Russian Roulette

Burning Casino

53 lives lost in the attack --the media mentions 52, yet I'm counting the unborn baby carried by his pregnant mother; old (Catholic) habits die hard I guess...

President Calderón has been quick in lay responsibility of this tragedy to the Americans, both the authorities that can't (or won't) control the flow of weapons to Mexico, and to the public that refuse to quit the drugs provided by the cartels.

Bullshit.

It wasn't the drug-trafficking what killed those 53 people. It was corruption.

The newspapers report a gang was blackmailing the casino owners, demanding 100 thousand pesos a week for 'protection'; the owners refused to pay. But why didn't he turn to the authorities and report the extorsion?

They didn't go to the authorities because the casino was illegal; it lacked the proper permits to operate. In fact, of all the gambling centers and bingos established in Mexico, most of them are not 100% legal, exploiting shady technicalities and the support of dirty judges who grant restraining orders called amparos, a legal immunity shield that makes you untouchable... if you have enough money and the proper connections, that is.

Did the gangsters choose this particular casino by mere chance, or were they 'tipped' about its legal situation, which made it a perfect blackmail opportunity? and if that was the case, who gave them the tip?

The brave firefighters that fought tirelessly to save as many victims as they could were so desperate they ended up making a hole in a wall. The reason? the emergency exits in the building were blocked. And where were the inspectors in charge of ensuring entertainment centers comply with all the safety regulations? fires are not the exclusive result of a terrorist attack after all --something Mexico likes to remember one tragedy at a time.

Not 200 meters away of the attack there were a group of policemen, as can be attested by the video-recordings of the security cameras. Why did they do nothing? why didn't they try to pursue the attackers?

Calderón wants to clean the police forces from the bottom up, while He vows to redouble his efforts to fight the organized crime. The philosopher Santayana wrote:

“Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”

Calderón has it all wrong. If he were serious about fighting corruption, then he should start from the top to the bottom. He should incarcerate all the corrupt governors that robbed millions of dollars from their state budgets, along with all the dirty judges who have supported criminals and let them walk free. And let's not forget all the union leaders that use their position as a means to syphon out obscene amounts of money to their personal bank accounts, while they leave their union members without pension after a lifetime of work.

He should do all this, yet he won't. And the reason is simple: he wouldn't have become president in the first place, if it weren't for the help of those people.

Meanwhile he'll keep playing Russian roulette with our lives. And why wouldn't he? no matter the outcome, the house always wins.

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Inannawhimsey's picture
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Christ I'm sorry. It's no wonder why there is a Global Human Spring going on.

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Thank you for your concern, amigo.

Remember I wrote I'm designing a casino? this sordid incident made me realize the Karmic debt is gonna be even bigger than I imagined :-/

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rpj,

have you ever considered the Huffington Post for your works here? They don't pay, but they apparently have the biggest and widest internet audience. Just write to the head editors there with a pitch.

It's good that there are people like you that can demystify their country.

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No, I haven't thought about that. Not that I think they'd be interested in my rants —but it's awfully nice of you to suggest it ;)

I guess I just feel the need of venting for purely selfish and therapeutic reasons, but at the same time I know the people at TDG are like-minded and sympathetic, and they in turn might spread the concepts I touch upon among their own personal circle. That is enough :)

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The Huffington Post has several articles on it already.

And it's like a madhouse in there -- so many people means a lot of "ngha" replies :3

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Hey Red Pill Junky, i have been following your posts and overall TDG for some years now, we run Pijamasurf.com, i think it is a likeminded site, from Mexico, we get a lot of traffic, if you ever want to practice your spanish, or just jam some blog posts on the usual subjects you have the portal open. We'd be glad to hear from you and push the memetic pills...

saludos

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Thanks, pijamasurf. I feel honored, and I will think about it :)

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Red Pill,

People that would do this are low lift bastards! I7m very sorry that this happened!

What do you think?

cnnek

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It has shocked everyone in Mexico, which is saying something, given we're getting this kind of news pretty much on a daily basis!

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... is enlightened self-interest.

Calderón has it all wrong. If he were serious about fighting corruption, then he should start from the top to the bottom. He should incarcerate all the corrupt governors that robbed millions of dollars from their state budgets, along with all the dirty judges who have supported criminals and let them walk free. And let's not forget all the union leaders that use their position as a means to syphon out obscene amounts of money to their personal bank accounts, while they leave their union members without pension after a lifetime of work.

He should do all this, yet he won't. And the reason is simple: he wouldn't have become president in the first place, if it weren't for the help of those people.

I strained my brain trying to find this article again, but it was worth it because it's important. It shows that when Presidents muster the stones to go against their cronies by doing the right thing, history remembers them in a much kinder light.

10 Scandalous VP Stories Not in Dick Cheney’s New Book

1. Chester Arthur Was Canadian!
Garfield’s VP

Chester Arthur took office under the thickest cloud of suspicion. As a lieutenant in Senator Roscoe Conkling’s political machine, Arthur held one of the most lucrative positions in government -- collector for the port of New York. For seven years, Arthur raked in approximately $40,000 annually (about $700,000 today), running a corrupt spoils system for thousands of payroll employees. With so much money and power, Arthur developed an affinity for fancy clothes and earned the nickname “the Gentleman Boss.” But his luck didn’t last. President Rutherford Hayes eventually stepped in and fired him from the post.

Even with the kickback scandal and claims that he’d been born in Canada (which should’ve disqualified him for the vice presidency), Arthur still managed to get elected on James Garfield’s 1880 ticket. After Garfield passed away 199 days into his presidency, Arthur didn’t hesitate to sign the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act. Much to the chagrin of Conkling, the Act revamped civil service by effectively killing the same patronage system that made Arthur very, very rich. In cleaning up civil service, Arthur also cleaned up his reputation, and he exited the White House a hero.

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Calderón thinks that in refusing to acknowledge the error of his strategy he will be remembered as a great statesman, akin to Churchill, Roosevelt and other great leaders who served during times of great turmoil.

The only thing he's showing IMO, it's that he's a stubborn jackass.

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Hi RPJ -

Your posts on Mexican affairs are always great.

For a long time my suggestion has been that Mexico needs a super strong IRS tax collection agency. That is the only way I can see that the money from the bribery will be tracked, and mordida ended.

Its up to the people of Mexico to demand this.

If any politician won't vote it through, then vote in someone who will as fast as possible. If necessary, institute the "recall" voting mechanism.

I hate to admit my age, but my father rode with Pershing in the border conflict. He felt bad about sending people back to Mexico; even though a staunch conservative, he thought they should be sent back with rope so they could hang the bastards who made their lives so miserable.

I guess I'm more liberal, and thus my suggestion about using democratic means to end this problem.

E.P. Grondine
Man and Impact in the Americas

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he thought they should be sent back with rope so they could hang the bastards who made their lives so miserable.

I think I would have enjoyed having a few Tequilas with your old man ;)

And I agree that reforming the tax collecting system is a critical step toward strengthening the Mexican state. In fact, that is one of the many many reforms that are being kept 'on hold' in the Senate. Like the US, the Mexican congress has turned increasingly partisan, with members looking after the benefits of their own party instead of the greater good. In return the average man has grown increasingly distant of the political parties, and politics in general.

A strong system of checks & balances is what Mexico sorely needs. Week after week we're bombarded with yet another huge scandal in which some prominent politician is caught in some kind of wrongdoing —fraud, abuse of power, etc— but instead of what you see in more mature democracies like the US, with the scandalous politician resigning due to public pressure, the Mexican politicians opt to wait and 'weather out' the storm, hoping the next big scandal will make the public forget about them. We Mexicans have a very short attention span :-/

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