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Chaos and Carnage Outside a Mexican Pepsi Bottling Plant

mexicoOriginally posted at Clash Daily

The “place of eternal formation and fertility of flower buds,” also known as Uruapan, is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán and is home to avocado farms, a monarch butterfly sanctuary, and a Pepsi bottling plant. That is why having to pass seven corpses propped up on plastic picnic chairs in the middle of a traffic circle would definitely put a damper on anyone’s day.

That’s right. Dropped in the center of the city, seven men aged 15 to 40 who had been tortured and shot in the head were neatly positioned in lawn chairs with notes anchored to their chests – not with a safety pin, but with ice picks! The Post-Its did not say “Note to self: bring home a quart of milk.” Quite the contrary – all seven messages read: “Warning! This will happen to thieves”, except for the one that said “Warning! This will happen to thieves, kidnappers, sex offenders and extortionists.”

All of the alleged car washers were shot execution-style, but only some of the victims had their hands and feet bound. Those victims were probably the ones who were refusing to cooperate before having their brains blown out. Nonetheless, it goes without saying – Pepsi or no Pepsi, it looks like these fellows made either the La Familia Michoacana or the Los Caballeros Templarios very, very angry.

Although quite a sight, the Pepsi Seven weren’t the only murders in Mexico in recent days. In a neighboring town called Guerrero, the body count climbed to 14 when seven more people were shot to death in the Hotel Restorants Vegas bar in the Ciudad Altamirano region of Tierra Caliente.

According to authorities, “Fast and Furious” masked men armed with AK-47s arrived in trucks, burst into the bar and opened fire, gunning down nine people, leaving two alive in critical condition.  Although the stories vary as to the identity of those killed, most agree that among the dead were four civilians and three off-duty federal agents. That time, no notes were left behind.

The noncombatant patrons were likely innocent victims of a confrontation between armed gunmen and federal agents who, after being followed to a bank, sought refuge in the bar of the nearby hotel. The assassins followed them in and shot up the place, messing up the bar, shattering bottles of Mexican beer, and ruining everyone’s evening.

Over the last seven years, about 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence attributed to drug cartels. The Mexican government “estimates that at least another 26,000 have ‘disappeared’ in that same period.”

Abductions and fatal gunshot wounds aside, the mode of execution that garners the most attention is beheading. The fine art of head removal, sometimes with a steak knife and sometimes with a chainsaw, made its debut and picked up speed in Uruapan, Michoacán, home of the Pepsi Seven, after armed men in masks rolled five heads onto the dance floor of a bar as a warning to a rival gang. That special delivery also came with a note that said the act was “divine justice” on behalf of “the family.”

If you think finding seven dead bodies in an intersection is disturbing, try having your line dancing interrupted by heads rolling across the dance floor right in the middle of a well-executed synchronized dance step.

Decapitations increased during Felipe Calderon’s presidency. In 2011 between January and November, there were 493 beheadings and dismemberments directly attributed to the Zetas, who got the idea to remove heads from bodies after they mimicked al-Qaeda and received training from Kaibiles, a Guatemalan Special Forces squad.

While a gory sight to see, at least the Pepsi Seven didn’t have their faces peeled off, sewn onto soccer balls, and delivered to city hall in plastic bags. That’s what happened in Sinaloa in 2010 to Hugo Hernandez. Poor Hugo gave new meaning to the concept of being unable to “hold it together.” The deceased man’s torso was “found in a plastic container in a separate location from another box that contained his arms, legs and skull” and was also accompanied by a note that said “Happy New Year, because this will be your last.”

After Enrique Pena Nieto replaced Felipe Calderon as Mexico’s new president, he vowed to quell the chaos and carnage. Yet by mid-February of this year the bodies were really beginning to pile up, as 2,243 individuals had already been murdered in cartel-related incidents.

Granted, the lawn chair lineup was a shocking thing to discover, especially at 5:30 in the morning. However, in the overall scheme of things, intact corpses with their heads and faces still attached is a vast improvement over the bloodshed and butchery that Mexico has endured for the past six years. As for those seven bodies found outside the Pepsi plant in Uruapan, well, unfortunately for them that ‘Pepsi Day’ they had hoped for didn’t turn out quite like they expected.

Mexico Sues Georgia Over Immigration Law

Originally posted at BIG Government

By way of law and order and in an effort to protect its citizenry, the state of Georgia has enacted an anti-illegal immigration law similar to the one proposed by the state of Arizona.

Georgia’s measure seeks to “empower police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects… punishes people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants in Georgia or use fake identification to get a job.”  The law also “requires many businesses to use the federal E-Verify program to ensure their newly hired workers are eligible to work in the United States.”

It wasn’t long ago that Barack Obama complained about the state of Arizona passing a similar illegal immigration law.  At the time, the President claimed that Arizona’s effort to control illegal immigration abused individuals by unfairly asking for identification from parents taking children out for an ice cream cone. The president warned: “If you [don’t] have your papers and you [take] your kids out for ice cream, you could be harassed.”

Despite the deaths of innocent citizens at the hands of marauding interlopers toting guns, not double-scoop ice cream cones, and in an effort to protect aficionados of frozen creamery from undue persecution, the Obama Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit against the Arizona immigration law.

Therefore, it was not surprising when the “Anti-Defamation League” together with “Mexico and the governments of several Central and South American countries filed court papers…in support of efforts to halt Georgia’s tough new immigration enforcement law.”

In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, the “Southern Poverty Law Center and several other civil and immigrant rights groups also filed a federal class-action lawsuit … asking a judge to halt the measure pending the outcome of their case.” The line of reasoning is “that the measure – also known as House Bill 87 – is preempted by federal law and is ‘unconstitutional.’”

The opposing groups argue that the Georgia law “establishes a ‘show-me-your-papers’ police state, encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays American values,” which up until recently included respect for the law and made it a priority to ensure the well-being of American citizens.

In essence, the lawsuits petition the American legal system to back off upholding its own laws by demanding criminals be allowed to infiltrate American borders, steal jobs and earn wages without proper identification.

In its brief, Mexico argues in support of halting the law, citing that “HB 87 substantially and inappropriately burdens the consistent country to country relations between Mexico and the United States of America.” Apparently, Mexico believes that Georgia’s effort to help identify and address illegal perpetrators, gun runners, drug cartels, and banditos who’ve been known to shoot and kill American citizens, Border patrol agents, and ICE officials is what “burdens … consistent country to country relations between Mexico and the US.”

Mexico also parroted the discrimination concept introduced by Barack Obama when he said the Arizona immigration law was a “poorly conceived law” that would “try to make it really tough on people who look like illegal immigrants.” Mexico said Georgia’s immigration law would interfere “with the strategic diplomatic interests of the two countries and [is] encouraging an imminent threat of state-sanctioned bias or discrimination.”  Sound familiar?

State officials in Georgia reacted to the opposition by filing “court papers…seeking to dismiss the lawsuit,” maintaining the “law is constitutional and predict it will survive the court challenge.” In an effort to do the job the federal government won’t do, “Proponents say the state needed to act to curb illegal immigration because the federal government has failed to secure the nation’s borders.

Illegal immigrants, who shouldn’t be in Georgia in the first place, and whose presence burdens “the state’s taxpayer-funded resources, including public schools, jails and hospitals,” spoke out accusing supporters of Georgia’s new law of “burdening the state’s taxpayer-funded resources, including public schools, jails and hospitals” – a comment that makes about as much sense as Obama’s Arizona lawsuit/ice cream argument.

The state of Georgia decided the responsible thing to do was to enforce the immigration law.  However, if the suit that seeks to prevent Georgia from doing so succeeds, it would set a disturbing precedent that would enable foreign countries to dictate and decide what sovereign American states can and cannot do to control the problem of illegal immigration.

Nevertheless, Clinton appointee U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash will ultimately decide, and has indicated that he “might rule from the bench …on the plaintiffs’ request to halt the law” on the first day of the hearing. The way Judge Thrash rules will determine whether Georgia, on behalf of the United States of America, wins or loses a battle against the unrelenting influx of illegal immigrants, the dictates of foreign countries, and the insane demands of liberal organizations that are oblivious to the safety and security concerns of America.

In the end, Judge Thrash holds the power to decide whether ice cream-eating illegals in Georgia get to celebrate the defeat of the rule of law and join their unlawful brethren in Arizona, who already enjoy Obama-sanctioned ice cream cones without being harassed for identification.


Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mayors

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Whenever Barack Obama refers to the Arizona/Mexican border crisis, the President’s comments usually revolve around “ice cream, harassment and racial profiling.”  Yet it is not within the refuge of Arizona’s ice cream parlors that danger lurks.  Further south, a systematic massacre is taking place as violent criminals, drug-thugs and cartels declare open season on Mexican public officials in an unrelenting brutal blood bath.

Take for instance Gustavo Sanchez, mayor of Tancitaro in Michoacan state.  Recently, Sanchez and Rafael Equihua, Sanchez’s secretary, were both put to death Iranian adulteress-style. The corpses were found thrown, like bags of abandoned fertilizer, in the back of a flat bed truck.  “A drug cartel known as La Familia Michoacan is active in the area, but officials gave no indication the two men were killed by narco-traffickers.”

The Tancitaro prosecutor’s office said Sanchez and Equihua were “bound and blindfolded and had severe head wounds.”  At first it was thought the men were hacked to death with a machete, but now it appears the duo were “stoned to death.”

According to Mexican news agency Notimex, “Mayor Gustavo Sanchez Cervantes had taken over the top post in the city of Tancitaro in December 2009, after Mayor Trinidad Meza Sanchez resigned the post due to pressure from drug traffickers.”

It is still unclear whether Mayor Sanchez’s murder was drug-related.  However, a hint can be gleaned from a similar occurrence that took place a few days prior to Sanchez’s mangled carcass being discovered.  In northern Chihuahua the “mayor-elect … was shot in the head and chest by drug hit men” and left to die, barely clinging to life.

The head-chest shooting in Chihuahua took place one day after a mayor in a “town outside Mexico’s northern business city of Monterrey” was also assassinated.  In fact, since August Sanchez is the “fifth city leader to be slain in Mexico.”

Since “President Felipe Calderon launched his offensive on cartels in 2006,” 29,000 people have been slaughtered in a war between competing drug lords vying for turf. As a point of reference, the stack of Mexican bodies compiled in four short years is a few thousand shy of the 30,000 + seating capacity of Boise, Idaho’s Bronco Stadium.

While Barack Obama is busy guaranteeing illegals safe refuge in ice cream parlors, a mere 66 miles south of Tucson, Arizona the rate of violent death is 33 times higher than the annual rate of military deaths in Afghanistan.

The carnage is rapidly spilling over the border into Arizona as U.S. territory is being occupied by drug cartels and human smugglers.  Yet Barack appears more concerned with individuals who ethnically resemble people of Mexican origin having access to hassle-free ice cream cones than whether national security is seriously compromised.

In fact, 50 miles south of Phoenix, residents are warned not to use certain routes within the state because of “armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed.”  According to Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, “Mexican drug cartels literally… control parts of Arizona…scouts on the high points in the mountains [control movement] with radios… optics, [and] night-vision goggles.”

On the local level and even closer to home:

Since officials [in Arizona] formed a special squad [in 2008] to deal with home invasions, they have counted more than 200 of them, with more than three-quarters linked to the drug trade. In one case, the intruders burst into the wrong house, shooting and injuring a woman watching television on her couch. In another, in a nearby suburb, a man the police described as a drug dealer was taken from his home at gunpoint and is still missing.

Thus far Barack Obama’s response to the burgeoning crisis is feeble at best.  The President remains steadfast in the belief that every person should be given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to lawful citizenship. Obama talks as if Arizona law enforcement officials should hesitate before requesting identification from ethnic-looking individuals toting suspicious backpacks and night goggles if spotted in ice cream parlors accompanied by a child.

The President believes individuals need to be shielded from oppressive laws because failing to do so would be tantamount to the United States federal government sanctioning harassment and ethnic discrimination.  Barack is so unswerving in his determination to avoid racial profiling that it appears he is willing to risk infiltration by Al Qaeda terrorists, as well as cede large portions of U.S. territory to armed marauders.

Regardless of country of origin, the illegal-immigrant-friendly Obama administration remains steadfastly committed to protecting the rights of all visitors to enjoy 100% harassment-free frozen dulce de leche in one of Arizona’s many Cold Stone Creamery ice cream parlors.

Good thing, because after brutally slaughtering a Mexican mayor or two it’s comforting for members of drug cartels, who occasionally mosey over the border to avoid la Policies Federal, to know that, despite Arizona home invasions, beheadings, kidnappings, and border patrol-guard shootings, an amigo can be found in America’s most fair-minded public official, Barack Obama.

Barack’s Border War with America – American Thinker – July 7, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

America is fast becoming the bastion of diversity.  We are a nation that celebrates the cultural kaleidoscope and broad spectrum of ethnicity that makes America great.

Take for example our Mexican neighbors.  Now that’s one fiery crew, so full of life, so zesty and determined. This particular group addresses issues in a way that is alien to American mores, but if integrated could benefit the overall fabric of the nation.  Truth is, drug and human traffickers, as well as illegal immigrants, exemplify the positive characteristic of unwavering determination.

If viewed in context, logic dictates that being courageous enough to illegally enter the U.S. exhibits a unique quality of purpose.  Understood in its complexity, crossing the border or fighting to escape poverty with an AK-47 and a machete could be a laudable characteristic if it means obtaining a better life for yourself and your family.

Recently, in an attempt to do the work “Americans won’t do,” job-seekers on the border of Arizona grappled for the chance “on one of the roads” that used to be a “relatively tranquil pocket of northern Mexico.” Activity there has been misconstrued as “a hotbed of drug-fueled violence on Arizona’s doorstep” when, in fact, it may merely be a creative attempt at accessing employment.

Regardless, the confrontation “between rival gangs competing for drug and immigration routes into the U.S.” is fueling Border State concern. Confusion comes into play when those in despair willingly take a desperate quest for work to another level.

Nogales… which shares a border with the Arizona city of the same name, has had 131 murders so far this year, nearly surpassing 135 for all of 2009…That includes two heads found … stuffed side by side between the bars of a cemetery fence.

The carnage… pales compared to other Mexican border cities, most notably Ciudad Juarez… across from El Paso, Texas, which had 2,600 murders last year.

While some define beheading as gruesome butchery, understanding is called for because hostility usually indicates lost hope and desire to break free of poverty.

Who can blame these people?  Sneaking over the border in some circles is considered a crime, as is holding up people at gunpoint, kidnapping or even murder. Yet, in essence, brutality could be a positive means to an end.  In fact, if anything, border circumstances have been made worse recently not by gangs, but by Arizona law.  The Grand Canyon State may very well be culpable for injecting desperation into an already tense situation by attempting to enforce the law.

Many Americans, especially in Arizona, refuse to consider the circumstances involved in a recent “shootout that left 21 people dead and six wounded on a road just a small distance south of Mexico.”  Eager to exercise racial legislation Arizona would be hard pressed to acknowledge that those involved likely were just attempting to assist the destitute in making a better life.

We must remember:  history tells us desperate people do desperate things.

Barack Obama’s refusal to acquiesce to Arizona’s “misguided legislation” is one gutsy move.  The president’s commitment to “fairness” could successfully quell the shooting, kidnapping, murder and beheading presently taking place on the southern border.

It may take Obama’s empathetic willingness to relinquish American sovereignty and the rule of law to turn the tide.  The President can then judge the success of immigration reform not by the cessation of fighting on the border, but rather by the detrimental effect Obama’s purposeful addition of unbridled lawlessness imposes on America.

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