Sunday, August 10, 2008

This Is a Machete

A guy was hacked to death with a machete in Guatemala the other day.

I was involved in a Central American machete fight a few years ago. The machete man was of Jamaican descent and wanted to talk with me (I think he really wanted to talk with my wife). It was a pleasant conversation but he used profanity.

The person on whose land we were standing did not like the profanity. In a lot of ways, standards are higher in parts of Central America then they are in the states. The landowner kicked the Jamaican off of his property.

But the Jamaican came back, with a machete. He went after the landowner’s woman. The landowner and his relative beat the living crap out of the Jamaican with 2 by 6s. The Jamaican was swinging the machete at the other mens’ heads before he went down. He was bleeding out of his head, unconscious, when things stopped. I think they killed him after we left.* It was a remote location.

Just another reason to take advantage of the 2nd Amendment. Order can break down here too. I think that it is inevitable, at least for a few months. Read the Grapes of Wrath. Juxtapose that book against the Rodney King riots. I recommend a 1911 for starters.

* To be clear, the landowner was a person of color. He held a position of authority in local government.

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