In which we hope it won’t kill him

A fellow writer sends along a link with the following note: “Today is Ray Bradbury’s 90th birthday. As online tributes to him go, nothing I could ever do or say could hold a candle to this one.”

He was right. There wasn’t. Anyhow, it’s heartening to see the kids are enthusiastic about reading quality fiction these days. Happy Birthday, Mr. Bradbury!

The badge gang (Mexican edition)

Do you honestly believe American police are any less corrupt?

The killers came for Mayor Cavazos in the early hours of Aug. 16 when seven SUV’s rolled up and men in police uniforms descended on his palatial home. Servants stood back terrified, as their boss was forced away at gunpoint. On Aug. 18, his corpse was dumped on a nearby road. There was a mercy of sorts in the manner of his killing – shot dead with two bullets in the head and one in the chest, and spared the mutilation and rape inflicted on so many other victims. The following day, hundreds of residents wept over his coffin in Santiago’s central plaza, lining the stairs up to the church with candles and holding signs calling for peace.

Then on Aug. 20, more disturbing news broke. State agents arrested six of the mayor’s own police officers and said they confessed to involvement in the murder.

In fact, given the draconian seizure laws that permit American police to arrest money and keep a percentage of it, there is a sound basis for arguing that American police forces are even more structurally corrupt than their Mexican counterparts. They may not be murdering any mayors, but then, they make even more money without having to do wetwork for hire. The American history of Prohibition strongly suggests that main reason for the insane violence on the Mexican side of the border and the police corruption on the American side is that some drugs are deemed illegal. Legalizing all drugs would eliminate both the violence and the corruption, which of course is why most police oppose drug legalization so strongly. It would mean the end of their drug war-financed gravy train, which is worth around $450 million$1.58 billion per year to the LOCAL law enforcement agencies of the country.

No wonder there are no jobs

I was a little surprised to discover that there are 43 million more people in the USA in 2010 than there were in 1997. 3.3 million more people per year is non-trivial. It seems to me that the people who are most concerned about the environment should be more militantly anti-immigration than anyone. And yet, you can pretty much count on a rabid tree-hugger to be enthusiastic about the ongoing third-world migration.