Saturday, September 2, 2017

Baja California Sur: Tourist Mecca Becoming a Ticking Time Bomb

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Multiple Sources

A Typical Tourist Day in Cabo San Lucas
or any other Mexican Mega Resort Town
By Pedro Juárez Mejía La Puma de BCS
La Paz, BCS Sept 1, 2017
BCS Noticias, Zeta

In three separate shootings registered in three of the five municipalities of Baja California Sur (Comondú, La Paz and Los Cabos), groups of assassins with machine guns, ie "Cuernos de Chivos" murdered 11 people, in a period of less than four hours last Friday August 25.

This week there have been countless murders up and down the entirety of the Baja Peninsula, in both states. Today, Sept 1, 2017 Tropical Storm Lidia is literally putting a damper on violence while much of BCS experiences the most rain they have had in one storm in nearly a century. 6 deaths have already been reported. State of Emergency just declared for all 5 Municipalities of BCS.

The predicted uptick in violence due to the splintering of factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, the arrests of key players and the rise of power of CJNG are all factors as rivals battle for power and plazas.


The first firefight on Aug 25th was occurred in the center of Ciudad Constitución, Municipality of Comondu,  left a total of two men dead and two women injured. According to the information gathered, the shooting was at 4:30 pm, outside the bus terminal of the Aguila Transport, when an armed group in a red pickup truck approached the newly arrived Aguila Bus as passengers were getting off. One of the dead men had just gotten and may have been "collateral damage". 

Ciudad Constitution: The Aguila Bus Terminal
Minutes later between 5:15 and 5:50 in Colonias Vista Hermosa and Santa Rosa in San José del Cabo, there were two shootings, nearly simultaneous attacks, with a total of four dead male victims. The multiple detonations of firearms, generated a strong mobilization of police and military forces, in the communities of San Jose del Cabo.



The residents of Colonia Santa Rosa were alerted by the sounds of more gunfire in the vicinity of the Pantheon, leaving one  person dead and two others injured. 6 others were injured , 2 gravely and 4 less so. The events took place in the vicinity of the commercial establishment ''MiniSuper Sinaloa'' which caused a nervous breakdown among several people nearby in the neighborhood who were attended to by the Red Cross.

In La Paz, the capital of the state, near 7pm a shooting was recorded in Colonia Camino Real, which left two people dead. Minutes later at 7:28 pm, behind the CERESO Prison of La Paz, another person was assassinated by bullets, it is presumed that the man was a custodian at the facility who worked for the Sub Secretary of Public Security of the State.




In yet another nearly simultaneous attack in Colonia Arco Iris #3 in La Paz a man was assassinated by gunshots and two others were wounded by bullets. The dead man is also thought to belong to security forces but his identity is  yet to be confirmed or which agency he worked with.

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Two additional men were murdered in Colonia Las Garzas, La Paz while traveling in a vehicle which was intercepted by an armed group. One died instantly as the result of multiple gunshots and a minor was taken to the Salvatierra Hospital where he also succumbed to his wounds while being attended to.

Another man was wounded as he drove through Colonia Las Tunas. He was wounded in the left hand after temporarily avoiding his persuers, who ultimately managed to board his vehicle in what might have been an attempted car jacking. That man was identified as Jose Alberto, 23, originally from Mazatlan, Sinaloa.


Back to San Jose del Cabo:

A gun battle erupted in Colonia El Zacatel leaving one man dead after being persued by his attackers.

Another man was executed in his car at the Gloria Fonatur, identity unconfirmed.

An automatic weapons attack on a house in Puerto Nuevo left a man wounded who was subsequently
evacuated by  Red Cross paramedics. The repeated spurts of gunfire drew the attention of security elements to the streets of Puerta Plata and Puerta Escondida and still the number of people involved or wounded is unknown and there were no detentions although witnesses saw one man jump a rear fence and escape through the neighborhood. PGR is investigating the incident.

BCS Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis
Meanwhile, despite the latest US Travel Alert for Mexico, The Governor of BCS, Carlos Mendoza Davis reminds us that he read in the Miami Herald that the US crime statistics are higher in Chicago, Detroit, and Washington DC than those of the tourist meccas of Mexico, ie, Cancun, where the drinks are spiked, Los Cabos, the Twin Cities and the city named Peace: La Paz, Baja California Sur.

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  1. Of course crime statistics are higher in those places, almost no crime is reported in Mexico. That is not true of the U.S.

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  2. Truth in what he read about the statistics of homicide rates in those US cities. However, trying to downgrade such violence in that area is not a solution to what looks like a historical increase of violence in that region.
    Sounds more like political rhetoric to calm the masses.
    Maybe a bit more effort on finding solutions than criticism is what's needed on his part. Then maybe safety concerns for its citizens will take place.

    E42

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    1. Why do u call yourself e42? Are you glamorizing drug lords or claiming to be one? Is that your police call sign

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    2. when governors sell the state plazas three or four times to different cartels, they never expect things to get so soon so out of whack, no matter how many times it has happened, because taking money looks soo esay.

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    3. He's a highway man...
      "European route E42, a road connecting France, Belgium and Germany"

      Sincerely
      Not E42

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  3. Mexico is after El mencho full force.

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    1. So they say?
      Just like many others who were granted permission to run their operations. Until a new agenda takes its place. With new bosses and structure. Never ending!
      So much corruption when money comes to into play. Not referring to one government but others as well.

      E42

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    2. Chapitos are scared shitless so they paid the government to catch mencho before he takrs over Sinaloa plazas including Sinaloa. Mencho is no joke, cartel vs cartel mencho would win no doubt.

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    3. Los chapitos by themselves could easily take down Mencho just their faction , NOT including Mayos faction or Azuls faction .... Dont let the media and the hype fool you

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    4. 4:02 Spoken like a real Menchitita fan whose not been following Mexico's drug biz any more than 2 or 3 years. Lol!

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    5. Sinaloa is going all out against jalisco right now. Mayo, menores, azul,all HATE mencho. and now the new alliance with Beltran coming back to cdp/cds And let's not forget the the dea and cia support cds. Mencho is done for and his cells are starting to fall apart and change alliances with cds. Mencho will be captured within 4 months..

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    6. 4:49 Exactamente pero 30 dias -no mas!
      Los Güeros de Mocco

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    7. I would hate mencho too if i was cds, he's taking part his crew, took their plazas and killing them off. Same to Beltranes, maybe cds have a chance now lol doubt it. El mayo is even scared of this guy and most his crew from la paz jumped ship to work for mencho, he's making cds look like punks 4 real

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    8. 6:25. It's crazy that your made up bullshit comments even get published here.

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  4. And you know because you are EPN's gardener!
    Or you believe everything the propaganda media prints!

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  5. Over the past six weeks, 17,000 asylum seekers have been intercepted along the Canada-U.S. border in Quebec after entering illegally.

    That’s just at one crossing, and these are just the folks who have been caught by the RCMP.

    The total number of asylum claims received by the federal government so far in 2017 sits at 25,495.

    We’ve already surpassed the total number of asylum seekers processed last year, and more than doubled the number of claims received in recent years.

    In response, the Trudeau government has resorted to building large tent camps near the border and housing migrants in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

    Once migrants begin receiving welfare payments, however, they are expected to move out of these temporary accommodations and into their own apartments.

    Thousands of newly arrived migrants have therefore been lining the streets in Montreal, queuing up outside an Immigration Canada office. These migrants must register before they can begin receiving social assistance and welfare benefits.

    A spokesman for Quebec’s minister of employment said that the provincial government will hand out welfare cheques to thousands of asylum seekers. The amount these migrants receive varies depending on family size, but the minimum monthly payment is $642.92.

    On top of these cash payments, migrants also receive immediate access to a gold-plated healthcare program known as Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). This program provides healthcare services above and beyond what Canadians receive. For instance, IFHP provides migrants with taxpayer-funded dental and vision care – services Canadians pay for out of pocket.

    Normally, illegal migrants need to go through a lengthy screening process to determine their eligibility in Canada before they start receiving social welfare benefits.

    But because of the swell of illegal entries, according to a Montreal spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees, these initial screening appointments are now being scheduled for January.

    The federal government is therefore bypassing its eligibility requirement and handing out social welfare benefits before initial screening and vetting is complete.
    Illegal migrants are streaming across the border by 10Ks after PM Trudeau tweeted Canada welcomes all migrants.

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    1. Very noble of the Canadian government. A beautiful gesture on behalf of PM Trudeau.
      Question is? How long before the welcoming mat becomes a national issue. Where national Canadians feel overburdened and financially strapped? Moreover, the discriminatory practices like here in the US?
      Past history has shown us all how countries turn their backs on people of different race.
      Creating an environment of uncertainty.
      Unfortunately, I strongly believe that immigrants need not flee from turbulent and political turmoil. Rather stand strong in unity to combat the political elements which binds them. And restore its democracy and freedoms to its citizens.
      Majority of immigrants prefer to die in their own country than a foreign one. A sad situation which hold truth.

      E42

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    2. Lets just wait until they start living like they are in lawless mexico or when some of them start flooding the streets with drugs that kill canadians.

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    3. Canada has its drug problem already!
      Organized crime has had a foothold in Canada for some time. Like many countries.
      Question is? How bad will it get that its citizens put a stereotype on good migrants? Easy to point the finger at others than oneself!
      Commen knowledge has proven this from past history.

      E42

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    4. Compared to The States even somalia has a better gold plated social welfare card

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  6. Justin Trudeau

    @JustinTrudeau

    To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
    4:20 PM - Jan 28, 2017

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    1. Justin Trudeau, I bet this guy wishes he could join Antifa at Berkeley. Delusional

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    2. Good! Take the whole kit-and caboodle. That should be the end of your political career!

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    3. Such bullshit. It's very difficult to get into Canada, even a DUI can have you barred. Visas are near impossible to get.

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    4. @12:13 just sneak in & start fresh with a teeth cleaning, eye exam & 600 clams on your pocket. You can always get another DWI, Canada even let's you drive drunk on the other side of the road!

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  7. Well at least the tourist are having a good old time. The locals it comes with the territory.

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  8. I would not go on Vacation to Chicago, Detroit or Washington, DC and especially where all the violence is happening in those areas. Here now in Mexico where I live it is getting harder to find safe places to travel. I was fleeced and abused by Federal police the other day as 8 of them tore my car apart for nothing. I am 63 and cultured and not anyone that would draw that kind of attention. Their goal was trying to steal as they distracted my wife and myself. I would not let them. You cannot go into the mountains and safely camp in most areas. People do not travel at night anywhere in Mexico unless there is no other option. The sad part about a vacation in Mexico now is you need to stay in the resort to feel safer. What king of a Mexican vacation is that if you cannot explore. I could drive safely all night to any of those dangerous areas in the USA without a problem. I could even pull over on the side of the road and rest in my car for a while. Not in Mexico. There are big differences. We have to take measures here that Americans do not have to when traveling in most of the country. In the USA the violence is more confined and that is why they bring up those particular cities all the time. It is everywhere now here in Mexico and getting worse.

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    1. And the root for such travesties in Mexico? Is lack of enforcement and an inept government.
      A sad situation where it's citizens do not trust their government officials. Where bandits and criminal organizations roam terrorizing and mutilating citizens.
      The beginnings of a destabilized society. Where if no solutions are found in the near future, Mexicos recovery will be dim.
      Prayers for change.

      E42

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    2. 12:57; i don't believe for mi it's your from Mexico because all you say is lie. I make my living driving north western Mexico at night and never have problem. I drive 400 through la sierra at night and have for many years and never have trouble except for quick army or fake army checkpoint and when they know I'm regular and local no hay problems. Quit lying like you know how is here gringo.

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    3. 12:57 I live in Chihuahua. I have had friends killed that were not connected to anything. You are lying. Everyone here tells everyone not to drive at night. You actually get people in small pueblos that will even tell you when you are driving not to even stop to pee as it is too dangerous. AN example you do not drive through Benito Juarez heading to Villa Ahumada after 5:00 if they think you are not from the Pueblo. They have Halcons watching on the curves heading North/East out of town. Just the other a few weeks ago 35 sicarios dressed like sicario's were stopping cars and robbing them. They stole 7 2017 model trucks and left the owners on a mountain before leaving. If we would have been making the trip one day earlier we might have been one of the people robbed. They found two of the Trucks in Jimenez, and one in San Franciso Del Oro just 20 minutes out of Parral. I do business in Santa Barbara and in Jimenez. I know the roads like the back of my hand and travel all over Mexico for business. I do not drive at night because I do not have to. I guarantee you know people that have been killed, extorted and robbed. Everyone does. Just because it has not happened to you, which I do not believe if you drive that much. Does not mean you have to lie Paisano. You really do not no much for being Mexican do you? You can only fool so many people. But the rest of us know the truth.

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    4. 9:22; I'm not 12:57 but I too know your lying because I drive the toll roads at night to D.F.from Reynosa and also from Monterrey to Torreon then Durango, and then 45 to Parral and there are always plenty of newer model cars like my Yukon on the toll roads and major roads. B/t/w if you really lived in Chihuahua I assume you would know Spanish and you would not be capitalizing the few words you know like pueblo, halcón, paisano. Mexico is getting bad enough press from the places where there is regular violence so don't feed the fire with lies.

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    5. 9:22. Lol!! Exposed!!

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    6. I am also a gringo lived in Mx for 15 yrs.....it is no longer safe..lived 10 years in northern Mx and 5 in Quintana Roo.
      The violence has now come to the tourist areas and to be a local business owner and white you are a big target....
      The culture is one of corruption...that is the truth...changing the political system or revolution will change nothing but which person that is robbing you.

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    7. Also there is no comparing the crime rates between Mx and anywhere in the States....the Mx goverment ALWAYS lies....and if you live here you know it is usually best not to report it even murders are only convicted like 3% of the time.

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    8. 9:22 I am 12:57 To the contrary. Everything is under reported. I hit 5 or 6 toll booths before I hit the last one at Bermajillo and the exit that can get you to Mapimi. They are working on them but the roads heading South from Jimenez to Gomex Palacio are aweful. What are they doing with all that toll road money? A couple of weeks ago hit a hole in the road that was about 6 feet across and about 8" deep. It was not a pothole, too big. Right near the gas stations on the roads near Cuencoyme before rejoining onto the better toll roads just to the North. Did stay left one time so I could go see the Velardena Mine, not much to see. Not I now have problems under the car and have to get it looked at. Took the exit up to Sombrerete and at the Federal Police revision I mentioned. I told the them about the big hole we hit. One of them said the one near Cuencoyme? They knew about it that far away. I told them that after dark someone one or a family is going to die if they hit that hole. People drive fast on these roads. Saw a dead body thrown on the side of the road after eating in the Subway on an exit just South of Zacatecas. On the way coming back home We saw early in the morning a car riddled with bullet holes before coming to Juan Aldama. You are right however about the toll roads, and I always use them. I still do not like to drive them at night. Most of the road from Cuencoyme to Rio Grande City is very dangerous to drive at night because of the crazy drivers. I sometimes do have to drive at night, but I try not to. I could tell enough about the violence I have seen and the corruption that I could write a book. But like they tried to do here in Chihuahua a few years ago, there was a government campaign by the government to subdue reporters for reporting the violence. There were banners up all over by reporters condeming the government for trying to stifle free speach.

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    9. 9:22 Also I did not write if I was American or Mexican if you read above. My wife was born in Chihuhua. My Spanish is good as my wife speaks zero English. All my business contacts speak Spanish. So man I know places in Mexico where I did my research when I was younger that I would not dare to set foot in again. Small places in the mountins where they never see Gringo's. Even today I am in places where the people have never seen a one.

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    10. 12:01-Mr. Gringo that used to live in Mexico I'm sorry to disappoint but tens of thousands of cars are driving the highways every day and night between MTY, DGO, DF, and other major cities with no problem. I am in the industrial chemical business and spend 1-2 weeks every month driving between cities at night and doing sales during the day and I have never had a problem. Yes I've been stopped at what was likely a fake government checkpoint but they aren't looking for gringos on business, their looking for rival gangs - just as happens in SE Houston and other blighted parts of every city in the US. FYI; Mexico's GDP is expected to almost be 3% this year which rivals the US. Mexico is a fully functioning country with a very healthy business sector, a large majority of the population is patriotic and law abiding. The nerve of people that don't know Mexico or "used to live in Mexico" saying things that are not true is pathetic. You read about terrible violent incidents and then assume the entire country is that way - but they are isolated incidents and not happening all over the country and on the highways that are well traveled by law abiding citizens and Americans like me.
      Reality Check

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  9. Yes of course. The splintering up of CDS and increasing power of CJNG. Please spread the word to all media that will report this.
    Gracias,
    _^^_

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  10. Someone needs to tell Mexican government officials that most American people do not go to Chicago or Detroit ghettos on vacation.

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    1. Chicago is a tourist destination. Millennium Park , Magnificent Mile and its lakefront for starters. A beautiful city with so many different attractions.
      Note; like many cities it has its bad areas of concern.

      E43

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  11. In the first 8 months of 2017, over 300 violent deaths were registered in the state, turning the municipality of Los Cabos into the most violent region in the Baja California Sur. Maybe the governor of bcs can also read this?

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  12. Lets be clear, the violence has been in san jose del cabo. almost NONE IN CABO SAN LUCAS. bb should be more responsible and not feed the hype. or make a marked distinction.

    CSL is safe and tourism is up.

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    1. How long do you think until the violence reaches CSL? I think only a matter of time. We have seen this play out over the years, denial, accusations of hysteria, claims the violence is only in THAT area, but eventually it will reach, if history is any indication. I won't wish it, I am just looking at the evidence available.

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    2. Los cabos is technically one municipality tho, so it's classified as such. You go one or two blocks off the strip in CSL you're going to see a whole different world and u might find yourself in the middle of a pretty good gunfight.

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    3. very true. they are two separate cities sharing the same coastline or cape but are two completely different cities. san jose is residential and where the war is going on. there has been very little violence transfer. military forces are protecting the tourism mecca of csl.

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    4. I doubt/hope it doesn't. tourism is too valuable in csl which is why the gob sent in federal forces. I have a good source in csl, I have him checking another story for me but i will ask again what is the word.

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    5. Hmmm, do you live there ? Own a time share ? Read news in Spanish?
      Read BB for more than a couple of months ? Ever been beyond the Tourist Strip or an all inclusive resort ? I should have included a map.

      As I write there is, of course, another press tour underway with all the usual suspects claiming everything will be just fine in a couple of days after they get the mess from the aftermath ot TS Lidia cleaned up. There was over 36" of rain in some places.

      I truly agree w Chivis and hope for the best because of the jobs the tourism generates for the locals, many many of which were originally transplants from mainland Mexico when the development craze began,
      much to the ire of real locals from the area who got pushed out to the outlying areas aka " The other Cabo ".

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  13. Wow @ Canada + Trudeau, despite what these devils and hate filled persons say, you are a truly good man and will go down in history for this compassionate and humanitarian act. Who gives a fuck about losing your career if you can save tens of thousands suffering from terror. A truly noble people, You are defining Canada in a great way, even in the face of the rising hatred of our times. Canada should rule the world

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    1. You should apply for asylum in Canada because America is not as Liberal as you want.

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  14. Two more executions in La Paz overnight ( at least ) during the passage of TS Lidia.

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  15. and Puerta Vallarta ? never hed any problem over there...

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    1. Puerto Vallarta is Calm. There are plenty of places to see and enjoy.

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  16. Google Back of the Yards Chicago rifle shootings!

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    1. deflective arguing

      They will NEVER address any issues brought against them or their point but will instantly bring something else up to change the subject

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    2. Arm dealers are everywhere. Depending on what state regulations are imposed. Guns don't kill! People do!

      E42

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  17. Greed is an amazing thing. There is more than enough money to go around for all of them. If they learned to reduce the violence, there wouldn't be as much heat.

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  18. Mexico is a mess. Too bad really. A beautiful country. No Mexican wants to live in icy Canada.
    Trudeau had no idea what he was inviting. If I were in a barrio of Mexico City I'm on my way to Vancouver tomorrow.
    In fact I live in the USA but am considering crossing the north border for some free cash and apartment.

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    1. Interesting question!
      Canada will prosper with the migration of Mexican citizens.
      A workforce which will help creat an economic impact. A few Canadian colleagues have stated a large generation of its citizens are leaving to other parts of the country for work.
      So with Canada being such a large country and with the exodus it can use the population to migrants.
      Just stating what I have been told.

      E42

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  19. My family (including 2 small children) were looking for a quick getaway and visit La Paz for the first time, but in reading this I have now become hesitant. We wanted to stay near the marina, would this be safe or should we pass and look elsewhere. My husband and I are Mexican American and my entire family speaks Spanish, but is this enough to pass as 'normal people visiting' and not get caught up in the cross fire?

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    1. There are no guarantees in life. Balas perdidas, ie.
      Just use common sense.
      There was quite a bit of damage with the passage of T - storm Lidia so you might want to monitor weather news , Eastern Pacific , ie. It is still hurricane season.

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