December 2007

Via The Mexican Times:

LAS CRUCES — A 2-month-old girl died early Sunday, Doña Ana County sheriff’s officers said.
Officials said between 2 and 3 a.m. Fabiola Manzaneras, 25, awoke to find her infant daughter, Isabela Del-Rosal Manzaneras, not breathing and unresponsive. The two were driven to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces by a relative because the family did not have a phone to call for help.
Once there, emergency room doctors began CPR, but the infant was pronounced dead about 4:25 a.m.
Sheriff’s officials said the woman and her five children slept in the same bed in a trailer home. The home had no running water and only a portable desktop heater for warmth.

An autopsy will be conducted, and the Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate. Child Protective Services is also investigating.

Let’s recap, shall we? 25 years old Fabiola Manzaneras has 5 4 children. All sleep with her in the same bed in a trailer with no phone and no running water and apparently no birth control.  Where were all the fathers of these children? Off making other children…but of course! What are the odds that Manzaneras the breeding machine is in the US illegally? Right. And guess who gets to pay for the breeding machine’s babies and their medical care? Right.

Italian naval vessels will patrol off the Libyan coast with Libyan sailors aboard to combat illegal immigration under an agreement signed by the two countries Saturday, Italy’s interior ministry said.

Under the deal, Italy will supply six police patrol boats to help officials from both countries watch the ports and beaches that serve as departure points.

Interior Minister Giuiliano Amato and Libya’s Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Mohammed Shalgam signed the agreement in Tripoli to "intensify cooperation in the fight against criminal organisations which traffic in human beings and reap profits from illegal immigration," a statement said.

Six Italian naval ships would patrol off the Libyan coast with joint crews on missions of "control, search and rescue in areas of departure and transit" of boats carrying immigrants "in both Libyan and international waters."

"It will thus be possible to fight more effectively against this traffic, both saving a great number of lives and getting rid of the criminal gangs" responsible," the ministry quoted Amato as saying.

Italian shores, especially the small island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, are a favourite destination for immigrants making the perilous crossing from Libya and other parts of North Africa in the hope of a new life in Europe.

Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato said the deal would save lives and dismantle criminal gangs.

The deal between Italy and Libya did not state when the joint patrols would begin.


Essentially, Italia will provide the vessels to help import the illegal alien Libyan criminals into Italia because…these criminals may otherwise drown trying to illegally enter Italia.

Arrivederci Italia
Terra che una volta ho amato


Via the traitorous treasonous communist bastards at IVAW:

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the quagmire known as the invasion/occupation of Iraq, many of us feel a need to mark this occasion with an appropriately momentous show of resistance. For the past few months, IVAW has been organizing "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan." From March 13-16, 2008, we will assemble the largest gathering of US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan in history, as well as Iraqi and Afghan survivors, to offer first-hand, eyewitness accounts to tell the truth about these occupations — their impact on the troops, their families, our nation, and the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Winter Soldier will require IVAW’s full attention and organizing capacity leading up to and during the event.

We would like to have as many people as possible attend the event and we are making arrangements to provide live broadcasting of the hearings for those who cannot hear the testimony first hand, as space will be limited. We ask all of you to help us to spread the message of the testimony, raise funds, and get more veterans and GIs involved.

We have been inspired by the tremendous support that the movement has shown us and we believe the success of Winter Soldier will ultimately depend on the support of our allies and the hard work of our members. Because Winter Soldier will provide a unique venue for those who experienced war on the ground to expose the truth and consequences of the "War on Terror" to the nation and the world, we are requesting that, from March 13-16, the larger anti-war movement call no national mobilizations and that there be no local protests or civil disobedience actions in Washington, DC.

Some leaders of the movement have expressed a desire to have a mass assembly to mark the fifth anniversary. Some have expressed support for a concert/rally. IVAW would support any events that do not interfere with the Winter Soldier hearings, our strategy, or goals. We would encourage our members to continue participating in events of the larger movement to end the occupation of Iraq, as we acknowledge both the significance and the necessity of such actions for movement building. IVAW will also arrange to make available copies of the Winter Soldier transcript highlights to support the various efforts of the antiwar movement.

We are thankful for your enduring support of IVAW and Winter Soldier. Let us all continue to think strategically and act in a spirit of cooperation.

In solidarity,
Iraq Veterans Against the War

IVAW Board of Directors
Camilo E. Mejia
Jabbar Magruder
Margaret Stevens
Phil Aliff
Jason Lemieux
Adam Kokesh
Liam Madden
Anita Foster
Jose Vasquez

Winter Soldier Organizing Team
Aaron Hughes
Fernando Braga
Adrienne Kinne
Perry O’Brien
Martin Smith
Lily Hughes
Amadee Braxton

A Barclaycard executive has been forced to quit after making an insulting remark about Muslims.

Marc Howells, one of the company’s leading figures, left his £200,000-a-year job following the tasteless quip during a staff meeting as he discussed quarterly figures.

Colleagues were stunned when he said: "The results were like Muslims – some were good, some were Shi’ite."

Offended members of staff complained to senior bosses about the "wholly inappropriate" comment.

Mr Howells, 42, who worked for Barclaycard’s European arm and has a £2million home in St John’s Wood, was forced out earlier this month after negotiating an undisclosed pay-off, classed as "redundancy under compromise".

A company source said: "No one could quite believe their ears when he came out with his Shi’ite joke.

"He had a very responsible job in a multinational company. What on earth was he thinking of?

"There were a few embarrassed guffaws but everyone except him knew he was for the high jump the moment he said it."

Another company insider said: "Part of the deal was that the circumstances of his departure must never be disclosed. But there was no chance of that once his Shi’ite joke started doing the rounds."

A Barclaycard spokesman refused to comment about the departure, but said: "We do not tolerate discrimination."




India Aluva: A company here claims to have found an economically and environmentally viable solution to answer to the crying need for crematoriums.

High Tech Seals Private Limited, which also produces automotive parts, plans to introduce a mobile crematorium fuelled by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) on the outskirts of Kochi.

"Controversies associated with cremation or burial rites and the issue of pollution made us think about such a crematorium," said John Thomas, the managing director of the company.

The company proposes to mount the crematorium on a vehicle. The project did not take off as smoothly when it was initiated two years ago.

"We started work on the mobile crematorium but encountered some technical problems," Thomas recalls.

The company, however, has been successful with its non-mobile LPG crematoriums, having successfully installed 10 units in various municipalities in the state.

"The vehicle on which the crematorium is mounted has to be around 30-feet long. It is next to impossible to move around with such a big vehicle on our roads. We are trying to bring down the size of the whole unit," said Thomas.

Pollution safeguard

"The cremation chamber though is only 9-feet long and looks more like a whole body scanner," he says. "The design has the approval of the State Pollution Control Board."

"We have done a lot of research on the design with the help from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, and are positive about starting production by the end of 2008 or in 2009," he said. "The use of LPG for cremation is economical. It needs only 10 kg LPG to cremate a body and takes less than 40 minutes. The cost comes to just about Rs500 (Dh46.5)."



Randy Repola has been police chief and administrator in his 20 years with Estes Park.

After serving the people of Estes Park for 20 years, Randy Repola wants to help rebuild a part of Iraq.

Repola left last week to serve as an adviser to the city manager of Hillah, which rests about 60 miles south of Baghdad and has seen its share of violence.

But the 45-year-old Repola said he couldn’t turn away an opportunity to help bring democracy to a region sorely in need of stability.

"I truly believe we are on the right track in bringing about a regime change to that area, and I really think I can assist," said Repola, who is under contract for one year.

Mountainous Estes Park — where Repola served as town administrator since 2004 — annually attracts more than 1 million tourists, while Hillah rests at sea level and is heavily dependent on agriculture.

Still, people in both communities want the same things, he said.

"The bottom line is people want clean water, reliable power and the need to feel safe in their homes," Repola said.

He is working for the nonprofit Research Triangle Institute, which has received many U.S. government contracts aimed at reconstructing countries, including Iraq.

Repola said he was among several city managers contacted by RTI in June. Repola indicated his interest and, by late November, was offered the position of adviser.

Estes Park Mayor John Baudek said Repola’s management skills — including his tenure as police chief — will serve him well in Hillah. "He’s done a great job for us over the past 20 years, and he’ll do a great job for them."

Hillah was hit by car bombings this year, but since then, it has been quiet. The city is largely Shiite with a population that is highly educated, Repola said.

Still, cultural and religious differences have to be taken into account in his new job. "First, I have to be student, and then I can become an adviser," Repola said. "I cannot jump right in and say, ‘This has to be done’ and ‘That has to be done.’ "

Repola — who was a Marine Corps officer candidate in college — will go without his wife and five children. Most of the children are nearly grown and on their own.

He admits to slightly manipulating his wife in order to get her to agree to his new job. The couple were overseeing a tour of middle school students at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia when he approached her with the idea.

"We could see the men and women who gave up a lot more than I will to serve their country," Repola said. "I just told her I wanted to do my part."



PHOENIX—Authorities on Sunday found 37 illegal aliens concealed in a truck, some hiding behind pallets of bell peppers.

Police found the illegal aliens while investigating a tip about a tractor-trailer parked in the middle of the road in suburban Tolleson. They initially discovered a dozen people in the truck.

Later, an officer noticed the pallets did not go all the way to the back of the semitrailer.

Police climbed up, and spotted 23 people behind the bell peppers. Two more were found hiding nearby in an abandoned trailer. In all, 37 illegal aliens were found, including five children, Sgt. Lisa Mendoza said.

They were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An agency spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment Sunday.

Investigators believe the smugglers of the illegal aliens got away.

Tolleson is about 10 miles west of Phoenix.



In a murderous quest aimed at "cleansing" their turf of snitches and rival gangsters, members of one of Los Angeles County’s most vicious Latino gangs sometimes killed people just because of their race, an investigation found.

There were even instances in which Florencia 13 leaders ordered killings of black gangsters and then, when the intended victim couldn’t be located, said "Well, shoot any black you see," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said.

"In certain cases some murders were just purely motivated on killing a black person," Baca said.

Authorities say there were 20 murders among more than 80 shootings documented during the gang’s rampage in the hardscrabble Florence-Firestone neighborhood, exceptional even in an area where gang violence has been commonplace for decades. They don’t specify the time frame or how many of the killings were racial.

Los Angeles has struggled with gang violence for years, especially during the wars in the late 1980s and early ’90s between the Crips and the Bloods – both black gangs. Latino gangs have gained influence since then as the Hispanic population surged.

Evidence of Florencia 13, or F13, is easy to find in Florence-Firestone. Arrows spray-painted on the wall of a liquor store mark the gang’s boundary and graffiti warns rivals to steer clear.

The gang’s name comes from the neighborhood that is its stronghold and the 13th letter of the alphabet – M – representing the gang’s ties to the Mexican Mafia.

Federal, state and local officials worked together to charge 102 men linked to F13 with racketeering, conspiracy to murder, weapons possession, drug dealing and other crimes. In terms of people charged, it’s the largest-ever federal case involving a Southern California gang, prosecutors say. More than 80 of those indicted are in custody.

But eliminating the gang won’t be easy. It’s survived for decades and is believed to have about 2,000 members. Its reach extends to Nevada, Arizona and into prisons, where prosecutors say incarcerated gang leaders were able to order hits on black gangsters.

According to the indictment, F13’s leader, Arturo Castellanos, sent word in 2004 from California’s fortress-like Pelican Bay State Prison that he wanted his street soldiers to begin "cleansing" Florence-Firestone of black gangsters, notably the East Coast Crips, and snitches.

His followers eagerly obeyed, according to federal prosecutors.

In one case, F13 members came across a black man at a bus stop, shouted "Cheese toast!" and fired. "Cheese toast" is a derogatory name for East Coast Crips, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin S. Rosenberg said.

The victim, apparently targeted only because of his skin color, survived being shot several times, Rosenberg said.

F13 isn’t the only Latino gang linked to racial killings. Last year, four members of The Avenues, a gang from the Highland Park area east of downtown Los Angeles, were convicted of hate crimes for killing a black man in what prosecutors called a campaign to drive blacks from that neighborhood. And last January, authorities announced a crackdown on the 204th Street gang following the killing of a 14-year-old black girl.

The violence goes both ways, said Adam Torres, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department gang detective whose beat includes Florence-Firestone.

During a recent patrol on the east side of the neighborhood, he pointed to a cinderblock wall peppered with bullet holes. Torres said the Crips still control that area and any Hispanic there is at risk of being shot.

Despite the wave of violence, George Tita, a criminologist with the University of California, Irvine, said racially motivated gang killings are an exception. Latinos and blacks are far more likely to be murdered by one of their own.

"You don’t see these major black-brown wars, either within the context of gangs or outside the context of gangs," Tita said.

Residents of Florence-Firestone are loath to discuss gangs, fearful they might end up as targets, but there are signs of change. Murders in the neighborhood dropped from 43 in 2005 to 19 in 2006, Baca said. For 2007, there were 19 murders as of Dec. 24.

Jose Garcia sees the difference. The security doors on the store where he works aren’t covered with graffiti as often and he hasn’t heard a gunshot in two months.

"It used to be at least once or twice a week," he said.


Check out this video of the two gangbanger Dhaliwal brothers going to pick up their two gangbanger brothers from the hospital. What caught my eye in the video is not that one brother appears to be amused when first approached by reporters, but that the car that’s waiting to pick up the brothers is approached by a man and it looks as though they’re dealing drugs.

Check it out!


WASHINGTON – The dispute over Indiana’s voter identification law that is headed to the Supreme Court next week is as much a partisan political drama as a legal tussle.

The mainly Republican backers of the law, including the Bush administration, say state-produced photo identification is a prudent measure to cut down on vote fraud – even though Indiana has never had a prosecution of the kind of fraud the law is supposed to prevent.

The opponents, mainly Democrats, view voter ID a modern-day poll tax that disproportionately affect poor, minority and elderly voters – who tend to back Democrats. Yet, a federal judge found that opponents of the law were unable to produce evidence of a single Indiana resident who had been barred from voting because of the law.

The Supreme Court, which famously split 5-4 in the case that sealed the 2000 presidential election for George Bush, will take up the Indiana law on January 9, just as the 2008 presidential primaries are getting under way.

A decision should come by late June, in time to be felt in the November elections in Indiana and in Georgia, the other state with a strict photo ID requirement, as well as in a handful of other states.

The justices will be asked to decide whether the law is an impermissible attempt to discourage certain voters or a reasonable precaution among several efforts aimed at cutting down on illegal voting.

“There’s more than a little bit of irony in going to the Supreme Court and asking them to rise above partisan politics in election cases,” said Richard Hasen, an election law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

The court’s decision in the disputed 2000 election is partly responsible for the ensuing increase in election-related lawsuits and the loss of confidence by some groups in the voting system, Hasen said. Yet, the other branches of government seem more politicized than ever, leaving the court as the best option despite the 2000 election dispute, he said.

Indiana argues that demands for identification are frequent in today’s society, and producing a photo ID at polling places is hardly onerous.

“In light of such widespread demands for … government-issued photo identification, it is almost shocking that in late 2007 Indiana can be characterized as even unusual in requiring it at the polls,” the state said in its court filing.

The Bush administration maintains states need not wait for fraud to occur to take action to prevent it. “The state’s interest in deterring voter fraud before it happens is evident from the monumental harm that can come from such fraud,” the government said in its supporting brief.

The law’s opponents counter that an ID may be just one card among many in most people’s wallets, but some groups are far less likely to have them.

Homeless people wanting to vote might face the most difficulty under the law. While the state will provide a voter ID card free of charge to the poor, applicants still must have a birth certificate or other documentation to get the ID card.

“I think it’s wonderful, but if you can’t prove who you are, you can’t get an ID,” said Carter Wolf, executive director of Horizon House, which provides services to homeless people.

Getting a birth certification isn’t always easy, Wolf said, or cheap. Sometimes it can cost $60 to $70 to get a birth certificate from other states.

“Obtaining a photo identification card under Indiana law requires documentation that is difficult, if not impossible, for many homeless individuals to provide,” Carter Phillips, a leading Supreme Court lawyer, wrote in a supporting brief.

Even without an ID, indigent people can cast provisional ballots, then show up within 10 days at county offices and sign a form attesting to their vote.

But the Marion County Election Board, which includes Indianapolis, said just two of 34 voters who cast provisional ballots because they lacked voter ID showed up at county offices to validate their vote in the 2007 municipal election. Their signatures all matched those on file, but could not be counted because of the photo ID requirement.

Hasen said while neither side has abundant evidence to back its position the fraud argument is far less plausible than the claim that and ID requirement will reduce voter turnout.

Someone wanting to sway an election through fraud would be unlikely to get individuals to show up at the polls, pretend to be someone else and then ask them to cast a secret, unverifiable ballot, said Hasen.

But he said, “When voting is more difficult, people tend to not vote.”

Opponents to the law argue the real potential for voter fraud lies in the filing of absentee ballots and that Indiana has made it easier to vote absentee in recent years.

The cases are Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 07-21, and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita, 07-25.


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