Friday, June 17, 2005

Thoughts on Tom and Katie

......................ummmmmmmm.........Who cares?!




The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Suicide of the Democratic Party

Watch in the coming months as the Democratic Party fragments into smaller, but still powerful, constituent groups. Some of these groups will, by default, become independent parties.

Before the 2008 Presidential election, the multiple small groups will coalesce into a new party to challenge the current Socialist/Communist Democratic Party we have today. The self-destruct sequence has begun and it's doubtful it can be stopped.

The long, slow death is being guided by Dr. Howard Dean, M.D. in a massive doctor assisted suicide. Sen Ted Kennedy will be serving the Kool-Aid refreshments.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Jorge Estrada: An American Hero

Stacy Torres, a very good friend an American hero, has taken me to task for my comment that appeared in my June 11 post. Ms. Torres is totally justified in doing so. The story itself is fair and accurate, but I left a comment that was disrespectful and hurtful. For this I cannot even begin to apologize, so I won't even try.

Let me tell you a little bit about Jorge Estrada.

Jorge was 24 years old and he had already scene more than his share of war. Several years ago, he joined the Army and served honorably with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. (For those who don't know, the 10th Mountain Division is not a unit of shrinking violets, but one of America's best fighting units. They were tasked with the hunt for Osama bin Laden and they almost got him at Tora Bora.) Upon returning home from one tour, Jorge joined the California National Guard. His battalion, based in Modesto, was nicknamed the NightStalkers.

He served as an infantry rifleman and communications specialist. Among the aging Guardsmen, Jorge had the rare ability to handle both encrypted radios and computers. He was indispensable in setting up the local area network (LAN) as his fellows weren't computer savvy. He has been described by Major K as "the total package; tough, disciplined, cheerful, a good marksman...He made everyone around him better, just by example...He was the consummate quiet professional...never complained."

Julio Rivera had this to say, "I was Spc Estrada's best friend and he was the godfather of my daughter. I can't believe he is gone. He would call me often from Iraq. Distance separated us for the past two years, but we remained close friends through it all, and he will remain in my heart forever. The worst of all things, he was safer at war then at home."

"Jorge was really close with my husband and his cousin, we just learned of his death last night ( June 13). They were stationed with him up in Fort Drum, NY, " says Stacy Torres.

Specialist Estrada was married in December and he was home on emergency leave to be with his wife for the birth of her second child. His wife had an older daughter from a previous relationship with the murderer. Jorge was raising the girl as his own. He was a rare man who displayed the true character of macho. He did the right and manly thing by his wife, his children, and his country. For his kind of honor there is no medal, only crayon drawings stuck on the refridgerator doors.

But that is something that Spc/Dad Jorge Estrada will never know. At 7:40 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2005, in the parking lot of the Camden Vineyards Apts, thousands of miles from the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, Jorge Estrada's life was abruptly ended. Three bullets fired by Fabian Cayetano Urrea, 19, took the life of a finer man than I can ever hope to be.



The killer fled in a 1997 white Nissan pick-up truck with dark tinted windows, and a damaged left front bumper, bearing the California license plate number 7J26810.

Urrea is described as 5 ft. 8 in. tall, 148 lbs, brown eyes. Though his head is shaved bald, he has black hair. A $550,000 arrest warrant has been issued on one count of murder. The weapon has not been recovered; the killer is armed and dangerous.

Anyone having information on this scumbag or knows of his whereabouts, please, call 911 or the Murrieta Police Dept at (951) 696-3615.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The REAL Story Behind the Reality of Sean Penn

The real news about Sunday's women's rights protest was that Sean Penn was there in Tehran and the Iranians took away his video camera. Sean was unable to videotape himself in front of the Tehran University gates. And there were all those damned female fans who were getting in the way of a good shot of Sean Penn. Damned groupies...they're everywhere!

Keep an eye on the real story, Sean, you da man.

Hollywood...and, oh, what heights we'll hit...on with the show, this is it!



The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Iran: Protests and Surveys

An unauthorized protest demonstration was held yesterday at the front gates of Tehran University. Several hundred women were demanding freedom and equal rights in the run up to next weeks presidential elections. The police and other authorities have been more relaxed in the enforcement of the harsh laws forbidding street demonstrations and dissent because of the election cycle.

The hour long sit-in was broken up by police who had formed a cordon around the demonstrators and did not allow more people to join the group. Many women, men, and children were arrested and detained. A core group of demonstrators continued to protest peacefully despite the police action.

In the south of Iran, bombs exploded killing five people. No one has yet claimed responsibility. The blasts are believed to be connected to the election

A first of it's kind survey commissioned by the Iran Institute for Democracy, in which 758 adults age 16 (the voting age in Iran) and over, with a +/- 3.6 percent margin of error and a 95% confidence level, was conducted from May 26 through June 4, 2005.

Iranians believe by 74%, the presence of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq increase their chances of overturning the theocratic regime in Tehran. A whopping 66% think the invasion was in Iraqs best interest and 65% believe Iraq will be better off in the long run.

The nuclear aspirations of Tehran cause 42% of respondents a lot of worry and anxiety while 37% say they won't lose any sleep over it.

Who will win in next weeks presidential elections? When asked to predict a winner, 42 percent said Rafsanjani.

When I worry about Gulf States and their relationships with the U.S. and the West, I tend not to worry much about Iran. The lively and spirited political and social atmosphere that has developed will eventually lead to the democratic society Iran truly wants. And, for the most part, they will have done it themselves.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.