Category Archives: Reflection on America

Slagle: The Night of the Burning Bush

NOTE: What follows in this first part of a multi-part series, is an opening overview leading to the event which created turmoil in D.C. and sector management. The Marines recieved a commendation, the agent was hamstrung which is becoming S.O.P. ~ JS

December 13, 1989, a night which will live in Infamy in the annals of U.S. Border Patrol History, albeit a very incongruous type of infamy. As a member of the Tucson Sector Emergency Response Team (ERT) specifically assigned to drug interdiction along the US / Mexico Border, I had the honor of being accompanied by a 3 man fire-team of US Marines. These Marines and I were assigned to set up an LP/OP (Listening Post/Observation Post) on a remote mountaintop in Southern Arizona, a 6 night mission in a very remote, rugged, mountainous area where drug smuggling was continually being encountered. So much so, that one could say the smugglers were entering our country illegally with impunity. They were literally, ‘running amuck.’

This area of Arizona is along the US/Mexico border and runs from the New Mexico State line to the California Border. The Tucson Station AOR (Area of Operations) are from 10 miles west of Nogales, Arizona, to 10 miles west of Sells, Arizona, an area running approximately 60-70 miles. This area is very mountainous and includes much of the Coronado National Forest, Federal lands to be exact. Continue reading

Slagle: Notes from a Retired U.S. Border Patrol Agent…

Editor’s Note: The following was originally submitted for publication on November 7, 2011 and published on the now defunct, No Stinking Amnesty website. We republish it now for you consideration on November 7, 2017.

Thanks for your service John. (Ed.)

As one of many who has served this nation for the past three decades as an agent with the United States Border Patrol, my partners and I have seen times when illegal immigration was not a major problem. In the early 1970’s the manpower of the U.S.B.P. was 2,000 on both the Northern and Southern Borders. Under congressional authority, Immigration and Nationality Act, we could question anyone as to their right to be or remain in the United States. This extended to all foreign visitors, immigrants from any nation in the world. The United States, similar to all civilized countries established immigration laws to protect citizens as well as legal immigrants. Continue reading

The Family That Built an Empire of Pain

The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.

An addiction specialist said that the Sacklers’ firm, Purdue Pharma, bears the “lion’s share” of the blame for the opioid crisis. Illustration by Ben Wiseman

The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur, a sandstone monument that was constructed beside the Nile two millennia ago and transported to the Met, brick by brick, as a gift from the Egyptian government. The space, which opened in 1978 and is known as the Sackler Wing, is also itself a monument, to one of America’s great philanthropic dynasties. The Brooklyn-born brothers Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler, all physicians, donated lavishly during their lifetimes to an astounding range of institutions, many of which today bear the family name: the Sackler Gallery, in Washington; the Sackler Museum, at Harvard; the Sackler Center for Arts Education, at the Guggenheim; the Sackler Wing at the Louvre; and Sackler institutes and facilities at Columbia, Oxford, and a dozen other universities. The Sacklers have endowed professorships and underwritten medical research. The art scholar Thomas Lawton once likened the eldest brother, Arthur, to “a modern Medici.” Before Arthur’s death, in 1987, he advised his children, “Leave the world a better place than when you entered it.” Continue reading

FINALLY!: How do ya’ like them melons?

Solution is to ENFORCE existing law and to not only FINE according to the 8 USC Section 1324a states: “Any person who knowingly hires/harbors/transports any illegal alien is guilty of a felony punishable by 10 years jail + $2000 fine per illegal alien + forfeiture of the vehicle or property used to commit the crime”, but to put them in JAIL as well!!!!

So, how do ya like them melons?

In this case it seems the employer is going thru the H-2A visa program. It is time to make these cheapskate employers really PROVE they have exhausted all means to find AMERICAN workers to fill the opening. If the requirement to be on welfare would require only those who are TRULY unable to do the job we could find many workers available to fill these jobs. We also need to go back to letting teenagers work like we did when I was a teenager. In fact I was working for pay when I was ten years old – picking beans – working in a fruit stand. There is need for great revision of the child labor laws. Not only would it fill these phoney *needs* for foreigners but it would take a whole lot of kids off the *STREETS* getting into trouble,

Bury your Congress critters in email and phone calls – tell them to ENFORCE THE IMMIGRATION LAWS and to CEASE encouraging them to come here and stay. All DACA people need to be returned to their home country – with their parents and other ILLEGALLY SQUATTING FAMILY MEMBERS. If they still want to come to America they can APPLY to do and go thru the steps that LEGAL immigrants go thru.

ENFORCE EXISTING IMMIGRATION LAW – Failure to do so should be cause for those politicians to be subjected to the 8 USC – Section1324a law. Fine them and incarcerate them as stated. Perhaps that will get their attention. ~ Jackie Juntti
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Dreamers and Their Dreams

America must decide what their promised land will be – will it be an independent America of freedom and equality? Or will it be a land of masters and slaves promised by the Globalist Party? You decide

Civil rights dreamer Martin Luther King Jr. had a 20th century dream. He dreamed that one day all children would be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed an American dream that embraced our country’s racial ideals of freedom and equality. Continue reading

Remember the Mayflower

We’ve had a lot of “bring down Columbus” and other symbols lately.

More than that, we just spent $500,000 to remove a Robert E. Lee statue in Dallas at the same time that the police pension is short of cash and the suburbs like Plano are getting all of the relocations from other states.

History is ugly, but it is also beautiful. The Mayflower is one of those beautiful chapters.

This week, we remember one of the most important dates in the history of the New World, the future U.S., and

I’m especially fond of the story because my Uncle Joaquin, my father’s uncle and a successful judge, attorney, and law professor in pre-Castro Cuba, used to share it with us when were kids. He felt that it was one of the most significant moments in world history, or the day that a group of people decided to go west and find religious freedom. Continue reading

Confederate Monuments: See, I Told You So!

We all know the drill: remove all Confederate monuments from public property, put them in museums, no one will be offended and Americans of all races will unite in one big group hug. You do believe that, don’t you?

Even the most simple-minded observer knows that the race-baiting left will never be satisfied. My hometown of Fayetteville, NC has proposed a $65 million Civil War History Center. The highly anticipated project has been touted as a major attraction and economic boost for the city. Now, the Center, which will depend on both private and state funding, could fall to the dictates of modern-day groupthink. Continue reading

How the Military Discards Injured Troops and Denies Them Veterans Benefits

“Bill” was a combat Marine who served in the Iraq War and received multiple medals and commendations. He later suffered memory loss and PTSD, which he attributes to long-term doses of un-prescribed medications the military provided, including amphetamines.

Back home, Bill was accused by a fellow Marine of using an illegal drug, questioned without an attorney and threatened with prison before signing a confession and being handed an Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge.

When he went to fill out benefits paperwork at a Veterans Affairs office, he was told he was ineligible because of his OTH discharge. The OTH also put a cloud over his job prospects and eventually he had to depend financially on his family to survive. After working three jobs and putting himself through school, he challenged the VA system and eventually was awarded a 60 percent disability.

Bill was one of three former soldiers cited by the authors of a study released this week by the Costs of War Project at Brown University that examines why the number of “bad paper” discharges – which result in vets being denied VA health care, education and housing support and other benefits — has grown from 5.5 percent during the Gulf War era to 6.5 percent since America went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Continue reading

Let the ‘blood letting‘ begin

James Gillray, The Tree of Liberty, May 1798: Cited in Gillray’s Ungloomy Morality by Theodore Dalyrymple in City Journal, 2002

Of two trees, the one in the background, called Justice, has abundant green foliage; its two main branches, labeled Laws and Religion, bear healthy fruit called Happiness, Freedom, and Security...  The tree in the foreground, called Opposition, is dead and without foliage, as if blasted by lightning; its two main branches are Rights of Man and Profligacy. From its lesser branches hang rotten, reddish-golden apples, each with a bite taken out of it, labeled with such temptations as Democracy, Conspiracy, and Revolution. Down the tree slithers a green snake ending in the jowly head, with its Nixonian stubble, of the radical Whig leader, Charles James Fox, holding out to the figure of John Bull an apple labeled Reform. “Nice apple, Johnny—nice apple!” says Fox. But the real meaning of the temptation is evident from the red revolutionary bonnet of liberty, from which the Fox-serpent’s tail emerges, and from the difference in the roots of the two trees: those of the Tree of Justice being the Commons, King, and Lords of the established British constitution, those of the Tree of Opposition being Envy, Ambition, and Disappointment, the discreditable emotions that are, by implication, the true motives behind French revolutionary radicalism, rather than supposed love of the beautiful abstractions with which the rotten fruit of the Tree of Opposition is marked. Continue reading

The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War

President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes committed by Union soldiers in the War Between the States, as well as Lincoln’s violations of the law, his shredding of the Constitution, and other reprehensible acts. It has been very effective in keeping the average American ignorant of the real causes of the war, and the real nature, character and record of Lincoln. Let us look at some unpleasant facts. (Read complete column on Metropolis Café…)

America’s Exceptionalism: The Pastors of the Revolution

Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield

As we look at the preachers of early America what we will see is a total dedication to preaching the uncompromised Word of God and a refusal to budge from its true meaning.

The Church of England had been established in America because America was a subject of England, but many of the colonists had left not just England, but Europe in general to be free to worship in the manner that they saw fit. The Geneva Bible, which was the Bible of the majority of the pilgrims, had opened the eyes of many preachers and citizens alike because of its footnotes and commentaries as to what the Word was really saying about things like self-government, taxes, freedoms and liberties that no nation at that time allowed let alone practiced. Continue reading

There’s A Cancer In America

“A wise man seeks out the truth; a foolish one rejects it, or allows it to be silenced.” ~ Book of Ross; 4:45

There is an evil, a pestilence, which is spreading across America which goes by the name of Political Correctness. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, political correctness is defined as: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated. You can call it whatever you want, cloak it under whatever disguise you want, but when all is said and done, it is nothing other than censorship.

Who and what defines what is, and what isn’t politically correct? Is it politically incorrect to say something, or display an image, simply because someone or some group takes offense to it? If being offended is the only guideline that establishes what is politically incorrect then we may as well just pass a law forbidding speech, or the displaying of any images; as there will always be someone who takes offense to something. Continue reading

The Facts in the Case

Gov. Alfred E. Smith

The following is a transcript of the speech given by Gov. Alfred E. Smith before an American Liberty League audience of 2000 and a national radio audience on January 25, 1936 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC,.

This is one of the greatest American political speeches. At the time it was considered the definitive analysis of the New Deal. Al Smith was the 1928 Democrat Presidential nominee, former governor of New York State and the leader of the Democrat Party until Roosevelt and the Communist wing took over in 1932. Smith was the person who gave Roosevelt his second chance in politics and therefore was responsible for FDR becoming President.

What has happened to the Democrat Party? ~ J.B.
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The Barber…

“Got time for a shave?”

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.

After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.”

The florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a “thank you” card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. Continue reading

an American Revolution

And so we begin…

What we begin this day, is the culmination of a nearly 17 year-long project by Kettle Moraine, Ltd. Publications, which includes the intellectual battle which led to the formation of the Law of the Land – our Constitution! In addition, we will be publishing those papers and proclamations which came before, including such works as the Mayflower Compact and The Articles of Confederation, some of which have been previously published in our book, AMERICA the Grand Illusion ~ BOOK I: Orphans of the Storm

This project will be completed soon – but is still an intense  project to complete, as there over 700 pages of records to load (to include possible cross-references between both the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers alone) – and hopefully our end result will provide one of the most thorough and complete dissertations of these monumental records ever published on-line – with (planned for) links connecting the ‘Point’ and ‘Counterpoint’ views of the participants and authors. We look forward to the insight and involvement of Neal Ross on this portion of the project.

For teachers and educators – as well as those who just want to expand their historical knowledge – we are proud to bring this project to you… and so we begin.

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Ross: People Actually Believe This Garbage

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I’m used to arguing with people over slavery being the sole cause of the Civil War; it is what they were taught in schools and I can, at least, understand why they are so vehement in their beliefs. However, the other day I read an article that left me flabbergasted; and then the comments following it showed that there were many who supported the claims made by the author.

The basic premise of this article was that if Robert E. Lee had not accepted command of the Confederate Army the Civil War would not have happened and all those people would not have died.

First off, Lee did not immediately accept the position of Commander of the Confederate Army; he was assigned command of the Army of Northern Virginia. Virginia, if you were not aware of this, did not secede from the Union until Abraham Lincoln called out for volunteers to suppress the rebellion in those States which had already seceded. (Continue…)

A Painful Lesson Virginia Learned When Gov’t Took Over Textbook Writing

Educators in Virginia back in the 50’s and 60’s should remember well that we had an example of Common Core enforced by the state for fifteen years. It was an example of what happens when government takes over the writing of history and government textbooks. The story is one I was involved in and should be a warning against letting he Federal Government take control of curriculum in local school systems.

To understand Virginia in the 1940’s and 50’s a description by historian V. O. Key, Jr. in his study of Democrat Party politics in the South summed it up very well. We were described as “the state with the most thorough control by an oligarchy.” While most Virginians alternated between the use of the term “organization” or “machine” for those who ran the state it was accepted that the dominant figure was U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. The organization had the ability to keep a tight rein on the government through strong courthouse control and a poll tax. Continue reading

Last Living Indians Player to Win World Series Laments ‘Not a Damn Word’ from Club

The Cleveland Indians might not remember their last World Series celebration. But a 95-year-old guy in Fort Worth does.

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1948 Cleveland Indians

“In the dining car was where all the celebration took place,” first baseman Eddie Robinson tells the New York Daily News. “There was champagne dripping from the ceiling. That was a madhouse.” Back in Cleveland Robinson and his teammates drove around the city in the backs of convertibles as fans cheered them as they passed.

Robinson played alongside Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Lou Boudreau, Ray Boone, and Bob Lemon on that championship team. He batted .300 with a six hits and an RBI in the four-games-to-two triumph over the Boston Braves in the Fall Classic. The Baseball Almanac recalls his postseason play. But his old team does not. Continue reading

My husband divorced me for his gay lover – then took our children

two-butterfliesEvery time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and lesbian couples and their new families. But behind those big smiles and sunny photographs are other, more painful stories. These are left to secret, dark places. They are suppressed, and those who would tell them are silenced in the name of “marriage equality.”

But I refuse to be silent.

I represent one of those real life stories that are kept in the shadows. I have personally felt the pain and devastation wrought by the propaganda that destroys natural families. Continue reading

One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died

Joe Hosteen Kellwood died Monday at the age of 95. He is one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers

Joe Hosteen Kellwood died Monday at the age of 95. He is one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers

Navajo Nation officials announced on Tuesday the passing of Joe Hosteen Kellwood, who died Monday at the age of 95 at Phoenix Veterans Hospital.

Born in Steamboat Canyon, Arizona on August 20, 1921, Kellwood served in the 1st Marine Division during World War II, in the Pacific theater, as a Navajo Code Talker.

The group of more than 300 Navajo men transmitted coded messages in their native language, which was impossible for Japanese combatants to break.

Today, there are less than 20 of these veterans left. Continue reading

Baldwin: My List Of The Ten Worst U.S. Presidents

baldwin_2013People who are familiar with my writings should not be surprised at my list, although many people who read my Facebook post did act surprised. Of course, these could have been people who aren’t that familiar with my writings after all.

At any rate, with my Facebook post I made my list without explanation. I will use this column to share a little bit of the reasoning behind my selections. So here goes: my top ten worst presidents in U.S. history: Continue reading

Bodycam footage ‘proves cop was RIGHT to shoot armed man.

Sylville SmithMilwaukee’s mayor and police chief announced Monday that body cam video supports the shooting of Sylville Smith – which sparked riots across the city.

At least one person was shot as police clashed with protesters during a second night of riots after Smith, 23, was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday.

But Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A Flynn insists the footage makes it clear that the shooting was lawful.

He said that Smith was shot after he turned toward an officer and raised his gun.

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, speaking at a press conference on Monday, added that a still from the cop’s body camera shows ‘without question’ Smith had a gun in his hand… Smith had previously been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety for his involvement in a shooting last year but the charges were dropped.  (Read FULL Story)

Nine Major Veterans Affairs FAILURES

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More than a half million veterans still must wait at least a month to see a VA doctor, and even when they do manage to get an appointment, the care they receive is not always up to the standards patients expect to see in the private sector. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has never fully recovered from the firestorm of criticism it received after a whistleblower revealed a nationwide scheme to cover up long delays in healthcare in 2014.

The discovery that 110 VA facilities had used secret patient waiting lists to cover up veterans’ long wait times led to the ouster of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, but only three employees involved in the manipulation were fired. Continue reading