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Mexican Beer Company Trolls Trumpazoids

Spanish, just like any other living language, has it’s own regional colloquialisms. Americans should be familiar with this because of the number of sayings and words entering the lexicon from the popular and black American culture. Learned my Spanish by spending over a year on the border and befriending several Mexican people. Being surrounded by people who speak a different language is the fastest way I know of to learn a new language. I was initially surprised at the number of colloquialisms and sayings that they don’t teach you in Spanish class – which were relevant only to Mexican culture.

In this video, two employees of a Mexican Brewing Company are trolling Chumph Supporters with free T-Shirts. To the uninitiated, the t-shirts seem to be supportive of Trump. To any speaker of Mexican Spanish familiar with the people’s saying…It means something quite different. The saying “el que lo lea” literally means “You are what you read” It derives from a saying “Puto el que lo lea”, which means whomever reads this is a faggot”…

The T-shirt has a big picture of Trump, with a red clown nose. So what the saying on the front, “Hasta el que lo lea” means….”Whomever wears this is a clown”.

Mexican brewery trolls Trump supporters with hilarious trick T-shirts

Mexican craft brewery Cerveza Cucapá launched a hilarious campaign — not for a wall but for beer — and “Donald Trump is going to pay for our beers,” they say.

A Spanish-language video was published during the first presidential debate, showing a man who traveled to Los Angeles and sold Trump T-shirts to unsuspecting Trump supporters. While the shirt read “Donald el que lo lea,” and showed the Republican nominee in a clown nose, no one noticed it was mocking Trump. The phrase is a variation of a well-known Mexican saying that only Mexicans and Mexican-Americanswould understand.

Cucapá founder Mario García explained to Vice that the campaign came from Trump himself, who has claimed that Mexico will pay for the wall on the U.S. border. “Well, Donald Trump is gonna pay for our beers, even though he doesn’t know it yet,” García said.

While getting Trump himself to cough up the cash proved more difficult, their T-shirt trick worked wonders on the Venice Beach boardwalk, along Hollywood Boulevard and Huntington Beach.

The first sale on video shows García sitting next to an old white man at a bus stop. He asks who the man, “Are you a Donald supporter?” The man says that he is, and snags a T-shirt.

The plan worked, except with the police, who seemed to have problems with T-shirt stand and further that García was filming interactions.

“Two police officers wanted to take away our merchandise and another moved us on,” she said. “There were a lot of people that insulted us, threw our merchandise on the floor, and shouted at us for supporting Trump, but there were also a lot of people who wanted to buy the shirts.”

The border issue has always been something that the brewery has talked about. Founded in 2002, their first location was in Mexicali and gets their name from the indigenous Cocopah tribe, that settled on both sides of the U.S. and Mexican borders.

“At Cucapá we’ve always carried the theme of the border in our DNA, so it was very natural for us as a brand to want to do something about Trump,” García said.

 

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Chumph Butt Kicking

 

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Tim Wise on the How of Trump’s Racism Appeal

Time Wise is a well know anti-racism speaker and writer. His analysis of how Trup attracts and motivates white racists…

Anti-racism expert explains Trump’s scapegoating appeal to whites — and it will give you chills

Anti-racism educator Tim Wise explained on Sunday how presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump used “racialized scapegoating” to appeal to white voters while “othering other people.”

“If the only reason for Trump’s support was economic anxiety then people of color should be flocking to Trump,” Wise told CNN’s Brian Stelter. “Because black folks, for instance, are twice as likely to be out of work as white folks, three times as likely to be poor, have 1/15 the net worth, nine years less life expectancy in large part due to economic inequality.”

“There’s a link between the kind of economic anxiety that white folks are feeling and this larger political or racial anxiety,” he said.

Wise likened Trump’s rhetoric to Southerners who say that “the Civil War wasn’t about slavery, it’s about states rights.”

“Yeah, but the right you were fighting for was the right to own people,” he noted. “So when the folks in the Trump camp say it’s not about race, ‘Well, I like the fact that he says what’s on his mind.’ Yeah, but you like that he says things about Mexicans and about the Chinese and about black activists in the streets protesting police brutality and he says things about Muslims.”

“In fact, all of those things that people say Trump is about — economics, the straight-shooting, straight-talking guy — all of that still comes back to his perspective on othering other people and saying, ‘They’re your threat, they’re the ones who endanger your job, they’re the ones who are to blame for your lack of safety in the streets.’”

According to Wise, Trump was successful largely because he had been able to combine “racialized scapegoating” with his economic message.

The activist also challenged media to “start being honest” with their reporting on race issues.

“How many in the media have asked Donald Trump or any of his key supporters, ‘Hey what does that hat mean?’” he wondered. “You’re wearing this hat that says ‘Make America Great Again’ — when exactly was America great? And not just for white men with money like Donald Trump.”

“Name a year for me because I want to know… Because any year you pick is not going to be a great one for anyone but the dominant group.”

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks, The Clown Bus

 

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For The George Zimmerman Defense…Race

Kind of hard to escape the last few days evisceration of the first prosecution witness in the Trayvon Martin murder case by the media.  And the role race has played in that.

Rachel Jeantel can’t read cursive. That’s the main takeaway from the fourth day of the George Zimmerman trial: Jeantel, the heavyset, snappy prosecution witness who was on the phone with her friend Trayvon Martin minutes before he died, cannot read script handwriting. Defense attorney Don West underlined that fact for the benefit of the jury, the general public, and everyone else looking for an excuse to dismiss her testimony.

Given the extent to which Jeantel’s demeanor was covered on television and in news articles, you’d be excused for thinking—as Jezebel’s Callie Beusman put it—that she was the one on trial. Over the past couple of days, Jeantel has recounted that Martin told her he was being followed by a “creepy-ass cracker” who, it seems, then proceeded to attack him. Pundits, meanwhile, have made snickering observations that have had little to do with the substance of her testimony. They’ve criticized Jeantel’s weight, her attitude, her manner of dress, and her mumbling, inarticulate answers to West’s questions. These observations are generally framed as discussions of her credibility and how she’ll be received by the jury. But they’re also an excuse to point and laugh at a poor, black teenager who comes from an America that we’d rather not acknowledge exists.

The media has consistently treated Jeantel as if she were some sassy alien life-form. TheNew York Daily News story about yesterday’s proceedings focused on Jeantel-as-sideshow, calling the cursive story an “especially cringe-worthy moment,” and noting that, “[a]t one point, the key prosecution witness blurted out, ‘That’s retarded, Sir’ in response to West’s suggestion that Martin attacked Zimmerman.” On Piers Morgan Tonight, Morgan repeated the phrase “creepy-ass cracker” as if it were some inscrutable bit of baby talk. The day before, panelist Jayne Weintraub disdainfully asserted that “it’s really not about this young woman’s … credibility, because her credibility, it’s a wash whatever her testimony is. Yes, she was a difficult witness. She was impossible.”…

Racial and socioeconomic stereotypes play differently in different contexts. The statements and mannerisms that make Jeantel a laughingstock now might have made her a viral video star outside the courtroom. As I was watching Jeantel’s testimony and the subsequent reaction, I couldn’t help thinking about Aisha Harris’ Slate piece from Mayabout the “fairly recent trend of ‘hilarious’ black neighbors, unwitting Internet celebrities whose appeal seems rooted in a ‘colorful’ style that is always immediately recognizable as poor or working-class.” Charles Ramsey, Antoine Dodson, Sweet Brown—these people caught white America’s attention in part because they so blatantly violated normative behavior. If Jeantel would’ve been filmed saying “That’s retarded, sir” to some reporter on the streets outside her house, the Internet might well be singing her praises. Black people are celebrated when they play the fool in the proper setting.

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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Cornbread and Cuban

It would seem that growing up, Cornbread didn’t spend much time outside of the back of the bus…

Herman Cain asks how to speak ‘Cuban’

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Guess somebody ought to tell him what happens when you mix Cornbread with Cuban Soul food!

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Black Conservatives

 

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The View – Heated Discussion over the N-Word

Sheri Sheppard goes off over Brbara Walters use of the N-Word reporting a story about Rick Perry’s Ranch…

And here in Part 2, things get a bit heated…

Whoopi keeps it together.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Black History

 

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Ebonics Translator Jobs!

Damn, I know the slang in the city moves pretty fast – but this is amazing! A problem I can see they are going to have immediately is regionalization. The Gangstas in Atlanta don’t speak the same language as the Gangstas in New York…

It don’t mean a thang if it ain’t got that twang!

Ain’t it funny after all these years of trying to get young urban folks to speak the English Language…

Now they got a career speaking “Ghetto”?

Yo' Dawg!

Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts

The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.

A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”

The DEA’s need for full-time linguists specializing in Ebonics is detailed in bid documents related to the agency’s mid-May issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) covering the provision of as many as 2100 linguists for the drug agency’s various field offices. Answers to the proposal were due from contractors on July 29.

In contract documents, which are excerpted here, Ebonics is listed among 114 languages for which prospective contractors must be able to provide linguists. The 114 languages are divided between “common languages” and “exotic languages.” Ebonics is listed as a “common language” spoken solely in the United States.

Ebonics has widely been described as a nonstandard variant of English spoken largely by African Americans. John R. Rickford, a Stanford University professor of linguistics, has described it as “Black English” and noted that “Ebonics pronunciation includes features like the omission of the final consonant in words like ‘past’ (pas’ ) and ‘hand’ (han’), the pronunciation of the th in ‘bath’ as t (bat) or f (baf), and the pronunciation of the vowel in words like ‘my’ and ‘ride’ as a long ah (mah, rahd).”

Detractors reject the notion that Ebonics is a dialect, instead considering it a bastardization of the English language.

The Department of Justice RFP does not, of course, address questions of vernacular, dialect, or linguistic merit. It simply sought proposals covering the award of separate linguist contracts for seven DEA regions. The agency spends about $70 million annually on linguistic service programs, according to contract records.

In addition to the nine Ebonics experts, the DEA’s Atlanta office also requires linguists for eight other languages, including Spanish (144 linguists needed); Vietnamese (12); Korean (9); Farsi (9); and Jamaican patois (4). The Atlanta field division, one of the DEA’s busiest, is the only office seeking linguists well-versed in Ebonics. Overall, the “majority of DEA’s language requirements will be for Spanish originating in Central and South America and the Caribbean,” according to one contract document.

The Department of Justice RFP includes a detailed description of the crucial role a linguist can play in narcotics investigations. They are responsible for listening to “oral intercepts in English and foreign languages,” from which they provide verbal and typed summaries. “Subsequently, all pertinent calls identified by the supervising law enforcement officer will be transcribed verbatim in the required federal or state format,” the RFP notes.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Black History, Nawwwwww!

 

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No Habanero English!

The Queen of Stupid, and current defacto head of the Republican Party - the Sno' Ho'

With the right wing fuming about “English spoken” you would think conservatives would learn to use the language themselves. I mean – if we are going to mandate that everyone speak English in this country…

That means the ignorant conservative types too.

Have ou noticed how many times conservatives go into a furor over something said by a Democrat Politician – only to find out it is a tempest in a teapot (or is that Teabag?) . Once upon a time conservative pundits were masters of the language looking down their narrow noses at the unwashed masses in distaste…

Now, its getting damn hard to find a conservative who can conjugate a verb…

Although they seem to be experts on that conjugation part when it involves somebody you’re not supposed to be “conjugating” with!

Part of the communication problem between those of us on the left and the conservatives…

Is simply they take pride in their ignorance, and can’t understand the English Language – “Is our children learning”…Indeed.

Many English Speakers Cannot Understand Basic Grammar

Research into grammar by academics at Northumbria University suggests that a significant proportion of native English speakers are unable to understand some basic sentences.

The findings — which undermine the assumption that all speakers have a core ability to use grammatical cues — could have significant implications for education, communication and linguistic theory.

The research, conducted by Dr Ewa Dabrowska, showed that basic elements of core English grammar had not been mastered by some native speakers.

The project assumed that every adult native speaker of English would be able to understand the meaning of the sentence:

The soldier was hit by the sailor.”

Dr Dabrowska and research student James Street then tested a range of adults, some of whom were postgraduate students, and others who had left school at the age of 16. All participants were asked to identify the meaning of a number of simple active and passive sentences, as well as sentences which contained the universal qualifier “every.” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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