How the U.S. arms industry benefits from the drug war

Now this makes me really upset.

You hear it more and more: the war of Mexican drug gangs, just a few miles south of  the borders of California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. More and more people realize that the U.S. is not only involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in a much bloodier conflict just on their doorstep, fought with real weapons of war. 90 percent of these weapons – including machine guns, grenades and remote-controlled bombs – come from U.S. production, purchased by middle men of the drug gangs on the territory of the United States. For the 7000 state-licensed U.S. gun shops along the US-Mexican border the escalating war is highly profitable. As NBC reported the gun shops supply literally everything to the Mexico killer gangs – including heavy machine guns, which thanks to a decision of the U.S. Congress and the former Bush administration are no longer banned from sale.

28,000 dead in three and a half years

Hillary Clinton admits, “I think this is a mistake,” when asked about the U.S. arms sales to Mexico’s drug-dealing mass murderers. 28,000 people including several U.S. citizens died in the last three and a half years in a hail of bullets between rival Mexican gangs. The Obama administration fears that Mexico could soon become a failed country, an anarchic structure with incalculable consequences for the neighboring U.S. states. But the gun lobby in the U.S. makes sure that the sale of military equipment to private individuals is still possible – and also the export to Mexico’s drug militias.

The promised aid is still off

Nevertheless, U.S. President Barack Obama says, the Mexican government could count on the full support of the U.S. in their fight against the drug mafia. For example, almost all freight trains heading south would be checked by U.S. security.  As a partner the US. would give the Mexican government just what they need to succeed in the drug war.

But these are just presidential words.

1.3 billion dollars approved by the U.S. Congress in 2008 to combat drug smuggling haven’t been spent yet. The Mexican drug fighters desperately still wait for the helicopters, surveillance planes and drones, promised some time ago. The U.S. promised to help the Mexican authorities combating the money laundering by drug dealers.

Weapons for Drugs

But so far, little is done – even though Mexico’s drug cartels are now among the largest criminal organizations in the U.S., according to  NBC. No surprise here: The U.S. is not only the main supplier of arms, but also the main buyer of drugs. Obama promised to implement new programs to combat drug demand in the U.S. But this will remain inefficient in the fight against Mexico’s drug barons. They lately liked to kill with remote-controlled car bombs, most recently in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas – just like of Al Qaeda.

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From the IRS

The following is filed under “Other Income” in the rules about reporting on your taxes.

“Stolen property. If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner.”

So, no it’s not okay to steal. However, if you do steal, you need to let the IRS know so that you can pay taxes on the items that you stole – unless, of course, you return the item to the original owner on the last day of the year that you stole it: then you don’t have to report this income.

There is more:

“Illegal activities. Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Form 1040, line 21, or on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.”

Any questions?

If you don’t believe it, check it out yourself:

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Udonis Haslem Update

One thing has emerged after this report: Udonis apparently had more marijuana in posession than his passenger, at least according to the police.

The Florida Highway Patrol cited Haslem with felony possession of marijuana in excess of 20 grams. His passenger in the vehicle, Antwain Fleming, who acknowledged in the police report that the luggage containing the marijuana was his, was charged with misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Furthermore, marijuana was found inside tree containers in a black case under the driver’s seat, and in a plastic container inside a blue nylon bag on the car’s back seat, which Mr. Fleming acknowledged was his.

Remember. Mr. Haslem was the driver, and it was his car. So he might not have an easy way out.

While Haslem’s bond was set at $9,000, Fleming’s bond was $2,000. Both were released Sunday night.

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Udonis Haslem

I spare you with the details about Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem’s arrest. Just a few notes here:

Why did he have a passenger who has bags with marijuana with him, with documentation to prove it is his (the passenger’s that is –  could be Haslem’s way out)? What kind of friends does he have, anyway?

And, always, try not too hard speeding. Does he really think that mentioning of the fact that “I’m a professional ball player” makes it easier?

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Chinese Menu (in Engrish)

In my archive I found this gem – a menu card of a restaurant in China.

See Here ->

Now from what I gather is that the word they tried to translate is dry (fried) but with the help of a computer translation they ended up in the other meaning for this word.

Didn’t anybody check this with somebody who has at least some idea of English?

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Octopus Paul

The Iranian president accused Octopus Paul of spreading ‘western propaganda and superstition’ Photo: REUTERS/EPA

He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among “his enemies”.

Paul, who lives at the Oberhausen Sea Life Center, Germany, won the hearts of the Spanish by predicting their World Cup victory.

He became an international star after predicting the outcome of all seven German World Cup matches and the World Cup final accurately.

However, the Iranian president accused the octopus of spreading “western propaganda and superstition.” Paul was mentioned by Mr Ahmadinejad on various occasions during a speech in Tehran at the weekend.

“Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values,” he said.

Source of the original article

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Vince Young Strip Club Brawl Caught on Tape, Cited for Assault in Dallas

Football star Vince Young received a misdemeanor assault citation after getting into a fight at a Dallas strip club and leaving before police arrived early Sunday, investigators said.

Surveillance video footage released by police appears to show the Tennessee Titans quarterback and several people talking in a room before Young attacks someone in the room. Others then try to break up the fight.

Dallas police Lt. Andy Harvey said an investigation led to Young receiving a Class C assault citation, punishable by a fine up to $500.

The video, obtained by CBS affiliate KTVT, shows Young in a back office talking to a manager. Another man in the office, who was identified at Creiton Kinchen, 45, makes a derogatory “Horns down” hand sign in reference to the University of Texas, Young’s alma mater, and says something to the quarterback.

Young is then seen talking to the manager for a few more moments before charging after Kinchen. A fight involving multiple people then breaks out.

The first call to police came at about 3:38 a.m. and reported “two black males fighting in the parking lot,” according to the station.

Club security made a second call to police at 4:06 a.m., and an ambulance was called at about 5:30 a.m., though the offense report shows that no medical attention was needed as Kinchen only sustained a minor cut to his lip.

Young wasn’t at Club Onyx when police responded to a call about the fight, said Dallas police Lt. Andy Harvey.

Titans spokesman, Robbie Bohren, said the team was aware of the incident and had contacted Young. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a tweet that the league “will look into it.”

Young, the No. 3 pick overall in 2006, got his starting job back last fall when Tennessee started 0-6 and owner Bud Adams put him back in the lineup. He helped the Titans win eight of their final 10 and heads into his fifth NFL season with a 26-13 record as a starter.

Watch Video from CBS News Online

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Remember the Subway commercial

where a staff member takes out a bite of a sandwich before giving it to a customer, because it looked so delicious?

I think this commercial was more hurting than helping. At least I stayed away concerned the possibility not getting the full sandwich as ordered…

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Michael Vick and the shooting incident

Just minutes before someone was shot outside a nightclub at Virginia Beach Town Center that was hosting Michael Vick‘s 30th birthday party on June 23rd, Vick got into a confrontation and had to be restrained by friends and placed inside a limousine that took him away, the Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant in Virginia Beach said.

Vick is not a suspect in the shooting, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant addressed Vick’s actions before the shooting.

“There were some confrontations between individuals and between groups and Michael Vick was involved in one of those confrontations,” Bryant said, per WAVY. “[It was] a confrontation that involved shouting, words passing, some bumping.”

Bryant went on to say that friends restrained Vick and put him in a limo, but that Vick then got back out to again confront someone. Bryant would not identify the person Vick was confronting.

“In terms of just using good judgment, at one point, he got in the limousine, and should have left at that point,” Bryant said of Vick. “He got out of the limousine, and with the help of several friends, he was returned to to the limousine and left.”

Police said they know who pulled the trigger, but, because uncooperative witnesses have led to a lack of sufficient evidence, no charges will be filed at this time. Police also said the victim, identified as Vick’s dogfighting co-defendant Quanis Phillips, has not cooperated with investigators.

Vick’s probation for the 2007 dog fighting conviction stipulates that he is not allowed to associate with convicted felons.

Vick’s lawyer claimed that Vick left the restaurant at least 10 and possibly 20 minutes before the incident. Yet video shows he left about three minutes before the incident.

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