Monday, January 29, 2007


I can't wait to see how John "Effin'" Kerry tries to pass off his latest comments.

Wait. I forgot. His comments indicating that in his opinion our military personnel were stupid? Well, he really didn't mean that he later tried to explain repeatedly. He was really poking fun at Dubya, but we dummies just weren't bright enough to catch his new-anced punch line.

Well now John-boy has gone on over to Davos, Switzerland, (where Ter-RAY-suh, his much-moneyed wife, probably has a another mansion) to attend the World Economic Forum.

I don't know what the World Economic Forum is but it seems to me, that it's an annual excuse for rich political hacks from different countries to get together, stay in expensive hotels and eat fancy food, so they can talk into cameras to slam the United States and its people.

Whatever global problems they -- these attendees -- perceive or imagine, it's automatically OUR fault. And I don't mean they are blaming just the United States as a country, but each one of us as individuals.

Kerry's most-often quoted statement, the one making all the headlines is:

"So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East -- in the world, really. I've never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today," Kerry is quoted as saying. -- CNN International
Overlooked, however, is this:

Kerry criticized what he called the "unfortunate habit" of Americans to see the world "exclusively through an American lens."
Well . . . dang. "Americans"? That's . . . uh. Well, that's you and me!

So, how are we supposed to see things? What other "lens" are we supposed to use that might be found acceptable?

"[through] the reality of . . . other cultures and histories."
But what about our own culture and history? Should that be minimized or totally abandoned? Is it any less real than another?

Apparently so, according to Kerry and others like him.

What we need to do to be found "acceptable" is to look through the lens of those cultures that hate what we've worked for. We must -- if we are to see ourselves through that lens -- hate ourselves. Then work with single-minded purpose toward our own destruction.

Somehow, though, I don't imagine Kerry and his ilk see themselves affected in any way, by any of this.

Without interruption they will continue to go windsurfing while wearing ugly sunglasses and funny-looking outfits, and then jet on over to distant locations for all-expense-paid socials.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Guard the Borders Blogburst

Dirty Texas Politics Taint Border Patrol Agents' Trial

I have to give huge kudos to Shawn Christopher Phillips, of the Wry & Coy Report, for compiling some of the least known and most misreported facts surrounding the case of the two Border Patrol Agents prosecuted for shooting a drug smuggler. Shawn has raised some very troubling questions surrounding the case - questions worth asking and investigating. He has also connected the dots in a way that the media has been unable (or unwilling) to do.

Shawn's original research material can be found at here and here. I have supplemented the accounts with further information from my own research and from Pat Gray's radio show on KSEV, since he and his co-host, Edd Hendee have been investigating the anomalies surrounding this very muddled case.

I have taken the liberty of condensing Shawn's material from several posts to place it into a rough timeline of events as they occurred. As well, I wanted to include information about some of the major players in this case, from the drug smuggler himself all the way up to U.S. Congressmen and Senators.

The central perpetrator in this travesty of justice is the U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who has old boy Texas connections from the judge overseeing the case all the way up to President George W. Bush. These connections, though not openly disclosed, have greatly impacted the case, as highly placed government officials look the other way while testimonies, evidence, and statements are manipulated behind the scenes.

By Shawn Christopher Phillips

Edited and Supplemented by Heidi Thiess for syndication by the Guard the Borders Coalition.

Did US Border Patrol Agents, Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos actually shoot Mexican national, career drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila?

That is what we have been told, that's what has been reported, that is what the trial was about, and that is what Compean and Ramos are in federal prison for right now.


Continue reading the report here of what really went on and is going on now: The lies, the politics and connections that have Compean and Ramos behind bars, while "business as usual" continues.

This is nuts.


Saturday, January 20, 2007


"HELSINKI (Reuters) - Computer virus writers started to use raging European storms on Friday to attack thousands of computers in an unusual real-time assault, head of research at Finnish data security firm F-Secure told Reuters.

"The virus, which the company named "Storm Worm" is sent to hundreds of thousands of email addresses globally, with the e-mail's subject line saying '230 dead as storm batters Europe'." -- Scientific American

When it comes to komputers, I've known for years I don't know what I'm doing. But even I know not to open attachments from people I don't know, or know well enough to have complete confidence in what they might send.

And unless I know you and we communicate by email often enough for me to have flagged you as a "friend," all email (and I mean all) goes into a folder in McAfee's Spamkiller so that I can look at it to either pass it through, or delete it along with rest of the daily spam.

Two weeks or so ago the weather was bad, really bad, here in Northeast Florida. We were under a Tornado Watch and a couple of twisters had already caused damage west and south of us, when emails titled "Severe Weather Alert" showed up in the McAfee folder for me to review.

From behind the safety of McAfee's protection I took a peek.

The body looked exactly like an official statement that the National Weather Service publishes, but there's absolutely no reason why they would be emailing me. They don't even know I exist.

Besides, I live in Florida. Why would I be worried about damaging winds in Anchorage, Alaska?

CNet notes:

Other e-mail subject lines for it include "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza..." and "A killer at 11, he's free at 21 and..."
I'm pretty sure I've gotten those, too, and not just since yesterday.

So why, if I've been having this worm sent to me for two weeks -- and while I don't know for certain I'm pretty sure -- is it suddenly so newsworthy.



Thursday, January 18, 2007

Quotable Quotes

I have had many choices concerning how I wanted to go. Most of them are very civilized, particularly hospice care. A hospice makes it very easy for you when you decide to go.

What's interesting is that everybody has his or her own opinion as to how you should go out. All my loved ones became very upset because they thought I should brave it out -- which meant more dialysis.

But here is the most important thing: This has been my decision. And it's a healthy one. -- Art Buchwald

H/T The Daily Pundit


Monday, January 15, 2007

Guard the Borders Blogburst

By Loma Alta at LinknZona

Let us try to sort out what this armed invasion from Mexico means in the broader sense.

The US-Mexico border is out of control. Corruption and drug cartels drive Mexico further to a violent, crime-controlled country; our biggest supplier of illegal drugs.

Political self-interest, bribery by a broad spectrum of US industrial and agricultural interests of top US politicians, and the President’s family ties to Mexican “Big Oil” and possible ties to the drug cartels, cause them to support illegal immigration. This, in turn, causes them overlook the armed invasions and the millions of illegal immigrants and their billions of crimes because there are votes, political power, and big money in supporting illegal immigration.

Smuggling, illegal immigration, drugs, murder and other crimes are spilling over the US-Mexico border and making many areas no-go zones. In Arizona, for example, I previously reported that the US Forest Service posts signs warning US citizens to avoid areas of the US National Forests and the Arizona Fish and Game Department warns hunters to avoid all of southern Arizona south of the I-10 and I-8 corridors.

That the 2000 mile long open border presents our greatest security threat is obvious.

The Administration and its supporters accuse the Democrats of wanting to “cut and run” from Iraq. At the same time, the Administration denies our National Guard troops on the border permission to defend our country or themselves. When the Mexican Army and/or its drug cartel thugs invade America, our National Guard troops must cut and run. Whatever the reason, it is sickening to see American troops running from Mexicans invading the United States. No one who supports illegal immigration and armed invasion of our country can be a patriot; likewise, all who do are traitors to their country.

Our national government supports illegal immigration. The governors of AZ, CA, NM, and Texas all support illegal immigration. Thus, there is no avenue of redress for the American people short of drastic changes in our national and state governments. Some hope that the Democrat and Republican Parties will wither and be replaced by a patriotic third party. However, this is not happening, and, if it happens, it may be too late to save America. Shed a tear for America all of you who love her. Our only hope may be our prayers to God that through His mercy He will save our nation from its government.

This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It was started by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we're going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration facing our country, join our Blogburst! Just send an email with your blog name and url to admin at guardtheborders dot com.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

What's Cooking?

Da Kid asked me what I was planning on cooking when he spotted the container of ricotta in the refrigerator. Lasagna or manicotti, I replied, explaining that it would have wait. I hadn't realized I didn't have enough sauce in the freezer.

(There's a method to my madness. When I make spaghetti sauce it's enough for usually two meals, sometimes three: Spaghetti the night I make it, then . . . I dunno after that. If there's not enough for third meal, I just plunk the leftovers in the pot with the new batch.)

Anyway, we had spaghetti that night and with Da Kid on duty a few days later, my plan was for him to be able to take leftover lasagna or manicotti with him. With only a single exception, I had everything I needed to make it. The one exception was an oven that worked. It bit the dust last before and as far as I was concerned, for the LAST time.

I love the smooth-top stove — it's the only one that lasted for more than two years with Hubby, "The Stove Killer" — but the oven has always been . . . deranged. From the start, without rhyme or reason, suddenly refusing to work, while beeping incessantly and madly flashing, "F3"!

The operating instructions explained "F3" meant the oven wasn't happy with something and lists 40-million possible remedies, all of which I guess you're supposed to systematically eliminate before shooting the damned thing to finally shut it up.

Da Kid tried to "remedy" what the most frequent problem has been in the past, and when THAT wasn't its current hitch gently suggested to me that instead of going down the hallway to the gun cabinet, I just go buy a new stove.

So, I did. Except, Home Depot doesn't have the one I picked out in stock. In fact, they don't even have any left in their warehouse, but can and will deliver and install on the 18th.

Not a problem. I can live with that quite easily, except I still had to fix something for dinner that Da Kid could then take with him the next day. By then, though, I sure as heck didn't feel like cooking.

And so once again I turned to Kamikaze Kooking, a discipline I first began studying as a working wife and new mother. This particular one-pot recipe (with certain variations of my own) was originally by the Oriental chef, Master Nuke It Quick *:

Italian Sausage Casserole

1 - 3-quart microwave-save dish with glass lid

Dump into the dish:

1 - or so pounds of Hot Italian Sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces.
3 - potatoes, medium-sized, peeled and cut into chunks
2 - cloves garlic, diced

Mix it all up. Nuke on high, covered, for about . . . 12 minutes, stirring twice.

Then, add:

3 - bell peppers, cut into chunks
3 - onions, medium-sized, cut into chunks
1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 - 15 oz. (or whut.ever it is) can of diced tomatoes
½ Teaspoon Oregano
½ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper.

Mix it all up. Nuke on high, covered, for about . . . 12 minutes, stirring twice.

Standing time, approximately five minutes. Mileage may vary, but the potatoes should be soft; the vegetables done but still on the firm side.
* In the early days of microwave cooking, each oven always come with its own cookbooks. The ovens (and the brands) may be long gone, but the cookbooks remain.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Quotable Quotes

"(What would happen) if a world-class company suddenly stopped interviewing applicants for new positions and simply gave the jobs to whomever managed to break into the building the night before. While titans of industry brag that much of their success is attributable to picking good people and letting them work their talents in service of the common good . . . , our nation is pursuing the opposite approach." -- Mac Johnson

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Monday, January 08, 2007

National Champs

University of Florida 41 - Ohio State University 14


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Guard the Borders Blogburst

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Mexican Gunmen Involved in Arizona Border Incident Actually Uniformed Mexican Force

by Heidi Thiess at Euphoric Reality

The excursion into U.S. territory last week by “Mexican gunmen” was not a chance confrontation between the Arizona National Guard and untrained illegal immigrants, but a deliberate “perimeter probe” by an infantry-trained, uniformed Mexican force, officials say.

Euphoric Reality has learned in exclusive interviews with high-ranking sources within both the Arizona National Guard and the U.S. Border Patrol that the incident the mainstream media calls a “standoff” was in reality a military-style operation, carried out by a unit of Mexican troops dressed in military uniforms, flak jackets, and armed with AK-47s in an apparent operation to probe the border defenses and test the limits of the National Guard troops. Using easily recognizable infantry movement tactics (such as arm and hand signals and flanking maneuvers), the Mexican unit deliberately moved in a military formation across the border from Mexico, where they were picked up by National Guard surveillance.

As the hostile force moved north over the next three hours, deeper into Arizona, National Guardsmen wearing night vision goggles were able to ascertain that the approaching gunmen were indeed uniformed (including PAGST helmets) and heavily armed. When the Mexican unit came within approximately 100 yards of the EIT site, the Guardsmen repositioned themselves in order to maintain surveillance and tactical advantage. They observed the Mexican unit sweep through the EIT site, and then rapidly withdrew back into Mexico. No shots were fired by either the Mexican gunmen or the Guardsmen. Border Patrol was on the scene within minutes of the Mexican unit's withdrawal.

The Guardsmen, through an Arizona Border Patrol official, confirmed that the incident appeared to be an intelligence-gathering exercise designed to ascertain what the National Guard's response would be to certain tactics. It is not an isolated incident, and many such probes have been reported by the Guardsmen assigned to the area. Though no shots were fired during this particular incident, shots have been fired near and in the vicinity of the soldiers at the EIT site in other situations, though not at the soldiers themselves. It is not clear from the uniforms if the Mexican soldiers were official Mexican federales or mercenaries hired by the drug cartels.

Since then, follow-on news reports have included statements from the Border Patrol that no shots were fired. This was confirmed today by Major Paul Aguirre, a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for the Arizona National Guard. Rumors have circulated that the Guardsmen were not armed, and thus unable to defend themselves - and that is not the case. Both Major Aguirre and Rob Daniels, a Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Arizona Border Patrol, state that all Guardsmen assigned to EITs are armed, specifically with M16s and sometimes a sidearm. As well, there have been some contradictory news reports that stated the gunmen came "within yards" of the Guardsmen, while other reports state that the gunmen were approximately 100 yards away. Mr. Daniels clarified that the gunmen came as close as 100 yards to the Guardsmen. He also stated that the Guardsmen did not "retreat" but tactically repositioned themselves to maintain surveillance of the group of armed men while simultaneously radioing for Border Patrol agents. He asserted that the Guardsmen had followed their protocols perfectly, and that their services were invaluable to the Border Patrol agents.

The Myth of Troops Bringing Law Enforcement to the Border

National Guard soldiers on the border are volunteers deployed by the federal government for Operation Jump Start. They are not mandated to perform law enforcement activities and, in fact, are prohibited from doing so under the Posse Comitatus Act while federally deployed. They are assigned to the border mission for the sole purpose of supporting the Border Patrol - mostly performing administrative, engineering, and maintenance duties that free up Border Patrol agents for border enforcement.

The ramifications of this incident hitting the public awareness are significant. There are incidents on the record of specially-trained military commandos attacking Border Patrol agents, and videos in existence of uniformed Mexicans, deep in American territory, claiming to be reporters when confronted by Arizona Minutemen. Hundreds of armed incursions have been documented by the Border Patrol. In one year, June 2005 until June 2006, over 250 armed assaults have been reported by Border Patrol agents, and several agents have been killed.

Michael Chertoff, head of Homeland Security, has gone on the record to dismiss reports of armed incursions by a uniformed military force as "navigational mistakes", claiming that the Mexican soldiers were "lost.” However, Chertoff offered no explanation as to why these “lost troops” fired on American agents. The Mexican government claims that uniformed military soldiers coming from Mexico are actually American soldiers disguised as Mexican soldiers. Furthermore, when confronted with the possibility that Mexican commandos called Los Zetas, trained by U.S. Special Forces at Fort Bragg to support the Drug War, have defected from the military and now work as mercenaries for the drug cartels, Mexican officials have worked very hard to debunk such evidence. In an official report presented to the U.S. on behalf of the Mexican Office of Inter-Intelligence Affairs, Mexico claimed that “the Zeta army, or syndicate, is no more real than the crying lady of Puebla.”

Yet, contrary to Mexican denials, Los Zetas do exist, and the U.S. Border Patrol is very familiar with them. In a June 2006 investigative news piece by News Channel 5 in Texas, Zetas discussed their training and murderous missions. They also issued a warning:

“These two members of the Zeta army also have a warning for American law enforcement: They are here, with cells operating in Roma, Rio Grande City and Mission - and more are coming.

‘It is not a lie,’ Zeta-2 said. ‘They need to check good, because it is true.’"

Los Zetas: Guns Gone Bad

During the 1990s, U.S. Army Special Forces trained a number of Mexican federal agents and army units in special warfare tactics as part of an effort to aid the struggling Mexican government in the Drug War involving the violent drug cartels of northern Mexico. It's been said that "the training was remedial in nature, and did not exceed international peace time law of NATO forces training foreign combat forces in tactical warfare." Lest we worry about the operational proficiency of such mercenaries, Wikipedia has this unattributed entry:

“The training lasted a mere three months in the sweltering North Carolina heat. In total, 300 Mexican agents and army officers participated in the summer long exercise. Years later, unsealed documents revealed that the training proved to be no more than an extended boot camp. "It was more a media and propaganda effort then it was for actual tactical training that could be used in combat," one of the US Special Forces Officers that participated in the effort stated. "They brought them [sic] boys here, and most of them could fire a gun already, so we just showed them a lot of video of Special Forces training from the early 70's. We were not about to teach or display tactics that make Special Forces what they are. That's why when I read that these boys that are 'Zetas' were Special Forces trained, I almost wet myself with laughter.’”

What the Zetas may lack in professional specialized training, they make up for in ruthless and savage violence. Last year, Times Magazine exposed much of the brutality in an article called Brutal New Drug Gangs Are Terrorizing The U.S.-Mexico Border, and added further information about the identity of Los Zetas.

“According to Mexican officials, Lazcano was a clean-cut Mexican army recruit from the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz when he was picked a decade ago to be part of the highly trained Airborne Special Forces Group. The unit was sent to the eastern border to battle drug trafficking. But in the late 1990s, Lazcano and more than 30 other members of the special forces began working for drug lord Osiel Cardenas, head of the Matamoros-based Gulf cartel, which at the time controlled almost one-third of the Mexican drug trade. “

Official Mexican propaganda notwithstanding, it can be safely assumed that the Zetas are a paramilitary force that has made regular incursions over our border in sometimes heavily-armed assaults. Whether they are actual Mexican federales or uniformed mercenaries in the employ of the drug cartels remains to be seen. Perhaps a small clue to the uniforms is found in the News Channel Five investigative report:

“‘The municipal police, the state police, the ministerial police, the police of the state,’ Zeta-1 said. ‘The soldiers and the federal preventive police. The military on the border. They are bought by the Zetas.’ The Zeta's tools even include uniforms given by the police themselves.”

Regardless of who the uniformed soldiers are, or who commands them, what is paramount is that our southern border security is breached by foreign troops on an increasingly aggressive basis. While our National Guard troops are effectively hamstrung by political restrictions, foreign military soldiers press the advantage. Border Patrol agents have already given their lives in a heroic effort to guard our border, and it is only a matter of time before we lose American soldiers. Is that what it will take for our government to finally take the matter of border security seriously? This is no longer a matter of local civilian law enforcement; it is a matter of national security. For politicians, no matter their affiliation, to play partisan games with our national safety and security is a betrayal of their constituents' trust, and the constitutional duties of their office.

Kit Jarrell also contributed to this report.

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