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Friday, March 9. 2007
The border war with Mexico - or at least with Mexicans - is heating up, big time.
I think we ought to send this guy down there.
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As one who traveled to several border cities on both the Mexican and US sides in 2004 and 2005, I can say that these are spooky places. Rampant crime, intimidation, drug cartel gangland murders, corruption among the Mexican police and army, the whole thing. A constant undercurrent of menace. Everybody has a story, or knows of someone who has been a victim. At some point there will be a shootout in which a group of our guys, Border Patrol or local cops or perhaps National Guard, will be mowed down on the US side by the Mexican drug gangs with their superior firepower and tactical organization. Then things will get interesting.
I don't want to minimize the troubles in any way, but I worked (legally--the oilpatch) in the area in the late 70s, around Laredo mostly, and it was a dangerous, near lawless area even then. Especially at night. Point--it's not a brand new problem, FWIW. One never drove between McAllen and Laredo in the early AM hours without one's .45 in one's lap.
Tangent: Fox News just had the mayor of Hazelton, PA, on, speaking about his town's troubles with illegals and the ACLU. The mayor wants to rally communities across the nation, and requested that interested parties visit the website:
Yes, it is a longstanding problem. But I think that incursions of Mexican army / federales / drug runners - in other words, unknown commando types in black - into the US is something new. Don't ya think?
Skook, I'm sure it has been escalating--all the evidence points that way. Just chiming in with background.
In my college days, getting a crew up to go into Mexico and spend a weekend in the border town bordellos, wild drunk and sky high on Mexican benzedrine, was a regular ritual. Weekend gringo invasions, from every college town in Texas. The wildness was the fun.
But like everything else long ago, that was a different time.
(wanted to say, a "more innocent" time, but i think the preceding sentences cancelled using that word)
Considering the constantly morphing political situations in Mexico, Central and South America, and the ease of incursion by those who are motivated not by profit but by ideological evil, there should be a fence built. Too me it is just common sense, but what the hell do I know.
OTOH, what difference does it make, when our current Congress is working to make it even easier for anyone to enter our Country. I, at times, feel overwhelmed by those who would destroy our Country. They are within and without. Perhaps all those with a certain perspective should move to Australia, and make it, truly, an island fortress. Though I may get tired of 'Roo' meat. Just talking out of my, well you know what Another of my depressed moods.
Well, given that in World War II they built the 1,522 mile Alcan Highway in 8 months and 12 days, I bet they could build a fence between Atlantic and Pacific in a similar length of time if they put their mind to it.
Think of the opposition - the UN, the left, the MSM, all of Latin America, the world. The mere act of building it would transform us as a nation.
And fences work. Just ask the Israelis, or the Bangladeshis, or soon I guess the Thais as they build a fence to wall off Muslim Malaysia. The fact that they work is why the elites here want a "virtual fence" which only works when you want it to work.
Just to clarify - a fence is being built by India, to keep out Muslim terrorists from Bangladesh. Though I suppose you could ask the Bangladeshis whether it works or not... :-)
Using Israeli technology, I understand.
Only a lawless people would move into another country illegally.
I talked to someone today - a medical doctor from Canada who recently moved to MA with husband (who has a green card) and two kids, and her difficulties getting permission to work are remarkable. For starters, she needs to find a hospital to sponsor her, and to claim that she can do a job no American is available to do. Then she can apply for a green card. This is not citizenship - just permission to stay in the US and work.
If she's a child psychiatrist, she can stay. Not nearly enough of those. Desperately needed. I have been appalled, visiting sick friends (adult and children) in state psychiatric facilities,at so many of the shrinks there being foreigners, some barely speaking English. How the !@#$ are they supposed to communicate at any meaningful level with their troubled patients when they don't speak the language, let alone understand the culture?! They just walk thru, over-prescribe, and skedaddle...
Honestly don't get your point there BD. The requirement, as to filling a job no one else can, is I think, pretty much global.
Skook, I don't mean too come off as anti-immigrant, I am not. Well except perhaps in one particular. I should have expanded my comment to say...gates, and lots of them. But a few questions and answers before entry.
Yes, our Country would be transformed, but are we not being transformed anyway, with no control over the process.
Heard the Exxon CEO on CNBC a couple days ago, in a lengthy interview he dropped the astounding fact that 50% of the science degrees awarded in the USA this year will be to foreign-born scholars.
Luther, i was packing up the family--well, accumulating the documents--for Australia in the late 70s. Then Reagan replaced Carter and it was America again, so I dropped the notion.
According to the news, GWB is having a bad trip to Latin America. Chavez is flying into every country just before or after the prez, rabble rousing in the harshest hate and fighting terms, and the lefties are out in the streets raising hell everywhere he goes.
Tonight on Hannity's show, big Dem Bob Bechel was bragging that Clinton suffered none of this in his trips to Latin America.
I was sending Hannity mind-rays--they didn't work--but his reaction should have been "Well, DUH! The anti-USA legions LIKE the Clintons!"
I understood what you meant. Gates would be good. Or "a golden door" as Emma Lazarus would say. But not an open field.
I deal with engineers a lot and most of the ones under 30 are foreign born. And most of the young doctors in the clinic I go to are Asian women (who look to me to be about 14).
And yup - the mobs acted the same toward Eisenhower and Nixon. And US embassies in those countries always seem to be built like low bunkers for just that reason. Some things never change. Latin America just seems unable to escape the statist impulse and the infatuation with charismatic buffoons in their sashes and medals, making three hour speeches. All that stuff has been going on for a long, long time. Really tiresome.
Skook--but they didn't demonstrate against Clinton. The red brigades stayed quiet for Clinton. I find that significant--and freshly important (tho not in the same way as Bob Bechel would have it), as 2008 rolls around.