[Ravensfort] Cinco de Mayo

byzytym byzytym at att.net
Tue May 5 06:51:04 PDT 2009

I think with Kublai Khan it's not so much what kind of beer you drink as 
what you have to smoke with it.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Northfolke" <jamesnorthfolke at gmail.com>
To: "byzytym" <byzytym at att.net>
Cc: "A Kindness Of Ravens" <ravensfort at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: [Ravensfort] Cinco de Mayo

> Happy Kublai Khan Day!
> Kublai (grandson of Genghis) elected Khan on 5 May 1260
> Not sure what kind of beer to drink for that.  Charles?
> j
> byzytym wrote:
>> Cinco de Mayo salutations, y'all.
>> This celebration has always seemed a little strange to me.
>> It is a celebration of Mexico's victory over the French at the battle of 
>> Puebla on the 5th of May 1862.
>> The dirty little secret about this is the fact that on May 17th 1863 the 
>> French retook the city.
>> The French had invaded Mexico because it was not making payments on debts 
>> to its European lenders.
>> Not wanting to be cheated on good faith loans France did not discourage 
>> easily.
>> They went on to capture the Capital and on May 28th 1864 Maximilian was 
>> formally crowned Emperor of Mexico.
>> So May turned out to be a pretty good month for the French after all.
>> Unfortunately for France, the American Civil War came to an end the next 
>> year.
>> Had it not been for the U.S. freebees to the Mexican rebels most people 
>> in south Texas would now hear les sons du francais.
>> Being from Louisiana, I would not mind that at all.
>> Perhaps Mexico should pick another month and day to celebrate since the 
>> May 5th victory was so short lived.
>> As for me, today I will adorn myself with the fleur de lis and seek a 
>> sassy French beer.
>>  I include wikipedia sites not so much for the accuracy of their facts, 
>> but rather for the cool art work they usually use.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_intervention_in_Mexico
>>  Paix,
>>  "what shall it profit a man,
>> if he shall gain the whole world,
>> and lose his own soul ?"
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