Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Juarez Isn't Even the Most Dangerous City in the Americas

In defense of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who called Juarez “the most dangerous city in America," it's not like El Paso and Juarez aren't deeply intertwined and immediately abutting—as you will recall from when the MEXICAN SPY DRONE landed on (BARELY) AMERICAN SOIL in El Paso. Though, in many ways, they have nothing in common! Contrary to what the right-wing border militia winguts say, America's border cities often have an admirable crime rate. (Also, I would not agree that Juarez is the most dangerous city in the Americas, either. Have you been to Bogota and St. Louis recently?)

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tiemposbuenos (#10,137)

Hi Choire, I'm not sure what you mean by Bogotá? From what I hear it's gotten much safer in recent years… of course, I can't vouch for St. Louis!

Bittersweet (#765)

No kidding. I'd visit Bogota before I'd visit, say, Tegucigalpa. Or Trenton.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@Bittersweet: I was going to chastise you and remind you that Camden is the agreed-upon first choice for "example of a New Jersey city that one wouldn't want to visit," but I fear that town's plight has exceeded the bounds of jocularity.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I go to Camden on a semi-regular basis. There are pockets of safety (the college, the waterfront, the train station), but the new lack of police scares me.

BadUncle (#153)

"Admirable crime rate?" Obviously, you've never been a car owner in Chula Vista.

KarenUhOh (#19)

St. Louis? Are you serious?

Wait. You must've been drinking the beer.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

HA. HA HA. HA HA HA. Who puts coffee in their beer, after all.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Schlafly isn't so bad. It's no Boulevard, though.

And that is the only kind thing I will say about St. Louis. Here, have some cardboard with some salt and Provel on it. We'll call it "St. Louis-style."

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Cool it with the Provel references. I have to eat lunch eventually.

k-rex (#2,909)

It's not really so bad. We just like to shoot each other.

zoom (#10,138)

2nd stupidest Texas Governor ever.

Don't blame me, I voted for Anne Richards' Corpse.

C-Monster (#1,162)

Bogota's homicide rate is roughly 1/10th that of Juarez…

smartastic (#2,437)

I was in Bogota a few years ago, actually. Lovely city. What's Detroit's crime rate related to St. Louis'?

MichelleDean (#7,041)

As a Canadian I feel left out. Mississauga can get positively wild after dark.

Mindpowered (#948)

Evidently you've never been to a Bonspiel in Gimli. No-one ever leaves those unscathed.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

They say Colón (Panama) is meaner than Bogotá.

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