Monday, December 20, 2010

Emiliano and his Men

Good Monday morning to you all. Hopefully some of you have this week off and can enjoy a little time unwinding from the busy year. Bandit Week continues here on OPOD with this picture of Emiliano Zapata and his men. Zapata was one of the most famous of the Mexican Bandits/Revolutionaries/Rebels/Freedom Fighters. He is pictured seated in the middle. Zapata and his men were part of the 1910 Mexican Revolution against President Diaz. Zapata was in charge of the Army of the South, and Pancho Villa was responsible for the Army of the North. So, initially Zapata, Madero, and Pancho Villa were united in their efforts to overthrow President Diaz. They were successful, and then Madero was put in charge. However, Zapata became unhappy with the lack of reform instituted by Madero, and Zapata then turned against him. Zapata led the revolutionary movement in the south for several years very successfully. Then he was betrayed and ambushed by two Mexican Generals and was killed. Zapata is most remembered for his motto, "It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees".

I really like the picture above. First I like the blatant display of firepower, as you would expect in a picture of Bandits. Second, I really like the traditional Bandit hats adorned by the men. I am concerned that one man is attending the Bandit meeting in a Bowler hat. I mean, lets say that the Federales raided the Bandit meeting. Who would you naturally suspect had tipped them off . . . the man with the big sombrero, or the man in the bowler hat? I suggest that if you attend a bandit meeting, proper headgear is a must.


Ah, a classic photo of the quintessential Mexican Bandit, Emiliano Zapata.  

19 comments:

  1. The guy wearing the bowler must be the bookkeeper. He is always inside and doesn't the extra protection for the Sun like the outside bandits need.

    So, you have had your chickies for over a year now. Any thoughts about starting to replace them with new ones? Remember how long it took just to get them and then how long it took for the girls to start to lay eggs.
    Just a thought.

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  2. Roger,
    Good question on the chickies. We have considered expanding Chickie Town. "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing" has always been my mantra. We are considering another chicken coop (twice as long as present one) and ordering a batch of 20 hatchlings.
    PJM

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  3. Love your mantra ---

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  4. Beware PJM, with the expansion, the Evil Nate Maas will read more World domination into your plans.
    But the heck with, I like your mantra also, expand, expand, expand.
    But keep your eye on that Handsome Jack, and hope he doesn't have PJM compound domination on his mind.

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  5. Roger,
    Yes, if I were to buy even one chicken the Evil Nate Maas would somehow read into it plans for world domination. He will be all full of vinegar today given his victory yesterday in the mystery person contest.

    Since I am home this week, I do plan on watching Handsome Jack very closely. The construction site is all quite today, but will see if the workers show up later in the day. Perhaps I could coax some info from them on what is going on.

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  6. I would say that the bowler guy is a lawyer.
    PJM, we buy replacement hens every year. Supposed to cull after the third summer when the new chickies start to lay.
    Lorenzo Poe

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  7. I still say if there is a Federale raid the first guy to get strung up is the guy with the bowler, followed closely by the guy seated with the cute little hat. Bowlers have no place in an insurrection meeting.

    I hear you on culling the chickies but Mrs. PJM will have none of it. They are here babies, and she makes corn bread and special meals for them. If it is inside the fence, it is a pet around here.
    PJM

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  8. PJM: Perhaps you can answer this burning question: How come you never guess Nate's POM?

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  9. Poor PJM, always trying to militarize old photos...

    Let me explain what's really going on here. This is a photo of Louie and his Zapatistas Fashionistas outside his Paris salon before the runway show. Just read the sign, "Louis Costa-Torro." Translation: Louie's Haute Couture. Pepsi Cola was the major sponsor that year and you can see their logo prominently displayed at the top of the sign.

    It was this year that he unveiled his "bad boy" line of everyday wear. Each of these male models is sporting a breezy fresh look for daytime drama or the nightlife. Of particular note is the pigeon-toed dandy in the knee-high laced booties with the decorative floral man bonnet. The clean shaven metro next to him has neatly knotted his preppy sweater for that back to school look. Next to him is a baddie sporting the Michael Jackson "smooth criminal" tribute outfit.

    I am surprised that so many are still wearing their lipstick bandoleros, but it is nice to be able to change your look on the fly. My guess is that these were left with the stylists in the changing room before strutting their stuff out on stage.

    The model seated to the front left is sitting with his legs uncrossed having just had his calves waxed for the swimwear portion of the show.

    And yes, sporting the bowler is the model who reveals that the next major show for Louie is the New York catwalk where his spring line will be the Bad Bowery Boy look.

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  10. Obviously, Nate has spent too much time in California.

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  11. I'm glad I clicked on this blog site and will add it to my follow list. I love looking at pictures that show society and how we looked 75 to 100 years ago! Good shtuff! Thank you.

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  12. Proper headgear? I see a couple of Fedoras, something that looks like a French Beret, although I am pretty sure that is not what it is, a Mountie hat, maybe a Stetson or a Stetson look alike, and lots of sombreros. So, what constitutes proper headgear for a band of banditos? Eh?

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  13. Good one, Nate! Funny stuff.

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  14. My great grandfather fought with Pancho Villa during the revolution. and i agree, make sure you know the dress code before trying to join the bandidos! lol.

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  15. I am curious about the terms. I thought "bandit" and various variations signified theives. Most revolutionaries don't become theives until after they are in power, right? There is the time honored tradition of forcing the local populace to feed and house you in return for fighting for their freedom whether they want you to or not, as well as plundering that usually goes along with invading. A bunch of guys with guns are liable to help themselves to whatever they want whatever they call themselves. anyway, do their enemies call them bandits & they call themselves freedom fighters? or is it something else?

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  16. Azule,
    That is a hard one to answer. Sort of like if the south had won, Robert E. Lee would be a patriot, and we would all be whistling Dixie.

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  17. These photos remind me of the Santa Barbara annual fiesta! Everyone dresses up in traditional Spanish and Mexican costumes. Of course, they're not in costume.

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