Tuesday, August 16


Staff writer Danna Harman of "The Christian Science Monitor" has written an important, must-read article in today's online edition on how Mexican drug lords have wrested control from their Columbian counterparts, in a dramatic shift of power over the supply chain, of "what the U.N. estimates is a $142 billion a year business in cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, and illicit drugs on U.S. streets."

America's plethora of drug users should be proud of themselves. If there wasn't a persistent, growing demand for drugs, the drug cartels and their henchmen would be out of business. Users drive the distribution, so do understand when this blogger weighs in on the illegal immigration problem and the illicit smuggling of human beings and illicit drugs, he recognizes full well that if there were not legions of drug users in the United States and legions of employers ready and willing to illegally hire illegal aliens, our country wouldn't have anywhere near the problems it has today with the corrupt and corrupting Mexican government. Our hands (and noses and forearms) are not clean.

To be sure, drug users and lawbreaking employers are as culpable as the Bush Administration, which, for its part in this raging crisis, has stubbornly refused to secure our nation's porous borders (particularly our southern border) and even in the post-"9/11" terrorist environment. The consequences are staggering and will remain so until sanity first returns to the United States of America, if that day ever comes.

So, we're a country which now has by conservative estimates 11+ million illegal aliens afoot in our land and thousands more breeching our borders each and every day. And, as Danna Harman reports, a country in which "Mexican criminal groups now dominate (drug) operations ... and control most of the 13 primary drug distribution centers in the United States." Isn't that a pretty picture?

Next time one of those Hollywood-types is generating audience applause on a talk show for describing how his or her battle with substance abuse is described at length in the tell-all autobiography the loon is unabashedly pitching, think again about viewing these losers as heroes and heroines.

Good people die, because dumb people use; and everyone suffers consequences. Everyone!

HAT TIP: An email from Kevin Whited of "blogHouston.net" pointed me to Ms. Harmon's article.