis líneas en letras mayúsculas sobre una página en blanco:
                «No es tan complicado. si el precio de la gasolina está
tan alto, entonces asegurémonos de construir carros que
usen tan poca como sea posible.»
                Sin entrar en el análisis de esta perfectísima transliteración, digamos que no está «complicado», sino superalambicado, y que su redacción en castellano corriente y moliente rezaría así:
                «Seamos prácticos. Con lo cara que está la gasolina, ¿no 
sería mejor andar en vehículos que la ahorren al máximo?»
                Recordarán mis estimados lectores lo señalado en el artículo anterior: lo barato sale caro. La falsa economía de tan cojas versiones castellanas, a la larga, muy cara va a costarles a las grandes empresas automotrices que así pretenden ganarse al público hispano.
                La gasolina es lo de menos.
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«CARESTÍA DE LO BARATO»  

                 
                «Lo barato sale caro» es un sabio dicho que está pasando de moda… como pasó de moda, justamente, la voz CARO. Descubrimos el motivo: no existe en inglés. Mejor dicho, existía pero —aquí cabe aun mejor— pasó de moda. Se conserva en el inglés británico (dear), pero es demasiado «culta» para el gusto COMUNISTA del idioma norteamericano.
¿«Comunista», he dicho? Pues sí, aunque ustedes no lo crean este país donde el capitalismo impera se está volviendo COMUNISTA.
Y es que el comunismo estadounidense se encuentra en pleno apogeo… pero, como ya lo habrán sospechado ustedes, no en la política sino en materia del idioma. Porque el vocabulario, sobre todo el coloquial, se va reduciendo al más COMÚN denominador. Y la voz dear (caro) es de élite y por tanto muy poco COMUNISTA (en más de una acepción).
Ya las trasmisiones radiales y televisivas han vedado totalmente lo caro, para inclinarse por lo barato. Ahora se necesitan dos palabras, alto precio (high price), cuando antes bastaba una. Si nos repiten una vez más lo del «alto precio de la gasolina», «…los comestibles» —y más etcéteras—, nos van a parar de cabeza.
Casi nos pasaría lo mismo, del asombro, si nos dijeran que algo está CARO. Menos mal que no nos hablan de la carestía, pues nos dispararían a órbita, ya que es un concepto totalmente ultraterrestre que se concreta únicamente en recónditas páginas del Diccionario. Es un hecho que el vocablo hace tiempo que desapareció en boca de los voceros informativos hispanos y hasta de la prensa escrita.
Pero es comprensible. Como ellos piensan en inglés, les cuesta mucho trabajo recurrir a una voz tan útil, castiza y compacta como CARO. Mucho más fácil les es traducir high price, y listo.
Lo mismo sucede con nuestras clásicas expresiones que indican una sanción moral, ética, comercial o simplemente monetaria. Todos insisten en que habrá que «pagar un alto precio» (pay a high price) por tal o cual cosa, en lugar de la natural frase castellana de que algo «va a COSTAR CARO». Obviamente, lo que ya nos está «costando caro» es el desuso de nuestra tradicional fraseología. Como decíamos, pronto vamos a COMUNIZARNOS con el inglés para formar un solo idioma tan insulso y simplón como desprovisto de vocabulario y personalidad.
                Pero como me atrevo a decir que la comuniCación es levemente mejor que la comuniZación, vamos a seguir abogando en contra del espanglés, para que cada idioma conserve lo suyo y, en lugar de degradarse, se supere.
                Lo contrario, sin duda alguna —pensando en español, para variar—, no pudiera COSTARNOS CARO, sino CARÍSIMO.


Eric GoodmanEric D. Goodman is a full-time writer and editor. National Public Radio’s WYPR recently called him “a regular on the Baltimore literary scene.” His work as been published in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Review, Writers Weekly, JMWW, On Stage Magazine, The Arabesques Review, Travel Insights, Coloquio, To Be Read Aloud, Neck of My Guitar, and is forthcoming in The Potomac and Scribble. He took third place in the Maryland Writers Association 2007 Short Fiction Contest. Eric has read his fiction at events throughout Baltimore. His first children’s book, The Flightless Goose, is being published by Writers’ Lair Books in 2008. Eric seeks an agent for his novel in stories, Tracks, which was a semi-finalist in the Gather First Chapters Novel Contest. “The Silences” is a story from Tracks.

For more information see his literary blog or the online station for Tracks, a novel in stories.

THE LITERARY LIFE - VIDA LITERARIA

 

Indiana Jones and the Historic Theater

It’s been said that, as much as authors like myself hate to admit it, the movie is the new novel.  That is, people used to sit by the fireside with a good book; now the average person is more likely to catch a movie.  With that in mind, I’d like to shelve the book this week and join the conversation about the latest adventure of Indiana Jones.

On Tuesday, May 20, I was invited to an advanced screening of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at The Senator Theater, one of our nation’s few remaining historic theaters.  The theater seats 950 and barely a seat remained open.  There must have been close to a thousand people there — from theater owners and critics to politicians and the ticket-winners.  And you know what?  Regardless of what they may say today, last night they were laughing, jumping, cheering – enjoying themselves.

Isn’t that what a summertime popcorn movie is supposed to do?

Indy 4 was a romping rollercoaster ride.  Was the film as good as the original trilogy?  Not quite — but that’s the nostalgia of 27 years creeping in.  Sure the new movie gets a little far out, but so did the other movies.  A 700-year-old knight guarding the Holy Grail?  Beating hearts bursting into flames, anyone?   That’s part of the comic-book fun.  Indy movies don’t take themselves seriously.

Sure, the new movie includes some monkey business that would have been better left out.  And, given the 17 years that have passed since Last Crusade, it’s more a tribute to the 50s than the 30s.  And yes, it starts a little better than it finishes.

That said, Indy delivers.  If you enjoyed the original three films, you’ll enjoy this one.  It’s as fun as the originals.

So what are you waiting for?  Hit the theater, grab your popcorn, get a good seat.  And remember that the best place to see an old-style movie like this one is at a historic theater – like The Senator.

Visit Indy at his official website, where you can watch the trailers and TV spots.

www.IndianaJones.com

Get the consensus from reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes.

www.rottentomatoes.com/m/indiana_jones_and_the_kingdom_of_the_crystal_skull/?critic=creamcrop

Read Roger Ebert’s Indy confession at his blog.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/05/i_admit_it_i_loved_ind.html

Visit The Senator Theater, the best place to see a movie, online.

www.senator.com

And finally, for more on movies and literature, books and events, visit www.Writeful.blogspot.com


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 José María "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.

Divagaciones
por Paco Mora


La sordera voluntaria

Nota del editor: Paco, después de un descanso para recargar su pluma con la tinta de su imaginación, de nuevo aparece en nuestras páginas divagando sobre diferentes temas con esa, su peculiar y amena manera de interpretar el mundo. Bienvenido.
       
       Siempre he contemplado con asombro como los camareros de los restaurantes tienen la extraordinaria habilidad de oir solamente lo que quieren escuchar. Una especie de sordera selectiva que les permiten oir lo que desean, trabajar con orden y no volverse locos al mismo tiempo. Es una sordera que me parece el símbolo perfecto de la sordera común que dicen que padecemos los españoles. No recuerdo donde oí contar que, en una reunión de alemanes, uno habla y los demás escuchan; en una inglesa todos escuchan y ninguno habla y, en una española, todos hablan y ninguno escucha. Francamente yo creo que hay algo de cierto en el dicho. Sin ir mas lejos no hay más que ver  una sesión de nuestro Parlamento, ese lugar donde uno habla, los demas bostezan, leen periódicos, charlotean o toman café; o en nuestras reuniones y penas donde todos hablamos a gritos y nadie escucha a nadie.
        ¿Tal vez porque nadie nos ha enseñado a escuchar? o ¿quizás porque el arte de oir es mucho más dificil que el de hablar?. Zenón de Alejandría decía, hace dos milenios, que tenemos dos oidos y una sola boca porque oir es el doble de necesario y dos veces mas difícil que hablar; pero curiosamente esa es una ciencia que nadie enseña en los colegios ni en los hogares. Para oir basta con no estar sordo; para escuchar hacen falta muchas otras cosas; tener el alma despierta; abrirla para recibir al que, a traves de sus palabras entra en tí; olvidarnos por un momento de nosotros mismos y de nuestros propios pensamientos para preocuparnos por la persona y los pensamientos del prójimo. Todo un arte ciertamente; todo un apasionado ejercicio del saber ser.
             Sí, hace falta tener muy poco egoismo y mucha humildad, comprensión y tolerancia para escuchar bien, es necesario partir del supuesto de que lo que vamos a escuchar es más importante e interesante que lo que nosotros podríamos decir, reconocer que alguien tiene cosas que enseñarrnos o, cuando menos, asumir por unos momentos la vocación de servidor o, quizás, de papelera y saco de basura. Esta escasez de "oyentes-papelera" u "oyentes-basurero" tal vez sea la causa de que tantos solitarios anden por ahí con el alma llena de recuerdos, de amarguras, de basuras........... que desearían soltar y que no saben donde. Antaño, los confesores servían para eso, más que contar sus "pecados" el afligido necesitaba explicar sus cuitas, sus soledades. Ahora, ya apenas escuchan bien ni los psiquiatras.
              “Oir con paciencia”-decia Amado Nervo-“es mayor caridad que dar”. Incluso es frecuente comprobar como personas que vinieron a pedirte un consejo se van contentas, sin siquiera  haber oido tu respuesta, porque lo que realmente querían no era tu consejo sino tu silencio y su desahogo. Verdad es, que un consejo es lo más facil de dar, no cuesta nada y se queda uno con la conciencia tranquila. Personalmente jamás he molestado a nadie con un consejo, ni siquiera a mis hijos (sugerencias sí, que son muy distintas); algo así como una especie de pudor no me lo ha permitido. En cambio a mí me ha dado consejos hasta el lucero del alba, tal vez porque voy por la vida flotando, con los dos pies fuera de la realidad, según la frase de un entrañable amigo.
            Por todo ello la gran paradoja de nuestro tiempo es que, mientras los científicos dicen que vamos hacia una civilizacion "auricular", son cada vez más los que se quejan de que nadie les escuche. Curiosamente los jóvenes van por las calles con los auriculares puestos, o enganchados al móvil, al mismo tiempo que son absolutamente incapaces de escuchar cinco minutos a sus padres. Lo primero que hacemos al entrar en nuestras casas es enchufar la radio o el televisor porque no soportamos el silencio y la frialdad en las casas a la vez que cada día es menos frecuente el diálogo hombre-mujer, o padre-hijos. Quizás esto sea porque la radio y la televisión pueden oirse sin necesidad de querer al que por ella canta o habla y, en cambio, no se puede mantener un verdadero dialogo con otra persona sin amarla, saliéndose de uno mismo. Oir es barato; escuchar, costoso. Para oir basta el tímpano; para escuchar, el corazón y a este no parecemos muy dispuestos a emplearlo y repartirlo.
             No hay peor sordo que el que no quiere oir, dice el refrán. Sería más sencillo decir: No hay peor sordo  que el egoista y añadir que, esta gran sordera de quienes solo oyen lo que les interesa, es la gran responsable de tantas soledades, de tantos que solo piden una limosna... la limosnilla de un poco de atención.
 
                               "A mis soledades voy
                                de mis soledades vengo
                                que para andar conmigo
                                me bastan mis pensamientos"
                                                                                       Lope de Vega.


HUMOR

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

Léelo de arriba a abajo y luego de abajo a arriba

LOS POLÍTICOS
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
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32 NEW BUMPER STICKERS FOR 08
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

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 HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT

   The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term.

    Bonus Question:  Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

    Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

    One student, however, wrote the following:
   
    First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving.  I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.  Therefore, no souls are
leaving.  As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

    Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.  Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.  With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.  Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

    This gives two possibilities:

    1.  If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

    2.  If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

    So which is it?

    If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.  The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct....leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a Divine Being which explains why last night, Teresa kept shouting:

    "Oh My God".

    This student received an A+
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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



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CHRONOLOGY

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]


ART - ARTE/VIDEOS - GRAPHICS

Cantabria, una de las regiones más bellas, agrestes, marinas y desarrolladas de España, presentada aquí en todo su esplendor que abarca desde las eras más antiguas hasta nuestros tiempos modernos

Jobim y Joao Gilberto en la Garota de Ipanema Un clásico Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino jamming together. What can we say to that?

500 Years of Women in Art. Fascinating!

Una vuelta por el mundo. Fotos increíbles y fabulosas

Democracy
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)

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

Las Casas Palacios de Sevilla A great view of the collection of magnificient mansions in Seville

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


Pepe (Ramos) Céspedes es de Chiclayo al norte del Perú y vino a Baltimore hace más de 25 años. Trabaja para la Maryland Transit Administration desde hace 17 años, manteniendo los sistemas electrónicos del Metro. Tiene un portal taurino en el Internet y otro en la red local de MTA donde también hay una viñeta de su creación: METROMAN para distribuir consejos de seguridad laboral. Ramos ha colaborado con el Coloquio por muchos años y sus viñetas, muy graciosas y enormement apreciadas por nuestros lectores, tienen también un serio contenido político y social que refleja, muy a menudo, el sentimiento de nuestra comunidad.


"Yonni, gas has really gone up, hasn't it?"
"That's right, those numbers are now the cost in dollars it takes to fill up a compact car"


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