Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Miss Universe, Jimena Navarette, Has Her Work Cut Out For Her

There she iiiiiiissss.....
One thing I overlooked in the whole slew of grim news that besieged Mexico last week was that 22 year old Guadalajara native Jimena Navarette won the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

The Latina beauty queen rather deftly handled some questions from Spanish-speaking reporters about Arizona's SB 1070 by stating "Every country has the right to impose and enact their laws, But I tell you that all the Mexicans and the Latins that are living here in the United States are hardworking people — people who want to improve on their quality of life."

Navarette said she would like to work promoting Mexico to the rest of the world....[hence the title of this thread- NANESB!] and said "I want the whole world to know about my country and my people,"

Unfortunately for her, many people do currently know about Mexico thanks in large part to the murderous excesses of the drug traffickers and increasingly sophisticated and brazen criminals south of the border.

Wardrobe by Satanico Pandemonium
The unfortunate part is that Mexico does have much to offer in the way of exports, natural resources and tourist attractions. The country is the world's second largest producer of silver and has abundant copper, oil, gold, zinc and natural gas deposits as well as home of the world's largest bakery [BMV: BIMBOA] and producer of building materials [NYSE: CX].

But even the legitimate sector of Mexico's economy is under attack either from criminal gangs who don't want to run afoul of the cartels or cartel operatives themselves diversifying their operations- such as the increasing number of truck hijackings and train robberies.

Tourism isn't helped much by the fact that mass graves are being unearthed outside of popular tourist destinations like Cancun or the colonial city of Taxco.

I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Miss Navarette promotes Mexico from the relative safety of her New York City townhouse that was included in the prizes. Not that I begrudge her for that, as the grand prize also includes a scholarship to the New York Film Academy as well (which is difficult to attend all the way from Guadalajara).

With that in mind, I would like to wish Ms. Navarette 'buena suerte!'. Hopefully conditions on the ground in Mexico will make her job a little bit easier, and let's face it- do we really want a 100% lawless narco-state with daily massacres abutting our southern border?

On a side note, I'm sad to report that the USA's very own saucy little Muslimah, Rima Fakih, didn't even break into the Top 15 of the Miss Universe pageant....although to be fair, her national costume (representing Michigan) consisting of a pastiche of minature shuttered auto plants and foreclosed homes was a tough sell.

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