Monday, July 04, 2011

Cinco de Burro: January 13, 2011

In keeping with the mantra the Absolutely Everything From Mexico Will Maim or Kill You, US authorities are warning people not to purchase Mexican fireworks this weekend, because (a) even if, despite John McCain's insistence, Mexican immigrants don't start wildfires, Mexican fireworks surely can, and (b) unlike the carefully-regulated Made-in-China American fireworks, Mexican fireworks might actually explode and hurt somebody:

"It's important they don't purchase them for their own safety and don't attempt to smuggle them through the port of entry," says Ruben Jauregui, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In addition to concerns about sparking a wildfire in the bone dry southwest, authorities warn Mexican fireworks can pose a personal safety hazard.

"You just never know how much of the powder was used on there, how powerful it is, the fuse: how short, how long? and these are the things that are not regulated," says Jauregui.

We can attest through personal experience that Mexican fireworks work really, really well - at least in the pre-dawn hours. Maybe things are different in the early evening. Whether they're actually more dangerous than American fireworks is hard to say - are Mexican guns more dangerous, too? - but the Feds are correct when they say that the manufacturing process leaves a lot to be desired.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
From the Journal of Parental Recklessness

We saw a story a few days ago about a town in Puebla called La Magdalena Tlatlauquitepec. Typical Mexican hard-luck story - poor, mostly indigenous, most of the able-bodied folks having moved out over the years, those left behind wholly dependent on some arcane, low-paying activity. In the case of La Magdelena Whatever, most of the women make a living packaging fireworks for about 8 cents per thousand, or about 50 bucks a week. The good news is that the work can be done at home. The bad news is that the work involves thousands upon thousands of fireworks. In the accompanying photo we see the kitchen of the house where Eusebia Sánchez Miranda, 36, lives with her seven children. The makeshift hammock/crib allows her to keep an eye on the youngest while she works. And hey, what could possibly go wrong?

We're not even going to bother to ask about the car-seat situation.

Anyway, we didn't mean to ruin anyone's July 4th celebration by making them think about maimed Mexican babies. Enjoy your hot dogs!

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