Photo of a Mexican Navy sailor guarding the burning of seized drugs - a ton of cocaine found inside frozen sharks - from the book MEXICO'S CRIMINAL INSURGENCY, a scholarly look at the evolving security environment in Mexico. http://www.amazon.com/Mexicos-Criminal-Insurgency-Journal-El-Anthology/dp/1475927290/
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"Humans promised that endless opportunities and a better life await them only 10 miles north across the border, walk. They quickly find out after their one day supply of food and water run out, the new life they were seeking is still 50 waterless miles away. For those individuals who come to this fate and are lucky enough to stumble across one of these solar powered aid stations, it can mean the difference between life and death. Push the red button and wait one hour for the Border Patrol to arrive." - Photographer Andrew Pielage
Coming in for the final count down to number ten is Al Swearengen played by Ian McShane in Deadwood. With his lyrical dialogue and scenery chewing tendencies, Swearengen was a coldly confident tyrant, but eventually, beneath the bluster and showy violence, there may be some moral ambiguity for us viewers. As the harsh realities and the body count of the frontier town pile up, it's easy to wonder what state Deadwood would end up in if not for a strongman like Swearengen.
Did you know that anywhere between 3,500 and 5,300 people died between 1998 and 2008 trying to cross the US Mexico border? Meet Robin Reineke, the forsenic and cultural anthropologist, who is tasked with identifying the bodies of the missing persons. http://bit.ly/1jBg6LG
Juanito is Colter's sidekick. Much like Indiana Jones had Short Round in 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'.
Juanito is a 10 year old street kid. He moves easily between Mexico and the U.S. – generally across the dangerous Laredo/Nuevo Laredo border. He is funny, friendly, and intensely defensive of those he cares for. Juanito is extremely charming, using his sweet looks and personality to get what he wants.
Fearless and quick-thinking, Juanito is devoted to Villasenor, Colter's antagonist, who he views as an older brother. But he is equally devoted to Colter who acts as both an employer of sorts, and as a surrogate father. This creates conflict for both himself and the two men. At times, Juanito finds it difficult to make a decision if it means he must support one over the other.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy halted production of the thriller "Cold Comes the Night" featuring Bryan Cranston. The actor decided to create a contest for his crew until the storm passed. Production assistants submitted scripts to Cranston who agreed to star in the winning script. The result was "Writer's Block" by Brandon Polanco. Apparently they shot it just three hours after Polanco won the contest. Enjoy the show! https://vimeo.com/81902364
The crooked, conniving (and hilarious) Hedley Lamarr of Blazing Saddles comes in at number nine of the top ten Western bad guys. Played by Harvey Korman, Hedley is the State Attorney General who wants to drive out the townspeople of Rock Ridge so he can get the land. When his plan fails, Hedley decides to destroy Rock Ridge with an army of "rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperadoes, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, half-wits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers – and Methodists". Watch a video clip here: http://bit.ly/1jJFEEV.
"She probably never imagined things would go so wrong — that she'd end up here, on a scuffed metal gurney in a coroner's office far from home. Still, at age 22, she was old enough to know the dangers of stealing across the U.S. border from Mexico onto a lethal desert landscape, where she would have to take crazy chances amid the heat, cold and rattlesnakes to avoid capture by la migra, the U.S. Border Patrol." Read more from John M. Glionna of the Los Angeles Times: http://lat.ms/17BRLyK
Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, has a new comic show planned for 2014 - Bordertown - set in a fictitious desert town near the U.S.-Mexico border. The show will centers on the intertwining daily lives of neighbors Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzales. Bud, a married father of three, is a Border Patrol agent who feels threatened by the cultural changes that have transformed his neighborhood. Living next door is Ernesto, an industrious Mexican immigrant and father of four, who is proud to be making it in America. http://bit.ly/1735fTY
The countdown has begun. Coming in at No. 8 - a suggestion from a follower - is Loco played by the naturally nerve-wracking Klaus Kinski . Kinski plays a bounty hunter in the 1968 spaghetti Western, The Great Silence. The movie features a score by Ennio Morricone and stars Jean-Louse Trintignant as Silence, a mute gunfighter with a grudge against bounty hunters. Unlike most conventional and spaghetti westerns, The Great Silence takes place in the snow-filled landscapes of Utah during the Great Blizzard of 1899.