An activist group for German-Americans, eerily reminiscent of Aryan Nazi racism. How about an Armenian Studies Program at a major university? Or a “wise Pakistani” on the Supreme Court?
Yet few seem to question The National Council of La Raza, the Chicano Studies Program, or the “wise Latina” —all eligible for Affirmative Action originally intended to redress only African-American slavery and segregation. VDH, as usual, hits the contradictory nails.
Meanwhile, amid all the illegal-immigrant celebration of the recent court decision against Arizona’s anti-illegals (almost entirely from Mexico) law, there is the solace (buried in the news stories) that it is merely a temporary restraining order. Which is being appealed. After all, as VDH says:
“If the Border Patrol can question those on the American side of the fence on reasonable grounds, then why cannot the policeman do so too a few miles distant?”
The great game is no longer only in Central Asia. It’s also on the U.S.-Mexico border where, aided by corrupt politicians on both sides, it goes on and on, keeping the racist Mexican oligarchy in power and changing our country and our culture as if that was the most natural thing to be doing.
BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?
CALDERON: Of course! Of course!
BLITZER: If somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America through the southern border of Mexico and they wind up in Mexico, they can going get a job?
CALDERON: No, no, no.
BLITZER: They can work?
CALDERON: If somebody do that without permissions, we send — we send back them.
Via Rush Limbaugh and Ann Althouse.
The Gulf oil spill, which British Petroleum is now trying to cap, so to speak, at the wellhead five thousand feet below the surface with a steel and concrete box, is puny compared to a Pemex one back in the early 80s 1979. That sucker was spewing even more oil than BP’s until it finally was plugged up. It involved a Dallas company owned by our then-Gov. Bill Clements who was leasing equipment to Pemex, the Mexican national oil company.
The Pemex blowout’s saving grace, as I recall, was that it was scores of miles south of the Texas coast, somewhere in the Bay of Campeche. BP’s is less dramatic but more worrisome because it is relatively close to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Hence whatever oil does not sink to the bottom or get volatilized in the warm air and water will soil the beaches and fishing grounds of four states.
Though I expect the Mexicans are still trying to get the tar balls off their own beaches south of Matamoros. Pemex, long a power in Mexican politics, is far less environmental- or social-minded than BP. You just seldom read about it. Our news media rarely penetrates that far south, and Pemex and the Mexican government would not cooperate if they did.
UPDATE: Houston Chronicle claims some of it got as far north as the beaches at Port A. Not much, apparently, as they credit “heavy rains” with washing most of it away.
After complaining about how ignored the drugs wars in Mexico have been in Big Media, I stupidly misssed a recent, pretty complete look at the issue in Rolling Stone. It even addresses the notion (really the only solution) of legalizing heroin/cocaine/marijuana. But regulated and taxed, as alcohol is now.
It would stop the war in Mexico, but, ironically, it would also hurt their economy by putting a lot of growers out of business. The Small Wars Journal is hosting a discussion on legalization. But we’ll have to wait for a pol with the guts to advocate it, let alone get it passed. Meanwhile, if the rest of Big Media wants to look more relevant than it does now, it should turn its attention to the war on our own borders–though, of course, it would involve actual work and real danger for the two phone call gang.
It’s official, size ten flying shoes to the contrary notwithstanding:
"The police are generally helpless, hundreds of thousands of middle-class Mexicans have fled the border region, often to the United States (if they had dual-citizenship, which many do). Those without money must hunker down and wait for someone to win this war."
We could put the gangsters out of business and stop it all, if Barry had the nerve to end the failed drug war.
The narco wars continue to rock in Old Mexico, but don’t expect Big Media to get too exercised. Hey, it’s dangerous down there on the border. Somebody with a reporter’s notebook might get hurt.
Well, not quite, but almost. Couple of good notices lately, one at the Small Wars Journal and one from Stratfor, of the increasing drug wars going on in Mexico, corrupting their government and spilling over our southern border. If the Mexican government becomes thoroughly, instead of merely traditionally, corrupt, then what do we do? It seems we may have to put troops on the border not just to halt illegal immigration but to keep the Mexican drug wars from invading us as well. I still say, as I have all along, that the only solution is the only one that won’t be tried: full legalization as was done with alcohol with similar restrictions, but prices kept artificially low. Then concentrate on treatment, education and enforcement of DUI laws.