A moon full of half-baked crazies — take Republican Jim Inhofe (Asshole-OK), please. He cranks the climate-change throttle: “They don’t get away with it in the eyes of the American people,” Inhofe said. “I find fewer and fewer members of the United States Senate that are sympathetic to this whole cause.”
Despite majority of Americans believing the climate indeed is warming (although we’re not scared of it like the rest of the planet), and we sometimes just look out the nearest window.
(Illustration found here).
An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.
Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, supplies 80 percent of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.
“The DEA agents met with members of the cartel in Mexico to obtain information about their rivals and simultaneously built a network of informants who sign drug cooperation agreements, subject to results, to enable them to obtain future benefits, including cancellation of charges in the U.S.,” reports El Universal, which also interviewed more than one hundred active and retired police officers as well as prisoners and experts.
Zambada-Niebla’s lawyer claimed to the court that in the late 1990s, Castro struck a deal with U.S. agents in which Sinaloa would provide information about rival drug trafficking organizations while the U.S. would dismiss its case against the Sinaloa lawyer and refrain from interfering with Sinaloa drug trafficking activities or actively prosecuting Sinaloa leadership.
And at least one Mexican official is pissed — the whole scheme is to keep the insane war on drugs alive:
A Mexican state government spokesman told Al Jazeera that the CIA and other international security forces “don’t fight drug traffickers” as much as “try to manage the drug trade,” Chris Arsenault reports.
“It’s like pest control companies, they only control,” Chihuahua spokesman Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Al Jazeera.
“If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs.”
And, of course, there wouldn’t be crazy without the current holder of both crazy with a side of bully/thug, NJ Gov. Chris Christie — today was to be a banner day, but not:
Christie will deliver his annual State of State address this afternoon.
It could have been a plum opportunity to solidify his standing atop the probable 2016 GOP field with a policy speech designed to hit all the right notes and catch the attention of a national audience increasingly attuned to the governor.
Instead, Christie’s policy rhetoric is sure to be overshadowed by “Bridge-gate,” the traffic scandal that has upstaged everything else in his world for the last six days.
Christie, in typical fashion, is going to aim to make the speech a talker.
He’ll propose a longer school day and year.
“This is a key step to improve student outcomes, and boost our competitiveness. We should do it now,” Christie plans to say, according to excerpts of his speech.
Under different circumstances, that would probably be one of the buzziest parts of the address.
Instead, what he says (or doesn’t say) about a decision by former aides and appointees to target the city of Fort Lee for major traffic issues will be the focal point of Christie’s remarks.
He’s expected to address the scandal in the address, but not at great length.
Enough crazy for just a too-early Tuesday — we still have the afternoon.