Dia de los Muertos


Keeping this simple with a connection to a page on the history and observances of the Day of the Dead


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21 Responses to Dia de los Muertos

  1. patd says:

    Jamie, thanks for linking that info (I hadn’t realized the distinction of the 2 days). here’s an excerpt:

    They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.


  2. Flatus says:

    In first or second grade when we learned how to spell Hallowe’en, we learned the reason for the apostrophe, which parallels Jamie’s topic du jour.


  3. Flatus says:

    And why do broadcasters insist on calling lecterns podiums? What do they call podiums?

    Imagine this report, “Rubio mounted Fiorina’s podium.” Whatta deviant rascal.


  4. Flatus says:

    Reading Tony’s comments at the end of the last thread, I’m glad that I’m not the only one to be disgusted by the statements made by OUR new Speaker on MtP yesterday. He couldn’t wait to say that he wasn’t going to enter into any legislative effort with OUR President because he wasn’t trustworthy.

    What chutzpah and what BS. When he was on the ticket last time around, I thought he was a self-serving bastard; now that has been proven.


  5. patd says:

    from http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/john-oliver-unveils-secret-weapon-versus-china-kenny-g-20151102
    As Rolling Stone noted in May 2014, the smooth jazz saxophonist’s “Going Home” has become the country’s unofficial anthem for the end of the work day, boosting Kenny G’s popularity in that country (except when he’s posing for photos with Hong Kong protesters). “All I know is when they play this song, it’s quitting time,” Kenny G said of the phenomenon.


  6. patd says:

    more re john oliver from
    As for why Oliver didn’t want Trump on Last Week Tonight, in addition to avoiding the primaries as a topic in general, the host explained, “I don’t even have anything to say to [Trump]. He’s said everything he wants to say. He has no internal monologue, so it’s not like you’re going to find the secret nugget he’s been holding back. He’s an open book, and that book doesn’t have many interesting words in it.”


  7. patd says:

    from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/11/02/two-hours-a-dozen-candidates-and-a-mutiny-inside-the-gop/
    Not only was Trump effectively dictating the terms of the debates — after all, he’d lobbied for the CNBC debate to be shortened — but he seemed to have a batphone while every other candidate was begging for information.

    and from https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/11/02/morning-plum-republicans-shoot-themselves-in-foot-with-latinos-again/
    Republicans are pulling out of their only scheduled debate that would be aired on a Spanish-language TV network. So Democrats may respond by holding a second gathering aired on one.
    The Spanish-language network Telemundo is in talks with the Democratic National Committee about possibly scheduling a new candidate forum with the Dem presidential candidates, after the Republican National Committee canceled its debate on NBC News and the NBC-owned Telemundo to protest CNBC’s handling of last week’s gathering, sources familiar with ongoing discussions tell me.
    Indeed, one of the GOP campaigns — that of Jeb Bush — is actually protesting the decision to cancel the NBC/Telemundo debate, and demanding that Telemundo be reinstated, presumably because Latino outreach would be good not just for Jeb Bush, but for the GOP overall. Guess which GOP candidate is opposing a reinstatement of Telemundo? Yep: Donald Trump. All this comes after GOP establishment types went into full-scale panic earlier this fall over the damage Trump — with his call for mass deportations and suggestion that Mexican immigrants are rapists — may already be doing to the GOP brand among Latinos. And it comes as incoming House Speaker Paul Ryan is renewing his pledge not to act on immigration reform while Obama is president.


  8. patd says:

    from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/11/02/hillary-clinton-hispanic-vote-trump/74870274/
    Hispanic Republicans have long warned that their party’s recent rhetoric would be Clinton’s greatest mobilization tool. Now the evidence is coming in, said Mario Lopez, a Republican and president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. An ad sponsored by an outside group, People for the American Way, is airing on Spanish-language radio programs in Virginia, urging Hispanics to vote to “shut Trump’s big mouth.”


  9. Tony says:

    Trump campaign to negotiate directly with TV networks on debate formats
    By Robert Costa and David Weigel
    “It also underscores the Trump campaign high command’s pattern of occasionally working with fellow party outsiders — they are friendly with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson — but otherwise operating on their own, rather than in close coordination with GOP rivals or the Republican National Committee, which has been coordinating debates.”


  10. Tony says:

    Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t believe in evolution, and he wants you to know it
    by Hunter


  11. Tony says:

    Ben Carson Cements First-Place Status, Leads Trump in New Poll
    by Josh Feldman
    These Republican’s are very scary!


  12. Tony says:

    RNC Learns They’re No Longer in Control
    by Taylor Marsh
    “THE TRUTH is exactly what Governor Chris Christie expressed on “Morning Joe” on Monday, which was proven through the immediate backlash against the CNBC debate. Let the moderators ask whatever they want, because new and social media connections make reviews immediate, and when they resonate, viral, too. Everyone has biases, but how a candidate responds to what comes at him or her in the form of a debate question has a way of evening out. If the politician is ready to be president in the new and social media era.

    President Obama said it best.

    What Republican candidates this year deserve is to face the audio carnival barkers that produced the outsiders that now stand on the stage. Of course, I’m referring to the right-wing radio raconteurs who have been waiting for this moment for a long time.

    So, now Donald Trump is negotiating his own terms and everyone thinks he’s a hero.

    If Hillary Clinton tried such a ballsy move the press would barbecue her for impersonating Evita Peron again.

    The Republican National Committee is under siege.

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz feels Reince Priebus’s pain.

    What no one can answer is whether the wide open media free for all, with all of its options and avenues to circumvent traditional mediums, will produce an outsider Republican nominee that has little chance in prevailing during the general election.

    Jeb can fix it, right?”


  13. Tony says:

    Megyn Kelly Mocks GOP Letter Debate Demands: You Want a Foot Massage Too?
    by Josh Feldman
    Ha ha, it’s even too much for Fox so-called news..


  14. patd says:

    6 candidates on the wall, 6 candidates on the wall. take them down, turn them around and one of them takes a fall. 5 candidates on the wall, 5 candidates on the wall. take them down, turn them around and one of them hears the call. 4 candidates on the wall, 4 candidates on the wall. take them down, turn them around and one of them has to fall, 3 candidates on the wall… and so on ’til we’re drunk


    • patd says:

      be sure to click on the above at 2:53 minutes in for his main message which is “We can’t solve any of the problems that this nation must address until we fix the crippled and corrupted institution of Congress first.”


  15. patd says:

    The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore Pushes Rand Paul To ‘Keep It 100’ On Donald Trump


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