Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tijuana Under Siege, War on the Border

There's a war on our southern border. I live only a short 1 hour 42 minutes north of the war zone. Tijuana, Mexico is almost as bad as Gaza or Mogadishu. The city sitting on the US-Mexico border is awash in drugs, guns, and potential illegal aliens. The Mexican Army is increasing its presence tonight.

Early this morning, Saturday, 13 people had been killed in running gunfights between the Mexican Army and a drug cartel and between competing gangs within the cartel. Nine people were wounded, eight suspects and one Federal Police Officer. The dead are all drug traffickers.

Mexican forces recovered 21 vehicles, many with US license plates and a total of 54 guns. More than 1500 spent shell casings littered several parts of the city.

By the end of the day, a total of 17 bodies had been recovered. Rival gangs of the Arellano Felix drug cartel battled with rifles and machine guns throughout the streets of Tijuana despite the presence of 3000 soldiers of the Mexican Army. Across Mexico, President Felipe Calderon has deployed 25,000 Army soldiers.

Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters, in Tijuana writes, "Fourteen bodies were lying in pools of blood on a road near assembly-for-export maquiladora plants on the city's eastern limits. The corpses were surrounded by hundreds of bullet casings and many of their faces were destroyed."

Body mutilation and decapitation has become common among the Mexican drug gangs in the last couple of years. It's meant to strike fear into the hearts of any who would resist. Muslim terrorists have set up training camps in South America and Mexico although Mexican officials say that isn't possible.

Diaz continues, "Two of the dead were believed to be senior hitmen for the Arellano Felix cartel and were identified by large gold rings on their fingers. The rings carried the icon of Saint Death, a ghoulish figure that gangsters believe protects them, police said."

In Tijuana alone, 190 people have been killed. Across Mexico in 2007, more than 2,500 drug killing have occurred and more than 900 since January 2008. According to a report in the L.A. Times, "gunmen stormed the home of Tijuana Deputy Police Chief Margarito Saldana Rivera, killing him, his wife and two daughters, the youngest age 12" last January.

Last week, Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito wrote a letter to the Tijuana daily newspaper, Frontera, in which he "publicly identified about three dozen local, state and federal law enforcement officers who he alleges are in league with organized crime." The General, Baja Governor, Baja Attorneys General, and the Secretary of Public Safety were ordered to Mexico City yesterday by Pres. Calderon to meet with Federal Secretary of Defense and secretary of Federal Public Security. The situation rapidly degenerated into open shooting.

Baja California Attorney General Rommel Moreno calls it a war. He told a news conference, "Today shows we are facing a terrible war never seen before on the (US-Mexico) border."

Heavily armed soldiers and police are patrolling the streets tonight and are guarding the central hospital where the wounded suspects are being held and treated. Re-enforcements have been dispatched from Mexico City in anticipation of retaliatory attacks by the Feliz cartel. And now more than ever, the Felix cartel has to guard against the rival drug gang from Sinaloa state run by Mexico's most wanted gangster, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.

A Tijuana resident living near the site of the first shootout on Boulevard Insurgentes said "he was struck by how young and heavily armed some of the victims were. He said one fallen gunman had a revolver in each hand, an AK-47 slung over his shoulder and an AR-15 rifle at his side." All very Hollywood, but all that fire power didn't him any good. He's still dead.

There's a hot shooting war on our southern border.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Clinton Touts Military Prowess

Hillary Clinton was in N. Carolina this week talking up her extensive military experience, her strong defense positions, and knowledge of veterans issues.

Addressing the home state of Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg, Clinton promised a hasty retreat from Iraq, and to improve the lives of veterans. She told anyone who would listen, "This will not be easy. There are no quick solutions to the dilemmas we face and the consequences that are likely to flow from whatever actions are taken."

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Peace Activists Attack Children and Cripples

Peace proponents are getting hypocritically violent. Fox News has this story:

A man heckling First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna outside the 92nd Street Y was arrested after he punched a wheelchair-bound girl whose parents had told him to shut up, authorities said Wednesday.

German Talis, 22, was shouting obscenities at the Bushes, who were leaving the building Tuesday, when he crossed paths with Wendy and John Lovetro and their daughter Maureen, 18, who has cerebral palsy.

They had been in the audience to hear the Bushes talk about their children's book, "Read All About It."

"He began yelling about Iraq and Iran at Jenna Bush. She was waving at the crowd. I told the guy, 'What are you doing? Shut up. This is about a child and books,' " said John Lovetro. "He was unperturbed. I said, 'Get out of here! You're being a moron!' "

The next thing he knew, Talis was allegedly punching Maureen, a fan of the first lady since meeting her in 2004.
There was a time when I knew that Peace Protesters were protesting for peace, now I'm not sure they aren't protesting peace itself.

Also read, A Soldier's Perspective, "When Violence Equals Peace". The story is about a 14 year old boy beaten by peaceniks at A Gathering of Eagles on April 22, just two days ago. Blogger, Wordsmith, says his piece at Flopping Aces.

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Whitey Warped Wright's Words

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is claiming his words have been twisted for nefarious purposes. The former pastor of Barack Obama, defended himself to PBS's Bill Moyers last night.

The Rev said, "I felt it was unfair...I felt it was unjust. I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that, were doing it for some very devious reasons...I think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I am un-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult at Trinity United Church of Christ. And by the way, guess who goes to his church, hint, hint, hint? That’s what they wanted to communicate."

I want to be fair to the Rev, so - Jerry declined his student deferment and signed on with the US Marine Corps, and served in the 2nd Marine Division in 1963. After 2 years, he transferred to the US Navy to become a Corpsman. He graduated Corpsman School as salutatorian and was awarded a spot on the LBJ presidential medical team where he received three commendations.

Ok, he's got bone fides. So we should let him slide when he says really stupid stuff like what's in this verbatim transcript:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, 4/13/03:

The British government failed, the Russian government failed, the Japanese government failed, the German government failed, and the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese decent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. The government put them in chains. She put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton fields, put them in inferior schools, put them in sub-standard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education, and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three strike law, and then wants us to sing God Bless America ... no, no, no.

Not God bless America, God damn America. That's in the Bible, for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating her citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent. Think about this, think about this.

For every one Oprah, a billionaire, you've got 5 million blacks who out of work. For every one Colin Powell, a millionaire, you've got 10 million blacks who cannot read. For every one Condoskeeza Rice, you've got 1 million in prison. For every one Tiger Woods, who needs to get beat, at the Masters, with his cap, blazin' hips playing on a course that discriminates against women. God has his way of bringing you up short when you get to big for your cap, blazin britches. For every one Tiger Woods, we got 10,000 black kids who will never see a golf course. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.

From "Confusing God and Government"
ABC, The Blotter
Condoskeeza Rice?

Remember, his words were twisted for nefarious purposes, so don't trust the verbatim transcript.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Al-Zawahiri Warns 'Don't Trust Iran'

Who really attacked the Great Satan on 9/11 has been the subject of rumors since the actual event. Al-Qaeda set up a website to answer that and other stupid questions. The answer is, according to Zawahiri, that al-Qaeda did it, 'Yep, we did it. Not Israel. Not the U.S. Not Iran. Just us, al-Qaida.'

You'd think that would be the end of it, but some mohammedan putz asked bin-Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri if the story that Israel was the real brains and brawn behind the attacks was true. One would think that any mussleman would gladly blame Israel for the dastardly deed. But not Zawahiri and AQ, nooooo.

A.Z. said the the damnable lie was started the Hezbollah TV station, Al-Manar. "The purpose of this lie is clear - [to suggest] that there are no heroes among the Sunnis who can hurt America as no-one else did in history...Iranian media snapped up this lie and repeated it."

Continuing for two colorful and exciting hours, A.Z. accused Iran of collaboration with the U.S. in the 2001 Afghanistan invasion that bumped off the al-Qaeda ally, Taliban. He said, "Iran's aim here is also clear - to cover up its involvement with America in invading the homes of Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq."

This was AQ's second verbal assault on Iran, a Shia Islam country, in the past few weeks. Earlier, marking the fall of Saddam's regime, Zawahiri said Iran was planning to annex southern Iraq and the eastern Arabian peninsula.

Pretty crazy, huh?

Not everything al-Zawahiri had to say was nuts. He said global warming demonstrated "how criminal, brutal and greedy the Western Crusader world is, with America at the top." Global warming, he predicted, would "make the world more sympathetic to and understanding of the Muslims' jihad against the aggressor America."

See, that wasn't crazy at all.

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Al-Zawahiri Excoriates Muslims

Osama Bin Laden's No. 2, top lieutenant, main man, Ayman al-Zawahiri blasted and slammed Muslms for not supporting the home team in a new taped message Tuesday.

In his excoriating message AZ said, "I call upon the Muslim nation to fear Allah's question (at judgement day) about its failure to support its brothers of the Mujahedeen (holy Warriors), and (urge it) not to withhold men and money, which is the mainstay of a war."

AZ also urged Mohamadans to rush to jihad in Iraq because, he claims, opposition to the Maliki government and the Western Coalition Forces is succeeding. "I urge all Muslims to hurry to the battlefields of Jihad (holy war), especially in Iraq ... The situation in Iraq heralds an imminent victory of Islam and the defeat of the crusaders and those who stand under their flag."

Turning his attention to the Hamas/Carter talks, a violation of the 1799 Logan Act, Zawahiri asked, "How can they put a matter that violates Sharia to a referendum?" On Monday morning, former Pres Jimmy Carter, currently senile fool Jimmy Carter, said that Hamas had promised they would recognize Israel and live together in peace and harmony forever and ever. That afternoon, Hamas told the world media, 'No we didn't. We didn't say any such thing to that fool peanut farmer. We said we would live peacefully next to the graves of Israelis forever and ever.' Okay, they didn't say that exactly, but that's essentially what was said.

Anyway, Zawahiri went on and on for 2 hours, finally saying that all Muslims should unite behind the "more advanced" al-Qaeda supported "Islamic State of Iraq" and to make Iraq a "fortress of Islam".

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dignity of Plants Must be Respected say Swiss Experts

In the summer of 1987, the Iran-Contra Congressional Hearings held the nation in thrall. Brendan V. Sullivan, attorney for Lieut. Col. Oliver North, exasperated at being disrespected by the Congressional questioners, dramatically declared, "I am not a potted plant."

If Sullivan were a potted plant today, he would be respected a great deal more if the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-human Gene Technology have their way.

Plants deserve respect, a group of Swiss experts said Monday, arguing that killing them arbitrarily was morally wrong -- except when it comes to saving humans or maybe picking petals off a daisy.

In a report on "the dignity of the creature in the plant world," the federal Ethics Committee on non-human Gene Technology condemned the decapitation of flowers without reason, among other sins.

Still, commission member Bernard Baertsche suggested at a press conference the body weighed such cruel acts on a case-by-case basis, noting "the simple pleasure of picking the petals off a daisy might suffice as a reason."

Similarly "all action that involves plants in the aim to conserve the human species is morally justified," the commission, tasked to offer an ethical take on all areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering, said in its report.

Nor did the commission object to genetic engineering, since this did not threaten plants' "autonomy -- that is their capacity to reproduce or their capacity of adaptation."

And only a minority of the group's members objected to patenting plants, with the majority ruling the action did not infringe on "their moral value."
Wow. Who knew that plants had moral value and moral rights? How long til plants have legal and civil rights?

I'm a bit concerned about the acceptability of picking the petals from daisies, though. First, it's plucking petals from daisies, then it's plucking wings from butterflies. From there it's a short hop, skip, and a jump to torturing animals, and then people. Before you know it, mass killing is commonplace. And wars.

Soon someone, an environmental hippie probably, trying to end the madness, will tell us that war is not healthy for children and other living things. Before long, non-human animals will gain significant rights and then plants.

The insanity ... it never ends.

And Brendan Sullivan - in the months after the Iran-Contra Hearings, Sullivan received 170 potted plants.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Jimmy Carter's America

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Food Rationing in the Land of Plenty

America feeds the world. We all know that's true. Just look at the sacks of food delivered by UN relief agencies to food-poor countries around the planet. Most have USAID printed right there on the sacks.

Today the New York Sun is reporting food rationing has come to America, the worlds food pantry. Our cupboards are becoming as bare as Old Mother Hubbard's. From New York City, NY to Palo Alto, CA food stores are being depleted and individual stores are restricting the quantities shoppers can buy.

Remember food rationing during World War II? Remember gas rationing of the 1970s? Welcome to the brave new world of food rationing in America and this time it may be permanent.

Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World

By JOSH GERSTEIN, Staff Reporter of the Sun April 21, 2008

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing.

Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.

At a Costco Warehouse in Mountain View, Calif., yesterday, shoppers grew frustrated and occasionally uttered expletives as they searched in vain for the large sacks of rice they usually buy.

“Where’s the rice?” an engineer from Palo Alto, Calif., Yajun Liu, said. “You should be able to buy something like rice. This is ridiculous.”

The bustling store in the heart of Silicon Valley usually sells four or five varieties of rice to a clientele largely of Asian immigrants, but only about half a pallet of Indian-grown Basmati rice was left in stock. A 20-pound bag was selling for $15.99.

“You can’t eat this every day. It’s too heavy,” a health care executive from Palo Alto, Sharad Patel, grumbled as his son loaded two sacks of the Basmati into a shopping cart. “We only need one bag but I’m getting two in case a neighbor or a friend needs it,” the elder man said.

The Patels seemed headed for disappointment, as most Costco members were being allowed to buy only one bag. Moments earlier, a clerk dropped two sacks back on the stack after taking them from another customer who tried to exceed the one-bag cap.

“Due to the limited availability of rice, we are limiting rice purchases based on your prior purchasing history,” a sign above the dwindling supply said.

Shoppers said the limits had been in place for a few days, and that rice supplies had been spotty for a few weeks. A store manager referred questions to officials at Costco headquarters near Seattle, who did not return calls or e-mail messages yesterday.

An employee at the Costco store in Queens said there were no restrictions on rice buying, but limits were being imposed on purchases of oil and flour. Internet postings attributed some of the shortage at the retail level to bakery owners who flocked to warehouse stores when the price of flour from commercial suppliers doubled.

The curbs and shortages are being tracked with concern by survivalists who view the phenomenon as a harbinger of more serious trouble to come.

“It’s sporadic. It’s not every store, but it’s becoming more commonplace,” the editor of, James Rawles, said. “The number of reports I’ve been getting from readers who have seen signs posted with limits has increased almost exponentially, I’d say in the last three to five weeks.”

Spiking food prices have led to riots in recent weeks in Haiti, Indonesia, and several African nations. India recently banned export of all but the highest quality rice, and Vietnam blocked the signing of new contract for foreign rice sales.

“I’m surprised the Bush administration hasn’t slapped export controls on wheat,” Mr. Rawles said. “The Asian countries are here buying every kind of wheat.”

Mr. Rawles said it is hard to know how much of the shortages are due to lagging supply and how much is caused by consumers hedging against future price hikes or a total lack of product.

“There have been so many stories about worldwide shortages that it encourages people to stock up. What most people don’t realize is that supply chains have changed, so inventories are very short,” Mr. Rawles, a former Army intelligence officer, said. “Even if people increased their purchasing by 20%, all the store shelves would be wiped out.”

At the moment, large chain retailers seem more prone to shortages and limits than do smaller chains and mom-and-pop stores, perhaps because store managers at the larger companies have less discretion to increase prices locally.

Mr. Rawles said the spot shortages seemed to be most frequent in the Northeast and all the way along the West Coast. He said he had heard reports of buying limits at Sam’s Club warehouses, which are owned by Wal-Mart Stores, but a spokesman for the company, Kory Lundberg, said he was not aware of any shortages or limits.

An anonymous high-tech professional writing on an investment Web site, Seeking Alpha, said he recently bought 10 50-pound bags of rice at Costco. “I am concerned that when the news of rice shortage spreads, there will be panic buying and the shelves will be empty in no time. I do not intend to cause a panic, and I am not speculating on rice to make profit. I am just hoarding some for my own consumption,” he wrote.

For now, rice is available at Asian markets in California, though consumers have fewer choices when buying the largest bags. “At our neighborhood store, it’s very expensive, more than $30” for a 25-pound bag, a housewife from Mountain View, Theresa Esquerra, said. “I’m not going to pay $30. Maybe we’ll just eat bread.”
The end is nigh. At least, the end of unrestricted consumption. What comes next and how serious it will be is any one's guess. My bet is on the biggest food fight the planet has ever seen and if anyone is left to right the history, Al Gore will get the finger and the well deserved blame.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Al Gore's Utopian Vision is Killing People

The price of rice has increased 74% in a year, 130% for wheat, soy is up 87%, and corn prices have doubled, according to the International Monetary Fund. Reported by The Age yesterday, the World Bank says 33 countries are at risk of political destabilization and internal unrest. While Al Gore and his Fried Earthers worry about carbon footprints in the sands of time, time is running out, not just for the Earth's poorest nations, but everyone. Food stockpiles are dwindling and people are beginning the slow process of starvation.

Mexicans by the thousands took part in the tortilla riots last year blaming diversion of their staple food crop, maize or corn, into biofuel production. The Pakistani administration defeated in recent elections pointed to the rising flour prices and the resultant anger in part as to why they lost in February. Near riots caused the government of Haiti to fall last weekend over rising costs of food.

Bangladeshi garment workers went on strike and fought with police because of the sudden high cost of food. The urban middle-class in Dhaka are being squeezed and using what little savings they have to buy food that is becoming increasingly scarce. Rural villagers and farmers are holding back crops they may need to feed their own families, rather than sell the foodstuffs to the middle-class urban dwellers.

The blogger, Sandmonkey, covered the rioting in Mhalla, Egypt two weeks ago. The local textile workers went on strike protesting government food prices. The workers demanded wage increases to compensate for inflation. Eventually, some 50,000 people were on the streets in full riot mode. After several days of violence and arrests of strike leaders and bloggers, strikers "reached some kind of compromise over 'food allowance' that prompted them to cancel the strike."

Indonesia has banned almost all private rice exports last week, despite the bumper crop harvest in hopes of stemming domestic food price inflation. The government increased the price of subsidized rice to the poor by 60% and expanded eligibility to millions more Indonesians to head off social unrest. VietNam and India have imposed export restrictions, too.

The world's largest rice importer, the Philippines, is desperately trying to find suppliers to fill its staple rice shortfall. The government in Manila is saying they will charge with economic sabotage anyone who hordes rice, a charge carrying a life prison term. With a daily wage of 100-200 pesos ($2-5 American), most of Manila's poor spend their entire days pay on rice that will last only one meal for a family of four.

Last year, the United States produced 81 million tons of grain - 20% of the total US grain crop - to make ethanol. In Paris last Thursday, the Bush administration said, "We are looking at a five-fold increase in renewable fuel." Greater than half of that five-fold increase will come from Congressionally mandated "second-generation" biofuel non-foodstuffs, like switchgrass and wood byproducts. The wood byproducts are easy to come by through the lumber industry, but switchgrass in a wild weed plant that must be grown domestically for large production use. That means food grain growing land must be given over to switchgrass, again depleting food stocks in favor of biofuel supplies.

Biiofuel defenders tell us there are multiple reasons for food shortages. The growing demand in China and India for dietary meats and growing milk and dairy product consumption. Eight pounds of grain are required to produce two pounds of pork, and four pounds of grain to get two pounds of beef.

Iowa Beef Center Director Dr. John Lawrence, says, "While the drought does have some impact, the demand for corn and crop acres is also contributing to the pressure on beef-cow herds... Corn acreage in the Cornbelt and four bordering states increased by more than 10 million acres in 2007, while soybean acreage decreased by less than 9 million acres."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports a small decrease in the number of cattle fed grain feed in Iowa compared to the year before. Because of the increasing corn prices, more grazing pastures are turning to plow acreage as more Iowa farmers choose selling corn for biofuel than using it as feed for livestock or human consumption.

Any way one tries to see the picture, diverting foodstuffs from feeding people to biofuels to feed out vehicles and industries will leave very few people to purchase and use whatever is produced. Al Gores Utopian vision that is making him very wealthy is rapidly turning deadly serious and shortly, just plain deadly.

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