Chris Davis, Commanding Officer of the Boots on the Ground Militia contingent, Von Ormy, Texas
“Woman is a vessel; good luck to those who sail in her…” – an anonymous feminist
“Levarse na petra di mi scarpa.” (Take the stone from my shoe) – Carlos Marcello
South Texas – It’s agreed. Had lame duck Texas Governor Rick Perry not bid for a whirl on the small and flickering screens of the electronic village by his pronouncement that the federales are not quite hacking the job of protecting the border, there would be no conflict, no discussion, no need to agree to disagree.
He wants to be the President. Who the hell would wish that on their worst enemy?
Patriots have responded with an attitude, a feeling, a frank and pugnacious thrust to their conversation, the parry and counter, strophe and antistrophe of the ancient dramatic formulae of the tragicomedy, wherein the politicos and other psychos drive to the middle of the stage and alternately hold up the smile and frown mask, while the chorus trumpets their every word.
Perhaps the most bodacious and ineffectual stab at the pork barrel came during the Bush administration, when the Department of Homeland Security contracted with Boeing to build a virtual electronic fence, the Strategic Border Initiative, then spent $1 billion trying to install $750 million worth of off-the-shelf video, microwave, night vision, and radar technology – much of it served up by a Waco-based electronics subcontractor with offices on the grounds of Ft. Hood.
How did that work out?
They walked away in a spectacular cancellation of the project after building towers along a 28-mile stretch of Arizona border and another 53-mile segment in the Sonora desert – all of this to defend a three thousand-plus mile wilderness border that stretches from Matamoros in the east to Tijuana in the west. Somehow, throwing the tax payers’ money at a problem usually results in the most spectacular examples of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The moral to the story may be summed up in a simple two-word, declarative sentence:
At least, that’s what the guys with the green eyeshades and calculators explain to me
This virtual electronic fence worked very well in the mountains of Afghanistan and the passes of Pakistan, they say. What happened on the border following the Perry alarum?
According to Salinas, the Governor has reassigned certain elements of the Department of Public Safety to new positions along the border, where they are monitoring the kind of illicit traffic that brings narcotics and immigrants without papers at huge prices – $6,000 a head for smuggled construction workers, culinary help, lawn maintenance operators, chambermaids, nannies, and farm workers. Dope? Well, you know, the sky is the limit. The higher you get, the higher you get. A self-employed proprietor of a security company, he has many years of experience as a private security contractor who worked for a London-based company doing much the same work as American troopers in Afghanistan and Iraq – oil field security, guard duty in Baghdad’s Green Zone, building security at supply depots and government offices.
The consensus is this. DHS, the Border Patrol, the drones, the choppers and all the rest of the technological, bureaucratic stew is there, not to shut off illicit traffic, but to manage it.
The powers that be consider it a cost of doing business. American citizens living on shoestring budgets, deprived of good-paying industrial and manufacturing work, consider it an outrage
And then, a funny thing happened in a virtual version of the old farm and ranch rural telephone service party line. A lady known only as “Kelli” put out a “call to action,” a very feminine missive from the war department that sounded a whole lot like what any cave woman would tell her old man when the wolf is at the door
***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO: Mission close down Laredo Crossing for starters ((All need to be closed)) Operation complete when border fence is in place and secure Name: Love’s #298 Love’s Travel Stop 28527 Interstate 35, Encinal, TX 78019 (956) 948-7044 Location: I 35 & Hwy 44, Encinal, TX Distance from Encino: 93.7 miles Contact numbers: for location and or pick up 580 889 1036 423 333 8872 Militia ***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO: Mission close down Laredo Crossing for starters ((All need to be closed)) Operation complete when border fence is in place and secure Name: Love’s #298 Love’s Travel Stop 28527 Interstate 35, Encinal, TX 78019 (956) 948-7044 Location: I 35 & Hwy 44, Encinal, TX Distance from Encino: 93.7 miles Contact numbers: for location and or pick up 580 889 1036 423 333 8872 Militia Conference Number 24/7 For info and assistance 559 726 1300 access 639939# It’s time to bring down the thunder. Activating the Patriots willing to stand up for America GO GO GO. III% Kelli in Texas USA Let’s share this like the brushfires of Liberty.
It is a non-linear, avant global electronic village response to their great grandmothers’ telephone technology of the crank phone and the party line. As Marshall McLuhan wrote when he predicted the internet 50 years ago: “World War III will be a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation.” – Marshall McLuhan, author of “Understanding Media”
Exactly two men responded, greeting those who called or arrived at the truck stop with instructions to call another number and report to a location in a rural area south of San Antonio, there to await further instructions. As our man in England, George Bernard Shaw, once concluded, men and women think, react, organize and behave much, much differently. Every time. All the time. In stereo. You might say, in the terms of tradecraft, that it’s a cutout.
What was learned? There is no border. It’s gone. Long gone.
Long before the fat lady sang, the hounds of hell bayed out the tattoo of gotterdammerung, and the players and nay sayers, loud mouths and keyboard commandos filed in to make the appropriate noises.
What was learned? The Texas militia consists of three components, the National Guard, which is under the nominal command of the Governor, the Texas Guard, which is made up of commissioned officers who buy their ranks with political contributions, South American style, and enlisted men who get paid a stipend of $161 per day when the Governor calls them out by publishing an “SOP,” or standard operating procedure that spells out in lawyerly style what happens if a non-com backs a six-by-six into a building, a soldier instructed in the finer arts of the knife and garrote, rifle and pistol, signals and intel, hauls off and kills somebody, and who pays what – and why, and how.
So far, Perry has not done this. Getting on TV with the promise to spend up to $1.3 million per week seems to suit him just fine. Then there’s the citizens militia, or unorganized militia, the one guaranteed to be a God-given right to self defense, the old concept of pre-revolutionary, Colonial Committees of Safety that flourished in the 13 original states. They are the Texas Citizens Militia, of which Salinas is a brigade commander, the 28th Texas Militia, and the Bowie Platoon of the Alamo Militia, commanded by Chris “Three-Percenter” Davis.
There are those who counsel getting with the program, but cooler heads, the ones with the ultimate responsibility to a man say they’re not going anywhere to do anything unless they have proper constitutional authority. That was a problem Col. William Barrett Travis could not overcome during his 13 days to glory, the siege of the Alamo. Travis was a pirate. He had no writ because there was no constitutionally authorized action available. General Lopez de Santa Ana could do anything with him and his men he chose, and his choice was brutal, to say the least.
This is what it looks like when a nation starts to flex up and sally around, posturing and feinting, jockeying for position.
Of the men of the militias, the women who join and fight side by side with them? They are keeping their mouths shut and their ears wide open, preparing for what looks to be a prolonged war of words and wit, information and lies, supplies and deprivation.
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