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Overnight: Mexico: San Miguel de Allende

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Mexico San Miguel De Allende

(from the YouTube video embedded below)

From YouTube
The Spanish colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico lies in the altiplano of central Mexico. The town and the surrounding area gave birth to the Mexican revolution. Temperate climate year round, and friendly inhabitants make the town a delight to visit or live in.

Photo credits: Robert de Gast, Margo Lane, Barbara Tyrer, and miguelitoh2o.

Music is "Tamacun" by Rodrigo and Gabriela.

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Overnight: Mexico: Baja California: La Paz

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Baja California

From YouTube:

Honoring its name, La Paz [peace] is a refuge of salt and sand, sun and sea, ideal for weary travelers or those wanting to temporarily retreat from daily chaos, a site full of natural wonders and human touches.

Read more about La Paz in MexicoShowroom:
http://mexicoshowroom.com/location/la-paz

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Overnight: Mexican-American War

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Mexican American War

I can't find any credits for this excellent documentary (link) on the Mexican-American War other than

'Uploaded on Jan 2, 2010 KERA-TV dallas/Fort Worth'

so I have to guess that KERA-TV produced it but if there's information in the film itself, I didn't find it - no writers, producers, actors (some scenes are dramatized), or directors. If anyone from KERA-TV sees this post and can send me this information, I'd be happy to add it.

I'm posting it because Americans seem to have conveniently forgotten how the Mexican-American War began and what we gained and Mexico lost from it.

A wiki on Mexico.

A wiki on the Mexican-American War.

Mexican-American War 101: An Overview

There are 9 sections to it but they transition automatically from one to the next.

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Overnight: Mexico: Vera Cruz, a Mexican Gem

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Vera Cruz Mexico

I am always astonished that people think they know everything there is to know about places they've never been, usually because they've seen a Hollywood movie.

Happily, now that the Internet is reality, we can certainly learn more than we used to be able to without actually visiting countries, so I thought that a video about Vera Cruz, a major port on the Gulf of Mexico might be a way to learn a bit more about our next door neighbor to the south.

Incidentally, here's a Wikipedia entry about Vera Cruz ('True Cross')

From the YouTube 'about' section for this video

[The filmmaker] ... was very impressed with the exhibition on the boulevard which showed in pictures the history of VeraCruz back to the year 1860 and was presented by Tamsa. A truly marvelous peace of work. VeraCruz is one of his favorite ports. He likes it in particular because of its true Mexican flavor. Very popular with the Mexicans.
They come from everywhere to enjoy this colorful town with its friendly people, local shops, and music displays. A favorite of the Mexicans for the Mexicans.

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Morning Joe Backs Gov. Good-Hair Perry on the Texas Tea Obama Wackadoo

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Slightly better than giving you Fvx at this hour, Morning Schmoe is semi-back from break, and Scarborough is all about kicking some PBO hiney about the humanitarian crisis at the Border. Governor Good Hair Rick Perry's stretch o' the fence.

We have all said or thought this a gazilion times about some of the asshats he has to interact with, but "Poor President Obama."

This time it's a Hairy Perry bully demand, not a respectful request for a presidential visit from a sitting governor. Perry has puffed out his Texas chest and bellowed that he wouldn't be doing any handshake on the tarmac with Barack Obama.

This comes on the egregious heels of Perry's Tin Foil Hat PBO latest … Obama himself is behind the humanitarian crisis at the Border. [Perry may be even less in touch with reality than we currently suppose.]

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So, according to MSNBC sourcing, the president and the guv'nah will be meeting behind closed doors … and we so wanted a 'shake your fist in Obama's face' photo op, blast. Which fired Ole' One Way Joe, have a gawk for yourself and I'll see you with shared frustration on the other side.

The smug is getting worse as Obama gets closer to the clean exit, it's like Regressive Right blood in the water.

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Perry and his glasses may not be running again (Hah!) in 2016, but as Rachel Maddow illustrated Monday night, he has some culpability in this Border Crisis.

President Obama does head out to Texas today, for two days of fundraising and with no advance-noticed plans to visit the border … which some have blown up into a faux Fvx Hair Aflame Scandale, and some conservative hate baiter editorialized this - ahead of time - "Obama's Katrina Moment."

Horse shite.

President Obama isn't a showman. He's not going to announce ahead of time that he is going to go down to the borders and see what is happening to the women and children, primarily, caught in this tragic cycle of entry, detention and legal action.

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There are not many good options. The president visited the border from Texas in 2011, and though no official plans have been put forward for Obama to re-route there in the next couple of days, liberals can easily seeing him doing that.

Without the hype and Regressive Right sportscasting. For a sane look at the immigration crisis, Lawrence O'Donnell had a factual look.

Praise Jeebus for the evening Voices of Reason.

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Overnight: Rodrigo y Gabriela - The Russian Messenger

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Rodrigo Gabriela

From YouTube:

Performed live at Lumbini Studio in Mexico. The Russian Messenger appears on 9 Dead Alive. Album out 28th April UK // April 29th USA.

From the Wiki about Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela (Rodrigo and Gabriela) are a Mexican guitar duo whose music spans a number of genres including nuevo flamenco, rock, and heavy metal. The duo's discography consists largely of unaccompanied duets on the classical guitar.

Enjoy

See YouTube for links to order the album:

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Cover-up: Border agents created pretext to shoot Mexicans

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What's that saying again? Oh yeah: The cover-up is worse than the crime... or as in this case, at least as bad. The Los Angeles Times is reporting on border patrol agents who purposely got in the way of oncoming cars in order to justify using deadly force against Mexican drivers. And then U.S. Customs and Border Protection kept their violent little activities hush-hush... from Congress.

The law enforcement experts who wrote up a review of dozens of cases recommended that agents should be trained "to get out of the way… as opposed to intentionally assuming a position in the path of such vehicles." Ordinarily, law enforcement agencies make use-of-force policies public, but not in this case.

And to make matters worse, per Mexican authorities, U.S. border agents who kill Mexicans "are rarely disciplined and the results of investigations are not made pubic for years." According to the Times, the authors said that border agents would stand right there in the road so they could shoot drivers who were trying to avoid arrest. These drivers "posed no direct lethal threat to them or others." Welcome to the U.S.A.:

Border Patrol agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars apparently to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border, according to an independent review of 67 cases that resulted in 19 deaths.

The report by law enforcement experts criticized the Border Patrol for "lack of diligence" in investigating U.S. agents who had fired their weapons. It also said it was unclear whether the agency "consistently and thoroughly reviews" use-of-deadly-force incidents.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which had commissioned the review, has tried to prevent the scathing 21-page report from coming to light.

House and Senate oversight committees requested copies last fall but received only a summary that omitted the most controversial findings — that some border agents stood in front of moving vehicles as a pretext to open fire and that agents could have moved away from rock throwers instead of shooting at them [...]

The [internal] response rejects the two major recommendations: barring border agents from shooting at vehicles unless its occupants are trying to kill them, and barring agents from shooting people who throw things that can't cause serious physical injury.

Meanwhile, in Arizona:

Border-area residents, upset with what they called an increased militarized presence in their community, began an effort Wednesday to monitor Border Patrol actions at a federal immigration checkpoint about 25 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona.

Organizers with a humanitarian aid group called People Helping People in the Border Zone have called on the Border Patrol to remove the checkpoint in Amado, a town of about 300 people. Some residents say they have to deal with unnecessary delays, harassment and sometimes abuse at the checkpoint.

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