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  • National Guard withdrawing 900 troops from U.S.-Mexico border

    04/18/2012 8:51:53 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Tribune Washington Bureau ^ | April 18, 2012 | Brian Bennett
    The Pentagon began flying military helicopters and surveillance planes over the U.S. border with Mexico last month as part of an effort to withdraw (900),all but 300 of the National Guard ground troops who have helped patrol the rugged border since mid-2010. The 300 (remaining) troops will fly aircraft, or analyze intelligence about smuggling routes in command centers miles from the border ... In the first year, the National Guard troops helped apprehend 17,887 illegal immigrants and seize 56,342 pounds of marijuana... The National Guard leadership became concerned that the mission, if extended, could hurt recruitment... State Department officials, further...
  • Enormous great white shark hauled up by Sea of Cortez fishermen

    04/18/2012 12:37:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    GrindTV.com ^ | 17 April 2012 | Pete Thomas
    Two commercial fishermen in Mexico received the surprise of a lifetime Sunday when they hauled up a great white shark measuring nearly 20 feet and weighing about 2,000 pounds, according to local news reports. The rare catch of such a large white shark -- at 20 feet it'd be among the longest ever recorded -- was made in Mexico's Sea of Cortez near Guaymas, by fishermen who thought they had merely scored a large haul of much smaller fish as they hoisted up their net."We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and...
  • [Mexico:]U.S. woman killed in Reynosa firefight, sources say

    04/18/2012 11:40:02 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    The Monitor ^ | April 18, 2012 | Staff
    An unidentified woman believed to be a U.S. citizen was killed Saturday night during a firefight between the Mexican military and a group of gunmen near the Plaza Niños Heroes in downtown Reynosa, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who asked not to be named for security reasons. On Sunday, the Mexican military raided a stash house just two blocks away from where the woman had been killed, said a source outside law enforcement with direct knowledge. It remained unclear whether the woman was a bystander Saturday night or played a role in the clash. Mexican authorities have not released...
  • [Mexico:]14 bodies found in minivan outside Nuevo Laredo City Hall, according to Tamps. gov't

    04/18/2012 11:23:28 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 33 replies
    The Monitor ^ | April 17, 2012 | Staff
    Mexican authorities confirmed a ghastly find outside of the Nuevo Laredo City Hall, where 14 bodies were found inside a parked vehicle Tuesday morning. About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the bodies were found stuffed inside 10 garbage bags, according to information released by the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office, known as the PGJE. The vehicle, which was described as a green 1996 Voyager minivan with no license plates, was parked in front of City Hall. The bodies’ identities were not released, but the men were described as being between the ages of 30 and 35. The slayings are attributed to fighting between...
  • The End of the Minutemen: Tea Party Absorbs the Border-Watching Movement

    04/16/2012 3:51:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 16, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    Back in 2004, Jim Gilchrist, a retired Marine and the founder of the California Minutemen Project, emailed a few dozen friends and family suggesting that concerned civilians personally combat illegal immigration by traveling to the Arizona border with him. Gilchrist lives in Orange County, Calif., but the Arizona border was the most heavily trafficked and sparsely patrolled. That email reached thousands of people and touched a nerve.
  • Exclusive: How The MSM Covered Up Fast and Furious

    04/17/2012 3:54:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 4/16/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In Katie Pavlich’s devastating new expose of the Eric Holder Justice Department-approved Fast and Furious operation, Pavlich doesn’t just expose the Obama administration. She exposes the mainstream media for what they are: tools of the Democratic Party, and of the White House. As Pavlich recounts, the first mainstream media outlet to report on Fast and Furious was CBS Evening News, which aired a report by Sharyl Attkinson. She stated that the scandal itself was so awful that “some insiders say it surpasses the shoot-out at Ruby Ridge and the deadly siege at Waco.” She pointed out that the Bureau of...
  • Mexico: 12 corpses found near border are women

    04/16/2012 3:45:19 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2012
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Forensics tests have confirmed that 12 sets of skeletal remains found near the U.S. border are those of girls and women, authorities announced Monday, fueling fears that young women in the Ciudad Juarez area may once again the targets of serial slayings. The sets of bones were found in January and February in fields in the Juarez valley, east of Ciudad Juarez, and experts have discovered an alarming similarity in the victims' ages. Of those for whom identities have been established, two were 15 years old, one was 16, two were 17 and one 19....
  • Taking Down Fast and Furious: It Wasn't Botched

    04/16/2012 5:14:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Erika Johnson
    "Botched." That is the word the mainstream media too often associates with the federal gunwalking scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious—but in her new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up, investigative reporter Katie Pavlich fearlessly chronicles exactly why the only thing "botched" about the ill-fated operation was the Obama administration's shoddy attempt to cover their tracks. Having shared office space with Katie for well over a year now, I've witnessed her ferocious commitment to this story since before Fast and Furious was even a thought in the national consciousness. I wasn't always quite...
  • 48% of Brits want to get out of the UK

    04/15/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 15, 2012 | Tim Spanton
    ALMOST half of all Britons are “seriously considering” moving overseas, an exclusive survey for The Sun has found. Australia is top of the relocation wish list followed by the US, Canada and New Zealand. The cost of living, weather, unemployment and crime are the most common reasons for wanting to quit Britain. Pollsters YouGov quizzed 1,650 adults after The Sun told last week about Dave and Jackie Jones who emigrated to Australia with their 12 kids. The family from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria — who have never claimed benefits — quit in despair at what they see as soft-touch Britain’s emphasis on...
  • Summit of the Americas: Obama Rips Romney for Supporting Arizona’s Immigration Law

    04/14/2012 4:58:48 PM PDT · by hope · 51 replies
    CARTAGENA, Colombia — President Obama, on a three-day trip to South America, attacked GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration reform today, saying his support for Arizona’s tough immigration law is “very troublesome.” “We now have a Republican nominee who said that the Arizona laws are a model for the country. . . and these are laws that potentially would allow someone to be stopped and picked up and asked where their citizenship papers are based on an assumption,” Obama told Univision during an interview in Cartagena, where the president is attending the Summit of the Americas. The three-day trip...
  • Home again in Mexico: Illegal immigration hits net zero

    04/13/2012 7:47:25 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/8/12 | Sara Miller Llana
    One million Mexicans said they returned from the US between 2005 and 2010, according to a new dem-ographic study of Mexican census data. That's three times the number who said they'd returned in the previous five-year period. And they aren't just home for a visit: One prominent sociologist in the US has counted "net zero" migration for the first time since the 1960s. Experts say the implications for both nations are enormous – from the draining of a labor pool in the US to the need for a radical shift in policies in Mexico, which has long depended on the...
  • Should the Free World develop in the Mexican or the Scandinavian direction?

    04/13/2012 7:00:07 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 30 replies
    04/14/2012 | WesternCulture
    The Mexican countryside is sunny, pleasant, full of stray dogs and in each corner of Russia, you'll find decaying houses containing a samovar. But today, a nation like Mexico or Russia probably wouldn't last two months in a full out military confrontation with tiny Sweden (9.5 inhabitants). But that isn't the real point here, although it is worth pointing out how pathetic nations like Mexico and Russia really are considering the fact they have an abundance of natural resources and border to two of the largest and most successful economies on Earth (USA and the EU). America is presently being...
  • As Mexico booms, Canadian exporters benefit

    04/13/2012 7:05:46 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 10 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 4/11/12 | KEVIN CARMICHAEL
    Brazil is everyone’s darling these days, but Mexico’s economy is growing faster at the moment. Mexican GDP advanced at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the fourth quarter and at an annual rate of 4.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2011. That left mighty Brazil eating Mexico’s dust. Brazil’s GDP grew at annual rates of 1.2 per cent and 2 per cent in the fourth and third quarters respectively. For all of 2011, Mexico’s economy expanded 3.9 per cent compared with 2.5 per cent in Brazil, according to Bank of Nova Scotia. The Canada-Mexico story isn’t...
  • KOPEL: Calderon misfires on U.S. gun control

    04/13/2012 6:57:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12 April, 2012 | David Kopel
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s visit to Washington last week featured his usual lecturing of Americans about gun control. This time, he had some good ideas, although he remains wedded to many bad ones, too. A polite guest, Mr. Calderon did not mention the “Fast and Furious” operation during his public events with President Obama. But reports indicate that he did bring it up privately, and he was furious - justifiably so. From late 2009 until early 2011, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) orchestrated the delivery of more than 2,000 firearms to Mexican drug cartels. According...
  • Latin America's giving up on Obama too

    04/12/2012 5:22:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 12, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    President Obama is off on Air Force One tomorrow, this time for another summit in Latin America. Not that much will get accomplished at the two-day Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, the sixth in an ongoing series. As with pretty much anything Obama is doing these days, the trip has more to do with election year politics at home than foreign affairs in countries that most Americans hardly ever think of unless they're featured on a popular TV show like "NCIS," as Cartagena was this week. The Democrat wants to be seen lavishing attention on the homelands of...
  • 6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Gulf Of California Just After Midnight

    04/12/2012 4:30:37 AM PDT · by Fennie · 42 replies
    The Weather Space ^ | April 12, 2012
    The USGS has registered three earthquakes, one at magnitude-6.9, the other a 6.2. The earthquakes struck in a sequence of less than a half hour apart.
  • 8 cab drivers slain in northern Mexico, 3 injured

    04/11/2012 4:29:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2012
    MONTERREY, Mexico — Gunmen killed eight cab drivers Tuesday in two attacks in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico, officials said. Three people including an 8-year-old girl were injured. Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano says four gunmen shot the first five drivers outside a taxi base office. Minutes later, three men were killed apparently by the same group a few blocks away. Domene said two of the three people wounded in Tuesday's attacks were innocent bystanders, including the girl. He said the victims were driving taxis without permits. Police are investigating a former driver who...
  • Strong earthquakes off Oregon's Coast & in Mexico!

    04/11/2012 4:20:44 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 62 replies
    USGS ^ | 04/11/2012 | n/a
    M5.9 - [off] Bandon, OregonM7.0 - Arteaga, Mexico
  • RAW VIDEO Nine Illegal Immigrants Killed in Palmview Accident(South Texas)

    04/11/2012 12:01:18 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies
    KGBT ^ | 04.11.2012 | Katie Lopez
    Emergency responders rush to the scene of a major accident in Palmview Tuesday night. At least nine people are reported dead, and police believe the death toll is expected to rise. The accident happened just after 10:35 p.m. on Minnesota Road heading east bound on Expressway 83 frontage road. One man who witnessed the crash told Action 4 News once the van lost control “bodies just started flying out” of the van. Sources told Action 4 News the U.S. Border Patrol and Palmview Police were conducting a routine traffic stop on Green Road when the driver of a van suddenly...
  • Illegal Aliens Find Detention in U.S. May Be Good for Their Health

    04/07/2012 8:57:11 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/6/2012 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is touting the "quality" medical care it provides for 15,000 illegal aliens who are housed at 21 detention facilities throughout the nation. "A detainee's health care begins the moment they walk through the facility's doors," said Dr. Jon Krohmer, assistant director for ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). "Within the first 12 hours of their admission, all detainees undergo a preliminary health screening, which includes an evaluation of the individual's medical, dental and mental health status; and within the next 14 days, a more detailed physical examination takes place." Because so many...
  • Film About Mexico's Fight for Religious Freedom Opens in June in US (For Greater Glory)

    04/04/2012 9:20:17 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies
    Zenit ^ | 03/22/2012 | Edward Pentin
    Starring Andy Garcia and Peter O'Toole, "For Greater Glory" is a compelling war film based on the true story of the Cristero War -- a conflict caused by the brutal government crackdown on the Mexican Catholic Church in the 1920s. Released at a time when religious freedom, especially for Catholics, is being attacked in the United States and elsewhere, the picture is also particularly timely. Beautifully shot across the plains of northern and central Mexico and accompanied by a stirring soundtrack by Hollywood composer James Horner, the movie takes the audience through the harrowing violence and suppression of the Church...
  • 'Project Gunwalker' and human sacrifice

    04/04/2012 7:11:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 April, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    "Human sacrifices suspected along Mexico border," reads the headline of a disturbing MSNBC story. The story, admittedly, has nothing to do with "Operation Fast and Furious" or "Project Gunwalker." Still, a journalist writing a story about the U.S. government's deliberate arming of ruthless Mexican drug cartels could do far worse for a headline. The MSNBC story is about a poor Mexican family, worshippers of Santa Muerte (Saint Death), who are accused of murdering two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman, believing that these blood sacrifices would bring them wealth: "They thought that by offering the blood, they would be protected...
  • Larson wants Mexico to reimburse Texas for illegal immigrants

    04/04/2012 4:33:28 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 12 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 4 April 2012 | Jason Buch
    State Rep. Lyle Larson is asking Mexican President Felipe Calderón to pay for services that Texas provides immigrants who are here illegally. In a March 21 letter, Larson, R-San Antonio, wrote that the state spends between $6 billion and $8 billion a year on health care and other costs for illegal immigrants, a number he attributed to the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas. Larson, who filed a bill during the 2011 legislative session that would have required state agencies and organizations that receive state funding to track the services they provide immigrants, said he wants to “start a dialogue.” “We...
  • Authorities Say Kidnapping Squad from Mexico Behind Man's Disappearance(South Texas)

    04/02/2012 4:56:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRGV ^ | April 2, 2012.
    HIDALGO COUNTY - Deputies think a kidnapping squad from Mexico is behind the disappearance of a missing Hidalgo County man. The Hidalgo County sheriff briefed us on the case file. Forty-year-old Armando Morfin was taken from his home in north Hidalgo County Friday. He reportedly dropped off his children at school. By the time he returned home, three men were waiting for him. His wife and 4-year-old child were tied up. They weren't harmed. By the time they freed themselves, the men were long gone along with Morfin. His van was found a few hours later on the side of...
  • 0bama's North American Union (NAU) Conference, Live Thread

    04/02/2012 11:39:23 AM PDT · by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs · 11 replies
    April 2, 2012 | FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
    Well, well well.. There he is. President Obama, Calderon and Harper; The leaders of U.S., Mexico and Canada standing together on the White House lawn talking about health care, "American gun trafficking to Mexico", etc..What really struck me was Obama's comment in response to a question on Obamacare. Obama said, "We're confident this Law will be OVER---, uh, UPHELD". Freudian slip, perhaps or just a MAJOR GAFFE?? Then, Calderon went on to congratulate America for "following Mexico's lead on health care coverage for all", snicker snicker..As usual, much discussion on "American gun trafficking to Mexico" with NO mention of Fast...
  • Mexico Considers Religious Reforms After Pope's Visit

    04/02/2012 10:22:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 2, 2012
    A major step forward for religious rights in Mexico was made this week, just days after Pope Benedict XVI visited the country, as the nation's Senate approved a constitutional reform that guarantees people the right to celebrate religious events.The senators voted 72-35 in favor of the change on March 28, but at least 16 of Mexico's 31 state legislatures must still approve the reform, The Associated Press reported.Although 76.5 percent of Mexico's population is Roman Catholic, according to the CIA's World Factbook, the country has no official religion, and in the past has held harsh anti-clerical laws and restrictions -- the...
  • Pious coke dealers? Hezbollah: ‘the Gambinos on steroids’ (Operating in the U.S.!!!!)

    01/04/2012 7:33:08 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 3, 2012 | ONATHAN SCHANZER
    It’s hard to uphold a reputation as a devoutly religious terrorist group if you make millions selling cocaine. Just ask Hezbollah. Last month, the US government filed suit against a number of American and Lebanese businesses that allegedly helped bankroll the Lebanese terrorist group. The civil indictment in Manhattan blew the lid off a vast criminal network that included money-laundering, cocaine deals and more — including 30 US car dealerships that helped the group launder cash. As one investigator quipped, Hezbollah is the “Gambinos on steroids.” The indictment charges Hezbollah kingpin Ayman Joumaa with smuggling more than 100 tons of...
  • Health Officials Warn Against Lead-Laden Mexican Lollipops

    03/31/2012 11:07:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 30, 2012
    State health officials are warning those with a sweet tooth to steer clear of Vagabundo Paletas, a Mexican lollipop with high levels of lead. The candy should be discarded immediately and pregnant women or children who have eaten it should consult their physician to see if testing is needed, said Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health. Testing showed the lollipops contained as much as 0.61 parts per million of lead. That's six times more than the amount the state considers to be contaminated. Vagabundo Paletas are sold in colorful plastic bags, with the candy name splashed...
  • Mexico: 2 kids, woman killed in Saint Death ritual

    03/30/2012 4:08:58 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 25 replies
    Eight people have been arrested for allegedly killing two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman in ritual sacrifices by the cult of La Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, prosecutors in northern Mexico said Friday. Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for Sonora state prosecutors, said the victims' blood was poured around an altar to the saint, which is depicted as a skeleton holding a scythe and clothed in flowing robes. The grisly slayings recalled the notorious "narco-satanicos" killings of the 1980s, when 15 bodies, many of them with signs of ritual sacrifice, were unearthed at a ranch outside the border city of Matamoros,...
  • The Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450 Million New Bullets

    03/29/2012 4:46:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | March 29, 2012 | Eloise Lee
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an "indefinite delivery" of an "indefinite quantity" of .40 caliber bullets from defense contractor ATK. U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal. The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance." This refers to the the bullet's hollow-point tip that passes through barriers without getting warped out of shape. We've also learned that the Department has an open bid...
  • “Drug Lords” Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI

    03/28/2012 8:41:04 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 March 2012 | Alex Newman
    Drug lords being targeted in the Fast and Furious gun-running operation were actually working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) all along. ATF zeroed in on a gun trafficker, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta, (he) was detained in May of 2010, questioned, and released after promising to cooperate with investigators seeking to track down two supposed “cartel chiefs.” The two cartel chiefs, it turned out, were already on the FBI’s payroll.
  • Family of Border Patrol Agent (Brian)Terry issues statement ...

    03/28/2012 12:14:30 PM PDT · by brityank · 15 replies
    Twitter Sharyl Attkisson - CBS ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Twitter Sharyl Attkisson
    Sharyl Attkisson tweeted the following this afternoon: Family of Border Patrol Agent Brain Terry issues statement about reports of lack of coordination among feds: "The Terry Family, like most of America, is sickened to read the latest revelations relating to ATF's error-plagued..." "...and misguided Fast and Furious Investigation. It is beyond our comprehension that U.S. federal law..." "...enforcement agencies were not talking with one another. American citizens deserve better..." "...from their public servants; the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Attorney personnel in Arizona should have been.. "..coordinating their investigative and prosecutorial efforts. This coordination should have started and.." "..continued with...
  • Former soldiers caught in DEA sting[ one killed in Laredo, Texas shooting]

    03/27/2012 10:55:08 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    MySA.com ^ | March 27, 2012 | Jason Buch
    A South Carolina man was gunned down by federal agents Saturday in Laredo after a sting targeting U.S. soldiers who wanted to work for the Zetas drug cartel went wrong, federal prosecutors said. Former Army 1st Lt. Kevin Corley, 29; Army Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Shavar Davis, 29, of Denver; and Jerome Corley, of South Carolina, drove into Laredo Saturday armed with two semiautomatic rifles, a knife and a .300-caliber bolt-action rifle equipped with a scope and a bipod, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. They were in Laredo, prosecutors allege, to...
  • In Mexico, Pope Benedict Decries 'Evil' Behind Drug Violence

    03/23/2012 10:06:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 23, 2012 | Tracy Wilkinson
    In Mexico, Pope Benedict Decries 'Evil' Behind Drug Violence Pope Benedict XVI, beginning a Latin American visit, urges Mexico's Catholics to resist the lure of the drug cartel lifestyle. He also calls for change in Cuba, his next stop. The faithful gather in Leon, Mexico, in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI's visit. The pope, who arrived later in the day, will spend three days in the country before heading to Cuba, the first papal visit to the island nation in 14 years. By Tracy Wilkinson March 23, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Mexico on Friday, urging this nation's Catholics...
  • Caption: Pope heads to Cuba, seeking change and faith revival (Vaya con dios, Mejico!)

    03/26/2012 11:44:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo Photos ^ | 3/26/12 | Reuters
    Pope Benedict XVI wears a sombrero, a traditional Mexican hat, while being driven through the crowd before officiating a mass in Silao March 25, 2012. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano
  • Celebration of Vespers with the Bishops of Mexico and Latin America (strong words)

    03/26/2012 5:14:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 2+ views
    EWTN ^ | March 25, 2012
    Sunday evening, 25 March 2012, the Holy Father celebrated Vespers with the Bishops of Mexico and Latin America in the Cathedral of Our Most Holy Mother of Light (León). In his homily, the Pope spoke of the self-sacrificing missionaries who first proclaimed the Name of Christ to the peoples of this continent. Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops, It gives me great joy to be able to pray with all of you in this Basilica-Cathedral of León, dedicated to our Lady of Light. In the lovely painting venerated in this basilica, the Blessed Virgin holds her Son in one hand with immense tenderness...
  • Mexicans feel hopeful after Pope's words at Plaza de Paz

    03/25/2012 12:44:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | March 25, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI speaks during a meeting with children, from the balcony of the State Government building "Casa del Conde Rul" in Guanajuato March 24, 2012. Guanajuato, Mexico, Mar 25, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After waiting all day to hear Pope Benedict XVI address them on the evening of March 24, thousands of Mexicans felt moved and inspired by the Pope's call to change the world through God's love.“We are happy, and support him wholeheartedly because we love him. His words give hope to this country that needs it so much,” said Yolet, a girl from Guadalajara who...
  • In Guanajuato, Pope Benedict delivers 'lost' message of John Paul II

    03/25/2012 12:37:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 3+ views
    cna ^ | March 25, 2012
    Father Federico Lombardi at press conference in the Hotsson Hotel in Leon, March 23, 2012 Leon, Mexico, Mar 24, 2012 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has delivered a message to the people of Guanajuato from his predecessor Blessed John Paul II, which was given aboard the late Pope's plane but virtually “forgotten” after 1979.“It would be very pleasing to have visited your beloved land, but circumstances have not permitted the time for it,” Pope John Paul II said in words originally directed to the people of Guanajuato as his plane passed over the Sanctuary of Christ the...
  • Pope Benedict leads Mass in central Mexico

    03/25/2012 11:51:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 7+ views
    BBC ^ | March 25, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating an open-air Mass in the central Mexican city of Silao on his first visit to the Latin American country. Hundreds of thousands of people are attending the service, under a large statue of Christ in the city's Bicentennial Park.On Saturday, the Pope met President Felipe Calderon, with whom he discussed Mexico's drugs violence.Mexico is the world's second most populous Catholic country.Huge crowds have turned out to greet the Pope during his visit, and thousands camped out in the park overnight on Saturday awaiting the Mass.This is the showpiece event of Pope Benedict's first trip to...
  • Pope to Children: Be Messengers of Peace

    03/25/2012 4:45:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 25, 2012
    2012-03-25 Vatican Radio Whenever and wherever Pope Benedict XVI meets children, there is always cause for joy and celebration. Yesterday evening in Mexico was no exception, as our correspondent with the Pope, Philippa Hitchen, reports.How do you capture in a few words the excitement and enthusiasm of several thousand Mexican school kids who’ve been waiting impatiently all day for their first sight of the Pope? How do you describe the electric atmosphere of the crowds crammed into the appropriately named Peace Square, with bands playing their favourite folk songs and the great bells of the 17th century neo-classical Basilica ringing...
  • Confessions Of A Hispanic Racist

    03/24/2012 10:30:51 AM PDT · by AuntB · 45 replies · 47+ views
    The College Conservative ^ | Mar. 22, 2012 | Elissa Roberson
    I have a bone to pick with Hispanics. Mainly illegals. Because I am one. Hispanic, that is — not illegal. I’m actually a fourth-generation Hispanic American on my mother’s side. In fact, this shout-out also goes to all the liberals who insist on calling Hispanics a minority group in need of help. Clearly, you gringos aren’t noticing what’s happening on the Mexican/American border or the huge population numbers in places like LA and San Diego that clearly beg to differ with the term “minority.” And those numbers are only growing. I grew up no more than three hours from the...
  • Pope's arrival in Mexico sparks surprising emotion (for the msm)

    03/24/2012 6:51:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | March 24, 2012 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON
    LEON, Mexico (AP) -- There was little excitement in Leon in the hours before the pope arrived. Crowds were thin. Spectators napped under trees. Vendors complained about the low turnout here in the conservative heartland of Mexico's Roman Catholicism.Then, as Pope Benedict XVI's plane appeared in the shimmering heat of Friday afternoon, people poured from their homes. They packed sidewalks five and six deep, screaming ecstatically as the pope passed, waving slowly. Some burst into tears.Many had said moments earlier that they could never love a pope as strongly as Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II. But the presence of a...
  • 'Hundreds' of 'Soldiers of Hezbollah' Inside the U.S., Says Homeland Security Chairman

    03/23/2012 11:23:53 AM PDT · by CNSNews.com · 15 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 23, 2012 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) – At a Wednesday hearing, House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R.-N.Y.) said that "at a minimum" there are hundreds of "soldiers of Hezbollah" inside the United States. "Now, how many Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists are here already?" said King. "The highly-disciplined soldiers of Hezbollah are trained to lie low for years, or for decades. Those who have gone up against this enemy for our government estimate the number to be at a minimum--at a minimum--in the hundreds." At the same hearing, the former chief of operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration testified that Mexican drug cartels are in...
  • Pope Decries Drug Violence in Mexico

    03/23/2012 6:27:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 3.23.12
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and is urging Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism, as he begins a pilgrimage to both countries. Benedict spoke to reporters after breakfast aboard a special Alitalia flight Friday bringing him to central Mexico later that day. The pope says "idolatry of money" lies behind the violence that has claimed more than 47,000 lives in Mexico since a government crackdown began in 2006. Benedict also says it's evident that in Cuba today Marxist ideology "no longer responds to reality"...
  • Pope Benedict XVI decries drug violence in Mexico

    03/23/2012 7:17:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 23, 2012
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Benedict XVI denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and urged Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism as he began a pilgrimage Friday that will take him to both countries. Benedict spoke to reporters after breakfast aboard a special Alitalia flight carrying him to central Mexico later in the day. The pope said "idolatry of money" lies behind the violence that has claimed more than 47,000 lives in Mexico since a government crackdown began in 2006.On Monday, Benedict will leave Mexico for Cuba, where he said that it is...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Visit to Mexico and Cuba (EWTN Schedule)

    03/23/2012 7:05:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 1+ views
    EWTN ^ | March 23, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI's visits Mexico and Cuba, a trip planned to span 5 days, from March 23-28. This visit includes a meeting with Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, Mass in the Parque Bicentenario in the municipality of Silao; a meeting with representatives from the ninety-one dioceses of Mexico; then a meeting in Cuba with Cuban President Raul Castro; a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity and a visit to Havana, greeted by Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of Havana and by other religious and civil authorities. On the morning of Wednesday 28 March, the Pope...
  • Ex-Mexican official accused of impersonating U.S. citizen

    03/22/2012 5:38:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 22, 2012 | Jason Buch
    A former Mexican official arrested last month in the Rio Grande Valley after being accused of failing to pay a fine has been charged with impersonating a U.S. citizen to cross the border. U.S. marshals arrested Edmundo Lozano Rendón, 55, in McAllen, saying he didn't pay a $7,500 fine assessed when he was convicted of money laundering charges in 1992. He was most recently a spokesman for the border city of Reynosa, and has worked for the Tamaulipas state Institutional Revolutionary Party and for former Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernández, who is under investigation by the Mexican government.
  • [Texas]Border security not on the top of the list

    03/22/2012 4:31:34 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2012 | Stewart M. Powell
    WASHINGTON – Despite political demands for troops and arms to protect the Texas border, state authorities have approved handing over the bulk of surplus military equipment offered by the Pentagon to nearly everywhere but South Texas. The Pentagon's Law Enforcement Support Office distributed a record $468 million in surplus equipment nationwide last year - with $17.6 million of it going to Texas. Yet, few of the 111 trucks, 267 guns or 14,000 other individual surplus items went to counties bordering Mexico, according to a detailed breakout by the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services reviewed by the Houston Chronicle. Critics say...
  • Mutilated corpse is left on display for rival cartel members in Nuevo Laredo [Mexico]

    03/22/2012 1:58:05 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 2+ views
    KGNS ^ | March 19, 2012
    The body, along with a banner, was discovered early Monday morning at Reforma and Paseo Colon in Nuevo Laredo. According to reports, the victim, in his twenties, had been tortured and beaten severely. He was tied and bound, and his arms and legs were cut off, then he was beheaded. The banner included a message from the zetas for any rival cartels, saying the victim's fate would be the same for anyone considering coming into their territory. This discovery comes after another violent weekend across the border in Nuevo Laredo, with several shootouts in the streets and more people being...
  • Troubling Things Obama's Spring Break Story Reveal

    03/21/2012 5:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 21, 2012 | The Editors
    <p>We normally wouldn't bother writing about the president's daughter, but the story of Malia Obama's spring break deserves mention if only because it's troubling on so many levels.</p> <p>First you have to wonder about sending a 13-year-old to drug-war-torn Mexico to frolic with her friends. It doesn't strike us as the wisest move, given the potential risk to her and those around her.</p>