This is slightly off topic, but today is the bicentennial of Mexico's independence from Spain.
Two hundred years ago, Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo, inspired by the American and French revolutions, issued "the cry" ("el Grito de Dolores") that began Mexico's struggle to free itself from colonial rule. Sadly, this year's celebrations have been somewhat subdued given the narco-violence plaguing the country. While Mexico has its problems, it is heir to a magnificent civilization and can be a great nation, one with a bright future if it can finally deal with the threats to public order and establish the rule of law.
So, on this anniversary of the independence of our fellow republic here in North America, here's hoping that such reforms will come to pass, and that Mexico will continue to rise. ¡Viva México! ¡Viva Independencia!