A very wonderful drink made with one-shot kaluha and one-shot tequila and a little 151 on top. The rum is then lit on fire and the drink taken through a straw all at once. I have quite a bit of experience with this drink and let me tell you, 8 of these babies in about 3 minutes will get you sufficiently tanked.

La Cucaracha is a Mexican folk song, its satirical verses originating from the time of the Mexican revolution. It is closely associated with figures such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. It has many verses, which can vary from incarnation to incarnation. The chorus, however, goes:

La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tiene, porque le falta
Marihuana que fumar

Which in English means:

"The cockroach, the cockroach
Can't walk anymore
Because he doesn't have, because he lacks
Marijuana to smoke"

The last line might explain why you probably didn't learn that in your high school Spanish class. A search on Google will in fact reveal that there are several censored versions of this chorus, which do not make reference to a pothead insect.

But, of course, we should not take la cucaracha overly literally. Chances are, la cucaracha was not an actual cockroach, but a satirical symbol for a Mexican revolutionary.

It's also a political cartoon done by Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and syndicated through Universal Publishing Syndicate, which started in 2002.

It follows the life of his alter ego, "Eddie", but also its main character, the anthropomorphic cockroach 'Cuco' Rocha, and their band of friends. The local bar has a luchador complete with wrestling mask tending bar, there's a "Barriobucks" selling coffee - and they all satirize life in America, in a Doonesbury vein. Given that Alcaraz is of Mexican descent, it's got a Boondocks attitude in the sense that it satirizes the mainstream white culture from an outsider perspective.

Alcaraz is unapologetic in terms of his sometime contempt for "whitewashing" or negative attitudes to people who don't conform to the WASP ethnicity. He also is quite happy to satirize aspects of Mexican-American culture, although he obviously has no political axe to grind.

If your local paper has dropped it due to complaints, it is available online through Uclick's web portal.

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