Wednesday, February 28, 2007


And so, opening this Friday at movie theaters across this great land, the new and most exciting intriguing motion picture starring our fav superstar red hot celeb Jakey G!

YEEHA! That's right my brothas and sistas! Zodiac opens this Friday! Despite the fact that its got definite Jakey G. eye candy, the movie also has a terrific supporting cast, including Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Edwards. The director is not too shabby either, David Fincher, who also did Seven and Fight Club; the man's obviously talented.

Even more interesting is the fact that this film is based on true life events. The Zodiac Killer was a real frightening and cocky son-of-a-bitch that terrorized Northern California back in the late 1960s. He killed some seven people, and perhaps many more, in a string of serial killings that still remain unsolved to this day; the "Horoscoper" never got identified or obviously caught. This dude even went as far as to send letters with secret codes to the press, as if teasing everyone to figure out who he was. What's worse, solving crimes back then was tough, due to the lack of advanced technology now readily available to law enforcement. -------------------------------------------------
Pretty fascinating stuff man! Gotta go see this movie! With the added Jakey G. bonus of course. And in case ya missed the SNL episode with Jakey last time, it's being rerun this Saturday night at 11:30p.m. on NBC.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Monday, February 26, 2007


The Academy Awards. The day after. Hollywood's big party to pat itself on the back is over.

We are happy Alan Arkin surprisingly won for Little Miss Sunshine in the Best Supporting Actor category; he was actually quite funny and outrageous in that role. Sorry Eddie Murphy, you'll probably have to wait for some lifetime achievement honorary Oscar when you're about to die. We are happy Melissa Etheridge won Best Song and got to kiss and thank her wife in front of the whole country/world; I'm sure conservatives everywhere were horrified. IN YO' FACE! We are happy for Jennifer Hudson who came out of nowhere and has now become a bigger American Idol than any of the actual AI winners. We are happy for Forest Whitaker, for being gracious in his acceptance speech, a true classy gentleman and an always consistent independent actor. We are happy Martin Scorsese finally won for Best Director and that his terrific film The Departed (which I just saw Saturday night) won for Best Picture. We are happy for Al Gore and his documentary and for Ellen DeGeneres and her decent hosting job. Yes, there's lots to be happy about.

WE ARE NOT HAPPY HOWEVER, that Pan's Labyrinth lost in the Best Foreign Language Film category. WHAT?! It won in three good technical categories, but not as a film?! WHAT GIVES?! THAT SUCKS DONKEY PENIS! We are not happy Beyoncé tried to sing alongside Jennifer Hudson and outdo her. Nah uh. It ain't happening Beyoncita. EF YOU. We are not happy Spike Lee got interviewed by celeb reporters out on the red carpet and all he could do was mention Black History Month and the whole race card thang. SHADDUP SPIKE! SHUT THE F*CK UP ALREADY! STOP TRYING TO DIVIDE US! SICK OF YO' POLITICAL RACIAL BULLSHIT ALREADY! ARGH! We are not happy at all the stupid focus on the female fashions and jewelry, when there's more important things in the world than such superficial trivialities.

The whole awards show is insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but oh well. I watch it every year nonetheless. And every year, it makes me happy.

And not so happy.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


After sex and food, the next thing I often think about unfortunately is DEATH. I often laugh at death and make constant jokes, but here's how I really feel:

Sometimes I find comfort knowing that one day I will die and not have to worry about so much bullshit. Most times however, I feel horrible knowing that I'm mortal; knowing that my physical shell will eventually give up and I will go into eternal unconsciousness.

I really fucking hate being aware of my mortality period. It irks me. You mean I gotta spend my whole life achieving and accomplishing all sorts of tasks, going through life's ups and downs, enjoying life's little pleasures, only to have it all robbed one day by me having to take my last breath and take that final crap in my pants in the process? HOW VILE! WHOSE CRUEL JOKE/IDEA WAS THIS?! I guess I haven't mastered
my fear yet; I thought I was more comfortable with death now that I'm older and have suffered the loss of loved ones, but I guess I'm not. I often think about my father, sister, grandma, uncle, and others I once knew who have now passed on. PASSED ON TO WHAT?! What did they really pass on to? Another dimension? Heaven? God forbid, but did any of those I knew go to hell? Or is it all one big fucking myth; there is nothing on "the other side", because there is NO SUCH THING AS "THE OTHER SIDE" and all that happens is the lights go out and you're done. Finito. Fin. IT'S OVER JOHNNY, THANKS FOR YER PRESENCE, BUT U GOTS TO GO BACK TO THE EARTH FROM WHENCE YE CAME!

Maybe it's not so bad once you're in your eighties, nineties, or make it to 100 years of age; heck you've lived a long enough life and many old people are just tired and not really afraid to go. It's the youngins like myself I guess that freak out about this most.

My God! It's creepy though! FREAKING CREEPY! Sometimes I lie in my bed as I'm about to fall asleep and look up at my ceiling in the dark and really hate the whole idea. I shed tears knowing I will have to leave or worse, those around me I really care about like family and good friends who might croak before me and cause me heartache. How does one even begin to become comfortable and accepting of one's own demise? HOW?! Then, as I actually begin to fall asleep I become more comfortable with death and don't mind dying if it were to happen as I sleep. Yeah, don't we all wanna die in our sleep right? Sure beats a long annoying terminal illness or grotesque accident, yet do we really get to choose? Unless you're gonna jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, slit yer wrists, or hang yerself, chances are most of us do not get to choose our final exit.

And then it pisses me off to know that life will go on after I drop dead. Yeah, how unfair! Ya mean I'm gonna miss all that cool upcoming technology? I don't wanna leave! As much as life irritates me from time to time, I do enjoy being here for the most part, amidst this vast sea of ignorant humanity as they provide excellent material for my genius comedic skills! Perhaps I shouldn't be so selfish; Beethoven and Leonardo Da Vinci didn't get to see television or the Internet, and I did! And what tha hell happens to my blog? Will it just freeze there with the last post I was able to put up before I met the
Grim Reaper and then just sit there in eternal locked cyberspace? With the way things are going on our planet, this may just be the last generation on the Earth period! AHAHAAHAHAAH! I may not miss anything after all, since we seem to be self-destructing ourselves as a species anyway!

There's nothing I can fucking do about this. NOTHING. As it stands, science has not managed to extend human life or keep us immortal. Alas, I must continue to develop my spirituality and enjoy every single moment I gots. I wanna believe in that comforting tunnel of light, Jesus, and making it to heaven.

Andy Warhol used to hate the idea of dying too, especially in regards to how they would dispose of his body. He hated the whole notion of others being able to look at yer body once you were dead. To have to bury it or cremate it is quite undignified really. Andy would've liked to just have our bodies vanish once we died, like Yoda's did in Return of the Jedi. Yeah, fucking cool. I agree. And then come back as an Obi-Wan Kenobi-type glowing spirit.

Whatever man. Who has any real answers to this anyway? Only thing I knows is:

I gotta pay my taxes soon.

"Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details." -Andy Warhol

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live." -Marcus Aurelius

"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." -Isaac Asimov

Monday, February 19, 2007


Lots of positive awesome comments/feedback to my audiocast! Thanks kids! I will be doing more, and promise to entertain ya more next time instead of sounding so wooden/boring.

I love the History Channel, and last night Sunday, dey was showing Star Wars: Empire of Dreams, which is also available on the Special Edition DVDs. Fascinating documentary indeed man! George Lucas faced almost insurmountable hurdles trying to make his first film and amazing vision come to life. It really was quite an uphill battle; one he finally conquered through lots of hard work.

Making the original Star Wars sometime back in the 70's was difficult to say the least. He had the script in mind since the early 70's and was pretty clear on his story, but it was hard to sell it to any major studio at the time. Many of them wanted nothing to do with this oddball tale about planets, strange creatures, and special effects. Hollywood at the time was more interested in realistic dramatic motion pictures. A graduate of USC Film School, George was determined and finally ran into Alan Ladd Jr. who had just become the head of 20th Century Fox. Thanks to Alan, Lucas got the green light to begin making his idea into a film. Lucas had so much in his head, he had to compress the story to make at least one film, and more if the first one even succeeded. Casting the movie was difficult, and Lucas finally settled on then unknown but charismatic actors, except Sir Alec Guinness who was to play Obi-Wan Kenobi and was already known in the film world.

Casting was his first issue, then came the filming locations in strange parts of the globe, problems with the strange props, and how to create special effects for a movie unlike any that had ever been made before. Industrial Light & Magic was born thanks to Star Wars after much trial and error during the making of that movie. Hard to fucking believe man! WHAT AN ASTOUNDING ACHIEVEMENT that we now take for granted, since ILM now is the standard in Hollywood visual effects filmmaking.

The actors had to work without many of the special effects, sounds, and music found in the final product, which made it quite weird for them. Lucas started going over budget, the studio was getting restless, but slowly and through lots of stressful heartache, the picture began to take shape. John Williams, the brilliant film composer that Spielberg had used in Jaws, added an even greater grandiose orchestral touch to an already revolutionary motion picture.

Star Wars: A New Hope premiered on May 25, 1977 in only about 40 theaters around the country. Its initial reception by the public was a roaring success and the film naturally expanded to more movie houses. It became one of Hollywood's greatest blockbusters in film history; with or without adjusted grosses for inflation, it stands as the second biggest moneymaking film ever. The actors, production crew, and Lucas especially, received the redemption they truly deserved for working on a project they almost gave up on and felt would probably fail. The film won six Oscars for sound, visual effects, and the musical score among many others. Star Wars was an international phenomenon, a film that literally changed the way movies were made forever. Lucas even went on to "invent" the idea of film merchandising as we know it and made most of his enormous wealth on shirts, action figures, and other products associated with his galactic world.

Obviously, the original 1977 Star Wars spawned the even greater sequel and what many consider the best of them all, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 with a bigger budget and more dramatic dark storyline, and the playful and fun Return of the Jedi in 1983. Then of course came the Special Edition re-releases in the late 1990's, the mediocre but still tolerable prequels in the early 2000's, and the ensuing DVDs which continue to fuel and saturate the market with all that is Star Wars. Lucas will continue to milk this cash cow with upcoming 3-D versions of his original films. That should be interesting and continue to add to his current 2 billion dollar plus fortune.

Lucas was right in letting unknown but great dramatic directors work on sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but made a big mistake in directing his most recent prequels. Indisputable technical marvels, but the characters in those were just not as interesting or connected to the audience like the original cast were. Let's face it, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford were just terrific. Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman were decent, but I found myself not caring for them much and there was some real horrible cheesy love scenes that George should have never directed! And Jar Jar Binks? Nevermind! UGH!

Regardless, the Star Wars franchise has proven one of, if not the greatest and most successful in cinematic history. Thank you George for your most entertaining and amazing genius. I will forever remember the original trilogy the most; going to the theater as a kid with my brothers and friends, staring in awe at the screen at what seemed an almost impossible and fantastic world to even imagine.

Darth Vader used to creep me out by the way. Honest. So tame now, but back then, MAN!

It's all about James Earl Jones' voice and that dark costume worn by David Prowse baby!

Some silly funny spoofs:

Thursday, February 15, 2007


Well, thanks for showing tha love Tim Hardaway!

(CBS4) MIAMI Former Miami Heat superstar Tim Hardaway told a local sports radio show that he "hates gay people."Hardaway made the comments while he was being interviewed by Dan Le Batard on 790 the Ticket Wednesday afternoon.The five time All Star was asked how he would deal with a gay teammate."First of all I wouldn't want him on my team," said Hardaway. "Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don't think that's right and I don't think he should be in the locker room when we're in the locker room."Le Batard took Hardaway to task, pointing out that his comments were 'flatly homophobic' and bigoted, but that only seemed to stir up the former point guard."Well, you know, I hate gay people," Hardaway said in response to Le Batard. "I let it be known I don't like gay people. I don't like to be around gay people. I'm homophobic. It shouldn't be in the world, in the United States, I don't like it."

Even better, comments from everyday folk to this story:

-He's straight and proud of it.....he just told it like it is. Give him credit!!! Sheri Stacy, Ohio

-Tim is right. Not only is it disgusting behavior, it is unnatural, unhealthy, and irreligious. Unatural because it goes against nature.(No explanation needed on this one) Unhealthy, because homosexuals die 20years sooner than heterosexuals and they have more suicides and homosides. Irreligious, because all three of the worlds great religions condem the behavior. FYI Believing homosexuality to be these things does not make one homophobic. I have no fear of them. - Steven Tanner, Laguna Beach

-Way to go Tim! I'll bet the little f**-puppies were pissing in their pantyhose! In the first place there is nothing gay about them - they are sick aberrations of nature: they are fa***ts. And where they came up with that stupid 'homophobic' crap is beyond me - phobic denotes an irrational fear, and we don't fear them (except in public restrooms and parks); we simply dislike them intensely, because most of them are really deeply disturbed individuals and give normal people the creeps. Somehow the liberal media has decided to become the champions of these sick things, and treat normal people like the sick ones - typical liberal dementia. Thanks for the breath of fresh air Mr. Hardaway! -- Jim Helvey, St. Petersburg (straight)

-I totally support that Tim had to say because I feel the same way myself. Over the years I have fired four people that have worked for me because I found out that they were gay. Homosexuality is completely and totally UNACCEPTABLE! -- Tom Retzlaff, San Antonio, Texas (Straight)

-Tim's opinion is the common opinion of Heterosexuals. It's nothing new, so I don't see why it should be seen as offending.The idea of Homosexuality is flat out sick. Men and women were created the way they were for a purpose. In sex education I was taught that it was Homosexuals who brought about HIV and AIDS. I think it's time more folks gave their honest opinion in public rather than giving sympathetic respect for something that belongs in the same category as mental illness. -- Chris Reinhold, Minneapolis (straight)

-Are you kidding me!! It is about time someone was completely honest about how they feel. I believe more people would be more forthcoming if not for the labels placed upon them for. I believe in what is normal, it is how a species survives. Obviously, gays are in it for one generation, then as a specie they die. So obviously, gays are not normal and people are tired of having to pretend they are. Thank you Tim Hardaway. -- No Name, No Address

Awesome! Thanks America!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Well. no. He's not dead yet thankfully. I love Paul and he is in my most humble opinion, the greatest living musician/songwriter alive. Yes, he's still alive despite what that horrid peg leg wifey has done to him!

This is one of those urban legends that is truly fascinating: Ya see, sometime in late 1966 I believe, as The Beatles were busy recording their revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul left the studio late one night into the wee hours, and distracted by some pretty girl on the sidewalk, horrifically crashed his car into a light pole or something and his face and hair caught on fire, and it was the end of the original Paul McCartney. DEAD!

What tha hell would The Beatles do now? The biggest most popular group on Earth at the time with millions of fans the world over who could not be let down with such tragic news! Well, they had to replace dead Paul with a fake! A phony! An impostor! They held some lookalike contest, and found their man, who from then on would act, sing, and play like Paul. Or in this case, the fake Paul = FAUL! AHAHAHAAHAHAH! Yeah, you'll read many websites referring to him as such: Faul, which is quite funny to me, and actually kind of creepy. There's actual comparisons of Faul's facial features compared to the original Paul and it ends up making yer skin crawl when looking at the supposed evidence.

Were The Beatles themselves having fun with all of this? There exist supposedly, tons of clues and little hints in their album artwork and song lyrics/titles, that the original Paul was indeed dead and replaced with Faul. Fans even went as far as to play songs backwards in order to reveal hidden messages about the whole impostor cover-up. Like I said, pretty fascinating stuff, and kind of creepy man!

Shit, if indeed that man now posing as Sir Paul McCartney is the replacement lookalike, they sure found a very talented stand-in indeed. He went on to write really good songs like Hey Jude with The Beatles, then wrote more great hits with his 70s super group Wings.

Nah, this has to an urban myth.

It has to be.


Monday, February 12, 2007


The Grammy Awards were Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

I eat way too much fast food. Probably three times a week or so. I wish I knew how to stop. It's convenient, but addictive for sure. There must be chemicals in this junk that keep me coming back! I don't put on any weight, but worry about the arteriosclerosis I may be creating. LOL! I do exercise often though, but STILL!

I saw Super Size Me a while ago, and it was a fascinating indictment of McDonald's, which is the worst fast food offender of them all, bar none! There are proven addictive chemicals in that crap, and I rarely eat their shit, except for their fries once in a blue moon which are freakin' delicious. Their ground beef is different cows mixed together, which really grossed me out! Alls ya need to do is watch that documentary to enlighten yerself on the horror that is the Golden Arches.

I do eat Burger King and Jack in the Box more often though. Burger King is real close to my job, so I often swing by and get me a Whopper Jr. or a Chicken Sandwich. Jack in the Crack seems healthier to me, although it's still the same junk, and way more expensive too; not cheap to eat there by any means! I rarely go to Carl's Jr. or Wendy's but do like their stuff when I do.

I dunno if the rest of the country has Tommy's like we do here, but their chili cheese fries are da bomb, and that's good from time to time, for it does kinda give ya tha runs. Taco Bell is good too, and you know how much you crave their garbage, especially at late hours, although be prepared for the London FARTharmonic Orchestra to play loud and clear out yer asshole. Probably the healthiest and truly delicious burgers, fries, and milkshakes come from In-N-Out, but I often find that long line of cars real annoying to have to wait behind. It is well worth it though, and their ingredients are the most natural of any of the other big chains.

No wonder this country is obese and has so many health issues like heart disease and cancer. It's what we eat, and the little time we have to really think about and prepare our food. I know, I know. We gots jobs and other responsibilities.

I really need to start thinking about what goes into my pie hole though.

Yeah, yeah save the perverted jokes okay?


Saturday, February 10, 2007


I'm not that big a fan of Drew Barrymore's films, but I do like this girl. She's kooky and seems like real fun to hang around with, and strikes me as genuinely nice and down-to-earth. She has kind of a strange lisp when she speaks don't she? She comes from good royal acting blood, she is the great-niece of Ethel and Lionel Barrymore and granddaughter to John Barrymore, so this girl has a good strong background. I've kind of seen her grow up along side myself, as we are generally very close in age.

She hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend, and here's this terrific very funny skit she did:

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Terribly terribly sad news. Honestly. Anna Nicole Smith just could not get over her son's tragic death and has now succumbed herself. I genuinely liked Anna, found her extremely funny, and a hilarious disaster. But I never thought it would all end so soon or so sadly. The signs I guess were all there, but somehow I just didn't expect this. I used to love that reality show so much too, which is why I guess her death hits me more, 'cause I kinda felt like I knew her and those around her. She's gone. At the young age of 39.

All so eerily similar to Marilyn Monroe...
-An awesome article here:

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Like the Led Zeppelin song and title to this post, I gots so much on my mind, I thought I'd just ramble about it all in one good summary here:

--That astronaut woman who drove 900 miles from Texas to Florida in a wig, trenchcoat, carrying a BB gun, mallet, knife, rope, and plastic bags to go and presumably kill the bitch who was c*ntblocking her from her man. The real hilarity in all of this though? She wore a diaper throughout her road trip to avoid having to stop to pee/crap. Woman did not wanna waste time in getting there and smoking the other one out! She did get to pepper spray her at least, before being arrested; NASA is quite embarrassed, and my co-worker and I could not stop making jokes and laughing about poop, Pampers, and other infantile humor at work yesterday due to this shocking story.

--Rudy Giuliani looks like a certainty as a Republican candidate for president. He's not however, as socially conservative as the other right-wingers in his party, and may not be that different from Hillary, whom we all love and want to see rise to the top; hoping Rudy doesn't ruin the chances of Rodham becoming the first vagina to hold the highest office in the land. A very popular mayor while in NYC, and quite the horny old fart, macking on that
new wife he now has.

--Prince is still making headlines for his splendid halftime show at the Super Bowl. But now comes a twist? Did the purple one get away with some subtle naughty raunchy behavior? Justin and Janet flashed that boob openly, getting the loser conservatives all bent out of shape, but maybe Prince just brilliantly got away with his own "malfunction" and no one really noticed.

--Global warming! Global warming! Global warming! You're sick of hearing about it aren't you? Quite the chic overused term at the moment, and some scientists are going as far as to say this is all one big hoax and that it's not happening. Not so fast says Nobel Peace Prize nominee Al Gore! Bush and crew must be paying y'all to deny it! And some scientists say it is happening, but not due to us crummy humans, but just because. Those poor polar bears man.

--I keep hearing all kinds of songs off of Nelly Furtado's latest album, and I must say I am very proud of this girl. She had those two hits years ago, and I honestly thought that was it. I didn't think she would make such an enormous comeback. She has. She had her baby and now looks even better and sexier than before. Must be that Timbaland producer you gots honey that has u sounding so good and bravo to your personal trainer too.

--Yeah, I do feel that there will be a major conflict with Iran soon. It'll probably be Israel firing the first shot or dropping the first bomb in this case! I wonder how much the U.S. will be involved, never forgetting of course that we are now stationed to the left of Iran in Iraq, and to its right in Afghanistan. It's all pretty scary, but keep on living yer lives my brothas and sistas, for what choice do we have right?

--This Wonderland film, with Val Kilmer playing porn star John Holmes was quite good and most interesting. Did John Holmes get away with murder back in the early 80s? I think the drug-addicted weasel did! A set of real brutal murders right here in LA on Wonderland Ave. and it looks like John was the enabler. U gots ta see the movie or read the gruesome fascinating details. And kudos to Lisa Kudrow (of Friends fame) for putting in a surprisingly awesome performance as Holmes' estranged and disappointed wife.

--Any body lotion or body wash with that Warm Toasted Vanilla Sugar scent is a dream come true. I just love the way that God damn stuff smells. HELLS YEAH!

The end.

Monday, February 05, 2007


I haven't seen that many Meryl Streep films, but what I have seen her in, prove she is pretty remarkable. She is without a doubt, the greatest American actress alive, if not the GREATEST ACTRESS ALIVE period.

She played an innocent Vietnam soldier's wife in The Deer Hunter, which I believe was one of her very first roles back in 1977 or something like that, and then turns into a real demanding overbearing witch of a wife in Kramer vs. Kramer. Yeah, pretty memorable role and the bitch was so on fire that she garnered her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress of 1979. Not long ago, I got to see her in Sophie's Choice, and was blown away at how convincing she was, playing that Polish Jewish woman. She really had that accent down! And even better is when she speaks Polish and German. Yeah, I was convinced! I actually thought Meryl looked quite beautiful in this movie too, and she won her second Academy Award for Best Actress for this most heartbreaking role.

The Hours (which is one of the few movies I have ever seen people walking out of in droves at the theater), is a brilliant and quite depressing film; not for the general moviegoing public. All of the actresses in this are first-rate, including Meryl Streep of course, where she plays a lesbian who cares deeply for her dying gay friend. I missed seeing Silkwood, Death Becomes Her, and Angels in America, but have heard wonderful things about Streep in all of these and will add them to Netflix soon I promise!

And just yesterday, I gots ta see Meryl (who just won a Golden Globe and gives yet another hilarious acceptance speech) in The Devil Wears Prada. Yes yes, she is quite the boss ain't she? Cold, detached, demanding, and seemingly uncaring; makes Karen Walker look like a real tender sweet loving gal. I think Streep looks fantastic in the film, and Anne Hathaway plays off her tremendously well. Kudos to both of them plus actors Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci for making what could have been a mediocre story into something most entertaining; very similar to Ugly Betty, but this is the Anglo version. Of course, Meryl's nominated again for yet another Oscar, her 14th nomination; the most by any actor/actress ever. DAYAM!

"That's all." -Miranda Priestly as played by Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.

"There are some days when even I think I'm overrated, but not today." (When accepting Emmy for Angels in America in 2003.)

--P.S. How 'bout that Prince halftime show at the Super Bowl? Spectacular performance indeed.

Friday, February 02, 2007


For all the negative press Muslims get these days due to crazy fanatic terrorists, this post would like to acknowledge and celebrate some real accomplishments by this culture in world and most especially Hispanic history.

Ya see, back in 711 AD or something like that, Muslims invaded Spain and overran most of the Iberian peninsula (including Portugal). Only a few Catholic Christian kingdoms survived in the north, whilst the Arabs began to heavily influence Spanish culture with their own Muslim traditions, while surprisingly living in harmony with many Jewish and Christian subjects. They were called Moors while in Spain, and slowly but surely, the northern Christian kingdoms began to kick them out as they fought to reconquer the country from the heavy Arab influence. This was key to Christian Spanish nationalism, and came to be known as La Reconquista or
"The Reconquest" in English.

By 1492, the last Moorish stronghold remained in Granada, Spain and the Catholic monarchs, Fernando and Isabel managed to take hold of the city and throw the Moors out (along with the Jews of course). Spain was now a Catholic country again, ready to send Columbus off and establish its massive world empire through conquest, for they were used to doing so in their own territory. However, the 800 years that the Moors spent in Spain were not without consequence, for their mark was left on the culture of Spain forever, and they are credited with being the one true beacon of light in Europe, while the rest of the continent was caught in an artistic and cultural dark age.

Fully one quarter of Spanish words today are of Arab origin, which in turn affected other European languages too. Words, expressions, and places like naranja ("orange"), alcohol, álgebra, alfalfa, azúcar ("sugar"), almohada ("pillow"), zanahoria ("carrot"), alcalde ("mayor"), olé, ojalá
("God hope"), Madrid (originally Mayrit in Arabic), Guadalajara (originally Wādī al-Ḥaǧārah), and many many others are all of Moorish derivation. Arab architecture greatly affected Spain, and The Alhambra Palace in Granada is considered one of the supreme examples of this, and one of the world's most beautiful and marvelous buildings. California mission style, with the tiles and patio fountains are all very Moorish in origin. Gypsy flamenco music and singing style is very Arab sounding and comes from the southern region of Spain, which was deeply affected by the Arabs: Andalucía, or as it was originally known, Al-Andalus.

Even the politeness and courtesy known in Hispanic culture with commonly used phrases such as a sus
órdenes ("at your orders"),and para servirle ("at your service") is all very Arab.

This strange Spanish/Arab/Jewish hybrid was to come in contact with the Native American peoples starting in 1492 and mix even further.

Because of its support of the war in Iraq, and having once been in Arab hands, Spain was attacked by terrorists on March 11, 2004 . The fanatic crazy terrorists actually had said they wanted to avenge Spain's past sins against them; throwing them out of the country and then subjecting the remaining ones to the Spanish Inquisition. Talk about holding onto grudges for hundreds of years!