Drugs, politics, Mexican Narco-cartels and Mormons. What could be more exciting?
In this set of 7 short films, VICE founder Shane Smith went down to Ciudad Juárez, near the US border, to investigate this bizarre story.
We learn how the “Mormon Manson” turned his family into assassins, leading to the murder of 40 people, all in the name of blood atonement. The cartel boss “El Rikin” gets revenge against a local Mormon community leader.
The Mormons illegally arm themselves and implement counter-terrorism techniques the US military used in Iraq and Afghanistan. VICE team is stalked by the cartel after going on patrol with the police and drinking with the Mormons.
We also learn what Mitt Romney’s Mexican cousins think about his strict immigration policies. VICE talks to Mitt Romney’s Mexican relatives about the time a family member was kidnapped and held for ransom by the cartel.
We also hear how the so-called War On Drugs has failed and ideas on how to reduce the violence.
I’m on Tramadol Hydrochloride, a synthetic opioid analgesic, which doesn’t sound as poetic but mashes you up all the same.
That’s my excuses done. This is my attempt to do what my friend and regular versifier Bud Glory accomplishes so well – take the piss 🙂
First the original:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
At Tampa Bay the GOP
Accepted Mormon Romney:
Then Ryan, his nasty VP man
Scared oldies with his healthcare plan
And racists laughed Tee-he!
So twice ten thousand cops were found
To beat on locals all around:
Then up jumped nutters, voices shrill,
And bayed for blood upon the Hill;
While cutting budgets for the ill,
Mid mindless acts of thievery.