Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Illegal immigrants are exempt from this requirement (pay a $7,300 premium a year)

McCaughey: Pelosi Bill Has Radical Agenda

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The healthcare reform plan being pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama and passed by the House on Saturday illustrates the Democrats' radical agenda, says former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey.

In an op-ed article appearing Saturday on The Wall Street Journal's Web site, McCaughey reveals shocking details of the 1,990-page bill.

Some of the more alarming aspects of the bill, according to McCaughey:

“Sec. 59b (pp. 297-299) says that when you file your taxes, you must include proof that you are in a qualified plan. If not, you will be fined thousands of dollars. Illegal immigrants are exempt from this requirement.”

FEMA: Illegal Aliens GET DISASTER AID - Why Not Deportation????

FEMA: Illegal Aliens Can Get Disaster Aid (taxpayer money -WHERE IS THE FENCE?)

Date: 2009-11-09, 11:08AM PST
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FEMA: Illegal Aliens Can Get Disaster Aid

A recent directive from two disaster-relief agencies reveals that taxpayer money can be used to help illegal aliens recover from floods and other calamities.

Following September's flooding in Georgia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) issued a joint statement assuring "foreign nationals here legally" that they were eligible for disaster aid.

In addition to people with a legal permanent resident card — known as a "green card" — "other non-citizens who can apply with FEMA include those with legal resident status because of asylum, refugee status, parole status, suspension of deportation status or status as victims of domestic violence," according to the statement.

But only one member of a household needs to be eligible to qualify the entire household for aid, Government Security News observes.

"So parents and guardians may apply for assistance on behalf of a minor child here legally," according to FEMA and GEMA.

In other words, an alien with a child who was born in the United States and is therefore a citizen can receive disaster aid even if that alien is in the country illegally.

And in the case of a household with "mixed immigration status," the statement notes, "FEMA does not collect information on the immigration status of other household members."




Illegals stealing Tools (sonoma)

Date: 2009-11-06, 9:28AM PST

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Try to Understand


This morning I found two wonderful Individuals Non documented individuals, in my Back Yard stealing the Tools I use as an Electrician. As I stopped them, one was armed with a nice weapon, which had been stolen recently from my Neighbors Gun Cabinet.
In around the Block from me was their car, a 10 year old Black Police Cruiser which had been seen for months in our neighborhood (Spotting yards with lights at Night), when we contacted the Police, we were told there was nothing they were doing wrong?
So back to this morning. As the Sonoma County Sheriffs arrived, I had Jose and Juan face down with my Rottweiller on Guard. As I spoke, on the Phone. The police asked to see my Permit for my Rifle. Which was loaded with DGX rounds for added security(not Illegal).
As another officer showed up I was asked why I had my tools in my Truck and not in my Garage? I was told that I wasn’t allowed to have a Rifle like mine without some new law and that I could be held responsible for any psychological problems these two have.

In their Police car was found several items belonging to our neighbors including a Army Silver Star given to our neighbor’s son who Died in Vietnam. Several other weapons including Phone Numbers, Address, License Plate numbers and Names of all our Neighbors: including Mail and Packages left on Door Steps.

I was then told that unless I press Charges myself that they would release them, later in the day.
The last officer said I should have just eliminated the problem with two shots, walking away.. I mentioned it will happen unless someone starts supporting the Police.

Here’s our Problem. Stop hiring Illegal’s.
If you know of anyone hiring Illegals report them
Our Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Russian, All European, Asian and lets not forget African American ancestors dealt with becoming Americans, have all Fought for our rights and not Illegals are coming and taking over, We have become lazy and fearful of being called a Racist…
I have some bad news for, those who refuse to be Americans are the True Racists and we all need to start saying NO!


Dear Stupid Gringo,

Thank you for contacting Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch has a long tradition of giving back to the communities in
which we do business. For more than a century, the company has upheld a
consistent philosophy of concern for people and communities. As you
mentioned in your call, we do support National Council of La Raza (NCLR),
a national non-profit organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty
and discrimination and improve life for Hispanic Americans. We also
support the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and many other organizations
in the Latino community.

Although we may not agree on every issue, our continuous support helps
these organizations improve the overall quality of life for those they

We are disappointed to learn we might lose your valued patronage and hope
you will reconsider after learning more about why we support various
organizations that support the Latino community.

Thanks again for your interest in Anheuser-Busch.

Dear Sirs:

You've recited the public relations line that La Raza uses when they want
to appear moderate for their own benefit. It certainly benefits them to
get millions of dollars from corporations.

But make no mistake, the leaders of La Raza subscribe to the notion of
"Aztlan." This belief system states that the entire southwest rightly
belongs to Mexico and it is the right and destiny of "La Raza" to reclaim
this land and purge races who are not "La Raza" (is the term "the race"
not prima facie evidence of racism?). This is to be accomplished through
lobbying for an open border, amnesty for illegals, and very high birth

Given that you support a group which is hostile to me and all "Gringos," I
will take me business elsewhere and tell all my friends and family to do


A former consumer


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I.C.E. Uncovers Six Million Dollar Scheme to Employ Illegals - OR PART OF LA RAZA DEMS' PLAN TO GIVE OUR JOBS AWAY???

ICE Uncovers $6 Million Scheme to Employ Illegal Aliens in 14 States (labor racketeering, 45-count indictment )

ICE Uncovers $6 Million Scheme to Employ Illegal Aliens in 14 States

ICE arrested eight individuals on May 26 on charges related to labor racketeering, forced labor trafficking, and immigration and other violations in 14 states. The arrests stemmed from an unsealed 45-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury against 12 defendants, including eight Uzbekistan nationals. (ICE Press Release, May 27, 2009; DOJ Press Release, May 27, 2009).

The indictment alleges that Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev — a citizen of Uzbekistan residing in Mission, Kansas — owned and operated a labor leasing company in Kansas City, Missouri. Through his company and a dozen other businesses, Askarkhodjaev allegedly secured fraudulent labor contracts for housekeeping, cleaning services and other duties with clients in the hotel/resort, casino and construction industries in 14 states, including: Missouri, Kansas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina and Wyoming. To fulfill the contracts, the businesses allegedly used foreign nationals who either entered the United States illegally, overstayed their visas, or did not have legal authorization to reside or work in their specific locations during their term of employment. (DOJ Press Release, May 27, 2009).

The indictment accuses Askarkhodjaev and several associates of committing a long list of other crimes. These include failing to pay employment taxes; failing to pay overtime; failing to pay workers in the manner required by federal regulations; defrauding insurance companies; employing illegal aliens and threatening the illegal workers with physical harm in order to coerce them to work. In addition, DOJ alleges that Askarkhodjaev and his associates used false information in order to obtain certification and approval for hundreds of foreign H-2B workers. (Id.).

The indictment further alleges that Askarkhodjaev and his associates required the foreign nationals they lured to the United States to work where they assigned them, but then threatened to cancel the immigration status of aliens who refused to work as directed. The aliens were allegedly charged numerous fees and were forced to reside in exorbitantly priced apartments, which were exclusively secured and controlled by Askarkhodjaev's businesses. These fees and expenses, combined with the lack of payment for hours worked, often resulted in the aliens receiving a paycheck with negative earnings, which was allegedly meant to ensure that the workers never made enough to repay debts, purchase transportation home, or to pay for their living expenses. (Id.). Acting U.S. Attorney Matt Whitworth described the apartments as "crowded, substandard and overpriced." (The Kansas City Star, May 27, 2009).

Whitworth summarized the charges against the 12 individuals: "This RICO indictment alleges an extensive and profitable criminal enterprise in which hundreds of illegal aliens were employed at hotels and other businesses across the country. The defendants allegedly used false information to acquire fraudulent work visas for these foreign nationals." (Workforce Management, May 28, 2009). Acting special agent in charge of ICE James Gibbons noted that "the indictment alleges that this criminal enterprise lured victims to the United States under the guise of legitimate jobs and a better life, only to treat them as modern-day slaves under the threat of deportation." ICE estimates that the scheme resulted in proceeds of at least $6 million. (ICE Press Release, May 27, 2009).

CLASHING CIVILIZATIONS - Americans vs Mexican Occupiers


By Frosty Wooldridge

Anyone understand why Mexicans fail at a successful civilization? Ever wonder why millions of them invade the United States in search of a better life? Have you noticed that once they arrive, they create the same kind of ‘society’ in the United States ? Unconsciously, they create the same conditions they left behind. You can take the boy out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the boy. For example, in Denver in December, illegal alien Navi dragged his girlfriend to death behind his car. Illegal alien Cruz shot his girlfriend dead in the back because she wouldn’t reconcile with him. Illegal alien Ruizz ran over and killed Justin Goodman, but Ruizz drove away from the scene leaving Goodman to die. In Greeley , Colorado they suffered 270 hit and run accidents in one year. Over 80 percent of hit and run wrecks in Denver involve illegal aliens. Denver boasts the drug smuggling capital of the West as well as the people smuggling mecca of the country. Illegals cheat, distribute drugs, lie, forge documents, steal and kill as if it’s a normal way of life. For them, it is. Mexico ’s civilization stands diametrically opposed to America ’s culture. Both countries manifest different ways of thinking and operating. With George Bush’s push to create the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” by dissolving our borders with Mexico , he places all Americans at risk. Would you become friends with neighbors who throw their trash on city streets and parks, create ghettoes wherever they enclave their numbers, promote corruption, deal in violence, encourage drug use, manifest poverty, endorse sexism and downgrade education? America ’s culture and Mexico ’s culture remain diametrically opposed to one another. America ’s fought Mexico and won. Today, Mexico invades America with sheer numbers of poor. However, cultures rarely change and neither do their people. As you can see from the ten points below, everything about Mexico degrades everything about America . For further information, you may visit www.immigrationshumancost.org and www.limitstogrowth.org where you will find a plethora of information by a brilliant journalist Brenda Walker. Her original report may be viewed on www.Vdare.com on January 17, 2007 under the title: “Ten Reasons Why America Should Not Marry Mexico .” I suggest you read more of her work. She exemplifies incisive, sobering and shocking information. These ten point stem directly from Brenda Walker’s work. Let’s examine why America must not entangle itself by merging with Mexico . The legal age of sexual consent in Mexico is 12 years old. Sex with children at this age and younger is socially acceptable in Mexico . For example: A Mexican Lopez-Mendez pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a 10 year old girl in West Virginia . His excuse: sex with young girls was common with his people. He said, “I was unaware that it was a crime.” Mexicans remain the most sexist males next to Islamic men. Both boast the most misogynous cultures in the world. Rape and other violence toward women are not treated as serious crimes. In Mexico , a custom known as “rapto” whereby men kidnap women for sex is regarded as harmless amusement. Mexican society regards women little more than objects. Crime and violence remain mainstays of Mexican culture. Drug cartels and the Mexican army coordinate their massive efforts to promote drug distribution not only in Mexico but into the USA . Mexico City suffers the second highest crime rate in Latin America . Kidnapping remains second only to Columbia for ransom money. Beheadings, killings and gun fire erupt at drug distribution points on the US/Mexican border. Spontaneous hanging continues in Mexico . A mob beat up and burned to death two policemen on live television in 2004 in Mexico City . As Brenda Walker wrote, “Mexicans do not have the same belief as Americans that the law is central to the equitable functioning of a complex nation. It’s the Third World .” Mexicans abhor education. In their country, illiteracy dominates. As they arrive in our country, only 9.6 percent of fourth generation Mexicans earn a high school diploma. Mexico does not promote educational values. This makes them the least educated of any Americans or immigrants. The rate of illiteracy in Mexico stands at 63 percent. Drunk driving remains acceptable in Mexico . As it stands, 44,000 Americans die on our nation’s highways annually. Half that number stems from drunken drivers. U.S. Congressman Steve King reports that 13 American suffer death from drunken driving Mexicans each day. Alcoholism runs rampant in Mexican culture. They suffer the most DUI arrests. Mexicans set the benchmark for animal cruelty. Mexicans love dog fighting, bullfighting, cock fighting and horse tripping. Those blood sports play in every arena and backyard in Mexico . They expand into America as more Mexicans arrive. They also engage in “steer-tailing” where the rider yanks the animal’s tail in an attempt to flip it to the ground. In horse tripping, they run the animals at full gallop around a ring, then, use ropes to trip them at full speed. It’s a death sentence as the horses break their legs, teeth, shoulders and necks—all to the delight of the cheering Mexican fans. As La Raza confirms, Mexicans maintain the most racist society in North America . “For the Hispanic race, everything; for anyone outside the race, nothing!” Guadalupe Loaeza, a journalist, said, “Mexican society is fundamentally racist and classist. The color of your skin is a key that either opens or shuts doors. The lighter your skin, the more doors open to you.” Corruption becomes a mechanism by which Mexico operates. Corruption remains systemic. The Washington Post wrote, “ Mexico is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the hemisphere.” They feature drug cartels, sex slave trade, people smuggling, car theft cartels, real estate scam cartels, murder for money and, you must bribe your mail man to get your mail. Last, but not least, Mexicans are Marxists. They promote a one party government. As with any kind of Marxism, brutal totalitarian rule keeps the rich in power and everyone else subservient. As we allow millions of Mexicans to colonize our country, we can’t help but be caught up in these ten deadly cultural traits of Mexicans. With over 12 million Mexicans here today, the predictions grow to as many as 20 even 40 million Mexicans in a few decades as they come here for a better life. The fact remains, as they come to America for a better life, they make our lives a living hell.
Do a search for Mexican gangs, or go to “Mexico Under Siege”
Cut and paste articles and post email all over the country!
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Women play a bigger role in Mexico's drug war
Addiction, the economy and the lure of living well have sucked many into the narcotics underworld. The trend threatens the foundations of Mexican society.
By Tracy Wilkinson
November 10, 2009
Reporting from Culiacan, Mexico
In the story making the rounds here in Mexico's drug capital, the setting is a beauty parlor. A woman with wealth obtained legally openly criticizes a younger patron who is married to a trafficker. The "narco-wife" orders the hairdresser to shave the first woman's head. Terrified, the hairdresser complies.

Urban legend or real? It almost doesn't matter; it's the sort of widely repeated account that both intimidates and titillates. And it highlights a disturbing trend: As drug violence seeps deeper into Mexican society, women are taking a more hands-on role.

In growing numbers, they are being recruited into the ranks of drug smugglers, dealers and foot soldiers. And in growing numbers, they are being jailed, and killed, for their efforts.

Here in Sinaloa, the nation's oldest drug-producing region and home to its most powerful cartel, the wives of drug lords were long viewed as trophies with rhinestone-studded fingernails and endless surgical enhancements.

Now wives -- and mothers and daughters -- are being used by male traffickers because women can more easily pass through the military checkpoints that have popped up along many drug-transport routes.

As Mexico has become a nation that also consumes drugs, women have become addicts, which sucks them into the narcotics underworld.

Mexico's worst economic crisis since World War II is also helping to fuel the trend; for desperate women, dealing and smuggling are often seen as a more "dignified" job than prostitution, said Pedro Cardenas, a Sinaloa state public security official in charge of prisons.

Drug violence that preys on women, in a patriarchal, macho society such as that of Sinaloa, has become an urgent problem in the last year, which has seen more killings than ever before, said Margarita Urias, head of the Sinaloa Institute for Women.

The trend could ultimately pose a threat to the stability of family structures in Mexico, a country where the woman is usually the glue holding a family together.

"It is a social cancer contaminating women who weren't touched before," Urias said.

"When we are so vulnerable, how do we educate and bring up our children? When insecurity overwhelms us, how do we inject values into our homes? How can we remain immune?"

He's free, she's not

Veronica Vasquez curses her drug-smuggling husband.

He wasn't at home the night the army came calling. She didn't have time to dispose of the bags of cocaine he had hidden in the bedroom. Now she's serving five years in the crowded prison in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa, and he's still free.

"I am paying for his crime," said Vasquez, 32. "But I knew what he was doing."

Vasquez, who has two children, lost not just her freedom but all the trappings of the good life she enjoyed. The jewelry and designer handbags and fancy sunglasses, all within easy grasp without really having to work very hard.

"It is all gone," she said. As for her husband: "He is dead to me."

Carmen Elizalde was caught transporting 220 pounds of cocaine from Panama to Mexico. Nabbed on the Honduran border with Guatemala and sentenced to 18 years in prison, she says the deal was her husband's doing. She'd been duped, she said, into going along on what he portrayed as a vacation in Panama. But she didn't ask many questions either.

"Truth is, I didn't want to examine his activities," said Elizalde, 49, a mother of two with a smooth, plump face and perfectly arched eyebrows. "He was giving us a good life, and I didn't care where the money came from."

Mirna Cartagena blames no one but herself. She wanted the quick, easy money. For $1,000, all she had to do was put about 7 pounds of cocaine in her suitcase and board a bus from Culiacan to Mexicali, a city that sits on the border with California. Police pulled her from the bus about halfway along the route, and she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

"It was a matter of necessity and ignorance, of not thinking of alternatives," Cartagena, 31, said with a toss of her long, curly hair, peering from behind sunglasses.

Nearly a quarter of the inmates in the Culiacan prison are female; nationally, it's 5%. The most dramatic change is the type of conviction. A decade ago, the vast majority of women in prison were there for theft or "crimes of passion," such as the killing of a spouse or lover.

Today the statistics have been turned upside down: The majority are incarcerated for crimes related to drug trafficking, Cardenas said, and 80% of first-time inmates are addicts or users.

In the bloody battles to dominate the drug trade, the traditional codes among traffickers that left families untouched have largely broken down. Being a narco-wife is not the armor it once was.

Golden sandals

Maria Jose Gonzalez seemed to have everything going for her. Her curvaceous looks won the crown at the Sun Festival beauty pageant. She had a budding career as a singer with hopes of a recording deal. And she must have had some smarts too, because she had studied law.

The 22-year-old's body was found dumped along a road on the southern edge of Culiacan last spring, near a sign that warns, "Don't throw trash." Nearby was the body of her husband, Omar Antonio Avila, a used-car salesman. She had been shot in the head; he was blindfolded and his hands handcuffed behind his back. Her eyes were open, staring skyward. She wore golden sandals.

The road where they were discovered is frequently used to dump the murder victims that haunt Culiacan. The road meanders into bushy countryside, winding around the back wall of an affluent residential community with its own man-made lake popular with people on jet skis. Wooden crosses and tiny shrines mark where bodies have appeared. The area is known as La Primavera. Springtime.

Authorities suspect that Gonzalez and her husband got mixed up with the Sinaloa cartel, members of which may have blamed them for the loss of 9 tons of marijuana in an army raid shortly before the couple were slain.

Zulema Hernandez ended up in prison on armed-robbery charges. There she met Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, who was serving out a sentence until he famously escaped in 2001 by bribing guards and hiding in a bundle of outgoing laundry.

While the two were doing time in the Puente Grande maximum-security prison outside Guadalajara, Hernandez, in her early 20s, became Guzman's mistress.

"After the first time, he sent to my cell a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of whiskey," Hernandez told Mexican author Julio Scherer for a book he wrote on prisons. "I was his queen."

She told another reporter in 2002 that she became pregnant by El Chapo but miscarried after being beaten by guards.

By the time she was released in 2003, Hernandez had apparently picked up some of her lover's tricks of the trade: She was arrested less than a year later with 2 tons of cocaine.

Lawyers supplied by El Chapo helped her file a peculiarly Mexican injunction used to stop many a prosecution, and she was free again in 2006. She quickly became the Sinaloa cartel's agent in Mexico City, authorities said, transporting cocaine into the capital's neighborhoods -- relatively new terrain for the organization.

Last December, her body was found in the trunk of a car outside Mexico City. She had been shot in the head. Carved into her breasts, stomach and buttocks was the letter Z, symbol of the notorious gang of hit men called the Zetas, archenemies of El Chapo. She was 35.

A year earlier, the fugitive Guzman had married his third wife the day she turned 18: Emma Coronel, another beauty pageant winner, who is one-third her husband's age. At one point, she was reportedly seen around Culiacan, frequenting the hair and nail salons that cater to narco-wives and other young women who emulate the style: glamorous 'dos and fingernails longer than toes, bejeweled or painted with elaborate designs or pictures of cartoon characters. More recently, she was said to be in hiding.

On average in Sinaloa this year, a woman was killed every week in what authorities believe to be gangland hits.

Two women driving on a state highway last month were intercepted by two carloads of gunmen and pulled from their vehicle as their horrified children watched. Their bullet-scarred bodies, heads wrapped in plastic bags, were found a few hours later. One was believed to be a wife of one of the Sinaloa cartel's top kingpins, Victor Emilio Cazares.

The allure persists

Despite the risks, the drug world life continues to appeal to a subset of young women, generating its own lore, especially here in Sinaloa.

Two days before Christmas, federal police arrested Miss Sinaloa, the state's reigning beauty queen, and seven men, all of whom were paraded before television cameras and accused of trafficking cocaine. A cache of high-powered weapons and tens of thousands of dollars were seized from their vehicle.

Laura Zuñiga, 23, was never charged and went free after 38 days under a form of house arrest. Tagged "Miss Narco" by the Mexican media, Zuñiga acknowledged that her boyfriend was the brother of a big trafficker, but she said her beau was not involved in the business, although she wasn't sure what he did for a living.

She was stripped of a title she had won in an international contest. But she remains Miss Sinaloa.

For many women, joining this life is not a matter of choice. They are press-ganged, pushed by parents seeking wealth and influence, or don't know what they're getting into, said Urias, the women's institute official. And escape is rarely an option.

A few women have managed to flee drug-trafficking husbands, and have taken refuge in a shelter whose location is a tightly held secret.

Teresita tried for four years to get away from a husband who beat her, cheated on her and partied endlessly with his drug-dealing friends.

"He was high all the time," she said in an interview at the shelter. The Times agreed not to publish her last name.

She went to the police and the courts, but no one helped. After one particularly bad beating, she gathered up her two children and moved in with her sister.

But her husband followed her, threatened to burn the house down and shot out the outside lights. The goons who worked with him menaced Teresita and her family.

Teresita, a 28-year-old brunet with large, almond-shaped eyes, had known her husband since she was 16. Her sister had married his brother. But drugs and the business had changed him.

She finally became convinced that he would kill her and kidnap the children and found her way to the agency that runs the shelter. There she has remained with her children, trying to learn how to use a computer and other skills that will help her rebuild her life.

But most of the women who have left narco-husbands have to be transferred out of the state and sometimes out of the country to really be safe.

Teresita has a simple wish: "I just want to be in a place where I am not afraid to walk outside."