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It’s a Miracle!

Jesus turned water into wine.

But I’d like to see the righteous dude try this!

The Palestinian Authority continues to disseminate a modern form of blood libel against Israel – by claiming that Israel deliberately distributes drugs to harm Palestinian Arab society.

Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, reiterated this libel in February, stating that Israel “has spit up and vomited a shocking amount of drugs onto our land,” according to Palestinian Media Watch.

He explained that the PA had even seized a lab “turning marijuana into heroin.”

Imagine your young Arab ne’er-do-well sparking up a blunt to get his mellow on, only to find himself passed out in his own vomit because it was smack, not weed. I hate when that happens!

I would say that the Arab propagandist needs to stop his racial incitement, but what he really needs to do is read up on botany. The big dummy.

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Hearts and Minds

I always thought that was an expression. Not a menu.

Ever eager to lear how President Obama thinks, I follow up on his claims and assertions to see how they stand up to… what is the word?

Reality.

The shooting deaths of seven men near the Mexico-Arizona border dramatize what appears to be an escalating use of the once-calm stretch of border as a drug trafficking corridor.

The seven men apparently were ambushed by rival drug traffickers in a rural area near Sonoyta, Mexico, close to the U.S. border crossing at Lukeville, Arizona, and their bodies were found inside a pickup truck Wednesday night, a day after the killings.

Authorities said Thursday that an eighth man was found wounded on a hill, and he told state police the victims had just dropped off marijuana when gunmen opened fire with automatic rifles on their pickup truck.

Well, that’ll happen sometimes.

This is a little unusual (I hope):

New members of a Mexican drug cartel were reportedly forced to eat children’s hearts as part of their initiation, according to authorities.

Details of the rituals were discovered by officials investigating an organ trafficking ring allegedly run by the infamous Knights Templar cartel.

The group’s leader Nazario Moreno, who was shot dead by police in March, allegedly ordered that recruits prove their loyalty through an act of cannibalism, the International Business Times reported.

“At [an] initiation ceremony they used the organs, in this case the heart, and forced people going through this initiatory process to eat it,” Alfredo Castillo, the federal government’s envoy to Michoacan, told a local radio station.

The majority of the hearts came from local children who had been kidnapped for organ trafficking purposes, authorities believe.

Waste not, want not!

I guess smuggling works up an appetite:

California has become the nation’s top entry for methamphetamine coming into the country, with over 70 percent of the U.S. supply of the drug being brought across the border into the Golden State by Mexican drug cartels, a new report states.

“The harm done by transnational criminal organizations to communities all across California is hard to overstate,” the report states. “Not only do these organizations threaten public health by driving the supply and distribution of harmful narcotics, but their alliances with violent prison and street gangs have sparked a rash of violence in a period of otherwise declining criminal activity.”

You know another word for “criminal activity”?

Crime:

The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico’s northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The State Department reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities.

“It’s very important for them to get that money into the banking system and do so with as little scrutiny as possible,” says Jim Hayes, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for the New York office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. He was lead agent in the 2012 case that revealed how Sinaloa money men used HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, as their private vault.

The bank ignored basic anti-money laundering controls, as the investigation found. In 2007 and 2008, the bank’s personnel in Mexico wired $7 billion dollars to corresponding U.S. dollar accounts in New York. These were more dollars than even larger Mexican banks wired to U.S. accounts. ICE says some of it was drug proceeds.

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Yet no red flags were raised because of what a bank official later described as, a “lack of a compliance culture” in the Mexico affiliate, according to the Senate report.

We’ll comply mañana.

But President Obama said Mexico was getting better! That it was practically Swiss in its devotion to the rule of law.

President Obama say a lot of [bleep]:

Little has improved in Mexico’s security since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in 2012, even with the arrest of the nation’s biggest drug kingpin and a government committed to improving the rule-of-law, some Mexican executives say.

Rogelio Velez, chief operating officer at railroad operator Ferrocarril Mexicano SA, said his company has spent 2.2 percent of its income in 2012 and 2013 to protect the company. Samantha Ricciardi, Mexico’s country head at BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, agreed that violence has remained at elevated levels and investors in the automotive hub of Queretaro state are concerned about safety.

Pena Nieto in his 2012 inaugural address vowed to reduce crime in Latin America’s second-biggest economy and shift Mexico’s focus away from the drug violence that has left more than 92,000 people dead or missing since 2006. While he captured drug cartel leaders including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most-wanted criminal, kidnappings and extortions have increased under his watch.

“Basically we’re in the same place as before,” Ferromex’s Velez said today at the Bloomberg Mexico Economic Summit in Mexico City. “We haven’t been able to see in our numbers a security improvement.”

Them’s some pretty “sensational headlines”, don’t you think?

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Higados y Riñones

Regular readers know my interest in (more like obsession with) Mexican affairs since our president visited there last May. He described Mexico as a stable, cultured land of peaceful and literate happy people. Obama dismissed stories of drug cartel violence and political corruption as mere “sensational headlines”. That spawned my series of posts under the standing headline “Sensational Headline Watch”, detailing story after story of depravity, savagery, inhumanity—on our southern border.

Then Obama went back last month and pretty much repeated himself:

If you think about North America, to have three borders this long in which we share a common set of values, a common set of principles, a commitment to democracy, a commitment to free markets, a commitment to trade where we are allies and interact peacefully, that is a precious gift. And it’s one that I think all three of us are committed to building and nurturing for future generations.

How stupid does he think we are? This stupid:

Police in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan detained an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel who is suspected of kidnapping children to harvest their organs, an official said on Monday.

Michoacan state Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos Becerra alleged that Manuel Plancarte Gaspar was part of the cartel’s organ-trafficking ring.

The ring would kidnap children and take them to rented homes with medical equipment where their organs were removed, Castellanos Becerra charged.

A leader of one of the local vigilante groups that sprang up last year in Michoacan to challenge the cartel’s control told a radio station after hearing about the tweet that people in the area knew the Knights Templar gang was involved in organ trafficking because several children had been rescued in his town while being transported in a refrigerated container inside a van.

‘They were inside a refrigerated box, tightly wrapped in blankets,’ Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles, leader of the civilian ‘self-defense’ group in Tepalcatepec, said in a morning interview with MVS radio.

Mexican authorities have said drug trafficking is no longer the top source of income for the Knights Templar, which was once a top producer of crystal meth.

The officials say the cartel’s main sources of income are illegal mining, illegal logging and extortion.

What would Diego Rivera say, Mr. President?

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This is Your Toluca Day!

President Obama was down Mexico way again yesterday, and you know what that meant.

Comedy gold:

I want to congratulate President Peña Nieto on the outstanding efforts that he’s made during the course of this year on a whole range of reforms that promise to make Mexico more competitive and increase opportunity for the people of Mexico. And I’m also very interested in hearing President Peña Nieto’s strategies as he embarks on dealing with some of the reforms in the criminal justice system and around security issues, which I know are very pressing on his mind and where we have some excellent cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

Oh yes, Mr. President. Congratulate away:

The latest gruesome photos from Mexico’s cartel war show headless bodies bagged and wrapped in plastic tape on the side of a road outside Mexico City.

It was believed the men were the latest victims of the bloody turf war that has been waging between Mexico’s sadistic drug cartels.

Last week the severed heads of four people were found near the front door of a church in the neighboring state of Michoacan, while butchered arms and legs were found elsewhere in the small town of Zacan.

Two days before that, two other severed heads were left in front of a bank in Paracuaro, about three hours north of Mexico City.

Heckuva job, Peña Nieto!

Didn’t Obama say he liked watching Breaking Bad?

Make no mistake. The drug War in rural Texas is all about Mexican methamphetamine, a potent stimulant known on the street as Ice. It’s made in Mexico, smuggled across the border as a liquid and reprocessed into shards that resemble ice.

This press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas is typical of what is happening every day. Drug gangs based in the Mexican state of Guerrero send entire families to rural Texas as if they were pharmaceutical company sales reps.

One aspect of the case is particularly troubling. The indictment alleges that Abelardo bribed a local police officer to protect his drug operation. It says he paid the officer a total of $5,000 in $1,000 increments over several months. But the indictment provides no details and does not name the police officer.

The public corruption allegation raises the specter that Mexican drug gangs are importing more than drugs to Texas. Bribing police officers in Mexico has been a way of life for generations. And federal agents report that they are finding more Texas law officers taking money from drug dealers.

Next time Obama takes questions from reporters (or will it be the first time?), I have a tip for the gaggle: Google News. It’s amazing the [bleep] you learn there.

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Sensational Headline Watch

You know the drill by now, right? President Obama went to Mexico City and described a wonderful, pluralistic society rich in culture and history.

And then there’s Mexico:

The daughters of a reporter slain in the Mexican state of Veracruz told authorities that a woman angered by one of his stories had threatened to have a drug cartel kill him.

The statements by Gregorio Jiménez’s daughters contradicted the official version that the reporter was killed in a personal vendetta related to his son and the family of the woman he dated.

The daughters, Cindy and Flor, told authorities Friday that their father had a heated argument last year with Teresa de Jesus Hernández, who was angry about a story he wrote of a man getting stabbed outside her bar in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

They said the dispute came to blows and that Hernández told their father she knew members of the Zetas drug cartel and would hire them to kill him.

“Mrs. Teresa shouted at him ‘remember the story you wrote. I’m holding on to that. I know the Zetas and I will have you killed,” Cindy Jiménez said, according to her statement to authorities read by a court employee.

Gunmen kidnapped Gregorio Jiménez, 42, from his home in Coatzacoalcos last week. Police found his body Tuesday buried in the backyard of a home in the nearby town of Las Choapas along with a taxi driver and a union leader who was kidnapped in January.

Jiménez had also written about the union leader’s kidnapping.

Sooo Mexico.

But this is even better:

Federal agents believe drug cartels have moved into Colorado and are using the recent legalization of marijuana within the state as a front to make money illegally.

Drug cartels – both from Columbia and Mexico – have suffered major revenue losses following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado on January 1.

The Feds believe the gangs will now turn to the legal businesses in the state to find ways of making up for the shortfall in their profits.

Didn’t see that coming!

Boy, I hope we get real about the dangers coming from Mexico before someone gets hurt. Someone American, I mean.

Someone else, then.

A Mexican man was sentenced Monday to 30 years’ imprisonment in a border agent’s 2010 shooting death linked to the federal government’s “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. District Court in Tucson.

“We are not celebrating,” Terry’s family said in a statement. “Today we recognized justice has been served and we believe the 30 year sentence imposed on this particular defendant is an appropriate sentence… We remain hopeful that all suspects in this murder will be brought to justice.”

PS: Just one more:

A lucrative partnership between Colombian and Mexican drug cartels is at the heart of Long Island’s heroin scourge, with traffickers and dealers increasingly viewing Nassau and Suffolk as potential growth markets amid a crackdown on opioid pain pills, officials said.

The favorable economic conditions driving the heroin trade on Long Island and in the Northeast have contributed to a surge in fatal overdoses, authorities said, including more than 220 heroin deaths on Long Island over the past two years — the most ever recorded.

Affluent New Yorkers and those living in the suburbs and rural areas are also using heroin at higher rates, a trend exemplified by the apparent overdose death this month of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in his Greenwich Village apartment, authorities said.

“Heroin traffickers here [Long Island and New York City] have recognized that there’s a whole group of new potential customers who have emerged,” said James Hunt, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York office. “They realize that there’s a whole generation that got hooked on prescription pills, as well as more affluent users, and see this as a way to bring new customers into their grasp.”

As President Obama said:

And in the United States, we recognize our responsibilities. We understand that much of the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico, for which many so Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.

Yeah, Hoffman! Get your act together! Don’t you see the “suffering” you’re causing the Mexicans? God, addicts are so selfish!

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Put This in Your Pipe and Smoke It

Aggie posted a story about free crack pipes a couple of weeks ago.

The fad is catching on:

In an effort to curb the spread of disease among drug users, Vancouver has become home to Canada’s very first crackpipe vending machines.

Installed on the city’s Downtown Eastside, the machines offer Pyrex crackpipes for only 25 cents.

‘For us this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in Downtown Eastside,’ said Kailin See, the director of the DURC.

Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney said he disagrees with InSite’s mission only supporting treatments that end drug use entirely and ‘limiting access to drug paraphernalia.’

‘Drug use damages the health of individuals and the safety of our communities,’ he said. ‘We believe law enforcement should enforce the law.’

InSite argues that studies have shown harm reduction strategies lead to overall decreases in the infectious disease rates and make addicts more likely to get treatment by introducing them to health professionals.

‘This is one piece of a larger puzzle,’ See said. ‘You have to have treatment, you have to have detox, you have to have safe spaces to use your drug of choice, and you have to have safe and clean supplies.’

See argued that as every new HIV or hepatitis case could cost taxpayers up to $250,000 in medical treatment a mere 25 cents for a new pipe was a bargain.

This is an extension of the argument for free needles to addicts of intravenous drugs—and I don’t have an answer for either one. I take the side against the distribution of drug paraphernalia on the grounds that society shouldn’t encourage such destructive (self and otherwise) behavior. But I can’t dispute the other side. Giving addicts clean tools to poison themselves slowly (and cheaply) rather than slowly (and expensively) makes sense (and cents). My moral indignation feels powerful to me, but looks awfully puny next to a full-blown case of AIDS. Or even to the possibility of getting clean. What is my self-righteous condemnation compared to human potential to heal?

People make bad choices, to be sure, and sometimes those choices are beyond our fixing. Sometimes, people will die of their bad choices, and we can only watch (see Philip Seymour Hoffman). But what if we can buy them another day? I would guess that most addicts already know without our moralizing that what they are doing is wrong. But our moralizing ignores medical science if it does not acknowledge the chemistry behind addiction. Breaking the speed limit is wrong (not just against the law, but unsafe), but I do so routinely on the freeway. When I see a Statie, however, I can peg 55 mph for miles on end like an old lady from Poughkeepsie. No one seriously believes an addict jonesing for a fix (also unlawful, also unsafe) can make the same choice. Condemning such a person to die of a preventable disease (not before spreading it to others) seems a petty sort of moralism.

I seem to have made a persuasive argument against the position I hold. Maybe because I’m not sure; maybe there’s a compromise.

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Maybe there’s room for moralizing and free (or cheap) crack pipes. A vending machine may protect addicts’ immune systems, but it gives up on their souls. Where’s the humanity in that? What if, instead, we sell ‘em cheap crack pipes and needles, but they have to ask for them from another human being? The answer will always be yes, but they have to present themselves and ask. We acknowledge their powerlessness over their addiction; they acknowledge their responsibility in their own health and safety. Might not that be the first step toward a cure? Isn’t that more hopeful than crack pipes next to Skittles, needles next to Diet Coke?

If we are to be truly human, there must be room for both moralizing and understanding. People will still die of bad choices, but the right choice should be available until the end. “Choose Life” is never a bad motto.

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Sensational Headline Watch

“Some Americans only see the Mexico depicted in sensational headlines.”
Barack Obama, May 30, 2013, Mexico City

Before we proceed to the latest installment, a reminder:

THE PRESIDENT: Hola! (Applause.) Buenos dias!

Patronizing dillweed.

And it’s an honor to be back in Mexico City — one of the world’s great cities. Es un placer estar entre amigos. (Applause.)

Blech.

In modern times, Mexico’s blend of cultures and traditions found its expression in the murals of Rivera and the paintings of Frida, and the poetry of Sor Juana and the essays of Octavio Paz.

Anyone he left out? Fernando Valenzuela? Selena Gomez?

Despite all the bonds and the values that we share, despite all the people who claim heritage on both sides, our attitudes sometimes are trapped in old stereotypes. Some Americans only see the Mexico that is depicted in sensational headlines of violence and border crossings. And let’s admit it, some Mexicans think that America disrespects Mexico, or thinks that America is trying to impose itself on Mexican sovereignty, or just wants to wall ourselves off.

That’s the background to this:

Four human heads were reportedly discovered Thursday in Michoacan state, one of several recent incidents that suggest the Knights Templar drug cartel may be lashing out as the federal government and vigilante groups attempt to retake territory under cartel control.

The heads were found in the indigenous community of Zacan, about 200 miles west of Mexico City, according to numerous news reports. The newspaper El Universal reported that a “message with threats from organized crime” was found along with the body parts. Two other human heads were discovered Monday in Antunez, south of Zacan.

So sensational have the headlines been that Mexicans have taken to vigilantism to protect themselves in these lawless regions.

And now for the truly sensational part:

Though the motives behind this week’s beheadings were unclear, they may represent efforts by the Knights Templar to lash out against the forces allied against them.

Meanwhile, the states around Michoacan have been stepping up security in anticipation of the “cucaracha effect” — that is, increased violence as Michoacan-based cartel members scurry away from the increased federal presence there.

Even the rest of Mexico want to “wall itself off”, Mr. President. From the “cucaracha effect”.

I, and people like me, don’t fear illegal immigration and criminal aliens because they are “brown” (as the Left always describes them), but because they are illegal and criminal. In fact, I’d like to nationalize and deputize the Mexican vigilantes and put them to work patrolling the border. To keep the (their word, not mine) “cucarachas” at bay.

Not only can our president not be trusted to execute the laws as they were written, he doesn’t even live in the same world as the rest of us.

But what’s also clear is that a new Mexico is emerging.

[Y]ou go forward knowing the truth that Benito Juarez once spoke — “democracy is the destiny of humanity.” And we are seeing that here in Mexico. (Applause.) We’re seeing that here in Mexico.

It’s like he opened up Wikiquote and just started copying.

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Breaking News From the Welfare State

A post not about the stinking pile of poo that is ObamaCare—for once.

No food stamps for fun bags:

New York State Senators have voted to ban the withdrawal of EBT funds in casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs after a passionate debate Tuesday in Albany.

Those caught using their public assistance for any of the above circumstances more than three times will have it revoked for a lifetime, according to the proposed act.

It seems like common sense, doesn’t it? The state senators certainly thought so. Here’s part of Republican Sen. William J. Larkin, Jr.’s plea urging for responsibility and accountability among those using federal assistance:

“It is not ‘their money’! It’s the money of the taxpayers. […] Those who take this and abuse it, don’t deserve to get it [...] “Why should I pay for someone to go to a nightclub or strip club. You wanna do that, find your own money. Don’t use mine or my constituents tax dollars.”

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed reforms of his own in his 2014-2015 executive budget. His version, however, would not punish people on public assistance based on what they buy and the penalties he’s proposing are less severe.

As New York goes, so goes Maine:

The data released by the governor show more than 3,000 transactions from Jan. 1, 2011, through Nov. 15, 2013, at smoke shops, and more than 650 transactions at bars, sports pubs and strip clubs. Those transactions include purchases at the check-out counter and withdrawals from on-premises ATMs. The state does not track what is purchased in EBT transactions.

“This information is eye-opening and indicates a larger problem than initially thought,” LePage wrote in the release. “These benefits are supposed to help families, children and our most vulnerable Mainers. Instead, we have discovered welfare benefits are paying for alcohol, cigarettes and other things that hardworking taxpayers should not be footing the bill for.”

We’ve been going through the same nonsense here—worse:

A Granite Street woman was charged with drug trafficking Thursday afternoon after police said they recovered nearly 19 grams of heroin stuffed into her bra.

Police said 37-year-old Kelly Jean Gagnon also had 13 Massachusetts EBT food stamp cards and 13 Suboxone pills, which are prescribed to counter heroin addiction, stashed away in her first-floor apartment at 11 Granite St.

Electronic Benefits Transfer cards are commonly used by drug users and dealers in lieu of cash, according to police.

Really?

A Dorchester man accused of selling crack cocaine door to door had 22 packets of the drug in his underwear and a $200 EBT card he bought from another man when he was busted, police report.

Kelvin Barrow, 29, drove in a vehicle registered in Maryland to three separate locations in Dorchester and Mattapan Thursday night, conducting what police allege was “a drug delivery service.”

He was pulled over for driving with a suspended license. Later, cops report, they also found drugs and the EBT card on him. Barrow told police that he purchased the card from another man for $100, according to the police report.

Different strokes for different folks:

After recently legalizing marijuana in the state of Colorado, many people became upset over rumors that shops that sell medical and recreational marijuana would be allowed to have EBT-ready ATM machines, which would allow welfare recipients to get cash for their purchases. Recently, legislation approved the use of EBT benefits at marijuana shops.

State Senator Vicki Marble does not support improper use of government welfare funds being available to support recreational marijuana usage. Republican supporters have tried to add strip clubs and marijuana shops to a list of establishments that do not allow EBT cash withdrawals.

Republicans. The party of buzz-kills.

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Weed is the New Welfare

Those of us lucky enough to have Howie Carr on radio (New England, and pockets of the country elsewhere), heard about welfare abuse in Maine yesterday.

It sure sounded like welfare abuse in Massachusetts, maybe with a Down East accent:

They were at smoke shop ATMs when they used their welfare cards to withdraw cash. At race tracks. At tattoo parlors. Even at Disney World-area resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

One example after another of apparent spending by Maine’s welfare recipients was contained in data released by the state last week.

Lawmakers immediately called it misuse. Abuse. Fraud.

But it can also be called something else: completely legal.

You might be surprised to learn that thus begins a defense.

[U]nder the rules, recipients are still allowed to buy whatever they want elsewhere, even if what they buy elsewhere is the same thing they would have bought in one of the prohibited places, including alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

In fact, a brochure for TANF recipients and the website that recipients use to access their accounts both make one thing clear: “Any item may be purchased using your cash benefit account.”

It’s an allowance that has been around as long as the TANF program itself.

What made the Howie Carr show different is that he talked not to a Maine MSM hack, but a conservative journalist who actually did the reporting.

Among his stories:

Maine Welfare Cash Spent in All 50 States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands…

Maine Welfare Cash Spent at Liquor Stores, Bars, Strip Clubs and Smoke Shops

Maine EBT Cards Used at Bowling Alleys, Tattoo Parlor, Pet Store…

Welfare Jackpot: Gambling with TANF Cash…

Welfare Cash Spent at Funtown Splashtown, Aquaboggan…

But entirely legal!

And you think Maine is bad?

An interesting debate in Colorado concerning marijuana shops was just resolved in a way that goes against what the owners of pot stores wanted. Colorado’s Republican legislators proposed to add stores that sell recreational or medical marijuana to the list of places where recipients of public assistance couldn’t use their EBT cards at ATMs.

Democrats on the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines to allow the use of public assistance cards on ATMs in pot shops. Their reasoning is that many neighborhoods are “banking deserts” with few bank outlets and few ATMs. State Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) explained, “I’m not comfortable limiting that access until I’m certain we’ve done that due diligence to make sure people can access their benefits when they need to.”

Because who doesn’t go to a head shop to do their banking?

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Sensational Headline Watch

“Some Americans only see the Mexico depicted in sensational headlines.”
President Obama, Mexico City, May 3, 2013.

A federal takeover is under way in an area of western Mexico known as Tierra Caliente, or Hot Land, where heavily armed vigilantes have taken up a fight against a local drug cartel.

Mexico’s interior minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Monday that government troops would take over security in the region with support from authorities in Michoacan state, where the area is located.

The announcement in the state capital, Morelia, followed a string of firefights between the vigilantes and alleged members of the so-called Knights Templar cartel.

The interior minister called on the vigilante groups to return to their activities as citizens and leave security in the hands of the institutions. But the leader of one vigilante group, Estanislao Beltran, said they will not disarm.

Masked vigilantes took power in more than a dozen rural communities last year in Michoacan state, arguing authorities were failing to stop drug violence.

Opponents and critics claim the vigilante groups are backed by a rival cartel — a charge the vigilantes deny.

Drug gangs! Vigilantes! Men named Estanislao! This is truly a sensational story, El Presidente.

Almost as sensational as your website estúpido:

[Y]ou can be thankful at least that you don’t have to rely on ObamaCare’s “Spanish-language” website. It’s called CuidadoDeSalud.gov, which, as the Associated Press notes, literally translates as “For the Caution of Health.” It sounds as if Señora Sebelius relied on Google Translate–or maybe on the guys who translated the Japanese videogame Zero Wing into English, creating such comedy classics as “All your base are belong to us.”

Among the problems with the ObamaCaution site: It launched more than two months late. “A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form.” And Adrian Madriz, a Miami ObamaCaution navigador, tells the AP: “When you get into the details of the plans, it’s not all written in Spanish. It’s written in Spanglish, so we end up having to translate it for them.”

The AP closes on a political note, if an implicit one:

Gabriel Sanchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico, said the problems hurt the credibility of federal officials and reinforce the belief held by some that authorities are indifferent to the plight of Latinos.

Sanchez said, “They will look at this, and think, ‘Man, they really don’t care about us.’ “

Why would they care about you? No offense, but what makes you special? They want your vote, Paco, nothing else. As long as they get it, you’re not worth a hill of frijoles to them.

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Sensational Headline Watch

“Some Americans only see the Mexico depicted in sensational headlines.”
President Obama, Mexico City, May 3, 2013.

“Dude, where’s my head?”

Five severed heads and their bodies were dumped in two spots Saturday morning around the capital of the western state of Michoacan that has been plagued by worsening drug gang violence this year.

Three sets of bodies and heads were displayed in the street in a township on the northern edge of Morelia and the other two were left in the town square of a community in the southern part of the capital, according to a statement from the state prosecutor’s office.

Michoacan’s murder rate rose in 2013 compared to declines in most states. Last month, dozens of mutilated corpses were found buried in mass graves in an area on the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco.

Decapitations became an increasingly common form of gangland vengeance across Mexico since five heads were tossed onto a barroom dance floor in the Michoacan town of Uruapan in 2006.

Miley Cyrus’s next desperate attempt at relevance?

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Felonious Obamacare

The downward spiral from bill to law to joke plummets apace:

Massachusetts state police say they’ve stopped a car carrying 1,250 packets of heroin stamped “Obamacare” and “Kurt Cobain” and arrested the four people inside it.

Police say a trooper was making a traffic stop in Northampton when another car passed and he noticed several violations.

He stopped the car a short time later in nearby Hatfield and found the driver wasn’t licensed to drive it. A state police dog found the bags of heroin.

State police Lt. Daniel Richard says it’s not unusual for heroin to be stamped with numbers, words or symbols to identify who’s selling it.

But he says the “Obamacare” stamp is one he hadn’t heard of.

Did the pushers try to tell the cops, “It’s Constitutional, bitches?”

Smack and Obamacare share other traits, if you think about it. Both go by several deceiving names: snow, H, skag, Patient Protection Affordable Care Act; both induce a dangerous sense of euphoria; overindulgence in either one may lead to death; passage of both accomplished only by subterfuge and threats. Their main difference is that junk is largely smoked or injected, while Obamacare is ingested in Kool-Aid.

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