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NY Times video: The most dangerous beat: Juárez, Mexico

I went to Juarez, Mexico this weekend, and spoke with some citizens who were passing by a park.

You have read that things are getting better in Juarez, but it is not true; it gets worse by the day. There have been something like 60 or more police officers murdered already. The kidnappings that occur on a daily basis are astronomical. Everyone is in danger. A few days ago, two doctors were murdered. Schools are shutting down, because it was made public that they, along with teachers were next.

Because of extortion, out of something like 17,000 businesses, only about 1,600 are left and these are still open because they are paying the extortionists. Now Hummers are going to homes and threatening them too for extortion.

Not all the killings you read about are those who are involved in the cartel. Many are innocent men, women and children. The cartel is involved in the big stuff, and the regular hoodlums are involved in stealing, raping and killing innocent people. People cannot leave their humble little homes alone, because when they return, they find everything as been stolen.

There are countless beautiful statues in Juarez with bronze or copper plaques. These have been stolen. The steel covers (I don’t know what they’re called) on streets have been stolen.

There is absolutely no law in Juarez. The criminals are the ONLY ones with firearms, and this makes the citizens sitting ducks.

I had a nasty experience, not by the criminals of Juarez, but by this female customs agent who you show your passport to get back to El Paso. The way it goes is that you walk up to the customs agent and show your passport. Then you’re asked why you went to Juarez, and you tell to eat, doctor, or whatever reason. When I walked up to her, I showed her my passport, then she asked me something I didn’t quite hear, so I assumed she’d asked me why I had gone to Juarez, and replied to eat. In the most sarcastically and rude manner she told me she didn’t ask me that. That what she’d asked me was where I was going. The way she spoke to me made me very angry, so I sarcastically pointed my finger to the front of me, and yelled HOME!! What a stupid question. If I’m facing the U.S., then it’s obvious I’m going home, right?! She gave me a really nasty look, and then I walked away towards the machine where you put your purse so it can be scanned. I HATE people who let the uniform they’re wearing go to their head! Not all are like this pompous witch; most treat people in a courteous manner! The nicest ones are the Anglos and African Americans!

I’ll show some of the pics I took. There aren’t too many because to be frank, I was afraid for the first time to be seen with a camera, and be thought to be a tourist in Juarez. I plan on going again this coming weekend to take more.

I’m dead serious when I say that Satan himself moved from hell to Mexico!

Amazingly, El Paso is still the 2nd safest city to live in thanks to our excellent law enforcement!


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Comments

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fourcorners
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
Please be extra careful when you go there. I worry about you when you do visit Mexico

I apologize for not getting to your post about the icons sooner. I would have joined just because you asked (I'd support almost anything you do), but I didn't see it until now, and I don't want you feel like you had to buy me an account and I'm not very savvy with icon making anyway. So I'd be pretty useless, but I'll still join if you'd like me to :)
playgirl
Dec. 15th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you worry, but I'm always super careful.

I would really love to have you join my icon community. The community is for those who need icons, or for those who wish to share their icons to those who need them. You don't have to take or make icons if you don't want to. You can just look at those (me, too!) who put their icons or banners for the taking.

I'm glad to say that I've already had some LJ friends join! :o)
watch_and_see
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
*sigh*

This is horrible. Every time I read or hear about atrocities everywhere and anywhere, I am reminded of what is good in my life. As I type this to you, there are people in the wealthiest locations and the poorest of the most undeveloped, and all those betwixt and between, that suffer because the greed that corrupts the weak.

I am not ignoring it. Neither was I ignoring your tutorial about bandwidth. The truth of the matter is, I have some issues going on that require my attention and I am not online as much. As a matter of fact, I have canceled my accounts with two sites I used to frequent. I just don't have the time ... I'm also changing a lot and find that I don't have as much to say. My participation at those places, as with others that I will probably eventually quit, was waning anyway ... So, playgirl, please don't take it personally ... I think you're very interesting and you are passionate about many things, which is inspiration to the rest of us.

Thank you for bringing things that are simmering on the back burner to the front.
playgirl
Dec. 16th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
So many Americans just can't see how very blessed we are to live in the U.S. Yes, we sometimes complain about this or that, but when we open our eyes and see how other countries, Mexico for example, live in constant terror, and experience so much hunger, we come to realize that we live in heaven.

I just don't want you to leave your LJ, because you are among my LJ friends who is an excellent writer, and share so many interesting things! P-l-e-a-s-e don't ever go!!
watch_and_see
Dec. 17th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you playgirl! That was a sweet thing to say. =)

And yes ... people are prone to bitching or becoming complacent. There is such thing as a middle ground in which one is thankful but striving to be a better person, and contribute to a greater whole. I guess it's just too much work for the masses.

I hope you have a wonderful Friday.
nawlins_penguin
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Dammit, woman, you're SO walking a tight rope over there. I'd tell to stop roaming around over there, but it's pointless to fuss at you, stubborn girl. You're toning down the photography, though, huh? How many pictures have you taken on the "other side"?
playgirl
Dec. 15th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm as stubborn as the come! :o)

I have oodles of pics and plan on sharing as soon as possible.

I've been learning Penguin language. I'll write tonight. :o)
nawlins_penguin
Dec. 15th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, you speak penguish? (9>
smjayman
Dec. 10th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
God love you for wanting to go over there, but I think it is too dangerous.
playgirl
Dec. 15th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Just as soon as I have a super scary experience, I'll stop! :o)
{{hugs}}
tigron_x
Dec. 10th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
Mining for Irony, History Repeating Itself
    Amazingly, El Paso is still the 2nd safest city to live in thanks to our excellent law enforcement!


The irony in this statement is very rich. And, this is by no means a critique of your character, but rather your perspective on the matter.

Are you familiar with what the Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution did to this country? It established prohibition of alcohol. Now, read the following excerpt I added below:

(Prohibition in the United States http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_in_the_United_States) Bold and Underline empahsis added.

    Alcoholic drinks were not always illegal in all neighboring countries. Distilleries and breweries in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean flourished as their products were either consumed by visiting Americans or illegally imported to the U.S. The Detroit River, which forms part of the border with Canada, was notoriously difficult to control. Chicago became a haven for Prohibition dodgers during the time known as the Roaring Twenties. Many of Chicago's most notorious gangsters, including Al Capone and his enemy Bugs Moran, made millions of dollars through illegal alcohol sales. By the end of the decade Capone controlled all 10,000 speakeasies in Chicago and ruled the bootlegging business from Canada to Florida. Numerous other crimes, including theft and murder, were directly linked to criminal activities in Chicago and elsewhere in violation of prohibition.


Now, mind you, this is millions of dollars in the 1920s. That's an extraordinary amount of cash flow in that era.

So, you have to understand that the law enforcement agency you praise for making your town safe from these cartels is the very same law enforcement agency that creates a world where these gansters (i.e. drug cartels) are able to thrive.

It's almost like damming off a sothern flowing river, and then wondering why the people living further south of the dam are suffering.


The drug cartel is a standing army. It needs money to feed, arm, and pay its army. Its supply of money comes from the trade of drugs. So, if you want to defeat this army, cut off their supply.

    "We may take it then that an army without its baggage-train is lost; without provisions it is lost; without bases of supply it is lost." -- Sun Tzu on the Art of War


End prohibition and you cut off their supply of money.
drake57
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
I worry when you go there. You have more courage than me!
Please be safe.
playgirl
Dec. 15th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
It isn't courage, but stupidity. Family and friends tell me it's stupid of me going over there. I just can't keep away.

I always appreciate you worring about me!
ayoub
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Every time you talk about going there, I'm thankful you've returned alive...
playgirl
Dec. 15th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you Love!

The day I see it has become 99% dangerous over there, I'll never go back.
sweeny_todd
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
There is something about being "in charge" that can bring out the worst in some folk.
playgirl
Dec. 15th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Most can handles it, but there are some who totally abuse their power. Those are the ones that makes the good ones look bad.
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