DesertExile: February 2006

27 February 2006

Selective statistics

Saturday night, a CHP Motorcycle officer, on his way home, did what he was supposed to do.

Now this officer served his State and his country. He had recently returned from Iraq, where he had served 15 months as a First Sergeant in the Army National Guard.

After he had stopped a possible DUI driver, Francisco Trujillo, he was standing to the right of Trujillo's pickup.

"He was standing at the right front door making contact with the driver when a 1991 Honda Accord, which had driven on the right shoulder at approximately 65 mph, struck the (2004 BMW) Highway Patrol motorcycle," said long time friend Sgt. Kevin Eads, of the CHP's Victorville office. "The Honda continued forward and struck the rear of the Ford pickup causing the pickup to roll on its right side into the No. 4 lane. The CHP motorcycle and the Honda caught on fire

The driver of the Honda, which touched off the chain-reaction accident, is Domingo Esqueda, 20, of Adelanto, according to a press release issued by the CHP.
Esqueda had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, Eads said. He did not have a valid driver's license. What he did have was a fake identification card, a Mexican identification card and other identification all with different names and different variations of names, Eads said.

TRANSLATION: Domingo was an Illegal Alien. Oh, yeah, the CCP MSM Media declares " They are only here to do jobs that Americans won't do"

Esqueda was transported to Loma Linda Medical Center with minor injuries, Eads said. Once released from the hospital he will be booked into the West Valley Detention Center for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony DUI, Eads said.

The biggest irony is that if CHP Officer Baily had been First Sergeant Baily, and had been killed in Iraq, the MSM would have crowed and touted this death as tribute to George Bush's mismanagement.
From my perspective, this death IS a can be laid at George Bush's REFUSAL to guard our borders, and keep out the Esquedas.

23 February 2006

Iraq--Hell-You can die here!

From a Reno Newspaper:
Alex Newman (ANEWMAN@RGJ.COM) RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL February 11, 2006
After eight skiing-related deaths since Jan. 26, officials are shaking their heads at what they are calling a "tragic series of coincidences."
The most recent crash killed a 57-year-old Los Angeles woman Wednesday at Mammoth Mountain, a Mono County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.
In addition, since Jan. 26, three accidents and a heart attack claimed the lives of four people at Mammoth, two separate crashes killed a woman at Alpine Meadows and a man at Donner Ski Ranch and a Mammoth ski patroller died in an avalanche while skiing in backcountry.
"I think around the community it gave everyone a moment to pause and wonder, was there something that tied these together?" Mammoth spokeswoman Joani Lynch said. "And actually, given all the circumstances, I think people just realized it was a tragic series of coincidences."
"It isn't really that odd for those kind of accidents to occur," Shannon Kendall, Mono County Sheriff's public information officer, said. "What was odd was they happened so close together."
A December 2004 report by the National Ski Areas Association said an average of 39 skiing-related deaths occur nationally each season. During the 2003-2004 season, 41 people died.
Mammoth officials said they typically record one fatal accident and perhaps two deaths from medical conditions.
Chairman and CEO Rusty Gregory, a Mammoth employee 29 years, said he can't remember a similar string of fatalities.
The Feb. 1 death of ski patroller Sara Johanna Carlsson, 31, at Mammoth was especially sad, Gregory said.
"That just added another layer of poignancy on top of all this trauma," he said. "It's very difficult for our professional patrollers to have dealt with this string of incidents on top of losing one of their own in the backcountry. It's been a difficult week."
Officials said none of the accidents occurred because of careless skiing by another skier or snowboarder.
"Each of the incidents were individual skiers losing control in some fashion for some reason, colliding either with the ground or obstacles that are very visible at the resort," Gregory said.
Gregory said Mammoth Mountain has ski patrol and safety officials looking for reckless skiers, who will either receive a warning or have their ticket pulled.
"We met after each (death) and clawed and scratched our heads for ideas about what we could do," Gregory said. "We really have come to the conclusion that we're doing everything we can."
Beyond posting signs, enforcing safety on the hill and educating skiers and riders, Gregory said there is little other safety precautions resorts can take to prevent accidents.
"There's a lot of personal responsibility that comes with skiing or riding and there's a lot of inherent risk I think most skiers are aware of," Lynch said. "It's skiing or riding in a manner where you can still have the exhilaration and protect those around you."

Yes, and in Colorado:
A 28-year-old Illinois man died Tuesday evening, two days after skiing into a tree on the 4 O’Clock run at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Lee Robinson was transported to Swedish Medical Center where he died. He wasn’t wearing a helmet, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.
Breckenridge communications manager Nicky DeFord confirmed that Robinson was the second person in less than a week to die of an accident at the ski area.
On Feb. 15, Major Stephan K. Kajah, 43, of the U.S. Air Force reserve, died of blunt force trauma to the chest after hitting a tree. He wasn’t wearing a helmet either.
There have been two other accidents at ski areas resulting in deaths this year, one at Aspen and another at Beaver Creek.

Conclusion: In Iraq, occasionally a soldier or Marine is killed - intentionally--by Explosive Devices. Here, these people are killing themselves, in the name of "Fun".

22 February 2006


My perception wasthat Shani Davis had been asked to do somthing that might have curbed his "edge", and might have resulted in him being "just another speed skater" at the Winter Olympics.

Was I ever WRONG!

Ths article came out today:,1,5749133.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Lost in all the attention that Chicago-born Olympic speedskater Shani Davis has been getting this week is a little-known fact: The gold- and silver-medal winner is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against his native city.The suit could go to trial this year, predicts an official with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. In March 2003, Davis and two brothers—Quincy and Damien Joyner—sued the city of Chicago and former police Supt. Terry Hillard, alleging they were the victims of illegal stops and searches by police."The case challenges indiscriminate street stops of young men," said Harvey Grossman, legal director for the ACLU of Illinois.Grossman said he expects the case to be tried this year.Chicago police officials did not return a message today seeking comment on the lawsuit.

My take on this now is that this guy has spent years training to prove that he is better than any White Guy. Also, he is a traitor, using the ACLU to try to get respect awarded from some court. He hasn't learned the lesson: Respect is Earned, not awarded, appointed, bought, or begged.

My view on the ACLU is contained in the article at this link:

19 February 2006

Rewarding acheivment

As reported by Dave Pierre of NewsBusters Thursday, HBO’s Bryant Gumbel made some truly absurd and obviously racist remarks recently on his “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel� program. To refresh everyone’s memory, Gumbel was in the middle of a rant about why the Winter Olympics aren’t sports when he blurted out “So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.� (Video Link)
This faux pas looks even more absurd given the gold medal that Shani Davis won Saturday night in speed skating, making him the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympics history. As reported by the Chicago Tribune:
Speedskater Shani Davis' victory in 1,000 meters makes him the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Olympics.
However, at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002:
- Vonetta Flowers won gold as part of a two-woman bobsled team. She is an African-American. However, she won gold for a team event, not as an individual.
- Jarome Iginla, a black Canadian, won gold as part of Canada's hockey team.
Nice timing, Bryant. Do you need some help removing that foot from your mouth?

What irritates me is that other rich kid skaters are doing what socity does to "Acheivers". Instead od admiration and attempting to do as well, you get blame and accusations of cheating.

My view is that these Winter Olympics are a playground for wealthy kids, who parents can afford to get them to a ski slope or a rink.

Rich Kids playtime.

From SF Chron:

So this is how the most selfish American Olympian sounds after winning a gold medal. He rattles off a teammate's accomplishments over the last year, cites one of the teammate's split times from memory and then turns poetic about the guy.

"He's like mercury. He just rises,'' Shani Davis said of Joey Cheek, the silver medalist, seated to his left.

Clearly, this was an impostor. The Shani Davis we've heard so much about doesn't blow kisses to fellow Americans. He doesn't even race with them. He races against them.

He allegedly bailed out of the team pursuit, a three-person race added to the Olympics this year, and cost Chad Hedrick a shot at tying Eric Heiden's record of five speedskating gold medals in a single Olympics.

There are two problems with those allegations:
One, Davis was never formally part of the team pursuit. He says U.S. speedskating officials asked him to do the race only a week in advance, which didn't give him enough time to adjust to the idea.
Two, Davis always intended to block Hedrick's minuscule chance for five golds. He planned to win the 1,000-meter race, also on the Texan's agenda.

Davis could have skated as many as 12,800 yards extra if he had done the team event and the U.S. reached the finals. Instead, the Americans lost in the quarterfinals, and Davis, on fresh legs, won the 1,000.
In the days in between, he was called unpatriotic, selfish and worse. On his Web site, one poster applied a racial epithet to Davis, the first black man on the U.S. speedskating team. Davis had a lot of answers, most of them sensible, some of them charming. But two competitors offered a more potent defense. "He's an Olympic champion, so he's right,'' said Erben Wennemars, the Dutchman who won the bronze medal. "Shani skated fast today. That's all I'll say,'' said Hedrick, who took sixth in the 1,000, finishing 56 one-hundredths of a second behind his nemesis. In the decorum category, he trailed Davis by much, much more.
Asked whether he was happy for his teammates, Hedrick skipped right over the gold medalist. "I'm happy for Joey,'' he said.

He also said: "I came here to be part of a team,'' implicitly denigrating a teammate.
On the whole, this feud is like a divorce. Taking sides seems foolish. No one outside the speedskating world can really know how these two behave when the microphones and notepads vanish. But an athlete's conduct on the Olympic stage means something, and in that respect, Davis made the most remarkable comeback of the 2006 Winter Games.
He said he had chosen to skip the team race not simply because he wanted to protect himself for the 1,000 two days later. Because he qualified for three individual events, he said, he didn't feel right shoving aside the skaters who were chosen specifically for the pursuit. (Davis was not.) Davis went to Salt Lake City as the No. 6 short-track competitor and didn't get to race.
"I'll say this 100 times,'' he said. "... After 2002, when I went to the Olympics but didn't get to skate, I told myself that I would never, ever take someone else's opportunity to skate at an Olympic Games.''
As for Hedrick, he said: "At least he said I skated fast. That's nice.''


From my pespective, the Winter Olympics are for RICH, SPOLIED, OVER-INDULGED RICH KIDS. We have a skier who comes, goes out for night life, and doesn't even get SHOW, much less PLACE or WIN. We have a spoiled Blond who wants to show off, and fritters away First Place.

Stop and think. These games are for wealthy people and their kids. Who can afford to go to a ski slope, or an Ice Arena for practice?

Shani Davis is not rich or famous. He busted his ass to get here.

He is suffering what most acheivers do in our United States experience lately. Instead of praise and admiration, there has to be a flaw--or multiple faults.

In 2002, this occurred:
The 1000-meter short track race included highly touted Apollo Anton Ohno, Ron Biondo and Rusty Smith. Ohno had won the previous seven races of the trials, comfortably earning a trip to Salt Lake City.

“I knew what I had to do exactly and if it went wrong that was it. I had nothing to lose, so I had nothing to be nervous about. I just had to get it done,� says Davis, recalling the race.

All his efforts came down to this one moment, something he had trained hard for. When the race began, Shani took an early lead with Smith, Ohno and Biondo trailing respectively. It was a lead that would hold up.

Davis finished first, becoming the first African American speedskater to qualify for the Olympics. His victory celebration was marred, however, by allegations that the race was fixed. O’Hare, a 1998 Olympic representative, finished out of contention for Salt Lake with the loss. He left before talking to reporters but the team coach Susan Ellis articulated his disappointment at the time.

In the days following his surprising victory, Davis read accounts in newspapers about the race and allegations of a fix. The inspiring story of the first African American soon to represent his country in the sport turned ugly.

O’Hare filed a complaint with United States speedskating and the USOC claiming Ohno conspired with Rusty Smith. The complaint said the two skaters fixed the race so that Davis would win and qualify. Biondo corroborated these charges. He went even further by saying he heard Ohno saying, “Don’t pass, don’t pass,� a message meant for Smith not to overtake Davis. On his part, Ohno said he did not skate his normal best because he had already qualified before the last event and hoped to avoid injury.


And from the other side, you have this:

Just wondering. Why is Bryant Gumbel getting a free pass?

Here's what the host of HBO's "Real Sports'' said about the Winter Olympics last week:
"Try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the games look like a GOP convention," Gumbel said on the program. "And try to blot out all logic when announcers and sportswriters pretend to care about the luge, the skeleton, the biathlon and all those other events they don't understand and totally ignore for all but three weeks every four years. Face it: These Olympics are little more than a marketing plan."
I don't know Bryant and can't judge his intent. But I do know that if a Caucasian had denigrated a sport or a locale because of the lack of Caucasian athletes/spectators, he or she would have been run out of the sports business as rapidly as Rush Limbaugh was.
So why is Bryant Gumbel still sitting there?
And why haven't the same thought police who savaged Limbaugh demanded Gumbel's

I sure can not see the attraction of these sports, where only the rich get to train for these events, and anyone else who shows up gets "Dissed"

16 February 2006

Speaking of Septic Pools

Images of Soldiers from HHC, 506th Brigade Troops Battalion, 101st Division work to remove a humvee from the mud during a patrol convoy in the Zafaraniyah District, February 4, 2006. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Teddy Wade)

A Marine in Iraq sent thse, taken by an Army PAO, to show what the current situation is.

If the water level is this high, you can bet that: Drainage is a problem--and Septic Tanks are not feasible.

What do you want to bet that the surface here has some sewage in it.

The point is: The men and women going here are not going to become wealthy or be comfortable.

15 February 2006

The necessary ingredient

This Obituary was in this morning's paper:
ALEXANDRE, RICHARD H. went to be with the Lord February 3, 2006. He died peacefully at home after a brief battle with cancer. Born December 20, 1916, he served honorably as a corporal with the First Marine Division during World War II. He saw combat on the islands of Guadalcanal, New Britain, New Guinea, Peleliu and finally Okinawa. At Shuri Castle on this island, his company pinned down by heavy enemy machine gun and mortar fire, he volunteered to go behind enemy lines with a demolition charge which he successfully delivered sealing off the enemy bunker, saving many of his fellow marines. For this heroic action, he was awarded both the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Five years later in Korea, he was in combat again where he fought at the infamous battle of the "Frozen Chosin" Reservoir where he received a second Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his first wife Lynne "Nana" Alexandre and son Ronald Lee Smith. Survivors include wife Lois, daughters Charlene Jones and Barbara Murdock.An old breed Marine and a true American Hero, he will be greatly missed. Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune from 2/14/2006 - 2/15/2006.

From another source:
Generation after generation of American men and women have given special meaning to the title United States Marine. These same men and women live by a set of enduring Core Values which forms the bedrock of their character. The Core Values give Marines strength and regulate their behavior; they bond the Marine Corps into a total force that can meet any challenge.

The Marines have the edge on any of the other military branches in several ways.

One big edge that they give themselves is that they both honor those who have went before, and EXPECT present day Marines to live up to the deeds, traditions, and performance of those who have gone before. While other Services talk about career possibilities after separation, and correct job planning, the Marines talk about:

"Manila Joe" Basilone, who could have stayed home after earning a Medal of Honor, but chose to lead Marines onto Iwo Jima. He died there as a casualty.

They talk about Sgt. Dan Daly, a 5 foot, 6 inch, 132 pound Marine Sergeant, who uttered those famous words," "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?" Sgt. Daly earned TWO Congressional medals of Honor. Daly was a strict disciplinarian, yet fair-minded and very popular among both officers and enlisted men. He was noted not only for his reckless daring, but also for his constant attention to the needs of his men. Offered a commission on several occasions, he is said to have declined on the grounds that he would rather be "an outstanding sergeant than just another officer."

They talk about General John Lejeune. He is perhaps best remembered as a wartime commander after being the first Marine general to command an Army division in combat during World War I.
As a peacetime commander, he was responsible for Marine Corps institutions and traditions such as the annual Marine Corps Birthday, the Marine Corps League and the Marine Corps Gazette.
As commandant, Lejeune is credited with saving the Marine Corps from budget cuts and consolidation during the period of disarmament and trend toward isolationism after World War I.
He promoted the Marines' uniqueness as an expeditionary force and geared it toward amphibious warfare, which became important during World War II.

So, when Marines go to the Field, or deployed to some Third World septic pool, they are concerned with living up to people like these, and not their Ipods.

13 February 2006

If you don't know the Culture, You would not understand

The Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant in the picture is Michael Burghard, part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team that is supporting 2nd Brigade 28th Infantry Division (Pennsylvania Army National Guard).

Leading the fight is Gunnery Sgt Michael Burghardt, known as "Iron Mike" or just "Gunny". He is on his third tour in Iraq. He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour. Then, on September 19, he got blown up. He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US soldiers. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. "You can't react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision," he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term "the longest walk", stepping gingerly into a 5ft deep and 8ft wide crater. The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7in knife to probe the ground. "I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs," he says. "That's when I knew I was screwed." Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet. "A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded," he recalls. "As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me.' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down." His colleagues cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there. "My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down," says Sgt Burghardt. "I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. "I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher." He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. "I flipped them one. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week'." Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit. Sgt Burghardt's injuries — burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks — kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home. But, like his father — who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam — he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.

While Sgt. Burghardt spent over three weeks recuperating at his unit's headquarters — days he described as "among the most difficult of his career" — he proclaimed that despite his injuries, he was not looking for a ticket out of the country — the incident occurred during his third deployment to Iraq, and he stated that he planned to see plenty more action: "I don't want a ticket out. I want to stay here so we can take as many people home as possible. I'll do 30 years, as long as I'm having fun. Unless I die."

If you are into this culture, you do not let things stop you. You have the mindset that you can keep going. Go to

As it says there:" Everyone gets knocked down but the tough get up. Marines know that victory comes not from being the strongest or fastest, but from THE REFUSAL TO FAIL"

Every day, when you go out, it is a mind thing. Yes you put on your gear and your uniform. But you also put on your mental shield. You set your mind so that a injury like a blister or a stomachache is blocked out. You set your mind so that you KNOW that anything that comes your way , you can KICK ITS ASS, or if need be, KILL IT.
You WILL NOT settle for Second Best. Domination or victory is the only option.

12 February 2006

My nomination for "Women CAN be Law Enforcement Officers"

You see that lady? The one with the flag in the air?

That is a woman that I will call Zena. That is her current Nom-de-Guerre. That is what all the truck drivers in northern San Diego County know her as.

Zena came to Oceanside after spending her Probation in San Jose.

I worked with Zena for a month on night shift, and I never had so much fun, yet got more work done, than we did that month.

Zena always shows up for work on time. She is diligent in doing her job, and not spending time in coffee shops or out at her home. Her reports are beautiful, and she gets along with everyone.

In the photo, a group of us went to the airport. Fellow officer Ken Wood was returning from Desert Storm, after being activated as a Marine Corps Reserve. On September 11, 2001, Zena was one of the first ones to find a US flag and put it on the antennae of her Commercial Enforcement vehicle.

Zena was a road patrol officer until 1996. She had to work the night shift. In three quick cases, people complained that she had slighted them in some fashion.

Sergeants "investigate" and "make" one of three findings: Sustained, not sustained, or unfounded. Sustained means that the Segeant believes that you did it, and it counts against you in your personnel file. Not sustained often means that the Sergeant believes that you may have done it, but he/she can not prove it. Unfounded means you were in another state that day.

In Zena's third complaint, she had been giving tests to a possible DUI driver. He had said to her," I'm not drunk". According to that driver, Zena had given him a " Sarcastic Smirk". The Sergeant had sustained the complaint.

Zena went to the truck scales. In 2000, she asked for and got a vehicle that looks like a camper pickup. It is black and white, has a light bar on top, and the camper part is full of test gear used for big rigs, trucks, and commercial vehicles.

Zena doesn't take any sass from truck drivers. She is proof that a woman can be a cop.

Much ado about alligators

This item appeared on toay's paper:

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol plans to fire two officers after an internal investigation found they used their service weapons to shoot alligators while working in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, the CHP said Friday.
The CHP said the officers shot and killed at least one alligator and failed to report the firing of their weapons, as required by agency policy, said Fran Clader, a spokeswoman at CHP headquarters in Sacramento. The officers broke Louisiana law when they killed the animal, she said.
“This is an embarrassment to our department and especially to all our personnel who went to Louisiana and served honorably in helping the citizens of that state to recover from the clutches of disaster,� Clader said.
The department sent 116 Northern California officers to the state for two weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck Aug. 29, Clader said. They were relieved by a CHP contingent from Southern California.
The two officers are from the Sacramento area and were with Louisiana State Police troopers Sept. 13 when they shot at alligators in a New Orleans-area bayou, the CHP said.
Louisiana State Police referred calls to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which is conducting a criminal investigation. That agency didn't respond to calls Friday for comment.
Clader said the length of the investigation was caused by the large number of witnesses in both states. She said the CHP wouldn't release the names of the officers while the criminal investigation is continuing.
The officers were placed on administrative leave pending their dismissal, but Clader declined to say whether they were being paid.
“Not reporting the discharge of a department firearm is a serious violation of policy, leading us to conclude termination is the appropriate action in this case,� she said.
Clader wouldn't elaborate on how many alligators the officers might have shot or whether the officers claimed to be acting in self-defense. She said she didn't know the specific types of guns that were used.

This shows you where priorities lie.
Some observations:
--With a shortage of officers, and fewer that were willing to go to Louisiana, does it make sense to FIRE an officer?
--Spokes-Person Clader. From experience, Spokesperson is an Officer's Staff Duty job. If Clader is an Officer, she should know: 1. Officers WILL be paid until they are terminated. 2. The CHP has only one approved handgun: a Smith and Wesson 4013 .40 calibre automatic.
Additional weapons are 12 gauge shotguns and AR-15's.

In the years that I was an Officer, out in rural ares, Officers would shoot at coyotes or rabbits. BUt, to get fired for not reporting shooting a weapon?

10 February 2006

Don't Ask--Don't Tell

When you hear or read this phrase, you think of the half completed effort by the Clinton Administration to allow Gay people to enter the military and stay there without consequences.

Now, do not think I have anything against Gay people. The only time I resent " Gay" is when the speaker claims to be Gay, and assumes that grants him/her special benefits and/or privileges.

What sparked this thought today was the idea by all of the media, the majority of government bureaucrats, and most of private industry that you do not ask if someone is here, in this country, enjoying benefits, privileges, and getting special favors--without going through the process of LEGALLY becoming a citizen.

In the local paper, Local Section, was a clip that ICE had arrested two people as Illegal Immigrants, who were WORKING at the Wendy's on CAMP PENDLETON! I see iif I can find this on the online version. No where to be found.

Recently, a Highway Patrol Officer stopped a pair of brothers with hispanic surnames on I-15 in San Bernardino. Neither man was licensed to drive ( CLUE: You can not get a license-yet--if you are not a legal citizen, have a visa or a work permit). The Officer then started to impound their vehicle when the driver got out and shot the Officer in the back. Many requests were sent to newspapers and radio stations asking: Were these men citizens of the US?
A news conference held by investigators, and broadcast on radio, was the first time this question was answered. The question of where the men at present was answered with," They may be in Mexico-they are not legal citizens of the United States"

Yet, taxpayers are expected to continue to pay" Social Costs" for these Illegals.

It is going to take a movement from ordinary legal residents to stop this. Democrats look at illagals as votes, and Republicans see Cheap Labor.

08 February 2006

REALITY vs. movies and TV

Many people saw the Dirty Harry movies. It is said that the first Officer Survival schools were held at Fort Ord in California. That is near Carmel (Pebble Beach, to some of you).

Officer Survival Schools started when some in law enforcement realized that most law enforcement agencies adhered to "The Bottom Line". Translation: It was cheaper for them to let you get killed than to have you wound or kill the Bad Guy.

If you were a Law Enforcement Officer, LEO,you found this out plus you were gradually being loaded up with politically correct concepts. You were expected to live with those as some of your superiors either wanted to climb that career ladder, or aspired to elected office at the end of their Police Administrator career. You were not to embarass them, or do something that they had to explain.

You found that you were expected to ignore some violations if they involved certain minorities. Example: In San Diego, the rage with Hispanics was "Low Rider " cars. In constructing these cars, the standard rims would be removed, and thin rims with undersized tires would be mounted. Problem: The skinny little tires were not lawfully rated to carry the load of the car. It was a traffic violation. But, a Hispanic Deputy Chief of Police ORDERED the street officers NOT to cite that violation as it was an "Ethnic violation".

So part of the Survival School was what to do with your Department if your superiors took action on you for doing yor job.

Clint Eastwood had a restaraunt in Carmel at the time of the Survival School start ups. He had served in the U S Army at Fort Ord. It was said, not documented or recorded, that Clint gave the LEOs a break on food and drink in his restaraunt. in return, he asked the question:" If you could do the job the way you wanted to--what would that be?"

Wella! What followed was Dirty Harry. The movie allegedly showed how cops would do the job--if they could it the way they wanted to.

In the movies, Officers return fire or shoot because of a threat and kill their opponent. There is a brief conversation with a partner or a bystander, then it is off to coffee.
REALITY: You will be at the scene for several hours. You will trade your weapon for another one. Each one of your fired rounds MUST be accounted for. Representatives from the Local Government, your Agency, the County Government, the State Government, the local and State District Attorney, and the FBI WILL interview/interrogate you, usually at an office in close proximity. In eighteen to twenty-fours hours, you will get to go home or to a bed.

In the movies, there is no further involvement with the wounded or killed opponent.
REALITY: Especially in California, look to be named in a law suit. Thanks to Ex-Governor Jerry Brown, who put a non-experienced person on the Supreme Court, we have Joint and Several Liability. (More to be written on this in future posts) You, your Agency, and your jurisdiction (City, County, State) will be named on that lawsuit.

06 February 2006

Humans don't change

Being born in the 1940's, I have personal experience and observation as to human nature and conduct.

In the 60's we had people come along who thought they knew better how to conduct themselves than those who had come before them.

Laws and rules that had been made from earliest recorded history was now "Out of Date". There now was no" Wrong" or "Right" way to behave or live. Since there is no "Wrong", those who do not comply with the "Old" rules should not experience anxiety, remorse or guilt.

Above is a painting of what information tells that a very important battle that occurred 2,480 years ago. In that battle, the Spartans, part of Greece and a primitive society following a rudimentary Democratic form of government, were opposed by King Xerxes from what is now Iran. King Xerxes had no democracy. What he said was law, and if he decided to do away with someone, or a group of people, it was done.

King Leonidas, who was chosen King by residents of Sparta, took 300 Spartans and two other groups of Greeks from Thespia and other parts of Greece to a narrow choke point, and fought for several days against the Persians. Though King Leonidas was eventally killed with all his small force, Greece had enough time to prepare and repulse the Persians.

The point is that we revere Leonidas. Only historians take note of Xerxes.

In history, we have note of traitors, and their names are intechangable with "Traitor". Benedict Arnold, who sold out to the British in the Revolutionary War. Quisling, the Norwegian who let the Nazis take over Norway. We try to forget these people, and if they are spoken of, it involves shame, treachery, and unredeemable betrayal.

By trying to change what the early writers of the Talmud and Dead Sea Scrolls documented as desirable conduct, the "Changers" are trying to excuse themselves from blame, guilt, and penalties.

A good example is that in the 1940's, men were expected to join and serve in the miltary. Men who were drafted were looked at with suspicion. Those who were not competent or physically qualified had lowered self esteem. There was great honor in earning a Medal of Honor, a Silver Star, ora Bronze Star. To those who died at one of the WWII battles, they were spoken of as if they had earned one of those medals--they had earned HONOR!

Forward to the 60's. Now, it was O K to cheat and get out of being drafted by faking a disability.
How many of these people are now famous? Not many. And if it is found that they got out of being drafted in the 60's, especially if they are now Conservative, Neo-Con, or Republican, they are vilified by the very people who said it was O K to cheat and evade service.

To my view, the latter day Leonidases are now serving in Iraq. Those who debase and denigrate them are going to be down there with the Benedict Arnolds and the Quislings.

05 February 2006


On my iterests, you see horses. The picture to the left was my first ride, March 1942.

My Dad couldn't find any men as any able-bodied man had went into the military. He found, Lilly, an all around ranch hand. She is putting me on the horse.

From College in 1960, until 2000, I was away from horses. My wife talked me into "Lease Feeding" a mare named Tremor. Tremor was an ex-race horse, and a thoroughbred. In the year I rode her, she threw me three times.

So, I got my own horse, Suzy. She didn't spend too much time before she hurt herself. Per the Vet, she would not be ridden for six to nine months.

Going to, I found Chip. His registered name is Wood Chip Brown, a Quarter horse. His owner (pictured above, below a helicopter) had to sell him when the Riverside Police ended their Mounted Police program.

04 February 2006

Lesson Learned

When I was about 4 years old, we lived on a dairy of 80 acres. this was then between Glendale and Phoenix Arizona. We had to irrigate to get grass to grow for the cows. Water went in a ditch, and was stopped by a succession of dams, and diverted out onto the field.
I toddled out to see my Dad who was irrigating. Our Collie dog followed me, followed by four puppies, about two weeks old.
When we had been at the ditch a while, and I had talked to my Dad, he went to the end of the field to see of that row was watered.
I found that it was great sport to take a puppy and toss intoi the ditch and watch it flail and swim out, obviously in fright and discomfort.
Suddenly, I was lifted by my collar, uo and in an arc, and did a splashdown in the ditch. I thought," I'm going to drown!" Stupid me. I found if I stood up, my neck and head were out of water.
I looked up, and there was my Dad, now leaning on his shovel. He asked one question: How does it feel like when it happens to you?

The point of this true story is that there are two things to consider.
One, I learned a life long lesson.
Two, Christianity's essence is this lesson: Treat others like you would like to be treated.

Meanwhile Islamofascists dictate that their made-up religion and it's brutal and dehumanizing code be followed without feeling or consideration of others.

03 February 2006

What you can expect

This story is being discussed and debated:
CHINO – A videotape released Tuesday shows a sheriff's deputy shooting a man as he apparently heeds an order to get up off the ground after a car chase.

I love it when people start their rants against law enforcement. As one who spent 30.5 years there, the ranter's ignorance is very obvious.

As one who attended law school at night for a couple of years in 1975-76, I recall what Law used to be.
It was based on what laws had been passed, and what courts had decided that those laws meant.

But, law enforcement, like several other fields, has been given over to FEELINGS, and " What ought to be". In courts, if the attorney makes an impassioned display, the decision will probably go his/her way.

In light of this, you ask what is likely to happen with the deputy who shot?

Police Departments and Sheriff's Departments are POLITICAL ANIMALS.
If it looks like the deputy did not have a good cause to shoot, here is the program:

He will be fired.
The District Attorney will file charges. (Hey-how are you going to afford an attorney? You don't have a job)
The "Victim" will sue for a gazillion dollars.
If the deputy is tried and found "not guilty" or has a "hung jury", the FBI will step in and charge him with "Violating the civil rights" of the "Victim".

As one of the Murphy's Laws applying to police work states:
The better you do your job, the more likely you are to be shot, injured, complained on, sued, investigated, or subpoenaed on your day off.