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Global Dispatch: How Do People Buy Drugs in Mexico?

Pancho Montana is an eXiled Special Mexican War on Drugs Correspondent. As a native of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, located in northern Mexico, Mr. Montana lives in Gulf Cartel territory. That means the streets belong to the Zetas, a paramilitary organization…

Jan 26, 2009 | Comments (24)

DEPRESSION GLOAT #5: Sundance Film Festival '09 Takes the Hit

This year, Sundance got shoved back toward its mid-‘80s roots as a small nowheresville festival in an ugly ski town showcasing bad independent films nobody wants to buy or see.

Jan 24, 2009 | Comments (10)

Notes on Cabela's "Trophy Bucks" From A Newly Unemployed Video Game Reviewer

You might wonder why I’m covering Cabela’s Trophy Bucks for the Nintendo Wii, an unheralded game that came out last June. Well, I’ll tell you. I was recently laid off, so I took a trip to the local Blockbuster to…

Jan 22, 2009 | Comments (9)

Literature on Mexico's Drug War You Can Read, Sort Of

Today’s Topic: In semi-praise of Down by the River. Statement of the Grand Inquisitor: As we have ruled earlier, there are few good books. Down by the River by Charles Bowden, a meandering and disorganized collection of facts, soundbites and…

Jan 21, 2009 | Comments (17)

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Cheney Borrows Wheelchair Trick From Casino's Remo Gaggi

If you’ve lived in Russia, you know that just before anyone big gets charged with corruption or other high crimes, they always have a way of suffering conveniently-timed heart attacks and winding up in the hospital before the heat arrives…

Jan 20, 2009 | Comments (17)

Park Your Ship Here: Ukrainian Calendar Girls

Today’s calendar girl collection, newly minted for 2009, comes courtesy of Kerch Yard, a Ukrainian shipyard in the Eastern Crimean town of Kerch. According to our sources, “kerch” comes from an Old East Slavic word for “throat,” and the town’s…

Jan 20, 2009 | Comments (9)

War Nerd: Abba, Civil War Songs—Anything But Gaza

I’ll talk about Gaza tomorrow, but I’ve got the day off and it’s not my idea of a good time. For now I’ll just say it turned out exactly like I said it would, but blecch, it’s not my idea…

Jan 19, 2009 | Comments (51)

BOOK REVIEW: Snark, and Why We're For It

Maureen Dowd: queen of snark? The burning issue in David Denby’s new book, Snark: It’s Mean, It’s Personal, and It’s Ruining Our Conversation, is that these days we’re all too snarky, and it’s imperiling Western Civilization. First, of course, he…

Jan 16, 2009 | Comments (17)

Privilege On The Hudson: First Class Gets Comfy Rafts, Peasant Class Forced Onto The Wings

Has anyone noticed the ugly reality captured in the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson”? One of the first photos shows that first class passengers were offered first-class rafts to ensure that they’d survive in comfort, while the economy class passengers…

Jan 16, 2009 | Comments (41)

Das Boot: The Unsinkable Career Of America's Leading Twerpo-Imperialist

The real mystery of our age is this: why do all the media warmongers still have jobs, after the way they goaded us into the epic disaster we’ve found ourselves in? Back in 2001, when a panicked America foolishly handed…

Jan 14, 2009 | Comments (29)

The eXile Classics Update: Four More Issues Posted!

As per our promise, we just posted four more eXile issues from way back when. Check ’em out below or go to the eXile Classics pages for a up-to-date listing. We’ll be updating it weekly. *** Issue #4, April 1,…

Jan 13, 2009 | Comments (4)

Review: Be a Zombie & Suck Human Brains in "Left 4 Dead"

What is a zombie piñata? It’s when a zombie on a rooftop fires its tongue down at a victim, picks her up and and dangles her above the undead horde, which take turns clawing little pieces of meat candy out…

Jan 13, 2009 | Comments (64)

War Nerd: Rules in the Era of Squeamishness

When you look at the fighting in Gaza, or any of the other small, chronic wars we get these days, you notice that traditional war buffs, the ones who like to talk about WW II, don’t have much to say….

Jan 12, 2009 | Comments (82)

War Nerd’s Interview Tips for General Nkunda

I just found the perfect job for myself: media consultant for General Laurent Nkunda. Now there’s a job with perks. And General, you need me. I know you need me because I just saw an interview with you in the…

Jan 9, 2009 | Comments (40)

Daily Inquisition: 2 Good 4 Sainthood

An Old Wacko Makes Us Proud to Be American We don’t know what America’s poets are doing today, but we know what they ought to be doing: composing songs in honor of Robert Sylvester, the aged gunman who robbed a…

Jan 9, 2009 | Comments (12)

Great Depression Gloat #3: Broadway Gets Offed

The lights are going out on Broadway as show after show closes: Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, and Boeing-Boeing got zapped right around the new year, and somewhere in late 2008 Rent, Cry-baby, and Xanadu also flamed out. The relief is stupendous….

Jan 9, 2009 | Comments (3)

Dear eXiled: Please take me off your site. Pretty Please?

Hi, I wrote you a letter years ago and i was astonished to find (when doing an ego search) my name on the net. I hate finding my name on the net, I don’t have a net presence! Can you…

Jan 8, 2009 | Comments (29)

FILM REVIEW: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the Audience That Loves This Kind of Crap

Ossified baby, anyone? The Curious Case of Benjamin Button—is it one of the worst American films of 2008, or THE worst American film of 2008? Can’t be the worst, you’ll argue, not while we have Australia to kick around. True….

Jan 7, 2009 | Comments (17)

The War Nerd: Hamas Ain't No Hezbollah

What’s going on in Gaza now is pretty easy to understand if you think a little bit about the way military trends have been going in the past century-but you also have to be willing to take a cold look…

Jan 6, 2009 | Comments (50)

The Modern Speakeasy: Buying Smack on the Streets of LA

Drugs may be the major American story of our era, the thing that did more to alter behavior and law, that redistributed income to the poor far more dramatically than any tinkering with tax codes, that jailed more people and…

Jan 5, 2009 | Comments (30)