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by Peter Moskos

August 31, 2010

News Bueno or News Malo?

You want the good news or the bad news?

Good news! "Mexico arrests drug trafficker Edgar 'Barbie' Valdez." Pop the corks! But I wasn't even going to post on that cause who the f*ck cares? It's not like it will change anything or win the war on drugs. From the NYT:
Mr. Valdez, who was born in Laredo, Tex., faces an indictment in United States District Court....

The arrest came the same day that the head of the federal police said 3,200 officers had been dismissed this year, about a tenth of the force, because they had failed lie detector and other tests designed to root out corruption.

About an hour after the announcement of Mr. Valdez’s arrest, Mr. Calderón appeared in a campaign-style televised announcement, with scenes of the police on the march, a high-tech war room and families, declaring that the fight against crime “is worth it. You are the reason.”
You tell 'em, Felipe! Or, as Johnny Cash might say, "He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong."

Bad news: "Mayor in Mexican Border State Killed."
Hidalgo Mayor Marco Antonio Leal Garcia was the second mayor to be assassinated in the past two weeks in the area.
...
"This cowardly crime, and the reprehensible violent acts that occurred recently in this state, strengthen the commitment of the Mexican government to continue fighting the criminal gangs that seek to intimidate the families of Tamaulipas," Calderon's office said in a statement.
Oh... poor Filipe.

So was this a good or bad day. I'd say bad. The killing of a mayor is worse than any stupid arrest.

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