Mexican man who killed motorcyclist in Dallas caught trying to re-enter Texas at border

Mexican man who killed motorcyclist in Dallas caught trying to re-enter Texas at border

Jan 11, 2018

A Mexican national convicted in the 2011 death of a motorcyclist in Dallas was arrested on Saturday January 6, trying to illegally re-enter the USA, officials said. “Border Patrol agents followed footprints through a ranch south of Brackettville, near the Texas-Mexico border, and apprehended Alejandro Pardo-Castro, a Mexican ex convict”, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Pardo-Castro, 34, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in February 2012 in the death of Waxahachie resident Modena Dollison. Dollison, 43, was riding her motorcycle without a helmet on State Highway 161 near Interstate 20 when a pickup turned left in front of her and hit her. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police at the time said Pardo-Castro had no driver’s license and was in the U.S. illegally. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and deported to Mexico in 2013, Border Protection officials said. Pardo-Castro faces a charge of illegal re-entry after deportation, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He will remain in the U.S. until the case is adjudicated and any sentenced prison term is served, then will be deported again, Border Protection spokesman Dennis Smith said....

At least 15 killed after major mudslide in Santa Barbara, California

At least 15 killed after major mudslide in Santa Barbara, California

Jan 10, 2018

At least 15 people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations on Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by southern California’s recent wildfires. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to safety because of blocked roads, and firefighters slogged through waist-high mud to pull a muck-covered 14-year-old girl out of the ruins of a home in Montecito, north-west of Los Angeles, where she had been trapped for hours. She was taken away on a stretcher. Most deaths were believed to have occurred in Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people north-west of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, said Santa Barbara County spokesman David Villalobos. Winfrey’s home survived the storm and slides. At least 25 people were injured. Those numbers could increase when the search is deepened and expanded, with a major search-and-rescue team arriving from nearby Los Angeles County and help from the coastguard and national guard along with law enforcement. They will focus first on finding survivors. “Right now our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged,” Sheriff Bill Brown of Santa Barbara County said. The sheriff said “at least several dozen homes that have been either destroyed or severely damaged, and likely many other ones are in areas that are as-yet inaccessible.”   Click here for full article on The Guardian Source: The...

Oprah for President?

Oprah for President?

Jan 9, 2018

Oprah Winfrey is “actively thinking” about running for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday January 8, 2018. The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey’s extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run.  Some of Winfrey’s confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said. One of the sources said these conversations date back several months. The person emphasized that Winfrey has not made up her mind about running. A representative for Winfrey has not responded to requests for comment. The Democratic race for president won’t officially begin until after the 2018 midterms, but many potential candidates are already jostling for position and making trips to Iowa. “President Winfrey” was the talk of the entertainment world after Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. And the “Oprah for president?” possibility was a top story on morning TV. The touchstone of her speech was the #MeToo movement. But her hopeful message — “A new day is on the horizon” — could have doubled as a campaign rallying cry. Many liberal-leaning celebrities and viewers certainly heard it that way. And that may have been exactly what Winfrey wanted. As some political strategists have pointed out in the past year, her fame and wealth could make her a formidable Democratic Party candidate. But insiders have their doubts too: Would Americans really choose a TV star as president twice in a row?   Click here for full article on CNN Source:...

Mexican Guillermo del Toro wins the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Director

Mexican Guillermo del Toro wins the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Director

Jan 9, 2018

Guillermo del Toro has won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Director for his dark fantasy film The Shape of Water, a Cold War-era monster movie and remixed fairy tale musical, starring Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon. Following Oprah Winfrey’s speech about the plight of women in Hollywood, Natalie Portman announced the category, pointedly saying “Here are the all-male nominees.” Only three women have been nominated for the award in the last 20 years, and this year, there were several especially notable absences: Greta Gerwig, whose debut feature Lady Bird was nominated for Best Musical or Comedy; Sofia Coppola, who recently became the second woman to ever win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival; and Patty Jenkins, who made one of the most critically acclaimed superhero movies of all time this year. Del Toro accepted the award with a speech about the value of monster movies, saying “I have been saved and absolved by them. Monsters are our way of making sense of imperfection.” When the orchestra tried to play him offstage, he hushed the conductor and continued, saying, “For 25 years, I have handcrafted very strange little tales made of motion, color, light, and shadow. And in many of these instances — three precise instances — these little stories have saved my life.” Shape of Water was nominated for seven Golden Globes, including one for the screenplay co-written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor....

There are signs of Russian ‘subversion and disinformation’ in upcoming Mexican election: Expert

There are signs of Russian ‘subversion and disinformation’ in upcoming Mexican election: Expert

Jan 7, 2018

Just as The Baja Post co-founder and editor Alejandro Azcárate pointed out back in October 29, 2017; US expert H.R. McMaster recently told Business Insider that Russian president Vladimir Putin may have an eye on Mexico’s 2018 presidency. “The US has seen “initial signs” of Russian “subversion and disinformation and propaganda” in Mexico’s presidential campaign“, declared National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster. McMaster made the comments when asked about Russia during a mid-December event at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, DC, according to Mexico City based newspaper Reforma. McMaster has mentioned Russia’s “destablizing behavior” in Mexico and elsewhere several times in recent weeks. “For example, with Russia we are concerned, increasingly concerned, with these sophisticated campaigns of subversion and disinformation and propaganda, the use of cyber tools to do that,” McMaster said. Mexicans will vote on July 1 to elect a new president, every senator and representative, some governors, and thousands of officials in states across the country, and analysts and officials have already expressed concern about the potential for Russian interference. “If [Russia] intervened in the United States, there’s every reason to think that Mexico is a target for attack,” Mexican Sen. Armando Ríos Piter of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution told The Hill back on April 2017. Ríos Piter, who launched an independent presidential bid, said Mexico’s standing in the world made it a natural target and that the country needed to strengthen its counterintelligence capabilities. Close links between US and Mexico on energy, economic, transportation, and national-security issues – as well as 37 million Mexican-Americans and immigrants in the US with roots in Mexico – make the southern country an appealing target if Russia seeks to undermine the Western world and the US’s role in it, according to Shannon O’Neill, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Russian intelligence services have a long history in Mexico, O’Neill notes, and the Mexican government’s history of hacking, the media’s role in exchanging coverage for payments or ad money, and the lack of agencies equipped to deal with such interference could leave Mexico hard-pressed or unable to counter misinformation. Mexico’s political parties have been accused of electoral malfeasance in the past – the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party chief among them – and the potential for...

Explosive Revelations in Michael Wolff’s Trump Book ‘Fire and Fury’

Explosive Revelations in Michael Wolff’s Trump Book ‘Fire and Fury’

Jan 6, 2018

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” was released on Friday, in the face of a legal threat and blanket criticism from the White House. President Trump himself said it is “full of lies, misrepresentations, and sources that don’t exist,” while Wolff indicated that he has audio recordings and notes to back up his assertions. It’s likely that Trump supporters will further challenge the book, as the Republican National Committee already has pointed out past challenges to Wolff’s credibility. The book characterizes Trump as unfit for office, unable to focus his attention on even scant policy details and, in the eyes of even those most loyal to him, having the mentality of a child. But it is likely to be picked apart in the coming days and months, as its dishy anecdotes raise important issues and concern. Joe Scarborough, the “Morning Joe” host and Washington Post columnist who is thanked in the acknowledgements, labeled the book “terrifying.” Click here for full article on Variety...