Archive for June 9th, 2008

By Frosty Wooldridge

Last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a drought in California, ?Water is like gold! We have to treat it like that.?

“The river of no return.”

Jennifer Steinhauer, correspondent for the New York Times, said, ?The drought declaration ? the first for the state since 1991 ? includes orders to transfer water from less dry areas to those that are dangerously dry. Mr. Schwarzenegger also said he would ask the federal government for aid to farmers and press water districts, cities and local water agencies to accelerate conservation. Drought conditions have hampered farming, increased water rates throughout California and created potentially dangerous conditions in areas prone to wildfires.

?The declaration comes after the driest California spring in 88 years, with runoff in river basins that feed most reservoirs at 41 percent of average levels. It stops short of a water emergency, which would probably include mandatory rationing.?



MEXICO CITY: Few slights irk Mexican politicians so much as when Washington treats Mexico like a backward country in need of outside guidance, and that anger raged full throttle in the past week as top Mexican officials threatened to walk away from a major U.S. aid package to help defeat drug traffickers.

The reason: Democrats in the U.S. Congress have tied the aid to guarantees that the police and military will not violate human rights. Officials from President Felipe Calderón on down have assailed the idea that the United States would withhold a quarter of the aid for Mexico if it did not meet human rights standards, calling it an attack on their sovereignty.

“The bills approved by both chambers of the U.S. Congress contain some aspects that make them, in their current versions, unacceptable to our country,” Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mouriño said Monday.

A day later, Calderón said, “My government will defend at all times its national sovereignty and the interests of Mexicans and we will act strictly in accordance with the Constitution, and, of course, we will not accept conditions that simply are unacceptable.”

A chorus of similar protests arose through the week from Mexican lawmakers, prosecutors and law enforcement officials, who called the bills insulting and reeking of Yankee arrogance. Some said the United States had no room to talk about human rights, considering its prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Others said Mexico had asked not for unilateral aid from the United States but for a partnership in fighting crime.

Some politicians complained that drug consumption in the United States, along with the sale of arms to Mexican drug dealers by U.S. merchants, were driving the violence here. “The only thing we need is for them to stop selling arms to narcotics traffickers,” said Javier González Garza, leader of the leftist opposition party in the Chamber of Deputies.

Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress, however, stand firm. They are refusing to approve $350 million to $400 million in aid, including Black Hawk helicopters, to military and police forces with a checkered history of human rights unless they get assurances that abuses will be prevented or prosecuted. Similar laws apply to aid to other nations, like Colombia.

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sebastian cortez hernandez
Sebastian Cortez Hernandez
Previously deported illegal alien.

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MERIDEN - Three fugitives wanted in the slaying of a 24 year-old Virginia man were arrested by city police and U.S. marshals late last week after an investigation found that they had been staying at a Catlin Street residence.

Sgt. Leonard Caponigro said in a press release that the men - Sebastian Cortez Hernandez, 25, and brothers Jose Ontiveros, 27, and Santos Ontiveros, 24 - were arrested Thursday just before 11 p.m. They had come to Connecticut after allegedly killing Manassas, Va., resident Omar Florencio-Vazquez on May 31.

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