sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tough Christmas for the Cartels

The Sinaloa Federation has had a rough Christmas Season so far, and their 'luck' seems to have deserted them. The Mexican drug cartels take December off and usually go back to their wicked ways after the first week of January. This year has been no different. But while crime has taken a holiday, and while you've been enjoying your Christmas Season, oblivious to the 'war next door', they have been punched again and again thanks to a partnership between the Mexican Government and their allies in the United States.

Cartel Security Chief - Filipe Cabrera Sarabia (El Inge/The Engineer) was arrested in Sinaloa on Friday (almost a week ago). (link)

Cartel European Operations Chief - Luis Rodriguez Olivera was arrested in Mexico yesterday as he tried to board a commercial flight to Paris. (link)

Cartel Weapons Chief - Nicolas Balcazar Lopez (El Bronco) was arrested in Guadalajara a little over a week ago, but strangely, he was subsequently released.

Christmas in Mexico this year has a different spin on it.

Merry Christmas, Drug Cartels...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Greetings

Peace on Earth

The season conjures up memories of holidays past, of the present, and hopes of future joy with family and friends. Irrespective of your faith or system of religion (or lack thereof), the concept of a time when peace is celebrated and family values are practiced is something to be sought after. 

It has nothing to do with spending money in packed shopping malls and everything to do with what is important. Not everything that counts can be counted - not everything that can be counted, counts. There is a higher standard of living and it has to do with sharing love and fellowship.  At Christmas, we seem to put aside some of the pettyness of routine life (I said some, not all) as people and to think about those who matter to us in our lives. At least that is the ideal. I hope that you all have an ideal Christmas.

Good will to everyone, everywhere.

However, for those of you who are not Christians...and on the lighter side...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's all about choice

In a difficult world where situations can call for an aggressive defense, you need to find something that works for you.

This is my official endorsement for the Heckler and Kock MP7A1. I carried the H & K G-36 Commando and my unit was the first in the United States to be so equipped. I thought that it was an exceptionally fine weapon until the MP7A1 was introduced. There are still situations where the G-36 has advantages, but for a personal defense weapon, it's going to be a long time before somebody tops the MP7. It's clearly superior to the much-loved MP5-K.

The MP7 essentially operates like a scaled-down rifle with the same short stroke piston style action as the G-36. It fires a specially designed, armor-piercing round with a muzzle velocity nearly as high as that of the 5.56x45 mm NATO cartridge used by many modern rifles. This ammunition is unique among submachine guns in that the bullet is made almost entirely of a hardened steel penetrator instead of softer copper or lead designed to defeat body armor. The ammunition is virtually exclusive to the gun. VBR of Belgium produces a 4.6x30mm 2-part controlled fragmenting projectile that is claimed to increase the content of the permanent wound cavity and double the chance to hit a vital organ.

The weapon allows a conventional 20-round, 30-round, or 40-round box magazine to be fit within the pistol grip (the 20-round magazine being comparable in size to a 15-round 9mm magazine, while the 40-round magazine compares to a 30-round 9 mm magazine). The weapon features an ambidextrous fire-select lever and rear cocking grip. It has an extendable stock and a folding front grip; it can be fired either one-handed or two-handed.

It can also be fitted with a silencer for situations where you don't want to announce your presence.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mexican Politics Today

In China, politics has been described as two chameleons having sexual intercourse.

Mexico is a little different. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had thrown his hat into the ring to represent the Democratic Revolution Party (Mexican Communist Party) for the presidential contest once again. Six years ago he almost won.

However, the smart money is with Enrique Pena Nieto, undeclared winner of the sifting contest held by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The Last two presidents [Fox and the presently seated Calderon are from the National Action Party (PAN)], which is not expected to do well since their last two winners are not  particularly popular, having lead the nation into a bloodbath-style narco-war. 

Can I share snarky short hand on the two leading candidates?

Andres Lopez Obrador wants to take from the rich and give to the poor. Not a bad way to earn votes (see USA - Barack H. Obama). But he won't win any friends among the business, and middle classes, who he wants to loot to pay the peyones. 

Enrique Pena Nieto wants to stop the war with the narcos. Cynics will say that he wants to go back to the old days when the Army decided who moved drugs when and where and they franchised out the business. With the Army (SEDENA) picking winners and losers, the narco-war might end. So say the Pena Nieto supporters. There is only one flaw with that way of thinking. SEDENA already picks winners and losers and the war drags on with more and more casualties. Informed insiders put the death toll of President Calderon's administration at somewhere in the neighborhood of 150,000 organized crime murders. Mexico cheats on the statistics to try and keep those tourism dollars flowing south and to keep their supporters voting for the PAN party...

The narcos seem to be lining up behind Enrique Pena Nieto, and in a nation where well over a third of all business loans are financed by drug cartels*, voters may consider their pocket books.

Meanwhile, in the United States, nobody seems to take the narco-war over the fence on the other side of the border very seriously. However, we are still spending trillions on war and foreign aid in the Middle East and the Asian Subcontinent. If anyone can tell me why, and you can make sense, please respond below.

LAST YEAR - The US sold firearms to drug cartels without making an effort to track them.

LAST WEEK - The United States proposed an unmanned border crossing between the US and Mexico four days ago. (Fox News Link). I only have one question - Why? It makes no sense to me, however, the US National Park Service wants this. Read for yourself.

And if my postulate above comes to pass and the organized crime/drug mafia approved candidate comes to office in Mexico, what does that say to people living in the US about the people on the other side of the border. Or, in the end, does it even matter? 

Graphic courtesy WoFat

*Statistic courtesy - Mexico Operations Group (MOG)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

The Obama Administration, frustrated by the lack of any substantial evidence that legitimate American firearms dealers were selling guns to drug cartels came up with an ingenious plan. They'd do it themselves through the gun dealers, and then use the statistics to deprive Americans of their Constitutional right to own firearms (Second Amendment guarantee). However, trusting a law enforcement agency to engage in a clandestine political activity and not botch the job completely has never been a very good idea.

"But ultimately the Obama administration still faces a bigger problem. Can they ever come up with any remotely plausible explanation for why anyone would have started a program to push untraceable guns into Mexico? The longer it takes to provide an explanation, the more plausible the conspiracy theorists sound that this was all done for politics."
Read more:

Law Enforcement is not able to toss the cloak of "national security" over an operation like Gunrunner/Fast and Furious. Particularly when they don't even attempt to track the weapons that they sold to Mexican drug cartels.
The "Fast & Furious" scandal is getting messier and messier. New e-mails finally released late this past Friday reveal that the Department of Justice personal viewed the then-secret operation as a way to push for more gun control laws. Read more at American Perspective.
And I can't help but think that this gross attempt to deprive Americans of their Constitutional Rights is one of those things that the US Justice Department was designed to prosecute. The problem is that it's that very Justice Department who promoted this practice. What then is the remedy. Who prosecutes the US Justice Department? Congress is not really set up to do that. They can Impeach but they're not prosecutors. We could call for a removal from office, but it would be that very same Obama Administration who replaced the wrong doers with other operatives from its ranks of Democratic Party Faithful.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
(Who watches the guards?)

It's useful at this point to review the Mexican Organized Crime Groups that are operating in Mexico today because you can't tell the players without a program.

Sinaloa Federation 



  • Arellano
 Felix Organization (Tijuana 
  • Carrillo 
Fuentes Organization 
Juarez Cartel

, officially destroyed this summer, because they changed their name to Los Cabelleros Templario (The Knights Templar). So were they destroyed by the Mexican Government or did they just call themselves something different in order for MEXGOV to claim a victory in their war against drug cartels? 


 Cartel (Beltran Leyva Cartel)
  • Milenio Cartel (also known as the Valencia Cartel or the New Colima Cartel

Administration Cartel, operating principally in Mexico City)



  • El Cartel de Colima Nueva Generacion
  • La 
  • Gulf Cartel
  • Norte del Valle de Colombia (Yes it's a Colombian Cartel, but they have a presence in Mexico
  • Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC) - Colombian Marxist revolutionaries who are not strictly operating in Mexico and across the US Border, but they have a close working relationship with Mexican Organized Crime so I added them gratuitously to the list.
If I missed your favorite cartel, please forgive me. They do tend to pop up regularly under new organization.

Now, this is my question to you, dear readers. Which of these drug cartels should the US Justice Department sell firearms to without tracking them and call it a "secret law enforcement operation"? Should we be a respecter of cartels, or should we sell to them all out of a sense of fairness? AND if the shoe was on the other foot and Mexican Drug Cartels sold automatic weapons, purchased from China and the Middle East to American drug gangs, should we protest (because they do)?

This mess is brought to you by the US Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Attorney General  - and his boss, President Barack Hussein Obama.

Welcome to the ObamaNation...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

An Encounter in Iraq

A Marine squad was marching north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi terrorist who was badly injured and unconscious. On the opposite side of the road  an American Marine lay on the ground in a similar but less serious state. 

The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both men, the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened. 

The Marine reported:
"I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent. We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road.    
"I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable, lowlife scum bag who got what he deserved.  
"And he yelled back that Barack Obama is a lying, good-for-nothing, left wing Commie who isn't even an American.  
"So I said that Osama Bin Laden dresses and acts like a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian!  
"He retaliated by yelling, 'Oh yeah? Well, so does Nancy Pelosi!' 
"And, there we were, in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when a truck hit us."


Sunday, December 4, 2011

The War Next Door

It's an interesting war really. And somewhat unique since there are occasions when prisoners are released from a prison, go forth, commit massacres and then they go back into custody that night. Check out this link from PBS

As the reporter in the PBS piece reports, it's not unusual for one political hopeful who is doing badly in the polls to hire a narco-assassin to murder his more successful opponent.  Welcome to modern Mexico. I haven't read the book being touted by PBS - El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency. However, I sort of live that every day so I'm sure that I'd end up finding fault here and there. Part of the problem with the whole examination of Mexican drug cartels is a general ignorance on the part of Americans (even most in law enforcement circles) as to how they really work.

There was a time when 220 lbs (100 kg) of cocaine sounded like a lot to me. Today, a ton of cocaine (standard or metric ton, doesn't matter) doesn't even cause me to raise an eyebrow. Am I becoming a cynic?

I hear people asking, "what is the United States doing" about the war across the border. The official death toll is 45,000 - and the real numbers according to people who live the war are likely exceeding 150,000. To get an official answer, you'd have to go to somebody like Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. However, she doesn't have a clue. And US Attorney General Eric Holder would lie to you in much the same way as he lies to Congress regarding his roll in Operation Gunrunner (Democratic Party effort to impose gun control on the innocent firearms owners in the US by manufacturing false statistics through facilitating the transfer of thousands of firearms to the Sinaloa Federation in the hope that they'd use them in the US against citizens, therefore creating a hue and cry against US gun stores).

It's the War Next Door.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cool Cars

I happen to like cars.