A couple of weeks back we were talking about which sort of crime syndicate might make a good successor to this thing of ours in American popular culture. One candidate was the Salvadoran gang MS-13. I was skeptical of this proposal, since even living 'lo these past few years right around DC's main concentration of Salvadoran people, MS-13 has never seemed to do anything especially interesting (I suppose a machete attack would be fun to watch).

More recently, though, I discovered the MS-13 blog (a blog about the gang, not by it) and it turns out to be more interesting than I'd thought -- much wider in scope, in particular.