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Redefining The Term “Face Off”

By Wyatt Earp | January 9, 2010

For the last several years, I have always been amazed at the amount of people who choose to “vacation” in Mexico. The entire country is a cesspool of poverty, corruption, and violence, most of which is perpetrated by the drug cartels.

Why anyone would submit themselves to such a Hell hole is beyond me. Especially after seeing a story like this:

MEXICO CITY — The body of 36-year-old Hugo Hernandez was left on the streets of Los Mochis in seven pieces as a chilling threat to members of the Juarez drug cartel. A note read: “Happy New Year, because this will be your last.”

To drive home the point, the assailants skinned Hernandez’s face and stitched it onto a soccer ball.

Hernandez was taken to Sinaloa after being kidnapped Jan. 2 in neighboring Sonora state, in an area known for marijuana growing, said Martin Robles, a spokesman for Sinaloa prosecutors. The motive for his abduction was unclear.

His torso was found in a plastic container in one location; elsewhere another box contained his arms, legs and skull, Robles said. Hernandez’s face, sewn onto a football, was left in a plastic bag near City Hall.

Damned country is a war zone. It would be prudent for Americans – especially college-aged Spring Breakers – to remember that.

Topics: The Job | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Redefining The Term “Face Off””

  1. Ingineer66 Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I saw this story this morning. I am starting to regret making vacation plans for Puerto Vallarta in March. I have been there twice and it is a wonderful little tourist town. But with all the drug violence, I am a little worried. I keep telling myself that some people are afraid to go to Southern California or Florida since they kill tourists in those places too.

  2. Melinda Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I really hope they killed him before they did the face skinning thing.

    I just do not understand why anyone would willingly go to Mexico these days. Cannot understand the appeal. A guy from a local school board was just kidnapped and killed there recently.

    Ingineer66, pleeease come to Southern Cal. We won’t hurt you, really.

  3. proof Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Call Tom Hanks. Maybe “Wilson” has a buddy now!

  4. Fenway_Nation Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I remember a few years back the front page of the San Diego Union Tribune had a picture of some machine-gun brandishing soldiers setting up concertina wire across a busy throughfare in a dusty city with these sand-colored humvees parked in the background. My first thought was that it was another writeup about Iraq…..but one look at the caption explained that it was actually the Mexican Army setting up a perimiter around one of the courthouses in Tijuana so they could formally charge one of the narcotrafficantes they captutured. Fittingly, a Mexican official pointed out sometime last year that Iraq is actually safer than Mexico right now…..

  5. Mike47 Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Mexico is a dirty, corrupt, drug-infested, lawless, terror-ridden third-world country that more people are trying to escape than visit. Why take good U.S. dollars to a place like that? I say, spend’em on our home turf.

  6. GroovyVic Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Aw, proof, you beat me to the joke!

  7. dragonlady474 Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    There’s no bribe or amount of money that would get me to visit Mexico. What a vile place.

  8. proof Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    GroovyVic: Since that joke was right on the ragged edge of good taste, it’s probably better that I said it!

  9. Veeshir Says:
    January 10th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Talk to people who go there, they all say, “They’re (drug traffickers) only killing each other, not tourists.”

    I’ve never gone anywhere but Tijuana (ugly, dirty, third world city), but I’ve heard the tourist parts are away from locals and the only Mexicans you see work there.

    Eh, there’s plenty of places I’d rather go, but I would like to see the pyramids and other ruins.

    Too bad all the cool pyramids are in such crap-hole countries.

  10. Ingineer66 Says:
    January 10th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks Melinda. Actually, I will be coming to my favorite city on earth, San Diego, twice this winter. Once to visit my step daughter at San Diego State and once for my son’s graduation from Marine Boot Camp.