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I am a half-breed, as they say (Mexican father, Anglo mother), and recently I've been reading a lot about the drug violence in Mexico. I've become increasingly disturbed by the way in which we Americans are directly contributing to this war by supplying the demand for drugs while still making it illegal to possess them. My boyfriend is an occasional smoker of the green stuff, and occasionally I partake as well. But, of course, lately it gives me pause. My boyfriend is confident that the stuff he smokes is coming from California, or someplace "local." I come from Texas, so to me, Texas and California are pretty much Mexico, if you catch my drift. What are the odds that the "quality" stuff he is smoking is not in some way contributing to the Mexican drug cartels? Hope you can help.
Worried I'm a Hypocrite
Hard to say, although more likely than not. A 2009 finding by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy estimated more than 60 percent of Mexican drug cartels' $13.8 billion revenue in 2006 came from marijuana — but the White House is as trustworthy on stats involving drugs as a Mexican is with safekeeping a bottle of Herradura. The RAND Corporation — hardly Up in Smoke acolytes — put the figure at somewhere between 15 percent and 26 percent in a 2010 study. What both sides do acknowledge, however, is that the relaxing of marijuana laws in states such as California has led to a boom in domestic production (read my colleague Nick Schou's awesome feature from earlier this year, "Into the Emerald Triangle," which reads like Heart of Darkness via Ken Kesey) that is eating directly into the cartels' profits, leading to more narcos shifting production from Mexico to the United States. If you're concerned about where your weed comes from, just do what acolytes of farmers markets do: Buy local. Make sure your neighborhood pot dealer is free of any nefarious connections. Grow your own, and tell the feds it's Mexican oregano if they ask. Better yet, pressure your local and state government to legalize the ganja — and, while you're at it, can you also press for amnesty as well?
What I would like to know is, why, as Latinos, we never have agencies like MALDEF, which claim to serve the need of Hispanics whose rights have been violated in some way, come up to the plate and actually do heavy talking like Sharpton or Jesse Jackson? Right now, with so much shit being thrown at us Latinos, we need someone we can count on to be our voice in the media. Every talk show I've seen, who discuses Latinos issues? All white — waz up with that? What's your take on the subject?
Aztlán Broadcasting Company
Speaking of being doped up . . . concentrate, concentrate! You're talking about two issues here, so hay que start with the alphabet organizations, MALDEF (Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza). They do good work on the local level, ensuring equity in school and work, but fail on a national level because they're good liberals instead of the chingón radicals Mexis need to truly fight Know-Nothings. That said, they and other organizations did release a survey earlier this year showing the brown-out on our nation's Sunday-morning political talk shows: from March to May of this year, only five out of 234 guests on FOX News Sunday, Face the Nation, This Week, and Meet the Press were "Hispanic" — and I'm pretty certain all of them were the Mexican's amigo, Ruben Navarrette Jr.! The reason? Obvious: Networks still think we're a bunch of banditos. The solution: Make your own media, cabrones, whether blogs, YouTube channels, or porn.
Developers son in Scttosdale was killed by a vehicle. Guess where the driver of that vehicle came from and what his legal status in th US is?
"worried" is right. We could do a lot to cut the business of the drug cartels if we legalized cannabis. The prohibition against it is ridiculous. It is no different than the disastrous alcohol prohibition.
Are you REALLY that stupid? I show my "Papers to the police every time they stop me. Unless YOU are a citizen YOU are supposed to "Show your papers" to ANY law enforcement personal upon request. But I guess YOU think all the illegal alien roaches should be treated special. YOU probably don't even have a clue as to what the definition of illegal is.
Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.
Illegal alien criminal roaches cry racism because they don't have any other excuse or rallying point since all their reasons for being here are based on lies. DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINAL ROACHES.
We should deport you, Stormfront naziboy.
You're a racist piece of shit, and you really should do the country a favor and commit suicide.
Can you see the racism oozing out of this clown mistalee? Is THIS the kind of roach you want living next door to you America?
You are so stupid it is funny. Everyone who wants to enforce our laws is racist in your mind idiot. Please provide one valid reason why America should reward illegal alien criminals with amnesty for coming here illegally and breaking our laws? YOU CAN'T because ALL of their reasons are based on lies. If telling the truth about illegal alien roaches id s racist then sign me up. BUT I have not heard one peep out of you as to why America should reward illegal alien criminals? Perhaps we should include murderers and rapists in that amnesty bill also.? WHY is it that YOU never have any answers to the problems only nasty words to speak? America, do we really want to allow nasty bigoted racist individuals lkike mistalee to be in Amnerica? Do you want this fools kids in school with your kids? Mistalee why aren;t U championing the illegals to stay in their own country and fix it? Is it because YOU like leeches?
Would someone please explain to me how we will decrease unemployment by granting amnesty to some or most of the 12,000,000 people who entered the United States by illegal means?
Only five out of 234 guests on FOX News Sunday, Face the Nation, This Week, and Meet the Press were "Hispanic"
Perhaps a more important question; Were any of the five solidly representing, or were they all vendidos spouting the palatable pablum that the MSM gobbles up?
NO, A more important question is:WHY should America reward illegal alien criminals with amnesty for coming here illegally and breaking our laws? OR how about Why should we treat illegal alien criminals any different from all other criminals? OR how about: Is it fair to all the people who do it legally to give illegal alien roaches amnesty? DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIEN SCUM NOW!
It wont be a reward because it wont be free usa will make billions if the pass an inmigration reform. by the way mrgrnjn stands for pendejo en espaĆ±ol
While you may fantasize about a man you have never met giving you head, in this case, it's just projection. I am not interested in going down on you, but good luck finding your "Mr. Right."
WE ALL KNOW that you know the taste of my dick from firsthand experience mistalee. Next time watch the teeth.
It would be a reward. I HAVE A BETTER IDEA: Let's deport these roaches back to where they came from and shoot them id they try to sneak back in? How THAT sound essay? BOOM! BOOM! JUAN DOWN.
Well folks HERE we have one more roach too stupid to understand the definition of illegal. Look how stupid these people are! Do you really want YOUR kids in school with THEIR nasty kids?
Ask a Mexican when he / she plans to return to Mexico to legally apply for a work visa to legally enter the US?Where in Mexico is Nicky Diaz Santillan? She was deported right?