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Tijuana: Portrait of an Encojibado ...

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Tijuana: Portrait of an Encojibado 

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:56 PM PST

Portrait of an Encojibado 
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January 2014:

The floor is dirty and stained, cigarettes stubbed out into the cold hard concrete, smoked to the end by murderers and enforcers, inhaling and talking casually, dressed in jeans and sneakers, as the life was choked from 'El Sureno.  One of the men present texted his wife, 'I just want you to know that I love you guys, and I am only going to kill one more, I have never killed anyone who didn't deserve it, I'll see you later'.  Juan Castro-Navarro, the man mentioned above, had been under investigation by Homeland Security agents since early 2013, who were intercepting his communications.  In November, HSI agents received a title III wire intercept on Castro-Navarro's phone.  Within 30 days they had seized 30 pounds of meth, and 2 pounds of heroin, in Ontario, CA.
Luis Fernando Torres Baltzar, "El Suereno'

I wrote about the sentencing and backstory of Juan Castro Navarro last summer, Castro-Navarro, revealed at his sentencing texted gleefully and ironically, about a man at his feet, being strangled to death in a grimy Tijuana stash house.  He couldn't be tried for the murder that happened in Mexico, in early 2014, but the District judge used it to enhance his sentence, saying Castro-Navarro had become a monster.  A newspaper article and the intercepted text messages were shown at the sentencing.  The images have been released by Zeta, and is a grim portrait of the life, handcuffs and barren safe houses, stench of death and stale beer, in cigarette smoke and urine from the victim.

This case gives us a chance to examine more closely, the bodies we routinely read and see, tossed dismissively, bound, gagged, scarred with bullets, knifes, blunt objects, on the streets of Tijuana.  El Sureno, the subject of Castro-Navarro's text messages was a gang member in Tijuana, possibly deported from Los Angeles, and working amongst the cities trafficking groups.  Castro-Navarro was a methamphetamine and heroin trafficker, and broker, who linked runners to customers in California and abroad.  He organized dozens of loads, with dozens of pounds of both drugs.  

El Sureno was an affiliate of a gang member in LA, known as David.  David, linked with Oscar Ureta-Cervantes, a partner of Castro Navarro, through El Sureno.  David wanted to take multiple pounds of meth a week, and quantities of heroin. Middle men would receive a few hundred for every pound sold.  Another customer, another account for Castro-Navarro.  But, David broke rank, on his first run, pulling a pistol on the Cervantes, and taking all the product.  

Castro-Navarro, another individual named Marlon, and Cervantes ordered El Sureno picked up, and brought to a safe house for interrogation, which he texted updates to his wife about.   Suereno was tortured, given an opportunity to make a deal, and pay a ransom of 20 pounds of meth for his release. He was beaten with a bat, his backside showing extensive bruising, and finally strangled to death.  

Associate: Did you beat him or choke him?
J (Castro Navarro's PIN):  The second.
Associate: (Winking emoji) 

Juan Castro Navarro, and his girlfriend Eloisa Monjardin German Magana

In Tijuana, in the life, people are kidnapped, beaten til bloody, staining the floors and mattresses with blood, sweat, human waste, as victims lose control of their bodily functions....their torturers and murderers are not all sociopathic monsters, but men who drink at the bars, buy their kids Christmas presents, let their wife's know they will be running late at work...

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Source: Zeta Tijuana 

The Russian air campaign continued to target opposition-held terrain in an effort to solidify regime gains and increase negotiating leverage in the days immediately prior to the Geneva talks on January 29...

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: 
    January 23 - 28, 2016   
By Jodi Brignola

The Russian air campaign continued to target opposition-held terrain in an effort to solidify regime gains and increase negotiating leverage in the days immediately prior to the Geneva talks on January 29. Russian warplanes targeted over 40 separate locations in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus and Deir ez-Zour Provinces from January 26 - 28. Russia's intervention has significantly changed the situation on the ground, enabling significant regime victories in Aleppo, Latakia, and Dera'a and placing the regime in a superior negotiating position after suffering a number of meaningful losses to both the armed opposition in Idlib and ISIS in Eastern Homs in early- and mid-2015.  Russian warplanes continued to support the regime's clearing operations in Northeastern Latakia and target locations in Western Idlib, likely to set conditions to seize the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughour and secure regime control over the high ground in the Jebel al-Akrad and Jebel Turkmen mountain ranges. The Russian air campaign also continued to target opposition-held positions in Northwestern Aleppo and supported regime efforts to tighten the siege on the opposition-held pocket in Northern Homs. In the south, regime forces continued their offensive in Dera'a with the support of Russian air power after fully capturing opposition-held Sheikh Meskin on January 25. UK Envoy for Syria Gareth Bayley stated that Russian assistance in the Sheikh Meskin operation "reveals the hypocrisy of Russian targeting in Syria," and that "this blatant targeting of opposition groups is deeply concerning, particularly as it comes just days before UN-led negotiations for a political settlement leading to transition in Syria." The UK envoy also criticized Russia for the way Russian warplanes targeted the town, which has essentially left the city leveled
Russian warplanes continue to indiscriminately target civilian-populated areas, incurring high numbers of civilian casualties. The Russian air campaign targets ISIS-controlled territory in Northeastern Aleppo, ar-Raqqa, and Deir ez-Zour at the expense of civilian casualties.The activist organization Raqqa Slaughtered Silently reported that the majority of Russian strikes that target ISIS-held Raqqa City hit civilian-populated residential neighborhoodswhile no more than 15 percent actually target ISIS's strongholds in the city.  
The following graphic depicts ISW's assessment of Russian airstrike locations based on reports from local Syrian activist networks, Syrian state-run media, and statements by Russian and Western officials. This map represents locations targeted by Russia's air campaign, rather than the number of individual strikes or sorties. 
High-Confidence reporting. ISW places high confidence in reports corroborated both by official government statements reported through credible channels and documentation from rebel factions or activist networks on the ground in Syria deemed to be credible.
Low-Confidence reporting. ISW places low confidence in secondary sources that have not been confirmed or sources deemed likely to contain disinformation.


Mideast Christian Suffering, U.S. Denial; Will Democracies Combat Terror?

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Mideast Christian Suffering, U.S. Denial

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  January 31, 2016 at 5:00 am

  • Escaped eyewitnesses have reported that ISIS places Iraqi and Syrian Christians in cages or coffins and sets them on fire.

  • ISIS persecution of Christians "fits the definition of ethnic cleansing." — Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial.

The Syriac Orthodox Church of St. Ephrem in Mosul, Iraq, before if the captured by the Islamic State (left), and after.

When a 1,400-year-old Iraqi Christian monastery was destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) most of the world condemned the demolition -- except for spokesman for the U.S. military's Operation Inherent Resolve, Col. Steve Warren.

"Thousands [of Iraqi Christians] have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee," said CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Col. Warren the other week. "There is legitimate fear -- you're there in Baghdad -- that the long history of Christians living peacefully, productively in Iraq, is coming to an end. How worried should we be about the Christian community in Iraq?"

Col. Warren's response: "Wolf, ISIL doesn't care if you're a Christian ... We've seen no specific evidence of a specific targeting towards Christians."

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Will Democracies Combat Terror?

by Jagdish N. Singh  •  January 31, 2016 at 4:00 am

  • Many extremist Islamic groups are still shielded by states such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. These countries have so far not severed their links, overt or covert, with these outfits.

  • The United States and other members of the free world need to take corrective measures not only against terrorist groups but also against the states that sponsor them.

  • Washington, in its relationship with Tehran and Islamabad, among others, is on the wrong track. Its approach towards a rogue Iran is not likely to "bring it in from the cold," but to embolden it even further in its various terror activities the world over.

In 2014, this photo of Muslim ISIS supporters in India's Tamil Nadu state went viral on Twitter.

Sadly, major world powers, including the United Nations, have not appeared serious about fighting terrorism or the Islamic State (ISIS, IS) or similar terrorist groups.

UN Security Council Resolution 2170 (August 15, 2014) called on member-states to take "national measures to prevent fighters from traveling from their soil to join the IS and deny it any arms or financial support. The resolution also "expressed readiness to consider putting on the sanctions list those who facilitated the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters."

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Latest intelligence on the world situation, updates on US military capabilities, news that affects Military retirees, and news that will probably never be reported by the "Liberal American Media!"...

Military Newsletter
Latest intelligence on the world situation, updates on US military capabilities, news that affects Military retirees, 
and news that will probably never be reported by the "Liberal American Media!"
Edited by Lt Col Kent Vasby, USAF, Ret

State Department Declares 22 Clinton Emails 'Top Secret'
The Associated Press learned ahead of the release that seven email chains would be withheld in full for containing "top secret" information. The 37 pages include messages a key intelligence official recently said concerned "special access programs" highly restricted, classified material that could point to confidential sources or clandestine programs like drone strikes.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, insists she never sent or received information on her personal email account that was classified at the time. No emails released so far were marked classified, but reviewers previously designated more than 1,000 messages at lower classification levels. Friday's will be the first at top secret level.

Tehran releases footage of Iranian navy submarine allegedly aiming at a U.S. aircraft carrier
Iranian Tasmin News media outlet has aired a short video, allegedly filmed by a Ghadir-class submarine during a maritime exercise in the Strait of Hormuz.
During exercises and real ops, submarines regularly slip in the heart of the multi-billion-dollar aircraft carriers defensive screen to pretend-sinking U.S. supercarriers, whose underwater defenses are far from being impenetrable.

U.S. Navy sends ship near disputed island in South China Sea
"This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants, China, Taiwan and Vietnam, to restrict navigation rights and freedoms around the features they claim by policies that require prior permission or notification of transit within territorial seas." 
The USS Curtis Wilbur, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands -- an archipelago claimed by the three.
 None of them were notified of the move.

Why does the Pentagon need an Iron Man suit?
When the head of United States Special Operations Command said recently that he hopes his troops will someday soon be wearing super-light, super-strong exoseletons known affectionately as Iron Man suits, it might have sounded like a bit of classic Pentagon excess.

Worlds Most Expensive Jet Somehow Gets Worse
Forget the sonic boomthe U.S. militarys new F-35 stealth fighter just hit massive turbulence that could delay its release yet again.
The problem this timethe radar-evading planes 8 million lines of computer code, amounting to arguably the most complex software suite ever installed on a warplane.

U.S. Navys LCS Struggles to Fend Off Swarm Attacks
The U.S. Navys Littoral Combat Ship struggled in drills at sea to fend off a swarm of small attacking vessels like the Iranian boats it could encounter in the Persian Gulf, according to the Pentagons chief weapons tester.
The fast-attack boats were ultimately defeated by the USS Coronado during three mock engagements in August and September to test its guns and targeting gear.

Who Is Assassinating The Islamic State's Top Leaders In Libya
After a string of assassinations of its local henchmen, the Islamic State's new "Caliphate" in the Libyan city of Sirte is abuzz with talk that an anti-Isil sniper is at work.
In recent weeks, no fewer than three Isil commanders in Sirte have been shot dead from long range, according to local media.

Angela Merkel 'is showing signs of a mental breakdown' and 'narcissism' 
Angela Merkel is a 'narcissist' whose refusal to curb immigration may be a sign of a 'mental breakdown, according to a celebrated German psychiatrist.
German psychiatrist Hans-Joachim Maaz said in an analysis that Mrs Merkel is so determined not to admit that she was wrong about her migration policy that she has 'lost touch with reality'.

Latin America's Political And Economic Problems Aid In The Spread Of The Zika Virus
Isla de León, a slum on the outskirts of Cartagena on Colombias Caribbean coast, is a lesson in how to manufacture and transmit the mosquito-borne Zika virus. 
Ramshackle hovels with dirt floors, crooked wooden walls and zinc roofs line sun-baked unpaved streets. In the rainy season, conditions resemble the swamp on which the neighbourhood was built.

Venezuela Is On The Brink Of A Complete And Utter Collapse
The only question now is whether Venezuela's government or economy will completely collapse first.
The key word there is "completely." Both are well into their death throes. 

Bank of Japan surprises with negative interest rate
Tokyo's central bank hopes that by imposing a 0.1% fee on selected current account deposits effectively a negative interest rate commercial banks will be encouraged to make more loans and so stimulate economic growth. Japan's economy is forecast to grow just 1.1% in 2015 and 1.7% in 2016.
How Low Can You Go? 
Negative Interest Rates and Investors' Flight to Safety

Election 2016: The Candidates' Foreign Policy 
Here is how the candidates stand on some of the issues of deep strategic interest to Washington.

Constantine The Great: Roman Emperor, Christian Saint, History's Turning Point
Editor was watching a History Channel program about the Roman Empire & Christianity while preparing today's newsletter.

"The Gun Is Civilization" by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)  
Thanks, Gary
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.
If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception.  
Reason or force, that's it.  
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, a paradoxical as it may sound to some.  
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.  
The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a car load of drunken guys with baseball bats.  
The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.  
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for an armed mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.  
People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.  
Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.  
People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force, watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.  
The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.  
When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation... and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act. 
So, the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.

Dear Tech Support
Thanks, George
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, long chats and conversation 8.0, and then installed undesirable programs such as: NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1. House cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?

The response (that came weeks later out of the blue):
Dear Desperate,
First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Recommend enter command: I thought you loved me.html, download Tears 6.2, and never forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.
However, remember, overuse of the above applications can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. 
Whatever you do, DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.) In addition, please, do not attempt to re-install the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and hearing, and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider getting additional software to improve his memory and performance. 
But, for you, we sincerely recommend: Cooking 3.0, wife house cleaning 2.4, wife rubbing husbands feet 4.1, and other surprise wifely attention 5.2, which is, well, you know. 
Good Luck!

Is Rush Limbaugh Betraying Conservatism with Donald Trump? Four Sid Blumenthal Emails In Latest Clinton Release Are COMPLETELY Classified...

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Thursday’s debate was largely about the man not on the stage — Donald Trump.

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:38 AM PST

The winner of the GOP debate? Trump. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush both had great nights, but Bush got the better of their exchange on immigration. Bush picked the right time to shine in a debate. Ted...

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Is Rush Limbaugh Betraying Conservatism with Donald Trump?

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:30 AM PST

Tyler O’Neil, PJmedia Last week, the conservative magazine National Review published a long and scathing attack on Donald J. Trump. Notable names included Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, Michael...

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Four Sid Blumenthal Emails In Latest Clinton Release Are COMPLETELY Classified

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:26 AM PST

Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller Previous State Department releases of Hillary Clinton emails have contained messages from her longtime friend and intelligence-provider, Sidney Blumenthal, that have been...

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Government May Start Paying Citizens $1700 A Month, Whether They Work Or Not, To End Poverty…

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:18 AM PST

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton,  This has the mark of elitists at the UN all over it. Switzerland is looking to commit national suicide by mandating that every citizen be paid $1700 a month, whether...

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What If Trump Wins?

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:13 AM PST

David Harsanyi, There are many potential outcomes to a Donald Trump GOP nomination. And every one of them is a disaster for conservatives. Fact is, Trump fans will not be placated. Not if they lose,...

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Sanders Bids for Older Voters Emphasizing Social Security Plan

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:06 AM PST

Bernie Sanders is counting on young voters turning out to win next Monday’s Iowa caucuses. But by putting an emphasis on his plans for Social Security, the Vermont Senator isn’t ceding...

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Iran’s New Oil Deals Stir Backlash as London Summit Is Canceled

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 08:03 AM PST

Iran canceled a London conference to promote new contracts for global oil companies, two weeks after economic sanctions were lifted, because the British government hasn’t been able to issue...

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Main Syrian opposition team heads to Geneva as peace talks open

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 07:58 AM PST

A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group flew to Geneva on Saturday to assess whether to join Damascus government officials in United Nations-brokered peace talks, an opposition...

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Run Bloomberg Run!

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 07:02 AM PST

Jeff Crouere, Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now threatening to enter the presidential race and spend $1 billion of his vast fortune. Bloomberg spent 12 years as Mayor and obviously...

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The Fed Is Freaked Out about the Financial Markets — Because It’s Misreading the Situation

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 06:59 AM PST

Larry Kudlow, Early in the new year, on Sunday, January 3, Federal Reserve vice chair Stanley Fischer delivered a hawkish speech to the American Economic Association. Completely misreading the...

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Leave the Visa Waiver Program Alone

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 06:56 AM PST

Brian McNicoll, There’s nothing like a terrorist attack on home soil to get the overreaction machine churning in Washington. We have a presidential candidate promising to ban all Muslims from...

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Chris Matthews on Hardball Asks: “Who’s Going to Watch a Debate Between the Two Cuban guys?”

Posted: 30 Jan 2016 06:53 AM PST

Humberto Fontova, “Who is going to watch a debate between the two Cuban guys?…Who is going to watch a debate between Rubio, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Who cares?…You know...