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Zetas Involved In Casino Royale Massacre Presented To Media

Casino Royale owner Raúl Rocha has fled Mexico and an international warrant with INTERPOL has been issued by the Mexican PGR.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 30, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico – On Tuesday, five Zeta suspects involved in last Thursday’s Casino Royale massacre were lined up and presented to the media. The Zeta suspects were identified as Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, 25, aka, “El Chihuas” from Chihuahua; Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, 37, aka, “El Javo” from Monterrey; Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, 18, from Monterrey; Juan Angel Leal Flores, 20, aka, “El Cash” or “El Casillas” from Monterrey and Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez, 28, aka, “El Julio Rayas” from the Morales ranch in San Nicolás.
The suspects were taken into custody by the Mexican military and have confessed to participating in the mass killing. They are also members of the Zeta Cartel and more suspects are being sought, according to Rodrigo Medina De la Cruz, Governor of the state of Nuevo León.
The owner of the Casino Royale, Raúl Rocha has fled the country, according to Adrián de la Garza, the Nuevo León State Attorney General. A federal warrant and an international warrant for Rocha have been issued with INTERPOL, Cuitláhua Salinas, Assistant Attorney General from the PGR reported during a news conference.
De la Cruz confirmed that 53 people were killed inside the casino when it was doused with gasoline and set on fire by the suspects. The victims were trapped inside because most of the exits were locked and the Zetas poured gasoline at the entrance. Then they ignited a blaze blocking the front exits and trapping people inside.
Surviving victims told media outlets, that the suspects had fired their high caliber weapons at people, killing dozens and then through grenades igniting a deadly blaze. The suspects also shot up casino machines and had shouted that they would kill everyone. People began to run to the second floor and bathrooms causing a human stampede in which people stepped on fallen victims and bodies as they made their way to locked exits, according to victim accounts.
The surviving victims accused Governor De la Cruz of not telling the truth about the massacre and called on President Felipe Calderon and the Mexican federal government to investigate.
Authorities say, that the suspects were trying to extort $10,000 dollars a week from the Casino Royale owners. The owners refused to pay and the Zetas retaliated and set the casino on fire.
Two of the suspects were video taped at a nearby gas station filling cans of gas. The same vehicle at the gas station was also seen at the casino afterwards.

News video of Zetas presented to media at link; http://bit.ly/rqHSGc

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(L-R) Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, Juan Angel Leal Flores, and Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez.

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Five Zeta Cartel Members Arrested in Connection With The Casino Royale Massacre Identified

Suspects have confessed to planning and setting the casino on fire that claimed 52 lives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 29, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico – On Monday, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, Governor of the state of Nuevo León reported that five suspects have been arrested in connection with the Casino Royale massacre. De la Cruz confirmed that 52 people were killed last Thursday inside the casino when it was doused with gasoline and set on fire by the suspects.
The five suspects were taken into custody by the Mexican military and have confessed to participating in the mass killing. They are also members of the Zeta Cartel and more suspects are being sought, according to De la Cruz.
The suspects were trying to extort $10,000 dollars a week from the Casino Royale owners. The owners refused to pay and the Zetas retaliated and set the casino on fire.
The victims were trapped inside because most of the exits were locked and the Zetas poured gasoline at the entrance. Then they ignited a blaze blocking the front exits and trapping people inside.
Two of the suspects were video taped at a nearby gas station filling cans of gas. The same vehicle at the gas station was also seen at the casino afterwards.
The Zeta suspects were identified as Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, 25, aka, “El Chihuas” from Chihuahua, Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, 37, aka, “El Javo” from Monterrey, Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, 18,  from Monterrey, Juan Angel Leal Florez, 20, aka, “El Cash” or “El Casillas” from Monterrey and Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez, 28, aka, “El Julio Rayas” from the Morales ranch in San Nicolás.
The suspects will be lined up and presented to the media on Tuesday.

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Dinamo Rock Group Music Soldout At Mexican Fiesta 2011

Applause at Fiesta energized the rock group to perform their own music and songs.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 28, 2011

Milwaukee – On Sunday, the hottest rock group from Guadalajara, Mexico was Dinamo composed of four inspiring young Rockeros. They drew a crowd at the Lake Performance Square stage (Water Street Brewery) during the Mexican Fiesta 2011 at Summerfest grounds at the Henry Mier Festival Park. They sold all their music CD’s before finishing their set.
The group is composed of Sergio Arellano, 20, Carlos Arrellano, 18, Jorge de la Vega, 21, lead singer and Carlos de la Vega, 18. The group has been performing for five years and perform their own songs and music.

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(L-R) Sergio Arellano, Jorge de la Vega, lead singer, Carlos Arrellano and back, Carlos de la Vega at drums.

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Five Pitbulls Recovered By Police From South Side Home

Police executed a warrant for a suspect, but found dogs inside and in the back yard.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 28, 2011

Milwaukee – On Sunday, Milwaukee officers executed a warrant just before 3:00 p.m. for a suspect at the 2400 block of W. Pierce St. and S. 25th St. The suspect was not at home and police confiscated at least five pitbulls.
Police cited several vehicles on S. 25th St. and took another suspect from across the street into custody. Police did not provide details or information about the warrant.

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Illegal Immigrants In The U.S. Should Be Exempt From Paying Taxes

Illegals don’t qualify for state public assistance or federal funds, then why should they continue to pay taxes?

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 28, 2011

Madison – Congress and states from across the United States have drawn up bills to bar illegal immigrants from receiving any type of public aid. Today, these public elected officials in the city, county, state and federal level either Republicans or Democrats have failed to introduce a bill that would exempt illegal immigrants from paying taxes. If illegal immigrants can’t qualify for any type of public services, which most have already paid for, then why should they continue to pay taxes.
Taxes were meant to raise public revenue for local, state and the federal government to help provide certain public services and other needs that effect the public (taxpayers).
The issue of illegal immigrants not paying taxes in the local, state and federal level is shunned by public elected officials who would rather try to stall anti-immigrant bills in committees then focusing on a bill to exempt illegal immigrants from paying taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Department, Congressional Budget Office and state revenue departments continue to exclude accurate tax revenue generated by illegal immigrants since the Amnesty of 1986 was passed. Most illegal immigrants don’t claim a tax return allowing the federal government to keep hundreds of billions of tax dollars generated by illegal immigrants. It’s for certain to admit, that unclaimed tax dollars from illegal immigrants has kept the U.S. afloat economically through the years avoiding a depression and global economic disaster.
The only official yearly report by the IRS is that in 2005, the IRS had $1.3 billion of unclaimed tax returns from more than one million people, averaging refund of about $581.00. In 2006, the IRS reported it had more than $1.3 billion of unclaimed tax returns for nearly 1.4 million people averaging a refund of $604.00. In 2007, the IRS reported it had $1.1 billion of unclaimed tax returns for 1.1 million people averaging $640.00. The tax reports by the IRS average about more than $1 billion of unclaim tax retrurns. But, the IRS referred to the people that weren’t claiming tax returns as low income averaging between 33,000 to 39,000 of income a year.
What happened to the IRS report concerning the other 13 million illegal immigrants that do pay federal taxes, but don’t claim tax returns? Well according to the IRS, people had a three year window to claim those taxes and if they don’t it becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury.
In April Allgov dot com reported, certain corporate companies make billions of dollars in profits and pay no taxes compared to illegal immigrants that generate billions of tax dollars for state governments.
The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy concluded that unauthorized immigrants paid $11.2 billion in taxes last year. This total included $1.2 billion in personal income taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $8.4 billion in sales taxes.  
States that gained the most revenue from illegal immigrants paying taxes were California ($2.7 billion), Texas ($1.6 billion), Florida ($807 million), New York ($662 million), and Illinois ($499 million). They were followed by Georgia ($456 million) New Jersey ($446 million) and Arizona ($433 million), according to Allgov dot com website.
It’s about time public officials whether elected or not, should face this issue, because to tax someone and to prevent them from getting public aid generated from tax dollars, if anything is blatant discrimination, unconstitutional and should be addressed.
The State of Wisconsin is no exception, on August 18 Wisconsin State Representative Jeffrey Mursau (R-Crivitz) introduced Assembly Bill 222 (AB 222) requiring only U.S. Citizens or legal residents to apply for public aid. Mursau’s bill is intended to keep illegal immigrants from applying for any type of public assistance. Wisconsin lacks a verify process to check U.S. Citizenship when someone applys for any type of public assistance, according Mursau. 
The bill would require anyone applying for public aid with the state Department of Health Services or Department of Children and Families to prove of citizenship or legal status in the country. Federal and state funded public programs affected by AB 222 would include, W-2, medical assistance, food stamps, BadgerCare Plus, SeniorCare, Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy, state paternity cases, including establishing paternity, enforcement of child support obligation and supplemental Social Security income, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau analysis, the Capital Times reported.
But children born in the U.S. to either one or both parents illegally in the country can actually qualify for public aid. Families or people illegally in country don’t apply for any type of public aid. Illegal immigrants are already kept from applying when filling out documents for aid or food stamps, unless their children are U.S. Citizens and in need of assistance. Illegal immigrants can also receive emergency medical care, according to federal law.
Mursau’s bill might even prevent illegal immigrants from receiving medical emergency care in the state and could slow aid to the needy.
Another Wisconsin bill is Assembly Bill 173 (AB 173) introduced by Representative Don Pridemore (R-Hartford). AB 173, is an Arizona copycat bill and includes a provision to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving public services or aid.
Even recently, six Wisconsin Democrats introduced state Senate Bill 137 (SB 137), which prevents employment for illegals by businesses seeking state contracts and loans. The bill also makes employers ineligible for tax exemptions for hiring illegals in Wisconsin.
SB 137 is sponsored by five State Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen (Author), Robert Wirch, Jon Erpenbach, Jim Holperin and Tim Carpenter and one State Representative Tony Staskunas (D) (Co-author).
In July, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agreed with an audit report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to try and eliminate a tax loophole for illegal workers using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) to file tax returns. The tax loophole allows them to claim dependents without verification on Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) claims, thus defrauding the government. Federal laws prohibit undocumented immigrants from collecting any public benefits from the feds.
Last year, 2.3 million undocumented workers collected $4.2 billion in tax credit refunds using the ACTC, compared to $924 million in 2005. The refundable tax credits including the CTC was meant for working families, but a loophole in U.S. tax laws and the expansion of tax credits in stimulus bills and other measures had increased filings for the ACTC.
The TIGTA report says, the tax loophole provides an incentive for illegal immigrants to enter the U.S., work, reside and collect tax refunds, even if they haven’t paid income taxes or taxes are not witheld while working. ACTC filers can get up to $1,000 refund per child, according to the audit report. 
The TIGTA audit recommended for the IRS and the Department of Treasury to determine ACTC eligibility for ITIN filiers and if ACTC refunds should continue to be paid to undocumented workers in the future. The report also recommended for the IRS to verify dependents that were claimed in ACTC filings and to notify taxpayers when their Social Security Numbers (SSN) have been compromised. Even employees in the Account Management Taxpayer Assurance Program have failed to notify taxpayers when their SSNs and names have been compromised, the TIGTA audit reported.
The IRS is looking into options about notifying taxpayers when SSNs have been compromised. The IRS did not agreed to require additional documentation to support CTC and ACTC claims on ITIN returns, according to the report.

TIGTA 2011 audit report (PDF) at link: http://1.usa.gov/r6Zmgz

Statistics:

Wisconsin Hispanic population in the state grew by 74% 336,056, an increase of 143,135 from 2000. Hispanics now account for 5.9 percent of Wisconsin’s total population and more than 3,000 Hispanic owned businesses contribute more than $800 million in annual sales.
A City of Milwaukee economic study reported that the South side households in the predominately Latino community located inside Postal Zip Code 53204 in Milwaukee spend more than $91 million annually in retail goods, according to the 2006 Department of City Development statistics. In one day, they spent approximately $249,315.06. The biggest tax-generating base for the city comes solely from the South side.
In Milwaukee, over 850 Hispanic owned businesses generate more than $225 million in annual sales. It is abundantly clear that the immigration of Hispanics and undocumented immigrants to Southeastern Wisconsin is tied to a large degree to the available resources that Hispanics have in the area.

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53 Confirmed Dead At Casino Royale In Monterrey

Commando poured gasoline and grenades ignited Casino Royale claiming dozens of lives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 26, 2011
(Updated)

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico – On Thursday, an armed commando group invaded the Casino Royale at about 3:30 p.m.and poured gasoline inside the entrance and other parts of the place, then ignited a blaze. Nuevo León Governor Rodrigo Medina confirmed 53 people dead, 10 reported injured, including a firefighter. Dozens of people were reported trapped inside when the gunmen believed to be Zetas also through grenades inside the Casino Royale, according to witnesses.
Firefighters and rescue units used construction equipment to help break down walls inorder to get to the victims. Most of the exits had been locked and prevented people from escaping.
On Friday, authorities reported that the owners of the Casino Royale had been threaten to pay $10,000 a week to the Zeta Cartel. The owners refused to pay the Zetas and in retaliation they burned down the casino.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared a national three days of mourning. Calderon ordered more military troops to Monterrey and a statewide dragnet for the suspects has been issued.

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Missing Culiacan Journalist Found Dead

Kidnapped journalist tortured and executed by gunmen.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 25, 2011

Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico – On Thursday, Martin Robles Armenta, assistant state attorney from the Sinaloa State Attorney General’s Office confirmed the death of Humberto Millián  Salazar. Salazar, 53, worked with the Sinaloa Fórmula Radio station as a news radio announcer and previously worked in the defunct Diario de Sinaloa and El Sol de Sinaloa. He founded the weekly Discusion, which later became the Digital Daily.
He was kidnapped near his office in the Canaco neighborhood on Wednesday at gunpoint by a group of unidentified men while riding as a passenger in his borther’s auto.
Salazar’s body was found around 9:45 a.m. in the rural Morelia farming area, just on the outskirts of North Culiacán. Someone called and reported the body. The body had a .9mm bullet mortal wound on the head and showed signs of torture, according to authorities.
Salazar became the 83 journalist killed in Mexico by organized crime, according to Fundalex (Foundation for Freedom of Expression).

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