1 SURE, THERE’S A WAR ON DRUGS; WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHICH SIDE WE’RE ON A Mexican drug dealer says the US government gave one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels access to the American market in exchange for intelligence on other drug-running cartels. (El Paso Times)

2 ROB FORD HAS NO FRIENDS Toronto rapper McLethal joins Margaret Atwood in condemning proposed cuts to the city’s library system. (Youtube – NSFW)

3 THE LESSONS FROM A FORGOTTEN BATTLE Never heard of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu? You should have. (The Tyee)

4 THEY’RE NOT YOUR KIDS ANYMORE, JERRY Jerry Lewis won’t be working this year’s Muscular Dystrophy Labour Day Telethon south of the border. (The Globe and Mail)

5 MY BRAIN HURTS If this is what passes for political reporting in the Quebecor/Sun News Network world, no wonder political reporting is going to the dogs. (Lilley Pad). And Mark Steyn gets to preach his Breivik-without-the-bullets message on Ezra Levant’s SNN show. Echo, meet chamber. (Sun News Network).

6 IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING There are some places, such as Texas, where you get the death penalty of you kill an innocent man. So, when does the state’s governor, Rick Perry, face the lethal injection after he refused to pardon a death row inmate who turned out to be innocent? (Gawker)

YOUR MUSICAL MOMENT OF ZEN She’s closing the first day of the Regina Folk Festival tomorrow night. KT Tunstall covering The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks, as a tribute to the late John Peel. Recorded in Sheffield in 2006.