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The drug war is good for business

Sales of armored cars soars 10% in Mexico as drug wars escalate

Sales of armored cars in Mexico were up 10 percent in 2012 from the previous year, according to the Mexican Automotive Armour Association.

Of a total of 3102 purchases of armored vehicles, 70 percent were made by the private sector and the rest by government, said MAAA president, Fernando Echeverri, according to Fox New Latino.

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The most popular armored vehicles, according to Mexico’s MAAA, were Suburban, Grand Cherokee and Tahoe SUVs.

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20 comments to The drug war is good for business

  • Peter

    doesnt say who the private buyers are. of course the aaa would never sell to cartels…

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  • claygooding

    No one knows the total costs to the US just in Mexico except the GAO and they don’t tell but the reported amounts do not challenge the profits of the cartels.

    The cartels can buy the same equipment we can,,including armored vehicles,drones,artillery and trebuchets. And my latest info is that the French have one of the best drones available capable of carrying 500 lb loads,,figure it out.

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  • darkcycle

    I bet there’s a nice little market. The signal in all the noise from Mexico is “more of the same to come”.

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  • Dante

    Interesting double-standard.

    The grow-shops and hydroponic stores are constantly being raided by SWAT. 99% of the time, no arrests are made and no charges are filed (but the SWATTIES still help themselves to the cash register and other assets which are never returned).

    Compare the above treatment to that of the “security nabobs”. You know, the companies which manufacture guns, bombs, armored cars, kevlar vests, etc. In other words, the companies involved in manufacturing war.

    Those companies never get raided by SWAT, even though the products they make often harm “the Cheeeeeeelllldruuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhnnn”. Some of the products those companies make are used to kill our soldiers and police. But no matter, as those companies donate TRILLIONS of dollars to our Congress so it’s all good whether they kill Americans or not.

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

    I’m sure communist Russia had a similar motto.

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    • Peter

      and don’t forget banks like HSBC who do all the no-questions-asked laundering of drug war profits

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  • darkcycle

    O/T but still funny as hell (and somewhat worrying). Save your time I went to snopes first:
    http://www.thelapine.ca/monsanto-cucumbers-cause-genital-baldness-immediately-banned-nova-scotia

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    • darkcycle

      …although I will still post script this with a caution. It’s almost too funny to be true.

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      • Matthew Meyer

        I think we can remove the qualifier “almost”–it says McDonald’s has substituted zucchini for cucumber pickles, and will revise its jingle accordingly:

        “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickled zuke, onions on a sesame seed bun.”

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      • stlgonzo

        I was thinking this wasn’t going to be from eating them. I guess that shows where my mind is at.

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      • kaptinemo

        LOL! Oh-my-effin’-Deity.

        Why, oh, why can’t they have a GM screwup that actually helps people? Like one that causes the prematurely bald (raising hand) to regrow hair safely? It’s always an unwelcome subtraction instead of a plus…

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        • Duncan20903

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          I’ve got developing a cannabinoid topical cream for the purpose of curing pattern baldness. My problem is in finding a cannabinoidian who suffers baldness for the purpose of testing.

          Seriously, the scalp is just lousy with CB2 receptors. It’s the most tightly packed number of cannabinoids of any part of the body. Even better, the stimulation of CB2 receptors won’t get you high.

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  • darkcycle

    …and a cursory search failed to uncover the source for the original article.

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  • wiggles

    It’s linked to greenspeace

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  • Duncan20903

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    I had completely forgotten one of the most stupidly hilarious claims that has been known to have been regurgitated by certain prohibasites in LE. Actually perhaps the most stupidly hilarious claims made by any Know Nothing prohibitions in the 1st world, the claim being that choosing to enjoy cannabis makes your tongue turn green. Well here it is in the news, presented as fact as if no one could argue its reality:

    /snip/
    The man and a passenger denied using the drug, but during a sobriety field test an officer discovered that the man’s mouth was coated with marijuana flakes and that he had a green tongue.
    /snip/
    linky

    I certainly do not claim to have inspected the tongues of a broad sample of my fellow cannabinoidians. Further I also know that I have some kind of uncommon gene which has blessed me with eyes which don’t get bloodshot unless I have chosen to enjoy cannabis in very large quantities. Literally in quantities so large that it requires edibles to make it happen. I’ve never spent a dime on Visine or its generic equivalent in my life. So I understand that just because my tongue doesn’t turn green that it doesn’t happen. But I’m pretty confident that I’d have heard that it happens if it were true.

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    • a relevant bit from 2010: Criminal Defense Lawyers Challenge “Green Tongue” Phenomenon in Drug DUI Cases

      Trooper Lane contends that a green tongue is indicative of recent marijuana use. Even assuming he is correct, the absence of any other indicators of recent marijuana usage, combined with the many innocuous ways to get a green tongue, indicate a lack of reasonable suspicion. Although we assume the officer’s assertion to be true for purposes of this opinion, we are nevertheless skeptical as to its accuracy. We find no case stating that recent marijuana usage leads to a green tongue. The only case we could find that remotely supports such a proposition is State v. Baity, 140 Wn.2d 1, 991 P.2d 1151 (2000), wherein the opinion’s fact section mentions that the defendant, who had admitted to recent marijuana usage, also had a green tongue. Beyond this observation, however, the court never analyzes whether the green tongue and the recent marijuana usage are linked. And the officer who made the observation does not assert a connection between the two.

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    • kaptinemo

      I used to drink this stuff called Green Essence when I was in the field and couldn’t get veggies. Essentially it was specially dried veggies in powder form that you mixed with water. It had a funny side-effect of turning your tongue a rich, emerald green for a while. As my Canadian friends used to say, it was “Good stuff!” but it was really gross-looking.

      Of course, being on a Donut Diet, the cops probably never heard of it…

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  • Colene

    I need assistance. the drug dealer keep slashing my tires on my car and the police are doing nothing. what will they do next while the police wait for them to commit a crime?

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    • oh my… now that was effective. I give in. I*heart*Prohibition

      And it makes me curious… why drive by with drivel like this when we eagerly await discussion w/ any with whom we disagree. We play nice here.

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      • Duncan20903

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        Speak for yourself allan. Me and my satchel full of pillow feathers are just waiting to hook up with someone who has access to hot tar so that we can accurately demonstrate how we feel about the Know Nothing prohibitionists.

        Colene, the most likely thing is that the drug dealer will show up outside your bedroom window with a guitar and serenade you with love songs written by Guns’n’Roses.

        /snip/
        Say, boy, where ya comin’ from?
        Where’d ya get that point of view?
        When I was younger
        I knew a Motherfucker like you,
        and she said,
        ‘You don’t need my love,
        You wanna sati-satisfaction,’ Bitch
        You don’t need my love,
        You’ve got to find yourself another
        Another piece, another piece
        Of the action

        You’re crazy, hey, hey
        You know you’re crazy, oh my!
        You’re fuckin’ crazy, oh child
        You know you’re crazy, Ay, ay, ay, ay,
        You know you’re crazy, Hey, hey,
        You’re fuckin’ crazy, Oh child,
        You know you’re crazy, Ay, ay, ay, ay,
        You’re fuckin’ crazy, Yeah
        You know you are!
        Bring it down!
        You’re fuckin’ crazy!

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    • darkcycle

      Maybe you should just pay him the money you owe him?

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