Why Did Every Mexican's Great-Grandfather Fight Under Pancho Villa?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don't Mexicans spay or neuter their pets?

DEAR MEXICAN: I'm new to the San Antonio area and am enjoying exploring the many wonderful aspects of its history and culture. One thing has become incredibly bothersome to me, though: the plight of pet overpopulation. With so many resources available for spay/neuter assistance, I'm not certain why this continues to be a problem. I have been told Hispanic men fear the surgical procedure of neutering is an emasculating process. It is not. Perhaps one way of explaining this is if my husband had found out he had testicular cancer and the only way for him to survive was to remove his testicles, he would have this done to save his life, and he would still be very much a man. Pardon me being crude, but balls do NOT define a man or a man's dog. Spaying/neutering saves lives and makes for a healthier pet.

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DEAR GABACHA: I completely agree, and it's very appropriate you write from San Antonio, formerly the dog- and cat-euthanizing capital of the United States, according to a 2006 San Antonio Express-News story. A 2010 story in that paper also offers an explanation for Mexicans' reluctance to tinker with their pets' private parts, courtesy of America's favorite Mexican (and former illegal immigrant), César Millán. "Being a Latino myself, I know that many times we learn at an early age that neutering or spaying a dog changes their state of mind," the Dog Whisperer told the Express-News while doing promotion for spay/neutering awareness among local Mexis. "All my pack is spayed or neutered, and it doesn't change anything. It actually enhances their ability to be social with other dogs. It decreases frustration. Marking (urinating to claim territory), which is a big problem a lot of time for people, goes out of the behavior for dogs. So it's a lot of great things I want to share." The Mexican will only add it's not a machismo thing, that pet overpopulation is common in all poor communities, and the only social pathology Mexicans suffer from that comes directly from our culture and not other factors (class, geography, religion, etc.) is our irrational devotion to our perpetually underachieving Mexican soccer team.

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DEAR MEXICAN: Why did practically everybody's Mexican great-grandfather ride with Pancho Villa? And also know where he buried his treasure?

My Abuelito Rode With Zapata, Too

DEAR WAB: Same reason some gabachos say their great-great-grandmother was a Cherokee princess, and all Southerners claim their Confederate ancestors fought for states' rights (help me with the proper term to describe this phenomenon besides "delusional," historiadores). People love to identify with the romantic underdog, even if it stretches all logic in their own family tree. No Mexican would ever dare admit his ancestors were hacendados—admitting your abuelitos opposed Villa and Zapata and left Mexico because they were members of the upper class is one of the douche-iest things a Mexican can do and is as rare as a Mexican neighborhood without cars parked on the lawn.

 

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: All you Mexis who, this week, will become the first in your family to graduate from high school, receive a bachelor's degree, or earn a master's or doctorate—congratulations! Ustedes are intellectual chinga tu madres to the Know Nothings who say education doesn't matter to Mexicans. All this said, there still ain't enough of us, so remember to tutor, mentor and give back to your community—otherwise, our Reconquista is for naught.

 
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Yawn
Yawn

Well my great-great grand-daddy was a hacendado and was jailed for his role in the Revolution. On my dad's side they were leather craftsman and the only Villa connection was when he made them fashion saddles and "bullet things holders" and did not pay them. Then Carranza was tasked to go kill any Villista so they fled to USA! The other kin were Tejanos and to my surprise were high ranking Confederates. They made up for it in San Antonio politics. Signed, Not the first to graduate from college yee ha! Progress.

Abe Washington
Abe Washington

My Great Grandparents died forty years ago, my grandparents kicked the bucket 15 years ago, my mom and dad passed away 30-35years ago so I cannot verify anything.Every body has died or has moved away and are taking care of their own grand families.All I remember is that my Great Grandpa was a Harness racing "jockey" , I do not know when or where or how long, and they lived in the U.S.A for years and would go back and forth to New Mexico, California and Texas, Grandma was born in Silver City N.M. but when the revolution was happening large amount of our families from Jalisco (I think Santa Maria East, West North, South Somewhere I really do not know exactly) had to come over (of course on a train) Most settled in Orange by the Cypress Street then some of the family broke off and went to San Pedro, another group of the family went to East L.A. What I remember is that my Great Grandfather was not a revolutionary, he was a man who just wanted to live and survive, I think I vaguely remember also he was one of the men of the area he lived in who was watching out for Pancho Villa, and I heard that people where being killed so many were frightened who did not participate with Villa etc. So there was a mass exodus, not all at once but in spurts and rather quickly. That is all I know. I was a young adult when I heard this but I have nothing to prove it. Just an old story.Most of my memories of Grandpa Chiquito is seeing him from my Grandmas house sitting on the porch of his house next door masturbating in the wheel chair. Whatever!

Jp Myers
Jp Myers

Gustavo Ariano writes in his "Ask a Mexican"

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: All you Mexis who, this week, will become the first in your family to graduate from high school, receive a bachelor's degree, or earn a master's or doctorate—congratulations! Ustedes are intellectual chinga tu madres to the Know Nothings who say education doesn't matter to Mexicans. All this said, there still ain't enough of us, so remember to tutor, mentor and give back to your community—otherwise, our Reconquista is for naught.

Are you kidding? is this a joke? Reconquista?

Jeffrey Fuentes
Jeffrey Fuentes

My ancestors were hacendados, on both sides, albeit further south than what is now called Mexico. I have nothing to be ashamed of.

ess
ess

It should be "chinguen a su madre", not "chinga tu madres" which is grammatically incorrect.

Limon
Limon

I have both the Hacendados and the Revolutionaries; the funny thing is that they actually fought against each other in Chihuahua and then their children just one generation later ended up marrying each other (mis Abuelitos)…. As the saying goes “Make Love not War”

Downwiddit
Downwiddit

Es nada, mi gran gran abuelita era Malinche!

manny
manny

My antepasados were also hacendados and were incredibly wealthy. By the time my dad was of college age, there was no money left for him to attend college. He eventually immigrated into the US - with very little money - in 1946 to marry my mom (he met my mom in Mexico - she an L.A. native and US citizen, having been "repatriated" during the Depression).

Funny part is that I grew up with all of us parking the car on the lawn, and only finding out just a few years ago about how wealthy my antepasados were.

Pepe
Pepe

BTW, every Dutch person I ever met fought in the resistance against the Germans and hid Jews in their attic.

Pepe
Pepe

Aquí va mi mea culpa: Mis ancestros eran hacendados, porfiristas y violentamente opuestos a la Revolución. No me causa orgullo alguno decir esto y siento que el concepto de la Reforma Agraria (aunque quizá no cómo de hecho ocurrió) es absolutamente válido y justo.Y tampoco tengo un coche estacionado en el jardín.

Pepe
Pepe

Ariano? Really? His name is right there on the byline, Arellano, and you still couldn't spell it properly?Damn JP, you are one stupid fuck.

Chavez hated illegals
Chavez hated illegals

@Jp Myers, unfortunately, no. Gustavo like many of his countrymen believe than massive latino population growth will result in a lovely morenito nation where gabachos are displaced and la gente del sol live in peace and according to the customs of their ancestors. Which presumably means the cutting out of human hearts from sacrifice victims and rolling them down the steps of the local courthouse.

Que viva la raza.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Totally right, and I have NO idea how that last -s got in there...

Jeffrey Fuentes
Jeffrey Fuentes

Agricultural reform and college educated communists in my family caused my family to lose any significant wealth. The last generation to enjoy any privilege were my grandparents. All agricultural reform did is put the majority of land under foreign control. It was a farce.

Pepe
Pepe

Ha! And there's nothing you can do it about it except to bitch and whine while your sister/daughter/mother shacks up with a guy named Chuy!It must suck to be you, Gomer.

Dpineda0604
Dpineda0604

Wait Gustavo! Don't give in so easily. You used "chinga tu madres" correctly based on the context of your expression. Read it again and you will agree. @ess: your way makes no sense.

Pepe
Pepe

I hear you, that's why I said the concept is/was valid. The execution though...

Pepe
Pepe

Besides, who said anything about marriage? I'm merely talking about your kinfolk lavishing their attentions on Chuy's nutsack.

Pepe
Pepe

Whatever fucktard. One way or another, one of your close family members is going to wind up gargling some Mexican schlong. If you're lucky, it might even be you!

Chavez hated illegals
Chavez hated illegals

Not likely. Most interracial marriages involve chifladas going after white guys, pepito.

Dpineda0604
Dpineda0604

Sorry, but no @ess:

A. Gustavo's Expression: "Ustedes are intellectual "chinga tu madres" to the Know Nothings who say education doesn't matter to Mexicans."

B. Had Gustavo replaced "chinga tu madres" with "chinguen a su madre": "Ustedes are intellectual "chinguen a su madre" to the Know Nothings who say education doesn't matter to Mexicans."

In sentence A, I am interpreting "chinga tu madres" to be equal to "F*%#@ You's". The sentence is meant to be informal or in other words, slang.

Sentence B would only be grammatically correct if there was a period after the word intellectual.

BTW... Although vosotros is formally used in Castilian Spanish, it is rarely used in Mexico. Especially in the little ranchos. Nobody uses vosotros and chingad with a "d" at the end, is almost unheard of.

ess
ess

Sorry, but no...

Conjugacion del verbo chingar en presente del imperativo (yo) --(tú) chinga(usted) chingue(nosotros) chinguemos(vosotros) chingad(ustedes) chinguen

 
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