Open Thread: Mexico For The Win

This made me smile.

Open thread

(Also – anyone who asked me a question in the bottom of this thread, I answered)

67 replies
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    JGabriel says:

    THAT …

    is the best laugh I’ve gotten from anything online in weeks.

    It’s just brilliant. One of the best trolls ever.

    Thanks, TaMara.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    Eh. I didn’t like their characterization that a “big part” of Americans don’t like Mexico. Most Americans aren’t like the redneck dweebs in that video.

    I did think that guy who was all “That’s bullshit!” was pretty funny when he said, “What if I want to take my wife?”. They call those kinds of people in the UK “benefits scroungers”. Like a 20-30% discount for him wasn’t enough.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    That ad is wild! Absolutely hysterical! Where do I go to sign up for their DNA test?!?

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    Timurid says:

    Will Borat be flying the plane?

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    JGabriel says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:

    Eh. I didn’t like their characterization that a “big part” of Americans don’t like Mexico.

    1. 46% of the Americans who voted in the last Presidential election voted for Donald Trump.

    2. Given Trump’s repeated anti-Mexican rhetoric and propaganda calling them rapists, drug-runners, murderers, and so on, it’s safe to say that no one who voted for Trump likes Mexico or Mexicans. At the very least, 46% of American voters dislike Mexico enough, or are so indifferent towards hatred of it, that they are indistinguishable from people who hate it.

    3. Which makes it reasonable to conclude that a big part of America (46%) doesn’t like Mexico.

    I don’t like that so many Americans are bigoted towards our neighbors to the south, either, but it’s a pretty inescapable and undeniable conclusion.

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    joax says:

    Well, as one who lives in Oaxaca, all I can say, you have no idea what you are missing. This place is so popular right now with people from all over the world. Food, culture, art, history, mezcal and the warmest most welcoming people you can imagine. Plus, meat and produce as good as it gets.

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    Gravenstone says:

    I got a kick out of Mr. 22% -“That’s bullshit!”

    Dude, you maybe need to have a chat with your grandparents. There may be something they’re hiding from you …

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    cain says:

    Man, that add is full of win. It’s too bad it wasn’t Vincente Fox that was doing the interviewing. :D

    Speaking of such, my mom has been glued to the TV for the past 3-4 weeks watching Longmire. She just came in to inform she is on her last 3 shows and doesn’t know what to watch next!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Mr 22% is no spring chicken. His grandparents might not be available to answer questions.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:
    I meant to say that I thought that 22% guy was funny. I guess I had a brainfart or something.
    I liked that part too!
    I guess you’re right. I just wish the narration had acknowledged that #NotAllAmericans are like the Trumpists.

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    plato says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:

    Most Americans aren’t like the redneck dweebs in that video.

    Define most americans.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Haven’t you ever heard of mediums? //

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    plato says:

    Sorry betsy, you get only 3%. The jawdrop was hilarious.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @cain: my wife has been friends with Bailey Chase since high school. Super nice guy, and golden retriever owner. Only black mark is the degree from Duke.

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    Aleta says:

    plato: Even her hat drooped.

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    Damn, that’s good. I wish I were part Mexican. I wonder how Mexican Trump is. Shit, for a discount, he’d pay his lawyers to fake Mexican heritage.

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    Aleta says:

    “If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
    Mary Oliver, Don’t Hesitate from Swan)

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:
    Yes. They are a variety of con artist.

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    Elizabelle says:

    That’s hilarious. Thank you, TaMara.

    Sadly, I do not foresee any AeroMexico discounts. (And I do want to see Oaxaca!)

    But if Lufthansa was offering a discount …

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    That was absolutely hilarious. I found the 22% guy asking for a potential discount for his wife to be the icing on the cake.

    @Aleta: So sad that she’s gone…

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    ljt says:

    @Aleta: My daughter posted the following on instagram today. Thought it was an odd coincidence, then googled and found out she passed today. I wish I’d discovered her sooner.

    “You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.”
    thank you for all the kind and lovely reminders of what’s important, mary. #maryoliver

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    Elizabelle says:

    @joax: Lucky bug! Oaxaca is on my 2-year bucket list. Maybe you could do an On the Road for us?

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I agree. I used the “//” to show I wasn’t being serious and was making a joke.

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    @Steve in the ATL: OMG. Have loved him forever. Saving Grace! Longmire! Buffy! Lucifer!

    I mean, hey, I know who he is. LOL

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    Baud says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:

    Wait, I thought “//” meant extremely serious.

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    Emma says:

    I am on the phlegmy phase of a cold. Coughing and hysterical laughter do not mix.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @joax: O, I am dying to visit Oaxaca some day!

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    rikyrah says:

    Great trolling😂😂

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    AJ says:

    Could we have a thread to honor Mary Oliver?

    So sad

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @joax: @Elizabelle: @Miss Bianca: obviously, we need a BJ meet up in Oaxaca. How does everyone look next Wednesday?

    ETA: and don’t say “Fabulous!!!”

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    I can see how you might think that, considering Adam uses it a lot (;p), but nope. It’s supposed to be like “/s”. Also too, you forgot your “//”.

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    plato says:

    Trump team's collusion denials:

    1) No contact
    3) Contacts not *planned*
    4) Okay planned, but not re: campaign
    5) Okay, but not meaningful or used
    6) Collusion is not a crime
    7) Can't collude if you don't know Putin
    8) Repeat 6
    9) Maybe *someone* colluded
    — Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) January 17, 2019

    This is like dog rules

    1. The dog is not allowed in the house.

    2. OK, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.

    3. The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.

    4. The dog can get on the old furniture only.

    5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed
    to sleep with the humans on the bed.

    6. OK, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.

    7. The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not
    under the covers.

    8. The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.

    9. The dog can sleep under the covers every night.

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    plato says:

    Neal Katyal: "Straight out of the organized-crime playbook. The boss says, 'There was no conspiracy.' Then prosecutors prove there was a conspiracy … Then the defense shifts to, 'Okay, there was a conspiracy, but the boss didn’t know anything about it.'"
    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 17, 2019

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    FelonyGovt says:

    That’s pretty funny. Mexico is such a beautiful, warm welcoming country. The venom directed against it makes me angry (then again lots of things make me angry these days)

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Now, that sounds wonderful! : )

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    WaterGirl says:


    Rules for the Cat:

    The cat is not allowed on the furniture.

    Alright, the cat can do on the furniture, but NOT the kitchen counter.

    OK, the cat can go on the kitchen counter too, just not when I’m preparing food. Deal?

    Fine… The cat can go wherever it wants, whenever it wants, as long as it doesn’t swat me in the face at 5:30 in the morning demanding to be fed.

    The cat will be fed at 5:30 in the morning.

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    lamh36 says:

    Evening BJ peeps!

    How’s everyone doing?

    Today for the first night of classes for the Spring semester. I’m taking 2 classes this semester on Mon and Thurs. Tonight was the first night of Health Care Law. Monday classes begin after MLK day (Jan 28).

    It’s only 2 classes, but looking at the syllabus for each and they look intensive. The teacher tonight was pretty cool. Hopefully the Monday teacher is as well

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    Virginia says:

    This ad is hi-lair-ious! We are 150 miles from Laredo. Mexico City is the most fabulous city in the world. This ad is giving me all the grins.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @FelonyGovt: just remember to choose “plata” when you’re offered “plata o plomo”

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    lamh36 says:

    Alright soo how’s about some movie news?

    2 trailers new trailers came out this week…the Spiderman (live-action) sequel, “Far From Home” and MOST IMPORTANTLY… the offical trailer for John Wick3!!

    ICYMI, here it is:

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019 Movie) Official Trailer – Keanu … via @YouTube

    Keanu and co can just go on ahead and take my money!

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    plato says:


    ME: So you want to go inside, right?
    DOG: I’ve never wanted anything more in my entire life
    ME: Alright great
    [5 seconds later]
    DOG: I’ve changed my mind

    — Welcome Matt (@theguywitheyes) December 28, 2018

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    Viva BrisVegas says:


    She just came in to inform she is on her last 3 shows and doesn’t know what to watch next!

    Try Yellowstone.

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    joax says:

    @Elizabelle: Glad to. Come on down. The more the merrier… before they build El Muro to keep the gringos out…. No, that’s never gonna happen….

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @joax: y’all should build a wall and make us pay for it!

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    FelonyGovt says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Yes! And i even know what those mean!

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    Gravenstone says:

    @WaterGirl: Sounds about right. Except my littlest asshole cat starts in around 90 minutes ahead of my alarm. He’ll just absolutely starve to death if I don’t feed him nownownownow!

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    plato says:

    making a commercial in which oxygen respects women so people offended by it will asphyxiate themselves in protest
    — Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) January 17, 2019

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    Jay says:

    In your latest edition of “How the MSM Fails the USA”, Digby has a post up about a study that shows Bloat support falls bigly when supporters realize he’s not a “self made man”, and instead a sperm lottery winner.

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    Gravenstone says:

    Is our Republicans learning? Someone must have recognized the bad look of them heading to Davos after Trump’s tantrum today, so they just canceled the US delegation.

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    Heidi Mom says:

    @cain: I can sympathize. I hope she finds the ending as satisfying as I did.

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    HinTN says:


    All of my life I was a bride, married to amazement

    Mary Oliver

    A glorious epitaph

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    HinTN says:


    Bloat support

    Thank you for that.

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    No One You Know says:

    @ljt: I hold onto this one a lot. I keep Oliver’s book Dream Work by my bed.

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    Jay says:


    Sounds like a garment that men don’t admit buying.

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    Aleta says:


    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.

    💚 ⚡️

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    Sebastian says:


    Halle *swoon*

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    Kent says:

    @Viva BrisVegas:

    She just came in to inform she is on her last 3 shows and doesn’t know what to watch next!

    She want another detective show with a guy in a cowboy hat? How about Justified? Season 2 or 3 with Margo Martindale playing the crime family matriarch is just epic.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Kent: that’s exactly what my wife did after she finished Longmire!

    Natalie Zea….

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    JanieM says:

    For me it’s this bit:

    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.

    So on the one hand, sadness that Oliver is gone. And on the other, I laughed till I cried at the Alexandra Petri piece posted by @MattF.

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    Steeplejack says:


    And they probably still have to pay for the hotel rooms or at least lose the deposits.

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    Aleta says:


    WHEN I AM AMONG TREES by Mary Oliver

    When I am among the trees,
    especially the willows and the honey locust,
    equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
    they give off such hints of gladness.

    I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
    I am so distant from the hope of myself,
    in which I have goodness, and discernment,
    and never hurry through the world
    but walk slowly, and bow often.
    Around me the trees stir in their leaves
    and call out, “Stay awhile.”

    The light flows from their branches.
    And they call again, “It’s simple,”
    they say, “and you, too, have come
    into the world to do this, to go easy,
    to be filled with light, and to shine.”

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    satby says:

    @joax: I’m not missing it, I’m in Mexico City right now! And it’s gorgeous, the food is excellent, the weather is perfect, and if we don’t get rid of Trump I may just expatriate here!

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    JanieM says:

    @Aleta: Thanks.

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    satby says:

    @Elizabelle: I flew roundtrip for about $325.00 on Southwest Airlines out of Chicago. Cheapest flight available when I booked.

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    inspectrix says:

    longtime lurker who loves Mary Oliver.
    This one I sink into when I want to contemplate the bittersweetness of parenthood and mortality.

    In Blackwater Woods from American Primitive

    Look, the trees
    are turning
    their own bodies
    into pillars

    of light,
    are giving off the rich
    fragrance of cinnamon
    and fulfillment,

    the long tapers
    of cattails
    are bursting and floating away over
    the blue shoulders

    of the ponds,
    and every pond,
    no matter what its
    name is, is

    nameless now.
    Every year
    I have ever learned

    in my lifetime
    leads back to this: the fires
    and the black river of loss
    whose other side

    is salvation,
    whose meaning
    none of us will ever know.
    To live in this world

    you must be able
    to do three things:
    to love what is mortal;
    to hold it

    against your bones knowing
    your own life depends on it;
    and, when the time comes to let it
    to let it go.

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    mapaghimagsik says:

    This ad really made my day. Sadly, I don’t think I’d get much of a discount, but I’ve been to Mexico four times. I enjoyed each visit, even to the traditional “tourist” areas. The hospitality was top notch.

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