When earth-moving equipment is outlawed…

…only outlaws will have earth-moving equipment.

When banners purportedly signed by Velazquez recently appeared in various cities — accusing rival Miguel Trevino and his followers of being traitors — Trevino reportedly sent steam shovels and earth-moving equipment to smash one of Velasquez’s homes in the Zacatecas city of Fresnillo.

Hey, at least Trevino didn’t try to kill Velasquez with a forklift… (Edited to add 10/1: What, none of you people noticed I screwed up the link? Fixed now.)

This reminds me, in turn, of something I ran across a few days ago. I was searching for the Latin translation of “the ram has touched the wall” (“Murum aries attigit”, if you’re curious) and found this quote, attributed to Seneca: “Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est”. Or, “A sword is never a killer, it is a tool in a killer’s hand.” Sound…familiar?

(N.B. I have not been able to personally track down the attribution to Seneca.)

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