Ask a Mexican: What's with that Mexican music that sounds like polka?

Dear Mexican: Why is Mexico such a dump? Just to name a few of the problems: stray dogs running all over the place, piles of trash burning in the street, blown out tires hanging from cactus by the side of the road, shredded plastic shopping bags plastering every fence in sight, rampant corruption in government, and lawlessness so flagrant that the entire police force in a town in Sonora was recently killed or forced to flee by armed thugs working for the drug cartels. Don't even try to blame all this on us gabachos. And if you don't believe me, ask the millions of Mexican citizens who are voting with their feet by trying to sneak into the U.S. Why can't Mexico get its act together, already?
Don't Understand Mexico's Problems

Dear DUMP: Of course I'll blame Mexico's problems on you gabachos. Drug market that makes the cartels so rich and powerful? Los Estados Unidos. Plastic shopping bags? From America. Millions of Mexicans voting with their feet? To America and its need for cheap, young labor. Hey, Mexico needs to look at itself deeply to address its many issues, but for gabachos to claim that somehow they're innocent in causing Mexico's ills is like claiming Taco Bell doesn't give you a serial case of Montezuma's Revenge.

Dear Mexican: Why do upper-class Mexicans from Mexico hate the lower class in Mexico?
Exeter Elitist

Dear Gabacho: Same reason the 1 percent loathes the 99-percent, and European royals wanted nothing to do with the peasant class except to exploit them. Explaining Mexicans isn't always about the Virgin of Guadalupe and Aztecs, cabrones.

Dear Mexican: I'm an American of Polish-Czech decent. Every wedding, or at my elders' houses, we used to listen to polka. I moved to the Southwest fifteen years ago from the Midwest, and I occasional hear Mariachi music from other cars or occasionally on the radio. I am beginning to like the music. It really reminds me of polka, but with a Southwest kick. Sadly, the friend I have of the Mexican decent or persuasion are not fans — so could you recommend a good collection or a good band to start? I'm doing it because I like music and figure music might help me to brush up on my lame bilingual skills.
Polaco Who Likes Tacos

Dear Polack-Honky: I think what you think is mariachi is actually conjunto norteño, which is the Mexican music form that most approximates traditional polka — mostly because that's what it is. That's the music with the wild accordion, the metronomic 2/4 bass beat, and a wonderful corniness that only hick cultures (i.e., Mexicans, Czechs and Poles) can truly love — mostly because the music was introduced to the borderlands between northern Mexico and Texas in the mid-1800s. For old-school conjunto norteño, you want to download the collections of Los Alegres de Terán, Los Relámpagos del Norte, and Los Cadetes de Linares; for the newer groups, Los Rieleros del Norte, Ramón Ayala (one of the members of Los Relámpagos del Norte), and Los Invasores de Nuevo León. Don't forget Flaco Jimenez and his whirlwind Tex-Mex classics. And timeless, of course, is Los Tigres del Norte. Enjoy!

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shellymendiola4
shellymendiola4

Look you gringo ass mother fuckers if we mexican like mexican music what bothers you its from our region, just cause our music is way better than your fucking gay ass justin bieber music and boy george and thats for all of them racists gringos ass pilgirms!!

shellymendiola4
shellymendiola4

Look you gringo ass mother fuckers if we mexican like mexican music what bothers you its from our region, just cause our music is way better than your fucking gay ass justin bieber music and boy george and thas for you pilgirms!

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

Since you are very stupid and autistic; I repeat the same to you;You are very dumb; the mexican ancestors are from Europe, dopey. Request compensation from your spanish ancestors that mexicans are descendants from. Thus mexicans are Causasians since their ancestors are of Europeean ancestry, dip

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

Since you are very stupid and autistic; I repeat the same to you;You are very dumb; the mexican ancestors are from Europe, dopey. Request compensation from your spanish ancestors that mexicans are descendants from. Thus mexicans are Causasians since their ancestors are of Europeean ancestry, dip.

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

You are very dumb; the mexican ancestors are from Europe, dopey. Request compensation from your spanish ancestors that mexicans are descendants from. Thus mexicans are Causasians since their ancestors are of Europeean ancestry, dip.

Renee'
Renee'

They got screwed, and still do today. Can't do anything about that now, but I can damn well voice opinion about what is going on now. Welcome to Free Speach. At least it is in english.

Dont get me wrong, there are those who work harder than some blue blood americans, but it is the ones who constantly are looking for hand outs that drive me crazy. And that goes for whatever color your skin may be.

Renee'
Renee'

I am sick and tired of all the mexican crap. They bring their pregnant women here so we can pay for the health care, go to our schools for free because they are mexican, scream and complain when we hang our flags and not the one they call their own. And the product labels that have to be in spanish. GET A LIFE!!!!!

Keep your ass in your own country!!! You lay down in Mexico, have the baby their. Can't pay for it? Stay off your back. Want to get an education? Pay for it like we have to. As far as your flag, hang it in your house. This is AMERICA, and we have our own flag, get over it!

I will not learn spanish just so you can understand me, you say you live here, learn the language. I will not raise your flag and I find it absolutely ignorant that you get a free education just because you can tread water long enough to get to the other side.

As for americans, stop complaining about not having a job and do whatever you have to, to support your self and family. Better to take a low paying job than wait for the one you will not get because you are to lazy to pull a few weeds or work in the fields as our grandfathers had to. It is obvious that you are stupid. I dont care if you have to shovel out a stable, at least your earning a living honetsly. Stop giving those who have no intentions of becoming a U.S. citizen a reason to cross the border. My tax money should work for my fellow AMERICANS, not a group who think they should have something for nothing and do no more than collect food stamps and welfare checks.

It is their own damn fault that Mexico is so corrupt, they need to stand onw their own two feet and fight for their country as we have for our own. The example they are setting for their own children should be enough to make them want to hide their shame...

Sick of Excuses....

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

I see that the Riverfront Times promotes discrimination against US citizens by this cowardly mexican.

anchovyrancher
anchovyrancher

@Renee' Free "Speach", at least it's English. Classic. 

anchovyrancher
anchovyrancher

@Renee' Did you remember to bring enough hate for all of us? You should at least learn to speak/write in your own language with a better than third grade proficiency before you get all huffy-puffy.

whataboutme
whataboutme

did you get this statement from the indians, i think they said the same thing after the boat-people landed here ?

fpaythepriceasyougo
fpaythepriceasyougo

dear paythepriceasyougo, you're an idiot. How's about you go back to whatever country your cowardly family came from, eh?

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

fpaythepriceasyougo why are you such a cowardly bully. too bad you are a total ignoramous, so ffpaythepriceasyougo!

 
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