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Too Much of a Good Thing?

When government fails at providing adequate individual security civilian self help is a necessity.  Is it a good thing? That all depends on who steps up to the plate.

Samuel Gomez wears a wide-brimmed hat and keeps a pistol shoved into his waistband. Surrounded by much younger men brandishing rifles and AK-47s, he’s standing guard [...]

48 To Go

Edgar Tamayo Arias

The State of Texas executed convicted cop killer and Mexican citizen Edgar Tamayo Arias last night after one final denial of stay by the U.S. Supreme Court. Arias was part of a group of (then) 51 Mexican citizens on Texas death row who appealed their convictions claiming (technically rightly, but not [...]

Building Bridges

If this is true… it should be explosive. Not the “closed a lane on a bridge” type scandal, but still… did the DEA form a deal with the Sinoloa drug cartel?

An investigation by El Universal has found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug [...]

Diversifying Ones Criminal Portfolio

Exit From the Mine By Diego Rivera (1923)

The Mexican drug cartels are not just warriors in a “war on drugs”. They are well nigh an insurgency in many ways. From the AP:

Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming [...]

Kickin’ Ash

Who doesn’t like a little Mexican hot ash? Webcams are awesome!

The Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico has spewed ash almost four kilometres into the air following an eruption from its crater.

Video footage shows steam, gas, ash and fragments shooting into the air in what official sources say is the biggest eruption in recent [...]

His Suit Ain’t Empty — It’s Full of Crap

Obama blames Mexico’s gun violence on… you guessed it… on the U.S.

“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to [...]

Oh, Mexico.

Elections have consequences — even — especially Mexican ones. Here’s a great story from The New York Times on Mexico’s shifting drug war policy after their last Presidential elections in December.

But shortly after Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, took office in December, American agents got a clear message that the dynamics, with [...]

From the Trailer Park — American Federale

“American Federale,” a documentary about Mexico and the cartels who virtually run much of its infrastructure and government, produced by Friend of Threedonia Michael Mandaville. Coming soon to the U.S.!!!

Something Rotten in the State of Mexico

This is Jon Hammar, former U.S. Marine, in a Matamoros, Mexico prison cell awaiting trial on a gun charge. It’s been around the news here and there for awhile, but has been swallowed up by the Sandy Hook tragedy. Hammar has been trying to get out of prison until his trial — to no [...]

Mexican Radio

Being in high tech is supposed to be a high-paying “safe” job right? Not when your expertise is in high demand by an extensive and well-organized criminal network in a country with a relatively loose grip when it comes to individual security (the extensive loss of which often leads to loss of national security). [...]