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American Spies, Latino Scouts and Cuban Punkers

Submitted by on June 8, 2009 – 7:38 am3 Comments

Two retired senior citizens — one a former U.S. State Department official  – have been arrested and charged with spying for Cuba for the last 30 years.

Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and his wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers told an undercover agent that:

“…they had been working for Cuba for years and that they had communicated using a shortwave radio given to them by the Cuban government, the court papers allege. The couple also changed shopping carts in a grocery store as a way to pass information. More recently, they sent encrypted e-mails to their handlers from cybercafes, according to the documents.”

It is, as the Washington Post wrote, a novel-worthy tale.

nydailynews_cristy_roadFrom Guanabee, an interesting post about Cristy C. Road, a Cuban-American artist, illustrator, punker and writer.

“Cristy C. Road (a clever play on her birth name, Cristina Carrera) has tattoos and facial piercings. She fronts a punk band, the Homewreckers, she’s an artist and she’s queer. So, obviously, it’s slightly ridiculous that she’d count herself among the Isabel Allendes and Julia Alvarezes of the world, no?”

Road, just 26, has published illustrated novels depicting sex, angst, and anger for a dozen years. More at Guanabee, and the New York Daily News, plus Road’s website here, and a couple of  links to her books on Amazon here and here.

We are imagining Cristy’s Mami has many patatus over her bold child.

boyscouts_chicago_tribuneAnd finally, the Boy Scouts of America are hoping to increase ranks, which have suffered sharp declines, by reaching out to Latino families across the country. The group hopes to increase it’s Latino Boy

Scout membership by 200,000 by next February’s 100th anniversary celebration, according to a feature story in the Chicago Tribune.

“The smells of roasting jalapeños and buttery pancakes swirled together in the Tinley Park forest preserve campsite as mothers chattering in Spanish prepared breakfast for the boys in Cub Scout Pack 3345.

The mostly Mexican-American children, wolfing down their meal in the southern Cook County woods, represented what the Boy Scouts of America see as their new face after striving for nearly 100 years to embody painter Norman Rockwell’s idyllic vision of America.”

Sing it with me: “Ja-laaaa-penos roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, pass the Queso Fresco and man, I’m cold…”

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