Question Mark

1 12 2013

Phoenix

NYP:

How the US gave guns to Mexican cartels

(snip)

‘It’s like the underwear gnomes,” my ATF colleague Lee Casa told me one time as we recounted the latest bizarre goings-on in Phoenix.

“What?” I asked.

“You ever watch ‘South Park’? There’s this episode where all the boys get their underwear stolen by these underwear gnomes. They track them down to get it back and one of them asks why they are stealing everyone’s underwear. The gnomes break out this PowerPoint and reveal their master plan: Phase One: Collect underpants . . . Phase Two: ? . . . Phase Three: Profit.”

“We’re doing the same thing,” he explained. “We know Phase One is ‘Walk guns’ and Phase Three is ‘Take down a big cartel!’ ”

Both of us were laughing now; a more fitting and appropriate allegory could never be found. Casa concluded, “Just nobody can figure out what the f–k Phase Two is!”

Aside from the fact that I think Gunrunner’s real purpose was an attempt on the part of the Obama administration to sandbag both 2A and immigration politics, if you want to believe that Gunrunner had any law enforcement utility, I think they were thinking that this was going to be the modern equivalent of nailing Al Capone and thereby squelching is outfit on Capone’s failure to pay import tariffs.  IOW, catch cartel members on some process gun/weapon crime, then get ‘em into Club Fed, then all the humpty dumpties will have a great fall off the wall.

It’s as if we actually think that catching Capone on a tax technicality is what ended the Sicilian Mafia.  When what really ended the Sicilian Mafia is what ends almost all mob/clan violence:  The repudiation of cousin marriage and tight endogamy, and the institution of outbreeding, which Sicilians both back in Sicily and their American diaspora didn’t do until shockingly recently.  Not recently in terms of my lifetime, but in terms relative to when white/European peoples in general did so.

Meanwhile, back at el rancho, Mexican drug/gang violence is just typical racial behavior, not a result of generations on end of kissing cousins.  Mexican drug gangs are the modern day equivalent of Indian tribes, (because they’re fundamentally the same Indo people).  Mexican cartels fighting over drug distribution routes is just about the same as two Indian tribes way back when fighting over the right to buffalo hunting territory.





Home Going

15 11 2013

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

The way I read this, her husband took himself and his son home to Mexico.

So why undo that?

Because…the mother is still here doing those jobs that Americans won’t do.





Beans

22 10 2013

San Francisco

Forbes:

Twitter And The Real Economy Of Jobs

(snip)

But what about those lacking degrees from elite colleges? The economist Tyler Cowen suggests that the 85% of the population without the proper cognitive pedigree will need to adopt the survival strategies of the poor in Latin America, including a diet heavy in beans.

I guess this means we’re all beaners now.





TeePee For Their Bungholes

22 09 2013

Venezuela

Here’s the story.

So obviously, here’s how I react:

I think the thing is sped up in order to fool the Googitburo’s censorship algorithms.





Necessary to the Security of a Free State

10 09 2013

Mexico

Michoacanos are as mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore.

Why are they so far succeeding when the official government war against the drug cartels have failed?  Because various cartels are the official government war against the cartels.

BTW, notice how many good stories we’ve seen in the WaPo since Bezos bought it?





Train Derailment

26 08 2013

Mexico

Any other train derailment is NBD, just a big mess to clean up.

But when the train is THE BEAST, the consequences are a bit more drastic.





Mexico’s Guns

9 05 2013

Mexico

Noroeste (Google Translated into English):

Illegal arms sales confirmed

BERLIN (APRO). _ The arms company Heckler & Koch confirmed the sale of assault rifles G36 type the governments of the states of Guerrero, Chiapas, Chihuahua and Jalisco, although the German authorities have banned for being sites dominated by violence and where there is respect for human rights.

This was announced by the German weekly Der Spiegel, citing reports of an internal investigation that the company Heckler & Koch had ordered so check the charges against him.

Der Spiegel suggests that experts and lawyers team conducting the internal investigation would have concluded that there are strong suspicions against two workers who spent many years working for the company and are irregularly who have authorized the release.

The German weekly quoted a notice signed by the management of Heckler & Koch and dated April 24 which states that “(they) have arranged the delivery of arms to unauthorized Mexican states for it” and presumably would have done “without the knowledge and desire to other people in the company.”

Since 2010, prosecutors in Stuttgart is an investigation to determine if the company Heckler & Koch had violated the Law on Arms Control and Foreign Economic War German to deliver cargo to Mexican states banned by the German authorities.

And although the company has always denied the allegations, German prosecutors confirmed late last year that thousands of assault rifles supplied by Heckler & Koch illegally entered the states of Guerrero, Chiapas, Chihuahua and Jalisco, classified by the German authority well as dangerous regions where human rights are violated.

The German authorities’ investigations focus on determining who is responsible for the irregular delivery of weapons: officials of the German or Mexican authorities.

Okay, it’s obviously the fault of Germany’s Second Amendment.

H/T SCC.





Stay Where You Are

3 05 2013

Mexico City

President Obama’s speech in Mexico City this morning.  It’s basically a globalist-establishment-left laundry list.

Relevant parts:

Some Americans only see the Mexico depicted in sensational headlines of violence and border crossings.

Some Americans pay attention.

Some Mexicans may think America disrespects Mexico, that we seek to impose ourselves on Mexican sovereignty, or, alternatively, wish to wall ourselves off.

Rush was right when he said today that this “impose ourselves on Mexican sovereignty” was a dog whistle of approval to the reconquista-on-the-brain Aztlan nuts.  “Or, alternatively, to wall ourselves off” is the total polar opposite to “impose ourselves on Mexican sovereignty,” so it would seem.

I see a Mexico that is creating new prosperity.  Trading with the world.  Becoming a manufacturing powerhouse—from Tijuana and Monterrey to Guadalajara and across the central highlands—a global leader in automobiles and appliances and electronics.

That’s because we gave our manufacturing base to them.  Remember NAFTA?

Indeed, I see a Mexico that has lifted millions from poverty.

I see a Mexico that has dumped its impoverished on us.

In you, Mexico’s youth, I see a generation empowered by technology.  I think I see some of you tweeting and WhatsApping right now.

Our ooks and ookettes tweet.  BFD, as Obama’s hand-picked Vice-President would say.

And I see a Mexico that is taking its rightful place in the world.  Standing up for democracy in our hemisphere.  Sharing your expertise with neighbors across the Americas—when they face earthquakes or threats to their citizens or go to the polls to cast their votes.  You’ve joined the ranks of the world’s largest economies, and became the first Latin American nation to host the G-20, another confident step on the world stage.

Relative to the rest of the world, Mexico is in pretty good shape.  Ben Jonson was a great English playwright…who had the great misfortune of having William Shakespeare as a contemporary.

In the United States, we recognize our responsibilities as well.  We understand that the root cause of much of the violence here—and so much suffering for many Mexicans— is the demand for illegal drugs, including in the United States.

True, but that’s a two way street.  Of course, on a diplomatic trip, did you expect Obama to do anything but blame his end of the street for that problem?

Now, I do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer; instead, I believe in a comprehensive approach—not just law enforcement, but education, prevention and treatment. And we’re going to keep at it—because the lives of our children and the future of our nations depend on it.

Except when you need the votes of young doobie aficionados to win a few states.  Then you hitch your train to the weed legalization or decriminalization movement.

We recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.

They mostly come from the international black market.  Most of the ones that come from America come from Obama and Co. practically giving them away. And also, there’s this inconvenient matter of the kind of Mexicans that use guns to commit violence, i.e. gang and tribe oriented Indos.

In America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms, and as President I swore an oath to uphold that right—and I always will.

Someone ask him:  If the Second Amendment was not already part of the Constitution, would he advocate putting it in?

Meanwhile, we’ll keep increasing the pressure on the gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico, and we’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong—behind bars.

Who has gone to prison for Operation Gunrunner?

We’re grateful to Mexican Americans in every segment of our society—for teaching our children, running our companies, serving with honor in our military, making breakthroughs in science, and standing up for social justice.

Yep, we gringos are so dumb that we can’t find our asses with both ends on our butt cheeks.  We needed Mexico to show us how to accomplish anything.  Pray, if Mexican-Americans do everything for us and accomplish everything of note in America, why is Mexico itself such a sad case, at least relative to America?

As Dr. Martin Luther King told Cesar Chavez, we are “brothers in the fight for equality.”  Indeed, without the strong support of Hispanics, including so many Mexican Americans, I would not be standing before you today as President of the United States.

Our shared future is one of the reasons that we in the United States also recognize the need to reform our immigration system.  We are a nation of laws, and like every nation we have the responsibility to ensure that our laws are upheld.

But we also know that, as a nation of immigrants, the immigration system we have in the United States now doesn’t reflect our values.  It separates families when we should be reuniting them. It’s led to millions of people living in the shadows.  It deprives us of the talents of so many young people—even though we know that immigrants have always been an engine of our economy; starting some of our greatest companies, pioneering new industries.

Ironically, a Martin Luther King protege (Ralph Abernathy), Chavez himself and Walter Mondale once led an anti-illegal immigration protest at the Mexican border, in 1969.

Tell me how two-digit IQ Chicano-Mestizo-Indos are going to start great companies and pioneer new industries.

As far as this business about “without the strong support of Hispanics…I wouldn’t be standing before you today as President of the United States,” well, I just blogged about that this morning.

That’s one of the reasons I acted to lift the shadow of deportation from DREAMers—young people brought to the United States as children.

“Shadow of deportation.”  First off, hardly anyone is actually deported.  But second, out of the other side of his mouth, Obama tried to get away with trying to make us think that he actually engaged in record numbers of “deportations,” even though that has been proven to be such a deceit that the only person who believes it anymore is John Engelman on AR.

To net it out, I have no problem with President Obama going to Mexico…





Bad Idea, Joe

3 01 2013

Phoenix

He’s usually too smart to say things so dumb.

The first toe we step onto Mexican soil in a military sense if we wind up doing this means that every illegal alien Mexican currently in the United States becomes an instant “war refugee” with legal status, and it will also give legal permission for millions more to stream north.

Better idea:  Finish off real border security, then let Mexico solve its own problems.  The first is actually a necessary prerequisite for the second, IMHO.





Obama’s Fault

22 12 2012

Mexico

John Hammar coming home.

Obama’s fault.  Because…even though Hammar did everything above board and legally, do you think that Mexican authorities have a good reason to be suspicious of arms-bearing Americans even more so now than before?





Two Way Border

26 11 2012

Mexico

Economist:

“Impossible” to end drug trade, says Calderón

ENDING the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an interview with The Economist Mr Calderón, whose battle with organised crime has come to define his six years in office, said that countries whose citizens consume drugs should find “market mechanisms” to prevent their money from getting into the hands of criminals in Latin America.

In an interview recorded last month for this week’s special report on Mexico, Mr Calderón said: “Are there still drugs in Juárez [a violent northern border city]? Well of course, but it has never been the objective…of the public-security strategy to end something that it is impossible to end, namely the consumption of drugs or their trafficking…

“[E]ither the United States and its society, its government and its congress decide to drastically reduce their consumption of drugs, or if they are not going to reduce it they at least have the moral responsibility to reduce the flow of money towards Mexico, which goes into the hands of criminals. They have to explore even market mechanisms to see if that can allow the flow of money to reduce.

“If they want to take all the drugs they want, as far as I’m concerned let them take them. I don’t agree with it but it’s their decision, as consumers and as a society. What I do not accept is that they continue passing their money to the hands of killers.”

Translation:  It’s all gringo’s fault.  What else would you expect the President of Mexico to say?  They’ll never really take any collective tribal responsibility for their half of the problem.  And yes, they deserve half the blame, because economic transactions are two way streets.  Our demand for dope is fueling their gang violence, but the Indo has a gang propensity hearkening back to Indian (feather, not dot) and Mesoamerican tribes.  It could be just as much that they supply plus the almost non-existent border between our countries is fueling our demand.  We’re back to chicken/egg.





Blogmeister Vindicated (Again)

22 09 2012

Alabama

Blogmeister’s Axiom #17:  Free trade, open borders for immigration and global governance are all interrelated.  If you embrace one, there will inevitably be pressure on your body politic to enact the other two.

Birmingham News:

Mexican government reviewing complaint that Alabama’s immigration law violates NAFTA labor rules

Mexico is reviewing a complaint by an American labor union that Alabama’s immigration law violates a clause of the North American Free Trade Agreement that is intended to protect the rights of migrant workers, the union said Thursday.

The Service Employees International Union filed a complaint in April with Mexico’s Department of Labor and Social Welfare that Alabama’s law, often referred to as HB 56, violated the Labor Principles and Obligations in the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation by “by creating a climate of fear and intimidation that chills immigrant workers and their co-workers who seek to form trade unions, bargain collectively or participate in other worker advocacy organizations.”

The Mexican government accepted the complaint and agreed to consult with the U.S. government about it, according to a Sept. 3 letter Mexican officials sent to SEIU. SEIU’s complaint also was joined by Mexico’s National Association of Democratic Lawyers.

“We hope that further review of Alabama’s racial profiling law will make clear its devastating impact on workers, on the law’s potential for minimum wage and overtime violations, and on workers’ freedom of association which are supposed to be protected under the NAFTA labor clause,” SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina said in a prepared statement.

Q.E.D.

Here’s how you can tell that the SEIU (“purple people eaters”) isn’t a real union, other than Andy Stern’s biography:  Unions were not so long ago opposed to free trade, and not so long before that opposed to open borders for mass immigration, because both affect the employment prospects of labor unions members.  Here, we have the SEIU embracing both.





Turn That Sign Around

21 07 2012

Mexico

Reuters:

In February, Calderon appealed to the United States to halt the flow of arms by unveiling a massive sign on the Mexican-U.S. border reading “No More Weapons!” The letters on the billboard in the city of Ciudad Juarez were made of recycled guns seized by security forces.

Two choices:

Either he erases that sign and replaces it with “Impeach Obama, Prosecute Holder,” or we turn it around in the other direction after scratching out “Weapons” and replacing it with “Mexicans.”





Es Gratis, Pase El EBT

19 07 2012

Mexico Del Norte

And you thought it was over when they ditched the Hispanic soap opera advertising.

The latest Obama outrage?

Yes, he’s continuing the policy.  But he didn’t introduce it:

The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America and migrant communities in America. The information is specifically focused on eligibility criteria and access.

“Ann Veneman,” “2004.”  Add those two together, and you get “Viva Bush.”

And also…family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande.





He Thought It Would Be Safer

3 07 2012

Lambert Airport

5:

Robert Traxel killed in Guatemala on National Guard mission

(snip)

Before signing up with the Missouri National Guard, Traxel’s family says he enlisted with the Marines right out of Oakville High School in south St. Louis County.

After that, he worked as a police officer in Florissant and other departments before enlisting with the Army, serving a tour in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was in the Army where his family says he started reporting, filing stories from the front lines.

His family thought his latest mission would be safer – a medical readiness mission with the Missouri National Guard in Guatemala.

Except Guatemala is full of Guatemalans.

Florissant is kinda hangin’ on and remaining majority white, so you can’t say that being a Florissant cop was the most dangerous job of his short lifetime.





The Mexican

2 07 2012

Mexico City

Remember him?

He will be the next President of Mexico.

Funny, he doesn’t look anything like any given FOB Mexican sneaking across the fiction that we used to call our southern border.

Pay attention to the blockquote below.

FNC:

But his top challenger, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, refused to concede, saying he would await a full count and legal review. He won roughly 31 percent of the vote, according to the preliminary count which has a margin of error of 1 percentage point. Lopez Obrador in 2006 paralyzed Mexico City streets with hundreds of thousands of supporters when he narrowly lost to President Felipe Calderón.

“Paralyzed Mexico City’s streets with hundreds of thousands of supporters.”

Sound familiar?

Remember the great amnesty rallies of 2006 in American cities with substantial Hispanic populations?

At the time, Rush Limbaugh (of all people) read a piece by one of the lamer con mags he likes to quote, which stated that street theater with protesters numbering in the hundreds of thousands were both a normal occurrence in Latin America and also accomplished nothing.  Therefore, the street rabble we were seeing flood the streets of Hispanic-heavy cities like Los Angeles that year were doing nothing more than engaging in the typical public theatrical hysterics that Hispanics love so much, and that it by itself would accomplish nothing.  To wit:  Above.  The pro-Obrador street rabble didn’t result in him getting power in 2006, and certainly not in 2012.





The Need For Greed

19 06 2012

Weekly Standard:

Mexican President Thanks Obama for Immigration Changes

At a bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexican president Felipe Calderón thanked President Obama for his Friday announcement not to prosecute young illegal immigrants:

I would like to thank personally, and on behalf of the Mexican nation, President Barack Obama for his valuable decision by executive order to give an opportunity for young people who were not born in the United States but who arrived in that great nation before they were 16 years of age, or who are studying in university, or who have served in the United States armed forces, for them not to be deported for at least a period of two years, so this is a clear and certain situation for them.

We believe that this is very just.  It’s a humanitarian action.  And it’s an unprecedented action in our opinion.  And in this sense, Mr. President, we would like to thank you for the valor and courage that you had in implementing this action.  I am sure that many, many families in the United States of America are thankful to you as well.

We need all these under-30 illegal alien Hispanics to make us so great.  So why not share some of them with Mexico so that Mexico can be great?  We shouldn’t be so greedy.





Who Is He?

8 06 2012

He looks like he could be a senior partner in any given public relations firm in any given major American city.

 





The Other Side of Gunrunner

1 06 2012

The Hill:

Mexican official: Fast and Furious ‘poisoned’ public opinion of US

The Mexican ambassador to the United States on Thursday said a botched gun-tracking operation by America “poisoned” public opinion of the United States for the citizens of its southern neighbor.

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan told a room of reporters on Capitol Hill that the failed Operation Fast and Furious, which has been the focus of a Republican investigation in the House for more than a year, “put a lot of strain” on U.S.-Mexico relations.

Hold up, Pancho.

There is a flip side to this coin after all.

Let me put it to you this way:  If Operation Gunrunner resulted in all those weapons being “walked” to my front door instead of Mexico, the number of new violent crimes in the United States that would have occurred would have numbered exactly zero.  Because they were sent to Mexico which is full of Mexicans that tend to gang violence, there were many more violent crimes committed in both Mexico and Mexican-occupied parts of America.  Just because we “walked” the guns into Mexico doesn’t absolve Mexicans for their crimes using them.

And, reading the rest of this article, I get the feeling that Sarukhan (that’s a weird name for a Mexican, BTW) isn’t upset that Gunrunner happened, only that it was revealed.

I guess we should be fortunate that Mexico and not Uganda is due south of us.

 





Equal Opportunity

29 05 2012

The bad news?  Mexican drug cartels are still violent.

The good news?  They’ve wiped out their glass ceilings and their gender pay gaps.





Tempest in a Newtpot

16 05 2012

Newt Gingrich, writing in Human Events :

The War Next Door

Every single day, atrocities take place just south of our border in Mexico that are nearly unimaginable in the United States. The results of drug-related violence in our most populous neighbor are truly horrific: just this week, 49 mutilated and decapitated bodies were found in a city just 80 miles from the United States.  In May alone, the Christian Science Monitor reports that 23 bodies have been found “either strewn or hanging off bridges and underpasses” in Nuevo Laredo, just across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas.

Americans may not realize the extraordinary level of violence in our most populous neighbor, but we should all be aware of it. Since 2006, 47,000 people have died in violence connected to Mexico’s out-of-control drug cartels.

Americans have a deep interest in helping the government of Mexico establish safety for all its citizens. We owe it to the people of Mexico to do everything we can to help their government defeat the drug cartels.

No we don’t.

First off, worrying about Mexican drug gang wars is about as futile as worrying about child soldiers in Africa.  In reality, it’s just a matter of Amerindians being who they are and Africans being who they are.  The way the Mexican drug gangs are brutalizing each other today isn’t much different from the inter-tribal warfare among American Indians before Europeans showed up, and for much the same reason.

Second, Newt probably has an ulterior agenda with this boo-hoo whoa-is-Mexico article.  If we march boots into Mexico, every Mexican illegal alien currently in the United States will have instant legal status as a “war refugee,” and millions more will be able to pour across the border as legal “war refugees.”  You know who would just love that.  In other words, Newt is riding herd for the cheap labor lobby.

Third, if we invade Mexico, all the Mexican drug gang bangers banging each other will unite against us.  Even if we “win,” it will result in a singular mega-cartel with their sights set on gringo.  It will have power and prestige comparable to that of a legitimate military, and maybe even more so than the existing Mexican military, and it will have a perpetual axe to grind against gringo-Yanqui, and perpetually subject us to infatada/insurgency.





Gained in Translation

3 05 2012

“Cinco De Mayo” — Translated into English, it means “Drinking Gringos.”

Yes, I already knew that — CDM is basically NBD in Old Mexico.  CDM has become just like St. Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras:  Historically far more important for the diaspora than the co-ethnics back in the old country, and currently just an excuse for any and every one to drink.

But CDM this year is on a Saturday.  Avoid Cherokee Street and Fairmont City.





The New Kony

14 04 2012

That’s what it is.

It’s not just to influence the Mexican Presidential elections.  I’m sure there’s also a gringo angle — Either “Get Money” or “invade Mexico” so that all Mexico could be given “refugee status” in the United States, including the significant percentage of Mexico already in the United States illegally.





The Doctor Is In

3 04 2012

Politico:

Calderon says U.S. should follow Mexico’s example on health care

Mexican president Felipe Calderón had a message for Americans: Check out Mexico’s health care system.

In a joint appearance with President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Calderón held up Mexico’s health care system as a possible model if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act.

“Full, free health care coverage for all people up to 18 years of age,” Calderón said Tuesday, via a translator, about his country’s system. “I would hope that one of the greatest countries in the world could follow our example.”

Oh, so that’s why half of Mexico under the age of 18 (and a lot of it over 18) is mooching health care from American emergency rooms.

Let me translate Calderon’s bullshit into English:

Please, Gringo, enact another entitlement so we can dump even more of our undesirables on you!





Not a Cure-All

15 12 2011

AFP:

Drug war failed across Latin America in 2011

(snip)

In June, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes several Latin American ex-presidents and international figures such as Arbour and former UN chief Kofi Annan, published a report urging a thorough rethink of anti-drug policy.

Calling the global war on drugs a costly failure, the report called for an end to “the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but do no harm to others.”

There are an estimated 250 million drug users in the world, according to UN estimates. “We simply cannot treat them all as criminals,” the report added.

It recommended that governments try new ways of legalizing and regulating drugs, especially marijuana, as a way to deny profits to drug cartels.

It’s definitely time for a new paradigm on drug policy, mainly because the current one ruins a sensible and balanced relationship between citizen and state.  I’m not as enthusiastically for full-on legalization as I was in the past, for various and convoluted reasons.  But don’t think that whatever we do will mean the end of the cartels.  First, since they’re already established, they’ll simply switch to other enterprises, some legal, some illegal.  And second, Latin American drug cartels are really nothing more than a modern extension of Indoamerican/Amerind tribalism, and the feuds between the drug cartels can be viewed in much the same light as the numerous fights between American Indian tribes before us whites showed up.





Drug Island

13 12 2011

WSJ wants its Governor to be the Republican running mate, because its economy is so good.

Maybe there’s a reason why its economy is so good.

FNC Latino:

Puerto Rico Government Denies Island Is ‘Narco-State’

The government denied that Puerto Rico has become a “narco-state,” after local economists’ estimates that the illegal drug trade contributes about 20 percent of the Caribbean island’s gross domestic product were released.

Important members of Gov. Luis Fortuño’s administration rejected the characterization of Puerto Rico as a narco-state, a situation being heavily reported in the local media.

Prof. Jose Alameda, an economic professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, told Efe that the figure of $9 billion, or 20 percent of the GDP, that some of his colleagues have estimated as the weight of illegal drugs in the island’s GDP is feasible.

Drug trafficking “tends to insert itself into the governmental framework” and Puerto Rico’s strategic location as a bridge between drug-producing and -receiving countries has contributed toward allowing the illicit activity to flourish on the island, Alameda said.

Since the mid-1980s, Puerto Rico has been heavily linked to the international drug trafficking economy, especially to cocaine, which found a perfect location where it could grow in a society such as the one on the island afflicted by social breakdown and the loss of values, the economist said.

That sound you hear is all the crickets chirping as we anxiously await the WSJ to eat humble pie.





Go North, Young Men

13 12 2011

Examiner:

Mexican attorney general: “Obama more involved in Fast & Furious than admitted!”

President Barack Obama appears to be getting it from all sides regarding a government snafu dubbed Operation Fast and Furious. Besides both houses of the U.S. Congress and a number of public-interest groups investigating what is being characterized as a rogue federal law enforcement operation, Mexico’s attorney general is infuriated over the allegations that the U.S. was behind the smuggling of weapons into Mexico that ended up killing her countrymen.

In a statement released by Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales, she called Operation Fast and Furious “an attack on Mexicans’ security.”

Morales told Mexican reporters that she is demanding a full and honest explanation from the United States government especially since evidence is being gathered that reveals the Obama administration was more involved in Operation Fast and Furious than top officials admitted in their sworn statements.

If what is being reported is true, U.S. Attorney General and other government officials may have committed perjury and/or obstruction of justice if it’s proven they lied when testifying before House and Senate committees.

The AG of Mexico is Pw3ning F&F?  That’s rather ironic, as I think F&F was designed to sabotage the immigration debate, along with 2nd Amendment politics, and sabotage it in the direction of open borders and amnesty.  Morales works for a President associated with a political party that is largely funded by Mexico’s rich elite, and it has the semi-official position that Mexicans should migrate northward, mainly to clear Mexico of its ne’er-do-wells, to prevent any leftist revolution and expropriation of the assets of the rich elite.





Fancy That

8 12 2011

Mexico didn’t want a foreigner sneaking into the country with fake papers and setting up residence there.

Really?  Really.





Mexican Read-Off

5 12 2011

UK Telegraph:

Mexican presidential front-runner struggles to name three books

Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s leading presidential contender, was unable to name three books that had influenced him, and could only name one he had read “parts of” – the Bible.

The former Mexico State governor holds a comfortable lead in opinion polls for Mexico’s July 1 presidential election, but his appearance was reminiscent of the campaign-denting moment that Texas Gov. Rick Perry suffered at a Republican debate in November. The GOP hopeful he couldn’t remember one of the three government agencies he pledged to eliminate if he were president and finally said, “Oops!”

The floundering by Mr Pena Nieto, who is married to a television actress, fed into the images critics have tried to spin around him: telegenic but hollow.

“I have read a number of books, starting with novels, that I particularly liked. I’d have a hard time recalling the titles of the books,” Mr Pena Nieto said during a question-and-answer session at a book fair in Guadalajara during the weekend.

Mr Pena Nieto said that as an adolescent, he had been influenced by the Bible, and had read “parts of” it.

He then rambled on and on, tossing out confused title names, asking for help in recalling the names of authors and sometimes mismatching the two.

How can I react to a story like this?

Beyond suggesting that he put Kemba Walker in his Cabinet, and beyond knocking on wood realizing that for some people, a little learning can be a dangerous thing, the only way I know how.

MUSIC.





Do As We Say So We Can Do

4 12 2011

Washington Times:

U.S. lawmakers push for better treatment of illegal immigrants in Mexico

Already unhappy with the Obama administration’s handling of illegal immigrants in the U.S., liberal lawmakers on Friday asked the government to go even further and make American aid to Mexico based on that country treating immigrants better.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat and a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, led a letter signed by more than 30 lawmakers, including Foreign Affairs Committee ranking Democrat Howard L. Berman, that accused Mexican authorities of everything from kidnapping and robbery to extortion of migrants crossing Mexico on their way to the U.S.

In the letter the lawmakers asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to put pressure on Mexico to clean things up.

“The current levels of abuse against migrants in transit in Mexico represent a humanitarian crisis that has been recognized by international human rights organizations across the globe,” they wrote, adding that because of its location and ties, the U.S. has “a clear interest and responsibility” to push Mexico.

The above mentioned names are all open borders Democrats, and I imagine the same is true of most or all of the thirty-plus signatories of this letter.

Translated from Congressese into English, they’re begging Mexico to treat its own illegal aliens better in order to grease the skids for the American government officially enacting amnesty.  “You won’t be able to con the Republicans into backing down until they don’t have the ‘hypocrite’ card to play, Mexico City.”








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