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  1. Sotted Owl
    Sotted Owl February 13, 2018 9:39 am

    “A big cat poacher has been killed and eaten by the pride of lions he was hunting at a private game reserve in South Africa. . . . the lions quickly killed their victim and devoured most of his body before being chased off, leaving his head untouched. ”

    Obviously, the lions were planning to mount the head.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty February 13, 2018 9:45 am

    That Selco site is very interesting!

  3. Joel
    Joel February 13, 2018 10:24 am

    I’ll go ahead and add the obligatory “If I locked a cop in a cage and let him die of thirst I’d be looking at worse than 3-4 years easy time.”

  4. Comrade X
    Comrade X February 13, 2018 10:58 am

    Being near the border when you go up in the mountains shooting I’ve come to expect one of two things, either a border patrol vehicle stopping by to visit or a border patrol chopper flying over to take a look.

  5. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 February 13, 2018 12:12 pm

    In all my 30 years of living in Terlingua and going through the BP checkpoint on Hwy 118 to Alpine, I was never asked for other than my citizenship. I was always treated courteously.

    Same for westbound on US 90 westbound from Del Rio. Same for eastbound I-10 at Sierra Blanca. Same for US 90 eastbound to Uvalde.

    Just guessing, figure well over 300 pass-throughs from travel from Terlingua to Alpine and travel from Terlingua to Thomasville, Georgia.

    That said, I have known of people who did some hostile jaw-jacking when stopped and were indeed not treated courteously. But they asked for a hassle.

    I commonly initiated the conversation with a friendly comment and endeavored to get past without being asked for my citizenship. A game. I batted well above .500.

  6. Jorge
    Jorge February 13, 2018 2:59 pm

    The Commander Zero piece reminds me of an incident many years ago. Out of the blue I received an email from an ex-girlfriend. She was X long before email was a thing (yeah, that dates me) and certainly long before I had that address. I asked her how she got it. “I ran into your sister on the street and she gave it to me.” Had a few word with my sister about that.

    With no intent to malign; Desertrat 1 I suspect your skin tone is a few shades lighter than mine. Even though I speak with a distinct New York accent I have been hassled more than a few times by BP. So much so that when I was working in an area they frequented I simply started carrying my passport. That was over 30 years ago. From what I have read things have become worse.

  7. MP
    MP February 13, 2018 5:36 pm

    I hit one of those “random” stops several times a few years ago on an interstate in VT. As a white guy and very obviously an “American”, it was quick and relatively painless. Precisely the situation that makes most of us see it as a relatively minor inconvenience rather than the unconstitutional infraction that it really is. The NR article does a decent job of pointing that out.

  8. larryarnold
    larryarnold February 13, 2018 6:49 pm

    I simply don’t see how someone in prison can die of dehydration, unintentionally, particularly in a monitored cell.

    All the water he got came from a sink? Was he not fed? Anyone bipolar requires monitoring. He was on medication. As I remember, dehydration becomes obvious after about three days. Nobody noticed he was in trouble for double that?

    Not saying it didn’t happen. There are just way too many loose ends.

    The charges are too light.

    I agree with the privacy. I don’t give out contacts without express permission. OTOH if my contact info isn’t public, I don’t get students.

  9. Terry Bressi
    Terry Bressi February 13, 2018 11:45 pm

    At the Border Patrol roadblock I’ve gone through in Southern Arizona well over 700 times since its inception in 2008 while commuting to & from work on a regular basis, federal agents now work hand and hand with the local sheriff’s department. Deputies station themselves at the roadblock for 8 hour shifts at the direction of their CBP handlers while “earning” overtime from Operation Stonegarden federal grant funds. While at the roadblock, deputies actively engage in general law enforcement activities in violation of several SCOTUS ruling regarding the lawful scope of suspicionless roadblocks.

    In April of last year, a deputy with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department decided I was obstructing the highway after being detained in the lane against my will by the stopping agent in front of two stop signs for about 84 seconds. He arrested & charged me shortly thereafter.

    I’m putting together another website (still under construction) to document the incident and the ongoing legal battle at:

    The Notice of Claim I filed with the state actors as a prelude to my next civil rights lawsuit is also available online at:

  10. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 February 14, 2018 9:01 pm

    I’ll never argue with the idea that I’ve been fortunate in the LEOs whom I have known, the majority of whom had the peace-keeper attitude.

    Jorge, no argument. I will say, though, in my section of the TexMex border, gringo LEOs treated everybody pretty much equal.

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