This is How Revolutions Begin – Part 2

The other day Fulano blogged about the residents of the small town of Ascensión, where the townpeople became vigilantes.

Well there’s some more news. For a quick a review, the townspeople of Ascensión, weary of the crime and lack of authority, took control of the town. They took over the city hall and put up roadblocks at the entrance to the town to capture five kidnapper fugitives. Three got away and the other two they killed.

The three that got away were arrested and they have now fingered the town’s mayor, Rafael Camarillo, as the leader. He has a ranch outside of town, called Brecha del Zorro [Fox Gap], and that is where the kidnapped people were held and the kidnappers were protected.

Mayor of Ascención, Rafael Camarillo Renteria

Coyote Inflation

An article in today’s Frontera says the new Arizona law SB1070 has caused a rapid rise in the charges by coyotes to bring illegal immigrants across the border into the US.

Standard charges for a Mexican for just crossing the border into Arizona rose from $2,000 to around $4,500 since last June. Immigrants from countries south of Mexico got hit even worse. Coyotes used to charge $7,000 dollars to bring people just from Mexico’s southern border to the Northern border with the US. Now that trip costs $15,000.

Cabo Angels – Case Study #2

The Cabo Angels have been making known incidents that happened to tourists in Cabo San Lucas. Here is one that was published in Noticabos.

Case Study #2

On the night of Saturday August 28, 2010, a volunteer with the Cabo Angels heard some horrible screams of pain and despair near the Hotel Tesoro. A passerby told him that there was a person in trouble in the parking lot of the Hotel Tesoro.

Upon arriving there, the volunteer found a foreigner of about thirty years of age, of slim build, screaming and crying, surrounded by at least eight hotel security officers who had him in handcuffs.

The foreigner shouted that they had sprayed pepper spray at his eyes and he was wearing contact lenses. The security staff commented that the foreigner had become violent and had did not have the 150 pesos ($12) to pay for the parking.

The Cabo Angels asked that he be released, and gave the victim water to wash his eyes and paid the 150 pesos to the hotel staff.

This foreigner filed a formal complaint the next day with the hotel manager on duty, and the Cabo Angels called to corroborate his version of the incident. Arresting someone in the manner the hotel security did is listed in the Federal Penal Code as a crime.

Fulano’s Factoids

Nationwide this year, special fugitive operations teams have arrested 15,747 illegal immigrants who also had prior criminal records, other than just being an illegal immigrant.

Based upon aprehensions at the border, 17% of all people entering the US along the southern border have prior criminal records in the US.

In 2009, 613,003 “deportable” aliens were apprehended in the United States.

In 2009, 393,289 immigrants were ordered removed as a result of administrative or criminal proceedings.

Deportations from the US
through August in 2010

Another Narco Video

This is a video of a captured assassin, Miguel Ángel Acosta Peralta, associated with the Sinaloa Cartel. It’s about 8-1/2 minutes long. During the last 1-1/2 minutes of the video, he is getting the crap beat out of him with a baseball bat. The person beating him is saying, “You’re killing innocent people.”
During the confession, Peralta is spilling the beans on Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. He says Guzman is closely allied with the Mexican Army. He goes on to describe the weapons they have, their safe houses, vehicles, as well as their activities in drug sales and extortions.
He also gives the name of a prison official, of a prison located in Aquiles Serdan, who is in charge of extorting and killing people on the outside. He alleges that elements of the Mexican army and federal police are also involved in extortion and kidnapping.
At 5:45 in the video, Peralta describes how the man he worked for, Rolando Ricardo Valdéz Villaseñor, sent the Mexican army to kill him, but he bribed his way out with a payment of 120,000 pesos.

On July 4, 2010, the person in this video, Miguel Ángel Acosta Peralta, was found hanging from a bridge. Also found hanging from a bridge was Juan Manuel Scot, an official of the San Guillermo prison.

Miguel Ángel Acosta Peralta


Bust-Out Joint

A little more information about Fulano. Fulano’s father played the saxophone in bands when he was in his 20’s. That was during the Great Depression and Prohibition, when one of the only good-paying and regular jobs was work in speakeasy’s. Fulano’s father worked in several such joints in Akron, Ohio. The speakeasy’s and gin joints had gambling, which was also very profitable. The games were all rigged. The most common way to rig a crap game is not to use loaded dice. Instead, shills and ringers were used to fleece the marks. Here is how it works:

The game of craps looks complicated, but it is not. A player throws a pair of dice, which has 36 possible combinations. If the player throws a 7 or 11 on the very first first toss, he wins. If the player throws a 2,3 or 12 on the first throw, he loses. A 2,3 or 12 is called “craps,” hence the name of the game. If the player tosses any other combination on the first throw (4,5,6,8,9 or 10) this is called his “point”. In order to win after getting a “point,” the players keeps throwing the dice until he either throws his “point” again or he throws a 7. If he tosses the dice and they come up with his point before he tosses a 7, he wins. If he tosses a 7 first, he loses. That is the game. This is what a crap table looks like:

It is a long, rectangular table. The player stands on one end, and tosses the dice so that they hit the opposite end and tumble.

In a bust-out joint all the players on one end of the table are shills who work for the house and make bets, pretending to be players. They crowd around and elbow out anybody who is not a shill, preventing anyone not a shill from standing on their end of the crap table. The “marks” play from the other end of the table.

The table is long and narrow, and a person tossing the dice from one end cannot see the combination down on the other end. The stickman calls out the number tossed for everybody to hear. In the picture, the stickman is a stickwoman, who has a long stick in her hand to collect the dice after each toss and return them to the player.

So whenever a “mark” gets a point, he has to keep rolling until his point appears again and he wins, or he rolls a 7 and he loses. In a bust-out joint, when a “mark” gets a point, the stickman will call out “7” on his next toss — no matter what the real number was. All the shills down at the end where the dice landed will groan in disappointment, and reaffirm the stickman’s call. The “mark” loses, as he thinks he threw a 7. In reality, the “mark” was the only real player at the table and he was ripped-off.

OK, so why is Fulano telling you this? Bajanomads is a bust-out joint. Every once in awhile a “mark” will drift in with a question like: “is Mexico safe?”, or “should I move to Mexico?”, or “is living in Mexico cheaper than in the US?”, or some other question like that. There are shills at Bajanomads. In this case, they are people who operate businesses in Mexico, or otherwise sell something to people going to Mexico. The shills will all chime-in and tell the “mark” that Mexico is safer, cheaper, friendlier, healthier, etc. than the US. Whatever he wants to hear. When you go to Bajanomads, remember you are the “mark.”

This list of Bajanomads shills is not all-inclusive, but gives one an idea of what lies beneath. There are many more, and to that you also have to add people who live in Mexico, and have a burning need to rationalize making such a dumbshit decision.


More Mexican Chutzpah

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in an interview Friday, September 10 that last month’s massacre of 72 migrants doesn’t undermine Mexico’s moral authority to demand better treatment for its own migrants.
“Of course we have the moral authority, because Mexican officials are not shooting Central American youths at the border, but U.S. agents are shooting Mexican migrants,” Calderon said in an interview with the Spanish-language Univision network.


Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — the nation’s second-largest union —  is launching Spanish-language radio ads in nine media markets across the country. The ads point to the Republican Party’s obstructionism on immigration reform, cite the GOP’s successful effort to block a vote on the DREAM Act last week, and encourage voters to support the candidates who “support our families, and make our dreams come true.”

The $300,000 ad buy is the largest national ad campaign from pro-immigration reform organizations, and marks the beginning of a voter mobilization drive across the nation to hold politicians accountable for demonizing immigrants and blocking progress on common sense immigration reform. Here is the radio ad, with an English translation below it.


What would you do if a group of politicians were denying your hopes, your dreams?
Thousands of us have taken to the streets to fight for what’s right: access to a college education and a path to citizenship…
We’re the undocumented students of the DREAM Act…the “soñadores”…
Without papers, and without fear, we fight so our generation doesn’t get left behind.
But who opposed this bill? Who wants to quash our dreams?
Republicans. The same people who opposed the extension of unemployment benefits.
Republicans. Who try to deny immigrant rights in Arizona and other states.
Republicans. Who always seem to stand with big corporations against working families.
President Obama, the Armed Forces, Chambers of Commerce, universities and a majority of the public are on our side.
And they need our help.
This November 2nd, vote for the candidates who support our families, and make our dreams come true.
This ad is paid for by the Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign and America’s Voice

And who, you may ask, is SEIU and what stake do they have in this? From today’s Los Angeles Times:

As part of a lengthy corruption investigation, federal authorities have been examining $150,000 in consulting fees paid to a disgraced former Los Angeles labor leader under a confidential agreement signed by Andy Stern, then president of the powerful Service Employees International Union, according to documents and interviews.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles had considered filing embezzlement charges against Alejandro Stephens, who headed the SEIU local for county government workers, in connection with the payments, records obtained by The Times show…

Attempts to reach Stern, who retired last spring and now sits on President Obama’s bipartisan deficit-reduction commission, were unsuccessful. Federal officials would not comment.

The 2-million-member SEIU, the nation’s second-largest union, has been wracked with allegations of corruption, especially in California. The Times reported in 2008 that another SEIU local in Los Angeles had directed hundreds of thousands of dollars to businesses owned by relatives and associates of its president, Tyrone Freeman, who was subsequently fired.

Andy Stern, former president of SEIU

Link to Los Angeles Times article.


From a Message Board On Mexico

Lawyer needed to sue Fonatur

Yes, you read that right. We would like to bring a law suit against FONATUR, the division of the Mexican government that claims to have “contributed significantly to strengthening the nation’s tourism industry”. As tourists, we believed that buying property through FONATUR would be the safest avenue to take, after hearing horror stories of what happens to people when they invest in Mexican property.

Alas, FONATUR is responsible for our own personal horror story. And we are not alone. It is a long and complicated story, but here’s the short version. We purchased land in Nopolo, near Loreto in 2003, not directly from FONATUR but from a private owner. However, FONATUR was involved in every aspect of the transaction. We paid for the land, built our house according to FONATUR regulations (which, for some reason did not apply to the Loreto Bay development), and obtained a right transfer signed by FONATUR Loreto’s former director, Peter Maxwell, that legally transferred all rights of the property to us. All that was left was the required bank trust that foreigners must have to own land in Mexico. After 7 years of paying the required fees, dealing with banks, notaries, appraisers, and FONATUR lawyers, we still do not have a bank trust. In the meantime, our original paperwork has expired and FONATUR has changed leadership, but we have continued to pay property taxes and follow any instructions that we have been given by the various institutions.

The reason we would like to sue is because the latest instructions that we have been given by the FONATUR lawyers Hid Cadena, Barbachano Bernal, and Cervantes y Baca instruct us to sign paperwork that would deed our property back to the original owner who sold it to us. The idea is that the original owner would then deed the property back to us. We would like to believe that the original owner is an honest man, who would do just that. But would you trust this deal? Would you allow your property to be taken from you and given to someone who has no legal right to it? Previous bank trusts were not done this way, but because someone at FONATUR has made a mistake, they are now trying to rectify it on our backs. Even if this asinine idea would work, it will now cost us a minimum of $10,000 USD to finish the bank trust. And this is on top of what we have already paid.

We have been to see Alejandro Arellano Perez, the current director of FONATUR Loreto, but he is nothing but empty promises. We filed a formal complaint with FONATUR Mexico City’s department of Quejas, and its director Kuri Olivera, but of course, they claim that nothing is out of order.

So we need the Baja gringo community’s help. If you know a trustworthy Mexican lawyer, we would really appreciate a name and contact information. If you know someone who is also having trouble with a FONATUR property, please pass on our email addresses. There is strength in numbers, and we refuse to be taken advantage of. We highly recommend that you do not invest in FONATUR properties, in Loreto or in any other of their sponsored cities. Thanks for your help.

The house in Napolo. Paid for but not owned.

Spring Breakers Sin Miedo

The title of the video is “Fearless Spring Breakers,” in English. This video is a parody of the war on drugs in Mexico. The basic premise is that the war on drugs in Mexico is America’s idea and all America’s fault and is making US companies rich while Mexican’s are dying. Therefore, American Spring breakers, whose parents are heavily invested in Bell Helicopters stock and own Texas gun stores, are partying it up in Mexico because they have the money to come come down and enjoy Mexico even more. It’s partly in Spanish and partly English, but you’ll get the idea.