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“I wouldn’t want to be twenty-years-old now. I fear for what’s coming.”
— Hunter S. Thompson, 2003

Generational analysis is bullshit. Or so I’m told. Fit for netroots liberals and horoscope clippers, maybe. And to be fair, it’s mostly thinktank types who’ve been profiting off that whole Millennials Rising genre. One of the authors of that book is a former writing partner of Pete G. Peterson’s, the octogenarian billionaire who has spent the last couple of decades trying to kick over the Social Security ladder before us young’ns can scamper up and collect. Most of it reads like a debriefing after a recon mission—you can feel them sizing us up, drawing up blueprints for the generational counterrevolution that we’re living through right now. (more…)

February 6th, 2012 | Comments (98)

Two Things To Say About Ron Paul's Allegedly Awesome Position On Drugs

Since no one else in the pro-drug camp will say it, allow me: Ron Paul is a drug war asshole. He’s a con artist playing a shell game with our liberties with his slippery proposal that the answer to this savage…

June 23rd, 2011 | Comments (111)

Mexican Drug Cartels Raid Massive Rave Parties, Crack Down On Rival Pushers...

“Raise your hand if you like weed,” the gang leader asked the raver crowd. But nobody raised a hand or so much as moved. They were too scared. So he repeated his question, this time while firing a quick burst from his…

February 28th, 2010 | Comments (30)

Mexican Drug War Video: School of Zetas

Here’s an entertaining/instructional cellphone video that shows one of the Zetas’ more preferred torture methods in action. It is called the tablazo. I wrote about it a few months back: It comes from the word “tabla,” or “board.” The kidnappers…

March 31st, 2009 | Comments (11)

How my buddy was kidnapped and pistol-whipped for 22 days...and other Mexican kidnapping stories

MONTERREY, MEXICO — Kidnapping and Mexico, they go together like beans and rice. There has always been a kidnapping industry in Mexico. It’s not for nothing that we have become the kidnapping capital of the world. Yep, that’s a true,…

February 3rd, 2009 | Comments (30)

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…

January 26th, 2009 | Comments (24)

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…

January 21st, 2009 | Comments (17)