Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Lose-lose players

Too sad.
DAA has been intervened due to 4 individuals that played the lose-lose way.
Good news is there was an extremely generous win-win player Chairman, Yanqui Mike, that resigned before the whole chapter might have been de-certified.
God bless his soul.
God bless the hundreds of win-win souls that supported him and understood.
God help the other 4.
Watch for DAA elections in January 2009

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Futbol (Soccer - ¿?)

Esto sí que es coraje
Bravo Globo!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pan dulce!

Christmas/Navidad in/en Argentina is a PAN DULCE fiesta
and this is the award winner/y éste es el ganador de los premios:

For a review on the best Pan Dulce on planet Earth check here

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Coming soon..

Negrita will resume her mooing duties here soon.
She´s still recovering from a severe Baracowmania

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 07, 2008

Kucinich, one of my heroes

I am so glad that the most courageous congressman is still rocking!

Even when being called in all sort of nonsense ways (all brain damaged stupidities ) he struggled thru neo-con opinionated prejudices. This amazing man who fought against the Bush-it administration and the crimes against humanity is still hanging there.

I´m with you Sir.
It´s a privilege to be one of yours.

My only sin: I´ve not known you before...
I´m glad that at least an Argentinean like Viggo got so close as to bring you the support you deserve.

Bless you and please GO ON!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Real people

not "national polls", just click on the results

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Bailout and What's Next

Dennis Kucinich, America´s most courageous comgressman, writes:
(99 humbly supports)


Dear friends,

Yesterday marked a day that will go down in history, when Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike took on full responsibility to protect the interests of taxpaying Americans, and defeated the deceptive bail out bill, defying the dictates of the Administration, the House Majority Leadership, the House Minority Leadership and the special interests on Wall Street.

Obviously Congress must consider quickly another course. There are immediate issues which demand attention and responsible action by the Congress so that the taxpayers, their assets, and their futures are protected.

We MUST do something to protect millions of Americans whose homes, bank deposits, investments, and pensions are at risk in a financial system that has become seriously corrupted. We are told that we must stabilize markets in order for the people to be protected. I think we need to protect peoples' homes, bank deposits, investments, and pensions, to order to stabilize the market.

We cannot delay taking action. But the action must benefit all Americans, not just a privileged few. Otherwise, more plans will fail, and the financial security of everyone will be at risk.

The $700 billion bailout would have added to our existing unbearable load of national debt, trade deficits, and the cost of paying for the war. It would have been a disaster for the American public and the government for decades and maybe even centuries to come.

To be sure, there are many different reasons why people voted against the bailout. The legislation did not regard in any meaningful way the plight of millions of Americans who are about to lose their homes. It did nothing to strengthen existing regulatory structures or impose new ones at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve in order to protect investors. There were no direct protections for bank depositors. There was nothing to stop further speculation, which is what brought us into this mess in the first place.

This was a bailout for some firms (and investors) on Wall Street, with the idea that in doing so there would be certain, unspecified, general benefits to the economy.

This is a perfect time to open a broader discussion about our financial system, especially our monetary system. Such a discussion is like searching for a needle in a haystack, and then, upon finding it, discussing its qualities at great length. Let me briefly describe the haystack instead.

Here is a very quick explanation of the $700 billion bailout within the context of the mechanics of our monetary and banking system:

The taxpayers loan money to the banks. But the taxpayers do not have the money. So we have to borrow it from the banks to give it back to the banks. But the banks do not have the money to loan to the government. So they create it into existence (through a mechanism called fractional reserve) and then loan it to us, at interest, so we can then give it back to them.

Confused?

This is the system. This is the standard mechanism used to expand the money supply on a daily basis not a special one designed only for the "$700 billion" transaction. People will explain this to you in many different ways, but this is what it comes down to.

The banks needed Congress' approval. Of course in this topsy turvy world, it is the banks which set the terms of the money they are borrowing from the taxpayers. And what do we get for this transaction? Long term debt enslavement of our country. We get to pay back to the banks trillions of dollars ($700 billion with compounded interest) and the banks give us their bad debt which they cull from everywhere in the world.

Who could turn down a deal like this? I did.

The globalization of the debt puts the United States in the position that in order to repay the money that we borrow from the banks (for the banks) we could be forced to accept International Monetary Fund dictates which involve cutting health, social security benefits and all other social spending in addition to reducing wages and exploiting our natural resources. This inevitably leads to a loss of economic, social and political freedom.

Under the failed $700 billion bailout plan, Wall Street's profits are Wall Street's profits and Wall Street's losses are the taxpayers' losses. Profits are capitalized. Losses are socialized.

We are at a teachable moment on matters of money and finance. In the coming days and weeks, I will share with you thoughts about what can be done to take us not just in a new direction, but in a new direction which is just.

Thank you,

Dennis
www.Kucinich.us
216-252-9000 877-933-6647

PS Watch the 47 minute 'Money as Debt' animated documentary . This is a useful, though by no means definitive, introduction to the topic of debt and the monetary system. Let me know what you think.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Carne

Una mirada inteligente de un especialista sobre el futuro de la producción y comercialización de productos cárnicos en Argentina.


Sunday, September 07, 2008

Wake up America

Send a history-making message to US Congress:

1,000,000 signatures for impeachment.

On September 10, 2008, we want to deliver ONE MILLION signatures to the US Congress urging them to exercise their Constitutional authority and mandate to hold this President - and all future Presidents - accountable.

Please sign NOW!

And ask everyone you know to sign.

The power to change the world is in your hands!


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Strike 2 coming up

What you´re about to see in the movie is why a Strike 2 in Argentina is inevitable
and sooner than you expect.

Grass fed cattle ranchers are cornered by very little or zero margins. Everywhere in the beef producers´world ranchers are pushed for "innovative" solutions to keep on in the business.

Here in Argentina, land of the grass fed cattle, a deaf government is irresponsibly pushing ranchers to bankruptcy and they are already thinking in going back to the roads in protests.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Strike 1

On Monday morning I saw the cow coming right to the trough.
I noticed that she had lost some weight. She looked dirty and walked with a limp.
After a long drink she sat down and sighed. She looked terrible.

- I need a rest, she said.
- Hi Negrita! Everybody here was waiting for you. Where have you been?
- Hi 99. I was out there on the roads.
- On road 51? All this time?
- Not only on road 51, I walked all the way to road 9 in the North, to road 14 on the East, I even went to the Patagonia roads.
- You must be very tired Negrita. Why did you travel that much?
- I´m exhausted. 99, are you the only person in the country that doesn´t know what happened in the last 4 months...?

- I know a little. The campo made big headlines and the protest hit hard on all of us. Hey... I didn´t know you were an activist, please tell me more.
- When your very own flesh is in dangerous hands you have moo out loud, she said.

- Danger?

- Sure! Don´t you know that Argentina´s National debt payments depend on cow´s flesh? The value of the notes has my name and my herd friends names written on them. Look, prices of meat are linked to the value of the restructured Argentine External Debt bonds through INDEC indexes. While the government wants to keep the value down at all possible cost more and more cheap cattle are being slaughtered at younger ages... even pregnant cows are sent to the market! It´s not even about food it´s about money. You didn´t know? You´re supposed to know!

She gave me such a look that I shut up.

- I´ve been in the pickets all this time and talked to many others,

and she continued,

On road 205 I met truckmen striking in support of farmers and farmers helping them with food and shelter.

On road 8 I met an angry bull that told me about the past months drought in the North and the displacement of cattle for soy.

He also told me about the big soybean oil and cereals exporters and the tremendous deals they were doing by buying cheap from captive farmers and selling at very high prices without paying the right taxes.


- I read about that. It´s a shame, I said. Although it was crazy and violent even in the big towns you don´t think that I hid my head under the ground, do you?

- Of course not, I know you. Sorry if I was rude 99, she apologized. I am so tired and heard so many stupidities from fundamentalists in favor of the government measurements, she took a breath... allegedly to feed the poor people when they were only favoring soy plantation´s concentration in their own friends hands, she took another breath... I´m a little sensitive.
- Negrita, half of the people are below average, I said, trying to make her smile but it didn´t work. Try to look at the bright side, the Congress finally stood up and ended the escalation.
- Some people at the Congress did but the nonsense is still there. Have you heard any kind of change in the agricultural politics?
- Nope
- Me neither, she yawned. I gotta get some sleep 99, please wake me up when the hay truck comes there´s almost no grass to eat here. I´ll tell you more later...

- Sleep with the little angels Negrita.
I don´t think she heard me. She was already snoring.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Negrita?








- Where´s Negrita?



- I heard she´s coming back on Monday

- ah, ok. I´m sure she has a lot to tell us about the past 4 months...

- You bet!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Good Morning Buenos Aires Fiesta!

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

DAA Films #1 - Human Rights / Derechos Humanos

“THROUGH THICK & THIN”
STORIES OF LOVE AND DISCRIMINATION FROM SAME-SEX BI-NATIONAL COUPLES IN THE US

Democrats Abroad Argentina (DAA), under the auspices of the National Institute to Combat Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI) and in cooperation with the City of Buenos Aires Ministry of Culture, invites the public to attend the screening of the documentary "Through Thick & Thin". The film will be followed by a discussion with a panel of prominent journalists and political figures. The panel will be composed of Flavio Rapisardi, Coordinator for INADI Forums; Mike Skowronek, Chairman of DAA; Diego Trerotola, Cultural Coordinator for Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA); and Osvaldo Bazán, journalist, writer and entertainment critic who will moderate the discussion with audience participation.

As part of its program of outreach and community awareness, DAA has plans for regularly scheduled documentaries targeted toward the local public and US citizens residing in Argentina. Argentine film director, Sebastian Córdoba's award-winning work was chosen as the first of the series which will be screened in The City of Buenos Aires' famous Recoleta Cultural Center. The series is free of admission and open to the public.

"Through Thick & Thin" is a documentary film focusing on issues affecting thousands of same-sex bi-national couples in the United States. The moving portrayal of seven different couples, was filmed in the US, France, UK, Canada, Argentina and Brazil. It premiered in non-commercial circuits and festivals in 2007. Its director, Sebastian Córdoba, is an Argentine living for more than a decade in New York City. His own personal history places him in an excellent position to capture crucial moments in the lives of the seven couples and attest to their efforts to stay together despite legal difficulties and impediments, and wherever possible, in a legal, stable situation. The film also shows, unfortunately, that love sometimes does not conquer all.

The issue of immigration rights of same-sex couples is a highly sensitive issue and features highly on the political agendas of numerous civic organizations in the United States. Presently, more than 100 members on Capitol Hill support the "Uniting American Families Act." (UAFA, H.R. 2221, S. 1328) a U.S. bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws. It would permit permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents. The bill would also penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.

The UAFA was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on May 8, 2007 by New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). There are currently 99 Co-sponsors of this bill in the United States House of Representatives. It was introduced in the United States Senate on May 8, 2007 by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The initiative has been presented before the US Congress annually since 2000.

"Through Thick & Thin" has won awards in the most prestigious Latino, LGBT, and human rights film festivals in the United States, Spain and Latin America, including the "Big Three": the Frameline Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival, and New York's NewFest, among others.

The documentary also has the backing and support of many grassroots organizations and media, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) www.aclu.org Out4Inmigration www.o4i.org GLA www.glaad.org Love Exiles www.loveexiles.org , www.immigrationequality.org , Immigration Equality and Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org , all of which have played an important part in the acclaim the film has achieved in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Washington DC, Austin, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bilbao, and in the last Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

As always, DAA will have volunteers helping to register new voters and answering questions about the US election process. In this case, US legislative processes will also be discussed.


“CONTRA VIENTO Y MAREA”
HISTORIAS DE AMOR Y DISCRIMINACION DE PAREJAS BINACIONALES DEL MISMO SEXO EN EEUU

La agrupación Demócratas en el Exterior de Argentina, Democrats Abroad Argentina (DAA), con el auspicio del Instituto Nacional contra la Discriminación, la Xenofobia y el Racismo, INADI invita a asistir a la proyección del documental “Contra Viento y Marea”(“Through Thick & Thin”) y su posterior debate con un panel de personalidades. Contaremos con la presencia de Mike Skowronek, Presidente de DAA; Flavio Rapisardi, Coordinador de Foros del INADI; Diego Trerotola, Coordinador del Área Cultura de la CHA y Osvaldo Bazán periodista, escritor y crítico de espectáculos quién moderará el debate.

En el marco de sus actividades de divulgación y de concientización, DAA ha ideado una muestra mensual libre y gratuita de documentales destinada a público en general y a
ciudadanos americanos residentes en Argentina. Para ello ha elegido dar el puntapié inicial con la película de un director argentino.

“Contra Viento y Marea”(“Through Thick & Thin”) es un film documental que se centra en la problemática que afecta en los Estados Unidos a miles de parejas binacionales del mismo sexo. Haciendo foco en siete conmovedores casos, fue filmado en territorio estadounidense, Francia, el Reino Unido, Canadá, Argentina y Brasil y estrenado en circuitos no comerciales y festivales en 2007. Su Director, Sebastián Córdoba, es argentino y reside desde hace más de una década en la ciudad de Nueva York. Su propia historia personal lo ha situado en una inmejorable posición para captar los momentos decisivos en la vida de las siete parejas que en el film dan testimonio de sus esfuerzos por permanecer juntas a pesar de todas las dificultades e impedimentos legales y, dentro de lo posible, en una situación de derecho y estabilidad. Sin embargo, el film demuestra que, a pesar de todo, el amor no siempre todo lo puede.

El tema de los derechos de inmigración de las parejas del mismo sexo es un conflicto de alta sensibilidad, instalado en las agendas políticas de numerosas organizaciones civiles de los Estados Unidos. Más de cien legisladores impulsan actualmente en el Capitolio de los EEUU el proyecto de ley para unir familias, “Uniting American Families Act”. Dicho proyecto busca otorgar a las parejas del mismo sexo derechos similares a los que ya gozan las parejas heterosexuales. El proyecto de ley, presentado por el congresista demócrata por Nueva York Jerrold Nadler, reemplazará el término “esposo/a” por el de “pareja estable” en toda la normativa relacionada con los procedimientos, reglamentos y leyes relacionadas con la inmigración en este país. La iniciativa se ha estado presentando cada año desde 2000.

“Contra Viento y Marea”(“Through Thick & Thin”) ha sido premiado en los más prestigiosos festivales de cine latino, de derechos humanos y LGBT de los Estados Unidos, España y Latinoamérica, incluyendo el “Big Three” Frameline de San Francisco y el New York’s NewFest, entre otros.

El film cuenta además con el respaldo y apoyo de numerosas organizaciones de base y medios de prensa, entre los que se destacan la American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) www.aclu.org , Out4Inmigration www.o4i.org , GLAAD www.glaad.org, Love Exiles www.loveexiles.org , Inmigration Equality www.immigrationequality.org y Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org , las cuales han tenido un importante papel en la convocatoria que el film ha logrado en las salas donde hasta ahora se ha proyectado, con funciones especiales en las ciudades estadounidenses de Filadelfia, Nueva York, Los Ángeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Washington DC y Austin, en San Pablo y Río de Janeiro (Brasil), en Bilbao (España) y en el último Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia).

Como es habitual en cada actividad que realiza DAA habrá voluntarios ayudando a registrar a nuevos votantes y respondiendo preguntas acerca del proceso eleccionario. En este caso además se acercarán los conceptos de la legislación.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gracias Cobos

Gracias Vicepresidente Cobos por su votación de anoche y por terminar con la locura de los últimos 4 meses en Argentina.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

9 de Julio / 9th of July

Un día para celebrar con valentía y principios a tener presentes e imitar

Feliz 9 de Julio!

Nos los representantes de las Provincias Unidas en Sud América,
reunidos en congreso general, invocando al Eterno que preside el universo,
en nombre y por la autoridad de los pueblos que representamos, protextando al Cielo, a las naciones y hombres todos del globo la justicia que regla nuestros votos:
declaramos solemnemente a la faz de la tierra,
que es voluntad unánime e indubitable de estas Provincias romper los violentos vínculos que los ligaban a los reyes de España,
recuparar los derechos de que fueron despojados,
e investirse del alto carácter de una nación libre e independiente del rey Fernando séptimo, sus sucesores y metrópoli.
Quedan en consecuencia de hecho y de derecho con amplio y pleno poder para darse las formas que exija la justicia, e impere el cúmulo de sus actuales circunstancias.
Todas y cada una de ellas así lo publican, declaran y ratifican comprometiéndose por nuestro medio al cumplimiento y sostén de esta su voluntad bajo el seguro y garantía de sus vidas haberes y fama.
Comuníquese a quienes corresponda para su publicación.
Y en obsequio del respeto que se debe a las naciones, detállense en un manifiesto los gravísimos fundamentos impulsivos de esta solemne declaración.


Dada en la Sala de Sesiones, firmada de nuestra mano, sellada con el sello del Congreso y refrendada por nuestros Diputados Secretarios.
Francisco Narciso de Laprida, Diputado por San Juan, Presidente
Mariano Boedo, Vice Presidente, Diputado por Salta
Dr. Antonio Sáenz, Diputado por Buenos Aires
Dr. José Darragueira, Diputado por Buenos Aires
Fray Cayetano José Rodríguez, Diputado por Buenos Aires
Dr. Pedro Medrano, Diputado por Buenos Aires
Dr. Manuel Antonio Acevedo, Diputado por Catamarca
Dr. José Ignacio de Gorriti, Diputado por Salta
Dr. José Andrés Pacheco de Melo, Diputado por Chibchas
Dr. Teodoro Sánchez de Bustamante, Diputado por la Ciudad de Jujuy y su territorio
Eduardo Pérez Bulnes, Diputado por Córdoba
Tomás Godoy Cruz, Diputado por Mendoza
Dr. Pedro Miguel Aráoz, Diputado por la Capital del Tucumán
Dr. Esteban Agustín Gazcón, Diputado por la Provincia de Buenos Aires
Pedro Francisco de Uriarte, Diputado por Santiago del Estero
Pedro León Gallo, Diputado de Santiago del Estero
Pedro Ignacio Rivera, Diputado de Mizque
Dr. Mariano Sanchez de Loria, Diputado por Charcas
Dr. José Severo Malabia, Diputado por Charcas
Dr. Pedro Ignacio de Castro Barros, Diputado por La Rioja
Licenciado Gerónimo Salguero de Cabrera y Cabrera, Diputado por Córdoba
Dr. José Colombres, Diputado por Catamarca
Dr. José Ignacio Thames, Diputado por Tucumán
Fray Justo de Santa María de Oro, Diputado por San Juan
José Antonio Cabrera, Diputado por Córdoba
Dr. Juan Agustín Maza, Diputado por Mendoza
Tomás Manuel de Anchorena, Diputado de Buenos Aires
José Mariano Serrano, Diputado por Charcas, Secretario
Juan José Paso, Diputado por Buenos Aires, Secretario.


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

"Yes we Span" & "Unite for Change" in Buenos Aires

If you´re tired and ashamed of the Bush administration,
Come join us, TODAY!!
Puente de La Mujer, 1pm, Buenos Aires!

Click here for more info

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Video político

Video de una reunión del ex-presidente Kirchner con representantes de la industria y del campo.
Las Parejas (Santa Fe, Argentina), en el 2002

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I really don't know clouds at all

Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and they snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way that you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way

But now it's just another show
And you leave 'em laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away

I've looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It's love's illusions that I recall
I really don't know love
I really don't know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say I love you right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I've looked at life that way

Oh but now old friends they are acting strange
And they shake their heads and they tell me that I've changed
Well something's lost, but something's gained
In living every day

I've looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

It's life's illusions that I recall
I really don't know life
I really don't know life at all




Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Lone Ranger Creed

Was DNCC spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth having something else in mind...? mmm...
Why is it that the Lone Blogger reminds me of the Lone Ranger?
Let´s see...

In every incarnation of the character, the Lone Ranger has conducted himself by a strict moral code. This code was put in place by writer Fran Striker and actors Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, taking their positions as role models to children very seriously (I was one of them) also tried their best to live by this creed:

"I believe.....
That to have a friend, a man must be one.
That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
That 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.
That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.
In my Creator, my country, my fellow man."


So?

From very down-South in the planet, from the Pampas gaucho-land, from Democrats Abroad Argentina, the Lone Blogger YanquiMike was chosen to be the eyes and ears of local audiences online around the world.

The Lone Blogger is going to the 2008 Democrats Convention to blog for the worldwide
community
of US Democrats living abroad.

YM says: "... and I guarantee you that if I have something to say from the floor, I will say it."

LR says: "... all things change but truth, and truth alone, lives on forever."

Ok.

Now I see why YanquiMike reminds me of the Lone Ranger.

Except that h
e´s not alone; members in 164 countries, with 37 official country committees in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania are going to be able to feedback comments and thoughts through his blog online and while things happen at the floor.

Me too!



Sorry, Lone Ranger, I´m madly in love with somebody else now... things change... you know... as you said...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bloggers Unite - Human Rights

I want to join today´s challenge by honoring the human right to freedom of expression and opinion
Bloggers Unite
If you´ve ever been near a threatened or disturbed flock of sheep you know that the silence of the lambs is only an urban myth

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

María Lusa


- That was a hell of a tough drive back! I shouted as I stepped down from my old Taunus
- Lot of mud in the road, eh? asked Negrita
- Yeah, and with such a small rain! I kept complaining

- Take a break and have a mate. You seem to need it.
- Ok, I´m still shaking, I told the cow while turning on the stove. By the way, I passed your friend María Lusa while coming here but I couldn´t stop the car without the chance of getting stuck. I just waived at her. She seemed to be heading into town.

- I know. She greeted us good bye this morning because she´s on her way to find her roots.
- What do you mean?
- Actually, she always had that urge but was postponing the trip until she read a recent article on genetic hoof-prints. She wants a mitochondrial DNA exam.

- Why? What for?, I asked very intrigued
- When she was brought from the North as a very young calf she looked like any of the kids around but as months passed she grew differently. Her head was shorter and broader and she began to show horns.
- Go ahead, Negrita.
- Well, those horns drove her crazy. None of us here have them.
- So what? It´s natural that you don´t have horns, you´re an Aberdeen Angus. I still don´t get it.
- That´s the point. It´s easy to feel comfortable when you know like I do where you´re coming from. Just because of my lack of horns I can trace my ancestors all the way up to the first founder cow, Black Meg, crossed in Scotland between Angusshire and Aberdeenshire in the 19th century.
- Sorry Negrita, I think that´s a very self-limiting belief. Are you going to tell me that you see the pastures greener because you know you´re an Angus?
- No, that´s not the po..., tried Negrita
- If she had shared that feeling with me, I interrupted her, I would have told her the name of her town of origin, the truck that brought her here, the name of her parents, anything I know! Or I could have helped her investigate more... Anyway, why should anybody feel more or less happy just because of their race?

- Moooo! Stop and listen to me 99! She knows where she came from and all those things you mention. She knows she came from Brazil. Her problem are those horns. One large horn growing outward and bending down and the other short, going forward and then pointing upward... That´s very confusing. She wants to know at least if she´s a Bo Taurus or a Bo Indicus.
- Brazilian cattle came from Portugal. Isn´t that enough? We all have short family trees in
South America... no more than a couple of generations. What´s the difference?
- I know. But y
ou can´t blame her for wanting to know how her own offspring are going to be able to deal with heat, cold, hunger, thirst, diseases, how deep is her genetic reservoir. If she comes from the 16th century "pé-duro" that the Conquistadores brought at first is one thing. A very different thing is if she´s an Alentejana, Barrosã, Mirandesa, Alistana, Tudanca, Mertolenga, etc. any 19th century breed migration.

- Ok. I´m sorry. I´m so used to people using racist comments that I thought you guys were into that too.
- Oh no! We don´t care about that. We care about life, 99
- ... you scared me... I thought you had identity problems... Chau Negrita, my water is boiling...
- Chau 99, and please calm down.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

TEMPORARILY OUT

sorry,
99

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Hell on Earth

-Hi there 99. I have just received news from my friends from the former neighbor´s tambo.
-Hi Negrita. I´m a little busy right now, but tell me are there good news?
-Good and bad, said the cow.
-Go ahead, shoot.
-Well it seems that my Holando-Argentina best friend got so popular that she´s on stamps!
-Wow... and why´s was that?

-Because of her spots
-...?
-Her spots turned out to be the world map. I think that´s why she was always looking at the airplanes.



-So, she´s being photographed?
-Nah... she´s not the model type. She goes to schools to teach geography to the children.

-And the bad news?
-The other cows were sent to Hell on Earth: the feedlot.

-God bless their souls Negrita...
-I´ll pray for them tonight 99...


please don´t miss this link: http://www.ethicurean.com/2008/02/17/hallmark-recall/