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Rap impresario Kanye West has been hard at work not only quashing rumors that he practices devil worship, but that he is part of the notorious “Illuminati.” The gossip began after the release of his new short film “Runaway,” which contains references to the elusive organization. West recently expressed confusion about the Illuminati. Is it connected to supposed devil worship? What is its basis in reality, and what does the word signify?

The Illuminati refers to several different groups, which are both real and fictitious. The name derives from the Latin illuminatur, which means “enlightened.”

Let’s dispense with the “Da Vinci Code” version of  the group, and move on to reality: The Bavarian Illuminati, a secret society that was founded in 1776, coalesced at the University of Ingolstadt. The group was made up of “freethinkers.” The precise nature of the organization’s activities is a mystery, but some writers believe that the Illuminati (or the Perfectibilists, as they preferred to be called) were the puppeteers behind the French Revolution. This notion itself is worthy of Dan Brown’s imagination.

In modern times, the term “Illuminati” refers to a conspiratorial organization that is said to mastermind current world affairs. This organization allegedly controls both governments and multi-national corporations. These conspiracy thoughts have some unfortunate roots, in the anti-Semitic “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a 20th century hoax from Russia that claimed to be evidence of a conspiracy of Jews to rule the world.  For an infamously shoddy document, the Protocols have had remarkable staying power and often lurk in the shadows of conspiracy theories of all colors.

The Illuminati has tickled the imagination of popular culture. References to the secret society are found in a wide variety of media, from video games to comic books to, of course, Kanye West’s film.

Are there other popular but vague references (like the Illuminati) you’d like us to clarify? Let us know, and the so-called secret will be revealed.

Charros of Escondido May Lose ‘Second Home’

La Prensa San Diego January 14, 2011 | Miranda, Carmen On a little corner Northeast of Escondido, Mexican charros have gathered for over 40 years. There they practice and enjoy charreadas (Mexican rodeos), music, food and family. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation.

But an eviction notice to the charro association from the City of Escondido may change all that. As this article goes to press, the city council is planning future meetings to discuss the final fate of the charro lienzo (arena) on the eastside of the city.

The charros have been leasing the land for almost nothing, but paying property taxes for many years. Moreover, they have donated thousands of dollars to Palomar Hospital to buy some needed equipment.

In short, the charros and their families feel they are part of this community, and leaving their lienzo would be a tremendous loss for Escondido. this web site escondido humane society

But city staffer Charlie Grimm said, “The city needs the property back because it needs to relocate its public works yard.” The city had promised the charros another location, but at the last moment officials told them that they had no other place for them.

Charros and their supporters dressed in their colorful costumes packed the June 12 Escondido City Council meeting and made two minute public comments for an hour. Several called the charro lienzo in Escondido their “second home.” Said charro Jose Cano, “We are Americans with Mexican decent roots, and we are law-bidding citizens. Charreadas are our tradition and we would like to stay here.” The charros often represent Escondido in parades and other shows around the North County. They also teach their children responsibility, respect, discipline and hard work.

Sergio Contreras who represents the charros said he was afraid that if the charros lose their site their children will not have a place to go after school.

“Does the city want our children with a rope in their hands or a spray can?” he asked. Contreras is a retired Marine who says he has enjoyed charreada for many years in Escondido.

Addressing the City Council Among those who addressed the Jan. 12 city council meeting was Dr. Julian Nava of Valley Center, a former U.S. Ambassor to Mexico. Nava says the dislocation of the charros is one of the first steps to make room for a San Diego Padres farm team.

“The Padres are a billion dollar team, and now they want Escondido to help them make more millions,” said Nava “To avoid messy litigation with the charros, I propose that the city discuss with the charros how to rebuild the arena, adapting it to cowboy and equestrian activities. This benefits everyone.” Filemon Jara, a charro and Chula Vista high school teacher told the council that if youth are denied the charro experience, they may turn to gangs. “Charreadas gives youth an identity, and it gives them hope.” Strict rules There was some concern from the public about horse tripping and other forms of animal abuse, but charro leaders say they have very strict rules to protect the animals. “If anyone breaks those rules, they will be suspended from this sport for one year,’ said one leader. in our site escondido humane society

Sergio Contreras said that anyone is welcome to the charreadas, “This is a family tradition, that’s what we do on weekends. Youths benefit from this sport. It keeps them away from gangs and makes them productive members of our community,” he added.

“Kids get to do what they love-spending the day with their parents and friends here.” Among those who addressed the council were volunteers from the Escondido Humane Society who told the council to strongly reconsider their decision. They said the eviction would also affect residents who use the horse trails and take their dogs for walks at the site.

Mayor Sam Abed and council members Michael Morasco and Gallo said they would look into the issue. Abed agreed to contact the charros for further discussions. He added that he was happy that the charros didn’t turn this into a racial issue.

The council is widely regarded as being anti-Latino in past years and some observers believe that with the charro issue Abed has a chance to rebuild his relationship with the Latino community.

[Sidebar] Former US Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Julian Nava (left in the gray sweater), talks with the Charros.

[Sidebar] Charreadas gives youth an identity, and it gives them hope.

[Author Affiliation] Miranda, Carmen

239 Comments

  1. Charles Dunlow -  April 19, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    They might exist you may be talking to one right now think of that

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  2. Fabian -  April 2, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    world peace- you got it half right. Illuminati was the name given by Christian Religeous Leaders to people who have been baptised (ILLUMINATED) in the name of God in God`s churches during the 16th and 17th centuries, In 1776 the Bavarian Illuminati “secret society“ was founded,the basis on which the word was built was lost due to ignorance of people, nonetheless you do know what you are talking about.

    “Illuminati Elder“-with a name like that i dont think my children would even take you seriously,if you don`t know what you are talking about please do yourself a fovour and rather shut up cause idiots like you cause more ignorance amounst people. Here`s a question, You claim illuminati gives all this riches,etc. Where is yours? Please do meet with me in your million dollar car or mansion,if you have this riches please prove me wrong,

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  3. tgreen86 -  March 27, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    I THINK YALL HAVE LOST IT………………………………………REALLY
    THERE IS NO NO NO ILLUMINATI……… DONT TELL ME YOUR LISTENING TO THIS S%%T…..IS THERE NOTHING BETTER TO TALK ABOUT!!!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE NOT REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Emma -  April 1, 2014 - 10:03 pm

      The thing is u don’t know that so u can’t say that maybe I am a part of it? Maybe I am not but you’ll never know hints on “secret society”

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    • Charles Dunlow -  April 19, 2014 - 9:40 pm

      Oh but they do exist for im one of them maybe you don’t know what you’re talking about think it over

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  4. illuminati elder -  March 26, 2014 - 6:08 am

    If your life is not going the way you want it and you would like to change it, If you desire WEALTH, POWER, INFLUENCE,
    WANT TO BE A STAR, and you want you dreams to come through, then you have the chance to do that, join the illuminati today,to get $2500 every 3 days and $1000000 membership blessing for doing what you love to do best. Contact:illuminati.ordermembership@hotmail.com,join to change your life for the better.

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  5. Rikishareen Lloyd -  March 11, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    If the government can filter the content you see and read on websites there’s no doubt that all this stuff we read on the illuminati and what there goals really aim towards,that half of the information we build our opinions is not even the real core of it. I think the Illuminati and all that is really more to do with energy and magic,or per say the mind and being able to access it. You guys put energy into the whole concept that they are trying to rule the world. And I want some peoples information as to what’s going on in our halfway houses specially here in Utah because I’m almost convinced that the dark arts and whatever is being practiced there is our closest key to figuring out what’s all going on. Yet I’m still a bit unsure… but to me, tupac statement ‘take the evil out the people they be acting right’ is very peculiar and I believe that whether you are religious or not that people I’m still questioning what is really the deal with them, I was told to read the bible.

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  6. World Peace -  March 7, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    Wickipedia: The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, “enlightened”) is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776 to oppose superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life, abuses of state power, and to support women’s education and gender equality.

    Some people need to do a bit of research before commenting. But then again if your a brain washed religious fanatic who believes dinosaurs existed along side man 10,000 years ago, I can see why you would hate the Illuminati.

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  7. elderalexander -  February 25, 2014 - 3:51 pm

    If your life is not going the way you want it and you would like to change it, If you desire WEALTH, POWER, INFLUENCE, WANT TO BE A STAR, and you want you dreams to come through, then you have the chance to do that, join the illuminati today. Contact:[illuminatiworldmembership]@hotmail.com,for the better.

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  8. Avesta777 -  February 18, 2014 - 7:02 am

    Guys Michael Jackson was not one of them shut up really in one of his songs called “Money” listen to it in the backround he says “if you want money earn it and he names some of the members” MJ was not one of them he tried to warn us and tell us also that same song he says “anything for money” ” they die for it they kill for the money even sell their soul to the devil” HELLO wake up they will do anything for money he told us everything HE WAS NOT ONE OF THE MEMEBERS

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  9. joe bob -  January 21, 2014 - 9:39 am

    I am the illuminati. It exists.

    Reply
  10. Anonymous -  January 12, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    Y’all who believe in illuminati need help…like seriously? All u gotta do is believe in god! god damn!

    Reply
  11. RICARDO RAMIREZ -  December 18, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    HELLO YOU ALL ALREADY KNOW WHO I AM . I AM WHAT IM NOT AND WHAT I AM IM NOT THINGS APPEAR REAL BUT ARE NOT THEY LIE THEY HAVE SINCE LONG BEFORE . IM THE GUY WHO DOES ALL THE CLEANING SERVICE AND I NOT YET BEEN PAID BUT YET ALL I WANT IS MY FAMILY NOT MONEY HANDED TO ME THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE THOSE I LOVE IS MY PAY GIVE ME BACK MY LIFE . IS ALL I ASK MY LIFE FAMILY HAPPINESS

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