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On Mexican State Collapse: a Guest Post by El Anti-Pozolero

This is interesting; and very troubling.

"You may have read the news just a few days back: the Mexican military captured not one but two of El Chapo’s sons in the heart of Culiacán, the Sinaloan capital. One son freed himself—which is to say his entourage and retainers at hand overpowered and killed the soldiers at hand—and then, in a decisive riposte, seized the entire city center of Culiacán to compel the liberation of his brother.

The forces that emerged were in the literal sense awesome and awful. Heavy weaponry that would be familiar on any Iraqi, Syrian, or Yemeni battlefield was brought to bear. More and worse: custom-built armored vehicles, designed and built to make a Sahel-warfare technical look like an amateur’s weekend kit job, were rolled out for their combat debut. Most critically, all this hardware was manned by men with qualities the Mexican Army largely lacks: training, tactical proficiency, and motivation.

Then the coup de grace: as the Chapo sons’ forces engaged in direct combat with their own national military, kill squads went into action across Culiacán, slaughtering the families of soldiers engaged in the streets.

Cowed and overmatched—most crucially in the moral arena—the hapless band of soldiers still holding the second son finally received word from Mexico City, direct from President AMLO himself: surrender. Surrender and release the prisoner. "

Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:51 AM (2 replies)

What the everloving hell?

First the Falcons implode, then the Braves collapse in Game 5 and now UGA can't handle South Carolina?

Someone put a root on GA sports?

Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Oct 12, 2019, 06:44 PM (3 replies)

Nike updates Kaepernick slogan, Believe in something, unless it upsets the Chinese government.

Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Oct 11, 2019, 07:54 AM (1 replies)

'Why Don't You Practice What You Preach?':

'Why Don't You Practice What You Preach?': Piers Morgan Grills Climate Activist's Hypocritical Lifestyle

What kind of alternative hell are we living in where Piers freaking Morgan is the voice of sanity?

"British T.V. host Piers Morgan called out a climate activist about her lifestyle choices, which are not helpful for the planet, as protesters are staging demonstrations across the United Kingdom.
The ongoing protests has been organized by Extinction Rebellion, who want the United Kingdom's Parliament to take action on climate change. Demonstrations include clogging roads and blocking bridges with their bodies and other big objects.
Hundreds of protesters have been arrested for causing traffic disruptions, but organizers say they will continue to come out in force for the next two weeks.
Morgan asked Extinction Rebellion’s co-leader Skeena Rathor how she arrived to their studio. Rathor said a car sent by the station had picked her up.

When Morgan then asked her if she had a T.V. at her home and if her children use computers, Rathor said she did not think it was relevant to "the planet emergency."

Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 06:43 PM (3 replies)


Yup, this is the anniversary of this murderous bastard's death.

Woot! Woot!
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Oct 9, 2019, 07:02 AM (13 replies)

D*mn Braves!

Up 4 -2 in Game 4, chance to wrap it up and gave up 2 to tie and 1 in the bottom of the 10th to lose and tie the series.

Ah, well, back to ATL for Game 5
Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Oct 7, 2019, 07:28 PM (9 replies)

Which Fool is spamming the Culture sub-forum?

Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 03:18 PM (15 replies)

Anybody watching the UGA - Notre Dame game tonight?

Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Sep 21, 2019, 07:09 PM (13 replies)

The Hills Enjeti Torches Dubious NYT Reporters Behind Kavanaugh Hit Piece

Seems someone actually committing some journalisming by mistake.

"In Thursday’s installment of The Hill's “Rising,” chief Washington correspondent Saagar Enjeti lit up New York Times reporters Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin for their smear campaign against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and grilled them on their obfuscation of exculpatory facts.

After Kelly got done delivering a rosy description of how their Kavanaugh book sought to look at both he and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as telling the truth, Enjeti picked up on her omission of a key fact:

But one of the things you didn’t mention there is that Leland Keyser, in your book, who was supposedly the one who drove her home says that she doesn’t think that it happened, and that there was a smear and pressure campaign against her; and by her own friends in order to corroborate Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation.

“That’s right and I’m so glad you brought that up, because I think that’s one of the big revelations of our book,” Kelly said as she proceeded to elaborate. Kelly touted it as this great find, yet that was not what they chose to have excerpted for the infamous Times hit piece."

Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Sep 21, 2019, 02:21 PM (3 replies)

Groundbreaking $4.8M Lawsuit Threatens to Unearth SPLC's Secrets

Oh, my.

"Over the past two years, the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has faced numerous lawsuits for defamation and other claims. The SPLC earned its reputation by suing the Ku Klux Klan, and in recent decades it has accused various organizations of being "hate groups," listing them along with the KKK in a cynical attempt to raise money and destroy its political enemies. While the SPLC paid a $3.375 million settlement to Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz last year, none of the many lawsuits against the SPLC has threatened to reveal its secrets — until now.

Every lawsuit against the SPLC has been stalled or dismissed or settled, with none reaching the discovery process — a legal process by which a plaintiff can investigate the internal documents of the organization or person he or she is suing. On Tuesday, a judge dismissed a Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) lawsuit, claiming CIS attempted to shoehorn a defamation claim into a racketeering claim. CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian told PJ Media his group is considering an appeal.

The discovery process threatens to reveal the SPLC's hidden documents. This is a big deal because the organization had a serious shake-up in March, when it fired its co-founder and cleaned house at the top in response to claims of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. The secretive SPLC did not even reveal the employee letter that led to this massive shake-up, and there is likely more dirt still to be uncovered.

In July, District Court Judge Roseann Ketchmark in the Eastern District of Missouri rejected part of the SPLC's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit, allowing the case to enter the discovery process. Yet this huge news has received almost no media attention, presumably because there is no big law firm behind this lawsuit."

Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Sep 19, 2019, 08:59 AM (2 replies)
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