Senator Ted Cruz Proposes that Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Pay for The Wall

Yay Ted Cruz. You are the man.

Ted Cruz has pulled a nice little stunt with his El Chapo bucks (see above) and his proposed law that would use money forfeited by alleged drug kingpin El Chapo to pay for Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise.

UPI

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has introduced the “El Chapo Act,” a bill that would use the estimated $14 billion in assets owned by Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán to build a border wall.

“Today I introduced the El Chapo Act, which reserves billions in forfeited assets to pay for border security,” Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act — or the El Chapo Act — makes reference to Guzmán, who was extradited from Mexico to the United States in January.

Guzmán pleaded not guilty to 17 criminal charges related to his drug empire — including corruption, murder, conspiracy, drug importation and money laundering.

Cruz said that, if convicted, Guzmán’s forfeited expansive wealth would be redirected for use to build a border wall and to enforce border security, instead of for use by the U.S. Department of Treasury for unspecified reasons — a standard procedure when assets of drug traffickers are seized.

Cruz said that forfeited funds from other drug cartels could also be used.

“Senator Cruz estimates one drug lord alone may be worth $14 billion in confiscated funds. That would be good start toward paying for wall,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in a statement. “Ted Cruz is exactly right to focus on confiscating Mexican drug money to pay for the wall. What a grand and fitting irony.”

Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel is credited with dominating the illegal drug market in nearly the entire United States. “El Chapo” — meaning “The Short One” or “shorty” — so dubbed because of his 5-foot-6-inch frame, was detained in Guatemala in 1993 and then extradited to Mexico to face murder and drug trafficking charges.

He escaped from prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart after bribing prison guards, and was re-captured in February 2014. He was captured a second time in the city of Los Mochis in his home state of Sinaloa on Jan. 8 after escaping from Mexico’s Altiplano Federal Prison on July 11, 2015.

Donald Trump has some fun last year at Ted Cruz’s expense in this video compilation. Enjoy.

Mexican man cleared in sexual assault of schoolgirl because he didn’t enjoy it

DIEGO CRUZ. DID NOT ENJOY HIMSELF.

A Mexican judge in Mexico twisted the law into a pretzel to make sure that Diego Cruz, a young man from a wealthy, influential family, would beat the rap on a sexual assault charge.

Welcome to the corrupt Mexican way of thinking.

The Guardian

A Mexican judge has freed a wealthy young man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a schoolgirl, on the grounds that the perpetrator did not enjoy himself.

Diego Cruz, 21, was one of four young men from prominent families in the coastal state of Veracruz who were nicknamed “Los Porkys” on social media after they were accused of seizing a classmate from their elite private school as she left a New Year’s party on 1 January 2015.

In a ruling which was made public on Monday, Judge Anuar González found that although Cruz was accused of touching the victim’s breasts and penetrating her with his fingers, he had acted without “carnal intent” – and so was not guilty of assault.

González also found that although the victim, who was 17 at the time, was forced into the car of one of her alleged attackers, she was never “helpless”. Two of the other three suspects are accused of penetrating the victim.

The release of Cruz – who had fled to Spain, but was extradited back to Mexico – has prompted outrage among human rights activists, and marked a new low point in a case that has reinforced the perception that those with money and political connections are above the law.

“He sexually touched her, but because he didn’t enjoy it, it’s not sexual abuse?” said Estefanía Vela Barba, an activist on gender issues.

“Since there was no pleasure in the act, it was intended to cause humiliation. They were touching her, they were bothering her, so for the judge, if the intention wasn’t pleasure, it’s not sexual assault,” said Vela, who works in the legal studies department at the Centre for Teaching and Research in Economics.

“There’s no disputing the facts. It’s not some crazy woman saying this, it’s coming from the judge’s mouth and he’s saying that if they touch you against your will, it might not be abuse.”

The case of Los Porkys has provoked widespread indignation in Mexico, not least because it took place in the coastal state of Veracruz, which over recent months has come to symbolize the failure of the Mexican state to guarantee even a semblance of the rule of law.

Amid an escalating battle between rival crime factions, thousands of women have gone missing in the state; earlier this month, more than 250 human skulls were discovered at what is believed to be a clandestine drug cartel burial ground. Meanwhile, the state’s former governor Javier Duarte is on the run amid allegations that he stole vast amounts of public money.

The case of Los Porkys has also been held up as an example of the rampant impunity allowed the offspring of Mexico’s elite. Fifteen months after the attack, the victim described her ordeal in a public Facebook post, in an apparent attempt to shame authorities into taking action.

“I have nothing to repent,” she wrote. “I’ve gone drinking. I’ve gone to parties. I’ve worn short skirts like many girls my age … and for that I’m going to be judged? For that I deserved what happened?”

Recall when Donald Trump expressed doubt about Mexican judges? It was in relation to a lawsuit against him being heard by a Mexican-American judge.

Trump was right about Mexians. Again. Just as he was right that some Mexicans are rapists.

Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey Found in Mexico, Journalist Suspected

MUH ALLEGED JERSEY THIEF ON THE RIGHT.

Excerpt from NBC News

Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady’s missing ─ and apparently stolen ─ game jersey has been found, the NFL said Monday.

The culprit appears to be a journalist in Mexico.

An investigation by Houston police, the FBI, the NFL, Brady’s New England Patriots and other law enforcement authorities ended with the quarterback’s Super Bowl LI jersey being found “in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.

The suspect has not been identified, and there have been no criminal charges filed.

Brady thanked authorities for their work. “Hopefully when I get the jerseys back, I can make something very positive come from this experience,” he said in a statement.

Busted:

Mexican Politician Climbs Border Fence to Ridicule President Trump

THIS HOMBRE IS A SITTING DUCK, RIGHT AMIGOS?

A truly dumb Mexican (from Mexico) congressman has shown the necessity to station armed American snipers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obviously, with a claimed 11 million Mexican illegals in the United States, it’s ridiculously easy for Mexicans to cross the border. We already knew that.

What muh Mexican thinks he has done is to ridicule President Donald Trump. What he’s really done is show how stupid Mexicans are. He’s highlighted the need for a wall, not a fence. He’s highlighted the need for snipers, drones, land mines, and other weapons of war to be deployed along the border.

A Mexican congressman took to extraordinary heights on Thursday to make a point about what he calls President Trump’s “totally absurd” border wall.

Braulio Guerra, a representative from Queretaro, posted a video of himself lounging on top of a 30-foot coastline fence separating Mexico from the U.S.

“I was able to scale it, climb it, and sit myself right here,” Guerra says in Spanish in the 2-minute video, as he overlooks a beach near Tijuana. “It would be simple for me to jump into the United States, which shows that it is unnecessary and totally absurd to build a wall … It shows how unnecessary this project, this political rhetoric from Donald Trump, is.”

While Guerra boasted in the video about how “easy” it supposedly was to scale the fence, some social media users expressed skepticism.

Some speculated that two people seen in the video near the bottom of the fence could have helped Guerra to the top. In a subsequent photo, the same two people are seen sitting alongside Guerra atop the fence.

“I climbed it in Tijuana, one of the highest parts. Even from a distance this looks very complex, but there are young people that go up and down at all times,” the congressman said.

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Fake News: Trump Threatened to INVADE Mexico in Response to “Bad Hombres”

You can be the judge, but I think the transcript excerpt below is accurate and that Trump did threaten to send the American military to the border. I do think he meant that he would keep the troops on this side of the border, however.

The Hill

The U.S. and Mexico are denying reports that President Donald Trump told his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto that U.S. forces will handle the “bad hombres down there” if the Mexican authorities don’t.

The Associated Press reported the story, citing an excerpt from a transcript of a Friday call. A similar account, citing sources in both countries, was also reported by D.C.-based journalist Dolia Estevez.

“Reports that the President threatened to invade Mexico are false. Even the Mexican government is disputing these reports,” a White House official said.

The excerpt obtained by AP does not specifically identify who Trump meant by “bad hombres” or mention the response of the Mexican leader.

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Peña Nieto, according to the report. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

The Mexican government maintained that the conversation between the two leaders was “constructive” and pushed back on reports that Trump humiliated Peña Nieto.

“The assertions that you make about said conversation do not correspond to the reality of it,” Mexico’s foreign relations department said in a statement, as reported by AP.

“The tone was constructive and it was agreed by the presidents to continue working and that the teams will continue to meet frequently to construct an agreement that is positive for Mexico and for the United States.”

Trump has previously pledged to push back on drug violence on the U.S.-Mexico border, and promised to deport “bad hombres” and “drug lords.”

“We are going to get them out, secure the border, and once the border is secure, at a later date, we will make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here, and we are going to get them out,” he said in October.

Both countries are in a delicate state of diplomatic relations as Trump continues to promise that Mexico will pay for his signature wall on the U.S. border. Peña Nieto canceled a planned meeting with Trump last week after he signed an executive action directing the wall project to get underway.

Peña Neto has repeatedly pledged that Mexico “will not pay for any wall.”

Former Mexican President having Meltdown over that F***ing Wall

In south Texas, we knew Vincente Fox well. He was popular with the local Mexican-Americans who make up the great majority of the population here. He always was complaining about the gringo in one way or another.

He can blow his latest rant out of his *** as far as I’m concerned.

Excerpt from metro.co.uk

Donald Trump has signed an executive order to build a border wall, insisting that Mexico will ‘100%’ pay.

It was one of his key pledges during the campaign and he says construction will start in a few months.

But if he genuinely thinks Mexico will ‘reimburse’ US taxpayers, the country’s former president is here to set him straight.

Vicente Fox Quesada led the country from 2000 to 2006, and he had strong words for Donald Trump (including a very strong hashtag).

Addressing his press secretary, he said: ‘Sean Spicer, I’ve said this to Trump and now I’ll tell you: Mexico is not going to pay for that fucking wall. #FuckingWall.’

It’s not the first time Fox Quesada has been in the headlines for criticising the wall, saying there’s no way his country will ‘reimburse’ the $8 billion Trump claims it will cost (critics say it will be far more expensive than that, potentially as high as $25 billi

Trump’s latest response to the Mexicans is a manly one:

Trump’s Full Speech, GOP Retreat 1/26/2017

I wasn’t going to post this, but Trump’s speech was so mesmerizing that I changed my mind. The video starts with a nice prayer, followed by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell before Trump starts speaking at the 3 or 4 minute mark.

This video is highly up voted.

Today was Trump’s first ride on Air Force One, which he used to travel to the GOP retreat in Philly. Exciting!