sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, February 24, 2011

BLOODY MEXICO - Guadalajara

For years, Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco State dodged the violence that gripped other parts of Mexico. That's over now and the beheadings and murders are back on track, with only a fraction being reported by the local press.

Fox News Reports: The head of Mexican state police department targeting car thieves has been slain by gunmen who attacked his vehicle. The attorney general's office of Jalisco state says Jesus Quirarte Ruvalcaba and his wife, Maria Guadalupe Aldrete Rosales, were killed Thursday morning in the city of Zapopan on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Authorities say Quirarte and Aldrete were apparently on their way to work in a state-owned Dodge Ram when gunmen fired on them. Investigators found about one hundred 9 mm and 7.62 mm casings at the scene.

Violence has spread in Jalisco recently as rival gangs battle for control of crime. On Feb. 12, armed men attacked a Guadalajara nightclub, killing six people and wounding dozens more. 

To put the problem into perspective, Jalisco State has been claimed by the Sinaloa Federation Narcotics Cartel. Another group calling itself "The Resistance is pushing back. The Resistance is comprised of a mixed group of former Mexican Special Forces and police gone rogue (Los Zetas) and members of other rival cartels that have drawn together to fight a common enemy.

To put it bluntly, it's no longer safe to be on the streets of Guadalajara after dark, and it's really a shame, because traditionally it's been a rather nice city. Reports from town directly to this blogger indicate that many are leaving the city because they expect the gang war and violence to increase. I think that's an accurate litmus test. As Fox news reported (further), "Armed men opened fire and hurled a grenade into a crowded nightclub early Saturday, killing six people and wounding at least 37 in a western city whose former tranquility has been shattered by escalating battles among drug cartels."

Is Gadhafi a Dead Duck?

h/t DALE

"A former Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil told a Swedish newspaper he expected the increasingly isolated Libyan leader to commit suicide the way Adolf Hitler did at the end of World War Two rather than surrender or flee." (Reuters)

The reports conflict at the moment and the oil market is bouncing up and down like a basketball at the play-offs. Today the Saudis guaranteed to increase production to match Libyan shortfalls... and everyone wonders if the House of Saud will survive. They increased the pay of everyone in the kingdom by 15% to "pour oil on the water" with unhappy subjects.

Meanwhile, nobody knows whether Gadhafi is alive or dead. His troops surged today, slaughtering and attempting to beat back turf gains that the insurgents made in recent days.

And while all the drama unfolds throughout the Middle East, New Home Prices dropped 12.9%, Wisconsin Democratic Party Legislators are hiding from the police in other states so they won't have to do what the public hired them to do, and a full 26% of Americans believe that the US is "headed in the right direction".

The only shocking bit of news is that unlike Obama, Gadhafi is blaming Osama bin Laden for his internal problems. If it ("it" meaning anything) happens here, the administration would have laid all blame at the feet of George Bush.


I often suggest on this blog that President Barack Hussein Obama consistently works against the best interests of Americans. I have consistently preached here on Virtual Mirage that America's largest looming concern was our dependence on foreign oil. Imagine an America where our foreign policy decisions weren't guided in large measure by considerations placed on it by foreign oil suppliers.

George Bush (remember him?) lifted the ban on domestic drilling and it sent domestic crude prices downward. Barack Obama in his orgy of hope and change blocked domestic drilling. The very first thing that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did was to cancel leases for energy exploration. 

There is oil in the US. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska has an estimated 16 billion barrels of recoverable crude and the Green River Formation (Utah, Wyoming & Colorado) have an estimated 800 million barrels of recoverable crude oil. The Congressional Research Service reported in 2009 that the US has a recoverable supply of oil  in excess of 160 billion barrels. (equal to 75 years of OPEC oil imports). One would hope that in 75 years we will find an alternative to petroleum as our primary energy source...but who knows?

Yes, I know that Al Gore opposes oil exploration and drilling, but frankly, I don't care what Gore likes/doesn't like. It would be nice if we weren't dependent on oil. I'd be thrilled if we had some sort of real solution to oil, but we don't.

If we opened ANWR to drilling today, we'd see oil at the pumps by the end of the decade. Other areas in the US are more likely to provide oil to market more quickly. It takes time to get things in place. It's time to open up oil leases and to get things moving NOW. 

I don't know what's going to happen in Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran - but do any of you trust the oil supply coming from THERE? Investor's Business Daily has a good article on the subject HERE.

The Saudis announced that they are pursuing a nuclear power program now that Iran is building a bomb. Russia backs the Iranian program, France supports the Saudis. Both claim to be pursuing peaceful research into energy generation. Kuwait is relying on British support for their peaceful nuclear program. Does any of this make any of you feel that the world's oil supply is safer? I don't predict a nuclear war in the Middle East in the near future, but the sad truth is that AMERICA needs to chart a course where our own oil needs are hedged. --- and guess what? President Obama opposes that. What a shock!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gadhafi -- DUCK

I don't know whether or not Moammar Gadhafi's days as dictator of Libya will be cut short by his repressed masses who are smelling freedom on the other side of that line of soldiers with bayonets or not. President Obama (closet Muslim) reached out a hand of friendship to Gadhafi, murderer of his own and of our own. I never thought that I'd see the day when a US President could stoop so low -- but it was early in his presidency and he bowed to just about every dictator and thug/strongman despot on the planet. 

I REMEMBER LOCKERBIE and President Reagan did his best to send a message to Gadhafi. It's history now but the war was short and one-sided. When it ended the dictator retired to his tent and the terror ended. We failed to achieve regime change (nobody's perfect), but we tried.

Fast forward to 2011 and the people themselves have taken to the streets to do what the President Reagan tried to help them do. Col. Gadhafi (dictator-for-life) responded by ordering aircraft to strafe demonstrators and to have the Libyan navy shell coastal areas where the people were demonstrating.

One Libyan naval vessel has reportedly mutinied and is in the waters off Malta. It's officers and crew found it repugnant to turn cannons on their fellow Libyans - dictator's orders or not. Gadhafi has ordered anyone who fails to fire on unarmed demonstrators to be executed.

Some cynics believe that Gadhafi is actually Michael Jackson, citing their general physical similarities, they both "like" boys and the disturbing coincidence that nobody ever saw Jacko and Gadhafi at the same party. One is/was the King of Pop and the other, King of Libya. 

SecState Hillary Clinton sent a message to Gadhafi urging restraint in his treatment of his rioting citizens. Obviously the dictator-for-life is not a Clinton fan because he's ignored her 'strongly worded entreaty'.

Gadhafi, leader of a terrorist state, needs to be toppled by his own people, but the US needs to offer full and financial support of the "next regime" until they get on their feet and are able to spend their oil trillions. We need to offer our full faith and advice in any matter they may need help on. However since Obama bowed to the dictator, he's unlikely to take the bow back... Obama, a socialist, is unlikely to support any new Libyan regime that shows signs of democracy and unbridled capitalism. 

We simply witness yet another outrage in this Age of the ObamaNation.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Is Gadhafi on the Ropes?

Al Jazeera reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has ordered the Libyan air force to fire on military installations in Libya. The BBC has also confirmed that air force fighter aircraft have opened fire on crowds of protesters.
 Similar reports of the Libyan navy firing on targets onshore also are emerging, as well as reports that Gadhafi has given execution orders to soldiers who have refused to fire on Libyan protesters.
Photo Courtesy UK Guardian

As one of the latest dictatorships in Egypt to feel the wrath of the people that they've been oppressing, I can't help but feel that President Obama will once again dither in formulating an opinion on the matter. On one side, he's been very friendly with the Libyan strongman since taking office. On the other, the American people feel that toppling the virulently anti-American dictator might be a good thing.

One wonders whether the slaughter of many thousands of Gadhafi's countrymen will backfire for him (the way it has elsewhere) or not. Will Gadhafi's head end up on a pike, will he be hung by the neck (or the heels) from a light pole, or will he continue on as dictator-for-life?

Leadership Deficit

Happy President's Day -- now lets look at where the present leadership has and is taking the United States:

The second anniversary of the stimulus package, passed on Feb. 17, 2009, saw an additional $3.4 trillion having been added to the national debt, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt. During that year, the government has had to borrow an additional $29,600 per household, raising the total debt burden to $125,475 per household.

When Ronald Reagan took office, we were in the grip of financial woes and had four failed years of President Jimmy Carter (by all accounts the worst president in recent years--until Obama took office). He inherited a nation that was suffering from crippling inflation (prime rate 21.5%) and from a president whose only foreign policy was appeasement. Does that sound familiar?

Today, we have very weak and unreliable leadership in the White House, the nation is in serious financial trouble and the economic malaise isn't going away. The Obama solution has been to increase the burden of government regulation, nationalize General Motors and swallow the healthcare industry. The unemployment numbers only inch up and the dramatic increase in government subsidies and programs stagnate rather than helping. Oil prices are rising and may reach the projected $5.00 mark at the pumps by the end of the year.

Leadership matters and the direction that leadership takes the country matters.  We can turn the ship around but we can't do it with the current fool in charge -- and like a dog with fleas -- with his coterie of misfits filling appointed positions.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Love on the Rocks?

Is the liberal love affair with Obama beginning to tremble and crack? Have they tasted a dose of reality? Do they really think that the President of the United States should send his army of political/community organizers to Wisconsin to try and topple a governor who is working to save jobs - including teachers - from lay-off?
No, I'm not suggesting that the SEIU thugs that were bussed in love the source of their funding any less. And, I'm not suggesting that many Wisconsin state workers have the maturity to see the handwriting on the wall.

Governor Scott Walker proposed that state employee wage increases be indexed to the rate of inflation unless approved in a voter referendum. Public employees could opt out of paying union dues after current contracts expire, with dues no longer collected automatically. (the unions tremble) State workers will have to increase contributions to their pensions to 5.8 percent of salary, and double contributions to health insurance premiums to 12.6 percent of salary. The plan calls for raising appropriations for prisons and the Medicaid program, which is underfunded by $153 million, while making changes to the health insurance program for the poor. It also calls for selling the state's heating plants.

Iowa Democrats are trying to block similar efforts there where their state faces equally ominous economic forecasts. Ohio is following Wisconsin in an effort to curb run-away public employee unions. The word that keeps coming up is UNSUSTAINABLE. Crazed liberal whack jobs rant but there are a lot of liberals who see the handwriting on the wall, and they will vote too. Bringing balance to a system that has tipped too far is essential to saving the states and saving the nation.

Nobody expects Obama (deeply into the pockets of the unions) to do anything but be unpresidential (what's new?).

Wisconsin joins many states in the union who are running vast deficits and constitutional mandates to balance their budgets. The unions may howl, but ultimately voters from across the spectrum will decide the fate of government union workers and of the unions themselves. The public will have to increase taxes to unheard of levels or to reduce COSTS. It's not rocket science.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Michelle Obama

Yes, she's a shrew. Yes, she feels ashamed to be an American -- or she did up to the point where she became First Lady, and one would presume that it feels pretty good to be lapping at the federal trough so completely.  But perhaps it's not all it's cracked up to be, for like Hillary when she slept in that bed, she's not calling the shots.

(h/t DALE)

In her efforts to show that she is 'doing something' other than taking lavish vacations at public expense,  she has set out to conquer childhood obesity by encouraging government control over fast food (private industry). She does shy away from criticizing big contributors to the Obama campaign like Pepsi (even though KFC is a subsidiary).

The Federal Government under the Obama Administration has made its bones on telling private companies what they can and can't sell and on what they can and can't do - and added over 200,000 new federal jobs to try and make the point. There, out front, leading the charge at a waddle is the lady with the mean face, the ample bodied hypocrite, Michelle (Marie) Obama.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Human Rights -- for women

In many nations of the world, women live in fear precisely because they are women. The United Nations has a council dedicated to the rights of women and both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been appointed to participate in the United Nations Agency for Women. Watch a video on that subject here (LINK). (h/t Coffeypot) Some Saudi Arabia, routinely deny equal rights or protection under the law to women.

It's odd that anyone would say that 'human rights' need to be extended to women, who represent 51+% of the population. However, they do.

There are countries where rape is so endemic that billboards are posted in an attempt to keep men from raping women.

In Egypt where we saw reporter Lara Logan raped repeatedly (LINK), this report has been made:
On Friday, the Egypt story took another dark turn when CBS correspondent Lara Logan was separated from her crew and security. A group of rioting “freedom fighters” saw Ms. Logan and decided to administer a personal jihad of sorts to her and CBS. Press reports are scant, but Ms. Logan was the victim of a severe sexual assault that left her devastated. CBS itself reported that Ms. Logan was “surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault.”
Islam is primarily a religion that subjugates woman. Men typically treat their women like chattel while forcing them to cover their bodies in cloth from head to toe. Nowhere in the Koran does it say that women should have no identity. The burka is a modern construct designed to control the feminine voice within Islam. In Islam the feminine sex and sexuality are destroyed, leading to wide-scale repression among members of both genders.
This isn't new in Egypt as the report below indicates.

Christians in America and Europe worry about the secularisation of their holiday.... Egypt's Christians have a far more basic worry....
A serious fear of Egyptian Christian parents is not the assimilation of their children into a Muslim majority but the fear of their daughters being abducted, raped and forced to convert to Islam. So fearful are many Christians that they prefer to live in a garbage choked section of Cairo inhabited exclusively by Christians, who would rather risk serious illness and death by disease than the loss of their daughters to predatory Muslims who kidnap their daughters under cover of active police collaboration....
Assyrian International News Agency reports as follows on cases involving Coptic Christian girls who were kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam by a Muslim gang that was allowed to act with impunity.
Striving to protect women from men who would abuse and injure them is or should be the duty of every civilized nation, but many nations do not accord equal rights and and protection to women. Those nations need to be singled out and sanctioned.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Courage in Public Office

The bulk of the US Budget is comprised of entitlements doled out to US Citizens, principally Social Security and Medicare. The numbers are staggering and with the $1.1 trillion dollars in new borrowing that the Obama Administration has proposed, those programs are presently unsustainable. The US MUST adopt a system that forces government to balance the budget. Yes, that will be balanced on the backs of the American people, but they're responsible for paying the debt back -- or their children/grandchildren are.

Vice President Biden announced this week that the Obama Administration proposes to spend $53 billion over six years to construct a national high speed rail system, which will then loose money because outside of the East Coast, most people don't ride the rails. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the administration's ultimate goal of bringing high speed rail to 80% of the population could cost $500 billion -- and it will loose even more money in operating costs, just like AmTrak. If we were solvent, I wouldn't care. If they Administration could wrap their hands around entitlement spending, I wouldn't care. Government wastes my money so I don't have to. This would be another in a long series of failed projects.

Every time spending comes up and balanced budgets rear their heads, the Administration runs for cover because they don't want to face the reality that SOCIALISM  DOESN'T  WORK. Because it doesn't and never has, the government needs to take President Reagan's approach. Allow the people to create their own solutions.

If a high speed rail project had a prayer of profitability, the private sector would build it. And they're not. Sometimes courage in public office requires that you step back from grandiose ideas such as ObamaCare and this foolish national high speed rail system. The nation is in the grip of a recession - and depending on where you live, a depression. The nation can't tax and borrow its way out of this slump. Job creation is a function of the private sector.

Joe and Barack - show a little courage and don't propose anything involving spending more. Courage means spending less, and taking the heat for it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Immigration Control through Enforcement

The Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America's Security Act

Senator Orrin Hatch will propose new legislation later this week. (LINK HERE)  He said this about that, "I continue to believe that we must do everything to properly and finally secure our border. Many of our nation’s problems result from a residual effect of a porous border and a breakdown of our immigration enforcement system. I continue to work with and support my colleagues whose states are located along the Southwest border. Of all people, they know what resources we need to deploy to accomplish the job."

Sen. Hatch's legislation includes the following provisions: 

(1) Prohibits the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security from issuing a mass amnesty to illegal aliens through the use of deferred action. Deportation cases could only be deferred after being considered on a case-by-case basis.

(2) Requires municipalities participating in Secure Communities or 287(g) to fully comply with federal immigration enforcement agents.

(3) Requires the Department of Homeland Security to create a mandatory exit procedure for all foreign visitors to the United States.

(4) Eliminates the Visa Lottery that issues 50,000 greencards regardless of the individual's educational or economic attainment.

(5) Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to draft a document every year detailing the dollar amount of federal welfare benefits received by illegal alien households in each state and the District of Columbia.

(6) Allows states to continue receiving federal matching dollars for covering legal immigrant children and legal immigrant pregnant women, but only after the state has provided the federal government with evidence that at least 90% of its eligible U.S. citizen children and pregnant women have been covered by either CHIP or Medicaid.

(7) Requires the IRS to notify employers when there is a mismatch between an individual and a social security number, and if the employer does not act within 60 days, requires the IRS to notify the Social Security number holder.

(8) Allows authorities to charge individuals who have used stolen identities, who are also being charged with another felony, to be charged with aggravated identity theft.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Chinese Torture Toy

Today we celebrate (once again) the birthday of my oldest daughter, Amanda (28). Having been put in charge of the "find something for the 2, two-year-old grandchildren to do committee", I went to Costco, purveyor of fine Chinese goods.

I took my 19 year-old daughter, Emilie, along to assist in my quest. Emilie spotted a toy and immediately laid into me about how, when she was a child, she never had that sort of toy. Little did I know that she picked out the Chinese Torture Toy. It's called the "Jumbo FUN Ball". How's that for an oxymoron?

Boxed Toy

Laid out on the driveway. It looks like a very big pile of plastic goo.

The assembly/inflation process began. The Chinese thoughtfully included a hand pump and the directions said that it only took 20 minutes to inflate the toy. I chalked it up to communist disinformation. Little red ball, indeed!

This is AMERICA, and while fifty Egyptian galley slaves might have been able to pump up the "fun ball" in twenty minutes, I decided to bring out the big guns for this project. 

A twenty-pound CO2 tank that I keep handy for just such emergencies (I was a Boy Scout) seemed to be just the ticket.

The tank (roughly the size of a scuba steel 72) provides the scale for the red blob.

Note that using the CO2 tank, blasting pressurized gas into this contraption, 
twenty minutes later, the inflation process is far from complete.

The big red blob/fun toy is so large that I had to bring it into the house through double-doors in order to get it 'inside' while partially inflated. There it sits on the living room floor**, malevolently daring me to complete my work.
** Floor constructed of ungauged slate.

The fully inflated "fun ball" rests between a love seat and sofa in the parlor (we have a living room, parlor and family room that adjoin. This photo provides a good scale for the Chinese Torture Toy.

Emilie, 5'6", lays fetus-like inside the fun ball, waiting for her niece and nephew to use the toy to amuse themselves.

Something to keep in mind. While the $29.00 Costco price was more or less nominal, it took about 2.5 hours to inflate using the latest technology available. The ball is so large that I have no idea where to store it. It won't go out the double front doors or the sliding glass doors while fully inflated --- so storage is an issue. The CO2 supply people will be thrilled when I show up to refill the 20 lbs. tank every time I need it to amuse the "terrible" two-year-olds.

Notwithstanding its status as a 'torture toy', the kids and grandkids loved it.


Utopian socialism (Obamunism) is one of those philosophies that persuades people that you can borrow forever and spend at will. That government will always be there to send you a check - you really don't need to work, and that everything in your life is being planned by a wise and benevolent administration in Washington.

Unicorns and rainbows are cool, but the Obamunists have spent nearly 5,000,000,000,000 (five trillion dollars) in the last two years. As yourselves what we have to show for it. If you don't feel as though that five trillion dollars made it into your pocket, you're right - but guess who is on the hook for it? It's like buying a big fancy car and giving it to your kid, who trashes it.

I've heard that "the American People" are less than happy with the notion of entitlement cuts. Who wouldn't be, especially when the economy is in a shambles. A smaller safety net means that fewer people can be effectively rescued by the government. The problem with this is that the money that goes to pay entitlements (Medicare an Social Security) is BORROWED MONEY.

The government has squandered your legacy - and it's time to pay up. 

How does the Obama Administration deal with this reality? They tell you that the Republicans want to take the (borrowed) bread from your mouth and that if you don't keep the thugocracy in office, you'll starve. Cutting entitlements is not popular and I understand that, but there is no other constructive way forward for our nation.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Will Atlas Shrug?

If you want to know, you'll have to see the movie, due out April 15 (of all days)...

Oh, and by the way, who IS John Galt?

Friday, February 11, 2011

US Trade War with China

The United States is in a trade war with the People's Republic of China, and it's the oddest trade war/exchange rate war I've seen -- with a pantheon of self-interested characters.

"According to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the latest statistics show that, in just two weeks from October 1 to 15, 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce developed as many as 24 trade remedies and related cases involving China. Nine of those incidents occurred in just four days from October 12 to 15. Since September, the U.S. has launched seven “section-337” investigations and one “section-301” investigation, involving products such as solar lights, LCD monitors, and printer cartridges. If we look at just the famous case of special protection given to U.S.-made tires, we can easily see that, indeed, the U.S. has launched a trade war with China. Whether China wants it or not, most of the world's media can see it clearly." (Quishi Journal Dec. 12, 2010 - CCCPC Pub)

The Chinese feel that anytime an investigation is made public, it's a direct assault on their reputation and credibility. It's simply how they view the world. Things are viewed differently in the West where the Obama Administration is being accused as being insufficiently transparent. In China the government tries very hard to be mysterious and opaque. It's not, but they work at it.

It's equally odd that the Chinese would resurrect Chairman Mao in this late date when China is the world's largest capitalist country - operating under a single-party communist shell. The Chinese Central Government has thrown down the gauntlet by reminding everyone of Mao's “Cast Away Illusions; Prepare for Struggle” speech. (August 14, 1949) where he said, Our wishes to persuade the imperialists and those who are against China to be kindhearted and repent are fruitless and will never come to pass. The only way is to organize forces to fight against them. One fundamental principle that we must follow is the strategy, “If friends come, treat them with wine; if jackals come, we have shotguns for them.”

One can presume that the Jackals then as now, refer primarily to the United States. (home of the running dog, imperialist, compradores of the pseudo-intelligencia, etc.) When I last visited Mao's tomb in Beijing (and I've been there several times), people were selling Mao golf balls, Mao hats, Mao fans, Mao sandals, etc. In 1970 you would have been sentenced to a reeducation camp for life for even possessing such items. Mao in China is a bit of a dual personality - there when you need to stir up patriotic fervor, but mostly forgotten.  (For more on this in a general sense, see Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now, by Jan Wong. When I met Jan and discussed her book, she spoke of the same thing.)

China holds VAST US currency reserves. As they pulled out of the grip of communism and replaced collectivism with capitalism, China saw US Dollars as the thing to hoard. Today the Federal Reserve is printing $100 billion/month to 'foster economic recovery and job creation'. The Chinese are panicked because it devalues the dollars they're holding. They consider this a salvo aimed at them. Truth be told, it is. At least in part.

Quietly and secretly the Chinese are selling off US Treasury notes at discounted rates in the hopes of recouping some of their losses before the dollar slides too far. They don't want to be seen as dumping US Treasuries because that would mean that they made a mistake when they bought them in the first place and nobody wants to suffer that sort of loss of face/prestige in a public setting. You have to be Asian to appreciate this. 

classic Chinese theater

Other nations won't follow China's lead in a war on the US Dollar, and this is a problem for China in their efforts to retaliate against Uncle Sam and not buy US Treasuries. Other than China; Japan, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and India hold the most dollars in reserve. None of those countries is disposed to break from the US since it's more or less the only game on the planet at the moment with the threat to the future of the Euro still hanging in the balance.

So China's options are all domestic: They can publicly sell their US Dollars (at a discount) to devalue US Dollars but that is more or less like a snake eating its tail since they hold so much US Currency that by doing that, they beggar themselves. Since the US is over-printing dollars, the US may do it for them, and they're in a bind no matter how they deal with it.

China has embarked on a plan to buy the debt of other countries instead of US Dollars to promote friendship with those countries and to teach the US a lesson. From a Chinese perspective, their foreign currency reserves will no longer be the "meat of the Tang-dynasty monk"**. Well and good so long as Germany doesn't pull out of the EU. 

The war continues and it is interesting to watch.

** A proverb where if you eat the meat of a this particular dead monk, it will sustain your life forever.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

God and Guns

There are elements in society (mostly Democrats) who feel as though Americans who own firearms and believe in God are somehow less than honorable. President Obama weighed in on the subject here:

Lynyrd Skynrd approached the subject differently than the President did:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

BLOODY MEXICO: The Antidote for Civilization

SHAMELESS PLUG -> The Novel BLOODY MEXICO is now available on Kindle. It will be released in hard cover within a couple of weeks from now. If you are a Kindle owner and want to beat your friends and neighbors to the punch (LINK). If you want to wait a little longer, it will be released in the Spanish language version both on Kindle and in print in June 2011.

-now, back to the blog...

This is how things work in Western Mexico:

The Beltran Leyva Organization (cartel) needs to put pressure on their rival cartel, the Sinaloa Federation. Both cartels call Sinaloa State home - - but the BLO has lost ground steadily. To balance the books, the BLO forges an alliance with Los Zetas, a cartel of sorts - some of the time, and a paramilitary force at other times.

The captioned photo was taken by the Mexican Army when they raided one (of many) arsenal 
belonging to Los Zetas. The uniform and emblematic patch worn belongs to the Zetas. They 
are not all uniformed, but when they are, that's what it looks like.

The Zetas originated with a core group of Mexican Army Special Forces troops who decided that they could make more money as narcotics enforcers than they could serving under the Mexican flag.

The Zetas then go into small villages and recruit young boys (ages about 14-18) to go to work for them. The training is rudimentary with "spray and pray"-- point the machine gun toward the enemy and pull the trigger --  being the fundamental doctrine. US Intelligence analysts call them Zetitas and they've shown up in the US as well - primarily in Texas. They don't use sophisticated tactics. They ride in trucks and advance to contact. Where contact takes place with a rival group, they dismount the trucks and fire.

Los Zetas' rocket propelled grenade launchers and .50 caliber sniper rifles.

There have been massacres as far north as Hermosillo and as far south as Los Mochis where the forces of the Beltrans and the Federation have met in Sonora and northern Sinaloa State, across the Sea of Cortez from Cabo San Lucas.

The bodies have been clearered away in the photo above - all that's required now is 
a washdown and the tourists can return as if nothing happened!

Consider your next Mexican vacation -- definitely the antidote for civilization...

The mainstream media flocks to unrest in Egypt - but ignores Mexico where more people are killed every day in the ongoing drug wars than are killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. I wonder if that's an extension of Obama Administration policy where illegal aliens are quietly spoken of as undocumented Democrats?

Spend your Last Days in BLOODY MEXICO


They found the body of Edelmiro Cavazos on a dirt road on the outskirts of Santiago, a popular tourist spot near Monterrey, Mexico. The 38-year-old, U.S.-educated mayor of Santiago had been shot execution-style, hands tied behind his back, head bound with tape.

Cavazos, was the fifth of nine Mexican mayors gunned down in the past two years.

More people are dying each day from the bullets and bombs of drug traffickers in their country than are being killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

In the border city of Juarez, the epicenter of the violence, 60 residents were gunned down between Friday and Monday. Drug gangs have resorted to car bombs, kidnappings and have even blockaded wealthy neighborhoods of Monterrey in spectacular displays of force.

The escalating carnage is a direct result of Calderon's decision, shortly after his election in 2006, to station 45,000 soldiers and police on the country's streets to combat the cartels. Calderon's military surge has been backed by more than $1.2 billion in drug war aid from former President Bush, and by several hundred million more from the Obama administration under the rubric of the Merida Initiative.

Some Americans still consider retiring in Bloody Mexico. 

Consider the novel, coming soon to a book 
store near you or from!