Monday, 31 December 2012

Subdural clot between the brain and the skull?

Sorry, but subdural hematomas between the skull and the brain cannot be treated with anti-coagulants.  They have to be monitored very closely and then, if necessary extracted by surgery.   Anti-coagulants present the danger of enducing a stroke-like response in the patient that could quickly result in either a serious, permanent debilitation or death.

It's the area just behind the right ear where Hillary has her concussion, which of course, would be all but impossible if she had received the concussion from 'fainting".   Normally, a person receives what is referred to as a "star skull fracture", on the point of the rear-most part of the skull.  That is because of the star-like spread from the centre of the point of contact.

A Must Read with the Anglican Curmudgeon!

     We vigorously urge all OROGs to review and study the  the above linkage which leads to a Soliloquy of Exasperation of a very well-spoken, well-written student, analyst, thinker, and instructor about things traditional, legal, and pertinent to the American Culture, past, present, and future.   Mr. A.S. Haley is a meticulous, carefully stated person who is also an attorney, comes to us out of the Harvard Law School, and is one of the great current authorities concerning matters pertinent to the internal conflicts affecting the Protestant Episcopal Church of America and the Anglican Communion in general.
     Mr. Haley frequently writes forcefully, as one might when he is in full command of the facts of an issue.   But, depressingly and perhaps even appeallingly, in this submission to his own blog, he writes with the same command mixed with a bit of ire, exhaustion, and  disappointment about the American Condition.  Please take the two minutes and eighteen seconds that are required to review the thoughts of a person with an IQ of 150 or better, who can think critically, and who worries about things like Goodness and Badness, and who truly cares about the children....especially to-morrow's children.
And a very happy New Year to all.    Endorse an Independent Republic of Texas....amicably withdrawn from the hopelessly in free-fall American Union....with malice toward none, and opportunity for all within the Frontiers of Republic of Texas.
  [Johanna Troutman's Goliad Flag]

Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Crazy Ones? (cleaned up and corrected/31 December2012)

     At each turn in the argument, the left errs.  While the dregs who compose a majority of the Socialist Democrat Party's voting block are concerned about "their" stamps, section 8, SSI, SS Disability, 96 week perpetual unemployment compensation, AFDC, and lumenescent lottery ticket programme, while their millionaires and billionaire Socialist Democrats lug money into off-shore accounts and into dodges of every known and unknown sort.  But, of course, these same leftists say that is what we do, and what the "extremists" Tea Party and Conservative Republicans do.
     They say that "our side" is held captive by extremists.   Extremists who are so extreme that they are adamant about the notion that the Central Government should run a balanced budget.   They further believe that any money sent to the Central Government in Washington, D.C. will first be wasted, second be used to reward friends and neighbours, third be lost, and finally some might trickle down to the original objective which might or might not be, in any wise, Constitutional.  How extreme!
     The "extremists" who hold "our side" captive also believe that any nation that mortgages the futures of it own children and grandchildren is a nation that has become a slob nation.  But what is more interesting is that the overwhelming majority of the "extremists" are 110% opposed to the increase of any form of taxation on anyone...including the wealthy....although these same "extremists" are not representative of the "wealthy".   So the "extremists" are defending the future of their children and grandchildren, and also resisting the demand that the "rich" pay their fair share when, in reality, it is obvious that the "rich" are already shouldering far more than say...."the poor"...who pay nothing.   In each case the "extremists"  argue against their own self-interests, while defending the interests of  others.   And for this they are labelled as "extremists" by hypocrites like Nancy Pelosi and the very vast majority of the membership of the American Chapter of the  Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei  known locally as the Democrat Party, USA.

     To put it simply, our people worry about others, and then they take care of themselves so as to not impose on others or to demand a "safety net" thtat almost always becomes a safety hammock.    While the main body of draculene blood suckers that compose the majority of the Democrat Party's electoral bloque concerns itself with its own welfare and access to the public trough,  the"extremists" who supposedly hold the Republican Party "hostage", worry about others folks first.
     Go to a rally that fronts for a liberal cause...such as the labour union takeover of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, and the place looks like a disaster area upon the departure of the participants.   Urine soaked walls of the interior of the building point to the pride the demonstrators have in their ability to degrade any venue, public or private.   Their best minions are the shock crowds that invade department and convenience stores and sack merchandise and products in a low-grade riot format, celebrating and laughing all the while.
     Then attend and give witness to the aftermath of a Tea Party "extremist" rally or a Conservative or Republican gathering, and the site is as clean or cleaner upon its termination as upon its commencement.
    Then simply consider the case of a mean and small snippit who comes from and is surrounded by "untaxed wealth", attends Georgetown University, essentially for free, and then still demands that my children and grandchildren pay for her birth control pills.   Why?  Because she is a narcissistic, selfish snot.   Consider the pride the American Chapter of the  Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei has in its finest, like Hillary and Bill Clinton, both of whom are mendacious criminals, in Charley Rangel, in Barney Frank, the murderous, spoiled slug known as 'Teddy'.   Pocahantas Warren is a mendacious slug, but is hailed as a heroine.  To think, an entire political party built on graft, violence, gimme-gimme, and treachery.   Think of Corzine and Torecelli, of AlGore and his deranged, mendacious Climate Change shake-down.   Think of Marc Rich, and Bernie Madoff, and all the actresses, rock and rollers, and actors who are so, so much wiser than us.   Think of all those people who have done so much to improve the world....and, of course, the Children.   Think of the pure low-class, white-trashedness of flying out on Air Force One to Tucson to give a campaign ralley speech about "tolerance" when the bodies of the fallen are still warm, and a seated Congresswoman is intellectually destroyed by a bullet in her brain.  Let no good crisis go to waste, right?
    Think of their Schumer and Durbin.  Think of California.   Imagine New York.  Celebrate, shan't we, places under Democrat Socialist control where gun violence is thought of as free speech and self-expression....where 500 have been killed during the year 2012 in Chicago....and somehow it is our fault, and not the system that produced millions of fatherless, soulless zomboes who will kill another person over a pound of crack or a six-pack of Colt Malt Liquor.
       And remember Auntie Zietuni and Uncle Omar Onyango....Obama's auntie and uncle.  illegal aliens under complete public assistance and protected by law firms that Donald Trump might think twice about affording.

Obama, just get it over with and say, "I want all you white dogs and any of your coloured lackeys and/or "hispanic" lackeys in prison or working in the New We Piddle Around for your rice and beans.  And, I want all of your assets and your guns and your stinkin' Bibles."    Now, don't you feel better, Barry?  Have a snort...break out the old bong...chill, man.
Forget about your dull-normal lumps in your focus groups who actually believe the things you and Harry Reid say.

Islamic Film reaction, anyone?
El Gringo Viejo

Saturday, 29 December 2012

(SIR EDMUND) HILLARY'S SCANDAL (one among the many)

Not the words of El Gringo Viejo....but the words of one of the last of a dying honest Democrat.

By Jerry Zeifman  

     IN December 1974, as general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, I made a personal evaluation of Hillary Rodham (now Mrs. Clinton), a member of the staff we had gathered for our impeachment inquiry on President Richard Nixon. I decided that I could not recommend her for any future position of public or private trust.

     Why? Hillary's main duty on our staff has been described by as "establishing the legal procedures to be followed in the course of the inquiry and impeachment." A number of the procedures she recommended were ethically flawed. And I also concluded that she had violated House and committee rules by disclosing confidential information to unauthorized persons.

This new picture of (Sir Edmund) Hillary
appeared in the New York Times during a
brief run, but the French Embassy
 complained about copyright
 infringement.   Since her
"concussion" she has only been
able to speak four different African
languages, classical Japanese, and two
languages known only have originated in
 outer space.

     Hillary had conferred personally with me regarding procedural rules. I advised her that Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino, House Speaker Carl Albert, Majority Leader Tip O'Neill and I had previously agreed not to advocate anything contrary to the rules already adopted and published for that Congress. I quoted Mr. O'Neill's statement that: "To try to change the rules now would be politically divisive. It would be like trying to change the traditional rules of baseball before a World Series."

     Hillary assured me that she had not drafted and would not advocate any such rules changes. I soon learned that she had lied: She had already drafted changes, and continued to advocate them.   In one written legal memorandum, she advocated denying President Nixon representation by counsel. This, though in our then-most-recent prior impeachment proceeding, the committee had afforded the right to counsel to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

       I also informed Hillary that the Douglas impeachment files were available for public inspection in our offices. I later learned that the Douglas files were then removed from our general files without my permission, transferred to the offices of the impeachment inquiry staff, and were no longer accessible to the public.

      During my 14-year tenure with the House Judiciary Committee, I had supervisory authority over several hundred staff members. With the exception of Ms. Rodham, Doar and Nussbaum, I recommend all of them for future positions of public and private trust.
As always, we appreciate your investment of time and attention.
El Gringo Viejo

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Inconvenient Anecdotal Weather: Sorry, Al

This is just a brief point for OROGs to use to re-enforce their certain knowledge that Al Gore is wrong and that facts are correct.   While the minimal Hurricane Sandy was immediately brought out by the climate change / industrial / government complex as a poster girl for Global Warming/Climate Change, nothing has been said in the Obsolete Media about the almost incomprehensible nationwide deep-freeze affecting the entirety of Mother Russia, from eastern and northernmost Siberia to the Ukranian frontier in the west.
     The climate change zombies always lie, and they always lie about everything.   If they declare something to be true, it is a lie.  If they fail to say something about a phenomena because it contradicts the canons of their religion, it is a lie by omission.   They lie about the climate because they see climate and weather as a way to forward government control over the inferior masses they wish to control.   Advantage?   It goes to the climate change zombies because most Americans have arrived at the point that they are no longer capable of critical thinking.  A large minority can still clunk through a matter with the rusty gears in their brains functioning fairly well to see through the truly very feeble arguments of the climate change marxist zombies.
     More polar bears than ever?   Makes no difference.  All the polar bears are going to drown tomorrow because such stories make children sad, and further causes them to hate George Bush.    What if too many polar bears means that too many polar bears are brutally killing and eating too many baby seals and walruses?   No problem, because the Obsolete Press will just not mention anything about a really, really inconvenient truth.
     Perhaps a film of the Papa Polar Bear bashing a 4 month old Baby Polar Bear cub to death, battering his body into pieces, just so as to protect his own future domain is a little inconvenient for the Third Grade "ecology class " at the Mandela - Guevara Academy on Park Avenue.   They had best stick to "Oooooooohhhhhmmmmming " the Chevrolet Volt so as to let it know that we love its soul and the spirit that it embodies for the good of all oppressed peoples....and Kwanzaa....and everything.   And guns are bad, too.   Very bad!! BAD! BAD! BAD!
A man walks in a snow-covered park in Russia's southern city of Stavropol.  Russia is enduring an abnormally cold winter, the most severe in more than 70 years, according to local media.
     So what does Al do when he's there overlooking the Pacific Ocean from his love nest, built well below where he assured us the water-line would be by 1995, after the polar ices caps had all melted.   How does he explain temperatures of 58 degrees Fahrenheit BELOW ZERO!  In Siberia, yes, but 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle.   And how does he explain that all records in Russia have essentially been broken in terms of the last 70 years, and that 100-plus reporting stations have set all-time record lows, from the far eastern parts of Siberia to the Ukranian frontier?    Even Moscow has been enduring failures of their much vaunted "winter-proofed" subway system....because the electricity cables have been snapping.   For the  last two weeks and, it is estimated, for another week or two, all children everywhere in Mother Russia are ordered to remain at home....a "snow month" so to a country that is remarkably capable of carrying on in hostile winter conditions.

A man walks in a snow-covered park in Russia's southern city of Stavropol. Russia is enduring an abnormally cold December, and after a "warm-up" around the time of Orthodox Christmas, early January, the "real" winter will begin in January and February.   The man in the picture was rumoured to be AlGore, who was in town to deliver an updated lecture about how Stavropol's future is doomed to be an Amazon Basin type of place with Wild Native Americans riding one-ton, sabre-toothed,  flying piranha fish.   We could not confirm that information, however.   What is certain is that Stavropol is over 300 miles south of Moscow, much, much closer to Instanbul and Tbilisi than to the Capital of Mother Russia.   To be fair, it does not look like the picture above to-day; the temperature has been in the 40s F....but the rest of Russia to the north and east is still locked in deadly cold.

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Just a bit of holiday reading for the informed.   Sorry Al.
El Gringo Viejo

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Holiday Intermezzo

The Case of the Blown Fuse and the Meltdown:

     We are at that time of the year when the mind tries to avoid thinking too deeply.   Humour is one way of avoiding angst, unless a person has snake venom in lien of blood and kerosene in place of liver bile.
     Of course, El Gringo Viejo is that person so afflicted.   We have just returned from a brief jaunt to the grocery store, and certainly the OROG tires of reading about the latest grocery store line story, but they really are good.   It gives pleasure to the writer to rant and rave until his face looks like a Concord grape and the various veins and arteries in all part of his scrawny carcass are bulging and pulsing dangerously.
     We made the mistake of joining the shortest line to-day.   The wife unloaded the basket while I just marked time helping hand a few things forward.  It became apparent that matters had come to a halt and that there was a communication problem on many levels.   For one, the cashier had laryngitis;   for two, the two thrippits were talking between themselves about a billing issue and about whether or not the  people at the Women's and Infant Children's Program (WIC) had or had not told them that Pampers were included in the admissible purchases.
     After what seemed interminable debate, they finally asked the cashier, who neither could understand them nor could tell them that she could not understand them.  The girls, of course, were speaking Spanish, the favourite language of the anchor baby mothers in this area, and each had a brand new anchor baby, less than six months old.  Each girl was about twenty years old.   Each baby was fluffed, puffed, wrapped in nice warm blankets....the little girl with already pierced earlobes and new gold balls gleaming from each side of her head.
     Exasperated, and aware of the line forming behind us as well as the increasing possibility that the Boss was going to jump into her Ninja stance and whip out her collapsable samurai sabre and start hacking, El Gringo Viejo put himself into the matter, first directing his words to the cashier,"The girls are trying to figure out if the diapers are covered by WIC."
     The cashier checked through the screen, and pointed out the place where the Huggies were charged to their WIC account.  "They were included, yes" she whispered.
     But this caused other consternation, since the first girl's WIC card had not managed to reach the entire purchase, so we had to wait while that issue was finally resolved when the other girl entered her WIC card so as to pay the remaining balance.   This resulted in the the breakdown of the whole accounting process and the computer began to pout.   The whole matter required the intervention, finally and thankfully, of a floor manager, who came and took the girls over to another register that was closed and began to cash them through anew.
     Of course, during their first check through neither girl would lift a finger to help the haggard cashier in terms of sacking the groceries.  They stood around blythly self consumed, talking on their cellular telephones, waiting to be waited on.   In Texas, when there is no sacker, self-supporting people of all ethnicities and/or races normally will begin to sack their own groceries, especially where it is obvious that a line is forming and there is no available sacker.   For instance, that is what El Gringo Viejo did while the Boss paid us out.
     So there we are.  Working and productive people being held up, on many different planes, by slugs and dregs.   They steal our time, our money, and our space.   The HEB grocery store chain is a facilitator because they accept WIC and the LoneStar Card.   There is no health in this situation.  There is no doubt that these girls left their grocery carts loose in the running lanes of the parking lot, instead of walking them a very few feet to a nice little corral where they could be out of the way and readily re-gathered.
     Oddly, one of the reasons it is so pleasant to go to the grocery store in Cd. Victoria is that there are no food stamps or government coupons to process.  The lines run very smoothly.
Enough of that.  It is the least of our problems.   It is when it is compounded millions of times each day in America that it becomes the huge problem that it has become.
The Case of the Disappearing Corkscrew: 
     The amazing story of Madame Corkscrew still leaves a sane person with mouth agape, shaking his head in disbelief.   Watch as FOX News people on The Five, on Fox and Friends, mainline contributors like Laura Ingraham, and a convention of supposedly intelligent, straight-thinking people mumble and blubber about how (Sir Edmund)Hillary has been on a really tough life's pilgrmmage....or has been the hardest working Secretary of State ever...or has accomplished so much, travelling to over 100 countries, negotiating for America....or how she had to suffer the humiliations of her husband and the vast rightwing conspiracy....and that she has done so, so, so very, very, very much for children issues...and women's issues...and women's and children's issues....and everything.   Hey, FOX News...and everyone in the other media....the words for Hillary are poseur, fraud, liar, fake, pathologically mendacious, narcissist, grifter, conceited,  and worse.
     It comes to mind that (Sir Edmund)Hillary had to go on a Sahara Camelathon with her daughter after LEARNING....LEARNING, MIND YOU!   that Billy Jeff Blythe was NOT TELLING THE TRUTH about Monica....!!!!   SHOCKING!!!! Shocking,  so shocking that she had to nurse a "bad back" and so she flew off to North Africa to go on a CAMEL RIDE!!!!  At taxpayers' expense!!!!!   Can any OROG imagine treating a bad back by riding a camel?

     Both Hillary and  Billy Jeff have made a living by honing the art of mendacity to the finest of an edge.   They learnt early on that the Bald Faced Lie was one of the best ways to pull off the in Billy Jeff's, "I've never worked harder in my life than I have on this middle class tax cut we promised, but it's just not possible."  What followed was retroactive tax increases on all levels of the taxpaying public.   Turned out, it was the original plan all along.  Welcome to the brave new world of 1993, a few weeks into the first term of the Co-Presidency made in Hell....Hillary Rodham and Billy Jeff Blythe.

     Enter the next Camel Ride.   Hillary has stomach flu.  Hillary grows weak.  Hillary faints.  Hillary hits her head.   Hillary wakes up speaking fluent Bantu with no memory of Kosovo, Whitewater, Mr. Carmel/Waco killings, her daughter's danger at ground zero, FBI Files, defamation of the Travel Office, defamation of numerous of Billy Jeff's women, of a miserable worthless pointless tenure as Secretary of State that resulted in desired destruction of American influence in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world so hoped for by the marxist internationalist elements who put Obama into office to serve as a mouthpiece.   Hillary cannot even remember Kathleen Willy or Vince Foster.  And besides, after all she has done for the children....after all she has done for the women...she doesn't feel obliged to appear before any stinkin' committee.   During her one testimony before a grand jury in Washington, D.C. she invoked the notion that she "could not remember" several score times....running the risk of a charge of perjury by evasion.
     I have had a concussion, many years ago...not a bad one....but enough to foul up my equilibrium on my left side for a long while.   But, save for a couple of days in bed, I have gone about my business at somewhere between 95 to 100 percent effectiveness.  Hillary has no concussion.   She was watching a television program or something and came up with that idea from a Three Stooges skit.   She knows that some GOP Senator has some kind of goods on her.  Obama, the Socialist Democrat Pantheon. and the George Soros Zombies have ordered that she not expose herself to an episode before an inquiry unless she has a ready lie already in place to respond to  a "trick" or "loaded" question.

Green pancake makeup - ( wicked witch) - Wizard of Oz    Blossom Makeup Artistry
Hillary is looking much better and should be willing to
testify soon, really.  
Concussion.  Good Grief.  Film besmirching Islam, anyone?   When is Hillary going to melt into a pool of green slime like in "The Wizard of Oz"....please?
El Gringo Viejo

Monday, 24 December 2012

Off to make a joyful noise

We are heading off to midnight mass in a minute.  Wife and Son and El Gringo Viejo.  To-morrow Daughter and Granddaughters and Son-in-Law arrive to visit and pay homage to the Great-grandmother of the little ones.
In a way it leads to notions of guilt.  I have so much and others have suffered so.  But we are left to judge matters based upon our own ability to understand.  Under the laws as written by the  Ruler of the Cosmos, however, we must speak of the Peace which passeth all understanding;   We cannot understand.   So we must content ourselves in simply doing good, as best we can, in our own way.
It is left at that.  Good will win.  The balance will be maintained.   I shall do my small part.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38  when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.  their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.  they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.  they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.  they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Courtesy of El Zorro.....whose words have helped El Gringo Viejo to confront this horrid event.   Thanks, Old Friend.
     Your humble servant could reasonably be thought of as a self-centred, pompous, egotistical blowhard.   He sees himself pretty much that way.   But he did his father-in-law's Eulogy. It was about a five minute emotional ordeal to speak of a man who was a true treasure of his community.   My comments were prepared, and partially read, partially spoken in an historically important Roman Catholic Church.  The words  spoke of the man and his family and his several, well-known strong points of character and capacity.  Not one personal reference to the Eulogist was made by noun or pronoun or in any context whatsoever.
    What has been reproduced and included below are truly the words of a deranged narcissist.

Speaking to the audience at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Obama talked about his family and their vacations.
         "Now, even though my mother and grandparents took great pride that they had voted for him, I confess that I wasn't paying much attention to the United States Senate at the age of four or five or six. It wasn't until I was 11 years old that I recall even learning what a U.S. senator was, or it registering, at least. It was during my summer vacation with my family -- my first trip to what those of us in Hawaii call the Mainland," said Obama.  So we flew over the ocean, and with my mother and my grandmother and my sister, who at the time was two, we travelled around the country. It was a big trip.
       "We went to Seattle, and we went to Disneyland -- which was most important. We travelled to Kansas where my grandmother's family was from, and went to Chicago, and went to Yellowstone. And we took Greyhound buses most of the time, and we rented cars, and we would stay at local motels or Howard Johnson's. And if there was a pool at one of these motels, even if it was just tiny, I would be very excited. And the ice machine was exciting -- and the vending machine, I was really excited about that.
        "But this is at a time when you didn’t have 600 stations and 24 hours' worth of cartoons. And so at night, if the TV was on, it was what your parents decided to watch. And my mother that summer would turn on the TV every night during this vacation and watch the Watergate hearings. And I can't say that I understood everything that was being discussed, but I knew the issues were important. I knew they spoke to some basic way about who we were and who we might be as Americans.
      "And so, slowly, during the course of this trip, which lasted about a month, some of this seeped into my head. And the person who fascinated me most was this man of Japanese descent with one arm, speaking in this courtly baritone, full of dignity and grace. And maybe he captivated my attention because my mom explained that this was our senator and that he was upholding what our government was all about. Maybe it was a boyhood fascination with the story of how he had lost his arm in a war. But I think it was more than that.
     "Now, here I was, a young boy with a white mom, a black father, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. And I was beginning to sense how fitting into the world might not be as simple as it might seem. And so to see this man, this senator, this powerful, accomplished person who wasn't out of central casting when it came to what you'd think a senator might look like at the time, and the way he commanded the respect of an entire nation I think it hinted to me what might be possible in my own life.
     "Obama also mentioned the heroic life of Inouye. "And so we remember a man who inspired all of us with his courage, and moved us with his compassion, that inspired us with his integrity, and who taught so many of us -- including a young kid growing up in Hawaii –-- that America has a place for everyone," Obama concluded.
     All the Saints and Angels and Archangels and the Cherubim and Seraphims....please intervene in the Health of this Republic.
El Gringo Viejo

Some Odds and Ends After Our Absence

     The cats helped a bit with the cold episodes.   They are adept at waiting for El Gringo Viejo to nod off on his slightly undersised recliner during the Houston Texans game, knowing that heat travels upward and is to be dedicated to the comfort of felines.   They, as I, have long ago determined that even if the temperature is comfortable, there should be no waste of warmth during the Winter.   As we are situated quite close to the Tropic of Cancer, the period near the Solstice on the Calendar tends to be very cool during the nighttime hours.  We were out about a month (we haven't counted up the days) and almost every night was in the 40s...ending up with Thursday's early morning reading being 35 degrees F.

     The last blast from the north came in just before and brought winds of 50 - 60 miles per hour sustained, and gusts up to 80 during the first moments of passage.   It is pleasant to report that throughout the area of our part of rural Mexico, there was not one power outage.  Excellent when it is considered that the sustained winds endured for a period of over 18 hours.
     We call attention to the fact that our little place is very rustic.   Some new readers might not want to dig through our 600 previous postings to read about the "mud hut", or to visit  our webpage (linked on this page), but even with the cold nights and slightly coolish days, the temperature inside stayed a constant 72 degress....a tribute to the really old fashioned adobe and plaster approach to forming the lobster shell of a house.
     It is also of note that the "situation" has improved to the point that people are actually speaking confidently that a reasonable semblance of the old imperfect order has seemed to return.   On our return yesterday, the highways were super over-saturated.   Extremely heavy traffic accompanied this traveller for the entirety of the 239 mile route that was followed this time.  Traffic coming, and going.  Busses heading south must have numbered 200 common carriers of the 1st class and deluxe variety.   Thousands of motorcars, 90 percent of which were families returning from buying expeditions in the Commerce Cathedrals (shopping malls) in McAllen and other places in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.   Another number were those Mexicans who live in the United States legally and make the Christmas trek in SUVs and station waggons, with and without trailers, loaded up like some kind of adjunct delivery service for Santa Claus.

     This whole phenomena is a result of the perceived improvement in the  security situation.   While the chance of being involved, in actuarial terms, in some kind of crossfire or other related event was always very low in real terms, it is now perceptually, truly, obviously, and undeniably very, very diminished.   There is the apparent perception and understanding as well that the new administration is not going to move in the direction of "adapting to a reasonable alternative"(benign neglect of the cartels).   We are hopeful that what is essentially an imperfect victory will not be squandered by yielding to the notion that  sociological rot will not finally overtake an entire huge nation if left unchecked.
     It disappoints, as always, when FOX News decides to join into and reinforce the popular perception created by the leftist press about the situation in Mexico.   The whole picture is not that much different than here in the United States.   In many ways, quite frankly, things are better South of the Border.   So when O'Reilly, or the voices on The Five, and others on FOX News were admonishing that Mexican prisons are Hell Holes where the cartels run the show, and that especially Americans are targeted by the criminal and general population of Mexico, and that everything is brings to mind motes and beams and eyes, kettles, pots, and black.   While O'Reilly, for instance, was warning that if "President Nieto" did not release Corporal Hammer, that Mr. O'Reilly would "take care of Mexico's tourism industry".   Mr. O'Reilly is such an expert on matters Mexican, that he is unaware that it is President Pen~a....not Nieto.   The paternal surname immediately follows the given name(s).

     The Hammer case was already essentially resolved.   The Mexican Secretary of the Navy had declared the issue to have been warrantless and that no crime had been committed because the person involved had voluntarily revealed the shotgun in question and requested permitting for said instrument.  The telephone calls received by the family were from prisoners and/or their family members who commonly attempt to extort money from family members of other prisoners, especially the newly arrived.   American prison gangs do the same thing.

     The fear held by this observer was that what ground had been covered might possibly have to be re-ploughed because Mexican arrogance is similar to American arrogance.   If they are pushed, they tend to push back, sometimes to their own detriment.  O'Reilly fell into this category in a way.

      Many things about this case that were commonly known in Mexico were not reported.   The most vigorous operator in this matter had been the the Tamaulipas State Chamber of Commerce.   The final attorney in Mexico City had served well.   The usually useless Human Rights Commission (totally pinko) served well.   Various State and local elected officials had also been pointing out behind the scenes that the Secretary of the Navy's position was totally accurate.  The federal customs and immigration official had overreacted to some personal affront, and "behaved stupidly" in the words of a great American leader.   It was all but unreported that  Corporal Hammer's friend was not detained during this same incident.   And, while even Laura Ingraham had to pile on, please be assured that of the 1,000 Americans behind bars presently in Mexico, somewhere between 950 to 1,000 are not the type of person with whom you would like your teenaged daughter to be spending time.  As well, of the 140 Americans killed in Mexico during the last year, O'Reilly and Laura and the rest of the choir seem to leave out that 130 or so were very, very probably involved in the drug trafficking business.   Here, there is something usually stated about fleas, dogs, and lieing down with, etc.
     It is my judgement that the full weight of the least 99% of the fault in this issue....lies with the Mexican customs officer.   All he would have had to have done, at worst, is to have ordered the individual back to the American side.    There is some blame to be spread onto the American border agents who apparently told the boy that there would be no problems, just to declare the gun and get the permits.   The permits have to be obtained before going in.
      And while all this is going on, there is a 340,000 tonne elephant sitting there on the FOX News set, minding its own business.   "Don't go to Mexico, it's dangerous and corrupt, and they are always doing things all the time to everybody...especially Americans", they say.  While we have Benghazi unresolved....Fast and Furious left unresolved....20 dead children in Newtown, Connecticut....overwhelming corruption at all levels in the United States Government....Solyndra ignored....expropriation of General Motors and Chrysler....and some jackass from Chicago talking about reasonable new firearms legislation, like, you know, Chicago....where "One a Day" would be a substantial improvement.   Thank the Lord that Chicago has stringent firearms control.  That solved all the problems.
     Please allow us to include that during El Gringo Viejo's professional and business life, he conducted, permitted, licensed, escorted, guided, scouted, and otherwise attended to the issues of hunting game birds in Mexico involving hundreds upon hundreds of hunters, and thousands of shotguns, scores of thousands of importations of rounds of ammunition.   Never had one man detained.
Thanks for the opportunity to unload, perhaps inform to a level of greater understanding, and swim upstream.   These might be the last days for contrarians and other sorts of folks who have knowledge and opinion that is true but not part of the common understanding.
El Gringo Viejo

Friday, 21 December 2012

Immaculate Concussion, indeed!

In the Complete Guide to the Commandments, Canons, and Orders of the Church of Be'elzebub (the original grandfather of Be'elzebubba), one is required as follows....."Being certain that no good lie be left untold, all confirmed must be dedicated to the mastery and practise of the Holy Whopperistical Mysteries."
     We have signed the White House Petition urging immediate re-canonisation, beatification, and embalming, and spraying of gobs of gold upon the person of Queen of the Universe (Sir Edmund) Hillaryabubba.
        To one lower order we give Susan Riceabubba dishonourable mention for her perfectly miserable holy grovelling,  mendacity, race-baiting, and generally despicable deportment, which brought us much pride and pleasure.
Que los Santos intervengan!
El Gringo Viejo

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Fiscal Cliff?

As everyone here knows, and it is stated only to confirm to all that  many, many normal people are aware, the fiscal cliff was breached when the Great Society programs were enacted.   The building of the cliff was the biggest We Piddle Around program enacted by the "progressive" administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.   That does not refer to the sidewalks and park monuments, most of which are gone by this point.   It refers to the massive bureaucracy and invasion of privacy caused by the establishment of the Social Security System. This is the first and greatest Law and the Second is like unto it, the twins Medicare and Medicaid.
     El Gringo Viejo remembers Mrs. Brown's American History class during his junior year in high school.  It was 6th period, followed by our Debate Club session, an after school affair.  Mary McMoron said that Democrats were the party of the poor and the Republicans were the party of the rich and that was why she was a Democrat.  I responded that if Democrats were dedicated to the poor, I would rather be rich, and that is why I was a Republican.
     Out it flowed.   "If it hadn't been for Roosevelt, my whole family would have starved to death.   The Republicans took all the money and caused the crash because they wouldn't let any poor people have any money and Roosevelt made them give it all back."
     John Morris, a fellow Episcopalian, rolled his eyes and moaned, "Save me, Sweet Jesus!  Roosevelt instigated the biggest explosion of bureaucracy in the nation's history.  This nation will be strangled in red tape in 20 years, and half the country will be on welfare."
     "That's easy for you and David to say.  You are rich, rich, don't know anything about suffering!"  Mary McMoron declared triumphantly.   Picture to-day's Sandra Flukie and add 30 pounds and you have Mary McMoron.
   The oddity, of course, is that Mary McMoron's parents and grandparents were country club Democrats who spoke loudly and longly about how they hated "meskins" and the "coloured" and who also were well positioned in a Democrat-dominated  banking and land-scheme industry in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.   The hypocrisy, at a minimum, was whelming...perhaps even overwhelming.
Satan with severed head
Lyndon Johnson and Harry Reid preparing their free-moeny
spiels before being sent up to do their work among the
American gullible.
     We argued that day, without much supervision, about a new idea being bantied around by the "progressives", about how now seemed to be the time to help our senior citizens, the most vulnerable among us with just a little assistance in their declining years so that they wouldn't have to die forgotten, frozen to the sheets, in some skid-row hotel.....dead from the consumption or a flu that could have been cured but for a small investment in their continued good health.   Various names for the Program were things like ElderCare ( a liberal GOP misnomer), and Senior Care, and MediCare and such ridiculous, meaningless, socialist terms.
     El Gringo Viejo postulated that, like all programs established by the central government, it would, if enacted, become another of the great fountains of corruption since the establishment of something-for-nothing, free-goodies governance., and that the Democrats would use the program to demagogue against the Republicans until the cow froze over the moon and thawed again.
     Miss McMoron stared aghast!  Mouth agape!  "What kind of perverse animal would even dream about such a possibility?   Only a Republican could conceive of such a thing.   DO YOU ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT ANYONE WOULD EVER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED TO HELP OLD PEOPLE?   HUH?   HUH?"
     Nine fellow debate class members were vigorously shaking their heads yes, as was Mrs. Brown.   The three Democrats (all pinkoes) were astounded.   Mrs. Brown said in her famous, cigarette-gravelled voice,"Mary, a federally funded social program is no good unless it is corrupt.  That is why they are put in place.   They shovel money from corrupt politicians to corrupt bureaucrats  who do no actual work, who shovel the money to businesses and services who come to depend on the bureaucrats who then put the money in the banks, and then the bankers give some money to the politicians.   That is the purpose of "helping people" with other peoples' money.   Now, let's get on along with to-day's exercise."

   Therefore, let us not ask for whom the bells toll.   They toll for all of us.  Since the beginning of free money, and "helping" and "safety nets" the bells began to toll, ominously ringing a one note, dull carillion "Weimar, Zimbabwe, Argentina", and a hundred other governments and countries who tried to "paper over" the reality that one plus one is two, and three minus one is two.  Spend more than is taken in spells economic death.   Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SSi, Social Security Disability, FHA-underwriting of mortgages, Section 8, AFDC, Food Stamps, Free Cellular Phone, everything is free, especially if the rich would only pay their fair share.  
Great lessons. Great Old Teacher, Dorothea Brown.   Will be in touch down the road.  Tomorrow, our little place on the Rio Corona.
El Gringo Viejo