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If You Love Chilaquiles, This Is Right Up Your Alley

Chilaquiles are genius.

Whoever invented chilaquiles is a genius. GENIUS. In all caps. It’s a dish made out of tortillas. TORTILLAS.

Tortillas are something you usually use as a vessel for your main dish. A tortilla is something you wrap around other food. Sometimes you roll ’em up and eat them along with something else. Like menudo. Barbacoa. Sopa de fideo.

Or you tear off a piece and use it to scoop up beans, some kind of sauce, or eggs.

Tortillas are there to make an assist. Tortillas are unselfish. They have no ego. Tortillas aren’t worried about being the star of the show. They just want everyone to win.

Now, whoever invented chilaquiles is a genius. Einstein level genius. Nikola Tesla level genius. One day, someone probably woke up with a mean ass cruda and decided, “I’m gonna make a dish out of these disks that I usually use to scrape my plate at the end of a meal.” So they grabbed a knife and cut up a bunch of old tortillas. Old *stale* tortillas. Thats what make this even more genius.


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CREDIT: Credit: RubyDW / flickr

Whoever invented this said, “Hmm… which item in my kitchen is on the verge of being unusable? Ah! these graying tortillas!”


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CREDIT: Credit: masaassassin / flickr

Stay with me.

So this person throws the tortillas in a pan and adds salsita. Sprinkles a little cheese on top. That’s it. Tortillas, YOU are the star of the show.


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CREDIT: Credit: masaassassin / flickr

Finally.

And guess what, tortillas? You’re delicious. You can carry a meal all by your own damn self. And chilaquiles, you’re the best company when nursing a hangover.

Who knew? The genius who invented chilaquiles.

Who the hell decides to make a dish out of tortillas!? The genius who invented chilaquiles, that’s who.

And tortillas came through in the clutch. After all those days of scooping up frijoles and huevitos morning after morning. With no complaints. Just there to make the assist.

Then someone added eggs. They were like, “Yo, eggs, how bout you give this assist shit a try? Tortillas have had your back since day one.” And guess what? Eggs were like, “Fuck it, tortillas, it’s your time to shine.”


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CREDIT: Credit: Omar Villegas

Now, if you still haven’t realized how next level this shit is, think of it this way.

Hot dog buns.

Like tortillas, hot dog buns are there to make the assist. They’re there to protect delicious warm meat. They’re the supporting actor.

Imagine one day looking at a bag of moldy ass hot dog buns (that you’ve had in your kitchen since 4th of July because throwing ’em away the next day would make you feel like a dick) and saying, “You know what would hit the spot right now? A dish made out of hot dog buns!”


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CREDIT: Credit: bankbryan / flickr

How would you even make that work?

Would you sauté them in ketchup and mustard? No thanks. That shit sounds gross.

Would you cut up a bunch of stiff hot dog buns and add a little chili and cheese? (OK, that actually sounds kinda appetizing, but for the sake of my argument let’s pretend it’s super gross).

Would wieners even be willing to play second fiddle to hot dog buns? Probably not (because hot dogs only come around a few times a year and tortillas are there every. damn. day). Shit, tortillas are always down to fill in for hot dog buns when they’re not around. That’s how unselfish tortillas are.

I’m pretty sure no one has ever considered making a dish out of hot dog buns. Why would they? It’s a weird-ass idea.

But the genius who invented chilaquiles took a look at tortillas and said, “Yo, I think you can do this.”

And tortillas killed it.

And by proving tortillas could be the star of the show, someone else ended up creating nachos.

Can you imagine a world without chilaquiles and nachos?

Genius.


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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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