Well Played, @DanielDPortado, Inventor of Self-Deportation: You Rock, @laloalcaraz

Ha! We got to give it up to @DanielDPortado, who during the summer was crapping all over our Twitter feed with some angry tweets. Well, now we are breathing again and now we are seeing the genius behind the original idea, the fabulous @laloalcaraz and his writing partner Esteban Zul. It doesn't hurt to see the show on @maddow tonight.


Yes, we were slow to get in on the joke, but now that we are in on it, we just have to say: BRAVO to Daniel, Lalo, and of course @MexicanMitt.

So whenever you hear Mitt Romney use the word "self-deport," it was a joke. It was satire. And it is brilliant. Here is the real story behind it:

As the radio program “This American Life” reminded its audience on Tuesday, there is an argument to be made that the term self-deportation was invented in 1994 by two Mexican-American satirists, Lalo Alcaraz and Esteban Zul. That year, “sickened” by a ballot initiative known as Proposition 187, which aimed to prohibit illegal immigrants from using state-run hospitals and schools in California, the comedians began posing as conservative activists who backed the measure.

The two men started a satirical media campaign to support the initiative, faxing radio and television stations a fake news release that touted the benefits of “self-deportation centers” and invited reporters seeking more information to call a Latino Republican and “militant self-deportationist” named Daniel D. Portado. Eventually the men founded “Hispanics Against Liberal Takeover,” or Halto, and produced a mock radio ad, in which Portado claimed to support “California Gov. Pete Wilson’s self-deportation message.”

Mel Gibson’s “Get The Gringo:” An Unrelenting Exploitation of Stereotypes

Guest Post by Award-Winning Author Raul Ramos y Sanchez

In fairness, I have not seen Get The Gringo, just the trailer. But even that two-and-half-minute experience is enough to convince me that Mel Gibson has taken the low road in the portrayal of Latinos in his latest stint as a producer and star.

Actually, the title alone is proof that Gibson is clueless about Latino culture: Most Mexicans do not call non-Hispanic whites gringos. They call them gabachos. (This blunder is no surprise. In a movie depicting life in Mexico, neither the producer, the director nor the writers are Latinos.)

Virtually every scene of the trailer depicts Mexico as a grimy place populated by people who are dirty, corrupt, dim-witted and violent. Oh, yes. There’s a sultry señorita for Mel to rescue, too. I understand the film is a comedy of sorts. (Ha, ha, ha. See how the brutal Mexican cop is slapping Mel in time to the Mexican Hat Dance? Isn’t that a riot?) But in this hyper-violent unrelenting exploitation of Mexican stereotypes, it’s Latino culture that’s both the joke and (wait for it…) the punch line.

By the way, this Mel Gibson production is going straight to DirecTV, bypassing a theatrical release. Maybe this is the wave of the future for exploitative B-movies in the 21st century.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez is the award-winning author of AMERICA LIBRE and HOUSE DIVIDED from Grand Central Publishing. www.RaulRamos.com


The NFL = Socialism: And America Loves It

Here is something to think about. What is the most successful sports league in the United States and quite possibly, the world? The socialist NFL.


Romney: “I’m Not Concerned About the Very Poor. We Have a Safety Net There. If It Needs Repair, I’ll Fix It”

Fresh off an impressive Florida primary win, Mitt Romney made the talk show circuits this morning and now the Internet is buzzing about what he said:

"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix It. I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95% of Americans who right now are struggling, and I'll continue to take that message across the nation."

When pressed by CNN's Soledad O'Brien about this comment, Romney said the following:

"Finish the sentence, Soledad. I said I'm not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but it has holes in it, I will fix it. The challenge right now… we will hear from the Democrat Party the plight of the poor and there is no question that it's not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those who are very poor, but my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans. My campaign… you can choose where to focus, you can focus on the rich, that's not my focus. You can focus on the very poor, that's not my focus. My focus is on middle-income Americans, retirees living on Social Security, people who can't find work, folks that have kids getting ready to go to college. These are the people who have been most badly hurt by the Obama years. We have a very ample safety net, and we can talk about whether or not it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it, but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor, but the middle-income Americans, they're the folks who are really struggling right now, and they need someone who can get this economy going for them."

VIDEO DEL DÍA: “Peace” de Depeche Mode

Queremos paz. Paz para el mundo, paz para todos.

Amor y paz.

Last Night on @TheDailyShow: The Pander Express… With Republican and Democratic Stops

The Daily Show hit them all last night: Republicans and Democrats alike.

First off, Newt and his Latino pandering, along with Mitt Romney doing his nightclub act.

Indecision 2012 - Pander Express

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But in case you say all that Stewart does is make fun of GOP panderers, check this one out.

Indecision 2012 - Pander Express - Barack Obama's Town Hall


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Wait? Fox News Takes the Muppets Response to Them SERIOUSLY?

Muppets 1 Fox News 0, and after Bill O'Reilly issued Miss Piggy and Kermit a joke-like warning, we are going to say Muppets 2 Fox News -1. Sorry, Bill, that your network got served by puppets.

Here is the video of O'Reilly's piece.