August 26th, 2008

Inadequate Blackmail

  • 'Daddy Yankee called Mr. McCain “a fighter for the Hispanic community” and “a fighter for the immigration issue.’’ Mr. McCain, who noted that his wife, Cindy, had gone to Central High School, said, “I just want to say thank you, Daddy Yankee.’’ ' :: (thx, bracken)
  • "The Boston Police Department is proud and pleased to announce that this year’s Caribbean Festival was conducted in a successful manner as thousands attended and enjoyed this year’s festival and parade. The Boston Police Department did make 23 arrests. Of the 23 arrests, four were made in connection to gun-related offenses. In addition to the arrests, the department is pleased to announce the safe and successful return of several children lost during the festivities. … Moreover, Operation PAWS, a citywide warrant program conducted to combat and prevent gang violence, was employed the week leading up to this year’s festival. As a result of Operation PAWS, Boston Police arrested 56 individuals. In addition to the above, numerous intelligence gathering efforts, information analysis and video surveillance provided essential aid and support to all officers assigned to the festival." :: report includes blotter of incidents from the festival
  • "Boston police are crediting the success of this year's Caribbean Festival to the arrests made before the event. … 'The crowd was not as big as it usually is but it was very peaceful, and I didn't see any rowdy behavior,' said parade marcher Diana Peterkin. 'I felt comfortable. I felt safe.' Festival organizers supported the sweep, saying they didn't want the festival to be ruined by a few criminals. In addition to the 56 captured, police also arrested 23 other people. Four of those arrested face gun-related charges."
  • "Nearly 100 Boston police officers fanned out across the city yesterday and arrested dozens of suspected gang members and alleged criminals as part of an aggressive preemptive strike against violence at today's Caribbean Festival, a cultural event that has often been marred by shootings and stabbings. … Shirley Shillingford , president of the carnival, said the efforts are necessary. 'When you think about the amount of money that people put into paying for their costumes and the amount of work that goes into putting together this event, it would be really pathetic to see even one person come out and do anything that will give a bad image to the carnival that we work so hard to put on,' she said. 'It takes a drop of poison to contaminate a whole bucket of water.' "
  • "Have you ever thought that you're also raw meat?" :: félix jiménez y miguel rodríguez casellas offer some theoretic-poetics on "corned beef chic, or the audacity of contempt"
  • ' "Ambient advertising"—the business of putting adverts in public spaces—is a booming industry. It has outgrown all other advertsing sectors in the last three years. In 1995, it hauled in profits of £10 million. In 1998, these have grown to about £58m. It has taken the metaphorical advertising phrase of "selling space" literally, snatching up the places where your eye falls, and—in that pervasive new corporate ethos—making them work harder. ' (via shaviro/

videyoga ::


  • 1. Iván  |  August 26th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    People here in Spain generally think that the Latin population in the US will always go for whoever candidate the republicans put forward, which of course I obviously know it’s an unfair generalization. Furthermore, Spaniards feel perplexed at the -from our point of view- incongruous idea of a Latin voting McCain… and I have to say that I was rather perplexed at reading the news of Daddy Yankee’s endorsement of the republican candidate.

    That said, there’s a funny bit in the video when you can see McCain clapping and smiling like a teenager in front of his idol… didn’t he think this kind of popularity was pernicious for politics or something like that???!!!

    Un saludo!!!

  • 2. raquelzrivera  |  August 27th, 2008 at 7:44 am

    My favorite commentary on the Daddy Yankee endorsement so far is from poet/scholar Urayoan Noel:

    “Daddy Yankee endorses Abuelo Yankee…perfecto!

    I can’t wait for the offshore drilling campaign ads with La Gasolina soundtrack.”

  • 3. wayneandwax  |  August 27th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Abuelo Yankee! jajajajajajaja

  • 4. Lamin  |  August 28th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Fat Joe Calls Daddy Yankee A ‘Sellout’ For Endorsing John McCain

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  August 29th, 2008 at 7:45 am

    thanks, for pointing me to that, lamin! strong words from fat joe. of course, reading the comment thread makes me almost as depressed as hearing about yankee’s republican endorsement. artists/rappers can’t have political opinions? criticizing another’s political endorsement is somehow off limits b/c “it’s their opinion”? sheesh.

  • 6. Raquel Z. Rivera  |  August 29th, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Yes! Thanks to Lamin for the MTV News link. And, I hear you, Wayne regarding the depressing comment thread. Man, I was celebrating. I never heard Fat Joe make so much sense!

    And on a side note, have you seen the rumors that Daddy Yankee tried to endorse Obama first? (Fox News,, El Nuevo Dia… I have the links in my blog).

    And a witty but classist take on the irony of the Daddy Yankee endorsement, considering that Puerto Ricans residing in Puerto Rico can’t vote in the presidential elections. Check fake news outlet El Ñame: Daddy Yankee Endosa a McCain; Cacos Ya Saben Por Quién NO Podrán Ir a Votar. In Inglich: “Daddy Yankee Endorses McCain; Thugs Now Know Who They Won’t Be Able to Vote For.”

  • 7. Nina  |  August 29th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    The El Name headline is priceless!

  • 8. Sean  |  September 2nd, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I thought Fat Joe’s critique of Yankee was on point.

  • 9. wayneandwax  |  September 9th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Interesting blog post criticizing Yankee, as well as a softball interviewer, for continuing to (ignorantly) support McCain b/c of his (former) stance on immigration —


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I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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