Saturday, October 18, 2014


Sorry, no Saturday Night music this time. OK, I began with it - and intend to go on with it - to end the week on a lighter note after another ~6 days of mostly sobering, if not frightening news.

But cases like the brutal murder of Dr. Maria Del Rosario Fuentes Rubio leave me so stricken with horror and pity that the lighter notes seem inappropriate.

Over at Townhall, Katie Pavlich has the goods:

"Mexico is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists to operate, beating out Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous parts of the world according to the International Press Institute.

Earlier this week citizen journalist Maria Del Rosario was kidnapped, tortured and killed. She had been working anonymously in the border town of Reynosa, Mexico to expose cartel activity. Thursday morning her social media account was taken over by her killers who announced her death and sent tweets warning other citizen journalists to back off on cartel reporting. Ildefonso Ortiz has the story:

- Social media postings on Thursday morning mourned the passing of Maria Del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, a Reynosa doctor better known by her Twitter handle @Miut3.

- Law enforcement sources in Tamaulipas, Mexico confirmed her kidnapping Wednesday afternoon and found her body overnight. Due to the early stages of her investigation authorities didn’t release details of the murder. Officials who spoke with Breitbart Texas said they are not only looking at social media but also at her work as a doctor and acquaintances before determining the motive for the murder.

- On Thursday early morning the twitter handle @miut3 posted a farewell message identifying Fuentes by name, posting her picture and telling the community to remain quiet about Reynosa and not make her mistakes “you won’t get anything out of it” as well as warning other citizen journalists that criminals were on to them. The profile image of @Miut3 was changed from the Catwoman photo she always used to a photograph of Fuentes’ bloodied body."

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Dr. Maria Del Rosario Fuentes Rubio in a shot apparently taken by her captors, right before she was murdered.

This was actually the second time this week I was alerted to a horror story coming out of Mexico. Fox News Latino ran an article claiming that at least some of the 43 missing students were burned alive:

"One eyewitness to the Sept. 26 abduction of 43 students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has recounted that at least some of the youths were burned alive, a prominent priest and human rights activist said Friday.

The Rev. Alejandro Solalinde, known for his advocacy on behalf of undocumented Central American migrants, cited concerns for the witness' safety in declining to provide any details about his source.

On the night of Sept. 26, police in the town of Iguala fired shots at a group of students from Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School, a nearby teacher-training facility.

Six people were killed and 25 others wounded, while 43 students remain missing.

Several people arrested for the 26 incident told investigators Iguala deputy police chief Francisco Salgado Valladares had his men intercept the Ayotzinapa students and that while a boss from the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel identified only as "Chucky" ordered the young people seized and killed.

Solalinde said at a press conference that he had the opportunity to talk to several people who "directly" witnessed the events in Iguala and that one of them told him that Ayotzinapa students were burned.

Asked whether the witness was referring to all 43 students, the priest replied, "the information is fragmented."

"The person who told me that is very shaken and afraid," Solalinde said.

"If the Ayotzinapa Normal students were alive, do you think they would let this entire problem go on and grow, knowing the national and international reaction we have," the priest said to reporters. "That is the best evidence that they are no longer living."

Criticizing the government's "poor handling" of the tragedy, Solalinde that Mexico needs to be re-founded in the face of violence extending "from border to border and from coast to coast."

"Bodies turn up everywhere," the priest said.

Conflict among rival drug cartels and between the criminals and security forces has claimed more than 130,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006, when then-President Felipe Calderon decided to militarize the struggle against the drug trade."

Can somebody tell me what the hell is going on in Mexico??!!?

To be sure, the most frightening geopolitical evolution today is and remains the rise of militant islam with all that it encompasses: the conflicts in the ME, the islamization of Europe as a result of muslim immigration and demography, West Africa falling prey to AQ offshoots, nukes in Iran and Pakistan, sharia law in Brunei, islamic terror groups in the Philippines, the south of Thailand, China's western provinces etc etc etc.

Islam tout court truly poses a Global Threat.

By contrast, the violence waged by the drug cartels against the Mexican citizenry remains a "local" phenomenon. But as for sheer ruthlesness, barbarity and stone-cold inhumanity, the cartels don't have to yield an inch vis-à-vis the very worst IS, Taliban or Boko Haram terrorists.

I would even wager that it's an even worse kind of terrorism, because the actions of muslim fanatics are still dictated by some kind of logic. A sick and evil logic, for sure, but a logic nevertheless. Their "holy book" states that non-muslims have to be converted, made to pay jizya or killed. As improbable though it may seem, faced with a muslim fanatic you might still have an infinitesimal chance to enter in a discussion with him and point to the flaws in his reasoning. As despicable as the possibility is, you might even have a slight shot at saving your ass by converting at the last moment.

No such thing is possible in a confrontation with Mexico's drug cartel operatives. The way in which they kill has a rather machinelike 'quality', as if the beasts pulling the trigger or thrusting the knives are robots straight out of a Terminator movie.

There's estimates circulating of 80,000 deadly victims in Mexico's drug wars since 2008, or, see above, 130,000 since 2006! In view of the fact that this death toll is "confined" to only one country (soon two, if US border control remains as lax as it is), the numbers defy description and would, if extrapolated to the same geographical area in which muslim terrorism is manifesting itself, actually dwarf the best 'efforts' of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Khalid Meshaal, al Nusra et al. The lack of interest of the world can only be explained by the fact that unlike islamic terrorists, drug warlords and their accomplices do not seek publicity.

That the state of Mexico finds itself in a conundrum is to put it mildly, and there is mounting evidence that the cartels have infiltrated in both the police and the military. Try to imagine how to get out of that!

There do not seem to be easy solutions for Mexico's predicament. But I foresee a future, not so far off, when the problems may become so bad that the US military will have to step in, in order to establish law and order in Mexico's north.

In the meantime it should be clear to each and everyone that with so much mayhem in the US's southern neighbor, the Obama Administration's open border policy is sheer insanity. The Rio Grande should actually be shielded by combat troops. That, and an immediate crackdown on drug users and dealers in the US itself: for it is the DEMAND FOR NARCOTICS in America which is directly responsible for the drug cartels' growth.

However, with a 'president' in the White House who is very much content with a border that's as leak as a sieve, AND who is publicly advocating marijuana use, none of the above steps are likely to happen.

Let us go back to this incredibly brave woman, Dr. Maria Del Rosario Fuentes Rubio. Apparently she was a beautiful person in all aspects. The grisly photograph below was posted as a warning to other citizen journalists:

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The wretched remains of this outstanding Human Being help me to put my own efforts in the correct perspective: there is NO WAY they can be compared to the task Maria Del Rosario committed herself to. Next to this incredibly brave woman who knew she was risking her life on a daily basis, who probably knew that her killers were just around the corner and snooping on her, I am but a pathetic wanker.

Pray for Maria and her loved ones. Pray for those missing students. Pray for all the victims.

And may justice soon find the perpetrators of these horrible crimes.


Friday, October 17, 2014


Via The Conservative Citizen:

"If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

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If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

What a country!"

He could have thrown in the bit about border agents bravely stopping Kinder eggs or bagpipes at the border with Canada while letting drug cartel operatives, let alone illegals, freely roam and spill over the border with Mexico.

Well, you Americans certainly got CHANGE, isn't it?


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Caught my eyes:

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Via The Free Patriot:

"Advertisement space can be very pricey, especially for drivers who can’t take their eyes off of it and cause a motor vehicle accident from their distracted stare. That was what happened as a result of a failed experiment for one Moscow advertising agency.

The commercial ad group Sarafan Advertising Agency attempted to drum up new clients by convincing potential customers that their ad space is lucrative for businesses. They used a truck as a moving billboard to convey their message of the company’s effectiveness by plastering a massive photo of a nude woman holding her breasts to both broad sides of the freight truck, the Daily Mail reported. The photo also displayed a note that read: “They attract.”

Unfortunately for many drivers with crashed cars, the ad did attract – distract. Sarafan unwittingly caused over 500 traffic accidents with this inappropriate ad.

Rather than keeping their eyes on the road and the cars ahead of them, drivers watched the pair of giant breasts parade by. The news source reported that police received a total of 517 accident reports in under a 24 hour time period.

The amount of calls became so overwhelming that cops decided it was in the public’s interest to corral the chesty truck until the ads could be removed. One driver, Ildar Yuriev, caught up in the ordeal when a separate driver crashed into his car while on his way to work in Moscow, explained his personal experience with the breast photo fiasco to the Daily Mail:

“I was on my way to a business meeting when I saw this truck with a huge photo of breasts on its side go by. Then I was hit by the car behind who said he had been distracted by the truck,” Yuriev said. “It made me late and left my car in the garage, and although I am insured, I am still out of pocket.”

The agency’s spokesman apologized for the incident, saying his company will happily cover the financial costs of the accidents."

And a big cigar for Sarafan Advertising Agency!


Monday, October 13, 2014


In almost two weeks, 30 missions were flown, each time with a two-plane flight, and two ground targets engaged and destroyed. A modest tally, but then the BAF operates only six F-16 jets from a Jordanian base.

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The first time a group of ISIS terrorists on foot were taken out (see below); the second time an armed pick-up truck with its crew.

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The following video courtesy of VTM (Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij) News:

The first officer is Major General Fred Vansina, explaining that the first target, which had already been spotted by our jets, were first engaged by a drone with 'een klein type raket, wat onvoldoende bleek'. Translation: 'a small type of missile, which proved to be insufficient'. Thereafter the F-16's intervened and took them out with a guided bomb.

An explanation which leaves me with a few questions. By 'drone' I assume he means an MQ-1 Predator drone; by 'a small type of missile' an AGM-114 Hellfire (are Predators equipped with other types of missiles?). Hellfires have warheads weighing 8-9 kg. Vansina says that since the blast thereof was 'insufficient', our jets used precision-guided bombs instead. To the best of my knowledge, these must be Paveway II's, which, also to the best of my knowledge, pack around 90kg of tritonal high explosive in their warhead. I fear that I may come across as a terrible illiterate with real military guys, but is there anyone who would judge the blast of the bomb, which leaves the palm trees to the right untouched, as from a Paveway warhead?

The report goes on to say that our F-16's operational area covers the whole of Iraq, but that most of the 30 missions were flown near Baghdad. There were also some missions in Kurdistan and apparently a handful against a target lying perhaps 100km west/northwest of the Iraqi capital.

The second officer is Lt Gen. Claude Van De Voorde, the BAF's CINC, saying that more occasions to engage the enemy presented themselves but that the Belgian Liaison Officer in (?) HQ (in Qatar, is that possible?) vetoed them because the risk for collateral damage was too high.

In the meantime, Belgium finally has a new government, a center-right one no less, and it is up to this new government whether our fighter-bombers stay after the initially agreed upon timeframe of one month.

I sure hope so. Even though the sorties flown by the 'international coalition' amount to only 10 per cent of the total number of sorties, the lion's share of course being flown by US planes, any help is welcome. The Kobani siege is bad for the Kurds, but the real prize is of course Baghdad. If that city would fall then the rest of the country would be up for grabs, and the psychological impact would be appalling. Think helicopters on a roof in Saigon and all that - and worse.

The absolutely dismal, even scandalously poor performance of the Iraqi Army is a bad thing, and even one that warrants close scrutiny when all this is over, but the US and the West losing a ten-year investment trying to install a working democracy in the region would be far worse. We are talking here about an investment that has caused the deaths of close to 5,000 US servicemen and women, tens of thousands of wounded and maimed, untold billions of dollars in reconstruction and training, and a dazzling array of military hardware. All these efforts cannot be permitted to go to waste. The US and its allies have to stay there and pound IS to smithereens until they back off. I refuse to believe a couple of tens of thousands illiterate murderers who probably can't even perform properly beyond the platoon level can't be defeated.


Sunday, October 12, 2014


The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano, OBE. Born as Jack Hoggan in 1951 in Fife, Scotland, in a poor working class family, and setting his first steps in the labor market as an apprentice mining engineer, nothing seemed to indicate he'd become a hugely productive star artist whose works breathe a Hopperesque quality. This work, the most well known of them all, is from 1992. In that same year, it was rejected by the Royal Academy summer exhibition. On 21 April 2004, its original canvas was sold at auction for £744,500.

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I don't care how many times it's been recycled or how many cheap reproductions have been made.

I don't care he's being regarded somehow as a cheap erotica painter.

It's ART, period.