Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Brothers Madero


So yesterday we talked about the short-lived presidency of Francisco Madero. I suggested the tragedy was due to him forgetting his bandit roots, once he took the presidency. Well, most people do not know that Francisco had a brother, Raoul, who was also a bandit. Raoul is pictured above. He is standing in the center, and is the man with the cigar. While he is not sporting traditional bandit gear, he definitely projects an overall look that just screams Bandit. He does not have a sombrero, but I like the way he has that hat tipped way back. Then the cigar over in the side of the mouth shows he is a man who means business. Finishing off his look is a really menacing expression on his face. Also pictured in the photograph is Pancho Villa. As you know, I am a great admirer of Pancho Villa, the man who literally defines the "Mexican Bandit" look. But, even the best sometimes have an off day, and today must have been an off day for Pancho. He is the one in the picture that looks like he is dressed as a Trolly Car driver or something.

We now must ask, what is going on in the picture? If you look closely the men are holding a chicken upside down. Well, anytime you have 8 men pictured with one rooster, that can only mean one thing . . . there is fixing to be a cock fight. Notice the man on the left is holding the rooster upside down, and there is a string on the rooster's leg. Also note that Raoul is holding a cock-fighting blade in his hand, that he is about to connect to the spur on the back of the rooster's leg. Yep, Raoul, Pancho and the boys are getting their rooster ready for a cock fight.

Now most people don't know this, but there were few things Pancho Villa liked better than a good cock fight. Look at the grin on his face. Pancho had actually worked for a while as a professional cock fighter. I guess the proper term would be professional trainer of fighting game birds. He actually worked for the Cadillac dealership in El Paso. The owner had a cock fighting business on the side, and he hired Pancho Villa to train the roosters. I realize at this point that you probably think I am making all this stuff up, but I am not . . . I could not make up stuff like this. Well, actually I could make up stuff like this, but in this case I did not. Do some research and you will find that Villa did work for as a rooster trainer for a Cadillac dealer in El Paso.

Well, as I look at this picture of Madero and Villa having a good old time, I wonder if perhaps they put the wrong Madero brother in as President of Mexico. Perhaps if they had made Raoul president instead of Francisco, the universal bond of cock fighting would have held him closer to his bandit roots, and he would have remained in power, and all the useless bloodshed would have been avoided in the latter revolution.

16 comments:

  1. Tell me you're not building a cock fighting arena in your backyard!

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  2. Nate,
    Rest assured, I have only hens, so no there will be no cockfighting in Chickie Town.

    Peacock fighting . . . hmmmm, wonder if that has been done before? Just kidding, of course.
    PJM

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  3. History comes alive in your writing. It's so precious (I meant your writing, but in re-reading this, I also mean history). For those of us, who love history--even the dry, dusty kind--your writing is exciting. I hope even more that people not usually interested in history will, with your help, become mesmerized by what I call this "river of humanity" that flows through the ages. Thank you for your blog.

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  4. Star,
    Thank you for the kind words, they are a real encouragement. To some extent they help make up for the lousy stinkin skunk who keeps giving me thumbs down on the pictures. I am considering disabling the thumbs down button. People who like the pictures can give me a thumbs up, and only those skunks who actually try and click on the thumbs down button will realize the whole thing is rigged. But I digress. I do appreciate your kind comment.
    PJM

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  5. I have chickens! Both hens and roosters. Come visit them at:
    lucky13goatranch.blogspot.com

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  7. Let me try this again..LOL I raise Pumpkin Halseys but they are sweetie pies.....visit my Texas farm at www.farmerinthemartindale.com

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  8. Very nice the picture...Oh I can see the chicken upside down...he grins too...Thanks for the post and their the histories too...Great Blog !!!Enough to be the Blog of Note ! Have Very Merry Christmas to you and your One Dolla wife...wife...oh, need to checkin again...lol...Merry Christmas again...!!!

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  9. nomore,
    Thank you for the kind words and Christmas wishes. Hope you continue to enjoy the blog. Mrs. PJM sends her best as well.
    PJM

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  10. Just wanted to say I really liked your post, especially how you really get into describing the people in the picture. This is a really neat blog, makes me wish I would have paid more attention in history class. :p

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  11. A.D.,
    Thanks for the kind words. As far as history class . . . it is never too late to learn history. It is too bad textbooks make it so dry and uninteresting.
    PJM

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  12. Congratulations on being named a blog of note! You're really doing some neat work here with your blog! Thank you. If you wish, you're welcome to drop by my two blogs.

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  13. I don't understand the thrill of that sport (?). Glad Handsome isn't in training. I can almost hear him talking like Ali. "I'm pretty."

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  14. It would have been easy for me to skim over this blog and just look at the pictures - but I'm glad I didnt. Thanks for giving me a brief insight into Mexican history!

    Ta,

    Will

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  15. I love the pictures and understand the allure. Great writing by the way. I gave it a thumbs up for the photographs. I would not like to return to the cowboy days. I don't mind visiting them using your pics. I think our generation romanticises the cow boy times. Those days were hard on men and women. TB, infections, the flu, manual labor that we know nothing of...hard living, but great sentiment captured on film. Love the pics.

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