Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanks gang!

I appreciate the radio info on the antenna. I knew this community would come through. I've passed it along and even though we couldn't take it with us when we hiked out, at least we shut them down. And DrJim, all the markings were pretty meticulously ground off, and the vertical pole appeared to have been painted sky blue for camo. They went to a lot of trouble to put that together and haul it up there. Looking back, I wish we'd shot it up or smashed it. I'm going to try to get an op going in the morning to helo it off there if they haven't taken it back across the fence, which they probably did since they know we found it. We'll probably see that rig again somewhere else.

Today operated in thick brush 20 miles north of the fence, trying to interdict some smugglers that Border Patrol saw on their camera tower. We missed them sadly, but BP caught up with them again farther north a few hours later. Border Patrol has these great towers scattered around with hi-res cameras, radar and night vision that can see and range damn near anything that moves. They make this a lot easier.

These I can show because they are far from secret. I just can't say where it is. There are several in this area and there should be several more but environmentalists care more about a few bushes than they do about national security, so...

Mexicans--Mexicans everywhere!

Long hard day yesterday. Lot if steep hill-climbing on foot, weighed down with pack, rifle and heavy armor plate because the Mexicans we were dealing with on the other side of the border fence are always armed. They have a whole network of little shacks on the south side where their spotter sit 24/7 to watch US Border Patrol and anyone else (us) and every time you glass them with binoculars, you can see them glassing you back and there's usually a long gun in plain view. I'd love to put up the pics but unfortunately they'd disclose exactly where we're at and even give a good idea where we're observing from.

And they're not just on the other side. It's routine here to find sign indicating that spotters or scouts have been setting up on high hills well inside the US, also to watch us and guide their drug loads through. They've even found them on the hills up above our stations, set up to look down into our housing and vehicle yards. And it's easy to tell where the Mexicans have been, be they scouts, mules or just illegals coming to steal jobs, because they throw their trash everywhere without a second thought for the "pristine wilderness area" that we're operating in. It's a cultural thing to just throw your trash on the ground apparently, and the south side of the fence looks like a huge landfill because of it. Fuck these people--they're pigs. But the pro-environmental left still wants them here for some reason.

Yesterday we saw some activity at the top of one of the hills along the fence so me and another guy climbed the hill, so steep that it took hands and feet to climb it, literally pulling ourselves up the fence in several sections. We got to the top and could still smell the cigarette smoke from the Mexicans who had been--or still were--on our side. Clearly they'd either heard us climbing or the spotters had tipped them off, but we didn't miss them by much. Suddenly the rifle didn't seem all that heavy. But we found some camouflaged holes in the fence and a radio antenna that they were in the process of setting up, probably to improve their communications down in the washes and valleys on our side.

Here's the view down the other side of the hill. That's a Border Patrol truck way down there.
If we put something here, we could watch the fence line and surrounding area for miles in every direction. But environmental rules say we can't. I guess the Mexicans are exempt though, because they put this up here:
Any radio geeks know anything about this rig?

Lot of exercise yesterday. And I got spiked by another damned cholla cactus too. But let's see what today brings.



Saturday, November 17, 2018

The situation here now

The media isn't saying much now but there are currently FOUR caravan groups on the way, comprising about ten thousand illegals , mostly fro Honduras, Guatemala and el salvador. The largest group is already in Tijuana, Mexico, about 5,000 of them, and pressure is building there as Tijuana doesn't want them any more than we do. The Mexican government is doing all that it can to move these groups directly to our ports of entry because that's easier for them than trying to turn them around. These groups are mostly male, totally without money or food, and they are stealing whatever they can unless Mexican community groups "donate" supplies for them. They have attacked Mexican police and government officials and boast about doing the same when they get here, wirth many talking about just breaching our ports of entry en masse and not even trying to ask for asylum. Many of them just want to try to overwhelm our border forces then try to get lost in our border cities before we can apprehend them.

Imagine thousands at once running through our checkpoints into San Diego or Nogales. That's the plan for many of them as soon as they all get here.

The National Guard is down here now, hardening the ports, but it's going to be a mess when it blows up, and it WILL blow up soon. These illegals aren't going home or waiting to come in by our rules, and it doesn't help that liberal groups and politicians here are actively encouraging them.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Down on the border

Lucky me--an all-expense paid trip to somewhere on the Mexican border courtesy of my job. Apparently my President needed me here, so I'm now here, battling illegals, smugglers and fucking Cholla cactuses. (Yeah, one of the latter got me good yesterday.) So stay tuned for pics and tales from the front line as time and internet connectivity allows.

Left side of fence: Mexico. Right side: The sovereign United States of America.
Bottle used by illegals to carry water, discarded roughly six miles north of the border.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

No more Robert E. Lee, but a statue to Illegals?

I'm still not over the removal of the statues dedicated to Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard last year, done at considerable public expense even though the citizens didn't call for it just because a crummy mayor had higher political ambitions. I'm still mad about that, but I realize that I can't do anything about it until I'm elected President, at which time I'll federalize the sites and put them right back, and put more up in every liberal-run city across America just to remind them that you don't tear down monuments to men that much of America rightly reveres just to get yourself fifteen minutes of cheap camera time.

But now I'm calling for the removal of one. It seems that some doctor here decided to pony up his own cash and commission a statue to--get this--the ILLEGALS who came here for construction jobs after Katrina. You know, the ones who snuck into our country in defiance of our laws, then showed up here and immediately displaced many local workers--US citizens--who were already doing the initial clean-up work.

Dr. donates statue in honor of Latin American workers who helped rebuild N.O.

This doctor actually wants to thank them for "rebuilding" this city, totally overlooking the fact that countless locals were already starting to do it--many of them low-income minority US citizens--when the illegals swarmed in en masse and took their jobs from the contractors who realized that they could pay them a lot less then they were already paying the Americans. And they didn't come here to help us out of love or altruism--they came here for money--the money that would otherwise have gone largely to Americans who'd just gone through Katrina and needed the income. And after stealing the jobs, they either sent much of that cash out of our country or used it to pay smugglers to sneak the rest of their families up here to take advantage of our schools, health care and social services programs. THAT is the legacy of the post-Katrina Illegal wave, and those are the people that this guy thinks deserve honors and a statue.

How about a thank you statue to the police, fire and National Guard who saved all those lives and kept everyone safe? Or recognition of the businesses and banks that reinvested here when there was nothing but hope and empty promises? So many countless thousands actually took risks and did things for the benefit of the city, but this guy can only be grateful to the illegals who broke the law to come here, stole jobs from those already working simply to enrich themselves and attached their families to our social safety net like ticks.

So this guy wants a statue. Fine. He's a myopic jackass but he can have all the statues he wants. Oh wait--he wants the city to give it a place of prominence and spend funds to maintain it. And this being New Orleans, the city agreed. And now it's going into the new Crescent Park where I run many mornings.

I will be taking the dogs here now frequently and encouraging them to put it to the appropriate use.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I guess it was Caturday

A couple of weeks ago, a stray cat got into a substation and knocked out power to about 70,000 people for several hours during a very hot day.

This is funny to me because my power didn't go out and my air conditioning stayed on.

But being this area, there was a memorial parade for the cat this past Saturday, complete with a brass band and police escorts, so I took Aaron to his first Second Line parade. And we marched it with drinks and a few of my lady friends.


And then I took him to see Bella Blue, a cat of a different color.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A is for A-26 Invader

Saw a couple this past week-end.

First one was at the airshow.
Faster than most fighter planes when it first came into service, this medium bomber and attack plane flew in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam. Additionally the CIA used them during the Bay of Pigs and in Africa in the 1960's. In the 1970's, drug smugglers sought them out on the surplus market because they were so fast ans maneuverable. Many were also used for forest fire suppression.

In my opinion, there has never been a more useful or graceful warbird. But that's just me...and anyone else with good taste.

Twice in my life I almost bought one. One was a basket case that an A&P whom I asked to check it out called me an idiot for even considering, and the second was a retiring firefighter that was--barely--within my financial means (goodbye, IRA) but I let it go when I started calculating operating costs, hangaring, inspections and insurance. Still shed a tear over that one.


We saw another one at Jackson Barracks' Louisiana National Guard museum.
This one needs a little more work to get it back in the air, but if they gave it to me tomorrow I'd give it one hell of a try.