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Donald Trump Was Wrong

Don’t get mad, Donald! Don’t start calling us names and accusing us of secreting bodily fluids.

You were wrong, but only a little bit:

Nadia Vera believed in change. The 32-year-old social activist was a passionate defender of human rights through the arts. She wrote poems, staged dance workshops and theatre productions, and participated in street protests to demand political and social change.

Vera and four others were murdered in her apartment in Mexico City on 31 July in an attack that has put human rights defenders across the country on red alert.

She was raped, tortured and shot in the head alongside her friend and campaigning journalist Rubén Espinosa, 31. Both had fled the state of Veracruz following threats and intimidation, which they had publicly blamed on the state governor.

Three other women, all treated largely as an afterthought by local media and authorities, were also killed. Yesenia Quiroz, 18, a student makeup artist, and Mile Virginia Martín, 30, a Colombian hairdresser, were Vera’s flatmates; Alejandra Negrete, a 40-year-old mother of three, was cleaning the apartment at the time of the attack.

But female activists and rights defenders are also under attack in Mexico and across the region amid almost total impunity for the perpetrators of crimes against them. Vera was the 36th women’s rights defender – community leaders, social activists and journalists – to be murdered in Mexico since 2010, according to the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders of Mexico (RNDDHM). She was the third victim from Veracruz. However, the most dangerous place by far is Guerrero, the state where 43 student teachers disappeared last September after being attacked by drug cartel hitmen and corrupt police. Nine women’s rights defenders have been murdered in the state since 2010.

The problem isn’t confined to Mexico: at least 20 women were killed in the same period in the dangerous triangle of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador amid a toxic mix of gender violence, organised crime, corruption and impunity, where rights defenders are under constant threat.

They’re not sending us all their rapists, Mr. President-to-be. They’re keeping some for home consumption. A difference without a distinction, perhaps, but we like to be accurate here.

Trump also said he assumed there were some good people among the Mexicans illegally crossing the border. One hopes so, though the chances of good people surviving long in Mexico are not good.

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La Cosa Nuestra

In the post below, I offered California back to Mexico at no charge.

Seriously, Mexico, we want nothing in return. Nothing!

A Mexican community activist who helped families search for their missing relatives has been killed.

Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco’s body was found near his home in a town in the south-western state of Guerrero.

He had led search parties after the disappearance of 43 students in the nearby town of Iguala last year threw light on hundreds of other missing people.

Guerrero is a region plagued by gang and drug violence.

At least 15 people were killed there over the weekend.

Mr Jimenez Blanco’s body was found in the taxi he owned in the small town of Xaltianguis.

He had been part of an organisation which had supported the search for the students in the hills around Iguala. He had also helped dig up a number of graves of murdered people that were found during the search for the students.

He had helped organise a group called The Other Disappeared, mostly women who meet every Sunday to search the hills for the remains of their loved ones.

The search parties started in November last year, a few months after the 43 students were abducted and presumably killed in Iguala on 26 September.

Since the group began work, it has found 129 bodies, which were handed over to the authorities for identification.

In a BBC interview, Mr Jimenez Blanco said that after Iguala, 300 families had come forward saying they had missing relatives too.

“We have been saying from the start that this area is a cemetery,” he said at the time.

David Cienfuegos, government secretary of the state of Guerrero, told the BBC that many families had stayed silent for decades for fear of retribution.

Mass killings, assassinations, intimidation—doesn’t it sound like the worst of the Sicilian Mafia? Or California Democrats?

Seriously for a moment, I do not trust in the slightest the latter to protect us from the former. Which is why I again implore Mexico to take back California—and give us nothing in return.

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Let Trump Be Trump

As if we had a choice. What Trump said:

“When Mexico sends its people,” Trump said during his presidential announcement, “they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

He said it, he owns it. He’d be about the last candidate I’d vote for, but he’s free to blow his money and his top any way he chooses.

Besides:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday that the seemingly random killing of a young woman in San Francisco was even more proof why voters should send him to the White House.

The shooting Wednesday evening of Kate Steinle on a city pier, police say, was committed by 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant and a repeat felon who had been deported five times to Mexico. Law enforcement officials told CNN that Sanchez was released by the San Francisco sheriff’s department despite a request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for an immigration detainer.

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,” Trump said in a statement Friday. “This is an absolutely disgraceful situation and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it. That won’t happen if I become President.”

Aggie already wrote about this horrific crime. I merely repeat what she wrote: try not to let this destroy your faith in the immigration system. Of course, criminal aliens among us are not exactly immigrants, and if this constitutes a system, I don’t know the meaning of the word. And faith is not exactly what I have in whatever this chaos is instead. Fear and loathing, and sickness unto death come closer to the mark.

Trump doesn’t speak for me. I have not been shy about writing about illegal immigrants and Mexico in my own voice. But I’m glad he’s speaking. People have been too complacent for too long. Our government has abdicated its primary duties: security, borders, rule of law. The bruised feelings of Mexicans, even Americans of Mexican descent, are trivial in comparison.

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The Power of Christ Compels You!

Worth a shot. Anything to get past those “sensational headlines”, eh Barack?

Catholic priests from around Mexico gathered at a central cathedral to do what they could to help fight the country’s crime problem, targeting the demons that may be causing it.

Led by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, a group of priests including an exorcist from Spain conducted a closed-door ritual at the cathedral in the city of San Luis Potosí.

The religious leaders then performed a ‘Magno Exorcismo’ or Great Exorcism, to help Mexico as it struggles with crimes linked to gang violence and drug trafficking.

His ceremony is designed around the four cardinal directions, with distinct prayers, chants and names of saints said for North, South, East and West.

It also includes a section concerning the Door to the Abyss in which one of the participants hits the ground with a ceremonial hammer between calls for the Virgin Mary to close the entrance to Hell and keep the Ancient Snake away.

Pope Francis said last month that the devil ‘was punishing’ Mexico, the second largest Catholic country in the world behind Brazil, with violence.

If it works, maybe they can exorcise the planet of global warming. “Ancient Snake” sounds like a reference to dinosaurs, the fossils of fossil fuels.

Of course, the “devil” works through the hands of men: the psychotic drug lords and their post-zombie-apocalypse executioners; the crooked police on the payroll; the corrupt politicians on the take. Instead of using a ceremonial hammer, I would go after them with guns and laws. And guns. And then more guns. Maybe then a ceremonial hammer.

But what’s the harm in trying?

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Taco Belle

I don’t know if I agree with everything Ann Coulter says…

Appearing on the TV network Fusion, Coulter told host Jorge Ramos, “If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. If you don’t want to be killed by a Mexican, there’s nothing I can tell you.”

But she’s not wrong:

The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch.

The battle on Friday followed two other recent unprecedented attacks by the cartel, one that killed 15 state police officers and another that shot down an army helicopter with a rocket launcher for the first time in Mexico’s history. The death toll from all three is at least 76 people at a time when the Mexican government claims crime is falling dramatically and the interior minister recently insisted the country “is not in flames.”

More from Ann:

When asked whether she thinks Latino immigrants are biologically predisposed to crime, the conservative writer and activist said, “I think there are cultures that are obviously deficient. And if they weren’t deficient, you wouldn’t be sitting in America interviewing me — I’d be sitting in Mexico.

“You fled that culture because there are a lot of problems with that culture,” Coulter told Ramos. “We can share our culture with other nations without bringing all of their people here. When you bring the people here, you bring those cultures here. That includes honor killings, it includes uncles raping their nieces, it includes dumping litter all over, it includes not paying your taxes, it includes paying bribes to government officials. That isn’t our culture.

“America is the best in the world, and we’re about to lose it,” said Coulter. She appeared on the show to promote her new book “Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole.”

“No country has ever had the sort of respect for women that Anglo-America has had, and that is going out the door,” Coulter added.

More from Mexico:

Human Rights Watch joined security experts and relatives of the drug cartel suspects in questioning the official account because only one officer was killed and three people were detained in the gun battle.

“Given Mexican security forces’ poor human rights record, a rigorous and transparent investigation is critically important to determine if indeed there was proportionate use of force during a shootout, and if there were extrajudicial executions,” said Daniel Wilkinson, Americas managing director at Human Rights Watch.

And in what can only be described as a news metaphor—and a belabored one at that:

A lost load of a Mexican drug cartel’s cocaine washed up on a Texas beach, authorities said.

Lifeguards discovered the 66-pound bundle on Monday while patrolling the Galveston shoreline, police said.

The package contained 30 neatly wrapped kilos, worth a total of more than $3.5 million in street sales, according to Galveston cops.

Narcotics officers quickly recognized the packing job as the work of Mexico’s powerful cartels.

Literally washing ashore.

Last words to Ann:

My soon-to-be-released book, “Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” is jam-packed with facts you didn’t already know. Don’t even think of using it as a coaster, like those other books.

These are just a few:

— Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act was expressly designed to change the demographics of our country to be poorer and more inclined to vote Democratic.

— It worked! Post-1970 immigrants vote 8-2 for the Democrats.

— Citing this dramatic shift in the Democratic Party’s fortunes, Democratic consultant Patrick Reddy called the 1965 Immigration Act “the Kennedy family’s greatest gift to the Democratic Party.”

— Immigrants admitted before 1970 made more money, bought more houses and were more educated than Americans. The post-Kennedy immigrants are astronomically less-educated, poorer and more likely to be on welfare than the native population.

— America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico’s entire population.

— Sex with girls as young as 12 years old is legal in 31 of the 32 states of Mexico.

— Since 2004, Mexicans have beheaded at least a half-dozen people in the United States.

— Mexican drug cartels — not ISIS — pioneered the practice of posting videotaped beheadings online.

— An alleged “ISIS” beheading video making the rounds in 2014 was actually a Mexican beheading video from 2010.

PS: No. Let’s give the last word to the President of los Estados Unidos:

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

I think it’s time for us to put the old mind-sets aside. It’s time to recognize new realities — including the impressive progress of today’s Mexico. (Applause.)

Was that applause or gunfire?

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Nuestras Disculpas

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo—or, as Obama called it:

Where were our manners? To our amigos south of the border (for now), we offer this tip of our sombrero:

The Mexican government has promised an all-out offensive against a rising drug cartel after the cartel demonstrated its power by shooting down a military helicopter.

The fittingly-named New Generation Jalisco Cartel, originally founded in 2009, has been surging in strength recently, destroying several rivals and becoming increasingly entrenched in its home state of Jalisco in central Mexico. It has increasingly stood up to Mexican government authority, killing at least 20 police officers in March and April alone.

In response, the Mexican government began Operation Jalisco, an effort to root out and capture or kill cartel members, in particular the group’s leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes.

However, the Jalisco Cartel showed that it has substantial firepower of its own, and last Friday it used a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) to destroy a military helicopter that was assisting with a military sweep. Six soldiers were killed when the helicopter went down. Initial news reports simply said that fire from the cartels had forced the helicopter into an emergency landing, but on Monday the government admitted that an RPG had destroyed the helicopter.

There’s a lot of this going around:

Canada’s embassy In Mexico issued a warning to tourists this week, following the wave of recent attacks in the state of Jalisco.

At least 15 people were killed and 19 injured in a series of attacks in Jalisco last Friday, during which 11 banks and five gas stations were burned.

“It’s just not safe right now,” said the source. “The tour people are not telling people that. Even the president of Mexico is not saying that.”

He claims the spike in violence and clashes with state police are all over bribe money. The three major cartels – the Zetas, Knights Templar and New Generation – pay the local police to look the other way.

“They are taking money from both sides, competing cartels. The government and tourist industry doesn’t want that getting out, so it doesn’t get reported. But the real problem is nervous, poorly trained police with automatic weapons, itchy trigger fingers and their safety off. They are just waiting to get into it.”

The source said he just felt like it was time to get out. And he says he’s not alone; many ex-pats are returning to the U.S. and Canada.

“They’re not after tourists, and the cartels don’t come into the tourist zone. You won’t see any activity there. They want people going in there and having a good time because that’s where they get their protection money from the clubs and restaurants.

“But, outside the city, you don’t drive there after dark. The cartels have roadblocks, and they’re checking for couriers from the rival groups. If you’re a tourist, you’re OK. But I’ve been through a couple, and it scared the hell out of me. They are all heavily armed and masked.”

Note to self: avoid drives in rural Mexico after dark.

Related stories:
STATE DEPARTMENT WARNING: MEXICAN STATE AND LOCAL POLICE CAPABILITIES ‘NONEXISTENT’

CARTEL CHRONICLES: IMPORTANT MEXICAN PORT CITY SET ABLAZE DURING FAILED CARTEL ARREST OPERATION

CARTEL GUNMEN AMBUSH AND KIDNAP MEXICAN POLICE NEAR TEXAS BORDER

US COMPANIES INVESTING IN MEXICO REGULARLY HARASSED BY DRUG CARTELS

7 killed on holiday weekend during Mexican anti-drug cartel operations

That should make up for our nearly-unpardonable sin of forgetting a day few Mexicans remember. As the Dos Equis guy says, stay thirsty, my friends.

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Now That Obama’s Hissy Fit is Over

Make that if Obama’s hissy fit is over:

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would allow the U.S and Israel to develop an “anti-tunneling system” to protect against terrorist attacks.

The provision — offered by Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) — was tacked onto the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee’s portion of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Speaking for the amendment, Lamborn said tunneling was a “huge issue” in Israel and that around 30 underground passageways were found between Israel and the Gaza Strip after last summer’s conflict.

He noted there is similar problem along the southern U.S. border, where tunnels are used for “smuggling and other purposes.”

What “other purposes”?

U.S. Border Patrol agents have found a suspected drug tunnel with lighting and a rail-car system that connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack said agents patrolling west of the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning found a sinkhole close to the U.S. border fence that opened up into the tunnel.

Mack says the tunnel was about 220 yards in length, had a cart inside and the walls shored up. But it was still under construction.

Macks says no drugs were found, and no arrests have been made.

Drug cartels have increasingly turned to tunnels to smuggle their loads into the United States. More than 75 tunnels have been discovered along the border since 2008.

Of course, America is playing catch-up:

A new tunnel detection system developed by Elbit Systems will protect Israeli citizens from the threat of infiltration by Hamas terrorists.

Now, after two months of development, the Israel-based international defense electronics company says that they have created an effective system which uses sensors to detect tunnel building activity. The system will be implemented along the entire Israel-Gaza border, Elbit said.

The system includes a series of sensors. The information they receive is analyzed using a control system based on algorithms. This method enables the precise identification of tunnel building and its location without false alarms.

Joe Biden: Algorithms? You mean that incontinent truth guy?

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You Can Keep Chipotle, We’ll Stick With Good Old American Taco Bell

Down in the South Texas town of McAllen,
I dodged gunfire from a Mexican war:

Gunfights broke out and vehicles were set ablaze on Friday in one of Mexico’s biggest cities along the U.S. border, after security forces arrested a leader of one of the main drug gangs in the area.

Activity in parts of Reynosa, a city across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas, ground to a halt on Friday afternoon after vehicles were torched and shooting began, authorities said.

Earlier in the day, federal police and marines captured “El Gafe,” a leader of the Gulf Cartel, said a spokesman for police in Reynosa, a city of more than 600,000 people in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

A federal government security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified “El Gafe” as Jose Hugo Rodriguez Sanchez. The official had earlier named the cartel boss as Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes.

Later, he clarified that Hernandez was a different suspected gang member also captured. Three suspected assailants were killed, and two state police were injured, the Tamaulipas state government said in a statement.

The Reynosa police spokesman said two bystanders were apparently killed, but this was not confirmed. El Gafe was taken to Mexico City, he added. Reynosa has been one of the most violent cities in Mexico over the past year, racked by turf wars among the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, two drug gangs fighting for control of border smuggling routes and crime rackets.

“The city is completely out of control,” said Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, an opposition senator and former mayor of Reynosa.

At 600,000 residents, Reynosa is about the same size as Portland, Oregon. And it’s in the midst of a gang war. Heckuva country ya got down there! Why don’t you illegally ship us some of your illiterate drunk drivers? If there are any who aren’t already here.

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Things I Like About Mexico

Mexican food. Hot women in Mexican peasant blouses. The beach. Salma Hayek. Placido Domingo. Richie Valens. Lee Trevino. Hot women in Mexican peasant blouses. Fernando Valenzuela. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Mexican food.

‘Bout it:

An ambush that killed 15 state police officers in western Mexico appears to be a drug cartel’s revenge attack and could herald a military-style offensive against government authorities.

The assault on a Jalisco state police convoy late Monday on a rural road between the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, the state capital, followed arrests earlier in the day and over the weekend of suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel. It also came a week after a failed attempt to kill state Security Commissioner Alejandro Solorio.

The assassination attempt “was the first response by organized crime to the clash in which state security forces killed the criminal Heriberto Acevedo Cardenas, nicknamed ‘El Gringo,'” Solorio said at a news conference Tuesday. He said four suspects in that attack were turned over to federal authorities on Saturday and 11 more on Monday.

Monday night’s ambush was a response to those arrests, Solorio said. He gave no details on how it was carried out, but local media said a vehicle was hijacked, parked across the two-lane road and set on fire to force the convoy to stop.

“The serious thing about this attack was that it was very well planned and orchestrated, with a military-style strategy,” said Raúl Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. “This was planned. A lot of gunmen were involved. They blocked the highway to surround them (police) and attack with military superiority.”

No thanks. But keep Salma Hayek in Mexican dress coming!

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The Capacity for Evil

Is vast, wide, seemingly boundless.

Worth remembering:

It has been more than four months since 43 students from a rural teaching school in Ayotzinapa, in Mexico’s south-western state of Guerrero disappeared.

They were last seen alive during a protest in the town of Iguala.

Police fired on them and rounded them up, eventually handing them over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, who are widely thought to have killed them.

But the students’ families refuse to believe they are dead. They say they want more answers and will not give up looking for them.

We’re so sorry. Those kids didn’t have that coming to them; no one does. And yet it happened. It also happened to the Chibok girls in Nigeria, and to thousands of men, women, and children in Syria and Iraq. It’s also happened to countless anonymous victims across Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe—all in the last 25 years.

Victims of cruelty are counted in the tens of millions. We must acknowledge that, but not be numbed by it. Which is why we tell individual stories:

Last week Lourdes Caballero Sanchez took to the streets of the capital with thousands of other Mexicans to call for justice.

It was a personal journey for her. Lourdes’s 21-year-old brother Israel is one of the missing.

Her belief that she will find him is unwavering.

“I have an intuition that he’s still alive. That’s why we are here, asking [President] Pena Nieto to give us back our boys,” she told me.

“As a sister, I’m desperate. I miss him, I want to see him. I feel so powerless to not be able to do anything for him.”

But less than 24 hours later, Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam delivered a blow.

He declared that the students were dead.

His team, he said, had interviewed 99 people including members of the criminal gang that he alleges murdered the students.

Based on 386 declarations from interviewees, 16 police raids and two reconstructions, the conclusion was that the students were killed by the gang and their bodies burned at a rubbish dump.

The students’ families angrily rejected this scenario.

Of course they did. To accept it is to kill their loved ones all over again.

What is my point in writing about horrific cruelty, genocide on an unimaginable scale? It’s not like I think it can be “fixed”—short of overwhelming military intervention, meaning American, and how often can we expect that? No sappy paean to peace, no hunger strike, no tweeted selfie, no outraged blog post will bring back a Chibok girl or a Ayotzinapa boy. Once things have gotten as bad as they have in Mexico, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan (if they were ever any better in those hell-holes), evil will have its way. My thoughts and prayers are for those dwindling countries—America and Israel most notably—who are trying to keep the barbarians on the far side of the gate. They’re like cockroaches: once they’re they’re in—see Obama’s amnesty plans and Israel’s nasty neighbors to the north, south, and east—they’re hell to get rid of.

And Hell to live with.

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Getting High

I’ve repeatedly (and repeatedly) teased President Obama for portraying as lawless a state as Mexico as Switzerland with jalapeños.

But I have to give him—and Mexico—credit for this:

A drone carrying more than six pounds (2.7kg) of methamphetamine has crashed near Mexico’s border with the US.

Mexican police in Tijuana say they were alerted to an unidentified object in a car park of a shopping centre.

“The drone had packages taped to it and was covered with plastic bags containing the drug known as crystal”, the local police chief said.

Authorities are investigating where the flight originated, who controlled it and where it was bound for.

Whoever it was is the honorable descendant of Octavio Paz, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera, among other illustrious Mexicans.

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Diego Rivera Could Not Be Reached for Comment

About a year and a half ago, President Obama went to Mexico and blasted the US media for printing unflattering “sensational headlines” about such an advanced and civilized country (hence my tiresome series on the pervasive and persistent violence in Mexican society, “Sensational Headline Watch”).

I guess whatever he was smoking then, the Mexican president did not see fit to bring to the White House yesterday:

While critics protested outside the White House, President Barack Obama pledged to help Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto “eliminate the scourge and violence of drug cartels” like that suspected in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students.

Peña Nieto made his first visit to Washington Tuesday, accompanied by several Cabinet members, to tout his economic reforms such as the opening of the its oil and gas industry to private investment.

But his legislative feats have been overshadowed by the violence against 43 students, some whose bodies were said to have been later incinerated, and criticism of how his administration has handled the investigation of the students’ disappearance.

Mexican federal agents have arrested dozens of people, including the mayor of Iguala, Mexico, his wife and police. Detainees confessed they murdered the 43 kidnapped students and burned their bodies. But, the victims’ families have demanded more evidence, and that the students be found.

Yeah, they’ll find ’em right after they bring back the Chibok girls. Don’t you worry about that.

Want to see a scourge or two?

New recruits to a vicious Mexican drug cartel were forced to eat the hearts of murder victims in a twisted scheme to prove their loyalty, officials said.

Hopefuls who wanted to join La Familia Michoacana were reportedly fed the internal organs during gruesome initiation ceremonies designed to roof out infiltrators or other disloyal elements.

Witnesses told government security bosses how La Familia, and offshoot an offshoot group called the Knights Templar, would also sometimes force potential cartel members to dismember victims while they were still alive.

Whoa. What would Octavio Paz say about that?

I’ll tell you what Frida Kahlo would say: string ’em up.

An accused thief was beaten to death by a mob in central Mexico after the furious crowd caught him and three accomplices, including a pregnant woman and a teenager, robbing a home.

A crowd of some 100 people discovered the four allegedly robbing electronics at a home in the town of Tehuacan, in the state of Puebla.

The residents seized the four — two men, a male teenager one woman said to be pregnant — and stripped them.

The woman, who said she was pregnant, was ‘struck in the face’ while the teenager was tied by his hands and feet and beat up, local reports say.

He suffered wounds to his abdomen, legs, back and head.

‘We warned them of what would happen if they returned to rob from us,’ local neighbors, who said they were tired of thieves after a recent string of robberies, told local newspaper Excelsior.

Naturally, I deplore this behavior. It will only drive the robbers to jump the border and come here, where we reward them with driver’s licenses. I don’t care how badly run most DMVs and RMVs are: they beat a lynching.

Some of them.

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