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  • Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes [Ron Calderon]

    10/21/2016 9:11:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 2016 3:58 AM EDT | Brian Melley
    Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his actions and has presented a “whimsical and revisionist view of his conduct” in an effort to serve no time behind bars for graft that lined his own pockets and helped put his children through college. Federal prosecutors asked for a 5-year prison term in a blistering brief that mocked...
  • Mexico says won't pay for Trump's 'terrible' border wall

    03/03/2016 8:27:58 AM PST · by GilGil · 69 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 2016 | Reuters
    Trump, the New York billionaire developer and former reality television star, sparked outrage in Mexico when he vowed to force Latin America's second largest economy to pay for a wall along the southern U.S. border to stem the flow of illegal immigration and drugs. In a televised interview late on Wednesday, Finance Minister Luis Videgaray categorically rejected the proposal. "Under no circumstance will Mexico pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing," he said. "Building a wall between Mexico and the United States is a terrible idea. It is an idea based on ignorance and has no foundation in...
  • 2nd former Mexican president unloads on Donald Trump (Calderon, who built the Guatemala wall)

    02/27/2016 7:31:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2016 10:02 PM EST
    Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Saturday joined his predecessor in office in unloading on Donald Trump, calling the Republican front-runner's campaign racist and saying his discourse on immigration is fueling anti-American sentiment around the world. Calderon, a conservative who was president of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, even said he thought Trump was trying to exploit the same social feelings and resentments as did Adolf Hitler. "I think his logic of exalting white supremacy isn't even acting against immigration - Donald Trump is the descendant of migrants - it is acting and speaking against immigrants who have a different...
  • Trump On Mexicos Response To THe Wall: "Now the wall just got taller."

    02/10/2016 7:25:04 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 181 replies
    THe Blaze ^ | 2/10/16 | Blaze
    Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón told CNBC Saturday that his country would not contribute “a single cent” to the building of Donald Trump’s proposed wall. “Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Calderón, who served as president from 2006 to 2012, said. “And it’s going to be completely useless.” “The first loser of such a policy would be the United States,” he added. “If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going to provide prosperity to the United State, he is completely...
  • President Calderon: Mexico won't pay 'a single cent' for Trump's 'stupid wall'

    02/09/2016 7:34:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2016 | Rick Moran
    Former Mexican president Felipe Calderón harshly criticized the notion that Mexico would pay anything for Donald Trump's planned wall on our southern border. The HIll: “Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Calderón told CNBC on Saturday. “And it’s going to be completely useless.”  Calderón, who served as president from 2006 to 2012, said Trump is “not [a] very well-informed man.”  “The first loser of such a policy would be the United States,” he added. “If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going...
  • California Senate takes 'ethics refresher course' Wednesday (because of shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/24/2014 1:56:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/23/14 | Elex Michaelson
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The California State Senate held an "ethics refresher course" for its members after federal indictments were issued against two senators and a third was convicted. Senate leaders are hoping to regain the public's trust. The purpose of the course is to teach members and their staffs to avoid potentially compromising situations. It's the latest in a series of moves by senate leaders aimed at putting political distance between them and their colleagues facing criminal charges. The leader of California's state senate stopped all regular business on Wednesday so everyone could go "back to school" in a...
  • Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

    04/20/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April `19, 2014 4:19pm PDT | Aaron Kinney and Jessica Calefati
    Beginning in early 2011, state Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month. But he appears to have devoted more time and energy to a far more lucrative pursuit: crafting or carrying legislation benefiting special interests who supply campaign contributions. It's a practice that's all too common in Sacramento, but Yee was a master. :snip: Yee introduced 20 bills from 2011 to 2014 that advanced a special interest over the public interest, according to this newspaper's review of his...
  • Jury orders Parx to pay $7.8 million in jockey's death

    04/10/2014 6:04:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | April 10, 2014
    A jury yesterday awarded nearly $7.8 million to the family of a jockey killed at Parx Racing after a race horse - spooked by roaming chickens - threw, dragged and kicked him. Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon, Bucks County, died after suffering 11 broken ribs and a bleed on his brain in the May 2010 mishap at the racetrack formerly known as Philadelphia Park, according to his attorney Michael A. Trunk.
  • California state Sen. Ron Calderon accepted $88,000 in bribes, FBI affidavit alleges

    10/31/2013 11:31:49 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 31, 2013 Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/30/5867780/california-state-sen-ron | Laurel Rosenhall
    State Sen. Ron Calderon accepted about $88,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent posing as a film studio owner and a Southern California hospital executive during a wide-ranging probe into his conduct as a legislator, according to a 124-page affidavit published online Wednesday by cable news network Al Jazeera America. No charges have been filed against Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello. His attorney, Mark Geragos, did not return calls Wednesday. The federal affidavit, filed with the court under seal as the FBI sought a search warrant for Calderon’s office, alleges that he worked with interest groups in a pay-to-play...
  • Live Grenade threatened International Bridge on Tex-Mex Border

    09/26/2012 3:47:27 PM PDT · by Bevo · 4 replies
    Eagle Pass Business Journal ^ | 9/26/2012 | Jose G. Landa
    City of Eagle Pass International Bridge No. 2 closed due to bomb threat By: Jose G. Landa© The City of Eagle Pass International Bridge No. 2 located on 400 Garrison Street has been closed down today, Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at approximately 10:30 a.m. due to a bomb threat on the bridge. Federal and City of Eagle Pass officials decided to close down the International Bridge No. 2 after locating a suspicious package at the bridge. Maverick County Sheriff Tomas S. Herrera stated that his deputy monitoring the bomb threat on behalf of his department reported that there appears to...
  • Mexico Urges U.S. to Review Gun Laws After Colorado Shooting (GRRR!)

    07/21/2012 10:34:31 PM PDT · by montag813 · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07-21-2012 | John Hill
    Oh no they didn't---MEXICO is trying to lecture US about VIOLENCE? Seriously? Calif. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly summed it up well: "Nothing ceases to amaze me. This is outrageous that the failed nation of Mexico would dare lecture the United States -- Mexico, where gun ownership by citizens is illegal, but gun violence is at epidemic proportions with the Drug Cartels slaugthering 60K people in the past 4 years. For the number of guns in this country, we are a remarkably peaceful people...." Yet more hypocrisy from Calderon - who also called our border fence racist, and then built one of...
  • The Purpose of Fast and Furious

    06/20/2012 3:10:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 20, 2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: April 16, 2009. This from CNN's website: "Reviving a ban on assault weapons and more strictly enforcing existing gun laws could help tamp down drug violence that has run rampant on the US-Mexican border, President Obama said Thursday. Speaking alongside Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama said he has 'not backed off at all' on a campaign pledge to try to restore the ban. It was instituted under President Clinton and allowed to lapse by President George W. Bush. 'I continue to believe that we can respect and honor the Second Amendment right in our Constitution -- the...
  • Pic of the Day: Obama Bowing Again?…(to Mexican President Philipe Calderon)

    06/19/2012 9:10:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 6/19/12 | zip
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon(R) welcomes US President Barack Obama prior to the opening of the G20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico on June 18, 2012. World leaders struggled Monday to inject confidence into the global economy at a G20 summit in Mexico
  • Mexico’s two major crime cartels now at war

    05/24/2012 3:48:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/24/2012 | William Booth
    The two most important criminal organizations in Mexico are engaged in all-out war, and the most spectacular battles are being fought for the cameras as the combatants pursue a strategy of intimidation and propaganda by dumping ever greater numbers of headless bodies in public view — the victims most likely innocents. No longer limiting themselves to regional skirmishes, the older, established drug-smuggling Sinaloa cartel is now fighting the brash, young paramilitary Zetas crime organization across multiple front lines in Mexico in a desperate fight, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials and security analysts on both sides of the...
  • Calderon says U.S. should follow Mexico's example on health care

    04/04/2012 5:14:54 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | April 3, 2012 | Byron Tau
    Mexican president Felipe Calderón had a message for Americans: Check out Mexico's health care system. In a joint appearance with President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Calderón held up Mexico's health care system as a possible model if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act. “Full, free health care coverage for all people up to 18 years of age,” Calderón said Tuesday, via a translator, about his country's system. “I would hope that one of the greatest countries in the world could follow our example
  • Pemex's woes may clear way for Brazil to help

    04/02/2008 11:28:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 47+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 1, 2008 | THOMAS BLACK and ANDRES R. MARTINEZ
    Mexico's leader sees potential in progress of Petrobras Guillermo Najera, a 42-year-old machine operator at Mexican state-controlled oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, gets paid to do nothing all day. Pemex management can't fire the union worker or transfer him from the ammonia plant in Ciudad Camargo, where he still shows up for work even though the plant stopped production in 2002. "We don't have anything else to do except keep our areas clean," Najera says as he and dozens of other idle workers enter the gates of the plant for the 7 a.m. shift. "I want to go back to work."...
  • Mexico Unveils ‘No More Weapons!’ Sign Made Of Firearms Along US Border

    02/17/2012 11:12:36 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 17, 2012
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — President Felipe Calderon on Thursday unveiled a “No More Weapons!” billboard made with crushed firearms and placed near the U.S. border. He urged the United States to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico. The billboard, which is in English and weighs 3 tons, was placed near an international bridge in Ciudad Juarez and can be seen from the United States.
  • Mexican President Says US Deportations Feed Violence in Mexico

    10/18/2011 3:46:49 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 76 replies · 1+ views
    FOX NEWS Latino ^ | Oct. 18, 2011
    President Felipe Calderon on Monday accused U.S. authorities of deporting Mexican criminals to save on judicial costs, a policy that ostensibly "exacerbates" violence. Within the framework of the inauguration of National Immigration Week 2011 in this capital, Calderon said that, for example, U.S. authorities "are deporting up to 80,000 people in a year" into the border cities of Reynosa and Ciudad Juarez. Some of these deported people "are migrants, certainly, probably all of them," although some were "already involved in criminal acts" in the United States. "In the face of the dilemma of pursuing the legal process in the American...
  • Mexico's president tells Stanford grads: 'You must never, ever give up' on ideals

    06/18/2011 11:04:16 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 24 replies
    Stanford Report ^ | June 12, 2011 | CYNTHIA HAVEN
    Mexican President Felipe Calderón urged graduating students to "do what so many said was impossible" during Stanford University's 120th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium. Calderón's visit took place under tight security and with a large contingent of Mexican journalists. Calderón is known internationally for his fight against drug cartels, an effort that has cost many lives. Within Mexico, however, he is also known as a champion who has taken on the tax system, the judicial system, arms control, and financial and immigration reform. *** "It is possible to prevent climate change and foster growth simultaneously," he said, noting Mexico's...
  • Project Gunrunner: Gun Control the Chicago Way?

    06/17/2011 8:56:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/2011 | Doug Book
    We owe John Dodson a great deal of gratitude, here’s why. On March 30th, Barack Obama assured gun confiscation advocate Sarah Brady of his ongoing efforts to undermine the 2nd Amendment rights of the American people. “I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Obama told Brady during her visit at the White House. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.” Of course, the meaning of “under the radar” to a skilled practitioner of “The Chicago Way” will bear little resemblance to any definition recognizable to the average individual. It will...