Some People Never Learn




A few weeks ago, I gave a chanclaso to Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin for charging his constituents $15 to attend a meeting with him.  Well, I’m sorry to say the chanclaso had no effect on him.  Not only did he proceed to charge his constituents, he had three of them arrested for “disrupting” his meeting even though they paid the $15 fee.   Rep. Ryan was not a fan of the tough questions his constituents had for him, so he had them escorted out of the room and arrested.  For that, Rep. Ryan gets a flying chancla!  You can’t take an elected official seriously if he’s afraid to face criticism from his own district. ¡Que cobarde!

There may not be a sleazier senator than David Vitter from the wholesome state of Louisiana.  You know how certain elected officials want to tell you how to live your life, always going on about God this and God that?  Well, Sen. Vitter was one of the most self-righteous people in Congress until a certain scandal deflated his presidential-wannabe ego.  Anyhow, Sen. Vitter seems to have forgotten about the national recession and the massive need for jobs.  President Obama gave a major speech on JOBS before a joint session of Congress, and Senator Vitter skipped it so he could watch the New Orleans Saints lose to the Green Bay Packers. Umm, hello, this is the President of the United States of America! (You know, the country you claim to love so much and you think is #1 in everything.)  Show some respect and TiVo® the game while you go hear what the President has to say. A few chanclasos to you Señor!

If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out NPR’s Alt. Latino music program, one of the best shows showcasing música from Latin America.  This is where I was first exposed to the great Mala Rodríguez, and one of the sickest lyricist out there, Ana Tijoux, and the musical genius of María y José.  Nuestra gente knows how to do right by music. I LOVE LOVE NPR’s Alt. Latino program and you should too. Your orejas will thank you.

I also want to give an aplauso to PJ Harvey for winning the Mercury Prize for her latest album, Let England Shake.  Ever since I heard PJ Harvey’s masterpiece, To Bring You My Love, which I consider one of the best albums of the 1990s, I’ve been a huge fan. The Mercury Prize is one of the most distinguished awards a music artist can win in England. ¡Órale PJ!



For many Latinos, a chancla is more than summer footwear. The flip flops on our mothers’ feet were also impromptu and easily accessed weapons. Back talk, ignoring orders or fighting with your siblings could, without warning, result in a chancla on the rear end or, if distance was a factor, flying at you.

Now we’re all grown up. But some people still deserve chanclasos. And we’re going to let them have it here in our weekly column, El Chanclaso. Every Friday, Sergio, our resident chancludo, will turn a critical eye on political shenanigans, and current issues and events with his chancla firmly in hand. Depending on the severity of the misbehavior, being on the wrong end of the chancla could get you one or two chanclasos. Sergio will also give aplausos to those who make us proud.You’ve been warned. Now, behave!

​Blog originally published on September 9, 2011

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Sergio Lopez is a San Antonio, Texas native based in Washington, D.C. His weekly blog, El Chanclaso, examines political shenanigans and current events with a chancla firmly in hand and ready to fire. See who gets hit and who dodges with an aplauso. Consider yourself warned. Now, behave!