Post Cards from Mexico (Sunday Sermonette)

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Another Drug War

Most of you don’t realize that there is (yet another) major cartel war situation in Mexico.

For those of us who sit on the sidelines, eat popcorn, cast runes, read tea leaves and take notes, the Guadalajara Cartel (CJNG) and allied cartels including the Beltran Leyva Cartel, and what’s left of the Arellano-Felix (Tijuana) Cartel and the Juarez Cartel have vowed to wipe the Sinaloa Cartel (once led by the famous Chapo Guzman) from the face of the Earth. Naturally, when that happens,  the death toll soars. To be fair, those sorts of wars are common. You shouldn’t beat yourself up for having an out-of-date score card.

I’ve explained how drug cartels actually work here on this blog a few times, and there’s no need to do it again. They are not the same as the street gangs (some territorial, some not) that people are more familiar with. They have moved from positions of just being hoodlums to setting national policy for countries, and owning leaders. In a real sense, they are more than underground empires. They are nations. Aren’t they President Pena Nieto?

The US has an insatiable appetite for narcotics and the Mexican drug cartels are dedicated to supplying those addictions at stable prices. (The Cartel exists to control street pricing by the hundreds of owner-operators who confederated to form ‘the cartel’ in the first place). 
I don’t care what you may have been told by members of the corrupt, smug, elite, lying mainstream media, the WALL on the US Mexican Border will help reduce cross-border narcotrafficking. It will also all but eliminate illegal aliens (from all over – but primarily from Central and South America with a smattering of Mexicans) from entering the US.

Since the progressive movement and their proxies in the smug, elite, lying, corrupt mainstream media hate the idea of a WALL, that must mean that it’s a very good idea.

The cartel wars are certainly thinning the ranks of the narcos — but there seem to be an endless supply of them, “thinning” notwithstanding.

Social Dysfunction always seems to foster the development of cults. (See: The Cult at the End of the World, by my good friend Dave Kaplan) The Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult in the mid-1990’s was a spin off from social dysfunction. Dave, an expert on the subject, and I disagree to the extent to which that is the case, so, Dave, if you’re reading this, grant me a mulligan because it’s my blog.

The whole Latin American day-of-the-dead obsession seems to lay at the general foundation of Santa Muerte. Blend that with narcoterrorism and it becomes a genuine cult. Santa Muerte is mentioned in my books, Bloody Mexico and The Old Whore. This isn’t a plug for my writing, just a footnote.

Santa Muerte

Traditional Mexico is a Catholic country, but that’s changing very quickly as the “Saint of Death” and the Santa Muerte cult has supplanted traditional faith. It’s that same cant of evil that propels MS-13 (a Salvadorian gang, not a Mexican gang — but the same saint) to hack babies to death with machetes as sacrifices to their beloved Satanic majesty.

American Santa Muerte sculpture, on display
in Austin, TX

I asked a narco, heavy into the Santa Muerte cult, why he practiced as he did. The answer was predictable, “the Virgin of Guadalupe” didn’t offer me money and power. Santa Muerte does. In fact, that’s all it does. He said that he didn’t practice human sacrifice to Santa Muerte, but it’s commonly known that when you do that, it enhances your power.

Some people marvel at the change in the violence level in Mexico. Whether Santa Muerte is the cause or the effect is unclear to me.

There is a movement that is gaining momentum in Mexico to have Santa Muerte (not a real person, just a symbol of evil) accepted by the Catholic Church. There’s been a lot of push-back from SOME Catholic leaders. Others, like the Archbishop of Morelia (Michoacan) are not so sure. Bishop Alberto Suarez and his successor, Carlos Garfias have a lot to answer for when it comes to supporting and defending narcotraffickers.

17 thoughts on “Post Cards from Mexico (Sunday Sermonette)

  1. In the entire recorded history, has that country ever been peaceful? Have the elites ever denounced racism?

    I once worked with an arrogant peacock who informed us he was not Mexican, he was an Aztec. He was highly offended when I remarked he still farted like a beaner.

  2. In a couple of years I will be going to a 50 year Navy reunion in Long Beach, and though about a trip down to TJ, but now I'm even worried about going to Long Beach. The wetback seemed to be too entitled for my taste of freedom.

  3. It may be more peaceful now than it was under the Maya, Aztec, Toltec or Olmec? Who can forget the Spaniards? Then the French, then the European bloodline of Spaniards and French that run the place now.

    As to beans – the more you toot, the better you feel, so let's have beans at ever meal…

  4. DRJIM is moving from Long Beach at the moment – to Colorado.

    Long Beach is ok so long as you stay away from North Long Beach (a ghetto). It's always been kind of a rough town. I remember it back when it was a Navy town – back in the days of the Pike. I was born in that area and lived there as a young man. I think that it's tamer now than it was then.

  5. A satanic death cult. And that's just the Clinton Foundation.

    We obviously need more and better exorcists.That said, Mexico seems intractable, though the Wall should help.

  6. A wall won't keep Mephistopheles out. Then again, we could always toss Hillary and Slick Willy over the wall, penniless and without documentation and see if they could get back across. Bill Clinton would find a seniorita to shack up with and Hillary could sleep with her mother.

  7. Yep, the narcos will do ANYTHING to enhance/get more power. I'm just surprised it hasn't spilled over into the US more than the few incidents in AZ and SOCAL.

  8. The granularity of the situation is that drugs move up in one (of many) pipeline and currency moves south in a different pipeline. The cartels themselves are very concerned with the security of those pipelines and since something like 95% of all drug shipments and currency shipments are never disrupted, they don't need the power in the US. If they need more stroke here or there (such as with Customs), they buy it and it's an overhead item. More power means expending more overhead with an asymmetric rate of return.

  9. It is unless you're battling over turf. For the most part, dope and money run seamlessly. The price for betrayal is death. These pipelines are very secure and it's incredibly difficult to interdict them. As you may imagine, I've managed to interdict them now and then, but that's tradecraft and luck. Most of the homes used are family homes where people speak English, parents work and kids go to school. They are the good neighbors. It's corporate, it's professional and these networks stay up and running for decades. Many are multi-generational.

  10. Drug cartels are capitalistic in the extreme. There's not a drop of communism in their blood.

  11. My wife grew up here, and tells me it's a different city now days.

    It was rough before, but a different kind of rough. Sailors, longshoremen drunken brawl kind of rough.

    Now it's the "bling-bling brigade" and drug dealing kind of rough.''I'm guessing your reunion will be at a nice place in downtown Long Beach. That entire area has been cleaned up, modernized, and is quite gentrified these days.

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