Tuesday, September 07, 2010

FSoAZ's Second-Craziest Sheriff Agrees With Burro Hall

One of the characteristics of a failed state is that the government does not have total sovereignty over its territory. It should comes as no surprise that, according to one of its most prominent lawmen, the Failed State of Arizona is, by this criteria, indeed a failed state:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose county lies at the center of major drug and alien smuggling routes to Phoenix and cities east and west, attests to the violence. He said his deputies are outmanned and outgunned by drug traffickers in the rough-hewn desert stretches of his own county.

"Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona," he said. "They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has.

"This is going on here in Arizona," he said. "This is 70 to 80 miles from the border - 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States."

God, you can just smell the failure from here, can't you? Of course, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada (who's county, unlike Babeu's, is actually on the border) says Babeu is full of shit, but then that's exactly what we'd expect a Reconquistador named "Estrada" to say, isn't it?

How much longer will President Calderón allow this failed state to sit on our border? Complete the danged fence.


victor said...

Is that Eric's little brother?
Another super foto.

Anonymous said...

Love the McCain video. It should give insight to many how screwed up he (McCain) and many americans are these days. I have lived in Mexico 9+ years and the video is sure an eye opener for me.
Freaking NOB is nuts! Mom asks, " When are you coming up?" At this point never is too soon.
p.s. Mom comes down almost every year.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is full of shit, and is as racist as Joe Arpaio but doesn't come off as a complete moron as does Arpaio.

It's good to know Arizona does have a few good sheriffs like Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada.

Joe, just Joe

Jorge Arturo said...

There is really interesting article at the NYT about murders and deaths by gunshots.