Eight MS-13 Members Indicted On Racketeering Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, Assault With Dangerous Weapon

Started as unaccompanied minors.

DALLAS — A federal grand jury this week indicted eight MS-13 gang members on the following criminal charges: racketeering conspiracy; attempted murder in aid of racketeering; assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering; and using, carrying and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The July 11 indictment was announced by the following agency heads: U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas, Special Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas Office, Field Office Director Marc Moore of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Chief Jeff Spivey of the Irving (Texas) Police Department, Chief U. Reneé Hall of the Dallas Police Department, and District Attorney Faith Johnson of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

Charged in the 18-count indictment, which was unsealed July 13, are the following alleged MS-13 members and associates:

Rolan Ivan Hernandez-Fuentes, 25, aka Ivan Fuentes, Tasmania, Ronal Ivan and Fuentes Hernandez;
Jerson Gutierrez-Ramos, 20, aka Gerson Gutierrez and Sparky;
Cristian Wilfredo Cabrera-Cruz, 26, aka Cristin Benjamin Vigil and Mama;
Kevin Cruz, 19, aka Street Danger;
Jose Armando Saravia-Romero, 19, aka Jose Saravia, Mandy and Pinky;
Manuel Amaya-Alvarez, 21, aka Manuel Amaya and Chocolate; and
Jonathan Alexander Baires, 20, aka Splinter.

The name of the eighth defendant is currently under seal.“Gangs – and especially transnational gangs like MS-13 – are responsible for many of the violent crimes that occur throughout the country,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger, HSI Dallas. “Some of these violent gang members have illegally entered the United States as unaccompanied alien children. As demonstrated with this HSI-led investigation, an ongoing coordinated multi-agency law enforcement effort is the best means of curtailing gang numbers, gang finances, and gang effectiveness to operate.

“MS-13 is one of the most violent and ruthless gangs on the streets today,” stated U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “Working with our federal, state and local partners, we are determined to dismantle this organization wherever we find it in order to make our communities safer in Texas.”

“The Department of Justice will not allow MS-13 to terrorize any community, school or street corner,” said Attorney General Sessions. “The gang has more than 10,000 members following its barbaric motto of ‘kill, rape, and control’ across 40 states, and that threatens law-abiding Americans. Today’s Indictment of eight MS-13 members – including five who are charged as illegal aliens in possession of firearms – makes clear that the Trump Administration and this Department will continue to go on offense against MS-13 with every lawful tool at our disposal. I want to thank our fabulous Department of Justice attorneys for their hard work on this case as well as our partners with HSI, ICE, the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, and the Dallas and Irving Police Departments. This case is yet another step toward dismantling MS-13 and taking its members off our streets for good.”

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Dem Sen. Blumenthal Compares Russian Election Meddling To 9/11…

So dumb.

Weary Venezuelans Rely On ‘Dog Cart’ Transports As Public Transportation Succumbs To Crisis

If Venezuela had a bullet train…

VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) – On a recent afternoon, a crowd of hundreds massed on the sidewalk outside an exit from the subway in the central Venezuelan city of Valencia.

But when a flatbed truck previously used to transport water bottles pulled up nearby, a ruthless scramble kicked off with pregnant women, parents holding toddlers and elderly Venezuelans all jostling to get themselves aboard.

In this once-thriving industrial city as in much of the country, public buses have gradually disappeared due to scarce or prohibitively expensive tires, motor oil, batteries and spare parts.

Cargo trucks of all shapes and sizes have taken their place, but most lack even basic safety protections for human cargo and are increasingly associated with accidents and injuries to passengers – a further sign of the deteriorating quality of life in the crisis-stricken country.

The “dog carts,” as they are informally known in Caracas, tend to squeeze standing passengers – mostly poor Venezuelans – into the backs of the large vehicles.

“It’s tough. I’m tired on the way there, tired on the way back, I feel terrible,” said exhausted homemaker Angelica Gomez, wiping sweat from her brow as she climbed into a flatbed truck with metal railings on the sides.

There are no exact records of how many cargo trucks circulate in different cities. Schedules and rates vary from one place to another as well.

Similar forms of transport have been common in developing countries and struggling economies in recent decades, but are rarely seen in oil-rich countries such as Venezuela. Other countries have also made an effort to provide safer public transit options.

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A Miami Democrat Heads To Cuba On The Congressional Campaign Trail

Collecting absentee ballots?

Via Miami Herald:

Amid polarizing sentiments in Miami over changing diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, a congressional candidate and state lawmaker elected to represent Little Havana is visiting, well, Havana.

David Richardson is in Cuba Monday on a two-day “listening tour” described as a mission to “better connect with a large constituency” of Florida’s 27th congressional district, which he hopes to represent following the retirement of Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Democrat says he wants to “learn more about economic and societal developments” in Cuba following Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to roll back some trade and travel restrictions set into place nearly 60 years ago following Fidel Castro’s rise to power.

His campaign says he will not visit with anyone from the Cuban government while in the country.

“A half-century of isolation did not achieve progress for the everyday Cuban, so I fully support a position of engagement with Cuban civil society,” Richardson said in a statement. “Despite President Trump’s attempts at reversing his predecessor’s progress on foreign policy, I am going to see firsthand how rolling back travel and trade restrictions has changed the lives of the Cuban people, helped private Cuban entrepreneurs, and strengthened the connection between the residents of Little Havana and Havana.”

Though Miami’s Cuban exile community has been known for its hard-line stance against any change that might benefit the island’s repressive government, supporting increased trade and relations with Cuba is a mainstream opinion in the Democratic party. And there have been signs that politics are changing in the historic heart of Miami’s exile community, where liberal, non-Hispanic Democrats have picked up wins in recent years.

But Richardson may be the first congressional candidate in Miami, if not the country, to make a campaign visit to the island in half a century.

According to his campaign, Richardson — the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Florida Legislature — is meeting in Cuba with the owner and manager of Café Madrigal, which is popular with the island’s gay community. He’s also scheduled a lunch at the privately operated Paladar Atelier, where he plans to talk with the owner about operating a small business on the island and also with an executive of a private Cuban business services company to discuss the differences in catering to Cuban clientele compared to non-Cubans.

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HT: Dian Cecht

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Unemployment Is Low ‘Because Everyone Has Two Jobs,’ Which Is Not How Unemployment Rates Work

Definitely a student of Bernie Sanders.

Via Reason:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex was roundly criticized on social media yesterday for supposedly botching a question about Israeli-Palestine relations during an interview with Firing Line’s Margaret Hoover. But Ocasio-Cortez’s admission that she was “no expert on geopolitics” was much more satisfactory than her answer to a question about the unemployment rate, which she claimed was low merely “because everyone has two jobs.”

This is wrong for two reasons. First, people working multiple jobs has no distorting effect on the unemployment rate, which is calculated by taking the number of unemployed people and dividing it by the number of people in the labor force. The raw number of jobs being worked by Americans has no bearing on these numbers.

Second, everyone does not have two jobs. As Bloomberg View’s Noah Smith points out, only about 5 percent of workers are moonlighting. This rate has actually dropped slightly over the last three decades.

Ocasio-Cortez continued: “Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week, and can barely feed their kids.” Again, the number of overtime hours Americans are working has no impact on the unemployment rate.

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Joe Lieberman Endorses Crowley Over Ocasio-Cortez in New York Congressional Race

Now that they found out what a bobble-head she is and she’s trying to take out other long-term Democrats, they’re not liking her very much. And Crowley, while defeated in the primary, is still on the ballot.

Via Free Beacon:

Former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) penned a stinging rebuke of New York Democrat and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week.

Her “surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley seems likely to hurt Congress, America and the Democratic Party,” Lieberman wrote in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.”

A member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Ocasio-Cortez defeated Crowley, the House Democratic Caucus chair, in a primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District last month. She advocated a federal jobs guarantee, single-payer Medicare-for-all, and the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Soros Calls Obama His ‘Greatest Disappointment,’ Says He Doesn’t ‘Particularly’ Want To Be A Democrat

Fascinating. He’s the one largely behind a lot of the far left chaos and suddenly he doesn’t want it? Why?

Via Daily Wire:

In the 2016 presidential election, New York billionaire George Soros dropped $25 million to back Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.

That didn’t work out so well.

Soros, one of the biggest Dem donors in the last two decades, also backed Barack Obama in 2008.

Now, he’s not so happy with that decision.

Soros, 87, said in a New York Times article published Tuesday that Obama was his “greatest disappointment.”

But he immediately walked back the diss a bit — after an aide prompted him to do so.

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Watch: Rand Paul Unloads On Obama’s ‘Completely Unhinged’ CIA Director

If Brennan is this unhinged in public now, imagine what he was doing privately behind the scenes when he had power under Obama.

Via Daily Wire:

On Tuesday, Republican Senator Rand Paul slammed former CIA director John Brennan, labeling him “completely unhinged” and questioned his bias during his time with the intelligence agency.

FOX News host Martha MacCallum asked Paul about the comments made by Brennan that President Donald Trump is treasonous.

She played a clip of Trump’s interview with Tucker Carlson where the Commander-in-Chief said of the former Obama appointee, “I think he’s a very bad guy and if you look at it, a lot of things happened under his watch. I think he’s a very bad person.”

“I agree completely,” said Paul. “I think John Brennan’s completely unhinged and you see him now calling the president treasonous.”

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Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress

Exactly. Why everyone needs to get out and support GOP, because even if you’re not happy with them not following through on stuff, it would get worse under Democrats.

Via Free Beacon:

The chair of the House Intelligence Committee accused the FBI and Department of Justice of stonewalling a sprawling investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia with the hope of running out the clock until the November elections, when they anticipate Democrats will regain control of the House and dissolve an ongoing probe that has uncovered evidence U.S. officials sought to cripple Trump’s campaign.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of “putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House” so that their Democratic allies can “shut down” the longstanding Intelligence Committee probe, which has unearthed information disputing claims of collusion in recent months.

Rep. Duffy interviewed Rep. Nunes for an upcoming episode of Duffy’s podcast, “Plaidcast.”

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James Comey: “Vote For Democrats In Fall’

In case it wasn’t clear before, he’s out of the closet now. This along with Brennan is who we had in charge of our intelligence agencies under Obama.

Via Free Beacon:

Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted late Tuesday night that “all who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall.”

Comey blamed the Republicans in Congress for proving “incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition.”

“Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us,” Comey added.

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Graphic Picture Of Trump’s Throat Being Cut Decorates Portland Art Gallery

Sad what passes as art nowadays.

Via Breitbart:

This picture taken on the street outside the One Grand Gallery has been making the rounds on Twitter.

Portland Gallery Puts Graphic Depiction of President Trump Being Beheaded on Public Display https://t.co/shdMEZSMpS pic.twitter.com/tvTbFrhzC2

— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) July 17, 2018

Breitbart News was able to verify this is real via the gallery’s Facebook page (archived here). Also, photos of the gallery on its website reveal the windows facing the street are the same.

This means that anyone driving or walking by, including small children, will be exposed, not only to a grisly photo depicting the assassination of a sitting president, but the “FUCK TRUMP” caption.

The event surrounding this particular gallery showing opened on July 13 and is called “Fuck you Mr. President.”

In the era of Trump, this kind of wishful thinking surrounding the grisly assassination of the president is nothing new, unfortunately. As Breitbart News has documented, the same establishment media that spent a week hounding a rodeo clown for wearing an Obama mask has devolved into open apologists — if not advocates — for violence against Trump and his supporters.

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HT: Dian Cecht

Man Seeks Change Of Venue Due To Confederate Monument Outside Louisiana Courthouse

The monument isn’t on the jury.

Via WAFB:

A black man awaiting trial in East Feliciana Parish is seeking a change of venue because of a Confederate Monument that is located near the entrance to the courthouse.

He says the presence of the monument would “prevent him from having a fair and impartial jury trial.”

Ronnie Anderson is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

In the lawsuit, Anderson alleges the monument could prevent him, an African American, from getting a fair trial.

“The Confederate Monument features a Confederate Soldier on a pedestal which was erected in 1909 and stands at least 30 feet in height,” the lawsuit says.

“Defendant believes that this Confederate Monument displayed prominently in front of the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse sends a message to African Americans of intimidation and oppression, communicating that justice may not be fair and impartial at a Courthouse that was nostalgic and sentimental over the institution of slavery that the Confederacy fought for in the American Civil War,” the lawsuit says.

Former CIA Director John Brennan Warns Intelligence Community May Start Withholding Info From Trump

Trump isn’t flexible and attends the daily briefings.

Via Washington Times:

Former CIA Director John Brennan continued Tuesday to criticize President Trump’s performance at the Helsinki summit, saying Mr. Trump could have potentially risked intelligence capabilities during his private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the intel community might begin to withhold intelligence from Mr. Trump.

In light of Mr. Trump’s comments about the intelligence community, Mr. Brennan said “there very well might be” a shift in the covert community to “withhold vital intelligence” in order to protect that information.

“Dan Coats and Gina Haspel need to be on top of their game now and speak truth to power,” he said, referring to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel. “And make sure Trump doesn’t get away with this.”

Mr. Brennan said Mr. Trump was “way, way out of his depth” meeting one-on-one with the “master manipulator,” Mr. Putin.

No CIA agent would have entertained an individual private talk with any Russian, Mr. Brennan said, because “that’s just something we don’t do.”

The former CIA director warned that Mr. Trump could have potentially compromised or impacted intelligence capabilities during that private meeting.

“I still don’t understand why he didn’t trust John Bolton, Mike Pompeo to be in that meeting,” Mr. Brennan said.

Mr. Brennan said it would be “unbelievable” if Russia did not keep a single recording of Mr. Trump’s private statements, but he wasn’t sure the U.S. did.

“I believe that whatever Mr. Trump said in that meeting is now memorialized on Russian tape and will be utilized by Putin against Trump,” the former CIA director said.

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Google Hires Former Maxine Waters And Al Green Staffers To Lobby Congress

Google will need deep pockets.

Via Washington Examiner:

Google has recruited the #Resistance to lobby Congress giving a good idea of just how seriously the Internet giant takes accusations of anti-conservative bias on their platforms.

The same day that Google heads into the House Judiciary Committee to testify on that issue, Politico reports that Google also signed Oscar Ramirez and Dana Thompson of InSight Public Affairs as lobbyists. That personnel move could mean disturbing policy is around the corner.

Consider their resumes.

Both Ramirez and Thompson worked for the Podesta Group, the lobbying firm named after Tony Podesta, brother of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and a person of interest to the FBI due to his ties to Ukrainian nationals.

Alarming but understandable, that experience isn’t what should tip off Republicans. The GOP should be more concerned that Ramirez and Thompson worked for two of the most unhinged Democrats currently in Congress.

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Ocasio-Cortez: “Call Me A Socialist, I Don’t Give a Damn”…

But she is a Socialist.

HT: WFB

Thoughts And Prayers For Weasel Zippers Friend: Rides A Pale Horse

I have sad news. Rides A Pale Horse passed away Sunday. Rides A Pale Horse will be buried with military honors at Fort Logan. I don’t have the date yet.

HT: GetAClue

Walls Close In On Sen. Bob Menendez, Could Be Unseated By GOP Challenger

Every Senate seat that can be held or picked up by the GOP is going to be vitally important going forward. And this one is a surprise that a Republican may have a real shot in blue New Jersey. Call anyone you know in New Jersey and start lobbying them early.

Via Daily Wire:

New Jersey’s Democratic Senator, Bob Menendez, who walked away from a corruption indictment on a mistrial, may not be re-elected. According to a recent poll, the senator’s chances at keeping his seat in the upcoming mid-term have disintegrated.

As a two-term senator and former congressman, Menendez had put himself on track to become a major D.C. insider — that was, until he was tried on 18 counts of corruption last year.

The DW’s Hank Berrien reported further details:

Menendez took gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, such as a luxury hotel stay, private jet flights, and campaign donations. They charged that Menendez, in turn, attempted to help Melgen get U.S. visas for his girlfriends, including Brazilian actress and porn pinup star Juliana Lopes Leite, aided him in his $8.9 million billing feud with Medicare, and helped Melgen with a port security contract in the Dominican Republic. Last spring, Melgen was convicted on 67 counts of massive Medicare fraud totaling $90 million.​

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Watch: CBS Reporter Accidentally Witnesses Illegal Border Crossing, Gets Threatened

And this goes on every day, multiple times a day all across the southern border.

Via Daily Wire:

Last week, CBS reporter David Begnaud posted a video online of his tense encounter with a human trafficker at the southern border as he witnessed two migrants guided across the Rio Grande “in broad daylight” just a few hundred yards from a border checkpoint.

Begnaud — whom John Sexton notes is the same reporter who debunked the false claims about the iconic “crying girl” photograph — went down to the border at Roma, Texas for a story about plans to survey the land for a future security fence. Stationed at a “lookout point” near a U.S. Customs checkpoint, Begnaud and his producer drove over the international bridge to the Mexican side of the river, leaving the camera crew on the American side.

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One Of Trump’s Secret Service Agents Died After Suffering Stroke In Scotland

So sad.

Via Daily Caller:

A member of President Donald Trump’s secret service detail died Tuesday after suffering a stroke in Scotland.

A U.S. Secret Service special agent “suffered a cerebrovascular accident in Scotland, U.K. where he was traveling in support of Presidential Protection,” an official statement revealed Monday, adding that the agent was receiving “much needed critical care.”

The agent fell ill Sunday during the president’s visit to Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire. The agent, described by the Secret Service as a “dedicated professional of the highest order,” died Tuesday with his family, the BBC reports, citing U.S. officials. He reportedly served the Secret Service for 19 years.

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San Francisco Begins Registering Illegal Aliens To Vote

Oh, that’ll go over well.

Via Daily Wire:

The Department of Elections in San Francisco on Monday issued voter registration for illegal aliens to allow them to vote for members of the city’s Board of Education in the Nov. 6 election.

Becoming California’s first city to allow non-American citizens to vote in local elections, Supervisor Norman Yee said, “We want to give immigrants the right to vote.”

[For the record, “immigrants” are people who come to America through the legal process, while “illegal aliens” sneak into the country.]

In order to vote, the illegal aliens must live in the city, be at least 18 years old and be the “parents, legal guardians or caregivers of children under the age of 19 who also reside in San Francisco,” ABC-7 reported.

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